While cosmetic jaw surgeries are becoming increasingly popular in Korea, many people are unaware of the procedure’s huge risks.
That is because many of the surgeons in Korea do not inform their patients about the dangers of the surgery, according to the Korea Times.
In one instance, a 30-year-old female identified only by her surname Kang, had to be transferred to a recovery room due to excessive bleeding after she underwent the surgery in order to obtain a slimmer jawline. The internal bleeding made its way into her respiratory tract causing her to become drowned by her own blood. Continue Reading »
Is American man said detained in North Korea a bargaining chip?
It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for Merrill Newman, a Korean War veteran who had long wanted to go to North Korea.
It ended, according to his family, with the detention of Newman, 85, when he was pulled off a plane at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport five minutes before it was to depart.
Newman, of Palo Alto, California, has not been seen nor heard from since October 26, the day he and a traveling companion wrapped up a 10-day organized tour of North Korea, his son, Jeff Newman, told CNN.
Suicide rates are falling almost everywhere in the developed world but South Korea
Last month, the South Korean government released some encouraging news. For the first time in six years, suicide rates had fallen in the country that’s long been known as the suicide capital of the developed world. There were 28 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 people in 2012, an 11% decline from the year before.
Still, that’s the highest rate of any developed country and more than twice that of the US or the average of the 34 OECD countries. What’s more, a new report this week from the OECD paints a bleaker picture. Over the past two decades South Korea’s suicide rate, while experiencing occasional dips, has trended upwards. Meanwhile, most developed countries are seeing their rates fall.
Two U.S. soldiers killed during military drill
A U.S. army vehicle fell into a river in northern South Korea during military training, killing two American soldiers, military and police officials said Friday.
Soldiers in a U.S. Army Humvee were taking part in a brigade field training exercise in the vicinity of the Rodriguez Live Fire Complex and fell into the Hantan River in Yeoncheon, Gyeonggi Province, on Thursday, the U.S. Forces Korea said.
Dining With Dear Leader
The restaurant’s fluorescent lights dim and give way to multicolored spots as an upbeat synthesized tune begins to play. Three waitresses—nearly identical with their red aprons, pale smiling faces, and jet black hair—rush onto the small stage, each clutching a microphone and dancing in unison as they sing the North Korean classic “Pan Gap Sumnida” (“Nice to Meet You”) while scenes from their homeland flash on a television behind them.
This is Phnom Penh’s Pyongyang Restaurant, part of a pan-Asian chain established in the 1990s that now has about 100 branches scattered across China, Indonesia, Russia, Myanmar, Thailand, and Nepal. Despite functioning like regular—if kitschy—restaurants, they are believed to be a part of Bureau 39, a secretive arm of the Korean Workers’ Party that acquires and launders foreign currency for the cash-strapped Hermit Kingdom through ventures as diverse as agricultural exports, arms sales, and methamphetamine production.
Korea Succeeds in 3D Printer-enabled Face Transplant
Korean doctors and researchers have successfully used an artificial object made with a 3D printer for a face transplant.
Doctors Lee Jong-won and Kim Seong-won at Seoul St. Mary’s Hospital and Professor Jo Dong-woo at Pohang University of Science and Technology say they developed a support structure for the respiratory tract using 3D print technology. The transplant was made on a six-year-old boy from Mongolia with a face deformity.
South Korea Expected to Buy Lockheed Fighter Jets
New York Times
South Korea announced revised requirements Friday for a new generation of fighter jets it plans to buy, effectively leaving Lockheed Martin’s F-35A stealth jet as the only viable bidder for the country’s largest-ever arms acquisition program.
South Korea will buy 40 “high-capability stealth fighter jets” from 2018 to 2024 to increase its air force’s ability to penetrate the air defense of North Korea and strike its nuclear and missile facilities, the Defense Ministry said in a statement following a meeting of its Joint Chiefs of Staff.
