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Dickpunks go terrestrial

Source | 2013/08/18 | | Permalink

The boy group Dickpunks, former contestant of the survival audition program "Super Star K4" on cable channel Mnet, made it to a program on a terrestrial channel, even though broadcasters normally refrain from presenting former contestants of audition shows produced by cable channels or other broadcasters.

After singer Roy Kim of the "Super Star K" series broke through the glass ceiling, Dickpunks followed suit by performing for KBS's music show "Music Bank" yesterday...More

Today's teens aspire to YouTube stardom

Source | 2013/08/03 | | Permalink

With a heavy-duty tripod in one hand and a sleek Sony NEX-7 camera in the other, 18-year-old David Suh is wandering the streets of Itaewon, central Seoul, looking for the perfect background to film another video for his YouTube channel: DavidSuhDance.

When he finds a quiet spot with good lighting, he sets up the camera, gets into frame, starts the music, then begins to dance. The tune is electronic dubstep; his motions at once controlled and jerky as he pops and locks to the irregular, jarring beats.

When Suh created his channel back in 2011, as a first-year high school student, he did not have any grand ambitions...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] Returning to the Sunny side of Love.

2013/07/27 | | Permalink

Korean films are particularly intrigued by the tragic tests time and memory can place on love. This fascination extends across genres and the results are often not the Hollywood fairy tale viewers might come to expect. We see this in recent films like "The Servant", where Choon-hyang (Korea's 'Juliet' played by Jo Yeo-jeong) suffers a devasting physical trauma that leaves her mentally and emotionally incapacitated, no longer able to remember the love and passion she once had for her forbidden lover Bang-ja (Kim Joo-hyeok). In Park Chan-wook's cult classic "Old Boy" Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is confronted with an impossible decision at the end, one that cruelly pits the love for his daughter against his own sanity. (I think it will be highly interesting to see how Spike Lee's version of the story's ending differs to Park's). There are other examples of how time and love collide in Korea cinema, often with truly memorable results, and recently I returned to one of the most successful dramas in recent years: Kang Hyeong-cheol's "Sunny - 2010"...More

Probe of soldiers nears end

Source | 2013/07/13 | | Permalink

The Ministry of National Defense will finalize its investigation of soldiers serving with the Defense Media Agency, which specializes in promoting military works and encouraging soldiers.

"We will announce the result of the investigation next week and based on the findings we will also prepare some follow-up measures", Wi Yong-sup, spokesperson of the ministry, said yesterday...More

An interview with Yoo Jin, singer-turned-actress

Source | 2013/06/28 | | Permalink

Yoo Jin, 32, in a hot pink blouse, walked in with a bright smile on her face. She was outspoken unlike Min Chae-won, a reserved character that she played in "A Hundred Year's Inheritance", a weekend drama recently ended with a viewership of over 30 percent.

I feel so free. I think I played such an introvert...More

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