[News] Jang Keun Suk Shows How He Earned the “Asia Prince” Title.
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Jang Keun Suk shared an impressive photo of him working diligently on his flight, showing how he’s earned the “Asia Prince” nickname as one of the top Hallyu stars.
On May 30, Jang Keun Suk tweeted the message, “The Asia Prince works hard even on the flight to China.” Alongside the tweet, he shared a photo that showed him monitoring the screens of two laptops and one tablet PC in his hand. It’s hard to see what the screens are showing, but one of them has a video editing program on it, proving he is indeed doing some serious work for his concert of music video.
Netizens commented, “Wow, you even work on the flight?” “Of course, that’s how you earned the Asia Prince title,” and “Just get your own chartered flight.”
Meanwhile, Jang Keun Suk’s first Japanese regular album, “Just Crazy,” topped the Daily Oricon Charts on the day of its release. In July, he will go on the “2012 Jang Keun Suk Asia Tour – The CRI Show 2.”
[News] Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung Deny Wedding Rumors.
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Long time couple Lee Bo Young (“The Equator Man”) and Ji Sung (“Protect the Boss”) denied wedding rumors. On May 31, one local media reported, “Lee Bo Young and Ji Sung will tie the knot this June. They’ve already completed their wedding photoshoot and plan on releasing an official press release a week prior to their wedding.”
However, a representative of Lee Bo Young’s entertainment agency stated, “News of their wedding is not true. Until recently, she was busy filming her drama, making it impossible to fit in a wedding photoshoot. There is no wedding planned for June, let alone this year.”
Ji Sung’s agency Namoo Actors echoed, “We have no idea how this rumor started. We’ve checked with him, and he revealed that the rumors are false. Both are extremely busy with their respective schedules and shoots. How would they have been able to shoot a wedding spread?”
Meanwhile, the two actors started dating in 2007 after meeting on the set SBS “Save the Last Dance for Me” in 2004.
[Article] 'Yonsama'(37): Korean love god captures Japanese hearts.
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By Andrew Salmon
Actor Bae Yong-joon leads ‘hallyu’ (Korea wave).
Some years ago, this writer climbed into a taxi in Seoul. As is commonly the case, the driver asked where I was from. On hearing “the United Kingdom,” he responded, “Aha! Beckham!” Then, in excellent Konglish, he continued, “U.K. — David Beckham! Korea — Bae Yong-joon!”
For a moment, I was nonplussed. I was about to respond, “No my good man, Bae is a thespian, not a footballer” when the penny dropped. Bae was to Korea what Beckham was to the United Kingdom: an international sex symbol.
While the United Kingdom has had its share of male superstars dating back to the days of John, Paul, George and Ringo and the “British Invasion,” this was a novel experience for Korea, a nation that had previously been known more for exports of supertankers than dreamboats. Moreover, Bae’s fame had ignited in — of all places — Japan, the nation that had, for most of the 20th century, had a problematic relationship with Korea.
The vehicle that conveyed Bae to super-stardom was inauspicious. “Winter Sonata” in 2002 was a do-it-by-the-numbers Korean soap opera; a “no-sex-please, this-is-pure-love” romance that plays out to the tune of syrupy ballads and features only drop-dead gorgeous actors and dreamy locations, as well as that classic (and much-used) device of the Korean melodrama, a character who loses his memory.
In short, this was no downbeat, day-to-day soap of ordinary people a la “East Enders” or “Coronation Street.” This was romantic fantasy. The series was a hit in Korea and across the region, but its real explosion of popularity — an authentic phenomenon — would come across the East Sea.
This was remarkable as relations between the two neighbors in the 1990s had been particularly prickly, with historical and territorial disputes rising again and again and again. There had been amity and cooperation — but also suspicion and competition — during the jointly hosted 2002 World Cup.
Arguably, “Winter Sonata” would do more to inch the nations closer together than the world’s most popular sporting event.
Korea conquers Japan
The show’s main fans were love-lorn Japanese housewives of a certain age. So keen on “Winter Sonata” was this sizeable population segment that the series repeated twice in the same year on NHK. Social critics, taken by surprise by its runaway success, speculated that while Japanese TV had become more sophisticated in its productions, this Korean import was a throwback to a simpler, kinder and gentler era.
