Bad Love – Episode 11

In this episode, we get to hear Kwon Sang-woo sing! Yeah, he sings his heart out at the karaoke plus, you hear him singing “Erases of the heart” in the background during the scene where he visits his arty farty home and tears up his picture with In-jung. This is the track that did not make in into the Bad Love OST. So what do you think? Can KSW sing? Hmmm…i think oppa should stick to his day job. ;-)

Episode 11 opens with the dramatic scene at Samcheok beach. Kang Joo-ran came to further show her disgust towards Na In-jung (Lee Yo-won) and her husband, the adulterer who started the mess in the first place rushed over – to defend In-jung.

Lee Su-hwan (Kim Sung-su) raises his hand to his wife.
“Don’t you dare hit In-jung again… or i’ll beat you i swear!”

He stops Joo-ran from causing bodily harm to In-jung and raised his hand to threaten to hit his estranged wife. In-jung is so fed-up of the never-ending abuse and embarrassment because of something that happened more than 5-years ago, that she asks Joo-ran if she kneels before her, would this end once and for all? Lee Su-hwan cannot bear this, and offers to kneel to apologize instead!

Na In-jung is fed up of this family. She walks away from
Joo-ran who wrecked
her career, Su-hwan who loved
her and left her,
Yong-gi who still loves her.

Kang Yong-gi (Kwon Sang-woo) joins the company and more drama ensues. In the end, Su-hwan bows in apology to both Joo-ran and Yong-gi.

Su-hwan’s moment of truth – in apology,
he genuflects before his wife Joo-ran for not loving her as he ought
to and to Yong-gi
for causing so much pain when he was with In-jung.

The photo Yong-gi tears up…

While he is back in the sea-side town of Samcheok, Yong-gi visits his old house. He tears up a photo with him and In-jung in it and he sits on the “red see-saw love bench” he made for In-jung. [Here you will hear Kwon Sang-woo singing in the background.]

Yong-gi reminisce his relationship
In-jung and nurses his broken heart

Poor Yong-gi, despite putting up a brave front to his Stepmother and family, he is really heart-broken and finds comfort and a listening ear in his friend Christian. Yong-gi tells Christian that since he was young, everyone whom he truly loved has left him – his mother, his first girlfriend who committed suicide, his abeoji (who passed away recently) and now, Na In-jung.

What do Korean men do when they are sad? They drink
like crazy and sing their hearts out
at the noraebang (karoake).
Yong-gi sings while Christian looks on.

Yong-gi: My heart hurts so much i feel like it’s gonna explode!
Why do all those whom i love leave me?

Christian then asked Yong-gi if his father was a good or bad man? Yong-gi said, “I will answer this…he was a father who loved me.”

“I hated my father for leaving my mother.
I hated my father for not supporting
what i wanted to do.
But most of all, i hated his hypocrisy.
Ironically, now i am turning out to be exactly like him.”

Su-hwan has the urge to meet with In-jung again, but In-jung says that there’s nothing left to talk about and she would rather not see him again. Su-hwan has another one of his “attacks” after the meeting. The man is suffering from a serious illness.

Su-hwan & In-jung’s favourite meeting place -
at the Samcheok docks

The next day, Yong-gi, who is Chairman of
Daehan Construction attends to business matters. His company will be building a resort in the beautiful sea-side town of Samcheok. The catch is, they would need to demolish the market and an old folks home there called “House of Hope“. It is at this “House of Hope” that In-jung frequents to cheer the occupants and help out in whatever way she can. It is a sort of therapy to help her forget her painful past and move on.

A complication has cropped up and the landowner has run off with the compensation money that Daehan Construction paid. As a result, the villagers (who own stalls at the market) and caretaker of the “House of Hope” are the victims.

Despite the complication, Yong-gi makes an executive
to carry on with the demolition work.
He will not re-compensate the villagers.

Yong-gi meets up with Assemblyman Kim who gave the permit to demolish the old settlements in Samcheok for development of the proposed resort. It seems that Su-hwan made some “special” arrangements with this politician to get the permit. Yong-gi makes it clear that he is not going to carry on the “special” relationship. The Assemblyman is not happy at all.

