Estimated to be done by 2014, South Korea will construct the world’s first robot theme park. This news article states that it will be in two Korean cities: Incheon and Masan. This will be a $530 million project.
I guess robotic lovers in South Korea will be happy when this project is done. I, for one, don’t particularly care much about robotics, but I sure wouldn’t mind visiting this place at least once.
Coming across this by accident, I had no choice but to be totally unprepared for the visual beating that is “EnerGee,” Infinity Challenge’s most creative re-envisioning yet. More »
The 3rd Annual Korean American Film Festival New York, or KAFFNY as we New Yorkers like to say, is this Saturday, February 28! KAFFNY showcases emerging and award-winning Korean and Korean American filmmakers. This year the festival moves to the prestigious TheTimesCenter, located at 41st St (btwn 7th and 8th ave). This year’s festival consists of two shorts programs, both followed by a short Q&A session with filmmakers. More »
Thanks to the fine folks of Freak the Vote, we will be giving away autographed Beat Freaks prizes to five lucky users. That’s right, we’re finally going to satiate that ABDC autograph lust of yours. All you’ve got to do is send a PM (private message) to freakthevote:
Subject: Get freaky! Message:”I promise to Freak The Vote for the Beat Freaks!”
And that’s it, ladies and gents. Please follow the rules; if you don’t, your entry will be null and void. Please remember that in order to send private messages on Ningin, you must sign up for an account. More »
Oh, the contradictions and the hypocrisy. This is killing me. Here we have South Korea being ultra-conservative about practically everything in the media, and now they want to have a nude beach? Give me a break! The government want to propose the idea of a nude beach to draw more tourists to Jeju-do? I mean, yes, Jeju-do has that sex education Love Land, so to have a nude beach would sort of make sense. More »
There seems to be some confusion about whether or not 2PM is going to perform at the upcoming JYP Tour. The story is that they were not originally scheduled to perform and were only going to make an appearance. That changed within the last couple of weeks. Now, they will be performing at least one song. Same for J-Lim and G-Soul, they’ll be performing too. More »
While there some of you out there who were unable to attend the Kollaboration 9 event this past weekend, that doesn’t mean you can’t see what went down.
Our blogger Tiffanie J. Lee would never come back empty handed: she brought along photographer Jessica Oh to capture the amazing moments that went down at the Shrine. To say the least, the photos are awesome. Jessica was not only able to capture the performance, but even the red carpet. More »
I don’t know if you guys have caught the theme we’ve been using but contest #1 uses video and contest #2 uses blogs. This contest #3 uses photos and artwork. That makes a trifecta of user generated content. The Wonder Girls series of contest is about rewarding you Wonderful fans for creating media that will help set the stage for the eventual Wonder Girls American debut. The reward of course being personal autographed items from the Wonder Girls themselves, the most valued gifts any fan could receive. More »
Just short of three months after the release of “So Hot,” the Wonder Girls already proved themselves to be a merciless force when it comes to creating addictive new songs. Just as “Tell Me” and “So Hot” had done, “Nobody” made everyone go crazy. From the Wonder Babies, Norazo, Sakurai Sho of ARASHI and even robots. And as most know, this single was milked for all it’s worth—see the many, many, many … many remixes. More »
When it came to filming “So Hot,” JYP and the Wonder Girls were on it: without even giving time for the “Tell Me” virus to subside, the Wonder Girls kicked out their decidedly hot, new hit. Guided by their boosting popularity and with only one hit single under their belts, they spun out their new sensation with a fervor that matched the “Tell Me” craze. From the hundreds and hundreds of UCC videos, to the countless parodies (Wonder Boys, Wonder Oops, Kim Shin Young, Colorful Crayon), it became widely apparent that no one was spared from catching this new strain of the Wonder Girls virus. More »
