Monday, December 18, 2017

Steel Rain's Jung Woo Sung talks it all out.

"The strong tenacious attitude is exactly like me." 

Actor Jung Woo-sung (44) said, "I do not feel tired until the result comes out, but it seems to be the style that I've done my best," he said while pointing at PD Yang Woo-suk who directed the film "Steel Rain".

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In this film, Jung Woo Sung collaborates with Kwak Do Won. Most directors are nervous until the final film is been released. Director Yang Woo-suk has never been that way.They have done their best to complete the movie and now it is time to put the movie out to the audience. Results will be unknown until it's been released. 

Jung's role as Uhm Chul Woo was once an elite agent of the North's reconnaissance bureaucracy. In order to get out of poverty, he takes on a secret mission, gets caught up in an unidentified incident and takes on a wounded "North Korean Power 1".

Uhm Chul Woo's character is similar to Jung. He does his best in his perfectly for my family, he leads his sick body, doesn't express pain and tries hard to prevent war. Jung who had not been able to draw a good reputation for acting in recent series of works, succeeded in receiving favourable comments from this character. The most impressive thing in this film are the scenes of two people. Jung's Uhm  Chul Woo and Kwak's Kwak Chul Woo are not coincidental but they have a brotherly relationship with the same goal in mind. Kwak Chul Woo has a lot of bluntness, emptiness and loose but extraordinary responsible- making this movie called "Buddy movie". Actually, both actors are born in 1973. Jung Woo-sung did the second film with Kwak Do-won after 'Asura' (2016), expressed his love for his friends with jokes.

In a scene when both are resting, Kwak Chul Woo said to Uhm Chul Woo- "We are the same side. We are wearing handcuffs in one hand."

Steel Rain can be a controversial piece depending on how you view it. It is based on the extreme confrontation between the North and South, and it deals directly with the nuclear war. Jung said, "I would like to see it as a funny imagination, itt's funny that it's a fantasy story." 




Wedding bells for Taeyang and Min Hyo Rin.

Ever since Big Bang's Taeyang and actress Min Hyo Rin's relationship was announced publicly, it was a matter of time fans are speculating whether when they will break up or not. It's quite a norm lately that celebrity couples dating do not last more than a year or so. 

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However good news came...the two have decided to marry next February. YG Entertainment has confirmed that the two have agreed to hold a wedding ceremony before Taeyang's enlistment. 

Taeyang and Hyo Rin have met on the set of solo MV 'Rise' and 'Dawn of Time' which was released in June 2014. Since the announcement, the two have been in the lime light and Taeyang's devotion continued for 3 years.

Taeyang debuted in 2006 with Big Bang members. Since then, he has made hit songs such as 'Lies', 'Fantastic Baby' and 'Bang Bang Bang'. He has been enjoying the highest popularity with his solo activities with hit songs such as 'Eyes, Nose and Lips' and 'Only Look At Me'.


Min Hyo Rin made her debut as an advertising model in 2006, starring in the movie "Sunny" and in the drama "Persevere, Goo Hae Ra."


SHInee's Jonghyun found dead- is it a Werther effect?

It's another sad day for the entertainment industry when it comes to K-pop. Tweets started pouring in after the sudden death of their favourite K-pop idol.

 "The Werther effect is the most frightening, especially the image of a young man like Jong hyun, and more celebrity fans who are supporters of it." (Twitter @ @ mo ****)

"I hope it will not lead to the effect of Werther on other people in favour of Jong hyun's sincerity." (Twitter Rihanna @ ah ******)

On December 18th, main vocalist and member of SHINee Jonghyun (Kim Jong-hyun, 27) has died. His death went frenzy over in Twitter, Facebook and other social networking sites are increasingly concerned about the 'Werther effect' (Copy-cat suicide)

The Werther effect is a phenomenon in which a celebrity or an opponent who wants to model himself suicides by identifying himself or herself.

It has already been proven statistically. In fact, the number of suicide victims was 78 after the death of actress Choi Jin-sil, who was a national actress in 2008, and on the 5th day after she died, it claimed nearly 90 lives. At that time, the average number of suicides per day in Korea was around 30.
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SHInee is a popular idol among teenage girl fans. For fans who are shocked by sudden K-pop idols, the netizens are sharing their comfort through sharing the Suicide Prevention Hotline (1577-0199), Life 's Telephone (1588-9191), and Suicide Prevention Law through SNS.

