S. Korea Faces Tough Decision To Pick Its Choice For Foreign Film Oscar

By Kim Hyun

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) — South Korea’s movie agency on Tuesday faced a tough decision to pick its contender for next year’s foreign film Oscar, with three movies vying for the status with an equally distinctive aura.

Two of them are box office record holders — The King and the Clown by Lee Joon-ik and The Host by Bong Joon-ho. Time by Kim Ki-duk, the low-budget, less popular movie, was backed by the director’s overseas recognition.

With no history of the Academy nominating a Korean movie, local experts are upbeat that chances are higher than ever this time with the renaissance of home-grown movies.

“We used to invite five jurors to make the decision and this year we have seven, because we decided each work has a good quality to compete in the Oscar race,” said Tae Eun-jung, an official of the Korean Film Council that will make the submission to the U.S. Academy’s Foreign Language Film Award Committee.

An Academy award or merely its nomination will provide a powerful backdrop for the movie to reach the huge U.S. market, she said.

The main criteria include the quality of the film, the possibility of its commercial success in the United States and the marketing ability of its distributor. The seven jurors, who are directors, producers, critics, journalists and scholars, will announce their pick this week, the council said.

The King and the Clown is a period drama revolving around two low-class clowns and the real-life merciless King Yeonsan in the late 15th century. Its lower-class humor, brilliant depiction of Korea’s traditional tight-rope walking and the deftly-woven plot broke the local viewer record of 12.3 million in March.

While the clown story delivers traditional Korea, The Host received critical acclaim at home and abroad with its tasty mix of political satire, humanity and gender-bending story telling. With the story of a family fighting a monster of the Han River, the movie is now screened in Japan, Hong Kong and France and is eyeing the U.S. market.

The low-budget movie Time is referred to as Kim’s most friendly work, which toned down his uncomfortable depiction of brutal reality. The director, who is popular abroad and controversial at home, tells the story of a woman who makes the extreme decision of plastic surgery to keep her bored lover.
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Source: Yonhap News

doozy: What a tough decision indeed! What movie to pick so that the chances of taking home the Oscar are highest? If the The King and the Clown is chosen, I can’t really be certain of its victory because the American critics might not like the film. Plus, the homosexuality undertone of the movie might be compared to that of Brokeback Mountain. As for The Host, I’ve heard nothing but good praises for it and it’s doing very well at the box office, so it’s likely to be the film of choice. On the other hand, since the movie deals with political issues that presented the Americans in a bad light, I’m also uncertain of whether or not it is a good contender for the Oscar Awards. I haven’t seen Time so can’t really comment on the movie.

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Korean Wave: Its Potential and Challenges

K-pop continues to run strong in Southeast Asia and other parts of the world.

Thailand for one, whose Korean wave or “Hallyu” sparked off with Korea’s unexpected performance in 2002 Korea/Japan World Cup and the Korea’s popular historical drama Daejanggeum, (aka Jewel in the Palace) in 2005 is airing more and more Korean dramas and movies nowadays. Similar examples can also be found in other parts of Asian countries.

While Korean pop songs drove many to study the language, Korean games deprived sleep of many game lovers around the world. The translated novels, comic books and monthly magazines from Korea are also showing sharp increase in sales. Then there’s spread of Korean food as another major contributor to “Hallyu”. All in all, wherever we go it has become increasingly easier to meet with people who’s got at least one thing to say about Korea.

Hallyu Drama: Complicated – Subtle – Emotional

Why are Korean dramas and movies received so well in other countries? We asked twelve office workers in Thai in 20s. Here are their answers;

– A complicated, subtle and emotional plot that is uniquely “Korean”
– Sad love stories that suit Thai sentiment and good-looking actors and singers.
– Great acting that makes it easy to emphasize with the characters and good manners towards fans.
– Opportunity to learn about Korean culture (e.g.) A glimpse into 16th century Korean court through Daejanggeum
– More creative than local dramas.
– Unique personality found within the actors as shown through dramas

Meanwhile those in their 50s or above pointed out to;

– Similar trails of thoughts and sentiments
– Production methods
– Themes of drama/ movies
– Portrayal of reality

All this is good for Korea in greatly improving the overall image of the country, the people and even our products. It’s not just big things like cell phone and electronic appliances but little things like stationeries too. It’s no longer uncommon to see downtown Korean restaurants in Bangkok packed with locals and foreigners out together to savor Kimchi, Bulgogi, Kalbi and other Korean dishes.

