Friday, March 29, 2013

《Running Man》金宇彬李钟硕玩转"情侣跳" 金钟国夺旗失利



金宇彬李钟硕上演”情侣跳
 
星明网讯 韩国综艺节目《Running Man》第138期邀请了《学校2013》中的绯闻男男CP金宇彬和李钟硕参与,并且还有和金宇彬一起出演过《绅士的品格》的”魔王“金秀路以及 C.N.Blue 的李宗泫,人气美女闵孝琳也作为嘉宾出演。一众帅哥美女在刘在石的带领下和RM队伍进行重回高中生活的社团比赛。

节目中,金宇彬和李钟硕默契十足,更上演了粉红满满的”情侣跳“。尽管前面两局比赛,刘在石带领下的戏剧部接连失利,但在最后一局中,戏剧部里大家互相传递掩护,使得队伍从“狮子”金钟国手里夺下旗帜,取得最后的胜利,可谓是“狮口夺旗”。

金钟国又再度令大家见识到他的强健体魄, 强力水柱也不是他的对手。

3月17日播出的SBS《美好星期天—Running Man》节目中, 卢士燕, Uee 为本集特别嘉宾, 一同进行”傻瓜温达与平冈公主”的特辑。

当日的播出中, 金钟国与另一队扮演平冈公主的卢士燕需要进行一个问答考, 若答错的话必须遭遇强力水柱攻击。

这任务中男性队员若无法抵挡强力水柱的攻击, 就相当于淘汰. 但是金钟国面对这样的强力水柱根本不动如山. 因此制作团队立刻联想到电影中”魔鬼终结者”的名场面, 金钟国立刻就得到一个外号叫做魔鬼终结”国”, 引来全场大笑。
 
网友说: “金钟国太搞笑了~ 又来了一个新外号~ 魔鬼终结”国 这外号太适合他了! 金钟国真的很强! Running Man成员中金钟国是最搞笑的啊!!"

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Rich Man, Poor Woman: Episode 2

 
The next morning, Hyuga woke up and went to his parking garage and there were many vehicles for him to choose from. He picked the car which he drove the other day and saw a pair of black shoes. He disposed the shoes into the garbage bin. Sawaki decided to look for a new job and start anew when she realized that she had left the black shoes in Hyuga car. Hyuga met Asahima sister Yoko on the way to work as she was busy with the opening of her restaurant but he could not remember that they had met each other before.


At the lift, Asahina asked Hyuga if he wanted Sawaki to come back and meet Fujikawa. Hyuga replied,"call her if you wish, she will run like a good doggie." Asahina asked Hyuga," Did you hire her because of the name - Sawaki Chihuro?" Toru evaded the question and instead identified the simiarities between Sawaki Chihuro and Fujikawa.

The ecentric president Hyuga Toru dressed casually for a shareholders meeting and insisted that this is fashion. Yamagami advise him that he should dress smartly for the director meeting. After getting a call from New Innovation, Sawaki is back to the office and as usual, she was dressed in the job hunting suit.

Sawaki was sharing the lift with a group of men dressed formally, Hyuga dressed smartly for the meeting too. But he skipped the board of director meeting when she saw Sawaki and stated that he needs to discuss some matters with her. At the staff meeting, Hyuga openly mocked Sawaki for being an idiot and she was taken aback with his comments. However, this will only be known among themselves. Sawaki Chihuro was given the nickname - Clouds big shot by the colleagues for getting into the company and soaring high.



In a private room, Asahina asked Sawaki "when are you going to drop your pretense?" Sawaki stated that she will needs o stay and prove her capabilities. Asahina nodded his head and said that she need to prove to Hyuga not to look down on people with higher academic results. It turned out that he attended Tokyo University too.

Hyuga missed the board of director meeting and was angry when he overheard the directors commented that he has no common sense. Angered by their comments, he stated that the common sense is for 'common folks.' Before he could carry on, Yamagami shut the door and ushered the directors out.


Sawaki Chihuro was given a thick cheque for the temporary employment contract. Hyuga gave a stack of 'homework' for Sawaki to memorize before the briefing. In the car, Sawaki asked Hyuga for the pair of black shoes and he replied that he had thrown them away and gave her money instead. Sawaki was upset as the shoes meant a lot to her and has sentimental value.

Hyuga went to the temple to share his thoughts about his mother whom he missed with a priest. On the other hand, Sawaki went for a job interview and was pleased to know that she was accepted. Hyuga has been giving her the confidence and training which she needed. At the university campus, Fujikawa saw Sawaki with her friends and was suspicious of her.


Sawaki, Hyuga and Asahima went to Yoko restaurant and she prepared the egg omelet rice for Hyuga. She mentioned to Hyuga that they had met each other nine years ago when he was still a part-timer in T-shirt and jeans. Unfortunately Hyuga has no recollection. Standing at a corner, Nogi, the chef of the restaurant dislike Yoko.

Hyuga stayed late in the office to work on his programming. Sawaki brew a cup of coffee for him before she left. Hyuga tasted the coffee after she was out of sight. Fujikawa was angry when she found out that Sawaki is not an employee of Next Innovation and she is just a student in Tokyo University. The deal to cooperate was called off due to this incident.


Sawaki Chihuro was apologetic to Fujizawa but nothing she does changes her mind about the cooperation. Hyuga Toru approached her and introduces the proposal for the security system.

Hyuga Toru went to Tokyo University to look for Sawaki with the intention to apologize for causing her to miss the hiring interview and for being responsible for the lie. However, he came across as being mad at her and it frightens Sawaki initially. Hyuga Toru returned the black shoes to Sawaki and gave him the employee name badge. He told her, "Come to work tomorrow."



      Episode Guide

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Running Man Episode 136


The theme for this episode is the secret of the golden sword. The casts were still in Vietnam and the traditional Vietnamese clothes was personally delivered to each of them in the room. Yoo Jae Suk looked at the clothes and innocently asked,"are we going to wear this?" Everyone changed into their costumes and prepared themselves for the mission. Look at beautiful Song Ji Hyo! She was so shy in the body hugging yellow dress that she attempted to hide away from the Cameraman.

It was revealed that whoever reach the destination first will have a huge advantage for the mission. The early birds were none other than Haha and Kwangsoo who boarded the helicopter which was specially catered for the Running Man Crew. Needless to say, they arrived at the destination first. At this point of time, we need to stop and admire the beautiful sceneries with the Running Man. Trang An looked like a painting to me and I was totally in awe of the beauty. Back to Kwang Soo and Haha, they were given a tiny rowboat and they have to paddle to the other end of the river where they will see the Running Man flag.



