Bellies stuffed, the cast readies themselves for a post-dinner mission on this MT (short for “membership training,” an overnight trip where schoolmates or co-workers play games, eat, and drink a-plenty) with guests Ryu Hyun-jin and Suzy.
Their task is to find (or steal) the pillows hidden in the basecamp and return to their sleeping quarters to stake their claim to one of six spots. Last week’s winnings equate to each member’s allotted time for the game, which means the Betrayal Trio only have about thirteen minutes.
Losers’ punishment: washing dishes. But at least this means everyone gets to sleep indoors? Haha: “I already assumed that I’d be on dish duty.”
Ji-hyo is lucky enough to find one right away, and how cute is Suzy stopping to snap a photo of a stray goose after she finds hers? Gary’s just a tad too short to reach his, an opportunity a much-taller Hyun-jin gleefully takes advantage of
Running Man: Episode 172 recap by DramaBeans. Broadcast on November 17, 2013.
We pick up with last week’s hide-and-seek game against idol group EXO. With less than 20 seconds left before the switch, Jae-suk corners two idol boys in the elevator… then swiftly eliminates them both, tieing the game to 5:5.
As EXO prepares to hunt down the cast, Kwang-soo… pretends to be a mannequin? Haha. Is this the idea that nobody will notice if you hide in plain sight?
Kai heads back to his former hiding place thinking that no one would be hiding there, right? Wrong. He finds Suk-jin behind some boxes and eliminates him.
Guessing that hiding isn’t a safe tactic anymore, Kwang-soo switches places with his VJ. But his wall height is a dead giveaway, and gets promptly caught by Luhan
All the important Korean Entertainment news from this week in one place: This is your Weekly Soompi Roundup!
After the very busy and dramatic last week, it seems that things have somewhat quieted down in the K-Pop world.
JYP Entertainment revealed how long each of their artists are signed on to the company for. It looks like 2015 will be an important year. A crazy “fan” ran on stage and tried to harass Crayon Pop’s ChoA. I don’t know, I feel like if you do something that frightens or endangers the singer, you lose your title of “fan.” Japanese media reported that Nicole will go back to the United States to study, but DSP was like “We found out about this when everyone else did.” This is the second time DSP was surprised by a report about Nicole
Big Bang has kick-started their Japanese 6-dome tour!
They"re the first ever overseas group to have a 6-dome tour, and the 2nd in all of Japan"s history after Mr. Children. They"re expected to bring in a total of 771,000 fans through their 16 performances in 6 cities.
The boys started off in Saitama"s Seibu Dome on the 16th and 17th. The boys sang their Japanese hits such as "My Heaven", "Gara Gara Go!", and "Haru Haru", and also sang their Korean hits "Fantastic Baby" and "Bad Boy". Of course, the boys also had solo stages as well. G-Dragon sang "Crooked", Taeyang sang "RINGA LINGA", T.O.P sang "DOOM DADA", Daesung sang "Wings", and Seungri sang "Gotta Talk To U"
Big Bang member T.O.P‘s first comeback in 3 years and 5 months, “Doom Dada,” is not only taking over both Korean and international music charts, it is taking over YouTube, as well. Within two days, the music video has reached an astonishing 2 million views.
“Doom Dada” was released on YG‘s official YouTube channel on November 16, and after breaking the one million mark after the first day, the video kept its momentum to break two million the next day.
The music video was shot by director Seo Hyun Seung, the same director who worked on G-Dragon‘s “Coup d’Etat” and Taeyang‘s “Ringa Linga.” Reminiscent of director Kim Ji Woon‘s movie “The Good, The Bad, The Weird” (2008), Seo Hyun Seung’s “Doom Dada” has a variety of unique and tasty visuals and witty, artful scenes
Active as both a Big Bang member and a soloist, Taeyang has sung so many songs in the past 7 something years Big Bang has been in the spotlight.
While there are plenty of good lyrics in all of Big Bang’s songs (much thanks to G-Dragon), we decided to look at Taeyang’s solo career and pick out some songs with lyrics that popped out from the rest.
When we first heard this fairly new song, we could only be reminded of our childhood, because Ringa Linga is basically just an adult version of a Korean children’s nursery song called Round and Round.
Ringa Linga goes:
Raise your hands, like you’ve gained your independence, Just around like you’re going to sprain your ankle, Shake it like you’re having a seizure
If T.O.P’s teaser images made you drool, the release of the music video for his new song “Doom Dada” will blow your mind!
With the constant uploads of unique and unexpected teaser images, many fans have been eager to hear T.O.P’s new solo album. The anticipation was escalated when it was revealed that the BIG BANG rapper had written the lyrics for “Doom Dada.” Moreover, through the collaboration with CHOICE37, known to have composed BIG BANG’s “BAD BOY” and G-Dragon’s “ONE OF A KIND,” many expected another high quality music production that would impact the Korean music industry.
As the audio for “Doom Dada” was released at midnight of November 15 on Korean online music sites, fans don’t have to wait any longer for a visual to the song as YG Entertainment released the music video on the evening of November 15
All the important Korean Entertainment news from this week in one place: This is your Weekly Soompi Roundup!
This week in celebrity news…
Did Minzy get plastic surgery? Her agency says no, but it looks like everyone else is saying yes. SM Entertainment claims that Taeyeon and YoonA are not the drunk girls in a picture taken in Hong Kong. Then Jessica is injured at the airport. This would have been a bigger deal if there wasn’t another big story that had just erupted that day. Eunhyuk‘s Twitter got hacked multiple times. Meanwhile, I had fun with some of my Twitter friends thinking of possible passwords that he might have used. My favorites: “AnchoviesRulez7,” “TeukCanIBeLeader4Awhile,” “DonghaeIzMine,” “GummySmile1,” and “SujusRealVisual
JYP Entertainment has published the results of their Extraordinary General Meeting regarding the merger between the publicly listed JYP Entertainment and the non listed JYP on the Korean Financial Supervisory Service’s DART Electronic Reporting System. The report states that the merger has been approved with the merger effective starting from October 17.
