Iris Jung

Iris Jung

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Treasury Secretary Yellen: US prepared to impose sanctions on China if Taiwan invasion occurs

  • U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen confirmed the Biden administration's intention to use sanction tools against China if Beijing ever “moved aggressively toward Taiwan.”
  • Amid the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, tensions between China and Taiwan have mounted.
  • Chinese spokespersons have denied similarities to Russia's invasion and restated “One-China” policy sentiments.
  • Last Wednesday, the U.S., G7 and EU released a joint statement increasing actions and sanctions against Russia.

U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen confirmed the Biden administration’s intention to use sanction tools against China if Beijing ever “moved aggressively toward Taiwan.”

In response to Congressman Patrick McHenry’s (R-NC) questioning on April 6, Yellen confirmed the administration’s “ability and resolve” to sanction China if aggression against Taiwan ever came to light. She backed her position by stating, “I believe we’ve shown we can impose significant pain on aggressive countries, as evidenced by sanctions against Russia.”

‘Squid Game’ director Hwang Dong-hyuk: Upcoming film ‘Killing Old People’ will be even ‘more violent’

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  • "Squid Game" Director Hwang Dong-Hyuk has revealed his upcoming project to be a movie titled "Killing Old People Club."
  • The new film, based on Italian writer Umberto Eco's works about an intergenerational war, is expected to be even more violent and controversial than Hwang’s Netflix series global sensation.
  • Season 2 of "Squid Game" is expected to be released by the end of 2024.

“Squid Game” director Hwang Dong-hyuk has revealed his upcoming project following a successful awards season: “Killing Old People Club,” or “K.O. Club.”

With the 25-page treatment already prepared for “K.O. Club,” the director is preparing to create a film not only “more violent” than “Squid Game” but also more controversial. The film is reportedly based on “an intergenerational war” in which the old and young are pitted against one another.

‘Spring Queens’ Red Velvet make their return with new mini-album and ‘Feel My Rhythm’ music video

  • K-pop girl group Red Velvet have made their comeback with an aesthetic music video for their new single "Feel My Rhythm" on March 21, 2022.
  • "Feel My Rhythm" is the lead single for their mini-album "The Reve Festival 2022 - Fell My Rhythm," which was also released on the same date.
  • The springtime release will mark their first return this year since their mini-album "Queendom," which was released in August 2021.
  • Their return to the musical world as a group was met with excitement from fans.

Popular K-pop girl group Red Velvet have made their comeback with a music video for their single “Feel My Rhythm” from their new mini-album “The Reve Festival 2022 – Feel My Rhythm.”

Featuring visuals ranging from colorful pieces to dark swan-like concepts, the music video has quickly climbed viewership rankings on YouTube within less than a day of its uploading, with over 6 millions at the time of this writing. 

Ken Watanabe stars in upcoming HBO Japanese crime drama series ‘Tokyo Vice’ with Ansel Elgort

  • Japanese actor Ken Watanabe, known for his roles in "The Last Samurai," "Memoirs of a Geisha" and “Inception,” stars in Michael Mann's upcoming "Tokyo Vice."
  • Ken Watanabe plays the role of an organized crime detective in a neon-drenched Tokyo, Japan.
  • The television show, based on American journalist Jake Adelstein's memoir of the same name, has garnered mass attention due to its acclaimed participants both behind and on screen.

Academy Award-nominated actor Ken Watanabe stars in Michael Mann’s upcoming Japanese crime drama series “Tokyo Vice.” 

“Tokyo Vice,” set to premiere April 7, is a heavily anticipated television series by executive producer Michael Mann and award-winning playwright J.T. Rogers. Starring Ansel Elgort, Rachel Keller and Watanabe, the series has garnered attention for its well-known cast. Based on the memoir by American journalist Jake Adelstein, the 10-part television series is produced by HBO Max.

New Batman comic series based on animated ‘Batman Beyond’ features bi-racial Asian Terry McGinnis

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  • In an attempt to diversify Gotham’s caped crusader, DC Comics writer and artist Sean Murphy has confirmed on Instagram that the newest Dark Knight, Terry McGinnis, is "half Asian."
  • Terry will be featured in Murphy’s eight-issue limited series “Batman: Beyond the White Knight,” which is the sequel to “Batman: White Knight” and the fifth installment of the Murphyverse’s “White Knight” series.
  • “Batman: Beyond the White Knight” is set to release on March 29.

As the Batman mythos continues with the new series “Batman: Beyond the White Knight,” a new Dark Knight of Japanese and Irish descent has been introduced. 

In a recent Instagram post uploaded by the series’ writer and artist, Sean Murphy, fans received confirmation that Terry McGinnis, the newest Batman, is “half Asian,” which sets his character apart from previous versions of the superhero. 

Who asked for a Korean ‘50 Shades’? Netflix’s ‘Love and Leashes’ dominates the country’s streaming charts

  • “Love and Leashes,” Netflix’s new Korean “Fifty Shades of Grey” based on a popular webtoon by Gyeowool, is the kinky love story we didn’t see coming to a majority-conservative country. 
  • But the film has soared to the top of Netflix’s most-watched list in South Korea, with K-pop stars Seohyun (Girls Generation) and Lee Jun-young (U-Kiss) receiving widespread praise for their performances on screen.
  • Beyond the story lies the 'unlocking' of expectations, traditions, and gender roles.

The BDSM-romance genre has truly come up in mainstream media ever since Christian Grey first went down on Anastasia in the seminal 2011 novel “Fifty Shades of Grey.” 

Netflix’s “Love and Leashes” manages to capture the essence of BDSM relationships while still maintaining the integrity of what global audiences have come to love about Korean romance stories. Excruciatingly long build-up, innocent touching, and finally a close-up kiss scene that lasts for ages — it’s all there.