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  1. 15 K-Pop Summer Songs for Your Summer Playlist
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Considering K-pop's abundance of sexy concepts and hot dance tracks, there's no better musical match for the summer. Here are 15 of our favorite K-pop jams for the hottest days of summer! 1. HyunA - Bubble Pop Known as the rapper of 4Minute, HyunA shows off her vocal talents in Bubble Pop!, the title track of her 2011 solo debut mini-album. With its controversially racy choreography, the energetic electro synth pop dance number is one of the most viewed K-pop music videos on YouTube. The hot summer jam makes you want to shake your body on a beach along with the fun autotuned "Ooh ah ooh ah ooh" and the addictive hook "Bubble bubble bubble pop!" 2. Girl's Day - Darling Girl's Day continues... [read more]
  2. YesAsia 2016 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music and TV releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to June 30, 2016. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. BEST-SELLING K-POP RELEASES Make way for BTS! The Bangtan Boys come in first at the half-year mark with the special album Young Forever. Even more impressive, their 2015 albums also make the list, giving them three releases in the top ten. Last year's top seller EXO cedes the #1 position for now with their third album, just released in mid-June, at second. A new generation rises with Seventeen continuing their strong performance from last year, and JYP's... [read more]
  3. Those who have seen Korean director E J Yong's works would no doubt marvel at his ability to tell very different stories with equal success. Since his 1998 debut feature An Affair about a housewife's secret affair, he has become a regular presence at overseas festivals with a diverse roster of films that includes a Korean-Japanese drama about loneliness and fantasy (Asako in Ruby Shoes), a Joseon-set adaptation of Dangerous Liaisons (Untold Scandal), a teen sex comedy musical (Dasepo Naughty Girls), two mockumentaries lampooning the filmmaking process (The Actresses and Behind the Camera), and a moving family drama about a boy with advanced aging disorder (My Brilliant Life). After... [read more]
  4. 10th Asian Film Awards Preview: The Nominated Films
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Every March, filmmakers and actors from across Asia gather for the Asian Film Awards (AFA), an ambitious award ceremony that aims to celebrate and promote excellence in Asian cinema. The AFA turns ten this year, and it's certainly come a long way in scope and organization since its start in 2007. The 10th Asian Film Awards will be held soon in Macau on March 17, 2016, so let's brush up on this year's major nominated films before the ceremony. THE ASSASSIN (China / Hong Kong / Taiwan) Nominations: Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Sound Leading the race with nine noms,... [read more]
  5. YesAsia 2015 Bestsellers - TV Dramas
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of television releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to December 31, 2015. TOP 10 TV DRAMAS (OVERALL) 1. Eye in the Sky 2. Tiger Cubs II 3. Pinocchio 4. Fated to Love You 5 (tie). It's Okay, That's Love 5 (tie). Officer Geomancer 7. Lady Sour 8 (tie). You Who Came From the Stars 8 (tie). Noblesse Oblige 10. Ghost of Relativity CHINESE TV BESTSELLERS TVB dramas again swept all ten spots on the 2015 Chinese TV bestsellers chart. Police series were well represented with four titles including Tiger Cubs II, Officer Geomancer, Line Walker and the top seller, Eye in the Sky. The surveillance-themed crime procedural starring Kevin Cheng, Tavia Yang and Ruco... [read more]
  6. YesAsia 2015 Bestsellers - Movies
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to December 31, 2015. TOP 10 MOVIES (OVERALL) 1. Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno 2. Rurouni Kenshin: The Legend Ends 3. Rise of the Legend 4. Kung Fu Jungle 5. Big Hero 6 6. Dragon Blade 7. SPL 2 8. Rurouni Kenshin 9. Stand By Me Doraemon 10. 20, Once Again BEST-SELLING JAPANESE MOVIES In 2014, not a single Japanese movie made it into the top ten overall sellers; in 2015, there were four. Not only did the Rurouni Kenshin trilogy take the top three spots in Japanese movies, Kyoto Inferno and The Legend Ends also came in first and second overall, the first time a Japanese movie has done so in recent memory.... [read more]
  7. YesAsia 2015 Bestsellers - Korean Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    EXO resoundingly reclaimed the top spot on our album bestsellers chart in 2015 with their second full-length album selling nearly double that of the next closest contender (and that's just counting the Korean-language versions). The popular group also appeared twice on the DVD bestsellers, and came out on top as the best-selling K-pop artist for the third consecutive year. Continuing their impressive rise, BTS followed right behind as the second-highest-selling artist, and the only one with two albums in the top ten. Besides EXO, SM Entertainment's other artists also made strong showings as expected, with SHINee, Super Junior, TVXQ and Girls' Generation combining for another seven spots on... [read more]
