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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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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Korea’s Newest Beauty Trend: Wire Nails

I found these short articles on Koreaboo, AsiaOne and Cosmopolitan Germany on Korea’s newest nail trend and it kept me wondering. So it seems like “wire nails” or “metal nails” are becoming more and more a thing in Korean manicure studios. Inspiring nail artist Park Eunkyung is referred to as the source of new chic as she has kicked off other nail art trends before. She uses malleable wire in gold, silver, pink or black to form them onto the nail. Though the designs look pretty and dainty, I can’t help but doubt the practicability of some (see picture at the end of this post). Or maybe it’s just me who works on a daily basis or does unusual house chores like washing the dishes, cooking or laundry. And do wire nails go well with magnetic material? Just being curious! Well, you know, sometimes beauty overweighs practicability.
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8 Chicken Comics for a fun New Year

So, today is a big holiday in Korea and in many other Asian countries: it’s Seollal or Lunar Year – internationally better know as Chinese New Year. The use of the lunar calendar – which is based on the cycle of the moon phases instead of the solar based Gregorian calendar – is widely used throughout Asia (south, west and east!) and plays a large role for festivals and holidays. Korea doesn’t sport many public holidays, but Seollal is definitely in the top 2 with three whole days off work to visit family and celebrate. A well-known feature of the lunar calendar are the 12 recurring animals of the Chinese zodiac. This years’ new zodiac is the rooster (닭띠) and I found Continue reading

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Day 24, Jingle Bells by The Barberettes

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Christmas Eve is here and Santa is coming to town tonight in Germany! It’s the last day on the Kpop Christmas Calendar in 2016 and thank you all for staying tuned till the end 🙂 Tonight is going to be a festive eve and I hope you all celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day tomorrow in the happy way you do in your country. The Christmas Calendar says goodbye swinging with a really jolly and bouncy version of the carol classic Jingle Bells. However, this is not any version of Jingle Bells, it’s the three charming ladies of the time slip group The Barberettes who reproduce the sounds of the 50s and 60s in their music. Continue reading

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Day 23, Christmas For All by Jellyfish Artists

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It’s Jelly Christmas time – for six years the artists of agency Jellyfish Entertainment come together and release a special winter single and MV. Last year’s song Love In The Air was featured in our Christmas Calendar, this time it’s Christmas For All from the 2011 winter project. King of ballads Sung Si Kyung, Brian of the duo Fly to the Sky, Superstar K winner Seo In Guk, singer-song-writer Park Hak Ki, Park Jang Hyun and Hwang Project, all lend their voices for this track. Continue reading

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Day 22, Christmas Day by BTS’ Jimin & Jungkook

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Sometimes a cover isn’t a bad thing – especially not if BTS set their hands on it. With Christmas being only three days ahead Christmas Day spreads a smile on your face – even if sadly not the whole line-up of BTS performs this song. It’s only BTS‘ maknae-line Jimin and Jungkook who cheer us up in the hustle and bustle before the holidays, but as the two of them have so soothing voices, one can almost neglect Continue reading

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Day 21, Winter Story by LABOUM

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We hadn’t had too many cutesy Christmas songs this year yet, so I believe we are in urgent need for Winter Story by girly girl band LABOUM. Being only in the industry for two years, LABOUM still strongly hold their aegyo and innocent image which goes well with Winter Story‘s MV. The girls wear fairy-like dance outfits and dreamy stage close which Continue reading

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Day 20, SsSs by Dynamic Duo & Lena Park

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Let’s have ourself a funny little Christmas tune. Lena Park again finds herself in a collaboration and performing a cheerful song. This time hip hop double pack Dynamic Duo teamed up with the soloist for an end-of-the-year single SsSs (Sing Sung Saeng Sung). Continue reading

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Day 19, Merry Christmas in Advance by IU (feat. Thunder)

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It’s the last Monday before Christmas and who’d fit better to sound the bell for the last round of the Christmas K-pop Calendar than IU. IU is one of the most successful and beloved soloist female singers of Korea, also nicknamed “the nation’s (Korea’s) little sister”. Starting her career at the tender age of 15, she found her way to mainstream and nationwide success in 2010 with her album Real. Having always being ambitious Continue reading