“My father made the decision.”

“My father made the decision.”

Former LG Twins coach Lee Jong-beom, who has gone from “Son of the Wind” to “Father of Lee Jung-hoo,” will receive coaching training from the Texas Rangers of Major League Baseball.

The San Francisco Giants’ Lee Jung-hoo participated in the team’s first official workout at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Arizona, on Feb. 20 (KST). The Giants began full-scale training on the same day as the entire batting order joined the team. Lee Jung-hoo also took his first live at-bat to familiarize himself with the American pitchers.

Lee’s father is the famous “Son of the Wind” coach Lee Jong-beom. He has been with Lee since he joined San Francisco. He was almost separated from his son when he was rumored to be the manager of the Kia Tigers, but the managerial search fell through, and Lee has been supporting him in Scottsdale during spring training.

And now he’s forging his own path. How he started training in Texas. “It was always planned that you would come to the U.S. for training. 스포츠토토 He came to study with my father,” he said, adding, “He decided to come to Texas because he wanted to do it on his own rather than through me. I know he’s going to be training during this spring training. I don’t know the details,” he said, adding that he was cautious.

Lee served as LG’s first base coach last year, helping the team win its first championship in 29 years. However, he did not re-sign with LG after the championship, choosing instead to follow his son to the United States to pursue a major league career. There was speculation that Kia would take over, but the team handed the baton to hitting coach Lee Bum-ho.

Lee Seung-yup is baffled by Ryu Hyun-jin’s return

Doosan Bears manager Lee Seung-yeop was surprised to hear that Ryu Hyun-jin, 37, could return to his hometown team, the Hanwha Eagles.

Lee returned home through Incheon International Airport on Nov. 19 after traveling with the Doosan squad to Sydney, Australia, for their first spring training camp. The team is scheduled to depart for Miyazaki, Japan, on May 21 for its second camp, where it will play seven exhibition games, including six against Nippon Professional Baseball teams.

Lee Seung-yeop, who is preparing for his second season as head coach, said in an interview after returning home, “The best thing was that the players completed the first training without any injuries. If it’s not enough, it’s not enough, and if it’s a lot, it’s a lot of training, but I think it’s the most different thing compared to last year that we came in a good mood without any injuries. Last year, Rojas was bad and Dillon got hit in the head by a pitch, so it was a bad start to the camp, but this time, we didn’t have that happen, so I’m happy that all the players are healthy,” said Doosan manager Ji-Hyun Kim.

Doosan won 74 games,

Tied two and lost 68 last season, finishing fifth in the league and qualifying for the postseason. However, they lost to No. 4 NC in the wild card game, ending their fall season after just one game. The short fall season left a sour taste in Lee’s mouth.

When asked if there were any differences between spring training in his first year as manager and spring training in his second year, Lee joked, “What happened last year?” He replied, “What happened last year? “In 2023, we were just starting out, 안전놀이터 and now we know the personalities and tendencies of our players. I think we communicated a little better in spring camp and everything was a little faster. It’s different from 2023, so I feel like we’re really a team now. We forgot all the bad things that happened last year when we started on February 1st. I don’t think it’s going to help us this season if we dwell on that one day too much. We’re going to wipe the slate clean, start fresh, think positive, and play for the 2024 season.”

Lee Seung-yup, whose team is aiming to reach the postseason for the second straight year, was surprised to hear that Ryu could return to Hanwha, which has emerged as a dark horse this year with the addition of Ahn Chi-hong and Kim Kang-min. While fans are thrilled, Ryu’s return is not a welcome one for Doosan, who will have to compete with Hanwha for a postseason berth.

Ryu, who has been South Korea’s top ace since his KBO debut in 2006,

Made his way to the major leagues in December 2012 when he signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Dodgers. He spent the next seven years with the Dodgers, going 54-33 with a 2.98 ERA in 126 games (740⅓ innings), including a breakout season in 2019, when he went 14-5 with a 2.32 ERA in 29 games (182⅔ innings) and finished second in the National League Cy Young Award voting.

