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Chungmuro/Film News
Fashion and intrigue propel period melodrama Tailors
by | November 5, 2014 | 33 Comments
I would expect no less from a movie that’s all about royal clothing and the people who make it, but these posters for Tailor sure are beautiful. We’ve also got our first trailer, which is equally beautiful, and also highlights for us the story’s mix of tension, intrigue, romance, and thrills. Tailor is about two... More »


Drama Recaps
Secret Door: Episode 14
by | November 4, 2014 | 19 Comments
A fresh chapter opens, and wowza are we in for some dramatic changes. It’s refreshing (and exciting) to see our biggest players developing into stronger, smarter, and shrewder people, marking a departure from the innocence and idealism that made them such heartbreaking victims. Now that everyone has had time to react to the trauma of... More »


Drama Recaps
Birth of a Beauty: Episodes 1-2
by | November 4, 2014 | 84 Comments
SBS is taking a lighter, funnier approach to its weekend programs right now, with the newly premiered rom-com Birth of a Beauty joining the ridiculously goofball Modern Farmer on Saturdays and Sundays. When this drama was first announced, I wondered how they’d take this makeover premise and make it fresh, since I felt like no... More »


Drama Recaps
Cantabile Tomorrow: Episode 7
by | November 3, 2014 | 88 Comments
The playing field gets a shake-up and the dynamics get turned all upside-down and around, in a fun way that makes for some significant character movement. I love to see the orchestra coming to the fore and becoming, rather than an albatross around your neck to drag you down, something shiny and exciting on its... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Corpses, baby sacrifices, and a music video
by | November 2, 2014 | 50 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Yes, RC, it would bug me too if I couldn’t remember a scene like this: There isn’t much I remember about this drama, only that it was a sageuk and one... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: The hotness effect
by | November 1, 2014 | 264 Comments
javabeans: Let’s be shallow today, because I want to talk about hot men and I don’t know how to be meaningful about that. girlfriday: Perhaps the meaning isn’t the point! Haven’t you heard that life’s all about the journey? I can’t think of a better reason than that. It’s like they said in Cantabile Tomorrow... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Three Meals a Day for a year
by | October 31, 2014 | 27 Comments
javabeans: Are you as confused as I am about Three Meals a Day? girlfriday: Whadduya mean? What’s not to get? They eat three meals a day. End of show. javabeans: It’s actually the meta aspects that confuse me, because we’ve seen two episodes now, and yeah, the premise is fairly straightforward. But there are all... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #367
by | October 31, 2014 | 302 Comments
  Sosimhan Boys – “넌 나를 좋아하게 될거야” (You’re gonna fall for me) [ Download ] Open Thread #366 Open Thread #365 Open Thread #364 Open Thread #363 No tags for this post.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Shine or Go Crazy’s star-crossed lovers and fictionalized history
by | October 30, 2014 | 17 Comments
So the casting for Shine or Go Crazy’s leads is still in the not-confirmed-but-positively-considering stage (how many more news cycles do you think the production can milk that for?), but at least we’ve got more information about the drama’s plot, and some clarification on the personages involved. Described as a fantasy romance sageuk set in... More »


Drama Casting & News
Legal thriller Punch lines up supporting cast
by | October 30, 2014 | 19 Comments
With Kim Rae-won now settled as lead, legal thriller Punch is lining up the rest of its cast, and three names are currently in the headlines as “probable but not 100% confirmed yet” selections: Kim Ah-joong (Sign), Ohn Joo-wan (Surplus Princess), and Seo Ji-hye (49 Days). Punch is the next drama to come from The... More »


Drama Casting & News
Revenge spurs romance in Birth of a Beauty
by | October 29, 2014 | 53 Comments
I hadn’t realized that makeover rom-com Birth of a Beauty was a revenge story (albeit a super-lighthearted one), but that’s a detail I can see working for the premise. It’s not a revenge drama per se (in that I don’t expect the whole show to follow the heroine’s vengeance path), but that’ll provide us with... More »