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Dance Revolutionized Through Storytelling: SHINee – Zombies, EXO – Werewolf

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Dance Revolutionized Through Storytelling: SHINee – Zombies, EXO – Werewolf Dance Revolutionized Through Storytelling: SHINee – Zombies, EXO – Werewolf, Etc. Dance has evolved to now tell the story of the song's lyrics.

ZE:A's performance has transformed from "choreography" to "storytelling."

Shinhwa, the 1st generation of idols, put a stamp on choreography with their precise dance moves. Since then, a myriad of idol groups have followed in their footsteps, such as INFINITE and Teen Top. However, "storytelling performance" is coming to light as more and more boy groups are making the change.

The first group to make this change was TVXQ. Their song "Catch Me," which was released in September, attracted a lot of attention when one person transformed into "Hulk" on stage. Similar to the blockbuster movie "Hulk," the member took a potion and became violently angry, transforming into the Hulk. The song made the comparison of the pain of a breakup to Hulk's anger, and shocked audiences everywhere.

SHINee's song "Why So Serious," released in April, tells the story of a zombie who falls in love with a human being through dance. VIXX's song "Hyde" tells the story of Dr. Jekyll, who turns into a monstrous Hyde, made apparent by the members' smokey makeup, color lens, and dance.

More than any of these groups, EXO stands at the apex of storytelling performance. Their song "Wolf" tells the story of a werewolf who loves a girl. The 12 members each play a different part in the storytelling; some are the trees in the forest and others make up the wolf's cave - all through dance. EXO was able to captivate their fans with this story of a murderous werewolf who unexpectedly falls in love with a girl.

In addition, groups such as Boys Republic, BTS, and B.A.P have also incorporated storytelling dances through modern dance and ballet.

This novel dance style was born through competitive performances among the male idol groups.

In the latter half of 2000, Wonder Girls, Girls' Generation, KARA, and other girl groups dominated the idol market with their "point dance." But in the past few years, boy groups have upped their game, and competition grew more intense. For a while they went head to head, but the male idol groups pulled ahead by doing something different; instead of boring choreography with no agenda, they decided to tell stories with their dance. A rep from SM Entertainment stated, "A new level of performance has been created with the efforts to come up with more intense and difficult choreography."

Thanks to this new trend, performance directors are gaining more attention. Performance directors don't simply create new dance moves, but are now expected to utilize the whole stage for the song choreography. One noteworthy performance director includes the duo Hwang Sang Hoon - Shim Jae Won, who is responsible for TVXQ, SHINee, EXO, and other SM Entertainment artists' performances.

Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" + DVD Giveaway [US Only]

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Korean movie of the week "A Werewolf Boy" (2012) + DVD Giveaway US Only

Directed by Jo Sung-hee

With Song Joong-ki, Park Bo-yeong, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jang Young-nam, Kim Hyang-ki, Lee Yeong-ran,...

Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits a cottage the way she used to when she was a young girl. She remembers a boy she knew half a century before. Moving to a peaceful village when she was a girl she discovered a "wolf boy", hiding his large, contorted body in the darkness. The girl, now a woman, has never been able to purge the images of his wild eyes and animal-like behavior from her mind. She recalls teaching the boy how to wait patiently before a meal, how to wear clothes, how to speak, how to write and other human behaviors so that he could one day live like a normal man. She opened her heart to the innocent boy and he fell in love with the girl, the only person to ever show him affection. However when threatened, he let loose his bestial instincts and became the subject of the villagers' fears. In order to save the life of the boy who risked his to be by her side, she left him with a promise: "Wait for me. I'll come back for you".

This is the first commercial effort from Jo Sung-hee, who demonstrated his unique imagination in "Don't Step Out of the House" from omnibus "Nice Shorts" and "End of Animal". "A Werewolf Boy" is a heart-felt fantasy stroke melodrama. A wolf boy who has all the traits of a wild beast meets a girl who has shut herself away. The two start to open up a little but their relationship is wrought with difficulties. Ji-tae, who is in love with the girl, starts to cause trouble for wolf boy. The plot may remind you of the "Twilight" series or other teenage romance flicks but when we think of JO's "Don't Step out of the House" we realize that all the similarities end there. "Don't Step out of the House" was a brilliant exploration of the psyche of someone who shut himself away from the world in a basement room and show just how futile it is. In that respect, "A Werewolf Boy" tackles a similar theme of the blockage in communication with the rest of the world and what happens when two people who cannot communicate with rest of the world come together. The film draws interest as it stars two of the most popular young stars today; Song Joong-ki and Park Bo-yeong.