After becoming a free agent after the 2019 season, Ryu signed a four-year, $80 million contract with Toronto. In his four years with Toronto, he went 24-15 with a 3.97 ERA in 60 games (315 innings). He had Tommy John surgery (elbow ligament reconstruction) in 2022, but bounced back successfully last year with a 3-3 record and 3.46 ERA in 11 games (52 innings). After the season, he was eligible for free agency for a second time. However, he has yet to find a team.

As his search for a team in the Major Leagues continues to drag on, speculation is growing that Ryu could return to his hometown team, Hanwha. Today, it was reported that Ryu has decided to send all of his belongings back to Korea from Toronto, Canada.

Manager Lee Seung-yeop, who was on a flight to Korea and didn’t see the news,

He recovered from his surprise and said, “It would definitely help Korean baseball if a player who played overseas came back to Korea and played for the Korean Professional Baseball League,” but added, “I think I need to think about it a little more when I look at our team. It wasn’t in my head, but now I have to prepare for it,” he said, warning of Ryu Hyun-jin, the opposing team’s ace.

Lee Seung-yeop was also a top home run hitter in Korea and played in Nippon Professional Baseball before returning to Korea. “When I come back to Korea, it’s like returning to school after vacation and seeing my friends,” he said. “I wonder if Ryu Hyun-jin feels the same way, and if he really comes back, I welcome him for the sake of Korean professional baseball.”

However, as the manager of Doosan, Lee Seung-yeop, who cannot help but worry, said, “Why would he go to the major leagues when he has already made so much money…” While welcoming Ryu Hyun-jin’s return, he expressed his inevitable concern. “Fans will wait for Ryu, but we won’t wait,” he joked with a laugh.

Hanwha finished ninth in the league last season with 58 wins, six draws, and 80 losses, narrowly avoiding the bottom of the table.

However, the team has a number of promising players, including ace prospect Moon Dong-ju, who won the Rookie of the Year award, Noh Si-hwan, who finished second in the MVP voting, and top draft picks Kim Seo-hyun and Hwang Jun-seo, 카지노사이트 추천 who could be a dark horse this year. For Doosan, who struggled to make it to the fall baseball season last year, this is one of the teams to watch out for. If Ryu comes to Hanwha, the team could quickly become a postseason contender.

Many baseball fans and managers are eagerly awaiting Ryu’s arrival to see how manager Lee Seung-yeop, who couldn’t help but laugh at the rumors of Ryu’s return, will finally make a decision.

Will the Hanwha Eagles finally embrace the ‘Korean Monster’?

Will the Hanwha Eagles finally embrace the ‘Korean Monster’?

Ryu Hyun-jin (37)’s return to Hanwha is becoming a reality.

Ryu joined Hanwha in the second round (2nd overall) of the 2006 rookie draft, and in his first year, he went 18-6 with a 2.23 ERA in 30 appearances, winning the rookie of the year and regular season MVP honors. He continued to be a consistent ace for Hanwha until 2012, when he finished his career with a 98-52-1 record and a 2.80 ERA in 190 games.

The Korean stage was narrow for Ryu. In 2013, he signed a six-year, $36 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers through the posting system.

After serving as the Dodgers’ top starter, 카지노사이트 he signed a four-year, $80 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays after the 2019 season.

He underwent elbow surgery in June 2022, but returned in 2023, going 3-3 with a 3.46 ERA in 11 appearances. In his major league career, Ryu has a 78-48 record with a 3.27 ERA in 186 games.

Ryu’s future in the major leagues has been one of staying in the major leagues.

His agent, Scott Boras, said at last year’s Winter Meetings that “next year (2024), he will still be playing in the United States, not Korea,” and that “staying in the major leagues is his top priority.”

The local media was also favorable. MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball in the United States, wrote, “There are plenty of quality players left in free agency,” and “Ryu may not be flashy, but he can help bolster any team’s starting rotation.

In fact, multiple teams have shown interest in Ryu. From Kim Ha-seong and Ko Woo-sung’s team, the San Diego Padres, to the “hometown” Los Angeles Dodgers, Baltimore Orioles, and Pittsburgh Pirates, Ryu’s name has been mentioned by teams in need of starting reinforcements.

