Monday, November 30, 2009
Sakai received her own sentence a couple weeks ago - 18 months, suspended for 3 years. In Takaso's case, prosecutors had sought a longer sentence for reasons such as his heavier drug use and a larger amount of drugs found in his possession. Given that Takaso was the one obtaining the drugs, prosecutors also argued that the probability of a repeat offense is high.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Kumiko Yamaguchi, aka Yankumi, oversees the new students of Class 3D of Akado High School. Her class is full of delinquents, but she tries her hardest to teach them not just about academics (her subject is Mathematics), but about lessons of life. However, shes also the granddaughter of a Yakuza boss, Kuroda of the Kuroda Ikka, and is seen as the next in line to head the family business.
Her true passion lies in teaching however, and she's forced to lead a double life and keep her family a secret from the public. However, her Yakuza upbringing also happens to give her the strength and the experience to reach out to her students, and at the same time provides many moments of comedic relief.
Overall a very comedic and touching show at the same time.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Being extremely considerate, he orders a cake suitable for diabetics
Punishing Xiao S, he puts her head under his armpit
Translation: Sarah @ http://asianfanatics.net
1. Jam Hsiao (蕭敬騰) and 'LOVE Moments' (愛的時刻自選輯) with 20.47% sales (NEW!)
2. Landy Wen (溫嵐) and 'Dancing Queen' with 14.83% sales
3. Elva Hsiao (蕭亞軒) and 'Diamond Candy' (鑽石糖) with 10.09% sales
4. Genie Chuo (卓文萱) and '【1+1】Play n Fun' with 5.85% sales
5. Yoga Lin (林宥嘉) and 'Senses Around' (感官／世界) with 4.72% sales
6. Jade Liu (劉力揚) and 'Forward' (轉寄劉力揚) with 4.62% sales
7. Ding Dang (丁噹) and ‘Night Cat’ (夜貓) with 3.92% sales
8. Yao Yao (瑤瑤) and ‘Free Love’ (愛的抱抱) with 2.09% sales
9. Crowd Lu (盧廣仲) and 'Seven Days' (七天) with 1.72% sales
10. 1976 and 'LIFE or LIVE' (不合時宜) with 1.58% sales
Album chart compiled from G-Music based on retail sales
Plagued with ongoing rumours of familial discord, Angela Chang admits that they still needs time to settle their issues with each other
In an interview with Taiwanese actress-singer Angela Chang, commented on her ongoing family fight, “Regardless of what happens, these things should be handled personally by me. It does not really affect my work.”
Angela’s management company decided to halt promotional activities for her latest and sixth music album, Fifth Season, after the discord between the singer and her parents grew out of control. The 27-year-old was accused by her parents for abandoning them, and Angela once public said that the relationship between mother and daughter have reached ‘the end’.
“It needs time. There is a need to communicate properly during this period of time. Perhaps it wasn’t done well in the past. However no matter what happens, I should still try and attempt to handle it.”
When the singer was probed further about salvaging her relationship with her parents, she said, “I prefer to handle it myself. I would rather not talk about this part.”
“I have always placed emphasis on my family. My family is very important.”
The Taiwanese pop singer migrated to Canada when she was 12 years old. She bore the burden of supporting her family after her father was diagnosed with a heart problem when she turned 15 and took on two jobs washing cars and delivering lunchboxes.
She returned to Taiwan when she was 16 year old and began to focus her sights on the music industry. Looking back on her past 10 years in showbiz, she poignantly said, “In the process of singing, I gained a lot and lost equally as much. I lost my freedom and my private matters are under public scrutiny.”
“Many things happen in life. Despite of how much I’ve experienced, the most important is to be supported by your family and friends. They will always be protective of you all the time, even in your setbacks.”
The petite singer shared on her siblings’ opinion of her, “If they love me, they will support me in the things I do, in the things I love. Despite of the choice I make, they will always be supportive of me.”
“I am thankful to my brother and sister for accompanying me. Their mobility has allowed me to feel their warmth… After going through so much, the ones who have been with you at the end of things are the ones who love you and are most supportive of you. It is very hard to meet family members who are devoted to you.”
