Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bu Bu Jing Xin (步步惊心)

This drama is adapted from an online novel of the same name, chapters were being released periodically. When it got popular, the writer managed to secure a publishing deal and she revised the book for the printed version. If you would like to read the story in English, you can read the translated version here.

The story revolves around a 25 year-old modern day woman, Zhang Xiao, who ends up in a car accident, only to wake up to find herself in the body of a 16 year-old Manchu girl, Maertai Ruoxi, living in the 18th century Qing Dynasty. In her new life, she becomes deeply entangled in Aisin Gioro princes' battle for the throne.
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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Angry Birds: App Review

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What is all the hype about “Angry Birds”? It seems to be phenomenal the rate of success this game has achieved. The objective of the game is to crush the enemy (in this case pigs were want to eat the birds eggs, making them “angry”), through game play that is physics based and requires logic, skill and force. Maybe it is the concept, or the fluid graphics and game play that propelled it into success or it might have been the marketing and the timing, whatever the case its success cannot be disputed with merchandise appearing as well and it being made available for PCs and Macs.

Having been one of the most popular games on the Apple market (iPhone/iPod/iPad), it has finally made its way to the Android market. Basically, you get to hurl the angry birds at loosely made defensive forts made from glass, wood, and stone with pigs inside, and the aim is to destroy all the pigs at each level with as little moves possible. You get more points if you achieve destroying the pigs with as little moves as possible, destroy as much structure as you can, and have remaining birds that have not been used.

There are different birds with different abilities: to name a few, the default red bird has no special properties, while the blue bird splits into three with a second touch, or the black bird which explodes when tapped...Read More>>

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011): Episode 10 & 11

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) > Episode 10 & 11
Delivering food to Wang Sheng everyday gets Linlin teased by the soldiers. Gao Xiang, one of Pang Yong's men, is upset by the gossip as he likes Linlin. Wang Sheng finally rejects Linlin, but he did so in an untactful manner and ended up upsetting her to the stage where she threatened to jump off from the city wall.

Both Pang Yong and Wang Sheng are unsuccessful in their attempt to talk her out of it. So when she jumps, Guo Xiang uses his body to cushion her fall, injuring them both. Pang Yong blames Wang Sheng for being too direct with Linlin.

Peirong tries to tell Pang Yong that she does not like him, but he chooses to ignore it. After the battle with the bandits, Wang Sheng tells Peirong that Pang Yong did not return with them as he saw the jade pendant she gave him.

As they came back triumphant, the King wants to promote Wang Sheng to marshal. Pang Yong's men are not happy with the decision for stealing Peirong from Pang Yong. Although Wang Sheng tries to reject the promotion, claiming that Pang Yong was the one that deserved the promotion more as he was crucial to the battle being success. However, as Pang Yong had left his post without permission, Wang Sheng has not choice but to accept the promotion.

A few months later, Linlin and Guo Xiang are married, while Peirong and Wang Sheng's relations is still not confirmed. Linlin is eight months pregnant when Peirong visits hers. Linlin encourages Peirong to ight for her happiness. Wang Sheng takes Peirong out on a horse ride and they get to know each other better.

Pang Yong barges into Peirong's room on night and asks her if she had ever loved him. He leaves disappointed when she apologies. Since then Pang Yong's whereabouts are unknown until Peirong and Wang Sheng's wedding day.

Meanwhile, Xu Xu visits Long Yun and overhears that two people had sneaked into the prision to rescue Ye Yi. Xu Xu guesses that it must be Old Xia and Xia Bing. She urges Long Yun to save them. They are saved just before the magistrate is about to torture them. Old Xia is angry that Xu Xu went to look for Long Yun and wants to subdue her, Xiao Hong (Ye Yi's wife and swan demon) stops him.

Long Yun allows Old Xia to pose as a soothsayer, he manages to con the magistrate into releasing Ye Yi. The magistrate agrees to do so in three days time. Old Xia has no choice but to return Xiao Hong to her original form, and she does so willingly. Ye Yi is upset and decides to live in seclusion with the swan version of Xiao Hong for the rest of his life. Old Xia accepts Long Yun as his disciple, and the tradegy begins....

Xu Xu is about to marry Long Yun when he discovers she is a demon. She injures him badly and kills him when he refuses to say if he had loved her. Old Xia tries to bring her to her senses, but she is too emotionally distraught to understand what he is trying to tell her; misunderstanding his kind intentions. She ends up injuring him badly. Xia Bing at this time is unconscious, by the time she arrives, she finds Old Xia almost dead. She tries to heal him with her limited knowledge of medicine and regrets not learning from him his skills properly.

He tells her that his injuries are too serious, and that his only worry is her. It is here that we learn that he is actually her grandfather. He had kept her parentage a secret as he did not want to endanger her life (apparently the blood of an demon exorcist has the power to kill demons). Her parents had been killed by a demon, and Old Xia regretted respecting his son wishes to become something other then an exorcist, resulting in his death. After burying her grandfather, Xia Bing vows to travel to the ends of the earth to find and subdue Xu Xu.

Xu Xu upset about being disfigured, is jealous of Xiao wei, a human girl about to be married. So Xu Xu kills Xiao wei and takes her skin with the help of a lizard spirit. Xu Xu changes her looks and even marries Xiao wei's groom. She is from now on Xiao wei and not Xu Xu....

Moon Geung-young To Study In New York

Actress Moon Geun-young will taking language studies in the United States.

According to a source currently living in the US, Moon has enrolled in one of the representative language academies in New York. Moon has been in the state since September when she announced that she would take two months off for travel purposes. She has been alone in New York ever since. However, her choice of state wasn't originally for language purposes, but because she knew friends and family there.

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Vivian Dawson shops at a night market

The model stopped visiting night clubs as his girlfriend Jolin Tsai's concert tour in China comes to an end. Previously, model Vivian Dawson was spotted in a night club with a younger female model, while his girlfriend and pop princess Jolin Tsai was away in China, on her concert tour.

When photos of Vivian and his date were published, the media constantly hounded Jolin when she returned to Taiwan, wanting her comment on the incident. This caused a strain in the couple's relationship.

A few days ago, Jolin was in Nanjing for the final stop of her Myself concert tour. That night, Vivian was spotted with his friends at a night market, after work.

The model first accompanied his friends to the food market to buy some liquorice guava, deep-fried chicken and other snacks. While those around him feast on the food, Vivian, who is watching his weight, resisted the temptation to eat.

The chatty Vivian did not eat anything, but chose to converse with his friends in a mix of Chinese and English.

The model, who loves to jog, also walked faster than the rest of his friends. When the traffic light turned red, Vivian crossed the street before his friends managed to. Waiting for the light to turn green again, the model even practiced a few of Jolin's dance move to entertain himself.

Later, his female friends left first, leaving Vivian and three of his male friends at an internet café, where they spent the rest of their evening.


Jerry Yan to star in second spin-off of "Fated To Love You"?

