Meet The Actor Who Leapt From K-Drama Cliche To Thriller Movie Lead

12 Aug 2016 by Chew Hui Ling

If you didn’t watch She Was Pretty, you’re missing out on one of the best K-dramas in 2015 – which also happens to be the show that catapulted Park Seo Joon to fame since his debut in Dream High 2. But there’s still plenty to look forward to, particularly his big-screen transformation into a young detective in the upcoming thriller The Chronicles of Evil. Gone is the clean-cut, dashing heartthrob we know; what we see now is a complex, tormented character by the name of Cha Dong Jae. In an email interview, the actor dished on his first movie lead role, behind-the-scenes titbits and more.


He plays a detective you’ll love more than Sherlock

“I play the youngest member in the investigation team, who was captivated by the legendary story of Inspector Choi (Son Hyun Joo) and therefore becomes determined to be a member of the serious crime squad. But Cha Dong Jae is a complicated character. He looks cool and calm, but he’s always troubled by his inner conflicts. He’s full of stories – he evaluates and examines everything carefully before making decisions. When I was studying the role, I was worried and spent a lot of time fine-tuning my emotions in order to portray his character.

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It was one of the best experiences he had

“It was always fun during filming. I felt relieved since the actors I’m working with are very considerate [towards me]. Special mention to Ma Dong Seok sunbae who always made us laugh on set. We even nicknamed him ‘Mayomi’ (a wordplay on Kwyomi)!”

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You’d never guess that he’s actually shy IRL

“I was more used to thinking [on my own] rather than expressing my emotions since I was a child. Thus, when I grew up, I was doubtful if I’d be able to become an actor because of my shy personality. But once I started pursuing a career in acting, I find that I can express various emotions through acting while experiencing different kinds of ‘lives’. This makes me more ambitious in my work.”

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He looks up to Leonardo DiCarprio

“I like Leonardo DiCarprio. He acts brilliantly in The Revenant, The Wolf of Wall Street, and The Great Gatsby. He’s handsome, but he has also managed to prove that he can act well.”

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Looking forward to The Chronicles of Evil yet?

“It’s a thriller that illustrates the synergy of an appealing script and a cast of veteran actors. You’ll be immersed in the complicated mentation of Inspector Choi as well as Cha Dong Jae’s emotions, all while being captivated by the tensions in the movie. I think the plot twists make the film more enjoyable and entertaining.” 

Catch Park Seo Joon on The Chronicles of Evil, premiering 18 August on Thrill’s Asian Fear Fest on Singtel TV Ch 415 and StarHub Ch 618.

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Zico & Seolhyun - Our Newest K-Pop Couple

11 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Block B’s Zico and AOA’s Seolhyun is officially dating! This came really unexpected as both of them have really different images, but then again we don’t know them personally so who are we to judge right?

Shortly after Korean media Dispatch released photos of Zico and Seolhyun on dates, their respective agencies have released official statements to confirm the two idol’s relationship!

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Seolhyun was captured running towards Zico’s apartment on multiple occasions.

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Are you shipping this new couple? Let us know in the comments below!

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12 K-Pop MVs That Are Actually Advertisements

10 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Did you know some of our favourite K-pop music videos (MV) are actually paid endorsements by companies like LG, Coca-Cola and even Toyota? We didn’t know that ‘Galaxy Supernova’ by Girls’ Generation is an advertisement for Samantha Thavasa Jeans! We list down 12 MVs that are actually advertisements!

Girls’ Generation – Visual Dreams
Advertisement for Intel

Hyuna – My Colour
Advertisement for Toyota

Dara – Kiss
Advertisement for Cass Beer

Girls’ Generation – Galaxy Supernova
Advertisement for Samantha Thavasa Jeans

Wave – GFriend
Advertisement for American Tourister

Lollipop – Big Bang & 2NE1
Advertisement for LG

Taste The Feeling – NCT 127
Advertisement for Coca-Cola

Chocolate Love – Girls’ Generation
Advertisement for LG

Don’t Stop The Music – 2NE1
Advertisement for Yamaha

Maxstep – Younique
Advertisement for Hyundai

Woo Hoo – Mamamoo
Advertisement for LG

Hello Bubble – Girl’s Day
Advertisement for Miseenscene

Did we miss out on any? Let us know by commenting below! By the way, we bet you didn’t know that some of your favourite K-Pop songs are actually remakes. Check them out here.

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Watch Scarlet Heart Ryeo Same Time as Korea’s Telecast

4 Aug 2016 by Venetia Sng

Say goodbye to painfully waiting for your favourite Korean dramas to be subbed and be available for viewing, ’cause the highly anticipated Korean drama Scarlet Heart Ryeo will be aired the same time as Korea exclusively on ONE (Singtel TV Ch 513 & 604, StarHub TV Ch 124, 820 & 823)!

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This drama is a remake of the popular Chinese series 步步惊心. Featuring IU, Lee Joon Ki, Hong Jong Hyun, Nam Joo Hyuk, Kang Ha Neul, Baek Hyun and Ji Soo, we’re expecting this pre-produced drama to be bigger than Decedents of the Sun (DOTS) already!

White waiting for the drama’s debut, let’s admire the gorgeous cast in this spread they did with Cosmopolitan!

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Scarlet Heart Ryeo will debut in Korea and in Singapore on 29 August, airing every Monday and Tuesday at 9pm. First and exclusively on ONE.

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Movie of the Week: Jason Bourne

27 Jul 2016 by Venetia Sng

First was Identity then Supremacy then Ultimatum and lastly (without Matt Damon) Legacy. Our favourite Matty Matt is back as Jason Bourne and he is going to end this once and for all.

Matt Damon returns to his most iconic role in Jason Bourne. Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures’ Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA’s most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows.

If you didn’t catch any of the Bourne movies and too lazy to sit through all four, here’s everything you need to know before catching Jason Bourne.

Jason Bourne will be in theatres near you 28 July!

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