More than 100 classic films now at your fingertips

Do you find yourself longing for Golden Era of film or classic actors and actresses like Cary Grant, Shirley Temple and Audrey Hepburn? We now have more than 100 classic movie titles for you to enjoy, which you can find under the "Classics" genre on Viki.com.

Over the next few weeks we'll be highlighting some of these classic films right here on our blog. Today's highlights are all based on novels, and tell the dramatic stories of brave children who are plucked from their homes and the lives that they're used to, and must overcome great challenges.

Set in Victorian London, The Little Princess (1939) is a famous classic starring American sweetheart Shirley Temple, directed by Walter Lang, and is based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  Sara Crewe (Temple) is sent to live at Miss Minchin's School, by her father when he goes to Africa to fight in the Second Boer War. When news arrives that her father is dead and that his wealth has been confiscated, Sara goes from a life of privileged to that of a servant girl. This film is available to viewers worldwide.



Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936), also based on a novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, tells the story of Ceddie (played by Freddie Bartholomew), who lives with his mother in Brooklyn, New York, after his English father dies. Ceddie's grandfather, the Earl of Dorincourt, had disowned Ceddie's father for marrying an American, but when the Earl's remaining son dies, he accepts Ceddie as his heir, Lord Fauntleroy. Ceddie moves in with his cold grandfather and tries to overcome their differences. This film is available to viewers worldwide.


Great Expectations (1946), a film based on the famous novel by Charles Dickens, is about the orphan, Pip, who received an offer from a mysterious benefactor to transform him into a gentlemen. The film won Academy Awards for Best Art Direction and Best Cinematography and was nominated for three more: Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay. This film is available to viewers worldwide.


We hope you enjoy these films -- they're all great choices to watch with your families over the holiday season! And make sure you check back often to see more classic film highlights.

Watch Charade, starring the wonderful Audrey Hepburn!

There are a few names in film that usually bring a smile to anyone's face, by the mention of it. Let me give it a try: "Audrey Hepburn." You see? You're smiling already!

Charade, the 1963 film starring Audrey Hepburn and Cary Grant is now available to viewers everywhere.  The film tells the story of Regina "Reggie" Lampert (Hepburn) who's husband is murdered while she's away on a holiday, telling a friend that she's going to get a divorce. She now finds that he is dead, has men searching for money that he stole years ago, and that everyone expects her to know where the money is.The charming Peter Joshua (Grant), who changes his name every 15 minutes, seems to also somehow be interested in her husband's money.


This suspense thriller-romantic-comedy is directed by Stanley Doner (who also directed Singin' in the Rain), and written by Tony, Oscar and Emmy winner Peter Stone, also stars Walter Matthau and James Coburn. Watch the movie now!



And if you'd like to get involved in the segmenting, subtitling, moderation and editing process of this show, please send me a PM!

Happy Holidays From Viki!

From all of us at Viki to all of you -- our amazing community members all over the world -- we wish you Happy Holidays and an even better New Year. We'd love to hear about how you plan to spend the last few weeks of 2012, so please leave a comment and let us know! 





Lunafly Hangs Out with Viki Fans

On December 12th, Viki hosted its first ever Google+ Hangout with talented new boy group, Lunafly, and fans from around the world. Check out the highlights of this fun event, including hair jokes, photo tricks, and live singing below!



We started broadcasting the chat live on the Viki YouTube channel at 8:00PM PST, with fans from the United Kingdom, Colombia, the United States, and Saudi Arabia joining from home. Lunafly was surprised to see that they had fans from so many different places; and the girls were more than happy to invite them to perform in their country.

After a round of introductions, the fans asked one question each to the members of Lunafly, including what advice they had for their fans, how they first became a group, and what has been their most meaningful experience since debut.

