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IU Adopts A Mature Look, Park Shin Hye Shares Hawaiian Vacation Photos

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IU Adopts A Mature Look, Park Shin Hye Shares Hawaiian Vacation Photos


(Photo : IU Instagram )

On April 26, IU shared a photo through social media which highlighted her move towards a more mature image. IU has been widely recognized for her ageless appearance but the 21-year-old star has been taking greater steps towards adulthood. Her attempt to change her visual concept was recognized by the Korean outlet Dispatch. Dispatch provided commentary on her photo through the article, "No more cuteness, IU shows a more mature look."

Weekly Recap: SNS as battlefields, EXO-L”s get heated, and crazy comebacks

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Weekly Recap: SNS as battlefields, EXO-L”s get heated, and crazy comebacks

Time for another weekly recap! This week had a ton of stuff packed into it, so there"s a lot to cover. Make sure you get some popcorn because this includes all the top controversies this week, but also some awesome comebacks to revisit.






Comebacks and Upcoming Debuts

This week was just full of comebacks from welcoming back old school groups and artists such as J.Y. Park and Jinusean to new debut releases and fresh new concepts from "K-Pop Star"s Shin Ji Soo and Block B"s first ever subunit, BASTARZ, who, by the way, clearly lived up to their group name with the release of "Conduct Zero."

5 Reasons to Watch “Running Man”: The Rundown

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5 Reasons to Watch “Running Man”: The Rundown
The Basics

Air Date: Every Sunday on SBS at 6:10 p.m. with run time of ~75minutes. Part of SBS’ Sunday variety umbrella program, “Good Sunday.”

Premiere Date: July 11, 2010

Current episode: Episode 242 broadcast on April 12, 2015

Format:

In the beginning, the show was dubbed a “urban action variety” reality TV show in which a landmark in Korea was rented out for the night and the cast locked in. The cast had to complete missions and games to in order to go home in the morning. The show has evolved since then, from doling out punishments at the end if they didn’t win, to rewarding them with various gold prizes at the end of the episode.

Weekly Recap: fandom wars, sexy comebacks, and varieties fight on… or not

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Weekly Recap: fandom wars, sexy comebacks, and varieties fight on… or not
So I was watching "Family Feud" the other day, and I realized that the families on there must be really positive or something to be giving each other high fives all the time no matter what. "Give me a boy"s name that starts with the letter H." "Jose." Cue the gracious applauses and the, "GOOD ANSWER, GOOD ANSWER"s." I just don"t understand. Steve Harvey"s "WTF" face speaks to my soul.

When it comes to the world of K-Pop, Steve Harvey"s "WTF" face comes in very handy to express how I feel about some of the news lately. Welcome back to "Weekly Recap," where we highlight the biggest news of the week, featuring some commentary from me, a fellow K-Pop fan. Leggo! 

Drama “Big” Episode 8 Recap by Softy

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Drama “Big” Episode 8 Recap by  Softy

Starts from K putting the ring on her finger and saying it fitsperfectly. This is yours. SYJ bought it in the past. D: YJ shi did?K: now next to me you can waver – if you keep that on I wont go to youagain. I –KKJ-  wont ever love you.

M repeats what CS told her. M: your dad said to get married rightnow? CS: yes. my dad said if you arent going to get married then dontmeet again. M: they should get married later when he comes back. He cantnow. she runs off so CS says doctor seo already came back-you said notto oppose so why are you like that.

Drama “Big” Episode 6 Recap by Softy

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Drama “Big” Episode 6 Recap by Softy

Starts from the scene where D rushes into church for her friend’swedding. She apologizes for being late.They take pics and friendscongratulate D on her exam

afterwards D is giving her friend her wedding gift (money) and AKwants to check out the groom’s friends cuz their specs (qualities) areno joke and asks D to go with her to the “after the wedding gettogether” that the friends attend. But D says I am hungry, let’s go eat.but AK says the food is not the problem right now. AK says how thegroom’s friends are totally good looking. D says I havent eatenbreakfast yet. I am hungry so I will be going first to eat. She leavesand AK notices that one of the groom’s friend is YJ

Drama “Big” Episode 5 Recap by Softy

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Drama “Big” Episode 5 Recap by Softy

Starts from D walking towards S’s front door. Then how K is runningto her location. D turns away from the door then puts the key in andunlocks the door. S asks who is there. Y grabs D and turns her around toface him. Just as S opens the door, he shuts it. D says let go of herso he does. She tells him to put down his arm (holding the door closed)too but he shakes his head no. she pulls his arm and says let go but hewont. she hits him to get out of the way but he takes all her hits. Hetakes the key from her and she says dont do that. he throws the key awayand then both go after it- she is trying to pick it up and he is tryingto prevent her. he holds her back so she says let go of me- why are youlike this. let go. he kicks the key away and finally picks her up andcarries her out of the building before she can grab the key. S comes outand looks at her key on the floor.

Drama “Big” Episode 1 Recap

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Drama “Big” Episode 1 Recap

GONG YOO as Seo Yoon Jae (Y)

LEE MIN JUNG asGil Da Ran (D)

BAEK SUNG HYUN as Gil Choong Sik – D’s younger brother. (CS)

SUZY as Jang Ma Ri (M)

SHIN WON HO as Kang Kyung Joon (K)
JANG HEE JIN as Lee Se Young. the female doctor who likes YJ. (S)

“Infinity Challenge”: Male K-Pop Idol Version

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“Infinity Challenge”: Male K-Pop Idol Version

“Infinity Challenge,” the representative Korean variety show currently airing, comes with an impressive history. (This year they celebrate their 10-year anniversary!) Its members are undoubtedly famous and nationally known. Of course, with 10 years of history, there have been member changes throughout time. Currently, there are five active members, but last week’s episode’s “challenge” was to find the sixth man – a permanent new member to the “Infinity Challenge” team. In honor of the current members of “Infinity Challenge” who have lasted an impressive amount of time, I present the following question and my potential candidates.

