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130731 KARA To Release New Japanese Album!

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, July 31, 2013 | 9:49 PM

KARA will be releasing new Japanese album in August.

Girl group KARA is confirmed to have their comeback in Japan as they will be releasing new album titled “Fantastic Girls” on the 28th of August. The album is said to have a total of 10 tracks including “Bye Bye Happy Days!” and “Thank You Summer Love”.
The album will have 3 different versions and will be coming out with posters.

Written by: angelclowie18@dkpopnews.net

130730 DSP Media and Sidus HQ deny dating speculations between Hara and Lee Soohyuk

KARA’s Hara has denied allegations that she is dating model-actor Lee Soohyuk. For the past few days, Hara and Soohyuk were a hot topic on various online portals after fans spotted them together in Harajuku, Japan.

DSP Media immediately issued a statement clarifying that the two are just good friends. Hara is currently in Japan to join KARA as they promote their new single, while Soohyuk only visited for a vacation. The agency further added that the two got closer through Soohyuk’s friend Kim Youngkwang, whom Hara met while filming the cinedrama “Secret Love.”

Sidus HQ, the management agency Lee Soohyuk is signed with, also clarified that the model-actor visited Japan for vacation after filming for the drama, “Shark.” It was also stated that Lee Soohyuk is currently not in a relationship.

Source: Tenasia

130731 KARA-Quincy Jones to Perform at World Peace Concert, ‘Hiroshima 2013′

Girl group KARA and conductor Jung Myung Hoon along with the ‘King of Pop’ Quincy Jones will be performing at the Japan ‘Hiroshima 2013′ concert to spread the word of peace.

This concert started on July 27 and will continue on to August 5. This is the ‘Peace Arch Hiroshima Project’ that is part of the ‘World Peace Concert Hiroshima 2013′.

Many other artists from various genres will also be performing at the concert as well.

An official commented, “We are excited to have popular group KARA perform at the concert. We hope that this will also be another stepping stone between Korea and Japan as well.”

This concert will also show traditional Japan dance and other performances to further spread the culture and peace of Japan.

130727 KARA releases Jiyoung & Nicole versions “Thank You Summer Love” MVs

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, July 29, 2013 | 12:00 AM

KARA releases the solo version MVs of members Nicole and Jiyoung, check out the MVs below

130728 KARA releases Hara’s ‘Thank You Summer Love’ solo version MV!

Written By Kim Regina on Sunday, July 28, 2013 | 11:11 PM

After revealing the solo versions of Nicole and Jiyoung’s ‘Thank You Summer Love’ MV yesterday, here comes Hara’s solo MV. Check below:

130728 KARA Park Kyuri, Picture With Sunflower

Girl group KARA’s member Park Kyuri revealed a self-camera photo.

Today, Park Kyuri posted on her Twitter, “Sunflower” along with a picture.

In the picture, Park Kyuri is holding a sunflower, showing off her beauty. She is wearing a pink jacket and has her hair tied naturally into a ponytail.

Park Kyuri recently revealed her acting skills through MBC queen drama “Nail Shop Paris.”

Photo Credit: Park Kyuri Twitter

130728 IU, Leaving the MC Position of ‘Inkigayo’ After 2 Years ‘My Experience With Nicole and Goo Hara Were Most Memorable

IU will be leaving her MC position of ‘Inkigayo.’

After 2 years and 4 months of being the MC, IU will be leaving SBS “Inkigayo.” In today’s episode, IU announced that she’ll be leaving, bringing sadness to her fans.

IU said, “I remember the first time when I started with B2ST’s Gikwang. I once said ‘MCkayo’ instead of ‘Inkigayo’ by mistake.”

As the MCs that fit best with her, she chose KARA’s Nicole and Goo Hara and as the one she had the most difficult time, she said, “Hwang…,” teasing her current partner, ZE:A’s Hwang Kwanghee.

Internet users who saw this commented, “I’m so sad~ She was such a great MC,” “Wow, it’s been 2 years already,” and “IU, we’ll miss you!”

Photo Credit: SBS

130726 KARA Kang Jiyoung-Nicole Turn Into Cartoon Characters

Written By Kim Regina on Friday, July 26, 2013 | 9:01 PM

Girl group KARA’s member Kang Jiyoung turned into the cartoon character Pippi Longstocking.

Yesterday, KARA’s Nicole posted on her Instagram, “Pigtails JY” along with a picture.

