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5 South Korean zombie movies you need to watch

You have to admit, Korean zombies are among the scariest of all fictional zombies; they run, they run in a horde, they twist into bone-breaking pretzels, they eat people alive… they are exactly what you imagine zombies should be.

When comes to terrifying an audience, Korean zombies can beat most Hollywood zombies (except those from 28 Days Later and World War Z) and of course Malaysia’s own zombies from Kampung Pisang.

Here are five South Korean zombie movies you need to watch:
1.Train to Busan (2016)

When comes to zombie movies, this is THE zombie movie to watch. Starred Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok, the movie takes place on a train to Busan as a zombie apocalypse suddenly breaks out.

The audience also get to watch the reunion for Gong Yoo and Yu-mi who both starred in a based on a true story movie Silenced (2011).

Anyway, the storyline is thrilling and the acting even for those who had only small roles is impressive.

To top it all, the zombies are just purely gory and terrifying.

We guess the movie is so good that there is a sequel in the pipeline with the Korean title Bando.

Watch the trailer here.

2.Seoul Station (2016)

If you wondering how did the events in Train to Busan unfold, then you need to watch its prequel animated zombie film.

Released a month later after Train to Busan, Seoul Station (2016) revolves around a young runaway woman named Hye-sun.

It also centers around her father Suk-gyu who is looking for Hye-sun only to find out she has become a prostitute.

While a father-daughter reunion is about to take place, a zombie epidemic conveniently breaks out in Seoul.

Watch the trailer here.

3.Rampant (2018)

When Korean period drama meets zombie epidemic, what you get is Rampant (2018).

Since it is set during the Joseon dynasty, you can imagine there would be horse riding, sword fighting, some archery skills in the movie.

The story circles around a prince named Lee Chung (Hyun Bin) who was given to the Qing empire as a political hostage.

When he returns upon hearing the death of his brother the Crown Prince Lee Young, Lee Chung is met with zombie epidemic plaguing his country.

Though the plot is predictable (you basically know which one is the bad guy and who is going to sacrifice himself in the end), this Korean zombie movie is still worth to watch.

Why? Because of the zombies of course! They are creepy, quick, disgusting and just scary.

Watch the trailer here.

4.The Odd Family: Zombie on Sale (2019)

If there is a possibility of a profiting from a zombie, would you give up the opportunity? This zombie comedy film revolves around the Park family who resides in a peaceful rural town.

One day, the whole town turns up and down when a zombie suddenly appears.

So the Park family decides that they need to find the zombie and tries to profit from it.

Watch the trailer here.

5.Kingdom (2019)
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First of all, this is not movie but a Netflix original series consists of six episodes. It is on the list because we cannot talk Korean zombie onscreen without mentioning Kingdom. It is definitely worth-watching.

Adapted from the webcomic series The Kingdom of the Gods, the series is set in Joseon period.

It tells the story of Crown Prince Yi Chang (Ju Ji-hoon) who becomes embroiled in a political coup. While investigating about what happened in the palace, the prince embarks in journey that takes him right into a zombie epidemic.

On top of the exciting plots which keeps audience on their toes, we cannot help but notice the picturesque cinematography.

You might be flip a table after watching the series because the ending is a cliffhanger. But fret not, the filming for the second season had started last February so yeay!

Watch the trailer here.

10 more South Korean movies based on real-life events to watch

You have read our 10 South Korean movies based on true stories. Now, we have 10 more films inspired by real-life events that you need to watch while learning a bit about South Korean’s history:
1.71: Into the Fire (2010)

The Battle of P’ohang-dong which took place during the early Korean War was a fight was between the United Nations and North Korea from Aug 5-20, 1950 around the town of P’ohang-dong, South Korea.

71: Into the Fire (2010) is based on true story of a group of 71 under-trained, under-armed, and outgunned South Korean student-soldiers who took part in the battle.

For 11 hours, this group of students defended the local P’ohang-dong girls middle school from an attack by North Korean forces.

Unfortunately, most of the students died during the battle as they were unmatched against the North Korean’s special forces commando 766th Unit.

Watch the trailer here.

2. A Taxi Driver (2017)
5 movies inspired by Gwangju Uprising you should watch
Five movies inspired by Gwangju Uprising here.

The Gwangju Uprising took place in Gwangju city from May 18 to 27, 1980.

After President Park Chung-hee was assassinated on Oct 26, 1979, Chun Doo-hwan, a former South Korean army general successfully led a military coup and became the de facto South Korean leader.

The uprising in Gwangju began when local Chonnam University students demonstrated against Chun’s martial law government.

In response, the South Korean army and police used firearms, violence and even sexual assault to suppress the protest.

Meanwhile, the Gwangju citizens stood up against the authority by robbing local armories and police stations.

This 2017 South Korean movie centers around Kim Man-seob (Song Kang-ho), a taxi driver who ferried a German journalist named Jurgen Hinzpeter (Thomas Kretschmann) around Gwangju and past military cordons.

Man-seob’s character in the movie is loosely based on real-life Kim Sa-bok while Hinzpeter (1937-2016) was the real-life German TV reporter who reported on the Gwangju massacre to the world.

Apart from A Taxi Driver, the real-life events which happened in Gwangju also inspired other movies such as May 18 (2007) and Peppermint Candy (1999).

Watch the trailer here.

3. The Attorney (2013)

Speaking of Chun Doo-hwan, another incident called the “Burim case” of 1981 happened during Doo-hwan regime.

The military government arrested 22 students, teachers and office workers who belonged to a book club without warrants and on fabricated charges that they were North Korea sympathizers.

The Attorney (2013) is loosely based on this event in which tax lawyer Roh Moo-hyun formed a legal team with Moon Jae-in and Kim Kwang-il to defend the group.

Today, the real-life Moo-hyun went on to become the 16th South Korean president while Jae-in is currently the South Korea president.

Watch the trailer here.

4. 1987: When The Days Come (2017)

Even after the Gwangju Uprising, university students continued to protest against Doo-hwan.