[Recap] Song Jae Rim & Kim So Eun – Please Hold My Hand Tightly In Your Hand

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[Recap] Song Jae Rim & Kim So Eun – Please Hold My Hand Tightly In Your Hand
By: Couch-kimchiBreathe, my fellow honeybee’s, JUST BREATHE! *big gulps of air*It’s been a tough few weeks for followers of our beloved SoLim couple on WGM. It’s almost to the point that I’m seeing conspiracies everywhere, like there are truly keyboard or paparazzi warriors determined to bury WGM into the ground and never let it be resurrected. That would be a shame but my reasons for not wanting that to happen or for enjoying this show might be different from other people.One of the reasons I enjoy this show is that every now and then, we see tiny glimpses of the REAL person behind these celebrities. It’s a chance for us to get to know them outside of the characters they play in dramas or their performances on stage. Oh, granted most of it is an act and they’re very aware of the cameras (who wouldn’t be) but every now and then, something true and honest slips though and it’s awesome.I’ve never hidden the reason behind my fascination with SoEun and JaRim. I love that he’s a normal guy, who likes teasing about sex, kissing, ect and can’t keep his hands off of her. He’s not pretending to be some innocent idol, who is saving himself for all the insane fangirls out there. He has no problem admitting he’s been in love before nor does he ever once give the impression he’s a never-been-kissed virgin.I also love SoEun. She’s blunt and honest and doesn’t have a problem telling him when she’s uncomfortable with certain topics. (ie – do we really have to discuss his butt burning when he eats spicy foods?) She’s a grown woman, with strong opinions that she’s going to share, whether people like it or not. I understand maintaining a certain image as a Korean celebrity but she’s made her desire to move past the innocent, angel typecast very clear.I also made it very clear in my last post that I honestly don’t care if they’re dating, not dating or dating other people secretly. It doesn’t affect my life one way or the other. Having said that, do I wish they were really dating? Sure! But who the hell am I to tell someone who they should date? LOL, that’s a bit insane – like a K-drama Mother-In-Law insisting her child go on a blind date with someone because it’s who she prefers. I don’t have that right, none of the viewers do.There’s also the idea that, since this is a variety/reality/entertainment program about a couple, as viewers, we have the right to demand that neither of these lovely people date anyone other than the person they’ve been paired up with. Well, that’s kinda…I don’t know, mean? (LOL) I’ll admit the idea that So Eun is dating this other guy and in love for the first time in her entire life crossed my mind. If that’s true, how horrible for her to be tortured and bashed when this should be a happy time in her life! And we all know Jae Rim would be the first to agree, he would be very happy for her!Maybe she wasn’t dating anyone until very recently. Maybe she just met this other guy and sparks are flying all over. Maybe he’s just a good drinking buddy and she momentarily forgot fans of WGM are stalking her every move. Having said that, from what I understand, WGM makes the participants sign a contract stating they’re not dating before they’re allowed on the show. So my final thought is the paps who took those photos and plastered them all over did so for one reason: money. It’s all about money, guys. That’s it. They’re trying to outdo Dispatch. (LOL)If I put that in perspective as a viewer from the US, it’s like the National Enquirer trying to outdo Globe or Star. All are junk tabloids who use sensational headlines to lure shoppers into buying the magazine when you’re standing in the check out line. They make me laugh but only because I don’t care who Justin Bieber is dating, what kind of underwear he wears or how many times he’s been arrested. I’m sure there are fangirls who do, I’m just not one of them. I’m not obsessed with the personal lives of celebrities, I’m too busy living my own life and trying to keep it on track! (LMAO)There are blogs and Korean news outlets that do this same thing, competing with each other to get the most lurid, sensationalistic headline out there so more people visit their site or buy their newspapers. And it works! How many times have you clicked on one of those only to discover the accompanying story is much ado about nothing? Do they get facts right every now and then? Yes, but most of the time, it’s garbage.So, back to our SoLim couple. Do you enjoy watching their interactions and listening to their silly conversations? Do they make you laugh and wish to see both these actors in other projects? If so, then WGM has fulfilled its duty since I think this is why Korean celebrities or idols go on a show like this to begin with. I know I’m looking forward to seeing Jae Rim in “Unkind Women” and I also look forward to So Eun’s next project.I love that he wavered between being jealous, protecting his own pride, being goofy and trying his best to lighten the situation by making her laugh. I love that she did laugh, it shows she’s stronger than people believe. I love that this might bring them closer as friends and colleagues. I still believe it must be incredibly lonely to be a Korean artist since you’re not allowed to even have friends, especially of the opposite sex. Horrible.“If SoEun needs protection from the storm, I will be that place”It still makes no difference in my decision to continue watching these two dorks. I’ll be there, each and every Saturday, with all my fellow honeybees to cheer this couple on and wish them both good things, wherever their future takes them. *group hug*Last thought: Did Jae Rim totally use this situation to get So Eun to finally agree to riding his motorcycle on Jeju Island? Ahahahaha, never one to miss an opportunity.

KBS2 Drama “Blood” Episode 9 Recap

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KBS2 Drama “Blood” Episode 9 Recap
Via: DramafeverWendilynn: Damn straight. lolTaleena: I really felt like this whole episode was set up for the second half of the show being a crazy game of “Gotcha!” Yes, we get a few revelations, but this episode involved moving pieces onto either Dr. E or Ji Sang’s side of the equation.Firnlambe: I’m so glad this show’s writers didn’t decide to just give up once they reached the halfway mark.Wendilynn: Oh, no, they sure didn’t. The grease hits the fire now that Ji Sang has found the picture of his parents with Dr. Evil and Dr. Deprecation the elder. Of course, after finding out that the blood is coming from children, I’m ready to tear into Dr. Evil myself. All that BS about saving children and he’s drinking their blood?!!!!!ADVERTISEMENTTastes Great, Less FillingTaleena: Come On! You knew when Dr. E was pushing it on Ji Sang that it wasn’t really ethically sourced. Also, big Superior Race pronouncements tend to make ethics towards “inferiors” so darn pesky and unimportant!Firnlambe: Dr. Evil can burn a fiery death. Complete with brimstone trimmings.Wendilynn: I knew it wasn’t ethically sourced, I just didn’t think for one minute that a guy who became a vampire “supposedly” to save children would stoop to drinking their blood because it was like drinking from a mountain spring. I don’t care that he’s paying their families so they are no longer living on the streets or whatever desperate place he recruits them from. He’s a flipping hypocrite.Taleena: India. Well, hypocrisy is a small charge next to murder, skullduggery, and the unethical medical practices. I bet he slurps real loud and talks in the theaters too.Firnlambe: Oh he’s one