Source: UDN
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With the success of the original drama “Fated To Love You” and its spin-off “(Drunken To) Love You”, SETTV’s executive VP Su Li-Mei and “Fated” series director Chen Ming-Zhang are already planning for its third installment. Recent rumors spreading from Chen’s and Su’s micro-blog reveal their desire to cast Jerry Yan as their lead. Su admits that she has been in touch with the actor, but says she wants to design a character that will fit Yan well. She giggled, “Every time I see him, he asks why I don’t get him to film a drama. Actually, I’ve always been thinking what we need to make a drama that is the most suitable for him.”

Yan has just completed filming the mainland drama, “我的燦爛人生” (My Brilliant Life), which is also directed by Chen Ming-Zhang and is an adaptation of the popular Korean drama, "Brilliant Legacy". During the filming, he lost 7kgs, weighing only 65kgs at a height of 181cm. Luckily, he has already recovered by working out and eating specially made meals by his mom.

Big Bang, EXILE snag nominations in MTV Europe Music Awards

Source: Manila Bulletin

Boys bands Big Bang of South Korea and EXILE of Japan bagged nominations in the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011.

The two and five other singers are nominated in the Worldwide Act Asia Pacific category. Other nominees are Indonesia’s Agnes Monica, Taiwanese singer Jay Chou, Chinese pop singer Jane Zhang, and Australian singers Sia and Gotye.

Lady Gaga has the most number of nominations with six, followed by Bruno Mars and Katy Perry with four each. Adele, Justin Bieber and Thirty Seconds to Mars are up for three awards each.

In the Best Song category, the nominees are Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull’s “On The Floor,” Katy Perry’s “Firework,” and Lady Gaga’s “Born This Way.”

The MTV EMA describes Big Bang as the “hottest band in Korea.”

“BIG BANG became the most influential artist in Korea. Their latest EP ‘Tonight’ went on to become a chart-topper upon its release on many Korean music charts. The group received the awards for Best Pop Video and Best New Artist at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2010,” the MTV EMA said.

On the other hand, EXILE, composed of 14 members, is one of the most popular bands in Japan, selling 17 million records in Japan to date.

EXILE won the Video and Album of the Year in the MTV Video Music Awards Japan for 2010.

Chou is a talented musician that has sold millions of copies of his records.

“His 2000 debut album ‘Jay’ took away Best Album honors at the Golden Melody Awards in Taiwan, followed by five awards (including Best Album, Best Composer and Best Producer) the following year for his second album, ‘Fantasy.' From 2004 to 2008, he was awarded the title of Best Selling Artist in China by the coveted World Music Awards,” the MTV EMA said.

The singer also crossed over to acting. He played Kato in the Hollywood movie “The Green Hornet” for which he was nominated in the Best Breakthrough Performance category in the 2011 MTV Movie Awards, according to MTV EMA.

Monica is a popular singer who “has gained commercial success in many countries, including her homeland Indonesia, as well as Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, the Philippines, and even the Netherlands.”

On the other hand, Zhang has released five albums. She won as China’s Most Popular Female Artist in the Hong Kong TVB8 Awards in 2007.

Sia is an Australian singer that has released five studio albums. In 2009, Sia worked with Christina Aguilera and Australian songwriter Simon Dixon to write “Bound to You” for the film “Burlesque." The song earned nomination in the Best Original Song in the 2010 Golden Globe Awards.

Gotye won as best male artist in 2007 in the Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards. The 18th MTV EMA will be broadcast live on Nov. 6 from Belfast’s Odyssey Arena.

Amazing Sudoku: App Review

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With the many available Sudoku games made available on the Apple App Store, there are various designs and graphics that offer different game play experience, most of them plain and unappealing. I happened to chance upon Amazing Sudoku, which is currently available for $1.99 for the full version, when it was offered free for download one fine day (lucky me). There is also the free version, which limits the difficulty.

Some people may deem the colorful background and graphics too distracting, but I think that it adds a nice touch to an otherwise “boring” game of Sudoku. Within Amazing Sudoku, there are two modes of game play: Classic and Magic, each with 3 difficulty settings...Read more>>

Cut The Rope: App Review

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“Cut the Rope” is one of the games that I bought from the Apple App Store, costing USD$0.99. The objective of the game is to feed the green cute looking creature with the sweets that you are supposed to navigate to the little create by cutting ropes, all the while collecting stars to advance to the next stage / box. You do so by cutting the ropes loose, in a way that the sweet will land up in the little green creature’s hungry mouth and collecting stars at the same time. Recently this app has also been made available on the Android Market as well...Read more>>

Sally's Spa: App Review

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Time management games are plenty on the Apple App store, and Sally’s Spa is just one of those games that is actually entertaining and enjoyable. Similar to Diner Dash in concept: you are running a salon (helping Sally) and have to serve the customers as best and as fast as you can. And yes, you guessed it, it is one of the games that I actually bought and so here are my thoughts on it. There is also a lite version available.

There are different locations, scenarios, customers, and upgrades of the spa’s equipment (e.g. Sauna, nail station, spa, massage table, and hair station). As you advance, you can also hire staff to speed up the process. The objective of the game is to get all the customers that come through your spa to complete the various treatments and leave with a smile on their faces and a huge tip for you. You are also able to sell various products to earn extra money. There is a chart that tells you what products customers’ would be interested in buying that day, and an indication of how well the items might sell...Read more>>

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Selina Jen helps to promote Hebe Tien's latest album

The bride-to-be showed her tight friendship with her band mate. It is no secret that the three girls from Taiwanese girl group S.H.E have always shared a sister-like relationship.

Recently, a still-undergoing physiotherapy Selina Jen has been actively promoting band mate's Hebe Tien's latest solo album My Love on her microblog.

Decked in a pink T-shirt, red pants and a pair of red flip-flops, Selina uploaded a photo she took during one of her physiotherapy sessions, in a room specially prepared by her management agency, HIM International Music.

In the photo, Selina's arms and legs were covered in pressure suits, and she appeared to be in good spirits as the joy of being a bride radiated from her gleeful face. The starlet held Hebe's new album in her right hand, while she carried a shopping bag -- which contained her pet dog Pinky -- on the other hand.

The 29-year-old cheekily captioned the photo as: "I bought a puppy today."

As it was S.H.E's 10th anniversary yesterday, HIM released a video clip, which featured the three girls together, on S.H.E's official fan site.

Selina later expressed happily on her microblog, "I am filled with joy. Thank God for giving me a pair of superstar sisters."


Kago Ai in Suicide Attempt

Troubled former Morning Musume member Kago Ai (23) was admitted to a Tokyo hospital yesterday morning after an attempted suicide. An employee of her management company rushed to her apartment in the capital at about 11:55am after receiving a phone call in which Kago said she was about to kill herself. The staffer found Kago semiconscious on the floor, with shallow cuts on her wrists, and called emergency services. She was taken to the Japanese Red Cross Medical Center in Hiroo. According to police at the Azabu station in central Tokyo, the talento was diagnosed with acute drug intoxication from an overdose, believed to have been tranquilizers, but her condition is not believed to be life-threatening.