A netizen wrote on an online community bulletin board that "the power of celebrities is a publicity issue and as such they are legally enforceable. If they see this, their mental loss to society is too great."

Another netizen wrote, "It should not happen, but if you are a fan of SHINee Jonghyun, you might have a Werther effect, so you should look around and your family." Jonghyun's elder sister found him unconscious in his Cheongdamdong apartment and later police pronounced him dead.
Speculations on whether Jonghyun took his own life but this has certainly marked the shocking part, stress about being on boy band.

RIP Jong hyun...what a great vocalist and it's such a pity he died at a young age.
Condolences to his family and members of the group. 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Master Keys searches for master trucks and treasure box.

Once again Master Key variety show has changed its style of program after the usual finding the demon-angel key holders seem to bore the audience. First the members will work as a team in finding two keys to open up the treasure box. Their mission is to search for the master trucks parked all over the place and solve a mission. If they succeed a mission, they get a key however it can be a wrong key which cannot open the box. It's all a matter of luck.

Guests include actress Gong Seung Yeon, gagman Park Sung Kwang and remaining permanent members Lee Soo Geun, Jeon Hyun Moo, Kang Daniel, Ong Seung Woo and Key. The members ride a big van together, looking at GPS trying to locate the master trucks. First they arrived at a Hanok village- they are to move around the tables with 4 dishes without lifting up and arrange it exactly the same as what was laid out. It was like solving puzzles. First up was Daniel and Key but their teamwork was rather frail. Second was Soo Geun and Sung Kwang who failed miserably too. Third up was Hyun Moo and Seung Yeon who successfully solved the puzzle and everyone got to eat delicious Buan home cooked meals. Weather was cold and snowy out there in Buan. They received a key and surprisingly the key turned on the treasure box. They screamed happily that they have already solved one mission. 

The van drove passed some high school girls where Seung Yeon and Sung Kwang waved to them but received no response. When Seung Woo peeked to wave, there were screaming all over the place. This has proved Wanna One's big popularity! Hah! Soo Geun mentioned the girls didn't see Daniel sitting way behind otherwise the entire van will be put to a stop on the road. The next stop was at a petrol station. Three members must seek out 3 customers and get their names identified correctly to get the next key. Daniel and Seung Woo decided to stay out as they could sense the regional folks do not know Wanna One. Soo Geun goes first and was overwhelmed when an elderly man called out his name three times. Aww...he was so happy shaking his hand. They send out Sung Kwang who looked embarrassed but one man recognised him straight away. Wow! From behind they saw a bunch of younger man walking towards the stop. Sung Yeon headed straight to them and one of them called out her name. Success! Actress is easier to be recognised but they didn't know Seung Woo- dismay! Ha ha!
The key didn't turn the box...so they moved to an onion field. There are 7 rows where the PD tells them to pick each lane and row to the end. That's it? They found it strange. Somehow Key wondered the lanes must be filled with some nonsense to welcome them!

                          

Sung Kwang, Key, Hyun Moo and Seung Woo ran on the safe lanes but when it came to Seung Yeon, it was a slapstick comedy where she fell into a pit. The production casts have dug a hole in the lane and covered with lots of hay! Mission failed so they didn't get any key. Once again, the team drove to find another master truck which is a salt field. They were given fresh steamed red bean buns. Immediately they tried a few buns while Soo Geun asked Daniel what does it feel to eat a nice red bean bun. Immediately it reminded him of his mother. What a sweet son... however they continued teasing him it must be his 'girls'...he'd named the girls Mom 1, 2 and 3....he smiled innocently and said there's no such thing. Pat bing soo were served on the table. They could sense a few bowls of the pat bing soo must be shaved salt instead of ice. To their dismay Sung Kwang and Soo Geun picked the wrong bowls and mission failed. Again they drove to Buan Calderon Museum where they have to feel what's inside the Calderon without seeing it. They send Hyun Moo, Daniel, Key and Seung Woo for the mission. It was hilarious seeing their face expressions when they started to touch what's inside the big vase. It turns out to be steel sponge, pine cones, muk..etc. They received another key and successfully opened the box. However the mission states there are only 6 keys means 1 person has to be eliminated. The unfortunate person is Soo Geun who left in his big van. One of the keys is the main master key where it opens all the boxes of treasure. Sung Yeon's key is the real master key. 

