Monthly Archives: Juni 2010

Bintang Top Korea Tewas Bunuh Diri

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Sebelum menghembuskan nafas terakhirnya, Park Yong Ha sempat mengirimkan pesan minta maaf.

Park Yong-ha

Berita duka datang dari dunia hiburan Korea. Salah satu aktor top Korea, Park Yong Ha ditemukan tewas gantung diri dengan menggunakan kabel charger ponsel di kediamannya di Seoul Nonhyundong. Park Yong Ha meninggal pada usia 32 tahun.

Menurut kepolisian, Park Yong Ha ditemukan tak lagi bernyawa oleh ibunya sekitar pukul 05.30 pagi waktu setempat. Kasus kematian bintang serial ‘Winter Sonata’ ini diduga kuat karena bunuh diri tetapi detail tentang kematian aktor ini masih disembunyikan.

Saat ini, jenazah aktor sekaligus penyanyi itu disemayamkan di Rumah Sakit Seoul St Mary Hospital. Demikian seperti dikutip dari allkpop, Rabu 30 Juni 2010.

Kabarnya, sebelum menghembuskan nafas terakhirnya, Park Yong Ha sempat memijat kaki ayahnya. Setelah itu, pria tersebut langsung menuju kamarnya sekitar pukul 00.40 dinihari waktu setempat.

Dia juga sempat menuliskan pesan dengan mengatakan minta maaf kepada ayah dan juga ayahnya yang sedang menderita kanker perut.

Park Yong Ha terkenal karena telah membintangi beberapa drama di Korea termasuk serial ‘Winter Sonata’ yang meraih sukses termasuk di Indonesia. Park Yong Ha tak hanya dikenal sebagai aktor di Korea saja.

Namanya juga sangat populer di Jepang. Dia pernah merilis beberapa album di negeri Sakura tersebut. Dia juga pernah membintangi cerita ‘Love Song’ yang akan diputar di Korea. Cerita ini merupakan adaptasi dari film China. Di cerita drama itu, Park Yong Ha mendampingi artis Yoon Eun Hye.

Lee Min Ho hold 2nd fanmeeting with some celebrity friends

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Aktor Lee Min Ho mengadakan jumpa fans kedua nya pada hari ini 20 Juli di Seoul, Kyung Hee University. jumpa fans ini bertajuk ‘SpecialDay With Minoz’ dimana dia pertama nya dia melakukan jumpa pers dulu pada pagi hari nya.

pada jumpa fans ini, Lee Min Ho juga merayakan ulang tahun nya yang ke 23 yang jatuh pada 22 Juni lalu, dan dihadiri oleh bbrp teman dekat nya spt aktor Jung Il Woo dan kolega nya di Boys Before Flowers, Kim Bum. pada acara ini juga dihadiri oleh grup Seeya, Younha, Jeong Wong Chang, 2am Seulong, Jo Kwon dan Jin Woon.

sementara itu, Lee akan bertemu lg dengan fans nya pada 20 Agustus di Gwangjang-dong, Seoul Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel bertajuk River Park concert disponsori oleh Etude House bersama grup 2NE1.

Movieweek interview on Gu Hye-sun’s Magic

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Gu Hye-sun’s feature directorial debut, Magic, is now a week from its release, and the following is an interview from Movieweek featuring both her and her star, actress friend Seo Hyun-jin (who, by the way, was also featured in Gu’s short film The Madonna).

The movie takes place at an arts high school and is set in the world of music; Seo and the two lead actors (Kim Jung-wook and Im Ji-kyu) play students and musicians. Gu explains that she got the idea for the movie two years ago, when she went to a concert by cellist Song Young-hoon. She’d always wanted to do a music-themed movie and the lead character was originally a guitarist, but she changed that to a cellist after seeing the performance.

Gu’s next acting role will be as an aspiring musical actress in The Musical. Her next project behind the camera is a “vampire romance,” a film project she is currently writing and will direct. Magic opens on June 24.

I’ve seen a few reviews of Magic in the Korean press and the verdict is… mixed. They tend to praise the film’s visual quality but not so much the writing. Here’s a review in English from The Korea Times for the curious.

Now on to the Movieweek interview:

Director Gu Hye-sun & Seo Hyun-jin: “We get along really well”

You worked together on the short film The Madonna. Did you become good friends then?

Gu Hye-sun: “We were good friends before we started working together on it.”

Seo Hyun-jin: “We had friends in common, so as we all met together, we became friendly.”

Then somewhere along the line, you ditched the others and became friends?

Seo: “That’s right. [Laughs]”

Gu: “When we’re going through difficulties, we talk together.”

I find people can get close when they end up sharing their concerns and troubles.

Gu: “Since we’re both women, we got close talking about guys. [Laughs]”

Seo: “We talked about dating, and our ideal men.”

Gu: “We talked about every little thing, and found that we had similar inclinations toward the same kinds of things, and bonded through that.”

Seo: “But thankfully, our ideal men are different. [Laughs] If they were the same, we could run into trouble.”

