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Day 4: “Some (썸)” by Soyou & JunggiGo feat. Lil Boi of Geeks

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Ok, I’m kind of cheating here: Some by Starship Entertainment label mates Soyou and JunggiGo isn’t really a winter / Christmas track, but rather a spring song. However, there is a special version from the 2014 Music Bank‘s Christmas show which I chose for today. This special stage doesn’t only feature the duo, but also Sistar’s Hyorin and singer-song-writer Jooyoung. Continue reading

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Day 3: “Like Santa (산타처럼)” by Kim Jin Pyo (feat. Namjoo)

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Today’s song is killing me. It is so lovely and sad, and I feel like a lot is said through the lyrics, but I have a tough time finding infos or a translation on it, so I roughly translated some parts to grasp the message of the song. Like Santa is a track by long-time rapper Kim Jin Pyo (JP) and features singer Namjoo from the girl band Apink (I don’t know any other “Namjoo” tbh), which was a good choice as their voices are so harmonious: Kim Jin Pyo‘s hard and masculine rap makes such a smooth contrast to Namjoo’s lovely sung lines. Continue reading

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Day 2: “Wonderland” by Jessica

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Former Girls‘ Generation (SNSD) member Jessica brought out her second solo album in 2016. Her release song Wonderland fits perfect into the early winter. It’s picks up the bright side of the change into the cold season, which doesn’t has to be all gloomy. Wonderland is an EDM mixed song with an uncomplicated supporting choreo. The music video, however, Continue reading

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Day 1: “Dashing Through the Snow in High Heels” by Orange Caramel & NU’EST

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It’s the first day of the Kpop Christmas Calendar 2017, and let’s get into a jolly mood right away. Orange Caramel and NU’EST from the label Pledis Entertainment dropped a fun holiday track, back in 2012. The track title Dashing Through the Snow on High Heels suggests a refreshingly new attempt on Kpop Christmas music videos (MV), but sadly fails. It’s not a bad MV at all, but I just doesn’t match the expectations set by the creative song title.

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News: Ready for Kpop Christmas Calendar 2017?

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Only one month till Christmas!! Are you all excited? Of course I’ve got a Kpop Christmas Calendar ready for you this year as well 🙂 It’s my third year in a row to make this countdown and there’re still plenty of wintery and christmasy Korean songs out there which try to find their way into this year’s Calendar. Alas, I have only room for 24, so I try to mix up the playlist a little to show more variety of Korean music. Not only will you find major Kpop idols and well-known MVs, but also some non-Kpop artist and non-title tracks. I hope there’s a treat for everyone to get into the holiday mood. Stay tuned for the first song on December, 1.

Learn more about the German tradition of the Christmas calendar.


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Nur noch ein Monat bis Weihnachten!!! Seid ihr schon aufgeregt? Natürlich gibt es auch dieses Jahr einen K-pop Adventkalender für euch 🙂 Das ist jetzt schon das dritte Jahr in Folge, und es gibt immer noch einen Haufen festlicher und winterlicher koreanischer Lieder, die es unbedingt in den diesjährigen Adventskalender schaffen wollen. Ich habe aber nur Platz für 24 und daher versuche ich die Auswahl gut durchzumischen, um die koreanische Musik von vielen Seiten zu zeigen. Zu den Liedern und MVs der üblichen großen K-pop Stars gesellen sich auch einige nicht-K-pop Künstler und Lieder ohne MV. Ich hoffe also, es ist für jeden was dabei. Los geht’s mit dem ersten Track am 1. Dezember.

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ICYMI: SHINee vs First Lady

So ICYMI, this video has been up and down SNS last week: SHINee‘s Minho upstaging the U.S-First Lady. First mostly shared among the K-pop community, it quickly spread and caught the attention of many news stations worldwide (e.g. BBC, Washington Post, Tagesanzeiger). During her visit in South Korea, the First Lady attended a government-sponsored sportif event to promote the Olympic Winter Games 2018 in Korea’s Pyeongchang. Continue reading

8 Korean Movies for Halloween – Part 2

If your still browsing for some movie inspiration for the evening, check out the last 4 Korean movies for Halloween. Most of them are available on Netflix or Youtube. I am aware there are a lot more Korean shockers (more disturbing, more bloody) out there, which shouldn’t be missing on any list. Mind you, I’m saving some for next year 😉 Hold your popcorn and tortillas tight, let’s get started!

