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10 popular fancams of idols” incidents and reactions

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10 popular fancams of idols” incidents and reactions

If you"re a diehard K-Pop fan, you"re probably familiar with the term "fancam." You could even say it"s part of your regular YouTube search vocabulary.




Fancams are clips of idols recorded by fans. Fans record and share these amazingly high quality videos to capture their idols" hard work and charm for the internet to ogle--but some fancams are ogled much more than others.


Last time, we showed you some of the most popular performance fancams. Now, here are some fancams that gained attention not necessarily for the idols" performance, but for other reasons. Ranked by YouTube views from least to most, here are some of the most popular non-performance fancams ranging from cute, amusing, to simply shocking. Check them out!

10 crazy popular fancams of idol performances

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10 crazy popular fancams of idol performances

If you"re a diehard K-Pop fan, you"re probably familiar with the term "fancam." You could even say it"s part of your regular YouTube search vocabulary.

Fancams are clips of idol performances recorded by fans. Sometimes the videos focus on just one member of the group, so that they can share what the broadcasting cameras might miss during shot changes. Fans record and share these amazingly high quality videos to capture their idols" hard work and charm for the internet to ogle--but some fancams are ogled much more than others.

[Recap] “Running Man Race Start Season 2 in Singapore” – A Night of Pure Fun

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[Recap] “Running Man Race Start Season 2 in Singapore” – A Night of Pure Fun

After last year’s successful sold-out fan meeting in Singapore, five of the “Running Man” casts, Ji Suk Jin, Kim Jong Kook, Song Ji Hyo, Lee Kwang Soo and Haha returned on November 29 for yet another successful fan meeting at The Star Performing Arts Centre. With Singapore being the final stop for the Race Start Season 2 tour, the 5″ “Running Man”” members gave their best during the nearly 2.5 hour long show. Last year, they were dressed up as casts from Boys Over Flower. This year, they came back with a hilarious cover of “My Destiny” from the popular series, “My Love From The Star.” Never mind that most of them sang out of tune, fans were simply overjoyed to see their favorite stars back on the little red dot (an epithet for Singapore).The members gave a brief introduction of themselves before the Q&A segment where each member was being interviewed by the night’s host, Danny Yeo. Among the trio betrayers (Ji Suk Jin, Lee Kwang Soo, and Haha), Ji Suk Jin was asked to pick only one if he has to. He diplomatically replied that though he can’t trust any of them, all three of them are still one. However, when both Lee Kwang Soo and Haha were immediately asked the same, both lived up to the name of a betrayer when Lee Kwang Soo answered that his choice is Haha, while Haha’s choice is Ji Suk Jin. Suk Jin was then asked the same question again, this time, he picked Yoon Jae Suk who couldn’t be at the fan meeting. Haha was asked what his strength is in “Running Man”. He thinks that being the betrayer is not his, but Lee Kwang Soo’s strength. He replied that he is good at making Kim Jong Kook the bad guy by being out of the game early. Instead of working together, the betrayers betray each other. Song Ji Hyo was asked about her secret to winning Kim Jong Kook. To the delight of Monday Couple fans, she was quick to give credit to Gary for helping her win over Kim Jong Kook in the recent alien episode, and thanked Gary saying “Oppa, gomawo yo”, meaning “Brother, thank you.” Fans were not convinced when Kim Jong Kook voiced out that he isn’t the strongest nor the scariest member in the show. He thinks that Lee Kwang Soo is in fact very strong while he is weak. He also thinks that when the Monday Couple is together, they make a very strong team.With Kim Jong Kook’s strong command of English, Lee Kwang Soo had the fans burst out laughing when he honestly declared that he couldn’t understand Kim Jong Kook’s replies and preferred him to speak in Korean. Lee Kwang Soo was once again being teased and asked about being the “Asia Prince” and was asked if he is living up to the name. With the house chanting his name, he shyly gave credit to the rest of the casts for his “Asia Prince” title. The game segments followed, giving fans the chance to be up close and personal with the members. These lucky winners took home signed posters and polaroid pictures with their idols. Three games were selected through a Monopoly-like game board. The first game saw fans being split into two teams for a relay game which included moving beans with chopsticks, doing 50 sit-ups, playing Ddakji, popping a balloon, and playing Jegichagi. It was puzzling that Song Ji Hyo was tasked to do 50 sit-ups with fans instead of strong man Kim Jong Kook. However, after doing more than 60 sit ups between the 2 fan teams, she showed fans that she certainly deserves to be called Ace.Before Game 2, the dice rolled on the Monopoly Game Board and Ji Seok Jin has to do a penalty of Pepero with a selected fan. The “lucky fan” turned out to be a 14-year-old boy. The remaining members were quick to comfort the poor boy who sportingly completed the penalty with Ji Suk Jin.For Game 2, the members had to piggyback a fan to a bar with hanging onion rings for them to bite and be piggybacked to the starting line. A “Running Man” game is only complete with some form of cheating. Betrayer Lee Kwang Soo was quick to ensure that Kim Jong Kook could not win the game and indirectly helped Song Ji Hyo emerge as the winner. It was a two-team game again for Game 3 in a charade relay. Team A was flashed pictures of sports while pictures of animals were shown for Team B who won the game.A “mini-concert” was up next. Prior to the fan meet, I had never heard Ji Suk Jin sing. But I was impressed with his rendition of “Just The Way You Are.” Lee Kwang Soo has some trouble hitting the high notes in “Bogoshipda.” But with an armful of roses, he showed his sincerity by coming down the stage to be closer to fans. He didn’t forget fans on higher level and attempted throwing the roses up. Unfortunately, his mission failed. Song Ji Hyo sang “Emergency Couple’s” theme song, “Scent of A Flower,” followed by Leessang’s “Turned Off The TV.” Though Gary was not present, wearing a Gary face mask, Haha and Kim Jong Kook joined Song Ji Hyo on stage for an entertaining performance.Ji Suk Jin and Lee Kwang Soo brought the house down with their “Troublemaker” and was easily the highlight of the night. Ji Suk Jin looked slimmer in the outfit, while Lee Kwang Soo was simply comedic. At the end of the song, instead of earning a good lip to lip kiss, Suk Jin received a tight slap from Lee Kwang Soo! Kim Jong Kook endured a flu to show his best and serenaded his fans with “One Man,” plus the upbeat English number, “Sunday Morning.” Next up, Haha was joined by Skull in a medley of “Story of a Little Kid,” “You Are My Fate,” and “Rosa.” Haha also sang “From Fool to Fool.” All the members then regrouped on stage for “Twist King.”Unknown to the casts, a surprise segment was planned by fans. While the casts got ready for a photo with the audiences, lights suddenly went off, fans turned on their light sticks and mobile phones and sang “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star,” followed by shouting “Gomawo, Saranghae” (meaning Thank You, I Love You). A lovely cake was then presented to the cast and Song Ji Hyo couldn’t hold back her tears any longer. The night ended with all five of them doing Kim Jong Kook’s classic “You’re Lovable,” Skull and Haha’s “Busan Vacance,” and 2PM’s “Hands Up.” These three numbers had the audience all hyped up. But the night came to a final end with Turbo’s “December.” Unwillingly, the casts finally bid farewell and good bye to their fans. For more of the “Running Man,” continue to catch new episodes of the show which premiere in Singapore on Fridays at 11.45 p.m. first and exclusively on ONE. Repeats air on the following Friday at 7.40 p.m., as well as on Saturdays and Sundays at 11.15 p.m. This article is contributed by ds dreamer. Special thanks to ONE for inviting Soompi to cover the fan meeting. Photo credit : ONE

Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap

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Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap
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While this episode is about the big sales pitch by Sales Team 3, the real stars of this episode are the newbies, who are slowly becoming a cohesive unit. Newbie huddles are becoming more regular, as more workplace shit hits the fan and as more achievements come and go. They find their way, still get lost, and get criticized, but at least now they know that they’re not the only ones.EPISODE 13 RECAP As One International executives approach the meeting room, Seok-yul sees them pass by and gapes at this new gossip fodder. Chief Oh greets the executive director, and the meeting commences.Geu-rae watches the executive team look through the presentation notes expecting the same old, tried-and-true format and observes how many of them are already marking up the notes with criticisms — some may have even prepared counterarguments beforehand. Some even voice their criticisms, bringing up Chief Park and questioning whether Sales Team 3 is ignorant or brave.The door suddenly opens, and the CEO walks in to watch the presentation, as he had extra time in his schedule. With the extra top dog, the mood in the room further tenses. Geu-rae turns off the lights, and Chief Oh takes a deep breath before starting his presentation. Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap and ScreenshotsMeanwhile, at the resources team, Assistant Manager Ha gets approval from Chief Jung on the final Russia business exchange. Chief Jung comments that Young-yi does pretty good work, and Assistant Manager Ha agrees in silent acquiescence. Chief Jung assigns her as the lead on the trading contract, and she looks back in shock but seems grateful for gradual acceptance in the team. Then Seok-yul rushes over to Young-yi and starts blabbering about what he just saw: the group of cold executives chillingly walking through the corridors.Getting back to Chief Oh’s presentation, the room remains at a painful silence before the start of the presentation, and Geu-rae keeps questioning what mess he’s caused. Chief Oh finally begins the presentation with a detailed history of corruption in the company, eliciting an expected outrage from the executives. But he follows up with accurate estimates of the company’s loss in profits that they could’ve gained if they hadn’t swept those deals tainted by corruption under the rug. Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 RecapChief Oh continues with reports on the companies that did those deals in One International’s place, and the results are all the same — other companies profited because they didn’t want to face their mistakes. Geu-rae makes an analogy: “In baduk, when your opponent bites off more than they can chew or tries to spare themselves from the important effort, they try to keep it that way until the very end.”The vice president in Jordan (who’s dressed in a suit on top with his hidden bottom half in boxers, ha) and his assistant watch the intense meeting from a live stream waiting for their cue and note that if they don’t stay on top of their game, they might lose it for the whole team. Now that Chief Oh has grabbed the executives’ attention by addressing their main counter, he proceeds to the regular familiar presentation that One International is used to. The presentation goes smoothly, and the vice president in Jordan manages to persuade the room with his data of positive responses by locals to this business proposal. After the presentation ends, another painful silence ensues. But thankfully, the first voiced response is positive, and the executives discuss the feasibility of this business plan. The CEO even nods in approval.The executive director speaks up about the difficulty in restarting this business proposal after the unfortunate leave of their former team member, and the CEO follows up with the question on who proposed revamping this project. Chief Oh names their newbie, and Geu-rae cautiously stands up to introduce himself. After a few obligatory puns on his name, he’s asked why he decided to bring up this project again, and Geu-rae replies, “Because it’s our company.” Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 Recap It’s a simple response, but that’s enough for the CEO and much of the executives in the room. They nod in solidarity, and the CEO has the last word: He hopes that the Jordan used-car business will succeed. With that, the executives applaud in approval and congratulations, and the meeting is adjourned.On the way out, the CEO makes a call to reschedule his golf game so that he can spend more time in “our company.” The other executives walk out in a good mood as well, praising the presentation for manifesting the spirit of the salaryman. Sales Team 3 bows as the executive director leaves, and Chief Oh turns around to thank his minions for the hard work. He pats Geu-rae’s arm, and Geu-rae immediately falls down as his legs give out from the relief. Haha.Chief Oh thanks Chief Chun for sticking with the project even with his political struggles within the company, and Chief Chun replies that it felt good to be a part of it. Dong-shik returns without Geu-rae, and he explains that he sent their newbie out for fresh air since he still seemed out of it. Geu-rae checks to see if his paper stuck in the pillar is still there and looks at the company building in reflection.Geu-rae gets dragged by Seok-yul to their newbie circle and gets congratulated on his achievement. Baek-ki extends his hand as a sign of acknowledgement, and Geu-rae shakes it with gratitude. Young-yi also gives him a quick congratulatory word, leaving Geu-rae to fend off Seok-yul’s attempts to give him a big hug. Heh. Korean tvN Drama Misaeng Episode 13 ScreenshotsYoung-yi glances at Baek-ki in the elevator and says that he should lower his ambitions. She tells him not to compare himself to Geu-rae who’s proving himself after starting with nothing, and tries to give him perspective on how Sales Team 3 also has a history of mistakes. She says that their job is to be steady and not make mistakes in the first place.Though the elevator talk alleviates some of Baek-ki’s anxieties, they come right back when he starts back with his work. He looks around for Assistant Manager Kang, and Baek-ki desperately wants to ask him for a drink after work but hesitates and ultimately can’t get himself to ask.After work, Sales Team 3 heads out for a team dinner, and Chief Oh gives Baek-ki some words of wisdom when he runs into him heading out from work. Baek-ki looks at the team longingly as they leave and flips through his contacts for anyone he could de-stress with. Just then, Assistant Manager Kang passes through the lobby and curtly tells Baek-ki that he’ll see him tomorrow. Baek-ki lets the chance pass by him again.Chief Oh pours his team members a drink and advises them not to drink excessively on a day like this. In response, Dong-shik orders another bottle of soju (heh), and the rest of the team enjoy their celebratory dinner. Meanwhile, Baek-ki drinks alone, drowning in his misery as he thinks back to all the times he dismissed Geu-rae for his lack of work experience or knowledge.The next morning, Baek-ki jerks awake and immediately drops his head when he realizes that he’s late. He quickly puts on his glasses and hops around to get his clothes on. Running out to the street with his clothes and sanity barely intact, he thinks back to Assistant Manager Kang’s warning that their boss despises tardiness.Seok-yul beatboxes as he makes himself coffee, and Geu-rae walks in noting that he must be in a good mood. He’s in more of a carefree mood, and Seok-yul grabs his hand and puts it on his chest, saying that he has a resignation letter in his heart. Geu-rae pulls his hands away with a distasteful look, and Seok-yul gets a call from Baek-ki asking for a favor. Seok-yul agrees to the request and keeps his secret. Slyly walking through the office, Seok-yul takes off his suit jacket, hangs it on Baek-ki’s chair, and turns on his laptop. Baek-ki rushes into the building with his hair at less than its usual perfection, and Seok-yul greets him in the elevator.On the way up, Seok-yul asks why he didn’t just ask Assistant Manager Kang for the favor, but Baek-ki says that he still feels awkward around his senior. Seok-yul shakes his head and laments his own situation along with Baek-ki’s. He starts advising Baek-ki about getting closer with your senior, and he tells him not to ever go to the sauna together until they’re super close — it’s the most awkward situation to get into.Then the elevator doors open, and the perfect crime is disrupted by Assistant Manager Kang catching the two red-handed. Baek-ki isn’t given any pardon and gets a lecture from their boss for being late. Baek-ki glares at Assistant Manager Kang while their boss makes a call (requesting that he push back the time of a meeting because he’ll be late, ironically).Chief Oh introduces the team to Department Manager Lee, who will be leading their sales department. Manager Ma passes by looking bitter, and especially when Geu-rae gives him a quick greeting as he runs off to get coffee. He runs into Young-yi, who’s also making coffee, and they discuss how well Sales Team 3 is doing. She even suggests that Chief Oh could get promoted again soon, but unfortunately this gets overheard by Manager Ma.Manager Ma looks at the two accusingly, and the tension accumulates when the rest of the resource team enters the room looking for Young-yi to go into the meeting. Manager Ma asks Chief Jung why Young-yi would be participating in the meeting requests that Chief Jung make the trading contract report himself. Young-yi looks deflated, and Chief Jung gives her an apologetic pat on the back. Geu-rae tries to talk about it, but Young-yi claims that she’s grown immune to the insults and disapproval. She stays optimistic and reminds Geu-rae to tell Sales Team 3 that she made the coffee for them as a congratulatory gesture.Seok-yul returns to Assistant Manager Sung being scolded for incompetent work by their boss. Assistant Manager Sung implies that it’s Seok-yul’s fault, causing Seok-yul to think back to his outburst on their power dynamic. He defends himself to their boss that he was given the wrong directions by Assistant Manager Sung, which results in their boss walking away, dissatisfied with the lack of responsibility. Assistant Manager Sung insists that it’s a team effort and a team responsibility, but Seok-yul argues that he should start taking more responsibility for his own faults. Assistant Manager Sung approaches him in a threatening manner and asks if he would like to know what real responsibility looks like. Ahh, the tension.Dong-shik leaves some papers for Geu-rae to send to Jordan, but as soon as Chief Oh and Chief Chun are back from their meeting, they’re called into another one, requesting Geu-rae to join them. Chief Oh