Monthly Archives: December 2009

Looking Forward To..

Some of the movies and dramas that are in the horizon that I sooo can’t wait to watch!

1. Chuno


Lee Dahae, Jang Hyuk, Oh Jiho, Kim Jisuk, Gong Hyungjin, Choi Chulho, Lee Jonghyuk, need I say more? The actors, both leading and supporting look really strong. I love so many of them. The stills, the preview, the trailer all look great. But I really don’t want to get my hopes too high just in case it doesn’t turn out the way I expected it too. I’m really excited for Gong Hyungjin, he’s one of my favourite ahjussi actors. Most of all tho, I am really anticipating Lee Dahae and Janghyuk. It’s been WAYYY too long since I saw their respective projects, the awful mess of Hello Miss and the incredible Thank You.

2. Jeon Woochi


I believe it’s already out in theatres in Korea but I have yet to see the online version of it. Kang Dongwon is one of those actors who got off to a cute start with his pretty boy image, starring in romcom projects like the drama 1% of Anything and the movie Too Beautiful to Lie. But then, came Duelist (I admit to falling asleep watching this), then Maundry Thursday, then Voice of Murderer, then M, and now Jeon Woochi. We can safely say that these are heavy weight movies, not exactly for the fluffy viewers. Kang Dongwon successfully shed off his pretty actor image for serious actor one. Can’t wait for Jeon Woochi!

3. Daddy Likes Women

Okay, on the onset this is probably going to be a mediocre movie, the typical romcom movie. But I so love Lee Nayoung. She can do ANY type of roles and I like how she diversifies her filmography. She was a girl next door in one project, then a rebel in another, then a prude in another. Her last 2 movies were pretty heavy, and I was glad to see he choosing a lighter movie for a change.

4. Life Unexpected

Okay, so this isn’t Korean but I just had to put this in. Unfortunate title (seriously, they need to change it, way too cheesy!), but OMG!! Look at the cast! Shiri Appleby of the alien series Roswell and Kerr Smith of the Old Skool Dawson’s Creek!! Dawson’s Creek was like my first ever TV series. My bedtime was 9pm, so I had to sneak around to watch Dawson and the gang who aired at 9.30pm. I kinda stopped watching after 3 seasons, but caught up with the finale and was so glad that it was Pacey that Joey ended up with.

Whereas Roswell was so my obsession. Liz and Max was like the hottest couple, both great looking and both had awesome AWESOME chemistry. The vampire kids Bella and Edward stand NO CHANCE to the alien couple. To be fair, the show itself was okay, but contrary to the generic teen dramas, they actually had great conflicts going on, both internally and externally. The only thing is that they took it too seriously. Rare funny moments make for some tiring experience. And ultimately, it couldn’t be saved. So now, I’m really excited to see Liz Parker back on television. Life Unexpected will air on January 18 and reviews have been good!

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Shin Dongwook in a New Drama!!

EXCITEMENT!

According to Javabeans, Delicious Shin Dongwook is going to be in a new drama called Pick the Stars. He’s going to join Kim Jihoon (yum!) and Choi Jungwon (have yet to see any of her projects) and the drama is going to air in January.

Heeeeeee. After watching Soulmate this summer, I was in search of Shin Dongwook’s other dramas. But I wasn’t so enamoured with the first couple of episodes of War of Money when it aired and didn’t want to watch Park Shinyang anyway. I also started Cloud Staircase but kind of forgot about it, a sign that the first impression wasn’t memorable. So I had been trying to find time to watch Oh Pilseung Bong Soonyoung not just for Shin Dongwook perse, but also because it has Chae Rim, Ahn Jaewook, and Park Sunyoung ALL IN ONE DRAMA! But alas, I got distracted, heh.

I have also heard that he was in the variety show Kko Kko Tour and hosted (or is hosting?) his own cable show. But he’s basically gone on hiatus from the dramaland.

So Shin Dongwook’s case is a lot like Chun Jungmyung’s. Have only seen 1 project, but left such a huge impression. I admit that about 60% of the reason why I like Shin Dongwook is purely on the superficial level. Sure, he was great in Soulmate, but it’s his voice and that nonchalant swagger that just get me everytime. Looks wise, I find him to look a lot like a mix between Jung Ilwoo, Ji Hyunwoo, and Jo Kyehyoung (Yoorin’s friend in My Girl, who hasn’t been around much either!).