Adverse effects of Hallyu

Unfortunately the road to perfection still lies afar as new challenges continue to emerge in forms of internal and external conflict.

Internal conflicts list problem rising within Korean agencies; their high-handed attitude toward locals inviting “Hallyu”; unilateral proceeding of events regardless of local schedule; internal conflict within the task teams; excessive demands of celebrities; misunderstandings due to language barrier; problems rising from contracts; brokers who take advantage of the situation while playing in-between; insufficient marketing and so forth.

External conflict rises from response of local authority that starts taking a wary stance against seemingly excessive inflow of Hallyu; restricting playing hours for Korean games while encouraging development of local games; increasing broadcasting hours of local performances and reports; accusing Korea’s lack of reciprocity in cultural exchange and so forth.

These are the reasons that make us realize there’s still a lot to overcome before we can be fully confident about Hallyu’s future. So what are the things we could do to establish Hallyu as a certified world brand?

First of all we need to be aware our counterparts. At the receiving end of Korean popular culture are those with equal pride of their country and culture. Think of the consequences when we downplay that pride.

Second, we need to define what “Hallyu” is. The concept should not limit itself to movies, dramas and pop songs. Koreans should be at the center of Hallyu and everything else that makes us “Korean”. There’s language, soccer, Taekwondo, food, our custom, our policy, our system, our product and even the way we act. That is what forms the overall image of Korea – something that’s keenly linked with our daily lives. Movies and dramas simply stand as prior examples of promoting that knowledge abroad.

Third, we need to stand firm against external challenges. This includes continuous collecting and analyzing of responses and trends of the nations that import Koreans goods and culture. We should also be notice that China and Japan, which despite their long influence in Southeast Asia is taking a more measured steps in spreading their popular culture. However the influence these countries are having over food, language, concert, sumo, kung fu, tourist resort, extension of investment and college exchanges promises to pose a big challenge to Hallyu.

Four, there is a need to establish Screen Gate system and other professional consulting body to decide on the direction of Hallyu as a main organization for Korean culture. It would be hard to maintain favorable image of Hallyu if we just keep on releasing anything we can sale. We need some kind of system to assure only quality products for our buyers, especially when it comes to movies and dramas.

Such body would also help resolve various conflicts that stem from intervention of unreliable brokers that lead to possible distrust as well as other contract-related conflicts rising from language barrier. It’s good for business, too since we can set adequate prices for our products and better identify the response and opinions of our counterparts. Based on these findings we’d be able to further develop and promote cultural contents that lead the market.

Illegal copies abound

Five, we need to prevent spreading of illegal copies. Easier said than done – but we need to tackle it anyways. According to Naiyason Chantrasri, president of Thai’s Open – World Entertainment International Co., Ltd. There are indescribable amount of copies of Korean drams, movies, music, photos and even Internet games sold at just 1/8 ~ 1/10 of original prices. The quality of illegal copies was bad at first but getting better and better these days posing as a big obstacle to spreading Hallyu. He called for the need of state-level measures and cooperation between countries.

Another worrisome fact to rapid spread of counterfeit goods in case of dramas and movies is that it’s either dubbed or subtitle in Chinese, easily misleading the crowds to think of them as from China. Although such dubbing was required by foreign buyers as one of the conditions for purchasing Korean dramas such turn of events leaves us increasingly uneasy.

