Love, Loss and ’90s-Era Taiwan in ‘The Way We Were’

Ruby Lin and Leroy Young play college sweethearts in ‘The Way We Were

What choices do you make in life out of responsibility and obligation? “The Way We Were” is a Taiwanese drama about a group of friends who face love, loss and regret over a span of 16 years. The friends are played by Ruby Lin, Leroy Young (“Love Forward,” “Two Fathers”), Tiffany Hsu, Melvin Sia and Jason Zhou. Ruby Lin, who rose to fame as the main actress of “Princess Pearl,” also co-produced the drama with TVBS.

The story starts in 1998 and will touch upon historical events of the time, giving it a similar feeling to the “Answer Me 1997” and “Reply 1994” series from Korea. You’ll feel nostalgic for days past when watching scenes of hanging out at the pool, working part-time jobs, eating and drinking at the roadside, and taking rides on a motorbike.


Leroy Young in one of many nostalgic summer scenes from The Way We Were

“The Way We Were” is the Taiwanese drama that you don’t want to miss this summer. The show premiered last week, so check out Episode 1 now!



Viki Provides Gateway to the World for a Tennessee College Student

In a span of two months last summer, a college student stumbled on an Asian horror movie that led to the discovery of K-pop and Korean dramas  which opened her eyes to a world of culture that she never thought imaginable from her home in Tennessee.

Ashley Bice (ashley_b_04), 21, is studying to become a medical assistant at her local community college in Tennessee. Her love of Asian pop entertainment started with the discovery of Asian horror movies on Netflix, which lead her to discover Korean dramas and K-pop on Viki, including her now-favorite Choi Min Ho of SHINee and To the Beautiful You fame. 



In just the past year, the Viki Pass subscriber has spent about seven to 14 hours every week watching Korean dramas and Japanese films. Her favorite recent dramas include “Angel Eyes,” “Doctor Stranger,” “Secret Love Affair,” “Let’s Eat” and “Cunning Single Lady.”

Since Ashley has discovered Viki, her mother and two best friends also have become Viki users.

“I’m so thankful for Viki because without it, I wouldn’t have discovered what is now one of my favorite hobbies!” Ashley says. “Viki has helped me discover so much about myself and how much I truly enjoy learning about different languages and cultures. And watching dramas is a fun way to do it!”

Ashley heard about Viki Pass during the “Black Day K-Drama” Party live stream that was hosted on April 14, 2014, by “Eat Your Kimchi,” a vlog series produced by an ex-patriot Canadian couple living in Korea. She signed up for a free seven-day trial of Viki Pass and is now hooked!

Viki has broadened Ashley’s horizons and exposed her to the world outside Tennessee without having to fly there.

“Now, I am constantly striving to learn as much as I can about the world I live in,” she said. “I think that in its own way, Viki is truly a gateway to the world!”


Enter Our Ticket Giveaway to Attend KCON 2014!

Last week, we announced that we’ll be bringing K-pop star Eric Nam to KCON 2014 to host the red carpet for Viki! And this is your chance to meet him at the Viki booth selfie station during the conference, which takes place August 9-10 in Los Angeles!



Viki also will host the panel “How K-Dramas Worldwide Influence Food, Fashion and Fans” on Saturday, August 9, with special guest panelists Dramabeans and K-drama actor Sean Richard (“Feast of the Gods,” “Jejoongwon,” “Take Care of Us, Captain”).

We have a special treat for Viki fans: We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to KCON 2014! For a chance to receive a pair of tickets, answer all the questions in this entry form. We’ll pick the winners and notify them via email on Friday, August 1!

You’ll find the answer to the first question on the form in Episode 6 of “Grandpas Over Flowers Investigation Team” below!




You must provide your own transportation and other expenses to attend KCON 2014. You also must meet a Viki representative at KCON to receive your tickets.

Good luck and we hope to see you soon at KCON!

Learn These 5 Korean Phrases With Viki!

This is what you’ve all been waiting for. We listened to your requests and it’s finally here!

Check out below as we break down and translate five Korean phrases from popular K-dramas airing right now on Viki.

Hi! School: Love On

Lee Seul Bi (played by Kim Sae Ron) is an angel sent to Earth to help guide people to heaven when their “time” comes. When she accidentally saves Shin Woo Hyun (played by Nam Woo Hyun) from a premature death, Seul Bi realizes that she now has a heartbeat, which means she has inadvertently become a human. Seul Bi tries to listen to Woo Hyun’s heartbeat, and he’s surprised by how brazenly she invades his personal space. He shouts, “What the heck are you doing!”



After their marriage, Mi Young (played by Jang Na Ra) moves in with Gun (played by Jang Hyuk) and his family. Given Mi Young’s pregnancy, Gun’s grandmother signs up the married couple for prenatal education classes. Following the first class, Mi Young says to Gun, “It was really great” that they could attend the class together for the baby’s sake. 



