Director Bong Joon-ho can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as his sci-fi thriller Snowpiercer finally has a release date.
Following a long battle with the Weinstein Company over the final cut of the film, the sci-fi thriller will hit U.S. theaters on June 27. The movie has already played everywhere overseas, but the wait may be worth it, if the international acclaim is any indication.
It still won’t be all smooth sailing, though. Snowpiercer will open in limited release that weekend alongside the latest Transformers movie. The number of theaters it plays in each subsequent week is contingent on how it performs at the box office, so be sure to catch it early just in case, even though the movie has star power with the likes of Chris Evans, Octavia Spencer, John Hurt, Kang-ho Song and Tilda Swinton. Continue Reading »
K-pop group 2NE1′s recently released album Crush is at No. 61 on the Billboard 200, surpassing Girls’ Generation-TTS’ “Twinkle” EP to set the all-time highest-selling K-pop album in the United States.
“Crush” also sold over 5,000 copies in just four days and eclipsed BIGBANG’s 2012 album Alive, which started its first week with 4,000.
In Korea, every track of Crush made it into the top 40 slots of the K-pop Hot 100. “Come Back Home” was placed the highest at No. 2 behind “Some” by Junggigo & Soyou. Continue Reading »
Last year, Korean American adoptee Dan Matthews began searching for his birth parents. He had considered it a long shot, but less than a month after he filed the paperwork, he received an email from his adoption agency that they had found his biological mother.
Now, the Los Angeles-based rapper, who also goes by DANakaDAN, is unveiling his story. With a film crew in tow, Matthews recorded his experiences, from his adventures in Korea, to finally meeting his parents and siblings — one of whom was his twin brother. The first episode of aka DAN, a four-part series, is available now on the International Secret Agents YouTube channel. The documentary also includes appearances from fellow adoptees, including Danish Korean rapper Niko Yu and identical twin sisters Samantha Futerman and Anais Bordier.
Matthew’s music career grew out of his search for his identity as an Asian American and Asian American adoptee, so it’s only fitting that the release of his first full-length solo album accompanies the documentary. His new album also features Clara C, Travis Graham, David Choi, Kero One, Paul Dateh, Priska and Sam Kang, among others. Continue Reading »
A record number of Korean indie acts will have a chance to step into the spotlight at the South By Southwest 2014 Music Festival in Austin, Texas, from March 7 to March 16. But South Korea isn’t really quite known for its moody, alternative side.
In fact, Korea’s musical reputation on an international platform has not been very diverse. Homogenous dolled-up girl groups or idolized boy bands are the faces of South Korean cultural export, K-pop. But this uniformity notwithstanding, K-pop as an out-of-control, international phenomenon (which reached another level after PSY’s “Gangnam Style” in 2012) has benefited the Korean music industry and has paved the way for other Korean artists from various genre backgrounds to share their voice.
The widely popular SXSW festival recognizes the Korean talents of both the K-pop genre as well as indie rock and alternative groups. The festival will showcase 16 distinct and gifted Korean acts, from acoustic to punk rock, from well established to up-and-coming. Punk rock pioneers Crying Nut are making their first appearance at South-By and will be sure to have the crowd moshing in no time. Korean American Big Phony’s sincere sound and velvety voice will melt hearts, while EDM gods Idiotape will keep the party going all night long.
Read below for the rest of the lineup of these trailblazing Korean indie and rock bands, and pencil the names into your SXSW schedule—like their K-pop counterparts, they’re not to be missed. Continue Reading »
So much for reviving the family reunion program between North and South Korea.
The North rejected South Korea’s proposal Thursday to continue the humanitarian program that reconnects families separated by the Korean War from six decades ago, the New York Times reported.
The two Koreas held the reunions, which had stalled since 2010, late last month, but couldn’t ease the strained inter-Korea relations as the North launched short-range missiles into the waters between the Korean peninsula and Japan only a day after the reunions while South Korea and the U.S. held annual military drills. The missiles reportedly flew in the area of a Chinese passenger plane departing from Tokyo to Shenyang, China at the same time.
North Korea dismissed South Korea’s request to arrange additional family reunions in the future, saying the “circumstance and mood” aren’t appropriate to hold such discussions. Continue Reading »