After resting for a period of time, the rejuvenated idol expressed, “I am very happy to have time to rest and recuperate. There is new meaning in my life. After resting, I feel rejuvenated.”
Troubles because she strongly wanted to express herself
Deep sisterly love : love to say nonsense the most
Friday, November 20, 2009
The plot of this drama revolves around Gu Eun Jae's life and revenge on her cheating husband and once best friend. Eun Jae, having graduated as a fashion design major at a university, begins preparations to go to France to further her studies and hone her skills. However, her dreams to study in France are soon disrupted when she gets pregnant with Jung Gyo Bin's child. As a result, she decides to give up on her opportunity to study in France and marry him. Unfortunately for Eun Jae, her pregnancy is short-lived, ending in a tragic miscarriage. It will take a long time time until Eun Jae becomes pregnant again in the show, but that too ends in a miscarriage.
During the time when Eun Jae finds out about her 2nd pregnancy, her best friend since high school, Ae Ri returns from France. Ae Ri was an orphan who stayed with Eun Jae's family. She was also the ex-girlfriend of Eun Jae’s brother Kang Jae. Bedore Ae Ri left for France 5 years ago, she mentioned that someone was helping her take care of her tuition fees: it turned out that Eun Jae’s husband, Gyo Bin, was the one helping her with the finances.
Not long after Ae ri's return, Eun Jae finds out that her husband had been cheating with Ae Ri 5 years ago. To make matters worse, Ae Ri even had Gyo Bin’s child, Nino. Initially, Eun Jae’s brother assumes that the child, Nino, is his. However, when he finds out that the child's real father is Gyo Bin, he beats Gyo Bin up badly. This causes Gyo Bin and his mother to force Eun Jae to sign for a divorce. Eun Jae refuses to sign the papers, thinking that her unborn child will be able to salvage the marriage. Her mother-in-law, upset that Eun Jae would not sign the divorce papers and already favoring Ae Ri, makes life miserable for Eun Jae.
Feeling threatened that Gyo Bin is wavering because of his unborn child in Eun Jae, Ae Ri convinces him to get Eun Jae to get an abortion. The 3 of them have this discussion by the sea. Gyo bin attempts to drown Eun Jae by dragging her out to sea, threatening her that he will kill her if she does not agree to the abortion and divorce. Gyo Bin throws her necklace, given by her father-in-law as a promise not to give up on Gyo Bin into the sea. In an attempt to retrieve the necklace, Gyo Bin abandons Eun Jae at sea, leaving her to drown and eventually die.
Believing that Eun Jae drowned, Ae Ri and Gyo Bin decide to keep this matter a secret, lying that Eun Jae had committed suicide. After the divorce is finalized, Gyo Bin and Ae Ri get married, while Eun Jae survives and moves to an island to get away from it all.
Eun Jae survived and was washed ashore on to an island which Gun Woo, the adoptive son of Lady Min happened to be near the island searching for his missing sister. He finds Eun Jae unconscious and takes her to the doctor. When she gains consciousness, she finds out she had another miscarriage and is very upset.
Having heard about Eun Jae's plight, Lady Min brings Eun Jae into her home as her experience was similar. Soon, in order to seek revenge, Eun Jae takes the identity of Lady Min's presumably dead daughter, So Hee. As the story progresses, and Eun Jae intent on her revenge, she and Gun woo and Eun jae eventually fall in love.
Putting her plan in to action, Eun Jae seduces Gyo Bin and is successful. As "So Hee" and Gyo-bin "fall in love", Ae Ri gets suspicious of "So Hee". To confirm her suspicions that "So Hee" is indeed Eun Jae, she tests "Soo Hee". Ae Ri is positively sure that this "So Hee" is indeed the supposedly downed Eun Jae. But Eun Jae feigns innocence and insists that Ae Ri is crazy. Not wanting to lose Gyo Bin to another woman, Ae Ri keeps going to Lady Min's house and makes a scene.
Gyo Bin disgusted by Ae Ri's behavior and eager to marry "So Hee". So he divorces Ae Ri and marries "So Hee". After the divorce has been finalized, Gyo-bin kicks Ae ri out of his house, but keeps Nino. Nino upset that his mother left on account of "Soo Hee" is rude to her, the situation is made worse with Ae Ri telling Nino that "So Hee" is bad. But Ae Ri still does not give up, instead she gets even more suspicous when she sees "So Hee" and Gun woo embrace, she calls to tell Gyo Bin.
