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Credits Doha Abdelati / JKS's Wardrobe
@JKS_Wardrobe ["IT'S SHOW TIME" DVD] @AsiaPrince_JKS wears KRIS VAN ASSCHE Beige Leather Classic Multi Laces Sneakers.
Credits Doha Abdelati / JKS's Wardrobe
@JKS_Wardrobe ["IT'S SHOW TIME" DVD] @AsiaPrince_JKS wears NONA9ON Black Fabric-Blocked Pants.
Credits Doha Abdelati / JKS's Wardrobe
@JKS_Wardrobe ["IT'S SHOW TIME" DVD] @AsiaPrince_JKS wears CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN Roller Boat Flat Spike Black Sneakers.
Credits Doha Abdelati / JKS's Wardrobe
@JKS_Wardrobe [161114 IFFAM PRESS CONFERENCE] @AsiaPrince_JKS wears HUBLOT Big Bang 18K Rose Gold Diamond Watch.
[Article] The 1st International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao announces festival programme from 8 – 13 December
Original source: iffamacao.com
Monday, 14 November, 2016
The 1st International Film Festival & Awards‧Macao (IFFAM) today announced its festival programme at a press conference in Macao.
The festival will showcase the best of Asian and international cinema with a programme of 11 competition films, 3 out of competition galas, Hidden Dragons (9 films representing the latest trends in contemporary Asian genre cinema), Crossfire (12 East Asian genre film directors and their chosen genre favourites), 9 award-winning feature films from major international festivals in the Best of Fest Panorama alongside 2 special presentation films. For its inaugural edition the IFFAM have selected Gwen Lun Mei as its Actress in Focus. This will culminate in a special presentation featuring 3 of her films. In addition, the Crouching Tigers Project Lab will welcome twelve projects, each represented by its director and/or producer, to this new destination for industry professionals seeking original opportunities for the co-production and co-financing of their film projects.
Original source: koari.net
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@JKS_Wardrobe [161113 AIRPORT] @AsiaPrince_JKS wears SAINT LAURENT Wyatt Brown Ankle Boots.
Thursday, November 3, 2016
FAN ACCOUNT: Team H Osaka day 2, October 17th 2016
by Zozie Jo
Instead of spending our third consecutive day in a JKS-related queue we actually ventured into Osaka. We met Chris and several other eels in Dotonbori and then proceeded to indulge our obsession again… we had lunch at a restaurant he’d eaten at, took photos on the bridge in the same pose as him, and shopped for things with his face on. It would be a real problem if we weren’t all as crazy as each other but fortunately, we are.
Afterwards we headed over to the venue to find that Suk still hadn’t arrived. We waited for him and Eva stood on a conveniently placed tree trunk to get a good view. He had the window down and waved but it was too quick to really take in! My total inability to see him and be able to fix the experience in my brain persists (I suppose I will just have to keep going until I get over it…).
Our very few hours of sleep in the previous few days were beginning to catch up with us so we bought ourselves coffee and ice cream from Lawson and sat in front of the venue to enjoy them. Once we revived a bit we took pictures with the banner Eva had come up with asking Suk to bite us. It caused a bit of a stir among the other eels milling about but also among the staff at the merchandise stalls, some of whom came over for a better look, which was convenient because we got one of the men to take a picture with all of us in.
So, to the show…
It turns out that the way to top one of the best nights ever is to repeat the experience the very next night but to have better seats! For day 2 Eva and I were sitting in block A, in the seventh row, right opposite the right hand stage extension, so when he was on that bit we could see him very clearly.
The concert was wonderful - Suk seemed so high and so happy, he was smiling and laughing a lot. I thought the first night was good… I had no idea. Maybe the second night his singing wasn't as good and maybe he forgot the words occasionally or sang at the wrong time, and at one point I think they even started playing completely the wrong song, but he was beautiful and happy and relaxed and it was so, so good.
To begin with, when they appeared out of the stage, I was not sure about his clothes - he was wearing all white again but the shirt and jacket were both long. I had to change my mind though because there were air vents in the stage extensions so when he was dancing on them his clothes blew around. The shirt was made of very fine, thin material. Most of the time he kept one hand there to keep it in place but one time when he was right in front of us he accidentally let go or forgot to hold it so it blew up, revealing a gorgeous flat belly!
