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Saturday, April 19, 2014

'The Art of Fist Duel' in casting turmoil over Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Soo Hyun

Sorry about this late request.


Article: [Screen] 'The Art of Fist Duel' loses both Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Soo Hyun, can it get back to where it was?

Source: Sports Korea via Naver

The movie had originally had Jo In Sung as the male lead but Yeo Jin Goo was contracted in the end. Producers found out that Yeo Jin Goo had also contracted another movie and told his company that they didn't want him focusing on another movie while their movie was set for crank in at the end of August.

Yeo Jin Goo's company refuted that he would have no problem fulfilling the film schedule for the movie and said they had no right to involve themselves in his other activities.

While he was still under contract, the movie producers were then said to have contacted Kim Soo Hyun to replace Yeo Jin Goo because the movie's majority investors were Chinese and they thought Kim Soo Hyun had more name as a Hallyu star. CJ E&M denied these claims.

Yeo Jin Goo's company ws not pleased with the movie contacting another actor for the role when contracts were already finalized.

Kim Soo Hyun opted out of the role entirely due to the controversy surrounding it.

Opinions on the issue are divided, with some blaming Yeo Jin Goo's company for overworking him and others blaming the movie producers for overstepping contract boundaries.


1. [+5,586, -54] So they were turned down by Kim Soo Hyun after turning down Yeo Jin Goo for Kim Soo Hyun, yeah?

2. [+4,988, -36] Kim Soo Hyun and Yeo Jin Goo both made the right decision to opt out of the movie

3. [+3,819, -20] At this point, who is going to want to do a movie with this much controversy around it...

4. [+3,448, -148] The movie's image is destroyed now. No one will watch it, even if Won Bin picks it up.

5. [+513, -6] They didn't just lose their male leads, they lost the audience as well.

6. [+477, -10] It's good that both of them opted out of it. They're young actors with bright futures, they don't have to do everything they're cast in.

7. [+456, -5] The fact that they tried to cast Jo In Sung, Yeo Jin Goo, and Kim Soo Hyun is so weird... I get Yeo Jin Goo and Kim Soo Hyun since they play the child/adult roles together and have similar images but how could you exchange Jo In Sung for Yeo Jin Goo? Their age and image are so different.

8. [+397, -13] This is better for the both of them. This drama smells like failure anyway... It's a waste of Yeo Jin Goo's talent to go through with it. Good for Kim Soo Hyun to avoid it as well.


Is K-Pop growing in Europe?

Article: K-Pop expands with concerts all over Europe

Sports Donga via Naver

1. [+489, -46] Did you guys all know? That the media hypes K-Pop as being famous worldwide but in reality, anyone who listens to K-Pop is treated like anyone who listens to J-Pop in Korea.. an otaku. Foreigners don't know about K-Pop aside from the most famous Psy and you know how all of the K-Pop concert videos do close-ups on foreigners? They're the minority... They just pan the camera where the most foreigners are. The rest are all Korean.. I don't get why K-Pop is so hyped up when it's not that famous overseas ㅋ

2. [+430, -8] It makes me proud but I remember in MBC or somewhere that had a concert, they gave out free tickets to foreigners to fill up their seats so articles like this just seem like media play.

3. [+338, -16] As a student studying abroad in Canada, I don't know how anyone can think K-Pop is famous worldwide. When I saw an article about the Wonder Girls ranking 4th or 3rd on a Canadian chart, I wondered where in the world they got that information from. Aside from Psy, no one knows anything about K-Pop artists.. and where did people get information about CNBLUE being popular in South America? No one in South America knows them aside from students studying abroad there. Of course, aside from Psy, that is.

4. [+143, -10] Well I hope they perform safely..

5. [+75, -5] The gaming industry brings in >>>>>>>>> income compared to K-Pop. Stop media playing about K-Pop and invest more in the gaming industry.

