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Welcome back Hyun Bin!

Finally after serving his country Hyun Bin returns to his native Korean Entertainment much to the delight of his fans. Serving military is a honour for every Korean man and Hyun Bin was in tears at the fact that he had to leave the marines.

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On his comeback he has commented “Since I couldn’t act during my vacations, I’d go to places where hoobaes were acting and would watch them and think about it… But now, the time has come for me to be able to act again, and as much as everyone has waited for me, I want to work hard in preparing to show you the acting I’ve wanted to do. I have stored all the energy that I’ve received as a soldier, so I will return energy back to everyone,”

Celebrating his return-Kpop Group SISTAR wrote on twitter,“We couldn’t meet you so we are writing on twitter. Hyun Bin Oppa! We sincerely congratulate you on your discharge from the military. We would like to see you in cool new productions now. We will also always support you!”. They also organised a friendly party to honour his return.

TVXQ- The “Humanoids” from the future

Grip up for we are going to travel into the future- a future with Robo Hotties-The TVXQ Humanoids.

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The song is a good old electronic pop song and gets into your head after multi-mutiple listens. Either way the song is a good-listen standing safely in between “love it” and “hate it”.Since the song by itself had lesser potential than “catch me”, I expected better theme and concept development.

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There were so many gears (like the kind we find in clock) in the set to show that they are from the future. Not much of concept development has been done on this “clock work” theme. But the zapping choreography of the song deviates our attention a little bit. Given the title I expected a genuine robotic moves but I cant complain much. The levitating gears and light effects adds class to the MV. The set as such is not very much creative- Frankly I am hugely reminded of the sets in “Sexy.Free and Single” only the sets here are black and white.

I tried to interpret whatever was expressed through the poorly developed plot and the good backing lyrics. My guess is that time may be the critical factor in our future(shown by how the clock pieces teleport the duo back and forth) but its our choices(Shown by whether they choose the teleporting clocks) and acceptance(that they are humanoids) that will really affect our future.

The duo wore shiny jackets throughout the MV- are they trying to say shiny would be the future fashion trend or they are gonna shine in the near future? Whatever it is the shiny jackets is a positive attention in the song. As for the fashion department of the song-they aced. The shiny jackets were not irritating shiny and the colour selection was wise. I especially loved the saffron and green coloured jackets- It reminded me of our national flag.

My final verdict- People expect flat-out fantastic from this duo. So they did not live upto the expectations.

*clears throat* MV Rating-2.5/5

Vintage revivals- Love Rain

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Retro or vintage fashion is something that never goes out of style- now and ever. Yoona’s fashion statement as Yoon Hee(Mom YoonaYoon ) in Love rain was without doubt a fine fashion inspiration.

Everything about the image of Yoon Hee was “Fine and Soft” – A fine Young lady,soft spoken,fine clothings,soft colors,fine hair and soft makeup. 

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Light coloured flowery patterned dress complemented with dark coloured cashmere or tweed plus high collar and classic white embroidery at the neckline.All this topped with a cute smile gives her a graceful appearance.

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With conservative hemline and ankle-length socks she wore a low heeled ballets giving us old high school reminiscence.

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Free flowing straight hair, long sleeves and nude colored watch brings out her obvious shy-image.

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The complementarity in the colors of the layers is the one, single rule in the fashion statement.

 

Yoseop’s solo ‘Caffeine”- Is it worth a coffee table?

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My answer is definitely!It is a high time talented idol like Yoseop went solo. People had been expecting it for a while now and “Caffeine” is a great solo debut for him. After hearing the song it was not too difficult to assign it a genre- Contemporary R&B with “heartbroken” mood.The song kicks off with a pleasant piano with Yeseop joining midway through the piano in a low tempo vocal which sounded like he was talking something very fast in a musical voice.

Two things to note about the MV are that it is a soulful heartbreak post breakup song and Yoseop is all grown up. Maybe the concept of “Coffee” was chosen to show that he is an adult.(I am an adult but I don’t drink coffee..o.0). The MV shows the love, betrayal, breakup,post breakup sorrow and moving on in a poetic and classy way. Throughout the MV he maintains a gentleman image which is hand in glove with his real-life image.The MV graceful skinship scenes of the girl with Yoseop and Junhyung-the other man(Classy way of saying kisses without making out:P).

Yoseop reminisces his romantic past over a steaming cup of black coffee. The next clip shows his breakup with the girl which by judging from the snowfall happens in winter. I dunno why but winter is mostly the breakup season-maybe because a person’s heart turns cold in winter.