of thooose people . . . . Theater talkers are always trouble.Wendilynn: ROFL!! I know you are expecting a redemption arc for Dr. Evil, but I want Ji Sang to tear him limb from limb. Bloodthirsty of me, I know, but there we go.Taleena: When they gave him a sympathetic backstory I couldn’t rule out the possibility of a redemption arc. When they gave it to Yeon Woo Jin in Arang and Magistrate, or as I like to call him, the Joseon Ripper, after sacrificing hundreds of women to a demon? Well, K dramas can give a redemption arc to anyone.Wendilynn: True. I think however, that the point of his backstory is to show how far he has fallen in his justifications and greed. We know what got him started; now we’ve seen how he has twisted all of that.Firnlambe: I don’t know . . . his backstory still seemed pretty shady to me. I’m partially convinced he just wanted the “super power” aspect of things.Taleena: I wouldn’t put it past Dr. E to be lying to himself even in his own flashbacks. Even WITH muted colors and sad piano music, because he’s evil.Wendilynn: He saw a source of power and couldn’t let it go.Hoodie Gang IS Your Life Taleena: Can we talk a little bit about our single remaining Hoodied gang member and the fact that Dr. E is A) completely threatening him and B) using him to bump off the guy that was fixing the medical records? Am I the only one that feels like Hoodie Guy may make his way to Ji Sang’s side?Wendilynn: That would be interesting. He is definitely seen as expendable to Dr. Evil. The leader of the hoodie gang is clearly a partner so he’s safe, but the minions are toast.Firnlambe: I don’t know . . . I don’t see that a real feasible option. Then again what do I know. I will admit though that I would like to see Ji Sang gain a true Vampire ally.Taleena: I think if Ji Sang is going to get a vampiric ally it is going to be one of three people. Ready? 1) Hoodie gang member, 2) Cancer Guinea Pig Guy, or 3) I want to see my daughter get married guy. I think I am going for number 1, because #2 was looking at the Nurse Gang in a very sketchy way, and #3 is going to be Ji Sang’s test of “to save or not to save” by vampiric infection.Wendilynn: I’m pretty sure Ji Sang has already run into that “save or not save” scenario many times. He’s been a doctor a while now.Taleena: Yes, but this guy has a cute daughter and is in the show.Firnlambe: That child actress is one of my favorites . . . she’s so skilled for such a small little thing. Regarding the possible Vampire buddy though, I actually kinda hope it’s 1 as well . . if only to jab the knife into Dr. Evil’s side just a little more.Making Dora the Explorer Hair AdorableWendilynn: She’s a cutie for sure. I enjoy watching her when she shows up. I don’t really see those three choices as feasible. I’m curious to see if Dr. Younger becomes an ally or an adversary. I think the only way to slow him down is to either run afoul of Dr. Evil or have Ji Sang tell him how it is. With this being his father’s research, there is no way he’s going to just let it go.Firnlambe: That’s true . . . I’m curious on when the fact that Dr. Evil hasn’t aged a day over the last 30 years from any of the photos taken with Dr. Deprecation the elder and Jason’s parents will come to light to the rest of the non-vampire community.Taleena: Eh. We began the episode with Ji Sang and Dr. Deprecation the Younger snarling over who gets the “research” and ended with them having a joint session with Rita and BFF. If Dr. the Younger goes against Ji Sang it will not be on Dr. E’s side, but as Van Helsing.Wendilynn: LOL, that would be funny if he became Van Helsing. Speaking of characters, I had wondered what Renfield’s speciality was and considering he called Dr. Elder a hero of his, I’m thinking he’s a hematologist. I should have figured this out earlier, but for some reason I never did. I always saw him as under the radar since he’s working silently with Ji Sang.Taleena: I just figured he was a hacker of some kind, with a patchwork of medical knowledge he picked up from Ji Sang.No Serious Doctor Wears a Backwards Ball CapFirnlambe: I thought he was simply a hacker as well . . . but hindsight is always 20//20 I suppose. Actually while I’m thinking about it, did anyone else get a kick that Rita just got sick while she was processing what Jason really is? Cuz I sure did.Taleena: If you are going to sit and brood in cold hospital corridors, it stands to reason you are going to get sick. I thought it was funny that the only major difference between sick Rita and well Rita is rumpled hair and lipstick.We Have All Been There Rita: Try a LatteWendilynn: Yeah, they always remove the lipstick and add foundation to the lips when they make them sick. I thought it was interesting that it was BFF who provided the last link in the chain of thought of who and what Ji Sang was. She’s much too enthusiastic for her own good in this dangerous story situation.Firnlambe: Which is something that amuses me greatly. Plus it totally make the Renfield/BFF pairing that much more plausible. She would totally be down for assisting in the supernatural.Taleena: Have you given up shipping Renfield and No Sleep with me Firnlambe?Firnlambe: Totally . . . I don’t believe Intern No Sleep would be able to handle the supernatural world.Wendilynn: I don’t know, our commenters last week were sure that it was Intern No Sleep who is the traitor Dr. Evil had in his home in episode 8. But I like the idea of Renfield and BFF hooking up.Firnlambe: Now that theory about INS is still up in the air for me. Mainly because she’s so set on going out on “dates” with Jason that I can’t see her trying to do anything to potentially harm him.Taleena: The other question I had was: had we even met INS when Ji Sang’s office was breached? It was his first day on the job. I still think it is a nurse.Wendilynn: No, she was hired later, and I agree it was probably a nurse that did the break in, but we know there are several people working under the radar for Dr. Evil. I however, want to talk about the adorable scene between Ji Sang and Rita. Their little conversation was so cute.And I've Been Drinking Nyquil. Figures.Firnlambe: //sigh// Do we haaaaave to discuss the mushy stuff?Taleena: Three cheers that we didn’t flash back to the actual Wild Dog Attack. I rather liked that conversation and BFF subsequently thinking she had Interrupted Something.Wendilynn: That was adorable, too. I loved how he corrected her exaggerations. “I jumped 5 meters, not 30. What am I, a flea?” lol I half expected him to try and wiggle out of what he said while she was loopy, so I was happy when she woke up and he made sure she knew he had been truthful.Firnlambe: Agreed!!Taleena: What I liked was not so much what was said, although him echoing their whole ‘spirit of the forest' conversation was a nice touch, but the fact that both of them managed to emote during it. I am liking this softer side of Rita.Wendilynn: It does show that the cold, detached characterizations of them in the beginning were deliberate and not just bad acting.Firnlambe: I’m glad that the acting has “improved”--though honestly, when I think it, I feel like it wasn’t theacting that was bad but the character interactions.TMZ is ON the Case! Taleena: Let’s touch real briefly on Auntie and Uncle. Auntie is doing her best to thwart Dr. E outside of the Dream Team and Uncle is still turning a blind eye because Dr. E is showing him miraculous results. I can’t wait to see what Auntie has set in motion, looks like it will hit next episode.Wendilynn: Yup, episode 10 looks to be an ugly one all around. Dr. Evil needed to show some progress to Uncle to keep his hopes alive, but you have Auntie who is going to try and stop it. This is not going to go well. 