He was very playful tonight. When he was walking around the arena he was using the smoke guns and water guns as usual, playing with eels. He also took an eel’s mask of his face and held it over his own face, and then even kissed his fingers then pressed them against a lucky eel’s mouth. Everyone screamed so loudly!
During the talking section, he managed to break the stage. It was very cute. He knocked a strip of lights with his foot and they slipped down a bit. Then he tried to fix it and it fell further! Everyone was laughing and so was he but he was also apologetic, Japanese eels said he was saying sorry, sorry, this is expensive!
When they first started playing ‘Wow’ Suk gestured ‘stop, stop’, crossing his arms. When the music stopped he showed us all the dance moves he wanted us to do and made us practice a few times before letting the song continue. During the encore when all the dancers were on stage too, BB showed some break dance moves. Then the dancers gestured to Suk, it's your turn now. He tried to say no but then tried a move which didn't go well and ended with him flat on his back with his hat fallen off. Then one of the dancers was pulling his shirt up to show his chest and tried to pull Suk's up too but Suk wouldn't let him. But then he slyly lifted his own shirt up and gave us a lovely view of his belly hair! And his lack of ponyo. There was a collective sigh from eels at that flash of skin. He had a big grin on his face when he turned away.
When the show ended Eva, Mara and I could not stop dancing and singing. We carried on until we were chased out by arena staff. I hadn’t had anything to drink but I felt completely intoxicated and was no doubt acting like it too (i.e. like a complete idiot). Fortunately the majority of the Japanese eels were clearly a bit high too and indulged us with smiles or danced with us or even gave us gifts.
Afterwards we went for dinner with some of the Korean eels and they very kindly agreed to go somewhere within walking distance of the venue so that we wouldn’t end up missing the metro again. I was such a sweaty mess that I wished I could have had a cold shower before going but I had to settle for just going outside for some air every few minutes. It was such a fantastic day and night and nine days felt like far too long to wait to repeat the experience.
TEF says: thank you to Zozie Jo for sending us your amazing, detailed, and fun fan accounts of the shows!
FAN ACCOUNT: Team H Osaka day 1, October 16th 2016
By Zozie Jo
Zozie Jangeo, Team H Party, Osaka October 25-26 2016
It's 2.04am and I've had a total of about five hours of sleep in the last three days but I want to go to another Team H Party RIGHT NOW!
Most of you know that as much as I love JKS solo, JKS in Team H is what pushed me over the brink of sanity into eeldom. There was a lot riding on this... my expectations were sky high... and they were surpassed. Oh, how they were surpassed! From the boneshaking thud of 'Intro' and the dropping of the screens to reveal JKS and BB standing back to back, dressed head to toe in white, to the final verse of 'Wow' (approximately the 382nd verse because they kept continuing - they just seemed to be enjoying it too much to stop) as they disappeared into the stage, it was the most incredibly exciting and joyful experience.
I will write more (much more, probably, you know me) when it is not a ridiculous hour of the morning. Watch this space for Suk's smile, bollywood dancing, and seriously naughty touching.
OK. Full account.
We got up early despite having had an horrendously long day after a very long journey. We were motivated to get up because we wanted to buy merchandise and then go and see JKS arrive for rehearsal.
We walked over to Osaka Jo Hall, which was about half an hour from where we were staying. When we got there we couldn't see where to queue up so we wandered along the road until we came across eels already camped out to see him arrive. We ran into the Japanese eels we had met at the airport who had helped us figure out the system there. Using google translate we asked where to go for merchandise and found out that we were on completely the wrong side of the concert venue.
As we were walking back we finally managed to meet Chris, whom we had been trying to find without success for a while. She was as lovely as expected and took us to the right place for the queue. We sat on the floor next to the river, surrounded by several hundred eels who were already queuing and who were much better prepared for it than we were, with little folding seats, waterproof sheets, and picnics(!) Poor us, we had nothing but ourselves!
Fortunately some eels had brought speakers and were playing Monologue. We got very lucky when the queue shifted forwards a bit and were able to sit on a bench rather than the floor for the majority of the stationary waiting time and we used the time to practice singing the new songs (very sorry, everyone else in the queue). We did stand out a bit and once the queue stared to move very slowly forwards we got quite a lot of attention from the eels queuing in the other direction.