Haha had not much problem paddling the boat compared to Kwang Soo who struggled with the direction and the oar . Time for the next batch of Running Man to set off to the destination and we can see Ji Hyo, Dong Wook and Jae Suk in the helicopter. Yoo Jae Suk as usual started to grumbled about the experience since he was afraid of height. Likewise, they reached the destination and started to explore with the tiny rowboats as they tried to paddle to the other side of the river.

By now, Haha had arrived at the other side of the river first and was greeted by a woman holding the Running Man flag. It turned out that the lady who gave the mission is a Vietnamese and she could not communicate with Haha. In the end, Haha followed her guide as she paddle the boat into the dark tunnel. Haha being the scaredy cat started to get worried as they proceeded further into the darkness.

Closely followed behind Haha was Kwang Soo. However, Haha managed to find a piece of map struck in a rock first. It was stated that he will find the dagger if he follow the track in the map. "Hyung" Kwang Soo suddenly called out to Haha and he attempted to hide the piece of paper from Kwang Soo by placing it in his sleeve. This proved to be a bad idea as Kwang Soo managed to see through Haha and stated that he must be hiding something. In the end, they shared the information that Haha found.

The last group of Running Man to arrived at the destination was Kim Jong Kook and Gary. The funniest part was when Jong Kook could not control his strength and ended up breaking the oar. Gary exclaimed,"Jong Kook Hyung broke the oar!" Kim Jong Kook gave a nervous laugh and tried to fixed it back.

Haha found a broken dagger strucked in a stone and a note attached to it. Kwang Soo arrived at the destination latter than Haha. He was secretly ushered in by Haha as he shared about the findings. However, Haha was behaving suspiciously as he told Kwang Soo that he cannot achieve the goal by himself therfore he need to form an aillance with him. Haha asked Kwang Soo to kneel down as he passed the sword to him. Suddenly, Haha ordered Kwang Soo to freeze and immediately two guards in black came forward and hold onto Kwang Soo while Haha torn off his name tag. The flashback revealed that Haha had receive a special power as he attained the dagger. All he had to do is to shout out 'stop' and the name of the person he wanted to eliminate but he can only use the power three times.

In the end, Kwang Soo was 'betrayed' by Haha and he was led to the jail first. Haha gave an evil laugh and act out a movie by himself raving about the power which he processed. Yoo Jae Suk and the rest soon arrived at the destination and was surprised to see Kwang Soo nametag on the table and the sword was missing. They deduced that Haha processed the sword and he must have some special power.

Haha was waiting for the Running Man at the village. He started to chase all the Running Man members and the image of Gollum from The Lord of the Rings appeared saying,"My precious one." He went to the jail to look for Kwang Soo and asked him, "who do you want to eliminate the most?" Without hesitation, Kwang Soo mentioned Jong Kong hyung and Haha promised to fulfill his wish. Indeed, Haha called out to Jong Kook and went after Him. Yoo Jae Suk who promised to join force with Jong Kook back out at the critical moment. In the end, Haha offered them a chance to say something good about him. Jong Kook said," you are the nation husband." Haha was not please with that praises . In the end, he chose to eliminate Jong Kook with his power.

At the jail, Haha revealed to Jong Kook that Kwang Soo was the one who initiated his elimination. Kwang Soo glared at Haha and pleaded with Jong Kook by saying that he wanted Jong Kook Hyung to himself. Still, Kwang Soo cannot escape from punishment as Jong Kook gave him a 'massage' using his strong arms. He was at the mercy of Spartakook. Ha.

Haha did a little dance but the men in back could not catch up with him and they even looked confused. Finally, Haha decided to use his remaining power to eliminate another member. Gary name came to his mind as he hunt down Gary and escort him to the public area for execution. Not to worry, we have Ace Ji Hyo to save the day. She happened to wear the same yellow dress as the other maidens who were walking around. All she has to do is to go near Haha through 'camoflage' and tear off Haha nametag. However, there was a turn of event, the person who happen to tear off Haha nametag was Ji Suk Jin! He was given the sword and another special power.

Haha apologized to Jong Kook at the jail and gave him a handshake. Surprisingly, Jong kook smiled back at him but he gave a tight squeeze on his hand. ouch! Ji Suk Jin was given a white glove and all he need to do is to tap on the ink pad using his glove and place it on the Running Man members to eliminate the person. Instead of chasing after the other members, big nose hyung was taking things easy as he sing and rap about big nose power along the way. He even went for cow riding. The other members were allowed to take a short break while they observe from afar.

Dong Wook made used of the situation and caught Ji Suk Jin off guard as he went to his back and torn off his nametag at lightning speed. Everyone started to laughed as they find it ridiculous that Ji Suk Jin was eliminated in such a short time. Yoo Jae Suk even commented that Ji Suk reign of power was too short and now he had to be careful of Dong Wook.

At the jail, Ji Suk Jin revealed his power to Jong Kook, Haha and Kwang Soo. Jong kook challenge Ji Suk Jin to try and eliminate him using the special power. Ji Suk Jin stretched his hand forward and Jong Kook blocked him with his arm and even twisted Ji Suk Jin hand to the back. Feeling tried, Ji Suk Jin gave up and stated that he would not eliminate Jong Kook with his power. Haha.

Dong Wook was given a special power and that is Cloning power. Which means that he can call out a person that he wanted to eliminate and all the Running Man nametags will be change to the person nametag. After pondering for some time, Dong Wook decided to eliminate Gary. He shouted out for Gary and magically all the name tags became Gary and everyone rushed out and claimed to be him. They even inmitated his dance move and the way he talk. Gary was eliminated by Yoo Jae Suk and he became the new owner of the dagger. His special power was the ability summon a member from the jail and help him to capture the other members in the form of a 'spirit'.

Jae Suk hope Jong Kook will be called to help him in this case. However, Kwang Soo was called out to help Jae Suk instead. Now, Jae Suk is the master and Kwang Soo insisted that he is here to help him. Jae Suk disagreed and continued to ordered him around. They found Dong Wook and Jae Suk struggled with him to get his nametag. Instead of helping Jae Suk, Kwang Soo assisted Dong Wook because he can still be useful to the next person who holds the dagger. If he help Jae Suk, he will have to go back to the jail after being used by him. Eventually, Jae Suk was eiminated by Dong Wook.

Han Hye-Jin who had been waiting for a chance, eliminated Dong Wook immediately once Jae Suk was out of the game. Hye-Jin became the new master and she ordered Kwang Soo to look for Ji Hyo. On the ther hand, Ji Hyo was panicky as she had to handle two people. Ace Ji Hyo came up with the idea that was used earlier. She hide among the maidens in yellow and went nearer to Hye-Jin. With her eyes locked on Hye-Jin nametag, Ji Hyo torn it before she could react. In the end, Ji Hyo won the game and she placed the golden sword in the turtle mouth, witnessed by everyone. Peace was restored to the world as the nine daggers went back to its rightful place.

