Thursday, 10 August 2017

The Battleship Island - Mall Appearance Photos

Here we go ...all the pictures you have been waiting for...

Monday, 31 July 2017

The Battleship Island - Star Tour

GSC Movies and Clover Films are pleased to announce the appearance of Korean oppas Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub and Song Joong-ki this coming 9th August at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur for the promotions of war action blockbuster THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND. The trio will be here along with high-octane director Ryoo Seung-wan for a 2-day promotional tour. 

The highly anticipated appearance of THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND stars and director is set to kick off at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur’s Main Entrance at 7pm on 9th August, followed by its Gala Premiere at GSC Pavilion KL thereafter. It is undoubtedly one of the biggest star appearance gathering Korea’s biggest names of award-winning veteran and celebrated heartthrobs. 

THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND Malaysia Star Tour is proudly presented by tvN Movies; with support from Radio Partners MY FM & Melody FM; supporting TV Partner tvN; Cinema Partner Golden Screen Cinemas; Official Hotel The Majestic Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Autograph Collection; and Official Mall The Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. 

THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND features a stellar cast of Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub, Song Joong-ki, Lee Jung-hyun & Kim Suan and tells the courageous story of three men staging a daring escape from a forced labour camp on the perilous “Battleship Island’ while leading 400 fellow Korean prisoners during the Japanese colonial era. 

The movie opens nationwide on 17th August 2017. 
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Monday, 24 July 2017


Malaysia, 24th July 2017 – CJ Entertainment, Clover Films and GSC Movies are pleased to announce that THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND 《軍艦島》 Malaysia Star Tour will be happening on 9 th August 2017. 
The star-studded Malaysia Star Tour of the highly anticipated war action blockbuster is proudly presented by tvN Movies, World’s FIRST & ONLY Korean Blockbuster movie channel, where high-octane Director Ryoo Seung-wan 柳昇完, along with his leading men of award-winning veteran Hwang Jung-min 黄晸玟, celebrated heartthrobs So Ji-sub 蘇志燮 and Song Joong-ki 宋仲基 will be in town to promote the blockbuster that has been receiving rave reviews ahead of its release in Korea. 
THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND features a stellar cast of Hwang Jung-min 黄晸玟, So Ji-sub 蘇志燮, Song Joong-ki 宋仲基, Lee Jung-hyun 李貞賢 & Kim Suan 金秀晏 and tells the courageous story of three men staging a daring escape from a forced labor camp on the perilous “Battleship Island’ while leading 400 fellow Korean prisoners during the Japanese colonial era. 
THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND Malaysia Star Tour is proudly presented by tvN Movies; with support from Radio Partners – MY FM & Melody FM; and supporting TV Partner – tvN. 
THE BATTLESHIP ISLAND is co-distributed in Malaysia by Clover Films & GSC Movies in association with King Kong Media Productions. The movie opens nationwide on 17th August 2017.

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

THREE Reasons to watch tvN Asia 24-hr Express Drama The Bride of Habaek 2017

tvN's new fantasy romance drama, The Bride of Habaek 2017, starring heartthrob Nam Joo-hyuk and sweetheart Shin Se-kyung will premiere in Asia-Pacific on 4 July (Tuesday) at 9:45pm (GMT+8) only on tvN, within 24 hours after premiering in Korea. The production crew reveals today (3 Jul) THREE reasons to watch the drama.

A Masterpiece with a Touch of Creativity
The Bride of Habaek 2017 is a spin-off of the bestselling comic of the same name by Yoon Mi-gyung. Different from the original comic, the TV drama is set in modern days, with some newly created characters to fit the drama setting. Adapted from a fantasy comic into a TV drama, much imaginations and creativities are needed in both screenplay and production. Directed by Kim Byun-soo (Nine: Nine Time Travels) and written by Jung Yoon Jung (Misaeng), The Bride of Habaek 2017 offers viewers with an all-in-one experience that mixes romance, fantasy, comedy and mystery.

