Battleship Island – A Review

It’s no secret that I am a fan of Song Joongki. I was totally hooked on him the moment I saw him on a drama called Triple. He has since become my favorite Korean actor.

Although I haven’t gone Joongki gaga in the last 4 years – I’ve been keeping tabs about him. I knew he got out from the army. That he starred in Descendants of the Sun and that he was marrying Song Hyegyo (yes, like any fan I was crushed at first but now I don’t want anyone else to marry him but Song Hyegyo!)

So when I heard he had a new movie – I was psyched! And when I heard it was going to be shown internationally – in the Philippines especially – I went crazy!!! You see, Korean movies aren’t really released in cinemas in my country. So having Battleship Island in movie theaters is such a treat for Filipino hallyu fans.

And that’s what me and my friends did yesterday – we watched Battleship Island (군함도).

I couldn’t get over how good the movie was and so I decided to rave about it and perhaps entice some hallyu fans to watch it.

The Trailer

Synopsis

As the movie is new as of writing this blog entry, I’ve decided not to include the story as it will create spoilers. But this movie is the story about the Korean laborers who were working in Hashima Island – Battleship Island – and their attempt to escape from the island. The movie was set in 1945 as World War 2 was coming to a close.

The movie stars Hwang Jungmin, Kim Suan (the same little girl from Train to Busan), So Jisub, Lee Jonghyun and Song Joongki.

Why I Liked the Movie?

I didn’t really expect much from this movie especially because it was a historical one and truthfully I am not a big fan of war movies. War movies are exceptionally painful and sometimes a little gory to watch. And yes, this movie had all the violence, blood and action you would expect in those movies.

But I did like this movie because the scenes had me convinced of the struggles of the laborers. The acting in this movie was top notch! Kim Su-an stole the show once more for me. She did that in Train to Busan and did it again here. This girl has a great career ahead for her. My second favorite character was Hwang Jungmin’s Kang-ok. His portrayal of a dad who would do anything for her daughter just tears my heart apart.

I also liked the action scenes and the effects. I was cringing the whole time. It was bloody and gory but these effects had me on the edges of my seat the whole time. The action scenes were real enough for me to cover my eyes at time. Spilled guts, amputated bodies, dead bodies – looked true to me. The set and the casts costumes transported me to another era – very different from today. The colors schemes of the scene were perfect for the dialogue. I loved how the contrast was between the dirty dark tones during the laborers scenes and the clean bright tones when the Japanese were on.

I was wide awake in the cinema during the whole 2 hour plus run of the movie. Even my “sleepy, tired, overworked” friend who sat beside me didn’t fall into slumber.

However…

Although the movie was wonderfully executed, I think they could have done something better.
I am no expert – I am just a movie buff and these to would have made the movie better:

1. Story and Character Development
While acting was topnotch, there were some parts that I felt was rushed. Like the introduction of characters. True there were a lot of them, but it would have explained the movie better. Also, there were characters who appeared but I wasn’t sure who they were or why they were there.
Case in point: Joongki’s introduction (wait when did he arrive on the island?), Lee Jong Hyun’s and So Jisub’s characters (their story was nice but it wasn’t well developed)

2. A waste of So Jisub’s talent
So Jisub is to me a great actor – but movie, what happened?  Something was not right about the way he portrayed the Seoul ganster. I don’t know why, but though this movie is a drama, and we know So Jisub is good at dramas, it was a bit lackluster. An ingredient or two was missing.

3. The Japanese
I realize a lot of people might get angry at this comment – but I think the portrayal of the Japanese might be dramatic / exaggerated for me. It’s true that some of them really had twisted minds during the world war. But there were times when the acting was a bit over the top. It didn’t seem realistic – as with the other elements of the movie. I kind of get that it was so movie goers can better understand the emotions of the coal laborers, but it was too much for me.