’48 Hours’ to tackle death of Juliana Redding with Times reporter
Los Angeles Times
The brutal killing of aspiring Hollywood actress Juliana Redding will be the focus of Saturday night’s episode of “48 Hours.” And the CBS News production will get a special assist from L.A. Times reporter Jack Leonard.
Leonard reported on the 2008 slaying and the subsequent trial of Kelly Soo Park in the Times.
Park was accused of murdering Redding on behalf of Redding’s ex-boyfriend, a wealthy Marina Del Rey surgeon who is believed to have fled the country when Park was arrested in 2010. Park was acquitted by a jury in June.
5 Reasons ‘Sleepy Hollow’ Star John Cho is Awesome
Most recently, he’s lit up our screens as the tortured and surprisingly good-natured demon servant Andy Brooks on this season’s freshman hit Sleepy Hollow, and we’ve also enjoyed his performances in the two Star Trek reboots, the ever-hilarious Harold and Kumar trilogy, and on the small screen in Go On and FlashForward.
5. His undead-servant-of-Moloch character on Sleepy Hollow is already a fan favorite, and for good reason. Who else could be so likable for someone with such murky intentions? When he griped about helping a centuries-old flayed witch dig up her bones (that’s pretty much Sleepy Hollow in a nutshell, by the way) in the episode “Blood Moon” it was one of the best moments on the show so far.
CL Appears Nude in 2NE1′s New Music Video
The music video for girl group 2NE1’s new song “Missing You” has been generating much buzz since it was released Wednesday due to CL’s brief nude scene.
In the video, which depicts the sadness of longing for a past lover, CL appears without clothes for about 10 seconds. She is one of the four members of the group.
S. Korean pitcher signs record-high contract with Japan team
Relief pitcher Oh Seung-hwan of the Samsung Lions decided to move to Japan’s Hanshin Tigers on a record-breaking, first-term contract, his agency said Friday.
The 31-year-old signed on for two years with the Nippon Professional Baseball team for 300 million Japanese yen (US$2.9 million) a year with a signing bonus of 200 million yen. With 50 million yen in annual incentives, Oh can receive up to 900 million yen from the Hanshin Tigers. The amount is the highest among his three predecessors including Lee Seung-yeop in 2004, Kim Tae-kyun in 2009 and Lee Dae-ho in 2011.
Actress Lee Young-ae hosts Korean food dinner with foreign diplomats
South Korean actress Lee Young-ae, who is also popular in other Asian countries for her lead role in the smash-hit epic series “Daejanggeum,” threw a traditional Korean food dinner for foreign diplomats in Seoul, a local TV network said Friday.
The event was taped Wednesday for “Lee Young-ae’s Dinner,” a SBS documentary hosted by the actress and set to air on New Year’s Day on the lunar calendar, SBS said.
Photo via MBC
An 8-year-old girl was recently found dead in the bathtub of her home in Ulsan, South Korea. It was her stepmother who reported that she had found the girl unconscious, but an autopsy proved that it was she who actually killed the child.
Further investigation revealed that the child’s stepmother had beaten her with a wooden back massager, breaking her ribs and damaging her lungs. The police later found additional hospital records showing that the stepmother has been abusing the girl over the last nine months, allegedly throwing boiling water that burned her hands and feet. More surprisingly, neither the girl’s school nor the hospital reported the abuse.
The death of the girl is one of tens of thousands of child abuse cases over the last few years in South Korea. The number of child abuse cases ending in convictions increased steadily over a decade in South Korea from 2,921 in 2003 to 6,403 last year, according to the Ministry of Health and Welfare. A staggering 87 percent of the cases occur in homes of the families and 84 percent of the perpetrators are parents. Continue Reading »
Kim Jong-un ordered propaganda war against Park gov’t: official
Yonhap News via Korea Herald
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was found to have ordered an intensified propaganda war against the Park Geun-hye administration last month in a possible policy shift, a South Korean government official said Wednesday.
The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said South Korean authorities picked up intelligence that Kim ordered Kim Yang-gon, the head of United Front Department of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea, to lash out at Park and her government.