In the picture, Kang Jiyoung’s hair is tied to her sides with a yellow tie, turning into the animation character Pippi. Nicole was also in a pink dress with a pink ribbon in her hair, looking like a cartoon character as well.

Internet users who saw this commented, “You look like cartoon characters,” “So cute,” etc.

Photo Credit: Nicole Instagram

130724 KARA Goo Hara, Cute+Sexy Polaroid Pictures of Herself

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, July 25, 2013 | 3:09 AM

Girl group KARA’s member Goo Hara revealed polaroid pictures of herself.

Yesterday, Goo Hara posted on her Instagram, “Good night. Sleep well” along with a picture.

In the pictures, polaroid pictures of Goo Hara are shown. She has her hair tied up into a bun and is only wearing a white spaghetti strap tank top, making cute poses at the camera.

Internet users who saw this commented, “So pretty,” “She doesn’t even need any photoshopping,” etc.

Photo Credit: Goo Hara Instagram

130724 KARA Goo Hara, Cute Cat Self-Camera “Meow!”

Girl group KARA’s member Goo Hara revealed a cute self-camera photo.

Today, Goo Hara posted on her Instagram, “Me-ow!” along with a picture.

In the picture, Goo Hara is wearing a blue checkered dress, looking at her phone. She is pretending to be a cat by making claws with her fingers.

Internet users who saw this commented, “She’s a goddess,” “So cute,” and “She’s getting prettier and prettier.”

KARA is currently holding a Japanese Arena tour.

Photo Credit: Goo Hara Instagram

130724 KARA Nicole Reveals Cute Self-Cam, ‘Prettier Every Time’

KARA member Nicole revealed a cute and flirty self-cam photo online.

Yesterday, she posted online, “Thank you summer love,” and posted a picture.

In the picture, she is wearing a light blue outfit and has a cute hairstyle. She is making the peace sign with her fans and showing off her beauty.

Internet users commented, “So cute” and “She gets prettier everytime.”

KARA will be releasing a new song in Japan on July 24.

130725 KARA celebrates Seungyeon’s birthday and Hara & Jiyoung’s 5th anniversary

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 | 9:53 PM

On July 24, KARA’s Gyuri posted on her Twitter, “There’s a lot to celebrate today. Seungyeon’s birthday, Hara & Jiyoung’s 5th anniversary with KARA. Congratulations”, and shared photos of the three members.

Nicole also shared an Instagram video of the members surprising Seungyeon on her birthday on July 24, writing, “Happy birthday~~ Seung Yeon unnie. Sorry my hands were shaking.”

Check out the video below.

130725 KARA members enjoy bubble bath together

KARA members had a blast in a bubble bath together.

On July 24, Goo Hara uploaded a photo of herself with fellow KARA members Han Seungyeon and Kang Jiyoung having a bubble bath together on her Instagram.

The three members are showing cute poses and bright smiles, and despite not having any makeup on, they drew the attention of the fans with their natural beauty and flawless skin.

130725 Best Female K-pop Idol Abs

KARA, Nicole Girls Generation, Yuri, Son Dam Bi, Wonder Girls, Yoobin, fx, Krystal

We always see the guys ripping their shirts off and showing off their goods, but what about female idol gals with nice abs? We have to be careful to distinguish between a flat stomach and a ripped stomach so let’s take a look at who has that kind of stomach! Female idols are no joke when it comes to being fit and in shape so why not give them the love they deserve. Everybody needs some chocolate abs love, so this one is for all you boys out there who love your K-pop female idols and their delicious fit stomachs.

KARA’s Nicole has a nice stomach. It’s not just flat because she was born thin, but it’s chiseled nicely and her impressive abs were revealed during her “Mister” days.

Girls’ Generation’s Yuri has the prettiest figure in the group and her stomach is nothing to mess with! She may be naturally thin but she’s also got beautiful abs!

She’s long, she’s fit, and she’s got abs of steel. Can Son Dam Bi do any wrong in the department of being hot?

Wonder Girls’ Yoobin has tan fit abs and there’s nothing better than abs that are tan and on a girl that’s as sexy and talented as she!

f(x)’s Krystal is naturally thin, but her stomach is tight! She definitely has negative body fat.

Who are your favorite female abs?

130724 [Happy Birthday] Kara’s Han Seung Yeon Turns 25

Written By Kim Regina on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 | 11:36 PM

She may be known as Kara’s fake maknae for her baby face, but member Han Seung Yeon is another year wiser today as she celebrates her 25th birthday.