One of the students, Bak Jong-cheol was detained and interrogated for his role in the student protest. During the interrogation, the authorities used the infamous waterboarding technique to torture Jong-cheol which led to his death.

The movie is set in 1987, focusing on the real-life events that led up to the June Democratic Uprising including the death of a student protester during police interrogation.

Unlike the Gwangju Uprising which was limited to the city, the June Democratic Uprising was a nationwide democracy movement in the country that brought about mass protests from June 10 to June 29, 1987.

Watch the trailer here.

5. The Battleship Island (2017)

Hashima Island is commonly known as “Gunkanjima” meaning “Battleship Island”. This uninhabited island was where Korean civilians and Chinese prisoners of war were forced to work during the Second World War.

Sadly, it is estimated that about 1,300 labourers died on the island due to exhaustion, malnutrition and accidents from poor working conditions.

Inspired by the events on Hashima Island, The Battleship Island (2017) is about an attempted prison break from the forced labour camp.

Watch the trailer here.

6. Northern Limit Line (2015)

Starring Kim Mu-yeol, Jin Goo and Lee Hyun-woo, Northern Limit Line is a naval thriller film based on the real-life events of the Second Battle of Yeonpyeong.

The battle was a confrontation at sea between North Korean and South Korean patrol vessels near Yeonpyeong island in 2002.

During the real-life events, two North Korean patrol boats crossed the contested border and engaged with two South Korean patrol boats.

Subsequently, the North Koreans withdrew before South Korean reinforcements arrived.

Unsurprisingly, the North Korean state media outlet slammed the movie being distorted while conservative South Korean leaders recommended the film.

Watch the trailer here.

7. Sea Fog (2014)

Here is a movie based on the ugly side of real-life human trafficking cases. The islands of South Korea’s southwest coast have been used as routes for illegal Chinese immigrants to enter the country seeking for better life.

In 2001, 25 of these illegal immigrants were suffocated to death in the storage tank of a fishing vessels. Instead of giving them a proper burial, the boat crew dumped their bodies into the sea.

Sea Fog is a romanticized version of this real-life event with the youngest crew member Dong-sik (Park Yoo-chun) trying to protect a young female migrant.

Watch the trailer here.

8. Norigae (2013)

This year, the K-pop fandom was rocked by its biggest scandal in the industry ever. Big Bang’s youngest member Seungri was named a suspect for offering prostitutes to clients at his nightclub.

Before this scandal, there was the death of actress Jang Ja-yeon. In 2009, Ja-yeon killed herself, leaving behind a shocking suicide note.

She described how she was beaten and forced to entertain and have sex with program directors, CEOs and media executives.

Inspired by the events surrounding her death, Norigae (2013) follows a journalist in finding the truth behind a young actress’ suicide.

Watch the trailer here.

9. Another Family (2013)

Imagine a movie that was both invested in and produced solely by crowdfunding and all the actors in the cast worked in the film for free.

That was how much the South Korean public wanted this movie to happen. Another Family (2014) was based on the true story about the legal battle between Korean conglomerate Samsung and its employees who contracted leukemia.

Meanwhile, the movie was a fictionalised account of the real-life story of Hwang Sang-ki. Sang-ki was a taxi driver who waged a four-year legal battle against Samsung.

His daughter Yu-mi was diagnosed with advanced stage of leukemia two years after working at a Samsung semiconductor factory. Then in 2007, she lost her battle to cancer at the age of 23.

Watch the trailer here

10. Birthday (2019)

The world was shocked when the news of the Sewol Ferry Disaster broke out. On the morning of Apr 16, 2014, the ferry sank while carrying 476 people en route from Incheon towards Jeju.

Overall, 305 passengers and crew members died in the disaster. In addition to that, more than half were rescued by fishing boats and other commercial vessels.

Most of the victims were secondary students from Danwon High School, Ansan city.

Inspired by the incident, Birthday (2019) follows how a family copes with the grief from the loss of their son in a tragic accident.

Watch the trailer here.

KajoMag predicts possible scenarios in Game of Thrones Season 8

Current mood: Playing Game of Thrones‘ theme song on repeat until 15th April.

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The Internet is dark and full of spoilers.

So, since there are a lot of them on the Internet, I thought why not just join and contribute more predictions into the Game of Thrones black hole.

After endless nights of watching reruns, here are some things that KajoMag predicts will go down in Game of Thrones Season 8:

  • Cersei is not really pregnant

In Season 7, Episode 5 of Game of Thrones, Cersei tells Jaime that she is pregnant.

But if you recall in Season 5, Episode 1, Maggy the Frog told Cersei that she would become queen, would only have three children, and all of them would die. So far, she’s been right on all of these counts.

There are some mindbending theories, like the one about her and her mad scientist maester Qyburn conspiring together to impregnate her via artificial insemination. (He turned the Mountain into his own medieval Frankenstein monster, so it doesn’t seem completely impossible.)

Other speculations are whether the other part of Maggy the Frog’s prophecy which is present in the books, but not the TV series will show up in season 8:

And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.

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“Valonqar” in High Valyrian is “little brother”. Cersei in the books has long thought that it was Tyrion, which explains her (additional) loathing for him. Others recall that Jaime was born after Cersei, and so some speculate that it could be the one-handed Oathbreaker. Another theory is that in a twist of fate, Cersei could die in childbirth like her mother, killed by the “little brother” to her other children.

A more complicated reading of the “tears” in the above quote is that the salt water could be referring to the sea-going Greyjoys. The baby could be Euron Greyjoy’s and she may be killed in a miscarriage.

Yet another theory is that the pregnancy symptoms could actually be menopause symptoms. For those who are still grieving over Olenna Tyrell, the old lady might still have the last laugh over Cersei as in season 3, she argues with Tywin Lannister against Loras being married off to Cersei as her “change will be upon her before long”.

Knowing how well Cersei can lie with a straight face, she could be lying about her true condition to keep Jaime by her side.

