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Seo Kang Joon to play robot in new sci-fi romanceJune 22, 2017
Are You Human Too? will follow an AI robot who gets involved in a fierce power struggle. Nam Shin (Seo Kang Joon), a young man from a rich family, falls into a coma after an accident. His mother (Kim Sung Ryung), an expert in brain science and artificial intelligence, creates a mind-reading android named Nam Shin III with other top scientists to replace her son. Since Nam Shin III has the same appearance as Nam Shin, no one discovers his real identity. The robot soon develops an unlikely relationship with bodyguard Kang So Bong (Gong Seung Yeon) and becomes entangled in an unexpected fight for power. Lee Joon Hyuk (House of Bluebird) co-stars as Nam Shin's secretary and only friend, while Park Hwan Hee (Descendants of the Sun) plays the protagonist's fiancée.
From the producing team of hit drama Love in the Moonlight, Are You Human Too? will be directed by Cha Young Hoon (Uncontrollably Fond) and written by Jo Jung Joo (The Princess' Man). The drama will start shooting at the end of June and is set for an autumn release this year.
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Produce 101 Season 2 winners to debut as Wanna OneJune 19, 2017
Kang Daniel (MMO Entertainment) came in first with more than 1.5 million votes and will automatically become the center of the group. Second place went to Park Ji Hoon (Maroo Entertainment), followed by Lee Dae Hwi (Brand New Music). The remaining winners are Kim Jae Hwan, Ong Seong Woo (Fantagio Entertainment), Park Woo Jin (Brand New Music), Lai Guan Lin (Cube Entertainment) from Taiwan, Yoon Ji Seong (MMO Entertainment), Hwang Min Hyun (Pledis Entertainment), Bae Jin Young (C9 Entertainment) and Ha Sung Woon (Ardor & Able).
The new idol group will hold a concert in July together with other show contestants, and release their debut album in August. They have been invited to model for the school uniform brand Ivy Club and will appear on tvN's sketch comedy show SNL Korea 9. The group members' contracts with YMC Entertainment will end in December 2018.
Some of the eliminated contestants will also debut very soon. Popular contestant Kim Samuel (Brave Entertainment) is gearing for his solo debut later this year, while RBW's Son Dong Myung will start his music career as a member of the band MAS.
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Sashihara Rino tops AKB48 Senbatsu Election for 3rd consecutive yearJune 19, 2017
The second and third positions also remained the same as last year. Watanabe Mayu retained second place with a vote total of 149,132. The popular AKB48 member also announced her plans to graduate from the group. SKE48's Matsui Jurina came in third with 113,615 votes.
The remaining members of the top 16 Senbatsu lineup are Miyawaki Sakura (82,803 votes), Ogina Yuka (73,368), Suda Akari (63,124), Yokoyama Yui (58,314), Souda Sarina (52,475), Okada Nana (48,143), Kitahara Rie (45,684), Takahashi Juri (42,663), Shiroma Miru (41,494), Honma Hinata (41,230), Furuhata Nao (40,202), Takayanagi Akane (38,576) and Yoshida Akari (35,540).
NGT48's Ogina Yuka, who ranked first in the interim results revealed on May 31, made a huge leap to 5th from last year's 95th, and her bandmate Honma Hinata also rose to 13th after being outside the top 80 last year. The biggest surprise of the night came from 20th-ranked NMB48 member Sutou Ririka who declared her intentions to get married during her thank you speech.
Per tradition, the top 80 members will participate in the group's 49th single, which will be released on August 30. The top 16 members will feature in the artwork and perform the single's lead song, with Sashihara Rino as the center. Members in 17th to 32nd place will perform as the Undergirls unit, the 33rd to 48th placed members will perform as the Next Girls unit, the 49th to 64th place spots will perform as the Future Girls unit, and the 65th to 80th place members will perform as the Upcoming Girls unit. Each subunit will perform a B-side track in the single.
