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Zo In Sung will be attending K-Drama Festival 2015, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Korea and Japan′s diplomatic ties at the Sapporo Snow Festival.

After receiving much love in the drama It′s Okay, It′s Love, Zo In Sung, director Kim Gyu Tae, writer Noh Hee Kyung and Lee Kwang Soo will be attending the K-Drama Festival 2015.

At the ceremony, taking place at the Sapporo Nitori Culture Hall on March 6, Zo In Sung will receive a special appreciation plaque from the joint chairman of the GFSC Charity Campaign for contributing to the cultural exchange between Korea and Japan through the drama It′s Okay, It′s Love.

This ceremony will take place at the first joint event put together by the GFSC Charity Campaign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Korea and Japan′s diplomatic ties as well as the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival.

As an official event of Sapporo Snow Festival, the K-Drama Festival 2015 will give visitors a chance to exchange and experience Korean culture, dramas, and music, while introducing Korean culture to the world, as well as planing out the cultural exchange and continuous friendship between Korea and Japan.

The 50th anniversary of Korea and Japan′s diplomatic ties and the 66th Sapporo Snow Festival will take place from March 6 to 8.



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Once, pop stars like Ray Charles, Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston heavily exerted their influence on Korean music. And some Korean musicians walked a fine line between plagiarism and being unconsciously inspired by their role models.

But K-pop has gained a much larger footing compared to the past, and some of its musicians are now discovering that their own work has been plagiarized or used without consent.

Recent controversies involving R&B singer Yoon Mi-rae and Taeyang of boy group Big Bang are some examples that clearly show K-pop’s current standing.

Yoon, also known as T, brought out her first digital single in three years early last month.

With the release of her much-anticipated single, her song “Angel” ranked high on major music portals and even topped a weekly TV music show without much promotional activity.

But the Korean-American rapper and R&B singer could not hold further performances for her new song after she realized that one of her previous tracks had been featured in the controversial film “The Interview” - without consent from herself or her agency.

“We planned to release a mini-album within January [after the release of the digital single], but postponed all the plans [because of the issue with Sony Pictures],” said an official from FeelGhood Music, Yoon’s label.

According to Lee Jin-young, the head of Fortune Entertainment, which promotes Yoon, the singer initially received an offer from Sony Pictures about using “Pay Day” in the film.

“But she turned the offer down because she is a South Korean singer and the film deals with a touchy issue,” said Lee.

“The Interview” centers on the story of two American TV journalists (James Franco and Seth Rogen) who are instructed to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un when they go to interview him.

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Actor Kim Rae-won is living as a prosecutor these days, as the star of the SBS TV series "Punch."

The drama revolves around Kim's character, who undergoes a transformation from a Machiavellian figure who'll do anything to achieve his goals into a seeker of justice for himself and his family, after learning that a brain tumor has left him with just two months to live. The show is very popular -- and keeping Kim busier than ever.

"In addition to this TV project, I've wrapped up a film project as well, so I'm quite busy. People tell me I don't look good. It's inevitable, because I'm up all night working at least three times a week," said Kim, adding that in fact he doesn't mind looking exhausted, as it "helps connect with the character."

Kim shed 15 kg to take on the role of the dying prosecutor, and often skips meals. The drama is full of implications and subtle nuances. "I often get into long discussions with other actors, like [veteran actor] Cho Jae-hyun, because I find it hard to understand [the show] myself a lot of the time."

Throughout his career, Kim has particularly excelled at portraying dark characters, from simple bullies to ferocious prosecutors. In his new film project, the action noir "Gangnam 1970," which was released last Thursday, Kim plays a vicious thug.

"I love playing villains because I can show a tougher side, and don't have to restrain myself. I like to push a character to the limit emotionally -- and often find it difficult to contain myself."

Since making his screen debut in 1996, Kim has gone on to enjoy a career spanning nearly 20 years. The rookie obsessed with looking cool has grown into a seasoned actor who strives to be true to his characters. "In the ..... (article cut to save bandwidth)

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According to a new regulation from China's media watchdog, video streaming sites will need to get publication licenses for imported films and TV series from the end of March. The regulation aims to filter out TV shows with satirical, violent or sexual elements, but approval for any show will take at least six months.

Video streaming websites have been a staple provider of Korean TV soaps for Chinese fans as they can be watched on PCs or mobile devices. Korean dramas that became popular through streaming services will now come out at least six months late, prompting Korean production companies to come up with a new marketing strategy.

Experts here warn that illegal distribution will surge after the regulation takes effect, posing a threat to copyright. Several new American TV series have already been removed from Chinese streaming sites due to their perceived provocative content.

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Sunday January 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste, Sisley Choi (蔡思貝), wore sports attire to attend the press conference of a sport run event and disclosed she was sick and missed the BBQ celebrations of the new series, Speed of Life (當鐵馬遇上戰車). When asked if she will participate in the run, Sisley replied that she was a good marathon runner and said: "I am good in running 21k 'ban ma 半馬'. (Taken part in Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon?) Nope as the registration is already full."