The United Front and its head is in charge of inter-Korean relations and exercises power over the North’s spy agency.
Fisherman’s return stirs mixed emotions in Korean village
The recent return of a South Korean fisherman abducted by North Korea more than 40 years ago has reopened wounds in a small island village that lost 17 other men in a Cold War conflict that still simmers today.
Jeon Wook-pyo, who reappeared in South Korea in September after escaping from the North through China, has since paid a brief visit to Nongso – a remote outpost of around 170 people on the southern island of Geoje, about five hours drive from Seoul – but he won’t be settling back there.
“It wasn’t a nice feeling that he reminded me of my husband. There was nothing to feel good about,” said 82-year-old Ok Chul-soon, whose husband skippered one of two fishing boats that were seized with all hands, including Jeon, by North Korean patrol boats near disputed waters in December 1972.
She acknowledged Jeon’s return was welcome, but said she was too upset to stay throughout his visit, adding they would meet privately at some time so she could ask for news of her husband.
Reports: South Korean Arrested in Pyongyang a Christian Missionary
Voice of America
Media reports say a South Korean man arrested this month in Pyongyang is a Christian missionary, who was working there to help North Korean refugees.
The Wednesday reports, by the French news agency and South Korea’s Dong-A Ilbo, identified the man as 50-year-old Kim Jeong-Wook.
His family and other Christian activists told the news outlets that Kim had been helping North Koreans who escaped their homeland to China for years.
They say Kim was arrested after traveling to Pyongyang to check on the wellbeing of several refugees who had been repatriated by Beijing.
78% of Koreans Support Reunification
Seventy-eight percent of Koreans now support reunification of the peninsula, according to a survey released by the Hyundai Research Institute on Tuesday.
But the younger people are, the less urgent they believe reunification to be. Support was at only 66.8 percent among those in their 20s, 74.9 percent among those in their 30s, 84.6 percent among those in their 40s, and 84.2 percent among the over-50s.
Among academics and other experts, support is almost unanimous with 98.1 percent.
The divide becomes clearer in answer to the more specific question whether reunification would be in the national interest. Some 67 percent of the general public said yes compared to 98.1 percent of experts.
Most believe it will take more than a decade, with 55.4 percent of the general public and 68.6 percent of experts, followed by six to 10 years.
5 men extradited to U.S. in North Korean meth case
U.S. drug agents in Thailand took custody of five men wanted in the United States on allegations of being part of a drug ring that sought to traffic in North Korean methamphetamine and other drugs, CNN has learned.
The men, who have British, Filipino, Taiwanese and Slovak citizenship, were being flown to New York to face charges, according to a source.
Thai authorities announced the arrests after the men were turned over to U.S. authorities. A U.S. law enforcement official said the charges would be made public soon.
The men are part of a broader investigation that federal prosecutors made public in September, filing charges against a group of former U.S. and European ex-military men in a murder-for-hire and drug-importation plot.
Washington urged to block expulsion of Korean-American
Local civic groups called on the United States Wednesday to take action to protect an American businessman of Korean descent from being deported from South Korea after serving a prison term here for pro-North Korea espionage charges.
Michael Chang, whose Korean name is Chang Min-ho, recently finished serving a seven-year jail term in South Korea for gathering classified information and engaging in pro-North Korean propaganda activities in violation of the anti-Communist National Security Law.
However, he is currently being kept at the Cheongju Immigration Processing Center until he can be ejected from South Korea after the Justice Ministry ordered him to leave the country.
“The U.S. government has shown no position on Chang while making special efforts to secure the freedom of Kenneth Bae, a Korean-American who is in a North Korean jail,” said an alliance of South Korean civic and human rights groups working to win the release of conscientious prisoners in a statement.
Insight: Work ethic, comic hero make Koreans hot shots in car design
In today’s auto industry, where famed Japanese quality and durability are increasingly a given, design is king and, among designers, South Koreans are hot property.
