5 Reasons Why Japanese Heartthrob Koudai Matsuoka Is One To Watch

16 Aug 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

At 21, actor Koudai Matsuoka appears wise beyond his years. We caught up with the Japanese actor when he was in town to commemorate the launch of Japan Park Singapore, where we discovered he’s more than just boyish good looks. Apart from boasting killer acting chops, this rising star is also equally talented in the dancing department. Oh, and he’s a well-known K-pop stan – which scored him bonus points in our books. Here are five reasons why you’ll be crushing on Koudai Matsuoka in no time.

#1 He’s a fan of our local food. Ask any celebrity who comes to our little red dot about their favourite Singaporean cuisine, and chances are chilli crab would most likely top the rankings. Aside from the popular dish, Koudai also gave special mention to other local delights such as chicken rice and bak kut teh. Next on his must-try list? Char kway teow!

#2 He’d make the perfect travel buddy. Thinking of going for a holiday in Japan? For a one-day trip, Koudai recommends heading to Kyoto and Nara because of its close proximity. “There are plenty of historical architecture and structures I want people to see and experience, especially when it’s all made from wood a thousand years ago but still standing strong today. Don’t you think it’s amazing?” You know what will be even more amazing? If we actually have Koudai as our tour guide. (Hey, we can dream!)

#3 Not only can he act, he knows how to dance too! Koudai is born for the stage. Besides being a stellar actor in his own right, you’d be surprised to know that the 21-year-old is also great at dancing. “I was a member of the dance club when I was 8, so I would’ve probably been a dancer if I wasn’t an actor,” he explains. “I’ve always been into the art of expressing oneself, so I’ve never really thought about anything outside of the entertainment and arts scene.”

#4 He’s a huge fan of EXO’s Kai and Bruno Mars. Did you know that the chap’s a fanboy of EXO’s resident dancing machine, Kai? He even knows the choreography to ‘Growl’ – check out his flawless moves in this 2015 cover he uploaded on Twitter.

It’s no secret that he’s a major EXO-L, but we found out that Koudai looks up to Bruno Mars as well. “He has amazing stage presence. His performance at the Super Bowl was perfect!”

#5 He’s always up to take on new challenges. Although his acting career is just starting to kick off, the talented lad has already taken on a couple of notable roles such as his performance as Naruto in Naruto The Live Spectacle. In the future, he hopes to play a character that speaks in English. “I watch quite a bit of Netflix and sometimes see Japanese cast amongst foreign actors. I think that’s really respectable.”

We’re certainly looking forward to that, but in the meantime, fans can catch him in the upcoming stage play of Rurouni Kenshin in October – a character that’s “different from my previous roles”. And if his previous roles are any indication, Koudai definitely has the potential to make it big.

Featured image credit: JPSG2018

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As part of the YOUTHx festival, the annual extravaganza wrapped up on a high note with Hyperplay 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium – headlined by international artistes such as CL, Alessia Cara, Nick Jonas as well as our very own The Sam Willows.

With such an impressive gathering of big-name acts, what could go wrong? Well, plenty. A broken leg, mic issues, body-shaming trolls… you name it. But despite the hiccups along the way, it didn’t stop our stars from delivering a solid show. What ensued was a heartwarming outpour of support from the crowd that truly brings out the spirit of our youth community.

The Sam Willows

The Sam Willows

In the span of their career, homegrown quartet The Sam Willows has accomplished many things – from releasing hugely successful albums, to headlining at major festivals around the world. And our local darlings can now add another milestone to their name with Hyperplay, being the first performers to kick off the highly-anticipated event. They certainly didn’t come empty-handed, as they treated us to a medley of their biggest hits including ‘Take Heart’, ‘All Time High’ and ‘Papa Money’.

What really impressed us however was Narelle, who braved a leg injury to stand on stage. At some point, the pink-haired badass even tried to take part in the choreography with the help of the other members. Major respect!



CL was clearly the buzz of the night, for good (and bad) reasons. While en route to Singapore, the former 2NE1 member was captured at the airport looking like she packed on a few pounds – which is deemed as ‘unacceptable’ in K-pop standards where idols are expected to have stick-skinny bodies. Unsurprisingly, it wasn’t long before CL made headlines for her sudden weight gain. But we can’t help but wonder, what’s the big deal?

We don’t know about you, but we think our resident Baddest Female looks just as gorgeous and confident with a chubbier bod. And she clearly embraces her larger frame, putting her newfound curves in full display as she booty-popped and twerked her way through an electrifying 13-track set. Blackjacks and GZBs in the audience were also nothing but supportive, enthusiastically swaying and crooning along to her familiar hits which included a couple of nostalgic 2NE1 throwbacks like ‘Can’t Nobody’, ‘Falling In Love’ and ‘I Am The Best’.

Alessia Cara

Alessia Cara

There’s nothing more frustrating for a singer than having to deal with a faulty mic, especially at the start of your performance. But Alessia Cara handled it like a true professional, determinedly singing into the mic and hyping up the crowd while waiting for the music to come on. She was quickly ushered away shortly after, before bouncing back on stage as if the technical mishap didn’t just happen.

