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Interview: Director Shin Yeon-Shick of “Rough Play” and “The Russian Novel” Talks About His Most Passionate Student, Sandara Park

[Cine interview] Shin Yeon-shick, director of Jeonju Digital Project 2014 : the Aviamkind

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“This time, it is about identity”
By Song Soon-jin, Cine21 reporter
Shin Yeon-shick, who has recently been in the news for the low-budget independent films The Russian Novel and Rough Play (co-produced by KIM Ki-duk) is set to meet audiences again this spring as part of the Jeonju Digital Project 2014, funded by the Jeonju International Film Festival. The title of his feature, The Aviamkind, comes from one of the fictional novels in The Russian Novel, which features an actor playing several roles.

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- Your film is low-budget but the actors are young and glamorous. How did you get them on board?

Well, the main character is actually not that young (laughs). KIM Jeong-seok, who played in The Russian Novel and Rough Play, plays the main role of a novelist in this film who is looking for his missing wife. KIM has been working with me for a long time and I promised to have him play a main role one day. That promise finally came true with this film. Kang Shin-hyo, who was the main character in The Russian Novel and played the manager in Rough Play, took a supporting role this time. I deeply appreciate the actors who helped me out in times of difficulty, and I want to keep every promise if I can. So I have a long list of movies to make (laughs). Others are mostly rookies and my students.

By chance I started teaching acting, and I became kind of famous, as some of my students are K-pop stars. I’ll tell you something funny. Who do you think is the most passionate actor among my students? It is none other than Sandara Park from 2NE1. She calls me day and night whenever she has any questions about acting. She discusses with me over the phone about her characters and their feelings whenever she is stuck. Lee Joon from Rough Play is also very hard working, but not as much as Sandara (laughs). I have to make a movie one day with Sandara in the main role. (laughs)

*Omitted some parts. Read the full interview here!

Credits:

Source: Korean Film

Photos/Translations: 140403 Screencaps and Translations of 2NE1’s Guesting at MBCFM4U’s Kim Shin Young’s “Hope Song at Noon”

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2NE1 performing! ^^ They performed Come Back Home and Gotta Be You!

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Some of the girls’ answers/ conversation during their guesting:

KSH: Dara, you like alcohol?
Dara: Uhh, nowadays… “Bring out all the alcohol!”
Minzy’s Drinking Habits
CL: Her voice gets louder.
Dara: We had an after party after our concert and she would talk to other people.

KSY: As soon as “Crush” came out, I listened to the whole album repeatedly.
Bom: The part where we copy our CEO’s dance in Come Back Home is my favorite.
Dara: I like when the four of us do the wave during Come Back Home. It looks nice…is what my mother said.

KSY: Did you guys get a break since your comeback?
CL: We actually prefer not having a break, since we want to work a lot.
Minzy: I actually want a break a little. I want to go to the US or to Europe.
Park Bom: I prefer work over break now. I am in a new variety show. We are starting now. It’s so so fun. I don’t get sleep but its so fun.

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Video: Sports Seoul – Behind 30: What is the Nickname 2NE1 Calls Each Other?

[BEHIND 30] What is the “nickname” 2NE1 calls each other?

Credits: sportsseoultv

Interview: Super Junior’s Heechul Mentions Sandara Park on M&B Magazine Interview ~ It’s All in the Perspective

Kang Yong Seok Meets Kim Heechul, From Stars to Idols

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After finishing your military duties, and seeing that YG has a more liberated image compared to SM, have you ever thought of moving to a different agency?

I think I’m more liberated (T/N: liberal/free-spirited) for even YG (laughs) I haven’t thought of it, I think that there’s dissatisfaction wherever company I made be, the dissatisfaction may be different for each company, but it exists all the same. For example, YG has this system wherein the YG artists only appear in only one or two broadcasts per week. In SM, artists appear in four broadcasts per week. To be honest, once or twice a week is more convenient, as it gives more time for preparation and sees to it that bodies are more comfortable. So in that aspect, I envy the YG kids. However, there was something funny that YG group, 2NE1’s Sandara Park once said to me, “Oppa, we envy the artists on SM for coming out on broadcasts a lot,” she revealed. So it made me think that it’s all about perspective.

*omitted parts not mentioning Dara or YG entertainment

Credits:

Source: M&B Magazine

Translated by: BlackjackBelle@OhDara/ SlaveTranslator@WeLoveDara

Interview: 2NE1’s Sandara Park Says Yang Hyun Suk is More Worried About Her Dating Life

[Interview] 2NE1’s Sandara Park Says Yang Hyun Suk is More Worried About Her Dating Life

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2NE1’s Sandara Park revealed her concerns regarding her relationship status.

In a recent interview, the 2NE1 members coolly said, “[Compared to the other groups], we’re far behind in terms of dating.”