From General Motors’ bold Chevrolet Camaro to the quintessential British gentlemen’s Bentley, more top models carry the flair and signature of a group of designers from South Korea, which some have dubbed “Asia’s Italy” for its impact on car design, fashion and aesthetics.
As competition in the industry becomes ever more cut-throat, partly as gaps in quality and technology narrow, automakers need bolder, edgier designs to differentiate. From a global talent pool, South Koreans stand out.
Hyundai will sell a hydrogen fuel cell SUV in 2014, 300-mile range expected
Hydrogen, not Botox or movie openings, is the talk of LA this week. Hyundai says it will begin selling a hydrogen-powered Tucson compact SUV in 2014. It’s one of several auto show announcements this week in Los Angeles and Tokyo about hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being readied for production. Hyundai says this will be the first mass-market hydrogen vehicle available in the US.
The hydrogen Hyundai Tucson is one of the highlights of the 2013 Los Angeles International Show, with press days Wednesday and Thursday. Hyundai sees a big future for hydrogen-powered vehicles because volume production might push down the cost of hydrogen fuel technology down faster than with the lithium-ion battery technology necessary for EVs and plug-in hybrids.
Is he the next Top Chef winner?
Korea Times US
Will another Korean come away with the title of Top Chef? Stay tuned.
On the heels of Korean American chef Kristen Kish, who won last year’s aforementioned reality TV competition crowning the best chef in America, another Korean chef is among the 19 contestants vying for this year’s title.
Making Season 11 of Top Chef all the more intriguing is L.A.’s own Brian Huskey. The 32-year old Research & Development chef for critically acclaimed restaurants Paiche, Picca, and Mo-chica, also happens to be the oldest son of a well-known real-estate mogul in the Korean community – Han Huskey and his wife Sookie.
Ailee’s Popularity Rises Following Nude Photo Scandal
Multiple K-pop stars over the past year have received considerable backlash from fans and the public for offences as small as not smiling on stage or misusing a word in an interview, but Ailee –who recently had a batch of nude photos leak online– appears to be benefiting from her scandal.
Since the photos hit the web, Ailee’s surged ahead in the fan-voted polls for the 2013 MAMA Awards. She’s now ranking first for Best Female Artist, surpassing Lee Hyori who was previously leading, as well as first in the Best Female Vocal Performance category, beating out last week’s leader, IU.
While it’s obvious that Ailee’s scandal has given her the extra votes to surpass formidable competition like Hyori and IU, you can’t say that she doesn’t deserve to be where she is. Her last two pop singles, “I’ll Show You” and “U&I,” were both huge hits, and she’s also featured on the third most successful single of the year, Baechigi’s “Shower of Tears.”
Spike Lee on “re-interpreting” South Korean action thriller “Oldboy”
Veteran director Spike Lee is packing in the action with his latest film, “Oldboy.”
The new mystery thriller is based off of the 2003 South Korean classic of the same name from Chan-wook Park. The original was noted for its brutal fight scenes and fierce depiction of violence, much of which was kept in tact for Lee’s adaptation.
While the plot details between the two films are fairly similar, the 56-year-old director recently told CBSNews.com that he doesn’t want audiences to see his latest work as just another retread.
“We’re not really calling it a remake, we’re calling it a re-interpretation,” Lee said.
The latest “Oldboy” stars Josh Brolin as Joe Doucette, an alcoholic businessman who gets kidnapped and cryptically held in solitary confinement for two decades. Doucette is suddenly released by his unknown captors and soon must find out who was behind the plot in order to save his daughter.
‘Oldboy’ Reimagines a Korean Tale of Revenge
New York Times
“Rage doesn’t have to fester for years, but revenge?” the director Spike Lee said, as he rapidly autographed 50 movie posters in a downtown Manhattan hotel suite. “That stuff takes time. It’s the oldest staple of films, in stories. It goes back to the Bible.”
