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HowL Korean Pop Singer

10 Feb

HowL’s real name is Kim Dong Wook. Korean pop singer. It was from a novel by Japanese writer Murakami Ryu.
When “Goong” (Princes Hours and Prince Hours) used 2 of his songs (“Parrot” and “Perhaps Love” – a duet with J, which was released in “Goong” OST), his became very popular as both songs topped the chart at the same time. He has 2 other songs which was used in OSTs – track #5 “Deo eesang” which was used in “A Love To Kill” drama (starring Bi and Shim Min Ah) and track #4 “Eel nyeon jjae” / “For A Year” which was used in the Korean anime version of “I’m Sorry, I Love You”. Most of the songs are mellow, some a bit sad and of course, all of them are ballads.

HowL is a rookie in the local pop music scene whose debut finally has been realized after a year and half of preparation.
HowL has a great voice and the songs on his album are great and very nice to listen..His Hobbies is Playing the guitar, keyboards, golf and exercising.
HowL’s debut album “Infinitely Clear Blue” has an overall atmosphere of J-Pop music that very accessible to any listener.
The debut album by HowL was produced by Ahn Jeong-hoon, former member of the band “Position.” Song writers who participated in the album are Hwang Se-joon, who wrote Tei’s “Love in One” and Fly to the Sky’s “Although a Long Time has Passed,” Jeon Hae-sung who wrote Yoon Do-hyun’s “It Might Have Been Love” and Hwang Chan-hee, the writer of “One Man” by Kim Jong-kuk.


Discography :

Album Title: Transparent Blue
Released: 15 November 2005
Label: Sponge Entertainment
Genre: Ballad

Track List:
01 Monologue / Intro

02 Go Jeeb

03 Aeng Moo Sae / Parrot

04 Eel nyeon jjae / For a Year

05 Deo eesang

06 Keu raett ji, Keu raett eott ji

07 Keu rae yo

08 Jan so ree

09 Hon Jat Mal

10 Kyeo ool sarang

11 Amooree

12 Een Yeon

Music Video from this album:
01 Aeng Moo Sae
02 Eel nyeon jjae – “I’m Sorry I love You” Korean Anime

Album Title : Howl (Vol.2) – 바람의 노래를 들어라 (Param e noraereul deureora)
Release Date :May 15, 2008

01. 바람의 노래를 들어라 (Intro) (Param e noraereul deureora) – Listen to the wind’s song
02. Les Amante
03. Good-bye day (Feat. J) (외로움은 안녕!) (Weroumeun annyeong)
04. 소년, 소녀를 만나다 (feat. J) (Sonyeo, sonyeoreul mannada)
05. Ciao! Let’s Go!!
06. 사랑아 추억아 (Album version) (Saranga chueoga)
07. 우리가 사랑했다면 (Uriga saranghaetdamyeon)
08. 사랑이야기 (Duet. 소닌 Sonin) (Sarangiyagi)
09. Good-bye day (Feat. J) (외로움은 안녕!) (Instrumental)
10. 우리가 사랑했다면 (Instrumental)

Princess Hours OST.

Prince Hours OST.

Boys Before Flowers OST.

A Love to Kill OST.


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(Idol News)Mizobata Junpei to play “Kudo Shinichi” for Detective Conan’s special drama

10 Feb

Mizobata Junpei to play “Kudo Shinichi” for Detective Conan’s special drama


Actor Mizobata Junpei will star in a special drama for the live-action of “Detective Conan (Case Closed)” which will be aired in April.

There have been two special dramas for the live-action versions of “Detective Conan” in 2006 and 2007, and Oguri Shun played the main character, Kudo Shinichi, both times.  However, this time around, Mizobata is taking over the role, and the heroine, Mouri Ran, which was played by Kurokawa Tomoka in the previous broadcasts, will now be taken over by Kutsuna Shiori.

“Detective Conan” is a popular manga written by Aoyama Gosho, and it has been adapted to anime since 1996.  This special drama will be broadcasted as the 15th year anniversary for the anime adaption and its 15th film release, and the story of the drama will be completely original.

Mizobata commented, “I’m the generation who grew up watching the anime.  When I first received the offer, I felt pressure, but I was very happy at the same time.