Yong-gi does things his way and refuses to
bribe his way to get Assemblyman Kim’s favour

While in Samcheok, Yong-gi decides to visit the House of Hope – which his company will demolish soon. He meet’s In-jung there and they have a brief chat. Before, at the dramatic beach scene, Yong-gi told In-jung that he does not know what to do with her yet. But now, he has decided…he intends to keep her close, to keep seeing her.

Yong-gi: I’ve decided to keep seeing you.
I want you next to me – so you can see what kind
of man you’ve made me become.

Finally, Su-hwan and Joo-ran gets a divorce

The villagers of Samcheok put up a protest against the development work for the new Blue Sky resort project. Samchun and In-jung are caught between the protest and knowing that Yong-gi heads Daehan Construction.

Yong-gi reads in the morning papers about the villagers’
protest on his construction project

Yong-gi heads to Samcheok and spots In-jung marching with the villagers. Yong-gi then says if In-jung would come to Seoul to work at his construction company, he would call off the demolition work. All she has to do is call him.

It’s a game of love: Do as i say, and i will call off the
demolition. Your precious
“House of Hope” will be safe.

Upon hearing of the trouble Daehan Construction is in, Stepmother is concerned and has a chat with Yong-gi. She is worried of the plummeting share prices and that Yong-gi will run the business to the ground.

Yong-gi tells his Stepmother, “If the business goes under,
i’ll just close down the company. But don’t worry,
you and Joo-ran will be well taken care off.”

Yong-gi waits all night for In-jung to call.

Dawn approaches and the stubborn In-jung has not called. This will be the day of the demolition. Yong-gi dispatches a crane to tear down the House of Hope. In-jung runs and positions herself in front of the crane. Thus ends episode 11 of Bad Love.

Yong-gi observes as In-jung protects the
“House of Hope” with her life

Will In-jung cave in? Or will Yong-gi?

Find out in the next episode…

Join us – read & discuss:
Bad Love – Episode 12

Previous episodes:
Bad Love – Episode 1
Bad Love – Episode 2
Bad Love – Episode 3
Bad Love – Episode 4
Bad Love – Episode 5
Bad Love – Episode 6
Bad Love – Episode 7
Bad Love – Episode 8
Bad Love – Episode 9
Bad Love – Episode 10

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Jewelry antes up sex appeal

When I came across pictures of these ladies “sexily” pouting and arching their backs for the camera, the first thought that came to mind was “how trashy”…and promptly ignored them.

Hot or not?: Jewelry milks their sex appeal for all its worth

However, a friend commented that guy readers would appreciate more sexy women on our site, as opposed to K-popped!’s natural gravitation towards hot men. Sorry for alienating all the boys out there…hello, are there any?

So here you are, guys: Jewelry is a quartet that is making a comeback with their 5th album, which will be released on Feb 20.

The group, which debuted back in 2001, even has a new line-up! What with Jo Min-ah and Lee Ji-hyun leaving the group, new members Kim Eun-jung and Ha Ju-yeon have slipped into their shoes.

Newbie 1: Ha Ju-yeon needs to lose the oversized shades. It’s not
doing her any favours

Newbie 2: Kim Eun-jung is a cutie pie :-)…but is that a wig?

Existing Jewelry girls Park Jung-ah and Suh In-young will be trying to relive Jewelry’s glory days (if they had any) with the newcomers.

Original gem 1: Park Jung-ah shows off a lot of cleavage

Original gem 2: Suh In-young is overdoing her sexy poses

In preparation for their comeback, the girls filmed the MV for their new track entitled (Hit me, baby?) One More Time (원 모어 타임).

Bling bling: The new Jewelry line-up

Do you think the gals are sexy or trashy?

Source: Asia Finest & PopSeoul
Pics credit: Hankooki

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JYP and entourage tour US

Producer/singer Park Jin-young and his army of talents are set to entertain the masses Stateside with the launch of The JYP Tour.

Tour announcement as seen on JYP’s MySpace site

The 36-year-old, who made his stage comeback last year, will be toplining the concerts with appearances by his protégés: girl group Wonder Girls, J-Lim, Min and G-Soul.

The tour, which is a continuation of JYP’s Bad Party concerts in Korea, kicks off at the WaMu Theater, New York Madison Square Garden on Feb 29.

JYP and his entourage will then roll into the Los Angeles Wiltern Theater on March 8. The gang will also be making stops in Atlanta and San Francisco.

