Hello all, how was your week? I’m experiencing a bout of writer’s block as you may have noticed by the silence this week. I’m not alone it seems, as a couple of us on Facebook were saying how we might as well set up a support group of sorts :D.
1. Kim Woo Bin, Rain and the Running Man crew land in Australia to tape an episode set to air in March. Thanks to the stalkerazzi on tumblr, I know what we can look forward to seeing and I’m jumping for joy *smirk*:
Incidentally, Lee Jong Seok was poised to reunite with his bro for this ep too but the poor thing is down with swine flu and is recuperating.
2. I’m sure by now that you are well aware of Korean skating icon Kim Yu Na’s shock defeat to Russia’s Adelina Sotnikova at Sochi. Her defeat is controversial to say the least. A global chorus of disgruntlement followed, with a petition at Change.org that crashed the servers numbering close to 2 million signatures at last count. I know nothing about skating. All I know is I thought she was flawless. Read this for a Korean response, and I thought this was a good overview of what went down on at the competition. This and Viktor Ahn’s win for his adopted country Russia makes this week a tough one to swallow for the Korean sporting nation.
3. Snowpiercer opens in Malaysia! I’d been casually following the drama surrounding the Bong Joon Ho sci-fi film’s US release and was wondering if it would ever make it here. So what a surprise to learn that opened this weekend! I hightailed it to the cinema to see this with the hubs, who can be a little fussy with his genre flicks, and I was surprised that we both liked this one alot. We disagree all the time with stuff like this. I arm-twisted him into writing a review so look out for that soon. Malaysians, go see this at TGV cinemas! It’s a thrilling film worth a watch on the big screen.
4. Censors in Korea flexed their muscles this week as KBS banned videos by likes of Park Ji Yoon, Ga In and many more, and the Korean Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) summoned major music shows to caution them against sexy performances by girl groups such as Stellar, Rainbow, Girls Day and more. The guys over at Asian Junkie cheekily point out though that there’s been a grand tradition of sexy dancing in K-pop, not to mention the numerous shirtless gyrations of male idols that get a pass. So what’s with the pearl-clutching? As for Ga In’s “Fxxk U” MV, I may well need time to digest this one for many reasons. And then yammering about it on tumblr.
5. Also at Asian Junkie, a reminder that there’s more to K-music that just K-pop, or at least what is generally understood to be K-pop in this handy list of popular bands that everyday Koreans listen too. Those more knowledgeable that me, I’d love to know of other artists you’d add to this list!
I leave you with this picture of fresh grads Jang Geun Suk and Jung Ill Woo to kickstart your week ;P