Show Luo denied entry into casino

The Taiwanese pop star was suspected to be underage at an American casino. Dubbed the 'Asian Dancing King', Taiwanese singer Show Luo has been reaping in big bucks in recent years.

Two weeks ago, the pop star held a concert tour in the US with performances in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco, and attracted more than 25,000 concertgoers. After his concert in New York, Show wanted to bring his buddies -- dubbed the Party Boys -- to a casino initially. However, he was denied entry because he was suspected to be underaged.

The singer's entourage was forced to leave since Show forgot to bring out his passport and had no other identification documents with him. Despite being turned away, Show laughed and said, "I'm really happy that someone actually thought I'm that young."

The group ended up going for a meal and did some catching up instead. According to previous Taiwanese media reports, if each ticket for his US shows was sold at USD$100 (SGD$124), it was estimated that the singer would have bagged at least NT$75 million (SGD$200,000) on this recent tour.

Not only did the singer gained major support from his fans in the US and profited from it, the local San Francisco authorities also presented him with the Most Outstanding Artiste award.

Furthermore, Show celebrated Mid-Autumn Festival in San Francisco, as his concert there fell on the same day. The singer's mother, who turned up for his performance, was upset that her son could not have any mooncakes during the festive season.

The filial Show comforted his mother on stage, saying, "It's okay, even though I can't see the moon. Knowing that my mother is healthy and that her face is as round as the moon, makes me happier than looking at the moon itself."


40,000 Fans Attend SMAP's First Overseas Concert

Source: Sanspo
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Popular Johnny's group SMAP held their long awaited overseas concert on the 16th in Beijing at the Worker's Stadium. This is their first time performing outside of Japan. They specially prepared Chinese versions of their hit songs 'Sekai ni Hitotsu Dake no Hana' and 'Yozora no Mukou' which was sung at the concert. The concert lasted two hours, with SMAP performing a total of 29 songs for the 40,000 fans in the audience.

Many fans flew in from different parts of China to attend the concert. One female office worker flew three hours from the Sichuan province. As a fan of SMAP for the past 12 years, she said she studied Japanese because of them. There were many fans who were able to speak Japanese at the concert. Another fan took a five hour flight from Qingdao in the Shandong province to attend. As a high school student herself, she came with her mom because they're both avid SMAP fans. The seats were divided into eight levels, with the most expensive tickets in the arena selling for 1,980 RMB (around 23,800 yen), while the cheapest seats sold for 180 RMB (around 2,160 yen).

Jolin Tsai celebrates 31st birthday

The singer's beau was nowhere in sight at the party. According to reports, Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai, who turned 31 yesterday, threw a "cartoon themed" celebratory birthday party in the company of 200 fans.

Sporting a pair of shades, the pop princess was reportedly in high spirits when she headed to the party venue at 3pm yesterday. Boyfriend Vivian Dawson, who was said to turn up as a "Monkey God" character, was absent from the event.Dressed up as "Wonder Woman", Jolin treated fans in attendance to a string of song numbers, such as "I Wanna Go", "Yin Wei Ai", "Hu Ran Zhi Jian" and "Hai Shi Hui Ji Mo".

However, rumoured ex-lover Jay Chou's song, "Shuo Hao De Xing Fu Ne", which she was reportedly supposed to sing, was conspicuously left out of the song line-up.

The birthday party was only limited to 200 fans, who had paid NT$1000 (S$42) for an entry ticket. In addition, good friend and Taiwanese singer Jiang Mei Qi, also made a surprise appearance at the party.

When asked what Vivian Dawson planned to celebrate her birthday, Jolin simply smiled and replied, "Thanks".


Hallyu Wave breaks in Japan


Seemingly almost every major K-Pop “idol group” has already put out or is planning some sort of major release in Japan, often singles—still a common format in Asia.

The Korean music industry is a world where record labels are akin to families. They sequester their signees away, often training them for years before their debut. It is where fan clubs have puzzling names including Kamilia, ELF, Cassiopeia and HOTTEST and, under these monikers, wage war on the blogosphere.

Though solo artists do exist, a majority of K-pop is comprised of a series of rival idol groups—most easily described as expansions of the 90’s wave of boy and girl bands in the States. The average idol group’s roster is usually six to ten members whose roles range from leader to singer to rapper to dancer. Yes, some members just dance.

But they are integral to each group’s success, which hinges more on their appearance, style and presentation than their actual musical abilities. Each single is released as a music video, featuring choreographed dances and storylines that can only be described as tragic. The video and the reaction to it define the success of the song. It’s only a hit if people are performing the dance routines—otherwise the artists might as well just sing ballads for TV shows.

The influx of Korean media first began in Japan a few years ago with the introduction of TV dramas and has been dubbed the Hallyu Wave. Though some artists like BoA and Tohoshinki (TVXQ) were major presences in Japanese media long before the Hallyu Wave hit, it was not until these dramas arrived that Korean culture became popularized in Japan.

The Hallyu Wave has already swept over much of Southeast Asia with no need for translations from Korean, as language groups are often smaller and native music industries are sometimes nonexistent. Japan is the first major market that Koreans are targeting where there already exists a well-established, homegrown music industry. Girl groups KARA and SNSD kick-started the trend of re-releasing past hits in Japan with translated lyrics in late 2010 with their respective singles “Mister” and “Gee.”

Each was hugely successful, largely due to SNSD’s “leg dance” and KARA’s “butt dance,” both easily imitated, recognized and parodied. Korean debuts have since become a mainstay on Japanese charts. Many groups simply re-release translated past hits, which basically amounts to greatest hits albums. Original material is rare, but constitutes some of the best releases, showing a striking dedication to a new market. Boy band BIGBANG’s recent Japanese album featured brand new material. It was No. 1 in Japan and is a highlight of the year’s releases.

Many releases are still slated for the rest of the year including girl group T-ARA’s re-release of “Bo Peep Bo Peep” and TVXQ’s new Japanese album “Tone” (both Sept. 28). Girl quartet 2NE1’s (pronounced 21 or To Anyone) second mini album re-release on Sept. 21 is one of the most anticipated debuts of the year and could be a major indicator for the future success of K-pop worldwide.

In Europe, pop groups are regaining traction and the Korean phenomenon has already hit with sold out shows in Paris from groups Super Junior and SNSD this summer. Americans have been able to remain intolerant of foreign music. Combine that with an apparent aversion to Asian entertainers and the chances of the Hallyu Wave’s success would seem slim. However, K-pop fills a role America is currently lacking—a pop group has not debuted successfully in years. 2NE1’s debut in Japan is an important touchstone as they are the ones most likely to find success in America.

