Girls' Generation to launch 2nd mini album


I like their style…girls in aviator uniform and hot pants.
You can download individual pics of each of them on their official site.

If you liked their catchy tune Gee, then you’d be mighty excited to read this bit of news…

Girls’ Generation / So Nyeo Shi Dae (소녀시대) will drop their new mini album Memory, on June 25, 2009. They will perform the title song called “Tell me your wish” (소원을 말해봐) on KBS Music Bank’s comeback stage on the 26th June.

Also, stay tuned for a special teaser video which will be released tonight. Check their official website for the teaser video soon!

Girls’ Generation consist of 9 fine young ladies and here are their names: Seohyun, Sooyoung, Jessica, TaeYeon, Hyoyeon, Tiffany, Yoona, Sunny and Yuri.

UPDATE! Check out the new SNSD Genie teaser:

Source: Newsen

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Sonyeoshidae goes Gee

South Korean disaster movie Haeundae


Seol Kyung Gu and Ha Ji Won (is that you with short hair?)
at the Haeundae press day

Seol Kyung-gu‘s first public appearance after his wedding was at the Haeundae movie press day on 18 June. The Korean disaster movie Haeundae stars Seol Kyung Gu, Ha Ji Won, Uhm Jung Hwa, Lee Min Ki and Gang Ye Won.

Haeundae is directed by Yun Jae Gyun and produced by JK FILM ㈜ CJ Entertainment and has been released in 20 other countries before it opened in South Korea. Not only does it boast some of Korea’s finest actors in its cast, it is also said that the CGI for the film was done by a Hollywood CGI team. So you can be sure to expect state of the art CGI affects. Think huge realistic tidal waves…

Haeundae (해운대) is a disaster movie about a tsunami heading straight for the popular beach in Busan!

More pics, movie synopsis and trailer after the jump.

Movie synopsis:

Located on the Southeast of the Korean peninsula is the international city of Busan. A popular vacation spot on the East Sea coast, Haeundae draws one milion visitors to its beaches every year. Man-sik (Seol Kyung Gu), a native of Haeundae, went deep-sea fishing four years before and lost a co-workier in a tsunami; he has never returned. He now leads a simple life running a small sushi shop and is preparing to propose to his longtime girlfriend, Yeon-hee (Ha Ji Won).

While these seemingly banal domestic affairs unfold, geologist KIM, an expert on tsunami research, discovers the East Sea is showing signs of activity similar to the Indian Ocean at the time of the 2004 tsunami. Despite his warnings, the Disaster Prevention Agency affirms that Korea is in no harm of being hit. When he discovers a super tsunami starting in Tsushima, Japan is headed stratight for the Korean peninsula, he quickly heads down to Haeundae. Eventually, KIM gets a call about a deadly oncoming wave, with only ten minutes to spare!

While the vacationers and citizens of Busan are enjoying a peaceful, hot summer day, a super-tsunami is headed straight for Haeundae.


Cast and crew of Haeundae

Ha Ji Won, Uhm Jung Hwa & Lee Min Ki

Check out the trailer here (video courtesy of KoJa Productions)

Arrggghhh tsunami coming! Catch this exciting disaster movie starring Seol Kyung Gu and Ha Ji Won.

Haeundae movie official website

Source: Newsen
Movie synopsis via Beyond Hollywood & Soompi

Hyun Bin is not afraid to attempt a JDG role


Nope, that’s not a pic of Hyun Bin in a crew cut ready to
attend his compulsory military service…


Hyun Bin (The World They Live In, My Lovely Samsoon) and the rest of Friend, Our Legend cast graced the drama production press conference in uniform!

The press conference was held at the Riviera Hotel, Seoul on 17 June at 2pm to brief the press that the MBC weekend drama would premiere on June 27.


Over to you: Director Kwak Kyung Taek hands over the mike to Hyun Bin.

The drama is a remake of the 2001 movie Friends and Hyun Bin will play lonely rebel Han Dong-su which Jang Dong Gun played in the original movie. Hyun Bin is very brave to attempt a role that was executed so well by Jang Dong Gun. When asked if he is was afraid people would compare him with Jang Dong Gun. Hyun Bin replied, “I’m not worried.”

