Saturday, May 19, 2012

"Check out JJ Project’s debut album ‘Bounce’" plus 19 more

"Check out JJ Project’s debut album ‘Bounce’" plus 19 more


Check out JJ Project’s debut album ‘Bounce’

Posted: 19 May 2012 09:08 AM PDT

Rookie group JJ Project have made a big first impression with their new album ‘Bounce‘.

The album is full of tracks that embody JJ Project’s overflowing energy and liberal spirits, effectively displaying the lively charms of the youthful teenage members.

The album contains 4 tracks including: “Bounce“, “Hooked“, “Before This Song Ends” (ft. Suzy), and the instrumental version of “Bounce”.

Check out the tracks below and let us know which one is your favorite!

Bounce

Hooked

Before This Song Ends (ft. Suzy)

Tip: Jae

Ailee claims victory on Immortal Song 2

Posted: 19 May 2012 08:40 AM PDT

Part 2 of the ‘J.Y. Park special aired on the May 19th broadcast of ‘Immortal Song 2‘. Contestants Hong Kyung Min, Sonya, No Brain, Davichi‘s Lee Haeri, Ulala Session, and Ailee continued to compete for the top spot.

They put on lavish performances that covered a wide range of musical genres including ballads, dance, reggae, and more.

Ulala Session were the first to step on stage singing Park Ji Yoon‘s “Adult Ceremony“, and the members displayed their true showmanship and wit with their performance.

Davichi’s Lee Haeri put on an emotional performance of J.Y.Park’s hit ballad song “Behind You” and rookie singer Ailee performed J.Y. Park’s debut song “Don’t Leave Me“. Ailee ultimately beat out Davichi’s Lee Haeri by 1 point, 419 to 418.

Check out Ailee’s performance below!

Source & Image: TVReport via Nate

JJ Project reveals MV for “Bounce”

Posted: 19 May 2012 08:00 AM PDT

The long wait is finally over, JYP Entertainment‘s latest group has now arrived!

After releasing numerous teasers, JB and Jr. of the JJ Project have finally debuted with ‘Bounce‘.

These hot rookies are bringing some swag with a bit of punk and hip hop style. It seems JYP Entertainment is experimenting in new musical genres as they also incorporate some rock n’roll and dubstep sounds in their music.

Check out their hot MV below!

[Spoilers]Movie Review: ‘Helpless’

Posted: 19 May 2012 07:30 AM PDT

The Korean box office hit ‘Helpless‘ (Korean title: ‘Hwacha‘) opened in select theaters across North America last week.

> Plot synopsis

The film is based on the Japanese novel ‘Kasha‘ (English title: ‘All She Was Worth‘), which was written by Miyabe Miyuki. Lee Sun Gyun plays the role of Jang Mun Ho, a veternarian who is engaged to Kang Sun Young (played by Kim Min Hee). One day, as the couple is on their way to visiting Jang Mun Ho's parents, they pull over at a rest stop. When Jang Mun Ho returns to his car after buying coffee for his fiancee, he finds the door unlocked, the engine running, and his fiancee no where to be found.

As he begins his search for her, he is led to one dead end after another. The most shocking revelation is that Kang Sun Young was not really Kang Sun Young. Jang Mun Ho’s fiancee was living under the name and social security number of another woman.

He turns to his cousin Kim Jong Geun (played by Cho Sung Ha), a former police investigator, for help. As the story unfolds, Kim Jong Geun is convinced that his cousin’s fiancee is a criminal in hiding, but Jang Mun Ho seeks to prove otherwise.

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> My opinion (Note: This reflects the opinion of the author, and not necessarily those of allkpop.)

My first impression of ‘Helpless’ came from watching the movie trailer before the movie was released. The trailer portrayed the movie as somewhat of a thriller, and the scaredy cat that I am, I was turned off even though I was a fan of Lee Sun Gyun. After watching the film in its entirety, I realized that this film was much more of a mystery than a thriller.