6. [+72, -5] Think about it this way. Not a lot of Koreans know about One Direction, barely even know the names of any of the members. There are just as many who don't know Katy Perry or Ke$ha. In the end, people who are interested in it will listen while the rest don't care. It's just that the particular fan base that does listen to K-Pop is getting larger now.

7. [+67, -2] As a student studying abroad in Germany, I've seen people who don't even know where Korea is over the past two years... The first thing they think of when you say Korea is a divided country at risk of war. I've met one person who knows K-Pop, one who knows SNSD.

8. [+61, -7] Call it Hallyu all you want, K-Pop is just a genre listened to by the minority overseas, like the rock fans in Korea.

9. [+35, -8] People in Europe or North America listen to K-Pop songs and scoff, asking if it's a real song and not trash... And anyone who likes K-Pop over there is treated like an otaku. Don't let the media fool you.

10. [+40, -0] I read interviews from reps over in Europe about KBS and other big company concerts in Europe being canceled because tickets weren't sold. The Hallyu hype is a bubble.

11. [+63, -23] There was an interview on European teens being asked about K-Pop and 20 out of 30 didn't know what it was while the few that did only knew Psy. When shown Super Junior or SNSD music videos, they said only otakus would watch something like this. The ones who listen to K-Pop are a minority... foreigners don't care about K-Pop at all, it's embarrassing how Korea keeps hyping it up like this ㅠㅠ Stop

12. [+45, -5] Just like we can't expect the majority of Koreans to know about foreign artists, we can't expect the majority of foreigners to know about K-Pop artists.

13. [+44, -5] It's a bubble ㅋㅋ There are people in Germany, England, and Spain who flat out don't even know where Korea is.. as if they'd know K-Pop ㅋㅋㅋ

14. [+40, -1] Pathetic how media play about this is still going on

15. [+43, -6] I live in France and nobody knows about K-Pop here. I've never seen one K-Pop album sold in record stores. Stop the media play, it's embarrassing at this point.


'Ilbe special' on SBS TV show confirmed

Article: 'Ilbe special' confirmed to be postponed due to Sewol Ferry accident

News 24 via Naver

1. [+15,422, -449] Please broadcast the Ilbe special as soon as the accident is resolved.

2. [+11,055, -982] As expected, the bugs put out disgusting comments about the Sewol Ferry. It's about time people found out the truth about these guys.

3. [+9,528, -553] Ilbe's going to terrorize SBS ㅠㅠ

4. [+7,246, -289] Damn, I'm really curious about this now

5. [+6,245, -929] Is this necessary? Do we really have to put the bugs on TV?

6. [+1,491, -109] This is going to be fun ㅋㅋㅋ The bugs are going to be on public broadcast TV... especially on a TV show known for covering topics about homicide ㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋㅋ

7. [+1,274, -124] I remember seeing a bug on the subway browsing Ilbe on his phone and the person next to him glanced over and the minute he realized what he was looking at, his face looked horrified ㅋ

8. [+1,131, -105] Does everyone know just what disgusting things Ilbe said about the Sewol Ferry accident? Saying how it's good riddance, calling the region cursed, saying the kids will be taken into slavery on an island.. Even photoshopped pictures of the late Noh Moo Hyun flipping over the Sewol Ferry.. these kids are just trash.

9. [+1,052, -114] I really don't care what Ilbe stands for but I really wish they'd stop ridiculing the dead.

10. [+712, -78] It's scary how people become like psychopaths on that site but I'm curious about the topic nontheless



Article: "No sign of anyone alive inside the ferry" rescue efforts continue

Source: Newsis via Naver

1. [+24,050, -653] Even if anyone was alive, they wouldn't have the strength to bang on windows or give any sign that they were still alive... It's already too late.

2. [+17,401, -312] I know it doesn't make sense but I want to turn back time...

3. [+13,386, -314] Even if just one person, I just want one person to be alive... My heart's ripping apart.