The major league clubs didn’t move as quickly as expected. While big-name signings like Shohei Ohtani and Yoshinobu Yamamoto have been made, the “biggest names” Cody Bellinger and Blake Snell are still unsigned. Naturally, ‘semi-significant’ players such as Ryu Hyun-jin are starting to get pushed back. Major League Baseball teams are in spring training and heading into exhibition games, but it will be a while before Ryu’s turn to sign.

San Diego, which had been considered the most likely destination for Ryu, has also fallen out of the running.

“The Padres, who are short on left-handed starters, have been in talks with the veteran, but Scott Boras is not willing to accept a discounted offer for Ryu, who is coming off the second Tommy John surgery of his career,” The Athletic reported.

As the options are being eliminated one by one, Hanwha has been steadily making offers.

Hanwha has been in constant contact with Ryu since the end of the season, making him their No. 0 priority. The team has also been preparing for salary cap issues and has been working out scenarios for Ryu’s return.

If he signs a contract, the highest amount in free agency history will be finalized. Currently, the most expensive player to return from overseas is Kim Kwang-hyun, who signed with SSG Landers in 2022 after playing in the major leagues, 안전놀이터 totaling 15.1 billion won over four years. Ryu is expected to surpass Kim’s amount.

In the meantime, it was reported that Ryu has packed up all his belongings in the United States and sent them to Korea.

Hanwha also gave a more nuanced response. “It is true that we are talking in a better atmosphere than before. “We have reached a consensus,” said a Hanwha representative, adding, “We understand that there are better offers from Major League Baseball than what is known. It’s not yet finalized, but the atmosphere is good.” The official added, “I think we can expect some expectations since I sent my luggage from the U.S. to Korea. I have a strong feeling that I want him to come, so I’m thinking positively,” the official smiled.

All that remains is Ryu’s determination. For the Hanwha Eagles, the wait is starting to come to an end.

Storify Samsung Lions has undergone a lot of changes

Storify Samsung Lions has undergone a lot of changes.

They’re off to a rocky start. The Samsung Lions have lost five straight games in a practice game against a Nippon Professional Baseball team in Okinawa Prefecture, Japan.

The Samsung Lions lost 3-11 to the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) in an exhibition game at Naha Cellular Stadium in Okinawa, Japan, on Monday afternoon.

It was the team’s fifth loss in five camp games.

Samsung lost 4-10 against the Junichi Dragons on Nov. 11, 1-13 against the Nippon Ham Fighters on Nov. 12, 0-8 against Chiba Lotte on Nov. 14, and 3-18 in a return match against Nippon Ham on Nov. 17.

The story is not as good as the results.

The bullpen has been unreliable, giving up 60 runs in five games. That’s an average of 12 runs per game. The process of scoring runs is also frustrating. In five games, 바카라사이트 they’ve allowed 47 four-ballers. That’s 9.4 per game.

The batting lineup hasn’t been very active either. 11 runs in five games. An average of 2.2 runs per game. They totaled 28 hits, averaging 5.6 per game. But Samsung also has something to say.

First of all, they’re not 100%, especially on the mound, where they’re relying heavily on their young, fast-paced pitchers.

Choi Chae-heung, Hwang Dong-jae, Lee Seung-hyun (left-hander), Lee Ho-sung, Choi Ha-neul, and Lee Seung-min are the five starters being tested. Newcomers Connor Seabold and Denny Reyes, who are considered the No. 1-4 starters, and homegrown duo Won Tae-in and Baek Jeong-hyun have yet to make their debuts.

The bullpen is also utilizing young new faces, including Park Kwon-hoo, Kim Seo-joon, Hong Seung-won, and Hong Won-pyo. It’s hard for them to perfect their pitches. They don’t have much experience, so they often fail to get over the hump and give up runs.

The experienced bullpen trio of Oh Seung-hwan, Kim Jae-yoon, and Lim Chang-min has yet to make an appearance.

The batting lineup is also missing senior players such as Koo Ja-uk, Oh Jae-il and Ryu Ji-hyuk. Kang Min-ho only made his first appearance as a designated hitter against Yomiuri on the 18th.

There is another crucial reason why the Japanese team will be hard to beat. This is the difference in pace.

Japanese professional baseball teams are about a month faster than their Korean counterparts.

