Haha (하하)

Published on November 25, 2007 by in Profiles

Funny man Haha is a stand-up comedian, radio DJ, television host and singer! What a talented guy.

Haha first debuted in 2001 as a member of the hip hop group Jikiri. Later, Haha was recognised for his immitation of Kim Jong-kook on the popular variety show X-Man. He was a regular on this series until the show ended in early 2007.

Haha is currently engaged to former weather woman Ahn Haekyung and is known for his close friendship with rapper MC Mong. The both of them used to goof around a lot in the old days when they were starting off. Once MC Mong and Haha were on Ya shim man man together and they shared about how they used to share a motel room while traveling on gigs out of town. They had no managers, no make-up artists and it would be just the both of them.

Haha is now a celebrity in his own right and currently hosts KBS’s popular Music Bank and is one of the four MCs on MBC’s Infinity Challenge (Muhan Dojeon) along with MC Yoo Jae Seok, Park Myung Soo, No Hong chul, Jung Hyung Don and Jung Joon Ha.

Haha, at 28 is at the height of his career but has not completed his national service and might have to leave to fulfill that duty soon.

Real name: Ha Dong Hoon (하동훈)
Date of birth: August 20, 1979
Height: 175cm
Weight: 60kg

Movies:
Love in Magic (2005)

Albums:
The Beautiful Rhyme Diary (2005)

Television:
Music Bank
Infinity Challenge
Nonstop

Reference: Wikipedia

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Samsung's Anyband sings…TALK, PLAY, LOVE!

Published on November 24, 2007 by in Buzz, Music

I think Samsung made an excellent marketing move by forming Anyband. Have you guys seen Anyband’s MV? I bet you have… I love it! Okay, here’s my interpretation of it.

In a world dominated by an evil bald man, everyone is zombiefied. There’s no talk, no love, no play. No interaction!

In a world dominated by the evil-bald-man…
there’s NO TALK, NO PLAY, NO LOVE :-(


Only four individuals dare to rise up against evil-bald-man. They are…BoA, Tablo, Xiah and Jinbora who forms a band…called Anyband and brings life back to a bleak and weary world. Anyband comes to the rescue!


TABLO – The Techie Rapper

All musical instruments have been confiscated, but Tablo takes his chances with evil bald man’s security and breaks in to steal a precious electric guitar. Techie Tablo also breaks the security code and transmits Anyband’s video over giant screens.


Jinbora – The Activist

This young lady risks being caught by evil-bald-man’s security guards and puts up posters all over the place urging the people to PLAY, TALK, LOVE.

Plays a lethal keyboard rift in the background.


Xiah – The Grafitti Artist

The urge to liberate the people from the clutches of evil-bald-man is just too great for this young man. He is seen spray painting TALKPLAYLOVE on walls of the dreary streets.


BoA – The Voice

Her clear sweet voice cuts across the grey dreary world, bringing a ray of sunshine and joy to the human race. Her voice is transmitted through a satellite dish.

Anyband sings…”You can talk, you can play, you can love…It’s ok.”

They unite at the rooftop of one of the buildings downtown and sing their song – Promise You which breaks the human race out of evil-bald-man’s hypnotic trance.

Anyband communicates via what else…Samsung mobile phones!


View the Videos!
Talk, Play, Love + Promise You (Anyband)
The Making of Anyband MV in Brazil

Trivia: Xiah Junsu was very surprised to hear that he was chosen (among all the other TVXQ boys) to join Samsung’s Anyband. He says he is not confident of his looks and thus concentrates in his music.

K-popped! Trio’s message to Xiah:
Congratulations. You are so unassuming that’s why we love ya. You rock! Fighting!

Related:
Anyband meets the press
BoA, Xiah, Tablo and Jinbora are Anyband

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Kim Jong-kook releases remake single

Kim Jong-kook is getting a head start in his comeback. The 30-year-old will only complete his military service duty in March 2008, but the former Turbo singer has released an online remake of the duo’s single on Nov 23. It is entitled 2007 Reflection.


Turbo was a popular 90s dance duo and some of their hits were My Childhood Dream, Black Cat and Twist King.

Jong-kook’s remake of his former group’s tracks has two parts to it. Part One contains five songs about winter and includes Kim’s hit One Man and the title track Reflection, which is arranged in two styles – acoustic and hip hop.


Meanwhile, Part Two is made up of sweet, sentimental melodies and other hit tunes from Kim. It will only be released in January 2008.

Both parts of the remake will be on sale online as well as on the shelves of music stores (in Korea) within a month of each other.