The Chemistry of Nam Joo-hyuk & Shin Se-kyung’s “So-Baek” Couple
While a lot of attention was put to Shin Se-kyung’s new short hair look, audience are all amazed by Nam Joo-hyuk’s god-like appearance. This is also the first time for the pair to working together, hence, some new sparks and on-screen chemistry are expected. Within the characters, Habaek’s narcissistic yet hilarious personality, and So-ah’s unique persona brings much laughter. Furthermore, Moo-ra’s obsession towards Habaek and jealousy towards So-ah added excitement to the storyline. Not to be missed are the storylines of Shin Hoo-ye and troublemaker Bi-ryum.

Witty, Fun Interactions among Characters
Based on a comic story, The Bride of Habaek 2017 has quite a lot of ridiculously funny scenes and witty dialogues, especially by Habaek who is the Water God living in the Land of the Water, everything in the human realm is new to him. It will definitely take him some time to get used to his identity as a human.

tvN's new fantasy romance drama, The Bride of Habaek 2017 will premiere in Asia-Pacific on 4 July (Tuesday) at 9:45pm (GMT+8) only on tvN, within 24 hours after premiering in Korea. The show is available every Tuesday and Wednesday. tvN is available in Asia-Pacific countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Australia, with subtitles in English, Chinese, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and Thai.

tvN, where fun takes off!

Sunday, 18 June 2017

G-DRAGON to bring his world tour to Malaysia

Last month, BIGBANG’s leader, G-DRAGON excites the internet with the announcement of his third world tour, <ACTIII, M.O.T.T.E> (Moment Of Truth The End) on his official social media platforms! Yes, we are aware that Malaysia is not on the list but guess what? It’s time to mark down your calendar,  V.I.Ps because Malaysia will be part of G-DRAGON’s world tour too!

Concert organiser, IME Malaysia once again is pleased to announce that they will be bringing the global superstar to Malaysia for his world tour! G-DRAGON 2017 WORLD TOUR <ACTIII, M.O.T.T.E> in Malaysia will take place on 16 September 2017, 7:30PM at Stadium Merdeka.

Well, get ready to watch G-DRAGON’s explosive performance and experience a one of a kind concert soon in Malaysia!

Stay tuned for further details!

For further information, please visit IME Facebook page (IME Asia), Twitter (IMEproduction), Instagram (IME_Asia) or find on Wechat (IMEProductions).

1) The hashtag for this concert is #MOTTEinKL.
2) G-DRAGON's name has to be written in capital letters.

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Watch and Win: Prime tickets to G-Dragon's World Tour in Singapore (25 & 26 June 2017)

Greetings from Oh!K, the hottest Korean channel in town!

We are excited to share that G-Dragon’s 2017 World Tour is making a stop in Singapore.

The Singapore leg of this tour is set to take place on 24 & 25 June 2017 (Saturday & Sunday), 6pm at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. This marks one of the biggest K-pop world tour and tickets to this highly anticipated concert are selling out fast!

Oh!K (Astro Ch 394) is giving G-Dragon fans a chance to win VIP, CAT1 and CAT2 tickets worth up more than RM2,000.

To do stand a chance in winning these tickets, fans just have to:
1.    Tune into Oh!K (Astro Ch 394) on Mondays – Fridays @ 7.50pm- 9.00pm and lookout for two (2) different codes which will appear in those time slots from 5 – 16 June 2017.
2.    Snap a photo of both codes.
3.    Submit the photos of both codes under the comments on Oh!K TV Asia’s Facebook page here: Oh!K TV Asia with a short descriptor on why they are G-Dragon’s super fan!

Tuesday, 16 May 2017


Ed Sheeran, the Grammy-winning singer is making his way back to Malaysia and U Mobile is the official telco partner for his concert which will take place on November 14 this year. To celebrate the partnership, U Mobile will be organising a series of contests to give away concert tickets in the lead up to the concert date. More information on the contest will be made available in June 2017!
Ed Sheeran’s Malaysia Concert is part of U Mobile’s Unlimited Grooves calendar, an initiative aimed at responding to customers’ music passion. Apart from the Tour, U Mobile is also a partner of Good Vibes Festival 2017, Upfront concert series as well as the presenter of Urbanscapes 2017 which is currently taking place.
More information on ticket giveaways will be available on U Mobile's website in June 2017.

