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Goblin Couple Lee Dong Wook And Yoo In Na To Reunite For New Drama

20 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

It seems like Sunny and Wang Yeo are getting their very own epilogue story! Well, kinda.

Previously, it was reported that Yoo In Na was in talks to star in the upcoming tvN drama Touch Your Heart alongside actor Jung Kyung Ho. But bless the casting gods (no offence to Jung Kyung Ho, of course), as it’s now confirmed that her former costar Lee Dong Wook from the hit drama Goblin will be taking up the male leading role instead.

Goblin

Set to be directed by Park Joon Hwa who’s the brainchild behind What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim, Touch Your Heart is based off a web novel about fallen actress Oh Jin Shim whose career went up in smokes after getting herself involved in a dating scandal with a chaebol, and she ends up working as a secretary for the cold-hearted Kwon Jung Rok at a top lawyer firm. 

Just from the plot alone, it already sounds like an epilogue for Yoo In Na and Lee Dong Wook’s Goblin characters, who are reborn as an actress and a detective respectively in their next lifetime. If only Kwon Jung Rok’s a detective, right? But hey, we aren’t complaining – at least we get to witness the sizzling chemistry of our favourite onscreen couple again. After their heart-wrenching romance in Goblin, we hope these two will get their well-deserved happy ending in Touch Your Heart. And who knows, perhaps Kim Shin and Ji Eun Tak might even make a surprise cameo!

Touch Your Heart is scheduled to premiere in January 2019.

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5 Upcoming Chinese Remakes To Watch After Meteor Garden

19 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

So you’ve just finished binging all the episodes of Meteor Garden, and now find yourself struggling to fill the F4-shaped void in your heart. As much as we ache for a sequel so we can find out how’s life like for newlyweds Dao Ming Si and Shan Cai – which most likely won’t happen anytime soon – we know it’s time to move on. To help you cure your post-Meteor Garden blues, here are some upcoming Chinese adaptations to watch out for.

#1 Corner With Love

Corner With Love Chinese Remake

Who could ever forget the Taiwanese romcom classic that is Corner With Love? Bringing to life the iconic characters of Qin Lang (Show Lo) and Yu Xin Lei (Barbie Hsu) are actors of-the-moment Song Wei Long and Shen Yue, which will mark the latter’s second Barbie role after her stint as Shan Cai in Meteor Garden. It’s no secret that Shen Yue has impeccable chemistry with all of her leading men till now, so we can’t wait to start swooning over these budding onscreen lovebirds (sorry Dyshen shippers).

#2 Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo

A coming-of-age sports drama featuring Lee Sung Kyung as a happy-go-lucky weightlifter and Nam Joo Hyuk as your typical tsundere swimmer, Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo is one of those feel-good shows that you can watch for hours on end and never get bored.

When news of a Chinese remake first came out, speculations swirled that Shen Yue will be taking on the role of Kim Bok Joo, but her manager was quick to put an end to the rumours. Other dream castings include Guan Xiao Tong, Zhao Lu Si and our very own Eleanor Lee, daughter of local actress Quan Yi Fong. We don’t know about you, but we think Eleanor Lee and her The Big Boss costar Huang Jun Jie can give our OG couple a run for their money.

#3 Misaeng

Original Glory Misaeng Remake

One of the most successful and highly-rated Korean dramas to date, the 2014 series depicts the story of an aspiring go player played by Im Si Wan, who’s thrown into the cold reality of the corporate world. Titled Original Glory, the new remake is set to air in 2019 with a total of 42 episodes and stars Bai Jing Ting as the titular character.

#4 Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis

Prince of Tennis needs no introduction. First started as a Japanese manga series, it has since spawned various adaptations including an anime series, stage musicals, video games and two Chinese dramas. Nabbing the role of tennis prodigy Ryoma Echizen is Peng Yu Chang, and we couldn’t think of a better actor to do the character justice than Peng Peng. We’re basically seeing double!

#5 Nodame Cantabile

Cantabile Youth Remake

The 2014 Korean adaptation of Japanese manga Nodame Cantabile set the bar pretty high, so we’d be lying if we said we don’t have high hopes for the upcoming Chinese remake. The music-themed romance drama (titled Cantabile Youth) is said to have a total of 60 episodes, with Zhang Xin Cheng and Lin Yun taking on the roles of Chiaki and Nodame.

Which Chinese remake are you looking forward to the most? Tell us in the comments below!

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Interview: SEVENTEEN Just Wants To Sing For Their Fans

19 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

SEVENTEEN needs no introduction. In just three short years, the rising K-pop juggernaut has fast become the world’s newest boy band obsession, and it’s easy to see why they’ve been expanding their well-established fandom of Carats at such rapid speed.

