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(Profile) Baek Sung Hyun

22 Feb

Name: 백성현 / Baek Sung Hyun (Baek Seong Hyeon)
Profession: Actor and singer
Birth date: 1989-Jan-30
Height: 181cm
Weight: 68kg
Star sign: Aquarius
Blood type: A
Talent agency: Wellmade Star Management

TV Shows
White Christmas (KBS2, 2011)
Running (MBC, 2010)
That Fool (KBS2, 2009)
Kokkiri (MBC, 2008)
Kid Gang (OCN, 2007)
Sea God (KBS, 2004)
The Age of Heroes (MBC, 2004)
Stairway to Heaven (SBS, 2003)
Damo (MBC, 2003)
5 Brothers and Sisters (2002)
Sweet Bear (MBC, 2001)
Beautiful Days (SBS, 2001)
Golden Era (MBC, 2000)
See and See Again (MBC, 1998)

My Boyfriend’s Diary (2006)
Marathon (2005)

Other Appearances
Sydney in Love (Short Film, 2009)
Kim Hyung Joong – Today’s Fortune (Music Video, 2009)

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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru no Haka)

22 Feb

The novel was first published in 1967 and was written by Akiyuki Nosaka who wrote it for his sister which died of malnutrition in 1945. The story revolves around two siblings near the end of World War 2 in Kobe, Japan. The father is away serving with the Imperial Navy and after loosing their mother during an air raid by US bombers they end up alone. The older brother struggles hard to get himself and his little sister through the miserable times of the final phase of World War 2 in Japan. The story is very sad and heartbreaking, no glorification of war to be seen, no blatant “good” country vs “bad” country, just the struggle of ordinary people and how many of them are corrupted by the incredibly hardships they have to face. The live action feature film directed by Taro Hyugaji was released in 2008 and the animated movie by Isao Takahata was released in 1988. Animation work for the Anime was done by cult animation company “Studio Ghibli”.

Live Action Grave of The Fireflies

NTV in Japan produced a live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II. The movie aired on November 1, 2005. The movie is approximately 2 hours and 28 minutes long. A different live action version of the film was released in Japan on July 5, 2008.

Seita (Ishida Yohsi)
Setsuko / Seita’s sister (Sasaki Mao)
Seita’s aunt (Nanako Matsushima)
Seita’s cousin (Inoue Mao)

Like the anime, the live-action version of Grave of the Fireflies focuses on two siblings struggling to survive the final days of the war in Kobe, Japan. Unlike the animated version, it tells the story from the point of view their cousin (the aunt’s daughter) . The story, based on a semi-autobiographical novel written by Akiyuki Nosaka, is about a teenage boy named Seita (Ishida Yohsi) and his 5-year-old sister Setsuko (Sasaki Mao). They get separated from their mother (Seiko Matsuda) during an air raid and later find out that she’s been mortally wounded. With their father off fighting in the war as a naval officer Seita and Setsuko are taken in by a distant aunt (Nanako Matsushima) and her family. She’s kind at first, but when rationing causes food to become scarce her attitude toward them grows cold. Unable to bear her anymore, the two kids go out on their own and fend for themselves while living in a nearby cave. Setsuko gets increasingly ill due to malnutrition and Seita is forced to steal food from a farm and rob empty houses during air raids.

Its initial theatrical release in Japan was accompanied by Hayao Miyazaki’s much more lighthearted My Neighbor Totoro as a double feature. In commercial terms, the theatrical release was a failure.[citation needed] While the two movies were marketed toward children and their parents, the extremely depressing nature of Grave of the Fireflies turned away most audiences. However, Totoro merchandise, particularly the stuffed animal of Totoro and Cat bus, sold extremely well after the film and made overall profits for the company to the extent that it stabilized subsequent productions of Studio Ghibli.

Grave of the Fireflies is the only Studio Ghibli film that the Walt Disney Company does not have distribution rights for in the United States, since the film was not produced by parent company Tokuma Shoten, but by Shinchosha, the publisher of the original novel. Grave of the Fireflies was released in the U.S. by Central Park Media in a two-disc set. The first disc contains the uncut film in both an English dub and the original Japanese with English subtitles as well as the film’s storyboards. The second disc contains several extras, including a retrospective on the author of the original book, an interview with Director Isao Takahata, and an interview with well-known critic Roger Ebert, who has expressed his admiration for the film on several occasions.

Following the 2009 bankruptcy and liquidation of Central Park Media, A.D.V. Films acquired the license to Grave of the Fireflies and began releasing it on DVD on July 7, 2009.[5] As of September 1, 2009, the movie is now licensed by ADV’s successor, AEsir Holdings; with distribution from Section23 Films.