lightly teases Geu-rae for becoming so popular and a celebrity at work, which causes Geu-rae to make a face. When they run into Young-yi by the elevators, Chief Oh thanks her for the coffee and asks her to just make his coffee next time. He jokes around that Geu-rae is in high demand even though he doesn’t know how to do anything, but Chief Chun comes to his defense, saying that he’s meticulous with the meeting minutes (aw). Young-yi smiles at the team camaraderie and returns to her desk.Manager Ma comes in raging and yelling for Young-yi, and when the team gathers, he starts off by getting mad at Young-yi for not wearing stocking socks with her heels. Then he gets into her report and criticizes her for having Chief Jung contact people for her, even though she wasn’t familiar with any of them. Chief Jung tries to step in to defend her, but Manager Ma doesn’t give him a chance to. Manager Ma blames Young-yi for not understanding their line of work and condescendingly pushes her forehead with his finger. He yells at the whole team for their incompetence, and by this point, the whole office has their eyes on the resource team.The newbies go to their usual meeting bench outside and ask if Young-yi is okay. She gives them an unconvincing nod, and their conversation is interrupted by their workplace seniors passing by. They stop to talk to Geu-rae and asks him for his sense of what the business in Iran is like, and want to know his gut feeling about about a deal they’re working on. He doesn’t know what to say, but his fellow newbies are surprised and jealous that he’s even asked for advice on such important matters. Baek-ki excuses himself to do more work, but as he organizes the steel samples, he’s still clearly irritated with Geu-rae’s advancement. His boss drops by the storage area to check on Baek-ki and gives him some money to go to the sauna after work, since he’s working hard and sweating.As Baek-ki undresses and gets ready for the sauna, he thinks back to Young-yi’s advice but still worries that he’s the only one not making any advancements, just walking in place. He closes his locker, only to see none other than Assistant Manager Kang, naked and ready for the sauna. Aaawkward. Now it’s time for Seok-yul’s advice to come floating back, and everything is true. Neither one of them can get out of the sauna tub first, and Baek-ki is especially antsy, not knowing when to leave or how to respond. As they wash up, he doesn’t know what stall to use, as in what distance is appropriate for their relationship. And when Assistant Manager Kang is about to leave, Baek-ki notices a strip of soap left on his back but can’t say anything because then it would seem like he was staring at his boss’s naked body the whole time. So Baek-ki goes to the closest stall and “accidentally” sprays water on his back to wash off the soap. HA.They finish off their awkward sauna adventure as they dry their hair, and Assistant Manager Kang tells him that he always finishes his week off with a sauna. Baek-ki explains that he got dust all over himself while cleaning the steel storage, and with that, his boss starts to leave. But Baek-ki calls out to him and asks to get a drink. Yes, finally! With beers in hand, Baek-ki tells Assistant Manager Kang his worries: him walking in place while his colleagues make advances. Assistant Manager Kang asks if he’s jealous of Geu-rae, and Baek-ki replies that it’s not really jealousy but self-anger.His boss reminds him that he’s part of the steel team. By nature, steel is a long-term business that requires constant management and care. “What you show to others is not important. Even if it’s not flashy work, it’s necessary work. They might not see it, but you cannot think that our work is nonexistent. There are people who risk their lives based on the numbers we crunch. If you can’t find self-fulfillment in your work, it’ll be hard to endure.”Assistant Manager Kang leaves it at that, but that’s enough advice for Baek-ki to find some resolve. He walks away from the conversation with a relieved smile.The holiday season is here, and the streets and buildings are decorated with lights and ornaments. Seok-yul gathers all the newbies as they arrive for work that morning and asks about their holiday plans. When Baek-ki says that he’ll be hitting the slopes, Seok-yul assumes that he doesn’t have a girlfriend. He then asks Geu-rae, and he says that he doesn’t have a girlfriend either.Geu-rae gets a tweet notification and ignores it, but Seok-yul doesn’t let that slide. He sees that it’s a girl and asks who she is, since he claimed that he didn’t have a girlfriend. Young-yi recognizes her as the kindergarten teacher who likes him, and Geu-rae wonders how she found him. Not one to lose this sort of opportunity, Seok-yul grabs Geu-rae’s phone and tweets her, much to Young-yi and Baek-ki’s amusement. She eventually tells him to buy her a drink sometime, so Seok-yul rubs it in by wishing him good luck with a heart as the elevator doors close. Ha, I love him. Geu-rae greets his team loudly and does errands as usual. He runs off to get coffee for his team but doesn’t hear Chief Oh’s request for water, so he goes himself. As Geu-rae starts making coffee, he overhears the conversation that two female employees are having. They note that Geu-rae is only a contract employee, so he’ll start applying elsewhere soon. Chief Oh also overhears this, so he yells loudly in the area to break up the conversation. As he finishes up, Geu-rae realizes how foolish he was to take all of this for granted. He decides that it’s too soon to be content here.Chief Oh seems a little bothered when he returns to the team and starts writing Christmas cards with Chief Chun and Dong-shik to send out to their business workers and providers. Geu-rae returns with coffee and is assigned to address all the envelopes with the mindset of gratitude, as these people are the ones who allow for salarymen to make a living. Chief Oh calls Geu-rae over and hands him a card — the first Christmas card from him is for Geu-rae. Awww. Geu-rae takes the stairs up to the roof of brooding with the Christmas card in hand. He opens the card, which reads: “Jang Geu-rae, you couldn’t have done any better. YES!” He imagines the card flying out of his hands and floating through a montage of what he’s been through up until now, from his young baduk days to his current struggles in the office.Geu-rae: Be drunk. You must always be drunk. Everything lies in that; it is the only problem. To avoid the detestable weight of time that makes your shoulders give and makes you fall to the ground, you must be incessantly drunk. Whether it be on alcohol, poetry, or virtue, be drunk. Wherever you are, wake up from the hindering loneliness. If you get lost, just ask — the wind, water, stars, birds, time, everything that passes, everything that feels sadness, everything that runs, everything that sings, everything that talks — what time it is. They will reply. Now, it’s time to be drunk.Baek-ki hands in a report with a Christmas card and gift for Assistant Manager Kang, Young-yi enjoys a glass of wine in her furnished apartment, and Seok-yul wraps stacks of gifts for his nieces and nephews. It’s another wrap on a long day at work.COMMENTSWhat a heartwarming episode. These newbies are slowly getting a handle on their work, again except for Seok-yul. But what he can’t seem to accomplish with his actual work, he seems to make up through workplace savviness and gossip. I do hope he finds some common ground with his boss soon, as we can see how important and uplifting it is for our other newbies. In the face of adversity, there’s nothing like a supportive team or boss to pull you through.Sales Team 3 coming through with the Jordan used-car proposal is a testament to the power of a team. I thought Geu-rae’s strategy to remind the executives of previous corruption scandals was a risky yet necessary move, especially since most of them were ready to rip apart their proposal in that excruciating silence of uncertainty. It got rid of the elephant in the room, and with that settled, the team was able to change the executives’ biased perspectives into more professional objective business ones. The team’s dedication and trust in Chief Oh despite this enormous risk just comes to show how cohesive they are. It helps (or doesn’t) that Chief Oh always gravitates towards difficult projects; they’re forced to bond and work together in order to endure the difficulties.I’m sad that we’re constantly reminded of the inequality towards women in the workplace, but it’s a realistic struggle that I appreciate seeing evolve through Young-yi’s perseverance. Young-yi’s difficulties are slowly being relieved through her team’s recognition. She no longer receives unfair mistreatment from her team members, and in fact, when Manager Ma tries to criticize the life out of her, they come to her defense. You can see that they’re no longer on Manager Ma’s side because they’ve seen how capable she is. Someone’s going to need to convert Manager Man soon, or else he’ll have no friends or end up being dismissed. Not that I wouldn’t like both to happen.This was Baek-ki’s episode, as we saw him climb slowly back up from his low point. My heart broke a little when he couldn’t get himself to ask to get drinks with his boss or call anyone else out. He needed a wake-up call (literally, in this episode), but I wish he could open up to his newbie colleagues to share his inner struggles. He’s so by the book and prides himself in his competence, but he’s his biggest critic. Being his perfectionist self, he’s always so full of anxiety and ambition to make sure he’ll succeed. And he doesn’t want to show any sign of weakness to his colleagues, who he assumes are way ahead of him. I love how he finally got to let out his worries through a hilarious turn of events that led him to grab a beer with his senior. It was like the universe giving him this one last opportunity to make it happen, just through the most awkward way possible.Geu-rae articulates his epiphany quite well, with the metaphor of being drunk. He was lost in a state of indifference for so long because he had lost that passion, that ability to become drunk. He convinced himself that he was no longer committed to baduk, and that state of soberness had quickly turned into cynicism and loneliness. We don’t want to promote perpetual drunkenness or alcoholism here, but I can see how soberness can be detrimental in this context. Without this drunken state, you lose drive, motivation, and any will to do anything. He may be drunk on work now, but you could make the case that he’s still drunk on baduk — the game that allows him to be so passionate about work and life in general.I love how the newbies are starting to find solace in each other through turbulent times. They’ve started to hear each other out, give each other advice, and give unwanted congratulatory hugs. I’m loving the camaraderie from this group, and I’m hoping these reluctant friends will soon become definite homies.