As she talked about how she got the ideas for her songs, CL naturally began talking about dating.

“I got inspiration from the members for Crush and for Baby I miss you, I imagined the situation where you like someone but don’t want to express it,” said CL.

When asked if they are refraining from dating on purpose, Park Bom said, “I don’t have any opportunities. There’s no one to date around me.”

CL answered, “I think being too close as friends is not a good thing. I also have some conservative sides of me and think ‘I shouldn’t do this.’ [Park Bom and Sandara Park] Unnies don’t go outside. They just stay in the house all the time.”

CL commented, “Actually, Dara unnie is concerned about not dating,” and Sandara said, “The CEO, company seniors and the Big Bang members are more worried about it now than I am. So I need to help get rid of their worries.”

About the general comments saying that 2NE1 is closer to being cool than pretty, 2NE1 said, “We like that. If we’re a group that is cool and has charisma…We realized that it’s best to be yourself. We’re often asked if we feel pressured to look strong. If we were red and tried to be blue, then we would’ve felt pressured and didn’t last long, but we tried to express red, because we’re red. We just tried to be who we are.”

Credits:

Source: Mwave

Video: 2NE1’s Interview with SMG Shanghai TV for “All Or Nothing” Tour in China

Wow, 2NE1 has been doing a lot of interviews for their comeback, loving it! ^^ And check out Dara’s cute Chinese at the start! <3

Exclusive:2NE1(To Any One)To Come to China!!

Credits: SMG上海电视台官方频道 SMG Shanghai TV Official

Video/Interview: [Cool Meeting] “Come Back Home” 2NE1, “My ideal type is ‘Do Manager’…”

A short video of their interview.. ^^ The part where they ask about ideal types is included in there.. 

“For me, I like cute, younger guys, so “Do Manager” Kim Soo Hyun suits right,” – Dara

Minzy chose Usher, Bom chose Lee Min Ho, and CL chose Johnny Depp. ^^

[Cool Meeting] “Come Back Home” 2NE1, “My ideal type is ‘Do Manager’…”

Credits: sportsseoultv

Interview: 2NE1 “Feels Happy” and they “Broke Away from their Routine”

2NE1 “Feels Happy” and they “Broke Away from their Routine”

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[텐아시아 = 박수정 기자] 2NE1 is different. There are many words to describe other girl groups, such as sexy, cute and pure. But 2NE1 made their own kind of adverb, such as “~is like 2NE1.” Some people say that their music is kind of rough, but actually, their music has a wide spectrum, ranging from “CRUSH,” “COME BACK HOME” in the second album, which show their “rough” trait, to “IF I WERE YOU,” “GOOD TO YOU,” “MISSING YOU,” to “HAPPY” and “BABY, I MISS YOU.” The latter two describes sad feelings after breakup, and strong melodies, respectively.

In the new album, there are five songs which were either written or composed by the leader CL, and they show 2NE1’s upgraded skill in music. They are also breaking their own records. In the U.S. “Billboard 200” Album Chart, one of their songs ranked 61, the highest ranking ever received by a Korean group. Their title song “COME BACK HOME” topped all music sites. On Mar. 16 in SBS “Inkigayo,” their song “COME BACK HOME” was placed first for the first time in major Korean public TVs. Let’s hear what 2NE1 has to say.

Q. How do you feel about releasing your second album?

CL : It has taken us more than 4 years to release this album. It’s the first time that our album is filled with only new songs, so it kind of feels like it’s our first album. I feel very satisfied that we are meeting fans with good songs.

DARA : I felt like a rich person with many songs in our hands in the album, which is not a single album. Fans also love it that we have many songs to show. I feel very positive these days, which makes me think that I should be able to show better performances.

Q. Your solo songs you composed were included in the album, such as “CRUSH,” “IF I WERE YOU,” and “BABY I MISS YOU.” You seem to have gained more confidence.

CL : Many people love my songs, and I received positive response, so it gave me strength to compose new songs. I want to continue composing for fun from now on. Well, actually, composing songs is not something I have to do as a living, for example, so I can work with pleasure. I feel happy writing songs for my members, and for our performances.

Q. Did you get a lot of help from TEDDY, the producer?

CL : Yes. TEDDY, along with CHOICE 37 and DEE.P and all composers in YG helped me. They did a lot of monitoring, gave me opinions and cheered for me. It was fun for me.

Q. What was your main reason for composing songs?

CL : Last year, we only released single albums. Then one day, I wanted to say something. At that time, I didn’t know I would write songs for our album or for our group. I started writing songs as I would write a diary, and wrote lyrics to the beats that we already know. I began as a hobby, and my lyrics were in English at first. YG CEO Yang Hyun Suk listened to my songs and recommended I write in Korean. “IF I WERE YOU” was the first Korean song I wrote.

Q. Big Bang members write their own songs, especially G-DRAGON. Was that a stimulus to you?

CL : No, it was not.