English dub cast
Rhoda Chrosite – Setsuko (likely a pseudonym, see Rhodochrosite)
Amy Jones – Aunt
J. Robert Spencer – Seita
Veronica Taylor – Mother
Additional Voices by Shannon Conley, Crispin Freeman, Dan Green, George Leaver, Nick Sullivan

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(Drama) Starway to Heaven

22 Feb

Detailed Information
Broadcasting company: SBS
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TV Premiere: 2003.12.03
Production : screenwriter- Park Hye Kyung
Director: Lee Jang-soo
Main Casts : Kwon Sang-woo, Choi Ji-woo, Shin Hyun-joon, Kim Tae-hee
Running Time per Episode : 60 mins
Total Episodes : 20 eps

Character : Actor/Actress
Cha Song Joo : Kwon Sang-woo
Han Jung-Suh/ Kim Ji-soo : Choi Ji-woo
Han Yoo-Ri : Kim Tae Hee
Han Tae-Hwa / Han Chul-soo Shin Hyun Joon
Han Soo Ha
– Jung-Suh’s father : Ha Jae Young
Tae Mi-ra
– Tae-Hwa & Yoo-Ri’s mother :Lee Hui Hyang
Han Pil-su
– Tae-Hwa & Yoo-Ri’s father : Jung Han Yong
Director Jang : Lee Cham
Young Song Joo : Baek Sung Hyun
Young Jung-Suh : Park Shin-hye
Young Tae-Hwa : Lee Wan
Young Yoo-Ri : Park Ji Mi

Brief Synopsis
The first episode of Stairway to Heaven aired on February 5, 2004. A total of 20 episodes aired every Wednesday and Thursday night at 10 pm on SBS. This drama quickly became known as one that could bring on laughter and tears, pulling at viewer’s heartstrings every time they watched. This TV miniseries was extremely well-received by audiences. Lead actress, Choi Ji-woo’s immense popularity with young female audiences, along with a wonderful storyline has kept people talking long after the final episode aired.

Stairway to Heaven captured viewer’s attention with passionate performances combined with movie-like qualities. Many viewers would be surprised to learn that the scenes of Han Tae-hwa as a child are actually played by Han yu-ri’s real-life young brother.

Synopsis Song-ju (played by Kwon Sang-woo) and Jeong-seo (played by Choi Ji-woo) grew up together as close friends. Their parents close relationship gave them the feeling of being brother and sister as youngsters. As the only son of a wealthy executive of Global Group, Song-ju went abroad to study management. Before leaving, the two childhood friends exchanged necklaces.

After suddenly losing his wife to illness, Jeong-seo’s father remarries Tae Mi-ra. For no reason Mi-ra’s daughter Yu-ri seems to dislike Jeong-seo from the very beginning and is often cruel to her. During this time of cruel treatment, Jeong-seo is in a serious car accident, resulting in memory loss.

She remembers nothing of her childhood friend, Song-ju and is unexpectedly reunited with him. The four young main characters Cha Song-ju, Han Jeong-seo, Han Tae-hwa, and Han Yu-ri all have different ways of expressing love, making each character unique. The show incorporates the beauty and sadness of love set in beautiful filming locations with sweet, mellow tunes on the soundtrack.

1. Chopin, Piano Concerto No. 1 Op.11 E Minor 2nd Mvt : Romanza
2. Cheongugui Gi-eok (KO: 천국의 기억, EN: Memory of the Heaven) – Jang Jung Woo
3. Lette – Kang Woo Jin
4. Ave Maria – Rebecca Luker
5. Geugeotmaneun (KO: 그것만은, EN: Nothing But That) – Jang Jung Woo
6. Eonjekkajina (KO: 언제까지나, EN: Forever)
7. Na Man Eh Nuh (KO: 나만의 너)- Kim Hyun Ah
8. Remember
9. Seulpeun Sarang (KO: 슬픈 사랑, EN: Sad Love)
10. Areumda-un Neo-ege (KO: 아름다운 너에게, EN: To You the Beautiful) – Moon Ji Hwan
11. Neoreul Jikilkke (KO: 너를 지킬께, EN: I Will Protect You)
12. Bogoshipda (KO: 보고싶다, EN: I Miss You) – Kim Bum Soo
13. Kkeuchi Animeul (KO: 끝이 아님을, EN: That It Is Not the End)
14. Cheongugui Gi-eok (KO: 천국의 기억, EN: Memory of the Heaven) – Park Mook Hwan
15. Sesang Kkeute Seo Isseodo (KO: 세상 끝에 서 있어도, EN: Though I Am At the End of the World)
16. Yaksok (KO: 약속, EN: Promise)
17. Geugeotmaneun (KO: 그것만은, EN: Nothing But That) – Park Mook Hwan
18. Stairway to Heaven (taken from Led Zeppelin)


– Song-joo: People who love each other end up reuniting. No matter how far apart they are, they will reunite in the end. Love is something that returns!
– Tae-hwa: Heaven is a land I cannot go to. In front of this mural all the love in the world even the love that can’t be forgiven. I hope that it can all come true.
– Song-joo: Perhaps he may have loved her more than I did. However, this does not mean that I loved her any less.
– Song-joo: Jung suh I loved you to death, I still love you to death and I’ll continue loving you to death, until we meet again.
– Song-joo: And Jung Suh, that’s how you smile.
– Song-joo: Love is something that returns.

Let tears flow down your face…. It’s one of the best drama I love the most…..

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