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We had to make some tough choices for this week’s kpopchart update, lots of new rookie bands and semi-rookies–smookies if you will–and we didn’t know who to choose. In the end we went for Boyfriend (smookies), Kim Jong Kook (veteran), and Roh Ju Hoon (rookie).

Boyfriend “Janus” – Vote for it Here!

 

We never really got into Boyfriend, not that they did anything to offend us, just the way they were presented by their label was a bit too cutey boy for us to get into. Also the twins kind of scare us. They have such big, unblinking eyes that stare into our souls and judge us for all the past judgements we passed on past kpop bands. In fact, they kind of remind me of sugar gliders. Sugar gliders, adorable, but also passing judgement on my soul with their big, innocent eyes.

Sugar Gliders:
Sugar gliders

Sugar Gliders:
Boyfriend sugar gliders

I see no difference. Anyhoo, besides the whole starring into our soul thing, I’m happy to see their image maturing, not that I blame the label for moving slowly, they are still teenagers so it’s not like I want to see a Seungri/Junsu/Hyuna/Gain themed dance or anything. I thought the plot of the video was a bit murky but I do think it was cool that they incorporated the twins’ identicalness into the plot, and perhaps into the title concept of Janus as well. Anyhoo we do have hope that this could make it into first place, if not this week, next week, so we don’t want to talk to much about it here.

Kim Jong Kook “Men Are All Like That” – Vote for it Here!

 

Whoa. This was a mind trip for me. I had NO IDEA KJK was a singer at any point. The same thing happened to me when I watched a drama with Eric from Shinhwa in it. Because I entered the kpop scene 4 years ago, I had no idea who Shinhwa was, so when I saw him in a kpop video doing a cameo, I was like…”wow it’s that actor from that drama!” Little did I know. I also experienced the same thing with some of my friends new to the kpop world and Rain, they thought he was just an actor. Anyhoo, the point I’m getting at is that his voice is AH-MAZING and I was really blown away. I also really like the music video. It had a pretty simple concept and use of filming and lights but it really packed a punch with the final very depressing message. It’s a message Korea can relate to because the work hours are INSANE and I know a lot of people who never see their husbands/wives/kids because they’re all working late. That’s one thing Simon and I promised each other, that we would never let our jobs get in the way of our marriage. The point of your job is to make money to support your life outside of work, but if you neglect your marriage and become unhappy, the point of having a job becomes void in my mind. There needs to be a balance between the two. This is more serious of a post than needed. Let’s lighten it up with mention of adorable Song Jungki who did a great job acting in the music video. Not a lot of movement or anything, just subtle facial expressions and I personal thought he nailed it. Especially that tiny foot tap right at the very end when he’s sitting on the chair. Sometimes you get over saturated with the super over acting that’s present in a lot of kpop videos, you know?

Roh Ji Hoon “Punishment” – Vote for it Here!

 

Ohhh a new rookie! But but his name has “Hoon” in it, and I know it’s a common name in Korea, but in our hearts it belongs to the one and only SAILOR HOON! Hello my name is HOOOOOOoOOOOooooOOOoon! You’d be really shocked at how often that comes up in our everyday life. Way to much. Anyhoo, this is a pretty confident debut for a rookie, he doesn’t really strike you as a rookie as say, Lee Hi did in her video, but I think he might also be older than most rookies. Anyone know his age? Also, I heard he was scouted from his appearance on the TV show Birth of a Great Star, but I didn’t watch it so I’m not fully sure of the details. Fans of the show, let us know! I am excited to see what he will do in the future because in the world of kpop, groups are dominate so I’m excited to see a male solo artist do his thang! Yes, I said thang. Outside of his confident frontal wedgie dance moves, this video was hard for me to watch because I recognize the location they’re filming at, so that kind of ruins it for me. I’m like, “why would you go upstairs after you just came down? You literally just walked past the entrance way…okay…now you’re going back inside…what!?” Has that every happened to you? Since I live in Toronto, there have been a couple movies ruined for me because of that, it’s like, you know the area SO well that seeing it edited on camera ruins the vibe. I image anyone who lives in Vancouver must hate watching movies since it feels like so many movies are filmed there but are supposed to be an American town or city instead. Let me know Vancouverites!

