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REVIEWS

Hello Asia! Live Review: B1A4 Road Trip - The Regent Theatre, Melbourne (19.09.14)

B1A4 first debuted as a five-member Korean male group in 2011. Three years later, the extremely charismatic and talented quintet have embarked on their first international tour, a 'Road Trip' that gives fans the opportunity to see the boys up close. After kicking of of their first international tour in Taiwan, China and the Philippines, the five charming men from B1A4 finally touched down in Melbourne on Wednesday, ready to perform on Thursday night to hundreds of eagerly anticipating fans at the beautiful Regent Theatre.

Hello Asia! Review: K-Pop Summit Season 2 - Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre (13.09.14)

Last Saturday saw crowds of dance lovers and KPop fans alike gather at Monkey Baa Darling Harbour for CROSSOVER’s 5th K-Pop Summit - Season 2.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Hot Young Bloods (피끓는 청춘) (South Korea, 2014)

"We gave you freedom in your hairstyles, but not freedom in everything..."

It would not be too advantageous to say that it is uncommon to find many teenage coming-of-age dramas where there is anything remotely average or commonplace about our main characters. However, Lee Yeon-Wo's film Hot Young Bloods provides a small, yet arguably parodied insight of what we may loosely determine as typical high school life.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) (South Korea, 2013)

More than just your average spy film, Jang Cheol-Soo's box-office smash hit Secretly, Greatly presents a strange dichotomous combination of light humour, brutish action and heartbreaking drama. Unquestionably, this cinematic secret-agent flick will leave you eagerly craving for more.

Hello Asia! KWave Festival 2014 - Federation Square, Melbourne (06.09.14)

It was the first Saturday of Spring, and Melbourne put on the sparkle for the second annual KWave Festival; a great celebration of Korea's rich and wonderfully diverse culture.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Fasten Your Seatbelt (롤러코스터) (South Korea, 2013)

Fasten Your Seatbelt

If you’re afraid of flying, it’s possible this film is not for you… but you’d be missing out. Award winning actor Ha Jung-Woo, a KOFFIA favourite this year, also featuring in the leading role of The Terror, Live, made his screenwriting and directorial debut with his 2013 comedy Fasten Your Seatbelt. The Korean title “롤러코스터”, Rollercoaster, couldn’t be more apt.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Venus Talk (관능의 법칙) (South Korea, 2014)

If I have to describe Venus Talk (Hangul: 관능의 법칙, translated into "The Laws of Pleasures") in few words, I would say that it is the Korean "Sex and the City". Directed by Kwon Chil-In and written by Lee Soo-Ah, Venus Talk is a sexy, light-hearted and refreshing flick.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Secretly, Greatly (은밀하게 위대하게) (South Korea, 2013)

Secretly, Greatly

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.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: The Terror, Live (더 테러 라이브) (South Korea, 2013)

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.

Hello Asia! KOFFIA 2014 Film Review: Rough Play (배우는 배우다) (South Korea, 2013)

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.