Thursday, March 29, 2012

"Celebrity couple Simon D & Lady Jane release their first collaboration track, “Six Thirty”" plus 19 more

"Celebrity couple Simon D & Lady Jane release their first collaboration track, “Six Thirty”" plus 19 more


Celebrity couple Simon D & Lady Jane release their first collaboration track, “Six Thirty”

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 09:03 AM PDT

Celebrity couple Simon D and Lady Jane have dropped their first collaboration track!

According to Lady Jane's agency, "The digital single ‘Six Thirty‘ is a ballad with the lyrics written by both Lady Jane and Simon D. The song describes two people who are going through pain along with despair and they’re scarred over their past relationship."

The tick-tock of the clock and the conversation that takes place between the lovers in the song’s intro foreshadows a sad breakup, and both Simon D and Lady Jane do an excellent job of conveying each heartbreaking emotion that accompanies a painful separation.

Give it a listen below!

Source & Image: Melon
Tip: Jae

Super Junior’s Yesung takes a selca with his good looking younger brother

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 08:31 AM PDT

Super Junior‘s Yesung and his equally handsome little brother took a selca together, proving that good looks must run in the family.

On March 29th, Yesung uploaded the selca on Twitter, and wrote, “I visited with my good looking (?) little brother Jong Jin, and then went to Heestory. Heechul hyung, I kept my loyalty [to you].” Fans were surprised at the similarity between the two brothers with some commenting that they could be twins.

Followers commented, “Good looking brothers. Your parents must be proud,” and “Without his glasses, Yesung would look exactly like his brother.”

Source & Photo: Yesung’s Twitter

Big Bang & 2NE1 top the iTunes Album Chart in Japan

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 08:06 AM PDT

YG Entertainment‘s Big Bang and 2NE1 have both topped the iTunes charts in Japan.

On March 29th, Big Bang and 2NE1 respectively ranked 1st and 2nd on the Japan iTunes Album chart, additionally KARA placed 4th with ‘Speed Up / Girls Power‘.

Ahead of this achievement, Big Bang secured the #2 and 2NE1 the #4 position on the Oricon Daily Album chart for March 28th.

Big Bang released their ‘ALIVE‘ album in Japan with a ‘From Asia Into to the World’ concept, and the Japanese version includes two new songs that have not been included in the original Korean release.

2NE1′s first Japanese album is also drawing major attention upon release. Similar to a ‘Best Of’ album, the new 2NE1 album ‘COLLECTION‘ includes new Japanese tracks as well as Japanese versions of Korean hits “Fire“, “I Don’t Care“, and more.

In related news, the Big Bang members will kick off their ‘Big Bang ALIVE Tour 2012 in Japan‘ at the Gaishi Hall May 17th and 18th. Afterwards, the boys will also be performing at the Yokohama Arena, Osaka Castle, Saitama Super Arena, Fukuoka Marine Messe, and more.

Congratulations to Big Bang, 2NE1, and KARA.

Source & Image : StarNews via Nate, iTunes

IU bitten by a parrot while filming MV in Japan

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 07:38 AM PDT

Singer IU had to receive treatment in the middle of filming a music video in Japan, as she was bitten by a parrot.

The above photos recently surfaced on an online community site with the title, ‘Who’s the culprit that bit IU during her MV shoot?’

In the first polaroid, the parrot to IU’s left is clearly going after her finger, and in the second photo, IU is seen receiving attentive care.

Netizens who saw the photos showed their concern saying, “How dare he bite IU’s finger!”, “She’s even bleeding!”, and “That parrot shall become the enemy of the nation.”

Source & Image: MyDaily via Nate

CLARA C covers “Isn’t She Lovely” with Jayesslee

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 07:10 AM PDT

Charming musician CLARA C shared an acapella cover of Stevie Wonder‘s ”Isn’t She Lovely” featuring duo Jayesslee on her Youtube channel!

It’s obvious that the girls enjoyed the jam session as much as fans probably will listening to it. Their vocals and harmonization shined as they brought in their own spontaneous beats by snapping their fingers and using a book as percussion.