8 Male Actors Who Should Debut in a K-Pop Idol Group

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8 Male Actors Who Should Debut in a K-Pop Idol Group

It’s common for idols to become actors, but well-known actors are yet to make idol debuts. To make this happen, at least in the imaginary world, we decided to create a fantasy idol group composed with eight actors as its members! Depending on their personalities, looks, and talents, they were assigned to different roles in the group. Can you think of a name for the group? Who would you add on as the ninth member? Let us know through the comments!

The Variety Show Expert Choi Woo Shik

KBS2 Drama “Spy” Episode 16 (Final) Recap

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KBS2 Drama “Spy” Episode 16 (Final) Recap
It’s Ki-chul who picks up Sun-woo’s call at the veterinary clinic, and he doesn’t need to say anything for Sun-woo to confirm his location.  But when Ki-chul escorts Mom out, the scalpel on the floor is gone. Wait, does that mean she’s going to actually do something?Ki-chul and Mom find their way blocked when his lackeys line up to face them, guns raised. They take the hard drive from him, but need him to tell them the password to get on their escape boat out of the country—something he doesn’t need to do, since he never even bought them passage. That’s when the wounded lackey turns on his comrades and fires. Both he and Ki-chul manage to shoot and kill every last one of the traitors, with Ki-chul explaining that he’s loyal to him because of their time spent in a prison camp together.So much for that, though—soon enough the wounded lackey has his gun pointed at Ki-chul. He demands to know what the password is, while one lackey (who’s barely clinging to life) shakily aims his gun and fires right into the wounded lackey’s back.Ki-chul takes the opportunity to use him as a bullet shield before killing him, only to take a scalpel to the back from Mom, who proceeds to run away like the clueless girl in a slasher flick. Don’t spies know how to double tap? Yoon-jin sees Mom flee the clinic while Sun-woo goes inside, and calls him to tell him her location while she follows Mom, but doesn’t reveal her presence. While she’s on the phone with him, she hears someone step out from behind her, the click of a poison pen.She turns around just in time to get stabbed by Ki-chul, who reminds her of his warning that she’d experience the same death as Soo-yeon if she ever betrayed him.Sun-woo hears the exchange over the phone, and rushes to get the antidote kit Eun-ah had given him within the tiny three minute time frame it needs in order to be effective. He makes it just in time to shoot it into Yoon-jin’s arm and save her life. In return, she tells him which way Mom went.Ki-chul takes the opportunity to use him as a bullet shield before killing him, only to take a scalpel to the back from Mom, who proceeds to run away like a clueless girl in a slasher flick. Don’t spies know to double tap? Mom is gasping for air as she runs blindly down darkened alleys, flashing back to her despondency after having Sun-woo. “How can a woman like me become a mother?” she’d asked her husband accusingly, since he hadn’t allowed her to get rid of the baby.In the present, she can only shake her head as she breathes that this is all her fault. No doubt she blames Sun-woo’s predicament on herself, and the fact that he was even born. That’s probably the most unhelpful thing she could be thinking of right now.While Sun-woo and Ki-chul look for Mom separately, Sun-woo calls Hyun-tae to alert him to the scene in the veterinary clinic. Mom flashes back to when she first held Sun-woo in her arms and promised him she’d protect him. She’s broken from her reverie by her son’s adult voice calling out to her, bidding her to hold on just a little longer—they can arrest Ki-chul and go home soon. Mom would rather him not find her, but he sees her and starts to run toward her.…Just as Ki-chul raises his gun to shoot Sun-woo the second he rounds the corner. Mom musters all her strength, and with a cry, leaps up in time to take the bullet intended for her son.Ki-chul takes only a moment to recover from what he’s done before he shoots again, this time hitting Sun-woo in the arm. He takes the hard drive and looks condescendingly down at Mom as he asks, “Is your family that important? To the extent that you’d throw your life away?” Mom gasps desperately for breath as she ekes out that Ki-chul can’t take the hard drive, because that’s the only thing that’ll save her family now.He still tries to take it, but Sun-woo manages to bring himself to his feet, and the two exchange gunfire. Ki-chul gets away and Sun-woo doesn’t pursue, instead dropping to his knees next to Mom.Mom’s fading in and out, but musters the strength to tell her son that she was happy to have had him, and that one of her greatest joys was being able to carry him in her arms and look after him as he grew up. She tries to shoo him away toward the harbor where she knows Ki-chul will attempt his escape, but Sun-woo refuses to leave her and instead hauls her up on his back.“I was wrong,” she murmurs almost incoherently, her head hanging over his shoulder. “I was wrong.” Yoon-jin steps out to meet them, managing to convince a reluctant Sun-woo to chase after Ki-chul—she’ll get Mom to a hospital.While Sun-woo calls Eun-ah for help tracking Ki-chul’s boat down, Hyun-tae deals with the merciless Director Jung, who makes certain that Sun-woo will come through for them by taking Dad as a semi-hostage (again). Before he goes, Dad makes sure to tell Young-seo that while she may hear many things about her parents from here on out, she should remember one thing: “Mom and Dad love you very much. We will work hard to become people you won’t be ashamed of.”And more importantly, he adds, Young-seo must remember that whatever she hears about her parents, it has nothing to do with her. “You live the way you want to live with pride,” he says. They embrace tearfully.As Yoon-jin accompanies Mom to the operating room, they both think, but don’t speak, that they would have liked to have met each other under different circumstances, and in a different time.Ki-chul is suffering from a gunshot wound to the gut after his fight with Sun-woo, but still doggedly drives himself to the port where he’s to take his ship (was he driving all night or did we just get lazy with the night/day transitions?).He grabs the hard drive and staggers to the edge of the abandoned dock, leaving a trail of blood behind him as he goes. When he can go no further, he drops to his knees.Sun-woo gets Eun-ah to ensure that the boat Ki-chul is set to travel on knows he’s coming and will refuse him entry before he makes it to the dock himself. He finds Ki-chul’s crashed car before he finds the man himself… …Only to find him face down on the ground. Sun-woo is shocked as he approaches Ki-chul’s prone form, just managing to catch a glimpse of the picture of Mom Ki-chul has in his limp hand. Whoa, wait… he’s dead? Just like that?He calls Hyun-tae to tell him he’s procured the hard drive so that Hyun-tae can get Director Jung to stop the briefing, where he would’ve outed Sun-woo and his family for espionage. Now they’re safe.But Mom’s not out of danger yet, as Sun-woo and Hyun-tae gather outside the operating room where doctors are fighting to save her life. Sun-woo knows Yoon-jin must have brought her here, even though Hyun-tae claims not to have seen her. Hyun-tae delivers the hard drive to Director Jung, who hints that this isn’t all Hyun-tae will be required to do. Uh oh.While Sun-woo and his family keep vigil outside the operating room until morning, Hyun-tae can’t help but think about Chief Song’s last desperate moments while eating the kimbap Song said he could do away with if only he’d joined hands with him.And when the surgeons come out to tell the family how the surgery went, Sun-woo, Dad, and Young-seo link hands in solidarity and support.One year later. Eun-ah spills her dating woes into Sun-woo’s sympathetic ear soon before he leaves to tend to his utterly normal corporate job. He drinks with his sunbaes and takes some time to be alone, his eyes looking faraway and distant as he broods silently.He and Young-seo are back to being their normal bickering selves at home, where Dad looks on dotingly. He even comments that Sun-woo is more nagging than a wife to her husband. But where’s Mom?Sure enough, she’s safe and sound as Sun-woo finds her in her room. She’s packing their things for a move—hopefully with all of them together this time.Sun-woo may have switched to a civilian job, but Hyun-tae and Eun-ah haven’t, since they have a quibbling fight over Hyun-tae wanting her to call him the more familiar “oppa” rather than just “sunbae,” despite having received a promotion. She doesn’t give in, but jokes around with him about their dinner date at Sun-woo’s house. They arrive together bearing expensive health gifts for Mom and Dad, with Hyun-tae stopping Sun-woo specifically to give him something extra potent. Aw. I know it’s product placement, but the sentiment is sweet.Turns out Mom was packing because they’re planning to move to the suburbs after Young-seo takes her college entrance exam, and after dinner, Hyun-tae asks Sun-woo if he isn’t bored with working an ordinary job.“It’s good to be ordinary,” Sun-woo retorts with a smile, though Hyun-tae still doesn’t buy it—Sun-woo looks too comfortable and bored to be truly happy.But he gifted Sun-woo with extra-special ginseng because he wanted him to read the note inside (okay, now this is just product placement), asking him if he wants to do one last job for the NIS by meeting with a double agent who has some questions regarding the hard drive incident from the year before.He waits alone for the contact to meet him, until he hears a familiar voice yell his name……It’s Yoon-jin, looking pretty in pink. She smiles as she struts over to Sun-woo to tell him that she needs his help for something.Sun-woo just smiles, and she smiles right back.  Via: Dramabeans 

