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Watch China’s viral music video that mimics PSY’s Gangnam Style

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Watch China’s viral music video that mimics PSY’s Gangnam Style

The song Little Apple from a music video made by the Chopsticks Brothers has taken China by storm ever since its release. This is also the song used in the hilarious parody video starring Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un that North Korea wants erased from the internet. But the adventures of grass root talent and music duo Chopsticks Brothers didn’t start with, or will it end with this unique music video.

This MV is actually a promotional short for a new movie called Old Boy: The Way Of The Dragon.Without any marquee stars or a big budget, the movie with a unique mix of comedy, action and music became a blockbuster within 4 days of its release despite strong competition from such big name movies as Transformers: Age of Extinction.

allkpop's Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 1-25

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allkpop's Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 1-25

Throughout the month of December, we brought you our list of the best and most important K-Pop songs of 2013. Now, with the new year, we”re pleased to present the best K-Pop music videos of 2013! 

Read on to find out where your favorites rank in our list. On today”s list, we bring you the second half – numbers 25 through 1.

SEE ALSO: allkpop”s Top 50 K-Pop MVs of 2013: 26-50


25. SHINee “Dream Girl”
Label:
SM Entertainment
Release Date: February 19th, 2013

SHINee“s been a busy, busy group this year, knocking out comeback after comeback with very little time for breaks in between- so much so that it seems like “Dream Girl“, their first video of 2013, came out much earlier than it actually did. The video features all five guys navigating a strange, topsy-turvy dream world while chasing a faceless girl in a painting through rooms where time and gravity have no meaning.

Pianist Yiruma Receives Standing Ovation During Sold-Out Concert in Singapore

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 Pianist Yiruma Receives Standing Ovation During Sold-Out Concert in Singapore

Yiruma, the internationally-renowned pianist-composer from South Korea was in Singapore to perform publicly for the very first time at The Star Performing Arts Center on April 5. All 5,000 tickets were completely sold out. I was so lucky to be able to watch him perform his beautiful melodies; it was even more meaningful because that day was my birthday!

The soft-spoken pianist has a great sense of humor, surprisingly. After opening the concert with “May Be“, Yiruma stood up to greet the 5,000 strong audience.

Watch China’s viral music video that beats Gangnam Style at its own game

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Watch China’s viral music video that beats Gangnam Style at its own game

The song Little Apple from a music video made by the Chopsticks Brothers has taken China by storm ever since its release. This is also the song used in the hilarious parody video starring Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un that North Korea wants erased from the internet. But the adventures of grass root talent and music duo Chopsticks Brothers didn’t start with, or will it end with this unique music video.

This MV is actually a promotional short for a new movie called Old Boy: The Way Of The Dragon.Without any marquee stars or a big budget, the movie with a unique mix of comedy, action and music became a blockbuster within 4 days of its release despite strong competition from such big name movies as Transformers: Age of Extinction.

T.O.P Takes on Action in “Commitment”

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T.O.P Takes on Action in “Commitment”

T.O.P Takes on Action in “Commitment” Written by Lo On July 31, 2014

Commitment was arguably the most buzzed-about Korean film of 2013. Partially because of the high concept of a reluctant teenager forced into espionage, but mostly because said teenager was played the one and only T.O.P. However, buzz and quality are usually not connected. How did Commitment hold up to its promised weight?

Spoilers Ahead

Commitment is a violent, gory shoot-’em-up filled with injuries and murder and an alarmingly cavalier attitude towards death. It really only bothers with the modern politics of the North-South divide because it’s a convenient backdrop for the blood and gore. This is not said as a criticism but a clarification. Many were disappointed by the rather small part the politics played in the film. They were expecting The Hunt for Red October and got The Boondock Saints. By the standards of a typical political thriller, Commitment leaves a lot to be desired. By the standards of an action flick, it doesn’t simply succeed. Commitment actually excels.

Sharks & Pirates! Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin Reunite

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Sharks & Pirates! Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin Reunite

The Korean summer movie “Pirates“ comes out this week, starring Kim Nam Gil and Son Ye Jin. Does this pairing sound familiar? “Shark,” one of the dramas nominated for the Seoul International Drama Awards, was the previous collaboration of these actors, which aired from May to July of last year. It was also part of a revenge trilogy directed by Park Chan Hong partnered with screenwriter Kim Ji Woo, the brilliant minds behind “Resurrection“ (2005) and ”The Devil” (2007).

