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KpopCharts Update: Janus Like Punishment

November 10, 2012

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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. I personally think that the Jo twins big eyes are just normal not a kind of like Sadako’s eyes. I like their eyes. They’re clear and shinee. lol

    4 years ago
  2. No Fiestar?

    4 years ago
  3. Boyfriend have improve a lot in this music video better than boyfriend – boyfriend seem they have prove us that they not only in cute image but they also in charismatic image btw the jo twins big eyes it so hard to find … it CUTE … and now they can be ManFriend haha

    4 years ago
  4. Boyfriend: It’s the first time I watched their video and I have no idea what was it about, because after reading the blog post all I could focus on were their neverblinking eyes. But these sugar gliders are lovely!
    KJK: I’m not a fan of this song, but I liked the video. Well done!
    Roh Ji Hoon: CUBE U SO NASTY!!! And I’m sure you noticed it: the same brick room in two videos in one Update? WOW. When I watched KJK’s video I thought that fortunately it’s not the same room as in 0330, No More Perfume and so on ;]
    All in all, my votes go to Janus and Punishment.

    4 years ago
  5. I loved KJK’s MV, more than the song, so poignant. About having a video experienced ruined cause you know the place. That was transformers for me. The butchered the geography of Cairo and Egypt, it actually put me off the franchise….

    4 years ago
  6. Martina: what do you think Simon?

    Simon: Your methods are very innefficient…

    YEA, you tell it like it IS! lollercakes. That’s right, I laughed so hard I made cake.

    4 years ago
  7. mr. brohoho is at it again!! the brick rooms seem like a best seller lol who will win?! idk but im kinda hoping for roh ji hoon (: im still confused about his name though.. is it ‘Roh’ or ‘Noh’?

    4 years ago
  8. Couldn’t finish the video because the Twins’ eyes scared me. THEY ARE FRICKEN HUGE. Even by American standards I think O.O <— Twins

    Anyway, I can't help it. I'm a ㄴ.ㅇ.ㅅ.ㅌ. and… NU'EST WAS MENTIONED YAY <3<3_>

    4 years ago
  9. i think it’s Yanoos, not Jey-nus like in anus haha

    4 years ago
  10. I have noticed a number of KPop songs have similar sounds at points. The other day I was listening to 2NE1s Japanese song “Scream” I noticed that the melody from 0:17-0:24 sounds exactly like Psy’s Gangnam style’s opening verse from 0:18-0:25.

    Also in a similar fashion, BoA’s “oh, oh, oh oh, hurricane, oh oh oh Venus” sounds similar to Girl’s Generations “oh, oh, oh oh, OH, oh, oh oh oh OH, oh, oh, oh, oh OH, kanpeki na bad girl” from their Japanese song “Bad Girl.”

    4 years ago
  11. ahhaahhahahha Janus…..Anus…nice one

    4 years ago
  12. Brohoho~! hehe couldn’t resist

    4 years ago
    • LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      4 years ago
    • Yup, I noticed that too. Also at the end, it even shows the stairs in the back….

      4 years ago
    • ohmygeees! i didn’t watch the MV’s yet.. but its that wall!! that’s like… everywhere!! or at least i feel like i’ve seen it before.. o____o WALLCEPTION!

      4 years ago
  13. I’m always 50/50 on seeing Vancouver being used as an American town/city. Depends on the what the show or movie is I guess? I get irritated sometimes when I watch Supernatural and they’re trying to pass off Vancouver as being Kansas or whatnot. It can take you out of the moment now and then too. I remember watching The Killing (really good show if you want something different in terms of crime procedure), and there was this super intense moment between the main characters, and then BAM! I see the sign for Waterfront station. It It irritated me for a tiny moment then I got over it eventually. On the plus side, least my hometown is getting some good business and advertising from Hollywood?

    4 years ago
  14. That is what I was going to point out about the twins. They look like anime characters and the big eyes are creepy to me and the non-blinking. I could barely watch the m/v when they are on the screen.

    4 years ago
    • i have no idea why, but always on stage and in MVs their eyes are unblinking and creepy o_o
      but actually in an everyday setting they always look half asleep and are not nearly as creepy. still a little creepy, but not as super creepy lol

      4 years ago
  15. OMGG I thought I was the only one who was creeped out by the twins in Boyfriend!

    4 years ago
  16. YES!!! AND THEY ACTUALLY LIKED KJK’s SONG AND VID!!! I am completely and utterly shocked by this.

    But c’mon now KJK has like 7 solo albums and was in the crazy popular Turbo. I’ve only been into K-Pop like two months and I know this.

    4 years ago
  17. for the Roh Ji Hoon video,if you look closely at their crotch (lol) the pants have some extra fabric there.and when they do that move they keep their legs far apart.i assume all of the above helps with not maiming the family jewels.or theyre wearing cups.might help. :/

    4 years ago
    • I am not going to judge you at all for concentrating so intently on their crotches, no not at all.
      But may I just point out, Oooh, you so Nasty!
      :-p

      4 years ago
  18. SIMON SAID MAROON 5!! As a faithful Maroon 5 fan, even though I am also devoted to k-pop, that just made me freakin’ day!

