Thursday, May 24, 2018

Onscreen INFINITE L and Go A-Ra.

Miss Hammurabi drama has kicked off well with leads INFINITE L (Kim Myung Soo), Go A-Ra, Sung Dong Il, Lee Elijah and Lee Tae Sung

The drama revolves a group of judges working for the government, their daily lives, encountering with citizens and some very difficult cases to decide.

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Kim Myung Soo plays as a very elite and intelligent right hand judge Im Ba Reun who not only sticks to rules, excels in his studies but also has all the looks- except he comes from a poor family. Go A-Ra is a happy go lucky rookie judge Parkcha Oh Reum who joins the Division 44 in the panel. The presiding judge Han Se Sang played by Sung Dong Il is just wacky and cool as ever. The first 2 episodes cracked everyone up with Oh Reum's realistic behaviour in the government building. She cannot stand when men are bias towards women and bullying them.

Ba Reun and Oh Reum studied together in the same high school. Somehow Ba Reun has a crush on Oh Reum but somehow they went on separate ways. They two finally were reunited in the world of rules and laws. Somehow their opinions clashed. Ba Reun is working hard to make ends meet while Oh Reum's mother is somehow gone a bit senile living in an old home. As a mentor to Oh Reum, Ba Reun is always on the look out for her. 

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Lee Elijah plays the feisty secretary Lee Do Yeon to Division 44 panel judges who hardly speaks nonsense except excel in her daily work. The judges might look too young in their characters but they have pulled it out well. L (Myung Soo) has improved a lot in his acting when he does his cynical looks, his inwards thoughts appear- they do appeal to viewers.
Go A-Ra the usual bubbly person as she is....however she has showed too many emotions as a judge when presiding cases which makes it difficult to read her mind.



Nam Goong Min and Hwang Jung Eum reunited in new drama.

Actor Nam Goong Min (40) and actress Hwang Jung Eum  (33) are reunited once again in a new SBS drama entitled Handsome Guy and Jung Eum

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They last collaborated in the 2011 MBC drama Can You Hear My Heart  and it has been almost seven years. It was a good thing they met up again and press conference went well too.

Actress Hwang was in overseas when she received the script. She was quite excited that Nam Goong Min is part of the cast.

Handsome Guy and Jung Eum is romantic comedy drama where the man refuses to start in any relationship while the woman is eager to tie the knot! Hwang Jung Eum plays a the solo female lead Yoo Jung Eum. Nam is the relationship expert Kang Hoon Nam. His name is literally translated as Handsome Guy.

Oh Yoon Ah plays Coach Yang of the national diving team while Choi Tae Joon plays a clinic doctor Choi Jun Su. 





Three Min-Seok in Dangerous Beyond the Blankets S2.

In the most recent episode of Dangerous Beyond the Blankets Season 2, first homebody to arrive at the rest vacation house is the national speed skater Kim Min Seok. He has recently won a medal at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics 2018. 

Before that rapper Loco was in the house who was rather stunned to see a national athlete in the house. Skater Min Seok was thrilled to know people do recognize him. He admitted he hasn't watch TV for ages...the last drama he watched was Boys Over Flowers (?!What?!)
He has been training all the years to compete in the games. Loco then proudly tells him what are his daily schedules he's been following! What the.. ?

Then came EXO's Xiumin (whose real name is also Kim Min Seok) arriving at the house. Loco is happier than anyone to greet an EXO member.  Xiumin then chose to share the attic room with Loco. As he got downstairs to scout the cleanliness of the kitchen and bathroom, Loco quietly scattered to clean up as Xiumin is known to be a clean and neat freak. Last homebody to arrive that day is actor Kim Min Seok...(for those who will know he was in the drama Descendants of the Sun as the baby soldier)...he's adorable and cute. Loco was familiar with him as he greeted him happily. Actor Min Seok is rather astounded to know there are actually three Min-Seok in the house! He once hosted Music Bank before so he recognised Xiumin and shook his hands...it has been almost a year since they last met at the music broadcast. 

Skater Min Seok is fast asleep in the room while he wrote a bucket list on the notice board. Everyone laughed because it states the athlete wants to build sand castles at the beach! While the three started talking and joked away, they soon tucked themselves to bed. The next morning, skater Min Seok woke up surprised to see a new room mate- actor Min Seok. Hah!
They exchanged greetings in their messy hair...while Xiumin and Loco are already awake at the kitchen area. Loco tries to cook and at the end of the day actor Min Seok stepped in to take the frying pan. Everyone enjoyed the stir fried noodles prepared by Loco and they clapped their hands stating it's unique to cook for three Min-Seok in the house! 

