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When The Tears of Your Bias Beckon You

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Our heart controls our inner most emotions, allowing us to be forthright, dynamic, and sometimes impulsive.

It was to be just another appearance by MBLAQ. One of those appearances where they chat a little, sing a little, then call it a night. However, the seemingly ordinary evening of October 2nd at the Hwangryeong Festival in Busan turned out to be anything but ordinary. The air seemed heavy. The mood heavier, and something simply did not feel right.

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Fangirl Confessional: Forever Jung At Heart

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I think I am suffering from “Double Jung Syndrome.” You know that uncontrollable and feverish urge to love on two Jungs at once? Yes, I am here to set the record straight on my fan girl affliction mostly because I have been living with the fear of being ostracized by the Cloud (Rain’s fans are called ‘Clouds’) community for showering my love, affection and attention on another Jung besides Jung Ji Hoon – Jung Byung Hee (also known as G.O, main vocalist for MBLAQ).

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K-Shot Postscript: Yoo Seung Ho – Pieces of Memory

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Actress Ku Hye Sun is quite the renaissance woman it seems. She is pretty accomplished and not yet 30 years of age. She is an actor, director, writer, illustrator, and singer. I admit to knowing nothing about her and her short film, Pieces of Memory, featuring Yoo Seung Ho, is my intro to her.  I don’t even know her as an actress because I am probably one out of about a billion K-drama fans who has never seen Boys Over Flowers.  <gasp>

In this short film which she wrote, directed, scored and even sung the theme song for, we have a gentle commentary about the passage of life and how the memories we collect determine how sweet (or not) it was. Touching and poignant, the film takes us through a journey of one man in five stages of his life as he contemplates and looks back on it. We get the beautiful doe-eyed Yoo Seung Ho portraying the man in the third stage of life, or as the young man.

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This is the time in life when you are no longer a child or a teen but on the verge of starting to embark upon the journey as an adult filled with hope and verve of being ‘the conductor’ of your life. Best laid plans, right?  There is very little dialogue and primarily voice overs but the message is thought-provoking and lovely with lines like, “Fragments of sweet memories came to me”, “Life was perfectly beautiful just so long as there were those sweet memories.”

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It is the first Korean film to be shot using 4K3D technology which gives vivid and outstanding 3D effects as well as  beautifully enhanced imagery. The set is immaculate and precise and the colors vivid and rich. This is a beautifully shot film and won Ku Hye Sun the Young Director Prize at the 2013 Seoul International Silver Film Festival.

Seung Ho has such a nice presence utilizing his gorgeous eyes to pretty much communicate his thoughts throughout the film. I love eclectic independent film work like this and believe it suits Seung Ho perfectly.

[Source: ygfamily.com/Video credit: YG Entertainment]


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K-Shot Postscript: Yoo Seung Ho – Warrior Baek Dong Soo

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I seriously do not know where to begin. This drama took me on such a ride, I simply was not prepared. There is so much to say about it, but since this is a postscript to my K-Shot post on Yoo Seung Ho, I am going to focus solely on the agonizingly conflicted Yeo Woon (Un). Gosh, the minute I say or think of his name, Un, I am filled with such incredible emotion. Yoo Seung Ho became Un – he wasn’t Yoo Seung Ho playing a character, no – he became the character he was cast to play.  And it was amazing to watch unfold.

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TVXQ Tuesday – Why Did I Fall In Love With You?

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Ok, you can just put a fork in me after this one because I am essentially done!!  I stumbled upon this a couple of weeks ago and went a little mental on Twitter with a couple of Twitter friends about how incredibly wonderful this live version of the song was and how equally gorgeous all five of these men were looking in the video.  It is so good for a few reasons.

First, the vocals.  I know I sound like a broken record here but these incredible young men never fail to bring their A-game vocally and at times I feel are better live than in the studio.  Usually it is the other way around – the magic of a soundboard is not necessary with these five.  They each have a built-in soundboard that naturally synchronizes, equalizes and balances all the settings to produce vocal harmony.  Yes, it’s pure unadulterated magic, I tell you.  This is one of my absolute favorites.

Second, I don’t know what song they finished just prior to this one but apparently it was something which required some heavy duty dancing because all five of them are glistening with sweat.  I am not going to go any further with that thought and just say, I like.  I like a lot!

Third, I really appreciate how Jaejoong just lets loose emotionally when he sings.  Reminds me a lot of Rain in that respect.  You can sense that he is feeling what he is singing.  I have noticed that about Jaejoong – there always seems to be a lot of emotion simmering beneath his performance.

Finally, Junsu.  Shall I go on?  His beautiful voice, his delivery, his gorgeous large hands (yes, I notice these things) and his smile.  His adorable smile. Daebak!!

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[Image credit:  mingcho/Video credit:  HDBSK]


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Yoo Seung Ho

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The smoldering gaze of Yoo Seung Ho can most definitely render a fangirl of any age weak in the knees.  Partner that with maturity, poise, intelligence, and affable charm and he becomes downright lethal!  In fact, he becomes a fangirl dream.  When I watch Yoo Seung Ho, I always have to pause a moment to remind myself that he is all of twenty years old!  Building his acting resume since the age of 7 and settling into that wickedly intense smolder by age 16, I could no longer deny his rightful place here as a worthy K-Shot of Hot.

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TVXQ TUESDAY – One

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The way these young men can bring the steady and harmonized vocals in their more upbeat and dance-oriented songs is wonderful.  But, when it is ballad time, there is simply nothing sweeter.  Each voice unique, each one having its rightful place, each one stellar on its own yet when combined with the other, a synergistic feast.  So lovely.

In this offering I will have to honestly admit that Jaejoong and Changmin were working their vocal magic on me.  And, Changmin’s soulful glances while singing kind of stirred a mini spaz in me and he is not even my bias. But I am not going to deny that he’s looking right cute in this video!! From their third studio album “O” – Jung.Ban.Hap., released in 2006, this TVXQ Tuesday song for you is One (not to be confused with Rain’s One – you knew I’d sneak him in somehow)!

Anyone else crushing a little on Changmin after this one??

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[Photo credit:  koreanstar-gdragon.blogspot.com/Video credit:  kat2wierdo]