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[News] ‘Bounty Hunters’ Lee Min Ho Has a Leading Lady

Tiffany Tang, or Tang Yan, has been cast as Lee Min Ho’s newest leading lady in his upcoming pan-Asian film ‘Bounty Hunters’.

‘Bounty Hunters’ is set to be a blockbuster-sized action flick with romps around Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, and more. It looks like it would be a mix of ‘The Thieves’ and Runaway: Plan B. Tiffany Tang will play a femme fatale, hard to approach and compared to Wonder Woman. Guess we can look forward to her tying up Lee Min Ho and putting him in his place…

Tiffany Tang is quite famous in China, having just finished shooting a drama with Rain called Diamond Lovers. She has starred in Chinese Paladin 3, which shot her to fame and also costarred Yang Mi (rumored to be part of ‘Bounty Hunters’) and Taiwanese actor Wallace Huo. And, she participated in the 2004 Athens Olympic Games’ closing ceremony; chosen specifically by Zhang Yimou, she represented China as the torch was passed from Athens to Beijing to host the 2008 Summer Olympics.

The film will also star Wallace Chung, a Hong Kong actor and Canto-pop singer, who will play Lee Min Ho’s partner-in-crime. Filming is set to begin on September 2, and it’s looking at a 2016 release date.

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[News] Lee Min-ho’s impact in the Philippines

Hallyu star Lee Min-ho has influenced the Philippines too.

The Filipino global clothing brand BENCH signed a deal with Lee Min-ho for the fourth year since 2012.

BENCH was founded in 1987 and has become one of the leading clothing brands in the Philippines. The brand is only known to deal with worldwide famous stars such as Adam Levine from Maroon 5, Bruno Mars, David Archuleta, Joe Jonas from the Jonas Brothers and more. Lee Min-ho’s fourth year contract makes it the longest contract with BENCH ever.

As a model for BENCH, Lee Min-ho has contributed to a huge development in sales and has influenced a sell-out in almost everything he puts on. BENCH sources say that his aura and fashion sense topped off with his tall height has much to do with this result and even visited Korea on the 14th to do a chase about Lee Min-ho.

Lee Min-ho visited the Philippines in cooperation with BENCH last year and the fans gathered at the airport to see him, causing a huge congestion in traffic everywhere he went. Rumors say that there was even word about making his visits a national holiday. Not only is he big in the Philippines but in Indonesia, Malaysia and other Asian countries too.

Lee Min-ho’s dramas and films like “Boys over Flowers”, “Personal Taste”, “City Hunter”, “Faith”, “The Heirs” and even “Gangnam Blues” are being broadcast on the local channel ABS-CBN. The leading face for the Korean Tourism Board, Lee Min-ho’s reputation lives on to the Philippines now and there’s going to be an offline mass promotional event with BENCH.

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[News] Lee Min Ho Drives Tourism Ad Beyond 7.3 Million Views

On August 20, Newsis published a report which focused on the success of the recent Korea Tourism Organization commercial, which features actor Lee Min Ho. The video, titled Korea Your Story, was published to YouTube on July 31. Since its initial broadcast, the ad has garnered more than 7.3 million views.

According to the article published by Newsis, the video featuring the “Gangnam 1970” star has the highest recorded views from overseas audiences of any promotional campaign issued by the Korea Tourism Organization. The commercial was digitally published across various platforms including Youku and YouTube. 

Targeting international audiences, the 28-year-old actor highlights the splendor of key tourist spots like Jeju Island in the ad campaign. Award-winning director Wayne Peng is responsible for the compelling cinematography featured in the segment.

Lee Min Ho continues to impact international fans through his iconic roles in Korean drama. His impact on the Korean or Hallyu Wave began with the 2009 teen drama, “Boys Over Flowers.” The success of the series led to roles in action dramas like “City Hunter,” which was followed by the Hallyu hit, “The Heirs.”

Lee has been praised for his transition into film, marked by his breakout role in “Gangnam 1970.” His next project is the high-budget blockbuster, “Bounty Hunters.” Until the premiere of “Bounty Hunters,” fans can continue to connect with the actor through his Korea Tourism Organization campaign and his feature spread in ELLE Korea.

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[News] Tickets to Lee Min Ho’s Promotional Event in China Sell at Exorbitant Prices

Lee Min Ho continues to live up to his title as “Asia’s Prince.”

On August 7, Lee Min Ho attended a promotional event in Nanjing, China.

According to reports by Chinese media, there was a big crowd of fans waiting for Lee Min Ho when he arrived at the event despite heavy rain. Moreover, fans who were unable to purchase tickets to the event beforehand reportedly paid as much as 3000 yuan (approximately $433 USD) for a ticket on site.

Meanwhile, Lee Min Ho has been confirmed for blockbuster “Bounty Hunters” (working title) which is slated to premiere in theaters in 2016.

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[News] Actor Lee Min-ho promotes Korean tourism

Lee Min-ho in scenes from the government produced video ad which aims to boost tourism in Korea. / Courtesy of Starhaus Entertainment

Actor Lee Min-ho features in a new government produced video promoting tourism in Korea that will be broadcast around the world.

The hallyu star managed by Starhaus Entertainment appears in the ad produced by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. The commercial’s catchphrase is, “Korea, let your story begin.”

Lee, 28, finished shooting the ad in mid-July. The ad will be aired on major TV networks in other countries, including the American TV news channel CNN and Chinese state-run CCTV, starting in August.

The ad features Lee introducing some of the nation’s most popular tourist destinations, including the Cheonggyecheon stream, and a traditional hanok (Korean house) town in central Seoul.

The ad aims to increase the number of foreign tourists whose numbers dropped after the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) epidemic in May and June. The government declared an end to the outbreak Tuesday morning.