Source: KBS Global
Pic credit: Kim Jong-kook @ Soompi & KBS Global

Related:
Kim Jong-kook rips pants while delivering rice
Kim Jong-kook (profile)

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Stars at the 2007 Blue Dragon Film Awards

Whoa, the 28th Blue Dragon Film Awards was televised live on KBS World (Astro Channel 303) just now.

Jeon Do-yeon picked up an award for Best Actress while Kong Sang-ho bagged the Best Actor trophy.

Here’s a look at some of the arrivals.

Actress Kim Hye-soo was one of the
emcees of the show. Man, the rain just ruined
her sexy chiffon dress

Kim Ha-neul in a short satin (or is it silk)
purple dress. Her arm candy is Yoon Kye-sang
(don’t you think the waist of his pants is a little high?)

Hallyu star Song Seung-hun is without a date?
And he brought flowers with him! What a shame ;-)

Mr. Perfect himself, Daniel Henney,
sports a new hairdo

Secret Sunshine co-stars, both award-winning actors,
Jeon Do-yeon (right) and Song Kang-ho (of The Host)

Err…why is Kim Tae-hee wearing a white
mushroom-like dress? Her date for the night
is Seol Kyeong-gu

My Girl actress, Park Shi-yeon’s hairstyle makes
her head look tiny. Get bigger hair, girlfriend.

Is that fur I see on 200 Pounds Beauty actor Joo Jin-mo?
Thank goodness you’re not in the US dude, or you’d
be pounced on by PETA like Rain.

Oh lookit, Jin-mo sshi’s 200 Pounds Beauty
co-star Kim Ah-joong is decked out in fur as well!
Thank goodness they are in Korea, huh?

World star Kim Yun-jin shows off her S-line (slim figure)
in this slinky black number. Go easy on the bronzer/ body shine.

My Lovely Samsoon actress Jung Ryu-won in a
Grecian-inspired ensemble. It looks good, but she always
had to hold on to the dress for some reason or other.

Asia’s most-wanted actress Im Su-jung
looking more like a high school girl than a 27-year-old.
Tell us where the Fountain of Youth is, Su-jung!

Pics credit: As stated on the pics. All sourced from Naver News.

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D-Wars to invade US homes on Jan 8

Dragon Wars a.k.a D-Wars will be released on DVD, Blu-ray™ High-Def and PSP™ on January 8, 2008 in the US!

Pet attack: Oh my goodness, who’s missing his pet Imoogi?

Helmed by Shim Hyung-rae, who is touted to be the “George Lucas of Asia”, the monster flick revolves around an ancient myth reincarnated in present day where an Imoogi (dragon-like creature) wreaks havoc in Los Angeles.

The film’s visual effects were completed with Korean CG technology. However, it has an all-American cast.

According to the press release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, the DVD will include both the widescreen and fullscreen versions on the same disc, two featurettes: 5,000 Years in the Making and Storyboard-to-Screen, and a conceptual art gallery.

Warriors: Is this from a flashback sequence or something? Ancient
warriors in modern times?

D-Wars, which was released in cinemas on Aug 1 in Korea and Sept 14 Stateside, will be available on DVD for the SLP (what does that stand for? I just lifted that off the press release) of US$28.95 (RM97.80). It comes with collectible foil packaging.

Check out: D-Wars’ official website

Pics credit: IMDb.com

Related:
D-Wars (2007)

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Seducing Mr. Perfect on Astro KIRANA (Nov 24)

Won’t be at the TVXQ concert this Saturday night (Nov 24)? Don’t worry, you can get your K-fix elsewhere, such as at Astro KIRANA, Channel 122.

You won’t find this scene in the movie, it’s from the very
hilarious teaser trailer. Watch it!

Romantic comedy Seducing Mr. Perfect, which stars the delectable Daniel Henney and plastic beauty Uhm Jung-hwa, will air at 9pm.

Except for some funny bits, I didn’t like the flick (read K-popped!’s review here). Try to catch it if you are free and tell us whether you liked it or not.

Oh, if you miss the show on Nov 24, the movie will be showing on the channel again on Nov 30 at 4.30pm.

Pic credit: HanCinema

Related:
Cheesy Seducing trailer
Seducing Mr. Perfect review

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Oh! Feel Young (2004)

Korean title: 오! 필승 봉순영 (Oh! Pil-seung, Bong Soon-young)

What’s popping:

The title. Why is it translated to Oh! Feel Young? Does Pil-seung mean “feel young” in Korean?

Anyway, I watched the drama last night/early morning and enjoyed it. It’s funny in the fish-out-of-water kind of way.