Six, in order to upgrade the spreading of Hallyu we need to identify what strikes the chord of each society when supplying our goods. It’s a synergy effect for all, in other words. We make an extended and systemic supply of things that are most in demand to our customers. A friendly soccer match, Taekwondo demonstration, traditional dance performance or Hanbok fashion show could be some of those examples.
Source: Korea.net

Alone in Love Episode 1: Can We Start Over Again?

Love Is… Composition by Shin Ji Ah – Alone in Love OST

Character Introduction


Gam Woo Sung as Lee Dong Jin
He works as a manager at a bookstore. He is divorced from Eun Ho for almost two years.


Son Ye Jin as Eun Ho
She is a physical fitness trainer at a gym. She is Dong Jin’s ex-wife.


Gong Joon Pyo as Dr. Gong
He is the head of the OBGYN department at a hospital. However, he has a fear of labor and the birth process. He is Dong Jin’s classmate bestfriend.


Lee Ha Na as Ji Ho
She is Eun Ho’s sister. She has a very carefree and quirky personality. At twenty-three years of age, she is still unemployed and lives with her sister.

Episode 1

Episode 1 opens with Eun Ho recalling her baptism to Dong Jin at their anniversary dinner. As it turns out, they were married at this hotel and thus, each year the hotel sends them coupons for a free couple dinner on the anniversary of their marriage. Although Dong Jin and Eun Ho have been divorced now for almost two years, they still take advantage of this benefit. The dinner scene was a hilarious introduction into the drama because of the witty and sarcastic banter between the two.

Episode 1 shows us that even though two people are legally separate on paper, they are not completely gone from each other’s lives as their paths may cross coincidentally or not on many occassions. First, there is the settling of the money issue. Second is returning what you’d once borrowed from each other. Then, there are also the coffee shop that you visit as a part of your everyday routine and the bar that you come to relax with your friends. Hence, your life is still very much connected with your previous significant other even though the two of you have split.

Meeting at their child’s grave.

Since their divorce, Dong Jin and Eun Ho have been leading their lives like this. They’re still a part of each other lives, meeting on several occassion, and throwing out sarcastic banter back and forth like they are old friends. Even when they are not with each other, they’re reminded of the times they spent with the other person; like Dong Jin remembering his first date with Eun Ho while he is on his first blind date after their divorce. It’s also difficult to not be a part of the other person’s life because they share the same friends, especially Dr. Gong wants them to reunite and would try to make that happen at any chance that he gets.

Towards the end of episode one, Eun Ho is confused about her feelings for Dong Jin. She is unsure as to whether or not the feelings are out of love or just pure concern for someone that you’ve known for a long time. She misses the old times that she spent with Dong Jin but there are flaws and bad habits of his that she can’t stand. Thus, she calls into a radio show to ask for advice. The advice that she receives is to treat the other person like she’s his mother, meaning to forgive and overlook the person’s flaws like a mother would for her child.

And so, Eun Ho sets a dinner date with Dong Jin to tell him that she wants to start over again with him. However, it was to no avail because 1) Dong Jin isn’t paying attention to what Eun Ho is saying and 2) it is here that Dong Jin, playing matchmaker, introduces a man to Eun Ho. Dong Jin chooses to introduce this man to Eun Ho because he thought the new man stands for everything that Eun Ho hates. However, he is surprised when things do not go as planned. End of episode 1.


Noteworthy Scenes


The picture taken at the anniversary dinner.


The same picture on Eun Ho’s refrigerator.


The “fantastic four” hanging out on Ji Ho’s birthday.


A hilarious scene! The atmosphere is silent and calm when Eun Ho, irritated by what Dong Jin has said earlier, yells out for “Taxi!” Dong Jin’s reaction is classic.


Uh oh! Psycho alert! This pervert was making the employee very uncomfortable. Dong Jin saw the situation and stood up for his employee. However, his kindness was repayed with a misunderstanding that resulted in a funny moment when the pervert took revenge against Dong Jin for embarassing him in the bookstore. Watch the scene and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Poor Dong Jin! The next day, he was still traumatized by the experience.

doozy: The first episode has a mix of funny moments and quiet, reflective moments. Already, I can feel the chemistry that the cast has together as they play off one another. There is this subtleness appeal to the first episode that draws in viewers who appreciates it, and I’m one of them. This episode earns a Hershey’s chocolate.

