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Odds and Ends: No pain, no gain
by | August 23, 2014 | 216 Comments
girlfriday: I feel a little bit like a slacker these days, only recapping half a show. It’s probably the lightest load I’ve had since I started recapping. I’m watching everything under the sun, I swear, just haven’t found something that grabs me. javabeans: That’s the nature of following dramaland in real time—sometimes there’s a whole... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #357
by | August 22, 2014 | 341 Comments
  Oohyo – “Girl Sense (소녀감성100퍼센트)” [ Download ] Open Thread #356 Open Thread #355 Open Thread #354 Open Thread #353 No tags for this post.... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 18
by | August 21, 2014 | 25 Comments
The game of one-upsmanship intensifies with both sides gaining some and losing some. And while Choi Won-shin has the bounce-back of a rubberized demonic energizer bunny, it’s pretty satisfying to watch him deal with multiple setbacks at the hands of our hero. The tension is ratcheting up with every encounter, and you can certainly feel... More »


Drama Recaps
Joseon Gunman: Episode 17
by | August 20, 2014 | 52 Comments
There’s a Korean saying that suits practically every hero and heroine known to dramaland, which is mountain after mountain. As in, you exert all this energy into climbing one huge mountain of pain and effort, only to find at its peak that there’s a whole freaking other mountain hiding behind it. And before you collapse... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Young-ae eyes comeback with sageuk drama (not Dae Jang Geum 2)
by | August 20, 2014 | 32 Comments
Lee Young-ae may finally be making her comeback to dramaland—and to acting in general—and as this news has no relation whatsoever to MBC’s ill-fated Dae Jang Geum 2 project, I’m actually inclined to believe it might happen. Reports are out that Lee Young-ae is in talks to star in a new drama titled Shin Saimdang,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Cantabile Tomorrow has its Masumi character
by | August 19, 2014 | 77 Comments
So the Masumi role isn’t to be left out of the Korean Nodame Cantabile remake, which is good news since I (and many fans, I’m sure) was quite fond of the character who loved the hero unabashedly and often challenged the heroine (in a harmless sort of way) for his love. (Which generally turned to... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Youths Over Flowers: Episode 3
by | August 19, 2014 | 30 Comments
girlfriday: We catch up to the boys in the aftermath of being abandoned by the entire crew in the middle of the night. Hee-yeol says he saw the letter and expected it to be a gift, and thought to himself, “Young-seokie [Na PD] isn’t such a bad kid.” Then we cut to Na PD sneaking... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Sisters, computers, unhappy endings
by | August 19, 2014 | 64 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments. Happy Lemon has an older show on her mind, the description of which makes me laugh (unintentionally?): This is an old drama from late ’90s. It’s the story about two sisters. The... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Solid ensemble gathered for heartwarming family movie Jang-soo Company
by | August 19, 2014 | 10 Comments
Han Ji-min, Jo Jin-woong, Chanyeol Hitmaking film director Kang Je-kyu (Shiri, Taegukgi) has lined up a pretty robust cast for his next movie, which is titled (for now) Jang-soo Company, which sounds like a heartwarming multigenerational relationship drama that revolves around the redevelopment of a small neighborhood store, Jang-soo Mart, into the titular Jang-soo Company.... More »


Drama Recaps
Three Musketeers: Episode 1
by | August 18, 2014 | 132 Comments
Great summer fun! Three Musketeers kicked off its first episode (and first season, of three planned) yesterday, and I’m hooked already: The show has a swift storytelling style, a delightfully cheeky sense of humor (which often dips into the refreshingly deadpan), and a set of characters with heart. And you know, despite my misgivings about... More »


Drama Casting & News
Nodame renames itself Cantabile Tomorrow
by | August 18, 2014 | 120 Comments
Well, the Korean remake of Nodame Cantabile has announced its final title change… although we’ve still got two months till the drama premieres so I still say there’s time for another renaming yet. For a while the show was just Nodame Cantabile, and then it was Cantabile Romance, and now it’s the awkwardly punny Cantabile... More »