AfterThoughts

First of all, I got to comment about the beautiful sereneness of Vietnam. Trang An is a really beautiful place and I like the whole journey of finding the golden dagger. Haha as usual makes me laugh at with his antics and acting skills. He looked like Gollum in Lord of the Ring drunk in his power. There was lots of drama and exagerated editing in this episode. But i supposed that is for entertainment. Some people may feel bored because most of them were hiding from the person that held the sword. As a result, Haha and Kwang Soo had to be more dramatic to entertain us.

I understand why Jong Kook was out of the game so fast. The major factor was his injured ankle. I supposed Kwang Soo, Haha and the rest of the cast wanted him to rest rather that watching him suffer. Anyway, Jong Kook presence was felt especially when he had to pretend to be angry with Kwang Soo and Haha. As much as I missed Spartakook in action, I do not want him to suffer.

Ji Suk Jin was so funny as he was the only one that was so relaxed and laid-back when he had the power. I woud love to see him as 'the king' and catch the other members, but before he can do that, he was eliminated by Dong Wook. Haha.

Dong Wook, Ji Hyo, Hye-Jin and Jae Suk trying to imitate Gary was so cute and comical. I can't help but laugh out loud at that scene. Gary is really a person with great sense of humor. Overall, i enjoyed the Asia mission tour and i hope that they will travel more often and bring us to places which are amazing and fun.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rich Man, Poor Woman: Episode 1



A mysterious man lay down on a vacant room. He was using his hand phone to search for a name -Sawaki Chihuro, but no entry was found. Dejected, he placed his phone down. Shortly after, he received a notification message and he gave a wide smile. It turned out that he is President Hyuga Toru. His business partner Asahina was looking for him at Los Vegas and he received a message from Hyuga which stated that he is fine. Back in Japan, Asahina has a three way phone call with Toru and the finance Mangaer Yamagami. Hyunga suggested acquiring Power Trunk but Yamagami disagree, while Asahina laughed. Hyuga took that as a sign to  go ahead with his plan and brought the shares.
 

Hyuga rode his motorbike to the office and was pleased to know that he had made a wise decision with the shares. He was greeted by his personal assistant on the way to his office as he reports to him his schedules. Suddenly, Hyuga  looked at him and asked, “who are you?" It seems that he did not remember him despite numerous encounters.



Next, we were introduced to Next Innovation - a three billion stock market value IT enterprise. This is a listed company which makes lots of money and the media were interested to find out more about the environment. The reporter took a tour around the company and introduces the CEO of Next Innovation. He is Hyuga Toru, 29 years old and a billionaire.



In contrast to the highly successful Toru, There is a lady that was still struggling with finding a job. She is a college student at Tokyo University. After numerous interviews and rejections, she was still trying hard to get a job. Hyuga had a meeting with his partners as he revealed his plan to create a management system for the government to track the pension for all citizens. This three years project will store personal data which will benefit the citizens to get the pensions they deserved.

 
His business partner Asahina reveals that Hyuga had a medical condition and he could not recognize people faces and names. During rest time,  Hyuga surprisingly found the name he had been looking for in the website but there is no picture. On the other hand, the lady decided to find out more about the recruitment session in Next Innovation after her friends recommendation. She decided to give it a try and use the remaining money that she had to buy a pair of shoes for the interview.

 
Hyuga gave a speech on stage and asked everybody why they were here but he was not satisfied with all the answer. Subsequently, it was her turn to answer the question but her answer does not satisfy Toru and he dismissed her in front of everyone. Hyuga wanted those who did not receive any job offer to leave the place to the dismay of the people who attended the talk. She turned around to leave as she was ridiculed for being the victim of Japanese Education system. She slipped on the steps and the black shoes dropped off.

Agonized, she begins to recite the background of Next Innovation and confronted Toru. He admired her rebellious heart as it is the main source for making changes. Toru called her Miss Tokyo University, to which she replied, “My name is Sawaki Chihuro.” Toru was surprised by her reply as he recalled the name which she found on the website. He said, “I will remember your name but not your face.”


Back in the office, he was discussing about the project with his counterparts and he decided to use Sawaki Chihuro to bring the proposal to a female politician. Sawaki  was called to Next Innovation and everyone was shocked when Hyuga called out her name.  Sawaki was given informations about the lady they are going to approach and she was asked to memorize everything. Hyuga and Asahina started the company together and Asahina understand Hyuga obsession over things that he like.

Sawaki  reported to work dressed in black.  Hyuga was displeased with her dressing and he took her for a make over. After the transformation, she looked stunning in the outfit. They went to the building to look for the politician. She was able to present herself well in front of the vice president Fujikawa. At one point, she even helped Hyuga when he had forgotten a politician name. However, Sawaki made a blunder remark about the previous security system, unknown to her that the vice president Fujikawa was part of the team. It almost destroyed their initial plan if Hyuga did not step out to resolve the issue. Nonetheless, Chihuro was blamed for the mistake which may ruin their plans.

After cooling down, Hyuga turned around to look for Chihuro but she had left with Asahina in the car. Asahina turned to Chihuro and asked, " Who are you? your name is not Sawaki Chihuro.”
 

      Episode Guide

 

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Rich Man, Poor Woman

Oguri Shun plays Hyuga Toru, an affluent man whose personality is on the contrary, speckled with flaws. A CEO of an IT firm who is published on Forbes as a billionaire, Toru attained his fortune through chance and pure luck. A woman who meets Toru and eventually becomes attracted to him is Sawaki Chihiro, played by Ishihara Satomi. Chihiro is a hardworking college student at Tokyo University who has prepared for her future as much as she possibly could through studies and obtaining licenses. Despite her efforts, she has yet to land a job. Upon meeting Toru, she begins to unravel a genuine pureness inside him and solitude resulting from such pureness, which eventually draws her closer to him. The two repeatedly conflict each other, but little by little learn about one another to grow and develop together.

Despite the worldwide recession and financial difficulties, there are people like Mark Zuckerberg who began work from merely an apartment room or a garage that end up growing to be companies generating over ten billion dollars revenues after merely 10 years or so, embracing their new found wealth by living the dream life. Whether it's a game or application software, Ecommerce, or other IT related firm, there are more than a few who rose in fame to such status in recent years. On the other hand, Japan's unemployment rate for new grads dropped to a record low and those who want to work are unable to, or their wishes to work at their company of choice is not granted.

