Drama Drop: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

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Title: My First Love 첫사랑은 처음이라서

Language: Korean

Episodes: 8

Release Date: April 18, 2019 Netflix

Starring: Ji Soo, Jin Young, Jung Chae-Yeon, Choi Ri, Kang Tae-Oh and Hong Ji-Yoon

I have been waiting with great anticipation for Netflix to air My First Love!

Ji Soo in the Lead

I was first introduced to Ji Soo through Strong Woman Do Bong-Soon and saw him again in Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo- both in which he plays the diverted love interest. Here, FINALLY he gets the limelight he deserves and I am so thrilled!

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Plot

Tae-O (Ji Soo) is given his own house for his 20th birthday with the one condition that he is not allowed to have girls over. This plan goes awry when several of Tae-O’s friends show up at his door step, desperately needing a place to stay. This is the story of a group of five friends who are support each other through ups and downs which becomes a tangle of love triangles.

Tae-O and Song-Yi have known each other their whole lives and are best friends. They have each harbored feelings for each other at some point- but they never seem to align. When they each find love interests elsewhere, they hesitate to wonder if they should have been together with each other after all.

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While this show had now great plot, nor great action – it is FANTASTIC.

I am not usually a fan of the every-day-life style drama, but this one is a bit of a roller coaster. While most couples are pretty clear cut from the beginning of the drama- this one will leave you guessing – you heart torn besides the two leads who fight for Song-Yi’s affections.

With only 8 episodes, its a fast watch that is perfect for unwinding.

GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW I’m sure you’ll love it as much as I do!

 

Have you Watched this Drama?

What do you think of it?

let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

 

 

 

Peakboy Kpop Hype

Between the BTS army and Kdrama fans- the internet has been going wild- who is this Peakboy?

Earlier today, Taehyung, Park Hyungsik and Park Seo Joon posted a screenshot of Peakboys’s playlist – causing us all to flood to youtube.

Park Hyung Sik’s Post on Instagram:

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Park Seo Joon’s Post on Instagram:

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Taehyung’s Post on Twitter:

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So what is this all about?

And who is Peakboy?

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Peakboy just released a new teaser and a new single:

Well to be honest- we are still working on the mystery of uncovering his real name- and what exactly his connection is to V, Hyungsik and SeoJoon.

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While we are still uncovering this mystery- you can see them all together here in this photo Left to Right: Choi Wooshik, Park Hyungsik, Park Seojoon, Peakboy and Taehyung

and in this photograph of Peakboy and Seojoon:

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Can you help us solve this mystery?

What is Peakboy’s real name?

How do the boys know one another?

Drama Drop: The History behind ‘Hymn of Death’

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Title: Hymn of Death 사의 찬미

Language: Korean

Episodes: 3

Release Date:November 27- December 4 2018

Starring: Lee Jong-Suk, Shin Hye-Sun

This Netflix original is short and sweet. With only three episodes, you can finish the drama in an evening- just be sure to grab a box of tissues and a cozy blanket before you begin!

The Plot

The story begins when Yun Sim-Deok a soprano singer, meets and falls in love with playwright Kim Woo-Jin wile at university. Things become complicated when Sim-Deok discovers that Woo-Jin has family commitments and responsibilities that do not allow them to be together. Fed up with their obligations, the two tragically decide to commit suicide (no spoilers here- that is literally how the show begins!)

True Story

While the incident is famous in Korea, not many westerners know the history behind the drama- and that it is based on a TRUE STORY.

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Yun Sim-Deok (윤심덕) is remembered as Korea’s first soprano singer.

Born in Pyongyang on July 25, 1897, Sim-Deok was privileged enough to study at Kyongsong Women’s Teaching College in Seoul 1914. Education for women at such a high level was unusual during the time. Sim-Deok was eager to further her studies and became the first Korean to study at the Tokyo Music School in Japan where she met Kim-Woo-Jin (김우진).

Sim-Deok had her first debut as a soprano in 1923 and while she was admired for her talent, she was unable to make a living by singing western classical music. This forced her to change course and sing pop and fold music in order to support herself.

