Light reading

North Korea’s rant about Channel 4’s planned TV series has now been translated into English on the KCNA Japanese website. Like most of their rants, it’s entertaining in small doses. I’ve often wondered why they invest in a translator that is only semi-competent. Here’s a select quote from the press release: The British authorities should […]

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The Kimchi Slap (in case you haven’t seen it elsewhere)

by Philip Gowman 27 July 2014
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Here’s the full clip from the MBC TV Drama Everybody, Kimchi. The incident in question is at 1’30″: If you’re happy with .gifs, here’s the cut-down version. I wonder how many shirts were ruined rehearsing this scene…

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Dance videos, tasteless films and hair promotions – different ways to annoy the DPRK authorities

by Philip Gowman 19 July 2014
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It’s not just the Americans and the Brits who annoy the North Korean establishment with their irreverant lèse-majesté. Now the Chinese are doing it too. So far the video has been left online: And a reminder of the two other things that recently got the DPRK establishment annoyed: an upcoming American comedy film, and a […]

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Eating yeot, or not

by Philip Gowman 1 July 2014
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Ask A Korean has a great post on the reason why a disgruntled fan might want to lob a few toffees at the returning Korean football team. He has a few explanations why “Eat Yeot” is considered an insult. The article promted an LKL reader to add a different story about eating yeot as a […]

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Kim Yuna’s Lark of Emergency and other popular classics

by Philip Gowman 21 March 2014
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Browsing in the Hankyoreh yesterday I came across some charming pictures of Queen Yuna. This particular one, with the famous yellow logo on the CD cover … … got me googling for Deutsche Grammophon compilations of Kim’s backing tracks. And I came across this: Scrolling down to the tracklist I find that the label hasn’t […]

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Jungho Oak’s extreme yoga and Sun Salutations

by Philip Gowman 30 December 2013
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One of LKL’s favourite exhibitions of 2013 was Oak Jungho’s solo show at 43 Inverness Street. And that wasn’t just because at the opening viewing, if you sneaked into the kitchen and asked nicely, you were given a glass of single malt instead of the more usual wine or beer. Whisky, at a private view? […]

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Some Quite Interesting Korean folk expressions

by Philip Gowman 27 October 2013
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The witty comedy quiz show QI is now in its 11th series for the BBC, focusing on Quite Interesting facts connected with things that begin with the letter K. Plenty of scope for things Korean to crop up, then. In the episode that screened on 21 September, a series of Korean folk expressions came up. […]

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Burberry Prorsum gets a celebrity upgrade

by Philip Gowman 20 September 2013
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Last year at London Fashion Week, Burberry Prorsum fielded a few members of Girls’ Generation at their show. This year, at their September show, they get Jeon Do-yeon. Source: Joongang Daily, 18 September 2013

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How can they be so dumb?

by Philip Gowman 13 July 2013
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I’m just wondering how a TV station can broadcast anything that is so obviously a wind-up. Needless to say, the YouTube videos of the stupid newscast have been removed, with the TV station claiming breach of copyright. The KTVU announcer was careful to pronounce Mr Fuk so that his name rhymed with “Luke”, rather than […]

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Saharial’s Entertainment Weekly: another car crash of a week in the world of Korean celebrity

by Saharial 25 March 2013
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Rain is still on a no-show as a witness in the lawsuit against him by a fashion company investor citing that he is a soldier. But as he has had time to meet his girlfriend Kim Tae-hee, this excuse is not going down too well. This case is related to the debacle back in 2010 […]

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Saharial’s Entertainment Weekly: it’s going to be one of those years…

by Saharial 17 March 2013
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It’s going to be one of those years. If you hadn’t already guessed from the propofol and Park Shi Hoo case, the rather dirty side of K-pop and celebrity has started to show itself. The propofol investigation has almost reached its conclusion. Still limited to four celebrities, Hyun Young, who had it administered 42 times, […]

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What can be had at McD’s in Korea

by Philip Gowman 15 March 2013
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First, the Potato Party story, which was first broken by Rocket News, in which a crowd of kids bought $250 worth of fries at McDonalds and set about them with gusto. “Stop causing trouble, you brats! Get out of here!” an attendant is reported to have said. The story even made it into the Guardian. […]

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Saharial’s Entertainment Weekly: the week of the younger siblings

by Saharial 10 March 2013
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The Park Shi-hoo scandal, as predicted, still has a lot of mileage. The full Kakao talk conversations between the trainee and her actor friend have been released by his law firm. They indicate the trainee and her friend were in communication after she had filed charges – contrary to her claims they were not. The […]

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Saharial’s Entertainment Weekly: a packed calendar for new releases, and a focus on sexual harassment in the industry

by Saharial 3 March 2013
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The main dominating news this week has been the Park Shi-hoo alleged sexual assault case. Netizens and media alike have pounced on the story like a starving dog and there have been a number of stories, gossips and accusations relating to the case (and not to the case). Various text messages have apparently been obtained […]

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What the British Say… and what they mean

by Philip Gowman 19 February 2013
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This has been doing the rounds on the internet for a while, but deservedly: a very accurate dissection of the differences between what the British say, what they actually mean and what the non-native-English-speaker, or indeed anyone not British, might understand. Although the table suggests it relates to the British, it’s probably most accurate of […]

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Lee Young-ae returns in NYT ad

by Philip Gowman 14 February 2013
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Yes, it’s nice to see Lee Young-ae back. But why do the people who put full page Dokdo ads in the American press feel the need also to promote Korean food in similar fashion? Aren’t Michelle Obama and Gwyneth Paltrow doing that for free? Still, I can’t think of a better spokesmodel for hansik than […]

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Why does Lee Byung-hun need two heads?

by Philip Gowman 8 February 2013
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Last year, Kara. This year Lee Byung-hun is releasing a doll of himself. But why does he need two heads? The doll comes with an extra attachable head among other add-ons, and according to the agency, will hit stores in Korea next year. The Joongang Daily doesn’t really explain why.

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