Who could ever forget the Taiwanese coming-of-age classic that launched the careers of Michelle Chen and Kai Ko, all while stirring the hearts of everyone across the world back in 2011? With its record-breaking success and the surge of remakes recently, we couldn’t help but wonder if You Are The Apple Of My Eye will also be getting its own reboot. And we’ve got good news: there’s now a Japanese version of the Giddens Ko-directed flick titled Ano Koro, Kimi Wo Oikaketa (Those Years, We Went After You).

Led by Yasuo Hasegawa, the highly-anticipated remake stars rising actor Yuki Yamada (Mischievous Kiss, Strobe Edge) and Nogizaka46 member Saito Asuka (Sakuran, Shoujo no Miru Yume) as protagonist Mizushima Kosuke and heroine Hayase Mai respectively.

Although no one can possibly take the place of Kai Ko and Michelle Chen’s iconic roles as Ko Ching Teng and Shen Chia Yi, we can’t deny that the casting team did an impeccable job at replicating their Japanese counterparts – it’s almost as if we’re looking at a parallel universe. Just check out their uncanny resemblance! 

You Are The Apple Of My Eye Saito Asuka vs Michelle Chen

You Are The Apple Of My Eye Yuki Yamada vs Kai Ko

You Are The Apple Of My Eye Comparison

While the original story begins in 1994, the new version will be taking place in the 2000s instead. The setting has also been changed to Japan, but we’re glad to know that the production crew has kept most of the plot in place which means they have a lot of hype to live up to. Some scenes were even filmed in Pingxi, Taiwan for an additional dash of nostalgia. For the uninitiated, You Are The Apple Of My Eye chronicles the decade-spanning romance between a straight-A student and the resident class clown as they navigate adolescent angst and growing pains.

The film has since been released on 5 October. Now we’ll just have to wait and see if it will eventually make its way to local cinemas…

More related stories: Taiwanese Hit Movie Our Times Is Getting A Sequel! Here’s Everything We Know So Far5 Upcoming Chinese Remakes To Watch After Meteor Garden

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6 K-pop Idols Who Are Also YouTube Stars In Their Own Right

4 Oct 2018 by Chong Xin Yi

What does f(x), DAY6 and Apink have in common? Besides earning fame as mega-successful celebrities in their own right, these hard-working stars have also made their personal debut on YouTube – showing fans a different side of themselves beyond their onstage personas. Here’s a list of idols who are killing it in the YouTube game and deserves a follow, stat!

She’s known as: Amber of f(x)

Watch her on: Amber Liu

Why you should subscribe: With a channel name like What The Pineapple, it’s hard not to hit the subscribe button. Her OG WTP videos consists of viral challenges, crazy mukbangs and occasional Q&As. But what really impressed us was her iconic diss video above, where she addresses her haters in the most savage way yet. We truly stan an unbothered queen!

It wasn’t until recently that the f(x) member sprung back to action after taking a short break from YouTube, and began sharing more of her self-produced mixtapes, song covers and behind-the-scenes footages. She hasn’t forgotten her comical roots however, making sure to include a sprinkling of entertainment value for her longtime viewers – such as the recent carpool karaoke madness you can check out here.

He’s known as: Jae of DAY6

Watch him on: JaeSix

Why you should subscribe: When Jae is not busy rocking out with his band, the DAY6 vocalist can be found goofing around on YouTube with his fellow idol pals including 2PM’s Nichkhun, f(x)’s Amber (yay, YouTube buddies!) and CLC’s Sorn. With his witty and outgoing personality, you’ll never be bored of his meme-worthy content and hilarious antics. Sadly, the social media extraordinaire has declared The End Of JaeSix due to DAY6’s recent comeback schedules, but fret not – we smell a season two coming up very soon!

