As rescue missions continue and people continue to pray for a miracle for all the missing people who were on the Sewol Ferry to return safely, celebrities have begun to get actively involved in rescue efforts as well as volunteering activities.
Actor and president of the Korean Rescue Federation, Jung Dong Nam has joined the rescue operations at the scene of the accident.
On April 17, Jung Dong Nam arrived in Jindo, Jeollanam-do Province and got directly involved in the rescue efforts. He even explained the difficulties of the rescue in a phone interview with a Korean news outlet.
It has been revealed that Jung Dong Nam was a former UDT agent and has received recognition from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. He was also involved in the search operations when the Cheonan warship incident occurred in 2010
Boy group, EXO, is delaying its comeback due to the Sewol Ferry tragedy that took place in Korean on April 16.
SM Entertainment announced on April 18 through EXO’s official homepage that the release of the group’s new mini album, which was originally scheduled for April 21, has been postponed.
The agency stated, “After discussing with the EXO members regarding the release of their new album and their promotion activities in Korea, we have decided to postpone the release of their new mini album “Overdose,” which was originally scheduled to release on April 21.”
The statement continued, “The decision has been made to offer our condolences to the victims and our hopes and wishes that the missing persons will return back safely. We ask the fans who have been waiting for the release of the album for their understanding and patience
2NE1 successfully took the stage at its “All Or Nothing” world tour concert in Shanghai.
On April 11, 2NE1 performed at the Shanghai Grand Stage. The group began their concert with “Crush.” The members appeared on stage wearing gold uniform-like outfits and captured the audience with their charisma.
2NE1 continued the show with powerful performances of “Fire,” “Clap Your Hands,” and “Pretty Boy” as well as other hits. They also impressed the audience with their emotional vocals performing, “Missing You,” “If I Were You,” and the unplugged version of “Come Back Home.”
This was the group’s first solo concert in China. The Chinese fans present at the concert sang along to a total of 18 hits performed by 2NE1 in Korean
Three Days: Episode 6 Recap by Dramabeans
March 7, 5:30 AM. 33 hours, 30 minutes after the sniping.
Cha-young is investigating the tennis court gates at the presidential villa. If the sniper was stationed inside the villa, the gate had to be open to allow a clear shot. But in her interrogation at the end of Episode 5, Cha-young was told that the gates were closed at the time of the shooting.
She times herself running from the gate to the office. Seven minutes. Even if Ham could have made it in 5 minutes, it still wouldn’t be fast enough. The blackout and the shooting were almost simultaneous. There’s only one possible answer: Ham had an accomplice at the tennis court gate — someone else from inside the Secret Service
Worried you might have missed out any important news in the week of Korean entertainment? Get comfortable and ready to scroll as we go through the best news and articles of this week in music, drama, variety and fashion. In case you missed it, here is last week’s High Five.
This is your Weekly High Five!
-= News =-
Kim Yuna and Ice Hockey Player Kim Won Joong Confirm Dating Rumors
Shindong Receives Military Enlistment Notice and Requests for an Extension
YG Entertainment to Open “YG Land” in California
Thief Breaks into Jang Dong Gun and Go So Young’s Villa
Actor Park Shi Hoo Caught Up in a $283,000 Lawsuit
-= Music =-
These two episodes offered many an adorable moment for our lead couple, even giving us a glimpse of what their normal, happy life could look like. Now that Min Joon is ready to hold Song Yi close, he’s finally showing off more emotion. He’ll hold her hand, appear by her side when called, and may even drunkenly teleport into her bedroom. As his departure looms ever closer, he begins to make some important decisions about his future actions. What’s the use of an eternal life if he can’t be beside his loved one?
Min Joon and Song Yi’s Relationship Takes Center Stage
Romantic Highlights Include:
When Song Yi drags Min Joon back home due to his kiss-induced illness, she can’t help but pester him about his kissing weakness. Min Joon lays in bed doing his best to recover while Song Yi fires off question after question
"Three Days" hinted that history might repeat itself in a new preview starring
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The teaser looks back on the assassinations of presidents and reads, "On March 5, the president dies." The action-packed preview had us on our toes with the snippets of a sniper awaiting the drama"s Korean president Lee Dong Hwi (Son Hyun Joo) and Han Tae Kyung (Yoochun) trying to save him as his bodyguard.
