SilverPlume reacted to nathaniel in [13.11.04] Latest Update - Two International reviews on "Jinx!" and Hyomin's acting
[13.11.04] Latest Update - International Review on "Jinx!!!"
A frothy and fun-packed college comedy romance, Naoto Kumazawa’s Jinx!!! (yes, three exclamation marks!) is an engaging tale of star-crossed romance where those trusty plot devices of misunderstanding, shyness and friendship are used to good effect.
Much is made of cross-cultural romantic references between South Korea and Japan, and while its youthful target audience is most likely from those territories the film has a whole lot of remake potential as a co-production between other countries (US and Japan, UK and France etc). The film had its world premiere at the Tokyo International Film Festival and opens in Japan on November 16.
The film actually opens in South Korea where young student Jiho (fresh and delightful K-pop star Hyomin, from group T-ARA) is waiting to meet her boyfriend for their 100-day date (celebrating romance every 100 days is a big deal in South Korea), but he dies in a motorcycle accident.
To try and get over her grief she heads to Japan as an overseas student (where much is made, naturally, about cultural misunderstandings). She quickly befriends the seemingly sad and rather clumsy Kaede (a charming Kurumi Shimizu) and starts to try and apply her Korean-style romance tactics to fostering Kaede’s would-be romance with the boy Yusake (Kento Yamazaki) she has loved from high school.
It is territory that has been covered many times before, but what gives this rather lengthy rom-com (it runs over two hours) its heart is the sheer force of personality of Hyomin in her film debut who is a real delight as Jiho, who puts her own sadness to one side and use her matchmaking prowess to try and help Kaede.
She tries to get Kaede to adopt the Korean romantic tactics of ‘milbang’ – essentially a series of rules on how to get a guy to fall in love with you – though naturally enough this leads to misunderstandings galore (as Kaede can’t quite seem to follow the rules) and also gradually draws out more about Jiho’s relationship with her late boyfriend.
The film has more than its fair share of charming moments – with more than a few side trips into melodramatic territory – with Liszt’s Liebestraum No. 3 acting as a romantic motif. Best of all is Jiho’s love for the notion that couples should show their love by reenacting scenes from famous Hollywood romantic films such as Love Actually and in particular Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind, where the scene of lying on the ice looking up at the stars plays a key role in Jinx!!!.
Two introverted, socially awkward Japanese university students like each other, but cannot even exchange one single word at school. Help! Bring a photogenic girl resembling a K-pop star to the rescue by sending her to Japan and teaching them the ways of courtship, Korean style!
The premise sounds like a hokey, adolescent international incident rife with stereotypes, but what powers “Jinx!!!” through its 122 minutes is the charm of its lead, Hyomin (a real-life K-pop star and member of the girl group T-ARA). Hyomin plays the character of Jiho, who makes a sudden decision to study in Japan to recover from the sudden death of her boyfriend in Korea. Why Japan? How does Jiho learn to speak Japanese? What is she studying? None of these questions seems to matter when she comes across Kaede (Kurumi Shimizu), who sits by herself in the cafeteria at lunchtime each day. When Jiho realizes that Kaede acts nervous around a couple of male classmates, she accurately assumes that her new reluctant friend must be interested in one of them. So begins a determined Jiho’s quest to play the ringmaster in a play-hard-to-get series of antics called milbang. Jiho’s insistence on playing matchmaker, her over-the-top perkiness in forcing Kaede to be friends with her, and her eventual involvement in pushing the equally hesitant Yusuke (Kento Yamazaki) to pursue Kaede become clearer as the relationship with her late boyfriend is gradually revealed.
What will make “Jinx!!!” appealing to the teen and 20-something set is the Japanese indie film meets K-drama story line, through which Hyomin pretty much plays up two moods: wide-eyed happy and tearful sad. As a result, melodrama is bound to play a major role, with a dreamlike classical piano piece (Franz Liszt’s “Liebestraum No. 3″) serving as the theme for nostalgic flashbacks and scenes from romantic Hollywood movies. These all manage to comprise the backbone and the heart of “Jinx!!!” in a series of genuinely comedic, tear-inducing and heartwarming events that help Jiho herself to heal.
“Jinx!!!” made its world premiere at the 2013 Tokyo International Film Festival and will be released theatrically on Nov. 16.
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SilverPlume reacted to kkyc222 in [13.10.22] T-ara "Our families cried when they found out we were contenders for 1st place"
T-ara “Our families cried when they found out we were contenders for 1st place, our promise if we get 1st place is…”
Girl group T-ara made a promise if they achieve 1st place.
On October 21st at a coffee shop in Nonhyeon Dong, Gangnam, Seoul, we met with T-ara, who said “Isn’t the title of our new song No.9? We thought that it would already be really good to achieve 9th place, but we actually became contenders for 1st place. Becoming contenders and standing in the first row, we had goosebumps and were excited like rookies.”
T-ara, who experienced the longest “blank period” since their debut because of the bullying controversy last year, was more spirited than expected. Without any particular promises or without saying who should do what firs, but beginning to change with every small action one by one, they greeted us greatly with their heads bowed lower.
