The 2016 MBC Drama Awards took place on December 30 and “W” was the biggest winner. “W” won a total of seven awards! Lee Jong Suk won the voter-determined Grand Prize, writer Song Jae Jung won Best Scriptwriter of the Year, Han Hyo Joo and Lee Jong Suk won Best Couple, Kim Eui Sung won the Golden Acting Award, both Han Hyo Joo and Lee Jong Suk won High Excellence Awards in the Mini-series category, and “W” won Drama of the Year.
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On October 2, this year’s hottest dramas and actors were honored at the 2016 APAN Star Awards. The ceremony was hosted by Shin Dong Yup and Honey Lee and took place at the MBC Sangam Culture Plaza. The awards review 63 dramas that aired between September 2015 and September 2016.
Song Joong Ki was the recipient of the Grand Excellence Award (Daesang) for his work in “Descendants of the Sun.” He also won Best APAN Star Award as well as the Best Couple Award with Song Hye Kyo.
Other winners of the night include the Top Excellence Awards for Han Hyo Joo (“W“) and Jo Jin Woong (“Signal”) and Best New Actor/Actress Awards for “Reply 1988’s” Park Bo Gum and Hyeri as well as “Moonlight Drawn By Clouds‘” Kim Yoo Jung.
 Han Hyo Joo won 'Top Excellence Actress' / Best Actress (miniseries) at APAN Star Awards 2016. Congratulations HHJ! #한효주 #이종석 #더블유 #W #APAN2016 #hanhyojoo #leejongsuk #ohyeonjoo #kangchul #wtwoworlds #songhyekyo #kimhyesoo #parkshinhye #mbc #apan #apanstarawards #kdrama #awards #koreandrama #apanstarawards2016
(Han Hyo Joo absent in 2016 APAN Star Awards because she is in Bali)
New MBC drama ‘W’, starring Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo is dominating!
The 1st episode of ‘W’ started off with decent viewership ratings of 8.6%. Soon afterward, the ratings soon increased with the airing of the 2nd episode, which recorded 9.5%. The most recent episode gained even more viewers, jumping the ratings up to 12.9%.
On the other hand, KBS ‘Uncontrollably Fond’ starring Kim Woo Bin and Suzy, airing at the same time period as ‘W’, faced a decrease in viewership as the 7th episode dropped down to 8.6%.
MBC’s “W” bested KBS 2TV’s “Uncontrollably Fond” in terms of local viewership ratings in its second week, data showed Thursday.
The webtoon-themed fictional drama‘s third episode took 13 percent of the overall viewership in its slot, seeing a rise of 3.4 percentage points over the previous episode.
The viewership of melodrama “Uncontrollably Fond,” starring Kim Woo-bin and Suzy, stood at 9 percent, seeing a drop of 2.5 percentage points.
‘Cold Eyes’ BluRay DVD will release at around the end of the October ~ start of November.
<Cold Eyes> is released in Vietnam’s Lotte Theatres today!
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Korean thrillers have earned a reputation for consistency over the years and, though there may only be a few great ones, the majority of them are solid efforts. However, we’ve come to expect a lot of the same tropes as a result of this consistency, so much so that they have begun to feel too familiar over time.
One of the latest offerings from the genre is Cold Eyes, which set the stage for a summer full of Korean thrillers (others included Snowpiercer, The Terror Live, The Flu and Hide and Seek). With an innovative approach to location filming in Seoul and featuring three stars playing against type, Cold Eyes may seem familiar, but it’s also a fresh and exciting addition to the genre.
A young cop (Han Hyo-joo) aces an elaborate test and is recruited into an elite group of surveillance investigators in the heart of Seoul, led by Detective Hwang (Seol Kyung-gu). The crack team comes up against a tough opponent in the form of James (Jung Woo-sung), a vicious criminal who stages big heists as he overseas operations from high vantage points with the aid of a phone and a monocular.