Release date in Korea : 2012/10/31

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Available on DVD from YESASIA and Amazon

[Exclusive] A Werewolf Boy DVD Giveaway!

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[Exclusive] A Werewolf Boy DVD Giveaway!To promote the release of the Korean movie A Werewolf Boy (늑대소년) on DVD, Soompi is running a giveaway starting August 13. We will be giving away two Region 1 DVDs a day for 12 days to our lucky fans!

The charming Song Joong Ki stars as the wolf boy that is domesticated by Park Bo Young’s character, Suni. Rising to stardom through the madly popular TV series Sungkyunkwan Scandal, Song continues to gain nationwide fame with his current TV drama, Nice Guy. The simultaneous success in dramas and film dubs him the King of all screens, big and small. In A Werewolf Boy, he unveils yet another side as the fiercely loyal and utterly endearing wolf boy, Chul-soo. Don’t forget to bring tissues as his phenomenal performance will undoubtedly tug at your heartstrings. – CJ Entertainment

So how do you enter? It’s easy! Follow these three simple steps:

a) Follow @Soompi on Twitter.

“I want to win a DVD of A Werewolf Boy from @soompi! #SOOMPIAWerewolfBoy http://bit.ly/16Jgdvg #SongJoongKi #kmovie”

2) Leave a comment on this article about why you want to see the movie, or why you love it if youve already seen it. Be sure to include your Twitter username.

We’ll be announcing the winners in this article throughout the duration of the contest, so check back to see if you have been picked! Good luck everyone!

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A Werewolf Boy win an audience award at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival

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A Werewolf Boy win an audience award at the Terracotta Far East Film Festival

According to a July 6 announcement by the British publication Film News, A Werewolf Boy, directed by Cho Sung Hee and starring Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Young, won the Current Asian Cinema Audience Award, one of the three audience awards given at the 5th Terracotta Far East Film Festival, which ended on July 5th.

Film News reported that audience members at the film festival awarded the tearjerker teenage fantasy romance movie A Werewolf Boy the highest rating.

Nattawut Poonpiriyas Countdown, from Thailand, won the Terror Cotta Audience Award, and Teddy Soeriaatmadjas Lovely Man won the Indonesia Audience Award.

A Werewolf Boy was released on October 31, 2012, and recorded a total audience of 6,650,000.

Park Bo Young is All Kinds of Adorable in BTS Cuts from ‘A Werewolf Boy’

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Park Bo Young is All Kinds of Adorable in BTS Cuts from ‘A Werewolf Boy’

With 7 million views and counting for A Werewolf Boy, Park Bo Young released adorable photos during the making of the movie through her official homepage (http://parkboyoung.kr).

The stills were released on December 22, showing different and natural expressions from Park Bo Young as she waited to film. She played around with chopsticks and appeared just adorable with puffed up cheeks and a guitar in hand.

Seeing the pictures, netizens commented, “I bet the staff gained strength through her smiles,” “Bo Young! I really cherish you,” and “She’s adorable with every expression she makes.”

Meanwhile, Park Bo Young’s latest movie broke through 7 million views, allowing the actress to be called a certified check of big hit movies.

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A Werewolf Boy In International Theaters

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A Werewolf Boy In International Theaters A Werewolf Boy"A Werewolf Boy," starring Park Bo Young and Song Joong Ki, has been recently gaining praise as it's been showing internationally in many different states. Though it was supposed to be a night per theater, NYC's AMC Empire 25 theater on 42ndStreet extended the viewing until this upcoming Tuesday (December 18th). The movie was actually quite wonderful-and it brought in quite a different crowd. Now most would think that a certain crowd would go see the movie, but all types of people attended; many different people of different races went to see what the entire craze was about.

