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Chinese government delays coal-to-gas switch due to crisis

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The government of China has taken back plans to completely eradicate the coal heating during this winter season due to shortage of clean fuel. The capital Beijing had ordered the northern provinces of the nation to use clean fuel instead of coal by the end of 2017 to help in reducing pollution in the country. […]

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[Entertainment News] IU, BTS and EXO win top prizes at 2017 Melon Music Awards

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The 2017 Melon Music Awards were held in Seoul on December 2.

IU won Album of the Year for the first time with Palette and was named Best Songwriter. EXO was crowned Artist of the Year and garnered the Netizen Popularity Award. BTS won Song of the Year for "Spring Day," as well as Best Music Video (DNA) and Global Artist. Wanna One was this year's Best New Artist.

EXO (Ko Ko Bop) and Twice (Knock Knock) prevailed in the Best Dance race. Suran won Best R&B/Soul Song for the chart-topping "Wine" and shared the Hot Trend prize with the song's producer Suga from BTS. Dynamic Duo and EXO's Chen walked away with Best Rap/Hip-Hop Song for "Nosedive." "Sweet Dream"

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[Entertainment News] BTS, EXO and Twice win top prizes at 2017 MAMA

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The 2017 Mnet Asian Music Awards ended its four-day event in Hong Kong on December 1. BTS was named the Artist of the Year and walked away with Best Music Video for the popular "Spring Day." EXO won Album of the Year for the fifth consecutive year, while the subunit EXO-CBX received the Best Asian Style Award. Meanwhile, Twice won Song of the Year for the second straight year with Signal.

Zico retained the Best Male Artist title, while IU was crowned Best Female Artist for the third time. Besides winning Best New Artist with Pristin, Wanna One also emerged victorious in the competitive Best Male Group race. Red Velvet won their first Best Female Group prize.

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[Editor’s Pick] Cruel truth behind exam cheating

Education is important for young people to acquire not only knowledge but also proper social and moral values. However, these values can easily vanish in a goal-oriented education system, under which cheating may become a "strategy" to score high marks in exams. Inspired by the large-scale exam-cheating scandal that happened in Thailand in 2014, director Nattawut Poonpiriya (Countdown) calls for serious reflection on the country's education system and social inequality in the mind-blowing high-school heist thriller Bad Genius. Played by model-turned-actress Chutimon Chuengcharoensukying, math prodigy Lynn is admitted to a prestigious school on a scholarship thanks to her great academic ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Ryu Seung Ryong & Shim Eun Kyung to star in Train to Busan director’s comedy

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Train to Busan director Yeon Sang Ho shifts from zombie horror to comedy for his upcoming feature Psychokinesis. Ryu Seung Ryong (The Piper) and Shim Eun Kyung (Fabricated City), both of whom lent their voices to Yeon's animated film Seoul Station, team up again for the black comedy.

Produced by Next Entertainment World, Psychokinesis follows an ordinary man named Seok Hyun (Ryu Seung Ryong), who finds out that he has the power of psychokinesis. Meanwhile, his daughter Roo Mi (Shim Eun Kyung) miraculously becomes a shop owner but faces the risk of losing her new life. Hence, Seok Hyun uses his psychic powers to save his troubled daughter.

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[Editor’s Pick] Politics As Usual: High School Edition

Back in 2013 when they were still on the cusp of stardom, Suda Masaki and Nomura Shuhei played two ordinary immature students at an all-boys high school in The Daily Lives of High School Boys. Four years later, the two actors are back together as immature students of an all-boys high school, but this time they are political rivals. Based on the manga Teiichi no Kuni by Furuya Usamaru, Teiichi: Battle of Supreme High manages to be both wondrously stupid and sneakily smart as it colorfully conjures the facetiously entertaining world of an elite high school known to produce future politicians and bureaucrats. In what seems likes his umpteenth film of the year, Suda Masaki plays Teiichi, a ... Read More

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[Editor’s Pick] Hoping for the best for Hong Kong

The frustration with Hong Kong's stressful lifestyle and stagnant music market has been growing in the city. By taking on various music genres, Jan Lamb revitalizes the monotonous Cantopop scene, and sends messages of hope and encouragement through the album Size 9. Cantopop enjoyed widespread popularity in Asia during the 1980s and 1990s, and the early 2000s also saw the successful emergence of superstars Joey Yung, Eason Chan and Twins. However, the industry started to decline in the recent decade as local listeners turned to more popular music from Taiwan and Korea. Hong Kong songwriters and singers also produced Mandarin songs to expand their markets. Hoping that the industry can revive ... Read More

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[Editor’s Pick] Politics As Usual

Many actors are good at chewing scenery, but few can chew food with as much subtext as Choi Min Sik. The legendary actor famously gnawed on a live octopus in Old Boy. In The Mayor, he leaves the audience with a final close-up image of him staring straight at the camera while chewing slowly and purposefully on a lettuce wrap. Park In Jae's meaty thriller brings audiences into the rancid world of political elections with Choi Min Sik at the center as Seoul mayor Byun Jong Goo. Having cultivated a calculated voter-friendly maverick image in his two terms, Byun Jong Goo seeks an unprecedented third team, but his ambitions are threatened by competition from a female candidate and a growing ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] A Taxi Driver crowned Best Film at 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards

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Jang Hoon's A Taxi Driver was the biggest winner at the 38th Blue Dragon Film Awards held in Seoul on November 25. The historical action drama won four awards, including Best Film, Best Music and Audience Choice Award for Most Popular Film. Song Kang Ho took his fourth Best Actor prize for his role as a taxi driver who gets involved in a pro-democracy movement.

The Best Director award went to Kim Hyun Seok for the comedy drama I Can Speak, which also picked up Best Actress and the Popular Star Award for Na Moon Hee. The King also garnered three prizes, including Best Supporting Actress for Kim So Jin and Best Editing. Jin Seon Kyu from The Outlaws was named Best

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[Editor’s Pick] The stench of politics

Many actors are good at chewing scenery, but few can chew food with as much subtext as Choi Min Sik. The legendary actor famously gnawed on a live octopus in Old Boy. In The Mayor, he leaves the audience with a final close-up image of him staring straight at the camera while chewing slowly and purposefully on a lettuce wrap. Park In Jae's meaty thriller brings audiences into the rancid world of political elections with Choi Min Sik at the center as Seoul mayor Byun Jong Goo. Having cultivated a calculated voter-friendly maverick image in his two terms, Byun Jong Goo seeks an unprecedented third team, but his ambitions are threatened by competition from a female candidate and a growing ... Read More

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