BoA Finally Makes Her US Debut

BoA, a Korean pop singer who started her career success in Japan, is finally making a debut in the US pop music industry. Her digital single, "Eat You Up" will be released on Oct. 10, 2008. BoA and LEE Su-Man, the CEO of her management, SM Entertainment had a press conference yesterday, and introduced the song's video teaser. According to them, the production and management staff is composed of the well-known names in the American music industry. At this point, I don't want to make any prediction. I'll just wait and see.

However, this time she cannot get any help from the political/economic situation, which, at least partly, brought her success in Japan. Indeed, this is what makes this observation more interesting. (Especially after Rain's seemingly bitter failure.) Yeap. She will be my research topic for the Asian Media class.

Anyhow, here go the two video clips presented yesterday. The first one is directed by a "Western" director, Diane Martell, and the second one by a Korean director, CHA Eun-Taek. (Video Source:

For more information, go to:

BUT, the website doesn't work at all.
It took me about 5 minutes to see the flash on the front page, and all the video clips keep stopping. If they really wanted people in the US to see the website, they had to make it less "heavy": with less flash, and smaller files. Anyone who clicks to see the website will be irritated and just leave. (I tried to find any contact email to tell them.. but I coudn't find any. Even in SM's Korean website!)

Posted by saint.juste

September 10th, 2008 19:52 September 10th, 2008 19:52
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My Favorite Quote Nowadays

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"Fill water in soccer stadiums, so that Tae-Hwan* can swim.
Freeze the water in winter, so that Yu-Na** can skate."

- A netuser's comment, after Korean soccer team failed to enter top 8 at Beijing 2008.

* Tae-Hwan PARK: Swimmer. Got one gold and one silver at Beijing
** Yu-Na KIM: Figure Skater. Two-time Grand Prix Final champion (06-07). Two-time world bronze medalist (07-08))

I agree that Korean soccer players should have "hungry spirit."
I cannot understand why their performance is so poor while they are strongly supported (both financially and emotionally) by the government, Korean Soccer Association, and by the people.
(See Tae-Hwan and Yu-Na. They did terrific even when noone paid attention to what they were doing.)

Compared to the soccer team, the baseball team is doing quite well, which is good for the players. (They won't have their stadiums filled with water. ^^)

Go for the Gold >.<

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August 21st, 2008 18:13 August 21st, 2008 18:13
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The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008)

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This is definitely one of the must-see films this summer.
Director Kim Jee-Woon moved from horror to film noir, and then finally to Korean-style western movie.
(He is the director of "A Tale of Two Sisters," which was re-made as "The Uninvited" to be released in January 2009)

As criticized by many critics and audience, you should not expect anything about the storyline and the plot development. But, this film is not for the storyline. Totally devoted to the visual aspects and action sequence, and as for the latter, this film is more than satisfactory.
(This might be something achieved at the point of casting -- two of the most handsome and attractive actors in Korea and one of the greatest performers and actors in this era. Casting tells almost everything.)

Actor Jung Woo-Sung finally made a success in films, not in TV.
Definitely, his appearance is the most delightful thing to see in the film.
On the web, he got a new nickname, Indiana Woo-Sung, following "Indiana Jones."
Someone commented, "he was supposed to shoot a movie, then, why was he shooting a CF?"

Then, here goes the best scene in the film, picked by lots of Korean netizens.
Enjoy Indiana Woo-Sung's fantastic shooting technic~~ ^^

Open the Link

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July 22nd, 2008 21:16 July 22nd, 2008 21:16
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