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Big Bang extends Galaxy Alive Tour 2012 to London!

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Big Bang extends Galaxy Alive Tour 2012 to London!

European VIPs are in for a treat as Big Bang extends their world tour to London!

The Big Bang Galaxy Alive Tour will be held on December 15, 2012, Saturday, at the Wembley Arena in London. Tickets will go on sale starting October 26, and can be purchased via TicketMaster UK and LiveNation UK.

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BFI London Film Festival 2012

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BFI London Film Festival 2012

Written by WKB on September 27, 2012 in Arts, Worldwide Korea Bloggers

* This post is written byKorean Class Massive, one of the Korea Blog's Worldwide Korea Bloggers.

The Olympic fever is well and truly over, the London transport seems to be back to it's miserable self and the weather is getting chilly. But before we go all woe with thee, next month sees the 56th BFI London Film Festival!!! The festival ran through 10 October to 21 October and these 12 days have been crammed with over 200 films from all over the world! Of course being Korean Class MASSIVE, we thought we would let you know about the latest Korean cinema offerings here in our capital city! There are a total of 6 films from South Korea this year and heres a quick low down: (all images and info courtsey of BFI)

11 Oct12.15pm, 14 Oct8.45pm

This film was directed by Kim Ji-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters) and Lim Pil-seong (Hansel and Gretel), need we say more? You can already visualise the awesome cinematography of this film! This anthology of three tales was a collaboration which started in 2006 but due to production problems, the third segment was never filmed until now! This film features 3 unrelated tales but with the same theme of "apocolapse and mankind's moral decline" Hancinema. With Zombies, apocalypses and a buddhist robot, this is one film that is definitely on our TO WATCH list! : )

11 Oct6.15pm, 12 Oct3.15pm, 13 Oct8.30pm

An absconding wife is becoming a shaman and her devastated husband thinks

he's losing his mind in Park Hongmin's phenomenal mystery thriller,

shot in perfect, homemade 3-D. The latest wave in Korean cinema starts here.

Park Hongmin is a graduate student and he plays both screenwriter and director to A Fish. This film was shot on a shoestring budget hence it's "home made" 3D. We have no idea what that means but BFI says it has been done perfectly so it will definitely be worth checking out! This is your chance to see something a little different from Korean cinema and possibly witness a future big gun of the cinema industry in the making. BFI has described this film as both irreducibly Korean and plausibly universal; a Thriller about a husband trying to track down his wife with the help of a psychotic detective. During all of this, the husband is also fighting a personal battle where he think's he is possibly going crazy; which is always fun to watch!

12 Oct6.30pm, 15 Oct6.15pm, 19 Oct 6.30pm

An adaption of Miyabe Miyuki's famous mystery thriller novel Burning Train. We see a fiance searching for his missing wife with his cousin who is a ex-cop that was dismissed by the force (you always need one of them). Of course being a Korean film, it's never that simple so expect some unexpected twist and turns! BFI describes this film as: Byeon Yeong-joo's hard-edged feminism shines through the snaking plot: this is ultimately the story of a victimised woman. But it gets all the male stuff right too. So something for everyone! But possibly not a perfect first date film

15 Oct6.30pm, 17 Oct12.45pm

Hong Sang-soo presents us with something a little different from the usual Korean Cinema. Hong is said to be known for her LOL films and that is what she aims to do with this film. Three French women all named Anne leave Seoul to spend a day on a boring beach resort. Hong is good at accurately capturing the reality of male and female relationships, for example all the lies we tell ourselves so this film is sure to be a fun one and a chance to also see a Foreigner's adventures outside of buzzing Seoul.

11 Oct8.45pm, 13 Ot3.30pm, 14 Oct6.15pm

Director Yoon Jong-bin brings us Choi Min-sik (star of Old Boy) in something for the boys. A corrupt customs office in Busan in 1982 (expect some amazing fashions!) collaborate with local thugs who speak in a language of muscles. But of course, when the money comes rolling in, a thugs life will never lead to a happy ending. BFI states that this film as the highest-grossing film of the year to date in Korea. It has obvious debts to Coppola and Scorsese, but the sardonic, satirical tone is all Yoon's own. Whirlwind fun. A great film to get all those Hollywood action heads into Korean cinema!