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Nakajima Kento and Chinen Yuri to star in Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo JanaiJune 19, 2017
Based on Minami Kanan's manga that was serialized from 2012 to 2016, Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai will follow Taira's schoolgirl Karin who receives an unexpected gift from her parents for her 16th birthday: marriage with her crush Nao, a senior at her high school played by Nakajima. While Karin initially thinks that they're getting married out of love, Nao only agreed to the arrangement for economic reasons. Chinen plays Karin's childhood friend and longtime admirer Isuzu who discovers their secret and pushes her to get a divorce.
Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai will be directed by Hanabusa Tsutomu, who helmed the shojo manga adaptations No Longer Heroine and High School Debut. Shooting will take place in August and September, and the film is slated for release on December 23, 2017.
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Gugudan's Kim Se Jeong as female lead in School 2017June 13, 2017
The new season records the school life of a group of 18-year-old high schoolers. Kim Se Jeong plays optimistic student Ra Eun Ho, a drawing talent who is mistaken for a delinquent while seeking inspiration for her comic at school. Her schoolmates include model student Song Dae Hwi (Jang Dong Yoon) and rebellious Hyun Tae Woon (Kim Jung Hyun), a transfer student from America whose father is an investor of the school. Led by a timid teacher played by Han Joo Wan (Blow Breeze), the class also includes SF9's Ro Woon (Click Your Heart) and Seol In Ah (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon). Former Secret member Han Sun Hwa (Radiant Office) joins the cast as an ace detective who ends up becoming a school police officer after bungling a case.
School 2017 will begin shooting in mid-June and is set to air on KBS in July.
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Chinese version of Midnight Diner adapted by director of Black & WhiteJune 12, 2017
Like the Japanese series, each episode of the Chinese version of Midnight Diner tells a story based around a dish, such as beef noodles, red braised pork and fried rice. The series enlists an impressive lineup of guest stars from Taiwan and Mainland China, including Jam Hsiao, Richie Jen, Cheryl Yang, Kirsten Ren, He Qiong, Liu Haoran, Wu Xing, Ma Su, Stephy Qi, Xu Jiao, Cherrie Ying, Song Yang, Liang Jing and Black & White's Mark Chao, Ivy Chen, Janine Chang, Shiou Jieh Kai and King Shih Chieh. Midnight Diner also marks a return to television for Tsai Yueh Hsun, who has only directed two films since 2009's Black & White.
First adapted by TBS in 2009, Midnight Diner turned into a late-night hit and found fans throughout Asia. The series went on to inspire three more seasons in Japan, the most recent of which was aired on Netflix in 2016, as well as feature films in 2015 and 2016. Besides the Japanese adaptations, Midnight Diner was also adapted into a Korean television drama in 2015, with Kim Seung Woo in the leading role.
The Chinese version of Midnight Diner begins airing on Beijing Television and Zhejiang Television on June 12.
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Kim Ki Duk's new film to star Jang Keun SukMay 26, 2017
Set on a battleship that has been converted into a cruise liner, the film examines the morals and desires of a group of passengers of different ages and backgrounds after their ship enters an unexpected new world. In his most challenging role since debut, Jang will play the cruel and cold character of Adam that reflects the nature of man. Japanese actress Fujii Mina, who previously appeared in Korean productions like My New Sassy Girl and Like a French Film, will take on the character of Eve.
Ryoo Seung Bum and Odagiri Joe, who starred in Kim's The Net and Dream, will play a gang boss and Eve's boyfriend, respectively. The film also co-stars Ahn Sung Ki as an old man, Lee Sung Jae as a politician, and Sung Ki Yoon as the ship's captain.
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EXO's D.O. & Shin Ha Kyun star in black comedy thrillerMay 24, 2017
Room No. 7 stars D.O. as student Tae Jung, who works part-time at a DVD rental shop run by Doo Sik (Shin Ha Kyun). In order to pay off his debt, Tae Jung becomes involved in drug trafficking and hides a shipment of drugs in a room inside the shop. One day, he returns to the room for the drugs but finds that the room has been locked by Doo Sik, who hid a dead body inside. Caught up in a battle of wits, Tae Jung and Doo Sik try all means to keep their secrets hidden.