Korean Drama Pinocchio Episode 4 Recap

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Korean Drama Pinocchio Episode 4 Recap
By: Dramabeans We rewind a little to see that Dad finds the kids on the rooftop and hides out of sight, just in time to watch Dal-po try to stop In-ha’s day-long bout of hiccups, over having to lie that things went great with Mom and she’s totally fine giving up on journalism altogether. In-ha knows that Dal-po gave up college for her, and says she can’t live off of his taxi-driving income forever.But Dal-po stops her from burning all her books by declaring that he needs them now, because he’s going to become a reporter too. Just like that, her hiccups stop, and fireworks explode in the distance.As they head back down with her suitcase full of books, In-ha offers to give Dal-po her precious notes that she spent three years compiling. She worries about Grandpa finding out that Dal-po isn’t dumb, but he’s not concerned at all, since he plans to keep his cabbie job and just study intermittently because he’s positive he won’t be hired. Ah, okay, this helps me understand your whim a little better. He says there’s a zero-percent chance that a taxi driver will get hired as a reporter, and she corrects him that their chances are the same: fifty-fifty, pass or fail. For her sake, he agrees. At home, Grandpa helps them put her books back, and In-ha’s already on edge just dreading the inevitable blowup with Dad over her breaking their contract. Grandpa wisely tells them that there’s no forcing someone to think your thoughts, parents and children alike.When Dad comes home In-ha rushes out to greet him, but just as she draws in a big breath to blurt it out (while hiding behind Dal-po, heh), Dad cuts in to ask Dal-po for a chat. They leave In-ha and Grandpa behind, wondering why she’s being left out of a conversation about her career.Outside, Dal-po starts to try and sway Dad on In-ha’s behalf (and when they’re alone, he’s back to calling him Ajusshi). He says that In-ha can’t give up on her dream, and haltingly quotes Grandpa’s advice about not being able to control your kids and all that. But Dad isn’t here to talk about journalism—he confesses that he saw them up on the roof earlier, and Dal-po immediately tenses up. This is a conversation about that other thing. Dad’s a straight-shooter as always, and asks Dal-po if he has feelings for In-ha, or if he has the wrong idea yet again. This time Dal-po doesn’t bother trying to deny it, and admits that he does. He says he doesn’t know since when: “Just that it’s been a long time.”Dad doesn’t raise his voice or show any signs of anger, and just explains honestly that In-ha is his only daughter, so to him, she’s the most beautiful and precious girl in the world, and no man will ever be good enough for her. Dal-po cuts in to say it himself—that he’s severely lacking, and that he knows he overstepped. Ugh, I love them both, so this conversation hurts no matter which way you look at it.Dal-po assures Dad that he’s never once been greedy about his feelings and won’t be in the future either. Dad keeps trying to interject but Dal-po doesn’t let him, and I’m dying to know what he would say if given a chance. Dal-po: “The thing you’re worried about won’t happen—to me, this family comes first. I won’t ever do anything to break that.” He says he’ll clean up his feelings, and Dad thanks him. When they get back home, In-ha runs out of the bathroom mid-toothbrushing, and spits out her prepared speech at Dad while foaming at the mouth. Dad has this hilarious moment where he stands there looking at In-ha while hearing his own words playing back in his head, about how she’s the prettiest girl in the world and needs to be protected.He shoves her back into the bathroom and calls her embarrassing, and he’s so focused on that that when she asks in between if she can stick with journalism, he tells her to do whatever she wants. I love that he can’t even look Dal-po in the eye, he’s so embarrassed of her.Hyung’s supervisor at work takes pictures of his dented bumper and tells him to get some money out of the other guy to fix it. Hyung just says that bumpers are meant to be bumped, and asks again for the supervisor to help him get a side job on the crew that’s demolishing a nearby factory. Oh, is this the factory Firefighter Dad died in? The man asks if he isn’t afraid, since the factory is rumored to have ghosts, and Hyung just thinks to himself that even in ghost form, he’d like to see him. In-ha shows Dal-po the open call auditions for one last network this season: YGN. Woot! She says they actually have a shot at this network, since they’re only looking at skills and not education, and plans to keep her Pinocchio syndrome hidden this time, unless asked directly.She gives Dal-po a stack of books to start with, and figures it’ll take him a month to study them. He scans the stack and says he’ll be done in a week, and reminds her of his crazy speed-reading and memorization skills. Dal-po seems much more guarded around In-ha now, gently extracting himself if she links arms, or catching himself staring at her and shaking the thoughts away.He sits down at his desk and begins to study, and wakes up at the crack of dawn to go around the apartment complex and read the neighbors’ papers and take notes. He has to hide when Grandpa comes by, but doesn’t notice when Grandpa comes back out to peek at him. As suspected, he seems to have known all this time that Dal-po isn’t a dummy, and he smiles to himself to see Dal-po hard at work.In-ha and Dal-po spend their days at the library (where he sits by the window just to keep the sun out of her eyes), and she coaches him on his enunciation, which is so frustrating that she resorts to stretching his mouth sideways just to get the right sounds, heh.Grandpa sneaks into Dal-po’s room late at night while he’s slumped over at his desk, and opens up all his comic books to find their guts replaced with journalism books. Funny how most kids spend high school doing the reverse.Grandpa pets him sweetly, and seems to make up his mind about something. The next morning, he’s a man on a mission, and goes to the bookstore to buy the latest hip men’s magazine. The bookstore clerk tries to tell him that’s for the young’uns, and Gramps is like, Yeah duh. He calls Dal-po out and drags him kicking and screaming into a beauty salon, where he whips out his magazine and starts quoting verbatim the “dandy block haircut” in “ash brown” that he wants. Hahaha. I love it—we get a makeover, and it’s forced on him by Gramps.Dal-po just squirms and asks why they’re not at the barbershop like always, and Grandpa just shushes him. Next they go shopping, and again Grandpa quotes the F/W trends right out of his magazine, and demands a “charcoal gray minimalist two-button suit.” He waits in anticipation as Dal-po tries it on, and we finally get the big reveal…*WHISTLES*Okay, that was worth waiting four episodes for. So pretty. Even Grandpa is shocked, and he grins from ear to ear: “Who are you?” Dal-po feels so awkward that Grandpa has to coax him to smile while he takes pictures for his resume, but eventually he loosens up.As they head toward the bus stop, Dal-po stops to look at his reflection and asks, “Father, are you okay? Looking like this… it feels like I’m not your son.” But Grandpa just laughs at him and says, “You are my son. See, you look just like me!”Grandpa takes the opportunity to tell Dal-po that he doesn’t have to keep lying for his sake, and Dal-po looks over at him in alarm as Grandpa finally admits, “I know that you kept yourself hidden for my sake, to be my son.” Dal-po hurries after him onto the bus and kneels by his seat, fraught with worry and eyes filling with tears. Grandpa tells him that he knew after only one year together, but kept it hidden because he thought that In-ha’s dad would kick him out if he let on that he knew the truth.Dal-po’s tears spill out, and Grandpa says that at first he did it because he felt bad for Dal-po, “But now it’s because of me, because I want to keep you by my side.” Could there be anything more heartwarming? Great, now I’m crying.Grandpa tells him to stop hiding himself from now on, and to live as impressively as he was meant to. He pats Dal-po on the head and tells him that he’s okay now. All Dal-po can manage to say the whole time is, “Father…” and he just buries his face on Grandpa’s shoulder to cry. Grandpa hugs him close: “I’m sorry, Dal-po. Thank you, Dal-po.” When they get home, Dad comes to greet them with a quizzical look on his face: “Who…?” HA, he actually has no idea that it’s Dal-po. Dad still doesn’t believe it when Grandpa tells him it’s his hyung, but In-ha recognizes him right away and run up with her jaw on the floor.Grandpa says Dal-po is smart and handsome because he takes after his father, and winks at Dal-po to play along. Dad is doubly floored, especially when he sees that his “precious beautiful” daughter is standing there wearing her hoodie backwards (to use the hood as a snack pouch—genius!), looking like a complete slob next to shiny new Dal-po.He yells at her to throw away those ugly rotten sweats, and she counters that Dad’s the one who bought them for her. “Yeah, but I didn’t know you’d wear them for a thousand days!” She reminds him that he told her she was prettier than Miss Korea, and Dad says he must’ve been drunk. I love these two. Dad’s logic is hilariously backwards, and he argues that if she keeps looking like a slob, Dal-po will think he has a shot with her. (Right, because if she’s pretty all the time, that’s going to stop him from crushing on her?) In-ha finds the whole thing ridiculous anyway, and says that Dal-po’s never once seen her as a woman, and she’s never once seen him as a man.She means it too, since she doesn’t hiccup afterwards, and Dal-po listens from his room with a long face. Aw. But he doesn’t overhear the last part, where she turns back around to get one thing straight with Dad: Dal-po isn’t just someone he can belittle, because no matter how much it aggravates her, he’s smart enough to do in one month what she couldn’t in three years.She says he’s got everything—looks, brains, and personality—though of course she’s quick to add that she does too. Dal-po takes the false comic book covers off of his books and gets back to studying, and In-ha goes to her room wondering why it’s suddenly so hot in here, blaming Dad for saying crazy things. One month later. YGN’s “blind” auditions for broadcast news reporters gets underway, and our future rookie foursome assembles for the first time among the hopefuls. (Yoo-rae we met while she was auditioning over at MSC, so it’s natural she’d also apply here, while chaebol Beom-jo is probably here for the sole purpose of finding his Pinocchio, I’d wager.)As the audition process gets reported as a special news feature, the staff over at MSC calls it a cheap ploy to get ratings… but then wonders what they can do to out-maneuver them. Mom notices In-ha among the group and takes it in with silent disapproval.As they wait for the camera test portion, Dal-po asks In-ha to sell his dream back to him and return the button necklace, since it was bad luck on