She’s known as: Sandara Park

Watch her on: DARA TV

Why you should subscribe: Since parting ways with 2NE1, Dara has been keeping her beloved Blackjacks updated on her activities through her YouTube channel, DARA TV. Known for her quirky charms and down-to-earth attitude, she brings us along on her schedules and vacations via a series of vlogs – giving us an intimate look into her day-to-day life. Our favourite video? Her recent trip to Singapore, where she vlogged herself doing touristy things like enjoying chilli crab, visiting the USS, taking the Singapore Flyer etc. Come back soon, Dara!

She’s known as: Bomi of Apink

Watch her on: 뽐뽐뽐 (Bbom Bbom Bbom)

Why you should subscribe: Can’t get enough of Apink? Fans of Bomi will be stoked to know that the K-pop sweetheart has opened up her own YouTube channel adorably named Bbom Bbom Bbom, where she regularly uploads videos to communicate with fans – whether it’s taking us through her skincare routine, showcasing her hidden culinary skills, or even unboxing fan gifts on camera. In one of her latest videos, she introduced a fresh take on nail art: turning falsies into intricate, monochromatic designs. Perhaps it’s the start of a new nail art trend?

She’s known as: Soohyun of Akdong Musician

Watch her on: Mochipeach

Why you should subscribe: If you’re into all things K-beauty, the AKMU darling is your go-to girl. Her channel has everything you could ask for: makeup tutorials, fashion hauls, dieting tips, daily vlogs… the list goes on. We especially love her festival makeup tutorial, where she gets all glammed up with this gorgeous sparkly look that’s perfect for the upcoming music fests. Oh, and did we mention she also does ASMR and slime videos? Just another reason for us to love her!

He’s known as: G.O

Watch him on: O.Y Couple Story

Why you should subscribe: Former MBLAQ vocalist turned Internet personality G.O and girlfriend Choi Ye Seul literally scream couple goals. On their joint YouTube channel O.Y Couple Story, these lovebirds upload heart-fluttering videos of them going on fun dates, hanging out with friends and more. Try spotting a certain MBLAQ member making a cameo in their recent video above!

Which K-pop idol do you wish to see opening up their own YouTube channel? Let us know in the comments below!

More related stories: 5 K-Reality Shows Where K-pop Stars Reveal Their True SelvesThese K-pop Stars Hit The Streets Without Anyone Noticing

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11 New Horror Movies To Catch Just In Time For Halloween

27 Sep 2018 by Jasmine Ong

Who doesn’t love a good scare? It’s that time of the year when a galore of horror flicks are added to the feature lineup in cinemas for the Halloween season. Here’s a list of new and soon-to-be releases that will haunt you all the way till the end of 2018.

The Nun (Now showing)

Touted as the darkest film in The Conjuring Universe, a Catholic priest with a haunted past along with a novice, are sent by the Vatican to investigate the mysterious death of a young nun in Romania. Instead, they uncover the abbey’s unholy secret which leads them to confront a malevolent force in the form of a demonic nun (which you may recognise from The Conjuring 2). What ensues is a battle between the good and the evil as they try to contain the demonic entity.

Hell Fest (27 Sep)

It’s all fun and games till somebody gets hurt… or killed. A masked serial killer turns a horror themed amusement park into his own personal playground where he decides to terrorise a group of friends on their night out. Unenthused about what they had seen previously, the group soon realises that the fake murders were actually real, prompting them to make their escape only to get hunted down one by one until the night is over.

Mara (27 Sep)

Criminal psychologist Kate is assigned to a strange case where the wife of a man had murdered him in his sleep. The only witness to the crime was their eight-year-old daughter, Sophie. As Kate digs deeper into the case, she discovers the mystery of an ancient demon that kills people in their sleep. She begins to experience the same petrifying symptoms as the other victims and has to fight through this chilling nightmare to save herself and Sophie before it’s too late.

Sabrina (27 Sep)

A doll maker and toy company owner, Aiden lives happily with his wife Maira and niece Vanya, who also happens to be their adopted daughter. As Vanya struggles to deal with the loss of her birth mother, she decides to play Charlie’s Pencil to summon the spirit of her late mother. Strange things start to happen in the household, especially with the Sabrina doll that has set its sight on Maira.