DSP Media tweeted on July 24, “July 24, today is Kara Seung Yeon’s birthday!^^ Send @fateflysy Seung Yeon a lot of birthday messages~ Happy birthday to Seung Yeon :).” 

Well, we′re not ones to disobey orders, so read on as we wish Han Seung Yeon a happy birthday!

Han Seung Yeon is Mickey Mouse stylin′

Who ate all the ice cream?

Queen of the sad puppy face.

You can′t take the kid out of Han Seung Yeon.

Still rocking that baby face.

But you can put a parrot on her shoulder.

Happy birthday Seung Yeon!

130719 KARA releases full PV for “Thank You Summer Love”

KARA unveiled the full music video for upcoming 9th Japanese single, “Thank You Summer Love”, ahead of its official release on July 24.

According to their official Japanese website, “Thank You Summer Love” will be a comparable track to their summer hit “Go Go Summer!”. The new single will feature a cute pop tune, refreshing and perfect for the summer.

Check out the PV

130724 Kara Nicole Links Arms with Key for a Photo

KARA‘s Nicole and SHINee‘s Key have displayed their close friendship once again. On July 23, Nicole posted a photo on her personal Instagram account, showing her and Key locking arms and happily smiling into the camera. Both of them are captured flashing the peace sign.

“Someone I am happy to see, we appeared in the same program. Our Key-bum-bum,” she said in her post to accompany the photograph.

Although they are both wearing basic colors, the two idols brought enough brightness to the photograph with their cheerful expressions. Nicole is pretty in her button-down long-sleeved shirt while Key is casual in his striped tee and cardigan.

Fans have long known about the friendship between Nicole and Key, who are both born in 1991, along with other idols like 2AM‘s Jinwoon, MBLAQ‘s Mir and others, forming the “1991 line.” The group is known to be tight-knit and closely bonded.

Netizens who have seen the photograph remarked with “They’re both cute,” “These two people really look like they’re close,” “Which program is this from?” and other such reactions.

Meanwhile, both KARA and SHINee are gearing up for Japan promotions.

130721 KARA Airport Fashion, Naked Face + Natural Looks

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, July 22, 2013 | 1:53 AM

Girl group KARA appeared at the Kimpo Airport yesterday to fly into Japan, catching much attention.

The members of KARA appeared in naked faces and natural styles at the airport to leave for the activities in Japan. More than decorating themselves as fancy celebrities, they portrayed comfortable outfits with shirts and shorts.

Nicole wore a boxy jean shirt that was long enough to cover her shorts, showing a ‘disappearing-pants’ fashion. She added onto this outfit with brown flats and bag.

Han Seungyeon wore a knit overall for a more feminine look. She also wore shorts that were too short to be seen along with a bright pink bag.

Kang Jiyoung went for the lovely look with a checkered dress and a small simple bag. The boxy but short dress added a cute look to the youngest member of the team.

Photo Credit: bnt

130722 KARA Goo Hara Has White Hair?

Girl group KARA’s member Goo Hara turned into a white-hair lady.

Yesterday, Goo Hara posted on her Instagram, “I’m tired. I want to go to the hotel,” along with a picture.

In the picture, Goo Hara has parts of her hair dyed into white hair and she pulled some onto her face, making a fake mustache.

KARA will be making their comeback at the end of August.

Photo Credit: Goo Hara Instagram

130718 KARA Goo Hara Reveals Cosmo B Cut Photos, ‘Goddess-Like’

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, July 18, 2013 | 9:35 PM

KARA member Goo Hara revealed her behind the scenes B cut photos online.

She revealed her photos through her instagram with the caption, “COSMO behind B cut.”

In the photos, she shows off a more mature and sophisticated image while wearing a flawy white dress.

Internet users commented, “She is pretty in anything”and “Both photo shoots are beautiful.”

130718 KARA’s Goo Hara Turns Into a Ballerina in COSMOPOLITAN Photo Shoot

Girl group KARA’s member Goo Hara turned into a sexy ballerina.

Goo Hara recently filmed a photo shoot with the fashion magazine ‘COSMOPOLITAN.’

The photo shoot was held under the concept of ‘black swan,’ where Goo Hara wore a white or black outfits, showing off her sexiness.