her last audition. But she counters that it also led to them passing the written rounds and getting this far together, and refuses to give it back. They get called in for their camera test in a group of five, and both Yoo-rae and Beom-jo are in their group. Yoo-rae recognizes In-ha as that weirdo she ran into at MSC, while In-ha doesn’t remember her at all.The more disconcerting thing is the way Beom-jo keeps looking over at her and smiling, and Dal-po is the first to notice and find it uncomfortable. Has he already found Pinocchio?We go back to earlier that morning, when Beom-jo heads out for his audition and Chaebol Mommy calls to check on him and worries that he won’t be able to find Pinocchio this way. He assures her that he’ll recognize her in a heartbeat (since In-ha texted “Mom” pictures of herself over the years). Mommy asks if he wants her to check if she passed the written test and will be among the final applicants, since otherwise he needn’t bother trying to become a reporter. What? These two are so weird; it’s a wonder that a mama’s boy like this even became a functioning adult, though I guess that part remains to be seen.He agrees, until he stops at a red light and notices In-ha on the bus and recognizes her right away. He opens his convertible top to try and get her attention, and Dal-po asks if it’s someone she knows because he keeps staring at her. She has no idea who he is, and when Beom-jo winks at her, Dal-po scootches her behind him like a guard dog.Back at the audition, Dal-po doesn’t like the way Beom-jo keeps looking at In-ha and steps in between them. Beom-jo remains sunny and clueless, and the lineup gets reordered so that he gets to stand next to In-ha. The judges arrive, and YGN’s reporter-turned-PD-turned-section-chief Gyo-dong is among them. His bosses Director Lee (the same principled boss who argued against jumping to conclusions about Firefighter Dad back in the day) and Editor Jo nag him to shave once in a while, though they figure it’s a victory that he even managed to put on a suit.Dal-po recognizes him on sight, and mutters under his breath, “Of all the people…” Gyo-dong doesn’t even look up at them initially, but once he finally does, a flicker of recognition crosses over his face. Does he recognize Dal-po?The camera test begins, and the five reporters are shown a clip of an event that they are to report on the fly. The fact that it’s the same clip five times does give the last person a huge advantage over the first person, and Dal-po happens to be first. It’s a clip of a bird attacking a cat and getting killed in the process, and Dal-po gives the dry, facts-only version of the events. Yoo-rae goes next and adds more color, including some interpretation of the cat and bird’s behaviors, and an adage that it reminds her of. The third guy changes it up dramatically with a sympathetic angle, and says that the reason for the bird’s attack was in defense of its nest, and the mother bird died protecting its young. In-ha’s turn is next, and everyone expects her to build on the last guy’s report. But to their surprise, she reverts back to Dal-po’s dry facts-only version.She looks disappointed, and Gyo-dong asks why she chose to report it that way, and she says that she thought the last report was a very good one, but she couldn’t repeat it because she can’t lie. They ask why she can’t lie, and both Dal-po and Beom-jo chirp in unison, “Because we’re reporters!”Dal-po speaks up and says that they’re supposed to report the truth, and based on the video clip, they can’t know what the bird or cat was thinking, or whether or not there’s a nest offscreen that motivated the attack. In-ha finds her confidence and chimes in to say that a reporter’s job is to only report confirmed facts. Director Lee presses, “Even if it leads to a broadcast accident?” She deflates and lets out a small, “Yes…” Last up is Beom-jo, and he goes even further to say that he won’t give a report at all, because he deems the clip inconclusive and therefore not newsworthy. He says he agrees with In-ha that a broadcast accident is better than reporting something false.The judges go over the applications after the camera test, and express frustration at the blind part of the process (background, education). They heard that there’s a taxi driver and even a saseng fan (someone who stalks idols) among the hopefuls, and wonder if they were eliminated in early rounds.They shrink back when Yoo-rae presses up against the glass wall behind them, stalker that she is, desperate to listen in. Editor Jo laughs that it reminds him of Gyo-dong back in his rookie days, and Gyo-dong coughs awkwardly. Dal-po and In-ha wait on pins and needles for the announcement to be made, and In-ha worries that she’ll have brought Dal-po down with her. He says that’s better, since he only wants to make it if they both do, but she argues that at least one of them should go on, whichever one of them it is.He takes issue with her wording, implying that she’d be fine to continue on without him, and traps her against the wall so she can’t scurry away. She artfully tries to backpedal but knows she’s been caught, but I can hardly process what she’s saying because it looks like he’s going to kiss her.She sinks to the ground and he slides all the way down the wall with her, and tells her that at least for him, it doesn’t work that way—if she doesn’t make it, he’ll drop out too. There’s a long moment where they just stare, and she finally looks away and wonders why it’s so hot in here.Beom-jo comes up and pouts to see them looking cozy, and shouts as loud as possible that the results of the camera test are up. They all run over to the screen, and of course the four characters we care about have all made it to the final round.Grandpa is delighted to get the news, while Dad tenses up to realize that In-ha and Dal-po could be hired at the same station and go to work together every day. It’s funny that it hadn’t occurred to him until now, and he starts to imagine the kids getting ready for work in the morning like a couple.Dal-po makes sure that In-ha eats breakfast, and In-ha pops a wedge of toast in her mouth as she fixes Dal-po’s tie. Dad starts to sputter in protest, as Dal-po says coyly that he finds tie-tying such difficult work, and leans in to take a bite of her toast with it still hanging in her mouth.Whoa. How come I never knew toast was sexy until now? Thanks for the visual, Dad. He gets so worked up that he hurls a pillow at his own waking nightmare, only to hit Grandpa upside the head. Pffft. Gramps gives him a pillow beating in return.The final test at YGN is a survival roundtable debate, and the director turns on a news broadcast of their topic for discussion. Dal-po is in good spirits… until he turns to face the screen and sees the report of the fire that tore his family apart thirteen years ago. Gack, of all the topics.It’s a reel of the various outlets’ reports, including footage of In-ha’s mom at MSC. Dal-po can barely hide his anger, and swallows back his tears. Director Lee says that it’s an old case but one that remains controversial especially in how it was presented in the media, and asks the group to discuss how they would report it today. As they begin the debate, Yoo-rae raises her hand to ask what happened to the missing firefighter—is he still missing? Gyo-dong finally looks up for the first time, and says that Firefighter Dad’s skeletal remains were just discovered a few days ago. Omg. This is how Dal-po finds out his father is dead? Yikes. We go back to the plant demolition a few days back, where Firefighter Dad’s remains are dug up in the process. Hyung is there on site, and breaks down when he sees the final confirmation that his father has been dead all these years.The debate begins, and Dal-po looks like he’s having a panic attack, and loosens his tie to just keep breathing. Yoo-rae argues that the press handled the story badly, while Beom-jo counters that they only reported what the police determined to be true. Yoo-rae thinks that a good reporter should dig for the answers herself instead of relying on secondhand information.In-ha says that the Pinocchio witness is the key to this tragedy, and that it’s because the reporters and police all believed the Pinocchio’s statement. She argues that they had no choice but to believe him though, since there is no testimony as certain as one from a person who can’t lie. She says it’s a tragedy that the firefighter died, but calls it simply a case of bad luck. Dal-po’s blood boils as she speaks, and he can’t help but see flashes of her mother as she talks—the same confidence behind her words, convinced that she’s right. He finally speaks up to ask her directly if she really thinks that there’s no one responsible for this, and gives her an ice-cold stare.He says that people believe that Pinocchios and reporters only tell the truth, and Pinocchio and reporter alike should have known that—the weight of their words, accepted as truth. He explodes as he shouts that it’s their mistake for not being careful with their words: “That carelessness destroyed one family! And they should be held responsible.”She fights back and says that the Pinocchio witness only told what he believed to be true. Dal-po calms down and says coldly, “I see now why a Pinocchio can never be a reporter.” Ouuuuch. He continues, “How dangerous it is for a person who disregards the fact that they could be wrong to become a reporter, how scary it is to talk carelessly without knowing the weight of your own words—I get that now.”In-ha grits her teeth and tries not to betray how hurt she is, as she asks if he’s saying this to her. He doesn’t look away and says yes. The panel catches on and they ask her directly if she’s a Pinocchio, and she has to answer yes. She starts to cry and gets up to run away, but can’t manage to open the door. Beom-jo stands up to say that he’s leaving too, and opens the door to walk out with her. Aw, is she giving up?It’s only after this that Gyo-dong places Dal-po’s face as the quiz show kid who railed at him eight years ago. Director Lee asks if he’s left an impression on him too, and Gyo-dong says it’s not that—he’s met that kid before.Beom-jo just silently follows In-ha into the elevator, and then asks if she’s upset because that guy betrayed her. She says no, since it was a debate and Dal-po is totally free to have a contrary opinion. It’s just… she knows it’s irrational but she just wanted Dal-po to take her side, because he’s Dal-po. That alone makes her angry at herself, and she wonders why she’s being like this.He asks if she likes this Dal-po guy, and she says indignantly, “No, not all!” *HICCUP* Eeee! She’s more shocked than he is, and thinks she’s crazy. She swears it isn’t true, but just keeps hiccupping.Dal-po throws up in the restroom and heads outside for some air, but just falls to his knees in tears, crying for his father and pounding his chest in agony.In-ha is still hiccupping when she gets to the lobby, and whirls around to say that this can’t be happening—Dal-po is her uncle, and he even has a girlfriend. She starts pounding her chest too, and says, “That’s not it. It can’t be. It can’t be! If it is…”

