EXCLUSIVE: Kim Soo Hyun Joins NASA Space Camp

After playing an alien in "My Love from the Star," actor Kim Soo Hyun has officially enrolled in basic space training at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).


Kim Soo Hyun became a worldwide celebrity after his stellar performance in "My Love from the Star." News of the show's popularity even reached the United States, catching the attention of NASA's Administrator of International Relations, Michael F. O'Brien.

"We've been looking for an international ambassador at NASA for a long time. When I heard about this actor in Korea making space 'cool' again, I knew we had to get in touch," O'Brien said.  


Kim's representatives say that while he has always had an interest in outer space, "My Love from the Star" changed his perspective entirely. "[Kim Soo Hyun] fell in love with the idea of space travel while filming this drama. Even during breaks, we found him flipping through astronomy books and looking at the sky through the telescope on set." 

In this memorable scene below, Do Min Joon's alien abilities of teleportation and telekinesis are exposed to Cheon Song Yi's younger brother:





The training camp, which other celebrities such as N'SYNC's Lance Bass have joined, will last for up to 3 months. We hope Kim Soo Hyun enjoys the program and returns home safely.

UPDATE: April Fool's!

April Star Birthdays!

Happy April! Now that spring's here, we can finally go outside and enjoy the sunshine! Not to mention celebrate the birthdays of some of our favorite drama stars! Check out who's a lucky April baby below!

1. April 4th - Chen Qiao En, one of our favorite Taiwanese actresses who has starred in both Fated to Love You and Easy Fortune Happy Life! Chen Qiao En is also a singer and co-leader of the Taiwanese group, 7 Flowers.




2. April 4th - James Roday, an American actor, director and screenwriter, currently stars in the hit comedy, Psych, where he plays psychic detective Shawn Spencer. Roday is also the co-artistic director of the non-profit theatre group, Red Dog Squadron.




3. April 9th - UEE, member of Korean girl group After School, has been in numerous dramas, including Golden Rainbow, Birdie Buddy, You're Beautiful and Barefoot Friends! Check out the trailer below to see UEE!



4. April 19th - Im Soo Hyang, a talented Korean actress was in I Do, I Do and is currently starring in the Viki exclusive, Inspiring Generation! She's also the recipient of the 2011 New Star SBS Drama Award.





5. April 19th - Lee Da Hae is a Korean actress, and she's set to star in Viki's upcoming drama, Hotel King! This ultra-popular actress also speaks several languages, including Chinese, English, Korean and Japanese!




6. April 23rd - Marjorie de Sousa is a world-renowned Venezuelan model and actress, and has been in both Wild Cat and Love Contract.  Marjorie de Sousa also participated in the 1999 Miss Venezuela contest before pursuing a career in modeling.



Were there any birthdays we missed? What would you give your favorite actor or actress? Let us know in the comments below!

Get Free Tickets to 'Make Your Move' Starring BoA!

UPDATE: It's not too late to get free tickets to "Make Your Move," starring BoA and Derek Hough! Read below for details!

Are you ready for global K-Pop star, BoA, to make her American film debut? The multi-talented sensation will be starring in "Make Your Move" with Derek Hough from "Dancing with the Stars," which premiered this past weekend.

We've partnered with CJ E&M America to bring YOU to a "Make Your Move" screening in your city.

Los Angeles, CA - The Grove
Monday, March 31st at 8:00PM (special screening featuring special guests BoA and Derek Hough)
Monday, April 14th at 7:00PM

Washington DC - Gallery Place
Monday, April 14th at 7:00PM


New York City, NY - AMC Empire
Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00PM


Miami, FL - Cobb Dolphin
Tuesday, April 15th at 7:00PM

Want to hear about more Asian movie screenings and announcements? Check out CJ E&M America's Facebook page for updates!
K-Pop superstar, BoA, stars in "Make Your Move."
Viki's "Make Your Move" Ticket Giveaway Instructions:
 
1. Follow @Viki on Twitter.
2. Watch the trailer below for BoA's first K-Drama, "Hope for Dating."
3. Click the "Share" icon on the video and post to Twitter, adding #MakeYourMove to the end of your tweet.




If your entry is selected, we will contact you via Twitter Direct Message, so please remember to follow @Viki to be eligible!