To prepare for his role in the drama, Hyun Bin revealed that he initially did not want to watch the movie, but ended up viewing it 20 to 30 times, repeatedly!


Hyun Bin & Kim Min-joon


The four friends in the drama


The production crew and cast attended the conference.
Director Kwak Kyung Taek, Hyun Bin, Kim Min-joon, Seo Do Young,
Wang Ji Hye, Yi Sieon, Jeong Yu Mi and Bae Gue Rin.

Source: Newsen

Lee Byung Hun in Japan & Discovery channel


Here’s an update on hallyu star Lee Byung Hun. The thirty nine year old actor who is currently working on his drama IRIS was in Japan recently to promote his movie I Come With The Rain.

I Come With The Rain was top 10 on the Japanese box office for two consecutive weeks! On the weekend it was released, the movie ranked fifth place.

Lee Byung Hun, Josh Hartnett and Takuya Kimura appeared on Japan’s SMAPxSMAP program to promote their movie. The clip was released in Japan on June 6, 2009. It’s a weird weird video.

I have no idea why that Japanese man is dressed up as a woman, and why Takuya Kimura’s hair is done up in a bun. At least Lee Byung Hun and Josh Hartnett look normal. Btw…who else loves Lee Byung Hun’s deep voice!?

Catch Lee Byung Hun on Hip Korea: Seoul Savvy which premieres at 7pm, Thursday 18 June on Discovery Channel (Astro channel 551)

Let Lee Byun Hun show you the hippest places to visit when in Seoul. He will take you to Apgujeong, Insadong and Samcheong-dong. But of course K-popped! already took you to Samcheong-dong!

Special thanks to K-popped! reader Rubie

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Ahn Jae Wook (안재욱)


This man is so unassuming and down to earth that you tend to forget how big a star he really is. Despite having thousands of fans who adore him in Korea, Japan, China, South America and the rest of Asia, Ahn Jae Wook remains very approachable and humble.

Ahn graduated from Seoul Arts University where he majored in theater. At the young age of 23, he made his first television appearance as a blind doctor in the MBC drama Song of Blind Bird.

After Song of Blind Bird, he landed a role in the weekend drama Partner which ran for three years. He was trapped in student roles until he got his big break and was offered the lead in the drama Star In My Heart. That drama catapulted him into superstar status and also kicked off his singing career.

In the final episode of Star In My Heart, Ahn’s character performed the song “Forever” in concert. “Forever” – the song was a huge hit and his first album of the same name sold 700, 000 copies. Incidentally, FOREVER is also the name of Ahn Jae Wook’s fan club.

Ahn Jae Wook paired up with Cha Tae Hyun to host the radio program KBS COOL FM Mr. Radio from April 16, 2007 – June 30, 2008. During the time Ahn and Cha were hosting Mr Radio it was the most popular radio program in South Korea! On the final broadcast of the program, Ahn told listeners that he really enjoyed his time on Mr. Radio and had not laughed so much in his life.


He is also an avid baseball fan and is known to attend live games during baseball season. Ahn also belongs to his own baseball team called Jemisama.

Ahn Jae Wook is a long standing star and meets with his fans for a 3D/2N get-together at his FOREVER Summer Camp every year without fail since 1997!

Let’s get to know this very charismatic star…

Date of birth: 12 September 1971
Height: 176cm
Weight: 65kg
Blood type: A

Family: Father, Mother, Younger brother
Favourite food: Kimchi Jjigae
Favourite actor: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro
Hobbies: Baseball, Golf, Water skiing, Photography

Management company: JABLE (he was previously with Motis but established his own company in 2009). JABLE means Jaewook + ABLE.

