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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.

10 startup lessons to learn from Chinese drama Love O2O

Love O2O is a 2016 Chinese drama based on the novel of the same name written by Gu Man.

The plot follows Xiao Nai (Yang Yang), a gaming expert who also happens to be a basketball star, straight-A student, swimming athlete and co-founder of a game company. Would it be surprising to know that he is also the college heartthrob?

Putting aside the impossible existence of a man like Xiao Nai off-camera, there are a few points to be taken while watching him start his own company while finishing his final year in university.

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Promotional poster for Love O2O.

While most viewers must be drawn by the innocent courtship between Xiao Nai and Bei Weiwei (Zheng Shuang), here at KajoMag we want to share 10 startup lessons to learn from Chinese drama Love O2O:

1.PR is everything

In Love O2O, Xiao Nai is described to be cold and always one to have savage comebacks. Although he is still a degree student who enjoys online gaming, he carries himself with such maturity.

Even when he is put into a sticky or uncomfortable situation, Xiao Nai still manages to put on a smile and be courteous.

After a pitching presentation, for example, Xiao Nai and his company Zhi Yi Technology co-founders/roommates are approached by several potential partners and investors.

One of them points out that his game idea is realistic and humble unlike Xiao Nai himself, to which he replies, “Lucky it’s the game that I’m selling, not myself.”

No matter what situation you are in, always remember that PR is everything.

As Warren Buffet said, “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”

2.Know your competitors and study their business strategy

Zhi Yi Technology’s main competitor is Zhen Yi Technology. While competing for the rights to develop a game with Feng Teng Technology, Xiao Nai studies Zhen Yi Technology’s business methods and even their past strategies.

His study on his competitor allows him to expect what their next moves are.

3.Expect the worst and be prepared

This mindset helps Xiao Nai be prepared for all the dirty tricks up competitor Zhen Yi’s sleeves.

Maybe in real life, pulling dirty tricks while doing business might get you into trouble with the law, bur it is often a dog eat dog world out there so expect the worst possible scenarios.

This does not mean you should be pessimistic with the future of your startup, but be prepared come hell or high water.

4.Your team comes first

Speaking of dirty tricks in Love O2O, Zhi Yi’s competitor Zhen Yi tries to poach Xiao Nai’s teammates.

In this case of ‘bros before dough’, none of his co-founders leave him for the competitor’s company.

A study showed that infighting is one of the reasons why many startups failed especially when it involves partners.

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Have a strong teamwork for your startup. Credits: Pexels.

5.Know your weaknesses

There is no such thing as the perfect business idea and module. Every startup has its own weakness.

In the drama, Zhi Yi’s main weakness is lack in marketing. It is the main reason why they choose to work with Feng Teng. The latter has good track record in marketing their products.

Know your weaknesses and find ways to overcome them.

6.Create short term goals

When it comes to startups, it is important to create goals. If you have some business background, then you will already have learned the five criteria in developing solid goals.

They need to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time bound. The time bound goals can be set either within a short or long period of time.

Short-range goals are things to work on over a short period of time, for example, how many prospective customers you have reached out in a day.

Xiao Nai in Love O2O is the typical type A-type personality. His short term goal is to develop a mobile online game before the age of 25.

7.And do not forget your long term goals too

One of Xiao Nai’s long-range goals is to invest in cybersecurity.

Having long-term goals allow you to clear up your ideas, focus your efforts and use your time productively.

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Set up some goals and watch your startup growths.

8. Have a vision to change something in the world.

Any startup should have a bigger and wider vision. Disney’s vision is to make people happy whereas Ikea wants to create a better every day life for people.

Meanwhile Xiao Nai aims to depict the world he wanted to create through technology.

Regardless what your vision is, the most important thing is that it resonates with you.

9. Your passion and interest are still important.

Confucius once said, “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

At the end of the day, your passion and interest will drive you towards your vision.

When Xiao Nai was confronted by his father over his career choice in mobile games, he convinced him with his vision.

However he also added, the main reason was simply because he loves gaming.

10. Protect your ideas and copyright

In the drama, Xiao Nai said this to his teammates: “If you have treasures, you’re bound to encounter some hungry wolves.”

So if you have a great business idea, be sure to protect it. If it is an intelligent property, get a copyright.