If ‘Crucible‘ was like a 2-hour long episode of ‘Law & Order‘, ‘Helpless’ is like a 2-hour long episode of ‘C.S.I.‘. ‘Helpless’ leads viewers into the mindset of Jang Mun Ho as he frantically searches for his missing fiancee. Like ‘C.S.I.’, each time the viewer feels like they can predict the ending, the story twists and turns into unexpected directions.

‘Helpless’ was excellent in all the technical aspects of the film. In fact, the movie's director Byun Young Joo was recently awarded Best Director at the 48th Paeksang Arts Awards. I find that many suspense films in Korea tend to overuse dark lighting and eerie music to create a mysterious atmosphere. This movie was able to carry the suspense without doing so.

My only complaint lies in the movie’s conclusion. Since I don’t want to spoil the details, I’ll just say that I wish the movie ended either 20 minutes sooner or 20 minutes later. Twenty minutes prior to the end of the movie, I was content with how the story progressed. However, the final 20 minutes left me feeling like I needed more of an explanation or story development.

All in all the movie was better than I expected, but it won’t be making its way to my list of favorite Korean movies. If you are interested in the movie, I say go ahead and watch it. Just make sure not to set your expectations too high.

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‘Helpless’ is currently playing with English subtitles in select theaters in California, New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Washington, and Canada. More information is available in our previous article about the movie’s North American release.

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Official Movie Trailer

Greetings from the cast

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Promo Event

‘Helpless’ is currently holding a giveaway event in which you can snag a copy of Miyabe Miyuki’s Japanese best-selling novel personally autographed by the cast and director of the film. Check out the event page on the ‘Helpless’ Facebook page for all the details.

Note: This article does not reflect the opinions of allkpop, only of the author.

Photos & Video: Helpless

J.Y. Park and Ga In take a celebratory photo for “Someone Else”

Posted: 19 May 2012 07:00 AM PDT

Singer and producer J.Y.Park and Brown Eyed Girl‘s Ga In took a celebratory photo for their duet song, “Someone Else“.

On May 19th, J.Y.Park tweeted a photo with the message, “They say an artist’s life follows his song titles… hmm.

In the photo, Ga In is happily hugging J.Y.Park, while the producer makes a “bad boy” smirk. He is also holding up a cake decorated with the title of their song, which can be directly translated as “In the Arms of Someone Else”.

In related news, the song “Someone Else” is J.Y.Park’s first collaboration with Ga In. The track portrays the feelings of a broken couple who are each with someone else, but are unable to forget each other.

Source + Photo: J.Y. Park’s Twitter

Who is the champion of splits?

Posted: 19 May 2012 06:30 AM PDT

Many female celebrities have done the splits on screen, but who is the best?

Actress Ha Ji Won surprised viewers with her 180-degree split on MBC‘s drama ‘The King 2 Hearts‘. On episode 18, the actress did a split as she exercised before attempting a prison break.

Han Ga In also stretched her legs on the March 28th episode of SBS‘s ‘One Night of TV Entertainment‘. The beautiful actress lied on the floor and did a full split, surprising many viewers with her flexibility, and making some fans jealous of husband Yun Jung Hoon.

There are also many girl group members who seem to be confident when it comes to splits. The public is already well aware of f(x)‘s Victoria, who has shown her incredible flexibility on various variety shows. Victoria, who studied traditional Chinese dance in the past, is able to do unbelievable splits beyond 180 degrees.

SISTAR did “high-kick” choreography for their track “How Dare You“. All four members were capable of doing the “high-kick” dance, which impressed many fans.

miss A‘s Fei and Jia are also known to be the split masters of their group. On SBS‘s ‘Star King‘, Jia challenged f(x)’s Victoria to determine the real champion of splits. Fei and Min have also been known for their capability of doing difficult choreography.

Girls’ Generation‘s Yuri, Sunny, Hyoyeon, Jessica, 2NE1‘s Minzy, singer Lee So Eun seem to have proven their ability to do splits as well.