For a T-ara like this, contending for 1st place is something that is “amazing.” Soyeon said, “To be honest, because there is less applause and less people singing along with us, our confidence dropped. Before the controversy, we didn’t know that every shout of support was that valuable; now our families even cried and we almost had a party at home amongst us,” expressing her thankful heart.
But, the trauma from last year has not fully healed. When we spoke of “that day,” the members’ tears still came falling. Although the other members made fun of each other, the tears could not be stopped at that moment. Their wounds are large and deep. They were worried and waited like that for a comeback.
T-ara said, “We want everyone to listen to good music, and because we have a lot to protect, we cannot stop. Honestly, we were very scared and worried about whether there would be anyone who would welcome us,” “Our families, friends and colleagues gave us courage by telling us ‘It will be fine as long as you continuously show a hardworking and good appearance.”
For them, how to face and approach the looks from those around them is a very difficult problem. In particular, T-ara, different from other groups and whose interaction with fans though fan club opening, autograph, and handshaking sessions etc. has reduced, said “Our company thinks the same way as us. Although we have little activities [with fans], but making food and sharing them with fans, holding a sudden signing session at our company, we must do this and work hard continuously,” “If we have the chance, we want to hold a free camping or sports event at a large sports grounds.”
Following that, they said, “Not only to our fans, but to those who were burdened because of us, and other than making good music, but to work hard in order to melt the hearts of those who we meet serendipitously, this is very important”
When we asked for a promise if they were to achieve 1st place, T-ara said, “It seems more realistic to make a promise for if we continue to stay as a contender for 1st place,” “We’ll do this if we can be contenders for 1st place in other music programmes,” Although they were a bit scared, they all agreed “We want to try giving ‘Free Hugs’. It seems like it would be fun.”
Meanwhile, T-ara released their 8th mini album “AGAIN” on the 10th and has began promotions with double title tracks “No.9” and “I Know the Feeling.”
Original source: http://wstarnews.hankyung.com/apps/news?popup=0&nid=09&c1=09&c2=09&c3=00&nkey=201310211603571&mode=sub_view
Translated via Chinese trans from TCN: http://www.t-arachina.cn/bbs/thread-67940-1-1.html
SilverPlume reacted to kkyc222 in [13.10.22] T-ara, a Tearful Interview. Instead of explaining, they are reflecting.
T-ara, A Tearful Interview… Instead of explaining, they are reflecting
By Kim Yong Ho
I met with girl group T-ara. The “T-ara Incident” that caused uproar in Korea last year. At the time, after finishing their Japan Buddokan concert, success was right in front of their eyes, but a small argument between the members became a large controversy through SNS. More so than the truth of what happened, the public was more interested and passionate in their witchhunt. There is nothing more saddening than to be misunderstood. The T-ara members had also wanted to defend themselves saying that “This was not what happened in reality.”
Just like that, a year has passed and T-ara met with us reporters. But this time, the interview is not a consoling one. The controversy has to be something they face once more before their wounds can begin to heal. So right from the beginning I asked a powerful question “Why do you think T-ara is being criticised?”
The girls jumped at the question. But it is a question that must be answered. Perhaps it was a question they were mentally prepared for. Member Eunjung carefully replied, “We think that there must be a reason. Although there were some misunderstandings, because we think part of the reason we hear those words is because of us, we have humbly accepted [the criticism].” Hyomin said “Because we disappointed a lot of people who gave us love, we were wrong. That was an irreparable mistake. We can’t pretend it never happened. We have reflected upon our immature actions and think that we can only work hard to [make up for it].” Eunjung said, “We think that not expressing our thoughts at the time was one of the reasons we were criticised so much. We are very regretful for not expressing our thoughts from our hearts well at the time. But now, instead of using words, we think that we should use action to demonstrate [our hearts].” The members expressed their regret.
T-ara used to be one of the most loved girl groups. But now they are harshly receiving hate. A change like that is difficult for young girls to accept. I asked, “Isn’t the reality now very saddening?” But the answer I received was a mature one, “It seems like the sad period has passed and now we are thankful for little things.” Soyeon said “In the past, being nominated for 1st place seemed to be a given. But now, when we hear that we have been nominated for 1st place, we feel so happy we get goosebumps.” Eunjung said, “The way we think has changed. I think we are lucky to have obtained these results from working hard. We hope that we will achieve better results in the future.” Jiyeon said , “It seems like we really learned a lot. We learned to be thankful for little things.” T-ara talked about their thoughts on their comeback. Eunjung, “Achieving a lot of popularity at a young age can make people arrogant and that appearance can be revealed unconsciously. Although it may not be revealed with bad intentions, it seems to have been interpreted as such.” Answers like these, instead of defending themselves, it seems like T-ara has embraced a reflective attitude.
Suddenly, the young girls began to cry. Hyomin and Eunjung were the first to pick up tissues. Soyeon, although saying “I really don’t want to cry”, started to choke up as well. Jiyeon, who usually does not say much and has been misunderstood a lot, her tears also ruined her makeup. The members all expressed their thanks to their fans. “We are so thankful for our fans who have stayed by us even after so many bad things happened. We understand how valuable they are,” they said, revealing their honest thoughts.