In Mr. Lee’s new film, “Oldboy,”Josh Brolin plays Joe Doucett, an alcoholic ad man and negligent father who is imprisoned in a small, mysterious room for 20 years for no evident reason. Believing that he was framed for his wife’s murder, and that his daughter was abducted, Joe’s rage ferments until it is distilled into pure blood lust.
When Joe is finally uncorked from captivity, he is so monomaniacally bent on vengeance that his unnamed city itself seems to bend to his will. In one shot, Joe, wearing a grim black suit and a murderous scowl, literally glides through city streets, which scroll beneath him like moving sidewalks. He seems propelled toward his revenge, as if pulled by some unseen force.
WATCH PRISCILLA AHN’S VIDEO FOR “LEAVE IT OPEN”
Georgia-born singer, Priscilla Ahn, first made waves back in 2008 with “Dream,” a mellow, softly sung acoustic ditty with the clarity of tone and mainstream appeal of Norah Jones (in fact, they shared the same label), and a simple, black and white video that’s been viewed over seven million times. In the interim since then, the 29-year-old singer has released three full length records, but to be frank, this is the first track that’s really made us sit up and pay attention, and it seems Dave Sitek—who released “Leave It Open” on his Federal Prison imprint—is similarly enamored.
It’s easy to hear why. On “Leave It Open” Priscilla trades her trad, stripped blueprint for Casio beats and chillwave synths, with her airy vocals floating and falling in daydreamy echoes. It’s the kind of song best listened to sun-drunk and flat on your back, while reality slips away over the horizon. Meanwhile, the video—premiered above—raises several pertinent questions such as:
Jeremy Lin, Again
On Thursday night, Jeremy Lin stood in the visitor’s locker room of a familiar building surrounded by a throng of New York City reporters whom he must have vaguely recognized. The reporters asked Lin how it felt being back in the city and all the usual revenge-narrative questions, and Lin did what Lin always does — he was polite and noncommittal and thanked everyone and talked about how he was happy that the Rockets had beaten the Knicks. Patrick Beverley, who now starts ahead of Lin as Houston’s point guard, sat across the way, a towel draped over his lap. He seemed amused by the whole spectacle, although not in any malicious or snarky way. “I’m just glad I don’t have a locker anywhere near his,” he said. When Chandler Parsons came out of the shower, he corralled a Rockets team employee. “You gotta help me out,” Parsons said. The team employee gathered up all the bass in his voice and began edging his way through the mass of bodies and recorders and cameras to Parson’s locker, adjacent to Lin’s.
The scene, while lively, almost felt like a chore for the gathered press. Jeremy Lin’s return to Madison Square Garden is still a story, albeit one with diminishing returns. On Thursday night, even the fans couldn’t muster up too much enthusiasm for Lin’s return. There were a few boos when he went to the foul line or checked in at the scorer’s table and certainly more Asian dudes than one would usually find at Madison Square Garden in mid-November.
Hyun-Jin Ryu Bobbleheads Are Coming
Korea Times US
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 vs. the Cincinnati Reds.
Mark your calendar: Ryu Hyun-jin bobbleheads are coming to Dodger Stadium.
The Los Angeles Dodgers have handed out 10 bobblehead dolls in each of the last two seasons. They are always the best attended giveaway nights, to a point where the Dodgers build ticket packages built around them.
Lydia Ko reunited with Michelle Wie for pro debut
Lydia Ko has been paired with American Michelle Wie for her first venture into the professional golfing ranks tomorrow.
The duo are well aquainted with one another from their time competing among the amateur ranks, with Wie today taking to Twitter to voice her excitement at the news of their pairing.
“Excited to play with @Lko424 at her first tournament as a pro! #ifeelold,” Wie said.
As a former teenage sensation, Wie enjoyed a similar path to success as Ko, before turning pro shortly before her 16th birthday in 2005.
Are Asian Men Undateable?
The online dating website “Are You Interested” recently surveyed more than 2.4 million interactions on its site and confirmed what many of us suspect: America loves Asian women.