It is doubtful CL, Minzy, Dara, or Bom will become household names to the extent of Ginger, Posh, Scary, Baby and Sporty Spice. In Japan even the biggest K-pop stars have not overtaken native super groups Exile or AKB48. But any success in Japan is huge considering generations of tenuous relations between the countries. Even now Japanese are back lashing against the Hallyu Wave with multiple gatherings in the past month at Fuji TV to protest airing of Korean dramas, citing a destruction of Japanese culture. But hopes are still high and if all goes well in the next few years it is quite possible America could become the next to ride the Hallyu Wave.

Selina Jen's strong circle of support

When the going gets tough, this starlet knows that she can always rely on her loved ones and fans

With her big day round the corner (Oct 31), all seems to be going well for this bride-to-be. After unveiling her latest wedding photos a few days ago, the Selina Jen's fiance Richard Chang recently revealed on his blog that she was feeling depressed and troubled.

Through her microblog Selina expressed: "I've always wondered when I will have the confidence to face my fans again. However, I can't help but to feel upset at things that happen suddenly."

After her update, Richard also updated his microblog with the following: "Each time people around me feel depress, I will feel the same way too. I am irritated because there are some troubles haunting us, but what can we do?"

Commenting on their updates, the lawyer revealed that his bride-to-be was "wronged" but refused to divulge further details on what happened. He then cryptically mentioned that Selina used to be optimistic, but her "power to heal herself has become slower now" and claimed that it has nothing to do with their upcoming wedding.

Deviating away from the topic, Richard then added that wedding invitations will be ready in a couple of days and they will send them out to their family and friends next week.

Fortunately, Selina has her band mates Hebe Tien and Ella Chen, as well as their fans, rallying round her during this difficult and emotional phase of her life.

When Hebe and Ella knew of Selina and Richard's participation in an auction organised by the Sunshine Foundation to help raise funds for burnt patients, the duo voluntarily donated limited-edition sport shoes and crystal necklaces to support their friend.

Selina's fans also touched her when they donated NT$1,031 (S$44) -- which symbolised the couple's wedding date -- to the foundation.

The singer shared, "I always cry when I think about what my beloved fans did for me."


Wu Chun chooses movie over picture book

Wu Chun, Han Geng two nights ago appeared in Kowloon Bay to attend the film MY KINGDOM (DAI MO SUN)'s premiere and attracted over 100 fans. However, Han Geng was ahead in popularity. The screams of both groups were deafening!

Wu Chun and Han Geng played games with fans and picked up spears to compete intense. However, with their chemistry they of course thought it was no big deal. They later also posed with spears. Wu Chun jokingly played Sun Wukong and looked convincing.

In addition, suspected Wu Chun nude photos were found online. Wu Chun was very surprised and said that he never saw them or posed for them. He asked whether they were just film stills? Reporters explained that someone probably doctored the photos. Wu Chun jokingly asked whether the person in the photo had a good figure. He even said that actually he would not pose nude. Earlier Mike Ho (Hor Kwun Cheung) had nude photos in his picture book. Wu Chun also had a fit physique but he said that he would not make a picture book. Even if he showed he would in a movie. Wu Chun asked Han Geng whether he would (make a picture book)? Han Geng said that he would not because his figure was not good.

Would Wu Chun bare all like Tony Leung Chiu Wai in LUST, CAUTION (SIK, GAI)? Wu Chun said, "It would depend on the movie and the level, I haven't thought about this now. Each actor at different level ould have different mentality, like new actors would want to make more movies, but later they would want to accept greater challenges." He felt that he could accept the soldier scene in BRAVEHEART because it was not dirty. Han Geng also agreed that it would depend on the character and the movie.


No bed scenes for Wu Chun's future girlfriend

If the Bruneian heartthrob was to have a girlfriend from showbiz, he will not let her film any bed scenes.

Over the weekend, actor Wu Chun was in Singapore to promote his latest idol drama Sunny Girl, which is currently airing on ChU, and movie My Kingdom.

Wu Chun lived up to his reputation of having a polite demeanor during his interview with xinmsn with occasional laughs and a farewell wave when it was time to go.

In short, Wu Chun was in no way similar to the arrogant wealthy second-generation character he plays in Sunny Girl. Taiwanese actress Rainie Yang stars opposite him in this series and plays the servant girl, whom he "tortured" initially but later falls in love with.

He was worried initially that the actress would be cold and difficult to work with, but his fears were left unfounded. Commenting on his first collaboration with Rainie, Wu Chun expressed that she is very bubbly and easy to get along with.

Wu Chun also gave his "first time" to Rainie, that is, the actor was slapped on the face for the first time in his life.

When xinmsn commented that he should be used to the pain, since he filmed a number of fighting scenes, Wu Chun exclaimed, "That's different! It hurts more to be slapped!"


Painted Skin Drama Series (2011): Episode 8 & 9

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) > Episode 8 & 9
Linlin dolls up herself and stays up late to prepare for an outing with Wang Sheng. Unfortunately, she ends up oversleeping and missing the opportunity to go out with Wang Sheng. So Wang Sheng and Peirong have no other choice than to set off to the temple first.

At the temple, Peirong is confused when the divination lot she picks is the same as Wang Sheng, and the temple seer calls them a perfect match. Meanwhile back at the Chen residence, Peirong's parents and Pang Yong are happy to see the divorce letter in Peirong's room.

Peirong invites Wang Sheng for a meal at her home. Pang Yong is happy to see Wang Sheng and thanks him for the divorce letter, upsetting Peirong so much so that she loses her appetite. Her mother urges Peirong to give her happiness and future with care thought.

As she as unable to meet Wang Sheng, Linlin is worried that Wang Sheng is unhappy with her for failing to turn up for their date. Her love for Wang Sheng moves Peirong. Wang Sheng is grateful when Linlin serves him food from his hometown, but he is unable to accept her love. However, Peirong refuses to help him reject Linlin.

Ye Yi explains to Xia Bing that he was maligned by the magistrate, and his wife , Xiao Hong, (a swan demon) had killed in order to save him. He explain that he saved the magistrate's son with his toad oil. But when the magistrate visited him to thank him, he was besotted with Xiao Hong and coveted her. In order to have Xiao Hong, the magistrate sets Ye Yi up. So Ye Yi wishes to free his wife with his death instead of seeing her suffer.

When Old Xia discovers Xiao Hong, she begs him to save Ye Yi. She narrates to him the same story as to how Ye Yi was captured and how the people were killed: she did not think much of it as all she wanted to do was to save her husband.

Xu Xu accepts Long Yun's love and returns to Ye Yi's home just in time to her Xiao Hong narrate her love story with Ye Yi. Upon hearing such a love story, Xu Xu also longs for such a touching love affair as well.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011): Episode 6 & 7

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) > Episode 6 & 7
Despite wielding his cherry wood sword, Old Xia is unable to find any demons. Instead Xu Xu is injured and reduced to her original demon form. She loses control of herself and even attempts to eat Xia Bing. Fortunately, she is able to control herself at the most critical moment. Xu Xu begs Old Xia to kill her, but he gives her another chance.