There were a lot of big words in that first paragraph so lets break it down a bit because this report has some juicy information, including how much each of their artists make for the company.
First a summary
JYP Entertainment and JYP-Parent used to be separate companies responsible for separate artists They have decided to merge the two companies together under the “JYP Entertainment” banner They held an investor’s meeting to discuss the merger They have revealed that they plan to expand their business to include drama, movie production, tour packages, musicals and actors
Kdrama "Answer Me 1994" Episode 7 Recap by DramaBeans
It’s a sweltering summer in 1994, and Na-jung has a new part-time job working the counter at a chicken and burger joint near campus. She’s surprisingly sharp and good with numbers, as she tells her customer the exact price difference between ordering his burgers and colas separately instead of as sets.
Someone pages her, and it turns out to be Chilbongie calling from baseball practice. He comes up with the adorably lame excuse that he felt like eating burgers, and wants to know if her store delivers.
She says he’d have to order something like twenty of them, and he happily orders fifty. Ermagerd, he’s so cute I can’t stand it.
So Na-jung and her co-worker (the computer science sunbae) head over to the field that night with fifty burgers in tow
“The Alumni” (or “The Commitment“) took the number one spot at the box office on its opening day, November 6.
According to the Korean Film Commission’s total ticket sales count, “The Alumni” brought 125,672 viewers to the cinema on its first day of release, earning it first place at the box office. The combined total number of viewers to date goes up to 132,183, including those who attended the premiere.
With that, “The Alumni” knocked Hollywood blockbuster “Thor: The Dark World” off its first place spot, which had been sitting at number one since opening on October 30.
Group BIGBANG’s T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun) returns to the big screen after a hiatus of three years in the movie “The Alumni.” His character is left with no choice but to become a North Korean spy in order to save his one and only sister
Actor Hyun Bin received an award for “Savings Day.”
On October 29, the Korean government held the “50th Savings Day” event at the Sejong Hall in the Sejong Center for the Performing Arts. Overall, 99 individuals were recipients of various awards given by the President, the Prime Minister, and the Chair of the Monetary Committee.
Over the last 17 years, Hyun Bin saved 35 billion won (approximately $3.3 million), and he received recognition as the recipient of the President’s award. In addition, it has been revealed he has been continuously doing volunteer work as well as donating money to various charities.
Actress Han Hye Jin also received the President’s award. Other familiar names on the recipients list were entertainer Kim Hye Young, and singers Lee Juk, Lee Moon Se,KARA’s Goo Hara, and BIGBANG’s T
tvN drama “Nine: Nine Times Time Travel” will be made remade into an American drama with actress Yunjin Kim acting as Executive Producer.
CJ E&M announced that “Nine” has been picked up by Fake Empire Productions, the company behind hit American television series such as “Gossip Girl,” “Carrie Dairies,” and “Chuck,” for the major network channel ABC. The script for the pilot is currently in process, and the pilot could air as early as May of next year.
Director Choi Jin Hee of CJ E&M said in a statement, “Traditionally, American dramas rarely make remakes from other countries, except England. After the success of ‘Homeland’,a remake of an Israel drama, the idea of remaking foreign dramas is becoming more popular
Debuting in 1998 as part of Fin.K.L, Lee Hyori, the original fairy, made a strong impression on Korean pop music scene with her solo debut song “10 Minutes” in 2003. Since then, Lee Hyori has spent the last ten years active in various fields, as a solo singer, entertainer, fashionista (and activist), making the leap from the music industry to the bigger entertainment scene and as earning her the title of issue maker. Of course, her marriage in September to singer-songwriter Lee Sang Soon became a hot topic of conversation.
However, there is something that industry insiders and fans may be missing out on. In the last 15 years in the entertainment industry, Lee Hyori has been working hard to develop her music capabilities. She was directly involved in producing her fifth solo album, released in May, and was in charge of producing fellow B2M Entertainment girl group Spica’s new album, released in the summer
With his upcoming movie, Big Bang’s T.O.P will be entering the movie markets in the US and Europe.
On October 16, Show Box announced that The Commitment, starring T.O.P, has been sold overseas in USA and Europe.
According to Show Box, Wellgo USA Entertainment, which bought the distribution rights to The Commitment, also distributed movies such as The Man from Nowhere, The Front Line, My Way, and The Thieves.
Through Wellgo USA Entertainment, The Commitment will premiere in USA on November 29, approximately three weeks after the Korea premiere.
Splendid Film, a distribution company which bought the rights for Europe, premiered previous Korean movies,like I Saw the Devil, War of Arrows, Jeon Woochi: The Taoist Wizard, Berline, and The Man from Nowhere
Showbox recently announced on October 16 that “The Commitment,” in which Big Bang’s T.O.P plays the main role, will premiere in the United States and Europe.
According to Showbox, Wellgo USA has bought distribution rights for “The Commitment.” The company has previously done the same for the movies “The Man From Nowhere” (2010), “The Front Line” (2011), “My Way” (2011), and most recently, “Thieves” (2012), and had successful releases.
Wellgo USA said, “‘The Commitment’ will premiere in major cities in the United States on the twenty-ninth of November. This will be roughly three weeks after the premiere in Korea.”
Splendid Film, the European company who bought distribution rights for a German version of “The Commitment,” has also previously done so for the Korean movies “I Saw the Devil” (2010), “War of the Arrows” (2011), “Jeon Woo-chi” (2012), “The Berlin File” (2013), and “The Man From Nowhere” (2010)