The start of the season, the exhibition games, are held about two weeks earlier. This season, Nippon Professional Baseball’s exhibition games start on March 23rd. Korea, on the other hand, will start 15 days later, on March 9th.

Unsurprisingly, Japanese players have a faster pace of practice.

By the time the Okinawa-based Samsung will play their first scrimmage against a Japanese opponent, the Japanese teams will have already played many practice games. The pitchers have a head start, but the biggest difference is the hitters’ feel for the game. That’s why Samsung has been getting blown out, no matter the opponent. “Japanese teams come in with about 10 games under their belts,” veteran infielder Ryu Ji-hyuk told the struggling rookies in the early days of practice, “and the hitters won’t be able to see the ball, and the pitchers won’t be feeling it.” The new Samsung man, Lim Chang-min, also used hyperbole, saying, “Japanese teams have the fastest pace in the world. At this point, even if an American all-star team came and played against them, they would have a hard time,” he laughed.

So, on the flip side, it’s worth noting the players who are doing well against Japanese teams right now.

It’s time to look at the pitchers more than the hitters with cycles.

Left-hander Lee Seung-hyun, who started against Yomiuri on the 18th and threw three innings of one-hit, two-run ball with a fastball and changeup that topped out at 147 mph, stands out. Lee Ho-seong, who started against Chiba Lotte on April 14 and gave up two runs on three hits and two walks with one strikeout in two innings, is also a promising prospect who will compete for the fifth spot.

Right-hander Hong Seung-won is also noteworthy for his ability to throw hard-hitting pitches.

He has appeared in three games, giving up three runs on four hits, four walks, and three strikeouts in 4 1/3 innings. He pitched 2 innings of 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, and no runs against the Chunichi Dragons on April 11, 1 inning of 1 hit, 2 walks, and 2 runs against the Chiba Lotte Marines on April 14, and 1⅓ innings of 2 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run against the Yomiuri Giants on April 18.

On the offensive side of the ball, the top hitter is second baseman Kim Ji-chan.

He’s been hitting the ball well thanks to his systematic weight training and aggressive approach at the plate.

In five games, Kim is 6-for-13 (.462) with three walks and two stolen bases. His slugging percentage is well over 5%, and his bulked-up body has produced two doubles. 토토사이트 추천 It’s encouraging to see that he did this against Japanese pitchers who have been on track for some time. If Kim can stabilize at second base and top of the order, Samsung’s offense could be significantly upgraded.

“It’s a shame that we haven’t won a game yet because we’re trying to do well in the tournament,” Kim said, but he also shared the team’s sentiment, saying, “We have to do well in Korea first, so we’re trying to do well now, and we’re working hard every game.”

The Lotte Giants’ final spring training game in Guam

The Lotte Giants’ final spring training game in Guam was canceled due to rain. The team notified the players who would not be able to join the second Okinawa camp. Among them, second-year infielder Jeong Dae-sun (20) was not discouraged by the notification.

Lotte was scheduled to play its second self-defense game at the Dededo Sports Complex in Guam on the 19th, but it was canceled due to a strong squall that came at short notice. The first round of camp eliminations, which were to be decided after the tournament, were also called off early.

Among the pitchers, only Lee Min-seok, who is in the final stages of rehabilitation after undergoing elbow ligament reconstruction surgery last year, will travel to Busan. Lee was scheduled to move to the second team after completing his final rehabilitation in warmer Guam, where he will continue with bullpen and live pitching. After three bullpen pitches on the 19th, 토토사이트 it was decided early on that Lee would not move on to Okinawa.

There were three more eliminations from the outfield.

Jung Dae-sun from the infield and Lee Jung-hoon and Jang Doo-sung from the outfield didn’t make it to Okinawa. At the end of the day’s training, the coaching staff personally notified the players who were eliminated.

Lotte will wrap up its first spring training in Guam with a half-day workout on Tuesday and will travel to Onikawa, Japan, on the 21st to play a total of seven exhibition games against KBO League clubs, including two group exchange games against Chiba Lotte. The team won’t be able to test every player during this process. As a result, some of the roster did not travel with the team to Okinawa and were moved to the second team.