This giveaway is open to participants living in the U.S., who are responsible for their own transportation to and from the screening.

Explore The World With Viki: Korea

Saving up to take your dream vacation? Explore the world with Viki through the lens of K-Dramas, featuring some amazing sight-seeing spots in Korea.

Jeju Island 

Jeju Island is a volcanic island, created more than 2 million years ago. Today it's a popular vacation spot featuring waterfalls, gorgeous beaches, and cliffs overlooking the ocean. A perfect place for romance!

You can see it featured in "Lie to Me" episode 11 and "Secret Garden" episode 5.




Reflections, Chagwido Sunset
Jeju Island
Gyeongbokgung Palace 

This historical location is immediately recognizable to K-Drama fans. This royal palace, originally built in 1395, was the largest of the five grand palaces built during the Joseon Dynasty. It's been used as a backdrop for shows like "Rooftop Prince" and "Queen Inhyun's Man."



Blossoms in the Spring 

Changing of the Guard
Changing of the Guards at Gyeongbokgung Palace 


Namsan Tower

Officially known as the YTN Seoul Tower, this communication tower marks the highest point in Seoul. Visitors can take a cable car up to tour the site and view Seoul from the observation deck.

You can see the towering attraction in "Boys Over Flowers" and recent K-Drama "My Love From the Star" Episode 18 below.



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Namsan Tower from afar
La Petite France

This quirky attraction is located about an hour outside of Seoul in Gapyeong, and is modeled to look like a French cultural village. The provincial architecture is dedicated to the famous children's character "Le Petit Prince."

You can see this little bit of Paris in Seoul in "Beethoven Virus" and in episodes 15 and 16 of "My Love From the Star."


Gianna Jun films in La Petite France


Gangnam District


This neighborhood was immortalized in Psy's K-Pop hit "Gangnam Style," and is one of the poshest areas in Seoul, full of great restaurants and shopping. Korean dramas often feature characters eating at cafes located here. Take a stroll through Gangnam with "Heirs" and "Gentleman's Dignity."

Gentleman's Dignity films at Mango Six cafe

Lee Min Ho & Kim Woo Bin enjoy a drink from Mango Six

Give Subtitling a Try for a Chance to Receive Signed Photos - One Week Only!

Until the end of March, you can flex your subtitling muscles for a chance to get Viki merchandise or even a signed photo of either Park Yoochun or Yoona! A gift will be given out every day between March 25th and March 31st to the person who writes the most subtitles that day. And you can win on multiple days! Follow the below instructions to be eligible to receive a gift.


Instructions
  • Once a day, submit the number of subtitles you wrote that day in this form.
    • Submissions must be made by 11:59PM PST
  • Check your PMs on Viki as we’ll contact the top subtitler each day there, by the end of the next day.

Gifts for Subtitling

Viki is bringing the stars to you! One person will get to choose between a signed photo of Park Yoochun OR Yoona. Six people will get surprise Viki gifts such as t-shirts, pens, stickers and more. We’ll give away something different every day!

Remember that you can win on multiple days, so submit your subtitling numbers every day!

Get Started Subtitling

1) Check out this Viki U video tutorial to learn to use the Subtitle Editor.


2) Navigate to a video and get started. You can practice on an English-language news video. Don’t speak another language? Don’t worry -- you can caption them in English!

3) Ready to subtitle a full-length movie or TV episode? Find a project here!

Note: Popular TV shows and movies are managed by volunteer “channel teams,” and only team members are allowed to subtitle those videos. If you want to join a team, just contact the Channel Manager!

Read our FAQs to learn everything you need to know about subtitling. If you need assistance, please visit the Viki Help Center.

Lost in Translation: 10 Crazy TV Show Titles

If you're a fan of foreign TV dramas, you've probably had the following embarrassing conversation:

"What are you watching now?"
"It's a show called "Boys Over Flowers" -- it's about a girl who..."
"What kind of name is that? Do these boys have a flower shop? This sounds lame."
"It makes sense in Korean, trust me!"