Overall, this movie was a good watch. I did get my money’s worth and to top it off it had Song Joongki.
I do encourage you to see it – especially all Pinoy hallyu fans. If we you watch, it will open up opportunities for having more Korean movies shown in the Philippines. And on that note, thank you Viva Films for giving us the opportunity to see Battleship! Cheers to more Asian movies shown in the future! You rock!!!

If you’ve seen the movie, let us know what you think!

**credits: New Trailer Buzz @yt

-chipskjaa (“,)

Good Doctor ON ABC

Hi I’m Mikay! I’m new to this blogging thing.
This is my first post so bear with me. 🙂

I’m a huge fan of Joo Won – since 2013. That’s when I saw the 2nd episode of Good Doctor.

For those of you who don’t know the drama – its about Park Shi-on (Joo Won), a resident doctor with autism who specializes in Pediatric Surgery. He has the amazing ability of 3D visualizations of a Human anatomy thus making him quite special.

I’m not biased (I totally am :P) but Joo Won is a really great actor. I didn’t like him in Baker King but I have appreciated him in this drama. He really gave justice to the character. I mean having taken the role of an autistic person would be harder than any other role – the mannerisms, the actions – he totally nailed it!

I am in awe with the writers and the production team of this drama. They’ve made such a beautiful drama that I haven’t seen in a long time. Watching one episode makes you long for the next one. I like that the drama does not only focus on the character’s misfortunes and success as an autistic doctor. But it also let’s us peek inside the lives of doctors – it makes us understand them more – the struggles, the comedy, the fun.

 

Park Shi on (Joo Won) as Peter Pan  (gwiyeopda!!!) 😉 😉

 

That headband though ^_^

aigoo! aigoo! 😎

Omo! Omo! Then  I heard that ABC will remake GOOD DOCTOR in America which will release its pilot episode this September 25, 2017.

 

I am very much excited for the remake because I miss Good Doctor.
And it’s going to star Freddie Highmore – I say no more
I even am planning to watch Good Doctor over the weekend again. (It’s not really Asian – but I’m excited!)

I do have my  doubts for the remake cause American productions tends to make changes. Case in point: Sassy Girl and The Lake House.
Anyone agree with me?

I’m still hoping they will give the  same impact as what Joo Won’s Good Doctor has given to me.

 

Good Doctor will always have a part in my heart.

To all the readers,

I highly recommend you to watch Good Doctor(Korean). Even my mom got really attached to this drama. You’ll have mixed emotions watching this. It was funny at the same time romance and you’ll learn more about medical field. And don’t forget to prepare tissues as there will be parts where you might get teary-eyed

See you in my next blog 😀

Credit: Images as tagged (Images are not mine) + ABC Television Network

–mikayT12 😛 —

Daniel Henney was in Mactan today!

When you haven’t checked your twitter and instagram feed all day, and you saw Daniel Henney posted that he was in Mactan, what your reaction be?

Since I read it at 8PM Philippine time (he posted it 9 hours ago) with one hell of a migraine – I couldn’t help but smile! (Although part of me wants to cry because I missed the chance of stalking him lol)

Good morning from Mactan Island..오랜만에 한국 project!! #weekendwork

A post shared by Daniel Henney (다니엘 헤니) (@danielhenneyofficial) on

For those who are unfamiliar who Daniel Henney is – once starred in Kdramas like My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Spring Waltz and Fugutive Plan B. And he was the guy in the movie Seducing Mr. Perfect. (Ye older Kdramas and movie for newly converted fans)

He’s also in US Shows like Criminal Minds and was Agent Zero in the Wolverine movie.

Although he hasn’t been in Korean TV or movies, I still think he is one of the handsome Kstars.

From your fans in Cebu: We do hope you enjoyed your stay and that you ate a lot of seafood and mangoes!

**Credits: danielhenneyofficial@IG + marvel wikia + as tagged (Note: Images are not mine, they’re from the web)

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Backtracks: If This Night Passes – Yim Jae Beom (Lyrics)

I’ve finished sorting the comments on my blog about an hour ago when I noticed someone requesting for the lyrics of Yim Jae Beom‘s “If This Night Passes” (or After This Night – which is a more literal translation).

