Taiwanese Actress Puff Guo Turns 27


Taiwanese actress (and perennial Viki fan favorite) Puff Guo turns 27 on June 30. If you're not sure who she is and why she's internationally famous, you've probably been living under a very large rock somewhere in the Western Hemisphere since about 2011. But don't panic, there's still time to appreciate her artistry—here's a quick look at what puffs up Puff!

Modeling


You can be the judge of Puff Guo's beauty...or you can let the editors over at FHM Taiwan be the judge. It turns out they've nominated her as the Sexiest Woman for three years in a row!

Music


Since Puff Guo's group "Dream Girls" signed a record deal in 2011, she has become a K-Pop fixture. Check out Dream Girls' 2013 collaboration performance with T-ARA at M Countdown Ni Hao Taiwan, above!

Acting

While Puff Guo debuted in the 2011 hit drama "Inborn Pair," fans outside of Taiwan will recognize her in last year's "We Got Married Global Edition Season 2" where she was paired with Super Junior's Heechul! In between those shows, she built her reputation as a leading lady in "Just You" with co-star Aaron Yan and "Love Myself or You" with co-star Jasper Liu.

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Happy 37th Birthday to the Incredibly Talented Ha Ji Won!


Ha Ji Won, the female lead in upcoming Korean drama "The Time I've Loved You," turns 37 this Sunday. Here's a quick primer on some of her many accomplishments during her incredible career so far.

She released her own photo book this year



"Ha Ji Won's Secret" sold out in Japan earlier this year. The photo book uses images and videos to visually track the progression of her career, from fledgling talent to award-winning actress. This work is preceded by her essay 2013 collection "This Moment."

She's a critical darling


Ha Ji Won at the 47th Baeksang Awards in Seoul.                   (Source)
Ha Ji Won has won some form of an award every year since 2000! This includes many SBS drama awards, including four for "Secret Garden" alone. She's been nominated for nine different Baeksang Awards over her career (including last year, for her performance in "Empress Ki") and has won four of them.

She's deeply philanthropic


Source: Korean Drama Choa

In addition to donating to a number of charities, she donated some of the proceeds from "This Moment" to a children's aid group. In October 2011, Ha Ji Won joined her fans in delivering coal and food to an isolated, rural Korean village not covered by government subsidies. She's even donating her cornea!

She's musically talented

Ha Ji Won released "You Are My Joy," her first self-composed song last week. This isn't her first foray into music, Ha Ji Won released a debut album, "Home Run," in 2003. The title track featured Psy, and was used in the soundtrack for her movie "Reversal of Fortune."

Don't forget to check out "The Time I've Loved You" June 27th, on Viki! Can't wait to see more Ha Ji Won? Let us know in the comments below!

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6 Awesome (and True!) Facts about Birthday Boy Rain!

As one of the most recognizable faces in hallyu, Rain has built himself quite the career. In honor of the “She’s So Loveable” star’s 33rd birthday, here are six fun facts about this all-around entertainer.

1. Despite his charismatic, masculine image, he’s no stranger to cute girl group dances. He helped choreograph the "point dance" for fellow Cube Entertainment repped group CLC’s debut song, “Pepe.”



2. Rain’s no stranger to Hollywood, starring in films like "Ninja Assassin" and "The Prince," and even snapping pics with Hollywood heavy-hitters like Julianne Moore and Hugh Grant.



3. He’s been in one of history’s greatest dance-off’s, battling American icon Stephen Colbert in "Dance Dance Revolution."



4. Though he left JYP entertainment in 2007, Rain is still close to his former label-mates, pausing for a photo with Park Jin Young and “first-generation idol group” g.o.d. at the latter’s 15th anniversary reunion concert.



5. Although he and girlfriend Kim Tae Hee are known for their impact in the entertainment world, the two also have a penchant for real estate. The combined total value of their properties is about $34.7 million!



6. There's another young lady who's stolen a piece of Rain’s heart: the ultra-cute Choo Sarang! Rain met the popular prodigy on a Korean reality show, trying to woo her with gifts. Sarang eventually warmed up to the megastar, letting him take an adorable selca with her!


