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Kim Yuna breaks-up with that hockey player dude

Yeah, what’s his name?  Ah, that’s right, Kim Won-jung.

Kim Yuna, Kim Won-jung (Newsis)

(Photo from Korea Times U.S. edition)

Kim Yuna finally took the advice of all her TMH oppas and dumped Won-jung recently.

According to Korea Times:

In August, Sgt. Kim Won-jung, while serving his mandatory military service as an athlete in the military corps, made headlines when he sustained leg injuries after getting in a car accident following a visit to a [Thai] massage parlor.

Kim Won-jung’s representatives reportedly told media the separation was due to his rehabilitation treatment and differences in personality

Breaking News: Jessica Jung dropped from Girls’ Generation

It all started with an update to Jessica’s official Weibo account, which stated:

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“I was excited about our upcoming fan events only to shockingly be informed by my company and 8 others that as of today, I’m no longer a member. I’m devastated – my priority and love is to serve as a member of GG, but for no justifiable reason, I am being forced out.”

The whole K-pop world is alight with speculation.  At first it was believed that Jessica’s Weibo account was hacked and that message was a fake.  Alas, it would appear not so.

SM Entertainment’s official statement is:

Hello. This is SM Entertainment.

We are offering our position on the words posted on Jessica’s Weibo posted today.

This coming spring, due to her personal situation, she has notified us she will halt her team promotions with the release of one [more] album.

Despite Jessica’s sudden notice, the agency and the Girls’ Generation members tried our best and tried to figure out a way that Girls’ Generation’s activities can continue in the best possible direction.

However, in the midst of insufficient negotiations regarding conflicts of differences in priorities and interest, Jessica started her fashion business. Due to this, despite ongoing talks, it has come to a point where the team could not be maintained.

Thus, the agency had no choice but to pull up Girls’ Generation’s activities as 8 members earlier than planned, and in the midst of while working out when to announce this, Jessica had posted her words early this morning.

From here on, our agency will continue to support and manage the 8-member Girls’ Generation and Jessica’s individual activities.”

Apparently, Jessica has other interests she wants to pursue.  According to Soompi, a popular K-pop blog, she is an aspiring fashion designer and wants to study fashion design in the U.S. and is attempting to launch her own brand “BLANC.”    Her dreams to become a fashion designer, going to fashion school in the U.S. while still participating in Girl’s Generation activities appeared to be too much of a conflict for SM Entertainment and they apparently considered it a breach of contract and dropped her.  The SM statement does say that there are “on going talks” so it’s not clear if the drop is permanent.  More to come.

The remaining eight members of Girls Generation were spotted today in Incheon Airport with dire expressions and one member short.

(Image from SBS)

UPDATE

Jessica releases her official statement.  Here are excerpts:

Up until the beginning of August when I was launching ‘BLANC’, I had received agreement and permission from SM, and congratulations from the members as well.

However, in early September, after only a month since the launching, the members suddenly changed their position and held a meeting, and told me to either quit my business or leave Girls’ Generation without any justifiable reason.

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Shocked about this, I had met with the agency CEO on September 16 to convey my position, and once again confirmed their permission for carrying out my business.

However, on September 29, I was given a one-sided notice asking me to leave Girls’ Generation. Due to this, I was also unable to attend the fan meeting in China on September 30, and I have also been excluded from following Girls’ Generation activities.

So, management was supportive and the other eight members asked her to leave?  Whaaaat!?

And from the nation that brought you Yi Hwang and the Hunminjeongeum…

Oh, the humanity.

UPDATE: Well, at least the BigHominid likes it. The best I can say for it is that in the long run, it’ll probably have less of a deleterious effect on Korean civilization than the Mongol sack of Gyeongju. (Note to wife: not that’s there’s anything wrong with sacking cities).

배두나 seen with Jim Sturgess at Cannes

So in the second installment of “will they won’t they” (first one here), 배두나 and Jim Sturgess as an item are a hot issue, as they seem to be more official in their ‘coupledom’ when they attended the Cannes screening of 두나’s latest film “도희야~(English Title: A girl at my door Trailer here )” which was invited to the festival under the category “Un Certain Regard”.

배두나 and Jim Sturgess first met when they filmed the “Cloud Atlas” together.

I know that 배두나 has her anti-fan(s) on this website, but still, as a Korean actress, she is stylish and natural, and seems to be not as brainless as the others. And though I don’t quite know if I dig her acting yet (I did not like her in Cloud Atlas although I liked her in 봉준호’s 괴물), I am happy about this couple because I think it’s refreshing and different from what we have seen – the other international celebrity couples involving a Korean woman being “Woody Allen and Soon Yi” or “Nicholas Cage and Alice Kim” sort..Other famous Asian women we have, Zhang Ziyi with a Israeli/American billionaire Vivi Nevo (although these two are no more) or Rupert Murdoch and Wendy Deng, Hugh Grant and the Chinese woman who is the mother of his two children, Madama Butterfly and Pinkerton etc…

They seem to be on a similar footing (if anything 배두나 more famous and established than he is) and down-to-earth and credible as a couple than many of these so called “unhealthy stereotypes”.

