Girls’ Generation kicks off tour with 1st solo show

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Girls’ Generation kicks off tour with 1st solo show

The pop group Girls’ Generation will hold their very first solo concert this Saturday and Sunday. The concert, titled “Into the New World,” kicks off the group’s first Asia tour and will be presented at Olympic Park in southeastern Seoul. The tour then continues to Shanghai and Bangkok.

Girls’ Generation, which debuted in 2007 and consists of nine women, has released many hits like “Into the New World,” and “Gee.”

They received the Digital Song Award, given to the song with the most downloads, at the Golden Disk Awards, a major music awards ceremony in South Korea, on Dec. 10.

‘Mother’ takes top honors at Latin American film fest

Director Bong Joon-ho’s movie “Mother” has received the Signis Award at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival, the biggest film festival in Latin America, on Tuesday. The award is given to the best international film in competition at the festival.

The award was given to the film “for being a complete work, which explores what a mother is capable of doing when she is determined to protect her son ... from an ethical point of view.”

Mother will open in theaters in Brazil and Mexico next spring.

‘Boys Over Flowers’ group to sign MOU for new golf drama

After signing a major agreement, Group Eight, the creators of the popular drama “Boys Over Flowers,” will soon start filming the new drama series “Birdie Buddy” in Gangwon Province. The drama is based on a series of best-selling graphic novels by Lee Hyun-se and is slated to air in the first half of 2010.

Group Eight signed on Tuesday a memorandum of understanding with the regional governments of Taebaek, Samcheok, Jeongseon, and Youngwol and High 1, Korea’s biggest resort.

Birdie Buddy tells the story of small-town girl Sung Mi-soo, who makes it big in the cutthroat world of women’s golf.

“A drama has never been large enough in scale to win [this kind of agreement],” said Song Byeong-joon, the CEO of Group Eight. “I hope Birdie Buddy will continue the popularity of our previous dramas overseas and show the beauty of Korea as well as the successes of Korean female golfers.”

By Hannah Kim, Contributing writer

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