About U Mobile
At U Mobile, we believe in creating new and better ways to connect people via data and voice. As the fastest growing telco, we make it our business to constantly innovate so that we can provide the best mobile plans and customer experience, complimented by the most relevant technology for our customers. We challenge industry norms relentlessly to make mobile connectivity truly seamless to everyone.

For more information on U Mobile’s products and services, please visit or participate in U Mobile’s various social activities by visiting

Monday, 15 May 2017


The wait is over! Korea uprising boyband, SEVENTEEN will be making their way to Malaysia for their very first world tour!
Debuted in 2015 under Pledis Entertainment, Seventeen has been gaining so much of attention both domestically and internationally. By popular demand, IME Malaysia will be bringing the boys to Kuala Lumpur for 2017 SEVENTEEN 1ST WORLD TOUR “DIAMOND EDGE” IN KUALA LUMPUR.


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Ji Chang Wook for TVN Launch and Fabricated City in Malaysia

Ji Chang Wook, one of hot korean actor was in town on 8 April 2017 for TVN movies launch and Fabricated City Gala premiere.
During the press conference for Fabricated City, he talk about the hardship he had to endure during the filming of the movie. One of the challenge is at the start of the filming, the weather was hot but towards the end the weather was very cold. Despite that he gave his best. This time around his character required a lot of actions and fighting scenes. His character: In real life, Kwon Yoo (Ji Chang Wook) is unemployed but in the virtual world he is recognized as a top gamer with no rival. 

This is his first time in Malaysia, he would like to come again for holiday and explore more about Malaysia. Currently he is busy with filming romantic comedy drama. He will be enlisted in army by the end of this year.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Running Man Alive in Malaysia 2017


Organised by YS Entertainment, RUNNING MAN 2017 LIVE IN MALAYSIA set to vow fans with full surprises at The Mines International Exhibition & Convention Center (MIECC) on 22nd of April 2017 6pm sharp. 
Ever since South Korea’s longest running popular variety show RUNNING MAN has embarked on their world concert tour in February 2017, the very own entertaining stars like Song Ji-Hyo, Lee Kwang-Soo, Kim Jong-Kook, Ji Suk-Jin and HAHA will be meeting Malaysian fans very soon this April. 
Aside from the first announcement of Skull, the famous South Korean reggae singer as special guest, the organiser is announcing more surprises as new line-ups. International Korean singer who made it a success in various European and Asian countries, Se7en (Choi Dong-Wook) and Victor Wong Pin Kuan, Malaysian born Chinese singer who made his name well in the Taiwan music scene since 90’s will be appearing as special guests as well. 
Se7en has returned to the Korean music scene after his military service, and now focused on making his own album whilst running promotion in Asia region under his own established company – Eleven Nine. Fans in Malaysia will have this golden opportunity to witness Se7en’s famous solo performance after so long. Se7en is more than excited and looking forward to be part of the RUNNING MAN 2017 Live in Malaysia concert to perform in front of his Malaysian fans. Fans out there don’t miss this precious chance! 
Running Man Turbo Spartan Kim Jong-Kook had released a Mandarin Single numbered “Don’t Need To Return My Love” in January 2017, which he did a special crossover with Malaysian Chinese Singer, Victor Wong. Kim JongKook fell in love right away with Victor’s composition of the song, hence the crossover. Besides the wonderful chemistry from the song they made, you could enjoy the lovely vocal of Victor Wong on stage during the concert. 
Since the commencement of ticket launch on 29 th March, VIP and PS5 tickets snapped up in minutes. In order to show gratitude towards fans’ great support, VIP and PS1 ticket purchasers will receive complimentary official light stick. VIP ticket holders will also entitled for a chance to get close with the 5 members of RUNNING MAN. For other ticket purchasers will also get a complimentary concert poster on the day itself. 
RUNNING MAN 2017 LIVE IN MALAYSIA organized by YS Entertainment, ERA FM & MY FM as official media partners. Ticket sales are now available throughout all appointed TicketCharge outlets in Malaysia and online purchases on Ticket prices from RM 758 (VIP), RM 608 (PS1), RM 508 (PS2), RM408 (PS3), RM308 (PS4) and RM 208 (PS5), all ticket prices inclusive of RM4 processing fees. 