Sam Carter, being the group leader and a native English speaker, answered first and helped his fellow Lunafly members express their own answers. Yun shared a touching memory of seeing fans from other countries singing along to his songs for the first time. And Teo proved to be the most playful of the group, activating funny sound effects all throughout the hangout session.

After fulfilling a special birthday request for the friend of one of the fans (Nonochii on Viki), Lunafly agreed to sing a few songs from their album - and the harmony of their voices sounded great even over the hangout. But that wasn't the end of the fanservice and surprises: Lunafly signed CD's for each of the fans, taking special care to spell all the names correctly.

The boys of Lunafly proved not only to be talented entertainers, but warm-hearted and considerate individuals. We wish them the best and hope to catch up with them again soon. Thank you to the fans who participated (shinteo, LeiidyReyez, Lina Trejos, Nonochii, kakashiandme), to the Viki team in Korea who helped make the event possible and who interpreted Korean & English, and to Lunafly for taking the time to share an unforgettable conversation with all of us. One fan, Ellen (shinteo), expressed her thanks and gave her own recap of the hangout on her YouTube channel.

Teo of Lunafly waves to fans during the Hangout
Follow the Lunafly Channel on Viki to see all of their hit music videos subtitled in your language, and head over to the Viki YouTube channel to watch the full broadcast of the Lunafly hangout.

How Psy's Gangnam Style Took Over the World

K-pop star Psy’s juggernaut video ‘Gangnam Style’ recently became the most viewed video in the history of YouTube.  You're likely familiar with the viral sensation full of horse dancing, explosions and addictive beats. According to Google, "Gangnam Style" was the 2nd most searched term in 2012! This infographic reveals how the music video spread around the world since its release this summer. The infographic (full version at the bottom of this post) ranks the top 20 countries where the video has been viewed most often, and includes a month-by-month look at how viral viewership spread from S. Korea to North America to the rest of the world. 
The music video has been translated into 24 languages on Viki, helping it travel across geographic and language boundaries.



Check out the full infographic below for more info.

How Gangnam Style Took Over the World Infographic

Viki Cinema: Holiday Movies, Cartoons, and Music

It's that time of year again -- chilly weather, Christmas carols and sparkling decorations, and movie lovers everywhere curling up with family to watch their favorite holiday flicks. Here are some special features we chose for the season.

First, it wouldn't be Christmas without these Classic Christmas Cartoons. Licensed for viewers worldwide, these timeless stories are fun for everyone. They include The Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer, and even Howdy Doody's Christmas.

We have Christmas programs for the whole family, like Rudolph.
Talented Korean actors Go Soo and Han Ye Seul star in the heartfelt K-Drama, Will It Snow For Christmas?, available for viewers worldwide, except in select Asian countries. For Horowitz is a movie from Korea about a piano teacher who meets a very special student. To round out the collection from Korea, Whee Sung's "It's Real" Concert gives a behind the scenes look at a truly great performance.

Whee Sung's smooth voice is great for the holidays.
If you're looking for something a little more playful and silly, we recommend Indian movie, Action Replay starring Aishwarya Rai and Akshay Kumar, available worldwide except in India and North America. Bunty Chupra travels back in time to help his parents fall in love, but things get difficult when he finds out his younger father is an awkward nerd. Prem Ka Game is another Bollywood comedy about a man trying to win back his wife after having an affair with the supermodel next door. It is available worldwide except for India. You can check out Prem Ka Game below.



We hope you enjoy a restful holiday season with friends and family. You can find Viki's collection of holiday-themed videos below in our custom widget, which you can embed in your own webpage or blog:






We're Hosting a Google+ Hangout with Lunafly!



We have some exciting news for K-Pop fans!

Viki is hosting a Google+ Hangout (a live video chat) with the boys of Lunafly! You'll be able to watch the hangout live on 12/11 8pm-10pm PST on our Youtube channel

You can submit a question for Lunafly on our Facebook here. You must include your Viki username with your question. One lucky fan will be chosen to participate in the Google+ Hangout and ask their question to Lunafly. We will notify the winner in their Viki inbox by Monday 12/10 11am PST. Both the contest and the live stream are open to everyone worldwide. A recording of the Google+ Hangout with subtitles will also be uploaded onto Viki following the live event.