In Season 7, we see Jaime questioning his allegiance to his sister/lover when she refuses to join the fight against the White Walkers.

Jaime whispers a tortured, “I don’t believe you” to Cersei before really leaving her in the final episode. So is he referring to her saying, “there’s one more yet to come”, (meaning their baby) or to her willing to kill him for walking away from her?

  • Khaleesi will bear a child

At the end of the Season 7 of Game of Thrones, it’s revealed in a discussion between Bran and Samwell Tarly that Jon Snow was the son of Rhaegar Targaryen (Daenarys’ brother) and Lyanna Stark, which means that Daenerys and Jon are actually aunt and nephew.

All the while, this conversation takes place as we watch (in mounting horror) Jon Snow and his aunty Dany steaming it up on the ship, completely oblivious.

Prior to that steamy scene, there are subtle hints that Jon Snow and Daenerys could end up making a kid together in Season 7.

First, there’s that scene when Jon Snow first touches Drogon and Daenerys says that no matter how big her dragons get, they would always be her children (*subtle hint).

Then there was that scene after Jon Snow, Danaerys and the gang meet up with Cersei, where they have a heart to heart and she tells him about the witch who said that she would not be able to bear children. For some reason, Jon is cynical and casts doubt on that prediction. (*hint hint).

Danaerys is often quoting Mirri Maz Duur’s quote:

When the sun rises in the west and sets in the east
When the seas go dry and mountains blow in the wind like leaves

But the TV series cut out the next part, which appeared in the books:

When your womb quickens again and you bear a living child
Then he will return, and not before.

The ‘he’ could refer to Khal Drogo. So will that mean we will get to see the sexy Khal return to his Khaleesi?

With Jon Snow and Daenerys finally sealing the deal on their increasingly intimate friendship throughout season 7, now it’s just a matter of counting the months. We predict that Daenerys may end up on the Iron Throne cradling a baby, or the “stallion who mounts the world”.

The Targaryen has a long history of incest in their family so Dany might not think her relationship with her nephew is weird. But Jon Snow was raised a Northman, so he will likely pack up his bags, vow to take up a life of celibacy (and stick to it) and return to taking up his watch in the North – if he survives the great war.

  • All the dragons will die in the season finale

I honestly think that the only reason why dragons appear in Game of Thrones is because of the great war that will take place in Season 8.

After the war ends, the dragons will no longer have a purpose until the next war comes.

So, the dragons will probably perish during the great war.

And then maybe at the end of the season finale, three new dragon eggs will appear indicating three new dragon riders?

  • Sansa lives, Arya dies

After seven seasons, I think we all should know better than to underestimate the Stark sisters, especially Sansa.

After what she went through, she survived until season seven.

So, in the end she might end up as the only Stark in Winterfell. With Bran being the Three-Eyed Raven, and the possibility that Jon, not Dany, being the Prince that was Promised, Sansa could end up being Queen of the North as well.

Arya on the other hand is not interested in politics, more focused on completing her list. Due to her restless nature, she might put herself in danger, thus making her an easy target for death.

While the recent trailer of the Starks staring at their effigies in the Winterfell crypt may indicate that both sisters will die young (since Jon Snow’s statue is the only one that shows that he ages), it is not wrong to be hopeful that Sansa could survive it all.

After all, if anyone deserves at least one happy ending, it should be at least one of the Stark girls.

  • Nymeria will show up

So far, Ghost is the only direwolf the we get to see on screen.

But in season 7 of Game of Thrones, we get to see Arya’s direwolf, Nymeria suddenly appear in the woods with her pack.

Could this be a hint that she will also appear when Arya most needs her in season eight?

  • One of the Stark boys will become the new Night King

Fan favourite Jon Snow is predicted by many to have a bleak destiny.

Some say he will die or disappear.

Many have also speculated that Jon Snow will be the one to kill the Night King.

But what if killing the current Night King means that Jon Snow will have to replace him as the new one to lead the White Walkers back to the North?

Another fantastic theory by a Redditor called u/donkyboobs is that the Night King is after the “Prince That Was Promised” and he’s looking for Jon Snow to replace him and end his own reign as the Night King.

Why Jon Snow? The Redditors explains that in the stories about the Long Night and the Others told by Old Nan to Bran in Season 1 that the Night King was a Stark.

Also, there seems to be a hint of something in Jon’s eyes when he and the Night King finally see each other. Premonition?

For KajoMag, we can’t really see him on the Iron Throne or in Winterfell. His lone wolf persona fits the bleakness North of the Wall.

To echo Ned Stark: When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.

Alternatively, it could be Bran that becomes the new Night King.

Please do not be true, because I prefer the idea of Bran becoming a tree by the end of the season finale.

Some have theorised that he has become so otherworldly and so all-knowing as the Three-Eyed Raven that he could be the Night King warging back and forth.

Others have speculated that Bran has already travelled back through time, becoming Bran the Builder who built the Wall to keep the White Walkers out; becoming King Aerys, sparking off his madness and triggering him to yell “Burn them all!”, perhaps when Bran himself is in the present time facing down White Walkers; and if he wargs into the Night King’s body, he could be trapped there forever.

Since Bran has shown to have strong capabilities in warging and time travel – the Greensight – since becoming the Three-Eyed Raven, it would not be impossible for him to be the next Night King.

  • Bran will time travel and rewrite history

Ok, this theory is a longshot. If Disney were to write Game of Thrones, you can expect a happy ending, despite how gloomy the storyline may first start off.

If GOT took the Disney route, our prediction is that, as Bran discovers his powers to time travel, as the Three-Eyed Raven, he will travel back in time to reverse everything before the Wars of the Five Kings or maybe before Robert’s Rebellion to save his family.

10 movies starring Lee Jung-jae you should watch

If KajoMag were to pick the most talented and versatile Korean actor, Lee Jung-jae would definitely be on top of our list.

The 46-year-old actor has managed to pull off different types of characters, from melodrama to action movies.