For ticket sales enquiries, please contact TicketCharge at +603 9222 8811 (Kuala Lumpur ot +604 645 9811 (Penang) and +603 9520 4310 (Concert Hotline) for other enquiries.

Saturday, 1 April 2017


Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA, 31 March 2017 – Multi-talented actor JI Chang-wook is set to grace Malaysian shores next week for the first time ever on 8 April 2017, to discuss his new action crime film, Fabricated City. This movie is proudly presented by tvN Movies, World’s First & Only Korean Blockbuster movie channel, which will be launched in Malaysia via HyppTV (CH 222) on 1 April 2017. 

Helmed by a multiple award-winning director PARK Kwang-hyun, Fabricated City talks about a hardcore gamer Kwon Yu (JI Chang-wook), who spends most of his time in an Internet café - due to chronic unemployment - after being booted out of the national Taekwondo team for assaulting a teammate. Kwon’s life takes an unexpected dip following an abrupt arrestment and life imprisonment for sexually assaulting and murdering a minor, which supposedly happened after he returned an abandoned cell phone to a mysterious female caller. With the help of his virtual teammates, they uncover a massive plot to a mysterious underworld organization and it is up to Kwon and his allies to combine forces to prove his innocence.

“When I’m standing on the edge of the world, who will hold my hand? Can a group of powerless people come together to fight against a mighty foe? This was the message of hope that I wanted to convey in Fabricated City,” said Director PARK, who wrote the script based on current socioeconomic inequalities, as portrayed by Kwon and team who seek retaliation against rich and powerful organizations, out searching for scapegoats to stand-in for their felonies. 
Director PARK’s 2005 seminal feature film ‘Welcome to Dongmakgol’ that combines reality, fantasy, humanism and humor was a phenomenal hit which brought in more than 8 million admissions in South Korea. 

With regard to his lead actor, a familiar face in top rated Koreans dramas such as The K2 (2016) and Healer (2014), Director PARK said, “JI Chang-wook is extremely capable of understanding and pulling off believable acting and action sequences. From portraying a strong male figure to a vulnerable boy, his acting spectrum is very wide. He’s an adaptable actor”. 

Fabricated City also marks JI's feature film debut as lead actor. JI will be in Kuala Lumpur for the Gala Premiere of Fabricated City, set to be held on 8 April 2017, at GSC Cinemas, Pavilion Kuala Lumpur. Media and invited guests will get the opportunity to meet and interact with the actor during media conference, as well as the premiere, within the same day itself. 
Fabricated City will be released in nationwide cinemas on 20 April 2017. For more information on Fabricated City, please visit

Fabricated City is presented by tvN Movies, the world’s first & only Korean Blockbuster movie channel, which will be launched in Malaysia via HyppTV (CH 222) on 1 April 2017. tvN Movies strives to introduce and deliver top grossing, all-time favorites and award-winning Korean movies to audience in Malaysia. 

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

EXO concert update


Korean boy band EXO will be back to Kuala Lumpur with their #3 World Tour “The EXO’rDIUM” on March 18th, 2017 at the Stadium Merdeka. The ticket sale crossed the 10- thousand threshold with over 14,000 tickets sold to date and ticket sale is still moving fast! 
The nine EXO members recently recorded an exclusive video which went viral on the internet, garnering over 330,000 FB video views in mere 3 days. The group’s popularity continues to rise reported several major music awards won under their belt. 
Organized by Star Planet, supported by Malaysia Major Events, the 2-million Ringgit stage production will begin setup at the Stadium Merdeka this Sunday. Tickets are priced at RM688 (Rock), RM588 (CAT 1), RM468 (CAT 2), RM388 (CAT 3), RM348 (CAT 4) and RM228 (CAT 5) *subject to RM4 processing fee. 
EXO officially kicked off their brand new tour “EXO PLANET #3 The EXO’rDIUM” with six dates in Seoul, setting a new record as the first K-pop group in history to have the longest solo concert ever run, at Seoul’s Olympic Gymnastics Arena, with over 84,000 spectators. The tour has reached major cities including Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei. 