Recap for SBS Drama Pinocchio Episode 4

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Recap for SBS Drama Pinocchio Episode 4

Okay, I seriously love this episode. I swear it’s not even because our hero finally gets a makeover (even though that’s worth a round of applause in and of itself—fare thee well, Mop of Shame!), but because the family stuff hits all the right chords. It’s an episode about fathers, and the kind of love that’s so steadfast that sometimes a reminder is a shock to the system—a poignant, tear-filled, affectionate shock.by DramabeansTiger J.K – “첫사랑” (First Love) for the Pinocchio OST

Michael Jackson: K-Pop’s Biggest Idol?

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Michael Jackson: K-Pop’s Biggest Idol?
Michael Jackson: K-Pop’s Biggest Idol? Written by Laura On November 16, 2014

When newly-minted international superstar Psy was asked by The Hollywood Reporter in 2012 what he deemed to be the USA’s greatest export, he answered:

“First of all, the English language. And also pop music. A song like Michael Jackson["s] ‘Billie Jean,’ it’s like the world’s biggest, most universal language.”

Now, the answers he chose (language & pop music) might not be surprising. But the fact that he chose Michael Jackson as an example is notable, and, as this article will convey, in no way a coincidence.

When Idols Show their True Colours: The Dangers of Racial Stereotyping

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When Idols Show their True Colours: The Dangers of Racial Stereotyping
When Idols Show their True Colours: The Dangers of Racial Stereotyping Written by Sidrah On November 13, 2014

On the November 1st broadcast of C-Radio Idol True Colours, Red Velvet member Wendy revealed a rather controversial personal ‘talent’ that left many people — particularly international fans — somewhat less than amused. During a segment of the show, she felt it was appropriate to perform a few questionable impersonations of both Black Americans and White Americans, male and female, to the absolute delight and encouragement of her peers. Unfortunately for her, they also inevitably fell under the incredibly sensitive topic of racial stereotyping, which presumably resulted in a majority of negative responses and backlash within a sea of fairly mixed comments.

Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap and Screencaps

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Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap and Screencaps
by Dramabeans: Audition hall. After arriving to an empty auditorium, the judges receive word that there are students prepared to audition after all. Teacher Ahn is pleased at this sign that the boycott issue was resolved, while Teacher Do sniffs that an S Orchestra student is still going to fail, considering that judging will purely be based on ability.Yoo-jin and Nae-il arrive just in time for the first solo, recognizing Il-lac immediately. While he plays, Il-lac’s mind is full of Nae-il’s earlier reminder of everything Yoo-jin had done for them. In this case, Yoo-jin’s actions speak louder than his words (in that he offered no words). As Yoo-jin watches anxiously, Nae-il reaches out and takes his hand in a reassuring gesture. Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap and ScreencapsThe A Orchestra members are also alerted to the end of the boycott, but Shi-won is confused to see that many are skipping auditions anyway. The others say that they got what they needed out of the orchestra—namely, the ability to put it on their credentials—and now they’re all going to focus on their soloist ambitions.It’s kind of sweet to think that Shi-won naively gave them more credit than that, but now she realizes that Yoo-jin had a point about the orchestra just being boxes to tick off on their resumés. Well, it won’t stop her from going to the auditions.Teacher Do wrestles with conflicting thoughts as he listens to the auditions. He clearly recognizes who’s playing, which makes me wonder what the point is of making this “blind” when the blindness is ineffectual. Ah, well, let’s go with it. Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap In any case, Teacher Do doesn’t understand the difference between his expectations and the reality sitting in front of him (psst, the word you’re looking for is prejudice), while Teacher Ahn notes that they’ve all undergone tremendous improvement. Having performed twice now, he says, their skills have grown by leaps and bounds.Teacher Do may be prejudiced and haughty, but I’m relieved to see that when confronted with the actual music, he can give due credit. For instance, A Orchestra trumpeter Jae-yong puts in a competent audition, but Teacher Do hears that he’s mimicking his teacher’s style to a tee: “There’s no growth, and no future hope. He’ll probably perform his whole life the way he plays in his lessons.”Yoo-jin joins a pensive Teacher Do afterward, who asks whether Yoo-jin’s purpose in creating the new orchestra was to chase away A Orchestra applicants who’d be too prideful to stay. Yoo-jin says no—his motive was to get Teacher Do to actually listen to the S Orchestra players. He adds that Dean Mina had been the one to suggest him as a judge, having full faith in his judgment in scoring. So Yoo-jin in turn trusted that Teacher Do would be fair once he listened.The members of both orchestras line up and eye each other tensely as they await the results. Okay, now the Romeo & Juliet music cracks me up, given Il-lac’s dramatics about being star-crossed across orchestra lines. When the list is posted, students rush to check for their names, and our S Orchestra members squeal wildly to find that they’ve all made it. Korean KBS Drama Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 ScreencapsIl-lac is immediately humbled to recall Yoo-jin’s words about believing in them, and he’s moved to tears.The list includes a fair number of former A Orchestra members, although making the cut doesn’t make them much happier. Trumpet player Jae-yong sniffs that he’ll just “half-ass” things till he goes abroad… until he registers that he’s second chair. His jaw drops. Muahaha, that feels good.The school board chairwoman is furious that several prominent students were cut, and expresses her disappointment in Teacher Do. He replies that he was fair, however, and that he would have cut S Orchestra members if they’d performed poorly. He declares, “I am a teacher. I don’t play around with scores.” It doesn’t endear him to the chairwoman, and he sighs that his hopes of being made university dean just went poof. But at least you have your soul! Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 Recap Yoo-jin smiles at a text from Nae-il asking if she can join him to eat, although his response is a customarily gruff “Don’t bug me” text. But never say he doesn’t learn from past mistakes, because he catches himself and reconsiders, changing his response to a simple okay. Nae-il lights up to read it.Il-lac joins him in the lounge, a little tentative as he speaks up: “Tell me. Say that this time and last time, you were acting for our sake. That you weren’t ditching us for being bottom-rate. Then I’ll believe you.”Yoo-jin says, “I’m sorry. Back then, I should have had faith in you guys and gone with you. I tried to solve it on my own.”Well, that’s all it takes, and Il-lac scoots close and throws an arm around Yoo-jin’s shoulder, declaring, “Let’s never be apart again.” I love him so much. And even that’s not fervent enough for him, because he thinks of a stronger way to prove his friendship and suggests a blood pledge. While Il-lac looks around for a needle or sharp stabby object, Yoo-jin hurriedly packs up his things and escapes, telling Il-lac to get bloody on his own.Nae-il arrives outside Yoo-jin’s door and has to calm herself down from the excitement, telling herself that it’s “only food.” There’s no answer and she can’t let herself in because he changed his door code, which makes her wistful for the days when they had the same code and it felt like they were spouses living in the same space. But wouldn’tcha know, the old number she punches in idly actually opens the door, because Yoo-jin the huge marshmallow (in armadillo disguise) changed it back. Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10 ScreencapsInside, Nae-il finds all her old things back where she’d left them, and we see that Yoo-jin had gone around putting her belongings back in their places. Ah, so that’s what he meant last time when he tried to explain what he’d done with her things and she assumed he’d thrown them out. Of course Yoo-jin downplays this now, but Nae-il knows what’s up, and that’s what I care about.Yoo-jin’s mother gets a call that first makes her scoff, and then raises her hackles in alarm. So now the absentee father wants to come back and roleplay Dad? Getting very serious, Mom tells him strongly not to do “that.” Filling in the blank spots for us is a flashback to Yoo-jin’s childhood, when he’d excitedly told his father about a competition he was going out for. Icy Dad (Jung Bo-seok) had barely spared him a glance, saying that there was no value in him watching his son play anywhere but the best stage. This turns out to be a memory that Yoo-jin dreams, and he awakens wondering at the sudden thoughts of his father, with whom he’s been estranged for years.He arrives at the rehearsal room to a happier surprise, with the new members assembled and ready to work. Il-lac presents the name they’ve dubbed themselves, the Rising Star Orchestra, and the ex-S Orchestra members are particularly happy to be back, suggesting a celebratory party afterward. The A members are a bit sour, but at least they’re here. For now, at least, because they have lessons and other commitments that require them to cut out early. Yoo-jin explains that it’s a little early to be naming themselves anything since they are still awaiting official school approval, but agrees that they’ll have to pick a piece for their first performance, which Dean Mina will be lining up.Nae-il is drags Yoo-jin to the restaurant afterward, insisting that Yoo-jin come to a welcome-back party and telling him that Il-lac has gifted him with a lifetime coupon to eat for free. Things get immediately awkward when he sees that Yoon-hoo is there with his friends, however, and it makes him stiff(er than usual). Cantabile Tomorrow Episode 10  ScreenshotsIt’s amusing because Yoon-hoo knows it’s awkward but he feigns complete ignorance to Yoo-jin’s grumpiness, saying cheerfully that he’s got a lifetime coupon too. Yoo-jin gripes that Il-lac must be giving those away like candy. Su-min starts to chime in, but gets shut down by Il-lac, who insists that only two people in the world have them: his bestest bestie Yoo-jin, and his good friend Yoon-hoo.I actually love this interchange because Yoon-hoo is totally aware, and his friendliness only makes Yoo-jin crankier. So Yoo-jin excuses himself from the party, which causes Nae-il to hurry after him, and of course Yoon-hoo follows suit.And so, the trio walks home too—ha, Yoo-jin can’t even storm off in peace. Yoon-hoo keeps up his cheerful face until he gets home, where he sighs, “I thought I was almost there, but now things are back to the beginning.” Then he grips his injured hand tightly, his face crumpling in pain. Nae-il encourages Yoo-jin to be nicer to Yoon-hoo, who was really good to their crew while he was apart from the orchestra. Miffed, Yoo-jin asks jealously whose side she’d take in a fight, and immediately realizes how petty that sounds and cancels the question. But Nae-il answers anyway, “I’d take your side,” and he smiles.Yoo-jin picks out a song to show her, and they sit there listening to Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2. (Aieeeeee, they’re doing it after all!) Yoo-jin muses on what it would be like to have Nae-il perform it, liking the idea of them performing it together. (Aieeeee!)She likes the idea, and he says that if she gets more serious about her playing, they could do it sometime. They sit there smiling at each other for a few moments, until the intimacy spooks her and she hurriedly takes her leave. But she pauses outside his door, hand to fluttering heart, thrilling at the moment.Streseman calls again to remind Yoo-jin of his promise to talk to Mina for him, put out that it’s taking so long. He’s glad that his contract is coming to an end soon, after which he can come back and work his way into her good graces.Streseman hears the Rachmaninoff playing in the background and asks if it’s his selection, and whether he’s got a pianist yet. He tells Yoo-jin to go ahead with this concerto and offers up a pianist for the part—one who’ll be equally difficult for the chairwoman to accept or reject.Which explains the new character we next meet, a sharply dressed and scary-looking young lady heading to the Haneum campus in taxi. She’s reading a classical music magazine and takes particular note of the story on Yoo-jin, highlighting his distinction as Streseman’s sole pupil.Busy in study mode, Yoo-jin reviews the score and muses to Nae-il that it’ll be difficult getting the A and S members to work together, because their styles are so different. Nae-il offers up advice from a book she’s reading, saying that first they have to define the relationships, and Yoo-jin agrees. HA. The book is You Can Date Too, and she’s having a different conversation.Nae-il explains that they’ve passed through Steps 1 and 2 (green light, flirting) and are now ready for Step 3: Dating. Yoo-jin snatches the book away and tosses it, telling her to study music instead of books like this. But then Nae-il orders him to retrieve the book for her and he does, which pretty much tells you all about their relationship, doesn’t it?Nae-il is insistent on doing as the book tells her, and directs Yoo-jin to change her name in his phone from Flutterfeet to Fluttering ♥. (Both are puns on her name, since Seol Nae-il sounds like seol-le-im.) First of all, I love that he’s actually trying instead of shutting her down, and secondly, that they’re following an advice book that’s meant to help a single person start dating, not a couple who can just bypass the book entirely and just, you know, date.Yoo-jin cringes at the Fluttering ♥, but she wheedles until he complies. You’d think she’d asked him to cut off a finger from the way he struggles to type in the letters, and he can’t bring himself to add the heart. So Nae-il snatches the phone away to add the hearts herself and requests twice-daily calls, “to build up affection.” So saith the book.The scary new girl arrives on campus, and Nae-il recognizes her as a famous pianist, Sohn Su-ji (Bebop idol Ahyeon). She interrupts a meeting between Dean Mina and the angry chairwoman (who’s refusing to approve the new orchestra), and Su-ji has enough name recognition that the chairwoman is immediately deferential.Su-ji announces that she was brought here by Streseman’s personal request and has a reporter in tow, who asks for a photograph with Su-jin and the maestro. But Su-ji realizes that Streseman brought her here under false assurances, and just as quickly storms out.The chairwoman envisions the possibilities flashing before her with such a famous musician in their midst and scrambles to prevent her departure. So she blurts out the promise to bring Streseman right away, placating Su-ji. Thus Streseman returns to campus, and the green light is given to the orchestra to perform with Su-ji. Yoo-jin makes the announcement to his orchestra, who greet the news with excitement. (Is that a flicker of jealousy from Shi-won when Il-lac fanboys over Su-ji’s arrival?) He reminds them that they’ll have to prepare well because Su-ji’s presence will bring media attention.Nae-il dodges more lessons with Teacher Do, who is still valiantly trying to get her back into the practice studio. She manages to run away yet again, and Teacher Do sighs that at this rate she’ll miss all the competitions this year. Which is her intention, I’m sure. Nae-il meets Yoon-hoo for their practice, and he asks her to sign a form—he wants them to play their duet along with the orchestra in the next performance. Nae-il immediately declines, falling back on her defense of playing only for fun in practices, to which he says disappointedly that he wants to play for other people. What’s the point in a performance without an audience?He hides his painkiller prescription from Nae-il, but afterward in the bathroom he fights back cries of agony, clutching his hand.Su-ji meets with Streseman and makes it clear that she agreed to the performance only because it was his request. She has her eye on someone else to conduct, however, and asks about Yoo-jin. Yoo-jin is called to join them, and Su-ji gives him the once-over and says haughtily that he’s a square—a type she dislikes. He returns simply, “You’re not a type I like either.”Streseman suggests that they do a preliminary run-through, so Su-ji plays while Yoo-jin studies her performance. That’s how Nae-il finds them, the sight of their collaboration making her heart sink. She recalls Yoo-jin wanting to perform this piece with her—and how “if you get more serious about your playing,” it might happen in the future. “That’s my spot,” she thinks, watching Su-ji play. It also makes her think back to Streseman’s warning that neither time nor Yoo-jin would wait for her, and Nae-il feels that keenly now. So she agrees to perform with Yoon-hoo after all, promising to work hard and thinking hopefully that she won’t tremble onstage the way she did as a child. Yoon-hoo says encouragingly, “Of course, you’re an adult now.”In orchestra rehearsal, Yoo-jin goes over notes with Shi-won, and the disgruntled A Orchestra guys use that to pick a fight with Yoo-jin, complaining that he’s wasting their rehearsal time on private coaching. Jae-yong takes a swipe at the bottom-rate S Orchestra, firing up Il-lac, who argues right back. Yoo-jin has no patience for the quibbling and tells them all that they can practice once the fighting is done. Until then, there will be no orchestra practices.The chairwoman, who is frankly getting a whole lotta screentime for someone who doesn’t even have a name, is still intent on bringing down the orchestra, though she’s employing a different strategy this time. She smirks that hothouse plants will feel the bite of the wind once they lose their hothouse, and says, “We’ll wait… until they fall on their own.”Thus comes the decision not to give the Rising Stars any school funding, which means they’ll be forced to cancel the performance. This is a big deal to Shi-won and her friends, who can’t fathom how to function without support, while the S Orchestra kids just shrug that it’s not like they ever got any money. Il-lac suggests handling things themselves, and his buddies cheerily agree to figure out costumes, food, and performance details on their own.Shi-won and her A Orchestra friends hesitantly go along with the plan, but they’re thrown by every obstacle that crops up. For instance, because the Rising Stars haven’t gotten official approval yet, their performance won’t get them excused from classes or exams, so they’re still on the hook for full coursework. And that cuts into all their time, leaving no time to practice.I love that the S Orchestra’s response is basically, “Uh, you can just do it, you know.” The A Orchestra is lost without the coddling they used to get, but the S kids didn’t even know that those exemptions existed. They shrug that they can juggle their responsibilities as before and just sleep in classes. Ha. Once again, Shi-won & Co. find themselves agreeing, more because of the S crew’s confidence than anything. And Yoo-jin observes with a smile as they work things out together. Nae-il and Yoon-hoo work hard on their duet as well, although Yoon-hoo starts getting pretty intense in practices. Nae-il remains cheerful and is happy about their fast progress, but Yoon-hoo curtly asks them to focus on their playing and doesn’t even realize that they’ve been at it for hours.It’s Yoo-jin who interrupts, pointing out that he’s been overworking Nae-ilduet work. It’s a reversal of their dynamic, where now it’s Yoo-jin reminding Yoon-hoo to treat her thoughtfully instead of the other way around. When Yoo-jin asks why she went along with Yoon-hoo’s demanding practices, she answers that she wants to work hard and perform properly—without a mask or costume this time. She says, “If I just don’t tremble, I can do a good job.”He looks encouraged, but I’m unsettled at Nae-il’s need to assure herself repeatedly that she’ll be fine. “It’ll be okay. Because it’s not a competition. It’s just a festival, so I can enjoy myself.”Everyone pours in the hours into their practices, Yoo-jin and the orchestra on the Rachmaninoff concerto, and Nae-il on her duet. Finally, performance day arrives, and Yoo-jin and Nae-il meet outside their doors to head out together.He notes that she looks confident, and she jokes that he’s blindingly beautiful. Then she grabs his hand and asks, “We’re standing together on the same stage today, aren’t we?” He replies, “Yes, even if it’s separately.”She says, “Next time, we’ll be able to stand together.” He agrees that if she does well, people will remember her name.But it’s not looking good for poor Yoon-hoo, who finds an empty room to duck into, clutching his hand in pain. “Hang in there, just for today,” he tells himself. “For today. No, just half the day. I only need four hours.”As Nae-il gets ready, Min-hee encourages her to crush Su-ji’s performance. They cheer each other on, and then Nae-il’s excitement turns into anxiousness. No, don’t get nervous now! I’m getting a sinking feeling about this…Dean Mina is more nervous about the Rising Stars than Yoo-jin, alternately trying not to pressure him while also impressing upon him how important this performance is in getting the group approved. Thank goodness Yoo-jin is calmer, and he assures Mina that they’ll do a good job. He transfers that sense of calm to his excited orchestra, who note how extra-confident he seems today. “Of course,” he replies. “I’m confident in my instruments.” Pause to awww.His words give everyone an extra surge of positive vibes, and they declare that they don’t need to worry as long as they follow Yoo-jin.The nerves are mounting for Nae-il, who tells herself in her mirror, “It’s okay, that was when you were young—now, it’ll be okay.” She’s working too hard to work to convince herself that this isn’t terrifying for her, and it doesn’t look like the pep talks are doing their job.And then, one more wrench gets thrown into the works. Mom receives word that her husband is coming to see Yoo-jin perform, but rather than being cause for optimism, this is a Very Bad Thing for him. She explains to Mina that Dad bears the blame for making Yoo-jin’s plane and sea phobias worse, damn him and his exacting perfectionism.His presence could really do a number on Yoo-jin’s state of mind, so Mom heads out determined to block him. But Dad is already on the way, as Yoo-jin prepares to take the stage…  