A “Winter Sonata” boom resounded across Korea. Eager Japanese housewives flooded the nation on tours to visit the filming locations and, of course, drop yen in the boutiques and department stores that queued up for “Winter Sonata” stars to endorse their outlets and brands. Japanese tourist numbers surged; extra flights were reportedly scheduled to keep up with the demand.
But while Korean travel agents — not to mention canny marketers, merchants and merchandisers — raked it in, it was Bae who was the big beneficiary. In the series, he had played the lead male role, the Prince Charming. Beholding his smooth skin, gentle smile, bespectacled eyes and (not least) his carefully knotted muffler, Japanese matrons swooned en masse.
Bae’s fame rocketed. He appeared as a host on Japanese TV; he was approached to endorse products, open restaurants, pen books. At summits, he was cited and mentioned by Japanese prime ministers and Korean presidents alike. When he landed at a Japanese airport to promote another TV project, the scramble to see him was so desperate that a number of fans were injured in the crush. According to reports, Bae sportingly paid their medical costs.
Koreans had been leaned on to take Japanese names near the close of the 1910-1945 colonial era, but when Bae was re-christened “Yonsama” (“Prince Yong” after the actor’s first name) by Japanese fans, nobody minded. This was not coercion, this was an honor.
For the first time, a Korean was a sex symbol in Japan. There had been nothing remotely like it since “Rikidozan” the star of 1950s Japanese pro-wrestling. But Riki was not nearly so wholesome a figure as Bae. He was a tough guy rather than a sex symbol, and anyway, he had promoted himself as Japanese, keeping his Korean ethnic identity close to his chest. Bae had no reason to do this; he was unabashedly Korean.
Wave rolls on; Bae left behind?
The term Korean wave (“hallyu”) had been coined in China in 1999, and is generally believed to date back to the slick action blockbuster “Shiri” which came out that year. “Winter Sonata” was the first monster-hit soap opera. It would be followed by other Korean melodramas; the next biggie, which took the region by storm, would be 2003’s “Daejanggeum” (“The Jewel in the Palace”), a costume drama about a Joseon-era royal chef. From then on — and in sync with a corresponding crescendo of Korean popular music — the Korean wave surged ever onward and ever outward.
Bae spent increasing time on lucrative product endorsements, but continued to work in dramatic roles. His first major post-“Sonata” role was a departure: He appeared in (and out of) Joseon-era costume in a racy 2003 Korean remake of “Dangerous Liaisons” entitled “Untold Scandal.” The film, which was R-rated in Japan for its steamy bedroom scenes, scandalized a number of his fans, who had preferred the romantic gentleman of the soap opera to the conniving, shag-happy cad of the film.
He later appeared in the more conventional TV historical epic “King Gwanggaeto” in 2007. But no succeeding projects won the headline success of “Winter Sonata” abroad, and Bae may have been irreversibly typecast. Perhaps due to the reception to “Untold Scandal,” his 2005 movie “April Love” had been a tender “Sonata”-style love story.
While Bae’s English language website boasts of his versatility — “he always comes to us in different ways” — it prominently features love ballads and the main photos are a selection of the kind of smiling, cutesy image fans so loved from his most famous drama. According to news reports, although he can command $5 million per picture, other Korean actors can now demand double that.
His image has also been called into question. His smiling public persona was as Mr. Nice Guy, but local entertainment reporters alleged that he had a mercurial temper and was not above dishing out physical violence when displeased with managerial decisions. (His site lists his hobbies as weightlifting, hapkido and kendo.)
And he suffered from stress. Bae admitted to reporters that he was suffering a crisis stemming from his popularity. Unable to go out in public, his life was a constant shuttle between home, the office and (of course) the gym.
Yet rumors of violence did not impact his image and fears online and in popular media that he might commit suicide — the fate of one of his “Winter Sonata” co-stars in 2010 — proved happily unfounded.