For more information, please log on to / or call hotline 03-9223 3667 / 9222 8811.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

The Official Launch of BONIA Flagship Boutique at The Pavillion Elite, Kuala Lumpur

In conjunction with the opening of Bonia flagship boutique at The Pavillion Elite, Kuala Lumpur, a contest is being held until 10 March 2017. All you have to is spend a minimum of RM100 at any Bonia boutique or shop online for a chance to win Two (2) Business Class tickets to Korea. 

1) Fly in Biz Class to Korea Contest
  • Contest date:; from now untill 10 March 2017
  • Spend RM100 and stand a chance to win TWO (2) Business Class tickets to Korea
  • Automatic enrolment. No enrolment form is needed,
  • The Contest is only applicable at all Malaysia BONIA Boutiques and Shop Online ( More info on the T&C :

2) The Official Launch of BONIA Flagship Boutique, Pavillion Elite
  • Date : 10 March 2017
  • Celebrity appearance : Ms Kim Tae Hee

Do check the video below from Ms Kim Tae Hee and don't forget to participate in the contest for a chance to win the two business class ticket to Korea.


Thursday, 2 March 2017

F.Y.I On Stage with Hanbyul

Kuala Lumpur - M.E Malaysia is set to bring the charming and talented Korean-Australian artiste, Hanbyul this March under “F.Y.I On Stage”, a series of events which introduce and highlight talented undiscovered artists. “F.Y.I On Stage with Hanbyul” features renditions of songs from prominent Korean dramas and films, and promises a cozy intimate show for the fans. 
Formerly the lead singer of Korean group Led Apple, Hanbyul is also known as an excellent vocalist with perfect and memorable rendition of hit songs via “Music Note” section on YouTube. He was formerly active as a co-host and emcee of Arirang TV's popular show "After School Club” which gain him many international fans. After his departure from Led Apple, Hanbyul has participated in the OST for KBS’s “Sassy Go Go” and SBS’s “Remember” and gained a reputation as a soloist. His OST for “Remember,” titled “Winter Wind” rose to No. 7 on the Chinese music site QQ. He is currently preparing for a comeback and hope to show everyone a more mature image via F.Y.I On Stage.
 “F.Y.I On Stage with Hanbyul” will take place on Saturday, 11th March 2017 in SEGi University Kota Damansara, Kuala Lumpur. General Admission (RM180) , V.I.P (RM280) and Premium (RM380) passes is available in limited quantity. For more information on how to secure your passes, log on to or email M.E Malaysia at 

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Oh!K Launches Saimdang, 'Soulmates Across Time' Contest Giveaway!

In conjunction with Valentine’s Day, we’re pleased to share that Oh!K (Astro Ch 394), the hottest Korean channel in town has just launched its ‘Soulmates Across Time’ Giveaway!

Hosted on a dedicated contest microsite (, Malaysians are encouraged to share a photo of themselves and their soulmate, along with a narrative of why that person is special to them.  Participants are also encouraged to get their friends to vote for their entry!

The grand prize for this giveaway, worth USD$1185 (RM5271) includes the following:
·         2D1N staycation at a 5-star hotel
·         The History of Whoo hamper
·         Dinner for 2 at a selected restaurant

The contest microsite is available in both Bahasa Malaysia and English language options. Contest period starts today, 14thFebruary – 13th March 2017! Together with this, we have attached two contest visuals for your onward use. We hope you find this news of great interest to your readers.

Be sure to catch new episodes of Saimdang, same time as Korea, every Wednesday and Thursday at 9PM, exclusively on Oh!K (Astro Ch 394).