CLARA C is currently on tour across major cities in the United States. Check out the photo above to see if she’s stopping by your town or visit this page for more detailed tour date information.

Watch the clip of “Isn’t She Lovey” with CLARA C and Jayesslee below!

allkpop TV Guide: Rooftop Prince Ep. 1-3

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 06:44 AM PDT

Official Synopsis: A prince from the Joseon era, Yi Gak (JYJ‘s Yoochun), along with his entourage, which includes Song Man Bo (Lee Min Ho), Do Chi San (Choi Woo Shik) and Woo Young Sul (Jung Seok Won), are catapulted 300 years into the future. As he attempts to investigate the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of the princess he loved, he unexpectedly finds himself in the city of Seoul in the year 2012, where he comes across a woman who looks exactly like his beloved crown princess…

Ratings: Although MBC‘s ‘The King 2 Hearts‘ (starring Lee Seung Gi and Ha Ji Won) is still the king of the drama ratings with a high 16.5% rating, ‘Rooftop Prince’ poses a challenge to the ratings throne. With SBS‘ ‘Rooftop Prince’ riding an increasing rating trend with a current rating of 11.2%, the rankings of the dramas are likely to shift. Meanwhile, KBS’s ‘The Equator Man‘ (starring ZE:A‘s Siwan, Uhm Tae Woong, Lee Jun Hyuk) is still in last place with an 8.1% rating.

Recap of Ep. 1: The royal court announces the search for the prince’s wife, Bu Young (the double of present day Park Ha played by Han Ji Min) who is chosen as the family’s representative over her older sister Hwa Young (the double of the present day Se Na Jung Yumi). Although Hwa Young becomes increasingly jealous, she still helps her younger sister prepare for the competition only to accidentally drop a heating pan on Bu Young’s face, scarring her and barring her path to becoming princess. Hwa Young then becomes Lee Gak’s wife and princess.

Crown Princess Hwa Young’s dead body is found floating in a lake, and Crown Prince Yi Gak is gripped with pain and sorrow by the loss. While the rest of the royal court believes the death was just a suicide, the Prince staunchly stands by his belief that the Princess was murdered. Creating a team consisting of a scholar, an eavesdropper, and a warrior, the Prince discovers that the Princess had accidentally eaten cyanide, and attempts to hunt down the person who had seen the Princess go to the lake. However, the team is attacked and jump across cliffs in order to escape, only to be transported 300 years into the future…

Meanwhile, in the 21st century, Se Na and Park Ha become stepsisters. Se Na doesn’t seem to like Park Ha much as she treats her badly, even abandoning Park Ha in a truck and ignoring the younger sister’s cries for help. Park Ha ends up in America about twenty years later with memory loss caused by a car accident. After many years of searching for her father, she finally discovers his identity, only to be told he had died. Park Ha goes to Korea to pay her respects and meet her stepmother and stepsister, Se Na.

Back in America, Tae Young, the doppelganger of Yi Gak, is enjoying the sights of New York and meets up with his half-cousin, Tae Mu (Lee Tae Sung). Tae Mu urges Tae Young to return to Korea as his grandmother plans to leave the company to Tae Young despite his lack of interest in the business. The men begin to argue fiercely and exchange fists, ending in  Tae Mu punching Tae Young off the ship. Throwing Tae Young’s cellphone off board, Tae Mu announces to Tae Young’s distressed grandmother that he has gone missing.

Recap of Ep. 2: Meanwhile, the prince and his entourage are disconcerted as they find themselves in Seoul 2012. Park Ha is shocked to see four men in her room and tries to send them off by leaving them at the palace only only to find the group at her home again. After realizing that the men are actually from the Joseon period, she helps them get accustomed to modern times while using them as laborers to help pay off the damage cost they had rendered. Introducing them to public transportation, toilets, toothbrushes, cars, Park Ha helps the four men assimilate a little at a time to modern life.

When Park Ha takes up a job to move furniture for Tae Young’s grandmother, Prince Yi Gak enters Tae Young’s room and is startled to see a photo of Tae Young, a doppelganger of himself. Tae Young’s grandmother enters the room and is delighted to finally find Tae Young, telling a shocked Tae Mu about her discovery.

