A Korean politician on a board for women and families once claimed that there are around 50,000 Korean prostitutes in Japan, some 2,500 in Australia and 250 in Guam. “In the whole world there are 100,000,” said Okuyi Kim.
The reason why so many Korean women enter the world’s oldest profession? Well, money must be the main one. 10 Korean women arrested in Canada in May 2012 gave that explanation to police.
Foreign prostitutes in the US are said to be 23.5% Korean, the largest of any nationality, followed by 11.7% Thai and 10% Peruvian. With Korea’s own tightening of prostitution laws in 2004, it started to become popular to go abroad to work, especially when Koreans were able to visit America without a visa from 2008.
Los Angeles police have said that about 90% of the department’s 70-80 monthly arrests for prostitution involve Korean women.
An increasing number of Korean girls are heading to Dubai to earn their money.
According to Pusan Metropolitan Police, most prostitutes working in brothels overseas leave Korea on two-month travel visas and earn 20-30 million won ($1,700-2,700) a month.
The figures are a bit old but a 2007 government report estimated there were 270,000 women working in the domestic sex industry, equivalent to around 6% of the GDP. 10% of Korean prostitutes work outside their country.
All this speculation, though, fuels right-wing apologists’ arguments that the wartime comfort women did not need to be “forced” into servicing the Japanese army’s soldiers.
No. It’s angles.
Angles define how you see and what you see. And this girl demonstrates brilliantly how can transform your entire face without the need to change diet, do a workout or take drugs.
To be fair, she is hardly the country’s sexiest film star and appears to have a bit of flab around her chin.
But then from an above angle, the change in perspective is phenomenal.
Don’t just take our word for it. Watch the lady demonstrate herself!
What she is showing us is the classic Fat Girl Angle Shot, though we have never seen it quite so brilliantly harnessed.
Or is it the opposite? She is naturally slim and pretty, but shows us the dangers of how a bad angle can render even cuties into “beasts”.
We have a particular liking for Korean girls, not least the stunning actresses — who are much more willing to take off their clothes for hot sex scenes in films than their Japanese counterparts.
We are the lucky recipients of this and in fact have previously tempted opinionated readers to join us in speculating which girls are sexier — Japanese or Korean?
Well, there is of course no real answer to such a question. When the quality is this high, it’s not about “better”.
In honor of our peninsular stars, we hereby present a very unofficial and very incomplete list of the sexiest Korean actresses and models today, with a selection of the films for which they are best known and/or which feature their nude scenes. (We strongly, strongly suggest you track down these scenes!)
The lines can get blurry sometimes in Asia but for now, we’ve excluded women who are exclusively or predominantly known for their singing work. So this means, there’s no Kwon Yu-ri (Girls’ Generation), Kim Yoo-bin (Wonder Girls) et al.
Enough intro: Here is our list — in order of date of birth.
Kim Hye-soo (김혜수)
Born in 1970
As seen in: Hypnotized
Jeon Do-yeon (전도연)
Born in 1973
As seen in: Happy End, The Housemaid, Untold Scandal
Kim Sa-rang (김사랑)
Born in 1978
As seen in: Secret Garden
Park Si-yeon (박시연)
Born in 1979
As seen in: The Scent
Lee Hyo-ri (이효리)
Born in 1979
As seen in: Fin.K.L
Kim Gyu-ri (김규리)
Born in 1979
As seen in: Portrait of a Beauty
Kim Tae-hee (김태희)
Born in 1980
As seen in: Iris
Song Hye-kyo (송혜교)
Born in 1981
As seen in: Full House
Song Ji-hyo (송지효)
Born in 1981
As seen in: A Frozen Flower
Jo Yeo-jeong (조여정)
Born in 1981
As seen in: The Servant, The Courtesan
Jun Ji-hyun (전지현)
Born in 1981
As seen in: Windstruck
Kang Hye-jung (강혜정)
Born in 1982
As seen in: Oldboy, Rules of Dating, Welcome to Dongmakgol!
Kim Shi-hyang (김시향)
Born in 1982
Son Dam-bi (손담비)
Born in 1983
As seen in: Lights and Shadows
Oh In-hye (오인혜)
Born in 1984
As seen in: Red Vacance Black Wedding
Yoon Eun-hye (윤은혜)
Born in 1984
As seen in: GQ magazine, TV work
Ko Joon-hee (고준희)
Born in 1985
As seen in: Doomsday Book
Min Hyo Rin (민효린)
Born in 1986
As seen in: The Grand Heist
Honorary Mentions go to…
Grace Park (not Korean!)
Born in 1974
As seen in: Battlestar Galactica
Okay, so this has been a very, very incomplete list and the sharp-eyed among you may have spotted a disproportionate amount of images for certain ladies. Forgive us, no bias was intended!
We had so many other girls we wanted to include. Do you have any other suggestions? We’d love to do a Part Two!
Finally do we have proof that plastic surgery has gone too far in Korea?
Right now the Japanese internet is enjoying just such a gloat as they peruse the entries for Miss Korea.
Why? Because the ladies look so similar it is virtually impossible to tell them apart unless you look at the Hangul names.
It’s no secret that plastic surgery is rampant in Korea — as opposed to Japan, where it is common in the celebrity world but kept an open secret — but does this mean that everyone starts to look the same, with the same kind of generic beauty?
The girls look lovely but give us a true Korean beauty any day!
Let’s hope the judging panel for Miss Korea 2013 are paying close attention to who is who!
We’ve long been a fan of Korean actress Bae Doona.
The cutie (33) has been on our screen for years already, including in a couple of Japanese films as well as several major Korean hits.
She is not afraid to strip off either, having shed her clothes for Plum Blossom and Sympathy For Mr Vengeance in some quite explicit sex scenes.