Monday, 13 February 2017

The EXO'rDIUM KL Concert

Due to high demand, the hottest South Korea boy group EXO officially kicked off their brand new tour “EXO PLANET #3 The EXO’rDIUM” with 6 dates in Seoul last July, setting a new record as the first K-pop group in history to have the longest solo concert ever run, at Seoul’s Olympic Gymnastics Arena, with over 84,000 spectators. 
This new tour marked EXO’s third solo concert tour since their debut in 2012, and the concert title, inspired by the Latin word “exordium” which means “beginning,” suggests that fans can expect to see a more mature and improved side of EXO. Touring cities also include Bangkok, Taipei, Hong Kong and more with tickets fully grabbed up in minutes, which has again proven its immense popularity! 
To be organized by Star Planet, supported by Malaysia Major Events, EXO is set to return with EXO PLANET #3 The EXO’RDIUM in Kuala Lumpur, striving to thrill fans with a 1-night concert at Stadium Merdeka Kuala Lumpur on March 18th , 2017 at 8p.m. The group hit it big at their last KL concert, successfully amazed a crowd of over 15,000 people. The upcoming gig, said to be one of the biggest concerts of the year with an extraordinary production, is anticipated to attract an even greater turnout. 
EXO debuted in 2012 and had rose to fame with the release of their million seller album XOXO in 2013. The group has received a large number of awards to their winning streak, nominated as #1 Best K-Pop Song by American Billboard in 2013, the biggest influence in Korea by Forbes Korea Power Celebrity in 2014 and 2015 for two consecutive years, among others. Their 2 nd studio album EXODUS made EXO the highest-charting Korean male act on the Billboard 200 in 2015. 
EXO becomes ‘triple million-seller’ when their second studio album on 2015 and third studio album on 2016 both recorded platinum by selling more than 1 million copies, along with winning #1 awards 4 years in a row on multiple year-ending award ceremonies. The group rewrote history and created a big wave in the music scene. 
Tickets are priced at RM688, RM588, RM468, RM388, RM348 and RM228 *subject to RM4 processing fee. For more concert information, please visit or or call +603 9223 3667 / 9222 8811.



One of the world’s topheavy metal bands credited with popularizing the genre, Megadeth, is finally coming to Malaysia!
After a much-anticipated wait, Megadeth’s debut performance in Kuala Lumpur - organised by IME Malaysia - will see the band rock Stadium Negara on Thursday, 4th May 2017 at 8pm.
Founded in 1983, Megadeth virtually gave birth to a genre when their debut release became recognized as the Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time.
“Kuala Lumpur is somewhere I've always wanted to hit when we've been trekking through Asia,” co-founder and front man Dave Mustaine was quoted saying in an interview recently.“They're going to let us bring our brand of metal music, it's really rewarding,” he added.
The tour is in support of their latest album Dystopia, their first album in 3 years and their fifteenth album to date. Rock critics and fans around the world are hailing Dystopia as a triumphant return from one of the most important bands in the scene.
The album earned a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance of 2017. With 49,000 units sold in its first week of release, Dystopia took the no. 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 chart alongside Adele and Justin Bieber. It’s the highest charting album for the band since 1992’s Countdown to Extinction which peaked at No. 2 on the chart. Dystopia was listed as one of the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2016 by Rolling Stone magazine.
The current Megadeth line up comprises of Dave Mustaine on vocals and guitar, David Ellefson on bass, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren.
For the past 3 decades, Megadeth has sold more than 50 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including 12 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums.
Tickets to Megadeth Live in Malaysia are priced at RM428 (Deth Pitt Zone, Free Standing), RM388 (VIP, Numbered Seat), RM358 (Rock Zone, Free Standing), RM288 (CAT1, Numbered Seat) and RM198 (CAT2, Free Seating). Tickets are available via TicketCharge online at 
or the hotline +603-92228811 starting from 10th February 2017, 11:00am onwards. Fans also can purchase ticket at selected outlets for Speedy video, Victoria Music, Rock Corner, Chambers Music, PJ Live Arts, information counter at The Mines shopping mall and 1 Shamelin. Outstation outlets such as Eden Ultimate (Kuantan) and Blonde Brunette (Penang). All ticket prices are inclusive of 6% GST but exclusive of RM4 processing fee.
For the latest updates on the event, visit @IMEAsia on Facebook, @IME_Asia on Instagram, @IMEProduction on Twitter, or @IMEProductions on WeChat.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

Saimdang, Korea’s highly-anticipated series set to premiere in Malaysia this January

Jewel in the Palace star Lee Young-ae returns after more than a decade as
the lead in Saimdang

KUALA LUMPUR, January 23, 2017 – Making a comeback after a 13-year small-screen hiatus, Lee Young-ae takes centre stage in Saimdang, Oh!K’s latest period drama. A love story set across time about the life of historical Korean figure – Shin Saimdang, the series will premiere with double episodes simultaneously with Korea on 26 January 2017 (Thursday) at 9pm, exclusively on Oh!K (Astro Ch 394). Fans will be able to catch new episodes every Wednesday and Thursday at 9pm.