I’m glad I didn’t participate in an Oscars drinking game based on Slumdog Millionaire wins. With 8 Academy Awards under its belt including Best Picture, that would have made me one wasted Jinra. In all seriousness, 8 wins out of 10 nominations ain’t bad for Slumdog Millionaire. In addition to Best Picture, the film picked up awards for Best Director (Danny Boyle), Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Original Score, Best Original Song (’Jai Ho’), Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing! Color me not surprised. More »
Can you believe it has already been over ten years since artist Park Jin-Young first graced the stage? Even so, he is still as energetic and youthful as he was back when he first debuted, and he has spun a web of hits for fifteen years (and counting); that’s just a fact. JYP’s musical history is a realization of the true growth of a singer, as well as an illustration of phenomenal success: all of his albums reached No.1. More »
Park Jin Young (JYP) is known as one of the premiere masters of molding talent. After all, he did discover and produce chart-topping artists like Son Ho Young, Ivy, Rain and the Wonder Girls. Besides being an amazing producer, he is first and foremost a musician himself. In the wake of his work as a producer, his successful career as a singer has not come to a halt: to date, his latest album Back To The Stage is one of his best works. More »
So it’s been a busy week at Ningin (as usual). Not only are we nearing the end of our Wonder Girls Dance Contest, but fellow blogger Tiffanie J. Lee gave us the inside scoop on Justin Chon and Kollaboration 9. Be sure to check them out!
Also, the JYP Tour is only a few days away! Get ready to get your fangirl(/boy)ing on. Don’t forget to come back to Ningin for the performance and backstage coverage!
Here’s this week’s wrap up… More »
A kind reader has alerted me to a minor goof in my previous post about Lil’ Mama’s Truly In Love music video. While Peter Toh lends his voice to the track and is credited as the producer and songwriter of the song, he is NOT the gorgeous romantic interest you see Lil’ Mama dancing with. So, the question remains: WHO is that hot specimen of a man? I’m not responsible for Ningin.com contests, but for the sake of anyone who decides to read this post, I am introducing an unofficial Ningin contest: More »
In case you aren’t paying attention to Miss BoA Kwon’s activities back in Asia (and why wouldn’t you be?!), she released her 27th Japanese single this week - “永遠 (Eien).” The title track is a nice, slow groover with BoA showing off her vocal skills more than we’ve heard recently in her two American singles. As BoA herself said, “Eat You Up” is largely singing one note staccato, and “I Did It For Love” features her voice unnecessarily processed through the pop-music-computer auto-tune treatment. While both American singles are definitely catchy, let’s hope her American album shows off her vocal talent like this Japanese single. We’ll find out in less than a month when The First hits America! More »
For those of you who are clueless about the tragedy, the Daegu Subway Fire happened in 2003. An arsonist had set one of the trains on fire as it docked at Jungangno Station (downtown Daegu). The fire spread over the entire train, filling the station with smoke, leaving 147 injured and 198 killed. More »
When you are a mega Asian pop star like Jay Chou, fame tends to go to your head and you think can do anything and fans will eat that shit up. Hot shot here wants to create an original Chinese superhero since he thinks Chinese people lack a superhero who can rival Spiderman or Superman. Of all the animals he can use in China to create this Superhero, Jay has decided to go with the national emblem of China: Pandas. Yes, he will in fact create two, not one, PANDAMEN in his upcoming small screen directorial debut.
While there are only three official winners, congratulations are due for all of the performers of Kollaboration 9. While some performances weren’t as strong as others, the whole night was nevertheless an enjoyable showcase of a broad range of talents—from magic, to comedy, to dance, to singing. And, of course, the cherry topper: BoA headlining with a performance of “Eat You Up,” which was followed up with a bonus performance of “Look Who’s Talking.” More »
The Gamblerz will be performing two shows in the DC area! After finishing up on their new movie Hype Nation, The Gamblerz will be flying to the US to perform at My Asia 411’s b-boy showcase “The Good, the Bad, and the B-Boys” on March 6 and 7. This is an ultra rare American appearance by the talented world-class b-boy crew. And Ningin’s got a pair of tickets to give out, too! One word: HOT. More »