Albums:

* Sounds Like You (2005)
* Reds in AnJaeWook (2003)
* Yesterday (1999)
* Memories (1998)
* Forever (1997)

Dramas:

* Saranghae-I Love You (2008)
* Mr. Goodbye (2006)
* O! Pil-seung Bong Sun-yeong (오!필승 봉순영) (2004)
* Destiny (2004)
* Fairy and Swindler (선녀와 사기꾼) (2003)
* 아파트 (2001)
* Bad Friends (2000)
* Mom and Sister (2000)
* Goodbye My Love (1999)
* Sunflower (1998)
* Revenge and Passion (1998)
* Star In My Heart(별은 내가슴에) (1997)
* Three Men Three Women (1996)
* Salted Mackerel(자반고등어) (1996)
* Their Embrace(그들의 포옹) (1996)
* War And Love (전쟁과 사랑) (1995)
* Hotel (호텔) (1995)
* Partner/Jjack (1994 – 1997)
* Song of Blind Bird (눈먼 새의 노래) (1994)

Movies:

* Garden of Heaven (2003)
* Tie a Yellow Ribbon (1998)
* First Kiss (1998)
* Rub Love (1998)

Sources: Ahn Jae Wook’s Official Website, Ahn Jae Wook Forever Singapore, Asianfanatics, Wikipedia

Ahn Jae Wook – Friends MV

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[Contest] Win a beauty hamper worth RM500 from LANEIGE

Here’s your chance to win a LANEIGE hamper worth RM500! All you have to do is:

  1. Get to know all the products in the gift hamper
  2. Write about one product, and stand a chance to win all five products in the hamper!

Below is a list of five products that we will be giving away in the special LANEIGE gift hamper. Use your mouse to scroll to the right to view more and mouse-over each product to read a short description. Just select one of the products and write “Why I would like to have it…” (not more than 30 words)

Send your entries to kpopped.contest(at)gmail.com! Please include your full name, IC number and mobile phone number in the entry so we may contact you should you be our lucky winner!

YES! We are giving out hampers to 10 LUCKY WINNERS!

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  3. Winners will collect a Laneige product hamper worth RM500 at the Laneige office at Mid Valley.
  4. You may send in as many entries as you like, but only one prize per participant.
  5. Contest period: 16 – 30 June 2009.

Ji Sung & Sung Yuri team up in Swallow the Sun


Ji Sung and Sung Yuri in Las Vegas shooting their new drama, Swallow the Sun

All In (올인) creators Choi Wan Kyu (scripwriter) and Yoo Chul Yong (PD) are back with another drama entitled Swallow the Sun. With Choi Wan Kyu’s solid story line and PD Yoo’s powerful directing, the 2003 drama All In was a major hit which made Lee Byung Hun and Song Hye Kyo hallyu stars.

In Swallow the Sun, Ji Sung (New Heart) teams up with Sung Yuri (Hong Gil Dong). The pair are currently shooting the drama on overseas location and will be filming in Las Vegas.


Sung Yuri shooting a scene

Before Las Vegas, Ji Sung and Sung Yuri who are traveling with a 74 staff strong production crew were shooting in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The drama promises some awesome scenes which includes the brilliant South African scenery as well as world class circus performance by the Cirque Du Soleil troupe.

Ji Sung started training for his drama four months prior to shooting and his rigorous training includes picking up scuba diving skills, weight training, boxing and taekwondo. Also, as soon as he found out that his character in the drama rides a bike, Ji Sung went out to purchase a motorbike to ride around. He has a deep affection for the role says insiders.

Swallow the Sun will air in July 2009 on SBS.


Ji Sung filmed more than 12 hours underwater
to get an illegal gambling scene right


Ji Sung wanders off alone in a war torn land


Scenes from Africa


Don’t forget to catch Ji Sung in this explosive drama in July!


Sources: Newsen, MyDaily

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Pictures of Rain’s Fashion Concert in Hong Kong

Check out these official pictures of Rain’s Fashion Concert in Hong Kong on June 6.

As reported earlier, Lee Da-hae was the anchor model for the event, which was held at the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Center.

Eye for fashion: ‘Oh, look at that gorgeous top – I designed it!’

About 5,000 people attended the fashion show where Rain’s latest Six-to-Five collection was shown to the masses.

On stage: Rain makes sure it’s a sturdy stage

Sing a song: The entrepreneur belts a tune for his models –
multitasking is the best way to go especially during these difficult times

Tips: ‘Whoa, whoa slow down girl. You’ve gotta walk a little
slower in that thing for the best effect.’

Eclectic taste: ‘I lurve singing into a mic that’s
on a fuzzy, hairy stand.’