When asked if she invited any male friend to run together with her, Sisley said: "I use to run together with a group of friends and coach together. But I run alone now due to my work schedule. (Feel bored?) Nope as the coach disallows us to listen to music while running. She added that she will ask Adrian Chau (周志文) and other artistes for basketball match. Asked if she was worried of creating rumours with opposite party again, Sisley replied she ignored the rumour: "Who does not have rumours with me? (Will avoid and not ask the opposite party out?) Nope, we are friends."

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: tvfan @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Sunday January 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Angelababy (楊穎), Lu Han (鹿晗), Huang Bo (黃渤) and others attended an award ceremony organized in Mainland China. Angelababy appeared in a neutral suit and was named the Weibo Queen, she said: "I filmed Running Brothers (奔跑吧兄弟), the variety show, giving me a great change, I think in the Korean version, Song Ji-Hyo (宋智孝) is very adorable, especially known for helping others. But among the seven actors, I like Lee Kwang-Soo (李光洙) the most." Speaking of her brother being actively searched by netizens, Angelababy expressed that her brother is still currently in college and he is not in the entertainment circle, so she asks that everyone not to inquire about his life. She said: "My brother is an introverted guy, he will probably date later in his life! (You and Huang Xiaoming (黃曉明) getting married soon?) No, everyone is rushing me. If I have any plans, I would tell everyone but so far we don't have any plans."  

Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: chaierie @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Jason Chan turns into big child at New Year's event

Sunday January 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste Jason Chan (陳智燊) attended a New Year event at a shopping mall. At the event, he and the children were playing electric buggies together; Jason immediately turned into a big child at the event. During the interview, Jason laughed and said that he has never played on buggies before. He pointed out that the buggies provided by the organizers were modified to be a lot "weaker". Seeing the children competing, he thought it was breathtaking.

Speaking of his desire to learn martial arts earlier during the event, Jason immediately became excited and pointed out that he wanted to learn martial arts to take the opportunity to cultivate his morality, he said: "Actually my company (TVB) has a lot of colleagues who knows martial arts! There is one who is really good at Wing Chun; once I found out, I really wanted to ask her for advice. (To protect your girlfriend?) Martial arts can help protect her but there are other ways that I can protect her too!"


Asked how Jason and his girlfriend Sarah Song (宋熙年) will celebrate Valentine's Day, he said: "Valentine's Day, I haven't thought of anything yet. But I have just filmed a Valentine's Day promo with her. It has been awhile since I've filmed something like this with her. This time there is a small plot, it's about protecting the one by your side, really interesting. She also doesn't film series often so we got to interact more; thinking of it now, I am really happy. (Acting as lovers?) Yes, just being myself, but the story is entirely fiction. We haven't filmed any series together but she can quickly get into character. I hope the end result will be good."

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Sunday January 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Former Miss Hong Kong Mandy Cho (曹敏莉) and her husband attended an event without their children. Mandy said she personally teaches her children different languages, including: Cantonese, English and Mandarin, whereas her servant will teach them Filipino. Asked whether her children has the talents to learn all the languages? Mandy laughed and said: "I do not give them too much pressure. Currently my daughter has become my parrot, I say one thing, she says one thing. She could even follow if a sentence is very long". (Would you consider running a business of your own?) Maybe after finishing the kids school admissions. At times I would help Wei Yin (慧妍)

Source: ON.CC (HK)
Translated by: lucychoi559 @ Asain E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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Sunday January 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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The 33-years old sexy wife, Yoyo Chen (陳自瑤), who already has a two-year old daughter, is still able to keep her body slim after pregnancy. Recently, her husband Vincent Wong (王浩信) was busy with the filming for TVB series With or Without You (東坡家事) at Wuxi. A few days ago, he had to take off his clothes at two degrees Celsius, showing off his six-pack abs, garnering a number of praises. Yoyo didn't allow her husband to take all the praises; Five days ago, she uploaded a few photos of her in a swimsuit. The photo was taken with her in a bikini with a beach scenery filled with sunlight, absolutely revealing her self-confidence. She left a message and said: "I love playing games with the sunlight! This beach is so beautiful like it's a painting, I'm enjoying this!" 


Netizens all greatly praised Yoyo's sexiness and said her husband showed off his abs while she shows off her beautiful body. They even envy her that after birth, she can still maintain her body and stay slim; her light complexion without makeup is also very beautiful.
Source: Ming Pao (HK)
Translated by: chaierie @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

 

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Sunday January 25, 2015 Hong Kong

 

 

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Artiste Louisa So (蘇玉華) and Priscilla Wong (黃翠如) attended a food store promotion event at Tsim Sha Tsui. Asked cooking goddess (Louisa So), if she will teach her cooking skills to Priscilla Wong? Louisa said: "I like it when someone cooks for me. I like to sit back and relax and waiting to eat is happiness!" She exposed that her boyfriend Poon Chan Leung (潘燦良) cooks for her: "He is a better cook than me. Nowadays men have to undertake tasks that women do at home!" When mentioned Poon Chan Leung was voted as the  'Number one man most people want to marry', Louisa said she is not worried: "Yes, I am only worried that a lot of people are fighting with me. I have to take every step!"

Source: ON.CC (HK) 
Translated by: lucychoi559 @ Asian E-News Portal
http://www.asian-enews-portal.blogspot.com/

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