In the van, Soo Geun was informed he holds the main treasure box but he has to find the real master key if he wants to win the entire prize. He lurked back to the village and searched for the real master key. He knew Sung Yeon's key was the real one but pretended hers was fake. He managed to convince the rest to hand over their keys to open the main treasure box. PD announced that Soo Geun wins the main prize when he uses Sung Yeon's key. She was shocked to know he tricked her and the rest! Daniel and Key who snugged several keys but it was no use at all. 



Thursday, December 14, 2017

Oh Sang Jin and Kim Sung Ryung host MBC Drama Awards 2017.

Announcer Oh Sang Jin (37) is heading on with the hosting together for MBC Drama Awards 2017 with fellow actress Kim Sung Ryung

Oh Sang Jin began his broadcasting career in 2005 as an MBC 24th announcer. He then became an MBC representative announcer and declared as a freelancer in 2013. 

This is the first time that Oh is conducting the awards ceremony. He is also actively participated in the '170-day strike' in 2012, is very meaningful in that it will take the award ceremony MC along with the normalisation of MBC station. 

He married announcer Kim So Young in April 2017. Oh also starred in various dramas such as My Love from the Star (2013), The Family is Coming (2015) and recently in 20th Century Boy and Girl (2016). 

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

My thoughts on KBS The Jugglers.

I started watching KBS drama The Jugglers and find it rather interesting, comical whereby it's set in a company office background with nosy team people, busy body secretaries and stern bosses. Somehow it reminded me of Misaeng, Radiant Office and Introverted Boss dramas.

It is Choi Daniel's first drama after he's out from military services and Baek Jin Hee plays the cute, efficient hardworking secretary to him under YB Company. Choi plays the cold and so-called boring director Nam Chi Won. Nam takes no interest in whoever or what's going in the office politics. He rides a bicycle to work and even looks for a cheap place to rent.

Baek plays the bubbly, positive looking PA Jwa Yoon Yi in YB Company. Of one event, she has been misunderstood as a mistress to her boss so she was switched to another department.
Nowhere to go, she ended up being a PA to Chi Won. At the start, the boss-secretary relationship didn't kick off well as he hated to be followed around. His young friend, Director Hwangbo Yool- played by Lee Won Geun taught him the difference of meddling and interest. What a coincidence when Chi Won became a new tenant inside Yoon Yi's roof top house! 

Yoon Yi has a circle of good friends- Bo Na who is also a PA to the mean Director Jo, the tomboyish Kyung Re and elder buddy Wang Jung Ae -played by Kang Hye Jung. Jung Ae is suffering a miserable life after getting married early and had a teenage son. She then struggles to find a steady job in the market. With the help of Yoon Yi, they disguised her younger working as a PA to Yool. Yool has been known to have many different PA's as he's never consistent in having people working under him. 
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Yoon Yi gets to know more about Chi Won after pressure from the top management. They were rather surprised that he has an ex-wife and doesn't care much about others' welfare. But he can be caring and kind if he wants to. Hah! He sees through all the funny antics Yoon Yi has and tells her off if she pretends to be drunk...etc. 

Verdict? I will continue watching The Jugglers to see how Chi Won will develop to become a better boss though he's straight as an arrow. Yoon Yi will be the main guidance to assist him when there are office politics and things going around the department. 

Questions are popping up from my head: - ...

1. Chi Won is a journalist- how did he end up working as a director in YB Company? 
2. How is Chi Won related to Vice President Do in the company? They don't look like friends.
3. How did he got divorce with his ex-wife?
4.  Why is he renting at Yoon Yi's place? He didn't look as if he was struggling financially


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Ratings increase in Take Care of My Refrigerator with Gordon Ramsay.

British chef, Gordon Ramsay (51) has somehow raised the viewers ratings by 2% when he appeared as a guest in the JTBC program Take Care of My Refrigerator.

According to Nielsen Korea, a 15% rating of the nation's average audience rating of 5.9% for JTBC's cooking entertainment program- "Take care of the refrigerator" (director Lee Chang-woo) was broadcast on the previous day. Compared with last week's broadcast, it is a 1.7% increase. Normally this program has maintained a low 4% audience ratings in the latter half of 3%.

It has attracted viewers attention with one of the world's best chef, Gordon Ramsay's appearance. Ramsay is popular worldwide in 2005, leading the audition program "Hell's Kitchen". Hell' s Kitchen has churned out 17 seasons this year. He has also been one of the most famous chefs in the world including Master Chef. Ramsay is renowned for his talent for cooking, ridiculous hustle and bustle, harsh swearing in the kitchen. 