In fact, Asian female users are more likely to get messages, including inappropriate ones, from male users of any race other than Asian. This trend, popularly dubbed “yellow fever,” is not a new phenomenon, springing instead from an attraction to what some observers say is the exotic appeal of Asian women, and a self-indulging fantasy of being with women who are seen as docile and submissive.
While Asian women seem to be in high demand, Asian men do not. Asian female and non-Asian male pairings are seen to be common, but Asian men are often left out of the discussion over interracial relationships entirely. As one of my black female friends put it, “Asian men, along with black women, are probably the least desirable people.”
Deflecting An Asteroid, With Paintballs
When you think about ways to deflect an asteroid, your mind probably immediately jumps to heavy artillery. Things like lasers. Or Bruce Willis-style nuclear bombs. But Sung Wook Paek is working on a much lower-key approach to preventing Armageddon: paintballs.
Paek, a graduate student at MIT, one day found himself riding a bike and thinking about how we could deflect an asteroid hurtling toward earth. He said cherry blossoms were in bloom on MIT’s campus, and he was navigating across a path littered with little balls of fruit.
“Whenever I rode my bicycle on [the fruit], it popped up and made my bicycle tire dirty,” Peak said. Then the idea hit him: exploding balls of color — probably not the first thing that pops into your mind when you think about diverting a planet-destroying asteroid, but Paek’s idea is brilliant in its simplicity.
China says ‘not aware’ of detention of N. Korean defectors
China’s foreign ministry said Monday it had no information that 13 North Korean defectors were arrested in the Chinese city of Kunming late last week.
“I’m not aware of the specifics you mentioned,” ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters when asked about the detention of the North Koreans who were arrested Friday.
The North Koreans were arrested while trying to board a bus bound for an unidentified Southeast Asian nation, Seoul-based activists said earlier in the day.
“I need to get further information about that,” Qin said.
U.S. envoy on N. Korean human rights arrives in Seoul
Yonhap News via GlobalPost
Robert King, U.S. special envoy for North Korean human rights issues, arrived here Sunday for talks with South Korean officials.
King’s trip comes as Kenneth Bae, a Christian missionary, remains detained in the communist North since he was caught nearly a year ago.
The Korean-American has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor by a North Korean court for committing an unspecified crime against the state.
Seoul Helicopter Crash Raises Fears Over New Skyscraper
Wall Street Journal
The crash of a private helicopter into a high-rise apartment building in Seoul over the weekend grabbed the attention of the local media, though the focus was not on the accident itself but on another skyscraper under construction nearby.
Media reports and politicians Monday raised fresh concerns that the construction of the 555-meter Lotte World Tower, set to be the tallest building in Korea once completed in early 2016, would pose a safety risk to flights over the capital city.
“The government needs to review the possibility of reducing the height of the new building. If an airplane or fighter jet hits it, it will cause an unimaginable catastrophe,” said Lee Hye-hoon, a lawmaker and senior leader of the ruling Saenuri Party, during a party meeting Monday.
Korea Indicts Sellers of SAT Leaks
Wall Street Journal
Seoul’s prosecutors indicted a group of brokers and cram-school officials for leaking U.S. college-entrance exam materials, but the city’s education board said it may let the centers in question continue to operate.
The Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office said Monday that 22 individuals were charged for selling SAT materials. A single question was allegedly valued at up to 300,000 won ($284).
One broker allegedly made 358 resales, while a manager at a test-prep center was found to have paid 100,000 won each to people pretending to take the SATs so they can memorize or photograph official test booklets, prosecutors said in a statement, without directly naming the people or businesses involved.