Old Xia and company, manage to find Ye Yi's home, where there are many bottles of toad oil. They find Ye Yi in a secret chamber and they find out that the magistrate wants Ye Yi killed because of the toad oil. At this juncture, the soldiers and Long Yun arrive. Xia Bong fights with the soliers and almost falls, but Long Yun saves her; also wining her heart. Old Xia gives Xu Xu a pill, hoping to mask her demon aura, and that Long Yun would not notice that she is a demon.

Long Yun asks Old Xia to let him take Ye Yi back to the magistrate's office. Xu Xu makes some noises unintentionally, arousing Long Yun's suspicions. He dashes out of the house, but realeased Xu Xu when he finds out that she is his disciple. After the encounter with Long Yun, Xia Bing developes a crush on him and finds herself unable to sleep.

Back at the magistrate's office, Long Yun stops the magistrate from Ye Yi as he wants to use Ye Yi to lure the evil spirits out in the open. Back at Ye Yi's home, Old Xia and his disciples are looking for the demon to appear. Old Xia suspects that Ye Yi's wife, Xia Hong, is the demon and is determined to subdue her.

So while Xu Xu lures Long Yun away, as Long Yun has seen Old Xia's prowess and wants him to also take him in as a disciple, an Xia Bing infiltrating the prison to get more information from Ye Yi, Old Xia confronts Xia Hong, a demon of the bird kind. She explains that she just wanted to save her husband Ye Yi from the evil magistrate who coveted her for her beauty. We also learn the reason why Yun Long hates demons so much and wants to eliminate them all: his mother was scared to death by a wolf demon girl, whom they took in.

Meanwhile, Wang Sheng and Pang Yong release a bandit so that they would be able to find out the bandits hideout. They not only manage to find the hideout, but also destroy it, saving many missing children that were captured by the bandits. Pang Yong lets Wang Sheng return the children to their homes so that the people of Taiyuan would have a better impression of Wang Sheng.

Unwilling to ruin Pang Yong and Peirong' relationship, Wang Sheng decides to divorce Peirong before leaving Taiyuan. Linlin, Peirong's friend is happy that Wang Sheng has divorced Peirong, thinking that she has a chance. She has no idea that Peirong has started to like Wang Sheng. Both girls dash out when thy learn that Wang Sheng has left to fight the bandits.

After an intense confrontation, Wang Sheng decided to stay. wang Sheng tells Peirong that he has no feelings for Linlin. While Peirong convinces herself taht she is not in love with Wang Sheng.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011): Episode 4 & 5

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) > Episode 4 & 5
The magistrate of the town with many dead bodies, which are rumored to be committed by evil spirits, hires another demon hunter name Long Yun. Old Xia, Xia Bing and Xu Xu, find themselves at a house in the woods and meets Ye Yi, who tells them about his plight. Although Old Xia is sympathic towards Ye Yi, he is convinced that Ye Yi is related to the spirits that committed the mass murder in town. Long Yun turns up with the soldiers and Old Xia let Ye Yi leave with the. During this encounter, Long Yun and Xu Xu are attracted to each other. Once captured, Ye Yi is tortured in the prison.

Meanwhile, a celebration is held in Pang Yong's honor. Pang Yong's men issue Wang Sheng a challenge, and they are taken aback by his skills and magnanimity. Pang Yong recognizes Wang Sheng's potential.

Peirong and her friend, Linlin, are attracted to Wang Sheng. Pang Yong is upset when Peirong rejects his marriage proposal. Dejected, he asks Wang Sheng out for drinks and confides in him. Wang Sheng suggests Pang Yong to buy something that Peirong likes in order to win her over.

However, Peirong is unsure who to pick, she is torn between Pang Yong and Wang Sheng.

The bandits threaten to kill everyone in Taiyuan, unless they hand Wang Sheng over to them. So when the magistrate of Taiyuan turns up to arrest Wang Sheng, Pang Yong vows to protect Taiyuan.

Peirong looks Wang Sheng up at the camp, and is awkward when Pang Yonh turns up as well. Not wanting to complicate matters and jeopardize Peirong and Pang Yong's relationship, Wang Sheng decides to leave Taiyuan. He still persists in leaving Taiyuan, even after Peirong expressed her feelings for him.

Faced with the bandits, Wang Sheng fights them alone. Until Pang Yong, Peirong and their troops turn up to help him fight the bandits. They convince Wang Sheng to stay on Taiyuan. It is obvious to everyone that Linlin likes Wang Sheng, but Wang Sheng insists that she does not suit him.

Vicki Zhao tours Taipei with her family

After her imaging session, Vicki met up with her family -- including her husband, daughter and friend -- and took them on a tour around Taipei. Two years after her marriage to Singaporean businessman Huang You Long, Chinese actress Vicki Zhao clearly has no plans to give up on showbiz.

Not one to rest on her laurels, the busy actress secretly went to Taipei last week to attend the costume fitting for her new movie Love. Last Friday, a member of the public tipped the media off after spotting the actress at a restaurant in eastern Taipei. When reporters arrived on the scene, Vicki was already prepared to leave for Taoyuan International Airport.

The actress was spotted making a couple of phone calls, while waiting in the airport. An hour later, Vicki's daughter appeared from the custom checkpoint's exit. The actress went up to give her child a hug and a doting peck on the cheek before leaving the airport with her friend and daughter.

The trio later met up with Vicki's husband at a restaurant in Linsen Road to enjoy local Taiwanese delights. Two hours later, the group let the restaurant and headed to W Hotel for a rest.

The next day, Vicki and her family went shopping and her Huang was seen carrying their daughter at Hermès, while Vicky and her friend shopped for shoes. The actress also doubled up as a tour guide, bringing her husband, daughter and friend around the city to have a taste of various Taiwanese snacks. Vicki even took them to Maokong, a popular place for tea, while they enjoyed the scenic view of Taipei from the mountain top.

Vicki later updated her microblog and shared a couple of anecdotes from her travel tales: "Taipei's scenic view is really beautiful. A meal I eat here is more than what I'd usually eat in a month. This place is a food heaven, but it's definitely hell for those who want to lose weight!"


KAT-TUN to host new variety show

KAT-TUN will host a new variety show on NTV, their first since “Cartoon KAT-TUN” ended in March 2010. The new show is tentatively titled “KAT-TUN no Zettai Manetaku Naru TV” and will have the members of KAT-TUN presenting people “you will want to imitate” and various goods, aiming to create new trends.

It seems that the members will be in charge of different areas based on their interests. For example, Kamenashi Kazuya will cover food and sports-related topics, Tanaka Koki will deal with music and recent hot spots, and Nakamaru Yuichi will handle new products and daily living.