Today, the Korean wave has spread far and wide. Posters of Korean actors, actresses and musicians are plastered over the bedroom walls of teens and 20-something funksters and hipsters across Asia and beyond. It is soaps — along with K-pop — that make up the bulk of the wave; movie exports (which tend to be edgier and less formulaic then dramas and music) are a distant third. “Winter Sonata” was the first Korean super soap, Bae its superstar.
Like Beckham — who could never be described as one of the world’s greatest football players, but who has won fame as a global male fashion icon — Bae may never be recalled as one of Korea’s finest dramatic talents. However, his chiseled bod, smooth-faced good looks and dazzling smile cannot be denied. These are the assets that ensure his place in the history of pan-Asian popular culture: Yonsama was Korea’s first international sex god.
Andrew Salmon is a reporter and the author of three works on modern Korean history — “U.S. Business and the Korean Miracle: U.S. Enterprises in Korea, 1866 — the Present,” “To the Last Round: The Epic British Stand on the Imjin River, Korea, 1951,” and “Scorched Earth, Black Snow: Britain and Australia in the Korean War, 1950.”
[Photo & News] Jang Geun Suk looking smooth and handsome on his way to China.
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Actor Jang Keun Suk surely turned heads at the Incheon International Airport as he showed up with his light colored airport fashion looking handsome as ever. On the 30th of May, Jang Keun Suk was spotted at the airport and was set to leave for China as he was chosen to be a model for a beverage brand.
Jang Keun Suk appeared wearing off white pants, shoes, light blue long sleeves and his long hair tied up. His airport fashion showcased warm and soft colors but also a hint of bad boy image with his long hair and ear rings.
Meanwhile, Jang Keun Suk will be fulfilling schedule obligations in China as he is expected to hit the media and fans in China and he will be returning to Korea shortly after to prepare for his Asian Tour.
[News] Jang Keun Suk places first on Oricon with ‘Just Crazy’.
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Actor/singer Jang Keun Suk has once again shown his popularity in Japan as he has reached first place on Oricon immediately after releasing his new Japanese album.
On May 31st, only a day after his official album release, Jang Keun Suk sold over 53,000 copies of his new Japanese album, ‘Just Crazy‘, and placed first on Oricon’s daily chart.
Jang Keun Suk expressed his happiness with a tweet, “Yeah!!! 1st place on Oricon”
With the concluding of KBS‘s ‘Love Rain‘, Jang Keun Suk will be preparing to embark on the ‘2012 Jang Geun Suk Asia Tour-The Cri Show 2‘ in July in Seoul, Japan, Shanghai, Taiwan, and Thailand.
[News] Niigaki Risa to start her acting career in movie, ‘Tobidase Shinsengumi!’.
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On May 28, former Morning Musume member Niigaki Risa attended a press conference for the movie, ‘Tobidase Shinsengumi!‘, with her co-stars Nagasawa Toshiya and Onodera Akira, and director Nobushi Shou.
This marks Niigaki’s first movie since starring in ‘Gekijoban Honto ni Atta Kowai Hanashi 3D‘ about two years ago.
Niigaki recently graduated from Morning Musume at their Nippon Budokan concert on May 18. She expressed, “I plan on continuing my activities as an actress, so I want to take in many things from my co-stars, and I also want to make every part my own.”
The filming will take place in Fujisawa, Kanagawa. Since Niigaki is originally from Yokohama, she shared that she’s been there for excursions in elementary school. “I love Enoshima Aquarium. During my Morning Musume days, I worked part-time at the beach house for one day for a magazine project. I want to go there someday for a date,” she said.
‘Tobidase Shinsengumi!’ is based on a novel by Kuwahara Jotaro, who has also written ‘Boku no Onna ni Te wo Dasu na‘ and ‘Shinjuku Junai Monogatari‘. It will be directed by Nobushi Shou, and filming will start in Fujisawa on August 21. According to director Nobushi, the cast will also shoot in Enoshima, Shounandai, Yugyouji, and Kamakura.
The story revolves around an all-female theater troupe who rehearses for “Musical Shinsengumi Makoto”, when suddenly, the real members of the Shinsengumi appear from the late-Edo period.