4. [+13,254, -1,932] I refuse to believe that they're all dead until we see that they are dead

5. [+2,620, -176] It's been three days already, we can't expect them to be alive...


Article: "Ferry windows broken into"... corpses collected in the ferry for the first time

Source: Yonhap news via Nate

1. [+178, -18] Seems we've already lost some bodies... Just thinking of my child dead in those freezing waters is horrifying, but losing his body after raising him for 18 darling years and not being able to give him one last hug before letting him go breaks my heart.

2. [+163, -6] I hope that at least we can return the bodies to their families......

3. [+144, -10] There are less and less people with hope now... More people wondering if it's time to give up... I'm sure the families understand the situation but their hearts aren't letting them give up yet. I can't give up hope yet.. There has to be a survivor, there has to be someone who's rescued. I'll pray until the end.


Article: Three bodies collected from the first entrance of the ferry so far


1. [+366, -1] I feel bad for all of them. Those bodies.. were all people who must've been cold and scared until they closed their eyes for good. I feel bad for the rescue team having to fight the horrible weather conditions in the dark to discover those bodies for the first time themselves. I desperately wish this was all just a dream.

2. [+272, -14] Does God exist? How can he allow this to happen to such young children? Why must these children suffer such a fate? Why must their families go through such pain? Why not take those who are not deserving of their lives?

3. [+223, -2] I saw a JTBC documentary about the parents of a boy who was found dead.. The mother fainted and the father kept asking why he was kept like that, why they weren't performing CPR on him or anything...


Article: 36 deaths so far


1. [+252, -3] What we all feared is becoming a reality. Even if nobody is alive, please at least return their bodies to their parents.

2. [+197, -5] Please.. please.. a miracle..

3. [+166, -4] This has to all be a lie... it needs to be a lie...


Article: All ferry crew found to have survived... escaped first leaving the passengers

Yonhap News via Nate

1. [+1,021, -9] I'd understand if the ferry sank without any type of warning but this could've all been prevented if the crew went about it the right way. You guys are all murderers and trash.

2. [+819, -30] I've never seen such disgusting trash in my life... The crew, the ones who know about the ferry the best, all escaped first, leaving the part time workers to deal with the catastrophe on their own, losing their lives in the process... You trash, I hope you take care of your selfish lives for the rest of your lives. You are not being hated for being alive... no one asked you to die.. but why did you tell them to stay where they were while escaping with your own lives. Ridiculous... I bet if our country ever gets into war, the higher ups will tell the citizens to stay where they are while they escape. Seems like a repeat of history if anything. Give them the harshest of consequences so that this doesn't happen ever again.

3. [+718, -27] Normally in movies, the captain is always the one who brings the passengers to safety while he faces the horrors of the ocean alone, ending his life along with his beloved ship... but that is obviously just a delusional movie. There is no hero in our generation... Reality is that nobody will help anyone in trouble...

4. [+37, -5] I feel like the captain purposely told everyone to stay where they were because he knew that if he said otherwise, any escape route will be blocked up and he won't be able to escape. This is straight up murder.

5. [+19, -0] 11 out of the 14 Danwon High School teachers are still missing... They stayed with their students until the end.. while those trash escaped to live on their own.


Article: Angry parents of the missing assault journalists and break filming equipment

Source: News 1 via Nate

1. [+855, -153] None of us have any right to judge the parents. We can't expect them to be thinking without bias when their children are trapped in the ferry and journalists are stuck to them like flies.

2. [+667, -85] Leave them alone. Has anyone considered how they must be feeling right now? Think of your family member being in that freezing ocean, not knowing whether they're alive or not. I would never be able to shove a camera in their faces and ask, "So how are you feeling right now?"

3. [+38, -9] They're crying and screaming not to film them but journalists force their cameras on them... Even when survivors were being rushed to the hospital, the journalists blocked up the entrances, forcing them to go through the back only for journalists to demand their right to know what's going on. Even then, the information they release to the public is still wrong... I completely understand why the families would resort to violence against them.