Curtain call: Rain gets ready for his final bow

Take a bow: ‘Man, that Indian dinner didn’t quite agree with me.
I’m off to the toilet immediately after this.’

In demand: Everyone wants to shake Rain’s hand

Source: Hankooki

Related:
Lee Da-hae follows Rain to Hong Kong for Fashion Concert

Rain’s Fashion Concert in Hong Kong

Rain’s Six to Five Fashion Show / Concert

Friend, Our Legend premieres June 27


Friend, we’ve gotta make this drama a hit!

New stills for Hyun Bin and Kim Min-joon‘s drama Friend, Our Legend has been released. The drama is a remake of the 2001 hit movie “Friend”, and is also directed by the same director of the movie, Kwak Kyung Taek. Anticipation for the drama is rising as new stills are released and many who are fans of the movie are pleased at the similar feel of the drama.

This will be a 100% pre-produced drama, which means all episodes have been filmed before it starts airing. The cast and crew worked almost every day for four months in Busan, where the drama was filmed. Kim Min-jung, who’s a native of Busan had no problems with the dialect, but Hyun Bin had to practice hard to get the thick southern accent down pat.


Chingoos (left: Hyun Bin, right: Kim Min-joon)


Hyun Bin & Kim Min-joon in Ireland (2004)

Both Hyun Bin and Kim Min-joon are working together for the second time in this drama. They were both in the 2004 drama Ireland together.

Friend, Our Legend will air on June 27, 2009 on MBC.

Here are more scenes from the drama…



Sources: Newsen, MK

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Our visit to 63 Building


If you are a tourist, like us, be sure to grab one of those
guide maps to help you navigate around the building

All of a sudden I have the urge to blog about our travels. So here’s an entry on 63 Building in Yeouido Island, Seoul.

We visited Yeouido on a cloudy Sunday morning last autumn. K-popped! Trio took the subway from the heart of Seoul (Jongno-3-ga stop) to Yeouido. First we attended service at the biggest church in the world, Yeouido Full Gospel Church. Here in Yeuido is where most of the broadcasting stations are located. The MBC, SBS and KBS buildings are all in this area. After church, we walked along the tree-lined sidewalk taking in the beautiful autumn scenery and visited Noryangjin Fish Market and 63 Building (63 빌딩).


We opted to take a cab for the short journey to 63 Building because it
started to drizzle. Cabs in Korea all have very sophisticated gadgets,
like what you see in this one…equipped with GPRS & Tmoney payment sytem.

Daehan Life Insurance 63 Building is more well known as just 63 Building. The skyscraper which stands 249 meters (817 feet) high is the 3rd tallest building in South Korea, and it overlooks the Han River.


Rooster & Liz in front of 63 Building


Walking to one on the entrances of 63 Building

63 Building is a suitable place to take your kids out on a family outing. I’m sure couples love going on a date at the observatory at nights too.

There’s lots to do at this building. On a Sunday afternoon, we saw many local folks with their families simply enjoying the day.

Main attractions at the 63 Building are:

  • SKY DECK (top floor observatory with a splendid view)
  • SKY ART (the highest art museum in the world)
  • SEAWORD
  • IMAX THEATER

Tickets for the entry to SKY ART will include SKY DECK. A ticket for all three (Observatory+Aquarium+IMAX theater) costs 26,000 won (adult) | 23,000 won (teen) | 20,000 won (child).

We didn’t go for any of those because the queue that day was just too long.

There are also lots of options for food at the 63 Building. From fine dining at the luxurious Buffet Pavilion which offers 200 varieties of worldwide cuisine, to Lotteria – a Korean fast food joint to the classic European-style cafe Beans & Berries, there’s surely something for every palette.

Align Center


We opted to have lunch at the Food Court and ordered a giant bowl of Bibimbap (a couple’s dish because it’s meant for two. So romantic!) and a bowl of cold soba noodles. Both really yummy. Sigh, i miss Korean food.


Top: Giant bibimbap
Bottom: Cold soba noodles

Other places we visited in Yeouido (Yoido):
Beautiful Autumn sights in Seoul
Noryangjin Fish Market
Sunday service at Yoido Full Gospel Church

More stories of our trip to Seoul