17 Oct8.45pm, 19 Oct12.45pm, 20 Oct8.30pm

Lee Kwang-kuk brings us a nice little piece of Korean cinema. Here we see the usual heartwarming tales of everyday life. Lee interweaves the tales of a number of charming characters. Their stories although not related, shows how one thing can unexpectedly affect another and the unpredictability of the world. This is Lee Kwang-kuk's debuting feature after assisting Hong Sang-soo, so expect some good laughs!

And that is the 6 films from South Korea. But what is this? Commissioned by Hong Kong Film Festival, the collection of short films Beautiful 2012 also features work from Korean director Kim Tae Yong (Momento Mori). This is not Kim's first short as he also took part in If You Were Me 4 with Lee Hyeon Seung. Kim's short is about a closeted young man who hires a girl to play his fiance for the benefit of his dying father. Beautiful 2012 is a specially hand picked collection of shorts by Hong Kong so a definite for all Asian film fans!

The Worldwide Korea Bloggers (WKB) is a gathering of people from different parts of the world, all having affection for Korea. Currently, there are 50 bloggers from 17 different countries and they share their own precious experiences with Korea and its culture on Korea Blog.

Many Korean groups and artists such as KARA, SISTAR, EXO-K, SHINee, INFINITE, and more perform at “KBS Olympic London 2012 Festival”

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Many Korean groups and artists such as KARA, SISTAR, EXO-K, SHINee, INFINITE, and more perform at “KBS Olympic London 2012 Festival”

KBS held a special “Olympic London 2012 Festival” at Yeouido Park in Seoul to commemorate the South Korean athletes of the 2012 London Olympics Games. There were 150 athletes there in attendance and some of the medalists even performed on stage.

Korea’s top artists who performing at the event including B2ST, SHINee, G.NA, CNBLUE, Tiger JK and Tasha, KARA, SISTAR, CNBLUE, INFINITE, Ulala Session, 4minute, EXO-K, and more.

The goal of  South Korea is to win 10 gold medals and this nation proved to be an athletic powerhouse at the Olympics surpassing it’s goal by achieving 13 gold medals (fifth overall) and finishing in the top 10 with 28 medals overall.

Check out some of the performances below!

8 Hottest Korean Athletes at the 2012 London Olympics!

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Soompi_News_Leaderboard_ATFMobile_Soompi_Ldrbrd_ATF Soompi Search Main menuSkip to contentHome News Gallery Videos Forums NEED A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE?Français Español 8 Hottest Korean Athletes at the 2012 London Olympics!by thunderstix August 13, 20128 Hottest Korean Athletes at the 2012 London Olympics! 1 of 9The 2012 Summer Olympics in London is over now, with South Korea finishing 5th overall in the medal standings. South Korea won a record-tying 13 gold medals (plus 8 silvers and 7 bronze medals), and produced countless glorious moments of unforgettable drama.

While most fans were focused on the medals and the drama, some of us here at Soompi were busy spotting the cutest and sexiest Olympians from the South Korean team. Take a look at 8 of the hottest athletes that represented South Korea at the 2012 Summer Olympics!

Whos your favorite South Korean Olympian?

(Scroll through the list by clicking the arrow at the bottom right of the image!)

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Swimmer Park Tae Hwan’s post-Olympic London 2012 goal is to find a girlfriend?

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Swimmer Park Tae Hwan’s post-Olympic London 2012 goal is to find a girlfriend?

Park Tae Hwan (born September 27, 1989) is a Korean swimmer. He is a member of the South Korean national swimming team, based in Taereung, Seoul.