So who do you think is the champion of splits?

Source + Photo: Star News via Nate

Davichi’s Kang Min Kyung is ready to dig in

Posted: 19 May 2012 06:00 AM PDT

Davichi‘s Kang Min Kyung shared on May 19 via Twitter, “School meal… If I eat like this, I will heroically take notes in 5th period.”

The singer looked like she was ready to dig into the delicious meal as she held chopsticks in both hands.

Fans responded, “It’s curious that she eats like that, but doesn’t gain weight,” “Looking happy with that food in front of you,” and “I guess Kang Min Kyung eats from a school meal platter too.”

Source + Photo: Kang Min Kyung’s Twitter

T-ara Hyomin’s latest tweet has fans doing a double take

Posted: 19 May 2012 05:30 AM PDT

On May 19th, T-ARA‘s Hyomin tweeted a photo that has fans doing a double take.

Hyomin posted the above photo with the description, “Sulk.” The idol is most likely wearing a shoulderless top, but understandably, the selca surprised many fans with its “optical illusion”.

Fans commented on the photo, “The angle makes it seem like she’s naked,” “I was shocked when I first saw this photo,” and “Her expression is so cute!

Source + Photo: Hyomin’s Twitter

Baek Ji Young gets scolded by her choreography team leader?

Posted: 19 May 2012 04:57 AM PDT

A photo of singer Baek Ji Young seemingly being scolded by her choreography team leader has been making its way around the web.

The leader of the dance team Free Mind, who has worked closely with the singer since her debut, looks as if he’s dishing out some harsh words to the singer judging by her position.

Because the photo was taken on a stage, fans have been curious as to whether the situation was created just for fun or if the singer was actually getting scolded.

Fans commented, “This looks like a staged shot, but it’s still a funny photo,” “She looks like an innocent sheep in front of the choreographer,” and “Wow there are even times when Baek Ji Young is punished?

In related news, Baek Ji Young has made a comeback with her new dance track “Good Boy” (Check out the MV here!).

Source + Photo: Star News via Nate

Super Junior’s Sungmin, Eunhyuk, and JYJ’s Junsu almost debuted as a three-member group?

Posted: 19 May 2012 04:25 AM PDT

On the May 18th broadcast of tvN‘s Taxi‘, Super Junior‘s Sungmin, GirlsGeneration‘s Jessica, and f(x)‘s Luna spoke about their trainee days at SM Entertainment.

Sungmin revealed a surprising detail about previous plans made by the agency. He stated, “In the past, Eunhyuk, Junsu, and I almost debuted as a three-member group.”

He further went on to explain, “Before Super Junior debuted, there was a plan for Eunhyuk, Junsu, and I to debut as a three-member group. However, in the midst of it all, Junsu was selected as a member of TVXQ, so it didn’t happen. At the time, I felt my dreams were crushed in a matter of seconds, and I quit training and rested for one year. I was 19 years old then, my young heart suffered a huge loss.”

Jessica, who also went through a difficult period before debuting with Girls’ Generation, added, “After spending seven years as a trainee, I fell into a slump when people asked me ‘when are you going to debut?‘”

Source & Image: Osen

Byun Jung Soo’s mother reveals why she let her daughter marry early

Posted: 19 May 2012 03:55 AM PDT

Byun Jung Soo and her mother appeared on May 18th’s airing of ‘Star Life Theater‘, where the former supermodel’s mother revealed why she let her daughter marry at the young age of 21.

Her mother was asked, “Isn’t that too young of an age to get her married?” She answered, “I got married early too,” and continued, “Most parents don’t want their daughters to get married early, but I liked her fiancé. There was a kind of elegance to him, and he seemed innocent.

Byun Jung Soo then asked her mother, “There must be a reason. I didn’t have any thoughts of marriage.” Her mother then came clean and said, “I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say this. I had to send three children to college, and I wanted to send you all, but I thought if you got married then your in-laws would send you to college.