A Google+ Hangout is a live video chat (learn more here). The chat will be between the boys, a few pre-selected fans, and the Viki moderators, who will all be able to see and hear each other. However, anyone will be able to watch the conversation live on our YouTube channel.

So get your questions in ASAP and remember to tune in to the live session on our YouTube channel next week!

Check out Lunafly's new music video "Clear Day, Cloudy Day" below, with a special surprise shout-out to Viki fans!


Watch all of Lunafly's music videos with subtitles, and follow their channel for updates here. You can also check out Soompi.com for more Lunafly news.

Want to know when the event is happening in your time zone?

Time converter at worldtimebuddy.com

The Rose of Versailles available now!

The wait is over! For the first time in more than 30 years, The Rose of Versailles (ベルサイユのばら) is available to viewers in North America. You can now watch the first 5 episodes of the legendary anime series, and we'll be adding 5 more episodes to the Channel every week, so make sure you follow the Channel in order to receive an email notification when new episodes are made available.



The anime series The Rose of Versailles was created by Riyoko Ikeda (who also created Dear Brother/ おにいさまへ…) in 1979, and tells the story of Oscar François de Jarjayes, a girl who is raised as a boy by her father, and becomes the head of the Versailles Palace Guard. Her job is to protect Marie Antoinette and the rest of the French Royal Family. The series begins before the French Revolution, as Marie Antoinette arrives in France, and continues through her and her family's tragic demise. The series is filled with epic battles, treason and rebellion, secrets, love, lust and friendship.



This is a series that anyone who loves classic anime, historical fiction, epic tales of battle, treason, or simply loves a great story can't possibly miss. This Rose of Versailles is available to viewers in the US and Canada.

Announcing The Rose of Versailles Haiku contest winners!

The results for The Rose of Versailles Haiku contest, run together with Anime News Network, are in! Thank you to everyone who participated. We had almost 500 submissions and picking winners was incredibly difficult.

And the winners are (drum-roll please!):



Grand Prize
will receive an autograph from The Rose of Versailles creator, Riyoko Ikeda,
and the complete series on 2 limited edition DVD box-sets from Right Stuf


Born to be a Queen
She was all I had hoped for
But then the world changed

by Lilith Casler (Newton, NJ)  

1st Runner Up
will receive an autograph from The Rose of Versailles creator, Riyoko Ikeda, 
and Viki headphones and t-shirt
 
Guardian Oscar
A daughter born as a son
Marie’s life is yours

by Lynette (Damascus, MD)

2nd Runner Up
will receive the complete series on 2 limited edition DVD box-sets from Right Stuf
 and Viki headphones and t-shirt
 
The flame burns brightest
In defiance of the night
But how brief that flame

by Su Han (Seattle, WA)

3rd Runner Up
will receive the complete series on 2 limited edition DVD box-sets from Right Stuf 

A sword and a dress 
Both only as powerful 
As she who wears them

  by Carl Li (Glendale, NY)

Honorary Mention
will receive Viki headphones and t-shirt
 
Oh my dear St. Just
What on earth is wrong with you
This guy is cray cray

by Ragukoon (Tuscaloosa, AL)



Don't miss The Rose of Versailles, the legendary anime series by Riyoko Ikeda, available on Viki very, very soon!

Viki Fan Favorites 2012

As the end of the year approaches it's time for the 1st annual Viki Fan Favorite vote! The power is in your hands. What was your favorite comeback, comedy, drama and more? Let us know by casting your vote here. And share your vote on your Facebook and Twitter to encourage your friends to vote as well. 

You can vote once a day between now and December 31.