We've all been there. Here are our picks for the top 10 confusing, awkward, and downright crazy titles on TV:

10. The Tragedy of W: I never knew that learning my ABC's would be so dramatic.

9. Me Too, Flower!: No, you shouldn't have that much in common with a plant.

8. Holy Battle in Couleur de Rose - The Future is in Our Hands: Why choose one long title, when you can have two?

7. Panda and Hedgehog: Either this is a heartwarming children's cartoon, or a strange gene-splicing experiment.

6. Smiling Pasta: Why does my dinner have feelings?

5. Answer Me 1997: Last time I checked, 1997 was a year; I don't think we'll be getting an answer anytime soon.

4. Without Breasts, There's No Paradise: As true as the message may be, saying it out loud still gets me in trouble with friends and family.

3. Escaping from Charisma: This sounds like a horror film made for anti-social people. 

2. A Hole in My Panty: That's what happens when you leave your laundry in the dryer too long, right?
Available Exclusively to Viki Pass subscribers and QC's

1. True Love/Inborn Pair: Would I be wrong to assume this drama is about twins who fall in love while still in the womb?

Have you had to explain a strange English translation to your friends? What's the funniest title missing from this list?

¿Quieres una fotografía autografiada por Kim Soo Hyun y Gianna Jun de “Mi Amor de las Estrellas?

¡Viki te lleva a las Estrellas!

¡Esta es tu oportunidad para recibir una fotografía autografiada por las estrellas de “Mi Amor de las Estrellas”, Kim Soo Hyun y Gianna Jun!


Foto autografiada de Mi Amor de las Estrellas

¡Participar en esta contienda es muy fácil! Sólo encuentra las respuestas de dos preguntas en los siguientes videos de Viki.

Sigue los siguientes pasos:

1.     Ve el epílogo de este video del K-Drama “Mi Amor de las Estrellas”. También lo puedes ver a continuación. 









2.     Luego responde a esta pregunta: ¿Cuál es el número de placas del carro que aparece en el epílogo?

3.     Ve este video musical de Lunafly

4.     Luego responde a la pregunta: Miryo de Brown Eyed Girls hace una aparición especial en el video de Lunafly. ¿Qué estampado lleva su chaqueta?
    





5.     Envía tus dos respuestas y tu información de contacto en esta forma.

De todas las personas que hayan contestado correctamente, escogeremos una al azar para recibir la fotografía.

Y si compartes este blog en tu Facebook o Twitter, tal vez tengas mayor oportunidad de ser seleccionado. ¡Quién sabe!
























Is Lee Min Ho Worth $9 Million?

It's been reported that actor Lee Min Ho is worth $9 million from commercials alone - yikes! Since his breakout role in the 2009 Korean drama "Boys Over Flowers," the 26-year-old has landed endorsement deals with companies spanning beverages, cosmetics, clothing and cars. He's also continued his acting success with leading roles in "Personal Taste," "City Hunter," "Faith," and most recently "Heirs."

Do you agree with the $9M pricetag? Or, like us, do you think there are millions of reasons he's worth much more? See below:


Other reasons Lee Min Ho is the "$9 million man."

His smile



His body


His winks




His lips





His role as Gu Jun Pyu in "Boys Over Flowers"






His romantic moments on screen





His dancing

The list of what we love about Lee Min Ho could go on and on, but one thing's for sure - Lee Min Ho is priceless!!!


Which Girl Group Rules: SNSD or AKB48?

South Korea’s Girls’ Generation or Japan’s AKB48: which pop girl group reigns supreme?

The ladies of Girls’ Generation (also known as SNSD) and AKB48 are known for their singing and dancing skills, as well as their stylish beauty. But did you know that many of these idols also are actresses in TV dramas and movies? See the variety of acting projects these girls have taken on below.

SNSD vs. AKB48: Which girls group rules in acting?

YoonA in ‘The Prime Minister Is Dating

Girls’ Generation’s YoonA has had the most success in her acting career so far, with leading roles in four Korean dramas. Her most recent work was “The Prime Minister Is Dating,’ in which she played a spunky tabloid reporter who enters a contract marriage with the Prime Minister of Korea.


Haruna Kojima and in ‘Love Stories From Fukuoka’ (Episode 9)

Residents of Fukuoka, Japan, submitted their own real-life experiences with love and heartbreak, which were then acted out on screen by idols such as AKB48 members. Haruna Kojima plays a colleague of the main heroine, Mai, who suffers a traumatic face deformity after a major accident. The spunky friend try to cheer up Mai and get her to come out of her shell to find true love.



