September 9th, 2020

Record of Youth episode 1 & 2 Discussion Post

Drama: Record of Youth
Revised romanization: Chungchungirok
Hangul: 청춘기록
Director: Ahn Gil-Ho
Writer: Ha Myung-Hee
Network: tvN
Release Date: September 7, 2020
Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 21:00
Language: Korean
Country: South Korea

CAST: Park Bo Gum as Sa Hye Joon, Park So Dam as Ahn Jung Ha, Byeon Woo Seok as Won Hae Hyo, Kwon Soo Hyun, Ha Hee Ra, Park Soo Young, Han Jin Hee, Lee Jae Won, Shin Ae Ra, Seo Sang Won, Jo Yoo Jung, Jung Min Sung, Park Sung Yun, Jang Yi Jung, Shin Dong Mi, Lee Chang Hoon, Park Se Hyun, Im Ki Hong, Park Mi Hyun, Yang So Min, Im Jae Ha, Jo Ji Seung

PLOT: This is a drama about the growth record of young people who strive to achieve their dreams and love without despair in a generation where dreams have become a luxury and the passionate record of young people who beeline for their dreams in their own way, presenting excitement and empathy.

Sa Hye Joon is smart and handsome. He is a nice guy and a popular model, but what he really wants is to become an actor. He has auditioned for many acting roles, but hasn’t found success yet. Unfortunately, Sa Hye Joon doesn’t have much presence as an actor. Meanwhile, Ahn Jung Ha works as a make up artist. Bright and cheerful on the outside but lonely on the inside, Jung Ha takes out her stress and frustrations by fan-girling over idols.

Drama info and poster from MyDramaList

You can watch on Netflix or Dramacool

Park Bogum enlisted a week ago and left us with this drama (he did a Yook Sungjae on me tsss). So far, I like it! The awkward-but-its-working-for-me chemistry between Park Bogum and Park Sodam is nice to watch. Also, “Record of Youth” has taken No. 1 in its time slot for Monday-Tuesday dramas when it premiered.
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Yang Hyun Suk Admits To Gambling Charges At First Hearing

Yang Hyun Suk Admits To Gambling Charges At First Hearing

On September 9, the Seoul Western District Court held the first trial for four individuals including former YG Entertainment executive producer Yang Hyun Suk as well as “Kim” and “Lee,” the co-CEOs of YG Entertainment’s subsidiary YGX.

In June, Yang Hyun Suk was indicted on charges of flying to Las Vegas, United States seven times between July 2015 and January 2019 and gambling using a total of approximately $335,460 with four other individuals. He was indicted with a summary judgement (a judgment made by the court without a full in-person trial), but the court decided that an in-person trial was necessary for this case.

At the trial, Yang Hyun Suk’s lawyer said, “We admit to all charges,” while also stating that part of the evidence presented by the prosecution did not serve as adequate proof.

Yang Hyun Suk showed up for the trial in a black suit and a mask. He did not respond to any of the questions asked by the press as he entered the court and walked out after the trial.

The next trial for Yang Hyun Suk and the three other individuals will take place on October 28.

Sources: Soompi, Naver

K-pop stars fuel sudden popularity of livestreamed Korean musicals

Struggling to survive amid the COVID-19 pandemic, theaters are starting to offer musical fans the chance to watch performances via a paid livestreaming service.

"Return: The Promise of the Day," a musical produced by the Korean Army and Insight Entertainment, will hold four special performances from Sept. 24 to 26, which will be livestreamed for paid viewers.

The musical premiered last year and is scheduled to be staged again this June, but the second production fell through due to the pandemic. To deal with the cancellation, "Return" was streamed live for free on June 10 and attracted over 2.8 million viewers.

The number of viewers is exceptionally high for an online screening of a musical performance ― the popularity of "Return" is a result of its cast consisting of top-tier K-pop stars including D.O. and Xiumin of EXO and former Wanna One member Yoon Ji-sung.

Boosted by the success of the streaming, fueled by the huge fandom of K-pop, the Korean Army and Insight Entertainment decided to stage the show solely for online streaming amid the pandemic.

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More about theaters livestreaming shows in this post

source: The Korea Times

EXO's Chen takes flak after releasing soundtrack for TV series

K-pop boy band EXO's lead vocalist Chen, whose wife had a daughter in April, has come under attack after releasing a soundtrack for SBS's new romance TV series "Do You Like Brahms?" on Tuesday.

Chen's sentimental "Your moonlight" was rated 1.5 out of 5 on local streaming site Melon as of Wednesday afternoon. The score is far lower than those of other soundtracks ― Punch's "Close To Me" and god's "Confession" received 3.9 and 4.3 points, respectively.

More than 16,000 people have rated Chen's song, leaving some 4,500 comments ― mostly negative opinions about the singer.