Mnet’s Music Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 9 Recap

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Mnet’s Music Drama “Persevere, Gu Hae-ra” Episode 9 Recap
Ray kisses Hae-ra out on the balcony, which is seen by Se-jong on his walk home because he is destined to have the worst timing ever. His face hardens, and he keeps walking. From the living room, Henry catches a glimpse of the kiss through the window. When Woo-ri starts to go looking for the kissing couple, Henry quickly prevents her, then grins knowingly when they rejoin the group. Jang Goon asks what they were doing, and Hae-ra hastily changes the subject.There’s a whole spread laid out for Se-jong’s birthday, and they wonder what’s taking him so long. Just then, Hae-ra gets a text from him asking to see her outside, and when Ray asks about it, she tells him what it says. He sends her off with an easy smile.Before Se-jong can say anything, Hae-ra says sympathetically that he must have been gone through a lot and apologizes for her part in it, since she imposed on him with her feelings. She promises not to do that anymore and asks if they can return to being good friends, and Se-jong repeats those words with chagrin: “Back to… good friends?” It’s a bitter pill, given that he’s only now decided to be honest about his feelings, and here she is, moving on.She wishes him a happy birthday and holds out a hand to shake. He takes it and thanks her—but doesn’t let go. “I can’t agree to your request,” he says.Despite his smiling face when Ray sent Hae-ra off, he looks fidgety as he waits out on the balcony. Henry’s with him, and starts to ask a question about his “friend” who sorta-maybe unintentionally kissed this girl, and now when he sees her lips, his heart races. He’s wondering whether he likes her or if he’s just confused, and Ray suggests doing it one more time to confirm how he feels.Henry considers this, then asks if Ray and Hae-ra are officially dating. Ray answers that it’s still a secret because Hae-ra is still figuring things out, and that he intends to wait until she’s 100 percent sure. “Hae-ra needs time,” he says, “and I’m a person who can wait.”He’s there when Hae-ra steps back inside, and Se-jong arrives a few moments later, though he heads into his room quietly. Hae-ra tells Ray that she just wished Se-jong a happy birthday, and while that sounds unlikely, Ray doesn’t press. He suggests a date tomorrow, and Hae-ra agrees.She has trouble falling asleep, replaying her conversation with Se-jong in her mind, which we now see the rest of. He admits that he hasn’t been able to be honest with her, and that he thought that hurting on his own and refraining from going to her was the best he could do. “But now, I can’t do that anymore,” he says. Hae-ra wrenches her hand free of his, and he apologizes for hurting her all this while. “I want to be honest now,” he adds. “Gu Hae-ra, I…”She cuts him off, not wanting him to finish his sentence. But he blurts, “I like you. From the first day we met, and in this moment. It seems I’m too late, but I—”“That’s right,” she hastily says. “You’re too late. There was a time I really wanted to hear those words. But not now. I’ve finally just managed to sort out my feelings—don’t confuse me anymore.”He tries to protest, but she tells him she’s decided, and asks again to remain as good friends and colleagues.Se-jong also has difficulty going to sleep. Ray checks that he’s still up, then flicks on the lights (having mastered the tennis ball toss) to first apologize for hitting him first earlier, and then to warn him not to approach Hae-ra anymore.Se-jong apologizes as well, saying that he won’t hold back anymore—and even if he’s too late, he won’t turn back.At the “MBS” office, the Hwangje idols meet with the writer and director of Scarlet’s new drama. In addition to Scarlet, the cast also features Ki-joon and a third idol-actor, Robin (ha, a cameo by Baro). Writer Uhm is annoyed with the idols’ attitudes, sniffing that Scarlet got the gig through her connections and is a terrible actress. The writer’s also unhappy that the ratings aren’t rising and wants to use Scarlet’s real-life scandal to bolster interest, and one look at Se-jong’s picture online has her nodding approvingly—she’ll write him in as Scarlet’s boyfriend. Ki-joon bursts out that she can’t, and then Baro suggests a hyung he knows (namedropping Sandeul, his B1A4 teammate), and also works in a Hyde reference by quipping that he’s “the Robin who’s better-looking that Hyun Bin!” The writer marvels at the rudeness of these idols who don’t know their place.Manager Pyun tries to dissuade her from using Se-jong, but the writer envisions all the publicity that would generate from the real-life ex-couple reuniting in a drama.The writer steps out to talk with the director, and the idols all burst out into complaints about the writer behind her back. Manager Pyun has to drag them out of the room to shut them up—the writer planted a recording device in the room. Apparently this is her M.O., and every actor who was killed off in her last drama (heh, Husband’s Temptation) had been someone who badmouthed her.In the Team Persevere studio, Henry performs a jazzy rendition of Sistar’s Loving You, and the lyrics coincide with thoughts of Woo-ri: Hey, it’s really strange, I’ve never felt this before / Whenever I see you my heart pounds… Then he imagines Woo-ri next to him as he sings, and he finally realizes, “Maybe I’m in love with you…”He recalls Ray’s suggestion to confirm how he feels and looks up tips online for how to maneuver a kiss situation naturally. Say, for instance, you’re watching the world cup, and you kiss everyone on the cheek in excitement, including your girl. Or say you ease it into the context of a story. Ha, his fantasy encounters have Henry trying out his moves on Henry-in-Drag, which is hilarious.Ray and Hae-ra go on their date, and he presents her with a gift: two identical pairs of sneakers, given her habit of losing one side. She teases him about the proverb about giving a lover a gift (because they’ll run away), and Ray replies, “Don’t run away from me, run away to me.” Whenever she’s feeling down or struggling, she can come to him. She nods okay. He takes her to an amusement park, and she insists on paying for everything today, so they can go home only after her wallet is empty. She doesn’t have a ton of cash and Ray worries that the date will be short, but she’s got a free coupon, so off they start at the ice rink, where she teaches him to skate. It’s sweet that he opts for saving as much money as possible, wanting the day to stretch out for a long while.Se-jong rejects the drama offer right away and repeatedly, despite the director’s urging. Just then, he sees Ray and Hae-ra coming home from their date, and also recalls Hae-ra saying that she hopes they’ll get chances to go on air and promote their group, and he agrees to the drama. He remains subdued when Tae-poong excitedly announces to the group that they’re finally getting their shot at a television appearance—they’ve scored cameos in Scarlet’s drama. (Henry tries to kiss Tae-poong in glee to initiate his kiss-go-round plan, but is rebuffed and sighs, “Mission failed.”) Se-jong has been cast as Scarlet’s ex-boyfriend, who is the leader of a band—Team Persevere will play the band, and will even get a song on the OST. The whole Scarlet connection mutes the excitement a bit, and Tae-poong pulls Se-jong aside to talk.Ki-joon tries to win Scarlet over again, asking why she’s in love with a guy who doesn’t love her back. He adds that he knows her secret but will protect her, and moves in for a kiss. She shoves him back… and then he clutches his heart, bleeding from the nose. Oh ha, this is their drama, isn’t it? Ki-joon slumps to the ground and says he’s ill, and his last words before going limp are “I loved you a lot.” Scarlet wails onscreen (her “acting” noticeably terrible), while in real life she watches with President Hwang, who hasn’t heard the details and wonders why Ki-joon’s dying when he worked hard to package all the idols into the show. Scarlet says that Writer Uhm’s “curse” has begun (a clear reference to Writer Im of Aurora Princess and the currently airing Apgujeong Baek-ya). She worries that she’s next, while Dad assures her that the lead actress can’t die. Ha. You’d think.Manager Pyun fills President Hwang in on the full story, including the part where Team Persevere has scored themselves an appearance. President Hwang flips his lid, ordering Manager Pyun to stop it—and once again, he slips and says they have to stop Hae-ra, before correcting to say they have to stop the group. Hae-ra happens upon Se-jong studying his script in the studio, and he asks for her help running lines. In the scene, he’s pushing her away while she’s asking if he can give up so easily. It is, of course, an echo of their own situation and he says, “I can’t go to you easily—do you even understand how I feel?”It’s a charged moment for him, but Hae-ra breaks it by calling it cheesy, though she compliments his acting. Then she reads the last scene direction, which has him kissing “Bo-ri” (Scarlet). She excuses herself, and a spa coupon falls out of the script. He gives it to her, saying that as a friend, she has no reason to refuse, and he can’t make the appointment anyway.Operation: Kiss Woo-ri is still in the works, and Henry tries the funny story option. Woo-ri interrupts before he gets to the kiss punchline, and he has to sigh in defeat.Hae-ra goes to the spa to claim the massage, and while she’s shown in, the spa manager makes a call to tell someone that she just got here. HA, then Scarlet makes her appearance in the room, and both ladies look mighty sour to see each other. But Scarlet prevents Hae-ra’s departure, because they’re both public figures now and they can’t have it known that they’re on bad terms.So Hae-ra submits herself to a painful massage, though Scarlet is hasty to request a room change when Hae-ra sneezes—she can’t catch a cold before her big kiss scene. She lowers the temperature in Hae-ra’s room a few degrees just to be extra petty. In a scene for the drama, “Bo-ri” finds