Rather than whining or complaining about people stealing or copying your ideas, remember that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. Plus, failing in originality is definitely better than succeeding in imitation.

Rest assured if there is one thing about copycats, is that they will always be one step behind.

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Do not worry about copycats and continue to work on original ideas. Credits: Pexels.

5 reasons why Netflix’s The Princess Switch is a mindlessly fun movie to watch

If you are subscribed to Netflix, then you might already know that The Princess Switch was released last Nov 16.

Directed by Mike Rohl, it is a Christmas romantic comedy starring Vanessa Hudgens, Sam Palladio and Nick Sagar.

Hudgens plays both Stacy DeNovo, a Chicago baker and Lady Margaret Delacourt the Duchess of Montenaro. Margaret was also the future bride of Edward, the crown prince of fictional Kingdom of Belgravia.

Stacy and Margaret decide to switch places for a couple of days as the latter was hoping to live a normal non-duchess life before her arranged marriage to Edward.

With a predictable storyline, the movie opened to mixed reviews with a handful of bloopers here and there.

Nonetheless here at KajoMag, we have five reasons The Princess Switch is a mindless fun movie for you to watch this Christmas.

1.Watch it for Vanessa Hudgens’ cringey British accent

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Hudgens plays both Stacy DeNovo (left) and Lady Margaret Delacourt (right).

Hudgens playing the American Stacy DeNovo attempting to carry a British accent is funny to watch. However, Hudgens playing Lady Margaret Delacourt with what she means to be a native British accent was cringey. For this, you really have to watch The Princess Switch to experience the difference.

2.It features the world’s hottest sous chef

Nick Sagar playing Kevin Richards (Stacy’s best friend and sous chef) was one of, or maybe the best thing in the movie.

All I can say is there’s a scene featuring a shirtless Kevin and it was the only man-candy moment you need from a movie this Christmas.

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Yes, everything is fine. Credits: Screenshot from Netflix trailer.

3.A life-swapping movie is always fun to watch

17 again, The Parents’ Trap, Freaky Friday, 13 Going 30; a life-swapping movie is always fun to watch.
Furthermore, it is always interesting to watch any actor acting two different characters in one movie.

4.The Duchess’s closet is worth killing for

Obviously, Lady Margaret the duchess has a way better wardrobe than Stacy the baker. And the Duchess’ closet is on top of my Christmas wish list this year. From the heels Stacy wore during her visit to the orphanage and her maroon ball gown, every fashion item was definitely to die for.

5.A good movie to watch mindlessly while sipping on a drink this Christmas

Putting aside the nonsensical idea of learning to be somebody else in just few hours, The Princess Switch was actually a fun movie to watch. Hudgens, should consider acting in more rom-coms as she was hilarious in the movie.

If you are watching The Princess Switch this Christmas, grab a glass of wine, beer, brandy, whiskey or eggnog and expect a fairly tale movie with a fairly tale ending.

What we know about the sequel for Train to Busan so far

Train to Busan (2016) literally became a runaway success when it became the highest-grossing Korean film in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Singapore, earning a gross of USD93.1 million worldwide.

The South Korean zombie apocalypse thriller action starring Gong Yoo, Jung Yu-mi and Ma Dong-seok was applauded for providing a great social commentary on current Korean society.

Powerful people are disgustingly selfish; big corporate companies and government are responsible for a lot of death and destruction in the movie-world of Busan.

Now, a sequel to Train to Busan is on it way and here are five things we know about it so far:

1.The same director will return to direct the sequel

Yeon Sang-ho the director of Train to Busan is confirmed to direct the sequel. He also directed animation movie The King of Pigs (2011) and it went became the first Korean animated film to be screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

2.It follows the events after the train have reached Busan

Yeon has confirmed that setting for the sequel will not be on a train but in a city instead (most probably in Busan). Many entertainment portals have speculated the plot will be centred around finding the source of the zombie virus. A wild speculation is the storyline will be based on the zombies’ perspective.

3.Few A-list Korean actors have been rumoured to star in it including Kang Dong-wan.

When the rumours of a sequel first spread, many fans voiced out their expectations of seeing Descendants of the Sun actor Song Joong-ki in the movie. Some fans even wanted to see Song Joong-ki and his wife Song Hye Kyo starring together in the movie. However, what we know so far is that Kang Dong-wan has been offered a role in Train to Busan 2.

