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Tips For Newcomers To The World Of K-Pop

Calling all newcomers to the wonderful, magical world of K-Pop! Feeling a little lost? Feeling like you need a helping hand and a few tips on how to get by in the strange new realm of catchy songs and endless groups? Well never fear, Beyond Hallyu are here to help you. K-Pop fans have a lot of different experiences of falling into K-Pop, from those who accidentally came across music videos online…

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This week’s playlist is all about Korean alternative bands. We have seen a lot of changes in the way alternative musicians promote their music both in and outside of Korean. As the K-Indie scene has quickly been able to attract more listeners allowing them to expand easily into the mainstream Korean market and internationally, the more alternative/rock scene have also shown more confidence in…

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At first glance Night Flight gives off a soap opera feel with its subdued colouring and generally soft palette, yet stick with this film and allow yourself to be pleasantly surprised as its many intricate layers soon weave elegantly throughout the film. Despite the soft outer shell, Night Flight harvests a darkness that continues to fester throughout the film.

Night Flightis the next feature film…

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Mamamoo demonstrate how to make a successful K-pop debut in 2014

Much ado has been made recently about the state of the idol industry. It seems that everyone and their grandmother has something to say online about girl groups and their talents (or lack thereof). With Soshi failing to live up to their glorious past, 2NE1’s future in trouble after revelations about Park Bom’s possible attempted drug smuggling and newer groups like AOA, Stellar and now Fiestar…

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Stories of Seoul gives a glimpse of LGBT life in Korea

LGBT issues in Korea seem to be a hot topic both domestically and internationally at the moment. The concepts of coming out and outing have been gaining traction over the past few years and fashion designer Kim Jae-woong forcible outing on reality TV show Sharehouse brought it to the forefront once again.

Openly gay actor Hong Seok-cheon has been reviving his career in the past few years, most…

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Korean Films in Review: Han Gong-Ju

Director Lee Su-jin brings us his first independent feature debut: Han Gong-ju. We follow Gong-ju (Chun Woo-hee) who is, in theory, your typical teenager; she goes to school, has a part time job and she loves music above all. Well, Gong-ju would be your typical teenager had she not been involved in a horrific incident that continues to haunt her every step.

We follow Gong-ju after the “incident”…

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Cults, crashes and K-pop: Who is Yoo Byung-eun and how is he related to JYP?

Image above: A memorial for the victims of the Sewol tragedy that Yoo Byung-eun is linked to.

Park Jin-young's recent marriage may be causing serious problems for the company.

Park Jin-young’s recent marriage may be causing serious problems for JYP Entertainment.

The world of international K-pop news tends to not involve itself too much with the wider sphere of Korean news and current affairs but every so often a K-pop story will come up which brings a major non-entertainment…

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Korean Films in Review: Intruders (Jo nan-ja-deul)

After the success of his first feature film, Daytime Drinking, the promising director Noh Young-seok brings us Intruders.

Intruders shares many of the same themes as Daytime Drinking. Writer and director Noh Young-seok is fascinated in human encounters, he primarily loves to put his main lead in situations that go well beyond their comfort zone. Yet with Intruders it seems Noh has even pushed…

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Who Were You Again? 5 K-pop Groups You May Not Remember

Over the years there have been hundreds of groups that have debuted; from male idol groups hoping to be the next SHINee and Big Bang to female groups filled to the brim with imitations of all your favourite (and sometimes most annoying) idols!

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Korean Films in Review: Snowpiercer

When looking at the cast of Snowpiercer, which includes Chris Evans, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Kang-ho Song and Ed Harris, you can’t help but wonder why such a film is only now being premièred in the UK or why Snowpiercer hasn’t had a UK cinema release.

Snowpiercer is based on the French graphic novel Le Transperceneige, and is the English-language debut for South Korean director Bong Joon-ho…

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