Hello Asia Editor Johnny Au speaks to K-Pop artist Jent about his upcoming solo release "Girl Like Coffee". Jent is part of boy group PURE and is currently promoting in Japan and Korea. Jent talks about the new song plus his acting career. TURN ON YOUR CAPTIONS FOR ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
Jay Park channels Michael Jackson in his new song and music video, "So Good" - an upbeat and summery-sounding track with horn accents, a danceable beat and a video to match. Catch Jay Park at Music Wave Asian Pop Music festival in Sydney on September 20!
Freedom, loyalty, duality and betrayal are among the themes of Jang Cheol Soo’s 2013 big screen smash Secretly, Greatly (titled 은밀하게 위대하게 in Korean) - a film that combines comedy, drama and action in an unusual, thrilling and tear-jerking mix.
Brisbane welcomed the IndOz Festival 2014 - a celebration of the partnership between Australia and Indonesia that encompasses business, education, defence, security, culture and arts, to King George Square and City Hall in Brisbane on Saturday. Erin Smith brings you these photos.
If you think a twisted thriller movie requires a complicated settings and a state-of-the-art computer graphic effects, director and writer Kim Byung-Woo would have proved you wrong with his movie The Terror, Live (Hangul: 더 테러 라이브). The movie followed a hectic and fast-paced setting about a news anchor trying to catch a bomb terrorist and managed to sneak in some interesting plot twists. What made this movie great was that the movie was thrilling and action-packed from the start to the finish, making the audience grip onto their seats tightly.
In This Issue: A round up of the best Korean entertainment news from around the world for the week ending 31st August 2014.
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.
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.
When a film is a direct depiction of not only a real life event but of a very recent one, it becomes an iconic film even before you watch it. The shocking rape case of Nah-young, an 8-year-old primary school girl happened only 6 years ago. Due to the nature of the film, I rewrote this review several times, I didn’t know how I could write positively about such an indecent acts, but Director Lee Joon-ik needed credit where it was due for his film Hope (소원).
In This Issue: A round up of the best Japanese entertainment news from around the world for the week ending 29th August 2014.
Hello Asia editor Johnny Au spoke with K-Pop boy band NU'EST in Seoul , South Korea. NU'EST was in the middle of their promotion schedule with their first full length new album "Re:BIRTH" and new single "Good Bye Bye". NU'EST spoke about the change in concept with this release plus remembering their time in Sydney in 2012. TURN ON YOUR CAPTIONS FOR ENGLISH SUBTITLES.
The boys from Super Junior comes back with a brand new M/V titled "MAMACITA". This American/Spanish spaghetti western inspired film clip celebrates the return of SuJu's leader Leeteuk from military service. The trademark humour which have made Super Junior famous are there with each member taking on a specific character. We love the moustache on "Sheriff" Siwon and Kangin as the watermelon loving fruit shop owner!
One of Hong Kong's biggest music and cultural festivals Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival has announced their 1st lineup for their 2014 event. Headlined by amazing acts such as Tenacious D, The Vaccines and CHVRCHES it promises to be an incredible festival.
Hello Asia editor Johnny Au sat down with one of the most recognised names in Korean Hip Hop Dynamic Duo. After meeting in school, Choiza and Gaeko formed Dynamic Duo in 2003. From there they also co-founded their own label company Amoeba Culture. Dynamic Duo is a highly respected and critically acclaimed Korean hip hop act who has drawn interest from overseas artists and producers. Dynamic Duo brings a unique perspective on the music scene in Korea.