It was very hot and sunny so I spent the whole time sheltering under an umbrella. Unfortunately this did not do the trick and by the time we actually reached the merchandise stalls I was roughly the colour of a lobster, rather than my usual ghostly hue. I parted with rather more money than was entirely sensible but acquired a t-shirt, bag, and some sweets. We then met up with Siew Hin and the other Singapore eels, who had our tickets and also a bag full of Monologue CDs that we had ordered for the European eels. We also met the lovely Nako. By this time I was resembling some peculiar cross between lobster and packhorse. We decided to walk back to the apartment to drop off some of our purchases. Unfortunately Suk had arrived for rehearsal while we were still queuing to give him all our money so we didn't see him.
At some point, Tree J tweeted about the evening’s show and Twitter’s translate function translated it as ‘the first day of the Osaka team sex party’! Possibly this bit was mistranslated but the gist of it was that it was going to be a bloody good show and you'd be daft to miss it. I had thought that it was impossible for me to be more excited but I was wrong.
When we got back to the venue, it had naturally started to rain so hundreds of eels were sheltering under quite a small bridge. There was an air of anticipation and I was already starting to feel my pulse speeding up and was occasionally forgetting to breathe. As we started to move towards the entrance we met Yayoi, who continued the eel tradition of being even more lovely and beautiful in person than online (I am sorry people, but I was brought up to believe that people on the internet were all weirdos, so at least one of you must be going to turn out to be an absolute monster…)
We finally made it to the front of the queue and entered the venue. As you go in you get handed a plastic bag containing a poster for the concert, a feedback form (all in Japanese so I have no idea what it asks) and some sort of advertising for the venue or koari or something). Eva and I had applied together for all the shows so we were sitting together (and we are at the others too). Most people seemed to have one night in the stands and one on the arena floor but our seats were in the stands, not at all the front row tickets we had been hoping for! Next time maybe! Our block on this first night was on the opposite side of the arena from the entrance so we walked all the way round, looking in at the arena where we could see a stage with two arms sticking out and in the middle, black sheets of fabric hanging down with ‘Team H’ and ‘Monologue’ on. Beams of light were sweeping across them and music was playing. I couldn't believe that I was actually there, about to see a Team H concert!
Our seats for the first night were at the back at one of the central blocks (N) so although we were quite far away, only a few rows from the back, the view was really very good. The stand seating went round about two thirds of the arena and then the main stage took up one of the long sides. There was a central extension from the main stage, which came out to another central stage, from which two long arms went off diagonally towards the corners of the arena. The black hangings were on the central stage and the console was on the back of the main stage. The lights went down and ‘Intro’ started playing. Everyone had on their keunsagi wrist lights, which were somehow remotely controlled so that they all flashed the same colour at the same time. The effect was really magical! My heart was thudding so hard I thought it might break one of my ribs! Then…the dream moment I had been waiting and hoping for since first seeing a Team H video came true. The hangings fell away and there they were, standing back to back, all dressed in white. For what seemed like a really long time they didn't move at all, then JKS shouted ‘hello Osaka’ and they launched straight into ‘My Story’.
I was really happy with Suk’s outfit. He was wearing a normal length white tshirt and tight white trousers and his hair was in braids along his head that were tied with colourful bands. He had a white bandana around his head. It looked like he had lost weight since the latest episode of Candy, or maybe it is just that cameras add pounds. Anyway, he looked fantastic. The best part was that he looked happy. His smile was better and seemed more genuine and he really seemed to enjoy himself. Compared with It’s Showtime and Endless Summer he seemed like a different person. He was dancing freely and seemed much more similar to the man I first fell for than I have seen for a while.
I had been listening to Monologue on loop for the previous few days so was able to sing* along to all the songs (*yell). I had thought it was a fantastic album but having seen it live… It is a complete triumph. I am so grateful to BB for writing such amazing songs and for persuading Suk to make the album and shows happen. This fact just makes me feel all the more guilty that I remember next to nothing about what BB looked like or was wearing… although mid-way through the concert we did notice he was blonde!
It may not have delivered quite what the Tree J tweet seemed to promise but it was certainly a very hot show. JKS was being very sexy and dancing provocatively and even the cameramen seemed to be affected - the big screens kept showing close ups of his hips (and everything else in that area!); this was particularly enjoyable during the ‘Raining on the Dancefloor’ dance. At one point Suk and BB were dancing together in a way that is usually reserved for the likes of Drake and Rihanna (pauses for self-congratulation on making a current pop culture reference). During the song ‘Wet’ Suk performed his ‘aaaaaaan’ moans very enthusiastically and I'm sure I'm not the only one who felt a little weak at the knees on hearing him. The dancers were also in the mood, running their hands all over, and I mean ALL OVER him during a couple of songs. I definitely heard a few sighs from eels around me.