Three guests on the show will determine which members presented something that “you would not want to imitate,” and those members will have to participate in a penalty game, possibly drawing on other recent trends.

Taguchi Junnosuke commented, “Our concerts got postponed this year, so the five of us were only able to release CDs, so I’m very happy that we are able to work together on something.” KAT-TUN has been a five-member group since last July, when Akanishi Jin officially left to pursue a solo career.

“KAT-TUN no Zettai Manetaku Naru TV” will air on Tuesday nights from 11:58pm to 12:29am, starting on October 18.


Johnny Kitagawa reveals new group: ABC-xyZ

Johnny’s & Associates president Johnny Kitagawa announced the formation of a new group on September 5, reports Asahi Shimbun and Chunichi Sports.

Kitagawa was at the opening of the latest Johnny’s Jr. stage show “少年たち 格子無き牢獄 (Shonentachi: Koushi naki Rougoku)” in Tokyo yesterday where he revealed his agency’s new group: a seven member group centred around the already exisiting four member group A.B.C-Z (excluding Kawai, who is currently out with a leg injury).

“(A.B.C-Z is a) group that has singing, dance, and acting talent. I wouldn’t be afraid to let them go overseas. It might be good to add a few members and call them ‘ABC-xyZ’. The ‘xy’ comes from ‘sexy’,” he said.

The group first began as A.B.C in 2001, and then in 2008, Ryosuke Hashimoto joined in. It has been reported although the group have not made their CD debut, their sharp dance moves and acrobatics have made them become an essential part of stage performances.

Yesterday, A.B.C.-Z member Fumito Kawai appeared on stage in a wheelchair, as he is still recovering from a leg injury from July. “I can’t stay still, I want to dance,” he said.

It has been reported it will be October before Kawai can make a full recovery. As for the new group, Kitagawa had hinted things could get going by 2012. “Kawai has to get better first,” he said.


Cyndi Wang spotted with a new man

The Taiwanese singer was said to have used her new love interest to clear up rumours of her dating Yao Yuan Hao. Taiwanese singer Cyndi Wang was speculated to be dating Yao Yuan Yuan, an actor and ex-boyfriend of model Sonia Sui, after the pair spotted at a beach in Kenting, Taiwan together.

The pair even went prawning together, although they both consistently denied dating rumours when questioned by the media. Last Saturday, the media received a tip-off from a member of the public, who said that he saw Cyndi with a man -- who drove a BMW -- at Chengde Road, where they

Photos of Kim Hee Chul during military training revealed

The photos did little to diminish the singer's charisma

Despite being sick, Super Junior member Kim Hee Chul enlisted himself for national service on Sep 1. The 28-year-old, who previously cried on a variety show, expressed his reluctance to part ways with his fans, and took to his Twitter, promising he "will come back safely", before leaving for a four-week basic military training.

Hee Chul might have entered military camp, but fans of the singer could still to know how he was getting on. A few days ago, Korean Army Recruit Training Centre updated their blog with an entry titled, "Super Junior member Kim Hee Chul's military look", publicising the singer's latest pictures in the military camp.

In the photos, Hee Chul appeared to be much older than other trainees in the camp. During the pledging ceremony, Hee Chul, with a gun in hand, wore a military suit and had a serious and determined expression on his face.

Prior to his enlistment, Hee Chul had expressed confidently, "It [Army life] feels unfamiliar to me now; but I've heard army stories from Kang-in [Super Junior member], so I believe I can do this."

Fans, who saw the pictures, urged the singer to take good care of himself and promised to wait for his return. Hee Chul's enlistment into the army was postponed, after he injured his legs in a car accident five years ago. He is currently undergoing a four-week mandatory basic military training, before serving as a public service personnel for the next 23 months.

In other related news, Super Junior's leader Lee Teuk (Park Jung-su) announced that he "will be enlisting next year", during a press conference for the SMTOWN in Tokyo concert.


Rain to be reinvestigated on embezzlement charges

Singer Rain will face reinvestigation on allegations that he embezzled funds at an entertainment firm in which he was the largest shareholder, the prosecution said Sunday. The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office ordered the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office Sunday to reinvestigate the embezzlement case involving the famous singer, which was initially dropped last December.

Rain is suspected of having received some 2 billion won ($1,880,000) in modeling fees from J Tune Creative on condition that the firm would start a textile business. Other investors of the firm claimed the fees were “excessive,” and the firm actually didn’t do any business. Rain is also facing suspicions that he pocketed company funds.

Last year, the Seoul District Prosecutors’ Office dismissed the case saying that Rain’s modeling fee from J Tune Creative was not excessive compared with the money he received from other companies for modeling. The office also said no signs of embezzlement of company funds were found after tracking the company’s bank accounts. The investors, however, filed an appeal to the higher prosecutors’ office requesting a reinvestigation.

The Supreme Prosecutors’ Office accepted their appeal and ordered a reinvestigation in the case, saying that there were suspicious areas regarding the contract for the modeling fee. Rain did not carry out the modeling contract as stated and the fee was too much compared with the average amount he received from other companies, the office said. The prosecution also added that an initial investigation failed to look into the fact that the company had paid for Rain’s lease of a vehicle and an office.

Korea Times

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011): Episode 2 & 3

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) > Episode 2 & 3
While carrying an unconscious Peirong out of his house, Wang Sheng encounters Pang Yong, who is Peirong's childhood friend. They get into a fight, until Peirong regains consciousness and tells Pang Yong that Wang Sheng was the one who helped her escape. The misunderstanding is cleared and the fighting between the two men is stopped. It is at this juncture that bandits attack both of them from all corners, and the two men team up to defeat their attackers.

Worried at what is happening (with the attackers) in the city he lives in, Wang Sheng heads home to find that his parents have been killed by a group of bandits. His home is on fire. Wang Sheng fights with the remaining bandits. Peirong, seeing flames coming out of Wang Sheng's residence, urges Pang Yong to go and help Wang Sheng. Pang Yong arrives just in time and saves Wang Sheng from being killed by a bandit.

Xu Xu is also in the city that is raided by bandits, she fights some bandits. Old Xia turns up and exposes her identity as a demon. Just as he is about to subdue her, she escapes and risks her life to save Wang Shenf from the fire by creating rain. Old Xia is moved by her gesture and agrees to take her in as his disciple. He give her a set of rules that she must follow: she cannot reveal her true form, cannot use her powers, cannot fall in love and get married. She agrees, eager to be human, something that Old Xia cannot comprehend. Xia Bing and Xu Xu become sworn sisters after Old Xia takes in Xu Xu as his disciple.

Pang Yong and Wang Sheng kill all the bandits that attacked the city. Amongst the bandits were the sons of the chief bandit. Upon hearing that Wang Sheng has killed his sons, the chief vows revenge.