Ghost Wife (11 Oct)

This is not your typical love story. Nard, is a girl in high school who falls in love with a senior, Mac. When Nard discovers that she is pregnant, Mac’s mother forces him to cut all contact with her by sending him to study abroad. Nard’s mother persuades her to have an abortion, of which she didn’t survive. Now back for revenge, Nard haunts the apartment complex where she used to live as well as the man she used to love.

Apostle (12 Oct)

Travel to 1905 with Thomas Richardson, who goes to a remote island to rescue his sister after she’s kidnapped by a mysterious religious cult that has demanded a ransom for her safe return. It soon becomes clear that the cult will regret the day they had baited Thomas to their island, as he digs deeper into their secrets and lies on which the commune is built, unravelling the frightening truth they’ve kept hidden.

Halloween (18 Oct)

Lock your doors and hide – Michael Myers is back. Set forty years after the original Halloween film, the notorious slasher is in prison for his killing spree in 1979, while his adversary Laurie Strode has turned into a paranoid survivalist. Since her narrow escape on Halloween night four decades ago, Laurie is now ready for her final confrontation with Michael in Haddonfield when he coincidentally escapes from prison.

Zombiepura (25 Oct)

What would you do if you’re trapped with zombies? That’s a dilemma that a lazy reservist soldier and his tough commander face when a mysterious virus breaks out in their isolated army camp. Together, they have to strive to survive the zombie infestation and learn what it means to be real soldiers.

Suspiria (2 Nov)

Susie Bannion travels to a world-renowned dance company in Berlin where she quickly becomes the artistic director, Madame Blanc’s, favourite dancer. After a series of mysterious student disappearances, Susie, along with her new friend Sara and an elderly psychologist, find out that the school may be harbouring dark secrets that could kill them all.

Overlord (8 Nov)

On the eve of D-Day in 1944, American paratroopers are dropped behind enemy lines to carry out a mission that is vital to the invasion’s success. But as they approach their intended target, they begin to realise that there is more going on in this Nazi-occupied village than just a simple military operation. Soon, they find themselves fighting against supernatural forces that turn out to be a part of a Nazi experiment.

Slender Man (27 Dec)

You’ve probably read the creepypasta story, and now, witness the horror come to life. In a small town in Massachusetts, a group of teenage girls – fascinated by the creepy internet lore, Slender Man – attempt to prove that he doesn’t actually exist. But when their friend mysteriously disappears, the girls decide to summon him with a ritual. They soon start to experience supernatural occurrences that could only lead them to believe that the story is real and they are being haunted by none other than Slender Man.

More related stories: USS Halloween Horror Nights 2018: Stranger Things House, Zombie Laser Tag And Flying Vampires, 5 Singaporeans Share Their Scariest Real-Life Horror StoriesWe Rank The 7 Scariest Horror Movie Characters Of All Time

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There’s just something about Korean boy group SEVENTEEN that makes them so likeable – perhaps it’s their solid live vocals that never fail to blow us away; or their crisp, synchronised moves that you couldn’t help but awe at.

For us, one thing became very apparent when the 13-member hit machine took the stage for their IDEAL CUT concert at the Singapore Indoor Stadium: they know exactly how to entertain a crowd. It was clear how much the boys actually enjoy being on stage, and it just made the whole show that much more personal despite being held at such a large venue.

“Our goal for the concert is to make Carats happy,” the band announced, and they’ve definitely achieved that. In between the blistering performances, energetic unit stages and comical banter, Carats were showered with unbelievable amounts of fan service that will make even the most stoic of non-fans break into a smile. For those who missed out on the showcase, here are our top moments that – in line with their latest album You Make My Day – made our day.

#1 When Seungkwan asked the crowd to cheer in ASMR style

As one of the members in SEVENTEEN’s resident gag trio, Seungkwan had us tickled pink when he made the hilarious request of asking the audience to cheer in ASMR-style. Which failed terribly, as everybody simply ended up cheering at the top of their voices instead. A flabbergasted Seungkwan then proceeded to playfully chide the fans for having “no sense”, inciting another round of laughter from the crowd.