After the first few songs Suk took himself off backstage and the cameras followed him, as is tradition. He sprayed a few people with water and trapped one poor security man against the wall for a considerable amount of time while doing a grinding sort of dance. The man was a very good sport about it and got quite involved himself! When he came back in, he entered the arena through one of the public doors so that he was on the floor and went round dancing and singing so close to the lucky eels standing in the first few rows. He shot them with the smoke guns and water pistols and fired a couple of streamer cannons further back into the crowd.
His second outfit consisted of slightly looser red trousers, a dark tshirt and vest, and a hat (grrrr). The trousers had several chains attached, but these came loose pretty quickly. During the first rendition of ‘Wow’, when he and BB passed each other on one of the stage extensions Suk had hold of the chains and shook them in an exasperated way so BB knew they were broken, it was a very cute and un-choreographed interaction. He somehow managed to detach the chains and threw them to one side of the stage but then his trousers wouldn't stay up and he kept having to hold on to them and pull them up! It was adorable but also impressive that throughout this wardrobe malfunction his performance never dipped even fractionally. He is such a professional.
So, his dancing… Oh, his dancing. It was perfect. He is perfect. I hadn't realised how much I missed seeing him dance how I always think of him dancing! There was shuffling, the pointing his fingers at his eyes and then out, the hip wiggling… everything. I was in heaven watching him. There are also some excellent new moves. There is a particular dance they do for ‘Wow’ that they encourage everyone to join in with parts of and which is really happy and funny. The highlight for me though was during the song ‘Yoga Fire’, in which the dancers and Suk did some Bollywood style moves! It might be the cutest thing I've ever seen and was even more adorable because he looked ever so slightly sheepish while doing it as if he wasn't 100% sure he was pulling it off… However, I can tell you now, he definitely was. Another part of the choreography that I really enjoyed was at the start of Like a Zombie. At the end of the previous song (Beautiful Change) Suk had collapsed on to the floor and the lights went down. The lights came up gradually to show he was still lying there and the dancers were zombies, moving towards him in a sinister fashion. Then they fell on him and started tearing at him with hands and teeth and completely covered him. The lights came fully up and the dancers lifted him from lying to standing in one smooth movement! My description isn't great but it looked very effective.
There was a quiet section where Suk and BB sat on the edge of the stage and talked. Obviously it was all in Japanese so I didn't follow it, although JKS was so animated and expressive that you can get a rough idea of topics at least! I did catch Suk making reference to his (now absent) ponyo. Also they talked about their ideal types again and BB pretended he was going to pick someone out of the audience. They asked if their were any proteins in the audience and only two men called out, poor BB. He mocked BB quite a lot for his lack of Japanese and kept trying to make him speak. As if that wasn't enough, Suk was also teasing BB about his dancing. He made BB stand up and try and do part of the dance from Wow, then Suk showed him how to do it and made BB do it again…there was quite a contrast! It was really fun.
Towards the end JKS went up on a platform that rose up out of the stage. It was very small with only a little rail at the front and a chain across the back so although I was happy to see him more closely I was too panicked to make the most of it… I know he is scared of heights and so am I, so I get very anxious for him! Also towards the end streamers exploded everywhere and lots of giant coloured balloons were released; it looked really cool although we were too far away to be involved with that. The final song was a repeat of ‘Wow’ (they seem to have replaced Gotta Getcha with it! I love both and am really happy I got to hear/dance Gotta Getcha at Suk's solo shows because I think I would have missed it otherwise). Everyone - Suk, BB, the dancers, and eels - were all really loving it and they played a really long version of it. At one point BB got off the stage and stood on the railing around the arena seats and Suk mimed behind his back that he was crazy.
And then…it ended. It was without doubt the best concert I've ever attended and was up there with the very best experiences of my life. I had such high expectations and they were so far surpassed. I loved the music, I loved the emotions, I loved the dancing, and most of all of course, I loved Suk. It had gone on for over two hours and they had performed about 22 songs, including all of the songs from Monologue and many of my favourite old songs too, but it went by in a flash and I felt like it could have gone on for two or three times as long and I would still have been left wanting more. Fortunately, there were three more to go.