The exclusion of second-year infielder Jung Dae-sun may come as a surprise. He was a resource that defense coach Kim Min-ho, a “defense craftsman,” had worked hard to develop. He was the player who spent the most time with the coach since last year’s final camp and was the most praised. He worked hard at all positions, including shortstop, second base, and third base, and worked his way up to the first team spring training. In fact, he showed so much growth that it seemed like a surprise star was born. Coach Kim Tae-hyung said, “He has good talent,” and gave Jeong Dae-sun a glance from time to time.

However, in the end, he was unable to break through the gap in the infield held by the strong first-team seniors.

The team lost Ahn Chi-hong to free agency, but added Kim Min-sung through a free agent sign-and-trade. Oh Seon-jin and Choi Hang were also added through the second round of the draft. Other notable additions include Go Seung-min, who returned to the second base position in the infield alongside Noh Jin-hyuk and Park Seung-wook, and Lee Joo-chan, who caught the eye of Kim Tae-hyung after being discharged from active duty last year.

With so many players available, Jung Dae-sun, who is still young and has plenty of opportunities left, didn’t get a chance to stay. When we met with Jung after the cut list was finalized, he had a cool expression on his face. “I’m very disappointed. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t greedy until the Okinawa camp.” “Still, if I went to Okinawa, I wouldn’t have been able to play many games because there were many seniors. I think I can improve my performance in the second team and then come up again in the exhibition game and show well,” he said, shaking off his regret.

A lot of things changed after meeting coach Kim Min-ho. The second-year player is becoming a fully-fledged professional. “I didn’t know much about myself. “I wasn’t sure myself, but the seniors and coaches around me said that I could see that I had definitely improved from the final camp, so I was thinking about that,” he said, adding, “Coach Kim Min-ho told me a lot of good things and taught me from the final camp to the spring camp.” He expressed his gratitude.

His physique has also improved considerably.

“Last year, I weighed about 78 kilograms, but now I’ve gained up to 88 kilograms. Last year, the coaches said I didn’t have a lot of body fat, so I gained body fat and gained muscle mass. Last year, I felt like I was pushing the ball, but now I feel like I’m literally hitting the ball,” he explained.

The coaching staff is equally impressed. “It was right after training, so I didn’t hear from Coach Kim Min-ho. Coach Kim Kwang-soo said, 파워볼실시간 ‘If you go and work hard, you’ll have a good chance, and you’re still young,’ which comforted me.”

The elimination doesn’t mean he’ll never be a candidate. Jung is determined and vows to return to the first team soon. “As coach said, I’m still young. I don’t think it’s too soon. I have to play baseball for the next 10 or 20 years, so I have to prepare well and work hard,” he said, adding, “I will prove myself again in the second team and come back.”

The four players who did not get tickets to Okinawa – Lee Min-seok, Jung Dae-sun, Lee Jung-hoon, and Jang Doo-sung – will board a flight to South Korea at dawn on the 20th.

From viral challenge to global sensation, J-pop duo Yoasobi lands in Korea

J-pop duo band Yoasobi performs at the Korea University's Hwajeong Gymnasium in Seongbuk District, Seoul, Dec. 17. Courtesy of LIVET

For those familiar with the K-pop scene, one might immediately recognize the melodies of the Japanese song “Idol.” Featured in the anime “Oshi no Ko,” the song gained popularity through viral challenge videos featuring numerous K-pop stars.However, “Idol” is more than just a Korean sensation; it has achieved global success, and become part of J-pop history. The music video reached 100 million views in just 35 days after its release, setting a new J-pop milestone by shaving off 27 days from the previous record. It also maintained the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Japan chart for nine consecutive weeks.The creators behind this phenomenon are J-pop duo Yoasobi, comprising vocalist Ikura and composer Ayase.Responding to their popularity in Korea, Yoasobi held their first official concert at Korea University’s Hwajeong Gymnasium, Seongbuk District, eastern Seoul, last weekend. The two-day concert sold out within a minute after ticket sales began, attracting a total of 8,500 attendees.Following the successful concert, Yoasobi held a press conference on the following Monday at CGV Cinelibrary in Jung District, central Seoul, to express the duo’s sentiments over the event.