Q. 2NE1 ranked 61 in the U.S. “Billboard 200.” It is a new record from a Korean group. How do you feel?

CL : Well, actually, I never felt I had to look at the Billboard Chart or its rankings. It was like a surprise gift to me. It was an album we prepared for a long time, and it was an unexpected present for us.

Q. The ranking 61 means that 2NE1 has an appeal in the U.S. What do you think that is?

CL : I think people regard us to be unique because we are different., thinking that “2NE1 has something that other girl group doesn’t have.” I heard our fans are more attracted to us when we sing in Korean rather than in English. It was really surprising that though our overseas fans don’t understand Korean language, they understand the feelings.

DARA : Music seems to be the appealing trait. Although languages differ, it can unite people as they enjoy the same music.

CL : I often heard people say that we look like cartoon characters, what with our clothes and unique style (laughter). Will.i.am says that, too. I think our small heights also are advantages to us.

Q. The song “DIRTY VIBE” of the worldwide DJ Skrillex was featured by both you (CL) and G-DRAGON. You wrote some of the lyrics in Korean.

CL : I tend to tell my music partners that I would write in Korean. I love Korean.

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Interview: Yoo In Na Admits She’s a Big Fan of BIGBANG and 2NE1

INTERVIEW WITH YOO IN NA “IT’S STILL SURPRISING TO SEE BIG BANG IN OUR CAFETERIA”

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[일간스포츠 정지원·김진석] You can find Yoo In Na (32) in most hit Korean soap operas. She first made her debut in “Unstoppable High Kick!” and later appeared in “Secret Garden,” and “The Greatest Love.” All the pieces that she took part in had high viewing rates and were popular. Yoo In Na didn’t play big roles in all of the dramas. But, she did her best in her role, whether big or small, and added a special touch to the drama. She said, “I didn’t try to be greedy in selecting roles. I just chose roles that I could play well.”

Many people in the media want to work with her. As all of the dramas that she was in was a success, she is also called “an actor who brings good luck.” Recently, her latest soap opera “My Love from the Star” of SBS was also a great success. Yoo In Na played Yu Se-mi, the rival of the female leading character Jeon Ji-hyun. Yoo In Na is also the new MC of “Get It Beauty 2014” in On Style channel, with which she broadened her sphere. For the last 4 years, she has been working as a DJ in the radio program “Turn Up the Volume.” Her experience as DJ can now be found in TV, as well, which all indicate to Yoo In Na’s various talents.

The Drunk Talk with Yoo In Na was conducted in an indoor snack bar near Hong-ik University. The reporter had met with Yoo In Na several times before, but it was the first time to have a drink with her. In the comfortable atmosphere, it was easier to see what kind of person Yoo In Na was. It was hard to see any mean traits in her as shown in some of her soap opera roles. The following is the interview with Yoo In Na, who laughed constantly throughout the interview.

-Do you often meet with other celebrities in the YG Entertainment?

“As each one of us is busy, it is not so easy to gather together. I am a big fan of Big Bang and 2NE1, and I constantly listen to 2NE1’s CD in my car. It still feels very strange to see them in the company cafeteria (laughter). YG Entertainment used to be a nest for singers, but actors are also joining in, so it gives me much comfort. Although we don’t meet much, I became really good friends with Sandara Park. People think about her as being quirky, but she also has other sides. She also likes to make people laugh.”

-How often do you meet with the CEO, Yang Hyun-suk?

“It’s quite less than you think. Sometimes he calls me and asks what I’m doing, though he knew at that time very well that I was doing a drama. He encourages me and gives me power.”

Click here full the full interview!

*Omitted unrelated parts

Credits:

Source: YG Life

Interview: 2NE1’s 4 Thrills… From Billboard to First Appearance on TV

2NE1’S 4 THRILLS… FROM BILLBOARD TO FIRST APPEARANCE ON TV (DIRECT INTERVIEW)

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[스타뉴스 길혜성 기자] Girl group 2NE1 (CL, DARA, BOM, and MINZY) has finally disclosed the performance for their second full-length album “CRUSH” and kicked off performance for the new album in earnest. The four members expressed their feelings about four thrills that they have recently experienced in an interview with us.

2NE1 appeared on SBS channel’s live-broadcast music show “INKIGAYO” shot in the afternoon on the 9 at SBS Hall located in Deungchon-dong, Seoul. In the show, 2NE1 gave performance of two songs: “COME BACK HOME”, the title of their second full-length album, and “CRUSH”, which has the same title with the new album itself.

2NE1 disclosed all the songs in their new album on February 27 and released the offline album on the 7 this month, but their performance in “INKIGAYO” on the day was the first time to showcase the performance of their new songs in a TV music show. 2NE1 presented the stage of two new songs, with intense performances.