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On this special episode Ramsay was given a challenge to cook a dish within 15 minutes where he's up against Chef Lee Yeon Bok. Both chefs were presented with a baseball pitchers' refrigerator containing many types of side dishes, main proteins- fish, prawns and beef.
The competition started off with both chefs looking relaxed and chopping their ingredients.
Ramsay's dish is crispy rice topped with beef strips, mushrooms, cabbage and asparagus.
Chef Lee had two dishes in mind- stir fry spicy beef with asparagus and steamed beef with cabbage that goes with avocado sauce. 

The cooking show started to get intense when Ramsay couldn't figure out the sauces on the table top, his crispy rice fell off from the pan he lifted and the beef strips were stuck onto the paper. He told them do not panic if anything fails in the kitchen...he was sweating though. Hah!  Everyone else were busy snapping photographs and taking videos of the world renowned chef in action. 

MC Kim Seung Joo tried to pick the remaining bits of crispy rice but was pecked by a fork from Ramsay. His 2nd attempt failed too. He was hounding around Ramsay like a shadow saying 'busy...yes...very busy...'  All went in awe seeing Ramsay sprinkled some salt as he splashed some over his shoulder before going into the pan. Mmm... a new way of sprinkling salt? 

Chef Lee finished plating up his two dishes and presented it well. It was the last few seconds and Ramsay finished up his rolled beef strips on top of crispy rice. He started chopping spring onions for top decoration on his dish. Out of nowhere, Ramsay splashed remaining shallots onto Seung Joo at the side creating massive laughter at the studio. Muahaha! He did mention Seung Joo was like a little girl screaming at his side when he was working. 

The baseball players tried both chefs' meals and complimented they were very tasty, flavourful with the taste of Korea. It's interesting that Ramsay uses the red pepper flakes and bulgogi sauce for a fusion style beef wrap. Ramsay likes Chef Lee's stir fry beef though it's spicy.
Winner goes to Ramsay and he thanked everyone for being there, it was an honour for him to appear at the show. He invited everyone to his restaurant in England for another challenge.
He vows to defend his title. Hah! 







Monday, December 11, 2017

BTS Ji Min on NY Times Square billboards.

Eleven decorated screens featuring BTS's Ji Min were advertised on New York Times Square, USA.

Ji Min's ads were shown on eleven screens of Nasdaq and Thomson Reuters in New York Times Square during the day on the 10th December 2017. The Chinese fandom was supporting the event at the end of the year.

                  

Times Square, also known as the "World's Crossroads" has an average daily population of about 1.5 million people on a tripod that meets New York's 42nd Street, 7th Street, and Broadway. Usually the advertising cost is very high whereby an advertisement could cost up to tens of millions won a day! 


EXO, BTS, TWICE and Wanna One advertisements go live on the birthday or debut anniversary of K-POP group members. Few days ago, birthday wishes for Wanna One's Kang Daniel was flashing across the bright LED screens. Fandom has been promoting the advertisements in order to thank BTS member Park Ji Min who has showed his remarkable performances in 2017 at the same time as promoting in the USA during the music awards.

Meanwhile, BTS has held a concert for "BTS Live Trilogy Episode 3 Wings Tour: The Final" concert at the Geocheok Sky Dome in Seoul from 8th to 10th of October and finished the trilogy episode series in the trilogy.








OCN's Black wrapped up after 9 weeks.

OCN's suspense mystery drama 'Black' starring Song Seung Hun and Go Ah-Ra finished its run after 9 weeks airing.

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On 10th December, the final episode of Black was aired where Grim reaper Black (Song) chose to cease of his existence as penalty in the underworld. He vowed to hide the truth of his real death from Kang Ha Ram (Go Ah-Ra). Black said, "From the beginning, she shouldn't have everything, then Kang Ha Ram will be happier in life."

Black also asked his partner in crime, Grim Reaper Je Su Dong to prevent Ha Ram's parents accident death. As a result, the young Ha Ram grew up into a fine young lady without any worries and didn't see any shadows of death. Everything was reset to where it was. Ha Ram graduated, worked, smiled happily with friends and family. She lived till she grew old to a grandmother age. Then her old companion friend Leo, handed her a box of Halloween gift.

The minute Ha Ram saw the red thread bracelet, her tears started falling. She was saddened by the fact of what happened and the memories came back. However it was time for grandma Ha Ram to pass away and she was then greeted by Black at the other side of the world. 
He asked if she lived happily all this time and she nodded. 