  8. YesAsia 2015 Bestsellers - Chinese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Following an explosion in popularity thanks to his role in the mega-hit C-drama Swords of Legend, William Chan shot to the top of our 2015 bestsellers' list with his EP Waiting, pushing perennial chart-topper EXO and their second full-length album to No. 2. While relegated to second in individual album sales, EXO, with two releases in 2015, nevertheless takes the throne as our best-selling artist in C-pop. Veteran Taiwan-based idols and singer-songwriters had very strong showings this past year, with Jay Chou, Leehom Wang, JJ Lin and Jolin Tsai snagging spots in our top ten. As usual, C-pop stalwarts like Jacky Cheung, Alan Tam, Eason Chan and Sammi Cheng, and standard-bearers like Teresa... [read more]
  9. YesAsia 2015 Bestsellers - Japanese Music
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Arashi returned to claim the crown as the champ of J-pop this past year with a stunning showing on our J-pop bestsellers' lists, including the No. 1 album, three top-ten singles and not one, not two, but three top-ten concert releases. All of these combined to make Arashi, once again, our best-selling J-pop artist. Despite releasing just one single and one concert, EXO impressively stands as our No. 2 best-selling artist. The hugely popular group is joined by fellow K-pop idols Infinite, APink, BTS, Girls' Generation, Super Junior, SHINee and AOA in a now-firmly-established Hallyu contingent in J-pop. Arashi's Johnny's Entertainment compatriot Hey! Say! JUMP and Japan's favorite girl group... [read more]
  10. Best Chinese Albums of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    We end our year with our picks for the top ten Chinese albums of 2015! A-MEI CHANG - AMIT2 Six years after the first Amit album, A-mei Chang returned to her alter ego this year, and she's even fiercer and more message-laden the second time around. Working with producer Adia and a strong team of songwriters, the Taiwan diva has crafted an explosive effort that draws you in with its dark tone, raw emotions and hard rock bent. Employing the full range of her powerful vocals, A-mei belts out anger and anguish as only she can in outspoken, impactful songs like the carnivalesque thrasher "Freak Show," the feminist outcry "Matriarchy," the combative metal fusion "What D'ya Want?" and the... [read more]
  11. Best Japanese Albums of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Here come our picks for the top ten Japanese albums of 2015! AISHA - PINK DIAMOND Three years after her first, young R&B singer Aisha returned this year with her sophomore album Pink Diamond, and it was definitely, positively worth the wait. The ridiculously fun and compelling songs on the album are lifted to great heights by Aisha's powerful, distinctive voice and enthusiastic delivery. The album is full of gems, but the singer especially excels at mid-tempo tracks and ballads, with Ai ni Iku yo, Anata dake ni and Kami-sama no Ijiwaru being standouts that can and should be counted among the year's best J-pop tracks. AMURO NAMIE - _GENIC Committing to the concept of "renewal," J-pop's Queen... [read more]
  12. Best Korean Albums of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    We've already counted down our favorite movies and TV dramas of the year. Now it's time for the music! Here are our picks for the top ten Korean albums of 2015. BTS - THE MOST BEAUTIFUL MOMENT IN LIFE PT. 1 After two very impressive releases last year, the Bangtan Boys upped their game in a big way with their third mini album, The Most Beautiful Moment in Life Pt. 1. Featuring, for the first time, contributions from every member in the production process, the album was a massive commercial success, selling more in Korea than both of the group's previous two mini-albums combined. More emotional and mature than their previous efforts, the album kicks off with a trio of songs (including... [read more]
  13. Best Asian Movies of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Our editors' picks for the best Asian movies released on video in 2015! SANWEI'S PICKS The Assassin Garnering plentiful accolades both at home and abroad, Hou Hsiao Hsien's first feature in eight years is also the first ever costume wuxia film of his 40-year career, but rest assured, it plays out very much like a Hou Hsiao Hsien film. Shu Qi stars as the titular stoic, conflicted assassin who is sent back to her homeland to kill the region's leader (Chang Chen), the man to whom she was once betrothed. Where other films of such material would typically emphasize the action, The Assassin is largely characterized by inaction. Martial arts bouts are brief and to-the-point, without fancy editing... [read more]