In every film that he has starred in, Jung-jae developed a distinct way of speaking for his character, making it iconic.

Even if you have never seen his movies, you might recognise his characters, because some K-pop idols love to imitate and parody the characters that Jung-jae has played

So here are 10 movies starring Lee Jung-jae you must watch:

1.New World (2013)

This is perhaps one of the Jung-jae’s most iconic roles so far. He plays an undercover cop in a crime organisation who finds it hard to play his role.

The movie is interesting thanks to its shifting-alliances plot, with viewers left with questions on who is on whose side now.

As for Jung-jae, viewers can appreciate how he portrays the struggle between the good and evil in him. (Or maybe he is just evil in the first place.)

Watch the trailer here.

2.The Face Reader (2013)

Even when he is put on the same screen with a more senior and experienced actor like Song Kang-ho, Jung-jae still manages to shine.

Here, he portrays Prince Suyang who is involved in a power struggle with a high-ranking general.

He won Best Supporting Actor at the Blue Dragon Film Awards and the Baeksang Arts Awards for his role.

Watch the trailer here.

3.The Housemaid (2010)

There is one word to describe Jung-jae’s character in The Housemaid – ‘disturbing’.

Directed by Im Sang-soo, this melodramatic, erotic thriller follows a maid of an upperclass family named Eun-yi played by Jeon Do-yean.

She becomes part of a destructive love triangle between Hoon (Jung-jae) and his wife Hae-ra (Seo Woo).

The movie had its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and Toronto International Film Festival. Meanwhile, Jung-jae nabbed the Best Actor Award at the Fantasporto Director’s Week.

Watch the trailer here.

4.An Affair (1998)

Here, young Jung-jae plays a man who has a scandal with his fiance’s older sister. It was the seventh highest-grossing Korean film in 1998.

It also won the Best Asian Film award at the 1999 Newport Beach International Film Festival.

5.Typhoon (2005)

Together with another charismatic Korean actor Jang Dong-gun, Typhoon (2005) definitely makes our list.

Here Jung-jae plays a South Korean Naval Intelligence Service Officer named Se-jong. The plot follows modern-day pirate planning a massive attack on North and South Korea.

Watch the trailer here.

6.Il Mare (2000)

How about a time-travel romance movie starring Jung-jae? Directed by Lee Hyun-seung, the movie also stars Jun Ji-hyun.

In this film, the main characters both live at a seaside house named Il Mare or ‘The Sea’ in Italian but two years apart in time.

However, they are able to communicate through a mysterious mailbox.

There is an American remake of the movie called The Lake House, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock.

7.The Thieves (2012)

This movie is like a dream come true for Asian movie fans. This is because it manages to combine the best of both Hong Kong and Korean film scenes with a star-studded ensemble cast.

Jung-hae stars as Popeye, one of the criminals in a cross-border diamond heist. He also reunited with his former co-star Jun Ji-hyun who plays a cat burglar named Yenicall.

The Thieves is currently the fifth highest-grossing film in Korean film history with over 12.9 million ticket sale.

Watch the trailer here.

8.Assassination (2015)

Set in 1900s during Japan’s rule over Korea, Jung-jae plays a resistance fighter named Yem Sek-jin. He tries but fails to assassinate the governor-general and a pro-Japanese businessman.

Due to his role in this movie, Jung-jae won a Best Actor Award at the 24th Buil Film Awards.

The movie was the highest-grossing Korean film of 2015 as well as the eighth highest-grossing movie of all time in Korean cinema industry.

Watch the trailer here.

9.The Accidental Gangster and the Mistaken Courtesan (2008)

It is every interesting to see how this actor jumps from one character to another in each different movie.

Here Jung-jae plays Cheon-doong, a comical hoodlum who meets and falls in love with Seol-ji, a kisaeng.

While he pursues Seol-ji, he unknowingly angers the top-ranking gangster in the area.

The movie is based on actual fight that occurred at a kisaeng house in 1724 , depicting the gangster culture of Joseon Dynasty.

Watch the trailer here.

10.Along with the Gods: The Two Worlds and Along with the Gods: The Last 49 Days (2017 and 2018)

Well, first of all Jung-jae is not even the main characters in Along with the Gods movies.

However, he plays as the supporting character as Yeomra so well that he is almost unrecognisable in the film.

Perhaps because he wears a wig and beard in the films, but also because his charisma as the god of death in the movie was both interesting and imitating.

Watch the trailer here.

10 South Korean gangster movies you need to watch

Just as Hollywood romanticizes pirates in its Pirates of the Caribbean movies, South Koreans have been doing the same thing to their gangsters.

In these movies, they popularise the idea and image of honourable criminal gang members, thus making them look so ‘cool’.

Not all of them have a happy ending, as some pay the price at the end of the movies.

If you are looking for South Korean gangster movies to binge-watch, here are 10 of KajoMag’s suggestions:
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1.A Bittersweet Life (2005)

Lee Byung-hun is perhaps one of the most recognised Korean actors, especially in Hollywood.

He is known for his role as Storm in the G.I. Joe movies and Billy Rocks in The Magnificent Seven alongside Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke.

In A Bittersweet Life, Byung-hun plays Kim Sun-woo, a high-ranking enforcer/hotel manager owned by a crime boss.

He is instructed to shadow his boss’ lover Hee-soo (Shin Min-ah). He is also mandated to kill her if he discovers her cheating on him.

Well, things get complicated when Sun-woo decides to spare her life.

The critical reception for the movie was highly positive. British film magazine, Empire named it third in 20 greatest gangster movies you have probably never seen.

Byung-hun even won a handful of Best Actor awards for his performance .

Meanwhile, Hollywood announced in 2017 there will be a remake of it starring the ever-beautiful Michael B. Jordan.

Watch the trailer here.

2.The Man From Nowhere (2010)

Speaking of Denzel Washington, this South Korean gangster movie has an almost similar plot with Washington’s Man on Fire (2004).