She famously committed suicide with Kim-Woo-Jin on August 4, 1926 at the age of 29.

Sim-Doek’s most famous recording was “In Praise of Death” (the first Korean pop song) in 1926 that she recorded with her sister accompanying her on the piano. The piece is set to the tune “Waves on the Danube” by Ivanovici.

Here’s the original 1926  recording:

For comparison here’s a modern rendition of the song:

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It is difficult to find details on the life of author Kim Woo-Jin in English.

No matter how hard I look, I can’t seem to find anything on him- though I would love to insert some of his writings here for you to read!

If you are interested in reading about Kim U-jin on Karel Capek you can find an article written by Sdenka Kloslova in Vol 32, Issue 1, Pg 84 of the Korea Journal

If you can understand Korean though- this documentary published in 1997 looking into his life may be helpful !

If you know or can access the history surrounding this author (or can translate) let us know! We would love to learn more about him!

The Period

I must admit that I am no expert in Korean history- if you were as confused as I was, I went and did some research for you, so here’s a little context for the Drama.

TLDR? Check out the highlighted sections for info directly relating to the Drama

  • Japan attempted to establish diplomatic relations with Korea which were refused. In frustration, Japan began considering war against Korea
  • Japan sent warships to threaten Korea to sign a treaty of commerce and friendship, which it did resulting in the opening of Busan, Wŏnsan, and Incheon to Japanese trade.
  • The increasing Japanese presence in Korea disturbed China who sent troops to Korea.
  • China then forced Korea to sign a trade agreement which led to similar treaties signed with the United states (1882), the UK, Germany, France and Russia who quickly established foreign missions in Seul.
  • This led to rapid modernization in Korea. Many officials and students were sent to the West, China and Japan to study technology and ideology to bring back to Korea.
  • After Japan’s victory in the Sino-Japanese War, the Treaty of Shimonoseki of April 1895 recognized Japanese hegemony in Korea.
  • Encouraged by Russia, the Korean government attempted to push out the Japanese
  • The Korean Emperor secretly sent an emissary to the International Peace Conference at the Hague in 1907 asking for help.  This plea was ignored however and by 1910, Japan dispersed the Korean army and took full possession of Korea
  • Japan set up their government in Korea. Koreans lost freedom of assembly, association of the press and the freedom of speech. The Japanese school system was enforced and as an attempt to assimilate Koreans, the Japanese language was forced onto the people while Korean language and Korean history were no longer allowed to be taught.
  • March 1 1919: The March First Movement, was a nationwide anti-Japanese peaceful protest in which approximately two million Koreans took part. The Japanese responded with brutal violence arresting 46,000 while 16,000 were wounded and 7,500 were killed.
  • Students and Intellectuals attempted to inspire the Korean people with ideals of patriotism and democracy. This was done through western-styled newspapers and through the creation of Korean novels and poems which grew in popularity
  • A big anti-Japanese Rally occurred again in Seoul in 1926
  • A Nationwide student uprising occurred in November 1929
  • Constant uprisings and WWII led to Korea’s independence in 1945 ending 35 years of Japanese rule.

To learn more check out this link

The Romance

TO be honest, this Drama is EXTREMELY TAME. Don’t get your hopes up because there is one and only one kissing scene. While modesty is one of the charms of Kdrama- this one really builds up the chemistry and tension- and leaves you a little dissatisfied.

EVEN SO, it was a nice, short little drama that I really enjoyed.

I loved the struggles of the young author, and the history involved in the series.

I had a fun time and learned something new!

If you have an empty afternoon and are ready to shed a tear- this Drama is PERFECT !

Also, its on Netflix which is really convenient. Next time your browsing your suggestions, look it up!

As a teaser, enjoy this little clip from the drama:

 

Have you seen this Drama?

What did you think?

What is your favorite Lee Jong-Suk Drama?

Let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

Seventeen’s New Album ‘You Made My Dawn’

 

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You Made My Dawn

Seventeen released their sixth mini album on January 25 2019 which includes six tracks.

  1. Good to Me
  2. Home (title)
  3.  Hug (포옹)
  4. Chilli (칠리)
  5. Shhh
  6. Getting Closer (숨이 차)

What does it Mean?