‘Tobidase Shinsengumi!’ will open in theaters in Kanagawa in 2013, and then nationwide afterwards.
[News] Ko Hyun-jung's "Miss Go" to open in theaters next month.
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It certainly is the season for comic and action films, and "Miss Go" has been added to the growing list of comic films that will compete in local theaters next month.
"Miss Go," starring top actress Ko Hyun-jung, will be opening in theaters on June 21, according to a press release sent by NEW, the film's promoter, on Wednesday.
In the comedy action film, the host of energetic self-titled talk show on SBS will be playing a timid female character that has sociophobia. One day, she gets involved in a 42-million-dollar-crime after helping a nun on the street and runs into five strangers.
The five men she meets on the street all come from different backgrounds and they turn the woman's life upside down, transforming her into the queen of crime.
The upcoming comedy flick is directed by Park Cheol-kwan of the 2000s hit "Hi, Dhalma!" and co-stars Yu Hae-jin, Sung Dong-il, Lee Moon-sik and Ko Chang-seok.
Ko debuted after winning the second place of the Miss Korea Beauty Contest in 1989 and began her acting career by appearing in the long-run TV series "Love on a Jujube Tree" (KBS, 1990-2007) in 1999.
She has starred in many hit dramas such as "The Eyes of Dawn" (MBC, 1991-1991) and "Sandglass" (SBS, 1995) until 1999, when she got married to Chung Yong-jin, the chairman of Seoul-based conglomerate Shinsegae Group.
In 2005, the couple got divorced under mutual agreement and the actress resumed her activities with "Spring Days" (SBS, 2005) opposite actor Zo In-sung and Ji Jin-hee.
The past few years has been the actress' golden days after "Spring Days," "Queen Seondeok" (MBC, 2009) and "The President" (SBS, 2010) all scored high numbers in ratings.
[News] 2PM’s Nichkhun Updates Fans with New Selca .
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Earlier Yesterday, 2PM’s Nichkhun updated his fans with a new selca. He tweeted, “Here’s a picture for you guys!~ have a great one!” and attached a new photo of himself. Dressed in a casual tee, Nichkhun smiles warmly at the camera.
Netizens commented, “Even a selca is like a photospread,” “Just looking at this photo melts my heart,” “Still looking great,” and more.
Earlier this year,it was announced that Nichkhun was cast in Thailand’s largest movie production company GTH’s latest project, “Seven Something,” to celebrate the company’s seventh anniversary. According to a representative of GTH Productions, the movie will be made in an omnibus format, telling three different stories about life and love. Nichkhun’s debut movie, “Seven Something,” is currently aiming for a July premiere in Thailand.
[News] Nichkhun Spotted at the 65th Cannes International Film Festival.
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2PM’s Nichkhun was spotted near the Grand Lumiere Theater in Cannes for the 65th Cannes International Film Festival! Unfortunately, it wasn’t the star himself, but a poster of Nichkhun from his debut movie “Seven Something.”
Earlier this year, it was announced that Nichkhun was cast in Thailand’s largest movie production company GTH’s latest project to celebrate the company’s seventh anniversary. According to a representative of GTH Productions, the movie will be made in an omnibus format, telling three different stories about life and love. “Seven Something” is currently aiming for a July premiere in Thailand.
Meanwhile, Nichkhun attended the press conference for his debut movie last week.
[News] Park Min Young Is the New Face of A’PIEU.
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Actress Park Min Young has been chosen as a new model for a cosmetic brand, A’PIEU. On May 29, A’PIEU revealed, “We chose the innocent actress. Park Min Young, as our new model because she is overflowing with gracefulness and feminine charm. Along with the other main models, idol group BEAST and actress Park Eun Bin, she will make the pure and trendy brand image much stronger.”
The leader of the marketing and planning team of Able C&C said, “Park Min Young has been showing off a special charm while doing a spectrum of various acting. She has a stable acting career despite her young age. Even in her clean and pure image, she also has a modern and trendy charm. We are hoping that she will more clearly express the brand concept of A’PIEU.”
