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Director Defends Sexy Show for Women Only

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Kolleen Park

Director Kolleen Park is sorry that her new musical "Mr. Show" for female audiences only is embroiled in controversy due to the sexually explicit content. "I never thought that men who haven't even seen the show would denounce it as obscene", Park told the Chosun Ilbo.

"Mr. Show" is open only to adult women and features eight well-built actors stripping on the stage. Since it premiered on March 27, the show with the tagline "Women, awaken your desire" has been over 90 percent booked every night...More

Galaxy S5 Sets Sales Record on Day of Release

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

People line up to buy the Galaxy S5 at a launch event in Shanghai, China on Friday. /Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Samsung's latest smartphone, the Galaxy S5, set a new sales record on the first day of its release last week. The achievement comes amid a slowdown in global sales of high-end smartphones.

Samsung on Sunday said the Galaxy S5, which went on sale in 125 countries on Friday, sold 30 percent more on the first day of release than the Galaxy S4. The electronics giant did not reveal how many of the gadgets it sold...More

Pawn shops thrive, even in Gangnam

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Jeon, a 54-year-old pawn broker, looks closely at a watch that was left by a customer of his pawn shop located in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul. Iron bars and handwritten notices make this store look old and surreal, but the number of pawn shops is increasing these days, especially in Gangnam, Seoul's most affluent area. By Kim Kyung-rok

Behind a set of iron bars, a man clad in a neat suit looks closely at a watch that was left by a customer. Handwritten notices are plastered here and there across the bars, and his face peeks out from behind a small window cut into the middle.

Through this hole, Jeon, the 54-year-old owner of this rundown pawn shop located in Apgujeong-dong, southern Seoul, communicates with his customers. He takes collateral, mostly watches and jewelry, and gives loans...More

Monami to release 'new' 153 pen for anniversary

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

The new 153 pen

Monami, a manufacturer of stationery, writing instruments and printer and office supplies, said yesterday that it will release a new edition of its iconic 153 ballpoint pen next month to celebrate its 51st anniversary.

"We are very thankful for the people's love of calling our 153 ballpoint pen the 'people's ballpoint pen' for 50 years", said Monami CEO Song Ha-kyung in a press release...More

Lotte launches new line as own-brand sales rise

Source | 2014/04/20 | | Permalink

Three products for sale under the Prime L Gold brand, Lotte Mart's new private label. Provided by the company

Gone are the days when private-brand (PB) items at large discount stores were tossed aside as cheap alternatives to products manufactured by national brands. In an effort to counter falling profits, local chain stores are increasingly devoting their time and money to developing PB items to offer consumers more choice in quality and price - and Lotte Mart is in the lead...More

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