"Three Days" is directed by "Deep-Rooted Tree"s Shin Kyung Soo and written by "Sign" and "Phantom"s Kim Eun Hee. The drama will center on the bodyguards" race to find the president when he goes missing after shots are fired
2014 is already off to an explosive start - from Girl"s Day overtaking TVXQ and Rain on the charts to members of Girls" Generation confirmed to be dating, it looks like we"re in for an eventful year! Today, jennywill and contagion are here with our guesses and open ended questions for what else 2014 might just have in store for us! Remember, this is all just speculation!
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1. What"s in store for the Wonder Girls?
Even though JYP Entertainment has reassured fans that Wonder Girls will not be breaking up, it"s also true that the girls" future plans are pretty uncertain right now
Thoughts On Recent “You Who Came From The Stars” by Couch-Kimchi:
So Do Manager and the infamous actress are in love. We know this because he was lonely, missed her dearly and couldn’t resist kissing her.
We know she loves him because she’s gotten a tad obsessed and even considers marrying him for spousal privilege if he’s a criminal. And, oh yeah, she also confessed. “Do you see me as a woman? No, don’t you dare tell me! I don’t want to hear it! But do you?” She’s the cutest.
I also love how she gets dressed up like she’s going to the Oscars when she’s going to see him.
We’ve now gotten into Angst City and will probably be here for a long time because the drama has already begun to give us dream sequences that show the couple in happy times
These episodes are jam-packed with heart wrenching emotion. The future doesn’t look too bright, especially with Min Joon’s departure looming ever closer. His desire to push Song Yi away grows, but so does his hopeless dream of a happy and normal life with heri at his side. For better or for worse, I’ve become heavily invested in the well-being of these characters. Seeing both Song Yi and Min Joon struggle through their heartache has left me emotionally drained and dejected. Keep in mind these feelings are a testament to just how great this show is.
Why is My Heart Breaking?
Min Joon Rejects Song Yi’s Confession
Min Joon’s run in with the psychopath Jae Kyung’s poisoned needle reminded him just how strong his feelings for Song Yi have grown. He’s convinced he must do all that he can to end his connection before it’s too late to recover
I Need Romance 3 - Episode 1, Episode 2 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
The third installment of the I Need Romance series is here and I bet you thought you learned something about romance in the first two series, right? Pfft. Those two were chickenfeed compared to this drama which is pulling all the stops when it comes to romance. And to show just how serious they are about it, there’s French everywhere. The first words spoken are: “J’ai envie de romance” which means I might need to have Google Translate open to keep from missing anything.
The drama begins with a little girl walking in the first snowfall of the year with a cute French song playing in the background. Where’s she going? The male narrator tells us that she was going to see him shortly after exiting his mother’s womb
Sadly, duo groups are not as prevalent in K-Pop, but they are growing with the help of sub-units and popular collaborations. People love these duos because they can focus on just two people who work admirably well together in their partnership. While showing off an intimate relationship almost like a couple or a pair of best friends, these duos use both members" unique traits and skills to an advantage.
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Which duos are especially eye-catching with their amazing chemistry and teamwork?
GD & T.O.P
Obviously, it would have been difficult for G-Dragon to pick just one fellow Big Bang member for the first duo, but he eventually went with T
Korean singer Soyou of girl group SISTAR has lent her addictive voice to MBC’s historic epic “Empress Ki.”
The fourth original soundtrack of the popular period-set drama, “One More Time” (translated title) sung by Soyou, was released through online music distribution services Tuesday noon KST.
Produced by hit songwriter D.O, the ballad tune is accompanied with rich string sounds and sentimental lyrics, featuring Soyou’s haunting voice.
Soyou has grabbed overwhelming popularity with her previous duet songs “Officially Missing You” with hip-hop duo Geeks and “Stupid in Love” with rapper Mad Clown.
“Empress Ki,” starring Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo and Ji Chang-wook, is also faring well on TV charts as the top drama of Monday and Tuesday prime time slot over two months.
As always, 2013 was a busy year for K-pop. It was packed full of all sorts of news, ranging from the worst of the worst to the best of the best. And, of course, it gave us more songs than ever, with both new and old faces pumping out tunes for everyone to listen to.
allkpop staff were asked to pick their favorite songs of the year, and here"s the list!
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Paul: Beenzino "Dali, Van, Picasso"
"Classy song that has a nice laid back vibe. I like to sit back, chill, and have this tune playing in the background."
KG: Troublemaker "Now"
"Why? She is so hot!"
James: Mikey "Loving You (R&B Ver.)"
