Extra! Korea

May 10, 2009

Japanese porn star Aoi Sora was in Seoul

Filed under: actors/actresses, eye candy, television — extrakorea @ 1:23 am

I mentioned in a previous post that three Japanese porn stars, Aoi Sora, Mihiro (Mihiro Taniguchi), and Rio (Tina Yuzuki), are going to appear in a Korean drama, Korean Classroom, which is going to be on cable TV this month.

On May 8th, Aoi Sora was in the Apkujung district of Seoul. She handed out a hundred carnations as part of a Mother’s Day celebration. (In case you don’t know, Apkujong is a wealthy, trendy district of Seoul.)

Just by serendipity, I found out that Aoi Sora went to Shanghai this past March on a promotional tour. Apparently fans were disappointed when she came out fully-clothed, in ordinary attire. As one person put it, “It seems perhaps that the Chinese fans were waiting not for Aoi but for Aoi’s body.” Poor girl. Why can’t people see and appreciate her inner beauty? Oh, the humanity.

May 5, 2009

Japanese porn stars to act in Korean dramas

Filed under: actors/actresses, eye candy, television — extrakorea @ 1:40 pm

Japanese AV (adult video) stars Sora Aoi, Mihiro (Mihiro Taniguchi), and Rio (Tina Yuzuki) will act in a Korean drama called Korean Classroom. They will play three Japanese students who come to Korea to study and … wait for it … fall for Korean men. Like the TV show Misuda (“Chat with Beauties”), it will probably go to great lengths to list all of the many wonderful qualities of Korean men.
(source: AllKPop)

P.S. You can see a music video of Sora Aoi here. It’s safe for work, though there’s some pervy camerawork in the first fifteen seconds or so.

Edit/Update:

As Brian in Jeollanam-do points out, the first line of Sora Aoi’s Wikipedia entry is hilarious:

Sora Aoi (蒼井そら ,Aoi Sora) (also known as Sola Aoi) is a Japanese AV idol, nude model, and media personality who is best known for her large breasts.

I can just see the job interview now:

Interviewer: Why should we hire you to be an actress in our TV drama?

Sora Aoi: I am famous for my large breasts.

Interviewer: You’re hired!

In case you’re wondering, production finished last July and the drama should be aired on local cable channels this coming * May.

* pun intended

April 28, 2009

Another young actress, Woo Seung-yeon, found dead

Filed under: actors/actresses, suicide — extrakorea @ 8:10 am

It appears that she hung herself and left a suicide note.

(sources: Korea Times, AllKPop, and Korea Herald)

April 26, 2009

Newspaper exec named in Jang Ja-yeon’s list cleared of charges

Filed under: actors/actresses, crime, gender equality, prostitution — extrakorea @ 4:57 am

The newspaper executive who was publicly named by two lawmakers and an Internet-based newspaper, Surprise, has been cleared of charges by the police, at least until they are able to take Kim Sung-hoon, the head of Jang’s management company, into custody and interrogate him.
This seems to rest upon, among other things, an alibi based upon one of the executive’s scheduled meeting. Just because he had a meeting scheduled doesn’t mean that he attended it, or attended it on time. Anyone who lives and works in Korea knows that higher-ups have carte blanche to be tardy, reschedule things, leave early, and even to cancel.

The Hankyoreh also has a cartoon in which a police officer buries the Jang Ja-yeon list in a grave while shadowy figures watch him to make sure that he does it to their satisfaction.

The Jang Ja-yeon list has made its way onto the Internet, and though the Korean government has tried to chase it out of cyberspace, I think (and hope) that they will fail. That way, the list will never be buried.

April 11, 2009

Newspaper executive sues lawmakers over actress’ Jang Ja-yeon’s list

Filed under: actors/actresses, celebrities, censorship, prostitution, suicide — extrakorea @ 1:36 pm

Last month actress Jang Ja-yeon committed suicide. A note, said to be written by her, said that she was forced to have sex with some of the biggest executives in the Korean media (broadcasting companies and newspapers). When she tried to refuse, she was beaten. Though one copy of the letter was burnt, another copy was leaked to the press (no one knows which one was the original) and has made its way onto the Internet.

First, some background on Korea’s libel laws. As Brendon Carr explained, in Korea, one person’s right to protect their reputation trumps another person’s right to free speech. Further, telling the truth is no guaranteed defense. Even if you print verifiable facts that are a matter of public record, you can still be sued for libel.

Two lawmakers implicated the senior executive of the Chosun Ilbo newspaper in the actress’ death, and now he is suing the lawmakers for “damaging his reputation.”

In my opinion, if you don’t want your reputation to be damaged, don’t commit crimes. When you commit crimes, you lose your right to protect your reputation. Just my opinion.

Edit/Update:

It turns out that at least one of the lawmakers, Lee Jeong-hee (also spelled Lee Jung-hee), is a woman, which could help to explain why she wanted to give this pig the humiliation that he richly deserves.

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