you who come from the star ep 12

Noona Says: Reflection on the “So Wonderful” Ladies’ Code

By in News posted Oct September 12th, 2014 No comments

This is a sad week to start my editorial series on K-Pop.

As the resident Soompi Noona, I had planned for months now to start a (hopefully) regular series with lots of Noona thoughts on Korean entertainment. I waited patiently until I felt like the circumstances were ready for me to speak out on what matters to Soompi. Towards the end of August, I thought September 12 would be a good day to make my start.

Then, on September 3 there was a car crash.

What came next was a pattern of sad and dimly hopeful news as we learned of EunB‘s passing, Sojung and RiSe‘s serious injuries, Ashley and Zuny‘s trauma, and then it ended in the worst possible way with RiSe’s death on September 6

[Album Review] T-ara – “And & End”

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T-ara has finallymade a comeback as a group with their mini album, "And & End." T-ara isone group that consistently releases solid songs with catchy dances that haveeveryone singing and dancing along—as usual, their latest hit, "Number 9," released last year was noexception. Thus, I was super excited totake a listen to this new mini album. Let"s see if this album was able to exceed our high expectations forthis talented veteran group.

The album starts with their lead single, "Sugar Free." This song strays from the typical K-poptrack. Rather, "Sugar Free" is morealong the lines of K-pop x Bingo Players. T-ara experiments with the EDM genre with a repeating kickdrum andpulsating basslines—I wasn"t sure if I was at home writing an album review orjumping up and down at EDCagain

Soyu shows off her abs and the method of eating chicken feet on “I Live Alone”

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Soyu appeared once again on the September 12 episode of MBC"s "I Live Alone". On this episode, she showed that she ate well and exercised hard for the healthy body everybody envies when she stands on stage for SISTAR performances!

She showed off her exercise routine once again, flashing her impressive abs and curvy figure from hours of weightlifting workouts. However, she also rewards herself by dishing on some delectable chicken feet.

When Noh Hong Chul and Kim Kwang Kyu asked to see Soyu"s house, she said, "The state is not as good as the last broadcast," and asked if they wanted to eat anything. The two mentioned chicken feet.

Noh Hong Chul stated, "If you type in Soyu"s name, chicken feet comes up in related searches

[Original Feature] Then and Now: KARA

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Formed before the K-Pop boom, KARA was created by (at that time) a struggling DSP Media. They debuted as a quartet at a time when various companies were starting idol bands like Girl"s Generation and the Wonder Girls and dominating the charts.

Upon their debut, KARA was marketed as fierce and confident while featuring an R&B-inspired sound. They also showed their versatility early on as they look quite serious in "Break It," but they can also mix it up with a more innocent image, seen in "If You Wanna." Hara and Jiyoung joined the group following Sunghee"s departure, bringing the group to the fivesome that we are accustomed to and solidifying their lineup. It beats me as to why they weren"t successful at this time, I think "Break It" is a really good song

To Win At The 'Liar Game' These Actors Will Cheat And Lie

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What if you could only win at life by cheating and cheating was something you did not believe in? That"s the premise in the manga known as "Liar Game," which will soon be adapted as a k-drama. The manga, written and illustrated by Shinobu Kaitani, was first serialized in a magazine in 2005. Now it will be a 10-episode k-drama, starring Shin Sung Rok, Kim So Eun and Lee Sang Yoon.

The manga has been adapted for television before. In 2007, it was a TV series in Japan. A sequel followed in 2009. And Fuji TV did a spinoff in 2012, called "Alice in Liar Game." And there were two live action Japanese films based on the same manga in 2010 and 2012.

It"s an appealing story because it concerns an honest young college student who is forced to play a game and is told she has to cheat to survive

g.o.d’s Kim Tae Woo Reveals His Thoughts on When He Announced His Marriage

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Groups g.o.d and 2PM starred on the latest episode of MBC’s “Stargazing,” which aired on September 11. During the talk, g.o.d’s Kim Tae Woo opened up about announcing his shotgun marriage.