Oh January is only around the corner. Wohooo!

Shinhwa Fan 20 Questions

*man, this picture is like a million years old! Eric’s got glasses, wtf, hahaha*

It had been a really long time since I visited my favourite Shinhwa forums. And today I was being a little nostalgic and lurked around there again. As I was browsing I saw there were a lot of discussions and QA between the fans about Shinhwa. Kind of like the usual 100 QA. I decided to indulge a bit and compile some of them for me personally, thus the whole “Shinhwa Fan 20 Questions”. So, let’s start!

1. What is your Top 5 Shinhwa songs? A tough start! 10 Studio Albums, 4 Winter Albums, 4 Singles and a bunch of other independent songs obviously make it hard to pick just 5. They have close to 200 songs and of course they’re not all perfect but man, I have so many favourites among those and they keep changing depending on the weather, hahaha. But anyways, with heavy heart I will have to leave a lot of my favourite songs. My pick would be Snowy Night, Perfect Man, One More Time, Eusha Eusha,  and Deep Sorrow. Reasons? My Shinhwa obsession started around the same time as Snowy Night release in 2007. Perfect Man is an addictive song that I can listen to 50 times a day, and I have done that in the past. One More Time is sentimental to me because this is one of Shinhwa’s last songs before they had to go on hiatus and I feel a little twist in my heart whenever I listen to it. Eusha Eusha never fails to cheer me up. Deep Sorrow has got to be one of Shinhwa’s sexiest songs ever.

2. If you win a date with Shinhwa, who would you take and how would your day be like? I remember answering I’d take Junjin before, but now that I think about it I think I’d pick Dongwan. Because stuff like this tends to get pretty awkward but I feel like Dongwan would be someone you can click right away. For one, he’s chatty and I think I would have fun laughing at his stupid silly antics too. I’d probably take him to the countryside because he seems to love traveling and taking pictures. I want to spend time talking about random stuff and about his life away from the spotlight. And of course I would prepare a gift, a mirror, because dude LOVES to look at himself in the mirror, hahah.

3. Out of all Shinhwa members solo effort, which one do you like? I’m more of a drama girl than a music girl, so for me I’ll give the crown to Eric for his drama Que Sera Sera, which is still one of my favourite dramas of all time. Runner up would go to 2 members, Minwoo for his 4th album M-Rizing and Dongwan for his 2nd album The Secret. Both of these are such great albums. Now, I like Andy’s and Junjin’s songs as well, but objectively, they haven’t displayed the level of quality that Minwoo and Dongwan did. As for Hyesung, he is an amazing vocalist and I’m sure his albums are great but I’m not really one for ballad so it’s not my taste.

4. What is your favourite Shinhwa variety show moments? Another tough one because they have appeared in numerous variety shows. I’ll pick some I can remember. One is: Shinhwa in Yashimanman. For a Shinhwa fan, this is like gold, man. A lot of secrets being spilled and there are so many hilarious moments in this appearance. Second: Shinhwa’s Love Letter. Not just that episode but basically the whole 1st season of Love Letter. W get to know the ‘Ideal Guy’ contenders with their hot date and the ‘Minor League’ losers with their intense training, and naturally chaos ensues, heh!

5. What would you do if Shinhwa breaks up? The million dollar question and my answer is that I don’t think Shinhwa will break up. That’s not exactly answering the question but I think that Shinhwa’s gone past the point where there’s a question if they will break up or not. They were to break up if their 2nd album didn’t sell well, but then it did. They almost broke up when their contract with SM Entertainment ended, but they stuck together and got through it. In short, they have weathered so many obstacles that breaking up at this point is just pointless and they know it too.