*No reason was given
Carol: Soyu, Mad Clown "Stupid in Love" "I really enjoyed the collab between the two labelmates
New period-set film starring rising Korean stars Lee Jong-suk and Park Bo-young has confirmed its much-anticipated opening date to within a month.The film titled “Hot Young Bloods” is set to open in the local theaters on January 23 and released the official poster featuring its four main cast members on Thursday.Through the poster, Lee, Park, Lee Se-young and Kim Young-kwang, all of whom donning old school uniforms, raise the bar of the movie about teenagers’ romance and memories of high school days set around Chung-cheong Province in 1982.Lee Jong-suk takes on legendary Casanova named Joong-gil, while Park Bo-young will play famous punk Yeong-sook with a big number of followers, contrary to her innocent role in box office hit “A Werewolf Boy.”Actress Lee Se-young, the younger sister of Park Yuchun’s character in melodrama “Missing You,” has been cast as a pure-hearted transfer student from Seoul named So-hee, while model-turned-actor Kim Young-kwang will portray a high school rebel called Kwang-sik
A secret never stay hidden forever, the truth always prevails. No matter how hard people are trying to hide their secrets, their problems, sooner or later, people will discover them. For Jae Hak and Eun Jin; they know they cannot hide their relationship forever; they’re not naive but obviously they don’t realize that Mi Kyung has already found out about their “humane relationship”. People say the quiet ones usually are the ones who’ll attack and cause extensive damages; so they’d better get ready because Mi Kyung will do anything she can to “torture” them.
One Warm Word Episode 3 Recap by Beatuscorner:
Jae Hak pulls out micro memory card from his car’s (cctv) camera and asks his assistant to take his car for a service first thing tomorrow morning and to tell him if there’s something odd about the car
Prime Minister and I - Episode 1 Recap by Dramabeans:
Next in the KBS rom-com lineup is Prime Minister and I, whose light and breezy tone took me by surprise. I knew to prepare myself for the cute, but I didn’t expect it to also stir the heartstrings in the first hour. There’s promise and potential in a story that moves fairly quickly that contains both heartwarming and funny notes. And damn, a prime minister has never looked this good.
Even though Prime Minister and I took in last place at 5.9% against its competitors (Empress Ki [♥] led the pack with 20.2% and A Warm Word followed with 6.8%), maybe a contract marriage is just the kind of hijinks medicine I need.
EPISODE 1 RECAP
We open at a banquet hall where preparations are underway, leading up to the arrival of our hero, Prime Minister KWON YUL (Lee Beom-soo) and his wife, NAM DA-JUNG (Yoon-ah), who greet the roomful of dignitaries with a smile
Basketball: Episode 16 RECAP by Drama Beans
Chi-ho proposes, San interrupts, and the factory grandma makes it her goal in life to sing San’s praises so that Shin-young doesn’t have a chance to give her yea or nay on the marriage.
Chi-ho elects to wait while the grandma drags Shin-young with her and a few other workers to see a doctor, and it’s only after they get a checkup that Shin-young hears that the surgery for Bong-soon’s father has already beenpaid for.
And who else should be the benefactor but Chi-ho, who Bong-soon graciously thanks while Shin-young bites her lip nervously. He tells her that he’s going to visit his father to receive his blessing for their marriage, which only makes Shin-young more uncomfortable as her eyes keep darting between him and San
Prime Minister and I: Episode 1 RECAP by Drama Beans
We open at a banquet hall where preparations are underway, leading up to the arrival of our hero, Prime Minister KWON YUL (Lee Beom-soo) and his wife, NAM DA-JUNG (Yoon-ah), who greet the roomful of dignitaries with a smile.
But there’s a different story that lies beneath those adoring smiles as the power couple turns to each other… and exchange looks of distaste.
An imagined Matrix style fight scene points to a more tense and hostile relationship between them. And while the world may regard her husband as a respected public figure, our heroine doesn’t share in that opinion because, well, they’re in a contract marriage
While 2NE1 is taking it easy this time with a soft ballad like Missing You, we all know that 2NE1 is known for the fierce and powerful songs that just know what to say to get you all pumped up.
There’s nothing like listening to a 2NE1 song after a long and terrible day to get our spirits hopping again and so we choose some of the energetic group’s that makes us drop everything and just dance.
Had a terrible break up? Feel like crawling into bed and never moving?
2NE1’s Go Away is an instant cure for that kind of situation as the members basically blow off all the dumb things the boys did to break up hearts.
Instead of wallowing in their sorrows (Although some wallowing is still allowed after a breakup), the 2NE1 members basically tell the boys to forget it because these girls aren’t just about to wait around when there’s someone better out there