On the 29th broadcast of SBS‘s ‘London 2012 Special Marine Boy Forever Park Tae Hwan‘, footage of the Korean swimmer’s daily life and preparations for the London Olympics were revealed.

What caught most viewers’ attention however, was the swimmer’s confessions about what he looks for in a woman.

During the special documentary Park Tae Hwan expressed, “I’m 24 years old now and honestly, at my age I can’t say I don’t like girls with pretty faces and nice lean bodies. But because I’m an athlete I think I’m drawn to a woman who takes good care of me.” He also stated that with the end of the London Olympics, his new mission would be to find a girlfriend.

In addition, during the special the Olympic medalist showed off his skilled cooking abilities and said, “Before I started swimming my dream was to become a chef.” He prepared a mouthwatering meal for his staff team and drew compliments from them all.

Currently Park Tae Hwan is competing in the 2012 London Olympics and he won a gold medal in the 400 meter freestyle and a silver in the 200 meter freestyle events at the 2008 Summer Olympics. He is the first Asian swimmer to win a gold medal in Mens 400 metre freestyle event, and the first Korean to win a medal in swimming.. Even after experiencing a huge mental blow with his initial disqualification from the 400m preliminaries, the marine boy came back to show that he would not go down without a fight.

Catch the 1500m preliminary heats coming up on Friday, August 3rd 6:59 KST as Park Tae Hwan competes once more!

Kim Soo Hyun Cheers for 2012 London Olympics Athletes

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Kim Soo Hyun Cheers for 2012 London Olympics AthletesKim Soo Hyun is in London to cheer for 2012 Olympics athletes. A photo of the actor was revealed on July 30, showing him in London, England, alongside other “9 to London” supporters. It was also reported that he was spotted on July 27 at the Incheon International Airport, as he was departing.

In the pictures made public, Kim Soo Hyun is seen rooting for Korean swimmer Park Tae Hwan in the 400m freestyle competition. As soon as Park Tae Hwan made the turn, Kim Soo Hyun sent up a round of applause. The actor also reportedly led the cheers for the 200m and 1500m competitions.

Kim Soo Hyun’s London agenda included a luncheon with “9 to London.” He chatted with fans as well, and gave in to requests for photographs with fans.

Kim Soo Hyun is expected to land at the Incheon International Airport on July 31.

Sports meet art: Korea Sports Art 2012 arrives in London

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Sports meet art: Korea Sports Art 2012 arrives in London

Korea Sports Art 2012 runs through August 15 at MOKSPACE Gallery, London in conjunction with the 2012 Summer Olympic Games (photos courtesy of IADG).

As the torch relay continues its journey around the British capital, Korean visual artists have gathered together for Korea Sports Art 2012, a group exhibit in celebration of the upcoming London Olympic Games, slated from July 27 to August 12. Beginning on July 20, Korea Sports Art 2012 welcomes Londoners and Olympic travelers across the globe to the world of sports art, introducing Korean talents who have pioneered and developed a relatively new genre at one of Europe's centers for the contemporary arts and design. Visitors are welcome to discover an inspiring mix of sports art at MOKSPACE Gallery (33 Museum Street, London WC1A), only a few steps away from the British Museum until August 15. Fourteen emerging Korean artists bring collections of their works executed using diverse media to share the global spirit of sports. The works on display range from traditional genres including video installation, photography illustrations, and paintings that capture the thrill and emotion of athletes in action to more cutting-edge objects like figurines, custom sneakers, and a bicycle saddle wittily redesigned as a reindeer head sculpture.