South Korean heartthrob Won Bin plays Cha Tae-sik who goes on a blood rampage after his neighbour, a little girl, is kidnapped.

(Fans will not forget an iconic scene where Won Bin prepares to take some lives by cutting his hair – shirtless – in front of the mirror.)

On a serious note, the film showcases the darker side of organised crime such as drugs, organ harvesting and child slaves.

Watch the trailer here.

3.A Dirty Carnival (2006)

Maybe the reason why people are attracted to these gangster movies is because of their charismatic lead actors.

Just like A Dirty Carnival (2006) in which starring another South Korean heartthrob, Jo In-sung.

Who else would you need to consult with when making a gangster movie other than a gangster himself?

In-sung plays a small-time gangster who helps his film director friend as a consultant in a gangster movie.

Then, things get complicated when art starts to imitate life, especially in a life of organised crime.

Watch the trailer here.

4.Friend (2001)

Friendship is something all humans value, whether you are involved in an organised crime or not. Friend (2001) follows the story of four childhood friends with two of them working in rival gangs in their adult lives.

The leader of the group, Joon-seok (Yu Oh-seong) is a son of a powerful mob boss. During a confrontation with a teacher, the teacher asks the group “What does your father do?” and you can imagine the teacher (played Kim Kwang-kyu)’s face when Joon-seok answers the truth.

Although it was small, it has become one of Kwang-kyu’s most memorable roles. Plus, his line “What does your father do?” is still being parodied over the years.

This film is a semi-autobiography of director Kwak Kyung-taek’s experiences with his friends growing up in Busan.

Watch the trailer here.

5.New World (2013)

Speaking of memorable lines, this South Korean gangster movie probably has the most.

Each of the character has his own iconic line such as Hwang Jung-min “Hey brother” and Park Sung-woong’s “This is just the right weather to die.”

Full of action, the film is a melodrama circling around Lee Jung-jae as an undercover cop who finds it difficult to be both a policeman and a gangster.

Basically, the plot is a South Korean gangster version of Games of Thrones. The conflict starts when the chairman of South Korea’s largest corporate crime syndicate mysteriously dies and his successors subsequently start fighting for the crown.

Watch the trailer here.

6.Nameless Gangster: The Rules of Times (2012)

Besides being a gangster movie, what else do Nameless Gangster: The Rules of Time (2012) and New World (2013) have in common?

They both star veteran actor Choi Min-sik. The film is set in the 80s and 90s in Busan when corruption and organised crime were rampant in the country.

Time magazine even called it “the Korean mob film Martin Scorsese (who is known for his modern crime and gang conflict) would be proud of.”

In this movie, Min-sik plays a corrupt customs official who finds a haul of drugs. He then teams up with a notorious gangster to establish one of the most powerful crime organisations.

If you enjoyed John Grisham’s book, you most probably will enjoy this movie.

Watch the trailer here.

7.The Outlaws (2017)

Yanbian is an autonomous prefecture located in northeastern Jilin Province, China where a large number of ethnic Koreans call it home.

Unfortunately in Korean dramas and cinemas, Yanbian is always depicted as the place for Korean-Chinese mobsters including The Outlaws (2017).

Based on real events in 2007, the plot follows a turf war between a local gang in Seoul and the Heuksapa gang from Yanbian.

The movie stars Ma Dong-seok from the Train to Busan as a detective who tries to keep the peace in the midst of this gang war.

Watch the trailer here.

8.The Villainess (2017)

Finally, a female lead in a Korean gangster movie! Just imagine John Wick as a girl trained in Yanbian to be a highly skilled assassin, and that is pretty much what The Villainess (2017) is all about.

Watch Kim Ok-bin as the female John Wick, wearing a wedding gown while aiming a rifle and wiping out gang members in this movie.

The movie had its world premiere at the 70th Cannes Film Festival in May 2017. There, it received a four-minute standing ovation.

Watch the trailer here.

9.Breathless (2008)

This movie will leave you breathless, mainly because of its main actor Yang Ik-june’s raw performance. He also wrote, directed and edited the movie.

Perhaps the closest to reality in terms of gangster movies on this list, the plot revolves around child abuse and loan sharking.

Ik-june plays a loan shark named Sang-hoon who makes friend with a trouble schoolgirl named Yeon-hee.

While some of these gangster movies showcase established organised crime which usually hide behind big companies and spending money lavishly, this movie portrays the common gangsters that live among us.

Coming from broken homes, they are violent, foul-mouthed, working for Ah Long, far from luxurious lives and struggling to pay rent like the rest of us.

Watch the trailer here.

10.Asura: The City of Madness (2016)

One of the favourite themes for any gangster movies, regardless of language, is politics.

Asura: The City of Madness (2016) is a classic tale of corrupt administration and law enforcement in the city.

The story goes that Detective Han (Jung Woo-sung) has been secretly doing dirty work for the corrupt mayor Park Sung-bae (Hwang Jung-min).

Then, a ruthless prosecutor comes in played by Kwak Do-won pressuring Han to cooperate in an investigation against the mayor.

Haven’t these people ever heard the saying, “If you play with fire, you might get burned”?

Watch the trailer here.

NAMA, girl group with hijab wow the judges on Asia’s Got Talent

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There have been many singers in this season of Asia’s Got Talent but there’s not one like NAMA, an all-girl group from Malaysia.

Decked out in hijab, the four ladies gave the performance of their lives as they sang Lady Gaga’s Bad Romance and received a standing ovation from the audience.

“I have never seen a group of four beautiful women in hajib performing like this. We need a group like you and I love the song choice,” Anggun praised.

“You guys are like the modern-day Malaysian version of The Supremes!” Jay Park said.

The members, Nur Fazrina, Noor Syamimi, Norfazira and Nur Farahida met in 2016 when they were studying in the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur.

They bonded over their love for music and started performing to prove that strong women can have ambitions.

While David Foster was not impressed by their singing abilities, NAMA received two yeses from Jay Park and Anggun and they will be in the running to appear in the semi-finals.