Composer Ayase shared his amazement at the Korean fans’ enthusiasm.”The audience sang along from the very beginning to the last song. This is a rare occurrence during our performances in Japan, so it was undoubtedly an unforgettable experience,” Ayase said.Vocalist Ikura, equally impressed, said, “I was deeply moved and nervous at the same time. Their passionate singing along to our Japanese lyrics was so inspiring, prompting me to reciprocate that energy and deliver the best possible performance.”Despite their rising popularity in Korea, Yoasobi remained humble about their success.”It’s challenging to pinpoint the exact reason for our popularity,” the female vocalist said. “I believe we still have a long journey ahead of us. I’ve consistently expressed my admiration for Korean artists and K-pop idols on social media, and I think that’s why our Korean fans are familiar with us.””From our perspective, the fact that top-tier idols performed to our song was particularly gratifying. I appreciate that our music transcended language and barriers,” she added.Ayase also shared his perspective, saying, “From a compositional standpoint, I felt my emotions were effectively conveyed not only 토토사이트 towards K-pop stars but also Korean listeners. “

BTS’ docuseries ‘Beyond the Star’ set to be unveiled on Disney+

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The BTS docuseries “BTS Monument: Beyond the Star” will be released Wednesday on Disney+, BigHit Music said.The docuseries will show “an emotional ten year journey from before their start to beyond their solo projects and ahead to their anticipated reunion in 2025,” according to the streaming platform.

The audience will get to watch “never-before-seen interviews, performances and behind-the-scenes moments” of the seven artists, with moments of their highs and lows.All seven members of the K-pop act are currently serving in the Army to fulfill their military duty, as required by the law.The first two episodes of the eight-part series are slated 슬롯게이밍 for a premiere at 5 p.m. Wednesday, with the rest released every Wednesday. 

G-Dragon to create foundation to fight drug abuse

G-Dragon arrives at the Nonhyeon Police Station in Incheon, 27 kilometers west of Seoul, for questioning, Nov. 6. Yonhap

K-pop star G-Dragon will set up a foundation to fight against drug abuse, which has fast become an increasing problem in the country, his new agency said Thursday, a week after he was cleared of drug allegations.The news was released during a press conference in Seoul hosted by the Galaxy, the new agency representing the artist, who left YG Entertainment after more than two decades together.”After difficult times recently, I was able to see things that I couldn’t see before, which is there are nearly 20,000 people convicted of drug crimes each year, and among them, teens are accelerating dramatically,” G-Dragon said in a handwritten letter read by a Galaxy executive. He did not attend the conference.”I learned the heartbreaking news that fewer than 500 people have access to proper treatments in medical institutions,” he said, adding the dismal situation made him believe it is time to act on the matter as a responsible member of society.

The details about the foundation are still sketchy, but the artist said he will team up with his agency to help build a social system for those in need and lacking resources, as well as to support young artists.The agency also asked news outlets, bloggers and those who spread rumors and false information in onnection with the drug allegations against G-Dragon to voluntarily take them down from the internet.”We will give you one week, by midnight on Dec. 28, to correct them. We strongly urge you to delete or correct all content that harms Kwon Ji-yong’s reputation,” said Cho Seong-hae, an executive at the company, using the artist’s real name.”After the date, we will strongly respond with the principle of zero tolerance.”The agency stressed it will build a solid partnership with the K-pop icon to try new things and launch “never-seen-before” projects.”We will complement each other to walk on the road not taken and show the side of Kwon Ji-yong that has not been shown before,” Cho said.He also expressed gratitude to YG Entertainment, which it said blessed G-Dragon’s new beginning.”Kwon Ji-yong would not have existed had it not been for YG Entertainment,” he said. “We won’t forget its hard work and continue the glorious time 카지노사이트킹 (it built and spent with G-Dragon).