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  1. OH SNAP I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS PUNISHMENT SOUNDS LIKE ACTION.

  2. Please erview Boyfriend’s video Janus! ^ ^ I thought they were MBLAQ at first because the whole video was very dramatic and very MBLAQian (see what I did there Martina! ^ ^ )

  3. evvu_evelin

    the movie editing thing, I TOTALLY UNDERSTAND IT! i was watching class which is an Estonian movie and is filmed in Estonia, and i live in Estonia. So when i noticed that the school that they filmed in was practically a few hundered meters from my house i was so excited. But then came a scene where this girl ran out of the school dramatically, then BAM she is at a crosswalk wich is like a mile away from the school and then… BAM she is suddenly at freaking downtown tallinn. She just ran from the suburban Tallinn to downtown Tallinn and i can tell you, that is a freaking long way. It really ruined the mood because it was a really dramatic moment and all i could do was laugh ._.

  4. OMG,!!!what the fook i dont like your comments,,,i am bestfriend…dont comment like that,,,the twins look like anime,,,hater gonna hate,,they are cute bleh (:P)

  5. lol!! actually i felt excited when they used a mall in Richmond BC (close to vancouver) to film a movie … its an asian mall (Aberdeen with Daiso and all) but it was portrayed a white people infested mall.. LOLs

    i find it fun actually, increases more chance of seeing stars… a friend of mine was working in an ice cream shop and the store next to him was used as a filming set for Zac Efron’s movie charlie st cloud… lol he boasted he was a few meters away from the HSM star!! lols

    lolz…. im still waiting for the new kpopchart update so we can finally get a massive push for BILASA’s MV!! :)

  6. Omg, we share the same opinion about Boyfriend S&M! The twins freak me out too XD

  7. Sobra n to Ahh !!! Don’t Judge BOYFRIEND !! D nmin kau Pinapakelam ~~!! Sobra n kau ..

  8. Well in my pov, i dun think that’s creepy….. Well then how abt ren’s eyes?!? They are a lot bigger them jo twins’!!! I love jo twins’ eyes! Well just saying my view! But ‘Boyfriend chay chalaga!!!!!” wil. Always be a myanmar bestfriend for u!!!!!!!! Fighting boyfriend!!!

  9. EYES.ARE.TOO.BIG. So scared that I couldn’t watch the rest of the video. If their eyes are already popping out, there is no need for more eyeliner. Seriously. Those goblin eyes with the ostrich necks…too much.

  10. I HATE IT , YOU GUYS SHOULD REVIEW THE VIDEO , NOT THE TWIN’S EYES OR OTHER APPEARANCE!!!! YOU GUYS ARE SO INSENSITIVE !!!!! , WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO REVIEW THE VIDEO !!! VIDEO NOT ANY OTHER MATTERS , !!!!

  11. shineesdee

    vote for B1A4

  12. oi nhung anh chang dep trai

  13. Totally agree with Simon, all I can hear is Action….

  14. go go go BOYFRIEND. . .

    ~~ Sherl jeongminnie <3

  15. Helo BESTFRIEND’S!!!
    Anneyonghasey0 guyz. . .

    How’s everybody there. . .

  16. Boyfriend can’t blink because of their high school color guard make-up! Its shellac-ed on!!!

  17. Sandeul Baro

    …Did i just see the same wall in Punishment and Men are all like that..? (off in the distance) *BROHOHO BROHOHO!*

  18. “Is that why the video is called punishment?” HAHAHA

  19. Call me a nerd, but I totally appreciate that you specified Janus as a Roman deity instead of a Greek one! Thanks, Simon! kkkkkk

  20. ji hoon’s song sounds like a DJ mixed 3 or 4 songs together and then added a new singing with new lyrics.

    It was the exact same cords as Maroon 5 in the beginning of the song.

    also doesn’t help that the KJK’s MV was followed by Ji Hoon’s MV in the SAME BRICK ROOM random stairs included.