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Xiumin finds it amazing that he and Min Seok share the same Chinese characters in their names. Wow! Three Min-Seok and Loco drove to the nearby beach to build sandcastles!
At first it was disastrous as the sandcastle shapes were all out. Soon they mastered the skills and Min Seok wonder why they are doing weird activities because they want to fulfil skater Min Seok's bucket list. Soon Loco left them where the three hoped there won't be another Min Seok celebrity joining them. Decided that Actor Min Seok is the oldest, followed by middle Xiumin and youngest skater Min Seok. That night three men were grilling meat for dinner. Their fourth homebody is WINNER's Song Min Ho arriving with so much baggage! Skater Min Seok thought he was some refugee lugging so many clothes. He shares the attic room with Xiumin.

He was surprised to know there are three Kim Min-Seok in the house and he's Min Ho. Actor Min Seok said it's Big Min Seok, Middle Min Seok (Xiumin), 

Sunday, May 20, 2018

What's in K-pop week 21/05/18

BTS's latest released single 'Fake Love' went straight up to number one on six music charts.
Their third album Love Yourself; Tear has swept all the domestic music charts. The title song 'Fake Love' of 'Love You Self' Tear, which was unveiled at 6 pm on May 18th; took the top spot on the real time charts of six major music sources such as Melon, Mnet, and Bugs. Fake Love 'is a song of the Emo Hip hop genre, which brings out the strange darkness of the Grunge Rock guitar sound and the groovy trap beat. One could feel the sadness where emotions of parting with the lyrics and sound of BTS. BTS will unveil their new stage at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on June 20th (local time).

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Super Junior has been awarded the Best Music Prize in Philippines.
The group has won the Music Video of the Year award for 'International Artist Division' at 'MYX Music Awards 2018' held at Cuba's O Araneta Coliseum in the Philippines. The group has released the title song "Black Suit" of theirr 8th album released on November 6 last year.
Super Junior is the only Korean singer to have won the prize of this year's 17 categories.

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2PM's Nickhun new film in Thailand was placed first at the box office in his home country.
According to JYP Agency, the Thai movie starring Nickhun titled Brother of the Year was unveiled topped the Hollywood blockbuster 'Avengers: Infinite War' at the box office in Thailand until the13th.


Brother of the Year as achieved an overwhelming performance by earning more than 66 million baht (about 2.24 billion won) for four days after its release on May 10th. Especially, it was the best record of the opening of Thai movie which was released this year- after the release of the movies- Avengers and Black Panther.

Brother of the Year is a romantic comedy genre produced by GDH559, a film company founded by Thailand's largest entertainment group GMM Grammy. Nichkhun plays the role Mochi that captivated the girl.











Thursday, May 17, 2018

tvN's The Moment of Love 'About Time' to air on 21st May.

tvN's fantasy romance drama is coming to viewers. 

tvN will present a new drama on stopping the time. 'About Time' press conference was held at Amris Hall in Yeongdeungpo, Seoul on the afternoon of 17th May where it will become a fantastic drama not only for main leads but also for supporting casts as well. 

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PD Kim Hyung Shik explains that this drama deals with materials that combine elements of pure melody with fantasy elements. It can be called pure melody but nowadays it is hard to drag 16 episodes drama with just pure melody. It is not too fantastic but it is a realistic love story.

He further explained, "The story of the remaining life, death and the characters who greeted the death of the story before the death of the parties, friends watching the family and friends, learning how to accept it. This is a happy moment and we do not think we want to stop. I wanted to talk about time, so I made this title."

Lead actor is Lee Sang Yun (36) playing as the role Lee Do Ha has considered a lot for this work because it has a mixture of two genres. He described it as bright and cheerful romantic comedy at the start. It felt as if it was a cartoon but at the same time- it's attractive to hear that it would turn into a melody because of the time limit setting of the life clock. 

Lee Sung Kyung plays the lead actress Choi Michaela who lives the life of a dead person, Michaela is stubbornly smiling with her bright style of her own way of life. 

The nine year gap between the two leads is quite an interesting point. Sang Yun pointed out both leads are at 180 cm height so it will overcome the age gap. Michaela is one person who can see the lifespan of a person via clock. Something strange happens when Do Ha appears and he suddenly stops her seeing ability. 

Han Seung Yeon (29) will be playing as Michaela's best friend Jeon Sung Hee while SF9's Kim Ro woon plays as Michaela's brother. Rowoon is excited about acting yet anxious. He has met many seniors in this drama and his senior in music industry Seung Yeon 

PD Lee Chang Dong's Burning in Cannes Film Festival.

"Young people are in a state of helplessness with anger in their minds. I think it's something which is not fair, but the problem is that they do not know the cause of their anger."

PD Lee Chang-dong (64) said at a press conference held at the Palais de Festivals, the headquarters of the Cannes Film Festival in France onThursday 17th May.

