Tagged: 4Minute

Music Video Review: Now (There Is No Tomorrow) by Trouble Maker – My Favorite Video Clip of 2013

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Ever since MTV stopped playing music (making you question the M in MTV), my annual video clip watch has dropped significantly. I mostly check out the artists I like or the latest commercial hits on YouTube out of curiosity. Every year however there’s still one music video that really stands out and resonates with me. In 2013 I started getting into KPOP, as a function of my fascination with South Korean cinema and youth culture. As a marketing student I’ve always been fascinated by bands that are conceived like commercial products, though I think they’re never without artistic merits (in their own ways).  Continue reading

Review: Midnight FM (2010) – An Intense South Korean Action, Thriller Shot à la Tony Scott

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Ko Sun-young (Soo Ae) is a single mother who used to be a TV announcer, but then reinvented herself as a midnight DJ. Korean hombres love her delicate velvet voice and her passion for cinema and great soundtracks. Some of them “lover” her just a little to much. So much they become obsessed with her impossibly adorable persona and turn into some kind of raving psychos. The kind of deranged lunatics that break into your home with a fuzzy fur coat and a monkey wrench, tie up your sister (Shin Da-eun) and chase your cute, but mute daughter (Lee Joon-ha) all over your fancy apartment. Meanwhile Ma Dong-seok (Son Deok-tae), Sun-young’s stalker, is trying to help, but it’s not like anyone’s going to listen to a slightly overweight, awkward creep… Continue reading

Album Review: 4Minute’s 4th Mini-Album ‘Name is 4Minute’ (2013)

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Sorry if the title is confusing, but let me explain. This is a review of KPOP artist 4Minute, an all girl band composed by five members (Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, Kwon So-hyun). Their 4th mini-album happens to be called Name is 4Minute. So when you combine all those things together there’s a lot of fours and minutes and that’s why it might get a bit difficult to keep up. Oddly enough even though they’re called 4Minute none of their songs actually lasts exactly four minutes (yes, I looked it up) and they’re a five piece formation, so the name remains a mystery to me. However the lovely ladies you can see in the pretty picture above are one of the hottest bands in South Korea right now, getting a lot of attention and selling a lot of records. Don’t let that picture fool you, they might look sweet and innocent, but most of their videos are very sexy and not just for Korean standards.  Continue reading