Room No. 7 also co-stars Kim Dong Young (The Age of Shadows) as a newly recruited employee, Kim Jong Soo (Asura: The City of Madness) as a real estate agent and Hwang Jeong Min (Cart) as Doo Sik's older sister.
Room No. 7 finished shooting in February and will hit local cinemas in the second half of 2017.
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Monster Hunt 2 to open on Chinese New Year 2018May 23, 2017
Besides the return of Wuba and human stars Bai Baihe and Jing Boran, Monster Hunt 2 ups the ante with the addition of superstar Tony Leung Chiu Wai, as well as pop star Chris Lee, Taiwan actor Yo Yang, Da Peng, Huang Lei, Song Xiaobao, Liu Yan, singer Momo Wu and members of pop group X Nine. Picking up where the first film left off, the sequel sees Jing Boran's bumbling villager Tianyin and Bai Baihe's monster hunter Xiaolan setting out in search of her father. Meanwhile, Wuba, who has returned to Yongning Village, again falls under the attack of the Monster King and is forced to go on the run. News spreads of a massive bounty on Wuba, and soon both monsters and monster hunters from far and wide are fighting to capture Wuba first.
Monster Hunt 2 has completed shooting and is currently in post-production.
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Makers of Time Raiders to adapt Song of the AssassinsMay 23, 2017
Often mentioned in the same breath as The Lost Tomb and Ghost Blows Out the Light series, Song of the Assassins revolves around a mysterious assassin order in ancient China and follows a young swordsman's journey to becoming the top assassin. The original novel is known for its detailed depiction of different aspects of Chinese assassin culture and skills, including martial arts, poison, weapons and traps.
The Song of the Assassins web drama goes into production first this month. William Feng is confirmed for the film version which is still in planning.
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Mayday leads 28th Golden Melody Awards nominationsMay 17, 2017
Eve Ai follows closely after Mayday with seven nominations, including Album of the Year (Talk about Eve) and Song of the Year ("The Sum of Us"). The soulful songstress will also compete against Jia Jia (Still Missing), Waa Wei (run! frantic flowers!), Ellen Loo (Imperfections), Faith Yang (Centrifugal Force) and Kiss Ko (Queen of Queens) for Best Mandarin Female Singer.
Both garnering five nominations, Khalil Fong (Journey to the West) and Guo Ding (The Silent Star Stone) seek their first Best Mandarin Male Singer trophy against other singer-songwriters including Jay Chou (Jay Chou's Bedtime Stories), Crowd Lu (What a Folk!!!!!!), Yoga Lin (Sell Like Hot Cakes), Namewee (Cross Over Asia) and Dog-G (Hard Knock). Jay Chou ("Love Confession") and Yoga Lin ("Spoiled Innocence") also received Song of the Year nods along with Mayday, Eve Ai, Rainie Yang ("Traces of Time in Love"), Wu Bai (Beng Kong), newcomer No Party For Cao Dong ("Simon Says") and Faith Yang ("Centrifugal Force").
With their debut album The Servile, indie band No Party For Cao Dong becomes a dark horse contender with six nominations. The Best Newcomer nominee will go head to head with veteran bands such as Mayday, and Chairman (The Boyhood of Chairman), as well as new rock powers FLUX (Pluralism), Jam Hsiao's Lion (Lion) and GDJYB from Hong Kong in the Best Band race.
Power Station (Power Station 20th), Grasshopper (Music Walker), Guess What (One), Astro Bunny (Gu Dan Hui Xiao Shi Bu Jian), RadioMars (RadioMars) and new jazz duo Mr. Miss (Mr. Miss) are all nominated for Best Group.
This year's Lifetime Contribution Award goes to Taiwanese diva Chi Lu Hsia and late singer-songwriter Tom Chang.
The 28th Golden Melody Awards will be held at the Taipei Arena on June 24.