What did you think of each other at first?

Seo: “We kept using polite speech with each other after being acquainted for about a year and a half. It was really awkward. Wherever I went, there she was. We’d greet each other [formally], saying, ‘Ah, hello?’ and ‘Yes, hello.’ [Laughs]

So to break it down, you had been acquainted but didn’t speak to each other, but wanted to?

Seo: “We’re both not the type who finds it easy to initiate conversation. It took us quite a while, since that was already a year and a half [of knowing each other].”

When did you have the chance to get closer?

Seo: “When we went on a trip together?”

Gu: “Yes, that’s right. The trip.”

You didn’t really speak, but you took a trip together?

Seo: “I was looking for someone whose schedule worked, and for some reason we were both available.”

Gu: “Before that, we would see each other pretty frequently so we had started to get closer, but it was on the trip that we became friends. I’d never gone to a public bath with friends before. But in Japan we went to the open-air baths, and became friends. Bathing friends. [Laughs] We also shared a room for about a week.”

So that’s how you became friends and filmed the short together, and then wrote the script for your feature.

Gu: “Yes, I was writing a female character, and I ended up putting some of Hyun-jin’s traits into her. She can be conservative, and doesn’t open her heart easily, but she pours her passion silently into her own work. Those things are expressed indirectly. She brought a lot of that with her.”

Watching Magic, the female lead has the feeling, “Can’t I love both [guys]?” I wondered if that had really happened, if you’d had that worry.

Gu (looking at Seo Hyun-jin): “You did, didn’t you? [Laughs]”

Seo: “You know how there are many types of love. You can truly love someone rationally, and you can love someone because you just feel it. On that point, I think a person can love without distinguishing gender.”

Gu: “In the movie, the character Ji-eun isn’t a leader. She doesn’t do anything from the beginning to end. But the guys just misunderstand for no reason. I think I was thinking more along those lines.”

Seo: “I hope that’s the case. I’m envious of Ji-eun. Why can’t I live that kind of life? [Laughs]”

Gu: “That makes it sadder. [Laughs]”

It must be gratifying to hear that the script was written thinking of you.

Gu: “I talked to her about the script first, before I talked about casting. But on the way home, I did tell her, ‘But still, you have to do it.’ [Laughs]”

Seo: “She told me to just read it first, so I read it and thought it was interesting. After that, she told me to act in it. I was doubtful: ‘Why? Will that really be okay?’ [Laughs]”

Gu: “Actually, I used Hyun-jin in The Madonna because she helped me, and in Magic because I matched the character to her personality. She’s also musical, and I had a lot of faith in her. Other actors may just act, but she could show a musical side too. She’s never played the piano, but I had that faith that she could pull it off. In the end, she played everything herself. She would practice the piano while screaming. [Laughs]”

Seo: “Honestly, a few times I wanted to break the piano. [Laughs] I was in such a temper.”

But you still performed everything in the movie?

Gu: “Yes, she did. She took some lessons, and practiced a lot on her own. There was a piano in the office, and she’d come to practice on it. I could hear clang-clang noises occasionally coming from the room, and her shrieks. Outside, I’d feel a pang of sympathy. [Laughs] I thought I may have burdened her with too much. Even so, in the end she did it all herself without complaining.”

Seo: “No, I did say a few times that I couldn’t do it, that it was too hard. [Laughs] That it wouldn’t work. But even if I couldn’t play the full-length piece, after practicing for four months, I could play the several bars that you see in the movie.”

After making you suffer, she must have paid you a high salary.

Seo: “She bought me lots of dinners.”

Gu: “I told her I’d pay her a lot next time. [Laughs]”

Since your actor was your friend, you must have talked a lot while filming.

Gu: “She had too much faith in me. She’d leave a lot to me, and look to me for support because I’m also an actor. It’s strange that before we began shooting, we talked a lot about the movie, but as we were filming we didn’t really.”

As you talked, were there specific suggestions she made?

Gu: “Ah, the scene in the screenplay where she walks barefoot in the snow.”

Seo: “On the day we were going to shoot the scene, it didn’t snow so we put down something else, but that looked too pretty. It was obvious it wasn’t snow. But on days we were filming other scenes, it kept snowing constantly. The entire area was covered in snow, and it was beautiful. So I said, if we don’t film it today, when can we?”

Gu: “That scene is the image in our poster. The second poster.”

Working with a friend on your first feature must have made it less stressful.

Gu: “She was on my side no matter what. And she’d tattle to me if anyone did anything to me. [Laughs]”

Seo: “And then we’d say to each other, ‘Omo, how could that happen? They shouldn’t do that!’”

So you’d hit someone for her?

Seo: “I couldn’t go as far as hitting someone, but I’d write in her notebook — a death note. [Laughs]”

She refers to the Japanese manga Death Note; writing a name in a supernatural diary meant that the reaper would kill the person whose name was written there.