Meanwhile, Park Min Young is receiving much praise from viewers for her great acting in playing two characters in the new MBC fantasy medical drama, “Dr. Jin.” One character is Yoo Mi Na, who is a skilled brain surgeon in the year 2012. The other character is Hong Young Lae, who is maiden of a nobleman’s house during the Choson Period.
[News] Joo Jin-mo signs management contract with Ha Jung-woo's agency.
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Actor Joo Jin-mo has inked a deal with fantagio, Korea's talent agency that also manages the careers of Ha Jung-woo and Ji Jin-hee.
The news was delivered through the firm's press release this morning, writing that the "Frozen Flower" star is now under fantagio's management and that both sides will work together as strategic partners from now on.
In the statement, fantagio's C. E. O. Na Byung-joon said, "Joo is an actor who has built strong acting skills and credibility as an actor throughout his acting career. His star power will add more diversity to the original lineup of fantagio."
Joo, who recently appeared in historical film "GABI (Coffee)" in March, made his debut in his first feature "Dance Dance" in 1999.
Starring in "200 Pounds Beauty" (2006) opposite actress Kim Ah-joong and "Frozen Flower" (2008) with actor Zo In-sung, Joo has many popular credits under his belt.
He also tried some singing during his acting career in 2001, when he released the digital single of his rendition of "Like Rain, Like Music," by late singer Kim Hyun-sik.
[News] Song Seung-heon traveling in Vietnam to go on air next week.
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A TV special featuring top Korean actor Song Seung-heon’s journey in Vietnam will hit the airwaves next week, according to the broadcaster on Wednesday.
His show "It's City-Song Seung-heon's Vietnam Memories," showing the star cycling around the streets of Ho Chi Minh, will air on cable channel Olive on June 2.
The officials explained that Song's journey will also show how he was in the Southeast Asian city to interact with the citizens, take part in a volunteer work and raise the awareness of the need for more cultural exchange.
"It wasn't easy cycling around the city but quite fun once I got the hang of it. I give props to the actual drivers. It isn't an easy job," Song was quoted as saying.
Song has been one of the hottest male Korean actors since appearing in the popular sitcom "Three Guys and Three Girls" (MBC, 1996).
His popularity rose in the region with his smash hits "Autumn Tale" (KBS2, 2000), "Summer Scent" (KBS2, 2003), "East of Eden" (MBC, 2008) and "My Princess" (MBC, 2011).
Currently, Song is appearing in MBC's TV series "Dr. Jin" (tentative title), alongside actress Park Min-young and JYJ member Kim Jae-joong.
[News] Does Suzy Consider Herself to Be the Best Acting Idol?
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Singer and actress Suzy talked about the pressure of taking on a new role in the upcoming drama “Big.” On May 29, the cast of KBS‘ new drama “Big” which will inherit the time slot of “Love Rain,” attended the press conference at the Lotte Hotel in Jamsil, Seoul.
During the press conference, Suzy told the press, “When I’m thinking about showing a brand-new image of myself through “Big”, I feel pressured.” She continued by saying, “Playing the role of Jang Ma Ri who has an unpredictable personality is more burdensome than the role I played in “Introduction to Architecture” because I get to show a new side of myself that I wasn’t able to show in the latter. But I will embrace that and work even harder in order to show a good performance.”
When asked if she considered herself to be the best acting idol since her movies and dramas did very well, Suzy replied, “Not at all. I still have a long way to go. I believe that I have to work even harder to achieve that.”
Meanwhile, “Big” starring Gong Yoo and Lee Min Jung as the leads is scheduled to premiere on June 4 on KBS.
[News] “The Thieves” Starring Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun Releases More Stills.
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More stills of actress Jeon Ji Hyun and Kim Soo Hyun‘s new movie “The Thieves” have been revealed today.
On May 29, preview pictures were posted on the “The Thieves”‘ official Facebook page. The stills show both actors posing and holding a movie clapper board on the set of the movie which was filmed in Hong Kong and Macao.
In the first picture, Jeon Ji Hyun is seen posing in a long black dress which allows her to expose her leg. She holds a movie clapper board and stares at the camera. In the next picture, Kim Soo Hyun is wearing a training suit and is ready to shout “Action” as he holds a movie clapper board.
