DF-Wave News Splash #18 – 추석[Chuseok], Ladies’ Code Tributes, Ghibli Films, Fried Chicken Keyboards, Bento, Uniforms, and Smiling Kim Woo Bin

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추석 잘 보 내새요!
Hope you have a wonderful Chuseok!

This Mid-Autumn/Harvest Moon Festival, be sure to give thanks for all that you have, all that you had, and all that you will have! Also, take some time to remember your past family, and enjoy time with your present family!

Now, here’s this week’s DramaFever News Splash!

At the start of every week, we take a look back over the past 7 Days to bring a quick snip of some of the Top Stories and JaK Wave Faves from our good friends at DramaFever. And that’s not all! Each News Splash includes JaK’s Top Pick – a featured clip, episode, or trailer that we at JaK Wave want to share with you all! So, let’s have a look at what’s been igniting the Fever this week!

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A tribute to EunB of Ladies’ Code

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Yesterday, we brought you the sad news that EunB of Ladies’ Code had been killed in a tragic car accident. In honour of her wake on September 5, here is a tribute to the talented 21-year-old (22 in Korean age) singer:

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Tragic news: EunB of Ladies’ Code killed in car accident

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Go Eunbi (known by her stage name “EunB”) of the K-pop girl group Ladies’ Code was killed on the morning of September 3rd (local time) in a car accident while heading back to Seoul after a group appearance in Daegu. She was 21 years old.

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New K-drama podcast aims to bring you insider news

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K-drama fans who enjoy taking a deeper look at what goes on behind the scenes of their favourite shows will be interested to hear that there is now a new “K-drama Insider” podcast in the works. The audio show is setting out to bring you interviews with top Korean drama directors, actors, and writers.

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Meet the rudest and funniest Shiba Inu dog in the world

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The rudest dog in the world also happens to be the funniest. The dog’s name is Mari and does just about everything to make sure her owner knows who’s the boss.

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The top 10 underrated Studio Ghibli films ​​

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With the recent celebration of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, there’s never been a better time to take a closer look at some of the studio’s more underrated features. Luckily, the YouTuber TylerReviewsX has made a list of the “Top 10 underrated Studio Ghibli films.”

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KFC unveils a fried chicken keyboard

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As part of a very special promotion, KFC in Japan has unveiled a new item that even the most creative person in the world could never think up. No big deal, it’s a fried chicken-themed keyboard.

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These geographically themed bento boxes are beyond adorable

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If Maiko Takahashi made your lunch every day, you would be the most popular kid in school. For a while, the incredibly creative mom has been making her 4-year-old daughter and 6-year-old son magical bento boxes featuring cartoon characters or holiday themes.

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10 Times “Iron Man” Lee Dong Wook softened our hearts

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Lee Dong Wook has got to be one of the hardest-working men in K-dramas. He recently finished filming his drama Hotel King, he’s currently on the reality series Roommate, and now he’s going to star in the upcoming DramaFever exclusive series Iron Man! The synopsis for the show says that he’s a cold-hearted man who carries so much emotional pain that he can literally sprout knives from his heart. His character may have a sharp, stabby heart, but Lee Dong Wook has the exact opposite effect on his fans. Here are 10 times Lee Dong Wook melted our hearts:

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North Korea refuses to send cheerleaders to Asian Games

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The Asian Games, the largest sporting event in Asia, is slated to start on September 19th in Incheon, South Korea. A few days ago, North Korea agreed to send a squad of 350 cheerleaders to support their athletes. This appeared to be a good sign for North-South relations. Unfortunately, on Friday, North Korea blamed South Korea for “hostility” when discussing the cost of stay for the cheerleaders and decided to pull their cheer team altogether. Apparently, North Korea wanted to house the cheerleaders on a ferry docked in the Incheon harbour to prevent them from making escape attempts. They also expected South Korea to cover this cost, but South Korean officials refused.

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10 adorable school uniforms that make you wish you were a student in Korea

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Summer has come to an end and another year of school has begun. While we’re all sad to see the summer months end, here are 10 uniforms that should help get you excited about school! Don’t you wish you were required to wear one of these cute outfits on a daily basis?

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Hayao Miyazaki to be honored at next Academy Awards

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Hayao Miyazaki, the godfather of Japanese animation who is now known throughout the world, will be presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, becoming the first Japanese recipient of the prestigious honour since the late Akira Kurosawa, who was honoured for his prolific career in 1989.

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10 GIFS of Kim Woo Bin smiling that will make your heart melt

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Kim Woo Bin usually takes on acting roles of tough guys in his movies and dramas, but when he’s off screen (and let’s be real, on screen too) he is an absolute cutie pie! Here are 10 GIFS of Kim Woo Bin smiling that are sure to brighten up your day!