Admiral Yi Sun-sin’s epic saga concludes in ‘Noryang: Deadly Sea’

Actor Kim Yoon-seok plays the role of Yi Sun-sin in the period action film 'Noryang: Deadly Sea.' Courtesy of Acemaker Movieworks and Lotte Entertainment

Since its release on Dec. 20, the film has garnered attention as it adds a defining chapter to the series that began with “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” (2014), which garnered over 17.6 million ticket sales, followed by “Hansan: Rising Dragon” (2022).“I couldn’t believe this day would come. Looking back, time passed quickly from ‘The Admiral: Roaring Currents’ to ‘Noryang.’ I felt I should achieve a successful outcome as an end,” the film series’ director Kim Han-min said during an interview with The Korea Times at a cafe in Jongno District, central Seoul, Tuesday.“And to do that, I strongly felt the need to clearly and accurately convey the purpose of making each series. I feel proud that I was able to make the movie as I intended.”This film follows the last battle of Yi (Kim Yoon-seok), the Battle of Noryang, which took his life during the Japanese invasions of Korea (1592–1598).It delves into the last phase of Yi’s life as he prepares for the last major battle on the sea to annihilate the Japanese force as it retreated from Joseon, which put an end to the conflicts. It zooms in on Yi’s determination to claim a complete victory over Japan so as to prevent further invasions in the future.The previous two installments cover Yi’s other two significant battles during this tumultuous period.

Noting that he didn’t want this film to be just another sequel, the director said the focus of this last installment is to do with the reasons Yi forged ahead with the last battle.“The huge success of ‘The Admiral’ was a great help. I put in a lot of effort to avoid making ‘Hansan’ and ‘Noryang’ merely as sequels from the previous success. It took me time to contemplate what kind of film ‘Noryang’ would be and how it could establish its own presence,” he said.”In ‘Noryang,’ it was crucial to explore why Admiral Yi Sun-sin fiercely and relentlessly engaged in the battle and continued the war that everyone was saying was over. I felt finding the answers would give meaning to making this piece. And the answer that I found was Admiral’s determination for a complete closure and surrender.”Actor Kim Yoon-seok took on the role of Yi, followed by actor Choi Min-sik for the first installment and Park Hae-il for the second. The director shared that Kim Yoon-seok was the perfect fit to bring together the previous portrayals of Yi by two actors.“Kim Yoon-seok is a unique actor who has both the courageous admiral from ‘The Admiral’ and the wise strategist from ‘Hansan.’ With this work, it was crucial to show Yi’s inner struggles and wisdom to end the war. As I think of the actor who exudes such an aura, Kim Yoon-seok was a fitting choice,” the actor said.“I felt he was an incredibly talented actor. He said from the start that he would completely trust himself to my world of Yi Sun-sin. His respect for the director was tremendous. It was the first time I’ve experienced something 온라인카지노 like this.”

Lee Byung-hun, Lee Min-jung welcome second child

Actors Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung / Courtesy of BH Entertainment

Actor couple Lee Byung-hun and Lee Min-jung welcomed their second child, Thursday, marking a significant and heartwarming moment in their 10 year marriage.Announcing the news, Lee Byung-hun’s agency, BH Entertainment, said, “Both the mother and the newborn baby are in good health and Lee (Byung-hun) is supporting his wife.”The agency further disclosed that the internationally acclaimed actor assisted his wife on the day of the birth despite a busy schedule filming the much-anticipated Netflix Original Series “Squid Game 2.”The couple welcomed their first son, Joon-hoo, in 2015, two years after tying the knot in 2013. They announced their second pregnancy in August, with Lee Min-jung sharing moments from her pregnancy on her Instagram account.

Lee also expressed his excitement about the impending arrival of his second child during his acceptance speech for Best Actor at the 44th Blue Dragon Film Awards on Nov. 24.”My second child is due next month. We have been fondly calling her Birdie as a pre-birth nickname. I wish to dedicate this honor to my wife, son and Birdie, who will be watching from home,” he said.Lee and his wife have been celebrated as a power couple in the Korean entertainment industry, successfully balancing their personal and professional lives.Lee Min-jung, after nearly a decade away from the screen, returned with the movie “Switch” in January. Additionally, she took on the role of the host for the ENA entertainment program “Dr. Oh’s Game,” which aired earlier this year.Meanwhile, Lee Byung-hun showcased his acting prowess in August’s disaster-thriller film “Concrete Utopia” as Young-tak, the leader of a group of residents from a surviving apartment 토토 complex.