How was everyone’s week? I spent a good chunk of mine in bed sick as a dog. I trust yours was better? Here’s a roundup of reads that came across my plate this week.
And Happy Divali to all Hindus!
1. Gong Yoo’s new film The Suspect released stills this week of him running, leaping and looking steely-eyed as befitting a man on the run. Gong Yoo plays an ex-North Korean spy living in the ROK who is framed for murder and now must prove his innocence. It’s Gong Yoo’s first foray into the action blockbuster genre in a bid to stretch his acting muscles. And speaking of muscles, is it too much to hope that we see some of his on the big screen? Nothing major, just a shot of his chest will do me fine.
And in other Gong Yoo news, kfangurl of The Fangirl Verdict was lucky enough to score a ticket to his first fanmeeting two years in Tokyo. Read all about her fabulous fangirl encounter here!
2. Kim Beom & Moon Geun Young are dating! They met on set on the epic fail of a drama Goddess of Fire (or so I heard, didn’t watch it) which as it turns out, was good for something after all. They are now frolicking in Europe, enjoying being young, successful, beautiful and in love. If they weren’t so darn cute, here is where I’d insert a snarky remark.
3. To celebrate Halloween, koreaBANG translated a popular weekly web comic Bizarre Cooking from Naver by Jeong Da-jeong which usually revolves around her cooking something well, bizarre. This week’s dish was Ghost Fingers! The recipe looks brilliant and if I were ever in need of a dish that looked deliciously creepy, I’d make this. And speaking of creepy, some fools thought it would be funny to dress up as Asiana Airlines cabin crew. *Facepalm*
4. Asian pop culture site Green Tea Graffiti posted a great write-up about My Sassy Girl, one of the defining films of the early Hallyu wave. I haven’t seen this one in a long time, and I wonder if it’s time for a revisit?
5. Ask a Korean! answered a question about gender ratios in Korea which had this interesting fact–nearly 40% of rural marriages in Korea are of the ‘mail-order’ variety to South East Asian women. Which is leading to a huge multi-ethnic baby boom, bringing with it a host of issues that traditionally mono-ethnic Korea has to grapple with. This interview by a filmmaker who is making a documentary about the difficulties mixed-race children in Korea face in getting an education, takes a closer look at the issue of multiculturalism in the country.
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