Ha Ji-won’s Agonizing Road to Period Drama

The actress Ha Ji-won came close to despair while practicing the wide range of skills needed for her role as “Hwang Jin-I,” a famous Chosun-era gisaeng or female entertainer, in a new KBS mini-series. Her head endured the leaden weight of a big decorative wig or gachae. Ha confessed to the suffering, saying, “The gachae is too heavy. My neck is already stiff, although I’ve only filmed three episodes. It’s too painful to sleep.” Her fingers are blistered and bruised due to hours of practicing the gayageum, a 12-stringed Korean harp, and geomungo, the six-stringed zither at which the Chosun-era entertainers excelled. Ha is even practicing even tightrope-walking.

To keep up her strength, she is eating eels, which are believed to be good for stamina. And her pains are rewarded with a sense achievement: after all, she now has several skills she never dreamed of. “I want to break away from the typical image of gisaeng and create a new one to win approval from women,” she says.
Source: english.chosun.com
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doozy: Wow… Now, that is suffering for your art! And man, this is an episode-drama so Ha Ji Won is going to be in pain for a while. Be strong, Ha Ji Won sshi! For what it’s worth, you look gorgeous in the traditional costume. Those pictures above are breathtakingly beautiful! I love the colors and the extravagance of the hanboks. I like her poses as well. She looks very regal and sophisticated.

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Exciting News

It’s official! The King and the Clown has been chosen to represent Korea in the Oscar Awards for Best Foreign Film Category. WOOT WOOT! I’ll definitely be watching the Oscars next year. In the past, I didn’t really care for this category because well frankly, I didn’t know those movies that were nominated. However, this is exciting news! The King and the Clown, bbashya!
Source: soompi.com

Lee Soo Young

Lee Soo Young is one of my favorite Korean artists. I love her voice! My most favorite song of hers is “La La La.” I’ve watched several of her MVs and it seems like her signature mark is tragic love story because either someone dies, they all die, and/or there’s been some sort of tragic accident. Oh, and another thing. Most of the MVs have multiple parts. Wait. Perhaps, not just MVs from Lee Soo Young, but almost all of the ones that I’ve seen. Quite depressing, if you ask me. Here, if you haven’t seen them already, watch the ones below and you’ll know what I mean.

“La La La” by Lee Soo Young

This MV is more creepy than sad.

Lalala
Translation by: JuJu_Bar @ soompi forums
Source: aheeyah.com

Before I realized so, I forgot that you had left.
I’m like this, an idiot without a good sense.
When I hear the phone ring, I keep thinking that it’s you.
I even cleared my throat before answering the phone.

Habits are scary. It doesn’t happen as I command it in my mind.
Because I’m more used to love rather than separation.

I’ll try to forget our love and our memories, even if it won’t work, I’ll try to forget like there wasn’t anything in the first place.

Lalalalala. Lalala. Lalalala. Lalala. Lalala. Lalala.

When I was shopping, I absentmindedly shopped for your things also.
Without speaking, I put back the items like an idiot.
“If there’s a good movie, we have to see it together,”
Without knowing, I have those kind of thoughts.

Did you have moments like these? At least once?
Or did it just stop right after we broke up?

I’ll try to change, like how you changed.
Now, I’m going to love again.
When time goes by, and I keep living life,
I’ll probably get used to somebody else, too.

I’ll try to forget our love and our memories, even if it won’t work, I’ll try to forget like there wasn’t anything in the first place.

Lalalalala. Lalala. Lalalala. Lalala. Lalala. Lalala.

You should forget me, and
I’ll try to change, like how you changed.
Now, I’m going to love again.
When time goes by, and I keep living life,
I’ll probably get used to somebody else, too.

I’ll try to forget our love and our memories, even if it won’t work, I’ll try to forget like there wasn’t anything in the first place.

Lalalalala. Lalala. Lalalala. Lalala. Lalala. Lalala.

“Grace” by Lee Soo Young

Special thanks to the subbing team and hypergrl09 and seirin for uploading the videos.