One of her Japanese roles was as a blow-up sex doll, for which she was frequently nude.
Now she is working in America too, with a role as a sexy android in Cloud Atlas, which is adapted from the sprawling novel by formerly Japan-based writer David Mitchell.
It features — you’ve guessed it — a cyborg sex scene between her and British co-star Jim Sturgess (34), and it’s a hot one.
And it seems, we are sad to relate, that Doona and Jim have been taking their rehearsals to heart.
If reports and the press snaps are to be believed, the two are now a couple.
Following the orbital rise of Korean girl unit Girls Generation, Japanese pop has been searching for who can combat the continental ladies’ incredible leg power.
This answer, it is being touted, is this new group, Bikyaku Jidai — literally “Beautiful Legs Era” — who have been formed for this express purpose.
The main qualification for the seven ladies in the group was that they had lovely legs.
With such single-minded approach we suspect their musical success may be rather limited. This is one of their masterpieces.
By way of comparison, here are the Korean ladies in action…
And if Taiwanese girls with nice legs are more your thing, check out The Weather Girls.
All this trying hard to find girls with sexy legs is a bit sad. There are loads in Japan already!
Here’s just one example, Asami Morino.
Do you have any favorites?
Three female celebrities were arrested in Seoul by local police on March 13th for use of the illegal drug propofol (“milk shot”) from dozens to hundreds of times over the past two years.
Si-yeon Park, Seung-yeon Lee and Mi-inae Jang are the latest actresses to be investigated and charged. Hyeon Yeong has also been fined for use of the drug.
Although propofol has many medical uses around the world, in Korea its frequent use as an hallucinogenic agent led to it being defined as a mind-altering drug in 2011.
Its use is an open secret in the entertainment world in Korea and scandal broke when arrests were made last year. One actress was found at a nail salon, unconscious and with an IV drip in her arm.
The sedative and anesthetic is used by actresses and models to stop pain from cosmetic surgery.
We don’t wish to stoke any more international anger between Japan and Korea, but we just had to blog this when we read about it.
The December issue of tabloid rag SAPIO is reporting that, while it is not a fact that Korean men have the smallest of cocks, it is smaller than normal.
Just 9cm is apparently what’s been bandied around online.
I personally have no experience with Korean men so cannot say either way.
On the whole, they seem more macho than their Japanese counterparts, so this news is surprising, to be honest.
A Spanish penis enlargement company has done a “survey” and released the results. French guys came in first place among western nations with 16cm, though (no shock here), the Democratic Republic of Congo actually got more than 17cm. Japan was tenth with 13cm but still several places ahead of 17th-ranked Korea.
Anyway, as we all know, it’s not about size — it’s about what you do with what you’ve got! I can testify that us Asian girls don’t want guys with huge cocks because it f**king hurts when it goes in.
I’m taking this with a pinch of salt and it’s clear that the Japanese magazine just wants to lure local readers eager to read about their neighbor’s predicament (meanwhile, Samsung continues to blow both Japanese and American competition out of the water).
Korea has the infamy of “the nation of prostitution” and it gets even stronger as it exports its biggest asset (and no, we don’t mean Samsung).
Along highways you used to find lines of sex shops with open windows like the chon no ma you get in Ueno, Kawasaki or in Osaka.
In the old days Korean sex shops used to be a hair salon but in the back room there would be “extra” services. However, since 2004 these kinds of places have disappeared. Likewise there used to be places that on the surface appear to be tea rooms that “delivered” things but with more on the menu that just coffee.
What’s big now are apartments rented out for prostitutes, who advertise with large B5-size signs in phone boxes.
There was a survey in 2010 on the state of the industry. Its results were not made public but a scoop in late 2011 revealed that the scale of prostitution in Korea stretches to 8.71 trillion won (over $8 billion), some 5% of the nation’s GDP. There are said to be some 4605 0 000 cases of prostitution yearly, with 14,2000 customers.
Many of the cheaper prostitutes in Japan are “exports” from Japan and likewise, sex tourism is big, men from Japan heading to the peninsular for cheaper thrills.
K-Pop girl group KARA were asked at a recent press conference what they thought about Takeshima/Dokdo.
Naturally, not being politicians, it is unfair to call on them in this way… but journalists are cruel and cannot resist stirring up a hornet’s nest.
KARA are on of several K-Pop bands who are active in Japan and have fans are both sides of the ocean. A wrong word on these thorny issues can alienate people forever.
Korean actors and music artists who work in Japan have been submitted to this trial recently, compared to “fumi-e” — where in the Tokugawa period, Shogunate authorities would test the faith of suspected Christian renegades by making them step on a picture of Christ or the Virgin Mary.
Many Korean celebrities have chosen the less of two evils, probably knowing how little thought mainstream Japanese seem to give to nationalism, and have given comments that the rocky outcrop is Korean territory.
KARA were holding a press conference in Seoul last Monday when the dreaded question was thrown at them. Apparently all five members’ faces changed immediately. The lead singer, Gyuri Park, chose her words carefully, saying how they were held in affection in Japan and it was their first time to come back to Korea and work in a while.
This skillful circumnavigation of the question, though, was greeted with derision by certain sections of the Korean press and internet. The girls were swiftly denounced as pro-Japanese traitors, whose only interest is making money in Japan and protecting their interests there.
All this fury and fuss over a few rocks in the sea…
KARA are just about to release a new album in Korea and are planning to do promotional work in their home country for a while.
No strange to controversy, KARA have previously had trouble with their management, with a changing line-up, and even with accusations from the government that they are just too sexy! Now they have the wrath of ultra-nationalists to deal with too! Hang in there, girls!
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