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Watch this beautiful 8-bit Miyazaki tribute

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Ever since Hayao Miyazaki announced his retirement from Studio Ghibli, tributes for the iconic filmmaker have poured in. Most recently, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they will be honouring the legendary animator with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Rain and Krystal make a cute couple in new posters and stills from My Lovable Girl

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The K-drama fandom is abuzz with news about Rain’s comeback drama, My Lovable Girl, co-starring f(x)’s Krystal (Heirs), and we have new posters and stills that prove that fans will not be disappointed!

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Hamster finds best use of smartphone futon

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A while ago, I wrote a piece about some smartphone futons that were scheduled for release. Well, they did go on sale last month, except it’s not smartphones that are getting the best use out of them.

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10 actors who could pull off the 7 personalities in Kill Me, Heal Me

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Will the guy with 7 personalities please stand up? The writer of the The Moon That Embraces The Sun has finally written a new drama called Kill Me, Heal Me, and it will be jointly produced by Zhejian Huace Film & TV, a leading entertainment enterprise in China, and Pan Entertainment of South Korea, the company that produced many blockbusters, including The Moon That Embraces The Sun. Casting is underway, and reportedly, top Korean stars are jostling for the lead role. So, how about we come up with our own suggestions?

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GLAM’s Kim Da Hee admits to attempted blackmail of Lee Byung Hun

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Kim Da Hee, member of the K-pop girl group GLAM and actress from Monstar, has come forward and admitted she tried to blackmail superstar Lee Byung Hun.

This all started back in June when Da Hee and “B,” a model who is currently not identified were having drinks and “lewd discussions” with Lee Byung Hun. Apparently, Da Hee and “B” are friends of some of Lee Byung Hun’s friends, so that’s how everyone knows each other; But during their little get together, a cell phone was busy video recording everything. It was then in August when the two girls attempted to blackmail Lee Byung Hun with the recording. They threatened to release everything to the public if he didn’t give them 5 billion won, which is close to 5 million USD.

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UPDATE: Kim Hyun Joong reports to police​

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On September 2, Kim Hyun Joong reported to the police in Songpa District Police Station in Seoul for questioning in the assault charges his girlfriend filed against him. During the questioning, he partially admitted to some of the charges, but he denied others.

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John Cho aims to break Asian-American typecasting with his role in Selfie

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Popular Hollywood actor John Cho will star as the romantic lead in the upcoming ABC series Selfie, and he sees the role as a breakthrough for Asian actors in Hollywood.

Cho, who is known for his roles in films like Star Trek and Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle, will play the role of Henry, a marketing expert who decides to help “rebrand” Eliza Dooley, a young woman obsessed with becoming famous on social media. The series is a modern interpretation of Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, and Karen Gillan (from Doctor Who and the recent Guardians of the Galaxy) will costar in the role of Eliza.

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Netizens protest new pink women’s prison

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Several netizens were not happy about the news that a women’s prison in Ehime Prefecture in Japan was painted pink to makes inmates feel more comfortable. Beginning on November 24, the prison will hold 83 inmates as a way to reduce the overcrowding in other prisons.

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SMILE OF THE DAY: Newborn baby flashes heavy metal horns

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Some babies are just born to rock. But a newborn baby girl in Japan might already be ready for the stage because her father, Nao Hazuki, tweeted a picture of his baby throwing up the heavy metal horns.

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This no-frills Tokyo bar sticks to the basics

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In a world where “concept” bars and restaurants are all the rage, it’s nice to see an establishment that’s completely the opposite. This no frills, drink-all-you-want sake-only bar in Tokyo is exactly just that.

For just 3000 yen, or about 30 dollars, you can drink as much sake as you can and stay as long as you like. Yamachan, a sake bar near Shinjuku, takes no frills to the extreme. Pretty much a self-serve bar, customers are asked to open the sake fridge, choose their sakes, and pour for themselves.

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TRAILER TALK: The Nutty Nomads discuss new trailer for Rain’s My Lovable Girl

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The new romantic comedy My Lovable Girl, starring Rain (Full House) and Krystal (Heirs), is coming soon to DramaFever, and its new trailer looks amazing! Let’s join the Nutty Nomads as they give us the breakdown.

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Sadly, there will be no JaK’s Top Pick This week!

Due to unforeseen circumstances, there is no Top Pick clip for this week, but be sure to come back next Monday for our next team recommendation for all you Drama-loving Wave Riders out there!

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That concludes this week’s DF Wave News Splash! 

Come back next Monday, when we will be once again sharing the best DF stories from the last 7 days!

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All article images and clips in this post, aside from JaK Wave Logos, are credited to DramaFever.com. All rights reserved.

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Published by SurfinHaruru

SurfinHaruru is Sub-Editor, Head Graphic Designer/Coordinator, and Resident Photographer at JaK Wave, and manages the Korean Language section of the site. He loves Asian culture - living with Chinese culture day-to-day, and studying Korean in his spare time. He has a passion for Asian cookery, dramas, and music, and enjoys attending Traditional and Modern cultural events frequently.

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