Recap of Ep. 3: Prince Yi Gak tries to wrestle himself out of the grandmother’s grip and denies any relation with Tae Young. Tae Mu is insulted by Prince Yi Gak’s pompous tone, which is exacerbated by his traditional style of speech, and he grabs Yi Gak’s shirt. Yi Gak calls for his men, who create a mess in the house as they help escort the Prince out of the house. Tae Young’s grandmother is convinced that he is her grandson and orders her secretary, Se Na, to contact Yi Gak, worrying Tae Mu.

Park Ha tries to educate the prince and his attendants about the subtle details of 21st century life in Korea, including a more modern way of speaking. She finds new clothes and shoes for the men, and realizes later that there was one lesson missing in her teaching: how to use a modern bathroom. After fitting the boys in their new clothes, Park Ha orders them to work and offers to bring the Prince to the palace when he stubbornly refuses to join the others.

Upon arriving at the palace, Prince Yi Gak recalls the princess’ floating dead body, and begins to cry. Park Ha cheers him up, and then drags Yi Gak to another job. Park Ha introduces Yi Gak to an amusement park where he discovers his sweet tooth after tasting cotton candy.

When Tae Young’s grandmother finally contacts Yi Gak through Park Ha, Tae Mu is relieved that Yi Gak poses no threat in revealing Tae Mu’s hand in Tae Young’s death, and the grandmother is forced to acknowledge that Yi Gak is simply a look-alike of her actual grandson. While Tae Young heads out, he catches sight of scantily clad women in bikinis. His wonder at the women in the fashion show is interrupted as he catches sight of Se Na. He runs up to hug her only to be dragged away by security guards.

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kdramacrazy's Thoughts:

[Note : This post reflects the opinions of the author, and not necessarily those of allkpop.]

The antics of the prince and his entourage as they attempt to reconcile themselves with 2012 Korea made tears fall down my face and my ribs crack from laughing. The awe and amazement of the Joseon royal court at the trivial details of modern life are not only amusing and comical, but support the fantasy element of time travel well. The integration of the more cultural and historical aspects of the Joseon era into the culture of Korea in 2012 brings a flair of ingenuity with amusing situations. The three men waiting for Prince Yi Gak to begin eating before starting themselves, bowing down to King Sejong on the ten dollar bill, and Prince Yi Gak’s indignant response to Park Ha’s offer to bring them to the Gyeongbok Palace are a couple snapshots of the hilarity of the series.

What succeeds is the weaving and the shift of tone in the story: the hilarious, comedic tone of the men adjusting to 2012 and the somber tone of Prince Yi Gak searching for his love. The comedic elements don’t interfere with the more sentimental moments, but rather enters and eases its way into the right, sweet spot like when Prince Yi Gak was crying for his princess at the lake and Park Ha transforms that moment of sorrow into hilarity by blackmailing Prince Yi Gak with his tears. Equilibrium with a more contemplative tone is achieved through the core plot of murder and familial relationships. The interludes of “entertainment” nicely pave the two parallel tracks of conflict and situational humor.

The character development of Tae Mo and Se Ha however, regretfully has gaping holes, making the two characters come off as one-dimensional evil antagonists. Although the two are alike in that they never intended to murder Tae Young or abandon Park Ha, the plot fails to explain why the two characters developed their evil intentions. There was no exposition of the  jealousy and friction between Se Ha-Park Ha and Tae Young-Tae Mo so viewers’ attachment to the relationships may fall short.

Although the chemistry between Yoochun and Han Ji Min is full of sparks, the Hwa Young twist creates an interesting conflict. Though we see that Yi Gak truly loves his princess, there is a little hint of doubt about whether Yi Gak truly loved Hwa Young or Bu Young. Bu Young is the one who embroiders the blanket that Yi Gak truly loves and Yi Gak playfully teases her with riddles, suggesting a possible change of heart. It brings into question who will win Yi Gak’s heart: Park Ha or her double, Bu Young.