I Had A Bad Day

Today was a bad day at work. I don’t think I’ve ever been this angry and feeling so insulted before due to a work-related matter. What happened? Oh, I’ll tell you what happened.
See, at work we have several levels of managers. There’s the main manager and then there’s his boss, whom I shall refer to as A from here onward. (As to what the letter A stands for, you can use your imagination.) A does not work with us in the store on a regular basis; he only comes in about every five weeks to check up on us and see how we’re doing. (Well, more like to yell at us but I’ll get into that later.) Before today, I had always thought of him as a relatively understanding and friendly person. Well, after today, not anymore!
Anyway, yesterday A came in with another manager and spent a short time at the store, which was strange. Today, I arrived at work and A was there and looked to be evaluating the store. My direct manager didn’t look too good so I was kind of worried. As it turned out, we were very short staffed for the shift and he had to call in several people to start work earlier than their scheduled time. To add salt to the wound, we were unexpectedly extremely busy today. Not only that, at a time when we needed more people to work, A needed to discuss something with my manager, so they were gone for what seemed like days. It was so busy that I don’t even remember when was the last time I worked this hard and on an empty stomach, no less! Long story short, we were swamped so A had to stay longer at the store to help us out. During the shift, I conversed with A in the form of small talks and commented to A about how I’m a bit tired. And so, he offered to cover for me so that I can take a water break. I drank my water and went back to continue working at the position but A said, “You’re back, already?! That break was too short so take a few more minutes and then come back.” I thought, “Wow, how nice of him!” When I came back, A said that he felt tired already even though he had only been working at the position for few minutes. He also commented that he couldn’t imagine doing this everyday and wondered how we can work the position everyday. When it slowed down a little bit, A went into the office to write up his evaluation. After he completed the evaluation, he smiled and said “bye” to everyone. In my opinion based on working there for quite a long time, I believed we handled the rush relatively good, considering the situation. Little did I know, what I thought was not even close to what was written on the evaluation and the things that were said by A afterward.
A short while after A left the store, there was a phone call for my manager and lo and behold, it was A on the other line. My manager took the phone call and came back looking pissed! Not knowing the whole situation and what was said between the two of them, I made a stupid comment which I now regret saying.
During the mid afternoon, when the night shift was starting, I saw a few new associates coming in to work. Since there were now plenty of people working and it wasn’t that busy, I was sent home early. When my co-worker took over my position for me, he said, “Wow, I didn’t know I was allowed to be at this position anymore after what happened!” Puzzled, I asked him what he meant by that. He told me that apparently, A said that the associates who work this position at the store couldn’t handle the rush, so A called in associates from other stores who can handle the work. I was in disbelief and had that “Huh?! What the heck?!” look on my face as I couldn’t believe that A actually had made that comment. Looking for confirmation, I talked to my manager. Unfortunately, it was true! I read the evaluation and it was not just bad, it was horrible. According to my manager, A called in after he left the store and said that unless the associates work the position like a certain associate, whom I shall refer to as mini A, we were deemed as “not good enough.” I’ve observed and worked with mini A several times and he is not that great. All he has going for him is speed, minus the quality. Upon hearing this, I was furious! Furious! Why am I angry? I’m angry because of the crappy standard that we were being compared to. To be touting and emphasizing quality at meetings, reciting “quality over speed” while training new associates, and having the word “quality” in the store’s slogan, how ironic and downright sad that A gave mini A such high marks when he doesn’t work with mini A on a regular basis and evaluated the rest of us as “not good enough.” In addition, I’m disappointed because I realized what kind of a person A is. Like a coin, he has two faces. A superficial happy face when he smiles at you and then turns around and stabs you in the back. If he thought that we weren’t doing a good job while he was at the store, then tell us to our faces what we did wrong and how we could improve. Don’t leave and then call the store to tell our manager and having us hear it from our manager. That’s just shady, cowardice, and wrong! As of today, I lost all respect for A.
In summary, everytime I encounter a bad situation in life, I would try to make something positive out of the situation by reflecting on whether I’ve gotten something out of the experience by learning a good lesson. Well, a lesson is learnt here, dear reader. I’ve learn about what kind of person A really is. Although, it was unpleasant, it was good to know. Oh and another thing, the quote that I had on the LDH banner was really applicable and helpful. “NO ONE can make you feel inferior without your permision.” Well, A, take your !@#$%^&*() elsewhere! You certainly do not have my permission. I won’t allow it!

