K-Pop Group, SixBomb Intentionally Shows What $90,000 In Plastic Surgery Gets You

This K-pop group SixBomb has pulled off a pretty good publicity stunt to get them noticed by releasing a video about their $90k worth of plastic surgery to enhance their looks:

Rounder eyes, narrower faces, bigger breasts: a South Korean girlband is celebrating the country’s obsession with surgically-enhanced beauty by going under the knife to praise the virtues of “Becoming Pretty”.

All four members of obscure K-pop outfit SixBomb went through extensive plastic surgery, from nose jobs to breast implants, before releasing their new single on Thursday.

A series of videos showed the four women visiting a clinic, strutting into an operating theatre and lying on the operating table. Another had them practising dance moves in sunglasses with their heads wrapped in bandages.

“Everyone follows me, they know I’m pretty,” they sing in “Becoming Pretty” — an electronic dance number with a hook reminiscent of South Korean singer Psy’s 2012 global phenomenon Gangnam Style.  (………)

South Korea’s #1 Youtube Personality Abruptly Quits Show

I guess I should not be surprised that a kids toy show is the most popular Youtube channel in South Korea:

This composite photo shows Kang Hye-jin (L), who played the original Carrie character on the popular YouTube channel Carrie and Toys, and Kim Jung-hyun (R), who will replace Kang as the channel’s main host in the near future. (Yonhap)

The “president” has quit. And no one saw it coming. Thousands of followers, young and old, found themselves emotionally lost, not knowing how to deal with the sudden void inside that was once occupied by her.

No. The impeached South Korean President Park Geun-hye isn’t the person we are talking about. It is Kang Hye-jin, the so-called “Carrie eonni,” or Sister Carrie, who is also referred to as “Ca-tongryeong,” or President Carrie, among her many fans.

The 27-year-old star of the popular YouTube channel Carrie and Toys sent shock waves among young toddlers and parents after it was announced in mid-February that Kang was leaving the channel.

So, what exactly is Carrie and Toys? It’s a popular YouTube channel run by CarrieSoft Co., a South Korean media company that specializes in online video content for children, launched in August of 2015.

The YouTube station, which had humble beginnings, became a go-to place for many young children and parents from a rather simple idea: reviewing toys and showing kids how to play with them.

Kang, who plays host Carrie, and her show gained a sizable following, becoming the number one South Korean YouTube channel in terms of total video views and ad revenues in 2016.

According to the state-run Korea Radio Promotion Association, Carrie and Toys racked up some 660 million views and earned 792 million won (US$700,309) in YouTube ad revenue last year. The account has some 1.4 million subscribers.

The company has also secured up to 5 billion won in investment from several major entities, including NHN Entertainment.  [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link, but Kang Hye-jin is rumored to be forced off of the show because of poor foreign language skills as the company looks to expand its market.  Here is a clip from the show:

Nintendo Announces Launch of Pokemon Go In South Korea

I am surprised it took this long for the popular Pokemon Go game to come to Korea:

Popular augmented reality (AR) game “Pokemon Go” was officially released in South Korea on Tuesday, six months after becoming a global hit with millions of downloads.

Users can download the Pokemon Go official application from Google Play store and Apple’s App store, and it is available in Korean.

Pokemon Go didn’t work in most parts of South Korea as the AR game uses data from Google’s mapping service, which is restricted by the Seoul government due to security concerns.

However, tens of thousands of local users have downloaded the mobile game since its launch in the United States in July 2016.

Game developer Niantic Inc. said that it will hold a press conference later on Tuesday.  [Yonhap]

South Korean Journalists Name “The Wailing” the Best Korean Film of 2016

It must have been a bad year for Korean films because I watched The Wailing on Netflix and was not all that impressed with it.  Not very scary and pretty predictable:

“The Wailing,” a supernatural thriller, was named best film of 2016 by an association of South Korean film journalists Wednesday.

Na Hong-jin was chosen best director for the tense drama which features a tranquil rural village embroiled in mysterious serial murders after the arrival of a stranger.