‘Rooftop Prince’ is one of the more intricate dramas I’ve watched with four different set of characters. I hope the writers will manage to seamlessly tie all the doppelgangers and time parallels without dropping any details or conflicts into the wastebin. From what I’ve seen so far, it seems like the writers might be able to do just that.

M.I.B releases official teaser for comeback track, “Celebrate”

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 06:21 AM PDT

Jungle Entertainment‘s multi-talented hip-hop group M.I.B made a grand entrance to the K-Pop scene last year with their catchy single “Girls Dreams Money“, but now the boys are preparing for their comeback with “Celebrate“!

The group recently released a teaser for the new track, and it looks like M.I.B will be delivering a fresh, upbeat sound this time around. Their new material drops April 5th, but check out the teaser below while you wait!

One Way’s Peter & Youngsky of D2O (Detour) unveil album cover for “Butterflies”

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 06:18 AM PDT

One Way members Peter and Young Sky formed their sub-unit D2O (Detour).

With brilliant singles like “Amanda” and “Woo Woo Woo“, the boys will now be releasing a single titled “Butterflies“, a song described as “hardcore R&B” due to the fact that the atmosphere of the music has soul and R&B influences. The track also has elements from rock in the vocals as well as a wide variety of instruments.

Though most of us are familiar with the experience of getting butterflies in our stomach when falling in love, the track “Butterflies” talks about how the return of a departed love can give you the wrong kind of butterflies.

The album will include another track titled “Secret“, and an English version of “Butterflies”, which were also composed by geniuses Peter and Young Sky. ’Secret’ is a smooth and sexy R&B track about the secrets people tend to keep in a relationship.

Slated for release early next week, ‘Butterflies’ will be available for purchase on iTunes and other major music websites.

Stay tuned to allkpop for the album release!

Han Ga In reveals her driver’s license and high school photo

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 05:50 AM PDT

Actress Han Ga In‘s driver’s license picture has been made public.

On the March 28th broadcast of SBS‘s ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘, Han Ga In guested on the ‘Let’s Meet Now‘ section of the show.

During filming, the reporter asked Han Ga In if she could reveal what she carried in her purse. Without hesitation, Han Ga In opened up her bag, displaying her easy-going character.

Fans were particularly interested when Han Ga In’s driver’s license and social security card were shown on screen. The reporter also revealed that Han Ga In’s real name was actually Kim Hyun Joo. She then shared the picture from Han Ga In’s social security card as well, which was taken 12 years ago when she was just a sophomore in high school.

Netizens commented, “Now or then, she is a goddess”, “The uncomfortable truth that her phone background is not Yeon Jung Hoon, but is actually G-Dragon~”, and “Where does her age go?”

Source & Photo: Xsportsnews + Newsen

Lee Hyun to play Lee Dong Gun’s role in ‘Lovers in Paris’ musical

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 05:24 AM PDT


Singer Lee Hyun of 8Eight will be playing Lee Dong Gun‘s role in the musical version of ‘Lovers in Paris‘.

On March 28, the PR representative for the musical ‘Lovers in Paris’ told Sports Seoul, “Lee Hyun will be taking the stage in the musical version of ‘Lovers in Paris’, and will be playing Lee Dong Gun’s role, Yun Su Hyuk.

The team rehearsing for the musical was revealed on March 21st, but Lee Hyun was not originally mentioned. Jung Woo Soo and Run have introduced themselves as playing the role of Yun Su Hyuk previously. The staff explained, “Lee Hyun’s casting has recently been confirmed and Jung Woo Soo, Run, and Lee Hyun have been triple casted to play Yun Su Hyuk.

This musical will be based on ‘Lovers in Paris’, a 2004 hit drama that melted the hearts of women all across the nation. The role of Han Ki Joo has been double casted to singer and actor Lee Ji Hoon and musical actor Jung Sang Yun. The female lead role of Kang Tae Young will be played by Bang Jin Wee and Oh So Yeon.

The ‘Lovers in Paris’ musical premiers on April 5th!

Source & Image: Sports Seoul via Naver

T-ara reunites with ‘Moon’ sons from ‘Hello Baby’

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 04:55 AM PDT

Photos of T-ara‘s long-awaited reunion with their three ‘Hello Baby‘ sons have been posted online!