  14. Best Japanese Dramas of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    We wrap up our television year-end lists with our picks for the ten best Japanese dramas of 2015! Dakara Koya On her 46th birthday, long-suffering housewife Tomomi (Suzuki Kyoka) finally reaches her wit's end with her unappreciative husband and sons' demeaning treatment. She walks out of her birthday dinner and drives off with no intentions of returning. Thus begins her journey into life's unknown "wasteland" in which she'll encounter both saviors and swindlers who open her eyes to the world and herself. Through the acquaintance of an elderly storyteller (Shinagawa Toru) who has dedicated his remaining days to sharing his painful memories of the Nagasaki bombing, she forges a new beginning... [read more]
  15. Best Chinese Dramas of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    A staggering number of Chinese-language dramas are produced every year across multiple regions, but only ten can make our list. Here are our picks for the best Chinese dramas of 2015! The Disguiser With acclaimed works like All Quiet in Peking and Battle of Changsha under the belt, Hou Hongliang's production team is no stranger to the wartime period, and their latest espionage series surpasses those two dramas combined when it comes to buzz. Though aired before Nirvana in Fire, The Disguiser was actually shot after with much of the same cast and crew, and the well-oiled chemistry and production values show readily onscreen. Based on a novel by Zhang Yong, the series follows the three... [read more]
  16. Best Korean Dramas of 2015
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    2015 is ending soon, so it's time to start off the year-end lists. Here are our picks for the ten best Korean dramas of 2015! Angry Mom With its amusingly straightforward title, cute comic logo and Fight Back to School-like premise about a mother going undercover as a high school student to protect her daughter, Angry Mom seems poised to be a comedy of errors, but the series ends up going to surprisingly dark places. Although school bullying isn't a new topic for Korean dramas, Angry Mom raises the stakes to involve a downright terrifying ring of corruption, violence, negligence and abuse – all of which Kim Hee Sun's mother-on-a-mission takes on with unrelenting courage and sass. The 90s... [read more]
  17. Now there are more K-pop audition and survival reality programs than you can shake a stick at, but the one that set off the trend in Korea is Superstar K, which started in 2009 on the music channel Mnet. Making a big splash in its first season, Superstar K's success, especially for a cable program, inspired major broadcast channels to come up with comparable programming of their own. Still going steadily after six years, the show has also launched far more K-pop careers than any other recent audition programs. With Superstar K7 now well underway, let's catch up with some of the singers discovered by the show in previous seasons! 1. Seo In Guk (Season 1 Winner) Perhaps now more well known as... [read more]
  18. YesAsia 2015 Bestsellers - Half-Year Report
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    The below rankings are based on sales of movie, music and TV releases on YesAsia.com from January 1 to June 30, 2015. Sales of all editions and versions of the same title are summed up to determine the total sales and ranking of each title. BEST-SELLING C-POP RELEASES In what is fast becoming a yearly occurrence, EXO tops our Chinese music chart in the first half of 2015. Perennial bestsellers Jay Chou and Sammi Cheng round out the top three, while young gun William Chan makes an impressive showing at number four. Cantopop legends Jacky Cheung and Alan Tam take three spots in our top ten, and next-generation legends-in-the-making Leehom Wang, JJ Lin and Jolin Tsai claim the remaining... [read more]
  19. 25 Asian Actresses Born in the 90s
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    We covered the men last month, and now we turn the spotlight to the women! We have chosen 25 up-and-coming young actresses born in the 90s that are shining on both the small and big screens. Some of them have been acting for over a decade, and some had just scored their big breaks in recent years. These actresses cover a diverse range of roles, and they are all brilliant in their own way. Here are 25 actresses born in the 90s that we will be keeping our eyes on in the coming years! 1. Park Bo Young Debuting as a teen actress in 2006, Park Bo Young co-starred in a slew of school dramas - Secret Campus, Mackerel Run, Jungle Fish and Our School's E.T. - alongside other stars-in-waiting like... [read more]
  20. 25 Asian Actors Born in the 90s
    Written By YumCha! Editorial Team
    Veteran movie stars are still going strong in Asia, but in recent years, we're also seeing the rise of a new generation of younger actors who were born in the 90s. From breakout sensations to former child actors coming into their own, these rising stars aged 25 and under may be young but they're already lighting up the big and small screens while attracting screaming fans, collecting accolades and dominating media headlines. Here are 25 actors born in the 90s whom we expect to see a lot more of in the coming years! 1. Kang Ha Neul Kang Ha Neul has a background in musical theater, which explains why he's often singing onscreen as well. After appearing in the idol series To the Beautiful You,... [read more]
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