When confronted, "So Hee" kisses Gyo bin, ensuring him that Gun woo and her are just close siblings. Gyo-bin wants to consummate the marriage with "So Hee", but she avoids it by buying twin beds instead of one big bed, settling the problem. Meanwhile, Ae Ri begs Gyo-bin and his family to give her custody of her son.
In the end, Ae Ri gets Nino, but Nino gets injured. Ae Ri pities for her son, as she was poor and could not to afford to get him anything he wanted.
The real So Hee comes back, and suffers from serious depression. She gets mad at Eun Jae because Gun woo fell in love with her. She gets even more angry when she finds out that they are planning to get married. So Hee crashes the wedding.
One day, when Eun Jae went to work and while everyone was praising her make-up artist skills, the real So Hee, shows up and tells all the workers that she is the real daughter of Lady Min, proclaiming herself the owner of Min Beauty Shop. Ae Ri witnesses this and asks So Hee to cooperate with her to ruin Eun Jae's life. However, their partnership soon this partnership ends.
Lady Min had a history with Gyo Bin's father, Jung Ha Jo. They even had a child together (they were not married at the time), named Byul (meaning Star.) Ha Jo supposedly killed Star and Lady Min's father, and stole a land deed that made him rich to this day. In a turn of events, Lady Min has the upper hand and is able to get revenge by demanding that Ha Jo give up all his assets (including Chunji Constructions) and selling his house.
Feeling guilty and not wanting Lady Min to find out that their daughter is still alive, Ha Jo does as Lady Min requests. As a result, Eun Jae's family stays in the house Ha Jo and family used to stay. So Hee persuades her mother to get Gun Woo to marry her. So Hee is Lady Min's real daughter and Gun Woo was adopted. Feeling bad for her daughter, Lady Min tells Gun Woo that he had two choices: marry So Hee and Eun Jae's alliance will be better than ever, or marry Eun Jae and Lady Min will never talk to Gun Woo or Eun Jae again.
In order to make Eun Jae's life better, Gun Woo marries So Hee thinking that her depression would get better, and that she would treat Eun Jae better. Instead, So Hee does the complete opposite. One day, Gun Woo went to work to sign a contract with Harrison. Ae ri wants to be back with Gyo bin, so she told Gyo-Bin to sign the contract.
Meanwhile, So Hee ruins Eun Jae's artwork and rips a page out. While they fight, Ae Ri calls Gun Woo and informs him about how Eun Jae is getting bullied by So Hee. Gun Woo turns the car and drives straight to the Beauty Shop. He sees So Hee ripping the page and tells her that he wil divorce her. As a result, Gun Woo is late for his meeting, so Ha Jo tells Gyo Bin to sign the contract instead.
Since the incident, Gun Woo is determined to divorce So Hee. Ae Ri comes back to Gyo Bin's family and gets pregnant. During her pregnancy, she finds our that she has an advanced stage of stomach cancer. Doctors tell her to get an abortion so she can have the cancer surgery, but she refuses, thinking that the baby is the only way to keep Gyo Bin and her together.
Ae Ri and Eun Jae join a make up competition that has three stages. The first stage has Ae Ri, another lady, and Eun Jae competing. In the second stage, Ae Ri and Eun Jae and would be competing against each other. And finally in the third stage, Ae ri gets so desperate that she bribes the judges. The competition has different judges for each stage. Ae Ri sabotages Eun Jae by getting her another model, who is allergic to natural make-up, which was about this competition. The judges ask Eun Jae why she kept erasing the model's make-up and Eun Jae tells about the model's allergy. She covered the rash with her concealer. The judges proclaim Ae Ri as the grand prize winner.
Fortunately, the judges find out in time that Ae Ri had bribed the judges, so the winner was Eun Jae. Despite Ae Ri has having miscarriage, she and Eun Jae reconcile and became true friends again. Eun Jae tries to persuade Ae Ri to get the cancer treatment surgery, but Ae Ri is scared that she will die.
