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[Professional Review] Derailed (DVD) (Korea Version)

Korean writer director Lee Seong-tae makes his feature debut with the dark noir drama Derailed, following up on an acclaimed series of short films, including The Ten-Minute Break, which played several festivals back in 2007. Despite being an indie production, the film has a big-name cast, headlined by Ma Dong-seok, currently riding high after his popular turn in the blockbuster Train to Busan, and Min Ho of SHINee fame, taking on his first substantial big screen role after making an appearance in the melodrama Canola. After premiering at the 21st Busan International Film Festival the film has been making waves on the circuit, playing at a number of other events around the world. Min Ho ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Seo Kang Joon to play robot in new sci-fi romance

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Seo Kang Joon (Cheese in the Trap) and Gong Seung Yeon (The Master of Revenge) will team up for a robot-human romance in the new KBS drama Are You Human Too? In the sci-fi romance, the actor will play both a comatose business heir apparent and a humanoid robot falling in love with his bodyguard. The drama also features Kim Sung Ryung (Mrs. Cop 2), who portrays the protagonist's mother, the mastermind behind a deceitful robot project.

Are You Human Too? will follow an AI robot who gets involved in a fierce power struggle. Nam Shin (Seo Kang Joon), a young man from a rich family, falls into a coma after an accident. His mother (Kim Sung Ryung), an expert in

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[Professional Review] Luck-Key (2DVD) (Normal Edition) (Korea Version)

Lee Gae-byok, last seen directing the 2005 romantic comedy The Beast and the Beauty, returns with Luck-Key, a Korean remake of Kenji Uchida's 2012 Japanese comedy Key of Life. Revolving around the ever-popular theme of swapping lives, the film stars funny man Yu Hae-jin (Veteran) and Lee Joon (The Piper) in the lead roles, and was a major hit at the domestic box office. The film opens with Lee Joon as Jae-sung, a failed actor who decides that suicide is the only answer to his many problems. After his attempt at killing himself fails, he goes to a nearby public bath, where his path crosses with that of hired killer Hyung-wook (Yu Hae-jin), who slips on a bar of soap and knocks himself ... Read More

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[Professional Review] Pandora (2DVD) (Korea Version)

Korean writer director Park Jung-woo follows up his 2012 virus thriller Deranged with another disaster-themed blockbuster in Pandora, convincingly depicting the devastating impact of a nuclear accident on everyday people. Inviting parallels with the 2011 nuclear and earthquake Fukushima disaster in Japan, the film is a markedly anti-authoritarian piece, Park offering a scathing portrayal of government incompetence and corruption. Kim Nam-gil (The Shameless) headlines as Jae-hyuk, a man who works in the local nuclear plant despite his father and brother having both died from radiation poisoning, much to the dismay of his mother (Kim Young-ae, Cart) and long-suffering girlfriend Yeon-joo (Kim ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Nakajima Kento and Chinen Yuri to star in Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai

Sexy Zone's Nakajima Kento (Silver Spoon) and Hey! Say! JUMP's Chinen Yuri (Gold Medal Man) have been cast as romantic rivals in the live-action adaptation of the manga Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai ("That is Not a Child but a Minor"). The two Johnny's idols will star opposite up-and-coming actress Taira Yuna (Sagrada Reset) in the teen love story.

Based on Minami Kanan's manga that was serialized from 2012 to 2016, Miseinen Dakedo Kodomo Janai will follow Taira's schoolgirl Karin who receives an unexpected "gift" from her parents for her 16th birthday: marriage with her crush Nao, a senior at her high school played by Nakajima. While Karin initially thinks

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[Editor’s Pick] No love, no life

Known for his brand of humor and optimism, Crowd Lu has created a bunch of light-hearted and energetic songs. However, as revealed during an interview in 2016, the sunny singer-songwriter was originally a passive child bullied by his classmates. Hoping to be loved, the little Crowd started to develop his own peculiar sense of humor. Sharing similar sentiments with the unassertive Hwa Jia from his family drama A Boy Named Flora A, the musician beautifully conveys the character's intense yearning for family love in the drama's theme songs He-R and Bin A Tsai. A Taiwanese word meaning "small fish," He-R (Track 1) is a poignant monologue of a lonely man who lives a peaceful life in a new city ... Read More

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[Entertainment News] Produce 101 Season 2 winners to debut as Wanna One

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Hit Mnet survival show Produce 101 Season 2 announced the top 11 contestants during the final episode on June 16. Selected through voting from an initial pool of 101 contestants, the winning members will make a summer debut as the limited-time boy group Wanna One, which means everyone will become one together. Like Season 1's I.O.I, the group is managed by YMC Entertainment.

Kang Daniel (MMO Entertainment) came in first with more than 1.5 million votes and will automatically become the center of the group. Second place went to Park Ji Hoon (Maroo Entertainment), followed by Lee Dae Hwi (Brand New Music). The remaining winners are Kim Jae Hwan, Ong Seong Woo (Fantagio Entertainment),

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[Entertainment News] Sashihara Rino tops AKB48 Senbatsu Election for 3rd consecutive year

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The results of super J-pop girl group AKB48's 9th Senbatsu Election were announced on June 17 in Okinawa. HKT48's Sashihara Rino extended her reign on top for the third consecutive year with total votes of 246,376, nearly 100,000 more than the next highest member.

The second and third positions also remained the same as last year. Watanabe Mayu retained second place with a vote total of 149,132. The popular AKB48 member also announced her plans to graduate from the group. SKE48's Matsui Jurina came in third with 113,615 votes.

The remaining members of the top 16 Senbatsu lineup are Miyawaki Sakura (82,803 votes), Ogina Yuka (73,368), Suda Akari (63,124), Yokoyama Yui (58,314), Souda

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[Entertainment News] Gugudan’s Kim Se Jeong as female lead in School 2017

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Popular Korean drama franchise School is returning with its seventh installment, School 2017. Gugudan's Kim Se Jeong will take her first leading role in the upcoming KBS drama alongside rising actors Jang Dong Yoon (Solomon's Perjury) and Kim Jung Hyun (Jealousy Incarnate). Director Park Jin Seok (Haeundae Lovers) and Let's Eat series' screenwriter Lim Soo Mi bring a brand new high school tale in the hot-blooded coming-of-age drama that tackles teen issues such as bullying and academic pressure.

The new season records the school life of a group of 18-year-old high schoolers. Kim Se Jeong plays optimistic student Ra Eun Ho, a drawing talent who is

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[Entertainment News] Chinese version of Midnight Diner adapted by director of Black & White

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Having already inspired multiple television seasons and feature films in Japan, Abe Yaro's acclaimed manga Midnight Diner arrives on Chinese television with a star-studded adaptation by top Taiwan television director Tsai Yueh Hsun, whose works include the idol drama classics Meteor Garden, Mars and Black & White. The foodie healing drama revolves around a late-night diner that serves as a warm refuge for urbanites seeking comfort food and conversation. Stepping into the role made famous by Kobayashi Kaoru, Huang Lei (Men, Where Are We Going Day?) stars as the sage chef/owner who dispenses just the right food and advice for his troubled diners.

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