Although the current tour is headlined by JYP, the talented man plans to turn it into an Asian music festival featuring top artists in the future.

Tickets to The JYP Tour can be purchased at

In other semi-related news, you could find yourself sharing the stage with JYP, if you’ve got what it takes to be one of his protégés!

JYPE audition call. Hit the picture to enlarge it.

JYP Entertainment is holding auditions in New York and Los Angeles, so here’s your chance to be mentored by the man.

NY auditions
Date: March 9, 2008
Venue: Open Center, Koreavillage Open Center
Time: 1pm

LA auditions
Date: March 15, 2008
Venue: Inside Banquet, JJ Grand Hotel
Time: 10am

Further details at: (the site is pretty unstable)

Source: KBS Global & JYP’s MySpace site

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Lee Joon-ki (이준기)

It’s about time we profiled the pretty boy (yes, don’t let the picture throw you off. It’s a he!). The model-turned-actor is a martial arts enthusiast whose first TV appearance was back in 2001. It was in a commercial for the fashion label So Basic.

He then landed minor roles in various dramas in the following years, but hit it big when he was aptly cast as an effeminate entertainer in the period flick The King and the Clown (2005).

Set in the 15th century, Lee plays Gong-gil, an entertainer forced to satisfy the sexual and emotional cravings of King Yeonsan. The film became one of the highest-grossing locally-made flicks in South Korea.

After getting noticed, the 26-year-old appeared in a supporting role for the Lee Da-hae and Lee Dong-wook drama, My Girl. His movie, Fly, Daddy, Fly was released in 2006. The following year, the actor toplined the action drama Time Between Dog and Wolf.

Currently, the androgynous actor is trying to expand his influence overseas. He has appeared in a Japanese-Korean joint production, was approached by Chinese director Chen Kaige to make a movie, and inked a contract with Emperor Entertainment Group to aid his endeavours in the Chinese-speaking territories of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

In Oct 2007, the Busan native was honoured with the Rising Star Award at the Hawaii International Film Festival.

The latest news on the rising star is that he’s about to launch his career in China through a remake of a very popular Chinese drama series.

Ladies and gentlemen, pretty boy actor Lee Jun-ki:

Name: Lee Jun-ki/ Lee Joon-ki (이준기)
Date of birth: April 17, 1982
Height: 178cm
Weight: 66kg
Blood type: B
Family: Parents and a younger sister
Education: Seoul Arts College, majored in acting
Martial arts: 1st degree in Hapkido and Taekyon, 3rd degree in Taekwondo


  • Virgin Snow (2007) – Korea/Japan co-production
  • May 18 / Splendid Day (2007)
  • Fly, Daddy, Fly (2006)
  • The King and the Clown (2005)
  • Flying Boys (2004)
  • Hotel Venus (2004) – Japan production

TV dramas:

  • Time Between Dog and Wolf (2007)
  • 101 Proposal – cameo (2006)
  • My Girl (2005)
  • Drama City, Eps 234 “What Should I Do?” (2004)
  • Star’s Echo (2004)
  • Nonstop 4 (2003)

Source: Wikipedia
Pic credit: HanCinema

I’m curious about Lee Jun-ki. Gimme more!

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Wonderful Days (2002)

Korean title: 원더풀 데이즈 (Won-deo-pool De-i-jeu)

What’s popping:

My first animated Korean flick. I rather enjoyed the futuristic sci-fi movie even if I was trying to “grasp the big picture” throughout most of the show. Either the subtitles didn’t do the movie justice or the narration wasn’t clear.

I understand that the film has been released in the US and Britain under the name Sky Blue. Has any of our British or American readers seen the film on the big screen? My copy was the original Korean version with English subtitles.

The Matrix comes to mind when watching the movie. While the Keanu Reeves flick is about Man vs. Machine, this flick is about Man vs. Man. Let me elaborate.

Ecoban is a self-contained city built by survivors of a civilisation that has been destroyed by war and pollution. As the Earth’s natural resources dwindle and pollution increases, Ecoban creates and continues to feed on pollution.

Bullet time: Quick, put on some shades and a cloak and do
that back-bend thingy, Jay!

However, only a selected few are chosen to live in “Zion” leaving many to perish outside the city. That’s where Neo – sorry, I mean Shua, comes in.

Shua is the only man who is determined to clear the skies so everyone can enjoy fresh air and sunshine once again. Actually, it’s also a promise to the woman he loves.

