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Music Monday – I speak obscure

October 14, 2013, by , posted in Music

For some time, I’ve been searching long and hard for opening themes and closing themes in languages other than Japanese or English (I don’t mean redubs by the way). Although our dear new Events Director mentioned here that it’s a rare birdy, I find that English songs used as opening or closing themes is now probably more prevalent than it ever was, so much so that it’s no longer that ‘special’ to me (though it was back when Eden of the East was about, but probably only because I was more ignorant).

If you’re interested, you can check out this dubiously sourced TVTropes article, though if you look them up you can tell they’re accurate, just incomplete since there are glaring omissions – one which I will be covering later in this post! Anyway, despite that, it’s still interesting to see what choices are made and whether it is an English or a Japanese band performing the song (sometimes you really can’t tell, but sometimes you can).

Some different languages that have been used in opening/closing themes are such as Russian (Ghost in the Shell), Latin (Dantalian, Elfen Lied), French (Tsukuyomi, Blood-C), German (Guilty Crown) and Thai (Animal Detectives Kiruminzoo). In comparison to these languages, English is overwhelmingly the majority in terms of foreign language themes.

But I’m not so interested in these. I’ve been searching for other Korean songs used as opening or closing sequences, since the only one I’ve found so far has been ‘Shinkirou’ by LOVEHOLIC, which was used as the closing theme to Black Blood Brothers. Take a listen:

There have been plenty of songs sung in Japanese by Korean artists or groups, such as BoA, KARA, 2PM, MBLAQ and of course, DBSK/Tohoshinki just to name a few. But of actual Korean tracks used, there are few. Can you name one or is this the only one you know of too?

Although the song struck me odd when I first heard it, naturally because I hadn’t realised it was Korean, I really loved it and the feelings it portrayed as well as just the style and the pacing in general. I guess it’s just the romanticist side coming out, but all the same it’s a beautifully crafted song.

Finishing up, have a song done in French, which seems oft criticised, yet three of the members of the group attended a French-Japanese school — you would think they knew what they were doing! Not my style, but an interesting track. (Spiral by Dustz)

Free Korean Animated Films Screening

November 12, 2011, by , posted in News

Having withdrawal symptoms from weekly screenings? Need an escape from the stressful exam period? The Korean Cultural Office Australia are running FREE movie screenings on Thursday nights with animated features this & next week.

‘Animated Adventures’ is a special animated film series hosted by the Korean Cultural Office Australia as part of the weekly film event Cinema On The Park. This November 17th, join us for a screening of the critically acclaimed Korean animated feature ‘MY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, MARI’, a film about childhood and escapism likened to the works of Hayao Miyazaki (think ‘My Neighbour Totoro’). The film will be presented by Deborah Szapiro, Co-Director of the UTS Sydney International Animation Festival, and will be a great opportunity for those interested in film and animation to have any questions answered, or learn more about animation.

FREE event. Film starts at 6:30PM. Q&A with Deborah Szapiro to follow the screening. There will be some nibbles!

November 24th, come back for the final film of the series: ‘Life is Cool’, Korea’s first rotoscoped animation feature film, and an overall great comedy and drama.

For more information, visit http://koreanculture.org.au/regular-events/cinema-on-the-park