*I took the plot descriptions from Wikipedia and Soompi.

A Tale of Two Sisters / 장화, 홍련 (2003)

Su-mi is being treated for shock and psychosis in a mental institution. The doctor questions her about the day that led her to the institution, but she refuses to answer. Later, Su-mi returns home to her family’s estate in the countryside with her father and her younger sister Su-yeon. There Su-mi faces disturbing events between her stepmother and the ghosts haunting their house – all of which are connected to a dark past in the family’s history. “A Tale of Two Sisters” is the top runner among Korean horror movies.

  • Running Time: 114min
  • Director: Kim Jee-won
  • Cast: Im Soo-jung (“All About My Wife”, “Happiness”), Moon Geun-young (My Little Bride”, “Innocent Steps”), Yum Jun-ah (“The Big Swindle”, “The Old Garden”), Kim Kap-soo (“Iris: The Movie”, “Mutt Boy”)
  • Tags: classic horror, ghost, drama

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Playlist: Spooky Halloween Kpop Songs

If you thought Kpop is all jolly tunes, lovey-dovey music videos and fluffy pastel idols the Halloween season will prove you very wrong! There is quite an amount of dark tracks, mysterious visuals and gory settings out there. Hidden in the deep shadows of Kpop, you’ll find eerie characters like witches, zombies, werewolves, voodoo masters, vampires or ghosts – just to name a few. The audio-visual degree of spookiness is as diverse: playful, harsh, deep to disturbing.

I tried to find a nic— I mean, horrifying mixture for this Halloween playlist to fit anyone’s taste. Some tracks are listed because their title obviously hints the Halloween theme (s.a. BIGBANG’s “Monster”, Grace’s “Trick or Treat” or BtoB’s “Thriller”). Some music videos only have minor fitting elements (s.a. Twice’s “Like OOH-AHH”, 4Minute’s “What’s Your Name?” or ZE:A’s “The Ghost of Wind”), others are a bloody mess (s.a. Cross Gene’s “Black or White”, Vixx‘s “Voodoo Doll”, SHINee’s “Married to the Music”). Some need no gore to give you the creeps (s.a. Sunny Hill’s “Pray”, Xia’s “Flower”, Cho Hyung Woo’s “Someone I Know”), and then there are those which fit the overall mysterious mood (s.a. NCT U’s “The 7th Sense”, BTS’ “Blood Sweat & Tears” or Gain’s “Paradise Lost”). Enjoy!

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8 Korean Movies for Halloween – Part 1

Are you prepared to pimp up your Halloween movie list a little? I stumbled over an article on Soompi, listing Korean thrillers, and thought of making a small sample of Korean movies for Halloween. East Asian movies are quite famous for being a shocker, however I’m a really bad horror movie watcher myself, so I tried to find something for the delicate type, the gore fans and action-thriller junkies. You’ll come across zombies, serial killers, ghosts, parasites, revenge hunters, possessed people and disappearing children. They range from Asian horror classics to internationally praised treasures – all which I hope will keep you on the edge of your seats.

Most of them are available on Netflix or Youtube.

*I took the plot descriptions from Wikipedia and Soompi.

I Saw the Devil / 악마를 보았다 (2010)

The fiancée of National Intelligence Service agent Kim Soo-hyun is brutally murdered and her body scattered to pieces. Her murderer is a psychopath and academy-bus driver Jang Kyung-chul. Soo-hyun seeks for revenge of the killing of his fiancée and tries to track down the murderer. Kyung-chul wants to find the person who is after him. The line between good and evil begins to blur.

  • Running Time: 141min
  • Director: Kim Jee-won
  • Cast: Lee Byung-hun (“The Good, the Bad, the Weird”, “Joint Security Area”, “Inside Men”), Choi Min-sik (“Oldboy”, “The Admiral: Roaring Currents”, “Lucy”)
  • Tags: action thriller, psychopath murder, revenge

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