On March 28th, Mason‘s Twitter updated with a series of tweets stating, “Jiyeon and Vin. It was so sad to leave because they hadn’t seen each other in such a long time,” “Hyomin and Den,” “Eunjung and Mason. Mason had such a fun time,” and “Jiyeon and Mason. We had such a time with all of the members today. Let’s meet through video calls often. The three brothers wanted to follow T-ara when they had to leave.. Vin didn’t get to take a picture with Soyeon momma.”

The pictures alone show just how excited the three boys were to be reunited with their TV moms as they showered the girls with kisses and affection.

Soyeon also tweeted, “Met my sons for the first time in a while. My loving three Moon brothers. Our Vin left crying because he didn’t get to take a picture with me. I better meet with them often and play with them a lot!”

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Source + Photos: Star News via Nate + Soyeon’s Twitter
Tip: WooRi, dev29

Eric and Andy’s part in possible debut song was just 2 seconds?

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 04:30 AM PDT

Eric and Andy revealed that their part in a Shinhwa song originally planned as the debut title track for their first album was just 2 seconds long.

The March 28th broadcast of MBC’sRadio Star,’ continued with the second part of their interview with Shinhwa. The hosts asked, “Is it true that the song that was supposed to be the title track of your first album featured a rap from Andy and Eric that lasted only two seconds?

Andy responded, “Before we had the song ‘Problem Solver‘ we received a song entitled, ‘Oh, I Love You.’  All the members sang their parts, but there was no room for the rap portion. Our company added time for the rap, but it was just ‘I (I) love you (you) very much (very much).’  And [Eric and I] had to split that [line] between the two of us.

Hearing how short their part was host Kim Gu Ra quipped, “It’s like sharing one bean.

Source & Photo: Hankook Ilbo via Nate News

Yoon Eun Hye is “innocent-sexy” for her shoot with Japanese magazine ‘Commons & Sense’

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 04:07 AM PDT

Yoon Eun Hye displayed her everlasting charm in the Japanese fashion magazine, ‘Commons & Sense‘!

The actress took the concept of white purity to a whole new level by adding her own captivating sexy feel into the pictorial’s image of innocence. Her long, slender legs and thin body line are all brought to the spotlight through mysterious and provocative poses made by the actress.

Netizens commented in awe, “Was Yoon Eun Hye always this innocent looking?” “Her skin is so white and clear,” “Her poses are awesome,” and “Exploding with charm even in Japan!”

In related news, Yoon Eun Hye is currently studying for her Masters as a film production tudent at Joongang University.

Source + Photos: Sports Chosun via Naver

SHINee wins #1! + Performances from March 29th’s ‘M! Countdown’

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 03:33 AM PDT

Mnet's "M! Countdown" is back with another spectacular episode chock-full of exciting performances!

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, boy band Busker Busker made their debut with “Cherry Blossom Ending“.

Legendary K-pop group Shinhwa has finally returned with spectacular performances of “Venus” and “Hurt“.

Furthermore, popular band CNBLUE returned to the stage with “Hey You” and “Still in Love“.

Lastly, girl group SPICA continues with another around of promotions for their latest repackaged album hit titled “Painkiller“.

Competing for the #1 spot, it was a hot battle between SHINee, Big Bang, and 2AM, but in the end, it was SHINee who clinched the win tonight with "Sherlock“!

Congratulations to SHINee for their 'M! Countdown' trophy!

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Performers tonight included SHINee, K.Will, Tony & SMASH, Taw & Haha, LEDApple, NU’EST, BtoB, Nine Muses, Ailee, C-REAL, and Noh Young Ho!

Check out the performances below:

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Legendary idol group Shinhwa returns with “Venus” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 03:22 AM PDT

Shinhwa, the longest-running boy group in all of K-Pop history, has finally dropped their long-anticipated 10th album appropriately titled, 'The Return'!

Fans have patiently waited a long four years and various members have completed their mandatory military service. This album marks the group's 14th anniversary after debuting in 1998.