In an interview with Billboard in December 2018, the group was asked

What’s the meaning behind You Made My Dawn?

Joshua: The theme behind the album is the message of, “You made my darkness into dawn.” So basically, you know how dawn is between night and day? The sun comes in to make the night a little brighter and it progresses into day, right? That’s why we tried to compare the flow of emotions to the sun, and connect this album to the previous album You Make My Day.

How is this album related to You Make My Day?

Vernon: If you think of a story, [Dawn] should be like the prequel of You Make My Day. We want to give listeners a comfortable feel. You Make My Day was released in the summer, and this album’s going to be released in winter so obviously we want to match the seasons. Especially for this album, we tried to show more of our maturity. Just by listening to the sound and lyrics you can tell the difference from our previous albums with this album.

You released the song “Getting Closer” before the album’s release, and it’s quite different from “Home” stylistically. Why did the album’s release highlight these two songs in particular?

Joshua: Before this album came out we released “Getting Closer,” and the message we were trying to send was the condition one feels in the absence of love. “Home,” our title track, expresses the emotions felt when you’re in the presence of someone you love.

you can read the full interview here

Stats

The album reached No. 4 on Billboard’s World Album Chart in its first week, and earning one million on-demand US streams in the first week.

You Made my Dawn hit Heatseekers Albums Chart at number 13.

“Getting Closer” was the first of the tracks to be published on December 20 2018 as a teaser for the new album. This track did slightly better than the album’s title “Home”

To date, Seventeen’s most popular song was “Very Nice” which reached number 2 in 2016.

Their new release promises to keep them in the top ten.

Check out the details here

Home

The title track “Home” as well as “Good to Me” were composed by members Woozi, Bumzu and Seungkwan

You may already have seen that music video, but here’s an unofficial version of the song i’ll be you haven’t!

While I enjoyed the proper MV, this version featuring the guys in their pajamas is absolutely ADORABLE!!!!

Dancing with headbands, furry ears, sleep masks and sharing a toothbrush, these boys are just too cute.

Watch till the end- their snuggles should not be missed ❤

It been overlooked- but it really shouldn’t be!

So in love with Seventeen

Style

Seventeen continues to pursue EDM style in their songs such as “Home”. When asked “Why does this style suit Seventeen so much?” during a Billboard interview, the group answered:

Joshua: EDM is very suited for performances and dancing, so that’s why I think it suits us well. I think for every genre we try to make it into our own style.

Vernon: There are so many types of EDM, like songs that make you want to jump and get you all excited. But “Home” isn’t that kind of EDM, it’s like more comfortable to listen to.

Joshua: It’s mellow.

Vernon: We came up and practiced a performance that matches the song’s mellow mood. Yeah, we’re very satisfied with it.

Joshua: There’s a lyric that’s like, “We’ll be your home, and you’re our home. We’ll be your comfort, we’ll be the place you can cry alone, or the place you can love alone.” The place where you don’t have to care about what other people will think or say.

Vernon: Yea, it has a healing message, the song.

Read the full interview here

Behind the Scenes

Seventeen just posted a video on April 2nd, showing the team working on their newest album ‘You Made My Dawn’ featuring the song “Home”

Wonder what its like to be a member of seventeen? Check it out!

The Photo Shoot

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Before Dawn

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Who is your Seventeen bias?

What is your favourite song in the new album?

Let us know in the comments below! We want to hear from you!

BTS New Album MAP OF THE SOUL: ‘Persona’

Full album to be released April 12th, they put forth a trailers song presumably setting the tone for the album.  According to sources, BTS based this album off the book JUNG’S MAP OF THE SOUL by Dr. Murray Stein. This exploration into the human psyche is the central theme of the album.

Their trailer song “Persona” has a very old school rap feel, reminiscent of their 2013 years from which they have deviated in the recent years. Rap monster goes solo in this song! You should check it out, and count the days, with us, till their new album drops!

 

Well BTS is at it again! This morning their new album Persona was released. As BTS becomes more popular and globalized their music has become even more introspective. The concept of this new album ‘Persona’ is based on the criti