During the interview held after the photo shoot, Goo Hara was asked, “Do you prefer an innocent image or a sexy image?” and she said, “I think I was more used to the dark makeup image because we did it often for our stages.”

When she was asked, “What kind of woman do you want to be?” and she replied, “I want to be someone who’s loved everywhere I go.”


130716 KARA Agency States, ‘Too Early to Discuss Renewal of Contract’

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 | 5:45 AM

KARA’s agency DSP Entertainment stated that it is too early to be talking about KARA’s renewal of contract.

With news stating that KARA was debating on whether or not to sign with DSP again came up, DSP released a statement stating that KARA is busy with their schedule for right now and that it is not time to talk about the renewal of contract yet.

An official stated, “As of now, KARA is focused on their Japan arena tour coming up this October.”

KARA’s contract with DSP will end next year in January. It seemed that the members were talking about their contracts with one another.

Although the members have talked about it amongst themselves, no confirmation from the agency has been made yet.

130717 [Opinion] Will Kara Continue On With DSP Media?

Disclaimer: The writer is not really an expert at anything much and is just a mere Kara fan. I have been known to be rather weird and cynical at times. My opinions certainly DO NOT reflect the opinion of Soompi’s news team or Soompi as a whole. Trust me, the rest of the Soompi news team is much more normal then I am.

Reports are coming in that Kara’s contract with their long term agency DSP Media is set to end in the immediate future and this has once again intensified discussions about what Kara and DSP’s future plans are for the group. Will Kara continue to maintain its long and sometimes conflict riddled relationship with DSP Media or is there perhaps a second option for the popular group?

So, first. Let’s get the facts out of the way. Four of the members will have their contracts come to a close in January 2014 with Kang Ji Young following closely in April of the same year. Their separate production contracts with Universal Music Japan also concludes within the same time period (January-February 2014). Sports Joseon is reporting that Kara has already begun initial contract negotiations with DSP Media. DSP Media is, as expected, being extremely cautious about all contract discussions by stating that “It’s too early to start talking about renewing contracts as there is still time remaining on the terms of their contract,” while Park Gyuri has perhaps been referring to speculations about their contract when she posted “What is this…we are doing fine” on Twitter.

So why is all of this interesting? First off, it is safe to say that Kara is still one of the most, if not the most, popular K-pop group currently operating in the lucrative Japanese pop music market. According to reports last year, Kara’s total sales in Japan for the period (starting December 26, 2011 and ending December 17, 2012) was approximately $39 Million USD, which placed them 9th on Oricon’s total sales chart. The only K-Pop group that placed higher than them is Girls’ Generation. Suffice to say, while we don’t actually have the official financial figures of DSP Media, we can safely say that Kara makes up a significant portion of their revenue and operating profits. DSP definitely has a lot of vested interest in ensuring that Kara resigns with the agency.

Certainly Not Performing Well Enough To Be A Suitable Kara Replacement At This Time

This is both a blessing and a curse. I think we can all agree that being so financially dependent on a single group isn’t healthy in the long term, especially in a market that is as finicky as the entertainment business. Though, to DSP’s credit, it’s not like they have been sitting on their hands doing nothing. They continue to push their other artists like Rainbow and A-JAX as frequently as possible in a wide variety of avenues, but the only group that has come even close to replicating some of the success Kara has seen in recent years is Rainbow, and even that is pushing the definition of “coming close.” It’s like saying Pluto is slightly closer to Earth at certain times. It certainly is, but it is still several million kilometers away.

On the other hand, Kara definitely has the better hand coming into this contract renegotiation. As mentioned above, DSP certainly needs Kara more than Kara needs the agency. Let’s also not forget that Kara has had prior contract term issues with DSP Media, with Kara demanding an immediate end to their contract in 2011. In that situation as well, it was eventually the agency that conceded ground to Kara and not the other way around. Certainly, we don’t know the full extent of the agreement that was reached in 2011, but hints and clues seem to point to significantly better working conditions for the group and presumably a better revenue share for the Kara members. 

The Drop In The Value Of The Yen Will Hit All Korean Agencies

Eventually, it comes down to a simple argument. Is DSP Media willing to make even more contract concessions with Kara in an effort to keep the group under their umbrella or will those concessions be such that it starts to become a losing proposition for the agency? That is a tough question to even speculate about given the lack of information we have at the moment. However, there are certain economic factors currently in play that might force their hand; biggest of which is the heavily weakening Japanese Yen. This has already hit SM Entertainment fairly hard, with their operating profits for the 1st quarter of 2013 dropping 70% compared to the previous year, a lot of which were down to investments made into their SM C&C division and the cost of running their SM Japan division. The continually weakening Japanese Yen is only going to make it harder for DSP Media to continue to get healthy margins from Kara’s Japanese activities, and if they have to make even more concessions to Kara, they might just end up being forced to concede the whole group to another entity.