T-ara recently released their 8th mini album “AGAIN” and is promoting with double title tracks “No.9” and “I Know the Feeling.” In particular, No.9 has reached 1st place on several charts upon release and was even nominated for 1st in a music programme, achieving popularity. But T-ara is still very humble. With their heads down, they said “Instead of a desire for 1st place, we have been practising overnight with the thought that it would be great if we can receive love. We are thankful for getting response that is better than we thought.”
Looking at T-ara, who expressed, “We were afraid about performing on stage when we knew we wouldn’t receive applause, but for those who have given us applause, we will do the best we can,” I am touched by the way they are struggling to overcome their trauma. I wonder if shedding tears like this will make them feel better. I look forward to T-ara overcoming these trials and becoming a cheerful girl group once again.
Original source http://www.sportsworldi.com/Articles/EntCulture/Article.asp?aid=20131022022822&subctg1=50&subctg2=00&OutUrl=daum
Translated via Chinese trans by TCN: http://www.t-arachina.cn/bbs/thread-67945-1-1.html
SilverPlume reacted to ZZuRRa in [13.10.21] Video HD - T-ara "Number Nine" MV Version 3
CCM,we don't need 3534 versions of Number Nine.We just asked for a perfectly made Drama Version like what you did in Cry Cry,Lovey Dovey,Day by Day, and Sexy Love.Urgh!!
SilverPlume reacted to tararules in [13.10.15] T-ara,
Hyomin says that they look online for 'positive' messages.
Seriously, all T-ara need to do whenever they feel down is to come visit Tiaradiadem and read the many positive and constructive comments. They will definitely feel the love and support emanating from our comments and posts.
As humans we all tend to focus on the negatives and overlook the positives which is a real shame and it is neither helpful nor is it constructive. Hope T-ara will continue to look forward work hard and at the same time learn from the past. Do not be too focus on the haters (they are just jealous of T-ara's success anyway) and remember that T-ara still has legion of fans out there. T-ara is still T-ara no matter what. Continue to make great music, which is why we fans fell in love T-ara in the first place, and the fans will naturally come back to support you all.
SilverPlume reacted to @Eunjung4eva in [13.10.15] T-ara,
They have really matured. For Boram to say that negative criticism can be constructive is really praiseworthy. They had been through the worst ups and downs, thick and thin yet they are still going strong and more over, they have new mindset and matured mentality to approach things. Even non-fans are praising them for being able to stand strong. And Soyeon is really lucky. That guy's attitude bought me.
"To be honest, I had wondered whether any variety programmes would ask me to participate. I’m really very thankful that they asked me to appear." Jungiee, you were well-aware of your situation. You are really genuine and honest person. Always keep this attitude and you will be successful. You never fail to amaze me which is why I cant stop admiring you...
SilverPlume reacted to kkyc222 in [13.10.15] T-ara,
T-ara, “That incident changed the childish us.” A Tearful First Interview. When friends or lovers get into an argument, how should you resolve it? T-ara is standing before the public with this thought in mind. When people are angry because of our actions, and when an apology cannot resolve their anger, what should we do? T-ara has chosen to silently work hard and to wait until that anger melts. Although it is common for artists to become emotional and cry during interviews, T-ara’s tears fell carefully even when they were falling naturally. T-ara, who can’t even escape vicious criticism when they prepare snacks for their fans, ended up saying tearfully, “We will work hard.” After that “incident”, this is their first interview with the media. The questions and answers that required tissue everywhere until the end are now revealed without any changes. Q: A comeback in a long time, how do you feel? Hyomin: It’s been a year since a comeback as the 6 of us. We disappointed some people before, but that won’t happen this time, we will work hard. We made our comeback nervously. Soyeon: More so than rankings, we are thankful that there are people who are waiting for our music. Q: It seems like you had a lot of worries. Hyomin: To be honest, we’ve never had a “blank period.” We were always running everywhere with no rest. Although it wasn't intentional this time, we had a blank period and during this time, we really lost a lot of confidence and had a lot of thoughts. We had a lot of worries too. Eunjung: Everyone’s attitude towards us are better than we thought it would be, we are very thankful. Just like when we first debut, our thoughts are just that we must do well. To be honest, whether people would like our music, we had a lot of worries like this. Also, many singers are making their comeback in this period, and would they like our colour? We also had a lot of worries like this. Q: A lot of other groups are making their comebacks as well. Soyeon: The timing for releasing an album is very important, no? We thought we picked an appropriate time. It seems like this was a time appropriate for all other singers too, so we all made our comeback around the same time (laughs). We are thankful just to be discussed along with these other artists. We are really happy just to be mentioned along with SHINEE and IU etc. When we see news of that, we think “Wah, there’s actually us.” Q: Now that you’ve made your comeback, do you feel more relaxed? Eunjung: People’s hearts are always like that, we should be able to feel more relaxed now, but we still worry a lot about how we can maintain this. Should we keep doing the same thing next week? Should we change our dance? What about our clothes? Etc. Hyomin: Because there are new comebacks every week, we are very nervous. Recently, there have been so many comebacks that rookies are hardly able to participate in music broadcasts. So we understand how valuable it