The shoot for the special drama will start at the end of February.

Source & Image: Oricon Style

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(Idol News) SS501’s Kim Kyu Jong on acting, his group, and their new album

10 Feb

SS501’s Kim Kyu Jong on acting, his group, and their new album

After parting ways with DSP Media last year, the members of SS501 have demonstrated what it was like to be ’separate but together’. Kim Hyun Joong has established himself as an actor, and Park Jung Min returned with his first solo album, “Not Alone“.

Kim Kyu Jong is also standing before the starting line of his new acting career after he joined B2M Entertainment, the agency of fellow member Heo Young Saeng.

The aspiring actor recently took part in an interview with Daily Sports and revealed that he will be working against his ‘flower boy’ charms in an attempt to become a more skilled actor.

Q. “How’s it like working on your own now?”

Kyu Jong: “It makes me think a lot about being with my members.  We used to joke and play around without rest, but now that I’m alone, the feeling’s difficult to express. It feels kind of empty.”

Q. “Are you studying acting now?”

Kyu Jong: “I get trained about two to three times a week for two hours at a time. When I was with SS501, I received some acting experiences through music videos and variety programs; now that I’m entering the world of professionals, I have to do it properly. There’s a lot of pressure, but my eyes have been opened to the charms of acting, and I’m full with excitement. There’s a drama I’m currently in discussions for, so the decision will be out soon.”

Q. “What kind of actor do you want to become?”

Kyu Jong: “I want to succeed with my skills, not with my ‘flower boy’ image. I am a part of a ‘flower boy’ group, but that doesn’t make me one. …I’m planning to prepare myself so that I can act in a way that delivers my emotions to the audience.  I love actor Ha Jung Woo’s acting, so I study his works a lot.  He’s especially amazing in the movie, ‘Amazing Day.’”

Q. “Do you meet with the SS501 members often?”

Kyu Jong: “All five of us haven’t been able to meet at one location yet because one or two is always out on another schedule.  Young Saeng-hyung is in the same agency as me, so we meet often and give each other advice. He’s preparing for his solo album right now, and I accompanied him on his trip to the U.S. and met his album representatives; I also got to listen to his songs. I call Jung Min often and even monitor his stages.  Sometimes I’ll even grab drinks with Hyun Joong-hyung.”

Q. “You must be worried about different things now that your solo activities are coming up.”

Kyu Jong: “Before, the members could carry me, but now I have no one to depend on and must take responsibility for myself. Of course I’m worried, but I’m sure I’ll improve myself through this opportunity.  I’ve begun to see things that I didn’t notice when we were together.  I’ll see the members doing their individual activities and wonder to myself where these different images they’re expressing were hiding. Every time I feel that they’ve grown. I feel really proud and become motivated to do better myself.  I think we’ve become like a whip for one another.”

Q. “Aren’t there a lot of hardcore SS501 fans?”

Kyu Jong: “I once told my fans to restrict waiting outside our homes; in return, I would treat them better in concert or broadcast halls.  Ever since then, there’s been a lot less sasaeng fans.  My father often tells me to treat them well when they come to me, because who will be there 10 years from now.  It’s true, don’t you think?  I live feeling thankful that they like me.”

Q. “When will SS501’s album be released?”

Kyu Jong: “I’m thinking sometime near the year-end.  Our agencies are all different, so it’s difficult to get things moving.  Since all of our members are on the same page of remaining together, the results of that desire will come out soon.”

Source: JoongAng Daily via Nate


Valentine’s Day in South Korea

10 Feb

Annyonghaseyo ^^

Have you prepared Valentine’s gift to your love one ? ^^ Have a Nice Valentine’s Day ^^

Saint Valentine’s Day, commonly shortened to Valentine’s Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The day is named after one or more early Christian martyrs named Valentine and was established by Pope Gelasius I in 500 AD. It was deleted from the Roman calendar of saints in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, but its religious observance is still permitted. It is traditionally a day on which lovers express their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines”). The day first became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.
Modern Valentine’s Day symbols include the heart-shaped outline, doves, and the figure of the winged Cupid. Since the 19th century, handwritten valentines have given way to mass-produced greeting cards.