A Cinderella story of the real world. Will the two be able to compromise their values and lifestyles to become a happy couple? -- Fuji TV

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Confession of Murder (Movie)

Confession of Murder
A serial killer who became a celebrity and a detective whose hands are tied…

15 years ago, an infamous serial killing case that left 10 women dead shook the nation. Now its statute of limitations is about to expire, and a member of the victim family throws himself off a building in front of the detective Choi who is the primary detective on the case.

2 years later, a man named Lee Du-seok publishes a book titled “Confession of Murder”, claiming his responsibility for the murders that took place 17 years ago. His book becomes a huge success, making him an instant celebrity thanks to his beautiful façade and innately danger that’s associated with his presence. Choi can only watch from the sidelines as his hands are tied, because Lee has been pardoned legally.

The law forgave him, but even after the expiration of statute of limitations, the case is not yet over!


DETAILS:

International Sales Showbox / Mediaplex, Inc. 
Production Dasepo Club, Showbox / Mediaplex, Inc. 
Genre Action thriller Principal Shoot Oct 7, 2011 – Jan 29, 2012
Local release date November 8, 2012

Staff

  • Writer/Director JUNG Byung-gil 
  • Cinematographer KIM Ki-tae, JUNG Yong-gyun 
  • Lighting KIM Kyung-suk 
  • Music KIM Woo-geun 
  • Production designer YANG Hong-sam 
  • Editor NAM Na-young 
  • Special effects HONG Jang-pyo 
  • Stunts KWON Ghi-duk

Cast

  • JUNG Jae-young as Choi Hyung-gu 
  • PARK Si-hoo as Lee Du-seok

 

Thoughts [Review]

Thanks to omy.sg and GV (Golden Village), I had the opportunity to attend the movie preview. Confession of Murder is based on a real murder that took pace about 27 years ago that has never been solved with its statute of limitations having expired: between September 15, 1986 and April 3, 1991, 10 women were bound, raped and killed in the city of Hwasung. Through this film, its mystery has resurfaced to public attention after being dealt with in BONG Joon-ho’s seminal.

With a title like "Confession of Murder" and the genre labeled as "Action Thriller", I was half expecting gruesome scenes like those from The Man from Nowhere with a darker undertone. But I was pleasantly surprised that it was not as dark as I expected, with only tinges of dark overtones with a little dark humor to boot (there were many instances throughout the movie that were both hilarious yet thrillingly action packed). There were many well choreographed action scenes throughout the movie as well: two figures having a go at each other in the pouring rain in the dark, a high-speed car chase with abductors and abductee climbing over each other and cars, and the icing on the cake where instead of trying to stay safe and alive, people are trying to outdo each other by trying to run each other over with vehicles – the bigger the better it seems.

JUNG Byung-gil’s directing style is slightly different from other movies I have seen, and takes a little getting used to. However, it can be slightly confusing for people who are not used to and cannot keep up with the storyline through the use of unique camera angles that accompany flashbacks and thoughts for the main protagonist, Choi Hyung-gu, the primary detective on the case.

The antagonist, Lee Du-seok, is an interesting character, his auto-biography on the murders reveals a name and face to his identity and crimes to society. He actually becomes as famous as a celebrity just because he evaded the law, confessed to the murders after the statute of limitations had expired (thus rendering him “innocent”) by writing a book to atone for his crime and is truly remorseful… or is he?

Confession of Murder
All might not seem as it is...

As the movie progresses, Du-seok’s disturbing autobiography becomes a bestseller and he even gains a rather large (and outlandish) fan following of (young) women who are proud of him being the killer and admire him solely for his good looks and charms. In what seems like a calculated publicity campaign, he begs forgiveness of the victims' family members, seemingly repentant (but whether this is part of his publicity stunt or acting out his true feelings are known only to him). He also has the ability to get under Hyeong-gu’s skin and frustrate him since Hyeong-gu who powerless to arrest Du-seok for the crimes.

Though the premise of Du-seok’s popularity may seem to be bordering on the absurd, it does reflect (in an extreme) way how influential the media is and/or how people can be so caught up in (and thriving on the misfortune of others) the world of chasing after celebrities/idols that even if it is a morbid (or maybe deep down humans are innately attracted to such things) subject matter.

Anyways, with his identity made known, members of the victims’ families kidnap Du-seok and attempt to escape with him to extract their revenge. It’s an elaborate plan which results in an intense cat-and-mouse game that’s played right on highway between high-speed cars. 

Confession of Murder
Despite the seriousness of his face, this was one of my favorite scenes with abductors & abductee climbing over each other and cars

Overall, it was an enjoyable movie and was nicer than I had expected – it was not as angsty and revenge focused as I thought it’d be given the trailer and title. Throughout the movie, Hyeong-gu was portrayed as the rash, impulsive, and hot tempered detective tying to nail the cool and composed Du-seok, who seems to counter Hyeong-gu's every move. The ending had a surprisingly (or not so a surprise if you are one of those who actually thinks a lot during a movie and mange to figure it out) twist which I had not really expected. Even if the ending might (not) surprise you, the action scenes and dark humor (at intervals) are worth watching (though there is constant swearing in Korean, which I guess is why it is rated NC16). If you have watched it, what was your impression?

Confession of Murder shows in cinemas on 14 March 2013 and is rated NC16.

Confession of Murder

Thursday, March 14, 2013

金钟国新加坡粉丝见面会2013

Kim Jong Kook Singapore Fanmeet 2013

金钟国于二月二十三日在加冷剧场举行首次亚洲粉丝见面会。我第一时间买了票与好友iceprinxess一同观赏演出。我甚至买了金钟国全球歌迷会的衣服莅临现场。举办这次活动的是摩得娱乐公司。他们的售票系统并不理想,我们购买的票任由他们的系统随意安排。

我从金钟国在偶像双人组Turbo的时候就已经认识这位韩国偶像了。他的歌曲陪着我度过学生时代。我也从综艺节目例如: Xman, 家庭诞生和跑跑人更认识这位艺人。他单飞后,便以许多名曲征服韩国娱乐圈。 虽然,当时我比较投入华语音乐,我然喜欢金钟国和他的歌曲。随着家庭诞生结束后,我并没有观看其他的综艺也没有留意金钟国的活动直到我的朋友在去年介绍我看跑跑人。从此,我便爱上了跑跑人这个综艺节目。起初,我对金钟国在跑跑人里'领导人'的形象感到恐惧,然而随着时间我感受到他的各人魅力。让人吃惊的是他的外形不但没改变,反而更英俊了。