Article: Broadcast channels cancel all recordings for the following week for the Sewol Ferry accident

Newsen via Nate

1. [+571, -14] This is stressful even for the third party. It's gotten to the point where I can't do anything other than look up news on the Sewol Ferry... It's depressing and hard.

2. [+564, -17] I feel like we're going to get psychologically depressed through this..

3. [+530, -23] Just cancel the shows through this week and return to normal broadcasts next week aside from news channels. There's no reason for all of the channels to be showing the same content. Broadcasts must go on.

4. [+51, -2] With every day, there are more deaths... more hope is lost.. only depressing news on TV. The news keeps repeating the same thing.. I'm going to get depression at this rate..

5. [+48, -3] I used to relieve my stress by ending the day with a variety show but I have nowhere to relieve my stress anymore... Wherever I go, it's only talks about the Sewol Ferry and anyone who isn't mourning is treated like a bad person.. It's not even sad anymore, it's deperssing.

6. [+40, -2] I agree with the best replies, I'm going to get depression at this rate ㅠㅠㅠㅠ Mourning is good but every channel is showing the same thing over and over again.. Must all of the channels run this for 24 hours ㅠㅠㅠ I'm just watching reruns on cable channels...

7. [+33, -4] Let's move on next week ㅡㅡ

8. [+31, -2] Even while going about my daily life, I get depressed reading the news or going on the internet... I feel like all of Korea is depressed.


Friday, April 18, 2014


Article: 29th death discovered... 273 still missing

News 1 via Nate

1. [+9,186, -132] Captain, when you hid the fact that you were the captain and saved yourself first... so many lives were waiting for your words, so many lives that were lost... They stayed where they were, with hope that they would live..

2. [+4,715, -81] Sigh... I have nothing to say........

3. [+3,981, -96] We need a miracle...

4. [+4,081, -448] I don't even see hope anymore.......

5. [+3,674, -140] Honestly, all this talk about hope is only giving false hope to families. We need to recognize reality.. ㅠ It's upsetting but a boat that is underwater means it is impossible for them to be alive. The temperature is too low for survival. They cannot all be alive in such freezing conditions... I know this is upsetting but it's reality..


Article: Ocean police "Underwater search paused... to return at 5:40 am"

Source: Money Today via Nate

1. [+621, -19] The divers need to be given psychological therapy and a pension for the rest of their lives. Imagine opening a door and seeing so many dead bodies in front of your eyes, dead bodies wearing lifevests stuck to the ceiling.. bodies just covering your entire sight. Who has a mindset brave enough to go through all of that to rescue people in air pockets. No amount of money can compensate the psychological pain these people are going through.

2. [+619, -33] I have no intention of blaming the families for thinking the rescue efforts are not enough, but reality is that there is a small window for divers to go underwater and even if 500 divers are available, not all of them can get into the ferry at once. I know that parents feel angry seeing divers wait on land and they're thinking, "Why aren't they underwater? Why aren't they saving our children?" but there is simply not enough room for all of the helicopters to go up in the air to find the bodies that come up. Of course the government won't let the families search on their own, it will only be invasive of the investigation efforts going on already. And people complaining about the news shows showing the same videos over and over must realize that they cannot let cameras in for safety reasons and that bodies being caught on camera is not a good thing. Simply blaming the rescue efforts for not doing enough is not doing anything for the people risking their lives to save them.

3. [+319, -4] We need to realize that everybody on the rescue team is a precious life as well and that they're risking their life for this search. Thank you so much. I want to hug every single one of them.


Article: "I'll take responsibility for everything"... Vice principal of Danwon High School commits suicide

Source: Yonhap News via Naver

He was often heard talking about his guilt after escaping the ferry. He eventually commit suicide, leaving a will that said: "I don't have the will to live when we do not know whether 200 lives are still alive or dead. Let me take full responsibility for everything. I was the one who suggested the school trip. Cremate my body and spread it near the sinking. Should I be their teacher for the lives that were claimed in the afterlife..."

