DF-Wave News Splash #45 – KJK’s Drama Debut, Difficulty with English, Radioactive Hero, K-Drama Food, and Fruity Shoes!

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Drama Fever News Splash

The week starts anew –
Polish it up with 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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The best argument for hooking friends on K-dramas

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I love American TV. I really do. I love TV in general and in specific, but sometimes? You read about new shows for the spring or fall, and you could have sworn you’d already seen the shows on the new slate.

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Watch BIGBANG’s T.O.P and Seungri in 19

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Next week’s DramaFever Movie Night feature will be the highly-anticipated hot new movie starring T.O.P, Tazza 2, but if you’re hungry for more T.O.P now, then the coming-of-age action movie 19, co-starring BIGBANG’s Seung Ri and Huh Yi Jae, will be the perfect snack to tide you over!

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Watch Korean and Japanese students explain why they can’t speak English

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Almost every non-native English speaker who I talk to tells me that English is one of the hardest languages to learn, and I can totally understand why. The English language is filled with strange colloquialisms, double meanings, and non-literal pronunciations.

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Did Lee Min Ho postpone military service for graduate school?

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According to some media reports, Lee Min Ho’s agency revealed that Lee Min Ho is currently in graduate school. How does this busy and beloved Hallyu star find the time to go back to school? And what is the reason for his representative to discuss his studies? Let’s hope he’s getting all As.

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Japanese man risks life to feed animals in a radioactive zone

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Naoto Matsumura is someone with whom you’re probably not familiar, and that’s okay because sometimes our biggest heroes go unnoticed. Fortunately, Naoto Matsumura’s story as the only man living in the 12.5-mile radioactive zone in Fukushima, Japan has recently been brought to the public eye.

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New rope vest turns parents into jungle gyms

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One way to get an anxious and excited kid to calm down is by turning your body into a live jungle gym. You might be thinking, “This sounds like a bad idea,” and fair enough, I’m a little scared just typing those words.

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Coffee Prince almost had a different male lead, and the actor now regrets his decision

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Coffee Prince is my all-time favourite drama, so it’s nearly impossible for me to imagine anyone else but Gong Yoo and Yoon Eun Hye as the drama’s endearing leads. However, Chun Jung Myung, who recently starred in Heart to Heart, revealed in an interview that he was originally supposed to receive the role, and he still regrets not taking it to this day.

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7 foods K-dramas make us want to eat

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Watching Korean dramas is always sure to be a roller coaster of emotions, ranging from incredibly happy to unbelievably depressed. But one other thing is also certain: they will make you hungry! Here are a few foods that make our mouths water while watching K-dramas!

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9 Things you probably didn’t know about the cast of 19

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Starring T.O.P alongside his fellow BIGBANG member Seung Ri and Huh Yi Jae, the Korean film 19 is the feature for this weekend’s Movie Night! The thrilling crime film is about teenagers who are framed for murder and work to solve the mystery of who the real killer is and prove their innocence. Since we can’t solve crimes, let’s decode the mystery of who these actors are with 9 things you probably didn’t know about the cast of 19!

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Kim Jong Kook to make drama debut alongside Kim Soo Hyun, IU, and Gong Hyo Jin in the Producers

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Just when you thought casting news for the K-drama Producers couldn’t get any better, it has been confirmed that Running Man’s Kim Jong Kook will be joining Gong Hyo Jin, IU, Kim Soo Hyun, and Cha Tae Hyun in the upcoming series!

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CNBlue’s Minhyuk may be in School 2015

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I don’t know about you, but one of my favourite characters in Heirs was Krystal’s adorable boyfriend, played by Minhyuk of CNBlue. His beautiful smile and dimples are to die for, and I’ve been dying to see him in a new K-drama. Luckily, it sounds like he may be back really soon in the next instalment of the School series, School 2015!

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Fruit by the foot: Japan loves tropical fruit shoes this spring

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As we all look forward to a warm spring after a long, record-breaking winter, it’s time to put our jackets and boots away and enjoy dressing light for the first time in what feels like forever. For women, a brand from Japan has lined up a collection of cute tropical fruit shoes that are sure to remind all of us that the Arctic chill is over.

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WATCH: EXID’s new video goes viral due to a surprise mistake onstage

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EXID is gathering tons of praise for their recent performance at Humor University when the wrong track of their music was mistakenly played on-stage. While their usual track includes backup vocals to help support their performance, EXID suddenly had to perform 100% live when the instrumental version was played instead. Regardless of the mistake, these girls still had a fantastic performance, showing off their impressive vocal skills along with their trademark dancing.

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Throwback Thursday: The 5 best rom-coms of the 2000s

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Do you ever run out of shows to watch? Let’s admit. We’ve all been there. This is a tribute to dedicated K-drama fans and those interested in older classic K-dramas. Check out the best romantic comedy K-dramas of the previous decade!

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How to make Jjajangmyun, black bean noodles

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Before McDonald’s landed in Korea or Pizza Hut invaded with Bulgogi pizza to change the taste buds of Korean children from kimchi pancakes to pizza, there was a noodle dish called “Jjajangmyun (짜장면)”.

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Japanese high school girls design wearable tech you’ll actually want to wear

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In the coming years, wearable devices are sure to become even more ingrained in our daily lives than they are now. In Japan, a country which has always prided itself in being at the forefront of cutting-edge technology, even high school girls are getting in on the act of designing fashion technology of the future.

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The K List: 5 Ways to Seduce Your Crush, K-Drama Style

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As we all know, Korean dramas are notorious for epic romantic scenes that make us swoon. But what if these scenes are there not just to entertain us, but to instruct us? Join Jay for a heart-pounding episode as she lists the top 5 ways to seduce your crush, K-drama style.

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15 K-Pop idols you should follow on Instagram

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After posting about some of our favourite actors who are active on Instagram ( Part 1 & Part 2, in case you missed them), it was only natural to move into idols and musicians who love social media. Some of them post so often, they could be professionals…. and there are so many we won’t be able to get through them all, but here are 15 K-pop idols who love to post on Instagram!

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These understated Studio Ghibli posters will blow you away

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Studio Ghibli fans can spot any likeness of the movie house’s iconic characters a mile away. So that’s why it’s particularly cool that artist Jackman Chiu took a much more subtle approach in honouring his favourite Ghibli films.

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Couples cross-dress to celebrate “White Day”

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I hope everybody had a good and memorable “White Valentine’s Day,” which is also known as “White Day.” And if you happened to be in Wuhan, China for the unofficial holiday and came across these six cross-dressing couples, I’m sure it was a day you won’t be forgetting any time soon.

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8 Things I wish I knew before I started K-dramas

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How long have you been watching K-dramas? If you could go back to the beginning of your journey, what advice would you give to yourself? I’ve been an avid drama watcher for over eight years, and as I look back I’ve found that there were a number of things I wish I had known from the start.

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WATCH: 100 Years of Korean beauty in 1 minute!

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The creative people over at Cut who make the “100 Years of Beauty” series have now made a video featuring 100 years of Korean beauty! You can watch it below!

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The American remake of My Love From Another Star has been postponed

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The broadcasting schedule for the American remake of My Love From Another Star has now been postponed until after 2016. When ABC announced their lineup for 2015 -2016, the remake of My Love from Another Star was not included on the list.

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HaHa talks about his pre-marriage chastity with Byul

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HaHa and Byul patiently waited to have sex until after marriage. The sweet celebrity couple recently made an appearance on the SBS talk show Healing Camp. The Running Man cast member revealed that he was a perfect gentleman to his wife during their courtship.

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

There is no Top Pick 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 courtesy of 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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