#2 When SEVENTEEN cosplayed as Caratbongs

Undoubtedly our favourite moment of the night was when they dressed up as Caratbongs (SEVENTEEN’s official lightstick) during their performance of ‘Thinkin’ Of You’. Donning their diamond headbands, the boys were literally exploding with cuteness as they enthusiastically paraded around the stage. BRB, we’re slipping into the diamond life.

#3 When DK, Mingyu and Jun gifted roses to Carats

As the rest of the members scurried off the stage, DK, Mingyu and Jun stayed behind to deliver a swoon-worthy serenade of ‘Hello’. Taking a moment to interact with fans, the boys decided to take a sit along the extended stage and started throwing out roses to the front rows. Singapore Carats are indeed a lucky bunch! 

#4 When Mingyu flaunted his smooth BLACKPINK moves

SEVENTEEN is no stranger to girl group dances. From Girls’ Generation to Mamamoo, Red Velvet to Twice, they can do no wrong. But leave it to Mingyu to give BLACKPINK a run for their money, as he showed off his smooth moves to ‘DDU-DU DDU-DU’. Petition for Mingyu to drop a full cover!

#5 When the other members decided to abandon Seungkwan

What’s SEVENTEEN without their usual trolling shenanigans, right? When Seungkwan was busy doing his model-like sashay during the sexy dance segment, the other members decided to prank him by ditching him midway and leaving him all alone on stage. Unfazed by their antics, Seungkwan took the opportunity to declare it as his own solo concert titled The Ideal Boo (Boo is his surname). What else can we say, we stan an unbothered king!

#6 When Vernon teasingly chose chilli crab over Carats

We all know how much of a tease Vernon can be, but we certainly weren’t ready for this attack. During his ending ment, he claimed that he missed chilli crab the most but it wasn’t even a second later that he started cracking up. “I’m just kidding,” he grinned. “Of course it’s our Carats!”

#7 When The8 was being all romantic on a rainy day

Although the weather was pretty gloomy during the concert day, our hearts were warmed by The8’s words during his ending ment. “It was raining a lot today, right?” he spoke carefully in Chinese. “It’s kind of romantic to spend time with all of you in the rain. I hope you can think of us on rainy days, just like how I would always think of you guys. See you in our dreams tonight!” Can anybody say awww?

Before we know it, it’s time for goodbyes…

We weren’t quite ready to say our goodbyes, but it seemed like the SEVENTEEN members were just as reluctant to go. Because in SEVENTEEN’s books, one encore is apparently not enough. Just as the members started to retreat backstage and the audience got up to leave, the group bounced back to hit replay on their final song ‘Very Nice’. And we weren’t just fooled once, but twice (not that we mind).

All good things had to come to an end, but not without a resolute promise from leader S.Coups to come back to Singapore very soon. And when they return, we bet they will be drawing bigger and greater crowds than ever.

Featured image: Fast Track Events

More related stories: Interview: SEVENTEEN Just Wants To Sing For Their Fans7 Times GOT7 Made Us LOL During Their Singapore ConcertHere’s Exactly What Went Down At HallyuPopFest 2018

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Ever since their debut, BTS has been on a mission to change the world – one song at a time. Unlike their K-pop counterparts who croon and dance to factory-made perfection, the seven-member juggernaut rebel against the norms with lyrical themes tackling social hierarchies, self-acceptance and empowerment, in the rawest and least filtered form. It’s no surprise they’d make the perfect role models for today’s generation, having joined forces with UNICEF to launch an anti-violence campaign dubbed Love Myself last October.

At the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on 24 September, BTS made an appearance at the monumental event as UNICEF goodwill ambassadors alongside First Lady Kim Jung Sook and other prominent leaders. In support of the launch of UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited initiative – a new global partnership that aims to “get every young person into quality education, training or employment by 2030” – leader RM represented the group to deliver an inspiring six-minute speech to support the campaign. Here’s the speech in full:

“Thank you, Mr. Secretary General, UNICEF Executive Director, Excellencies and distinguished guests from across the world. My name is Kim Nam Joon, also known as RM, the leader of the group BTS. It’s an incredible honour to be invited to an occasion with such significance for today’s young generation.