There are broken things everywhere-cups,frame…signifying he is heart-broken. He is reluctant to let the girl go even though she is cheating on him. He does not throw away their love diary or her red shawl or the broken photos. He then finally realizes that before disappearing from his life the girl has given his heart back unhurt. He decides to cherish her memories in heart but burns the diary,tosses the photo with the red shawl and finally moves on.(A broken heart is fixed)

At the breakup spot the girl is covered by smoke showing she is gonna disappear. She gives Yoseop’s heart in a box-letting him know that she had been treasuring it the whole time. The heart in the box right away reminded me of the “Pirates of Caribbean 2” where a girl will protect her lover’s heart keeping it in a treasure chest.

The whole moving on after a breakup is compared indirectly to recovering from an addiction(caffeine). Caffeine is almost a drug and there are people who are addicted to it. He compares the girl to caffeine-though he knows it is not good and he has to let go of it, like a caffeine her memory embraces him. We can see a pile of broken coffee cups in a corner in midway through  the MV showing he is addicted to caffeine like he is addicted to the girl.

The Choreography was stylish and medium paced with Yoseob moving in slick fluid waves. The whole MV is set in dim light and colours of Yoseob’s wardrobe was limited to black and white. Not much risk was taken in fashion side though I don’t like the pearl studded suit much-it kinda broke the whole classy image of the song.

Choreography-5/5

Fashion Points-4/5

The whole MV-4.9/5( A DEFINITE WINNER)

BigBang SeungRi turns twitter into a variety show!

You might all know the maknae aka the youngest of BigBang Lee SeungRi.. He is known very much for his bickering talk as much as his looks and talent. Well I thought SeungRi’s hilarious speeches and actions were reserved only for the Korean TV shows..

Apparently not!

On 19th SeungRi started a twitter account which kept tweeting messages of ‘I am real..trust me..made to study english’ Many were skeptical about this account. Because the owner seemed to be out of his mind. Tweeting funny stuff and even tweeting all SeungRi’s fanclub twitter accounts. And the english was seriously hilarious stuff with phrases thrown in which made people end up with stitches.

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Finally some doubt was alleviated cos YG official twitter and some other staff members started following @ForvictoRi

But the most awaited following was whether Taeyang and G-Dragon would follow him back!

Nope his ‘Hyongs’ did not reply his aegyo filled pleas. And he ended up being depressed and was contemplating ‘free-falling’ from his apartment ROFL! And Taeyang hyong responded to his maknae…GD has not replied him directly until now because I think he has curled up somewhere due to the embarrassing tweets of his dongsaeng.

And SeungRi got verified within 2 days..But sadly that marked his end of twitter variety show madness.. He deleted more than 100 tweets and only left images of his which he searched from google and uploaded. A meagre of 6 tweets. And now he is tweeting barely about censored stuff which makes sense and thus seems too boring.

LOL!! But for past two days.. he is just changing his header picture, display picture and funnily his Bio!

The latest bio seems like he is quoting the warnings he got and the reason he had to censor himself..

‘Once the tweet goes out, it cant be taken back kkkk’

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LOL!! So true..Will we see the SeungRi who made into the world trending list with just his hilarious tweets make a fun-filled comeback in twitter? Or will it forever be censored and remain the normal celebrity twitter profile?

Credit of pics: owner and tagged

Lee Hi debuts with a catchy number “1.2.3.4”

Well if youre a follower of the entertainment show ‘Kpop Star’ you might know Lee Hi or Lee Ha Yi as she was known! Lee Ha Yi was the runner up for the highly competive singing show. Well YG Entertainment had signed on this young girl of 16 and she has currently released her debut single 1.2.3.4

Am a bit late in reviewing this video blame my exams and errant power cuts here but I would love to talk about this young lady! It is rare to see someone so young to debut as a solo artist *well there are some solo artists like IU*. I would have thought that Lee Hi would be a member of girl group. But looking at her performance I kinda get the feeling that she is a solo player. And she is something different from what normal K pop scenario has. Lee Hi may look like she is trying the age old concept of someone pure and innocent. But from her look in the MV and her song I think Lee Hi is as badass as other YG artists like Bigbang, 2NE1, Epik High and more.

This is the video for the song ‘1.2.3.4’

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LYRICS:

Hey.
C’mon now.
I said 1, 2, 3…

Your delusion that I’m still yours ends here.
I’m not that same girl you knew before.
At the sound of morning, the flowers have already bloomed so much.
But why are you still so out of focus?

I’m sick and tired of your hypocrisy.
You lame liar. (Ooh) Will you just back off now?
I think I’m going, going crazy (ooh).
I think I’m going, going crazy (ooh).

Don’t act so miserably and pitifully.
Go disappear far, far away. No, no. Na-na-na-na-na-na.
Don’t cry so pathetically. Just forget everything forever. No, no.

Listen.
Stop worrying about others and just mind your own business.
I don’t need your sympathy or pity. Uh.

I said 1 and 2 and 3, 4 (ooh).
Time will be the one resolving everything.
1 and 2 and 3, 4 (ooh).
Game over. Game over (ooh). Game over.

