Jakarta (2000)

Korean title: 자카르타 (Ja-ka-reu-ta)

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A thoroughly entertaining caper movie that is a little rough around the edges. It reminds me of The Usual Suspects, where your initial perception of things isn’t necessarily what’s actually going on. The movie then rewinds time to show you the real situation, leading you to another conclusion altogether.

Such a grand concept can easily be messed up but director Jung Cho-shin (2003′s Love: Impossible) handles it rather well. At the most, the flick is a little sloppy.

For one, it doesn’t give you any warning when it begins its flashback. It’s such a brief blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment. Also, the complicated web of intrigue takes a while to digest and I found myself connecting and re-connecting the dots again and again in my head. Is a caper flick supposed to make you think so much? :-P

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the movie. I got sleepy-eyed during the first hour when the story unfolded linearly, but was wide awake when the real situation is being revealed. Must be all that mental stimulation, which might not be such a good thing to some.

The plot:

Three sets of robbers are unfortunate enough to pick the same bank to rob at the same time! They foil up each other’s plans, or so it seems. However, the situation is so messed up that things may just be going according to plan!

Oh, and why Jakarta? Apparently, Jakarta is a slang for the Perfect Crime.

Watch it:

  • Astro KIRANA (Channel 122)
  • Nov 2 (4.15pm), 7 (11am), 13 (9.15am), 18 (12am) & 29 (11.45pm)
  • Korean with English or Bahasa Malaysia subtitles

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Song Hye-kyo on the cover of Chinese Cosmopolitan

Published on November 6, 2007 by in Buzz, Travel

Dear readers,

Thank you for wishing us well on our holidays and for the tips & pointers. Today, for the first time in my entire life, i walked in downtown Beijing. Rooster took us to the Silk Street Market to shop.

Guess what Liz spotted at a news stand? Song Hye-gyo on the cover of Cosmopolitan. Here’s Liz pointed out the magazine to you…

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K-popped! in Beijing

Two-thirds of the K-popped! Trio crossed the oceans in the wee hours of the morning today to reunite with the K-poplet.

Dawn breaks while K-popped! was still thousands of feet in
the air. Yes, those are clouds.

If you don’t know what the heck we are talking about, suffice to say that the K-popped! Trio (now more “complete” than ever) is taking a brief break from monitoring the Hallyu in Malaysia, but will be zeroing in on all things Korean in Beijing!

Yes dear friends, do bear with us for the next couple of weeks as we bring you Chinese-flavoured K-popped! reports.

First up is a stall selling Korean foodstuff at Carrefour, a French international hypermarket chain. We stumbled upon it while doing a little grocery shopping today.

The Korean foodstall in Carrefour, Beijing

The Korean stall sells an assortment of kimchi and other foods which I don’t even know the names of :-P .

Chinese lady in a blue hanbok talking shop with
another lady

The ladies manning the stall donned hanboks and one of them was even preparing bibimbap!

The other lady manning the shop was busy
cooking :-)

Stay tuned for more! But for now, excuse us while we go thaw ourselves by the heater.

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Soundtrack crooners get own concert

Published on November 5, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

Japanese fans have requested for a concert from Korean drama soundtrack singers and they will be getting one.

To be held at the Prince Hotel in Shinagawa, Tokyo on Nov 18, the OST (original soundtrack) concert will see singers like Just (famous for his songs in the dramas Damo, Green Rose and My Lovely Sam-soon), Kim Tae-hoon (drama Resurrection) and Jo Eun (What Happened in Bali and Fire Bird) taking the stage to serenade fans.

According to the concert organiser Prost Media, the upcoming concert will be the 2nd of its kind as interest in original soundtracks of Korean dramas has risen.

Source & Pic credit: KBS Global

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Lee Dong-wook (이동욱)

The My Girl heartthrob is holding a fan meeting-cum-birthday party on Nov 11, 2007 – apparently, his final fan gathering before being shipped off to military service next year. Wait, what’s that sound, I hear? Ah, the hearts of a million girls breaking ;-P.

(By the way, Dong-wook’s birthday is tomorrow).