Uh-huh, a love story is the main thrust of the movie. Of course, since Shua is one of the outcasts, his lady love would have to be someone from Ecoban, a high-ranking security officer named Jay.

Point blank: How can we be lovers if we can’t be friends?
Shua (left) and Jay face-off.

There’s a little bit of a love triangle between Shua, Jay and the Chief of Security as well. Apart from that, there’s the struggle between the high and mighty Ecoban-ians and the Marrians (those who are outside the city).

As for the technical aspect of the movie, I think it is perfect for the show. At least I wasn’t cringing at the CGI effects like when I was watching D-War.

The plot:

Set in AD 2142, a perpetually gloomy, rainy and polluted land is created by Man to fuel the unpolluted city of Ecoban.

Big wind blows: A John Woo wind-in-the-hair moment

Those outside the city, the Marrians, work for the Ecoban-ians. However, one Marrian’s determination to see a glimpse of sunshine and blue sky drives him to infiltrate the supposedly impenetrable fortress of a city. While there, he goes face-to-face with his old flame, Jay.

Will she rat out on him or will they mend their relationship and…save the day?

Watch it:

Please buy the DVD. Yes, this one’s from my friend’s stash as well.

Wonderful Days OST

Source on MV: waseline21 @ YouTube

One of the extra features in the DVD was this MV from the movie’s OST. It is sung by Yi Sung-yol and the title of the song is 비상 (Bi-sang = Fly High). I think it’s a beautiful number; Yi Sung-yol’s haunting vocals has been likened to U2’s frontman Bono. If he sounds familiar to you, it’s because he also sang Be My Lover for the highly-popular K-drama My Lovely Sam-soon.

Don’t just take my word for it. Watch snippets from the movie and listen to the song now!

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Park Chan-wook hunts down female lead for Bat

Korean actresses are turning down the lead role of director Park Chan-wook‘s (I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK) latest project because the film will contain explicit sex scenes, similar to the ones in Ang Lee’s Lust, Caution.

Searching: Park Chan-wook wants an actress who’d
go butt naked for his new flick

Entitled Bat, the film is a love story of sorts. Award-winning actor Song Kang-ho (The Host, Secret Sunshine) is already cast as the male lead. He plays a scientist who is curious about vampires. His experiments lead him to a secluded colony where he meets a married couple and falls in love with the wife.

Going Bat-ty: Song Kang-ho has reportedly
signed on as the male lead

It is also reported that the film, which is described as a “horrific” and “shocking Gothic film”, has received much attention from the local and international market. French film distributor, Wild Side, has even bought the rights to the film, which is still in the planning stage.

A source from the production team said: “There are a few female actresses who are highly motivated to take the role. (However) we are also considering fresh faces (such as Tang Wei for Lust, Caution). We are not in a hurry because this is the very first stage of preparation and we are open to many possibilities.”

Source: HanCinema
Pics credit: StarNews & HanCinema

Kim Ok-bin is leading lady in Park Chan-wook’s new flick

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Kick the Moon (2001)

Korean title: 신라의 달밤 (Shin-rai Dal-bam)

What’s popping:

Kim Hye-soo is really adorable in this movie. She plays a sassy local restaurant owner who comes in between two former high school buddies.

The funny thing about the friends is, both of them chose unexpected career paths. The bad boy of the school Gi-dong (Cha Seung-won, 차승원) turned into a strict schoolteacher(!), while the smart kid in town, Yeong Joon (Lee Seong-jae, 이성재), is now an elite member of the revered Gil-Nam gang!

Their paths cross once again, and the men recall the fateful night that changed their lives forever. They share a couple of laughs over it and seem to be the best of friends, until they meet Joo-ran (Kim Hye-soo, 김혜수), the sister of Gi-dong’s troublemaker student Joo-seop.

Both men fall for her and declare war on each other in their efforts to win the hand of the ramyeon restaurant owner. It’s funny to see what the men get up to to get the attention of Joo-ran.

Gi-dong, the physical education teacher, starts weight-training, while Yeong Joon, who never leaves home without his men goes on a rather crowded (and boisterous) date with Joo-ran.

