It was the news that I had been dreading, hoping against hope would never happen. Ever since the road accident that almost instantly took the life of Ladies’ Code member EunB, I (like thousands of others, I imagine) had all but buried my head in the sand. I didn’t want to read any more news about Ladies’ Code. I consider myself fairly emotionally tough, but since that brutal, unforgiving crash, I have become a bag of nerves.
I can pinpoint the exact time when I tried to tune out. It was just after reading about the ordeal of RiSe‘s brain surgery. Doctors spent around eleven hours trying to save her, but despite their efforts, she was beyond help. Eleven horrific hours. What she suffered, what her family suffered during this time is something nobody should have to live through. One can only hope that she felt no pain
August OST Roundup: Marriage, Not Fated to Discover Trot Written by Joyce On September 4, 2014
A crazy, crazy month for OSTs, with It’s Okay That’s Love releasing a total of five tracks, Fated to Love You and Marriage Not Dating delivering a couple each. As I’m currently following a ton of dramas, it struck me how much more I appreciate the soundtracks when I’m actually watching the series, compared to when I hear it as a lone track without the context. I realized, the fact that I have it drilled into my head during the most emotional peaks of the drama increases my attachment to the song. That said, a lot of the tracks released this month are pretty impressive even as standalones and serve as great additions to the artists’ resumes.
Yoon Mirae‘s “I Love You”, It’s Okay That’s Love OST
The last time Yoon Mirae sung an OST was “Touch Love” for Master’s Sun, which turned out to be quite the phenomenal hit, topping charts for weeks after its release
Here is a rundown of your favorite K-Pop idols" best Instagram posts from the last week. See what kinf of fun they got up to!
2AM Jo Kwon treat himself with a slice of pizza before performing on stage for the musical "Priscilla"
Wonder Girl"s Yubin different selcas, she really likes posing with a "V sign".
Actress Le Da Hae said goodbye on her Korean drama "Hotel King" She even shared a couple photo with Lee Dong Wook
With Episodes 20 and 21 “Man from the Stars” has officially come to an end. The final two episodes aired amongst great speculation about possible endings and the delivery was filled with largely satisfying emotions. That being said, saying goodbye is never easy, no matter if you are an alien, an actress, or an invested viewer.
Key Plot Developments:
Min Joon Explains His View on Death
During his 400 years on Earth, Min Joon has seen death countless times, but it is only now that he has experienced love that he understands the point of trying. It’s the moments in life that are the most important. Even with the certainty of death, we can still live happy lives.
Min Joon’s First Family Dinner
Not only is this meal Min Joon’s first dinner with his in-laws, it’s also his first meal with a family
I’ve now been promoted as the official penguin of the Soompi network, hence why I have that awesome “Le Penguin Officiel” tag in the comment section. Thanks to our dear leader, soomp, for that amazing addition. You should start seeing the other editors and writers on the team getting their own unique tags over the coming weeks.
Anyway first point of business for the official penguin is to discuss the age old question of when to call it quits, because nothing really lasts forever.
Very Important Disclaimer Stuff: The writer is not really an expert at anything much and is just a mere casual fan of pretty much everything. The writer has been known to be rather weird and cynical at times. The writer’s opinions certainly DO NOT reflect the opinion of Soompi’s news team or Soompi as a whole
Come March it’s goodbye romance, hello thrills, and nowhere more so than over at SBS, where they’ll be airing condensed-time thrillers alllll week long. Hope you’re ready for the action. Here’s the cast of SBS’s upcoming presidential assassination thriller Three Days, suited up for their individual character posters. They sure are blue.
The production has released a little more plot information, and apparently Three Days will actually take place over the course of nine days, broken up into three three-day segments. Um, I’m just going to ask the obvious question why it wasn’t called Nine Days then. I know it actually doesn’t matter how many days we cover so much as how, but I am a little disappointed that it’s not as close to 24 as originally touted
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
Here’s something nice and quick to throw on your to-watch list: Seo In-gook (Master’s Sun, Answer Me 1997) is headlining a short 5-episode miniseries that’s being produced for cable network Dramacube, which is a station that mostly houses reruns of primetime dramas. He’ll be starring opposite Wang Ji-won, who’s currently playing the chic and prickly frenemy Oh Se-ryung on tvN’s I Need Romance 3 (she was also one of the good docs in Good Doctor).