Hang in there ladies, I’m sure the 26-year-old will leave us with a parting gift before he dons his uniform and shiny boots.
It is said that he is working on a movie with Love Truly sweetie Eugene. The flick is entitled The Man Book 198 Pieces (yes, please, don’t ask).

There’s very little about the model-turned-actor in English so this is about all I have for you.

Dong-wook sshi, I’m sure your birthday bash will be fantastic as fans from the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand are planning to make the trip to Korea to see ya. Eh, orang Malaysia ada pergi tak? (Hey, any Malaysians going?)

Name: Lee Dong-wook
Date of birth: Nov 6, 1981
Height: 185cm
Weight: 78kg
Blood type: B
Education: Saejung University

Movies:

  • The Man Book 198 Pieces/ Page 198 in His Book (2008)
  • The Best Romance (2007)
  • Arang (2006)

TV Dramas:

  • Bittersweet Life (2008)
  • My Girl (2005)
  • Hanoi Bride (2005)
  • Precious Family (2004)
  • Island Village Teacher (2004)
  • Merry Go Round (2003)
  • Alcohol Land (2003)
  • Loving You (2002)
  • Honest Living (2002)
  • Let’s Go (2002)
  • Drama City – Happier than Heaven (2001)
  • A Dreaming Family (2001)
  • Pure Heart (2001)
  • School 3 (2000)
  • School 2

Source: Wikipedia & Lee Dong Wook @ Soompi
Pic credit: Premiere

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Brian Joo and Shiwon cuddle

Published on November 5, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

One-half of Fly to the Sky duo, Brian Joo and 1/13 of SuJu, Shi-won, decided to steal a cuddle on a program. Not sure when this was taken but the guys seem so cosy and comfortable in the pic below. Aww….

Brian Joo attempts a lap dance for Shiwon


Pic credit: DAN,
Soompi

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2007 Love Concert

Published on November 4, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

18 South Korean singers/groups gathered at Seoul Olympic park on 04 November 2007 for the 8th Love Concert.

Big Bang


Wonder Girls

Super Junior (Suju)

The Hosts

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Yoon Eun-hye appears on TV in The Vineyard Man

Published on November 4, 2007 by in Dramas, Tee Vee

Fans of Coffee Prince’s Yoon Eun-hye will be pleased to know that she will appear on Malaysian television soon in the drama The Man in the Vineyard.

Korean Title: 포도밭 그사나이 / Podopat Geusanai
Episodes
: 16
Airs on
: 8TV, 7pm (Mon – Fri) starting November 08, 2007

It was broadcasted in Korea on 2006-July-24 to 2006-Sept-12 on KBS2. The plot reads like a romance novel. :-)

The drama stars Yoon Eun-hye and Oh Man-suk as the leads. Fans of Kim Ji-suk (who’s currently in the drama Likeable or Not with Han Ji-hye), well, you get to see him here too!


Has anyone seen this drama? Is it good?

Pics credit: KBS The Vineyard Man Official Site

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Yoon Eun-hye slips on some Levi’s…


…and they fit her like a second skin. Everybody’s sweetheart Yoon Eun-hye (23), who is also the most-read Hallyu star in K-popped!, puts on some skinny Levi’s jeans to flaunt her sexy and slim figure.


The 168cm actress shows off her long, long legs and pushes out a cute ‘lil tush while giving us the come hither look. Smokin’!

Stop drooling, boys.

Pics credit: sw3etxsarang @ Soompi

I want to know more about the Coffee Prince star!

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Hyori & Jessica for Isa Knox

The lovely Lee Hyo-ri and Jessica Alba appear on a poster for Korean cosmetics brand Isa Knox.


Hyo-ri gets a classic look complete with ruby red (kissable) lips while Jessica gets a nude look. I think the concept is to show the contrast between a day and night look.

The pair was in Vancouver, Canada in August this year to film a commercial for the brand.

Pic credit: daum & suejinners @ Soompi

Related:
Hyo-ri and Jessica are liars
Lee Hyo-ri and Jessica Alba team up for commercial

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