Through this drama, Song Seung Hun's character was well-received by the audience.
Go Ah-Ra got to re-examine her acting skills after the 2013 tvN drama Reply 1994.













Sunday, December 10, 2017

Master Key- Episode 8 and 9

Episode 8 Master Key is finding the Angel and Demon Key holders. Permanent cast members along with guests NU'EST Jonghyun, Seventeen's Minkyu, Oh My Girl's Hyojung, Girls' Day Minah, Kim Jong Min, SHINee's Minho and Wanna One's Ha Seung Woon. 

Daniel wins again the Watchers Vote with a chance to voting twice for himself. Lucky him.
Mission had the relay of Hurry Up Awards. First member wins the pair of diving flippers, jumps up to grab a flower bouquet- passed it on 2nd member to dance twice of the speed of the song, 3rd spot with 2 members delivering the announcement speech with accuracy and last spot 2 members bounce the ball and entering into a trophy cup. Last but not least the entire group rushes to the podium to snap a final photograph. White team starts first with Minho's atheletic jump at the start and passing to Minah who danced very well. They failed at the 3rd round thanks to Jong Min's clumsiness of speech.

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Blue team goes next with Minkyu runs fast with the flippers and delivers the bouquet to Daniel on 2nd position dancing off Energetic in twice speed. His moves were all accurate with bystanders admiring his skills. SHINee's Key just shouted he will vote all the way for Daniel. They failed too at the speech as Hyojung's carelessness in words. Again Minkyu fumbled with flippers to catch the bouquet. At this rate, Soo Geun said Daniel will lose a lot of weight by dancing twice speed to Energetic. Ha ha! Blue team wins the first round. White team goes next with Seung Woo with the flippers who failed at the start causing laughter. He took nearly a minute to jump catching the bouquet and passing it to Jong Min who resurrected his 90's dance moves. However it was Hyun Moo who failed his team by dropping all his balls before passing to Minho. 

Turns out Hyun Moo is holding the Angel key and Jonghyun is the Devil key holder. Jonghyun fails to keep his expression well. 


Episode 9 of Master Key featured new guests such as Eric Nam, Seventeen's Seungkwan, Kim Jong Min, Wanna One's Yoon Ji Sung, SHINee's Minho, Laboum's Solbin with permanent cast emcees Lee Soo Geun, Jeon Hyun Moo, Wanna One's Kang Daniel, Ong Seung Woo and SHINee's Key.

The members head off to the main podium room to receive instructions and it has been determined that there are 2 Demon Key holders and 1 Angel Key holder. Rules are simple- if one votes for Angel, then you win the prize together, vote for demon- you lose everything to the demon. The expressions from each member is just weird and ridiculous. They laughed at the joker Jong Min who fails to keep his expression well.

                               

At the change room, as usual the angel and demon key holders started their mission in convincing others to vote for them. Soo Geun got hold of Minho first to say he's a key holder.
Unknown to rest, Minho is very excellent in searching for the real Angel key holder. At the start of the show, it's to determine who wins the Watchers Vote. Seung Woo lamented that they know who's the winner- for almost 4 consecutive weeks Daniel has won the Watchers Vote.
Aww...Soo Geun suggests that Daniel should share his winning vote with the last place of Watchers Vote. PD nods and says if Daniel agrees then he will go along with it. Everyone was taken back and laughed as that was not the right way to announce the winner! LOL! Daniel's fans are massive and they loved him so much that they will ensure he wins the Watchers Vote.


It turned out that Daniel and Soo Geun are the Demon key holders. They were impressive at the start with winning many games. Black team was excellent in balloon slamdunk game. Daniel was practically like a raging bull which struck to everyone's attention he might be the Devil Key holder. Indeed...Minho suggested to the rest that Jong Min is the real Angel key holder.

There was a mission there members have to sleep under the blanket and later find their pillow printed with their faces. Everyone scattered to look around for their pillows except one man.
Daniel dozed off as he lie down. Eric and Seungkwan giggled stating he must be really tired. Soo Geun didn't realise Daniel was sleeping and stepped on him causing him to woke up abruptly. His blank look made him felt apologetic and stated he's very tired. But Black Team won the find the pillow mission. White team was disastrous because only Jong Min got his pillow. Seung Woo started calling his members back and said it's enough, let's go home. LOL!

At last the voters who voted for Jong Min wins the golden key prizes. They already knew Daniel and Soo Geun were the Devil key holders.