6. Do you miss Shinhwa? Err, duhhh! I became a fan when Shinhwa’s activities were winding down. So I had to be content with just watching their old shows, listening to their old songs, and keeping my ears open for the occasional news of the group. But more than that, I miss being obsessed with Shinhwa, getting home straight away from school so I could watch the next part of Shinhwa in X-Man or Heroine 5, going to youtube and type the word ‘shinhwa’ and just watched random videos. I also miss having chats and crazy discussions with fellows Shinhwa fans. Heh, let’s hope Shinhwa comes back soon. Next year Eric and Wannie are out of military anyway, wohoooo!

7. Shinhwa and plastic surgery? I’ve heard a bunch of speculations and actual facts regarding the members fixing themselves up. What I know is that Dongwan got a nose job and Jinnie got his eyes done. They admitted it a long time ago so it’s not exactly news. I’m still sore about Junjin’s surgery because I think he looked older and more tired after the work done. People speculated about Hyesung getting his eyes done and Eric getting his nose (or lips??) done. I don’t think Eric got surgeries, but I do think Hyesung got a double eyelid cause his eyes look pretty different now compared to his younger self. I think Hyesung looks better now tho.

8. Does Shinhwa have a big influence in your life? Not really, but it does creep in sometimes. It was only after liking Shinhwa that I seriously thought of visiting Korea for real and I did. There’s also the tiny stuff that is unconsciously influencing my daily life. A few weeks ago, I had to buy a headphone because my old one was falling apart and I just automatically picked an orange one. Why orange, you say? Cause orange is Shinhwa’s colour. Simple as that.

9. If Shinhwa wasn’t Shinhwa, where do you think they would be right now? I think Eric would have stayed in the States and got himself married to a Californian hottie. Minwoo would have become an entertainer anyway, or a dancer because this field is like his calling. Dongwan would have been a journalist, I think, because he’s very eloquent and loves to get his thoughts out there. Hyesung would’ve been a salaryman who frequented karaoke place (to sing) and was  married with children. Junjin would have been a PE teacher in Elementary school because he’s crazy about sport and little kids. Andy would have been a businessman because he excels in his finances and is independent.

10. What is Shinhwa’s best album so far? Although I like the 6th album for its slightly RnB sound, I have to give numero uno to 7th Album, Brand New. After parting with SM, people didn’t think Shinhwa could make it. But Brand New came out with such a bang. It was helped by intense promotions, different look, a positive attitude, but above all, the album itself is full of fabulous songs. It was a different sound than their previous albums and the reinvention was succesful.

11. If you can give presents to Shinhwa members, what would they be? I already said I would give mirror to Dongwan. I want to give a bunny for Eric so he can treat it better than his neighbour’s bunny, hehe (there’s a story behind Eric’s bunny signature). Hair mousse for Hyesung so he can style his hair to his heart’s content. Beanie for Junjin because he wears it even in the summer. Shopping voucher for Minwoo who is a total fashionista. Love potion for Andy so he can finally find love after years of being single.

12. If you can take one Shinhwa member to a desserted island, who would you take? Now, refrain from playing out suggestive scenarios! I want to take Andy, because he’s a great cook!

13. You know you’re a Shinhwa fan when… When you start a)to insist that orange is your favourite colour, b)compare every single boyband to Shinhwa and thinks that Shinhwa is better, c)scour all of internet to find if one of their rare DVD special is being sold, etc.

14. Who, among the members, do you think is…. a)the funniest? I think none of them is comedian funny, but all of them are crazy! b)the most shy? I used to think Hyesung, but after watching We Got Married, I think it’s Andy. c)the most playful? Like I said, all of them (or at least 4, excluding Minwoo and Hyesung, are) are crazy, but the king of it is ET Eric! d)the most talkative in interviews? Minwoo and Dongwan are like the speaker of the group. Andy and Eric would be in the corner playing among themselves and Hyesung standing around being quiet. Junjin would either join the RicDy madness or in a good day, help out MinWan answering questions, haha. e)up for fan service? Absolutely Minbong. f)he cuddliest? Hmm, I don’t know. Probably the two magnae, Andy and Junjin. g)looooves giving hugs? Eric, no question. Just how many times have we seen him jumping on Hyesung or Andy?

15. Favourite Shinhwa member? I’m going to change this question to: which member solo news do you follow most often? For me it’s Eric, Junjin, and Dongwan.