Aside from their deliriously catchy hits, knife-point choreography and boyish good looks, it’s their undeniable love for fans that made them so likeable, even for the casual K-pop bystander. Remember the time when they displayed their fans’ photos on the screen during their goodbye stage for ‘Pretty U’? Or when they shared adorable hand-drawn notes to express their gratitude during their third anniversary?

Even through this quick-fire Q&A we’ve conducted with SEVENTEEN ahead of their upcoming IDEAL CUT concert, it’s obvious that they do everything with their beloved fans in mind – just try counting the amount of times ‘Carats’ appeared.

Hi SEVENTEEN! Having celebrated your third anniversary recently, what has been the most memorable moment for you since debut?

Seungkwan: The most memorable moment for us was when we became #1 on the charts! I also remember having our very first fanmeeting with our Carats, which was especially memorable too.

You’ve recently dropped your fifth EP You Make My Day. What sets it apart from your previous releases?

Mingyu: When we work on our albums, we would always try to be more SEVENTEEN than ever before, in a way. We make sure to put our thoughts and expressions into our works.

Your single ‘Thanks’ is dedicated to Carats. What are you the most thankful about to your fans?

DK: We want to thank all our Carats who have been loving and supporting us all the time. Our Carats are indispensable and more important than anything else, which is why we dedicated the song to our fans.

What song would you like to recommend to those who are new to SEVENTEEN?

Joshua: I would like to recommend our debut song ‘Adore U’ and our latest track ‘Oh My!’. If you’ve been listening to us from our debut days till now, perhaps you will see how we’ve improved and start keeping up with our music.

What are your plans for the rest of 2018?

S.Coups: I hope all our members will stay healthy when we are on tour. We would like to show the best sides of ourselves and share memorable moments with our Carats. Thank you!

Can’t help but swoon over ’em? Be sure to catch SEVENTEEN when they’re in town for their IDEAL CUT concert in Singapore on 21 September 2018 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium. Tickets are still available here!

P/S: Don’t forget to grab a copy of our latest issue featuring SEVENTEEN as the cover boys, before they’re gone from the newsstands!

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18 K-pop Bops Of 2018 That You Can't Resist Dancing Along To

18 Sep 2018 by Chew Hui Ling

As we’re nearing the end of the year, it’s fair to say 2018 has blessed us with plenty of addictive K-pop bops. Think BTS’ Nicki-Minaj-assisted ‘Idol’ that recently made its debut on the America’s Got Talent stage, or Pentagon’s ‘Shine’ that got everyone and their mothers addicted to the shoot dance. In case you need more additions to your K-pop playlist, here are some of our favourite chart-topping earworms of 2018 so far. We dare you to try not dancing along as you scroll down this list!

#1 ‘Idol’ – BTS

#2 ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’ – BLACKPINK

#3 Shine’ – Pentagon

#4 ‘Love Scenario’ – iKON

#5 ‘BAAM’ – Momoland

#6 ‘My Flower’ – JBJ

#7 ‘Dance The Night Away’ – TWICE

#8 ‘My Pace’ – Stray Kids

#9 ‘Always You’ – ASTRO

#10 ‘Latata’ – (G)I-DLE

#11 ‘Black Dress’ – CLC

#12 ‘We Go Up’ – NCT Dream

#13 ‘Power Up’ – Red Velvet

#14 ‘Everyday’ – Winner

#15 ‘Boomerang’ – Wanna One

#16 ‘Egoistic’ – Mamamoo

#17 ‘Oh My’ – SEVENTEEN

#18 ‘Lullaby’ – GOT7

 Have a favourite song that didn’t make it on the list? Comment down below so we can stan ’em too!

P/S: Why dance along to these infront of your screen when you can channel your inner dancing machine at Teenage Dance Challenge 2018? Last call for registrations – sign up here if you haven’t!

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It seems like just yesterday that IU burst on stage with her fresh-faced charms and sugary sweet tunes. Fast forward to now, the 25-year-old is known as one of the most successful artistes in the K-pop scene today. The multi-talented singer-songwriter will be embarking on a concert tour to celebrate her 10th year of debut, alongside UAENAs all around the world!

IU will be heading to seven cities across the Asia region, including Singapore this December! Be prepared to be swept away by her soothing vocals as she treats us to an eargasmic repertoire of all her biggest hits within her decade-spanning discography. It’s been more than a year since she dropped her own solo material – her last body of work being her 2017 10-track album Palette, before teaming up with Zico on their latest collaboration of ‘SoulMate’. But with news of an upcoming album in the works, chances are we might just be the first ones to get a sneak peek of her new tracks!

IU Concert Singapore 2018 

2018 IU 10th Anniversary Tour Concert <이지금 dlwlrma> In Singapore
Date:
15 December 2018
Time:
6pm
Venue:
The Star Theatre
Tickets: $268, $228, $188, $148

Tickets will go on sale from 13 October, 10am via APACTix. As we await for more details, check out the music video of ‘SoulMate’ with Zico:

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