Last November, BTS launched the Love Myself campaign with UNICEF, building on our belief that ‘true love first begins with loving myself.’ We have been partnering with UNICEF’s #ENDviolence program to protect children and young people all over the world from violence. Our fans have become a major part of this campaign with their action and enthusiasm. We truly have the best fans in the world!

I would like to begin by talking about myself.

I was born in Ilsan, a city near Seoul, South Korea. It’s a beautiful place, with a lake, hills, and even an annual flower festival. I spent a happy childhood there, and I was just an ordinary boy. I would look up at the night sky in wonder and dream the dreams of a boy. I used to imagine that I was a superhero, saving the world. In an intro to one of our early albums, there is a line that says, ‘My heart stopped… I was maybe nine or ten.’

Looking back, that’s when I began to worry about what other people thought of me and started seeing myself through their eyes. I stopped looking up at the stars at night. I stopped daydreaming. I tried to jam myself into moulds that other people made. Soon, I began to shut out my own voice and started to listen to the voices of others. No one called out my name, and neither did I. My heart stopped and my eyes closed shut. So, like this, I, we, all lost our names. We became like ghosts.

I had one sanctuary, and that was music. There was a small voice in me that said, ‘Wake up, man, and listen to yourself!’ But it took me a long time to hear music calling my name. Even after making the decision to join BTS, there were hurdles. Most people thought we were hopeless. Sometimes, I just wanted to quit. I think I was very lucky that I didn’t give it all up. I’m sure that I, and we, will keep stumbling and falling. We have become artists performing in huge stadiums and selling millions of albums.

But I am still an ordinary, 24-year-old guy. If there’s anything that I’ve achieved, it was only possible because I had my other BTS members by my side, and because of the love and support of our ARMY fans. Maybe I made a mistake yesterday, but yesterday’s me is still me. I am who I am today, with all my faults. Tomorrow I might be a tiny bit wiser, and that’s me, too. These faults and mistakes are what I am, making up the brightest stars in the constellation of my life. I have come to love myself for who I was, who I am, and who I hope to become.  

I would like to say one last thing. After releasing the Love Yourself albums and launching the Love Myself campaign, we started to hear remarkable stories from our fans all over the world, how our message helped them overcome their hardships in life and start loving themselves. These stories constantly remind us of our responsibility.

So, let’s all take one more step. We have learned to love ourselves, so now I urge you to ‘speak yourself.’

I would like to ask all of you. What is your name? What excites you and makes your heart beat? Tell me your story. I want to hear your voice, and I want to hear your conviction. No matter who you are, where you’re from, your skin colour, gender identity: speak yourself. Find your name, find your voice by speaking yourself.

I’m Kim Nam Joon, RM of BTS. I’m a hip-hop idol and an artist from a small town in Korea. Like most people, I made many mistakes in my life. I have many faults and I have many fears, but I am going to embrace myself as hard as I can, and I’m starting to love myself, little by little.

What is your name? Speak yourself!”

This is a significant milestone not only for the members of BTS, but also marks the start of a whole new era of change. And these are not just empty words. Besides donating a portion of their Love Yourself physical album sales revenue, they have also pledged 500 million KRW to the #ENDviolence campaign over the next two years, amongst other advocacy efforts. If that’s not enough indication that they are worthy of speaking at the UN General Assembly, we will end this with a message from UNICEF on the Love Myself website:

“The members of BTS strive, in their own ways, to make the world a better place to live. This is what BTS has pursued, and will pursue, through the Love Yourself album series and Love Myself campaign. Since they are now in their 20s, they are going to raise their voice to support young people in this world. They insist that the future should be different from the past as they are now the pillar of society. People need to speak of love and lingering hope, they say, even in this world wracked with hatred and violence.”

From seven young hopefuls who overcame all odds to realise their dreams, to becoming the voices of youths across the world, BTS has truly made history.

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