And what about those other entities? Certainly, there will be plenty of groups eyeing these contract negotiations with keen interest so that they may snatch up the group if conditions are favorable. But, is there perhaps a third option?

The Best Example Of A K-pop Group That Has Established Their Own Group Focused Agency

Well, there is a third option and it is one we are seeing a lot more of in recent years. It’s the concept of single artist agencies. Shinhwa has Shinwa Company, Yoon Jong Shin runs his own agency Mystic 89, Kim Tae Woo runs Soul Shop Entertainment, and even Yoo Jae Suk is in a single entity agency. Kara forming its own “Kara Company” is certainly an option if the group believes that such a venture is beneficial for the group, but it is certainly not the easiest of options to take. It would require some significant investments to get such a company up and running, they would forgo a lot of the built up industrial contacts and knowledge a more established agency would have, and that is not even getting down to the most fundamental issue. Will DSP Media even allow them to keep the “Kara” name if they leave the agency? I consider Shinhwa to be an exceptional case and an agency cleanly handing over core assets like in the case of Shinhwa and SM Entertainment is something we should not expect to see happening with regularity. 

Splitting Up The Group Must Not Be An Option

In the end, the most important point that needs to be made here is that the members must move together as a group. Any situation like before in 2011, where there is a difference in opinions between members that risk splitting the group, is completely unacceptable for the agency, Kara as a group, and for fans. We will most likely not get more Kara contract reports in the immediate future with the group planning on a new album release in August and subsequent activities that keep them busy till at least the later half of this year. Suffice to say, whatever happens to Kara will be watched with keen eyes throughout the industry.

130716 Kara members discuss the renewal of their contract with their agency

Written By Kim Regina on Tuesday, July 16, 2013 | 1:49 AM

According to a July 16 report to Star News, Kara’s agency, DSP Media, is discussing its next move with the members of Kara, but nothing definite has been settled on yet. They are considering every possibility, including simply renewing the contract as well as the transfering to another agency.

The contracts of all members except Kang Ji Young expire in January 2014. Kang’s ends in April 2014. Neither the agency nor the group members have confirmed anything about it, because there are still six months left on the current contract.

An agency official says, “It’s a little bit early for us to talk about the renewal of the contract. The members may talk about the matter, but this is too sensitive a subject for us to make any official announcement about how the contract will be handled. For now, we’ll concentrate on their arena tour, which will be held in October.”

Kara will start their Japanese arena tour on October 8 and will perform twice in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, and Fukuoka.

Source: Starnews

130714 Lee Kwang Soo Photobombs KARA's Nicole and Hong Seok Cheon

Written By Kim Regina on Sunday, July 14, 2013 | 7:57 PM

On July 13, Hong Seok Cheon tweeted a pic with the message, “KBS Chuseok special drama ‘Secret Love.’ With KARA‘s Nicole and “Giraffe” Kwangsoo. Be ready for our special performances! Isn’t our Nicole so pretty? Idol and an energetic 40-year-old celebrity!”

In the photo, KARA member Nicole and Hong Seok Cheon take a candid photo while at the corner “Running Man” star Lee Kwang Soo can be seen cheerfully photobombing the two.

Netizens who saw the photo commented, “Hong Seok Cheon and Nicole sure are adorable!”, “Kwang Soo cracks me up!”, “I’m looking forward to ‘Secret Love’” and “Wow, I didn’t know that Hong Seok Cheon would be appearing on it too!”

It has also been reported that the director for SBS‘s “That Winter, The Wind Blows” will be also be the director for this special drama series.

130711 Goo Hara Complains of Boredom with Recent Selca

Written By Kim Regina on Thursday, July 11, 2013 | 2:56 AM

On July 10, Kara’s Goo Hara uploaded two photos of herself on her Twitter along with two messages, “I am bored” and “This is me.”

In the released pictures, Goo Hara is wearing a simple white shirt and her hair is tied up. In the first selca, she is biting her finger, while in the second photo, she is smiling at the camera. In both pictures, Goo Hara looks gorgeous with her flawless skin and adorable expressions.