Fans Pick Top 6 Soundtracks Used in “Fated to Love You”

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Fans Pick Top 6 Soundtracks Used in “Fated to Love You”

*Warning: Mild spoilers included

Now halfway through the drama, MBC’s “Fated to Love You” is gathering much attention for the wittiness of their choice in background music (BGM). Many of these were soundtracks used in previous dramas and films that add to the comical nature of a scene. Out of the countless number of tracks used, fans picked the BEST SIX. Do you know any of them?

Episode 1: “Chuno” OST – “Change” by Gloomy 30s

In the first episode of the drama, there was a scene where Lee Gun (Jang Hyuk) took off the jacket of his suit to get rid of the large dog that had been chasing after him. During this scene, the song, “Change” by the Gloomy 30s got played. This added to the hilarity of the scene because the song that had been used to increase the tension of the action scenes in “Chuno” was used while Jang Hyuk was running away from a dog. The track inevitably created the connection between Jang Hyuk’s character in “Fated to Love You” and his character from “Chuno.” This was a nice attention-gatherer for the first episode, as it became the scene of interest that viewers focused on in the drama’s first episode.

Box office picks for Chuseok

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Box office picks for Chuseok

Screen shots of films screened at local theaters during the Chuseok holiday season. From top left: “My Brilliant Life“, “Tazza: The High Rollers 2“, “The King of Jokgu” and “Hill of Freedom“. From bottom left: “Lucy”, “Step Up: All In”, “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita in the New Haunts of Evil – Peko and the Five Explorers” and “Maya the Bee Movie”.

After the period action film “The Admiral: Roaring Currents” broke box office records nationwide, this Chuseok will be quieter than usual in terms of heavyweight releases – especially compared to 2012 and 2013.

T.O.P.’s Acting Evolution: Tracing The BIGBANG Star’s Onscreen Roles

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T.O.P.’s Acting Evolution: Tracing The BIGBANG Star’s Onscreen Roles

He may be known primarily as a rapper from BIGBANG, but T.O.P., aka Choi Seung Hyun, is chalking up a nice chunk of credits on his acting resume. The sometimes model was most recently seen in the film “Tazza: The Hidden Card” (sequel to the 2006 film, “Tazza: The High Rollers”).

In “Tazza : The Hidden Card,” T.O.P. plays Ham Dae Gil, a wunderkind gambler in the omnibus sequel. The lighthearted feature takes audiences through the shady world of gambling alongside cast members Honey Lee, Shin Se Kyung, Kim Yun Seok, and Yoo Hae Jin.

Kim Woo Bin Is Bad In "Criminal Designer"

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Kim Woo Bin Is Bad In "Criminal Designer"

Kim Woo Bin is bad in his new film, “Criminal Designer.” He is criminally bad. That is, he plays a bad character, a safe-cracking con artist with a fondness for acquiring jewelry and antiques.

And given his last few drama roles, viewers can expect that he will do a good job of playing a bad but charming thug. He was bad-der than the bullies in “School 2013” and he was Lee Min Ho’s endearing bad boy rival in “The Heirs.”
‘Criminal Designer,” also previously called “The Technicians,” is the story of a group of professional con artists. They are hired by a mob boss to rob the almost $150 million supposedly hidden in an Incheon International Airport vault. And they have to do it within 40 minutes. You could almost see them as contract workers hired by other criminals to do the dirty work. And they are not afraid of a little danger.
The film was first screened at the 2014 Busan International Film Festival, where it won praise from viewers. After it was shown at the Asian Film Market, the rights were sold to China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and the Philippines. According to Lotte Entertainment, the film will be screened again at the American Film Market in the U.S. in November. “Criminal Designer” is set to premiere in Korea in December.
Part of the film’s appeal to buyers is Kim Woo Bin’s star power among younger viewers. But the cast also contains the appealing Lee Hyun Woo and some impressive veteran actors.
Lee Hyun Woo recently appeared in the films “Secretly Greatly” and the “Battle of Yeonpyeong.” He previously worked with Kim Woo Bin in the comedy “To The Beautiful You.” In “Criminal Designers” he plays Jung Bae, a genius hacker and Kim Woo Bin’s best friend.
Also in the cast are Lim Joo Hwan, Go Chang Suk, Kim Young Chul and Jo Yoon Hee.
Lim Joo Hwan, seen in “Ugly Alert,” plays a sidekick of the mob boss. Jo Yoon Hee, last seen in “Nine: Nine Time Travels” and soon to appear in ‘The King’s Face,” plays Eun Ha.
Kim Yong Chul, who appeared in “Iris II,” plays the mob boss who hires Kim Woo Bin and Lee Hyun Woo. Go Chang Seok, last seen in “Diary of Night Watchman” is the man who comes up with the plan. Kim Hong Sun, who directed “Traffickers,” is the film’s director.
Are you excited about this movie? Check out the trailer and let us know what you think.

