K-Movie: Five Senses of Eros

Five Senses of Eros

I got to watch this movie last night while I was trying to get myself to sleep. Instead, this kept me awake. The movie is made up of 5 different stories that depict love and desire, hence the movie’s title.

*Synopsis courtesy of Wikipedia

His Concern 

(Directed by Daniel  H. Byun, stars Jang Hyuk)

  • A man is attracted by the woman sitting across from him on a train ride to Busan. He gets off the train after her, even though it’s not his stop. He gets her phone number. A few days later the man plans to meet the woman for the second time.

I’m Right Here

(Directed by Hur Jin-ho, stars Kim Kang-woo and Cha Soo-yeon)

  • Hye-rim waits for her husband, while hiding, to give him a surprise. Hyeon-woo always worries about his wife being left alone at home. But Hye-rim worries more about Hyeon-woo because he will be left alone soon.

The 33rd Man

(Directed by Yu Yeong-sik, stars Kim Su-ro, Bae Jong-ok and Kim Gyu-ri)

  • On the set of a movie, newbie actress Mi-jin and senior actress Hwa-ran are having difficulties because of their stubborn and demanding director. The charismatic Hwa-ran transforms Mi-jin into a sexy vixen to seduce Director Bong.

In My End is My Beginning

(Directed by Min Kyu-dong, stars Hwang Jung-min, Uhm Jung-hwa and Kim Hyo-jin)

  • Jeong-ha’s husband Jae-in has just died in a car accident. She then discovers that he was having an affair with her old high school friend Na-ru. Na-ru comes to Jeong-ha and asks to live with her, promising to atone through unconditional devotion.

Believe in the Moment

(Directed by Oh Ki-hwan, stars Song Joong-ki, Lee Si-young, Kim Dong-wook, Shin Se-kyeong, Jung Eui-chul and Lee Seong-min)

  • Three couples are all high school students and close friends. None of the couples are certain about their relationships, so they decide to exchange partners for 24 hours.

After watching the movie, I have 2 stories that I personally liked. I’m Right Here is really touching since it will remind you to cherish the loved ones you have while they are still alive. Kim Kang-woo and Cha Soo-yeon really expressed full emotions as a couple that are spending the last few days together before the inevitable thing comes. Believe in the Moment is a typical cute story of young love, as they swap partners to test their trust with each other, as they are not allowed to say what they did during the swap. I must say Song Joong-ki, Lee Si-young and Kim Dong-wook are adorable in their roles. The other 3 stories are not bad but are too graphic or weird for my liking.

While searching about the movie, I learned that the episode In the End Is My Beginning got a movie spin-off of sorts which was released early this year.

Over-all the movie was well done, it showed how people can be entangled by love and desire and on how they cope up with it in their daily lives. All you need is love!

Pitch Perfect – The Riff Off

Having watched Pitch Perfect last night, this is one of my favorite scenes of the film where The Bardon Bellas had a showdown with the Treblemakers over a mix of songs. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you should. The awesome performances of the actors here in the movie is a must see.

video src: http://www.youtube.com/user/universalpicturesuk

On Repeat: Give A Little More – Maroon 5

http://www.youtube.com/user/Maroon5VEVO

Album: Hands All Over (2010)

For the song’s lyrics click here

My current LSS song. Though this is from Maroon 5’s previous album I just discovered it a few days ago and I really enjoyed the song’s beat and it’s funky vibe, it has been on repeat ever since. As always, Adam Levine and the boys never fail to impress me.

PSY: More Than Just Gangnam Style

This post was inspired by a tweet that a friend/colleague posted on Twitter: Is there another song by PSY aside from Gangnam Style? The answer is YES. I know that Gangnam Style has raked a billion views already and has become the viral sensation of 2012 but PSY has other good songs that I actually liked better than Gangnam Style (I admit I got tired listening to the song as well). Let me introduce them to you guys as these songs are also my personal favorites from the artist.

Right Now

This is from PSY’s 2010 album Psy Five. Awesome MV I must say.

Champion

One of PSY’s older songs as you can see in the MV the Dance Dance Revolution reference. It has the hip-hop vibe too.

We Are The One

I think this song was created during the 2006 World Cup as a cheer song for Team Korea. The video talks about North and South Korea being united as one.

I’m not really sure if PSY will become a one-hit wonder, but he is a talented artist which goes to show that music is beyond language barriers.

Video Sources:

http://www.youtube.com/user/officialpsy

http://www.youtube.com/user/Yeonsoo18

http://www.youtube.com/user/Pureseventh

Happy White Day!

Today is March 14 and in some Asian countries like Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan White Day is being celebrated. So what exactly is White Day?

White Day is celebrated one month after Valentine’s Day and let me quote Wikipedia in regards to the history of this event.

White Day was first celebrated in 1978 in Japan. It was started by the National Confectionery Industry Association as an “answer day” to Valentine’s Day on the grounds that men should pay back the women who gave them chocolate and other gifts on Valentine’s Day. In 1977, a Fukuoka-based confectionery company, Ishimuramanseido, marketed marshmallows to men on March 14, calling it Marshmallow Day (マシュマロデー Mashumaro Dē?).[4]

Soon thereafter, confectionery companies began marketing white chocolate. Now, men give both white and dark chocolate, as well as other edible and non-edible gifts, such as jewelry or objects of sentimental value, or white clothing like lingerie, to women from whom they received chocolate on Valentine’s Day one month earlier. If the chocolate given to him was Giri choco, the man likewise may not be expressing actual romantic interest, but rather a social obligation.

And how is White Day being celebrated in Japan and Korea? They are the two countries that I can think of that really celebrate the event.

              Japan

In Japan, Valentine’s Day is observed by females who present chocolate gifts (either store-bought or handmade), usually to a male, as an expression of love, courtesy or social obligation. A handmade chocolate is usually preferred by the receiver, because it is a sign that the receiving male is the girl’s “only one”. On White Day, the converse happens: males who received a honmei-choco (本命チョコ?, “chocolate of love”) or giri-choco (義理チョコ?, “courtesy chocolate”) on Valentine’s Day are expected to return the favor by giving gifts. Traditionally, popular White Day gifts are cookiesjewellerywhite chocolate, white lingerie and marshmallows.[1] Sometimes the term sanbai gaeshi (三倍返し?, literally, “triple the return”) is used to describe the generally recited rule that the return gift should be two to three times the cost of the Valentine’s gift.[2]

Korea (I’m honestly more familiar with their customs for White Day)

            White Day is also observed in South Korea with the men paying back women who have given them chocolate on Valentine’s Day with usually candy instead of   chocolate, with an additional later Black Day observed for those sharing singleness.[3]

In my case nothing really special happened last Valentine’s Day so I think I’ll be celebrating Black Day instead 🙂 Happy White Day everyone!

credits:

White Day pic

http://www.gardenhotels.co.jp/shiodome/topics/detail/topics_happywhiteday/

Wikipedia

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Day