Finally in the last episode, Hanuel (who is the real, living Star) gets married to Eun Jae's brother and becomes pregnant. Ae Ri and Gyo Bin go on a vacaton. During this vacation, Ae Ri made a sea shell necklace for Nino, ans she pens two letters: one for Gyo-bin and one for Eun Jae.
After writing the letters, Ae Ri attempts suicide. Gyo-Bin discovers her and tries to save her. Ae ri was screams at him to let go because he needed to take care of Nino and that she was going to die anyway. However, he said he that he was not going to let go and he was going to save her. In the end, the couple down.
Eun Jae gives Nino the sea shell necklace that Ae Ri made for him, saying "This is the last present your mother is giving you."During their funeral, Nino almost has a car accident, but he insists that his mother and father was on the other side of the street. Everybody assumed that they were protecting their son from danger. Ae Ri's letter to Eun Jae said to bury her ashes on the beach where Eun Jae almost died.
So Hee and her mother decide to go to America together. Lady Min gives Ha Jo the papers to own Chunji Constructions again. Gun Woo meets Eun Jae while she was spreading the ashes. He apologizes for hurting her feelings and promises that he will not do it again. He wants Eun Jae to be his wife again. So hee gave Eun Jae two rings with a note saying "I broke you two up. Here's the chance to get back together again." Gun Woo puts his arm around Eun Jae and looks at the sky with her. They were positive that they saw Ae Ri and Gyo-Bin together. The whole drama ends by having the two couples smiling at each other, with Ae Ri and Gyo-Bin in white, looking back at their friends.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Eun Jae's best friend, Shin Ae Ri, openly flirts with Gyo Bin in front of Eun Jae. Gyo Bin decided that he did not want to remain married to Eun Jae and tried to kill her.
Eun Jae was presumed to have drown and died. Gyo Bin thought he was successful in killing Eun Jae and moved on with Ae Ri. Years later, Eun Jae is back for revenge. She pretends to be another woman and appears in front of Gyo Bin's eyes. How will Gyo Bin react to a girl who looks exactly like his presumed dead wife, Eun Jae?
Actor Byun Woo Min, 44, is the cheating husband who tries to kill his wife, played by Jang Seo Hee. His partner-in-crime is his onscreen lover, played by Kim Seo Hyung, 33.
When U-Weekly met up with Woo Min and Seo Hyung in Seoul last month, both said their roles as indecent lovers were very challenging.
Woo Min said: 'There's lots of yelling and quarrelling in the show.'
He added that they had a hectic filming schedule - six days of shooting per week for this 129-episode series - but watching the drama would be a breeze.
'It has a fast-paced storyline. So it's like watching a movie.'
Strange as it may sound, their characters cry a lot in the drama, although they are the ones hurting people around them.
Said Woo Min: 'I had to wail three times in one scene. That's really draining.'
Seo Hyung agreed: 'It's very taxing, both physically and emotionally, to act as an evil person.'
Both agreed they couldn't learn how to be a crook from each other because they are nice people, really.
But they still managed to help each other understand their roles better, and became as close as siblings during filming.
The drama's ending was the most physically demanding scene, where Woo Min's and Seo Hyung's characters go out to the sea.
'The water temperature was only 13 deg C. And we had to shoot the fighting scene in the icy waters for six hours,' said Woo Min.
Be sure not to miss the twist at the end, said Seo Hyung. 'Although my character starts out as a baddie, she becomes a nice person eventually.
'That's the ending the scriptwriter promised me, and the audiences must not miss it,' she added with a laugh.
Still, filming was tough. When shooting wrapped for Cruel Temptation, Seo Hyung took a break from work for three months.
Don't mistake her as a drama novice though.
She entered showbiz in 1994 and played Sunshine Ha in the 2005 Korean hit drama Be Strong, Geum Soon!.
Woo Min - who appeared in the Korean film Wedding Story and the drama Jazz - will be in town this Wednesday to promote Cruel Temptation, which ended its run in Korea in May.
It premieres over Channel U on 19 Nov at 7pm.