No matter where you go, no matter how hard you rub your eyes,
another girl like me is so hard to find.
All the boys cry and go like babies at my sexiness and purity.

I’m sick and tired of your hypocrisy.
You lame liar. (Ooh) Will you just back off now?
I think I’m going, going crazy (ooh).
I think I’m going, going crazy (ooh).

Don’t act so miserably and pitifully.
Go disappear far, far away. No, no. Na-na-na-na-na-na.
Don’t cry so pathetically. Just forget everything forever. No, no.

Listen.
Stop worrying about others and just mind your own business.
I don’t need your sympathy or pity. Uh.

I said 1 and 2 and 3, 4 (ooh).
Time will be the one resolving everything.
1 and 2 and 3, 4 (ooh).
Game over. Game over (ooh). Game over.

It hurts so much. I guess I’ve already forgotten you.
Hey baby. Just leave.

I said 1 and 2 and 3, 4 (ooh).
Time will be the one resolving everything.
1 and 2 and 3, 4 (ooh).
Game over. Game over (ooh)
Game over.

1 and 2 and 3, 4
1 and 2 and 3, 4
1 and 2 and 3, 4

Game over
Game over
Game over

Lyrics translation: Kpoplyrics

Why did I describe Lee Hi as badass?? Well basically because of her lyrics..

Seems she is not gonna sing about teddybears and ice creams! She is more about calling out the guy for his hypocrisy! It shows that she is quite strong and doesnt need another especially a man’s support!

I am sure that most of the audience will have a preformed opinion about Lee Hi as they saw her frequently in their TV but she wants them to throw away those preconceived notions.

This song is basically a song sung by a girl after she breaks up with a sorry loser! She was taken up by him before but now she realised how much of a hypocrite that guy was and thus finally gets over him. She deems their relationship as ‘Game over’

I feel the song was very strong and she delivered it in a forceful manner too..She did get hurt but she is trying her best to come back strong after the messy break up.

No matter where you go, no matter how hard you rub your eyes,
another girl like me is so hard to find.
All the boys cry and go like babies at my sexiness and purity.

This line is awesome! It just screams self-confidence. She informs the dude that he just lost something precious and she also says that Lee Hi not only has a pure side but she can be sexy as well.

I approve of how the lyrics seems to give a strong impression.

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As much as I loved the song I was not that much impressed with the video. Lee Hi tried to give off a cold vibe to suit the mood of the song but I felt that it ended up making her seem stoic and frozen. I would have preferred if she had shown some good old ‘flipping hair’ or ‘I am judging you bitch’ expressions!

Seeing as she was very young I felt that the whole sexy concept did not come off clean. I think as Lee Hi grows up she will become more expressive and fluent. I doubt that she lacks both the relationship experience and the entertainment industry experience at the moment

But I was heartened to see how different she looked from normal girl idols who are tall and skinny *most of the time or rather all of the time lol*. Lee Hi is not a normal girl group member. She may seem like a baby now but am sure she will grow into a sexy star. Her dance moves need some improvement too.

With regards to the vocals! SUPERB! She sure has the vocals to secure top spots and she proved it by winning the past two weeks music shows! She carried the Oooohs and aaahhs well and her english pronunciation was perfect! I liked the gameover part loads! If she works on her facial expression a little her vocals will be even more powerful.

Regards to the fashion I wasn’t impressed ! Sorry Lee Hi! I dont think I like that curly mop in place of hair look she had. And the clothes seemed a bit too flamboyant to me. I did like the black dress she had in the middle. But the others A HUGE NO!

Over all I would say 1.2.3.4 is a good song and a nice venture for a debut but Lee Hi needs to work more in order to be considered someone who is different among Kpop girl artists!

Idols’ Specialty Corner – G Dragon BigBang!

Anyone who knows G-Dragon will agree that this man is the proud owner of  sexiest Collar bones in KPop! He knows it and he flaunts it too!

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Personally I love GD’s other features too… As I have neglected posting due to my exams I will be posting some more of his assets as an apology gift!

His kissable lips!

 

 

His brown puppy eyes!

 

 

 

Credit of pics: not mine,owner,tagged

[0]-[0]Glasses on [o]-[o] looks classy or cheesy?

Hyun Bin- Definitely Bossy !

Jang Keun Suk- Vintage!

Shin Min Ah- Cool as Ice

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Lee Min Ho- Very Casual Very Sexy!

Park Shin Hye- Cute Kitty!

JaeJoong- Devastatingly Hot!

JYJ- Funky!

  

 Kim Hyu Joong- Nerdy Mr Ji Hoo/ Baek Seung Jo

IU- Dorkkyyyy

 

 

 

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Lets face it we have always wanted barbie and wanted to be a barbie. With flawless skin and carved features there are korean stars who even beat the dolls with their real charm crawling over their doll-like appearance.