Kim Jong Kook Singapore Fanmeet

因此 当我知道他要来到狮城时,我感到很兴奋。我与好友iceprinxess在 7.30 到达现场。 当我看见这么多人在排队时,我深入了解才知道摩特娱乐在售卖金钟国的日历和亲笔签名的专辑, 并免费附送海报。当我排到柜台时,他们却说已经没有货了。我虽然失望但我买了日历回家,毕竟这是我第一次参加歌迷会所以不知道有预购这回事。

我们又要排队进入会场了,然而我们不知道应该排在哪里因为没有清楚的指示。大家一窝蜂的冲进会场。银幕上播放广告,椅子上放着宣传游艇的文件和纸袋但是有兴趣的人并不多。开场前,主持人公布五位幸运者能与金钟国单独拍照。可惜我们并没有被选中。

Kim Jong Kook Singapore Fanmeet

节目在8.30开始,金钟国以蓝色长衬衫和灰色紧身库登场唱着大家耳熟能详的歌曲-今日多过昨日。大家欢腾声不断,异口同声叫着他的名字。今日来自亚洲四面八方的国家的粉丝, 例如:马来西亚和泰国的粉丝都莅临现场。金钟国以英语问好,甚至说的比主持人更清晰。他较少在公众场合里说英语但他的发音挺标准的。主持人是UFM的广播员Ken,他现场教金钟国一些福建话也要求金钟国撕掉他的名牌。这时我发现上面两个大荧幕十分莫负不清,不知为什么摩得娱乐并没有事先检查。

金钟国也同粉丝同乐一起玩游戏。现场十二位歌迷被选上并分为六组。其中有一位歌迷喜极而泣,金钟国立刻安慰她。第一个游戏是在最短的时间内以单脚把金钟国踢出款款里。当主持人说只有两组能与偶像合照时,大伙不管三七二十一,急速把金钟国踢出款款外。接着大家一起玩拔河游戏,主持人说歌迷把金钟国当'神'一样崇拜。接下来,我喜欢金钟国的回应:"我仍然是人虽然我很强壮。"他似乎有意礼让歌迷不让对方受伤而没有使劲的拉。为了不让任何人失望,他与所有歌迷拍照。

之后的游戏是寻找金钟国理想的对象。主持人阅读条件时,歌迷频频跳动并喊着,"选我"有一些歌迷甚至挡住我的视线。" 最终大约十名歌迷报名参加。她们以各式各样的方式例如:歌唱他的歌取得他的青睐。有趣的是歌迷的反应大为不同。其中有一位歌迷说他已订婚了,我感到奇怪为何他会参赛呢?另一位歌迷者希望金钟国能和她的朋友招手。金钟国最终选择一位身穿运动服的歌迷做为理想配偶。


第三个游戏是寻找三位熟悉金钟国歌曲的歌迷。三名歌迷被选上,分别是;女生,男生和小男孩。他们分别要唱出三首歌曲:男人都着样,讨人喜欢和一个男人。看得出金钟国很青睐小男孩并且与他在台上拍照。无需多说,男孩在欢笑声中赢得比赛。现场,金钟国鼓励小男孩笑,他轻轻的微笑使全场欢呼声不断。


金钟国过后也准备了一连串的金典歌曲即将要演唱给大家。背景荧幕也播放了他的音乐录带。除了演唱新专辑中男人都着样,他也演唱了书信,说我爱你,不要对我好和讨人喜欢。他趁此机会宣传新专辑并表示男人都一样只是一首歌曲,不代表他。现场的音欠佳,金钟国也小小的忘词。我也有一点失望因为他并没有演唱Turbo的名曲例如:Twist King。或许金钟国希望成为柔情歌手,又或者是背伤和脚伤所以不便跳舞。虽然有小小的瑕疵,金钟国的演出还是很棒的。即使他曾经在访问中提过担心大家只认得他是综艺节目主持人而不知道他是位歌手,他大可放心,大家还是反应良好。


节目到了尾声,金钟国呼叫现场歌迷起立一同起舞,欢唱歌曲:讨人喜欢。这是粉丝会的一大亮点因为大家能够看见国儿可爱的舞蹈。大家不愿就此结束,便高喊安可!金钟国回到舞台演唱最后一首名曲:一个男人替歌迷会画上了美丽的句点并承若下次会与跑跑人一同来狮城。

Kim Jong Kook Singapore Fan-meeting

我对摩得娱乐公司有许多批评。当晚的保安出差错,导致歌迷协同照相机前往会场。我觉得职员态度很差,尤其是当他们把歌迷的照相机给拿走时语气欠佳。到了和金钟国合照的时候,主持人错误的引导排队路线导致我们不知所措。摩得娱乐并不专业也并没有事先说清楚程序。他们只要求我们把邮件地址递出,却没有寄照片给我们,反而要我们查看他们的脸书。摩得娱乐的职员很没礼貌的驱赶歌迷,完全不尊重他人。更何况我们付了$68购买和金钟国合照的机会,他们实在不应该这么做。

在拍照场地,没有人给指示,大家一头雾水。可惜我们没有比别人快抢先坐在椅子上。更气人的是我差一点就能坐在椅子上,却被别人抢先一步。不久后,金钟国前来打招呼,并以亲切的微笑迎接我们。我被他的魅力感染,完全无法相信他站在我眼前。Iceprinxess和我都认同他皮肤很光滑。突然,摄影师要我们马上摆好位子拍照。我转头寻找好友Iceprinxessa, 只看见她站在后面。 我只好蹲在金钟国前面拍照,之后,我们又被保安和职员驱赶出去。一切结束时已接近凌晨十二点了,我度过了很累的夜晚。我希望金钟国和跑跑人以后能够再度来新。

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Running Man Episode 135


This episode, we have the international kungfu star Jackie Chan as Running Man guest. Perhaps because of this reason, the sequel about the origin of the Golden sword will be swop with this episode. Nonetheless, I had great expectation for this episode as this was the first time Running Man invited a foreign star. We started the show with the Running Man pictures. The theme of the mission is "Treasure Hunter".

The Running Man was at different location and was given a pencil each and a mission card. They have to solve the mystery of the secret code using the paper and pencil provided. Ji Suk Jin speculated that the mission had something to do with – the pencil case ? Ha. They have two choice to made:
  1. go to the hair salon 
  2. go to a restaurant

Most of them went to the restaurant because of hunger. Ji Hyo and Kwang Soo went straight to the hair salon and Kwang Soo ended up having a new hair style with a new prem. The Running Man members ordered some foods and the sharp commander Jong Kook noticed something weird about the waiter and the words that he said. He started to use the paper and the pencil and rolled it around. It turned out that his intuition was right and the paper showed the address of the next mission. Jong Kook shared his findings with the rest of the members. At first Jae Suk dismissed his findings but was soon convinced by him. Jong Kook and Haha board a cab immediately and headed straight to the destination.