A fan of g.o.d said, “Before announcing his marriage, Kim Tae Woo was oddly very nice to the fans. It turned out that he was nice because he was about to make a critical announcement.”

Another g.o.d fan added, “Kim Tae Woo is normally very quiet and stiff, but he started to take pictures with fans and even added a PS at the end of his autographs. We all thought it was weird that he was being so nice. But late at night Kim Tae Woo left a message on the fan café site. He said he had a girlfriend. We were all shocked but we understood and figured he needed to date since he wasn’t at a young age

EXO’s Chanyeol to Leave “Roommate” Due to Scheduling Conflicts

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Another member has been dropped from “Roommate”— this time being EXO’s Chanyeol.

A representative from the SBS “Roommate” production team revealed on September 12 that “It has come to a situation where it has become difficult for Chanyeol to participate in the recordings for the show since his schedule is so busy.”

Chanyeol has been garnering much love from fans as the cute and polite roommate of Shin Sung Woo. However, his schedule is full of EXO promotions as well as filming for the movie “Jang Soo Shop” (working title). Consequently, he has decided to leave the show.

Meanwhile, the production team is preparing for a second season of “Roommate,” with various stars already confirmed, including Girls’ Generation’s Sunny, g

“Greatest Marriage” Makers Release Powerful Park Si Yeon Poster

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The makers of TV Chosun’s forthcoming drama series “Greatest Marriage” have released a powerful poster image featuring actress Park Si Yeon ahead of the launch of the new series.

The picture features the star apparently breastfeeding a young baby, with the show’s title on her bare back, the second half of which is shaped to look something like a tattoo. The drama’s narrative follows the story of a popular television news anchor who becomes a single mother.

A spokesperson for C Story, the production company behind the drama, explained the show’s makers will not shy away from tackling controversial issues. The representative said, “We are intending to make a series that asks some pretty hard-hitting questions about the institution of marriage as we know it

[Throwback Thursday] A Look Back on KARA

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KARA Current Members: 4 (Gyuri, Seungyeon, Hara, Youngji) Former Members: Sunghee, Nicole, Jiyoung Leader: Gyuri| Maknae: Youngji Year of Debut: 2007 Fanclub: Kamilia | Official Color: Pearl Peach Official Soompi Thread The Rundown:

For this week’s Soompi Throwback Thursday, we take a closer look at DSP Media‘s power girl group KARA, who has grown since their debut seven years ago to be one of the most popular girl groups in Korea, and arguably the most successful Korean girl group to break into the Japanese market.

The original KARA, with former member Kim Sunghee

Despite having a rough start due to strong competition during their debut album “First Blooming” in 2007, the first line-up for KARA featured Park Gyuri, Han Seungyeon, Kim Sunghee and Jung Nicole

'It's Okay It's Love' The Happy Ending With Cures

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"It"s Okay It"s Love" They started to comfort and understand each other and then treated them as it came together in a "happy ending." This was the best pair for them for each other.

On the 16th episode of SBS Wednesday/Thursday drama "It"s Okay It"s Love" (script No Hee Kyung, director Kim Kyu Tae) broadcast on September 11th, Jang Jae Yeol (played by Jo In Sung) treated schizophrenia and met up with Ji Hye Soo (played by Gong Hyo Jin) and drew a wonderful ending.

Jang Jae Yeol recognized that Han Kang Woo (played by Do Kyung Soo) was a hallucination and faced a separation. He admitted, "I"m going to comfort you and this was to comfort you" as he showed his appreciation to Han Kang Woo who had kept his side. Jang Jae Yeol recognizes his reality and saw that there was his own side in the reality

Blackmailed Lee Byung-hun Seeks Justice

By in News posted Oct September 11th, 2014 No comments
Blackmailed Lee Byung-hun Seeks Justice Written by Gaya On September 11, 2014

As we witness one Hallyu star become the subject of a police investigation, there is also another under investigation involving a different Hallyu star taking place. However, in this case he is presented as the victim, as it was revealed recently that actor Lee Byung-hun had been blackmailed by two young women: an unknown model — dubbed “B” by the media, but whose name has now been revealed as Lee Ji-yeon – and a rookie singer, who was later revealed to be BTS labelmate Glam‘s Da-hee.