Two men and a lady: Joo-ran (Kim, centre) watches as the two men fight over her

Also, check out how Joo-ran, who is in want of a helper at the restaurant, gets the men to voluntarily help her out. Or the part where she orders them to hold hands (and swing it!) while walking home in order to salvage their friendship. She’s one sassy minx indeed.

But things get complicated (as it always does) when Yeong Joon’s dealings with a local Big Brother turn sour. The old friends, who have a harmless rivalry going on, may now have to put aside their competitive streak and team up for old time’s sake.

The plot:

BFF?: Bleeding together are Gi-dong (Cha, left) and Yeong Joon (Lee)

Two former highschool buddies reunite and promptly find themselves falling for the same woman. However, both men will also have to deal with and overcome their personal problems. Will they remain friends or become enemies? Will it be a classic case of love vs. friendship?

Watch it:

Please get the DVD.

My copy was part of the stash I took from my friend’s house. OK, so I took 7 movies, which means I’m almost done with all of them. Almost….

Pics credit: HanCinema

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Chae Yeon & Andy heat up stage

Happy together: Aww, look at that goofy grin on Chae Yeon,
she’s so happy to be on stage with Andy

Andy of popular K-pop boyband Shinhwa and Chae Yeon paired up for cable music channel Mnet during the live broadcast of M Countdown on Jan 31.

Wink, wink: ‘Yeah, I’m with sexy, who are ya with?’

Duo: ‘Just the two of us, we can make it if we try,
just the two of us…you and I ;-)’

Twenty seven-year-old Andy released his 1st solo album entitled Andy the First New Dream recently and have been doing the promotional rounds for it.

Chae Yeon lends her voice to the album in a duet entitled Timing.

Extensions: Goodness gracious Chae Yeon, I can see your
hair extensions from all the way in Malaysia!

Hairy problem: Chae Yeon adjusts her hair extensions and…hey,
is that dancer trying to cop a feel right there? :-P

Emcees: After all that prancing around, the pair decide to host the show

Source & Pics credit: Hankooki & Newsen

Andy’s New Dream

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Bad Love Samchun is an old rocker

Below is a picture of old rockers band called “Sanulrim. Do you recognize any of them?

File pic – Members of Sanulrim celebrate their
30th anniversary concert in 2007 in Seoul.
From left: Kim Chang-hoon, Kim Chang-wan
and Kim Chang-ik.
Pic credit: Yonhap

The one in the middle plays Kwon Sang-woo‘s “samchun” (whom we affectionately call on this blog) in the Korean drama Bad Love. His character is called Hwang In-soo (

Episode 10 recap has a pic of samchun.]

Samchun’s real name is Kim Chang-wan (김창완). He is a member of the Korean rock trio Sanulrim (산울림). The name of the group means “Mountain Echo” in Korean and the three members are all brothers. Kim Chang-wan, the oldest, sang vocals and played guitar, while Kim Chang-hun played rhythm guitar, bass and keyboards and Kim Chang-ik played the drums.

Sanulrim debutted in 1977 with the album “Anibeolsseo” (Ah! Already?) and went on to release many other hit songs over the next 30 years ranging from rock songs, ballads to children’s songs.

Kim Chang-wan is currently active as a musician and actor in Korea. He starred in the hit dramas “Behing the White Tower” and “Coffee Prince(Which character? Anyone knows?). Of course we all know him as “samchun” in “Bad Love“.

Well, one of the brothers (the youngest) Kim Chang-ik (50) passed away in Vancouver, Canada. The cause of death has not been confirmed.

Kim Chang-wan official website

Source: The Korea Times

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Son Dam-bi struts the catwalk for Swarovski

Dancer/ singer/ female version of Rain sashayed down the catwalk this afternoon (Jan 31) at the Swarovski 2008 S/S Collection fashion show.

‘Move aside, chickadees. The star is in da house!’

‘Romeo, oh Romeo. Where art thou, Romeo?’

The 25-year-old, who was the main model for the event was dripping in shiny creations from the luxury brand name. She looked great, but the pink/red eye make-up is too much.

Dam-bi sure loves her bling bling

‘Doncha wish your girlfriend was hot like me?’

‘Hmm, what’s that weight I feel on my chest?’

Finally, the photogs go wild when Dam-bi shows
off her cute ‘lil tush

Source & Pics credit: Newsen

Son Dam-bi heads to Los Angeles, too
Son Dam-bi continues to charm the Japanese
Son Dam-bi

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