On the other hand, Ji Hyo noticed the hint “roll” after it was repeated by the salon stylist several times. Ji Hyo got the address for the next mission and left Kwang Soo behind in the hair salon. Kwang Soo was left clueless while Ji Hyo apologizes to him through the camera as she ran away.

Jong Kook reached the destination first and was given a great advantage of getting the first dart for the final mission. The rest of the cast assembles and we saw the huge screen with Jackie Chan giving out the mission. The theme of the mission was to help Jakie Chan find his lost treasure. Surprisingly, Jackie Chan appeared right in front of them the next moment and the Running Man turned on the “fan mode” and started taking pictures with him. Big nose hyung even compared his nose and Jackie nose and witty Jackie replied that they are not the same. Ha.

Jae Suk asked for Jackie phone number and he answered that he is not a woman and he turned to face Ji Hyo. However, the ever protective Gary intervened and decared that Ji Hyo was taken. Jackie Chan was surprisingly proficient in Korean and managed to understand simple conversations. Other than Jackie Chan, there was another special guest and he is none other than Super Junior Siwon.

Jackie Chan being the guest can chose two Running Man members to be his team members and he chose Ji Hyo and Jae Suk. The other members were disappointed especially Jong Kook who showed Jackie his muscular bicep but was rejected because he prefered brainy Jae Suk to brawn Jong Kook. Anyway, it was Siwon turn to choose and he chose Jong Kook his gym buddy and Gary to be his teammates. The remaining members were Kwang Soo, Haha and Ji Suk Jin and they made up the betrayal team.

The first game was to throw the bottle cap on the table and try to reach the other end of the line which is near the edge of the table. Everybody was anticipating Jackie Chan throwing the bottle cap and he did fine although not the best. Gary was leading the bottle cap competition until Haha threw the bottle cap and pushed Jackie bottle cap forward towards the line before his bottle cap  went out of the table. Thanks to Haha, Jackie and his team were the first and they headed straight to the rooftop and obtained a dart.

The next game was to play skipping rope on the bumpy floor mat. Jackie team played the game first but failed. Jong Kook team joined them next and surprisingly Siwon and Jong Kook exclaimed that it was not painful when they stepped on the mat. They were given the nickname: Painless brothers by Jae Suk. The painless brothers skipped on the mat and asked Gary to join in but there was absolutely no space for him. Because of that they failed this round and Gary get a earful from Jong Kook.

The betrayal team tried to use a different method to win, just as expected the effort was in vain. Eventually, they agreed to lessen the number of time they skip to five but the condition is to take out the socks when they jump. Commander Jong Kook made a mistake with the rope and everyone laughed while Jong Kook was embarrassed. Nonetheless, Jong Kook team managed to complete the mission first followed by Jackie team. The betrayal team was comical and keeps making Jackie laugh.


The next game was to set a phone timer from 20 seconds to 2 minutes. They have to answer the questions asked by the person holding the phone. The person who still holds the phone when it rang will be eliminated. Jong Kook mercilessly set the timer to 20 seconds to the protest of the other Running Man. He ended up eliminating himself after he passed the timer to Ji Suk Jin and was later passed back to himself. The timer goes back and fro and Ji Suk Jin accidently eliminated his own team mate Kwang Soo due to some confusion. When Ji Hyo  was asked if she will date Gary, she replied "Maybe" and Gary insisted to know is it a yes or a no. Before she coud reply, the phone rang. Therefore, the last two participants left to compete with each other were the witty Jackie and Si Won. In the end, Jackie won the game by passing the phone back to Siwon before it rang.


The next game was located at the shopping Mall and the first group that find seven animals masks will win the game. There were lots of stealing from each team and it was funny how they stocked up the masks in their territory, while finding space to hide them from the enemies.

Jackie Chan used some of his Kung Fu skill to fend off the “enemies” from the other camps. Jae Suk even jokingly slapped Kwang Soo when he tried to invade their territory by climbing up the ladder. Jong Kook cautiously packed all the masks in a bundle but all these were carefully observed by Jae Suk and he retorts that he was just 'cleaning up'. Jong Kook strikes a deal with the betrayal group that they will give them two darts if they win. Jong Kook team managed to gather seven animal masks and Kwang Soo could not hide his betrayal instinct as he tried to steal them under their nose. In return, Jong Kook smack him on the head as he fall to the ground laughing. The betrayal team however did not get any extra darts as the PD stated that they just helped aonther team. I like their reaction as they said, "Touch, Cross, Betray."


The final game was to use all the darts to hit the golden zone and the first person who hits the gloden zone wins. Jackie Chan tried to aim for the golden zone but fall short of it. Everyone tried their best and did pretty well except for Kwang Soo who missed the shot completely. Finally, Siwon dart hits the golden zone and won the prize for his team but he graciously gave the golden boot to Jackie chan to the delight of everyone. For the closing speech, Jackie said," i love you " and blow kisses to everyone.

Afterthoughts

In this episode, Jackie Chan portrayed a fun loving and witty person with lots of variety sense. I love the part when he was asked to guess how old is Kwang Soo, and he replied 45! I really admire Jackie wackiness and sense of humor.

If i am part of the cast, my reaction will be the same as the Running Man too. Haha gazed at Jackie in a star-struck manner was cute. Jong Kook even assumed that Jackie is a Korean when he was young. This makes the Chinese feel proud to have Jackie as our action hero. I like the small games they were playing even though there is no nametag tearing, I still enjoyed the interactions of the cast.  Especially the part where they snatched the animal masks, Kwang Soo being beaten twice and the betrayal team was so comical.

Jackie Chan is like a neighborhood hyung that blends in with the cast immediately. Now, other than famous Manchester United footballer Park Ji Sung, i love Jackie Chan as a guest in Running Man. The "Cha, Cha, Cha" he did with Ji Suk Jin and Jae Suk was so cute and funny. :)

It could have been so much better

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This was the seating arrangement that was planned by Mode Entertainment initially. However, we are not seated in this arrangement on that day. No balloting on that day and nobody give us proper instructions about this arrangement.

The worse thing is that I actually found the photograph on Mode Entertainment Facebook which is a major shock to us. If Mode Entertainment intends to publish the photo on the website, why do they need to get our email address in the first place? I am upset that they did not inform us when will we get the photo and what if people did not check the website, are they going to just destroy the photos after some time? We provide free publicity for them is already good for their portfolio. As a form of respect, they should at least inform us through email or a message about the upload of photographs.