  21. I have to admit I always felt the same way about the Boyfriend Twins, I just didn’t quite know it. But yeah, their eyes always seemed freakishly big and STARING O.O

  22. I’m not even a guy but I was wincing and saying ouch throughout Roh Ji Hoon’s video XD

  23. about the knowing the place that something was filmed and it kind of ruining the vibe i know what you mean.
    Watching Pitch Perfect made me want to yell at the movie screen. “why is she walking into a closet??”

  24. can please do a music monday on gain bloom

  25. Sophie

    Haha well it seems that everyone thinks that the twins’ eyes in Boyfriend are creepy… But I actually think they’re really gorgeous!!! (^.^) (seriously… My first thought was “wow their really pretty…. “) And in Roh Ji Hoon’s ‘Punishment’, does anyone else hear Teen Top’s ‘To You’ ??? I sorta think Roh Ji Hoon’s is a mix of Key (from SHINee) and CAP from Teen Top….

  26. i what gain bloom for music monday can you guys please vote for her

  27. Guadalupe Arenas

    I would like to THANK BOYFRIEND. WHY may you ask because today in class the teacher had a picture of Janus. I LOOKED LIKE A FREAKEN GENIUS IN CLASS TODAY !!!!! cause i knew who he was and explained it in class.

  28. Wow, I thoroughly enjoyed KJK’s video and song. Great great stuff (plus Joongki is in there, so… -nods-)
    Roh Ji Hoon’s music sounds good so far. Hard to watch the video, but I’m digging the song.

  29. is his name noh or roh????? Im so confused!!!!

  30. ingloriouskitty

    I hope that that wedgie move is a part of his singing technique to hit those falsettos, cause that looks damn painful 0.o

  31. Jessica-Robyn

    On the topic of filming locations, as a new Vancouverite I don’t know downtown well enough to pick up on the major filming locations lot of the time. However, I can very much relate. A lot of stuff filmed in Vancouver is also filmed in the various smaller surrounding cities and because of this it’s the television shows that really get me. One week they show you a location in the city of White Rock, the next week they show you Vancouver, and it’s very jarring to know that those two locations aren’t a walk down the street away as the characters say it is, but really a 45 minuet drive.

    Anyways, I can’t wait to see who gets review this MM!

  32. k, just finished watching Roh Ji Hoon- Punishment- did anyone notice that the RHYTHM in the chorus is sooooomehow similar to the rhythm of ‘Itaewon freedom’? ….no?…just me?… don’t get me wrong, I like the song! but every time he sings the chorus …I end up thinking “NANANAAAA ITAEWON!…….!… oh, wrong song”
    On a side note, I LOOOOOOVE Kim Jong Kook- men are all like that-

  33. Wow KJK and Roh Ji Hoon used the same set…with a chair,lol.XD
    I can’t really get into Boyfriend either, the twins eyes are sooo big, it kind of creeps me out O.O
    Am I the only one that thinks Roh Ji Hoon and JB from JJ Project look alike??

  34. IEatPickles MacJuicy

    2:36
    HE BLINKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Yes! I live in Vancouver and I’m currently taking a course at UBC on Literature in Vancouver. One of things we talked about is how Vancouver can look like any place. I also definitely do notice when a movie has been filmed in Vancouver. “Hey! That’s Granville Street! And that’s the Irving K Barber building at UBC!” etc, etc.

  36. Wow KJK and Roh Ji Hoon used the same set…with a chair,lol.XD
    I can’t really get into Boyfriend either, the twins eyes are sooo big, it kind of creeps me out O.O
    Am I the only one that thinks Roh Ji Hoon and JB from JJ Project look alike??o.O

  37. Wow KJK and Roh Ji Hoon used the same set…with the same chair,lol.
    I can’t really get into Boyfriend either, the twins eyes are sooo big, it kind of creeps me out O.O
    Am I the only one that thinks Roh Ji Hoon and JB from JJ Project look alike??

  38. Speaking of Brohoho, I’ve seen Flaxton street in an MBLAQ photo lately, lol. I’m very curious about his identity.

  39. I see Mr. Brohoho has made more money off his brick room again.

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