Ahn Jae-wook (안재욱) is hilarious portraying the bumbling Pil-seung. He’s a good-for-nothing lazy bum who happens to have family ties with the Chairwoman of a chain of hypermarts. When he learns of his real identity – the heir to the mega-corporation – he instantly gets a position of power at the organisation, ruffling a few feathers in the process.

One of them is the very dynamic and debonair Jae-woong (Ryu Jin, 류진 of Love Truly). The child prodigy is dissatisfied that a wastrel is entrusted with such heavy responsibilities, and threatens to quit his managerial position. However, he eventually decides to stick around and treat the situation as a challenge.

A love triangle between the men and a hypermart employee named Soon-young (Chae Rim,채림) is thrown into the mix. In the 4th episode last night, Soon-young gets chummy with Jae-woong, leaving Pil-seung heartbroken.

Pil-seung then starts to take his work seriously. With the help of his reliable assistant Yu-jeong (Park Seon-young, 박선영) – a possible love interest – the protagonist sets out to prove his worth. Yeah, game ON, people!

Nice drama, but quite late in the night.

Synopsis:

Can a guy who knows nothing about the ruthless world of wheeling and dealing succeed or will he be knocked down by the back stabbers and opportunists around him?

Slumberland: Hey, hey, hey…watch that drool!

You’ve just got to watch and see if the happy-go-lucky and uneducated Pil-seung rises to the occasion or crashes and burns…and at the same time, win the heart of his true love. Phew!

Watch it:

  • KBS World (Astro Channel 303)
  • Korean with English subtitles (yay!)
  • 11.40pm to 12.40am
  • For the days, please check your Astro guide. I can’t find mine and the online one sucks.

Source: Oh! Feel Young @ KBS World
Pics credit: HanCinema

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Cabbage calamity

This may sound funny to you, but South Korea is having a ‘cabbage crisis‘ and we all know how important the cabbage is in that part of the globe.

Shoppers queue for cabbages at the Hyundai Department Store in Seoul
taking advantage of the short cabbage sale.
The cabbage, once snubbed upon during medieval Europe,
is the most sort after green in the Orient.

There’s a shortage of this humble vegetable and prices are skyrocketing. But what may seem like a trivial problem has roots that run much deeper.

In August, floods devastated North Korea displacing about 300,000 people and submerging vast swaths of farmland. The impoverished state, who frequently faces chronic food shortages, is now facing the dangers of famine. Many civilians are now unprepared for the harsh winter to come.

South Korea’s main cabbage importer is North Korea, but with the recent disaster, South Korea now largely relies on China cabbage imports where a bundle can cost from 1,800WON – 2,000WON (RM6.50-RM7.20), a 75% price increase from last year’s North Korean cabbages.

Source: Alertnet.org, North Korean Economy Watch

Pic Credit: Joong Ang Daily

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Honey Lee at Paris Fashion Week ’07

Published on November 22, 2007 by in Buzz, Fashion

Ack! André Kim‘s hairstyle is catching on!


Lie Sang-bong, the fashion guru who designed a shower curtain for Chae Yeon, revealed his new Spring/Summer 2008 Collection during the Paris Fashion Week in September. Amongst the plastered haired models was Honey Lee modeling Lie’s futuristic creations.


Source: Fashion Windows
Pic Credit: Telgraph.co.uk, Soompi Forums

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

…at K-popped! While in cold (read: winter-like) Beijing, I didn’t see anything related to Christmas at all. But as soon as I return to sunny, tropical Malaysia, Christmas is in the air!

The shopping malls are decorated with festive trimmings, Christmas trees (albeit fake ones) have mushroomed everywhere, colourful lights are mischievously blinking behind glass windows and soon, Christmas carols will fill the air!

Now: Merry Christmas, everyone! Ho, ho, ho…

To keep up with the change in the season, the K-popped! Trio has shed their traditional Indian wear called saris and donned their most Christmassy outfits.

Rooster, who’s still in icy cold Beijing, has bundled up real nice in preparation for winter. Brrr…don’t get frostbitten Rooster! Make sure you are nice and toasty all the time!

Orchid is in the kitchen indulging in one of her many part-time hobbies – baking. Here, she makes a chocolate cake topped with whipped cream (yum!) for all our beloved K-popped! friends. Try some, people!

Meanwhile, I’m…err, all decked out for the occasion, choosing to accessorise with mistletoes! ‘d better watch out because I’m a mobile, mistletoe-equipped smooching machine. Don’t know what I’m talking about? You’ll need to decipher my speech bubble then ;-) .

But enough about us. Here’s wishing all our readers a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year! Oh, and things will definitely get “festive” around here so make sure you stay tuned to K-popped!

Before: K-popped! Trio celebrates Deepavali

K-popped! Trio’s other antics…so far:

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