The movie, whose original Korean title is “Goksung,” stars Kwak Do-won, Chun Woo-hee and Hwang Jung-min. Since its premiere at last year’s Cannes Film Festival, it has been invited to even more international film festivals. In South Korea, it attracted 6.8 million viewers.  [Yonhap]

Anyone else see The Wailing and think it was the top movie of 2016?

Is Hollywood “Whitewashing” Asian Characters In Movies?

It does seem pretty hypocritical that the supposedly progressive Hollywood continues to have non-Asian actors play Asian roles:

A live action remake of Disney’s “Mulan” is set to release in 2018. For now, Disney hunts for actors and actresses with the potential to play the heroic roles of the movie. It was rumored that Disney set its eyes on famed actress Jennifer Lawrence for the role of Mulan. Lawrence is known for many heroic roles, including Katniss Everdeen in the Hunger Games trilogy. It is also rumored that actor Zac Efron will be playing the role of Li Shang from the original animated film. Despite both celebrities having great success in such movie roles, they are terrible candidates to take roles in the film, all due to racial background.

In the original story, Mulan is portrayed as a young Chinese woman taking her father’s place in serving in war by disguising herself as a man and secretly leaving her family. In recent days, heroic lead roles in Asian settings have been given to American actors. The upcoming 2017 American-Chinese fantasy epic, “The Great Wall”, stars Matt Damon (The Bourne Saga) as the lead role. The main question to stress is if the film industry is discriminating and disregarding people of color and the culture they represent.

Since there are several films where whitewashing has occurred, the main and only intent of the film industry is money.  [Korea Times]

You can read more at the link.

“Tunnel” Tops Korean Box Office for Fourth Straight Week

Has any ROK Heads seen this movie yet and can testify how good it really is?:

Korean disaster flick “Tunnel” has claimed the top spot at the box office for the fourth weekend in a row, data showed Monday.

According to the official box office tally from the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), a state agency for promoting homegrown films, the movie added 344,332 to its domestic total of 6,942,566 over Sept. 2-4.

Starring Ha Jung-woo, Bae Doona and Oh Dal-su, the film has topped the daily box office chart for 26 straight days, the longest period for any film that opened this year.

It surpassed the 6 million mark on Aug. 27, the 18th day of running, becoming the sixth film that reached the milestone this year in the country. The film is soon expected to hit the 7 million barrier.

Directed by Kim Seong-hun, the film portrays the desperate struggle of a car salesman who accidentally gets trapped inside a collapsed tunnel on his way home from work. His wife and the rescue team captain make every effort to save him but are confronted with politicians and people who do not want a development plan to be delayed to rescue a single person who may have already died.   [Yonhap]

You can read more at the link.

Nicholas Cage Ends Marriage With Korean-American Wife Alice Kim

Unfortunately Nicholas Cage’s marriage to Korean-American Alice Kim has come to an end:

Hollywood actor Nicolas Cage and his Korean-American wife, Alice Kim, ended their 11-year marriage earlier this year, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The paper said the couple, who have a son, 10, had been separated since January.

Cage, 52, met Kim, 32, in February 2004 when she waited on his table at a Los Angeles restaurant. They were engaged two months later and married in July the same year. [Korea Times]

You can read more at the link, but 11 years is pretty long time for a Hollywood marriage.

South Korean Company To Release Pororo Go Game

Leave it to South Korea to come up with their own version of the smash video game hit Pokemon Go since the game cannot be played in South Korea except in one city due to the Google Maps ban:

There has been a mobile augmented reality game development boom since Pockemon Go gained huge popularity. In Korea, Pororo Go, a game applying Pororo characters to AR technology, will soon be released.

AR service firm Social Network said Monday Pororo Go will be launched next month in partnership with Iconix, the maker of Porong Porong Pororo. Social Network last year released “Sketchpop,” an education app for AR coloring by using Pororo, Lava, Puka, Tayo and Robocar Poly characters, which has garnered 1 million downloads in Korea.

Social Network CEO Park Su-wang said, “While Pockemon is an augmented reality game for simple fun, Pororo Go includes education elements in AR game, which makes it stand out and allow children to enjoy and learn at the same time.”  [Donga Ilbo]

This game must being using one of the Korean mapping companies like Naver.  It makes me wonder if this game can be played outside of Korea?