Upon seeing the pictures netizens commented, “Jeon Ji Hyun’s shapely leg is a hit,” “Kim Soo Hyun looks so cool, “It’s the first time to see Jeon Ji Hyun like this,” “Why is Jeon Ji Hyun’s leg so long when she isn’t even wearing heels?” “When will we finally get to see the movie with such a great cast?”
Meanwhile, “The Thieves” will be out in theaters on July 2012.
[News] Jang Keun-suk No. 1 in one day.
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Hallyu actor-turned-singer Jang Keun-suk released his solo debut album on May 30 in Japan.
The 11-track album entitled “Just Crazy” usurped the No. 1 spot on Tower Records’ chart, after 130,000 copies of the album were pre-ordered before the release.
The album is being heralded as a mix of classic and British rock.
The track “200 Miles” from the album will also be the opening song to Japanese animation “Fairy Tail” to open in cinemas on Aug. 18.
Meanwhile the title track “Crazy Crazy Crazy” was released in April and was the No. 1 song on the weekly Oricon chart.
“Let Me Cry” was designated as the commercial song for Suntory’s line of makgeolli.
Jang will kick off his “2012 Jang Keun-suk Asia Tour — The Cri Show 2” in Seoul in July and take to Japan, China, Taiwan and Thailand.
[Photo & News] “Love Rain” Ends 10-Week Run with a Slight Increase in Ratings.
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After 10 weeks of beautiful cinematography, KBS “Love Rain,” starring Jang Geun Suk and Im YoonA (Girls’ Generation), made its grand exit last night. The finale saw a slight increase in ratings, recording 5.9% (ABG Nielsen). Its competitors MBC “Light and Shadow” and SBS “The Chaser” recorded 20.5% and 9.9% respectively.
Produced by the masterminds behind sensational melodramas “Winter Sonata” and “Autumn in My Heart,” “Love Rain” drew international interest even before its premiere. Unfortunately, the drama failed to deliver up to expectations domestically, recording low single digit ratings throughout its run. However, the lovely series managed to secure an international fanbase, becoming one of the most popular dramas on Soompi and other international hallyu sites.
Meanwhile, rom-com “Big,” starring Lee Min Jung, Gong Yoo, and Bae Suzy (miss A), will take over “Love Rain’s” time slot and premiere next Monday, June 4. Big” promises to be another hit as it’s written by the famous Hong Sisters (Hong Jung Eun and Hong Mi Ran), the masterminds behind trendy rom-coms like “The Greatest Love,” “My Girlfriend is a Gumiho” “You’re Beautiful,” “My Girl,” and more.
“Big” is a body-swapping, romantic comedy where an eighteen-year-old delinquent, Kang Kyung Joon (Shin Won Ho), swaps bodies with 30-year-old pediatrician, Seo Yoon Jae (Gong Yoo). Coincidentally, Kang Kyung Joon is Gil Daran’s (Lee Min Jung) student, while Seo Yoon Jae happens to be her fiancé.
[Photo & News] Jang Keun Suk says Good-bye to 'Love Rain'.
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Yesterday was the final episode of Love Rain.
Actor Jang Keun Suk said his goodbyes to the characters from Love Rain in his personal twitter,
Here is his message..
Trans: Bye Cri… Seo Jun… Jung Hana….
Tree J also tweeted a farewell message for all the supporting fans!
@treeJ_company: 사랑비 마지막방송이 끝났습니다. 오늘 많은 응원의 메세지 감사드려요! 약속한대로, 사랑비 마지막날 찍은 장배우 셀카모습 올려드릴께요. 65일동안 함께해준 장배우와 장어분들께 감사드립니다^^ 서인하, 서준 안녕!
Trans: Love Rain’s finale finished, thank you very much for all your support messages. As promised, we upload Actor’s Jang’s self cameraed picture.Words can’t describe thankfulness to eels for these 65 days who always accompany Actor Jang. Seo In Ha, Seo Joon Goodbye!!!
[News] Ella Chen avoids questions about pregnancy.