out that her father isn’t her bio-dad, and a woman looking identical her (but for the extra mole on her face—ha, another Wife’s Temptationreference) shows up at the bar and announces, “That’s right! I am your s—” and then the episode ends. Tune in next time!Watching at home, the moms grumble at the terrible makjang story (while watching every episode, no doubt), but they change their tune immediately when Tae-poong informs them that the kids are going to be in that very show. He credits Se-jong for securing the opportunity, while Hae-ra’s mother worries that she’s coming down with something.The cold seems worse when the kids arrive at the set on shooting day. Ha, then Baro (er, “Robin”) comes by and lights up to see his hyung while Ray looks blankly at him. Robin mistakes him for the leader of “the totally hot idol group B3A4″ and Ray has to correct him. Se-jong checks on Hae-ra in concern, but she shrugs off his arm and tells him he doesn’t have to look after her anymore. She lets Ray take her aside, and he worries about the slight fever. She tells him it’s not that bad, and he quickly kisses her on the lips: “I just took away your cold.” He heads off to buy some medicine, and finds Se-jong standing around the corner with medicine in his hand.It’s only now that Se-jong realizes that Ray is officially Hae-ra’s boyfriend, and he asks when that happened. Ray tells him this is what he meant when he’d warned Se-jong off, then heads inside to start the shoot. The scene takes place in a bar, where Se-jong’s character (“Min-hyuk”) drinks broodingly while Team Persevere performs (a moodier version of Cool’s sunny Aloha“).Bo-ri confronts Min-hyuk, and the drama-within-the-drama story is that they’re ex-lovers, but now she’s engaged to his older brother. (Scarlet’s acting is hilariously bad, especially since we saw Hae-ra doing a much better job just a few minutes ago.) Se-jong keeps his eye on Hae-ra while delivering his lines, and Hae-ra understands that he’s speaking to her when he says that he kept silent about loving her “because the words were too difficult to say. I love you.” Then he grabs her for a kiss, and Hae-ra looks away.Ray notices, and once the director calls cut and praises Se-jong effusively, she immediately leaves the set. Ray follows, and Se-jong tries to as well. Hae-ra apologizes to Ray, but he recognizes that he rushed her before her feelings were ready, and promises to try hard and love her while he waits.The director is so pleased with Se-jong that he refuses to keep this to a cameo, which has President Hwang in a fit. He bellows at Manager Pyun to do whatever it takes to stop it.Lunch break. Tae-poong adorably buys his kids lunch rather than eat from Scarlet’s food truck (“You’d probably get indigestion”) and cheers them on. Then he gets the call that a last-minute rewrite calls for the next scene to use only the guys, and they head off right away. Hae-ra coughs again, and both Ray and Se-jong remove their jackets for her, though Ray’s quicker. Then Henry clocks the scene, takes his jacket off, and puts it on Woo-ri’s shoulders, to her bemusement. Manager Pyun resorts to sabotage, slipping someone cash and a drink bottle. The woman introduces herself as the floor director and insists on taking Hae-ra to the hospital, giving her the drink. Hae-ra tries calling Ray, then tells Woo-ri that she’s on her way to the hospital with the FD.The drink makes Hae-ra sleepy as the supposed FD drives her away. When the boys finish their next shoot (singing another song while Bo-ri dances a sexy Latin number), Ray sees her text and calls back, but she’s asleep by then. The FD shuts the phone off. Se-jong overhears Ray checking in with Woo-ri. Meanwhile, the FD pulls up to a location and wakes Hae-ra, saying that the shoot got moved up. She tells Hae-ra to head inside while she parks… and then just ditches her at the side of the road.The team is in a panic when they realize that the story doesn’t match up, and they can’t get a hold of Hae-ra. Woo-ri racks her memory for the name Hae-ra gave her, and they confirm that it’s not on the staff roster. None of the crew knows who she is, either.Cold, sick, and stranded, Hae-ra wanders half-dazed, her attempts to flag down help going ignored. She finds a pay phone, and when a phone buzzes, everyone on the team reaches for their phones. It’s Se-jong who answers—aw, I knew holding on to those old cell phone numbers would play out someday. Crying, she gives him the address on the phone booth. Se-jong tears out of there with Tae-poong’s car keys, and Ray chases after him trying to get a cab. It’s Baro/Robin who stops and offers him his car, since he reminds him of the hyung he’s so fond of.Both boys drive furiously, and this time it’s Ray who gets caught one step (or stoplight) behind Se-jong.Se-jong arrives at the phone booth just as the van sputters to a stop. He runs out to find Hae-ra crouched in the dark booth and carries her on his back, urging her to hang in there while he tries to flag down a passing car. She mumbles that she could only remember his number, and he cries that he’s sorry and begs her to stay awake. Ray finds them and pulls over, and escorts her into the car. Se-jong can only stand there as Ray drives off.She gets taken to the hospital, and while the kidnapper was apprehended, she isn’t saying a word. Tae-poong suspects a tie to Hwangje Entertainment, however, since she once worked for a subsidiary, and that name has Hae-ra’s mother bolting up in a fury: “Messing with my husband wasn’t enough, and now you’re going after my daughter? I won’t let you get away with it, you bastard piece of trash Hwang Je-guk!”Ray sits by Hae-ra’s bedside as she sleeps, reliving the moment when Se-jong’s phone rang and his didn’t. Se-jong, on the other hand, can only watch from outside the door and then leave, alone. Hae-ra finally wakes, to Ray’s relief, and looks for her mother. But Mom’s not around, because she goes storming in to the Hwangje office threatening to sue if President Hwang doesn’t meet with her, and gives her husband’s name.He feigns ignorance while Hae-ra’s mother faces him in a fury, and declares that she’ll claim her revenge now, fifteen years after her husband died wrongfully. President Hwang scoffs that Mom’s partially responsible, urging her to think hard about that night: “Does your precious daughter know? She won’t, because you couldn’t tell her.” The reminder shuts Mom up, replacing her anger with worry. Writer Uhm is in a fit over the chop job the director did to her script. The director protests that it was all President Hwang’s doing, and he was forced to make the edits.In the end, it’s President Hwang who sits back in satisfaction, assuring Scarlet that she doesn’t have to worry about those kids, and that she got the OST song. She’s thrilled, and Dad says he bought a new machine to take care of the little problem with her inability to sing.We hear the melodious ballad being sung as Scarlet’s voice is processed through the machine… then hear her on her side of the recording glass, wailing like a drowned cat. Okay, if you can make a machine that magical, all of music is doomed to our autotune robot overlords. Hae-ra’s much better by the time she joins her friends at the bar for broadcast night of their episode. Oh noes, this can’t end well. They’re excited as the episode begins… but confused when the song they recorded, with their voices, is “sung” by Bo-ri instead. It’s completely nonsensical, because Bo-ri’s singing all the different parts, and everyone (Hwang included) stares agape at the screen—this has to be a broadcast accident. And when they try to contact the producers, they get radio silence. Muahaha! Please tell me this is their planned revenge!That puts Scarlet at the top of the search engine results… paired with words like “lip synching” and “foot acting.” Furthermore, Team Persevere lands a spot on the list since it’s still their song—not a complete victory, but not a complete setback either.Then Se-jong’s kiss scene comes on, and Hae-ra slumps and walks away. In another scene, Jang Goon and Woo-ri are clearly scene in the background as they sing a song… from the neck down. They try to console themselves with hearing their voices, but the screen glitches, cutting to the full shot of their faces. Aw, it really is a lovely triumphant moment, and the search engines light up.Thrilled, Henry grabs Woo-ri for a smack on the lips. He says he just got excited, but totally smiles to himself. Woo-ri looks stunned, though more confused than unhappy about things. (Yay!)Jang Goon notes the netizen comments comparing Woo-ri’s voice to Scarlet. Woo-ri looks a little shifty at this, but surely the secret’s going to come out soon enough. Se-jong walks alone down the street, having declined to join the group for the broadcast viewing. Hae-ra walks as well, with Ray following at a bit of a distance. But he’s too far to follow her onto a bus, and he loses track of her.Hae-ra and Se-jong come face to face in the street just as it starts to rain, and they duck under a roof overhang. Se-jong offers her his jacket, but she pushes it back at him and starts to leave.He grabs her arm. She tells him to stop acting like this with her, because she went through a lot of pain because of him. He tells her that he did too, and while we know that’s true, it’s news to her when finally confesses the full truth. “I was first. I liked you before Se-chan did. And I couldn’t tell you that I was caught up in a fake scandal with Scarlet, who I feel nothing for. The car accident wasn’t me, either. I came to you with more difficulty than you know.”Hae-ra is genuinely stunned to hear all this. He continues, “Because I wanted to return to you, because I wanted to make Se-chan’s bucket list come true, I said that I did it.” He tells her of the secret contract he signed and the orders he had to follow. She starts to cry, asking why he’s saying this only now, and he adds, “Having someone else next to you—I can’t watch it anymore. Because I’ve decided to be honest to you.”Slowly, he takes her face in his hands. “I love you,” he tells her. And then he kisses her. Via: Dramabeans