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Jung Jae Young & Kim Jung Eun to star in OCN sci-fi thriller dramaMay 12, 2017
Duel revolves around the kidnapping case of veteran cop Jang Deok Chan's (Jung Jae Young) daughter. In order to save his daughter, Deok Chan pursues the kidnapper. However, he finds out that the suspects are two identical human clones – psychopathic killer Sung Hoon and amnesiac Sung Joon – both of whom will be played by rookie actor Yang Se Jong (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim). Suspicious of the relationship between Deok Chan and the clones, ambitious prosecutor Choi Jo Hye (Kim Jung Eun) teams up with Deok Chan to investigate the case. New actress Seo Eun Soo (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim) co-stars as a medical reporter.
Duel begins airing on OCN on June 3.
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The 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards winnersMay 4, 2017
The Age of Shadows, Train to Busan and The King were the biggest winners in the film section, each walking away with two prizes. Kim Jee Woon was named Best Director for his espionage blockbuster The Age of Shadows and star Song Kang Ho received the Best Actor trophy for his role of an undercover agent who hunts down his former comrades. Train to Busan filmmaker Yeon Sang Ho came out on the top in the Best New Director race. Kim Eui Sung earned the Best Supporting Actor award for his effective portrayal of a selfish businessman in the hit zombie movie. The King garnered Best Supporting Actress for Kim So Jin and Best New Actor for Ryu Jun Yeol, who won the same category in the TV section last year.
Son Ye Jin secured her fifth Best Actress award for The Last Princess, where she plays a captive Joseon princess struggling to return to her homeland. Edging out strong contenders including Kim Tae Ri of The Handmaiden, Lee Sang Hee (Our Love Story) emerged as the dark horse winner in the Best New Actress category.
The Wailing, which had led with six nominations, received the Best Film award. Yoon Ga Eun's remarkable directorial debut The World of Us was given the Best Screenplay prize. Veteran Kim Young Ae, who died in April this year, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.
Gong Yoo of the mega-hit drama Guardian: The Lonely and Great God was recognized as the Best Actor in the Television section, while Seo Hyun Jin took the Best Actress prize for Another Oh Hae Young. Kim Min Seok (Doctors) and Lee Se Young (The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop) triumphed in the race for Best New Actor and Actress.
Besides Guardian: The Lonely and Great God, Dear My Friends is the other big winner in the Television section with two prizes, including Best Drama and Best Screenplay. The Best Director award went to Yoo In Sik (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim).
EXO's D.O. (My Annoying Brother) was voted the Most Popular Actor for the second time in the Film section, while Girls' Generation member Yoon A (Confidential Assignment) won the Most Popular Actress prize. In the Television section, Love in the Moonlight's Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung walked away with the Most Popular Actor and Actress prizes, respectively.
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Kimura Takuya and Ninomiya Kazunari to co-star in suspense filmMay 4, 2017
Set around the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor's Office, Kensatsugawa no Zainin is based on the same-titled 2013 novel by Shizukue Shusuke, whose Hannin ni Tsugu and Closed Note have also been adapted for film. Kimura, who famously played an eccentric upright public prosecutor in the Hero series, stars as elite prosecutor Mogami. Ninomiya plays Okino, a young prosecutor who looks up to Mogami as a mentor. The two are assigned to a murder case whose suspect was previously implicated in a schoolgirl murder case that has passed its statute of limitations. Okino's doubts about Mogami's handling of the investigation leads to a standoff between the two prosecutors over where justice lies.
Filming for Kensatsugawa no Zainin will take place from July to August 2017. The film is set for a 2018 release.
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Kore-eda Hirokazu & Fukuyama Masaharu reteam for courtroom suspense dramaApril 28, 2017
Fukuyama plays elite result-oriented lawyer Shigemori, who becomes the assigned counsel for murder suspect Mikuma, played by Yakusho Koji. Mikuma, who already has a criminal record from a murder charge 30 years ago, has confessed to killing the factory boss who fired him, and faces a possible death sentence. Though this at first seems like an open-and-shut case, Shigemori begins to have doubts about Mikuma's guilt and thin motives, and tries to undercover the truth.