The New Paper
The song is up #1 on Taiwan online music site KKBOX for the ‘Korean Japanese TOP 100 chart for 30 weeks all the way from 3rd week of April (19th~25th) till the 1st week of November. It has gone up to the #1 spot on the chart 1 week after it was released in Taiwan on 17th April.
This definitely points to Super Junior’s popularity in Taiwan.
Meanwhile, SS501 takes over the #1 spot on the chart with the song ‘Love Like This’ for the 2nd week of November (8th~14th November).
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Meet Tao Hua, a girl who is pampered, loved and over protected by her 4 brothers; beyond the extent of sister brotherly love. The 4brothers ask the 5th brother, Yu Yi to look after Tao Hua as they go to the same school. Soon with the appearance of prince charming, Shi Lang, a love battle is created among everybody and the comedy ensues.
Xie Fu An, who is studying herbal remedies with her grandmother. She stays in the countryside with her brother, grandmother, and dog, until a fire destroys her home one day. With nowhere else to turn to, Fu An leaves with her brother to go to the city to look for their grandmother's old friend, in hopes that he will take them in; not knowing that the old friend is Da Feng's grandfather.
Although Da Feng and Fu An meet briefly, Da Feng is unaware of Fu An's name and so to get out of the marriage, he sends a killer to get rid of her.
Korea's major broadcaster KBS explained that "Boys" scored a nomination in the TV Drama category and "Gag" in the comedy section. Korean actor Lee Min-ho and actress Koo Hye-sun, the hero and heroine of "Boys", are both nominees for the Best Actor and Best Actress award, respectively.
"Asian TV Awards", hosted by Singapore's media magazine Television Asian and sponsored by Singapore Media Development Authority, is considered Asia's equivalent of the Emmys.
The event selects the best television programs that aired in the region including Korea, Japan, China, Singapore, India, Australia and New Zealand. Over 1,000 television programs were submitted in 33 categories this year.
The winners of the 14th Asian Television Awards will be announced at the ATA 2009 Gala Dinner in Singapore on December 3.
The principle's daughter, Li Ying has just returned from the United States and vows to revive the school's basketball team by volunteering to be the coach. Her first member is Yuan Da Ying, a country boy with an overwhelming amount of passion for basketball, but has no experience playing the game.
Thus, in their bid to revive the school's basketball scene, their recruitment goes into high gear when Dong Fang Xiang, a legendary basketball player, transfers to their school. Around the same time, Yuan Da Ying falls for Zhan Jie Er, a scholarship student who reminds him of his childhood sweetheart. Things are further complicated by the fact her family works for Dong Fang Xiang, whom she also grew up with. Their encounter may just rewrite the school's basketball history.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Ok, so some people liked it and others didn't. Like any other disaster movie, people die and some or majority of the main cast survive. The storyline was what kept the movie going, although the begging was kind of draggy and transition from 2009 to 2012 a little too fast to know what was really going on.
The bottom line of the story is that humans are a selfish bunch, one way or the other only the rich and powerful are entitled to survival in the movie, those who don't make the cut have a difficult time. It is the ugly fact of the world we live in today. But the effects overall was awesome!
The morale of the story is don't let technology run your life, but in this day and age that would not be possible as technology slowly eats its way into our daily lives, making us more and more dependent on it. Would a scenario like the movie ever happen? Who knows?
Friday, November 13, 2009
The manga has been running in Bessatsu Friend since 2000, and 24 compiled book volumes have been published so far. Del Rey will publish the 22nd volume in North America next January. The story has already been adapted into a 2006-2007 25-episode television anime series, which ADV Films released on DVD.
Known more for his part in popular boy band Fahrenheit and in his roles as the quiet and serious heartthrob in idol dramas, Taiwanese singer and actor Wu Chun has been keeping busy with his upcoming role in the martial arts flick “14 Blades”. The Hong Kong-based production marks only his second entry onto the widescreen for Wu Chun, as he has also starred in last year’s tragic love story “Butterfly Lovers”.