Netizens that saw these photos admired, “She is too pretty,” “Adorable,” “Goo Hara is a goddess,” “She is glowing,” and “I am so envious of her beauty.”

Meanwhile, Kara held a successful fan meeting titled “Kamilia School” at the Yokohama Arena on June 24.

130708 KARA Kang Jiyoung, Picture at Donghae Sea in a Dress

Written By Kim Regina on Monday, July 8, 2013 | 11:37 PM

KARA’s member Kang Jiyoung revealed a picture taken at the beach.

Today, Kang Jiyoung posted on his Instagram, “Donghae sea” along with a picture.

In the picture, Kang Jiyoung is opening her arms wide, smiling at the camera. She is also wearing a chiffon dress to add to the lovely atmosphere of the picture.

Internet users who saw this commented, “She looks so lovely,” “I thought she was taking a photo shoot,” and “I want to go to the ocean too.”

Photo Credit: Kang Jiyoung Instagram

130703 KARA Han Seungyeon, “Olden Time Drama Was an Overwhelming Start But I’ll Try My Best”

Written By Kim Regina on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 | 11:25 PM

Girl group KARA’s Han Seungyeon who took her first steps into both animation dubbing and drama acting revealed her determination to give her best.

Today, Han Seungyeon attended the showcase for animation movie “EPIC” held in Seoul and said, “It’s something that I really wanted to do.”

Han Seungyeon recently finished filming for SBS drama “Jang Ok Jung, Lives in Love” as Choi Sook Bin and took the voice of MK in the movie “EPIC.”

Han Seungyeon said, “Drama has many more aspects to worry because my face is caught on the camera. I need to match my view depending on which direction the camera moves including my body movements and head but dubbing only takes the voice into consideration so it was much easier.”

She continued, “Olden time drama was a bit pressuring start. I want to be able to show things that I’m a bit more comfortable in. I’ll be trying many more new things.”

Photo Credit: Starnews

130703 Kara's Kang Ji Young Updates Fans From the Set of "Secret Love"

On July 1, she posted a picture of herself on Twitter with the caption, “A big thank you to all the fans who came to visit me today on the set. It was a really hot day, but you came and took care of the staff for me. You guys are the best.”

The photo shows Kang Ji Young in a hospital gown, facing the camera. Unlike her usual stage makeup for Kara’s performances, Kang Ji Young shows a pretty bare face. She still displays perfectly clear, porcelain skin. Instead of the sexy look, Kang Ji Young has an innocent and pure image in the photo.

According to Newsen, netizens had various responses such as, “She looks really innocent,” “I can’t wait to see her drama,” “Did she pour milk on her face?” “She has that ‘girl next door’ look,” and “If there was a female patient like that in the hospital, the male patients would be all over her.”

Kang Ji Young is currently filming for the “Secret Love,” which is directed by Kim Tae Gyu who also led the hit drama “That Winter, the Wind Blows.” “Secret Love” takes the form of a melodrama omnibus, with five episodes and each member of Kara starring in one episode each. With this picture, curiousity rises for the plot of Kang Ji Young’s episode.

130703 2AM's Jinwoon and Kara's Han Seung Yeon Dub for Animated Film "Epic"

Idol stars have been tapped to voice for animated characters once again. According to reports in local news agencies, 2AM‘s Jinwoon and Kara’s Han Seung Yeonprovided for voices of the lead characters of the film “Epic: The Legend of the Forest” for its Korean release.

“I was very happy to receive the news being cast for this film,” Han Seung Yeon said at the film’s showcase in CGV Cinema located in Apgujeong, Seoul on July 2. “I was especially happy to know that I am cast alongside 2AM’s Jung Jinwoon, as he is a real-life close friend with our group member Nicole. We are all friends with him and treat him like a brother.”

She continued, “When we were dubbing, we listened to each other. I thought that Jinwoon gave the character personality that is different from the Jinwoon that I know. I was surprised.”

Jinwoon, for his part, said, “It’s the same experience for me. I thought that Han Seung Yeon noona was really good because I had to remind myself to that it is she who is speaking when I watch the character.”

In “Epic,” Han Seung Yeon voices the lead character M.K., originally done by Amanda Seyfried. Jinwoon, meanwhile, takes over from Josh Hutcherson for the character Nod. The film follows M.K.’s adventures after she has been transported to a deep forest.

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