5 K-Movies with Captivating Female Leads You Should Check Out

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5 K-Movies with Captivating Female Leads You Should Check Out

You can often turn to Korean movies for your fix of interesting, complex characters that you may not find in your average k-drama. You still get your typical lovestruck female leads in rom-com movies, but there are a bunch of more movies that feature fascinating female leads with interesting narratives. Here are five k-movies with captivating female leads that you should check out!

1. Sunny (2011) 

Sunny” is a heartwarming film about a group of eclectic middle-aged friends who get back together to relive their shining high school days. 80s throwback references, hilarious fight scene of ajummas vs. high school girl bullies, choreographed dances to Boney M’s cover of “Sunny”, and heartbreaking moments of true friendship make this movie a must-watch. Stars Kang Sora, Shim Eun Kyung, Jin Hee Kyung, and Yoo Ho Jung.

'The Heirs' Stars Sparkle In Theaters This Winter

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'The Heirs' Stars Sparkle In Theaters This Winter

When k-drama fans go to the movies this winter, their choice may likely be one of the three films featuring the stars of “The Heirs.” Park Shin Hye, Lee Min Ho and Kim Woo Bin all have films coming out in the next few months.

Lee Min Ho appears in his first film “Gangnam Blues,” also known as “Gangnam 1970.” The film takes place during the 1970s when the now affluent Gangnam section of Seoul was quickly being developed for profit. The desire to acquire land led to political corruption and involved gangs.
Lee Min Ho’s character grew up in an orphanage with another character played by Kim Rae Won. The struggle for land will pit them against each other. The film also stars Kim Ji Su and Jung Jin Young. Every one of Lee Min Ho’s dramas has been a success, so his film debut is highly anticipated. The film is due to be released in January 2015.

Park Shin Hye’s film “The Tailors,” also known as “The Royal Tailor” also features actors Han Suk Kyu, currently in “Secret Door,” Ko Soo, last seen in Empire of Gold, and Yoo Yeon Suk, the star of “Reply 1994.” It’s the story of Joseon era tailors who created beautiful clothes for the royal family. Park Shin Hye plays the young queen, whose taste for the latest fashions gets the court involved in some political conflicts. It was not Park Shin Hye’s first film. The 24-year-old actress appeared in her first film in 2006. But it was her first historical film.
“It was my first time filming a historical move,” she said. “I was happy that I was able to film it with such great colleagues.”
The film is set for a December release date.

Kim Woo Bin, who played Lee Min Ho’s rival for Park Shin Hye’s affections, can be seen in the hightech heist film “Criminal Designers,” also called “Con Men” and “The Technicians.”
It’s the story of professional con artists who are hired by a mob boss to rob the almost $150 million supposedly hidden in an Incheon International Airport vault. And they have to do it within 40 minutes. Kim Woo Bin is a safecracking con artist and Lee Hyun Woo plays his associate, a genius hacker. Also in the cast are Lim Joo Hwan, Go Chang Suk, Kim Young Chul and Jo Yoon Hee. The film is set to premiere in Korea in December.

Check out the trailers and let us know which one you will see.

KTOWN Cowboys releases first teaser for upcoming movie

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KTOWN Cowboys releases first teaser for upcoming movie

The trailer for the upcoming movie, “Ktown Cowboys” shows the night life of people who live in Korea Town, Los Angeles.

Taking place in Los Angeles’ very own Korea Town, “Ktown Cowboys” is meant to show the night life and activities of people in Korea Town. They target to show the individuality of Los Angeles’ Korea Town, which is different from both California and Korea.

Ktown Cowboys, based off of the widely successful web-series of the same name, is a “bro-mantic” comedy set in the unique subculture of Los Angeles’ Koreatown. It’s a story about a group of ball-busting, hard-partying friends who are all struggling with their evolution into adulthood in their own unique but interconnected ways.

Baek Ji Young Lends Voice to “The Tailors” OST

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Baek Ji Young Lends Voice to “The Tailors” OST

Ballad queen Baek Ji Young, whose expressive voice has enriched many popular drama series including “Secret Garden,” “Iris,” and “Good Doctor,” lent her voice this time in the film “The Tailors.”