"Sports art may not have drawn much attention so far, yet is one of the universal genres sharing cultural values that can be easily enjoyed by a wider scope of audiences beyond borders", remarked Jung Jisuk, artistic director of the International Art Directors Group (IADG), who organized the show. "While curating the whole exhibition, the most exciting part was to reinterpret the different roles sports play in our lives, and turn the energy and beauty it bears into artistic creations in various media. We expect this exhibition would further gain momentum in raising awareness of both the genre and Korean contemporary culture under the common theme of sports, and as the first official event of its kind. Those outside of London are also invited to explore the virtual exhibit offered free-of-charge through Hexa Gallery, a smartphone and smartpad application, which brings a real-life gallery to your fingertips. Participating artists include Kim Min-seok (a.k.a. KWANG), Kim Younsung (a.k.a. Gaeko), Kim Sungkug, Park Kyeongho, Sakiroo, Shin Dongjin (GFX), Shin Heungwoo, Yoon Seohee, COOLRAIN, Won Chunho, Saemi Cho, Youchang Jung, Zooki, and Lee Jungmin. For more information, please visit to view a video clip, click here. By Hwang Staff Writer

"Idol Star Olympic" airs as a special episode ahead of the 2012 London Olympics!

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Idol Star Olympic airs as a special episode ahead of the 2012 London OlympicsMBC, who holds the "Idol Athletic Championship" every year, held the same event in "Idol Star Olympic" as a special episode for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics this Friday.

As stars recorded for the event on July 10th and 15th, the first part has finally aired on July 25th and the second part will be aired on the 26th, 9:55 KST.

100 stars of nation's top idol groups in 24 teams participated in "Idol Star Olympic". They competed for the gold medals in eight events: 100m dash, hurdling, long jump, high jump, walking relay, fencing, table tennis, and archery.

Especially in the music industry, a level of high anticipation from particular idols happened. 2AM's "Kkap Bolt" Jokwon, ZE:A's "All Around Athlete" Dongjun, SHINee's "Track and Field Great" Minho, the girl who flies miss A's "Beauty bird" Fei, and the "Honey" of idols, SISTAR's Bora, were expected to compete in a great competition.

Idol groups that participated in "Idol Star Olympic" were SHINee, 2PM's Chansung and Nichkhun, 2AM, f(x), miss A, CNBLUE, SISTAR, T-ara, After School, Secret, MBLAQ, Nine Muses, ZE:A, Teen Top, Davichi, B1A4, Boy Friend, Girl's Day, Nine Muses, Infinite, A Pink, Dal Shabet, Dalmatian, LEDapple, and NS Yoon-G.

Watch the first part of the "Idol Star Olympic" below! The second part will be aired tomorrow.

Opening/Women's 100m race

Women and Men Mixed Doubles Table Tennis

Source: Sports Chosun and shu351512298

KBS "Music Bank" August 3rd episode cancelled due to the London 2012 Olympics

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KBS Music Bank August 3rd episode cancelled due to the London 2012 OlympicsKBS music program, "Music Bank," will not be airing on August 3rd due to the London 2012 Olympics.

On July 25th, KBS officials told My Daily, "The August 3rd 'Music Bank' episode will not air due to the Olympics. In place of 'Music Bank,' archery, fencing, table tennis events will be shown."

They continue, "Because of the Olympic Games, this is the only time the show will be cancelled. It will continue to broadcast normally every other day."

The opening ceremony for the London Olympics will be on July 28th.

Meanwhile, the current MCs for "Music Bank" are actor Lee Jangwoo and After School's UEE.

‘Infinity Challenge’s time-slot changed this weekend for ’2012 London Olympics’

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‘Infinity Challenge’s time-slot changed this weekend for ’2012 London Olympics’

To make room for the 2012 London Olympics, this weeks episode of MBCs Infinity Challenge will be moved to an earlier time-slot.

Producer of the variety program Kim Tae Ho also alerted viewers about the time change before hand through his Twitter. According to the official new schedule, Infinity Challenge will begin broadcast at 4:05 KST instead of its original time of 6:30 KST.

After the earlier broadcast of Infinity Challenge, Koreas Marine Boy Park Tae Hwan will compete in the 400m preliminaries for swimming. The womens handball match will be aired as well.

In related news, Infinity Challenge began resuming broadcast on the 21st of this month with its first new episode in a while.

Source + Image: MyDaily via Naver