Watch the encore telecast of this episode on Sunday at 9.05pm (8.05PM JKT/BKK) on AXN. New episode of Asia’s Got Talent airs every Thursday at 8.30pm (7:30pm JKT/BKK) on AXN. To follow the journey of this season’s acts, check out #AXNAsia and #AsiasGotTalent.

About Asia’s Got Talent

To watch extended highlights of Asia’s Got Talent and exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, fans can subscribe to the official AXN Asia YouTube Channel at

AXN has also teamed up with Google to add a Google Assistant Action of the show experience,  the acts on their mobile devices. Fans can activate the Google Assistant and simply say “Talk to Asia’s Got Talent” to get the conversation started.

Asia’s Got Talent is the 67th adaptation of the Guinness-World-Record-breaking hit “Got Talent” format, which was created by Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment and is co-produced by FremantleMedia.

The “Got Talent” format is officially the most successful reality TV format in history and currently airs in 186 countries.

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15 poets you should follow on Instagram

Whether you like it or not, social media has been redefining a lot of things including the world of poets.

Social media apps such as Instagram has become a platform for poets to freely share their rhymes and verses to an audience.

And if they are good enough, they can even score a book deal or two for making their works accessible to the world.

So if you are looking for sincere, relatable words to soothe your poetic soul in the midst of the viral craziness of social media, here are 15 poets you should follow on Instagram:
1.Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure, Lullabies, Memories, The Universe of Us and Sea of Strangers; these are published poetry and prose books written by Lang Leav.

Taking matter into her own hands, Lang self-published her first book Love & Misadventure. When the book started to top best-seller charts, publishers began calling her for book deals and now she signed up with Writers House.

Apart from her books, you can find some of her works on her Instagram account where she also shared about her future events.

2.Michael Faudet

And we cannot talk about Lang Leav, without talking about Michael Faudet. Faudet is Lang’s partner and perhaps the only one who knows how Faudet looks like in real life.

Unlike Lang’s work, Faudet is known for his erotic writing style, which you can tell even by the title of his books such as ‘Dirty Pretty Things’.

3.Rupi Kaur

Before this poet shared her work on Instagram, she started to share them on Tumblr back in 2013.

Rupi Kaur’s Instagram feed of poetry and illustrations started in 2014. Then, she published her first book, milk and honey on Nov 4, 2014.

The book sold more than 2.5 million copies and was on The New York Times Best Seller list for over 77 weeks.

The success of Kaur’s book is indeed a far cry from her days writing poems on Tumblr account.


What does Atticus looks like? No one knows (or at least none of his followers do, anyway). The poet always wears a mask even during his public readings of his book and on TV.

Is he a good poet? His 1 million followers on Instagram think so.

His Instagram feed is carefully curated in monochrome mostly with one-liners that hit straight to your heart.

5.Nikita Gill

The scariest thing about putting your work online is to have people sharing them without crediting you. And no one knows this better than Nikita Gill.

A couple years ago, Khloe Kardashian shared one of her poems without credit. Even after people tried to inform her, Kardashian refused to respond.

The poet shared her thought about it during an interview with Fashion Magazine, “The longer it’s been out on the Internet, the longer the Internet seems to think that it belongs to them. It’s scary being a creative person sharing their work online.”

So, if you are reposting any poems from these poets on Instagram, do not forget to give them proper credit!

6.Najwa Zebian

In 2016, Najwa Zebian self-published her first collection of poetry and prose. And she continued to publish her works in books like The Nectar of Pain and Mind Platter.

Her upcoming book Sparks of Phoenix is set to release this coming Mar 5.

Meanwhile, she continued to share some her lines on Instagram.

7.Alison Malee

Malee is a poet/author/artist. This New York-based poet has been featured in The Huffington Post, Bustle, Thought Catalog.

You can find her poems, quotes and prose on her Instagram, mostly posted with flowers as her background.

8.Amanda Lovelace

She is the winner of 2016 Goodreads Choice Award-winning poet. Her first published book has a title which screams feminism, The Princess Saves Herself In This One.

The titles of her books are always intriguing; The Witch Doesn’t Burn In This One, To Make Monsters Out Of Girls, The Mermaid’s Voice Returns In This One.

Recently, Lovelace joined power with two other bestselling authors Nikita Gill and Trista Mateer to publish Dragonhearts.

9.Tyler Knott Gregson

What is the best part about following Tyler Knott Gregson on Instagram? He currently publishes a raw poem from his “Typewriter Series” every day!

And he wrote “Daily Haiku on Love” on a piece of paper and posted it daily too! Wait, we are not done yet. Gregson is also a professional photographer so he posted his photo on his Instagram.

Combining these three kind of photos on his Instagram feed; we have his typewriter-written poems on the left column, a handwritten note in the middle column and a photograph on the right column.

There you have it; one of the most perfectly curated Instagram account and it comes with poems.

10.Nayyirah Waheed

The first word to describe Nayyirah Waheed’s style of poetry is unconventional. Let just say that, she is not a fan of capital letters and traditional punctuation.

Nonetheless, her short lines and few words style of poems manage to draw about 700 000 followers on Instagram.

11.Christopher Poindexter

How to get Christopher Poindexter’s attention on Instagram? Get a tattoo of his poems on your body, post it on Instagram, do not forget to tag his account and he might repost your photo!

Poindexter started to write poems when he was 18. Since then, he had published three books; Naked Human, Lavender (Remastered) and Old Soul Love.

12.Robert M. Drake

With 1.9 million followers on Instagram, it is no surprise that Robert M. Drake is also the author of several best-selling books.

Like some of the poets on this list, Drake is also a popular street artist which you can see his work in all major cities in the US.

13.Marisa Crane

Like many other poets, Marisa Crane also write her non-poetical poems such as fiction and non-fiction pieces.

And the coolest thing about Crane? She is also the co-founder and editor of Collective Unrest, an undergound resistance magazine to promote social unity and political unrest.