Together with actor Yoo Ah In (32), rookie actress Jeon Jong Seo (24) and Hollywood Korean actor Steven Yuen were present. 

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The director said, "In the past, the objects and reasons for anger were very precise and clear. It is young people feeling that the world is getting better now and that it is in the age of no future."

'Burning' is a new film released by the director in eight years after the film 'Poem'. Burning is a story about part time worker Jong Soo (played by Yoo Ah In) met his childhood friend Hye Mi (played by Jeon) as they grew up in the same neighbourhood. Jong Soo is then introduced to a mysterious man named Ben (played by Steven Yuen). Japanese writer Murakami Haruki (69) was the original writer for the 1983 short story "Burning A Barn". "The NHK proposal was the first start of" Burning".

"At first I gave the chance to direct a young director and I tried to take production, but on various occasions it did not happen. I thought I could expand the mysteries of the original film into other mysteries in movies."

Yoo Ah In has absolute faith in PD Lee for the work. Steven felt it was an honour to work together with PD Lee. Jeon Jong Seo is grateful to receive the role for Hye Mi after audition because this is her first ever big film. 

'Burning' is the only Korean film to be invited to the Cannes Film Festival competition this year. Since its debut on the 16th at the Cannes Lumiere Grand Theater in World Premiere, it has received favourable reviews from all over the world.

The US New York Times (NYT) mentioned 'Burning' as one of the 10 films to watch at Cannes Film Festival in 2018', and American movie variety was sold in eight countries before 'Burning' .


Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Master in the House butlers learn humble teachings.

Four butlers were instructed to meet at a ground nearby at Gyeongju. First to arrive was Seung Gi who was dressed quite oddly. He looked as if he was sponsored to wear those branded sparkly jacket. Second to arrive is Se Hyung who literally wondered if Seung Gi was trying to show off his branded clothes. Third arrived is big brother Sang Yun who dressed normally and he questioned why Seung Gi's clothes is funny. They scoffed off when Sung Jae arrived laughing at Seung Gi's wardrobe saying he looks like a Power Ranger! Everyone cracked up wondering the designer of the jacket must be very disappointed to hear that comment.

PD tells them their new Master is from Gyeongju. He has 100 million views on YouTube and very influential in some way. As far as they know; some celebrity to have so many views online would be singer PSY but he's definitely not from Gyeongju! Sung Jae gets the chart of the master's daily life. 4 hours of sleep sends a shocking look across their faces! The rest is attending events... oh dear! Is he/she some famous trot singers attending gigs across the country? They received a call from actress Han Ji Min that instantly made all of them smiled happily. Seung Gi and Se Hyung went a bit overboard by asking personal questions...etc.
Sang Yun and Sung Jae being more matured started apologising to Han Ji Min for the other two weird behaviour. She mentioned the master is someone who can give them answers to life and even knows what's best for them. The master is someone Ji Min is very grateful to and he even refused her gift she has prepared. Seung Gi continued asking if she still likes the Master to which she said yes. Quickly Sang Yun thanked her for her time and ended the call. 

PD sees Seung Gi and Se Hyung were very distracted as they started talking about Han Ji Min where Sang Yun and Sung Jae were cracking their brains to figure out the identity of the Master. A truck was instructed to drive the butlers to meet their Master as some farm located in some highland area. They tried pressing answers from the female driver but she didn't budget at all. They saw many people squatting at the ground growing crops, dressed in hats and very grey monk wardrobe. Seung Gi shook his head pointing out that he is not dressed today for farming! Ha ha! His Power Ranger jacket is somehow way too off for farming! Immediately they spotted someone familiar crouching away in glasses. Their new Master is none other than Venerable Pomnyun

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Pomnyun is a Korean Buddhist monk who is known for his ecological, human rights, world peace. He is trying his best to eradicate famine, disease and illiteracy. He is one who supports aids to North Korean citizens who are suffering. His events and talks are always very meaningful even to celebrities such as Han Ji Min, Shin Min Ah and Jo In Sung. His presentation uploaded in YouTube have often viewed million over times by the public. He quickly tells them the butlers are needed to plant the seedlings in the bed if they want to eat. Ah... the funny look on their faces...if they don't work, no food is given. That's just simple...
Sang Yun and Sung Jae planted the seedlings fast without talking so much. However the two show off brothers struggled with Pomnyun helping them. After planting, the butlers were treated with vegetable bibimbap (no meat) where they enjoyed eating happily too.