SBS Entertainment Show “Running Man” Episode 236 Recap

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SBS Entertainment Show “Running Man” Episode 236 Recap
 We begin with an introduction of our three teams in this Manly Man Race: our residentRunning Man guys versus Shinhwa (Eric, Min-woo, Jun Jin, Dong-wan, Hye-sung, and Andy) versus ZE:A (Lee Hoo (aka Moon Jun-young), Hwang Kwang-hee, Kim Tae-heon, Kim Dong-joon, Jung Hee-chul, Park Hyung-shik).Even though the group has been in the biz for 17 years now, the Shinhwa boys can still bust a move. Jun Jin is as hilarious as ever, as evidenced by his suave moment in the sun turned awkward when he discovers that he’s the only one dancing. Hee. Dong-wan outs himself as the black hole of the group, promising to deliver today anyway. And ha, the cast tries to pull Kwang-hee towards them saying that he belongs with them, the entertainers. When Kwang-soo brings up Hyung-shik’s recently ended drama What’s With This Family, Haha quips (to Kwang-soo), “You ended things with a woman too.”Aha, so Tae-heon is also a mixed martial arts fighter (but also lost his debut match with a fractured nose, ow), and it takes a minute before the cast realizes that Jun-young is the same idol who took to Twitter to speak about unfair treatment from his agency. (In short, the series of tweets back in September quickly spiraled into a hot-button issue that has since been put to rest.) Shinhwa’s cool “Sniper” outfits aren’t quite practical as Shinhwa members left and right get tangled up in their own buttons. Then it’s time to hear the rules: our teams will face off in a series of games and try to win the most amount of points by rolling different dice.Depending on the outcome, it’s possible for the first and second place teams (as well as second and third) to roll the same number. So not only will our teams need to try their best, some of it is up to luck as well. Today’s MC is none other than our beloved Miss Mung, who directs the teams to their cars before realizing she needs to hitch a ride, too. When the Running Man boys leave her high and dry, she runs to join the ZE:A boys, who are more than happy to have noona riding with them.And then her former teammate Dong-joon tells the guys to listen up, “All of you be quiet because noona’s going to fall asleep [in the car] soon.” Ahahaha.The ZE:A boys are the last to arrive at their first mission location and hurriedly get ready in front of their sunbaes. Kwang-hee gets called out for tossing in his shoe lift into his rubber boot before putting it on. Hehe. Now shivering around the mud pit, our teams will split into three pairs based on ability level (high, mid, and low). Last pair standing wins a point for their team, and the first team to grab two points wins the first mission. The others get upset when Shinhwa places their strongest, Min-woo and Andy, as their “weakest” members, though if you think about it, it’s a pretty strategic choice.The mid-level pairs are called out first, and Min-woo tells the ZE:A boys to go easy on their sunbaes. But with contenders like Gary, Jae-suk, and Hye-sung, I’m pretty sure the idols will have to be the ones to be careful.Sure enough, the boys split and the other two teams jump on the opportunity. Jun-young gets pushed out of the pit, and so does Hyung-shik a few moments later. Jae-suk is left outnumbered 2:1 after Gary gets pushed out, and then scares off his pursuers by splashing his own face with muddy water. As a result, Dong-wan jumps out of the pit, and Hye-sung runs before getting pushed out by a muddy Jae-suk. Kwang-soo jumping into the pit face first doesn’t quite result in the scary mudman effect, but this next battle ought to be good anyway.I love how Eric oh-so-quietly steps away from the main brawl, then both Dong-joon and Tae-heon hoists Jong-kook up in the air together. Next thing we know, Jong-kook whirls back around to take the boys on, and Kwang-soo is the first one rolled out of the pit.The remaining four all grab one of Jong-kook’s limbs, but Jong-kook manages to hold his ground. Min-woo steps in as a reporter covering this unbelievable event, and when they all take a quick timeout, Jae-suk says it’s faster to start eliminating each other than Jong-kook. Jong-kook manages to convince his hoobaes to take the Shinhwa members out first, so while the boys take on Jun Jin, Jong-kook deals with Eric. And then Hye-sung calls out from the sidelines that Jong-kook and Eric should eliminate the young’uns instead. Exhausted, Jong-kook yells, “Are you guys going to keep using me [like this]?”Desperate, Dong-joon yells, “Hyung, this is the first time [our members] have appeared on variety!” Aw, Eric forms a heart over his head. And Jong-kook decides to sit this one again. So does Eric. Hahaha.We skip ahead to after Jun Jin is pushed out, and Jong-kook and the ZE:A boys take a breather, completely exhausted. Since this battle is going nowhere, Taek PD issues a two-minute time limit. If both Tae-heon and Dong-joon are left standing afterwards, the win will go to ZE:A. Oh man, even the cheerleading squad from the sidelines (with chants of “Turbo! Turbo!” and lyrics from ZE:A’s single “Aftermath”) is funny-sad. Soon there’s only 30 seconds remaining and Jong-kook hoists Dong-joon up in the air. But it isn’t enough, and ZE:A picks up the hard-earned point.After Shinhwa earns another point, the teams are tied at one point each. Eric asks what they gain by winning this game, and when he’s told that they get the best die, he asks again, “Is [winning] that die that great?”They decide on one final match between two random members from each team: Min-woo and Dong-wan vs. Hyung-shik and Jun-young vs. Haha and Suk-jin. Jae-suk: “We’re done for!” The Running Man and ZE:A teams form an alliance to take on Shinhwa, and it’s Hyung-shik who makes the first strike at Min-woo. The ZE:A boys work together to push Dong-wan out, then during their attempt to push Min-woo out of the pit, it’s Suk-jin who gets eliminated.Hyung-shik gets worked up when Haha switches allies, then ultimately chooses to work alone. Watching Haha tackle Jun-young finally makes Hyung-shik yell at his former ally: “Hyung! You can’t be doing that right now!” Omg, the poor kid looks like he’s going to break down in tears at any moment. Eventually only Haha, Min-woo, and Hyung-shik are left, and they’re so tired that they all grab each other’s faces to remind the other of the alliance they once made. But Hyung-shik gets pushed out anyway.As Haha gets pushed up into the wall, he uses the momentum to kick off and twirl around to pin Min-woo down. That was cool. Haha then pushes Min-woo out of the pit, giving him and his team the win.Each team throws their respective dice, and the current scores are as follows: Running Man (100), Shinhwa (70), and ZE:A (50). Our three teams gather together again at Ewha Women’s University to face off in a test of manners. Each team’s black holes (Kwang-hee, Dong-wan, and Kwang-soo) engage in a round of rock-paper-scissors, and thanks to Kwang-soo, the Running Man Team advances automatically.In this game of dodgeball, the men must protect their respective queens (a randomly chosen Ewha student) to the end. It’s cute how Shinhwa comes up with their own little cheer for their queen, and Dong-wan explains the rules of the game to her in English. Assuming that the members can take it from here, MC Mung moves on. Ha. As Shinhwa and ZE:A get ready for their first match, Kwang-hee tells his teammates that they have to protect his face. Min-woo is eliminated in the first few seconds, but then gets hold of the ball from the other side of the court when Hye-sung’s attack falls short.Distracted by Eric, who makes even the small things look cool, ZE:A’s queen gets hit by the ball, thus ending the match. And then Hee-chul gets scolded for trying to avoid the ball instead of protecting his team’s lady. Jae-suk: “You waited 6 years to be on variety, but you couldn’t last for one second?” So we head straight for the finals with the Running Man Team vs. Shinhwa. Dong-wan grabs for the ball first, which gets passed around between the members before Andy throws… and it bounces over the line.Haha grabs at the opportunity to attack Jun Jin, who catches the ball that gets thrown right back at the Running Man Team. But seeing as the Running Man members are doing a good job in protecting their lady, the Shinhwa boys pass around the ball in order to confuse their opponents.It works, and Jae-suk is eliminated. Kwang-soo tries confusing the Shinhwa team on his own, but eventually the ball finds its way into Jun Jin’s hands. He shoots… and it flies past Suk-jin’s head, taking his hat off with it. Moments later, the ball rolls out of the court and into Jae-suk’s hands. He eliminates Jun Jin, who immediately gets a chance to attack the Running Man team from the other side of the court. He misses, and a few more throws and eliminations later, Gary goes straight to attack Eric…… who catches the ball. Nice. Only Gary and Kwang-soo are left to protect their team’s lady, and Jun Jin makes a throw that narrowly avoids the Running Man’s lady but sends a camera to the ground. Whoops.Jong-kook eliminates Eric, then Andy is taken out not long afterwards. Min-woo and Dong-wan remain to protect their queen, and then a minute later, another one of Jun Jin’s shots hits yet another camera.Eliminating Dong-wan leaves Min-woo as the lone bodyguard twirling around as the ball flies in different directions. But then Gary catches the ball, leaving his team’s lady in the line of fire. Min-woo extends a hand, but it’s too late.The ladies throw the dice for their teams, and then it’s time for another score check-in: Running Man (190), Shinhwa (140), and ZE:A (100). It’s nighttime by the time the teams pull up near the Han River in this last game that will test their loyalty. The rules are simple: the first team to climb up the incline will win, but they’ll need to climb over each other’s shoulders to reach the top.The teams split and strategize, though it helps little in practice: Kwang-hee yelps in pain when Hyung-shik tries to climb over him, then crumbles before slipping down the slope. It turns out that even if one leans against the incline, the weight can sometimes be too much to bear. Like it is for Suk-jin, whom the team decides wouldn’t be fit for the second to lowest spot. Then it’s time for the Human Ladder game to begin, and everyone has their game faces on. Each team get three men each on the board rather swiftly, but it isn’t until the fourth climbs up that the ones on the bottom can start to feel the weight.While the fifth member is still climbing, Dong-joon runs up. But uh oh—the added pressure causes the ladder to crumble, and all the ZE:A boys slide off.Jun Jin realizes that this gives his team a prime chance to win, so he runs up… but then a weak link in his team’s ladder causes him to slide back down. Unable to hold the weight any longer, the Running Man team slide off, too. So it’s back to square one for everyone, and the teams work speedily to get four men each on the board. It really does look painful, and soon afterwards, it’s up to Jun Jin, Kwang-hee, and Haha to run up and ring that bell for their teams.It’s Jun Jin who climbs up the ledge and rings that bell first, but Kwang-hee doesn’t give up, peeling off his gloves and socks to get a better grip. He rings the bell for the ZE:A team whereas the Running Man boys all slide back to the bottom.Despite coming in last, the Running Man team has still got luck on their side in rolling a 60. ZE:A and Shinhwa both roll decent numbers of 70 and 90 respectively. But this isn’t the end—our three teams climb onto platforms to await a fate left in Lady Luck’s hands: Ji-hyo’s. Aha, so the third game’s score will either be added or subtracted from the teams’ combined score from the first two games.Nervous, Haha asks if they can press pause so he can face the possible water punishment in commando. Jun Jin: “Rocks won’t come falling out of this, right?”Ji-hyo chooses a scroll for each team, and then it’s time to hear the results: ZE:A ends up with a total score of 170, giving them a chance to win if the other two teams are stuck with minus signs. But the Shinhwa gets their scores added too with a plus sign, leaving them with a score of 230. And now the fate of the Running Man team can go either way.Taek PD unravels the white scroll Haha didn’t have a good feeling about… which reveals a plus sign, bringing up the winning Running Man Team’s total to 250. Our other two teams receive their watery punishment as the victors revel in their gold.And aww, everyone celebrates Suk-jin, Gary, and Eric’s birthdays in February, wrapping up this manly man race on a sweet note.Via : Dramabeans