In South Korea, similar to Japan, women give chocolate to men on February 14, and men give non-chocolate candy to women on March 14 (White Day). On April 14 (Black Day), those who did not receive anything on the 14th of Feb or March go to a Chinese restaurant to eat black noodles (자장면 jajangmyeon) and “mourn” their single life. Koreans also celebrate Pepero Day on November 11, when young couples give each other Pepero cookies. The date ’11/11′ is intended to resemble the long shape of the cookie. The 14th of every month marks a love-related day in Korea, although most of them are obscure. From January to December: Candle Day, Valentine’s Day, White Day, Black Day, Rose Day, Kiss Day, Silver Day, Green Day, Music Day, Wine Day, Movie Day, and Hug Day.

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(CTS) Winter Sonata_Anime Version

10 Feb

Winter Sonata

Alternative title:
Fuyu no Sonata (Japanese)
冬のソナタ (Japanese)
겨울연가 (Korean)
Genres: drama, romance
Plot Summary: Yu-Jin falls in love with Joon-sang as a schoolgirl and after losing him in an accident decides to marry her childhood friend, Sang-hyuk but just as they are to announce their engagement.. Min-hyung arrives in Seoul and looking exactly like her lost love Yu-Jin is in a bind.
Running time: half hour per episode
Number of episodes: 26
Vintage: 2009-10-17
Opening Theme:

#01: “From the Beginning Until Now” (처음부터 지금까지) by Ryu
Ending Theme:

“Believe You” by Yoon Ji
#1: “Itsudemo Tada Kimi Wo” (a.k.a Tada Kimi Dake Wo) by Lee Se-Jun
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(CTS) Sushi

10 Feb

Sushi is the most famous Japanese dish outside of Japan, and one of the most popular dishes among the Japanese themselves. In Japan, sushi is usually enjoyed on special occasions, such as a celebration.

During the Edo period, “sushi” refered to pickled fish conserved in vinegar. Nowadays sushi can be defined as a dish containing rice which has been prepared with sushi vinegar. There are many different types of sushi. Some popular ones are:

Small rice balls with fish, shellfish, etc. on top. There are countless varieties of nigirizushi, some of the most common ones being tuna, shrimp, eel, squid, octopus and fried egg.

Small cups made of sushi rice and dried seaweed filled with seafood, etc. There are countless varieties of gunkanzushi, some of the most common ones being sea urchin and various kinds of fish eggs.

Sushi rice and seafood, etc. rolled in dried seaweed sheets. There are countless varieties of sushi rolls differing in ingredients and thickness. Sushi rolls prepared “inside out” are very popular outside of Japan, but rarely found in Japan.

Temakizushi (literally: hand rolls) are cones made of nori seaweed and filled with sushi rice, seafood and vegetables.

Oshizushi is pressed sushi, in which the fish is pressed onto the sushi rice in a wooden box. The picture shows trout oshizushi in form of a popular ekiben (train station lunch box).

Inarizushi is a simple and inexpensive type of sushi, in which sushi rice is filled into aburaage (deep fried tofu) bags.

Chirashizushi is a dish in which seafood, mushroom and vegetables are spread over sushi rice. It can resemble domburi with the difference being that chirashizushi uses sushi rice while domburi uses regular, unseasoned rice.

( Film ) old boy

10 Feb

oldboy is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-wook. It is based on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. Oldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor’s motives. When he is finally released, Dae Su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls for an attractive sushi chef.

The film won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festval and high praise from the President of the Jury, director Quentin Tarantino. Critically, the movie has been well received in the United States, with an 80% “Certified Fresh” rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Film critic Roger Ebert has claimed Oldboy to be a “…powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare”. In 2008, voters on CNN named it one of the ten best Asian films ever made.


Korean businessman Oh Dae-su is bailed out from a local police station by his close friend Joo-Hwan after a drunken fight, on the night of Dae-su’s daughter’s birthday. Dae-su calls her on a public phone, but as Joo-Hwan takes the phone, Dae-su disappears. Kidnapped and confined to a shabby room with no explanation, Dae-su is not allowed any contact and is fed only fried dumplings through a narrow slot. Experiencing hallucinations, his attempts at suicide are prevented by being gassed into unconsciousness. Thus he keeps himself fit and occupied with shadowboxing; hardening his knuckles by punching the wall. While watching television, he discovers that his wife has been murdered, his daughter sent to foster parents and that he himself is the prime suspect.