P.S.
Here is the photo of the child star (the role of 도희) 김새론 in the film 도희야, yet another dark Korean film highlighting the ills of the society. I am well aware that reality is not in technicolor, but it always pains me to see such a stark contrast in these dark Korean films compared to the rainbow colours of the censored Korean TV dramas and entertainment. The Korea I know, lies somewhere in the middle. I would like to see this middle reflected more on both TV and cinema.

Men like Korean women because they’re pretty, with lots of aegyo

A survey of 642 female and 505 male visitors to Korea by Korspot, a social media group that promotes Korea, revealed that 90% would like to date a Korean.

When asked why, female respondents cited “interest in Korean culture and language” (27.4%) and “Korean men seem to work hard and to be responsible” (13.1%).

Male respondents, meanwhile, said “Korean women are pretty” (23.2%) and “Korean women have a lot of aegyo” (16.2%).

For some of our non-Korean readers who may not be familiar with the concept of aegyo:

Next up, survey reveals men watch Game of Thrones because they like violence, boobs.

Avengers trouble

So… is this whole “Avengers” thing just a great big pain in the ass?

Maybe:

When Disney’s Marvel Studios decided to shoot part of the upcoming “Avengers” sequel in Seoul, the city government and state-run film agencies welcomed the decision with fanfare – and with rosy estimates about potential benefits from the elevation of Seoul’s image and the boost it will give to tourism.

But in the face of unprecedented traffic control on some of the city’s busiest districts for more than 10 days, some are questioning whether the government is offering too much support to the filming of “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” at the expense of citizens’ convenience.

The areas that will be blocked off will include major bridges on the Han River such as Cheongdam and Mapo bridges, and important arteries near Gangnam subway station and Digital Media City (DMC) in Sangam-dong, western Seoul, starting from March 30 through April 13.

I hope the image improvement and tourism boost is worth the hassle.

What’s more, the trouble may extend beyond traffic. According to the Korea Times, the government may have blown its entire wad of cash to support foreign film productions:

The support comes in the form of a “location incentive” offered by the government-backed Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which offers foreign productions up to a 30-percent cash rebate on money spent here.

By awarding the rebate to Avengers, KOFIC maxed out its annual 1 billion won ($930,000) budget for the program.

For a production like Avengers, USD 930,000 doesn’t sound like a whole lot of cash. Wonder if Marvel Studios will even notice it.

Ok So-ri marries Italian chef: report

Remember Ok So-ri, the actress who in 2008 was given a suspended sentence for cheating on her husband, fellow entertainer Park Cheol?

Oh, good times. good times.

Well, the Chosun—citing an interview she recently did with the Lady Kyunghyang—reports that in 2011 she married the Italian chef her ex-husband accused of her banging at the time. The couple apparently have two kids now, too.

You’ll recall she denied sleeping with said Italian, protesting that she met the guy just to learn English and cooking. She did cop to sleeping with a Korean popera singer, though. The popera singer also got a suspended sentence for adultery.

Korea’s criminalization of adultery has been legally controversial.

Lee Hyori Wedding Photos

Hyori wedding photos – no, she did not get hitched to 순심, her dog, but to 상순, her bf


Here is the link to some wedding photos (including the actual husband) of 이효리 Hyori, Marmot’s Hole’s favourite (Can I say that? well, *I* like her). She got married in a very private, low-key ceremony at her own holiday manor in Jejudo on 1st of September – she kept her word – it was unlike the usual celebrity affairs (you know, grand hotels, all the celebrity guests vying to be the best dresser etc.)
She married 이상순 Lee Sangsun, a musician/DJ/composer/guitarist whom she met, working for animal rights and whom she got close to in 2011 in a talent-donation campaign (joint-composing songs) for abandoned pets.

A lot of Koreans (Hyori says, including her mother) have mentioned how “ugly” he is likening the couple to “beauty and the beast” etc. but I like how the guy looks. He looks individual and unlike some Korean *Hallyu* actors, looks like he is actually a man with an interesting personality and more than two brain cells.

Congratulations to Mr and Mrs Lee – she looks absolutely beautiful – I see she was wearing a flower tiara (though my flower tiara was prettier)

P.S. Interesting, I did not know that Lee Sangsun was part of the Verandah Project which is actually a duo with 김동률 Kim Dongryul (part of another duo 전람회 Exhibition)- a big favourite of mine when I was growing up. Here is Kim Dongryul’s solo song 염원. for those who want to have a listen. All his other songs also sound of a very Korean sentiment.

South Korean Footballer Ki Sungyong to marry Actress/presenter Han Hyejin

South Korean footballer Ki Sungyong(24, Swansea City) is set to marry the pretty actress and straight-talking presenter of the SBS Interview Show “Healing Camp” Han Hyejin (32) in July. Here he is on the talk show last year before they started going out, saying that he prefers older women, and cannot stand the “oppa” addressing from younger girls – he also confesses that Han is his type and that he would marry (somebody-like-her) straight away.