 

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Who is a macho guy?

I dunno what our college guys thought posting this photo up on our college fb group page. Korean drama and kpop might seem girly on surface but they do have stuffs for the macho guys. There are already guys in our college who are comfortably curled up watching Korean dramas(only too macho to come out of the closet…lol). Watching ‘Spiderman’, ‘X-Men’ and ‘Expandables ‘ doesn’t mean you are boyish-just that you like action. So for me if a guy is watching ‘Boys over flowers’ it does not make him any less macho than the one watching action movies.
Hotness could not entirely mean six packs for girls except for the ones like him…lol
Sometimes it can just be cute dimples,nice eyes, cute smile, pretty hair or just the angelic voice!

To the beautiful You- My Expectations Vs Reality

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Before the drama “To the Beautiful You” started airing I had a few expectations how the drama would be different from the original Japanese version. I has posted an article here at “Hallyu Guru” focusing on my hopes and expectations.

To view that article click here. (Please do read the article to get the full blast of the current article)

Now I have finished watching the whole drama and it doesn’t matter whether my expectations then were met or not because my hopes for the drama was not definitely shattered. Then why bother to write them?-Because who doesn’t like to muse about our predictions, right?

First things first, my sincere hope for volumed up romance between the main leads was met! THANK GOD! After all this is Korean Drama we are speaking about and people expect chemistry.

And when I say romance, it is strictly limited to passionate glances, heart-throbbing back hugs and chemistryless kiss. But I am not complaining- I think the director toned it down a bit to make it look genuinely high school. But there was a little bit creativity in the romance too-credits to the bicycle kiss:)

I thought there will be only a female rival(I was not sure whether I would like  it-but it was good- she was not a total vixen kind we normally see)but the scriptwriters have gone for a male rival too. 100 points for that! They were not just mere rivals who jumped in to the scene for plot sake. Bot the rivals have a strong relationship background with the leads. Seol Ha Na(the female rival)has been Tae Joon’s friend and follower like forever and Johnny(the male rival) likes Jae Hee so much that he forged the documents for her to enroll in Boy’s school.This kind of value addition helps in the better plot development. What romance is interesting without rivals and jealous-factor?

Other than the romantic rivalry- the professional rivalry was also better in this version. There the rival just acts like an ass while inside his heart he likes Sano. But here Min Hyeon Jae is in the same school, always considered second to Tae Joon(though inside his heart looks up on him),has less sofisticated economical background etc etc which gives him more solid reasons for not liking Tae Joon much. But after the turn of events he comes to like Tae Joon which reminded me how high school really can be. Sometimes the ones you hate would end up becoming your best friend.

I was hoping with my fingers crossed that the doctor charecter would be gay in Korean version too(there were speculations that he would be straight). Well he was, but he was not very much used in the gay humor like in the original. But at least I got my wish! Yay!

Eun-gyeol’s character was was pretty good. The way how he gets to know that he likes Sulli was all neatly placed but he did not quite make the cut of the Japanese “Nakatsu”. Maybe it was because Eun-gyeol’s character was a bit more serious or maybe because in this version he senses Sulli’s feelings for Minho and gets jealous in contrast to the original.But even with all this in my head  Eun-gyeol is my favorite in the whole drama.(Nakatsu is my favorite in Jap version).

I can proudly sat Min Ho pulled off Tae Joon’s character brilliantly and better than Japanese Sano. Sano was all about looking hot and athletic- But Tae Joon’s charecter did much more than that. As for Sulli- she has skills but I couldn’t even point one single frame in the whole drama where she looked boyish enough to pass for a guy. Casting a foreigners for Sulli’s brother and her BFF was really great. Making Sulli’s brother a doctor(foreigner probably adopted by Koreans and speaks good Korean) and changing the way how he finds out she is enrolled in a Boy’s school turned out to be more interesting. Daniel oppa is given more importance role-wise in this version.

The inclusion of a mother sentiment as a reason for Tae Joon giving up High Jump was much more powerful and moving than the original(where Sano would be injured while trying to save mizuki;but he would say that was not the reason he gave up- It was a little confusing). I was surely not expecting a “mother character”. Using the mother feelings to connect the male leads – in the scene where both of them watch a movie Tae joon watched with his mother together was heart warming.

But I missed two characters very much from the original dram- the playboy guy(Nanba) who was nowhere to be seen and the girly gay guy with feelings for the play boy- there was actually a guy who keeps wearing lip balm but his character development was not much in this version.

Good thing the script writers did not completely stick to the original plot! Hats off for the script writers for completely whitewashing all the logical loopholes in the plot and giving us a proper logical plot. The ending was feel good but not very creative-toooooo predictable. I mean,c’mon I am not eight anymore and anyone over eight can predict it.