"You dealt a blow to EXO's image and hamper other members' activities … Leave the group and do whatever you like," one online user wrote.

"The (poor) rating mirrors your reality," reads another comment.

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You can listen to Daddy Chen's song here

source: The Korea Times

B.O.Y 'Phase Two: WE' Teasers + Highlight Medley

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i don't like the styling for these pictures but i loved their last album and this one sounds really solid as well

sources: official_bofyou (1, 2, 3), 비오브유 B.O.Y youtube

Sam Okyere quits show after attacks from internet users

Sam Okyere, a Ghanaian television personality who is one of the most popular foreign celebrities in Korea, quit the famous cable quiz show where he appeared regularly after a series of controversies surrounding him.

Officials of MBC Every1, the cable channel in charge of the production and distribution of quiz show "South Korean Foreigners," said Okyere voluntarily stepped down from the show and will not appear starting with the 101st episode. They declined to elaborate on the reason for Okyere's resignation. His last appearance will be made in the 100th episode on Wednesday.

The program is designed to show a number of foreigners living in Korea, including him, competing with Korean celebrities to show how much they know about Korea. Okyere, who is known for his fluent Korean language ability, modeling and affection toward Korea, was one of the main contestants on the show and one of the very few black celebrities active in the Korean entertainment industry. He rose to stardom after appearing in multiple TV shows including JTBC's "Abnormal Summit" and MBC's "Radio Star."

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source: The Korea Times

Webtoons carve out role behind popular films

On the South Korean entertainment scene, webtoons, or web-based comics, have carved out a unique role as a source of fresh ideas for producers and screenwriters.

TV series like "Itaewon Class" (2020) and "Mystic Pop-up Bar" (2020), dramatized adaptations of popular web cartoon series with the same titles, are the most recent hits on the small screen.

The tried-and-true content also has been increasing its presence on the big screen, following the smash-hit fantasy series "Along with the Gods."

Directed by Yang Woo-suk, the action drama "Steel Rain 2: Summit," which was released in late July, is based on Yang's original web comic trilogy "Steel Rain" that centers on political and diplomatic affairs on the divided Korean Peninsula.

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source: Yonhap News

Taemin talks to Teen Vogue about "Criminal" & his cinematic vision

In the popular tarot book Seventy-Eight Degrees of Wisdom, author Rachel Pollack says that the Devil card means that you obey “your desires, rather than acting the way you think is best.” The most common depiction of this card shows a man and a woman — reminiscent of Adam and Eve — chained to a block of cement. The Devil looms above, glaring. The couple, however, do not appear uncomfortable, and the chains could come off easily, if only they wanted to remove them.

“Destroy me more,” Taemin demands while staring at the camera in his new music video “Criminal.” He wears a studded eye patch, leather gloves, and a black jacquard suit. An impatient hand runs through his messy, silvery locks. In a set that recalls 1997 horror film The Devil’s Advocate, he is surrounded by dancers veiled in red, consuming him like living flames. What could be a moment of redemption is, instead, a surrender to the dark, twisty maze of his own artistry.

“I’m on a leash called ‘you’, it’s painful as much as I can’t breathe, but also magnificent,” he sings, per Genius translation. The newtro synths on “Criminal” create a moody, hypnotizing atmosphere to fit Taemin’s dance with the Devil: the elegant offender in the lyrics is none other than himself.

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source: Teen Vogue
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Netflix announces Blackpink documentary "Light Up The Sky"

Follow up to this post from February

source: @netflix

According to Korean Dramas: The 5 love languages

Are you a hugger? Are gifts more your style? Or does a simple compliment take you to cloud nine? Take it from our favorite K-dramas—there’s no such thing as just one right way to show love and feel loved. (Although there are definitely some ways to make them feel unloved 🤣)

Drama titles are on the top right next to the Netflix logo. Shows may not be available in all markets.

source: The Swoon
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Stray Kids "Back Door" MV Teaser

Source: Stray Kids Twitter

I really can't with that title. My mind goes THERE. I'm 14 yeors old I think.
Do you follow what's happening with Woojin ? I hope he chokes TBH. Now him leaving the group is not a mystery anymore, he was the worst.

(TW) Former ILUV member Minah rescued after attempted suicide at Han River

Follow up to these posts: 1, 2, 3

At ​​12:17 p.m. on the 9th, Shin (22), a singer from a girl group, was rescued while trying to make an extreme choice at Seongsan Bridge in Seoul.

According to police, Mapo Police Station in Seoul received a report that a woman in her twenties [Spoiler (click to open)]climbed the railing of Seongsan Bridge that overlooked the Han River. Police were dispatched to the scene and rescued the idol member and handed over to a guardian.

Shin, who was active in a girl group, caused a stir after claims she was bullied by her team members.

sources: dailynaver, yonhap news