Now this post may upset people so I will ask the question straight away: Why are so many fans of K-pop music so freaking ugly? If you think about it, the fans you normally see listening to k-music, attending concerts or looking at fan merchandise are hardly attractive. But when it comes to the musiciansContinue reading “Why are K-pop fans so unattractive?”
It doesn’t seem long ago when Korean film makers were dazzling the world with prizewinners at International festivals such as Oldboy and Pieta. As well as these harsh ,violent films there were gentle odes to Buddhism (Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter, and Spring) and the magnificent Untold Scandal, which set the story of Dangerous Liaisons in theContinue reading “Tunnel film review”
The main markets for Korean entertainment has been in other Asian countries but as they develop their own entertainment (or simply improve the ones they already have) there will be less dominance by Korean culture. This is particularly true of Japan and China who have often been fiercely nationalistic.
Let’s start with the packaging: all Korean CDs come packaged in lavish cardboard folders that are closer to hard back books than the standard plastic jewel cases used by Western manufacturers. This one is no exception: the cd comes in a hard book with several glossy photos of Ailee looking very seductive. The CD itselfContinue reading “K-Pop review: Ailee + Vivid”
If you’re not already loving this great 8-piece girl group from Korea then you damn well should be. For the uninitiated, here are five great songs to start off with: ‘Gee’ The one that got things going in a really big way. If you sing just a few bars of this song to anyoneContinue reading “Five great Girl’s Generation songs”
K-pop group Sistar It seems that as well as being a pop-cultural phenomenon that saw Gangnam Style become the most watched video on Youtube, K-Pop is now leading academics to write scholarly papers on the “symbiosis and parasitism” of attempts by fans to mimic idol groups’ dancing. There has been resistance from the establishment who worryContinue reading “Academics gather for third World Congress of Hallyu, Dubai”