Byun Jung Soo shed tears at her mother’s confession, and when asked if she knew about her mother’s reasoning, she replied, “I didn’t know at all. I was young at the time.

The actress and entertainer continued, “I think I was too immature. I feel sorry [to my mother].

Source & Image: Newsen via Nate

Rainbow’s Jisook snaps a selca while half asleep?

Posted: 19 May 2012 03:25 AM PDT

Rainbow‘s Jisook shared a rather amusing photo on her me2day page.

On May 18, the idol uploaded the above selca with the message, “Ugh~~~So far away~~~”.

Almost falling asleep in the van, Jisook looks very lethargic during what was apparently a long trip. Fans were still charmed by her cute and innocent expression, however.

They commented, “Where are you headed to?” and “Aww~ So cute.” One fan who saw Rainbow that day responded, “Thanks for coming all the way to Changwon to perform.

Source + Photos: Rainbow Jisook’s me2day

Performances from May 19th’s ‘Show! Music Core’

Posted: 19 May 2012 02:52 AM PDT

MBC's 'Music Core' is back once again with another fun and exciting show!

Today's show was guided by none other than Girls' Generation's TiffanyTaeyeon, and Seohyun, who displayed their fun and dorky aegyo as always.

Aside from the usual stages on tonight's episode, Dalmatian, INFINITE, J.Y.Park, and Baek Ji Young return to the stage with their latest releases titled "E.R", “The Chaser“, “You’re the One“, and “Good Boy“.

New girl group She’z also made their debut with "My Way.

Check out the adorable MC cuts below!

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Performances from today's show include Norazo, A Pink, Hello Venus, Gang Kiz, Mighty Mouth, Sata Andagi, TaeTiSeo, SISTAR, 4minute, EXO-K, and B.A.P.

Check them out below, and be sure to check out the debut/comeback stages for today by clicking the song names above!

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J.Y.Park returns with “Someone Else” & “You’re the One” on ‘Music Core’!

Posted: 19 May 2012 02:18 AM PDT

Popular producer and singer J.Y. Park is back with his very own mini-album titled 'Spring – 5 Songs for a New Love'!

Overall, "You're the One" is more of an upbeat song that showcases J.Y.Park's slick moves, while "Someone Else" showcases the duo's powerful vocal power.

The singer took the stage today on 'Music Core' to give a powerful performance of "You're the One", along with "Someone Else" featuring Brown Eyed Girls' member Ga In!

Check out the performances below, and the rest of today's clips here.

INFINITE is back with “The Chaser” on ‘Music Core’!

Posted: 19 May 2012 02:09 AM PDT

After unveiling their mini album 'INFINITIZE' earlier and embarking on a showcase tour around five citiesINFINITE has finally taken the stage to perform their title track "The Chaser".

The music video showcased the flawless, synchronized choreography that has become the trademark style of the group, interspersed by action-packed scenes. Now, INSPIRITS are met with an incredible comeback stage that further reveals the boys' talents.

Check out "The Chaser" below, and be sure to view the rest of today's performances here.

Dalmatian declares a state of emergency with “E.R” on ‘Music Core’!

Posted: 19 May 2012 01:49 AM PDT

Dalmatian has returned to their fans for the first time in over a year as a 5-member group, adding new multi-talented member Simon. With their new mini-album 'STATE OF EMERGENCY', the boys are more determined than ever to wreak havoc on the music scene.

Their title song "E.R" is an analogous dance track that has an acoustic feel, and the siren noises in the intro as well as the desperate lyrics will help listeners sense the emergency situation of having to let go of the person they love. Fans will also get to see the boys' dramatic transformation into fierce masculine men, as well as some new never-before-seen dance moves.

The track was produced by none other than One Way's Chance, and his hardworking production team duble kick music, who diligently worked with the boys for approximately a year.

Check it out below, and be sure to view the rest of today's performances here.