is to be able to perform on music programmes. Eunjung: In the past we would think that this was a given, but now we know how to be thankful. In the past, even if our managers don’t mention it, we would clear out Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays for our schedules, because we have to perform on music shows. We used to think that way, but now we would ask our managers, “Do we have any schedules?” Q: T-ara’s schedules were very full in the past. Soyeon: We had at least 5 schedules in one day, we were very busy. We thought that they were only schedules and didn’t think much about it. We only had thoughts about wanting to look nice etc. But after experiencing this blank period, we understood that those are not just merely schedules, but is something [precious] that finds its way to us. Now, we think that every single schedule is a precious thing to us. Hyomin: Although it is better to not have experienced bad things, during that time, we only looked at the things in front of us and kept running forward following our CEO’s instructions. But now we look around us and behind us. It is something that can’t be expressed with words, but there are things we have gained. The time we spend with our fans and the way we treat our fans also changed a lot. Q: Your first performance was at the Gyeongju Dream Concert. Eunjung: It rained that day. Singing while it was raining, it felt very extraordinary and profound. Soyeon: We felt different compared to the comebacks we had before. In the past, we would know that there were a lot of people waiting for us and we had confidence. But this comeback wasn’t like that. We didn’t have confidence, and the cheers and applause for us are also different from before, but we can only work hard. So we are even more thankful for the people who have given us applause all along. Q: Experiencing something bad together, it seems like the friendship and love between members have changed as well. Soyeon: The atmosphere between us is like family. To be honest, there were times when we were so busy that we couldn’t take care of each other but were just there together. But this time, we had a lot of time to talk and reminisce with each other. And since we carry the same scars, the understanding and care we have for each other seem to have increased as well. We became closer. Boram: We think that teamwork requires every single person. Q: The leader keeps changing. Eunjung: Even though there is a leader, generally we still make decisions together, so there is not a big difference. But things like conveying information, giving notice, gathering opinions, those are things that the leader would do. Q: Even so, the atmosphere within the team would be different because of the leader right? Soyeon: Boram unnie created a very relaxed and quiet atmosphere. Eunjung is really good at managing work, and she can organise things well even when things are very messy. When Hyomin was leader, we became more fashionable. Hyomin: As a leader, the most difficult thing was to answer our CEO’s phone calls. Eunjung: He would call at 6a.m. in the morning and ask “Are you awake?”, “Have you seen your schedule yet?” Things like that (laughs). Q: Because of what happened last year, it seems like you are more thankful to be on stage and to the fans. Eunjung: About things we used to think were a given in the past, we now think “We are really thankful” “Ah, this is so good”. Not just to fans, but to the general public who watch our performance, give us applause, and sing along to our songs. In the past, we just feel like it is just a comeback, but now we are very thankful for these things. Soyeon: We did earn things [from this incident]. This happened when we were receiving a lot of love. If that hadn’t happened, we would still be kids who didn't understand a lot of things. We would think that popularity is a given. To experience something like that at that time, it seems like we found something that we had lost. The people who worked with us, those who visited us, our fans – in the past we really seemed to not understand their preciousness and didn't know to be thankful. But after that incident, we had a lot of thoughts and became more mature and responsible. Q: The comments online, have you seen them? Hyomin: Although we didn’t read them in detail, we browsed through them. In the past we would look for negative things, but now we would look for positive things. There are more and more support messages, and there are more and more of positive messages as well. We feel happier as well. We will read them to each other as well with the thought that “Wow, there are even these [good] messages for us.” Boram: There are also negative criticisms that can be constructive. Paying attention to those comments, with the mindset that “We did that before, we should correct that” is not bad. Although we cried a lot before when we saw very malicious comments, now we look for comments that can be constructive. Seeing malicious comments that would give us harm, now, instead of getting hurt, we seem to learn from them more. Q: How is each member doing recently? Jiyeon: It’s been a long time since T-ara’s last comeback, I want to show the best side as T-ara. Hyomin: I filmed for a Japan move “JINX!!!” in the beginning of this year. It was during one of our most difficult times, and I’m thankful that I was given this opportunity. It was a very memorable filming. Eunjung: I filmed for MBC’s “Welcome”. Living with students from Turkey, it was the first time for me to film a variety like this. Because I had to promote Korean culture and language, I did a lot of studying myself as well. To be honest, I had wondered whether any variety programmes would ask me to participate. I’m really very thankful that they asked me to appear. Boram: Because I had been a bit unhealthy I lost a lot of weight, but now I’ve become a lot healthier. Qri: T-ara had a lot of overseas schedules. I prepared very hard for T-aras comeback. Soyeon: I appeared in “Haeundae Lover” last year, but because of what happened, the drama seemed to have suffered because of me, I feel very sorry about that.
