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Korean singer Lee Hyori expressed frustration with tourists who think her private home is part of a “tourist route”.
Lee posted a long and heartfelt tweet on Saturday, explaining her distress at the disturbance caused by curious fans and visitors to Jeju Island.
“Dear tourists in Jeju Island, I’m sorry but our home is not a tourist route. Our family is extremely distressed due to the doorbell and alarm that goes off tens of times day and night. Please excuse us although you may have lots of curiosity,” she tweeted.
Lee has been living on Jeju Island since she married Korean singer Lee Sang-soon in September last year. “And just to note, you can’t see our home from the gates since it’s veiled by trees. So your trip would be fruitless. I’ll post more pictures on my blog so please don’t feel sad about it,” she added.
The K-pop diva opened a blog to share her life on Jeju Island on May 27, gaining instant popularity among Korean fans.
Return to rock
Jung Joon-young is reprising his rock star ways with the unveiling of his latest EP, Teenager. Last Oct, the popular singer, DJ and TV entertainer released his debut solo EP, comprising of a string of rock ballads in keeping with the nation’s more mainstream style of rock.
With the newly-released six-track Teenager, Jung has strapped on his electric guitar again and returned to his energetic shouting ways, writing the lyrics to all of the tracks to ensure that the songs “best suit his vocals.”
Despite his many attempts in the past to pursue a rock career in Korea, Jung was a relatively unknown figure in the music scene until he appeared on the popular singing audition program Superstar K4 in 2012. His unique, high soaring rock vocals landed him a spot in the season’s top three, where he eventually lost the crown to Roy Kim.
Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai has been bitten by the K-drama bug, it seems.
Reports say he is preparing for his next film Ferryman, an urban romance that will possibly pair up Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Gianna Jun of the South Korean hit drama My Love From The Star.
Ferryman, about a young woman’s infatuation with a married painter, is drawn from a short story by Chinese author Zhang Jiajia’s collection I Belonged To You.
Wong hopes to cast Jun as the young woman, Leung as the painter, Tang Wei as the painter’s former wife and Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhang.
Chanyeol of K-pop megahit group EXO is in talks with a Korean film director Kang Je-kyu about making a big-screen debut.
According to film insiders, Chanyeol was offered a role in a film tentatively named The Last First Love, to begin shooting in August.
Chanyeol may possibly play an innocent high school student, though the details are yet to be confirmed.
The film will follow the romance of an elderly couple and their love for their family – an unusual subject for Kang, who is known for Hollywood-style action films such as Shiri and Taegukgi.
HyunA is one of the recent victims of fabricated nude photos.
Recently, pictures of the 4minute singer wearing nothing but underwear spread online with the explanation that they were extracted from a K-pop boy group member’s lost phone. Since then, an investigation has been underway.
Numerous other nude photos of K-pop girl group members and well-known actresses can also be seen on the website where HyunA’s altered photos were found. – Agencies