I know this post is 2 years too late (it was posted on 2015 – so sorry @J-rome) but here it is.

I am a fan of older Kpop songs. I enjoy listening to them especially when they are sung in shows like I Am a Singer or in King of Mask Singer. Kpop Backtracks was supposed to be one of the features I wanted to post on my blog before the blog hiatus. I believe the first article I did was Holding On To the End of the Night by Solid.

And so thanks to shows like Reply 1997, Reply 1994 and Reply 1988 – this feature is here to stay! Because of dramas like this, older Kpop tunes have been popular again.

Anyway, Yim Jae Beom to me was always the Korean singer who had a husky voice. I wasn’t really familiar with this tune. I am more familiar with the song “Confession 고해”. But after listening to this, it sounded good and faintly familiar. Then I remembered seeing one episode of King of Masked singer contestant Kim Yeon Woo singing this.

This is Kim Yeon Woo’s version.

 

 

While this Yim Jae Beom’s version.

 

Who sung it better? Both hahaha. Before I blab too much again here’s the lyrics of the song.

If the Night Passes – Romanization

Bulbitmani gadeukhan i-bam
Geudaewa dan duri anjaseo
Geudae moseubeul barabogoman itne

Sarangseureon geudae nunga-e
Seulpeun han julgi nunmuri heulleo
Naui maeumeul apeugeman haneunde

I-bami jinamyeon urin
Ddo dashi he-eojyeoya haneunde
Amureon mareobshi idaero
Geudeal ddeonabonaeyaman hana

Bulbitmani gadeukhan i-bam
Seulpeun ibyeoreun daga-o-jiman jinan
Chu-eoke areumdaweotdeon geudae moseub saranghae

Ibyeoriran mareun hajima
Geudae sarangeul neukkigo shipeo
Naneun ajikdo hagopeum mal maneunde

I-bami jinamyeon urin
Ddo dashi he-eojyeoya haneunde
Amureon mareobshi idaero
Geudeal ddeonabonaeyaman hana

I-bami jinamyeon urin
Ddo dashi he-eojyeoya haneunde
Amureon mareobshi idaero
Geudeal ddeonabonaeyaman hana

I-bami jinamyeon urin
Ddo dashi he-eojyeoya haneunde
Amureon mareobshi idaero
Geudeal ddeonabonaeyaman hana

I-bami jinamyeon urin
Ddo dashi he-eojyeoya haneunde
Amureon mareobshi idaero
Geudeal ddeonabonaeyaman hana

If the Night Passes – Translation

This night, full of light
I’m staying with her alone
And I’m just staring at her

A sad tear flows
From her lovely eyes
It hurts my heart

After this night
We have to split up again
Without saying any words
Should I let her leave like this

This night, full of light
A sad farewell is coming closer
She was beautiful in my past memories
I love her

Do not say farewell
I wanna feel more of your love
I still have a lot to say

After this night
We have to split up again
Without saying any words
Should I let her leave like this

After this night
Should we have to split up again
Without saying any words
Should I let her leave like this

After this night
We have to split up again
Without saying any words
Should I let her leave like this

After this night
We have to split up again
Without saying any words
Should I let her leave like this