They can’t simply apologize and pretend that they missed out two groups. It was irresponsible on their part and I felt that the money paid was not worth it due to the bad service and arrangement. We did pay $68 for the photograph session and the fact that they only gave us one photograph despite taking two or three photographs was questionable. I am grateful that Mode Entertainment brings in Jong Kook, but I felt cheated and they should have provided a hard copy and a soft copy of the photographs since we paid for it. These should be part of the service which in a way will help to promote the company in a more positive manner.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Running Man Asia Tour Episode 134


The next morning, the Running Man will go to Vietnam for shooting hand we can see the giraffe Kwang Soo who woke up early in the morning and stood at the hallway of the hotel. The flashback showed us the reason why the unsettling Kwang Soo stood at the corridor looking so confused.

The three teams have to choose a person from a group of three to tell them the mission for tomorrow. Blue team chooses a lady but she was speaking Mandarin and none of them can understand the language although they pretended to be excited. Green team chooses a man who speak English and they still managed to grasp the meaning. Lastly, yellow team managed to chose a person who speaks Korean to tell them about the mission tomorrow.

Fast forward to Kwang Soo and we can see Ji Hyo discreetly opened the door and instinctively, kwang Soo chased after her to know about the mission. At the corner of the hallway, Gary hides behind a pillar. Apparently, he did not put on his shirt. He leisurely peeled an apple in his room with Ji Hyo and Kwang Soo and revealed that they have to reach the Airport by 7am or else the team will go back to Korea. After getting the information that he wanted, Kwang Soo rushed off calling his team mates (Jong kook was awaken by the bell rang by Kwang Soo earlier on). When they went back to looked for Gary, he was gone with his team mates. On the other hand, the yellow team having understood the mission leisurely prepared themselves to the Airport. Blue team followed the green team and the Blue team even pretended to sleep when they cross their path. Haha. Nonetheless, the yellow team reached the airport first and received a dagger.

At the plane, the teams were required to kick a member out of the team and the blue team Ji Suk Jin was chosen immediately. After the exchange of members, the team has to guess who had the daggers in the bag. The group which guessed correctly will receive all the daggers in that bag. Eventually, Kwang Soo betrayed his team by putting all the daggers in his bag. Haha correctly pointed him out and received all the Blue team daggers for his team to the fury of Jong Kook and Dong Wook.

After the switch, the new teams are as follows: Green team - Jae Suk, Ji Hyo and Ji Suk Jin with 1 dagger, yellow team – Haha, Hye-Jin and Gary with four daggers, Blue team – Kwang Soo, Jong Kook and Dong Wook with none.

Once they reached Vietnam, the team set off to the Hoan Kiem lake. We heard loud cheers for the Running Man as thousands of fans gathered around. The Running Man cast had many problems getting to the theatre as fans crowded around. They watched a play in the theatre and was handed the mission by a turtle amidst everything.

The Running man went to the next destination to play scissors, paper, stone with the fruit vendors at the street. If they lost the game, more fruits will be added to their burden. The goal of this mission is to clear all the fruits they were carrying. In the end, the green team completed the mission first followed by the Blue team. Thanks to Jong Kook strategy in the game, the blue team completed their mission pretty fast. Now it was left with the Yellow group and the odds were heavy, if they lost the game, they have to carry 72 fruits. Luckily, Haha won the game for his team.

Next, the teams were separated to three locations. Haha, JaeSuk and Dong Wook sat in the restaurant with the head chef as they played the game -31. The head chef can eat as many foods as he likes and the rest can only eat up to three at a time. The person who ate the last remaining food on the plate will be eliminated. I like the chef laughter as he played the game with the cast. Eventually, Haha was eliminated first followed by Jae Suk and the last person standing was Dong Wook.

The other group does not have things easy either. Jong Kook, Hye Jin and Ji Suk Jin have to guess the Korean songs that a local sang. None of them were familiar with the recent pop songs. Hye Jin even answered a song – Super Junior “cha, cha, cha.” To which Jong Kook clarified that the title of the song is “sorry, sorry.” It just happened that this was the next song. Hye Jin won the game for her team this round.

In another part of the town, the Monday couple and Kwang Soo has to play hide and seek, the person that caught the other members in the shortest time wins. Gary appointed Kwang Soo as the seeker first and the he retorts: “Do you think the two of you will be together if you do this?” All Ji Hyo has to do is a little aegyo for Gary to switch the order to her favor. In the end, Kwang Soo won the game having caught the Monday Couple in the shortest time.

With the nine daggers, the Running Man went to the land mark tower. The next game was name tag ripping. However, the rules stated that only those who have the dagger can participate and those who don’t have will be sent to the jai immediately. Each person can carry two daggers and there were shields hidden in the building to help them. Kwang Soo and Jong Kook were acting out a dramatic scene on who should go to the jail first and Dong wook feeling bored just stood aside.

It was decided that Jong Kook and Ji Suk Jin will stay in the jail while the rest get ready for the game. Hye Jin was caught by kwang Soo and Dong Wook even though she struggled badly, her name tag was torn. Haha was targeted by the green group and was oust pretty soon. Now Gary was unhappy about the loss of two members and stepped up the game by eliminating Kwang Soo and Jae Suk out of the game.

Dong Wook kept trying to contact Kwang Soo with the walkie talkie and even stated that he does not call his mum so many times. When the news of Kwang Soo elimination was announced, he simply dropped his walkie talkie on the ground in shock. Soon, Dong wook found a shield and he had a chose to protect himself or get a chosen member out of the jail. He chose to get Jong Kook out of prison and Jong Kook smirked as he received his nametag.

The announcement was made that another person had found a shield and everyone was curious to know who that person is. Gary and Ji Hyo formed an alliance to eliminate the blue team but Jong Kook overheard their conversion. Dong Wook was targeted and he called out for Jong Kook to come to his rescue but Jong Kook arrived a  little late and Dong Wook was eliminated. In the blink of an eye, Ji Hyo was eliminated too. Finally, it was revealed that Gary had found a shield and he used it to protect himself. Left with no choice, Jong Kook torn Gary nametag and the reflector eliminated himself. The reward for the yellow team was the golden sword.

Afterthoughts

I like the interaction of the casts in this episode. The Vietnamese fans are really enthusiastic and dramatic. I was laughing drastically at the opening scene when Kwang Soo stood at the door looking so confused. Gary as usual was funny when he stood behind the pillar shirtless. I like how relaxed he appears to be in front of Kwang Soo, even cutting an apple to eat and once Kwang Soo was out of sight, he immediately left the place with his team.

Kwang Soo proved to be the ultimate betrayer when he betrayed his own team by putting all the daggers in his bag. However, this “Asia prince” received so much love from the fans and Jong Kook even stated that he is the “Jang Dong Gun” here. Everywhere, we can see the Giraffe supporters.