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S.H.E. member Ella Chen held an autograph session at Causeway Bay while cleverly avoiding awkward questions from the media about her idol status.
The newly-married songstress met with her fans at Causeway Bay on Sunday, where she had an autograph session for the first solo album. The passionate fans shouted, "Mrs. Lai, have a happy marriage!" and the songstress even held a mask with her husband, Alvin Lai's, face on it while she was singing.
The songstress let on that she wants to wait two years before giving birth and will enjoy a couple's life in the meantime. Ella added that she wants to "leave it to fate" when it comes to having children. The reporters then asked if the couple did proper contraception to which the songstress skillfully avoided answering by expressing that "it is inconvenient to talk about this as I am an idol, please try to guess it."
The 30-year-old also revealed that her husband has breakfast with her every day and sees her out of the house. Unable to hide her happiness, Ella gushed, "He is always with me, and to have such a husband is my blessing."
[News] Video of Show Luo flaring up circulated online.
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The singer was caught on camera shouting after he was provoked at the Shanghai airport.
How would you respond if vulgarities were hurled at you when you step off a plane?
Singer Show Luo flared up and charged angrily at three to four men who pointed their middle fingers at him and called him names, after he arrived at the airport in Shanghai. The singer shouted, "Come over here, what are you pointing at?". The confrontation was caught n camera and a part of the footage was circulated on the Internet.
The men involved are believed to be Jay Chou's fans. After Show kissed his mother at his concert, netizens, speculated to be Jay's fans, dubbed his action incestuous and called him names, leading to the two singers' fans to have a heated clash online.
Show's manager expressed that the uploaded clip painted a bad picture of Show as it did not show the entire incident. He added that Show decided to let the matter rest after the guys apologised to him.
As the 32-year-old arrived in Shanghai on the same flight as Jay, it was once again suspected that Jay's fans were behind the incident.
Responding to this speculation, the singer expressed that he "believes that it's not done by Jay's fans as Jay's fans have integrity."
Show also expressed that should there be any criticism, "please only direct them to me. Please do not insult my mother, that's my bottom-line. Please put yourself in my shoes." The singer then ended his response with an apology, hoping that the issue will die down soon.
The singer's manager had also expressed that Show and Jay had boarded the same car at Shanghai airport and that there was no grudge between the pair.
Jay's management commented that they believe that "it is not done by Jay's fans as Jay's fans are very kind." They also expressed their wish for fans of both singers to quit fighting.
[News] Cast members for Takeuchi Yuko’s movie ‘Strawberry Night’ revealed.
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The cast members for Takeuchi Yuko’s upcoming movie, ‘Strawberry Night‘, has been revealed!
‘Strawberry Night’ is based on a best-selling mystery novel by Honda Tetsuya. It tells a story about Himekawa Reiko, a non-career female detective who sheds the light on various cases. In November of 2010, it was released as a special drama, then in January of 2012, it aired as a drama series with an average viewer rating of 15.9%.
The movie version will be based on Honda’s novel called ‘Invisible Rain‘. Himekawa goes after a serial killer case, but realizes that the police organization is involved in a complex situation. Nishijima Hidetoshi, Koide Keisuke, Maruyama Ryuhei (Kanjani 8), Takeda Tetsuya, Tsugawa Masahiko, Watanabe Ikkei, and Namase Katsuhisa will be returning from the drama series.
New cast members include Osawa Takao and Miura Tomokazu. Osawa will play ‘Makita Isao’, a yakuza who is drawn to Himekawa, while Miura will play ‘Wada Toru’, the chief of criminal investigation section.
Regarding the movie, Takeuchi said, “Since it’s a film-adaptation, I anticipated the plot and scale sensitivity. This time, the story is quite difficult, so I want to do my best in a lot of ways.”
Meanwhile, Osawa expressed, “With the wonderful cast and staff, I hope to make this something that people will call ‘movie’, not ‘movie version’.”
Miura also commented, “If I were to compare my character to food, he would be like wasabi. I’m doing my best to be the first-rate wasabi, if possible.”
‘Strawberry Night’ is scheduled to open in theaters sometime in 2013.