If the Night Passes – Hangeul

불빛만이 가득한 이 밤
그대와 단 둘이 앉아서
그대 모습을 바라보고만 있네

사랑스런 그대 눈가에
슬픈 한 줄기 눈물이 흘러
나의 마음을 아프게만 하는데

이 밤이 지나면 우린
또 다시 헤어져야 하는데
아무런 말없이 이대로
그댈 떠나보내야만 하나

불빛만이 가득한 이 밤
슬픈 이별은 다가오지만 지난
추억에 아름다웠던 그대 모습 사랑해

이별이란 말은 하지마
그대 사랑을 느끼고 싶어
나는 아직도 하고픈 말 많은데

이 밤이 지나면 우린
또 다시 헤어져야 하는데
아무런 말없이 이대로
그댈 떠나보내야만 하나

이 밤이 지나면 우린
또 다시 헤어져야 하는데
아무런 말없이 이대로
그댈 떠나보내야만 하나

이 밤이 지나면 우린
또 다시 헤어져야 하는데
아무런 말없이 이대로
그댈 떠나보내야만 하나

이 밤이 지나면 우린
또 다시 헤어져야 하는데
아무런 말없이 이대로
그댈 떠나보내야만 하나

Romanization done by: chipskjaa@wordpres.com (please credit if used)
Also, we did some edits to the translation so please credit chipskjaa@wordpress.com when using it
**Credits: dramafever + musicmatch.com명 가 @lyricstranslate.com + Hong Lee@yt + MBCentertainment@yt

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Struck with Asian Fever – Again!!!

오랜만이다!
잘 지냈어요?

It’s been a bit more than four years since I’ve last posted on this blog.
So much has happened in those four year ~~ life happened. 🙂
In the span of 4 years, I wasn’t able to write anything or keep up with the trends. I had to withdrew from my Asian addiction because life demanded more.
So this blog was shelved.

But about a month ago I was stuck at home ~ advised by my doctor to rest for 2 weeks.
I was bored as hell! I finished most of the shows on youtube I was subscribed to and Netflix shows didn’t interest me (because I’ve seen most of them).

Then my sister was raving about a Korean drama called Goblin (쓸쓸하고 찬란하神 – 도깨비).
I didn’t really feel like watching any Kdrama – I basically swore off anything Asian for fear that my addiction would come back. But because I was bored – I tried to watch it.
Was not expecting much – but I was looking forward to seeing Lee Dongwook.


Started episode one – then it became episode 2 – then 3… then before I knew it I finished all 16 episodes in a day!!! Goodness! Asian fever has slowly descended once more.
Then I found myself watching Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. Went crazy over Bok Joo and Jun Hyung.

And then Love in the Moonlight happened.
And I’m totally SOLD! Damn you Bogum-magic! I’m definitel struck by Asian fever again!

Who would’t fall for this kid!

I couldn’t get over this dance – I still watch it over and over again.

He’s too cute for his own good!

In all honesty, I was still contemplating about writing again. A lot of friends have urged me – but I was afraid to write again. One was because I felt stuck in 2013 – I didn’t know the trends. I didn’t know the dramas. I didn’t know any of the new songs – the last band I followed was Block B and Apink. (Old school much?)

And then one day, I went to the cinema in Cebu (Philippines) and guess which poster I saw:

Yes! This is definitely a sign.
Then I heard a lady in her late 40s say – “Naa na diay na? Kana lang atong tan-awon kay naa si JoongKi”.
(Translation: Oh, is Battleship Island showing now? Let’s watch that movie instead because JoongKi is in it.)
Sign #2.
And right then and there I decided ~ it’s time to resurrect the blog!

I might be a little rusty when it comes to writing and giving life to this blog.
However, this time, I won’t be alone.
I’ve convinced some of my Asian crazy friends to create content with me. I’ll be introducing them soon.
And so chipskjaa@wordpress is alive again!!!

So dear reader, sit back and enjoy our content.
By the way, we’d love to hear from you so make sure to drop a line or two 🙂
After all – the contents we will be making will definitely be for you.

Credit: Images as tagged (Images are not mine) + [ KBS 안테나 ]

-chipskjaa (“,)

Sungha Jung’s Philippine Tour

Sungha Jung is coming to the Philippines!

Better yet, he is coming to my City!!!! Yay! Hurray!!!

sungha jung concert

Anyway, if you aren’t familiar with him, he is a Korean finger guitarist. I have wrote several entries about him and his videos. I am very impressed with how he plays his guitar and I have been a fan since I saw his videos since he was about 12 playing his guitar. He has grown and his music too has evolved.

