Featured Video Series of the Week: Who Is Next? [Korean Talent Show]

The featured series for this week is the fan-supported and deciding talent competition of “WIN: Who Is Next?” Watch as two trainee squads from YG Entertainment, Team A and Team B, duke it out for a chance to debut and official claim their spot in the YG Family. A series of battles end with votes from some of the most prestigious guest judges in the South Korean entertainment industry, but ultimately the fans decide! Who do you follow? Click here to go to this show.

Also, I just wanted to mention that the FVS of the Week is every other week or so (unfortunately, it might sometimes be better represented by FVS of the Month). Currently, with school in session, there is a limited amount of time to post up new videos and lessons (as per the poll on what we should develop first) so I apologize in advance if we lag behind. The team will make an effort to be more consistent in our uploading. The process can be boring and monotonous, so please show us your support! A short three word comment makes our day!


Featured Video Series of the Week: Family Outing (Korean Variety Show)

This week’s featured video series is actually the well-known Korean variety series “Family Outing.” As a part of SBS’s Good Sunday lineup, it was first aired on June 15, 2008 and was popular enough to be followed by a short second season featuring a brand new cast. In each episode, the “Family” (a group of 8 or more celebrity singers, comedians, actors and more) travels to different parts of South Korea and takes care of the house of an elderly family while that family goes on a vacation. The “Family” then accomplishes the list tasks left for them by the house’s owners while competing in games for airtime. This non-scripted shows allows us to see the true colors of these celebrities as the comedic games ensue. Click here to go to this show.

Featured Video Series of the Week: Kal Ho Naa Ho (Hindi Movie)

This week’s featured video series is a reknowned Hindi romantic comedy, “Kal Ho Naa Ho“, centered around Naina Kapur, an angry young woman living in New York City with her family. Her father committed suicide when she was young, leaving her mother Jennifer Kapur alone with Naina and her two younger siblings, Shiv and Gia. The restaurant that her mom operates with a friend is financially faltering. Furthermore, Naina’s paternal grandmother, Lajjo, blames Jennifer for the suicide and refuses to accept Gia (who was adopted by Jennifer) as her granddaughter, blaming her for bringing bad luck to the family. Click here to go to this show.

Featured Video Series of the Week: Los Dos Escobares (Spanish Documentary)

This week’s featured video series is a Spanish documentary of the rise and fall of Colombian soccer backed by drug money. “Los Dos Escobares” features the life of the Escobar brothers. Both had a passion for soccer, yet one turned to drugs to raise funds for a league of talented players while the other worked his way to become one of the best defenders in the international scene. Their two paths widen as Pablo Escobar’s cartel falls into violence which eventually drags down the entire team and tarnishes Colombia’s international image. Click here to go to this show.

Featured Video Series of the Week: Secret (Mandarin Movie)

This week’s featured video series is actually a single movie: a Chinese movie known as “Secret.” Ye Xianglun, a music student majoring in piano, transfers to Tamkang (Danjiang) Secondary School. It is a school famous for musically talented students, especially in piano. On the first day of school, as he wanders through the piano building, he hears a mysterious melody being played that leads him to Lu Xiaoyu, another piano major. When he asks about the song she was playing, she tells him that it is a secret that cannot be told and the two develop a relationship that is shrouded in mystery. Click here to go to this show.

Featured Video Series of the Week: Engine (Japanese Drama)

This week’s featured video series is a Japanese drama known as “Engine.” Jiro Kanazaki is a driver with astonishing technique and speed. An altercation in a European race tour forced him off his team and when he tries to come back on, he finds that the team no longer needs him as they have younger and more skilled drivers. Jiro attempts to get back in the game, but lives with his parents and helps with their orphanage in the meantime. Click here to go to this show.

Featured Video Series of the Week: Running Man

This week’s featured video series is a South Korean variety show known as “Running Man” where the cast – a combination of idols and celebrities – complete a set of challenges and a race in order to escape a comical punishment. Each episode features a different S. Korean landmark, celebrity guests, and theme as they compete for the ticket to escape – the cherish Running Ball. Click here to go to this show.

The reason? Through our process of building Culture Quote we have simply decided to include a branch of video material with English subtitles in order to increase access to shows that are extremely difficult to find on the Internet with out putting bucket loads of time into the search process. As such, we have decided to feature a particular video or set of shows each week.