[HanCinema”s Film Review] “Villain and Widow”

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[HanCinema”s Film Review] “Villain and Widow”

It is difficult to assign "Villain and Widow" just one genre. Black comedy comes pretty close, but the film is also a caper story and involves a romance, even if not exactly a typical kind. For most movies, this would be too much to handle and just create a mess, but it is the finely kept balance and wittiness of this one which keep it from becoming convoluted. The characters have simple goals and struggles which are used for comedic effect plenty, but are also explored for their dramatic value on a rudimentary level. This is where the masterfully compiled cast really shows its strength.

EXO’s Chanyeol Offers Adorable Charm In New Trailer For ‘Grandpas Over Flowers’ Adaptation ‘Last First Love’

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EXO’s Chanyeol Offers Adorable Charm In New Trailer For ‘Grandpas Over Flowers’ Adaptation ‘Last First Love’


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One of the intersections of the "Hallyu Wave" of South Korean media is the increasing presence of K-pop idols in Korean blockbuster films.

No one can blame companies for bringing in idols, as it often attracts younger fans who may not otherwise be interested in a film that doesn"t involve super heroes.

Nevertheless, "Last First Love" now has a new trailer featuring increasingly popular member of SM Entertainment group EXO, Chanyeol. The realtively new idol shows off some adorable charm as a student character in the "Grandpas Over Flowers" spinoff film.

19 K-Pop Idols And Actors Who Were Born In The Year Of The Sheep

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19 K-Pop Idols And Actors Who Were Born In The Year Of The Sheep


(Photo : Hazzys F/W) CL is prepared for success in 2015. 

The Lunar New Year kicked off on February 19, with celebrants throughout the world ushering out the Year of the Horse while welcoming the Year of the Sheep.

According to the lunar calendar, the Year of the Sheep occurs during the following years: 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015. The artists born in the Year of the Sheep include KARA"s Goo Hara, Lee Hyori, and CNBLUE"s Kang Min Hyuk.

11 Hidden Talents Of Idols That You Never Knew About

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Even though all K-Pop idols are talented in their own way, some of these talents aren’t readily apparent on stage. Find out which idols have hidden talents that you may not have known about in, “11 Hidden Talents Of Idols That You Never Knew About”

1. Taeyeon
Tayeon’s voice is definitely one of the best in the industry but did you know that she also does voice acting?

She was the voice of Margo in the Korean version of “Despicable Me”!

7 Picture Perfect K-Celebrity Couples And Their Adorable Children

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There is an increasing interest in Korean celebrities’ families rising among viewers and fans with the rising popularity of shows like Return of Superman, Oh My Baby, and Dad, Where Are You. Check this list of 7 Picture Perfect K-Celebrity Families!

Some of the families who have attracted interest includes MMA fighters’ Choo Sung Hoon, Epik High‘s Tablo, former idol Shoo, and more!