Gu: “They say that a director is the loneliest person on the set, but with a friend there, it wasn’t lonely at all.”

Even still, you must have undergone a lot of difficulties in your first feature film.

Gu: “More than anything, dealing with budget issues was the most difficult part of it. I had to be responsible for the budget. I was responsible for making sure the personnel were able to be paid, and had to give up things on the set because of budget restrictions. That was difficult.”

It’s Director Goo Hye Sun for SURE

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Goo Hye Sun

Mostly known for her role as Geum Jandi in drama Boys Over Flowers, Goo Hye Sun is not just an actress. She has ventured into singing, writing, painting and now directing! That’s right, Goo Hye Sun can now add the title of director under her belt with her movie, Magic.

Goo Hye Sun

Goo Hye Sun

Shot in simple and artistic black and white, Goo Hye Sun poses with a film camera for SURE Korea.

Goo Hye Sun

Goo Hye Sun

Styled by Ji Sung Eun, she looks absolutely magical barefooted and in a  simple suit. She also adds sophistication with power heels, a white vest jacket and tights. Remember to look out for Magic, which will be released in Korea on the 24th June.

Lee Minho & Han Ji-hye di Bang Bang

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baru – baru ini Lee Minho dan Han Ji-hye didaulat menjadi model untuk  fashion terbaru koleksi musim panas “Bang Bang” !

Lee Min Ho kembali dengan iklan terbaru nya bersama pakaian ‘bang bang’ edisi musim semi-panas, pada foto terlihat Lee Min Ho berpose dengan pakaian santai dan casual. dijuluki ‘National Flower Boy’, Lee Min Ho baru saja menyelesaikan drama baru nya bersama Son Ye Jin ‘Personal Taste’. pada merek pakaian ini, Lee Min Ho dibantu oleh aktris senior Han Ji Hye.

Air terjun Sedudo

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Air Terjun Sedudo adalah sebuah air terjun dan obyek wisata yang terletak di Desa Ngliman Kecamatan Sawahan, Kabupaten Nganjuk, Jawa Timur. Jaraknya sekitar 30 km arah selatan ibukota kabupaten Nganjuk. Berada pada ketinggian 1.438 meter dpl, ketinggian air terjun ini sekitar 105 meter. Tempat wisata ini memiliki fasilitas yang cukup baik, dan jalur transportasi yang mudah diakses.

Masyarakat setempat masih mempercayai, air terjun in memiliki kekuatan supra natural. Lokasi wisata alam ini ramai dikunjungi orang pada bulan Sura (kalender Jawa). Konon mitos yang ada sejak zaman Majapahit, pada bulan itu dipercaya membawa berkah awet muda bagi orang yang mandi di air terjun tersebut.

Setiap Tahun Baru Jawa, air terjun Sedudo dipergunakan untuk upacara ritual, yaitu memandikan arca dalam upacara Parna Prahista, yang kemudian sisa airnya dipercikan untuk keluarga agar mendapat berkah keselamatan dan awet muda. Hingga sekarang pihak Pemkab Nganjuk secara rutin melaksanakan acara ritual Mandi Sedudo setiap tanggal 1 Suro.

Upacara ritual mandi ini berawal saat Kerajaan Majapahit pada abad ke-14 dan 15. Menurut Juru dengan key (kunci penjaga) air terjun Sedudo, berdasarkan cerita legenda, Ki Ageng Ngaliman – yang menyebarkan Islam di Nganjuk – digunakan untuk bermeditasi di daerah tersebut. Untuk hal retribusi itu, pemerintah kabupaten dan masyarakat sekitar, selalu mengadakan upacara tradisional setiap Suro (Muharam). Juga menurut kepercayaan populer, Air Terjun Sedudo digunakan untuk patung mandi dalam upacara Parna Prahista maka air terpercik ke tubuh keluarga dalam rangka untuk memberikan pemuda kekal dan keselamatan.

Bentuk Upacara tradisional mengambil air Sedudo sakralis dimulai dengan 5 (lima) perempuan suci membawa klenting, kendi air tradisional, mengenakan pakaian tradisional Jawa, berjalan perlahan ke kolam di bawah air terjun Sedudo. 5 wanita suci ini berikut dengan 10 wanita dengan penggemar musik klasik. 15 perempuan disebut Putri Tirtosasi (Tirtosari Putri). Lima anak laki-laki, disebut Jejaka Taruna, juga mengenakan pakaian tradisional Jawa yang menunggu mereka di bawah air terjun. Prosesi disertai dengan Jidor, drum tradisional dan lagu Sekar Mijil. Setelah Putri Tertosari memberi klenting kepada mereka, mereka akan mengambil air dari air terjun yang diyakini telah menikmati. Kemudian air akan mempersembahkan sebagai korban.

Prosesi ini dipimpin oleh Bupati Nganjuk dan diikuti oleh lokal dan para pengunjung yang datang dari seluruh Jawa. Bentuk prosesi ini adalah mandi bersama di kolam renang di bawah air terjun Sedudo.