Archive for September 16, 2008

Here are some gifs from the MIROTIC MV preview I got from DNBN.

GROUP

HOT. Oh, did I mention that they’re HOT? Uhm the boys are SMOKIN’ HOT, yeah? Ok. I’m being annoying. Enough. But you do get me, right? *grins cheekily*

JAEJOONG

O_O I don’t know what to say anymore. I’ve already used up all the possible adjectives I could use to describe him so what I’m gonna do for now is just stare at him and let myself swoon at the sight of him – AGAIN.

YOOCHUN

Yoochun banging the glass window with THAT kind of expression…ehrm, don’t you think that was a little scary?

CHANGMIN

Woohoo! Min is a kid no more! Hahaha. Look at that look… SO INTENSE. And the dancing…SO SMEXY and WITH A LOT OF FEELINGS. =)

YUNHO

Leader-sshi looks so smart on this one because of the hand-on-the-chin pose. I’m loving his ring and earing(s).

JUNSU

I can’t stop laughing every time I see this. It really resembles the “Omona” step of “Tell Me”. But I have to say that Junsu’s “Omona” is way better than Sohee’s. I mean, Sohee’s was good and cute but this one really cracks me up. LOL. Junsu’s “Omona” for the win! Hahaha!

I’ve been out the whole day since I went to the mall to look for my graduation outfits (yes, we will be having two graduation rites so I need two sets of outfits) and when I reached home and checked on Soompi, this is what I saw:

[Photo Credit: baidu + dbskthread@ soompi]

Yes, my friends. THAT PHOTO IS SAID TO BE THE COVER FOR DBSK’S 4TH KOREAN ALBUM ENTITLED MIROTIC. So MIROTIC turns out to be the album title rather than just the title for the next Japanese single. MIROTIC is not a word  but rather it is a combination of the Korean word “Miro” which means “Maze” and the English word/suffix “Tic”. MIROTIC symbolizes the feeling of love at first sight and being lost in it like in a maze where one is unable to walk out of it. Another extraordinary title that only DBSK can pull-off. Nice one.

Anyway back to the album cover, although JaeJoong looks a bit scary (must be the eyes) I still think that it is way beyond cool. All of them look so HOT! It’s AMAZING! I love the colors, the background, how the pictures of the boys were combined, everything! Very artistic and creative! This is my most favorite DBSK album cover ever (well, at least as of now).

Here’s a translated news about the album I got from Soompi:

On the 24th Dong Bang Shin Gi’s title track ‘주문 (MIROTIC)’ which is a Reverse beat dance track will be released. It shares the same polished melody and toxicity as BoA’s American debut track, “Eat You Up” since it’s been composed by the same Remee/Troelsen team.

Beginning in 2007, the 4th album had been in the works, but this January Dong Bang Shin Gi were able to decide on 주문(MIROTIC) to represent their new image.

The choregraphy of 주문(MIROTIC) is by Kenny Wormald who’s also worked with pop stars Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown and Christina Aguilera.

MIROTIC, the subtitle of 주문(MIROTIC) is a newly coined term that combines the Korean MIRO (미로) and the English, TIC.

Source: Newsen
Credit: seoulfull.wordpress.com

And here’s another news:

Sohu will be releasing TVXQ’s fourth album title song “Ju Mun/Mirotic” on September 19th through the music website. “Ju Mun/Mirotic” is produced by the people behind BoA’s debut song for America, “Eat You Up.” The word Mirotic is a combination of “Miro,” which is “lost” in Korean, and the English word “tic.” Together they make “Mirotic,” which is supposed to carry the feeling of someone who falls in love at first sight and is trapped in a labyrinth they can never get out of.

TVXQ has been preparing for this album since 2007, only finishing recording this June. “Ju Mun/Mirotic”‘s choreography is created by Kenny Wormald, who has collaborated with Justin Timberlake before. The dance and beat for this song will show fans a whole new side of TVXQ. Their new album will release on the 24th, and be officially announced through SBS’s Inkigayo on the 28th.