16. If you can find celebrity girflfriends for the members, who would you match them up with? For Eric, probably someone slightly older than him with a quirky charm like him too. One contender would be Choi Kang Hee. For Minwoo, I’d introduce him to Park Yejin who’s feminine but can be tough when necessary. For Dongwan, it has to be someone who can appreciate and endure his brand of wackiness and match up with her own crazy, I’d go for Koyote’s Shinji. For Hyesung, a super feminine lady but also full of aegyo, like former Jewelry Lee Jihyun aka Queen of Danghyunaji. For Junjin, a prettygirl who seems nice and the type to bring home to meet mom, like actress Han Damin. For Andy, definitely Solbi, no question. Hehe, sorry, my We Got Married bias is still so strong. Ansol couple FTW!

17. If you can get one member to perform one dance, what would it be? Aaahhh, tough!! Between Andy’s heart dance to Dongwan’s Doloop, everything is so entertaining. But I’ll have to go with Hyesung’s ‘Mom Buy Me That’ dance! Too hilarious!

18. If you can interview Shinhwa, what is the one question you would like to ask to each member? For Eric, If you can have only one solo career, would you rather be an actor or a singer/rapper? For Dongwan, Why are you so obsessed with Japan?? For Junjin, When will you get married, you’re not getting any younger?? For Hyesung, will you ever venture into acting? For Minwoo, Can you make one song especially for me? For Andy, Which one are you??

19. What do you think of Eric as a leader? Bias aside, I really do respect Eric as a leader. He’s charismatic to boot, but he knows how to lower himself so that the other members can treat him like a friend. It seems like he understands the inner workings of every single one of his members and can position himself so that everyone feels comfortable. I also like how Eric doesn’t hog the spotlight. If asked, he would answer. But if not, he would let the other guys have their moments. If you notice, Eric usually stands in the corner during interviews or variety shows. When Shinhwa was on the brink of breaking up, Eric united his members so that they can still perform under the name of Shinhwa. Look at what Yunho of DBSK is doing right now. Eric would be disappointed.

20. What would you like to see Shinhwa/members doing in the next 5 years? Only one. I want to see them have group activities under the name of Shinhwa again. The last time they did that was for their 8th album in 2006, which is like AGES ago. For the next 3 years, member will go to and come from military service. But after that, I would really like it if Shinhwa, not only holds concerts, but also promotes on TV so that even the new fans of K-Pop would know who Shinhwa is and how long they have been together!

Jongmin Returns!

Seems like my last few posts have been about entertainers getting out of military service.

So, following Gong Yoo and Chun Jungmyung, Kim Jongmin is set to be released soon. But that’s not the only reason he’s making news. It has been confirmed that Jongmin will return as the 7th member of the variety show 1 Night 2 Days, a topic that is quite controversial.

Jongmin is originally one of the founding members , along with Kang Hodong, Eun Jiwon, and Lee Sugeun. It’s only when he went to do his service that his place was vacated and MC Mong came as the new member. Two years have passed since that and 1N2D went from being the rookie variety show to a huge sensation it is today. And despite the start of the show, 1N2D’s current members are regarded as THE members.

Sometime ago, the discussion of whether or not Jongmin would go back to 1N2D after his release was spurred to dividing comments. Some were in favour, but the overwhelming majority hated the idea. I’ve read a lot of people stating their worries. The reasoning was that Jongmin’s return can potentialy muck up the current members’ chemistry and dynamic. That and the fact that one person might have to wave goodbye if Jongmin gets back. What is funny is that apparently, even among the members themselves, Jongmin is a taboo topic, hahaha.

But Lee Myunghan PD ended up inviting him back anyway, which I think is a big gamble considering how many people are opposed to it.

I, for one, am excited.

First off, I really like Kim Jongmin. Sure, he might be a singer, but really, it’s his work in the variety shows that are more known. I’ve watched him in those old variety shows and I find Jongmin to be really funny and his jokes are not over the top like I think No Hongchul’s is. I watched some episodes of the “old” 1N2D and I will just say that Kim Jongmin was easily the funniest member.