Han Ga In For Blu:pepe Fall 2006

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doozy: Han Ga In is one of the most beautiful Korean actresses. And her look is au-naturale! I really like the clothes in these ads. There is a casual, yet elegant feel to them.
The thumbnails are unexpectedly small! All the more reason to click on them to view these gorgeous pictures.

Bi (Rain) to Launch World Tour in December

Nice poster!

Singer Rain will give a free-of-charge concert ahead of his world tour slated for December. Some 40,000 fans have been invited to the concert, which will be held October 13 at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium in Seoul under the theme, “Rain’s Coming.”

The concert will herald the beginning of Rain’s five-month world tour, which will cover 12 countries, including the United States, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, China and Japan. Audiences will be invited to donate money to help physically challenged people.

Rain’s world tour will be produced by globally renowned concert producers including Jamie King, who also produced and choreographed concerts for Madonna, Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Rain met with King in July in the United States to discuss the preparations. Other prominent figures involved include Tom Hudak, who produced concerts for The Eagles and Prince, and Roy Bennet, who was in charge of lighting at the U.S. MTV Video Music Awards. The scale and quality of Rain’s upcoming tour will be comparable with the global tours of the world’s top artists, and will likely serve as an opportunity for the domestic performance sector to develop further.

Lee In-kwang, CEO of StarM, which is organizing Rain’s tour, said that the upcoming concert in Seoul will serve as a starting point for Rain’s advancement to the global market, and that the charity aspect of the concert will be its most important part because Rain feels great responsibility as a big star.

He also added that one-fourth of the audience will comprise foreign fans and music experts. Rain will donate a part of his world tour proceeds to needy and starving children in underdeveloped countries. StarM will begin distributing tickets to Rain’s concert nationwide this month.
Source: KBS Global

doozy: Bi’s coming! Get your umbrellas ready! Heehee.
Aw, no! I guess they’ve given out already the free tickets for the concert in Seoul. Oh, well. There’s always the chance to go see Bi when he comes to the U.S. Although it’s for a worthy cause, I hope the concert ticket won’t be that expensive. It’s sweet and charitable of Bi to use his star power for good!

New Song on Playlist

The Origin of Love (from Hedwig and the Angry Inch OST)
Lyrics provided by: lyrics.net
Edit: doozy

When the Earth was still flat
and the clouds made of fire
and the mountains stretched up to the sky
sometimes higher

Folks roamed the earth
like big rolling kegs
they had two sets of arms
they had two sets of legs

They had two faces
peering out of one giant head
so they could watch all around them
as they talked while they read

And they never knew nothing of love
It was before
The Origin Of Love
Origin of love
The origin of Love
Origin of love

Now there was three sexes then
One that looked like two men
glued up back too back
They called the children of the Sun

And similar of shape and girth
was the children of the earth
they looked like two girls
rolled up in one

And the children of the Moon
Were like a fork shaped on a spoon
They were part Sun part Earth
part daughter part son

The Origin of Love

Now the gods grew quite scared
of our strength and defiance
And Thor said :”I’m gonna kill them all
With my hammer like I killed the giants.”

But Zeus said:”No, you better let me
use my lightning like scissors
Like I cut the legs of the whales
dinosaurs and the lizards.

And then he grabbed up some bolts
He let out a laugh
He said:”I’ll split them right down the middle
I’m gonna cut them right up in half.