As stated in many articles before, the movie is about a young man (Song Joong Ki) who doesn't speak, though he meets Park Bo Young's character and a relationship forms as she takes care of him. He's misunderstood in the town and is soon hunted. But he stays loyal to Bo Young's character, caring for her as she cares for him.

Fans enjoyed the movie and it is now known that Song Joong Ki is one of the rising actors in South Korea. "A Werewolf Boy" is now popular overseas; making a name for itself at the Toronto Film Festival. Also, it's fairly noticable that the movie was much more popular than American movie "Twilight"A as it reached 6.5 Million Admissions.

The movie was also extended by two minutes, with an alternate ending in the International theaters.

"A Werewolf Boy" Passes 7 Million a Month Faster than "Sunny"s" Record

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Song Joong Ki and Park Bo Young′s A Werewolf Boy has passed the 7 million mark.

According to the Korean Film Council′s Compiled Ticket Computer Network, A Werewolf Boy and its extended version gathered a total of 7,018,577 people up to December 16, 47 days since it first premiered on October 31.

A Werewolf Boy is currently the Korean film with the 11th biggest audience in Korean film history. According to the Ticket Computer Network, it′s ranked at no. 13 behind May 18 and The Good, The Bad, The Weird, but adding the audiences for the extended version puts A Werewolf Boy ahead of the two films.

Sunny is the film currently right before A Werewolf Boy. Sunny also has an extended version, meaning that adding the 7.36 for the original to the 80,000 for the director′s cut yields a total audience of 7.44 million.

A Werewolf Boy′s speed in reaching 7 million, however, surpasses that of Sunny by about a month. It is also just a day later than the record set by War of the Arrows at no. 9. A Werewolf Boy is thus expected to at least reach the levels of Sunny and War of the Arrows soon.

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"A Werewolf Boy" exceeds 7 million tickets sold

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"A Werewolf Boy" has set a new record again by becoming the first Korean "melodrama" to reach the seven-million mark.

According to CJ Entertainment, "A Werewolf Boy" and the extended version with an alternate ending chalked up more than 7,010,000 in total tickets sold.

The feat comes just 47 days after the film opened on Oct. 31.

The film exceeded the six-million mark last month, and to thanks to the fans, the director of the film released the alternate ending version on Dec. 6.

The modified film brought viewers back to the cinema, with many having watched the film two to three times.

On Dec. 15, in just one day the film chalked up 43,556 in sold tickets and was the fifth movie at the Korean box office.

When the film sold an over five million tickets, it became the No. 1 film in its genre, overtaking hits like "Architecture 101".

Fijii Mina aches for "A Werewolf Boy"

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Japanese actress Fijii Mina (24) showed special affection for the movie "A Werewolf Boy".

In an interview with the staff of SBS drama "The King of Dramas", she said, "I enjoy watching Korean TV to study Korean.

She said, "I watched "A Werewolf Boy" with so much concentration I nearly cried and I watched it twice but I want to watch it again".

Previously, she starred in the drama "The King of Dramas" as Akiko, the wife of chairman Watanabe.

About her appearance, she said, "I don't feel it yet but it's really appreciating and interesting. I am going to study more Korean and attempt at more Korean dramas.

'Werewolf' director transforms ending

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'Werewolf' director transforms ending

As promised, CJ Entertainment announced that an alternate ending version of "A Werewolf Boy" will open in cinemas today.

In the second version, the final scene will capture an exchange between Park Bo-yeong and Song Joong-ki.

To mark the opening of the modified film, director Jo Sung-hee and actors Park, Yoo Yeon-seok and Kim Hyang-ki will take part in a fan meet forum at the CGV in Wangsimni, eastern Seoul, tomorrow.

On Sunday, 33 days after the film opened, "A Werewolf Boy" broke the record for Korean melodramas by exceeding 6.5 million views.

Jo said earlier that the re-edited film will contain some deleted scenes in addition to the different ending.

"I'm aware that a lot of male viewers didn't like the ending", said Jo. "It actually wasn't what we intended, so it'll be a good chance to air the different one".

Without giving too much away, the director revealed that Park Bo-yeong plays a bigger role in the alternate finale.