1. [+26,424, -776] What crime did the teachers commit to have to kneel before the parents, like criminals...? Two teachers are dead, 11 are lost... They are not the ones to be focused by the families.

2. [+17,442, -199] The saved teachers must be separated from the families by the government. Anyone saved should be kept an eye on because you don't know what they will do out of the guilt they feel. Please, please, focus more on the people who were saved. The internet is filled with hateful words about those who lived. They need to be encouraged to continue living. Rest in peace.

3. [+17,170, -165] A person of no crime is now dead while the captain, who put 300 lives in danger, is still living... The captain should be the one committing suicide. He's the one who was drying up bills of money while children were lying. The anger I feel...

4. [+15,767, -133] We have lost an amazing vice principal. The body of a teacher who had stayed until the end to make sure his students were safe was recently discovered. Also a teacher who couldn't escape because he was with his students, dead... The responsibility should go to the captain, not the teachers.

5. [+12,896, -76] So upsetting... those who survived should live.. but rest in peace.

6. [+3,575, -26] "Should I be their teacher for the lives that were claimed in the afterlife..." why does this part break my heart...

7. [+3,553, -26] I can't imagine the guilt he felt since he was the one who suggested the school trip and left so many children in danger after surviving on his own... His heart must've been so heavy seeing the families cry all around him. He must've blamed it all on himself. It breaks my heart thinking what he had to go through... Rest in peace. Put down your worries and sleep well.


Article: Sewol Ferry captain Lee Joon Suk, "I admit to the accusations. I do not feel wrongly accused"

Source: Money Today via Nate

The captain admitted to telling everyone on board to stay where they were before getting off himself. When asked if he felt wrongly accused, he said, "I do not feel that I'm being wrongly or unfairly accused".

1. [+434, -12] You bad person... Today is the last day of their school trip. Live the rest of your life in guilt. Every night for the rest of your life, listen to the children screaming for help in your dreams.

2. [+393, -13] You're 70 years old... and you left kids barely 20, and hundreds of other passengers like that... Gave me goose bumps seeing you covered up in blankets off shore like you were a regular passenger yourself;;

3. [+398, -18] You will live the rest of your life wishing you had rather died on that ferry.


Broadcast companies, all stop for three days... to continue on to the weekend

Source: OSEN via Naver

1. [+2,332, -261] This weekend, I hope all of the varieties and Music Core are canceled so we can make room for good news. I don't care if shows are canceled this week and next. I just want the students to be saved. There is hope and miracle!

2. [+2,005, -125] We don't need the shows, just good news... Families, find strength.

3. [+1,547, -54] We need a miracle. Even one life saved is enough, so please live.

4. [+1,415, -61] All of Korea is crying and worried with one heart.. A miracle is needed.

5. [+365, -13] The entire country is going to suffer from depression at this rate.


Article: Idol fans send relief goods... 'united effort' brings strength

Star Today via Nate

1. [+802, -37] Even if people hate on the disrespectful fans, there are also just as many mature fans like this. Not only EXO but other fandoms are doing a great deed. Let's not leave hateful comments on news like this. Just praise them for their good deed.

2. [+766, -18] How nice of young students... Difficult to use your own time to step up like this.

3. [+710, -25] First time I thought idol fans were cool.

4. [+54, -6] EXO's fanpages are collecting donations and many other fanpages are sending relief goods. Money is being donated directly to the parents in case the government uses it for other things. No matter the disrespectful fans, please recognize that there are also mature fans as well.

5. [+35, -1] Amazing of the fans for doing more than me, who hasn't done anything yet. I'm sorry I can't be of more help. I hope that the children are returned to their parents soon ㅠ