What do you love best about birthday boy, Rain? Let us know in the comments below! 

'Let's Eat!': How to Order 5 Delicious Korean Dishes


Food + dramas = a match made in heaven—one that could rival any celebrity OTP. While we're fans of the lovey-dovey scenes, if our favorite 오빠 (oppa,) 언니 (unnie,) 형 (hyung,) or 누나 (noona) is having an on-screen food broadcast, or 먹방 (meokbang,) our eyes are guaranteed to be transfixed with stomachs growling!

Like its 2013 predecessor, "Let's Eat Season 2" showed us the diverse and delectable world of Korean cuisine—and we want to eat all of it (yes, all of it.) Check out our top five dishes below, complete with how to order your favorite dishes in Korean!







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Happy Birthday Lee Min Ho!



International superstar Lee Min Ho celebrates his 28th birthday today!

The actor/singer/model has had a whirlwind of a career ever since his break-out role in Boys Over Flowers, and is now a bonafide A-lister, not to mention ULTRA-hottie.

To celebrate Lee's birthday, we found some fun facts about the multi-talented performer.

1. He once wanted to be a professional footballer, but a childhood injury put an end to that dream. But not to worry, we're kinda glad he chose acting instead :)


2. The first thing he does in the morning is feed his miniature pinscher "Choco," who apparently has a wardrobe worthy of Coco Chanel. Lucky dog!


3. All thanks to his role in City Hunter, Lee Min Ho's popularity in China shot up and he was even invited as the first Korean celebrity to perform on China's CCTV Lunar New Year Gala, an honored and prestigious event.


4. The illustrious Madame Tussauds in Shanghai unveiled a wax figure of him wearing a dapper black suit, which took 10 months to carve. That's almost too much handsome for one place!


5. His enormous popularity in China has earned him some interesting nicknames, including "Older Brother," "Big Cutie," and "Long-Legged Oppa."


6. He was once in a serious car accident that landed him in the hospital for a year! Fortunately, he bounced back nicely.


6. In the future, he would like to have a daughter. Apparently, he thinks they'd make for better children. Good choice!


7. He believes in love at first sight! Sigh, a true romantic. Just like Kim Tan in Heirs!


What do you like best about birthday boy Lee Min Ho? Share with us in the comments!

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'Innocent Lilies 2' Is Coming To Viki!


The hit Japanese show "Innocent Lilies" is back for another season! We're excited to see what's in store this time around. TV Asahi and Toei, the two entities behind Kamen Rider and Power Rangers, will be releasing the second season simultaneously with the theater release on June 13. Let's take a look at the actors behind "Innocent Lilies 2."


The cast is comprised of Dempagumi, a six member idol group. Dempagumi formed in 2008 and gained popularity after "Innocent Lilies" aired in 2013. The main character in this series will be Moga Shiratori (Moga Mogami), a girl with deep scars in her heart who attempts to save the world as a White Witch. The other members of Dempagumi will be playing characters with same first names but different last names.




The members of Dempagumi are not only the actors for the series and movie, but also provide the theme song "Brand New World" from their new album "WWDD."

Moga Mogami gave a message to Viki fans about the upcoming series.
Are you excited for "Innocent Lilies 2"? What was your favorite moment from the first season? Let us know in the comments below,  and don't forget to watch!

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Take Our T-Drama Challenge & Win!


Calling all drama buffs! Think you know your Taiwanese dramas? Test your knowledge here, and you could win one of five photo-card sets, featuring signed official photo-cards from the daily drama “Dear Mom” and the popular romantic drama, “Someone Like You”!




When:
June 17-31, 2015 (PDT)

How:
  • Answer our "Someone Like You" and "Dear Mom" quiz below.
  • Get all of the questions correct, and you’re eligible to receive the signed cards!
  • Out of the eligible participants, five winners will be chosen at random. Each winner will receive two signed photocards, one of "Dear Mom" and one of "Someone Like You."
Details:
  • Users can only submit one entry per email address.
Ready? Take the quiz below!


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