Lee Byung-hun has always had something of a reputation when it comes to his love life, though this is not a universally accepted one; many consider him somewhat of a creep, while others prefer to give him the benefit of the doubt

Rain And Krystal Are Happy To Work Together

By in News posted Oct September 10th, 2014 No comments


Before co-starring in the upcoming drama "My Lovely Girl," both Rain and f(x)"s Krystal admitted to some mutual fandom.

In a recent promotional video for the drama, Rain had kind words for his 12-year-younger co-star.

"I have recently become a fan of Krystal so I am very thankful we are able to film this drama together," said singer-actor Rain, who is also known as Jung Ji Hoon. "You will be able to see a different side of Krystal through this drama."

In the drama, Krystal plays Se Na, a woman who dreams of becoming a songwriter.

When she found out that she was cast in the drama with Rain, she also had kind words to say about him.

"I can"t believe that I"ll be starring in a drama with Ji Hoon oppa," she said

Lee Seung Gi Talks About His Experience with His First Movie, Where He Reunites with Moon Chae Won

By in News posted Oct September 8th, 2014 No comments

Ten years into his debut, Lee Seung Gi recently did an interview with Star News to talk about his past, present, and future career. One of the questions he was asked had to do with how he felt about embracing his 10 year anniversary—“already” 10 years versus “only” 10 years.

Lee Seung Gi replied, “I think I view it more with the thought of ‘It’s only been 10 years?’ When I first debuted, my seniors who had already been in the industry for seven or eight years seemed like giants to me. But now that I’ve personally reached 10 years, I don’t think I have the certainty in myself that I had imagined I would have.”

Lee Seung Gi’s acting in SBS drama “You’re All Surrounded” was also mentioned. His acting received many compliments for the detailed emotions, and Lee Seung Gi himself couldn’t hide his passion for the character

Best of Weekly Music Shows: 9/1 – 9/7

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Best of Weekly Music Shows: 9/1 – 9/7 Written by Ambika On September 7, 2014

Welcome back to this week’s edition of Best of Weekly Music Shows! This week, Sistar took home all the trophies on the shows aired for “I Swear” — Music Bank did not air due to a sports match. Comeback stages were from a number of artists such as Jay Park, Puer Kim, Kim Jong-min, and more, while Star Empire‘s newest subunit, Nasty Nasty, made their debut. This week is a tragic one with the loss of Ladies’ Code‘s EunB and Rise. M! Countdown aired a special video for EunB, and Inkigayo chose to end with a somber announcement instead of their normal fanfare

EXO’s Chanyeol Shows Driving and Drawing Skills on “Roommate”

By in News posted Oct September 7th, 2014 No comments

EXO’s Chanyeol is no stranger to driving fans crazy with his charismatic voice and good looks, but the young singer sure is a newbie when it comes to driving other people in his car!

While on their way to catch chicken, Chanyeol tried his hand at driving his co-Roommate members Lee Dong Wook, Jo Se Ho, and Shin Sung Woo on the September 7 episode of SBS’ “Roommate.”

Because Chanyeol recently got his driver’s license, he proudly offered to show his hyungs his driving skills. “I’m confident. It’s basic,” said Chanyeol. The older brother in the house, Shin Sung Woo, sat in the passenger seat beside Chanyeol and coached him kindly.