4.The cast of Train to Busan will not return

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Gong Yoo is confirmed not returning to act in Train to Busan’s sequel. Credits: IMDB

Sadly, the director confirmed that the original cast of Train to Busan will not return to act in the sequel. The only survivors of the first movie are Seong-kyeong (Jung Yu-mi) and Su-an (Kim Su-an) while the rest are dead or turned into zombies. Although many fans wanted Gong Yoo to come back as a zombie.

5.The name of the sequel

The sequel is under the working title Bando which means ‘Peninsula’ in Korean. This implies that we will see the virus spreading all over the Korean peninsular. Filming for Bando is expected to start early 2019.

5 easy recipes from Happy Together’s Late Night Cafeteria you should try

If you are one of the those people who gets hungry and starts to scavenge through your fridge in the middle of the night, this is for you.

Happy Together is a South Korean talk show which has been running since 2001. It used to have this regular segment called Late Night Cafeteria. Occasionally, the show brings back this famous segment.

The Late Night Cafeteria allows celebrities to share their easy, affordable meals that they make themselves at home.

Here are five easy Happy Together’s Late Night Cafeteria you should try:

1. Kwantos

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The life of a K-pop idol trainee is infamously known to be harsh. Some of the idol trainees even do not have enough to eat or be put on a diet at a young age.

K-pop star Kwanghee of ZE:A shared that once he accidentally left a bag of Cheetos open and the chips got soggy. But he refused to throw the chips away and developed a recipe out of the soggy snack.

The host of Late Night Cafeteria, Yoo Jaesuk initially had doubts about the recipe. However once he tasted it, he suggested the dish might goes well with beer.

So, how to make Kwanghee’s Kwangtos? Leave your Cheetos bag open for a day.Then top it with cheese and hot sauce before putting it in microwave.

This recipe is good if you do not want to let your Cheetos go to waste.

Watch how to make it here:

2.Mushroom toast

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South Korean singer Byul is famously known as Running Man HaHa’s wife. Together, the couple runs a BBQ restaurant in Seoul on top of their entertainment careers.

During this year’s segment of Late Night Cafeteria, the mother of two shared a toast recipe she usually make for her son.

It is a sandwich made from mushroom patty with two slices of toast. She made a patty out out enoki mushroom, crabs stick, sweet corn and an egg. After that, pan-fry the batter to make square-shaped fritters.

As for the sauce, just mix tomato ketchup and mayonnaise. You can add on your own chilli if you prefer it to be a little bit more spicy.

This is how Byul makes it.

3.Egg toast and Shaved Ice

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How about snacking like an Olympic gold medalist? Lee Sanghwa, a two-time Olympic champion shared her late night snack recipes which consist of egg toast and shaved ice.

The egg toast is made with bread dipped in beaten egg with a little bit of diced chili.

Sanghwa then completes her snack with dessert of homemade shaved ice. The cold dish comprises only three ingredients; frozen milk, vanilla ice-cream and chocolate cookies.

Watch how to make it here

4.Dumpling Spaghetti

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Nowadays, instant food even dumplings are easily available at the supermarket. Actor Seo Hajoon accidentally discovered this recipe when he trying to cook instant dumplings but failed.

In attempt to rescue the dumplings, he mashed up the dumplings in a bowl. He added ketchup and mozzarella cheese on top of it before making it in the oven.

Hajoon called it Dumpling Spaghetti because the dumpling wrappers taste like noodles.

Watch how to make the dumpling spaghetti here. 

5.Pad Thai Ramyeon

5 easy recipes from Happy Together’s Late Night Cafeteria you should try

Although South Korean celebrity chef Baek Jongwon is the culinary expert, he entrusts his wife to cooking spaghetti or noodle-related dishes at home.

His wife, Korean actress So Yujin shared an easy to make homemade pad thai ramyeon.

Basically, it is similar to Malaysian Maggi Goreng. Using the noodle from ramyeon packet, Yujin stir-fries the noodle with garlic, chili, pickled radish. As for the seasoning, she combines chili powder, fish sauce, soy sauce, vinegar and sugar. There you have it, a taste of Thailand in the middle of the night.

Watch it here.

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