Translation: omE! @ Shinki! Forums (http://iscreamshinki.net)
Source: DNBN + Mr. TVXQ

But that’s not the end of it. There’s more! Hahaha. Watch this and get yourselves ready for DBSK’s comeback album. :)

[Video Credit: cassiopeial0ve]

*If ever the video is removed and you can’t view it anymore, please click HERE.*

Yeah, your guess is right! That was the MV preview of the title track of the 4th Korean album, which I believe is MIROTIC. What can I say regarding the video? THE BOYS ARE HOT HOT HOT. JAEJOONG, YOU’RE REALLY OUT TO KILL ME?!!! *fans self to avoid fainting* The song most certainly has the same style as that of BoA’s “Eat You Up” single but I prefer this than that *peace BoA fans*. Another catchy and interesting title track for the boys. Every time they release an album, the title track never fails to amaze me. This one, I am sure, will be another hit. :D

Regarding the MV, based from the preview I still think that O JBH is still better. But who knows? The whole MV might actually be more grand and amazing than O JBH. Well, I sure hope it is. Either way, I still think I’ll come to love the MV simply because I love all of DBSK’s MVs/PVs and JUST LOOK AT WHAT THEY WERE WEARING. WHO IN HER RIGHT MIND WOULD NOT LOVE THAT???!!! LOL. In fact, I’m looking forward to see the whole MV because I want to see the dance steps for this one (and their bodies outfits, too! ü). I find some of the dance steps a bit funny after watching the preview a couple of times. I’m weird I know. =) But do you want to know why I was laughing? Well, that’s because I found some of the steps a little “feminine” especially the one where Junsu puts his hand in front of his mouth to cover it (0:09 of the video). I just remembered the “omona” step of the song “Tell Me” by the Wonder Girls, only this time it’s the DBSK version. Hahaha! I’m weird, right? You can say it. I won’t mind. :D

Anyway, I can’t wait for September 24, 2008! I’m getting more and more excited by the day! =)

I’ve been surfing some websites tonight (actually it’s technically morning already since it’s already 4am here) since I have an insomnia attack again and I found an article at Allkpop about the latest news on the Korean version of the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango. The part of the news talking about the casting of the Korean drama somehow caught my attention since the drama will already air this coming December and yet the lead casts are not yet decided. Here’s a part of the article: (I won’t post the whole article but only the part about the casting)

The Latest on Korea’s “Flower Before Boys”

…What everyone is dying to know is the casting – and it seems that KBS is gearing up for an all-star cast of members from famous boy bands. At this point, the biggest front runner for the lead is SS501‘s Kim Hyun-Joong, although sources have yet to confirm this. Another likely candidate is Super Junior‘s Kim Ki Bum (Personally I’m crossing my fingers for this!), especially since he starred in previous Sharp dramas. A few people have mentioned T.O.P. from Big Bang and Jae Joong from DBSK (I think he could play the female lead, too…), but with fan groups spamming message boards declaring that ‘their’ idol will be cast, it’s hard to know which sources are reliable and which are products of crazy stalkers’ devoted fans’ hopeful imaginations.

One thing for sure is that Korea’s casting of “Flowers Before Boys” will be explosive, since the Hallyu wave has made boy bands in particular extremely popular with girls all over Asia. In fact, people in China, Japan, and other parts of East Asia are also eagerly anticipating the casting of the Korean version. After all, Korea is known for its beautiful boys. The collaboration of members from ‘rival’ boy bands is definitely worth watching, and this drama will no doubt propel them to even bigger stardom…

If you want to read the whole article, CLICK HERE.

Before anything else, isn’t “Boys before Flowers/Boys over Flowers” the English translation/title of Hana Yori Dango? I don’t know if the writer made a mistake or there’s a hidden meaning behind her title that I can’t seem to get. But well, nevermind that.