Second, I find it a good thing to change things up. One of the biggest charms of 1N2D is that it is such a dynamic show and even though the core concept of the show never changes, the producers and other crews have been very smart in inserting small changes and shiftings around this 90 minute/week show. I would say that adding a new member perhaps fall in the category of big change so it remains to be seen if this would be a successful move or not. But for me personally, I like the idea of Jongmin’s returns because it will freshen things up. I don’t mean to say that right now 1N2D is boring, not at all. But I do think that sunday mornings will be even more exciting.

Third, I want to see how Jongmin interacts with the current member and IF he will fit in again. Probably the first few trips would be awkward as he is adjusting, but we can see after that if Jongmin’s return, or more importantly adding a new member, is a good idea or not.

Another One Out

AAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

Private Gong Jichul, aka Hottie Gong Yoo, is out of military service!!!

There’s a bunch of articles on Newsen right now, none of which I can really make out. Need some of these translated badly! All I know is that dude is looking FIIINE.

I think Gong Yoo is one of those rare K-Pop guys that can rock an army cut. He looks handsome with hair, but even sans hair, he still looks fabulous. I think he and Eric can really rock out the baldie. I’ve seen a lot of military enlistment pictures, and I would say that most of them look better with their crowning glory. Guys like Jae Hee and Lee Dongwook look okay, but yeah, I prefer seeing some hair on them. The worst case, I think, was ex H.O.T’s Kangta. I literally cringed when I saw his enlistment picture.

There’s a running joke between Shinhwa fans that it’s good that Shin Hyesung is exempt from the army, because otherwise he would have shave his head off. And god knows how much he treasures those hair, hahaha.

But I digress. Gong Yoo looks hot in uniform (and steamy out of it, but that’s beside the point). I’m so happy to see him back and look forward to his future projects.

In the very near future, the lovable and hilarious Kim Jongmin is also going to be released. I’ve heard that this is apparently a taboo topic between the 1 Night 2 Days guys because it might mean the disposal of one of the current members. But let’s see what will happen with this.

In the meantime, I’m going back to celebrating that Private Gong Jichul is out and about again.

KYYYYYYYYAAAAAAAAA!

SS501 To be on Intimate Note

OHMYGAWWDDDD!!!

SS501 and Kara will be on the show Intimate Note. Now, I don’t know Kara, but I am so damn excited to see SS501 in Intimate Note.

Intimate Note is a show that shows the relationship of two (sometimes more) celebrity friends. Sometimes the relationship is very comfortable, but sometimes the relationship is awkward. And throughout the show, they are given tasks together to become closer with each other.

I’ve seen several Intimate Note episodes, particularly on Fly to the Sky, Super Junior, Big Bang, 1N2D’s Seop Seop Brothers, and of course my dearly beloved Shinhwa-Half. And even though the show tends to get a little dull toward the end of episode, the general premise is really interesting and I find it fascinating to see tidbits of what is going on behind all the glamour of being a celebrity.

Fly to the Sky episode, for example, was a little disconcerting to watch. We have a hugely popular duo, who has stayed intact together for a long time, but it turns out that their relationship went sour long before. And Hwanhee even honestly said that they barely hung out together anymore, while Brian admitted that they recorded the last album without even meeting face to face.

On the other side of the extreme, Junjin, Andy, and Minwoo who came to represent Shinhwa basically went ballistic on each other, lols. Without restraint, they bullied each other and ran away with it. It was like watching brothers fight it out, hahaha.. I was meaning to write about Shinhwa’s Intimate Note, I even had a draft written, but I kinda got distracted after a while, woops!

So that said, I’m pretty psyched to see SS501 on Intimate Note. From the many shows I’ve seen them on, they are always entertaining. Jungmin and Hyungjoon would be bickering constantly, Kyujong and Hyunjoong would either be watching them or egging them on, while Youngsaeng would be the quiet guy in the corner. From the preview it looks like they would tap into the supposed awkward relationship between Youngsaeng and Hyunjoong among other things.

I’m also curious to see Kara. I’ve seen Nicole on shows and she’s pretty cute. Park Gyuri also has an interesting onscreen persona. I don’t think she’s like that in real life so probably she’s channeling a little bit of Seo Inyoung, with more Princess Syndrome and less yelling.

Wohoo, next week come sooner!