    4 years ago
  19. I’m pretty sure Boyfriend has the biggest eyes out of all the boy bands I have seen… maybe that’s why they’re so creepy…

    4 years ago
  20. I am a Vancouverite (born and raised) and I really like watching movies/TV shows that were filmed in Vancouver, because it gives more meaning to the show for me. However, I disconnect it from the states and pretend it is set in Canada. For example, “Fringe” is my favourite TV show and it is filmed in Vancouver, but set in Boston. In fact, my university (UBC) is where a lot of the filming takes place … I enjoy thinking that I walked the same Chemistry building halls as the characters ….maybe I’m nutso.

    P.S. Thank you for being awesome and exposing me to so much amazing Korean culture! I am an elementary school teacher and I do dance classes with my students 1-2 x a week. We mostly dance to K-Pop songs! Big Bang’s “Fantastic Baby” is our favourite right now for warm up!!!!!

    4 years ago
    • Yeah! I don’t watch Fringe, but I was curious because they recently filmed some shots in one of the libraries (I think they changed it into a hospital). For me, it’s so bizarre because I always think shows and movies are in unknown places I will never see. I’m not sure if I like movies set in Vancouver or not. It’s cool to recognize places, but at the same time it annoys me that nobody really want it set in Vancouver, but in US cities. Come on, Vancouver is a pretty sweet city and is internationally known!

      4 years ago
  21. Isn’t it the same scenario in Jong Kook’s and Ji Hoon’s MVs? What a coincidence!

    4 years ago
  22. Lol, the twins scare me as well, but come second to Niel from Boyfriend who scares me more O_O

    I loved Kim Jong Kook’s video the most. The story and editing were great and even though I saw it coming I was teary eyed at the end. Plus I loved that he used former Running Man castmate Sung Jongki!

    4 years ago
  23. LMAO at the twins having “big, unblinking eyes that stare into our souls and judge us for all the past judgements we passed on past kpop bands”.

    It’s funny cause we were just talking about Rain (Jung Ji-Hoon) and comparing him to Roh Ji-Hoon cause of all the F.A.R.T going on in the video. We decided that Rain = Belgian Chocolate and Roh Ji-Hoon = Hershey’s Chocolate! I really love the song though!

    Jamie, look! Did you see the talked about both of the songs you wanted them to talk about!

    4 years ago
  24. PLEASE tell me you realized that Punishment was shot in the same brick room as Men Are Like That!!! Ahhhhhh! My mind was like http://i.imgur.com/ffRzY.gif

    4 years ago
  25. All i could think about was the overuse of that brick room…even though it does make a good setting. >.>

    4 years ago
  26. I really like you guys..I watch alot of korean drama. Someone from work now lives in Soul South Korea…All your reviews are great.

    4 years ago
  27. right after you guys inserted the clip of punishment i paused the video and was like wait… “duhduhduhduhd ACTION” and then BAM unpaused the video to find Simon using words to describe the feels…. although only the chorus was super duper similar… he was like one step away from acting out the kiss me touch me rub my bananas dance too…. props

    4 years ago
  28. Not gonna lie. The JiHoon’s dancing was really odd, but the song sounded quite good.

    4 years ago
  29. First things first: Glad to see that MR. BROHOHO is still making a major profit on that U-Kiss room. Wonder how Dongho feels about that?!

    I’ll be back after I finish watching “Punishment” which from Simon’s description that dance sounds painful and I’m a girl.

    4 years ago
  30. Manly Boyfriend version = Lovers…;)

    4 years ago
  31. And the twins are scary. O_O

    4 years ago
  32. Wait, KJK and Roh Ji Hoon used the same set. Y’know, the brick wall and the one chair. Waaaait, I’m pretty sure other artists used that set as well… MR. BROHOHO!

    4 years ago
    • SAME THOUGHT I HAD IT FLASHED TO THAT ROOM AND I WAS LIKE “TEH FOOK?!?!” o__o It was like deja vu.

      4 years ago
    • I think it is the same room as U-Kiss. Yeah, he sorta does look like JB o.o and the group is called JJ Project btw. ^^

      4 years ago
    • ikr. it’s even weirder because those MVs are next to each other. There should be a playlist of all the MVs with that wall, seriously. And it would be so awesome if Simon and Martina do a WANK with that set brohohohoho

      4 years ago
  33. p.s. not a Best Friend, but i really like this song! its so different!

    4 years ago
  34. Nic

    The internet was so boring for me today…. checked all the sites I normally do, no friends online, so I thought maybe I’ll turn off my laptop and go outside!! Just as I was about to it was like “ahhh Simon and Martina uploaded!” So not going outside now! The sunlight, it burns anyways…

    And Boyfriend’s eyes are scary….

    4 years ago
  35. I love the NASTINESS of JiHoon oppa’s video! all that F.A.R.T.ing, frontal wedgies, its all KMM WORTHY!

    4 years ago
  36. I thought I was the only one a little scared of their huge eyes. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t have anything against Boyfriend (bc I’d like to have one soon times, harhar) but I’ve really only taken notice of the twins so far, and their soul-peering eyes. Don’t judge my soul ;A;

    4 years ago
  37. Noh JiHoon’s a 90er, so he’s 22 in International age, 23 Korean age.

    4 years ago
    • Bless your soul and mine! Finally someone older than me!

      4 years ago
      • oh my goodness, same here! I always get excited when I discover a rookie that’s actually older than me!

        4 years ago
  38. LOL i’m surprised you guys didn’t comment about Men Are Like That was filmed in Mr. Brohoho’s room. Yep. That brick room. ;D

    4 years ago
  39. noh jihoon is 23 years old in korea xD

    4 years ago
  40. JiHoon is 22…well of course in Korea he’s 23. ^_^

    4 years ago