Anyway, KBS wants the lead casts to come from different boybands? Wow, that would really be a good marketing ploy since Korean boybands nowadays are a hit not only in Korea but also in other Asian countries. Ratings will surely be high up there. Aside from this, like what the writer had mentioned, boyband members who will be casted for the lead roles will also benefit from it since Hana Yori Dango is pretty much a popular drama and the manga plus the two versions already aired (Japanese and Taiwanese versions) were huge hits. Being part of the Korean version would increase their popularity and would make them more familiar to a wide range of audiences. But although both sides would benefit from this plan, the main question is this: Can a boyband member who is more of a “singer” rather than an “actor” be able to deliver and give justice to the character that he’ll have to portray? Well for the Japanese and the Taiwanese versions, not all of the lead characters are singers. For the Japanese version, I think only Matsumoto Jun is a singer and the rest are already real actors. For the Taiwanese version, although the lead casts are all singers and are the members of the boyband F4 now, I think they only became a singing group during/after Meteor Garden since they gained vast popularity by starring on the drama. And besides, no offense to F4 fans, I’m more convinced that they are better of as actors rather than as singers. =) So my main concern regarding KBS’ plan of casting boyband members is their delivery and acting skills. Would it be better to cast popular boyband members who are amateur actors or would it be safer to choose veteran and capable actors for such a big drama? I know. Tough, right?

On with my opinion on the casting. Well, I read before that they’re contemplating on giving the role of Rui/Lei to HyunJoong of SS501. I really can’t say if he fits the role since I’m not that familiar with SS501 members (I only listen to their songs but I have little knowledge about the members’ personalities). But regarding KiBum, I think he doesn’t fit the role of any of the four male lead casts. I just can’t picture KiBum playing the role of the stubborn and hot-headed Domyuji/Dao Ming Si or the role of the very quiet but mysterious Rui/Lei or the playboys Sojiro/Xi Men and Akira/Mei Zuo. Although his looks certainly fits a rich kid role, I think he’s a little “stiff” to play a lead character for the drama. TOP of Big Bang could play the role of Domyuji/Dao Ming Si since his looks is that of a rebel guy although he might need to attend a lot of acting workshops since that role is most certainly a very hard and challenging one. As for JaeJoong, I think he will be the perfect person to play the role of Rui/Lei because of his quiet and mysterious looks. But even if he’ll be chosen, I highly doubt that he can do it because DBSK’s schedule is already packed with a lot of activities that I’m sure he won’t have any time to film anymore.

And so with only condsidering their personalities and disregarding their inexperience in acting, who are my choices (coming from boybands) for the lead roles?

Domyuji/Dao Ming Si:

Choi SiWon (Super Junior) – I think he can be suitable for the role since SiWon can play characters with different personalities. He can play the good boy role and he can also be the rebel guy. I also think SiWon is good at portraying the roles assigned to him and he has the ability to change his personality, behavior, and attitude depending on the role he’s playing and on what the story needs.

Rui/Lei:

Kim JaeJoong (DBSK) – Ok I know this is quite impossible, if not totally impossible. But who says I can’t have wishful thinking? I just think he’ll be the perfect person for this role. I believe that playing this character will ALMOST be as natural as breathing for him. No sweat. (Of course that is if he receives acting workshops beforehand since as I have mentioned, he is a singer not an actor.) :

Sojiro/Xi Men:

Park Yoochun (DBSK) – Yoochun has always been associated with the word “girls” and is often described as a “playboy”, although I think he’s not really one. It’s just that he somehow gave that kind of impression to people, maybe because of his cool and dandy exterior. And just because of that, I think he will be a good choice to play this character. It would not be so hard to build a playboy impression to make the character more realistic to the viewers since he already has it. LOL.

Akira/Mei Zuo:

Lee Minwoo (Shinhwa) – I don’t know. I just thought of him when I had to choose for a person to play this character. Although he might be a little old for the role I just think he’ll be good enough since I see Vaness Wu (F4 member who played as Mei Zuo in the Taiwanese version) in him. They’re both good rappers and dancers. Plus Mei Zuo has the most cheerful personality (well, that is if you compare all the four male lead characters) among all the members, which is somewhat like Minwoo’s. Hahaha.

Anyway, I’ll just wait for the official announcement from KBS and the directors and producers of the drama. I just wish the Korean version will be as good or even better than the previous two versions.