Q: Did your boyfriend Oh Jonghyuk give you a lot of support? Soyeon: Of course he gave me a lot of support, he told me good job, and gave me a lot of trust. Q: What is the secret to date for so long? Soyeon: Although we started dating, we both have a very careful personality. Because of his military service and because I am an idol, we were both very careful. We began dating with a lot of trust in each other. It seemed as if waiting was very easy because the person I like went to the army. He must have had a lot of difficulties there but he still took care of me when I faced difficulties. Because we gained more trust in each other in those 2 years, so our relationship became better as well. Q: You must have been worried when Oh Jonghyuk extended his military service. Soyeon: Although he told me about it, I was still worried as his girlfriend. But I couldn’t express it because he is very determined. I could not express anything in particular. I just worried in my heart, but I watched him return successfully and thought that was very cool. Q: Is there anyone else who wants to date? Boram: It would be great if someone could like me, but there isn’t (laughs). I really want to date. I think out of all of us I’m the one who wants to date the most. Q: Did the members know about Soyeon and Oh Jonghyuk dating? Eunjung: We knew from the very beginning. Q: T-ara has tried cat and Native American concepts etc, are there anymore concepts you want to try? Soyeon: Our juniors are all so cute, pretty, and fresh. Is there this loveable concept that only girl groups can express? We want to try that too (laughs). Eunjung: Mr CEO, please consider this (laughs). Hyomin: It seems like our CEO is really amazing. Like a genius, he always seem to think of things that other people haven’t thought about. Eunjung: During “Sexy Love” we were really shocked. At the time, wasn’t it very difficult for us to perform and have a natural expression on stage? But our CEO suggested that we do robot dance – our expressions were neither smiling nor crying (laughs). Soyeon: It seems like we don’t create the trend, but we just change it (laughs). Retro and shuffle dance were something that other artists had already done, or we would only do something after something became a trend. We would ask “is it already too late”, but it always ends up becoming popular. Q: This time, “I know the feeling” is also a trendy phrase. Eunjung: We were worried whether we would interfere with Gag Concert. Q: It seems like there are a lot of misunderstandings about your CEO in the public too. Soyeon: Our CEO saw a lot of the messages and was very hurt. But if there are good messages, he would be very happy. Eunjung: He used to be like a tractor, but his body and heart have become a lot weaker. He listened to a lot of our opinions as well. Soyeon: It feels like he may be someone who cried the most in front of singers. He asked before “Am I difficult to get along with?” Actually we have seen the normal and private side of our CEO. We've seen him when he cried in front of those comments and when he is troubled because of us. He is someone more common and normal than people think. Q: Lastly, is there anything you want to say to fans? Qri: It seems like we have only received from our fans but have never given them anything. We are really thankful to our fans. Hyomin: You’re the member who doesn’t cry even when we achieve number 1 [about Qri who teared up]. Not just to fans, but it seems like there is so much to say to the general public. Eunjung: To be honest, for this comeback, we wondered if we would be able to receive love. But there are still people who are curious and love T-ara’s music. For that we are very thankful. Regardless of what they say, they only say it because of the appearance we present. We will accept it all and work hard. Hyomin: More so than asking for forgiveness or apologising, it seems like it is more important to work hard and present a side of us that will make others say “They’re really working hard.” In the future, we want to express that sort of feeling no matter what we do. Eunjung: When friends or lovers are mad at each other because of something the other person did, and even when repeated apologies cannot resolve the issue, the most important thing is to keep working hard until the other person’s anger melts away. It seems like we have to do the same thing as artists. Original article: http://news.nate.com/view/20131015n03773 Translation via Chinese subs by TCN: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2651831149?see_lz=1
SilverPlume reacted to joyce_20176 in [13.10.15] T-ara: "Our American advancement became a problem because of too much hype"
They always learn about big surprise/news through fans or media, always in a rush >.<. Eunjung is a smart girl when answering interview questions, good job EJ. A little bit unfortunate abt what happened with N4, hopefully KKS/CCM learn somethinf from that event.
Anyways, Number 9 hwaiting ^__^
SilverPlume reacted to sayruq in [13.09.26] T-ara's Soyeon revealed to have been dating Click B's Oh Jonghyuk for almost 3 years
She is a 26 year old woman. Who in their right mind expected her to never date? Look at that picture, she's obviously happy and that is more than I hoped for. Happiness doesn't come in the form of allkills and selling out tours. I really hope they stay happy and content with each other.
The only thing that makes me wary is the fact that it was Seoul Sports that broke the news. We all know that gossip rag has nothing but contempt for T-ara and CCM. And all of this before their comeback. It doesn't feel right.
SilverPlume reacted to nathaniel in [13.10.13] T-ara surprise fans outside Inkigayo with snacks
[13.10.13] T-ara surprise fans outside Inkigayo with snacks
T-ara surprised over 300 fans waiting for them outside of Inkigayo.
In order to thank the fans who arrived early in the morning to attend the SBS "Inkigayo" pre-recording, T-ara treated over 300 of their fans to ricecakes and fishcakes and other snacks as a gift.
T-ara members bought the gifts with their own money and arranged the surprise themselves. They were with fans from around 7 AM to 8:30 AM before going to rehearsals.
T-ara said, "Up until now, we have received a lot (from fans). We wanted to do something, despite small, to show our gratitude towards our fans. T-ara's fans, and other singer's as well, struggle by getting up early in the morning just to see a short performance, so we want them to eat comfortably today."
They finished by saying, "We can't be singers without our fans, so we don't forget to thank them. We will work hard on stage for them."
T-ara will have their comeback stage on SBS "Inkigayo" tonight at 3:40 PM KST.
Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem
SilverPlume reacted to Fransisca158 in [13.10.10] Video - T-ara @ MBC Radio Shindong's Shimshimtapa
Jiyeon and hyomin so funny and attractive. QBS come to shimshimtapa for long time ago. Finally they come together with complete member.hehehe... eng sub for this video please.....
SilverPlume reacted to nathaniel in [13.10.11] Hwang Jungeum sends a message to T-ara, "You have suffered a lot, but be happy now"
[13.10.11] Hwang Jungeum sends a message to T-ara, "You have suffered a lot, but be happy now"
Hwang Jungeum left a message of support for T-ara.
On the 11th through her blog account, Hwang Jungeum posted, "Pretty T-ara dongsaengs album came out! I can see their maturity. Their hearts suffered a lot, but now, promote happily and prettily." She also included a picture of their new album.
T-ara's image has transformed from their traditional image into a sexy image. They exposed their smooth legs and dark makeup - a sexy charm.
T-ara's mini album "Again" has double title tracks, both which have appeal as emotional songs with compelling lyrics.
Hwang Jungeum is currently in the KBS2 drama "Secret" and her words of support for T-ara have caught attention.
Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem
SilverPlume reacted to nathaniel in [13.10.08] T-ara's Eunjung revealed to have participated in the arrangement of "I Know The Feeling"
[13.10.08] T-ara's Eunjung revealed to have participated in the arrangement of "I Know The Feeling"
T-ara's Eunjung helped in the arrangement of their song "I Know The Feeling".
On the 8th, Core Contents Media said, "T-ara's title track 'I Know The Feeling' was composed by Baek Deoksang. The acoustic music arrangement was done in collaborative by himself and T-ara's own member Eunjung after she expressed her wants to participate in it."
Eunjung said, "For the first time, I've helped participate in making T-ara's music. I had fun and learned with a open-heart and carefully prepared for it with QUEEN's in mind and am excited for them to hear it."
She also said, "The acoustic guitar melody shows off a different side of us (T-ara) and is a good song for autumn. I hope fans will like both 'Number Nine' and 'I Know The Feeling'."
"I Know The Feeling" has a sad and addictive melody, with lyrics that maximize the emotions of the song. It was composed by Baek Deoksang and co-written by Baek Hyunjung.
T-ara's eighth mini-album "AGAIN" will be released on the 10th, and their two-part music videos will be released on the same day.
Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem
SilverPlume reacted to nathaniel in [13.09.16] Prior to October comeback, T-ara will release desert music video teaser on the 25th
[13.09.16] Prior to October comeback, T-ara will release desert music video teaser on the 25th
Girl group T-ara will make a return to the Korean music industry after being away for one year and five months.
On October 10th, T-ara will resume activities in Korea. Prior to this, T-ara will film a three-minute music video teaser in a foreign desert location and shoot images which will be released on September 25th.
This year, T-ara has been doing unit activities. T-ara N4 has promoted in Korea and the United States, while QBS promoted in Japan. The members also have had different individual activities.
Their agency said, "After a long time being away, T-ara are pouring a lot of effort into their Korean comeback. We ask for a lot of interest into the song which is traditional T-ara, but better." They stated the new song will be a traditional T-ara song, but only more addictive and with a more focus on the music.
They will also release a new mini album that will contain 5~6 songs.
T-ara once again went through members changed earlier this year when it was announced that Areum had left T-ara and T-ara N4 to pursue her dreams a solo artist. Dani also is a member of T-ara, but has not debuted with them yet. It was revealed that for this time, T-ara will still promote as six members.
Core Contents Media said, "Dani will not have any activities with T-ara. She recently came back as a featuring rapper in our company girl group F-ve Dolls' new title song 'I love you! But you don't love me'. For now, she is involved only in those activities.
In addition to their comeback, T-ara's agency answered questions about Areum's present situation. "Areum is still continually practicing hard with the goal in mind of a solo comeback. When she will return as a solo is not yet decided amongst us."
Source: http://news.nate.com/view/20130916n10344 // http://news.nate.com/view/20130916n13453
Translated by: Nathaniel @ Diadem
SilverPlume reacted to kkyc222 in [13.08.26] T-ara's tears have become Pearls
T-ara's Tears Have Become Pearls
Girl Group T-ara welcomed their 4th anniversary recently. Once having enjoyed top popularity, this gemstone-like girl group has suffered hurt. The arrival and departure of some members (Hwayoung and Areum) and unconfirmed conjecture was discussed fervently. Their popularity that was not easily accumulated over the years seemed to have been destroyed in an instant. They seem to match the “5 year crisis” that idol groups commonly face in the Korean music industry where idols’ contracts [last around 5 years].
To say that they are not burdened must be a lie. After the controversy that broke out in July last year, T-ara did not respond to any Korean media interviews. Because they believed that if they silently continued their own way, one day, their fans will understand them and any momentary misunderstandings will be resolved. In this case, we are not here to pick at their scars. To talk about T-ara’s past, present, and future – something that they will have to face sooner or later – we carefully conducted our interview.
T-ara’s Eunjung who found courage to meet with Billboard Korea said “We cried a lot.” But they still continue to smile brightly.
Q: If you were to think back to the past 4 years?