On December 30, CJ E&M released the music video for the song “Wind Blows,” which is sung by Baek Ji Young, on its official YouTube channel. The song, which was revealed last December 19, is off the official soundtrack of the film “The Tailors” starring Park Shin Hye, Go Soo, and Han Seok Kyu.

Super Junior's Choi Siwon Appears In Trailer For Upcoming Jackie Chan-John Cusack Movie 'Dragon Blade'

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Super Junior's Choi Siwon Appears In Trailer For Upcoming Jackie Chan-John Cusack Movie 'Dragon Blade'

(Photo : Dragon Blade) Super Junior, Choi Siwon, Dragon Blade, Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Daniel Lee

A trailer has been released for the upcoming epic film “Dragon Blade.” “Dragon Blade” stars Jackie Chan with critically-acclaimed actors John Cusack and Adrian Brody. Jackie Chan is also a producer for the film which tells the story of the battle between the Huns and Hans.

Super Junior’s Choi Siwon is also part of the star-studded film, which is scheduled to be released to Chinese audiences on February 18, 2015. As a member of the sub-group Super Junior-M, Siwon is a leader in the Hallyu Wave. 

“Miss Granny” Becomes “20 Once Again”

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“Miss Granny” Becomes “20 Once Again”

Miss Granny” is back except this time she is Chinese! This film did extremely well in South Korea, selling about 8.65 million tickets, so of course other people are going to want to jump on that success as well. And seriously, what is not to like about this movie? There is reverse aging, music, and cute idol boys. The idol boy this time is former EXO member Luhan who takes the roll of the grandson previously played by B1A4‘s Jinyoung.

Ha Ji Won Lands On The Cover Of Singaporean Magazine Prestige

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Ha Ji Won Lands On The Cover Of Singaporean Magazine Prestige

 

(Photo : Prestige Magazine)

 

It would seem that not only does actress Ha Ji Won bring beauty to Korea, but she”s able to stun in other countries well. The actress was recently featured on the cover of the 2015 January issue of Singaporean magazine, “Prestige“.

 

(Photo : Prestige Magazine)

 

On the cover, Ha Ji Won is featured in all her glamor flaunting a sleek high ponytail with a natural tone of make-up. Along with her beauty on the cover of Prestige, Ha Ji Won will also be traveling to Singapore for her first fan meet on January 10 to dazzle them in person!

'Ode To My Father' Star Discovered Through YouTube Video

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'Ode To My Father' Star Discovered Through YouTube Video

 

The star of the bestselling Korean film “Ode To My Father” was discovered through a comic YouTube video.

The film”s casting agency first saw Korean-American actress Stella Choe in the video “What Kind Of Asian Are You?” It”s a funny video that deals with a serious subject, the assumption that Asian Americans are somehow less American than anyone else. In Choe”s video a man assumes she must be from “somewhere else” and starts to talk to her about Asian food even though she was born in the USA. She begins talking to him as if he was British because she ironically assumes his ancestors probably came from Britain. The popular video was shared on many a Facebook page.

Copyright issues plague K-pop

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Copyright issues plague K-pop

R&B singer Yoon Mi-rae [JoongAng Ilbo]

Once, pop stars like Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston heavily exerted their influence on Korean music. And some Korean musicians walked a fine line between plagiarism and being unconsciously inspired by their role models.

But K-pop has gained a much larger footing compared to the past, and some of its musicians are now discovering that their own work has been plagiarized or used without consent.

Recent controversies involving R&B singer Yoon Mi-rae and Taeyang of boy group Big Bang are some examples that clearly show K-pop”s current standing.

The ‘Boys Over Flowers’ Phenomenon: How One Drama Continues To Influence Korean Entertainment

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The ‘Boys Over Flowers’ Phenomenon: How One Drama Continues To Influence Korean Entertainment

(Photo : Boys Over Flowers)

The 2009 KBS drama “Boys Over Flowers” continues to maintain its relevance as an iconic K-Drama that has impacted the Hallyu Wave and Asian pop culture throughout the world.

To seasoned fans, the clunky camera angles and slightly off-putting plot devices make “Boys Over Flowers” appear dated. However, the series continues to be one of the most viewed Korean dramas of all-time. With distribution through KBS World, DramaFever, Hulu, and availabilty on services like Amazon, “Boys Over Flowers” is an ubiquitous series that has served as the gateway show for many new Korean drama fans.