14.Pavana Reddy

Most poets write because they found peace and serenity in the rhythmic and metaphoric words of poetry. The same thing can be said about Pavana Reddy who found solace in poetry after losing her sister at a very young age.

You feel how she talked about her pain, love and loses though her poems on Instagram.

15.Amanda Torroni

This author of Stargazing at Noon and Poetic Conversation is currently based in Summerville, South Carolina, US.

Her Instagram profile shows a mixture of poems and prose as well as some glimpse of her personal life.

Occasionally, she posted videos of her reciting her poems.

Do you have any favourite poets on Instagrams which are not on this list? Let us know on the comment box.

Read also: 15 Wildlife Photographers You Should Follow on Instagram

At Adau releases second album, ‘Oba’

After the release of Journey (2016), Sarawak’s very own experimental world music band has returned with a new album called Oba.

In this album, At Adau fuses different kinds of musical styles and instruments, even inserting new sounds like electronic, pop rock and samba.

Oba which means love in the Kenyah language, has nine tracks to offer that will make fans dance or relax.

Apart from their usual music instruments such as sape, serutong, guitar, and all kinds of traditional drums and percussion, the band brought in new instruments such as the Penan nose flute and hulusi (Chinese cucurbit flute) in Oba.

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Fans had the chance to win At Adau’s latest album ‘Oba’ during the launching party at Rumah Asap Tabuan Dayak.

The six-member band has been busy promoting their album around Kuching.

Together with their partners Sarawak Tourism Board (STB) and Malaysia Airlines (MAS), At Adau had a launching event with the press at Plaza Aurora on Jan 30.

Then on Feb 2, they had a launching party together with their fans at Rumah Asap Tabuan Dayak.

The party had special appearances by Swaiv, Automatic The Remote and master sape player Mathew Ngau Jau.

Though it was just released, Oba was already making waves in the world music industry. By February 2019, the album ranked at number 35 on the Transglobal World Music Chart (TWMC)

In addition to that, At Adau was the first Malaysian act to be on the chart.

Co-founded by Angel Romero from WorldMusicCentral.Org, TWMC’s songs are selected by renowned world music specialists from all over the world.

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The launcing party of Oba on last Saturday’s night attracts both the young and old.
About At Adau

The band was founded in June 2014 as a traditional contemporary music act. Their music is mainly driven by the sounds of the sape. Plus, it blends the different beats of traditional drums and percussion of Borneo tribes.

The name At Adau is a combination of the word ‘At’ which means ‘root’ in Bidayuh. Meanwhile, ‘Adau’ refers to the preferred tree used to make the sape in Kenyah.

Since their debut, they have performed all over Sarawak as well as Thailand, South Korea, Australia and Singapore.

Oba is now available for purchase through At Adau’s official Facebook page. Or you can head over to Sape Gallery Riverside Shopping Complex, Skrang Tattoo Studio or Blackout Tattoo Studio.

Here are some throwback photos of At Adau performing at Rainforest World Music Festival 2017 and 2018:

18 Hollywood movies to watch in 2019

Besides listing out your new year’s resolution, how about listing out movies you must watch in 2019?

Here are KajoMag’s suggestions of Top 18 Hollywood movies you need to watch in 2019:

1.How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (Jan 31)

By the look of the movie poster, we know that Toothless has a mate! According to the movie timeline, it is one year the events of the second film, meaning Hiccup is now the chief of Berk.

2. Captain Marvel (Mar 7)

Marvel fans all over the world are eagerly waiting for this movie. Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel is a former US Air Force fighter pilot who turns into one of the galaxy’s mightiest heroes.

The main question here is how Captain Marvel will fit into the whole Marvel universe.

3. Dumbo (Mar 29)

Diehard Disney fans may not want to miss this live action remake of Disney’s most famous elephant. In this edition, Dumbo is trying to save a struggling circus.

4. Shazam! (Apr 5)

Here is a DC movie to look forward to in 2019. Shazam! is based on the DC Comics character of the same name.

The main character, Billy Batson is transported into a different realm where an ancient wizard gives him the power to transform into a godlike adult superhero by uttering the word “Shazam!”

5. Hellboy (Apr 12)

Hellboy is a fictional, half-demon superhero based on the Dark Horse Comics.

It made it to the big screen in 2004 and continued in a sequel in 2008. Another sequel was supposed to be filmed in 2019 but was canceled due to lack of funding.

In this reboot, Hellboy prepares to stop an ancient medieval sorceress who seeks to destroy all of mankind.

6. Avengers: End Game (Apr 26)

This is the movie of 2019, as in THE movie of 2019. How are the Avengers going to beat Thanos? Who else is going to die? How does Ant-Man manage to come back from the Quantum Realm? How is Captain Marvel going to fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? There are so many questions!

7. John Wick 3: Parabellum (May 17)

If you watched the second installment of John Wick then you know that another sequel is definitely on the way.

In this third movie, Wick is still on the run following his assassination of a member of the High Table in The Continental.

With a $14 million contract on his head, Wick is fighting his way out of New York city.

8. Men in Black: International (May 22)

Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson showed great onscreen chemistry in Thor: Ragnarok. So movie buffs should be looking forward for the pair in Men in Black: International.

A spin-off of the Men in Black (MIB) film series, the story follows a London-based team of MIB secret agents trying to solve a murder mystery while travelling around the world.

9. Aladdin (May 24)

For the past few years, Disney is all about live-action adaptation of its classic movies. So here is Aladdin directed by Guy Ritchie.

Although it is not out yet, the movie has already gathered more than enough criticism, especially for its casting.

The addition of a white character played by Billy Magnussen had people accusing them of whitewashing the film.

On top of that, the public was also unhappy that Princess Jasmine is being played by a non-Middle Eastern and Anglo Indian actress Naomi Scott.

To top it all, Marwan Kenzari was accused being too hot for the role of Jafar. (Although the thirst tweets following this reveal are hilarious.)

But as they say in Hollywood, there is no such thing as bad publicity.

10. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (May 31)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a sequel to the 2014 Godzilla movie.

According to the synopsis released by Warner Bros, Godzilla will fight Mothra, Rodan and his ultimate nemesis, the three-headed King Ghidorah.

11. X-Men: Dark Phoenix (June 6)

This movie made it to our last year’s list of movies to watch in 2018. What is it doing here again? It was previously set to be released on Nov 2019, then rescheduled to be released on Feb 14, 2019. Now it is scheduled for release on June 6 this year.

The plot follows nearly a decade after the events of X-Men: Apocalypse. The X-Men are now national heroes going on increasingly risky missions.

The conflict starts when a solar flare hitting them during a rescue mission in space and Jean Grey loses control of her power, unleashing the Phoenix.

12. Toy Story 4 (June 29)

Raise your hand if you thought Toy Story 3 (2010) was the last movie of this Pixar installment.

The film continues from the last movie where Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear after Andy gave them to Bonnie Anderson.

13. Spiderman: Far From Home (July 5)

So with the release of Spiderman: Far From Home, we know that Peter Parker is alive after Avengers: Endgame.

The movie follows Parker who goes on summer vacation to Europe with his friends. There, Spiderman teams up with villain Mysterio to fight against The Elementals.

14. The Lion King (July 19)

If you love the 1994 The Lion King, then you must put this movie on your Hollywood movies to watch in 2019.

And if you watched the trailer then you know it is a photorealistic computer animated remake of the 1994 film.

15. Joker (Oct 4)

DC Comics fans might have high expectations on this movie as it is the first film separate from the DC Extended Universe.

Moreover, movie fans are looking forward to see Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as the Joker.

16. Kingsman 3 (Nov 8)

Ladies if you have not heard the news, we are sorry to announce that Taron Egerton aka Eggsy will not be in this movie.

But rest assured, he has also told Yahoo: “That doesn’t mean I won’t be in Kingsman ever again.”

So what is Kingsman without Eggsy? Now we have to watch just to find out.

17. Jumanji 3 (Dec 13)

Do you know that there was an alternate ending for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which was supposed to leave the door open for another movie? That scene was removed from the final cut of the film.

Regardless, the third untitled Jumanji is confirmed on the way.

18. Star Wars: Episode IX (Dec 19)

Remember The Last Jedi? This movie is set a year after that movie.

Perhaps this time we will finally know who Rey is related to… and whether it matters in the grander scheme of the Star Wars universe.

10 books being made into movies in 2019 you need to read

The trend of turning books into movies continues into this brand new year of 2019. While there seems to be too many books being turned into into dramas or Netflix original series to catch up with, here are 10 books you might want to read before they head to the cinema.

1.Pet Sematary by Stephen King (Apr 19)

Who doesn’t love it when Stephen King’s horror novels are turned into movies? Pet Sematary is a 1983 horror story by King which was nominated for a World Fantasy Award for Best Novel in 1986.

In the 2019 film adaptation of the book, Dr. Louis Creed (Jason Clarke) and his wife Rachel (Amy Seimetz) together with their two young children move from Boston to Maine.

There, the family discovers a mysterious burial ground near the family’s home.

With the successful film adaptation of King’s It in 2017, movie buffs definitely have high expectations for Pet Sematary.

2. Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer

This is a series of eight science fiction fantasy novels written by Irish author Eoin Colfer. Kenneth Branagh directed the movie adaptation of the film while Michael Goldenberg, Adam Kline and Connor McPherson wrote the screenplay.

In order to rescue his criminal father and restore the family fortune, Artemis Fowl II (Ferdia Shaw) and his servant and bodyguard Butler seek the existence of fairies in hopes of robbing them.

3. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (Dec 25)

Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women has been adapted for cinema six times since it was published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869.

This American classic follows the lives of the four March sisters; Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy. It is loosely based on Alcott’s own life and her three sisters.

The movie stars Saoirse Ronan, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Meryl Streep, Laura Dern and many more.

4. A Dog’s Way Home (Feb 21)

Dogs are said to be a man’s best friend for many reasons. And one of it is because only a dog would travel more than 400 miles to find her owner.

A Dog’s Way Home is the film adaptation for W. Bruce Cameron’s A Dog’s Purpose.

Ashley Judd, Edward James Olmos, Alexandra Shipp, Wes Studi star in this family drama film.

5. The Rhythm Section by Mark Burnell (Feb 21)

How far would you go in search of the truth? Author Mark Burnell tells the story of a woman who seeks to uncover the truth behind a plane crash that killed her family.

Stephanie Patrick (Blake Lively) then discovers that the crash was not accidental so she embarks on a mission to track down those responsible by assuming the identity of an assassin.

6. The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness (Feb 28)

After The Hunger Games, we clearly need another young adult dystopian movie so here comes Chaos Walking.

It is based on The Knife of Never Letting Go, the first book of the Chaos Walking series written by British novelist Patrick Ness.

The story is set in a world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise.

7. Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott might remind you of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars.

First-time author Lippincott tells the story of two sick teenagers who could never physically touch each other because of their sickness.

You might need to prepare some tissues both for the book and movie.

8. The Woman in the Window by A.J Finn

Dr. Anna Fox (Amy Adams) is an agoraphobic child psychologist who lives alone in a recluse New York city home.

So she spends her time like any woman would living alone; drinking wine, watching movies and spying on her neighbours.

Then moves in the Russells into the house across her home. While spying on her neighbours, she witnesses a crime and determines whether to call the police.

9. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt (Oct 11)

This 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner is told in the first person by Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum.

Then the story follows Theodore (played by Ansel Elgort) where he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and later involved in art forgeries.

10. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

If you loved Everything, Everything then you might also fall in love with The Sun is Also A Star.

It is Yoon’s second book after the success of Everything, Everything which was also turned into a movie in 2017.

The story follows a girl played by Yara Shahidi who falls in love in the midst of family conflict.

What are you waiting for? Read these books before they hit the cinema.

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