I would really really love to see this concert! The venue is just like 15 minutes maybe 10 by taxi from my house.. But first I need to find someone to go with me who is as impressed with him as I am. Did that make sense? haha… Who wants to go to the concert??

Anyway, check this poster for the ticket prices. Boy am I glad it’s not as expensive as watching all the other Kpop groups perform! 🙂

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**check ticketworld to buy your tickets!

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Of Wedding Speeches and songs..

Ok.. so you maybe wondering who is getting married.. is it some Kpop star.. ummm actually no one! haha

I have moved back home and from that time I have been so busy, I didn’t have the time to write on my blog. I have missed all the new Kdramas, I don’t even get to read recaps anymore :(. I’ve had a whirlwind of activities lined up and it doesn’t seem to end.

This is probably the longest time I have sitting in a computer doing absolutely nothing! Ha!

All this while I have kept myself busy helping cousins and my sister with their own business. My sister is in the early stages of setting up her own path as a WEDDING PLANNER ( if you’re from Cebu and you need someone for your wedding send me a message! :)). And it’s because of her that I have been sort of addicted to anything about weddings! Looking at dresses, bouquets and wedding stuff on youtube. And it’s because of this that I have strayed a bit from all the Kpop posting.

From all those wedding themed youtube videos, I think what I am going to post is one of the best yet. And maybe some of you might have seen this already because it’s not that new anymore and from what I gather it went viral some months ago. It was even featured on Teens React To…

What I am talking about is the video of McFly‘s Tom Fletcher‘s Wedding Speech. This is probably one of the best I’ve heard.

Well technically it’s not a speech… but instead he sings his whole speech.

For those who don’t know him, he is one of the members of McFly. If you still don’t know them, remember a song called All About You? Or how about Shine A Light? They were the ones who sang it!

So Tom sang his thanks to all the McFly songs.. he just changed the lyrics. The speech/song though is quite long, but you have to see it to the end!

I am so addicted to this wedding speech now and  I think this is the most romantic one that I have seen. It is not only romantic but the effort he put to making the lyrics is such a sentiment of how grateful he is and how sincere he is with doing this. The last song had me sobbing! I just love that song so much (it’s why I liked McFly)

Oh the hopeless romantic in me wants my groom (wherever he is) to do the same.. though that’s minus points for originality!!! But this wedding speech could be an inspiration to all the future grooms. I’m sure your wives-to-be would be swooning over you!

Ahh weddings.. I am loving watching all of these.. but I have to find that white knight before I even dream of my own walk to remember.

See ya!

**credits: Tom Fletcher@yt

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Coming Back Home!

If you haven’t noticed me posting something on the blog, it’s because I went on another hiatus because I had to move back to the Philippines. I love it a lot there unfortunately the course I wanted wasn’t available there. Well it is but there was something missing. So I have to come back —- for some time.

It was a little weird to come back home. I got so used the life there that it took awhile for me to adjust especially the traffic and the weather. But after a few days, it’s quite ok now.

I have been very very busy with the move. So I haven’t posted anything or read anything online. Heck I have not seen a drama in a long time! OMG!

But last night I found this video and I haven’t seen a video like this for a long time, especially not from a girl idol group. I’m posting it just to have something related to the blog. It’s from Sunny Hill and Daybreak. If you watch Gag Concert, I’m sure you will know who that guy is! Hahaha… I really like this guy! 🙂

I hope I can find time to post something! I’m Back!! weeee

**credits: LOENT@yt

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Oguri Shun Alert – Rich Man, Poor Woman SP

OMG!!! Scream! Rich Man, Poor Woman is going to air and SP on April 1!

Richmanpoorwoman

Screaming fan girl on the loose!! kya!!!!

Ok.. so I haven’t watched J-dorama for sometime, the last two that I’ve watched are Lucky Seven (because of Matsumoto Jun) and Rich Man, Poor Woman (because of Oguri Shun). — can you tell Hana Yori Dango has it’s side effects! lol

But really I haven’t watched a J-dorama in a loooong time.. maybe because I am not familiar anymore with the actors. Every time I see a new Japanese actor, I am at a loss because I don’t know who they are anymore.. there are just too many of them to keep up. And too many dramas that I haven’t watched in awhile.

