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Oriental Whirl: The five treasures


THE pretty boys of K-Pop‘s F.T. Island, short for Five Treasure Island, are back with their much anticipated fourth studio album Five Treasure Box, reports

The 10-track album comprises five new songs and the Korean remakes of tracks (Paper Plane, WANNA GO, LIFE, Compass and Let It go!) from their second Japanese album 20, which was released in May.

Except for the title track, which is written by Kim Do Hoon, it is said that this album is special in that the talented quintet took part in writing and composing the rest of the songs.

Check out the MV for the title track I Wish at


ORANGE Caramel, the sub-unit of K-Pop girl group After School, has returned with its much anticipated debut full-length album Lipstick, reports

Comprising Nana, Lizzy and Raina, the trio debuted in 2010 with a cute and innocent concept opposite of After School’s sexy image.

This 13-track album comprises some of their previous hits, including Magic Girl (its debut single, which was later included in The First Mini Album), A~ing and One Love (The Second Mini Album), Shanghai Romance and a remake of Bangkok City.

There will also be a solo recording by each of the girls — Clara’s Dream (Lizzy), Close Your Eyes (Nana) and Love Does Not Wait (Raina).
Check out the MV for its title track, Lipstick, with its catchy beat at

The dancing queen

OF the nine members of Girls’ Generation, Hyoyeon hardly gets the spotlight. Yet, the group’s main dancer, nicknamed the Dancing Queen, continues to work hard, never complaining.

She started her formal dance training in elementary school and is well-versed in various dance forms including jazz, Latin and hip hop (popping, locking and animation).

Things began to look brighter recently as she joined KBS’s Invincible Youth 2 as one of its cast members as well as MBC’s dance competition show, Dancing With The Stars II. She managed to dance her way into the finals, impressed the judges and all alike but unfortunately, was pipped to the post. She has shown that she’s an incredibly talented dancer in her own right and not just to make up the numbers in the girl group. Let’s hope that Hyoyeon, who turns 23 on Sept 22, will get more chances to shine in the future.

The jackpot

J-ACTRESS Erika Toda will be starring in her first lead role in the NHK drama Shotenin Michiru No Minoue Banashi (The Life Story Of Bookstore Clerk Michiru), reports

Adapted from Shogo Sato’s 2009 book titled Minoue Banashi, it revolves around bookshop worker Michiru (Toda) whose life turned topsy turvy after she claimed her colleague’s lottery jackpot worth US$2.5 million (RM7.7 million).

Told from the perspective of someone who claims he’s Michiru’s husband (to be played by Nao Omori), the protagonist will “experience betrayal, murder and a life on the run”.

An old song

THOSE who love soothing and relaxing K-indie music should check out Standing Egg’s latest digital single, Old Song, reports

The multi-talented trio who write, compose and produce their own music, debuted with a three-track self-titled debut single in 2010. The trio comprise two composers and a lyricist who use the pseudonyms Egg, Egg1 and Egg2 and who remain very much behind the scenes as they employ other K-indie musicians to perform their music in concerts and other live events.

The three musicians who often work with the trio are Clover (vocal, guitar), Han Kyul (double bass) and Hana (djembe).

You can listen to the single, its instrumental version, as well as its previous releases at

Showbiz drama

CHOI Siwon of K-Pop boy band Super Junior has joined the star-studded cast of SBS new showbiz drama King Of Drama, reports

Said to be a comedy about drama production, it’s about Anthony Kim (played by Kim Myung Min), a producer with the Midas touch, and rookie writer Lee Go Eun (Jung Ryeo Won). Although both can’t stand each other, they still team up to produce another blockbuster. Then, there’s hot shot actor Kang Min (Siwon), who has the looks but also, a huge attitude problem.

The air traffic controller

J-ACTRESS Kyoko Fukada will play a rookie air traffic controller in Fuji TV’s new drama Tokyo Airport — Tokyo Kukou Kansei Hoanbu (Tokyo Airport Air Traffic Services Department), reports

Kaori Shinoda (Fukada) is an airport ground staff. But later, she decides to become an air traffic controller. After passing the test and undergoing internship, she graduates to full-fledged air traffic controller. However, her inexperience nearly causes a major accident.

This drama is set primarily at Haneda Airport, said to be the busiest for passenger traffic in Japan.

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