Vote For Your Favorites On Our Facebook Page



Several stars had successful TV comebacks in 2012. After 12 years away from dramas, Jang Dong Gun still had the same charm in his return to 'Gentleman's Dignity.' 



This year also brought great body-swapping K-Dramas and time traveling shows. From Lee Min Ho as Korean warrior Admiral Choi Young, to Gong Yoo in body swapping hit "Big."



Psy took over the world with his infectious song 'Gangnam Style.' The horse dance choreography helped bring K-pop into the mainstream. The boys of Super Junior also had explosive dance moves in their hot music video 'Sexy Free and Single.' Which was your favorite?


We hope you enjoyed re-watching all of your favorite videos and sharing them with us on Viki!

Featured Community Member: yolswels091

We have amazing people in the community, and we'd like to start introducing them through the Viki Blog! As the first community member to be featured, yolswels091, has written a story about her life at Viki. We know many of you will be able to relate to her experiences!

MY VIKI LIFE


Back when I was still in college in my country, the Philippines, I learned about Viikii, (it was spelled like that back then) from some of my classmates who were so fanatical about Korean shows, as well as actors and actresses and K-Pop boy bands. I'm a very serious student so I didn't pay attention to it. I wasn't into it even though Korean shows started to infiltrate Filipino television. It wasn't until a friend of mine recommended that I watch Goong and Boy Over Flowers that I actually liked watching other Korean shows.

So I created an account on Viikii.com and learned that it's a community-based website. It didn't interest me that much as I didn't have time to explore the whole website. I was still in school and studying seriously, so for me it was one of those websites where you create an account and forget about it after a few days. Yeah, it's true.

After graduating from the University, I went to US and started working. It was the kind of job that kills your social life, so I looked for help from my laptop and that became my best friend. To kill time, I started watching shows on the net. Then I remembered Viikii.

Viikii was still there. I had forgotten my previous account so I decided to make a new one dated September 15, 2010, one that is still alive now. It was really hard for me at the beginning. I didn't have friends or any contact for that matter. I can't even remember who the first user was that I made contact with. So after looking through and exploring the website, trying to learn to navigate the whole thing, I still ended up quite confused about how everything works. What got me started was finding some of my fellow countrymen on Viikii. BINGO! It's a translation site. That's what Viikii is all about.

I started as a Tagalog subber. At first, I was scolded. I translated some lines in Sungkyunkwan Scandal without anybody's permission. But I didn't know there was a system of Channel Managers, moderators and such. I can't remember what happened after that, but I ended up as a regular Tagalog subber for some dramas. I'm quite diligent and looking at how my subbing credits increased by the minute made my day. lol

After a couple of months of subbing, I felt envious of other users. They're had some big roles in channels and I feeling bored with subbing. English is the second language in the Philippines, so translating English to Tagalog isn't that necessary. What really interested me were the segmenters. "They're so cool," I thought back then. It's like they have their own world in Viikii.

Then I learned about SEG101. I'd say that they did a great job at scaring people -- the Channel was really intimidating... lol. At the time, they were celebrating their first anniversary. They had a very long list of aspiring students so the wait looked like it would forever. Luckily, I found out about their Avatar Contest, and that they were giving admissions to the top 3 winners. So I joined and submitted 2 avatars. I was actually surprised by the results because the avatar that I didn't have any expectations for got the votes and won me 3rd place. It was a very simple avatar design -- it was a person holding scissors, a globe and a film strip.

So I became a SEG101 newbie. I concentrated on learning the proper way to segment alongside with my mentor FTHIA. After a few months, I graduated. With my SEG101 badge, I had the confidence that I could finally segment.

My first contributions as a segmenter were in Lie To Me, which I think was one of the first Korean Dramas Viki licensed. My first day segmenting on a real project was a mess. I got the first part on episode 1, and I thought it took me forever to finish. My God, I was so conscious of my timings and everything. But as episodes went on, I got my confidence to race alongside with the segmenting veterans. Sadly, Lie to Me didn't do well. But I was still optimistic and had started to love segmenting -- it was my first segmenting project after all. After the show ended, I became Lie to Me's number 1 segmenter garnering the highest number of segments.