And the storm clouds gathered above
Into great balls of fire

And then fire shot down
From the sky in bolts
Like shining blades of a knife
And they ripped right through the flesh
Of the children of the Sun and the Moon and the Earth

And some Indian god sewed the wound up
To a hole full around to a belly
to remind us of the price we pay

And Osiris, and the gods of the Nile
gathered up a big storm
to blow a hurricane
to scatter us away.
A flood of wind and rain
a sea of tidal waves
to wash us all away
and if we don’t behave
They cut us down again
And we’ll be hopping round on one foot
and looking through one eye

The last time I saw you
we were just split in two
you was looking at me
I was looking at you

You had a way so familiar
I could not recognize
cause you had blood on your face
I had blood in my eyes
But I could swear by your expression
that the pain down in your soul
was the same as the one down in mine

That’s the pain that cuts a straight line
down through the heart
We call it love
we wrapped our armes around each other
tried to shove ourselves back together
we was making love
making love

It was a cold dark evening
such a long time ago
By the mighty hand of Joe

It was a sad story
how we became lonely two-leg creatures
It was the story of the Origin of Love
That’s The origin of love
The Origin of love (x3)

Are Korean Movie Stars Too Expensive?

The Korean film industry continues to grow at an alarming pace. After Silmido opened an era of 10-million ticket sellers in 2004, four more films quickly followed suit. The Host recently set a new record, taking the top spot from the King and the Clown ,which itself brought more than 12.3 million Koreans to the theaters earlier this year. But the growth in the industry means the amount Chungmuro’s biggest names are charging for appearances on the big screen is also shooting through the roof. How does it compare to overall production costs?

How Much Do They Make?

The rates stars charge are a good way to gauge their popularity. Currently, Bae Yong-joon is Korea’s highest paid actor. In last year’s April Snow, the actor was estimated to have earned at least twice the W300 million(US$1=W959) he got for his work on Untold Scandal in 2003.

By using the buzz generated by Bae Yong-joon’s popularity, only in the early stages of production the film was exported to Japan for US$7 million and subsequently raked in W23 billion with its successful run. Choi Min-sik, Song Kang-ho and Seol Kyung-gu are known as the Three Musketeers of Chungmuro for their ability to bring box office success, and they command around W500 million per film. Then there are Lee Byung-hun and Cha Seung-won, who each get about W350 million per movie, and of course Jang Dong-gun, whose appearance in Taegukgi: The Brotherhood of War helped take that film above the 10 million tickets mark.

Among the women, Lee Young-ae and Jeon Ji-hyun are at the top, each getting about W350 million-W400 million for their work, while Jeon Do-yeon and Jang Jin-young get W300 million -W350 million for their appearances.

Hollywood Prices

It is hard to make a direct comparison between the price of Korean stars and their foreign counterparts, due to the fact that the scope of distribution is different, as is the size of the market. Tom Cruise made the most money last year of any Hollywood actor, according to the U.S.’ Quigley Publishing, which has every year since 1932 researched producers and theaters owners to find out who the top 10 earners are.

Tom Cruise confirmed his popularity with War of the Worlds, after winning back the top spot with Vanilla Sky. Johnny Depp was second, followed by Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, who starred in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. According to Hollywood sources, Tom Cruise earns $28 million-$30 million per film: a sum 56 times greater than the highest-earning Korean screen star. Tom Hanks came second with $27 million-$28 million, and Johnny Depp followed with $26 million. Julia Roberts and Cameron Diaz get about $20 million per film, while Nicole Kidman, Jessica Alba and Angelina Jolie earn around $15 million.
Source: english.chosun.com

What’s Up, Fox?