 
Haruna Kojima stars in Episode 9 of "Love Stories from Fukuoka."

Yuri in ‘Fashion King

Girls’ Generation’s Kwon Yuri plays a confident fashion designer named Anna Choi in “Fashion King.” Involved in a complicated love quadrangle with three other designers, Anna’s character combines a sharp intellect with a caring heart. With the deceit and betrayal committed by the other main characters, we can’t help but root for Anna to succeed in “Fashion King.”



Suzuki Mariya in ‘Kokkuri-san’ (Viki Pass Exclusive)

If you don’t like to get spooked, then avoid watching the Japanese horror movie “Kokkuri-san,” starring AKB48’s Suzuki Mariya, with the lights off! The baby-faced idol has earned the nickname of “48 Horror Queen” by acting in scary movies like this one, which is available exclusively to Viki Pass subscribers and Qualified Contributors.

Can you spot the second person in this spooky photo from ‘Kokkuri-san’?

Which girl group do you think has more talented actresses? Are you a fan of Suzuki Mariya’s suspenseful horror movies or YoonA’s funny and bubbly characters? Let us know in the comments!

5 Dreamy Guys We Want to Spend White Day With!

Happy White Day! If you’ve never heard of this holiday, it’s kinda like the reverse Valentine’s Day in many countries in Asia. The women who received chocolates and other sweets on Valentine’s Day reciprocate on White Day by giving treats to the special men in their lives.

First celebrated in the 1970s, this holiday is one of the most popular among young couples in Asia and the occasion can be seen celebrated in many forms in dramas, anime and even in real life!

Here are five dreamy guys from our favorite shows that we wish we could celebrate with on White Day!

Chris From Parks and Recreation

With his upbeat personality, who wouldn’t want to spend White Day with Chris Traeger (played by Rob Lowe)? Besides, he’s the acting city manager — so he probably knows all the coolest places to take you out around town!


Shawn and Gus From Psych

With Shawn Spencer (played by James Roday) and Burton “Gus” Guster (played by Dulé Hill), one never knows what to expect. But you can be sure that when you’re crime fighting with a fake psychic detective and his best friend, you’ll have plenty of fun on White Day! (Not to mention pineapples galore!)


Naoki From Mischievous Kiss: Love in Tokyo


With an IQ of 200, Naoki (played by Yuki Furukawa) is not only the smartest guy in school but also the most good-looking nerd we’ve ever seen. What could be better than spending White Day with a guy like this in the beautiful city of Tokyo?



Yang Tai (aka Terry) from Princess’ Stand In

Not only is this GM cute, he’s also one of the nicest guys around! He’ll be sure to treat you like a princess on White Day!

Who would you most like to hang out with on White Day? Let us know in the comments below!

Jumpstart Spring With Romance and Humor!

Are you still suffering from the winter blues? We’ve got the cure for you! Embrace the start of spring with this selection of heartwarming, romantic and humorous shows and movies from around the world!

Autumn’s Concerto


A moving piano concerto stirs the lost memories of a man’s love for a young girl who secretly gave birth to his son. “Autumn’s Concerto” made child actor Xiao Xiao Bin into a superstar and is the second highest-rated Taiwanese idol drama after “Fated to Love You” (2008).

Rock ‘n’ Road

Chris Wu, who shot to fame with his performance as Hua Tuo Ye in “Autumn’s Concerto,” will star in the upcoming Taiwanese drama “Rock ‘n’ Road.” Make sure to catch the first episode on March 16!


Bye, Old Times


A group of friends look back on their past, some with fear, some with regrets, as they think back to the mistakes and choices they made when they were young. Would they do it all over again in the same way if they got another chance?



Pasha has the perfect life with his girlfriend, Lisa, and great friends who will always be there for him. But his perfect life ends abruptly when Lisa dumps him on the very day that plans to propose to her. Can a dating service help get Pasha back in the game?

The Office


Corporate life and the workaday existence will never again be as entertaining as depicted by the employees of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, office of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. Can actual work ever get done in such a wacky work environment?

History of the Salaryman


Can an average working man match wits against high-powered executives in the cutthroat world of corporate politics? You won’t believe the kinds of things some people will do to get ahead in their careers!

We hope watching these titles will put a smile on your face and perk up your spirits for spring! Let us know what other titles put you in a good mood!