Ki, the midfielder who scored the winning goal against Team GB (in the penalties) for Team Hong Myungbo in the 2012 London Olympics, is quite well known for his 욱하는 성질 (literally “Uuk”-hanun character – Uuk-hada means to get angry/emotional/to see red – the sound characterizing anger brimming over in the throat), and lack of self-control. On the same episode of the show (episode 58*) which you can watch in its entirety he talks about his character on the field, about the team, about the bronze-medal and the controversial goal ceremonies, and about his friendship with Ku Jachul (FC Augsburg). It’s quite interesting.

Personally, Ki Sungyong really reminds me of many Korean boys/men I have met both in Korea, but mainly outside Korea. Some of them very nice, bright and confident who have spent their formative years battling some sort of prejudice outside Korea (I guess maybe boys have it harder) turn quite nationalistic in a simplistic sense.

Here’s hoping that their marriage is long and happy. It was sad to learn that another one of Ki’s friends, Cha Duri just divorced his wife. It cannot be easy for the Korean footballers and their WAGs following their celebrity husbands to less-known cities abroad.

*Correction: I forgot that there are usually two episodes of one interviewee in the Healing Camp. In Episode 59 which I am watching now Ki actually mentions the loneliness and the unglamourous lifestyle of a lonely Korean footballer in an European team -he says he’s had to eat 계란밥 (raw egg + rice + soy sauce for 1 month – lack of Korean food/material) -sniff sniff

SNSD’s Tiffany throws out first patch at Dodgers Stadium

Good interview. Horrible pitch.

UPDATE

Talent Clara shows us how it’s done (HT to feld-dog). Not everyone was pleased about the outfit, though:

Lingerie bars illegal: court

Please be advised that operating a bar in which waitresses dressed in lingerie serve customers is illegal:

In a ruling in response to a suit filed by the man surnamed Lee, the Seoul Administrative Court said such a business practice was “an act that could demoralize and corrupt the general public’s sound judgment of sex.”

I’ll let you ponder that on your own.

Maybe this whole multiculti thing isn’t so bad after all

The Sports Chosun likes half-Korean glamour model Amy Markham‘s self-confidence, kindly providing visual evidence (maybe NSFW).

As further proof of my multicultural cool, I encourage you to check out her photos in the Spanish language edition (Sí se puede!) of Maxim, which I hesitate to link here as we, like the Sports Chosun, are a family publication.

What? You mean having consensual sex with a Korean woman is NOT a sex crime?

Matt over at Gusts of Popular Feeling has been all over the JoongAng Ilbo and its TV station for some articles and a TV program on foreign crime.

I’m going to link to his most recent post, but it’s got the rest of the series linked at the top.

BTW, dear readers, don’t try this at home:

I’d also like to say Solbi‘s role in all this, while regrettable, is easily forgiven because she’s hot. She doesn’t look like Jessica Alba, though, unless by Jessica Alba, you mean “charmingly plump Korean girl with a great rack,” in which case yes, she looks exactly like Jessica Alba.

Bae Doona is W

There’s a photo spread of Bae Doona in W Korea.

Interesting hair.

South Korea to get medieval on North’s ass: Dong-A Ilbo

OK, the Dong-A Ilbo didn’t say that exactly, but they got downright North Korea-esque in their headline, “Self-propelled artillery to belch fire if North launches provocation… command posts to be turned to ash by jet fighters.”

To sum up, if North Korea uses its coastal guns to attack somewhere like Baengnyeongdo, they’re gonna get a hurtin’. The South Koreans will first use their 20 K-9 pieces on Yeongpyeongdo and Baengnyeongdo, 130mm Multiple Rocket Launchers and 155mm towed artillery to rain fire on the offending artillery unit.

If North Korea persists, South Korea would commence the second stage of its retaliations by going after support and command units. ROKAF F-15s and F-16s would launch surgical strikes against command units in the rear such as the headquarters of the KPA 4th Corps, while the ROK Navy would put destroyers in the West Sea to guard against further provocations.

The ROK military is also ready for attempts by the North Koreans to land special forces on the West Sea islands in a bid to occupy them. The ROK military believes the North has plans to use air-cushioned vehicles to take over the islands within 30 minutes of crossing the NLL. South Korea has got Cobra gunships on Baengnyeongdo for just such an occasion.

A high-ranking military official told the Dong-A that it has more the quadrupled the amount of firepower its got on the West Sea islands and rewritten the rules of engagement since the Yeonpyeongdo incident. This time, the South would get proper vengeance if the North launches a provocation. Military experts, however, say it’s difficult to say who’s on top in the West Sea, with the North ahead quantitatively but the South ahead qualitatively.

And on a related note… hey, G’Na! Get off those flags!

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