I think that Dong Wook made a wrong decision when he chose to brings Jong kook out of prison. The commander is not at his 100% best because of the leg injury and he is limping. That is the reason why he chose to go to the jail at the first place.

Anyway, the man of the game is Gary and he is really the dark horse of Running Man. He is clever and strong just that he used to be laid back in the past and hide his strength. When he stepped up on the game, it was proven that you can never underestimate him.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Running Man Asia Tour Episode 133


In episode 133 of Running Man, the team had traveled to Macau for filming. I was anticipating for the Asia tour ever since Jo PD mentioned in an interview that he was planning something big for Running Man in 2013.


The first destination for the Asia tour mission was Macau. The cast members arrived at the Airport one by one. Gary looked very tired as he explained about the jetlag after his concert in America. Soon, everyone arrived except for Jong Kook who suffered from leg injuries.

On board the airplane, the cast wonders if they have to start the mission once they landed in the airport. I am pretty sure that they have to accomplish their mission once they landed although the PD played coy. I can’t help but notice that the Monday couple was seated next to each other. Yoo Jae Suk even teased them for looking like honeymoon couple. An air stewardess came to Kwang soo with a tablet (Mission) and he misunderstood the meaning and asked, “Phone Number? (The girl phone number) and the others helped to clear the misunderstanding.

True enough, the three groups: Yoo Jae Suk, Haha- Yellow team, Ex-Monday couple - Green team and Easy Brothers - Blue teams have to search for Running Man suitcase once they landed at the Airport. Jihyo being the Ace of the team found the suitcase first and set off for the next mission, followed by Yellow and Blue teams.
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The next mission is to find the keys to the suitcase. Kwang Soo and Ji Suk Jin were basked in their popularity but it was short-lived until the fans heard that Yoo Jae Suk was at the other side and ran off leaving the two of them in the cold. At the jewelry shop, the Ex-Monday couple spotted a sales assistant and instinctively asked for the keys. Surprisingly he answered in Korean, “I don’t have any keys.” Ji Hyo was attracted to a 3 carats ring and teasingly asked Gary to buy for her and he gamely agreed.

In the end, both the team found the guests and the keys, except for Blue Team (Kwang Soo and Ji Suk Jin). I personally pity Kwang Soo because he tried his best to catch Dong Wook but he ended up in the cafe where the Monday Couple were at. Therefore, the Monday Couple found the guest coincidentally. Their next mission is to carry the guest to the treasure box. Haha and Jae Suk had trouble carrying Hye Jin. I was giggling at the whole process when they carried the guest. Song Ji Hyo was surprisingly strong for a lady as Gary and her lifted up Dong Wook in an arm locked position. The first sword was presented to Hye Jin and the team as they arrived first. I like the way Hye Jin played with the dagger and teasingly stabbed Jae Suk on the chest. The only group that does not have guest in their group was the blue group.

The next mission is a nerve-wrenching experience. We saw the Running Man carrying out their mission at the tallest Macau Building. Over here, they have to accomplish three mission to find the hidden words and solve the word puzzles. I was impressed with Dong Wook for being a good sport although he looks extremely terrified of height; he managed to bungee jump from the building. Next, we saw the ladies Ji Hyo and Hye Jin took up the challenge and conquered their fear in bungee jumping.

I pitied Yoo Jae Suk, Kwang Soo and Haha because they were known to be fearful of height. I especially like the expression of Kwang Soo and Jae Suk when they saw Ji Hyo walking towards the edge of the building, i love how they called out to her at a distance. when Ji Hyo volunteered to opted for Bugee Jump because she was too tired, I was pleasantly surprised by her courage. Her Monday boyfriend Gary was too scared and even called out to his mummy as he complete his mission. When Ji Hyo jumped from the building with ease, she gathered the admiration of the others.

As expected, the yellow team (Ji Hyo, Dong Wook and Gary) solved the word puzzle first. In exchange for their effort, they were given a dagger. With this dagger in hand, the Running Man was ushered off to the next destination amidst loud cheers from the fans. The next scene brought us to a familiar figure that appears in the airport and the Song "one man" was played as he stepped in.

Let's welcome Kim Jong Kook *fangirl mode*! He walked slowly with a little limp and later we were told that he suffered from leg injury. Anyway, he took a helicopter all the way to meet the Running Man. Once Jong Kook alighted, he was told to hold a bouquet of flowers and meet someone.

In the end, kwang Soo and Ji Suk Jin found him at the stairway and warmly welcome him. I like that Kwang Soo hugged and kissed his hyung at the cheek. Although, he looks aggressive in expressing his love for his hyung, I can still sense that they have a great relationship. Kwang Soo was relieved and overjoyed to see Jong Kook. I like how Jong Kook demonstrates his strength by pretending to tear off Ji Suk Jin name tag.

The next mission is tug-of-war and each team has to find participants based on the criteria listed. Finally, I can feel the competitiveness in the game with Jong Kook around. His fellow Running Man members were surprised to see him and they were worried about his presence because of the game they are playing requires lots of strength. The three teams have to hold the thick rope and the first person that hit the bell at the back wins. Trainer Kook starts to give instructions and the easy brothers just followed him. The winner is none other than Haha who managed to ring the bell twice and secured the win for his team. Likewise, they received a dagger for their efforts.

The last mission of the day was to find the last sword in the Shopping Mall. This time round, the blue team (Jong kook, Ji suk Jin and Kwang Soo) found the Running Man flag first. Thanks to Ji Suk Jin sharp eyes. This was the first dagger that they had received.

Afterthoughts

Running Man without any member is simply incomplete. But the variety show came out with ingenious games which more than make up for it. I had been to the Macau tower before and I definitely knew how tall the building is. I admired their courage for overcoming their fear.

Song Ji Hyo, Han Hye Jin and Lee Dong Woo were sporting enough to try the bungee jumping. However, I was even more impressed with Yoo Jae Suk and Haha who were brave enough to complete their mission. Haha even talked to himself as he mustered his courage to walk around searching for the piece of paper and I was proud of this father to be. Kwang Soo and Yoo Jae Suk always make me laugh especially when they climbed up the tower and their faces turned pale. Jae Suk even whined at the experience at the tower while traveling in the car.

I like the music of “one man” being played while Jong Kook appeared at the airport. The Running Man team even catered a helicopter to bring him to the destination. The bromance between the easy brothers and Kim Jong Kook was touching. The expression of Kwang Soo is simply priceless when he met his hyung. He hugged Kim Jong Kook and asked him not to leave him again. Yes, Running Man need you, SpartaKooks!