Korean Wave

About a decade or so ago, say “Korea” and people think of kimchi.

Say the same thing now, and chances are, housewives and schoolgirls will spew a myriad of names of Korean musicians, TV personnalities, movie stars, drama serials, and the like. (This of course, disregarding the disparity of North and South Korea – fans don’t have time for this.)

Korea has set foot in many industries like steel producing, automaking, consumer electronics, shipbuilding, robotics, and needless to say, entertainment.

So it’s interesting to see popular Korean personalities do the same – dabble in a domain other than their own.

I can’t say that I’ve caught the Korean wave myself, but I was, and still am deeply obsessed with one particular drama serial – Princess Hours (Goong).

If you watch it, you’ll be absolutely smitten with Chae Kyeong and Shin. I was.

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I recall one episode when there was a scene whereby Shin (played by Joo Ji Hoon) was bathing, and the audience was treated to frames of him half nekkid. (Doesn’t nekkid sound more naked than… naked?) I was having a simultaneous conversation over MSN with my friend who was equally obsessed. And we launched into a fury of wanting to be random toilet objects like the carpet and towel because they got to see Joo Ji Hoon in his full glory.

Ooh. That’s part embarassing and part exciting to tell. I WANT JOO JI HOON!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway. The great part about this is that these actors go into other areas like singing… and modelling. And most of the time they do a pretty good job of it.

Vogue Korea – March 2009

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Who knew she could work it like that?

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Cosmopolitan Korea – December 2008

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I think if you’re an actress in Korea, it’s inevitable that you fall into a big hole along with the other new artistes called “cute trap”. Luckily, this isn’t as irksomely and irritably cute as what you’ll see on TV.

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Vogue Korea – December 2007

What I think was her best shoot (and most uncharacteristic of her) to date..

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Strange… but it gets more surreal when a celebrity stops becoming a celebrity in a photoshoot.

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I have to add that her fans did not appreciate this photoshoot one bit.

“sometimes i just don’t understand haute couture…why (do) they (have to) make her (look) so ugly?”

“Sigh… same here.
And what’s with the tutu anyway???”

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And here I am thinking it’s pushing boundaries for her

From qinatthedisco, AF, crunchyroll, k-popped, kimshey

Roald Dahl

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From Matilda

(I’m not sure if it’s the same all over the world, but,) Think Roald Dahl and a string of fantastical tales like Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and Esio Trot will conjure up squiggly images ala Quentin Blake’s illustrations for his children’s books.

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From The BFG

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From George’s Marvellous Medicine

All pictures from Art Of Illustration

Ooooh, memories (runs of to caress stack of Roald Dahl books) 😀
I digress. Anyway.

Then there are his lesser known (at least to my side of the world), darker, short stories, like A Dip In The Poole (no thanks to my first literature lesson in secondary school), Lamb to the Slaughter, The Landlady (my first encounter with taxidermy in my early teens. The horror! :O) and Parson’s Pleasure.

Next you have British Vogue’s fusing both the childish fantasy and rather dark humour plus a tinge of silliness into an awesome editorial – Tales of the Unexpected.

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This rather generous spread of great styling, imaginative props and stellar models keeps making you wanna flip page after page, as names like Tim Burton, Gareth Pugh, Imelda Staunton, Georgia Jagger, Peter Jensen and Alice Gibb lend themselves to the shoot.

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This would be the only time I want gum to be stuck all over the place.

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Baubles as soap suds!

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All scans from foto decadent

I haven’t been reading anything of late, except for my “Management for infor – okay that sounds boring already.