Dae-su is suddenly set free on the rooftop of a building 15 years after his imprisonment began, with a new suit. Dae-su is given a cellphone by a stranger and goes to a local restaurant, where he meets young chef Mi-do (Kang Hye-jeong), who brings him to her home. Dae-su realises he is being tracked through phone calls from his unidentified captor and instant messaging on Mi-do’s computer. Dae-su locates the restaurant that provided the fried dumplings during his imprisonment, and subsequently the building he was held captive in, torturing the warden for information. He finds tape recordings of his captor that reveal little. He then fights his way out past numerous goons, suffering a knife wound to his back. Collapsing on the street, a stranger places him in a taxi, only to direct him to Mi-do’s address and identify Dae-su by name.

The man, named Woo-jin (Yu Ji-tae), reveals himself as Dae-su’s kidnapper and tells him that Dae-su must discover his motives. Mi-do will die if he fails, but if he succeeds, Woo-jin will kill himself. Later, Dae-su and Mi-do grow emotionally closer together and have sex. Dae-su discovers he and Woo-jin briefly attended the same high school and remembers spying on Woo-jin’s incestuous relationship with his sister, Soo-ah (Yun Jin-seo). Dae-su, unaware of their familial relationship, inadvertently spread the rumor before transferring to another school in Seoul. Soo-ah’s mental turmoil grew, causing physical signs of pregnancy and her eventual suicide. During the investigation, Woo-jin kills Joo-Hwan for insulting Soo-ah, enraging Dae-su further.

Dae-su confronts Woo-jin at his penthouse with the information but instead Woo-jin gives Dae-su a photo album. As Dae-su flips through the album, he witnesses his daughter grow older in the pictures, until discovering that Mi-do is actually his daughter. Woo-jin reveals that the events surrounding Dae-su were orchestrated to cause Dae-su and Mi-do to commit incest. It is also revealed that hypnosis and post-hypnotic suggestion were involved with Dae-su’s imprisonment, and had been performed on Mi-do as well. A horrified Dae-su begs Woo-jin to conceal the secret from Mi-do, groveling for forgiveness before slicing out his own tongue and offering it to Woo-jin as a symbol of his silence. Woo-jin agrees to spare Mi-do from the knowledge and leaves Dae-su in his penthouse. As he rides alone in the elevator, he is struck by the vivid memory of his sister’s death, in which he was complicit, and shoots himself in the head.

Dae-su sits in a winter landscape, where he makes a deal with the same hypnotist who conditioned him during his imprisonment, asking for her help to allow him to forget the secret. She reads his pleas from a handwritten letter and, touched by his words, begins the hypnosis process, lulling him into unconsciousness. Hours later, Dae-su wakes up, the hypnotist gone, and stumbles about before finally meeting with Mi-do. They embrace, and Mi-do tells Dae-su that she loves him, though whether Dae-su knows the secret is uncertain.


  • Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su: The film’s protagonist, who has been imprisoned for somewhere around 15 years. Choi Min-sik lost and gained weight for his role depending on the filming schedule, trained for six weeks and did most of his stunt work.
  • Yu Ji-tae as Lee Woo-jin: The man behind Oh Dae-su’s imprisonment. Park Chan-wook’s ideal choice for Woo-jin had been actor Han Suk-kyu, who previously played a rival to Choi Min-sik in Shiri and No. 3. Choi then suggested Yu Ji-tae for the role, despite Park’s reservation about his youthful age.
  • Kang Hye-jeong as Mi-do: Dae-su’s love interest.
  • Ji Dae-han as No Joo-hwan: Dae-su’s friend and the owner of a cybercafe.
  • Kim Byeong-ok as Mr. Han: Bodyguard of Woo-jin.
  • Oh Tae-kyung as Young Dae-su.
  • Ahn Yeon-suk as Young Woo-jin.
  • Oo Il-han as Young Joo-hwan.
  • Yun Jin-seo as Lee Soo-ah: Woo-jin’s sister.
  • Oh Dal-su as Park Cheol-woong: The private prison’s manager