RED hot K-pop rookie boy band Infinite, renowned for its incredibly synchronised dancing, recently released its Christmas offering White Confession (Lately), reports koreaboo.com.
The digital single is produced by hitmakers Sweetune, who also worked with the seven-member group on its previous albums. Check out the single’s MV at www.youtube.com/user/woolliment. It was filmed in Japan and showed the boys shopping for presents.
POPULAR K-pop boy band SHINee recently released its debut Japanese studio album The First, reports dkpopnews.net.
This 13-track album comprises five new tracks, its three previously released Japanese singles — Replay, Juliette and Lucifer — as well as the remakes of its Korean songs.
The quintet, who’s been making waves in Asia and London, is the first foreign artiste in Japan’s Oricon’s 44 year history, whose three different singles have all ranked within the top three.
EIGHT K-drama actors and actresses from Eyagi Entertainment got together recently to record a charity digital single titled Winter Story, reports soompi.com.
What’s admirable is that the eight — Nam Gyuri, Park Si Hoo, Park Si Yeon, Jo Yeo Jung, Jo Dal Hwan, Otani Ryohei, Choi Sung Joon and Jeong Woo Jin — decided to record the single without help from professional singers.
All proceeds from the sale of this digital single go to charity.
The management company says the single is special because it’s sung by actors who are not professional singers, but who wanted to make a difference.
Check out the MV for this cheerful, festive track, about that familiar feeling of butterflies in the stomach that one experiences before a love confession, at www.youtube,com/user/EYAGIent.
TEEN actress Emi Takei will headline director Takeshi Furusawa’s new movie Kyo, Koi Wo Hajimemasu (Today, I’ll Start Our Love), reports tokyohive.com.
An adaptation of Minami Kanan’s hit manga of the same name, this still on-going manga was first serialised in the magazine Sho-Comi in 2008. It is said that this manga is a hit among teen girls who consider it their “love bible”.
Tsubaki Hilbino (Takei) is a senior high school student with old-fashioned values. When playboy Kyouta Tsubaki (Tori Matsuzaka) teases her on the first day of school, she cuts off his long hair in a fit of anger. This signals the start of a love-hate relationship between the two.
Dream comes true
TAICHI Kokubun of J-pop boy band Tokio has joined the cast of director Ryuichi Hiroki’s new movie Daijoubu 3 Gumi, an adaptation of Hirotada Ototake’s autobiography of the same name, reports tokyograph.
This human drama revolves around the author, who was born without limbs due to the rare Tetra-amelia disorder and had to moves around in an electric wheelchair, and how he fulfilled his ambition of becoming a teacher.
Meanwhile, Ototake will be making his acting debut as the elementary school trainee teacher Shinnosuke Akao while Kokubun’s character is that of his childhood friend Shiraishi, a member of the education board who helped him realised his dream.
Chinese drama for Nam
KOREAN actress Nam Gyuri and singer Jang Woo Hyuk have been cast as leads in the new Chinese drama tentatively titled My Amnesia Girl a.k.a. My Forgetful Girlfriend, reports koreaboo.com.
In this romantic comedy, Nam’s character loses her memory and ends up working as a nanny. Eventually, love develops between her and her employer.
Brimming with excitement about her debut in a Chinese drama, Nam hopes “this opportunity will give me a chance to share Korean culture with the people in China.”
JAPANESE actress Kyoko Koizumi will romance Kiichi Nakai in Fuji TV’s new drama series Saigo Kara Nibanme No Koi, reports tokyograph.
She plays a 45-year-old single woman who is worried about her health and future.
Visiting a friend in Kamakura city, she bumps into Nakai’s character, a widower. The meeting develops into a fruitful relationship between the two lonely souls.
The two leads last collaborated in Fuji TV’s 1995 drama series Mada Koi Wa Hajimaranai (Love Has Yet to Come/Love Still Hasn’t Begun), also as a couple.
K-POP boy band MBLAQ has released a Christmas track, White Forever, as a present for fans, reports allkpop.com.
MBLAQ (an acronym for Music Boys Live in Absolute Quality), was created by solo singer Rain and made its debut in 2009.
Check out the MV for this digital single, which features behind-the-scenes footages of the quintet at the studio, fan meetings, concerts and more at www.youtube.com/user/jtunecamp/featured