Jae Wan (played by Lee Dong Wook) carries emotional baggage after being abandoned by his father as a child, but despite this, he has grown up to become the successful general manager of Hotel Ciel, the only 7-star luxury hotel in Korea. He’s tried to keep his distance from Mo Ne (played by Lee Da Hae), the hotel owner’s daughter, but they eventually realize their love for each other. As the two grow more emotionally attached, Mo Ne says to Jae Wan, “I trust you.”



When Chun Hee (played by Jung Eun Ji) fails to advance in Shine Star’s audition, Joon Hyun (played by Ji Hyun Woo) signs her to another talent agency, which forces her to perform at a nightclub. He runs away with her contract signing bonus but returns a few days later, deeply apologetic about his careless actions. Joon Hyun begs Chun Hee for forgiveness by saying, “Please give me one more chance.”



Ki Tae (played by Yeon Woo Jin) has absolutely no interest in getting married, but he faces tremendous pressure from his family to settle down. To get his family to back off, Ki Tae deliberately introduces Joo Jang Mi (played by Han Groo) as his future wife, knowing that his family would never accept her. When Ki Tae’s mother invites Jang Mi to his grandfather’s memorial service, Jang Mi asks Ki Tae’s father after the service, “Please give me one more shot” of the rice liquor that is used for the memorial!


What other Korean words have you learned while watching dramas? Tell us below in the comments!

Continue your language-learning journey by heading over to Discussions to interact with fellow community members on interesting topics, such as “What languages do you already know or want to learn?” and “How do you keep yourself motivated?

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Subtitle for Chance to Get Signed Photos — 1 Week Only!

Until the end of July, you can show off your subtitling skills for a chance to receive Viki merchandise, or even a signed photo of Kim Woo Bin (from “Heirs”) or JYJ’s Jaejoong (from “Triangle”)!

Every day between July 24 and July 31, a gift will be given to the person who writes the most subtitles for that day. Better yet, you can even win on multiple days! Follow the instructions below to be eligible to receive a gift.


Instructions
  • Once a day, submit the number of subtitles you wrote that day in this form. Remember that you can subtitle in any language. 
    • Submissions must be made by 11:59PM PDT (Pacific Daylight Time) each day.
    • To figure out what time that is where you live, use this website.
  • 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

One lucky person will get to choose between a signed photo of Kim Woo Bin or JYJ’s Jaejoong. The other daily winners will receive surprise Viki gifts, such as T-shirts, pens, stickers and more. We’ll give away something different each day!

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

New to Subtitling? Get Started!





  • 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!
  • Ready to subtitle a full-length movie or TV series episode? Use the Project Finder to search for videos that need subtitles. Again, subtitles can be in any language to be eligible for the gifts!
  • Where can you find your subtitle count? You can see how many subtitles you’ve written on your profile. Check the total number of subtitles you started the day with and calculate the difference at the end of the day. 

Note: Popular movies or on-air TV shows 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 Subtitling FAQs to learn everything you need to know about subtitling. If you need assistance, please visit the Viki Help Center.

Good luck and happy subtitling!

Summer Heats Up With These 9 Celebrity Romances!

Summer is heating up already, but these celebrity couples are making it too hot to handle! In the past year, several stars have announced their relationships and weddings to the public. Bet you didn’t know about some of these couples below!



Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Jin Wook

Fans were shocked when Gong Hyo Jin (“It’s Okay, That’s Love”) parted ways with actor Ryu Seung Bum in 2012. Meanwhile, Lee Jin Wook (“The Three Musketeers”) dated popular actress Choi Ji Woo (“The Suspicious Housemaid”) for three years before calling it quits in 2011. There’s no better way to soothe a broken heart than by starting anew with someone else! In May 2014, it was revealed that Gong Hyo Jin and Lee Jin Wook have been dating since last year.




















SNSD’s Taeyeon and EXO’s Baekhyun 

You could hear the cries of fangirls and fanboys worldwide when it was confirmed that SNSD’s beloved leader, Taeyeon, and EXO’s cutie pie Baekhyun (“XOXO EXO”) have been dating since February. It’s been reported that Taeyeon provided moral support for Baekhyun when he was exhausted from late-night practices for EXO’s first concert. How lucky for Baekhyun that he’s with the girl he previously chose as his ideal type!


Joo Ji Hoon and Ga In of Brown Eyed Girls

A five-year age difference didn’t stop these steaming hotties from getting together! They’ve known each other for the past eight years but only recently became more than just friends. The turning point for them came when the two portrayed lovers in one of Ga In’s music video. We hope Joo Ji Hoon (“Goong” and “Five Fingers”) is as charming in real life as he is on the small screen!





