Recap: “Old Goodbye,” MBC’s Drama Festival Special

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Recap: “Old Goodbye,” MBC’s Drama Festival Special

I was one of the many who immediately jumped on the “Old Goodbye” bandwagon when news first broke out that it was due to air this November. Not only was the time travel, fantasy plot interesting, but this drama special is, quite possibly, the only chance we’d ever get to see a true “Fated to Love You” reunion. The staff of “Old Goodbye” involves not only Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara, but also Im Hyung Joon, who portrayed half of the Hamo-Hamo duo, Mr. Choi, and Kim Hee Won, the director for “Fated to Love You.”

10 Hunky Model-Turned-Actors

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10 Hunky Model-Turned-Actors

Tis the year of model-turned-actors! They have been popping up everywhere, dominating our world on-and-off screen with their perfectly structured visuals, slim figures, and fantasy-boyfriend image! These model-turned-actors have achieved the trifecta of becoming the perfect celebrity.


We love them in pictorials and we love them even more on-screen playing our favorite characters. Here are 10 notable model-turned-actors!



Five Reasons Big Bang T.O.P Is One Of The Most Awesome K-Pop Idols

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Five Reasons Big Bang T.O.P Is One Of The Most Awesome K-Pop Idols

 

(Photo : YG Entertainment ) T.O.P celebrates his birthday on November 4.

 

T.O.P (Choi Seung Hyun) of YG Entertainment’s male group Big Bang was born on November 4, 1987. T.O.P has captured the hearts of K-Pop fans throughout the world with his penetrating stare and deep timbre which is often duplicated by up-and-coming idols. He has developed into a strong actor with his recent film “Tazza: The Hidden Card” demonstrating the range of his acting ability and showing off his well-hidden abs.

Recap: “We Got Married” Episode 243 – The Ice Man, the Cheese Ball, and the Husband

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Recap: “We Got Married” Episode 243 – The Ice Man, the Cheese Ball, and the Husband

The SoompiWe Got Married” recaps are back! It’s been many months since the last recap, but let’s jump right in. We have three couples: Actor Hong Jong Hyun and Girl’s Day‘s Yura, actors Song Jae Rim and Kim So Eun, actor Min Nam Gong and Trot singer Hong Jin Young. To get a better understanding of the couples, let’s take a closer look at the husbands.

[Spoiler] Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama “Tomorrow”s Cantabile”

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Added episode 1 captures for the Korean drama "Tomorrow"s Cantabile" (2014)Directed by Han Sang-wooWritten by Shin Jae-wonNetwork : KBSWith Joo Won, Sim Eun-kyeong, Lee Ah-hyeon, Kim Yoo-mi-II, Park Bo-geom, Bae Min-jeong,...20 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00Also known as "Naeil"s Cantabile"Formerly known as "Nodame Cantabile" (노다메 칸타빌레 최종악장, no-da-me kan-ta-bil-le choe-jong-ag-jang choi-jong-ak-jang) and "Cantabile Romance" (칸타빌레 로망스, Kan-ta-bil-le Ro-man-seu)SynopsisThe Korean remake version of the Japanese drama. "Tomorrow"s Cantabile" is about the passion for classical music and romance between the youth.Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2014/10/13

Donghae thanks his fans for all the support and love!

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Donghae thanks his fans for all the support and love!
Super Junior"s Donghae took to his Instagram, thanking his fans for all the love and support on his birthday.



He wrote on his Instagram on October 15, "Thank you. I"ve only been receiving for nine years. I always feel supported, thankful, and apologetic. My heart flutters whenever I meet you even when I"ve already met you time and time again, I want to meet my ELF, I love you guys! I will spend another heart fluttering day because of ELF." 

11 female idols who are known to derp

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11 female idols who are known to derp

Our favorite female idols are beautiful. Stunning beings with their sexy eyeliner, beautiful skin, and glorious hair, female idols are bombshells that are here to blow us away with just one look.



Queens. Bow down.




Despite being flawless, however, some special female idols have quite the rep for being unexpectedly, hilariously derpy. Here are some of the derpiest female idols around that often have fans laughing at and falling in love with their array of facial expressions, whether they derp on purpose or not.


9 Female Idols That Pull off Crazy Hair: Pink Edition

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9 Female Idols That Pull off Crazy Hair: Pink Edition

We previously listed 8 male idols that can rock pink hair.  Female idols, too, continuously prove that it"s not just men that can sport this flashy and fashionable color.  So, let"s take a look at which 9 female idols (yes, 9 rather than 8) can pull off crazy pink hair!


Red Velvet"s Irene

When Red Velvet debuted this year with "Happiness," the girl in the pink hair stood out the most to me.  She is none other than the leader, Irene.  I think the pink colored tips perfectly complement her feminine features and petite frame--it adds just the right amount of edge to her pretty-girl look.  

Sooyoung’s realistic acting captures the hearts of viewers

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Sooyoung’s realistic acting captures the hearts of viewers

Sooyoung of Girls’ Generation is praised for her wonderful acting in the recent Wednesday-Thursday drama, “Spring Days of My Life.”

Recently, Sooyoung’s acting has been receiving a lot of attention for her portrayal of Lee Bomyi as emotions and tensions run high on the recent episode of “Spring Days of My Life.” A writer from TV Report Korea wrote a spotlight on Sooyoung as an actress, complimenting her - “Her acting is real. She is an ‘actress’ rather than an ‘idol who acts.’”

[HanCinema”s Idol Actors] Lee Seung-gi

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[HanCinema”s Idol Actors] Lee Seung-gi

Lee"s first leading role was in 2009"s "Shining Inheritance" as the quintessential prickly male lead, Seon Woo-hwan. Lee showed an affinity for the camera even though he tended to overact, especially during scenes of anger. This habit trended through many of his dramas save for his latest, "You"re Surrounded". The emotions are clear, but seem overwrought, as if geared for the live stage rather than in front of a camera. This is most evident in "Shining Inheritance" and tones down in each subsequent leading role that he landed. Again, it is Lee"s earnest portrayals of his characters that make him so well-liked despite any flaws he may have as an actor. It"s his appeal that keeps the role offers coming."My Girlfriend is a Gumiho" from 2010 was Lee"s real breakthrough as an actor. He worked beside from the very nuanced actress Sin Min-ah from whom he learned a lot. His scenes with her were the most natural he had been on screen until that point, showcasing an excellent ability to learn from his seniors. Lee"s tendency to overdo emotions is perfectly suited to comedy, which is where he excels, and what his role as Cha Dae-woong required. When more serious acting was required, Sin reigned in Lee"s enthusiasm. With other actors he wasn"t quite as solid. Sin"s influence began to really show near the end of the drama when Lee really began to have an effect of his own in scenes. He wasn"t just reactionary.

Seo Taiji spotted filming for a variety show for the first time in 10 years

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Seo Taiji spotted filming for a variety show for the first time in 10 years

Seo Taiji was spotted on his way to film for an episode KBS 2TV’s “Happy Together 3.”

On October 4th, Seo Taiji, dressed in a fashionable knit sweater and cap, was seen entering the KBS station in Yeouido to begin filming for an episode of “Happy Together 3.”

This episode marks Seo Taiji’s first appearance on a variety show in 10 years, and the reunion of Yoo Jaesuk and Seo Taiji for the first time since 1993. The production team previously announced that Seo Taiji will hold a one-on-one discussion with Yoo Jaesuk before the rest of the hosts join them on the show.