The miniseries is called What Kind of Goodbye, and of course the built-in ambiguity is that the word for goodbye and hello are the same, so the title could go either way. It’s about two people who meet at the end of their lives, and the one very special day they share together
You Who Came From The Stars Episode 13 Recap by Couch-Kimchi:
I found the episode kind of slow although it ended with the mother of all cliffhangers. I think this is the trouble you run into when there are 20 episodes with a lot of the plot front loaded so the rest has to be stretched out because it looks like they have no other mysteries other than how Min Joon will keep Creepy Psycho from killing Crazy Actress. Having said that, Song Yi continues to be awesome, Hwi Hyung continues to investigate his brother (please don’t die!), Min Joon continues to be an alien and Se Mi pops up when they remember her.
What happened in this episode?
We learn that Sexlien revealed his true identity to Song Yi with the expectation that she’d run away as it had happened many times before
SISTAR‘s Hyorin is solidifying her title as the “OST Queen” as her latest OST song “Hello” has achieved an all-kill across various music charts online.
Hyorin lent her voice for the “Man from the Stars” OST part 4 in the song “Hello,” which was released on January 22.
“Hello” was already aired on episode eight last week when Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun shared their “15 second kiss.” When viewers heard “Hello” for the first time, it is said that many demanded that the song be released as soon as possible.
Many people are also speculating on the possible ending to the drama through the lyrics of “Hello.” Parts of the lyrics read, “You came to me by coincidence and embraced me / We blankly stared at each other and said goodbye / I had only run into you in my dreams but now you’re in front of me / Love has come but you say you are leaving / I waited but you say I can’t see you anymore / My foolishly falling tears say goodbye now goodbye / When we meet again, I will be OK first, goodbye
I just love this couple. There’s something really gratifying in the whole Superman–Clark Kent duality of doing something for the person you love, then keeping your cover by putting up a different facade entirely. It’s interesting that Min-joon’s facade is actually his natural personality—gruff and crotchety—and yet it’s becoming a mask more than anything. As he explains, things are changing, and not just in an emotional way, with his impending interstellar voyage stirring some physical changes as well. Or is it? What else could it be? Stuff to wonder 2about.
SONG OF THE DAY
K.Will – “Like a Star” from the You From Another Star OST [ Download ]
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“You who came from the stars”: Episode 4 Recap by drama beans
Min-joon realizes that Song-yi went on that boat even though he stole her high heels hoping to keep her grounded (…snerk), but his dread over a possible accident wars with his policy not to interfere with human lives. It’s Lawyer Jang who exclaims that he should go after her, but Min-joon explains that in his many years on Earth, he has been witness to a number of terrible things.We flash back to the Joseon storyline in which Yi-hwa arrives with him at her parental home. She is greeted with disbelief and joy, news of her death having preceded her arrival. Yi-hwa’s mother cries in relief as she hears of her daughter’s attempted murder… but there’s a suspicious stricken look on her father’s face
It is time to say goodbye to KBS2TV’s “Marry Him If You Dare,” as the last episode of the drama will air today. However, to wrap up the drama in a memorable way, Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Dong Gun, and Jung Yong Hwa gathered to sign their scripts of the drama and snap a few photos.
The last filming took place in Icheon, Gyeonggi Province, on December 1. The three actors put forth their best effort to film a high-quality scene for the very last time. Despite the scene being short, it was shot multiple times to fully capture the detailed emotions that the three wanted to deliver. Even when lacking sleep and having a tight schedule, the actors appeared more energetic than ever and touched the producers’ hearts with their unbelievable professionalism. Having spent almost four months together, the three have become comfortable and friendly with each other, and like a small family, they kept joking and taking photos until the very end, making the atmosphere on set even more heart-warming
This drama draws on Hisaya Nakajo‘s manga series “Hana Kimi“ that was published by Hakusensha from 1996 to 2004. The Korean interpretation centers on Goo Jae Hee (Sulli), a Korean girl who live in the States, but transfers to an all-boys school in Korea.
Jae Hee decides on the transfer after watching a track and field competition on TV, and becomes inspired by high-jump athlete, Kang Tae Joon (Minho). She begins to idolize the young athlete and eventually transfers to Korea to go to the same school after he experiences an injury that may potentially end his athletic career.
However, as Tae Joon attends an all-boys high school, Jae Hee must disguise herself as a boy to enter.