Despite Wu Chun’s previous experience in the ancient Chinese period piece from that 2008 movie, Wu Chun’s new acting gig still puts him outside the confines of the safety and familiar territories of idol dramas and into a high-intensity martial arts setting. Furthermore, with Wu Chun’s entertainment debut originating in pop music, it will be interesting to see if he can keep up with the acting chops of established co-stars Donnie Yen, Vicki Zhao, and Sammo Hung. Whether he breaks the mold and becomes a competent actor like Leehom Wang, or fails to break the typecast roles that plague Jay Chou, remains to be seen.
It will also be intriguing to see how Wu Chun especially overcomes his new role as a villain this time around, but judging by the recently released promotional photos of him donning pirate gear, he’s got his work cut out for him already.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
During high school, he had a girlfriend four years older than him, but she suddenly decided to go abroad to study. Since then, they have lost contact with each other and six years later, he receives news that she has passed away.
In addition, she secretly gave birth to Masamune's daughter. Now the five-year-old daughter, Koharu, is left in his care and Masamune must raise her.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Translated by Stephy Wephy @ http://asianfanatics.net
Wu Zun attended a film press conference (14 blades) today. During the press conference, he denied again that he is leaving Fahrenheit (FRH) as well as denying that he has the intention of starting his own company.
Kate Tsui wore a bareback dress during the press conference. When taking photographs, Wu Zun saw Kate posing like a "big actress". He also followed her way of posing and add a "smile" on top of that. The way Wu Zun posed like Kate looks funny. Wu Zun played a magistrate judge in this film. He said, "I finally get to play a manly role."
Translated by Elvenstar @ http://asianfanatics.net
Yesterday was Calvin Chen's 29th birthday, but because of rumors of Fahrenheit disbanding which is still a sensitive issue, the other 3 members did not attend the party. Calvin could only self-enact pretending that Jiro Wang and Mark Chao were his two special guests who had come to celebrate his birthday. Yesterday all his fans marched onto his management company's website to criticize how they were treating Calvin unfairly.
Fans heartbroken, on internet criticize the unfairness
Last night coming from Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and other different countries, where close to a hundred fans came together to celebrate his birthday, fans were giving out presents non-stop. During the event schedules, the birthday boy Calvin got over excited, one moment he was copying Mark Chao's running in the coffee advert and in another moment he was copying Jiro's signature kneeling pose in concerts, making his fans continuously scream.
When it came to cutting the cake, he tried to cut it with the knife but it would not cut, he had been tricked into cutting a plastic cake. He also self-confessed that he wants a girlfriend, while in Canada he had dated his ex-girlfriend for 5-6 years but last year she got married, his friends close by all have girlfriends making him reminisce about love. As there is no one at present that seems to be compatible, he hopes his destined girl will show up next year.
Previous to Calvin's birthday, Jiro and Wu Chun celebrated their birthday in August and October respectively, in which each had their own separate birthday parties. At Jiro's party not only was Wu Chun and Calvin present on stage but "Dong Cheng Wei" also danced to the song "Sorry Sorry". While at Wu Chun's party he had gifts sent by the members from "Wu Hu Jiang" and also a recorded video message from S.H.E to wish him a happy birthday.
In comparison to the other two members, Calvin had to self re-enact other people, fans felt heartbroken that he was fighting a lone battle. Yesterday in the internet people severely criticized Calvin's birthday party in Yang Chun, at the event there were no special guests and the staff members arrived late, showing the biased treatment.
Hong Kong director Jingle Ma's movie "Mulan" will join in the year-end battle at the Chinese box office.
The historical epic is set for release across China on November 27, sina.com reports.
A premiere ceremony will be held at the Beijing Workers' Stadium on November 16 and will be broadcast live on Zhengjiang Satellite Television.
Cast members Vicky Zhao (Zhao Wei) and Jaycee Chan attended a press conference in Beijing on Monday to warm up for the release.
Vicky Zhao, who plays the title role, said she was moved to tears when she watched the movie and that she's confident it will not disappoint moviegoers.
Of the movie's rivals, Vicky said she most wants to see director Zhang Yimou's "Amazing Tale: Three Guns."
Malaysian songstress Fish Leong will have her wedding ceremony in the Philippines, Nanyang Siang Pau reported.
About 50 guests are expected to attend the occasion which will be held on an island in February.
Leong has been busy completing her scheduled concerts.
Currently, Leong is performing concerts in Hangzhou, China.