“It was meaningful to participate in the ad and promote the nation to the world,” the company said. “We hope the nation’s tourism industry revives with this ad.”

Source: koreatimes.co.kr

[News] Actor Lee Min Ho stars in Korean tourism ad

SEOUL, July 24 (Yonhap) — Lee Min-ho, a Korean actor hugely popular at home and in China, will appear in a government-produced TV advertisement aimed at jumpstarting the recovery of the domestic tourism industry hit hard by the spread of MERS, the government said Friday.

The star of the popular Korean TV series “Boys Over Flowers” and “The Heirs” finished filming the ad earlier this month, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.

He introduces four to five of the country’s hottest tourist spots in the advertisement for foreign viewers, the ministry said.

The ad will be released on major TV channels and online sites in such countries as the United States, Canada, China, Japan, Taiwan and Thailand, starting early next month, it said.

“We’re going to launch an aggressive ad campaign that can induce residents of major foreign countries to visit to achieve an early recovery of the local tourism market mired in a slump due to the spread of MERS,” a ministry official said.

The infectious disease has claimed dozens of lives in South Korea but is now nearing eradication.

The number of incoming tourists nosedived 41 percent on-year in June, contracting for the first time in 25 months, according to the Korea Tourism Organization.

South Korea has reported no additional cases of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome for the past 19 days, with the death toll remaining flat at 36 for nearly two consecutive weeks.

Since the first case was reported in May, 186 people have been diagnosed with the potentially fatal disease while 138 of them have been discharged from hospitals following complete recoveries.

Source: Yonhapnews

[News] Lee Min Ho’s ‘Gangnam 1970′ special screening in Japan draws 8,000 fans

Lee Min Ho‘s movie ‘Gangnam 1970‘ (director: Yoo Ha) recently held a special screening in Japan, and gathered over 8,000 Japanese fans.

The special screening was held twice in a day at the Pacifico Yokohama National Convention Hall, and the number of fans in attendance was a rare sight that even local actors might find it hard to match.

Many local media outlets were in attendance to do their reporting, and they expressed that it was hard for a large scale movie event like this to be held, especially with Korean movies not doing really well in Japan recently. But Lee Min Ho’s improved and upgraded performance in ‘Gangnam 1970,’ managed to draw attention from fans in Japan.

Lee Min Ho had amassed much popularity in Japan through dramas like ‘Boys Over Flowers,’ ‘City Hunter,’ and ‘The Heirs,’ where he put on sterling performances in them. Lee Min Ho had a breakthrough performance in ‘Gangnam 1970,’ where he showed off his upgraded acting.

‘Gangnam 1970′ focuses on the lucrative real estate development frenzy in Gangnam in the seventies, and Japanese viewers would no doubt find it hard to get into the story. But this did not affect their viewing however, and some were even moved to tears. As the movie rolled its credits at the end, everyone stood up to give a round of applause.

Lee Min Ho personally attended the screening schedules which lasted 6 hours, and actively interacted with viewers as he shared his thoughts on filming the movie. Japanese fans also expressed their anticipation for Lee Min Ho’s performances after he turns 30 years old.

Meanwhile, ‘Gangam 1970′ will open in cinemas across Japan from October 17th.

By: Alvin

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[News] Lee Min Ho, Moon Chae Won, and More Win Big at the 19th Annual BiFan Awards

The winners of the 19th annual Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival (BiFan) have been revealed!

On July 8, a representative of BiFan revealed that actors Lee Min Ho and Moon Chae Won were selected for the ‘Producers’ Choice’ award (chosen by a combined decision from BiFan and Korea Film Writers Association), to light up the ceremony as the country’s greatest stars.

Actors Jung Woo and Kim Go Eun were also put on the awards list after being voted for the ‘Fantasia Award,’ as the stars that Bucheon citizens most want to see at the event.

As for the ‘It Star Award,’ which goes to the actor that showcased the most impressive acting in the film category, actor Oh Dal Soo of “Ode to My Father” (2014), “The Thieves” (2012), “The Attorney” (2013), and “Miracle in Cell No.7” (2013) took the title.

These stars are expected to brighten up the red carpet at the 2015 BiFan this coming July 16.

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[Photo] 150702 Ku Hye Sun appointed as the promotion ambassador to Leukemia Association

Korean Leukemia Association held its 13th celebratory ceremony on July 2nd at M-Square and also appointed its promotion ambassador. Leukemia patients,  their families, and volunteers attended the meeting.

Formal MBC announcer Choi Hyun Jung was the MC for the meeting. The ceremony  started with a video greeting message from KLS’a promotion ambassador Kim Mi Hwa who is a TV talent along with the singer Ivy. The head of the KLA Ahn Ghi Jong made a remark of gratitude and also gave a video presentation about all the “footprints” made by the association in the past year, 2014. 

This day, KLA also appointed Ku Hye Sun as its promotion ambassador. In 2011, Ku Hye Sun led the campaign to raise money to help a 4 yo Mongolian boy Sudkuh to be able to receive bone marrow transplant. She visited Sudkuh at the hospital while he was in recovery and even invited him and his family to her then cafe as well.  Read More…

[News] Lee Min Ho And Wallace Chung Attended The ‘Bounty Hunters’ Press Conference

(Photo : Starhaus Entertainment )

On June 14, Lee Min Ho attended a Shanghai press conference for his upcoming movie, “Bounty Hunters.” The Hallyu star was joined by his co-star, Wallace Chung and Director Shin Terra.  

(Photo : Starhaus Entertainment )

Starhaus Entertainment provided live coverage of the event through messages posted on Weibo. 

The press conference provided a glimpse into details surrounding the upcoming film while showcasing the appeal of its leading men. Lee Min Ho was initially reluctant to provide cute facial expressions for the cameras but warmed up after some prompting.

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