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South Korea big winners at Asian Film Awards

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 18, 2008

South Korea dominated the Asian Film Awards for the second year running, with “Secret Sunshine”, a tragic movie about death and faith, taking home three top prizes including best picture.

“Secret Sunshine” — the story of a widow who moves to her dead husband’s hometown with her son, and then turns to evangelical Christianity when her child is abducted and murdered — also won for best director and actress.

South Korean actress Jeon Do-Yeon, who won the top acting prize at last year’s Cannes film festival for her performance as the suffering woman, again took home top honours in Hong Kong late Monday.

“This is beyond my expectations,” she said.

“Secret Sunshine” director Lee Chang-dong bested Taiwan’s Ang Lee, whose erotic World War II spy thriller “Lust, Caution” went home with just one award — a best actor trophy for Hong Kong veteran Tony Leung Chiu-wai. (story)


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Competitors converge on the Han River for record high wire challenge

Posted by jtsmyth8 on March 5, 2008

They came from all over the world, poles in hand, and feet ready to inch more than half a mile across a high wire strung over the Han River in a spine-tingling battle of balance, speed and high anxiety.

As part of its annual city festival, the South Korean capital staged Thursday what was billed as the world’s first high-wire championship, drawing 18 contestants from nine countries for three days of supreme feats of concentration.

Each acrobat must navigate the 1.2-inch-thick wire that spans the river, with the top prize of $15,000 going to the person crossing it fastest.

The contestants _ 14 men and four women _ include such masters of the high wire as Jade Kindar-Martin of Shelburne, Vt., a former Cirque du Soleil performer who once crossed London’s River Thames at a height of 150 feet, and Colombia’s Alan Martinez, who ambled across the Amazon.

They will face Adili Wuxiuer of China _ the world record-holder for distance who walked on a wire nearly a half-mile across the Chongqing Cliff at a height of 2,250 feet in 2003.

Organizers in Seoul said stringing the wire across the Han made it the longest-ever such high wire, meaning anyone making it across will break the record for distance. (story)

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Korean virtual star JoA, creepy?

Posted by jtsmyth8 on February 29, 2008

She is hailed as the first ‘cyber actress’ in Korea, complete with simulated good looks and a faux biodata.

But JoA’s first attempt at dancing has been gunned down by netizens who slammed her animated moves as ‘creepy’ and ‘disgusting’.

Created by two CGI companies in Korea, she exists only in cyberspace, reported My Daily.

Her photos and profile – born in 1986, 1.69m tall – were first released to the media last November, spawning much discussion online.

Her so-called managers announced plans to launch an official fan club and a series of products starring JoA, such as online games and mini-dramas.

If successful, JoA could be as famous as Japanese manga character Sailor Moon, or the virtual actress Simone in the Al Pacino movie named after her. (link)

JoA Tell Me dance video

Yes, creepy. It’s the lack of facial expressions and hands and fingers do not bend. You have to admit though the motion is fluid. Not bad for a first attempt, but stick to stills until the you get the realistic body motions down.

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Lin Dan loses match and temper

Posted by jtsmyth8 on January 30, 2008

World number one Lin Dan has refused to apologise for his part in an ugly scuffle with South Korea singles coach Li Mao during the final of the Korea Open Super Series at the weekend.Lin, beaten by Korean Lee Hyun-il in Seoul on Sunday, appeared to throw his racquet in fellow-Chinese Li’s direction after protesting a line call awarding a match point to Lee.

The hurled racquet sparked a shouting match between Lin and Li, and play was halted for about two minutes as match officials struggled to restrain world champion Lin. (story)

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BT Group to buy Frontline Technologies

Posted by jtsmyth8 on December 6, 2007

British telecoms giant BT Group said yesterday it has agreed to buy Singapore IT firm Frontline Technologies for S$202mil, as it seeks to boost its presence in Asia.

BT has sizeable operations in Japan, South Korea and Australia, but buying Frontline will give it greater exposure to China, India, Taiwan and South-East Asia as it looks to transform itself into a global IT services provider.

“Nothing is enough – it’s a good step,” BT Asia Pacific president Allen Ma told Reuters, when asked about future acquisitions in the region.

BT will pay 24.5 Singapore cents for each Frontline share, a 17% premium to Frontline’s price on Monday before its shares were suspended. (story)

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