Soltones plugs in with Chargers in PVL

MANILA, Philippines — Korean actor Song Kang-ho, best kno wn for his movie collaborations with Bong Joon-ho, will star in his very first television series for Disney+’s “Uncle Samsik.”

Set in turbulent 1960s’ Korea, a military graduate played by Byun Yo-han dreams of improving the country so he joins forces with Kang-ho’s titular character, a shady fixer who adapts to any situation and takes whatever steps neces sary to get the job done.

Also starring in the series are “All of Us Are Dead” star Lee Kyu-hyung, “Flower of Evil” star Seo Hyun-woo, Jin Ki-joo, Oh Kwang-rok, Oh Seung-hoon, and Kim Min-jae; Kyu-hyung and Hyun-woo had starred together in 2019’s “Juror 8,” based on “12 Angry Men.”

“Un cle Samsik” is written and directed by filmmaker Shin Yeon-shick, with whom Kang-ho collaborated twice last year on the films “One Win” and “Cobweb.”

Kang-ho has appeared in four of Joon-ho’s films namely “Memories of Murder,” “The Host,” “Snowpiercer,” and “Parasite.” He also collaborated with Park Ch an-wook on “Joint Security Area,” “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (which also starred Kwang-rok) and its sequel, “Thirst,” and “Day Trip.”

The 16-episode “Uncle Samsik” is set for a global release on Disney+ during the first half of 2024.

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MANILA, Philippines — Another Premier Volleyball League (PVL) star has found a new home.

Grethcel Soltones has signed with the Akari Chargers, the team said Wednesday.

Soltones spent the past three seasons with the Petro Gazz Angels.

“More firepower and championship experience. Let’s light it up, Lady Beast!” the Chargers said in a Facebook post.

With the Angels, she secured silver medals in the 2022 Open Conference and the 2023 First All-Filipino Conference.

Now with Akari, she will be bringing her veteran experience as she teams up with Dindin Santiago-Manabat, Faith Nisperos, Fifi Sharma, Erika Raagas and Michelle Cobb.

Last week, Nxled head coach Taka Minowa was named director of volleyball operations for both Akari and the Chameleons.

Akari had a 5-6 win-loss record in the Second All-Filipino Conference.

Its head coach Jorge de Brito earlier left the team. His replacement is still yet to be named.

Meanwhile, the Cignal HD Spikers also released three players on Wednesday. 

The team announced on Wednesday that they have parted ways with Bia General, Angela Nunag and Jerrili Malabanan. 

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