[Weekly Up & Down] Song Hye Kyo’s Comeback & BTS Becomes the First Group to Win 5 Grand Prizes at the Golden Disc Awards

#Song Hye Kyo Returning to the Small Screen with Kim Eun Sook’s New Project

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Song Hye Kyo will make her comeback with a revenge drama written by star screenwriter Kim Eun Sook. The two first met in 2016 through the drama Descendant of the Sun. Song Hye Kyo and Kim Eun Sook’s new drama The Glory is a revenge drama revolving around school violence. It tells a wicked yet sad story of a woman who plotted her revenge for a long time. When she was a high school girl, she dreamed of becoming an architect, but she had to drop out of school when she became the target of brutal school violence. Since then, she waited until the bully got married, had kids, and that child entered elementary school. After years of plotting, she begins her thorough and desperate revenge on the perpetrators and bystanders after being appointed as the child’s homeroom teacher. Kim Eun Sook is one of the biggest writers in Korea who produced multiple global-hit dramas like Secret Garden, The Heirs, Descendants of the Sun and Goblin. Stranger, Memories of the Alhambra and Record of Youth director Ahn Gil Ho will helm the drama.


#”#SorryJungin” – Stars Spread Good Influence


Many stars continued their good influence by participating in the “#SorryJungin” challenge on social media to mourn the death of Jungin that came under the spotlight through Unanswered Questions or donating funds to eradicate child abuse. In particular, Lee Young Ae’s choice drew keen attention. On Jan 5, Lee Young Ae visited the cemetery park where Jungin is buried with her husband and two kids. According to the agency, Lee Young Ae chose to personally visit Jungin’s grave to pay tribute after learning that it’s about a 10-minute drive from her home. Han Ji Min‘s post also touched many people’s hearts. Han Ji Min posted pictures of her petition to be sent to the Seoul Southern District Court on Jan 5, along with a message that reads, “The reality must face, must not repeat and must change.”


#’The Penthouse: War in Life’ Ends with 30% Ratings

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SBS’s The Penthouse: War in Life (hereinafter referred to as The Penthouse) ended with the 21st episode. The final episode soared up to 31.1% viewership, becoming the first terrestrial mini-series to surpass the 30% mark in five years. The real murderer of Shim Soo Ryeon turned out to be Joo Da Tae, shocking the netizens, and the Hera Palace went to Chun Seo Jin. The Penthouse, which became the hottest topic throughout the show, received enough love to give birth to the phrase, “Kim Soon Ok is the genre.” As the season 1 ended with the victory of evil with Kim So Yeon and Uhm Ki Joon taking over the penthouse while Lee Ji Ah and Eugene faced a tragic ending, interest in season 2 and 3 skyrocketed. The Penthouse Season 2 will be released in February.


#BTS Makes New History by Sweeping a Total of 5 Grand Prizes at the Golden Disc Awards

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BTS won the Grand Prize in the album category (Album of the Year) for the fourth consecutive year with its fourth full-album MAP OF THE SOUL: 7. This is their 4th Grand Prize, following the 32nd, 33rd and 34th Golden Disc Awards, and in the 34th ceremony, the group also took the Digital Grand Prize (Song of the Year). With this, BTS became the first group to take a total of 5 Grand Prizes. During his acceptance speech, RM said, “A lot of things are changing, so we will become BTS that moves forward with positive energy and hopes. We will come back with another great music and performance this year.” Jimin added, “We will work harder to become singers who can deliver our hearts in a better voice.” BTS was also honored with both Bonsang Awards (Digital Song and Album) and Curaprox Popularity Award.


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