Becoming a Viki user was much more helpful than I thought. I said earlier that my job could kill a social life. I didn't choose it because I'm a loner or anything, but it's just that some people, like me, just don't have the luxury to choose a better job yet. But it gives me a lot of time to be on Viki. That's basically the life that I have right now, and I have gained lots of friends across the globe which is the best experience of all.

Thank you, yolswels091 for being such an awesome member of the community!

Hyun Bin Returns from Military Service

In only two days, Hallyu star Hyun Bin will be discharged from the Korean military after completing 21 months of service. It's hard to believe that it has been almost two years since one of the most popular actors in Korea left the acting scene to fulfill his duty in the military. We're looking forward to seeing him back on the screen in a new drama or movie, but for now, we can look back and enjoy his past roles. Take this fun poll on our Facebook page to vote for your favorite Hyun Bin character!

Hyun Bin will be discharged on Dec. 6

In Snow Queen (눈의 여왕), Han Tae-Woong is a young math genius who quits school and runs away from home after learning that he may have caused the suicide of his best friend. Saddled with guilt, he changes his name and joins a boxing club. Hyun Bin's portrayal of a rough, street-smart fighter with a troubled past is a far cry from his more famous K-Drama "prince" characters. This drama is available in US & Canada.



World Within (그들이 사는 세상) was the start of Hyun Bin's famed relationship with his A-list co-star, Song Hye Gyo. In this drama, he plays a charismatic TV producer from a poor farmer's family, who teaches the cold, reserved Joo Joon Young how to express her feelings and learn to trust others. This drama is available in US & Canada.

The role that pushed Hyun Bin into the global spotlight was the spoiled hotelier in My Name is Kim Sam-Soon (내 이름은 김삼순). The rude, immature Kim Jin-heon tries his best to push around his newly-hired patissier, but she throws the insults right back in his face, making for one of the funniest romantic comedies in all of K-Drama. This show is available in US, Canada, Middle East and Africa.

Hyun Bin most recently captured fans in body-switching drama, Secret Garden (스크릿 가든). Taking "eccentric" to the extreme, Kim Joo-Won refuses to ride in elevators, talks to imaginary people, and insists on wearing his velour track jackets zipped to the top. And just when you think he's about to fall in love with the tough stuntwoman (played by Ha Ji Won), the two switch bodies in an unbelievable twist. This drama is available worldwide except in select countries.



Each of Hyun Bin's characters is different, and lovable in their own way. What type of role do you want to see him take on for his comeback performance?

Celebrate the winners of the Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA)! Let's celebrate by enjoying some of the evening's big winners.

PSY- Gangnam Style 




This song achieved international fame with its addictive “horse-riding” dance and is a song
that talks about classy girls that are not as obnoxious as they seem. PSY won
the “Song of the Year” and “International Favourite Artist” Award at MAMA 2012.


Big Bang – Fantastic Baby




Fantastic Baby is one of Big Bang's comeback singles after almost two years. Big Bang, known for their brilliant stage presence, won the “Artist of the Year” award at MAMA 2012.

Super Junior – Sexy Free & Single




This is an electronic dance track displaying the mature charisma of the 10 members of Super
Junior, and talks about men who go through struggles in life, and emerge as better
individuals. Super Junior won the "Album of the Year" award at MAMA 2012.

Check out hit songs from the other award winners, such as B.A.P, EXO, Davichi and more!




Enhance the music experience with other users by subbing into the Karaoke language (MU).
A romanized version of the song lyrics now lets others who don't know Hangul sing along to
their favorite Kpop artists' songs! Here are step-by-step instructions for how to sub in Karaoke on Viki!