Nichola and Hugh Gwon from the popular blog My Korean Husband chats to Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au in South Korea. Since the last time Johnny spoke to Nichola & Hugh they have moved to Hugh's parent's farm in South Korea. Nichola and Hugh invited Johnny to spend some time with them on the farm.
As one of the few movies that has a K-Pop idol starring as the main actor, Kim Ki-Duk and Shin Yeon-Shik's Rough Play was a very interesting movie. Its Korean title ("배우는 배우다") translates into "An Actor Is an Actor", and it is quite obvious that the movie is about the rough path of an actor. What was truly captivating about this movie was the delivery of the lines and how poetic it was that I needed to calmly sit down and truly think about the whole movie.
“Like seriously, what kind of crime can only be solved by a horse?” Megan Washington asks. It’s mid set at the Oxford Art Factory, and Washington is riffing about mounted police. “This is my joke for when I go into stand up. Which will be never.”
The thought of sharing your ‘first time’ to a bunch of paying strangers seems like a strange idea, especially in a spoken format away from the comfort of a journal or laptop screen. But this is the premise of this Melbourne Writers Festival event, which reveals five personal anecdotes from Isobelle Carmody, Leanne Hall, Will Kostakis, Michael Pryor and Penny Tangey.
When it comes to flip-flops, ubiquitous megabrand Havaianas hangs far above anything similar, standing as one of Brazil's most successful exports in history. And it's the breezy country of Brazil where this iconic footwear draws inspiration, giving us an impossibly large range of essential flip-flops which accentuate the casual, calm situations people often wear them for. In their 52nd year, Havaianas are currently preparing their 2014 Summer range, illustrating the tropical, beach-side fun that one instantly thinks of when they see a wall of Havaianas propped up in the many, many outlets which stock them. In addition to the classic summer tributes, Havaianas have also thrown in a colourful kids range, and some pop culture inspired thongs.
Naughty Dog’s decision to remaster their newly crowned PS3 masterwork The Last of Us and release it on PlayStation 4 around a year after it’s initial release just seemed like a weird move. Despite the studio’s hard-won integrity and reputation for excellent content, it felt like they were attempting to trade on the enormous goodwill and ever-growing fan base the game had inspired, and the announcement was met with widespread cynicism. It’s time to eat crow, you guys. We should have known better than to doubt.
Party purveyors Motorik have been throwing memorable ragers for years now, entering their third year as a label which has become known for consistency and quality. In celebration of their anniversary, the label are hosting as special art exhibition at the gorgeous Salerno Gallery in the Sydney suburb of Glebe.
Indie-pop gem Pluto Jonze returns with his new single "Sucker", keen to keep that buzz at a high following the release of his debut album Eject last year to much acclaim. "Sucker" is the first offering of the anticipated sophomore EP due out later this year, giving us a heavy guitar-driven callback to the 90's. This also marks the first time Jonze has collaborated on his music, co-writing the single with Dean McGrath (ex-Hungry Kids of Hungary).
Renowned company Boost have long established themselves as the go-to purveyors of healthy, delicious smoothies for countless years now. Focused on building upon their abundance of refreshing varieties, the brand have begun rolling out their Premier Range with the Protein Supreme. It's a smoothie packed full of protein (a massive 32g) with an abundance of natural, wholesome ingredients in each serve.
Hello Asia! editor Johnny Au interviews rising Chinese pop star Diana Wang in Taipei, Taiwan. Born in Holland but based in Taiwan, Diana released her debut album "Love Lesson" last year and has been gaining more popularity in the Chinese entertainment industry. Johnny spoke to Diana straight after her Golden Melody Festival showcase in Taipei and she spoke about her background, Love Lesson, acting in dramas and why she loves Taiwan.
Want to integrate music around how you live? With Samsung's innovative new multi-room speakers, you can enjoy music in many rooms at once. It's your house and it's your music, the way it was meant to be heard.
the AU review sits down with Australian Les Misérables cast members, Simon Gleeson (Jean Valjean) and Kerrie Anne Greenland (Éponine), to talk about the new multi-million dollar production, the run in Melbourne so far and we look ahead to their arrival in Sydney in March 2015.
Following the successful announcement of the inaugural Melbourne Out On The Weekend event at Seaworks Williamstown, the event is now also heading to Brisbane in October. Out On The Weekend is a celebration of Americana music, great food and fine booze and will feature Nikki Lane, Robert Ellis, The Declines, Jonny Fritz, Emma Swift, Halfway, Paddy McHugh and Warren Earl Band.
2014 has seen The Love Junkies tour Australia four times, play their first international shows in Singapore and Vietnam, sign a deal with German-based label Siiick Records for their releases in Europe, and release their self-produced Flight Test EP with lead single Chemical Motivation.
the AU review sits down with acclaimed Sydney based singer/songwriter Steve Smyth to talk about his sophomore record "Exits" - which is released on September 5th through Ivy League Records - his time in LA recording it and much, much more...