This was Alessia’s first time performing in Singapore, but she showed no signs of nervousness and managed to hit all the right notes perfectly. Drawing us in with her powerhouse vocals and magnetic charisma, the Canadian songstress brought the atmosphere to an all-time high with standout tracks like ‘Wild Things’, ‘Scars To Your Beautiful’ and ‘Stay’. But what stole the show for us was her emotional rendition of ‘Growing Pains’, where she left us with a little reminder we never knew we needed. “I want you to know that you’re perfect no matter what you do. This song is a reminder to love ourselves, and love one another. Remember, you’re not alone.”

Nick Jonas

Nick Jonas

The party was just getting started! And if there’s anyone who knows how to have a good time, it’s Nick Jonas. Bursting on stage in a rad pink bomber, the American heartthrob thrilled fans with a killer repertoire of sizzling pop numbers including ‘Chains’, ‘Levels’ and ‘Jealous’. Just when we were about to get fully immersed in his charms, a little bird told us that a certain Bollywood diva was somewhere in the front rows cheering on her beau – and it was honestly the cutest thing ever.

Although we didn’t manage to find Priyanka Chopra in the crowd, eagle-eyed fans spotted the newly-engaged lovebirds snuggling up at a nightclub after the show. Aww!

Image credits: Hyperplay/MTV Asia

What was your favourite moment of the night during Hyperplay? Tell us in the comments below!

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K-pop girl group Red Velvet is no stranger to our sunny island, having performed in Singapore previously for the Shilla Beauty Concert last November. Local Reveluvs have been patiently waiting for the quintet to hold their own solo concert here, and it seems like their wish will finally be granted.

After two sold-out shows in Seoul on 4 and 5 August, it was announced that the girls will be heading overseas for their REDMARE tour. Initial reports stated that they will be starting off in Bangkok on 8 September, followed by Taipei and Singapore. More locations will be revealed later on.

This tour announcement comes right on the heels of their recent upbeat anthem ‘Power Up’, which has since earwormed its way to the top of the charts with their refreshing vocals, infectiously catchy hooks and addictive choreography. If there’s anything Red Velvet is known for, it’s their penchant for churning out inescapable summer smashes – think ‘Red Flavour’, ‘Dumb Dumb’ and ‘Ice Cream Cake’ – and they certainly didn’t disappoint with their latest comeback. We can’t wait to belt out to their biggest hits when they come to town!

Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in Singapore


Red Velvet 2nd Concert [REDMARE] in Singapore
20 October 2018 (Saturday)
The Star Theatre
$288, $248, $208, $168

Tickets will go on sale 8 September, 10am via APACTIX. For more information, just hit up the folks at One Production here!

Meanwhile, check out Red Velvet’s latest music video for ‘Power Up’:

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Nearly a year since China’s very own Crystal Liu Yifei was unveiled as the titular star of Disney’s upcoming live-action adaptation of Mulan, Walt Disney Pictures has finally announced that production is officially underway – and dropped a stunning picture of the Chinese actress looking dashing in a red suit and sword in tow.

Mulan tells the iconic tale of a fearless young woman who disguises herself as a man to join the military in order to protect the nation from the Northern Invaders. The 30-year-old is no stranger to the martial arts scene, with notable roles in The Return of the Condor Heroes, The Forbidden Kingdom, The Assassins and more. And from the looks of it, our resident heroine is all geared up for battle. 

Long-time Disney fans who expect to see Li Shang in the movie will be terribly disappointed however; in our beloved captain’s place is a fellow solider named Chen Yonghui, who will be played by New Zealand actor Yoson An. Not much details are revealed about the character yet, but what we do know is that he’s a new recruit to Commander Tung’s unit and will be the new love interest of Mulan. Aside from our main leads, the film also features a star-studded cast such as Donnie Yen of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story fame, who will be taking on the role of Mulan’s mentor Commander Tung. Other names include Gong Li, Jet Li, Jason Scott Lee, Ron Yuan, Tzi Ma, Rosalind Chao, Cheng Pei Pei, Nelson Lee, Chum Ehelepola and Utkarsh Ambudkar.

Mulan will open in US theatres on 27 March 2020.

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We were half-expecting The Weeknd to hold his concert on a weekend, but hey, we’re not complaining – our little red dot is lucky enough to be included in his first ever Asia tour after all. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, best known as The Weeknd, will be hitting the road on an 8-country trek across the Southeast Asia region and will be swinging by Singapore on 5 December (Friday) for a one-night-only show.

Having taken over the airwaves with an endless string of chart-topping hits – think ‘Starboy’, ‘Can’t Feel My Face’ and ‘The Hills’, the R&B star is ready to conquer our shores with his infectious dancefloor bangers and smooth grooves. Ticketing details have yet to be announced at press time, but one thing’s for sure: it’s gonna be wild!

The Weeknd Asia Tour 2018

Meanwhile, check out his latest music video for ‘Call Out My Name’:

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