Besides Fukuyama Masaharu and Yakusho Koji, the film co-stars Our Little Sister's Hirose Suzu as the victim's daughter who holds the key to the story, and Saito Yuki (Ballad: Namonaki Koi no Uta) as the victim's wife. Yoshida Kotaro, Mitsushima Shinnosuke, Matsuoka Izumi, Ichikawa Mikako and Hashizume Isao also appear in the film.
The Third Murder finished filming in March, and is slated to open in Japan on September 9, 2017.
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Choi Dong Hun to remake Hong Kong blockbuster OverheardApril 27, 2017
Directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, the original Overheard follows inspectors Johnny, Gene and Max, who are part of a special task force investigating commercial crimes. While probing a case of stock manipulation, Gene overhears an insider stock tip. Desperate for money, he and Max invest heavily in the stock. Johnny discovers their secret but decides to cover for them. Their greed sends them into a cycle of crime that threatens their lives.
The Korean remake will star Lee Jung Jae (Operation Chromite) as detective Ko Chang Seon, the mastermind of a crime group that also includes an investigation team leader played by Yeom Jung Ah (Cart) and a veteran detective played by Kim Eui Sung (Train to Busan). Kim Woo Bin (Master) will portray traffic control officer Park Sang Dae, who uncovers the trio's secret scheme.
Produced by CJ Entertainment, Do Chung starts shooting in August this year and is scheduled for a 2018 summer release in Korea.
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Kim Jee Woon to helm Korean live-action remake of Jin-RohApril 21, 2017
Drawing its inspiration from the fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, the original Jin-Roh follows anti-terror unit member Fuse Kazuki, who is traumatized by the death of a young girl from a terrorist group. Kazuki is punished for the girl's suicide bombing incident and is sent back to academy to receive additional training. When he visits the grave of the girl, he meets her mysterious older sister.
In the Korean version, Kang Dong Won (Master) will star as special force unit member Lim Joong Kyung, along with co-stars Jung Woo Sung (The King) and Han Hyo Ju (Love, Lies). Produced by Warner Brothers, Inrang will begin shooting in the second half of this year and is set to be released in 2018.
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Kitano Takeshi's Outrage series returns with third filmApril 19, 2017
The production recently revealed its first teaser and new cast members including Pierre Taki (Rage), Ikeuchi Hiroki (Ip Man), comedian Harada Taizo (Will You Marry My Wife), veterans Kishibe Ittoku and Osugi Ren, and Omori Nao, who previously appeared in Kitano's Achilles and the Tortoise and Dolls. Outrage Beyond's Nishida Toshiyuki, Shiomi Sansei, Nakada Tatsuo, Mitsuishi Ken, Matsushige Yutaka and Hakuryu will also reprise their roles.
In Outrage 0 Coda, Kitano returns as Otomo, who has been working in Korea for fixer Jang since the great battle between the Sanna clan and Hanabishi clan in Outrage Beyond. While on a business trip in Korea, Hanabishi clan member Hanada (Pierre Taki) kills an underling of Jang, triggering a conflict between the two crime groups. In the midst of this volatile situation, Otomo returns to Japan.
Outrage 0 Coda opens in Japan on October 7.
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Nagase Tomoya stars in I'm Sorry, I Love You J-Drama remakeApril 12, 2017
Starring So Ji Sub and Lim Soo Jung, the original I'm Sorry, I Love You was a big hit both in Korea and around Asia when it aired in 2004. The series reached ratings of 29.2% and garnered top prizes at the KBS Drama Awards.