Continuing with promotions, the handsome idols took the stage today on ‘M! Countdown‘ to give it their all for both “Venus” and “Hurt“.

Check it out below, and be sure to catch the rest of today’s performances here!

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CNBLUE rocks the stage with “Hey You” and “Still in Love” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 03:10 AM PDT

After releasing the MV for their title track, "Hey You", CNBLUE has released their third mini album, 'EAR FUN'!

With the leader, Jung Yonghwa, participating in the composition of every song in the release in addition to being the solo composer of "In My Head", the third mini album tracks holds the genuine voice and music style of CNBLUE.

The talented boys returned to the set of Mnet‘s ‘M! Countdown‘ today to put on a couple epic stages for “Hey You” and “Still in Love“.

Check them out below, and be sure to catch the rest of today’s performances here

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Busker Busker debuts with “Cherry Blossom Ending” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 02:53 AM PDT

Earlier, we reported that indie band Busker Busker, who rose to fame after winning second place on 'Superstar K3′, would soon be making their official debut. After releasing "Ideal Type" ahead of the album release, the group has finally unveiled their full album on March 29th!

With the release, the talented group has already dominated the real time charts, achieving first with their title track, "Cherry Blossom Ending", on popular music sites like Mnet, Soribada, Bugs Music, Olleh Music, Naver Music, and Cyworld Music.

Be sure to check out the trio’s debut stage for today’s episode of ‘M! Countdown‘ below, and be sure to catch the rest of today’s performances here!

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SPICA returns with “Painkiller” on ‘M! Countdown’!

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 02:39 AM PDT

After releasing the teaser video for their new mini-album repackage, "Painkiller", the ladies of SPICA are back and ready to hit the stage!

Just only three weeks since wrapping up promotions for "Russian Roulette", the girls have undergone a dramatic image transformation and are ready to prove that they have more tricks up their sleeves.

With the music video just recently revealed for “Painkiller,” the girls were determined to take the stage once more to put on memorable performances for fans to enjoy.

Without further ado, check out SPICA below, and be sure to catch the rest of today’s ‘M! Countdown‘ performances here!

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Koyote’s Shinji and boyfriend Yoo Byung Jae have already met each others’ parents

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 02:19 AM PDT

Koyote‘s Shinji revealed that she and her boyfriend, basketball star Yoo Byung Jae, have met with both sets of parents!

On the March 29th episode of SBS‘ ‘Honey‘, Shinji stated, “My boyfriend and I are already calling each other ‘honey’ and ‘wifey’. We’ve also already introduced each other to our parents. The few minutes we can talk to each other on the phone since he’s so busy is like the oasis of my life.”

She continued, “However, I do feel that him publicly dating a celebrity has left a negative effect on his professional sports career.”

Fellow guest Jung Juri chimed in to add her own story by stating, “My ex-boyfriend was a bit poor. One day, he stole my piggy bank and used all of the money on gaming at the PC room, while another time, he stole a 10 kg bag of rice from my home.”

Source + Photos: Star News via Nate

Actor Choi Min Soo cussed throughout an 8 hour filming?

Posted: 29 Mar 2012 01:50 AM PDT

Actor Choi Min Soo spoke about the first time he guested on ‘Knee-Drop Guru‘. He appeared on the March 28th broadcast of Radio Star‘, and overwhelmed the set with his charisma and stories.

During the interview, Choi Min Soo was recognized as the first guest on the series ‘Knee-Drop Guru’, and acknowledged that he gave very odd answers to questions posed to him. The hosts said, “The first episode was a complete disaster so the PD edited in a picture of someone going up a mountain to represent that the show was going nowhere.”

Choi Min Soo recalled, “The recording lasted 8 hours and I was cussing through 6.  We recorded and then took a break for five minutes.  There was no script so there was not much left to talk about, and we rested.  While taking a break I overheard a staff member say, ‘We’re doomed,‘” causing laughter on set.

For those who have never watched the first episode of ‘Knee-Drop Guru’, it’s regarded by many fans in Korea as the greatest ‘Knee-Drop Guru’ episode, and possibly even the one that brought the series its popularity.

Source: My Daily via Naver