Last year though, I was looking for Oguri Shun’s dramas and I found Rich Man, Poor Woman. And I love it!!!! I watched all 11 episodes in 1 day!!! I miss J-dorama but I don’t know where to start watching!

rmpw sp

So when I read in another blog that they were doing a Special! I can’t help but scream! I can’t wait to watch Hyuga and Makoto!

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From the pics that I have seen, it looks like they are shooting it in New York. You can read and see more pictures in koalasplayground’s post.

Omo… Oguri Shun is just too handsome here! I have to post it!

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I can’t wait!!!

**credit: koalasplayground.com + as tagged

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Standing Still – U-KISS (MV)

U-KISS is for me the most underrated Kpop idol in Korea! I don’t know why they aren’t as popular as they are all around the world. They aren’t rookies anymore actually.. but still they don’t have that much of a following in the Kpop world. I’m not sure why, it could be because when they debuted, Kpop was ruled by the likes of DBSK, Super Junior, SS501 and Big Bang. However, it’s been years now and I can’t comprehend why they’re not that popular. – end of rant..

bring it back to old school

I like Ukiss since I heard Bring It Back to Old School. I think they have a certain charm for me that’s why I like them. Also, as I was new to Kpop that time and I did not understand absolutely any Korean, I was kind of happy to find Ukiss that time — because some of the member can speak English. I think this was the reason I liked them from before until now. I appreciate it a lot that they were the first to reach out to the international audience using English.

ukiss collage

So them boys have released a new single called Standing Still from their album Collage and AJ is back from his hiatus! Wohoo.

The Video

Well, to me there is nothing really special about the video… just them dancing with some screens of a girl with very scary green cat eyes. I’m not sure why she is there.. but I think it might have something to do with the song or something. I am guessing that the concept of the video was to show that the person is strong after all hardships.. love I guess in the video and is standing still. It’s just my guess.

Personally, I think this is not the best Ukiss video. I mean, they’ve done this concept before. It reminds me a lot of Manmanhani (Am I That Easy?) and Bingeul Bingeul. But every time they release a video, I look forward to their dances. I don’t want to compare them to any other group, but I am just happy to see them even after all these years, they are still doing the thing they are good at.. making good songs and good music.

Ukiss fighting!

The Song

It’s a nice song! Not the best Ukiss song though.. 0330 is still my favorite, but not bad at all. When I hear this song it’s like it’s something different from their past songs, but at the same time there is some Ukiss sound that I feel I am familiar with. I can’t really pinpoint. But this song is not as strong as Stop Girl or Manmanhani. I think it would get some getting used to appreciate it fully. But it’s Ukiss just the same so I like it.

A bonus for all Kiss Me’s is that AJ is on this song! I’m sure Kiss Me’s have missed him.. but he’s back! It’s nice to see all Ukiss together.. though I still miss Xander and Kibum. Great to have him back. Also, I like that they are giving a lot more recognition for Soohyun’s talent now. I love Kevin, but Soohyun’s voice is more powerful for me.. but he’s not given too much attention.

Now… what I really like about Ukiss songs is that they pay attention to the English of the songs. Well.. maybe not all the songs (I remember r squared pi!). But at least they try to make an effort especially with the lyrics and the pronunciation. As an international Kpop fan I appreciate that little details. Although 90% of the song is sung in Korean, but at least the other English parts are done right. No biggie– no pressure on K-entertainment companies, just a friendly reminder from an international fan!^_^

Glad to have them back!

Final Verdict: It’s not the best Ukiss song, but I like it just the same. Because it’s Ukiss. They’re underrated but they are as talented as other Kpop artists. The MV is just so-so though.

**credits:  ukiss2008@yt + as tagged

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