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New In Town: Brave Girls

April 13, 2011

Brave Brothers is a former composer and producer for YG Entertainment and has worked with many artists including Big Bang, U-KISS, Sistar, After School, and Som Dam Bi. After leaving YG Entertainment, he created his own label, BRAVE SOUND ENTERTAINMENT. Brave Brothers has been working on his girl group, Brave Girls, since last year. This month, Brave Girls debuted. The group consists of 5 members: Seo Ah, Yoo Jin, Eun Jung, Yeh Jin and Hye Ran. Read the rest of this entry »

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Fly with Standing Egg

April 13, 2011

Korean indie band, Standing Egg, released their latest single, “Fly”. They are a band that I stumbled upon in February with their release of Have You Ever Fallen In Love with Ra.D” (사랑에 빠져본 적 있나요). I’ve been hooked since, so if you’re looking for indie music with a soft and acoustic sound definitely check them out!

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JIN: Drama Review

April 9, 2011

Description: The story follows a brain surgeon named, Minakata Jin (Osawa Takao), who has spent the last two years in anguish, as his fiancee lies in a vegetative state after an operation he performed. One day, he faints at the hospital and awakens to find himself transported back in time to the Edo period. He is soon attacked by a samurai, but he escapes with the help of a man named Kyotaro (Koide Keisuke). Kyotaro suffers a serious injury to the head while trying to protect him, but Jin manages to save his life despite a lack of proper medical equipment. Because of that, Kyotaro’s sister, Saki (Haruka Ayase), begins taking an interest in Jin and becomes his assistant. Meanwhile, Jin is determined to find a way back to the present. (Source: TokyoGraph) Read the rest of this entry »

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Welcome Aboard, MyDramaList.com!

April 8, 2011

Now, I heard about this due to an announcement that DarkUmagon had made on DramaCrazy.

His friend has launched a site, MyDramaList.com, a while ago. Users are able to have a list of all dramas and movies ranging from Japan, South Korea, China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong. Now as the title of the site hints, you can create lists for dramas and movies. There are 5 lists that you can put each drama or movie in: currently watching, completed, plan to watch, on-hold, and dropped. I admit, I actually do this on my Microsoft Word, but now, there’s no need for it now!

Wait, the site doesn’t end there. You can also write your reviews for these dramas and movies. The reviews can be in-depth, but must not include any spoilers, and even provides categories to rate the movie and/or drama: story (overall plot), acting/cast, music, rewatchable value, and overall. The scale ranges from 1 – 10, 1 being the lowest rating and 10 the highest. Before submitting your review, you must tell how many episodes you have watched for each drama. Finally, the users can choose if the review was helpful or not. Here is an example, I submitted for the fantastic Orange Days (click for better view):

Adding actors, actresses, movies, and dramas is created by users who are registered on the site. It goes through administration after it’s submitted. So far, I added a page for Kanno Miho and have just submitted one of my favorite Japanese movies, Swing Girls. There is also a feature that I love, a recommendation list for dramas or movies which is also added by users.

There is a forum section as well to discuss with other users, you can add users as friends, and visit their profiles to see their drama and movie stats. You can see the movies and dramas you both are watching or have watched. Let’s not forget, you can leave comments on each other pages.

MyDramaList is a fantastic way to interact with other Asian drama and movie lovers! I hope it grows as time goes by because this site has great potential! So check out the site and spread the word!

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Popular Korean Exclamations!

April 6, 2011

I seriously love these guys! It’s awesome when you are watching a Korean drama or a variety show and know the exclamations being used.  One of my favorites amongst the 13 is “Assa!”. If you don’t know who these folks are, they’re from TalkToMeInKorean.com. Talk To Me In Korean is a wonderful place to… well, learn Korean. Everything is on the site is free for learning. They provide lessons, vocabulary, grammar, culture talks, and the list goes on and on.

If you plan on learning Korean or are already in the process, please, PLEASE check the site out if you haven’t! I have gotten up to lesson 13 on level 1 and its absolutely great! Since I’ve been busy my Korean studies haven’t budged since the beginning of March! Gaaaah.

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It’s the Good Life

April 6, 2011

Asssshhh! This promotion picture is tugging at my heartstrings! It’s simplistic and poignant. Sorimachi Takahashi, famous for his lead role in Great Teacher Onizuka (GTO, which I STILL haven’t watched! Gah!) and the boy add to the emotion of the picture as well. The picture is used for the upcoming drama called Good Life ~Arigato, Papa. Sayonara~ which will premiere on April 19.

The basis for the drama is the novel “Kashikogi” by author Cho Chang-in, which has sold 2 million copies in Korea since its publication in 2000. It has already been adapted as a television drama and a stage play in that country. On February 4, Shogakukan is publishing the book in Japan under the title “Good Life.” Sorimachi plays the part of Daichi Sawamoto, a newspaper reporter who has always prioritized his work over his family. When his wife suddenly leaves him, he finally notices the love he has been receiving from his son. Just as he decides to answer back, it is discovered that his son has leukemia. Igawa plays Sawamoto’s wife, Eikura plays a pediatrics specialist, and Ihara plays a doctor. – Tokyograph

Gee! This drama is calling for me and yes I will watch you, show! No fansub group(s) have offered to provide subtitles for the show yet, but I mean, it’s Sorimachi Takahashi for goodness’s sakes! And comin’, look at that picture!

{ SOURCE: Good Life Official Site }

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Artist Discovery: nadia

April 6, 2011

Welcome the electro-pop waves of the project group named nadia (나디아) under Purple Communications and SM Entertainment. The group is a duo and consists of the composer, Hwang Hyun, and female vocalist, Myung In Hee. Many people get confused and think that nadia just consist of Myung In Hee and completely exclude poor Hwang Hyun. Anyways, some may recognize the name since their cover of KARA’s “Mister” garnered much interest from SM Entertainments official YouTube channel. I was lucky to stumble upon them on Last.fm yesterday and completely fell in love with their Mister cover, a softer and soothing version of KARA’s “Mister“. An absolute gorgeous cover.

Three days after their cover, nadia released their debut digital single, Twinkling Boy. Two days after, they released their self-titled mini album on November 20, 2009. They also released two more digital singles the next month, December. Since the release of their last digital single, Love Has Bitter Ends (사랑 그 끝이 참 쓰다), in 2009, they have just vanished!

They left fans some tracks and hopefully they’ll be releasing some new material this year. Crossing my fingers!