A: We don’t feel like it’s already been 4 years. It still feels like we are rookies who’ve just reached 2 years. Compared to the actual number of years, we’ve been busy with a lot of activities. Other than music broadcasts, member’s individual acting activities, sub-unit activities, and musicals, we’ve lived such busy lives that we couldn’t even sleep a lot, time just passed by in the blink of an eye. Thinking about being able to achieve today’s position and to receive our fan’s love… Our fans’ congratulations have made our shoulders feel heavier, and our sense of responsibility has grown as well. In the future, we will be more careful about every word we say and everything we do.
Q: The most memorable activity is?
A: Bo Peep Bo Peep. It was a song that showed off the charisma that only belonged to us. The first time we put on the tails on our costume and wore the cat paws, we really didn’t like it. We wanted to be a cool and pretty girl group, and we wondered, do we really have to do this? But it was through this song that we achieved our first number 1 and even made it to Japan’s Oricon chart. If we used this song as a starting point, all of T-ara’s other concept and music were never too over the top. It was the song that allowed other countries to know our name.
Q: From debut to now, things that have changed and things that have not changed are:
A: The way we think has changed, and we’ve become more mature. When we first debuted we did not have our own goals, we were just like kids who did whatever our company told us to do. Now, we will positively think about everything we do, and we also understand the preciousness of fate that allows us to meet even the strangers who pass by us for a second. The things that have not changed is, even though we are no longer that young, the members still love to joke and play. Everyday is a continuation of a sitcom. This is what motivates us to stand on stage happily.
Q: Thoughts about the “5 year crisis” that idol groups face
A: Our crisis seems to have come a bit early. Haha. This seems to turn out for the better, it’s as if such a crisis does exist as people say. Although the sayings about members’ conflict and bullying will follow us around like labels, we think that as long as it is not true then it is fine. We won’t worry too much about it. If such sayings were true, then it would be very distressful, but the stories are all different from reality. It is not something that we can resolve even if we worried about it.
The motivation for the T-ara who has become mature.
T-ara is truly the “Korean Digital Sales Queens.” Lovey Dovey was number 1 on Gaon Chart in the first half of 2012, defeating Big Bang. In 2011, they also achieved number 1 on Gaon's Annual Aggregate Digital Chart through Roly Poly. That year, their Japanese debut track “Bo Peep Bo Peep” also made it onto the Oricon weekly chart.
Even when involved in endless controversies, T-ara’s music and stage performance were also recognized. “Sexy Love,” which was hesitantly released when T-ara was surrounded by a lot of rumours, and the summer track “Bikini” also charted and achieved a “long run.” Their recently released second Japanese album “Treasure Box” also charted number 1 on Oricon on the day it was released.
Q: What is the secret to popularity?
A: There is no special secret. First, we have to thank the composers who give us good songs. And also the fans and company staff who support us by telling us “everything will be better,” they’ve given us a lot of motivation. As a result, we gained confidence. We work hard on stage to compensate for our inadequacy, these all seem to have a combined effect. When speaking about T-ara’s energy, we have also borrowed from the popularity of the retro dance and the shuffle dance. Unknowingly, our performances are able to show off “T-ara’s image” and “T-ara’s concept.” To have a defined colour and flavour, we are really happy.
Q: Don’t you feel tired to have such active overseas schedules?
A: Although getting used to the time difference is always difficult, it is the most difficult when the food doesn’t suit our tastes. In the end sleep become our best medicine. Actually, every member seemed to have lost weight without intentionally dieting. Like a normal girl group, we eat well and don’t pick and choose when it comes to food.
Q: What do you do when you rest?
A: Watch movies, eat good food. When we are in Japan, we often go to Harajuku but we have not been there recently because we’ve been busy.
Q: Isn’t this just the right age for dating?
A: Although the work we have now is good, we still want to date. Just like a normal university student, a romantic stroll around campus while holding hands, a date in the library. It seems like the more we are not able to do it, the more we want to do it. My ideal type is someone who has a manly side, but who also has the soft side of someone young, someone who is kind and well-mannered. Appearance is not important. It’ll be great if it is someone who is able to let other people feel his charisma and charm that is unique to him.
Q: What kind of artists do you want to be remembered as?
A: The strengths of artists who have been active for 1 year and those who have been active for 10 years are different. I hope when people think about T-ara, they will smile and say “Ah they really had a difficult time then” or “They were really great then”, I hope that we can be a familiar and warm group in their memories. A group that is able to show off different styles like a chameleon. Or even to the point of getting critiqued by people “Do you have a split personality?” A group that doesn’t stop changing and is able to show and convey a message through their music.
Q: To T-ara, CCM’s present Kim Kwang Soo is:
A: The only person who can make us happy and feel tired at the same time. He has weakened a lot. He used to always lecture and scold us, but recently he asks us for our opinion and shares with us his difficulties. He has the feel of the powerless arms of a father who is growing old. His emotions are also becoming very rich and abundant, it seems like it is time for us to take care of him instead.
Q: A word to your fans?
A: Thankful. For always believing and watching over us no matter what. To be able to lay aside right or wrong and to believe and wait for someone is really something that is not easy. We don’t look at our fan club as one group, but now we see each fan individually, one person by one person. They are all precious. Even for those who cannot support us as fans until the end, we won’t feel sad or resentful. We won’t forget those people who have given us love up to this day.