Cast:
Go Hyun Jung (The Sandglass, A Spring Day),
Chun Jung Myung (Fashion 70s, Goodbye Solo),
Choi Woo Ji, Cho Chong Wook, Kim Eun Cho, Ahn Sun Young (My Little Bride, Rosy Life), Kwon Hae Hyo (My Name Is Kim Sam-soon; Thank You Life), Yoon Yeo Jung (War of the Roses, A Farewell to Tears), Son Hyun Joo (Conditions of Love, Rosy Life)

Airs:
Sept. 20th, 2006 – Wed/Thu. @ 9:55 PM (Replaces Over The Rainbow)

PD:
Kwon Seok-Jang (Marry Me)

Writer:
Kim Do-Woo (My Name Is Kim Sam-soon)

Synopsis:
Foxy Lady is the drama that follows Over The Rainbow in this broadcasting time slot. Its first episode is scheduled to air on September 20, Wednesday (Script writer: Kim Do-woo, Producer: Kwon Suk-jang). The story is about a not-so-bright older girl who dreams of a “fantasy love” and her relationship with her friend’s brother who is nine years younger than her. The drama stars Ko Hyun-jung and Chun Jung-myung as the odd couple with such a huge age gap. Ko Hyun-jung stars as Ko Byung-hee, a girl with the heart of a 24-year-old who is actually 33 and working as a reporter in a third-rate magazine company. She frequently finds it hard to cope with the blandness of her life. What she dreams of is working for a company that she can be proud of and finding a man who can provide warm support when she needs it. In addition, she wants to go on a world tour in a camping car with her new love. Suddenly, she gets into an accident with her friend Seung-hye’s brother, Chul-su (Seung-hye and Chul-su are played by Ahn Sun-young and Chun Jung-myung, respectively). Chun Jung-myung stars as Park Chul-su, a 24-year-old male working as a mechanic at a car repair shop. Chun makes his first appearance on an MBC drama with this show. Although Chul-su does not have much in life, he is filled with ambition and enjoys life by doing the things he loves: working as a mechanic and traveling. How many people actually find the love they dream of? Until they realize that true love is just around the corner, this couple continues to pursue this unique romantic relationship of “dating a friend’s brother” and “dating my sister’s friend”.
Foxy Lady is written by Kim Do-woo who also penned the wildly popular My Lovely Sam-soon. Producer Kwon Suk-jang, who has created such fun-loving dramas for women such as Lady Next Door and Marry Me is in charge of the production.
Source: MBC Global Media, WITH S2

doozy: I’m really looking forward to watching this new show since I like Chun Jung Myung and the script is written by the writer of My Name is Kim Sam Soon.

Alone in Love

I Am Still
Artist: Sweet Sorrow (thanks, manuroxs)
Translation by: [as of now, unknown]
To download the song, click here.

No matter how I think, I am still.
No matter how we apart, I am still.
As if I’ve forgetten, I shut my eyes right, yet I am still.
Turn around, pretend we’re never met, yet I am still.

Even when I move straightforward, I am still.
Letting you hurt so much, gazing at everything like that,
using those sorrowful eyes of yours and slightly smile.

No matter how I think, I am still.
No matter how we part, I am still.
I am apart from you everyday, yet I am still.
Even as a silhouette in my dream, I am still.
All these are ending, yet I am still.

Mustering all my courage, yet I am still.
Letting you hurt so much, my tears are flowing like that,
yet I still don’t have the courage to embrace you.

I am standing there like that, I am walking on the same spot like that,
I will love you even more.
I am standing like that, I am gazing at you deeply like that,
I’ll find it harder to leave you.
On your weak shoulders, in order to give you more courage,
just like the warm sun.

I want to embrace you again, I am hesitating like that,
my tears are flowing like that, I’ll love you even more.
I’m standing like this, i’m gazing deeply to you like this
as I will be able to hold onto you like this.

No matter how I think, I am still.
No matter how we apart, I am still.
I am part from you everyday, yet I am still.

doozy: This song is a prologue to my next project. Since I like Alone in Love so much, I’m planning to rewatch it and write summary/commentary for each episode. So please look forward to it and hope you’ll enjoy reading it!
Also, if anyone knows the artist who sang “I Am Still” and the person who translated the song, please let me know so that I can properly credit them. Thanks in advance!