On the same day when 2NE1 kicked off their TV performance for their second full-length album, they met STARNEWS at the shooting of “INKIGAYO”, to talk about what they feel about the first TV appearance, as well as about four thrills they have been experiencing in relation with the new album, including their highest-ever record in Billboard Top 200 among Korean singers (or bands).

As 2NE1 has been super busy for preparations for their second world tour and first TV appearance ever since the release of the second album, they have hardly had an opportunity to talk about what they feel about the achievement of their new album. That is why we couldn’t wait to listen to what they say.

◆ Billboard Top 200… Highest-ever record among Korean singers=”Never imagined.”

2NE1’s second full-length album came in the 61st place in the latest Billboard 200 (Mar. 15) which is the main album chart of Billboard, America’s most-renowned album and music sales survey web-site. 2NE1 has not only put its name in the chart, but also recorded the highest-ever record on the chart among Korean singers. 2NE1 has also shown a big potential by taking the 2nd place in Billboard World Album Chart, which ranks albums released outside the country. So, what they feel about this feat?

“At first, the fact that our album ‘CRUSH’ came in the 61st place on Billboard 200 chart and that we set the highest-ever record for a Korean singer didn’t hit home. Frankly, we’ve never thought of Billboard. We had no such expectations. So, we were all the more surprised and happy. Haha. We worked so hard for the new album and our record on the Billboard chart felt like an unexpected reward for our hard-work. We will continue to live up to the expectations of not only Korean fans but also all the overseas fans, with better music and performances”.

◆ No.1 on music and album charts in and out of Korea=”Feels like our music created by all-nighter efforts are recognized.”

After disclosing all the music in their second full-length album at the end of February, 2NE1 has been sweeping the No.1 places on Korea’s top ten music charts and iTunes’ main album charts “Top Albums” in many countries with their double title “COME BACK HOME” and “GOTTA BE YOU”. 2NE1 themselves are more pleased by such a result than any other.

We have now taken the No.1 ranks in music and album charts in and out of Korea, but we were so much worried before the release of the album. Of course we release some singles last year, but the evaluation standard for a full-length album is quite different. Plus, we felt a bigger burden because it’s been so long since we released our first full-length album. However, our fans in and out of the country loved our new songs and album so much, so we could take the No.1s on music and album charts. We are so happy about that. We felt rewarded for our all-nighter efforts to create good music. We thank you once again”.

◆ YG’s head Yang Hyun Suk created the point dance for “COME BACK HOME” himself=”A big reassurance.”

Yang Hyun Suk, the CEO of 2NE1’s label YG Entertainment and the member of “Seotaiji and Boys”, the legendary idol boy group in the 1990’s, showed his passion for 2NE1’s music and performance, by choreographing the point dance for the title of 2NE1’s second full-length album “COME BACK HOME” himself. Yang created the choreography of Seotaiji and Boys’COME BACK HOME” in 1995 and now, he has created the dance once again, for the song with the same title with his past hit, 19 years later. This has been drawing much attention from music fans. 2NE1 themselves are very much satisfied with Yang’s point dance for “COME BACK HOME” and thankful to him.

“President Yang (Yang Hyun Suk) does a lot of things for the company. Now, he doesn’t even have a time to choreograph YG singer’s music as he did in the past. However, we asked for his advice for the point dance of ‘COME BACK HOME’ and he readily gave his idea. You know, he really cares about us. Haha. We were so happy that his idea satisfied not only us but also all our staff very much. Since we are armed with his point dance for ‘COME BACK HOME’, we feel so much reassured every time we stand on the stage. It was the same for our first TV performance. Thank you Mr.Yang. Haha”.

◆ First TV performance long awaited by fans and 2NE1 alike=”Exciting and fun.”

Before “INKIGAYO”, 2NE1 has shown their performance for the songs in the second full-length album only at the second world tour held on March 1 and 2 at Olympic Park’s SK Handball Hall in Seoul. That is why not only 2NE1 fans but also the members themselves looked forward to the first TV performance in “INKIGAYO” so much. 2NE1 has successfully finished their first TV performance with excitement and fun.

“It was so much exciting and fun to finally show the performance of the songs in our new album in four years to fans. We’ve been working hard on the performance for the new songs for a long time, and it was really happy and exciting to demonstrate the performance for the first time on TV. We were a little bit nervous because it was the first, but it was also very much fun. Starting from ‘INKIGAYO’, we’re going to show performances of more songs on the stage to fans. Since we have been working on the album for a long time, we put a lot of efforts not only in the songs themselves but also in the performances for them. Since we’ve been working hard, we’re confident about the performances to show you from now on”.

Meanwhile, about the coincidental overlapping of the release of their album with that of another globally-popular girl group Girls’ Generation, 2NE1 smiles and says, “We like it because we can support each other’s woman power and show it together”.

Source: YG-Life

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