After burying his parents, Wang Sheng decides to lead a wanderer's life. Peirong nd Pang Yong invite him to their hometown Taiyuan. On the way to Taiyuan, Pang Yong's integrity and Peirong's concerned touches and comforts Wang Sheng. Pang Yong shares with Wang Sheng that his parents were also killed by bandits and it was Peirong's parents who took him in as a foster son. Determined to be useful and make his foster family pround, Pang Yong became a commander in the army.

When they are back in Taiyuan, Peirong narrates to her parents what happened and how Wang Sheng saved her from the marriage. Pang Yong's men are unable to comprehend why Pang Yong would allow Wang Sheng to come to Taiyuan, and even welcome his rival-in-love. Pang Yong is firm in his belief that Wang Sheng is a good man who can contribute to Taiyuan.

The townsfolk of Taiyuan beat Wang Sheng up because of the crimes committed by his tyrant father. Peirong pleads on his behalf to appease the people, worrying her parents that she may have fallen in love with Wang Sheng.

Meanwhile, Old Xia and his two female disciples chance upon a town with many dead bodies, which are rumored to be committed by evil spirits.

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011): Episode 1

Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) > Episode 1
Wang Sheng is the son of a prince, making him the young master of the Wang family. His father forces him into a marriage with Chen Peirong. Peirong is unwilling to marry Wang Sheng but is coerced into the marriage when her family is threatened. Unhappy about the forced marriage, Wang Sheng runs away.

While hiding from his father's guards, he encounters Xu Xu, a fox demon in her animal form. She is trapped in a demon trap (which looks similar to a hunting trap). Feeling sorry for her, Wang Sheng releases Xu Xu from the trap. In the time that it took time to free Xu Xu, his father's guards catch up with him. Wang Sheng agrees to go home with them. Grateful to Wang Sheng for saving her, Xu Xu, takes on human form and decides to look for him to thank him.

On the day of Wang Sheng's wedding, both Wang Sheng and Peirong plam to escape together. Mrs Wang, Wang Sheng's mother agrees to help them escape as she feels sorry for them.

Meanwhile, while on her search for Wang Sheng, Xu Xu encounters Old Xia and Xia Bing, his female disciple; they are demon hunters. Although they are demon hunters, Xu Xu somehow manages to befriend Xia Bing.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Wonder Girls promoting Korean Food in Dalian

Popular girl group Wonder Girls came to Dalian to promote Korea's agricultural produce and at the same time, to kick-start the world-wide "Smart Choice! k-food" campaign. During the interview, Wonder Girls introduced Korean delicacies as well as reveal some of their future plans. After the event, Wonder Girls performed at the Dalian Fashion Festival.

Riding on the success of their song Nobody, Wonder Girls are known not only in Asia, but internationally. They spent most of their time abroad and because of this, Wonder Girls were appointed as the ambassador for Korean Food. With this global recognition, the Wonder Girls are not only trusted to promote Korean music, but also to spread the awareness of Korean culture.

Even with their busy schedules the girls will occasionally cook Korean food on their own. Sunye's cooking skills were said to be the best. She would often cook for the other members and she likes to put in a few pieces of ddeok in whatever she cooks. When Yubin is not in Korea, she loves to eat seaweed and will often carry a few packets with her. On the other hand, Yeeun is obsessed with food that can help protect her vocals e.g. ginseng and pear juice. The cute Lim likes kimchi and needs to have it at every meal. The quiet Sohee likes spicy food because it helps in relieving stress. With the fall season looming, Wonder Girls recommended citron tea to Chinese fans because "citron tea contains high amount of vitamins and can help in protecting the vocals and immune system"

In line with being the ambassador for Korean Food, Wonder Girls will also be recording a theme song and take part in a MV and a photoshoot. They are also in the midst of preparing for their US album and a Korean album scheduled to release in October. Also, they will be returning back to US to start on the filming for their telemovie - Wondergirls at the Apollo, directed by Nick Cannon. The girls are currently looking through the script and practising their lines.

Source: http://movie.runsky....33090748.0.html
Translation Credits: Min Sun Ye Baidu Bar

Fahrenheit Calvin Chen's alleged engagement to a Singaporean girl

The eligible bachelor is said to be off the market and allegedly engaged to a Singaporean girl who claims to be his fiancee. Is Jolene Tang a lucky lass or just another ardent groupie of Taiwanese artiste Calvin Chen?

According to Taiwanese media reports, Calvin from Fahrenheit boyband is currently in a stable relationship with a Singaporean girl by the name of Jolene Tang. When the media clarified the rumours with Jolene, the Singaporean girl readily admitted that she is Calvin's girlfriend and said that they were introduced to each other through a common friend during his promotional activities in Singapore.

So how did they maintain their long-distance relationship? Jolene revealed that they "relied on sending text messages" because of the expensive charges on overseas phone calls.

She also added that it has been years since she last saw him and replied, "He's busy at work, I have to be understanding towards him," when reporters asked about their last meeting. According to Jolene, Calvin proposed to her on Aug 28 via Facebook and she agreed to his proposal. Despite her attempts to convince reporters that she is not a groupie or Calvin's fan, reporters found her name listed on various Fahrenheit fanclub websites and forums.

When news of his supposed "engagement" was released on a variety programme hosted by Calvin, ratings soared and the singer-actor laughed in reply, "I don't use Facebook and I am not engaged. But I would like to see how she looks like."


Ariel Lin to take hiatus from TV dramas

The Taiwanese actress had taken to her blog to clear up untrue rumours about her boyfriend. Annoyed at the media -- who created untrue reports on her boyfriend -- Taiwanese actress Ariel Lin took to her blog to clear up the rumours.

In her blog entry, Ariel expressed her unhappiness at the media's choice of words when reporting on her latest drama "In Time with You". She noted that their reports undermined the sacrifices made by the production team. The actress added that she hoped future reports would be more truthful.

Ariel also admitted that her health was not how it used to be, ever since undergoing a brain cyst surgery three years ago. Her body could no longer take the stress of working on dramas. In the last 10 years, Ariel had been working 12 to 18 hours per day, which left her little time for her family. The actress announced that movies would become her career focus from now on.

Furthermore, Ariel, who had always been tight-lipped when it came to her love life, also opened up for the first time about her boyfriend. "It's no secret that I'm in a relationship. However, we chose to be private about it. He's never given me any trouble or has me worry about finances. He's never been married and he doesn't have a child. Of all the men I've met, he's definitely one of the best," Ariel wrote.

The actress's blog entry received tremendous support from her friends, who hoped that she could rest properly and enjoy her life.


Painted Skin Drama Series (2011) (Complete)

This drama series is adapted from as Pu Songling’s classic short stories in Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio, as well as the movie of the same name. The drama series sets out to explain the characters and their origins.

In the movie, the storyline is about how a fox demon, Xiao Wei, who tries to prove that true love does not exist in the world and that it can be broken easily. She makes her way into the home of General Wang when he ‘rescues’ her. Xiao Wei’s beauty starts to attract people, and she slowly falls in love in General Pang. She plots to take over the position of his wife. In order for her to retain her beauty, she has to consume the hearts of humans. With dead bodies with their hearts missing increasing in numbers around town, General Wang’s wife, Pei Rong, suspects Xiao Wei.