The Love App
Among twenty-ﬁve million, they were two, speeding toward the glowing span of the Wonhyo Bridge on a warm spring night, the scooter trailing pink balloons. They were born in Seoul in 1985 and 1992. They were natives of the most wired city in the world, a megalopolis that is nearly twice as dense as New York but maintains the wide margins of the suburbs—roomy restaurants, boulevards lined with trees. The city belonged to them, beaming its vital signs at speeds of more than fifty megabits per second to its citizens, who bunched and flowed in near-instantaneous reply. Their smartphones were lanterns, illuminating the urban grid. Bubbles within windows within browsers within screens: it was as though, through some mathematical trick, the smaller the interface the more freedom it afforded
Animated Film On The ‘Kamikaze Plane’ Hits A Nerve In Asia
Oscar-winning Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki created beloved films such as Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away. But his latest film is drawing unusually sharp criticism.
The Wind Rises is no ordinary tale: It tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the Japanese engineer who designed the Mitsubishi Zero, the fighter plane (in)famously used in kamikaze attacks in World War II.
Commentators in South Korea have called the film “right wing” and said it “glorifies Japanese imperialism” and “depict[s] oneself as the victim and portray[s] the calamity of war, but fail[s] to point out the cause.”
Hawaii Five-0′s Daniel Dae Kim dials up diversity
It’s not easy for a Korean-born, Asian-American actor to land a regular starring role in a popular, long-running prime-time entertainment series, let alone two — but that’s exactly what Daniel Dae Kim has done. Philosophical concepts like diversity in casting, racial harmony and respect for different cultures get bandied about in network executives’ discussions, but rarely acted on.
That’s not what has made playing hard-luck Honolulu police Det. Chin Ho Kelly in Hawaii Five-0, now in its fourth season, so richly satisfying, though.
It’s not even the memories of playing Korean fisherman-turned-Mob-enforcer Jin-Soo Kwon for six seasons in the Emmy Award winning Lost.
Original ‘Oldboy’ Gets Remastered, Rescreened for 10th Anniversary in South Korea
A digitally remastered version of Oldboy will be released across South Korean theaters on Nov. 21, exactly 10 years since its original release in 2003.
Under the auspices of its director Park Chan-wook, the film’s visuals have been revamped with color correction and elimination of scratches and dust. The editing and audios remain the same.
Director of the original ‘Oldboy’ is a Spike Lee fan
When South Korean director Park Chan-wook made the film “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” in 2002, there were no plans to follow it up with two more quirky, nasty, violent entries that would eventually morph the three films into what’s now known as his “Vengeance Trilogy.” Director Park wasn’t even aware of the hit Japanese manga (comic book) called “Oldboy” until his producer approached him with a copy.
“He suggested it would be a good project to adapt the manga into a film,” said Park, through his translator, by phone from South Korea. “The element that attracted me was that it took place in a private incarceration facility. The room was described in the manga as being between the seventh and eighth floors — the 7.5 floor — somewhere that nobody can really know exists. And in this place, one of our neighbors, who is known to be missing, is incarcerated. That starting point was something that mesmerized me. I thought the set-up was rather brilliant. That’s why I decided to do it.”
Shin-Soo Choo brings more than just on-base percentage
The last time the Mets and Yankees truly butted heads in pursuit of an elite player was during the 2007 winter meetings, when the lobby conversations at the Opryland hotel in Nashville were dominated by Johan Santana trade chatter.
Omar Minaya won that round by pulling off the trade-and-sign with the Twins for the two-time Cy Young winner. But to borrow one of Scott Boras’ better analogies, the New York rivals have done their shopping in different aisles of the supermarket since then, with the Mets poking around in the freezer section and the Yankees eyeing the prime steaks.
This offseason, however, finds the teams at the intersection of a top Boras client: Shin-Soo Choo, a high-OBP corner outfielder with some power who would be the perfect fit for either club. Despite the Yankees’ surprising number of holes, the Mets, with plenty of their own, have the greater void in terms of talent and star attraction.
Orioles add four minor league free agents
The Orioles today signed four players to minor league contracts, adding two pitchers and two outfielders from four different organizations.
They signed right-handed pitcher Brock Huntzinger, left-handed pitcher Nick Additon, and added outfielders Chih-Hsien Chiang and Kyeong Kang.