T-ara has become stronger, their hearts steadier. They are no longer a girl group that has an extravagant exterior, but have become a pearl that shines quietly and faintly. The beginning of a glistening pearl is also created from a wound. Famous Korean poet Jeong Ho Seung said “A beautiful gemstone can only be created with time, brimming sincerity, and the embracing of trauma.” It is time for the future of T-ara, who will soon enter the US market, to catch the eyes of the public once again.
Original article: http://www.billboard.co.kr/?c=v&m=v1&idx=37066
Translated by via Chinese Subs by TCN: http://tieba.baidu.com/p/2556657897
SilverPlume reacted to danohio in [13.07.12] When will "original 6-member T-ara" make a comeback?
The 5-member lineup you mentioned never actually debuted. They were trained as 5 member group for few years, but when they finally debuted they were six member group: Eunjung, Jiyeon, Hyomin, Soyeon, Boram and Qri.To me debuted lineup is the one that counts.
SilverPlume reacted to Scatter_88mil in [13.07.12] When will "original 6-member T-ara" make a comeback?
Lol CCM, then who's also going to be the next person into the group and who'll be the next to be dropped off the bat in the future?
Bad jokes of mockery aside, I do kinda hope their next comeback is as six - and for once, get a badass song like TTL. Relive those old days of 6-ara. It won't even matter if I have to wait a full year for it.
SilverPlume reacted to nathaniel in [13.08.08] Latest Info - Eunjung to MC JIFF ceremony with Joo Jihoon
[13.08.08] Latest Info - Eunjung to MC JIFF ceremony with Joo Jihoon
Eunjung and Joo Jihoon will be the MCs for the 9th Annual Jucheon International Film Festival. It will be on the 14th of August and features the best actors and directors.
They will also have a duet at the opening ceremony.
Credit: Nathaniel @ Diadem
SilverPlume reacted in [TWITTER] Qri's Twitter Update (06/15)
It's a chating with simsimi, a chat bot application (http://www.simsimi.com/talk.htm). Grey is Qri, Yellow is Simsimi.
Qri : Eunjung
Simsimi : Ham Baek Gu is mine. You should not desire my girl.
Qri : She is mine.
Simsimi : She's mine. I won't let her go.
Qri : Qri
Simsimi : Lee qri is just the goddess
SilverPlume reacted to ZZuRRa in [13.05.20] T-ara N4 Announces Plans to Enter the US Market
Don't get me wrong guys.I love them.I really do.However,I do feel little a doubt about this.I mean,with the language barrier and so on,will they succeed in the U.S?I don't know but I think it's too early to enter the U.S Market.As much as I love them,it's better to stick to Korean and Japanese Market.If you guys noticed,all of Korean Idols who had tried to break into the U.S market can speak English well,quite popular and etc but they still failed to achieve it.
And the 5 versions of Jeon Won Diary is just way too much.Oh gosh....I can't even..And,only T-ara N4 will enter the U.S market right?Once again,the 3 least popular members were left behind.I know Dani can speak English but she's in T-ara (well,will be) NOT T-ara N4.KKS,don't tell me you're gonna add her in the sub-unit just because of that.
Nevertheless,as a fan,I support the girls and hopefully,you can prove me wrong.
SilverPlume reacted to Jimmy6 in [13.05.20] T-ara N4 Announces Plans to Enter the US Market
well that's interesting... it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
T-ara N4 breaking into the US with the more or less Hip Hop approach, whereas Wonder Girls used 'disney pop', and SNSD just did I guess 'pop'. either way I'm sure somewhere someone will Psy helped open the gate for this.
it will be interesting to see how it goes, I remember WG going to New York to meet producers and like Russell Simmons of Def Jam Records, and that was before 'nobody' i think. It's different a bit of course, you can't compare other groups ventures with another. JYP put years and money into getting Wonder Girls for the US/western market (his success/failure there is not the issue, and debatable) so they have members who can communicate very well in English and worked on getting english songs out.
SNSD, git Jess and Fany who can communicate very well in the US, and just really Sooyoung for Japanese, and SNSD still isn't fluent in japanese but they stay primarily as korean artist and haven't yet really taken the DBSK/BoA route to be a long time japanese artist as well. T-ara hopped into the japanese market with the other girl groups and found success as well. and they build their japanese skills, but like with Japan, it seemed okay for them to have a translator present. In the US market, I don't think that will work really well. I don't think T-ara's english is ready for Live with Kelly or Ellen, etc. And I'm not sure you want someone else speaking for them; especially if they go onto a show with Snoop, T-Pain or Chris Brown, no offense to them. But I want T-ara to talk not those guys, we don't need N4 being the new harajuku girls for them (though I know that's not what's gonna happen lol).
I'm just worried N4 is being used more for the imagine with who they collab with. Psy, Se7en, SNSD, WG, etc all got to stand alone on their foray. Of course we're all viewing it as win-win for both parties, but somehow I just feel like CCM/T-ara isn't the bigger winner in the end.
Anyways good luck to the girls. Whether they launch well or not into the US market, it's okay. BoA was deemed a 'failure' in the US markets but her career is anything but a failure. i'll sit by and wait and see what happens!