When Pei Rong discovers that Xiao Wei is a fox demon, she enlists the help of Pang Yong and Xia Bing to help eliminate Xiao Wei. Xiao Wei forces Pei Rong to drink a poison that will turn her into a ‘demon’. General Pang upon seeing that his wife turned into a ‘demon’, tried to kill her. In the end, when both Gerneral Pang and his wife were dying, Xiao Wei finally understood what love meant and sacrificed her life to revive them.

The drama begins with an innocent Xiao Wei, who is not yet called Xiao Wei but Xu Xu. Xu Xu is caught in a demon trap and is unable to escape. She is set free by the noble and righteous Wang Sheng, unaware that she is a demon in her animal form. In the time it took him to free Xu Xu, the guards who were chasing him managed to catch up with him; dragging him back to his forced marriage. He was escaping from an arranged marriage set by his tyrant father who happened also to be a prince who abused his powers. After the first encounter, Xu Xu cannot forget about Wang Sheng and takes on human form and travels the world.

Back from being captured, Wang Sheng is forced to go through the marriage ceremony with Pei Rong, the daughter of a noble family. Pei Rong is not happy and does not want to marry into the Wang family, but she has not choice as her family is held hostage. It so happens that a band of bandits attack the city that Wang Sheng is residing on the day of the wedding. This results in a series of events that resulted in Wang Sheng leading Pei Rong out of the city. Wang Sheng encounters Pang Yong, Pei Rong’s childhood friend, and who is also in love with her... Read More>>

Cast (taken from Drama Wiki):
薛凱琪 Fiona Sit as Xiao Wei
陳怡蓉 Chen Yi Rong as Pei Rong
Li Zong Han as Pang Yong
Ling Xiao Su as Wang Sheng
鬼鬼 Gui Gui as Xia Bing
Qi Yu Wu as Long Yun
杨幂 Yang Mi as Xiao Hong

Episode Guide

Friday, September 02, 2011

Girls' Generation's Sooyoung injured in car crash

SEOUL: Popular Korean girl group Girls' Generation's Sooyoung has suffered a back injury in a car accident on Sunday morning, said Korean media reports. The 21-year-old singer was on her way to the city of Cheonan for a charity event when an oncoming car crashed into her vehicle.

She is currently receiving treatment at a hospital and will not be performing in upcoming concerts in Tokyo and Taiwan. However, Singapore fans can breathe a sigh of relief as her injury is "nothing serious" and will not affect the group's performance in the city next year.

"Sooyoung is suffering from a sacrovertebral fracture from the car accident, but thankfully, the injury is nothing serious," the K-pop group's management agency SM Entertainment said in a statement on Monday. "The doctor in charge gave a positive prognosis and said that with plenty of rest and treatment, she will be fully recovered in no time."

Girls' Generation, widely known as SNSD, is currently one of the most popular girl groups in Korea. They are known for their lithe figures as well as their long slender legs, which are accentuated by the short shorts and heels they favour during their performances.

The nine-member girl group debuted in 2007 and shot to fame in 2009 with their hit songs "Gee" as well as "Tell Me Your Wish (Genie)". Girls' Generation will hold their first solo concert in Singapore at the Singapore Indoor Stadium in February 2012.


YG Entertainment confirms that Daesung will not promote this year

allkpop reported earlier that Big Bang’s Daesung has received a ‘not guity’ verdict for his involvement in the vehicle accident that killed motorcyclist Hyun. With all eyes on Daesung, many fans began vocalizing their wish to see Daesung reunite with his groupmates for promotions. However, YG Entertainment has firmly stated that Daesung will not be returning to the fold for the rest of the year.

On August 29th, YG Entertainment stated, “Regardless of his ‘not guilty’ verdict, Daesung does not have any activities planned for the rest of this year. Instead, Daesung will continue to focus on going to church.” Daesung has been attending church regularly to focus on his religious life due to the severe distress and heartache he felt from the situation.

The verdict ends a case that’s been dominating headlines since late May. After careful review, prosecutors decided that there wasn’t enough hard evidence to determine whether or not the motorcyclist had been alive or deceased before Daesung ran him over with his Audi vehicle.

Prior to Daesung’s accident, the motorcyclist had already sustained severe spinal injuries from a collision with a streetlamp, and was intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.186%. Therefore, the nine members of the citizens’ prosecution committee all voted to drop the prosecution against Daesung altogether.

Source : Star News
Credits: CWK @ allkpop

Big Bang’s Daesung receives a verdict of ‘not guilty’!

In celebratory news, Big Bang’s Daesung has received a verdict of ‘not guilty’ in his court case regarding his car accident on May 31st.

After reviewing the case, prosecutors decided that there wasn’t enough hard evidence to determine whether or not the motorcyclist Hyun had been alive or deceased before Daesung ran him over with his vehicle. Also, they did not rule out the possibility that the motorcyclist, who was under the influence upon the time of his death, could’ve died from the initial collision with a streetlight.

Based on the above information, they rendered a verdict of ‘not guilty’ for the beleaguered Daesung.

Source: Star News via Naver
Credits: MountainMadman @ allkpop

Myung-wol The Spy / Spy Myung-wol

The drama revolves around Han Myung-wol, a North Korean spy, and Kang Woo, a big Hallyu star. Although Myung-wol works for the North Korean government, she is a member of the Hallyu crackdown squad, where she deals with the illegal distribution and smuggling of media (i.e. South Korean dramas). It has always been her dream to be in the special force unit, but she fails the final round of tests. Undeterred she tells Choi Ryu, a special force agent and friend. He tells her to stick to what she is good at instead of trying so hard. He does not want to see her bruise herself over the memory of her father, trying to become like him: her father was a solider and has died while in service.

Acting on intel, her team locates one such source. When Myung-wol tracks him down, she arrests him as he’s screening Kang-woo’s newest drama. From here on begins Myung-wol’s adventure: General Kim has a daughter who is a Kang-Woo fanatic and the General makes arrangements for Myung-wol to escort his daughter as her bodyguard with Ryu accompanying them. The mission has a dual purpose, the first is that Myung-wol play bodyguard to the General’s daughter at a Kang-woo concert in Singapore, and the second is for Ryu to track down some mysterious ancient books that apparently hold the fate of the world.

Kang-woo, appears to be quite the perfectionist, nitpicking every flaw which planning the performance in Singapore. However, he gives the impression that he an easy-going, smiling top star.

Finally in Signapore, the General’s daughter attempts to sneak out of the hotel room, only to be caught by Myung-wol. The General’s daughter assigns Myung-wol to get her a Kang-woo’s autograph. So off she goes to conquer Kang-woo’s autograph, which is proving to be more challenging that she initially thought... Read More>>