The 25-year-old Huntzinger went 5-2 with a 1.83 ERA in relief last year pitching between Double-A and Triple-A in the Red Sox organization. A third-round draft pick in 2007, he worked 68 2/3 innings, allowing 51 hits with 28 walks and 62 strikeouts.
The 26-year-old Additon pitched in 2013 at Triple-A Memphis in the St. Louis organization, going 9-7 with a 4.10 ERA in 24 games, 21 starts. Over 131 2/3 innings, he walked 38 and fanned 117. Additon was drafted out of a Davie, Fla., high school in round 46 of 2006 by the Cardinals.
Lee Sang-hwa breaks world record in women’s 500
South Korea’s Lee Sang-hwa broke the world record in the women’s 500 meters Friday in a World Cup speedskating meet at the Utah Olympic Oval, finishing in 36.57 seconds.
China’s Wang Beixing was second in 36.85, Heather Richardson finished third in a U.S.-record 36.97.
More fast times followed on the track known as the “fastest ice on earth.” American Shani Davis, the world-record holder in the men’s 1,500, won the event in 1:41.98.
Glendale’s Benson Henderson sees UFC grow
It’s been 20 years since the first Ultimate Fighting Championship and its eight-man tournament format.
Benson Henderson, a former UFC lightweight champion from Glendale, has seen the sport transform in the three years he’s been involved.
“It’s come a long ways, 20 years ago and just my short time period in the UFC,” Henderson said. “Crossing a lot of borders, going mainstream and breaking records.
“It’s been amazing for me to actually witness it and be a part of it.”
Not that long ago, mixed martial arts in general, and UFC in particular, was considered a sports sideshow. Sen. John McCain once labeled UFC as “human cockfighting,” and many states would not sanction events. But a series of rules changes and regulations brought much of the mayhem under control, and two years ago UFC made its first big push toward the mainstream, signing a seven-year partnership deal with Fox.
From student to captain; Jane Kim does it all
La Voz Weekly
Jane Kim, a 20-year-old, 5’7 and 140 pound water machine is De Anza College’s women’s water polo captain. Tough in the pool and with the books, the working student athlete does not have time to waste.
Aside from providing leadership to her team, she helps guide others outside of De Anza. Kim is constantly in the water and if she is not in the pool for school, she is at work as a swim instructor.
“After practice, I teach kids how to swim. It can be draining and on my days off, I compete for school,” said Kim. “My weekends consist of tournaments or games.”
What Foods to Eat in Korea When You’re Sick
Feeling under the weather in Korea? Korea is not only famous for their delicious food but also for their restorative and medicinal qualities too! Here are a few to try out:
Are you ill to the point you don’t want to eat anything too heavy or too flavourful? Then ‘Juk’ will be perfect for any circumstance! ‘Juk’ or rice porridge is very popular to eat in Korea and it comes in many different varieties. In Korea it is often eaten after a heavy meal like Korean BBQ, as a delicacy, as a snack , as a comfort food, or even when someone is sick. ‘Juk can be quite bland so Koreans often add some shrimp jeot (Korean condiment) or eaten alongside with different varieties of Kimchi.
Date a Geek: Cristhian Kim of BarkBox
Tell us a bit about yourself (Age, hometown, what you do for a living):
I’m a 27 year old currently living in Williamsburg. I grew up in New York but was born in Paraguay. I’m a developer at BarkBox where we make dogs and dog parents happy by delivering a surprise box of treats and toys each month.
What makes you a geek?
I’m a geek because I love building and tinkering with things. I am fascinated by complex systems, how they are abstracted to simpler parts and how they all work together. Also, the fact that I wrote that last sentence makes me a geek.
Android, iOS, or other?
After being on Android for the last 4 years I just switched to iOS, got myself a Gold 5S and it’s a thing of beauty. I do miss certain Android features such as being able to send a photo/video to any apps that manipulate those files not just the ones that Apple says it’s ok. But I do love the polish and snappy camera of the iPhone.