May 2012


SNSD’s next Japanese single Paparazzi will be released on June 27th. Today a teaser for the song and music video was shown on Japanese morning TV. SM also uploaded a teaser to their youtube channel:

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You don’t get to hear much at all in the youtube teaser, really. In the clip from Japanese TV (below) you hear a bit more and you can also see more of their outfits. I’m sure more teasers will follow :) .

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Not sure what to think about the “ooh-la-la-la” part, but the beat sounds pretty nice.

 

Just thought I’d share some rumours I’ve heard. The first one is that SM is planning on holding an SMTown concert in Paris again this year. The other is that Girls’ Generation might hold a solo concert in Europe. Nothing official yet, but keep your eyes and ears open for details if your interested in going (and put some money aside :) ).

 
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Last week I watched the Studio Ghibli anime Ocean Waves (海がきこえる/I can hear the sea). It’s about a college student named Taku, who is thinking back to his senior year in high school years and a girl called Rikako. She’s a new girl who moved to Taku’s town from Tokyo. She’s smart and attractive, but is a bit of an outcast among the students. Except for Taku’s friend Yutaka, who has a crush on Rikako. Triangle drama, commence! The story is told through a series of flashbacks, where Taku remembers the impression Rikako made in their encounters.

This is a TV movie and you can tell that the budget must have been smaller than Ghibli movies that have been shown in cinemas. The animation … Continue reading

 

Arirang Korea Today did an interview with TaeTiSeo where they talked about what it’s like being in a sub-unit and how the music video shooting went. They’ve put the interview, with English subtitles, on their youtube channel:

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This is one of the movies I picked up in Korea. I didn’t know anything about it other than recognizing Kim Rae-won from other movies. The synopsis was in Korean, so I went solely by the cover. I got the feeling that it was going to be a romantic but somewhat sad movie.

The story is about Min-a, a school girl who lives with her mother. Min-a is very ill, but her mother wants to let her live the remainder of her life happily outside of the hospital. Kim Rae-won plays Young-jae, a young photographer who … Continue reading

 
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The other day I watched the movie Blind, starring Kim Ha-neul. It’s about a former police academy cadet, Soo-ah, who has lost her eyesight in an accident. One day she crosses paths with a serial killer. It all starts with a hit and run, that Soo-ah witnesses (she’s riding in the car at the time, but gets out before the driver leaves with the victim in the trunk). The police officer in charge is told to close the investigation since the only witness is blind, but Soo-ah insists that he questions her as he would any other witness. He is impressed with the level of detail in Soo-ah’s description and starts looking for the perpetrator. Meanwhile, his colleagues are busy dealing with a series of missing person cases.

The movie is pretty decent. There are some scenes showing what she “sees” based on the sounds she hears, and so on, that are pretty neat but short, so you’re not fully immersed.

 

Last week IU released a new single in Korea called Spring of a twenty year old (스무 살의 봄), which consists of three songs. The title track Every end of the day (하루 끝), IU’s own composition Peach (복숭아), which had a digital release before the full single release and finally I really don’t like her (그 애 참 싫다).

IU isn’t promoting these songs on the music shows as she’s focusing on her upcoming solo concert, but Every end of the day still topped the online charts when it came out.

As the title of the single suggests, IU turns 20 this spring. In Korean age, that is. She turned 19 in “western age” on the 16th. Spring of a twenty year old is also the title of a short film which was released instead of a normal music video. It starts out in a documentary style where you get to follow IU during various activities, mixed with a personal interview. The second part is more of a short film of her trip to Venice, Italy. It also doubles as a music video for Every end of the day.

You can watch the film in its entirety here (no subtitles):

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I made some clips for the music parts (three of them, keep scrolling :) ).

IU ~ Peach (composition clip)

IU ~ Peach (composition clip)

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I watched the Studio Ghibli anime Porco Rosso the other day. It’s one of those movies that I bought ages ago, but never got around to watching. Until now. I was looking for an “easy watching” movie where I didn’t have to invest much. It fit that bill well. It’s a very laid back movie.

The story takes place at the Adriatic Sea in the late 1920’s. It is about a former air force pilot, who has turned into a pig for some reason and now makes a living as a bounty hunter, chasing air pirates. His plane is damaged during a dog fight and he goes to Italy to have it repaired at his old friend’s shop. There he meets the friend’s granddaughter Fio, who is put in charge of making the repairs/improvements.

I liked Porco Rosso. It had some nice moments, but some things weren’t explained or resolved. The ending is one of those where you get a summary of what happened to everyone after the last scene, which was a bit “blah”. Enjoyable none the less.

 

These are the best performances of Twinkle this far, in my opinion. I picked two of the ones where they have hand-held microphones. The vocals are more important to me than the dancing and the mics aren’t that much in the way of the choreography anyway.

Despite my aversion to anything with leopard print, I really like Seo-hyun’s outfit here:

Girls' Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120510

Girls’ Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120510

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I love Tae-yeon’s outfit in this one:

Girls' Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120503

Girls’ Generation-TTS ~ Twinkle Live@M!Countdown 20120503

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Last night I finally watched Hana no Ato (After the Flowers). It’s a Japanese period film starring Keiko Kitagawa. It’s based on a short story by Shuhei Fujisawa, whose work was the basis for similar movies such as Twilight Samurai.

I was planning on getting it on DVD as soon as a version with English subtitles was released, but it never came out, so after waiting for over a year and a half I got a fan-subbed version.

Keiko plays Ito, who is the daughter of a clan official. Without any sons, he has trained Ito in swordsmanship. One day Ito meets a lower ranking samurai, Magoshiro, who asks for a sparring match. During the match they make a connection. However, Ito’s future husband has already been decided and she tries to quench her feelings.

This might sound like a very romantic story, but it’s not typically romantic as much as a story of respect and quiet admiration. I don’t want to spoil the story more than that.

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