Set in present-day Japan, the Japanese remake will star Nagase as hero Okazaki Ritsu, who was abandoned by his mother as a child and grew up in tough conditions. After suffering a head injury, he learns that his days are numbered, and decides to use his time to find his biological mother. Ritsu had always assumed his mother had left him because of poverty, but he is pained to discover that she is living a comfortable life and dotes on her son Satoru. At this time, Ritsu reencounters Mita Rinka, a girl who once helped him. Though Rinka is secretly in love with longtime friend Satoru, she becomes increasingly drawn to Ritsu.
Up-and-coming actress Yoshioka Riho, who recently appeared in the TBS hit Quartet, takes on her first drama leading role as Rinka. Ritsu's mother will be played by Otaka Shinobu, and his brother Satoru by popular young actor Sakaguchi Kentaro.
The Japanese version of I'm Sorry, I Love You will air on TBS in July.
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The 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards nominationsApril 11, 2017
In the Television section,Guardian: The Lonely and Great God and Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim both lead with five nominations including Best Drama, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Hit dramas W, Love in the Moonlight and Oh Hae Young Again are the second most nominated with three nods each.
Gong Yoo (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) will compete for Best Actor against Han Suk Kyu (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim), Nam Gung Min (Good Manager), Park Bo Gum (Love in the Moonlight) and Jo Jung Suk (Jealousy Incarnate). Last year's Best New Actress winner Kim Go Eun (Guardian: The Lonely and Great God) is nominated for Best Actress along with Kim Ha Neul (On the Way to the Airport), Park Bo Young (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), Park Shin Hye (Doctors) and Seo Hyun Jin (Oh Hae Young Again).
The Best New Actor nominees are B1A4's Jin Young (Love in the Moonlight), Ji Soo (Strong Woman Do Bong Soon), Kim Min Seok (Doctors), Kim Min Jae (Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim) and Gong Myung (Drinking Solo). Kang Han Na (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), Gong Seung Yeon (The Master of Revenge), After School's Nana (The Good Wife), Girl's Day member Min Ah (Beautiful Gong Shim) and Lee Se Young (The Gentlemen of Wolgyesu Tailor Shop) are in the race for Best New Actress.
The strongest contenders in the Film section, The Wailing, The Handmaiden and The Age of Shadows netted six nominations each, including Best Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay. Kim Min Hee (The Handmaiden), who recently won the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the Berlin Film Festival Award, will compete for the top acting honor against Kim Hye Su (Goodbye Single), Son Ye Jin (The Last Princess), Yoon Yeo Jeong (The Bacchus Lady) and Han Ye Ri (Worst Woman). Kwak Do Won (The Wailing), Song Kang Ho (The Age of Shadows), Yu Hae Jin (Lucky Key), Lee Byung Hun (Master) and Ha Jung Woo (Tunnel) received nods for Best Actor.
Zombie blockbuster Train to Busan scored double nominations for Kim Eui Sung and Ma Dong Seok in the Best Supporting Actor category, which also includes Jo Jin Woong (The Handmaiden), Um Tae Goo (The Age of Shadows) and Bae Sung Woo (Lucky Key). Ra Mi Ran (The Last Princess), Bae Doo Na (Tunnel), Chun Woo Hee (The Wailing), Han Ji Min (The Age of Shadows) and Kim So Jin (The King) picked up Best Supporting Actress nominations.
Seeking her ninth Best New Actress trophy, The Handmaiden's breakout star Kim Tae Ri is up against Girls' Generation member Yoon A (Confidential Assignment), Kim Hwan Hee (The Wailing), Lee Sang Hee (Our Love Story) and Choi Soo In (The World of Us). The Best New Actor nods go to EXO's D.O. (My Annoying Brother), Ryu Jun Yeol (The King), Ji Chang Wook (Fabricated City), Woo Do Hwan (Master) and Han Jae Young (New Trial).
Real-time popularity polls for Most Popular Actor and Actress in both sections are in full swing. D.O. (My Annoying Brother) and Yoon A (Confidential Assignment) dominate in the Film section, while Park Bo Gum and Kim Yoo Jung from Love in the Moonlight currently rank first in the Television section.
The 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards will be held on May 3 in Seoul.
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