But Chanyeol wasn’t able to cut in the road very well, making Shin Sung Woo, Lee Dong Wook, and Jo Se Ho uneasy

Super Junior Returns with Catchy but Problematic “Mamacita”

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Super Junior Returns with Catchy but Problematic “Mamacita” Written by Leslie On September 6, 2014

Has it really been two years? Is Leeteuk really back already? I can’t believe two years passed so fast. It helped that Super Junior hasn’t done much. Actually they really haven’t done anything aside from some short Super Junior-M promotions for “Swing” earlier this year and their world tour Super Show 5, which again sadly didn’t make it to the US as they had promised they would again (yes, the redundancy was intentional — side-eyeing SM real hard right now).

I often forget the members’ ages since it often feels like K-pop doesn’t exist in reality, but they’ve already begun the quick succession of members entering military service, most recently Yesung and soon Shindong

Traditional events to enjoy this Chuseok

By in News posted Oct September 7th, 2014 No comments

National Gugak Center"s Folk Music Group will perform pangut, a Korean folk music tradition that includes drumming, dancing and singing, for the coming Chuseok holiday. Provided by the National Gugak Center

Chuseok, one of the country"s largest national holidays, has begun, but most people will be busy on Monday - the main day of the harvest celebration holiday - as mothers will be busy flipping jeon, (a pancake-like dish that"s a holiday staple) while fathers carefully set the table for charye (a veneration ritual). But the vacation period, which extends to Wednesday for many people, is also an opportunity to enjoy cultural activities exclusively available during this festive season.Here are some traditional activities and performances available to attend.

"Hangawi Feast"

Those leaving the country for the holiday won"t miss out on tradition because Incheon International Airport is bringing various cultural events to its third-floor Passenger Terminal

“Nasty Nasty” are Not So Nasty After All

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“Nasty Nasty” are Not So Nasty After All Written by Lindsay On September 6, 2014

When Star Empire Entertainment announced a unit project involving ZE:A‘s Kevin and Nine Muses’ Kyungri, the response was unsurprising; “they’re copying Troublemaker, how unoriginal!” However, the company soon revealed that it would be a trio and not a duo, and that the third member would be a promising rookie named So-jin. While the sexy co-ed side unit may always be associated with Troublemaker, it was thought that this fairly underutilized combination of idols would carry some potential.

As if to prove the early naysayers right, the trio called Nasty Nasty has not reached the potential as forecasted by some

K-content brings the world together

By in News posted Oct September 6th, 2014 No comments

Many parts of the world these days are focusing their eyes on things Korean and on both Korean mass media and traditional culture. The trend can be seen by the number of entries received in the "Fall in Love With Korea" contest, an event hosted by the Korean Culture and Information Service (KOCIS), part of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and publisher of The contest was held from July 21 to August 20 and invited people from around the world to submit self-created content that was somehow related to Korea. The categories covered photography, videos and comic strips or graphic novels. KOCIS received a total of 4,272 entries from 117 countries around the world. Among the submissions were photos featuring hand-made Hanbok, traditional Korean attire, and video clips of war photography from the Korean War (1950-53)

YG Releases Long-Awaited Teasers For New Survival Program “MIX & MATCH”

By in News posted Oct September 6th, 2014 No comments

On September 5, YG Entertainment released a teaser for the first episode of their new survival program, “MIX & MATCH.” The contents of this teaser foreshadowed a hard battle with the title, “A Cruel, Strong, Fierce 180 Days of Survival.”

It also introduced the nine trainees that will be featured—the initial six members of WIN Team B (B.I, Bobby, Kim Jin Hwan, Song Yoon Hyung, Goo Joon Hwe, Kim Dong Hyuk), and three new YG trainees that rose out of tens of thousands of competitors in the YG auditions (Jung Jin Hyung, Jung Chan Woo, Yang Hong Seok). The clips of these trainees drenched in sweat and tears raise anticipation for the survival battle to ensue, and the consequent new group, iKON.

YG also revealed a new title teaser with the name “MIX & MATCH – THE BEGINNING