Lee Seung Gi and Yoona 

The relationship announcement that started a wave of others for the girls in the popular K-pop group SNSD: Yoona (“The Prime Minister Is Dating”) and Lee Seung Gi (“You’re All Surrounded”)! Whenever Yoona would guest star on the variety show “Strong Heart,” it was a running joke that Lee Seung Gi had a crush on Yoona. Well, now that crush has turned into reality as these two have been going strong for the past 10 months!

















Jung Woo and Kim Yoo Mi 

During Jung Woo’s time playing the role of Trash in the highly popular drama “Reply 1994,” news broke about his relationship with actress Kim Yoo Mi (“Can We Love?”). On a talk show, she confessed that Jung Woo was the first one to ask her out. They had met while working together in the movie “Red Family,” which premiered in November 2013.























Vanness Wu and Arissa Cheo

Actor-singer Vanness Wu (“Autumn’s Concerto,” “Ti Amo Chocolate”) tied the knot with his Singaporean girlfriend, Arissa Cheo, in Los Angeles in November 2013 in front of close family and friends. If you didn’t know already, he was born and raised in Santa Monica, California, before moving to Taiwan after high school! When exchanging vows, Arissa was moved to tears while Vanness comforted her with a kiss. Let’s wish the newlyweds a happy marriage!





















Jay Chou and Hannah Quinlivan

Years ago, Mandopop superstar Jay Chou (“Pandaman Heroic Detective”) once stated that he would be married at age 35. It looks like he’s a man of his word as he announced last month that he would marry model girlfriend Hannah Quinlivan before his 36th birthday in January. Reporters inquired about the proposal, but he wished to keep it a secret. Aren’t you curious about how he popped the question? We bet it was really romantic!






















Carmen Villalobos and Sebastian Caicedo

Carmen Villalobos (“Made in Cartagena”) and Sebastian Caicedo first dated for four years before breaking up. Time apart must have made the heart grow fonder as the pair started dating again last month. Hopefully, everything works out the second time around for this hot Colombian couple!
























Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes

After meeting on the set of “Dyesebel” back in 2008, Marian Rivera and Dingdong Dantes are still going strong! Last month, Marian and Dingdong vacationed in New York City and stopped by the famous frozen hot chocolate spot, Serendipity 3. They also enjoyed other touristy locations, such as Gotham City and Rockefeller Center. It would be wonderful to see these two lovebirds tie the knot soon, don’t you think?























Which couple is your favorite? Share with us in the comments!

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5 Reasons to Love Birthday Boy George Hu!

Hot Taiwanese star George Hu celebrates his 32nd birthday on July 24! His popularity continues to grow each day, and he even came in second place behind Puff Guo in the Viki #WorldCup2014 Celebrity Bracket: Overall Favorite Star. Check out these five reasons to love him even more!


He Is Fluent in 3 Languages – Taiwanese, Mandarin and English

George was born and raised in New York City to parents of Taiwanese descent. After signing a contract in March 2005, he moved to Taiwan to pursue an acting career. Since he spoke few words and couldn’t read or write in Chinese, he spent his first year learning the language and memorizing the lines to his first drama, “Emerald on the Roof.”

The ‘Emerald on the Roof’ cast (left to right): George Hu, Sun Li, Yvonne Yao, Wallace Huo

He Has Secret 6-Pack Abs (Ladies, This Is for You!)

George wasn’t always known for having a great body. He only started training to resemble a championship swimmer for his role as a swimming captain in the 2009 Taiwanese drama “ToGetHer” with Rainie Yang. We’d say his hard work definitely paid off!


He Knows How to Defend Himself and Protect Others!

At age 7, George began training in Chinese martial arts at the New York Wutang Chinese Martial Arts Institute. His mother was a huge influence on getting him involved because she had martial arts training herself. He participated in and received first place in several martial arts competitions. By age 17, he was appointed as an instructor at Wutang.

George meditating side-by-side with Annie on the set of ‘Love, Now

He Is College Educated With a Degree from St. John’s University

In 2004, George graduated from St. John’s University in Queens, New York, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Graphic Design. Shortly thereafter, he was scouted and asked to audition for a talent agency due to his boyish good looks and model height while he was visiting family and friends in Taiwan.

George Hu is pictured here modeling for MILK magazine

He Can Sing and Play Musical Instruments

With talents like these, get ready for romantic nights and serenades from George Hu! Well, we can dream, right? In his spare time, George enjoys playing the viola and electric guitar. His skills were put to the test after his first leading role in Taiwanese drama “K.O. 3an Guo.” He and his co-stars formed a five-member boy band called “Wu Hu Jiang,” or “Tiger Team” in English.


Watch him sing “Kiss Me” in English below.



Let’s all wish the happiest of birthdays to George Hu! What were you surprised to learn about the birthday boy? Feel free to share your love for George in the comments!