Hello, hello! The blog has been rather quiet this week, real life and all that. Another week, another round-up:
1. Gong Yoo’s in a new movie called The Suspect due for release in December. I mentioned this last week, but this is really an excuse to post this:
I paraphrase a commenter on Dramabeans–it’s literally chocolate abs! LOL. Have you seen the teaser? It reminds me of the Bourne movies. Which would be a good thing because I liked the Bourne films, but I also hope to see something uniquely Korean, if you know what I mean. Which brings me to…
2….Kim Sun Ah’s new flick, The Five. I have a fondness for Korean revenge thrillers. I’m simultaneously repulsed, thrilled, and moved, when I watch the very best of them. And The Five sounds right up my alley, so this reviewer tells me . Plus, it’s Kim Sun freakin’ Ah, my lovely Sam Soon, who plays a mother-turned-avenging angel when her family is killed by–what else?–a crazed serial killer. Can’t wait.
3. Girls Generation won a big international award this week, the first YouTube Music Awards for Video of the Year beating Justin Bieber, One Direction, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga and more. If there was any doubt about the power of K-pop fans, let that now be put to rest. The award is chosen based on ‘fan engagement’–stuff like the number of likes, shares, etc–which places K-pop in the best position to take centre stage since k-pop fans live, breathe, consume and mobilise for K-pop through the internet. While SNSD fans rejoiced, losing fandoms took to twitter to vent in predictably racist fashion, mostly of the “who dem *insert random East Asian nationality* chicks? Go do something stereotypically Asian-y.” The worst, I thought, was this: “CHING CHONGS INVADING MY MENTIONS SOMEONE WHY DIDNT THEY DIE WHEN AMERICA NUKED THEM.” Wait, this is 2013, right?
4. This really broke my heart. koreaBang translated news of a woman soldier who committed suicide after being sexually harassed by her superior officer. A Congresswoman leaked her suicide note which detailed the soldier’s having to endure months of torture until her body was found in October. This comes weeks after news of a pregnant soldier’s death while on duty which sparked debates on women in the military, who are relative newcomers but are increasing in numbers. Sexual violence in the military is prevalent, and not just women suffer. This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone who sees the military as a system of weaponised masculinity run amok. It’s like Empire High in Heirs, where the women and other subordinate humans from lower social classes are the collateral damage from the big boys dicking around. Except in the military the boys have guns.
5. In lighter news, it seems that Malaysian singer-songwriter Zee Avi’s songs were used for scenes in The Good Doctor and The Master’s Sun! She’s now based in the US, but she’s from Sarawak which you might know as part of Borneo. Do visit if you get the chance. It’s beautiful and the people are lovely, and my country should treat it and it’s people better. But that’s another story for another day. For now, do listen to Zee Avi’s ‘Bitterheart’ used in TMS
and ‘Siboh Kitak Nangis’ (No Need to Cry) which was used in TGD :