MBC‘s ‘Arang and the Magistrate‘ (starring Lee Jun Ki and Shin Min Ah) dropped in ratings from last week’s high of 14
J chases after TJ saying he is too upset right now. even if you gonow it’s too late so think about it and talk to her tm but he says no Ihave to go and talk to her right now. she says dont – wait a minute. ihave something to tell you. I was going to tell you a while ago too. hesays if it’s not imp but she says it’s imp. TJ: what is it? J: to tellthe truth – I am…but he says say it later. he walks off.
Hanna’s manager says Jang is really angry. talk to her, but hanna doesnt take her call.
when she gets home TJ is waiting for her. she asks what brings himhere – were you waiting for me. he asks her to talk and drags her off
TJ: why did you do it? H: what? TJ: are you asking cuz you dont know?what did you do now
When life gets too stressful, it"s always nice to have a best friend who just gets you. The K-Pop world is definitely stress-inducing; and in the midst of paparazzi, rumors, crazy sasaeng fans, harsh netizen comments, and public misconceptions, some idols are lucky to have someone whom they can always count on to be on their side.
Check out these 15 idol best friends who are lucky to have each other through thick and thin!
Suzy and IU: Watermelon Sisters
Suzy and IU were not always close. Although the two were co-stars on the famous idol drama "Dream High", they were known to be pretty awkward around each other. That is until one fateful night, Suzy first approached her fellow K-Pop cutie by calling her and singing her happy birthday at 4AM
Ailee has finally released her much anticipated mini-album, "Magazine." With the swag of Beyonce and the vocal range of KellyClarkson, K-Pop"s number 1 diva is back stronger than ever. Let"s take a look at her five new tracks!
Ailee belts it out in her title track, "Don"t Touch Me." The track has an up-tempo beat similar to her hit, "U&I." The song includes a piano backtrack with claps and tambourines, giving the song a vintage feel. I"m in love with the beat and tone of the verses. The song is empowering with strong lyrics such as, "Don"t say my name, I don"t want to hear it," "Go away somewhere far away," and, "I don"t love you." Girl knows how to get her point across that the love is over and that she"s moved on--she sings with a vengeance making me feel the slightest bit bad for whoever hurt her
Style Meets Groove in Ailee’s “Magazine” Written by Willis On September 26, 2014
Earlier this year, Ailee threw in a change of pace in the form of “Singing Got Better.” With this slower tempo digital single, Ailee was able to unleash a powerhouse vocal performance. Since then, she has participated in a few collaborations with 2LSON and Eric Benet. Finally, the singer has given her fans a nice EP of songs with her latest release Magazine. The press for this mini-album initially focused on the weight that Ailee lost, but they have also mentioned that there is more experimentation with a variety of genres. The album’s ambition does not quite venture as far as these stories claim, but for fans of the singer, it does not disappoint.
The first song off her EP is the title track “Don’t Touch Me
As K-Drama fans, we recognize a couple of favorite faces and big names. These are the acting royalty, making up the top tier of Korean Hollywood, constantly being casted and re-casted as protagonists, and basking in the spotlight of our TV/computer screens.
There"s a reason that these actors/actresses are always snagging the big roles; they bring life to their characters with a certain style and flair. But as they grow older and move on to take on more mature roles, we have to ask, who will be the second generation acting royalty? Who are the up-and-coming actors/actresses that we can expect to reign in the future? Here are some of allkpop"s choices for 7 K-Drama queens and their successors. Take a look!
The Quirky Princess
When it comes to acting naive, confused, yet cute like a Disney fairytale princess, Yoon Eun Hye ("Goong", "Coffee Prince") is the best
5 Idols Who Should Support NOH8 Written by Camiele On September 9, 2014
The world at large has been blanketed in a great deal of ugliness this year—from overt and aggressive racism, to rampant genocide. The world of K-pop has also been dealt heavy blows, very little of which has to do with the music. In the wake of all this sadness and inexplicable hatred, there’s at least been one small step for progress and equality. In countries such as Japan, France, England, and an increasing number of states in the US, we’ve seen the fight for marriage equality begin to prevail. One can only wonder if it will ever reach South Korea.
There are a few K-idols who, despite the sometimes cruel words and actions of the country’s more conservative, traditional citizenry, have been open about their opinions and connections to those in SK’s growing LGBT community