Next they changed into comfortable clothes while Pomnyun served them some tea. Seung Gi, Se Hyung and Sung Jae cringed after drinking the tea as it was so bitter- turns out to be Sumac tea. He teaches them nothing comes easy in life. Bitterness is always there in everyone's life.
Sang Yun didn't feel any bitterness after second sip. Se Hyung asked if there was some water some where as Sung Jae was seen scrubbing his tongue as the after taste of bitterness still lingers for a long time. Now time for teachings... was there a time they felt angry or anger bursting out from their feelings? Se Hyung came up with a situation where he bought clothes dryer for his younger brother Se Chan. However the drier leaks because Se Chan doesn't operate it properly and leads to his anger. 

Pomnyun asks if he thinks that's Se Chan's fault? Se Hyung explains further because of his brother, he bought the dryer to make life more comfortable. But he is angry because Se Chan is not operating it properly. Sung Jae reckons it's the dryer's fault that water is seeping out!  
Another incident is where he playfully provokes a child at the elevator but the child shows his anger at him. After that, Se Hyung felt so upset about the child for he is trying to be playful. Seung Gi finds Se Hyung is the one being annoying no wonder the child is pissed off too. Pomnyun advises it'd be best to apologize to the kid regardless if he remembers or not. It's just to get rid of that something lingering inside us otherwise it will stress us out. On Seung Gi, he asked advice on he's trying to show off to people that he has gone to special forces army. He tells everyone what he has done...blah..etc that probably tires everyone out.

Pomnyun advises it is not a big deal that Seung Gi has undergone special army forces as everyone did too. Every Korean men have to enlist for 2 years so whether it's special forces or not, it's a main responsibility. That fact is true! Se Hyung agreed and pointed out that Seung Gi should only speak on his experiences when asked (not whenever he wants to gain attention!) 
Sung Jae laughs that Se Hyung's notes on Pomnyun's teachings are written neatly so he deserves another cup of Sumac tea! Hahhaaha!

Another lesson where the four were seated in a room, cross folded legs- to remain silent for a period of time was pure torture for those who loved to yak. Sung Jae nearly burst into laughter while Sang Yun remained his posture.






PSY terminates exclusive contract with YG Ent.

Singer PSY (41, real name Park Jae Sang) has announced he is leaving YG Entertainment.
He has decided to end his exclusive contract with YG after a deep conversation and they do respect his decision.  

An exclusive contract was signed in between PSY and YG in 2010. It has already been 8 years and even after rising to the rank of world star with his hit single 'Gangnam style' in 2012, the singer has continued through the contract renewal.

YG rep said, "The 'Gangnam Style' has shared the excitement that has gained popularity around the world. YG and PSY's strong relationship will last forever regardless of the contract." 



Park Yoo Chun breaks off marriage.

Group JYJ member, Park Yoo Chun (32) and Miss Hwang (30) have broken up.

According to Park's agency CJES Entertainment, the two have recently ended their relationship and the other part prefers to remain in privacy. They ask for everyone's understanding.

n April last year, Park Yoo Chun announced his marriage to Hwang, a granddaughter of honorary president Hwang Doo Myung, founder of Namyang dairy business.

When the ceremony was scheduled for September last year, it fell apart and remains clueless.


Park Yoo Chun, who made his debut as a member of TVXQ in 2003, has enjoyed massive stardom with hit singles such as 'Hug', 'Rising Sun' and 'Mirotic'. After a big controversial issue with his ex-agency SM Entertainment, he left TVXQ in 2010 and worked in a trio group 'JYJ' with other fellow members Kim Jae Joong (32) and Kim Jun Su (31). 

He starred in various hit dramas such as 'Sungkyunkwan Scandal' (2010), 'Rooftop Prince' (2012), 'Three Days' (2014) and films- 'The Day' (2012) and 'Sea Fog' (2014).

However, in June 2016, four women pressed charges of sexual assault on the singer/actor and created a whole big scandal.


Since then, all four lawsuits have been suspended. Fan meetings are scheduled for next month.

Monday, May 14, 2018

SM Ent. to enter Vietnam market.

SM Entertainment will enter the Vietnam market to promote K-pop music.
On 10th May a signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Vietnam's largest retail and lifestyle company IPP Group to advance into the Vietnamese market and joint venture.

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We will produce a variety of video programs, advertisements and lifestyle projects, starting with the production of V-pop contents through SM's singers' entry into Vietnam and local singers.

The IPP Group, which has signed an MOU with SM, invested and developed over a total of about $ 500 million (about 534.2 billion won) for about 32 years.

At the signing ceremony of this MOU, SM founder Lee Soo Man, General Manager Kim Young-min, General Manager Han Se-min, Group NCT Tae Yong, Mark, Johnny and IPP Group Chairman Jonathan Haing Nguyen were present. 


Kim said, "Business cooperation with the IPP Group will be a great help to advance into Vietnam, one of the most important countries in the Southeast Asian market. We plan to find more local singers and grow them into global stars via SM capabilities."