Lee Young-ae first gained international recognition in 2003 for her performance in the award-winning television series, Jewel in the Palace. The series which is currently airing on Oh!K was exported to 91 countries, increasing the Korean pop-culture phenomenon abroad.

Set in both the Joseon era and present day, Saimdang weaves a story of fact and fiction, uncovering the life of this unconventional 16th century Korean woman. In an interesting twist, Lee Young-ae is set to play both roles of the female lead in past and present - as Seo Jiyun, a part-time university lecturer and Shin Saimdang herself. The story opens when Seo Jiyun discovers the diary of Shin Saimdang in Italy, and goes on to uncover the secrets about a mystery painting she finds inside.

Acting alongside Lee Young-ae is Korean heartthrob Song Seung-heon (East of Eden, Autumn in My Heart). After a break of three years, he returns to the screen in his first period drama as Lee Gyeom, Shin Saimdang’s love interest. In Saimdang, viewers can expect to see a different side to the actor.

Be sure to catch the double-episode premiere of Saimdang, same time as Korea on 26 January 2017 (Thursday) at 9PM exclusively on Oh!K (Astro Channel 394). New episodes air every Wednesday and Thursday at 9PM.

For more information on Oh!K and its programmes, please visit the Oh!K Website or the Oh!K Facebook page.

More about Saimdang 

An intertwined journey of Jiyun (Starring Lee Young-ae), a university lecturer of Korean art in the present, and Shin Saimdang herself in the past comes alive in this brand new series. After Jiyun stumbles upon the diary of historical figure Shin Saimdang, she becomes intrigued by a mysterious portrait that she finds inside of it. Looking to discover the history behind the picture, she takes it upon herself to locate the real portrait and through this, Saimdang’s love and life story awakens.

View the official promo here:
· (English)
· (Mandarin)
· (Bahasa Malaysia)

Meet the Main Cast
Lee Young-ae (Plays seo Jiyun and Shin Saimdang)

Lee Young-ae is a well-known actress in the Korean entertainment scene. She began her career through a role in an advertisement in 1991, with Andy Lau. In 1995, she went back to school to pursue her favourite subject – acting.

After 10 years, since her appearance in the hit drama Jewel in the Palace, Lee Young-ae is finally returning to the screens.

Through her highly praised acting skills in Jewel in the Palace, she created a global craze for Korean dramas. In 2007, she received the Medal of Culture Merit from the South Korean government for her contribution to the Korean wave.

In Saimdang, Lee Young-ae takes on a double role in the series. She plays Seo Jiyun, the mother of a precocious eight-year-old son and a Korean art history lecturer at a university. When she comes across an old book in Italy suspected of being Saimdang’s memoirs, she gets swept up in the whirlwind of destiny.

She also plays Shin Saimdang, the woman who writes “the Sujinbang Diary” that Seo Jiyun discovered. She is an artist with an extraordinary sense of colour.

Song Seung-heon (Plays Lee Gyeom)

Song Seung Heon is an instantly recognisable South Korean actor. Wooed by many for his chiselled good looks, Song Seung Heon began his career as a model for the jeans brand STORM.

He broke into acting with the 1996 television sitcom Three Guys, Three Girls, and a very successful acting career followed.

His popularity increased tremendously with the 2000 drama Autumn in My Heart which made him one of the most recognised Hallyu stars and much sought-after actor.

Song Seung Heon has since starred in many popular films and dramas, including East of Eden (2008), My Princess (2011), Dr. Jin (2012), When a Man Loves (2013).

In Saimdang, he takes on the role as Lee Gyeom, a free-spirited boy who was locked in a prison disguised as a home. He was a man who never stopped loving Saimdang and stayed devoted to her all his life. He was the Joseon version of a chivalrous man who treasured even the shadow of the woman he loved.