New girl group She’z debuts with “My Way” on ‘Music Core’

Posted: 19 May 2012 01:32 AM PDT

Rookie girl group She'z has already captured the hearts of Korea's biggest comedians, and now they’re ready to grab the attention of future fans.

Made up of Lee JinahLee TaeyeonKim Seyeon, and Kim Jiyoung, 4-member girl group She'z has debuted with their title song "My Way".

All the members studied Voice at major arts schools, and they are receiving attention as the “art school voice major all stars”. Aside from having the looks and the vocal talent, the girls are multi-talented entertainers who have experience with CFs, MV features, and even musicals.

Check out their debut stage below and the rest of the ‘Music Core’ performances here.

R.ef brings viewers back to the ’90s with their performance on ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook’

Posted: 19 May 2012 01:16 AM PDT

1990s’ dance group R.ef has returned. The group appeared on May 18th’s airing of ‘Yoo Hee Yeol’s Sketchbook – Youth Night 2‘, and proved their still-growing skills and undying popularity.

‘Youth Night 2' is the second ’90s special aired after the success of the first in March. Other top stars from the 1990s who guested on the special include Shin Seung HoonTurbo‘s Kim Jong KookHaHaCool‘s Lee Jae Hoon and Kim Sung SooSo Chan Hee, and Sung Jin Woo. miss A‘s Suzy also guest starred, filling in for Yuri of Cool.

With the exception of Park Chul Woo, members Lee Sung Wook and Sung Dae Hyun performed together as R.ef for the first time in 14 years, and pumped up the audience with their talented dance moves and vocals.

This performance marks the beginning of Lee Sung Wook and Sung Dae Hyun’s comeback preparations. Apparently, the two are receiving many love calls from famous composers like Joo Young Hoon.

Source & Image: E Today via Nate

Girls’ Generation’s Tiffany supports Hyoyeon on ‘Dancing with the Stars 2′

Posted: 19 May 2012 12:45 AM PDT

Girls’ Generation‘s Tiffany was recently spotted in the audience during the latest broadcast of ‘Dancing with the Stars 2‘.

On the May 18th broadcast, Hyoyeon teamed up with her partner to perform Tango and Cha Cha Cha for the second contest. Being perfectly in sync with her partner, Hyoyeon displayed sexy charisma while dancing to “Toxic“. One of the highlights of the performance was the fake kiss between Hyoyeon and her partner, Kim Hyung Suk. The crowd went wild over the astounding performance, and the duo ultimately grabbed first place after earning the most points.

Aside from the performance, viewers noticed Tiffany, who came to cheer on her fellow group mate. The strong friendship between the two was evident during the broadcast. Tiffany stayed tense and nervous while Hyoyeon waited for the judges’ scores. When Hyoyeon’s impressive points were finally announced, the other Girls’ Generation member flashed her trademark bright smile.

Source + Photos: Newsen via Nate

T-ara’s Hwayoung reminds fans of the Gwangju Democratic Movement

Posted: 19 May 2012 12:15 AM PDT

T-ara‘s Hwayoung took to her Twitter to remind fans of the Gwangju Democratic movement that took place in South Korea on May 18, 1980.

Hwayoung tweeted, “5/18 marks the 32nd anniversary of the Pro-Democracy Movement… I will not forget the mindset of sacrifice of those who struggled against the unjust regime and authority!

Later Hwayoung also added, “For those who want to learn more about the 5/18, please visit the 5/18 memorial cultural center and the Mangwoldong National Cemetery in Gwangju! I’m a proud Gwangju citizen~^ㅇ^ .

The Gwangju uprising occurred after President Park Chung-Hee was assassinated in 1979. It was one of the first movements to counter the military regime that had a tight grasp on South Korea during that time. May 18 is a national day of commemoration to respect the victims who died during the movement.

Fans commented, “Wow, I didn’t know you were so patriotic ㅇㅅㅇ,” and “I’m from Gwangju too!

Source + Photos: T-ara Hwayoung’s Twitter