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Chungmuro/Film News
2014 Busan International Film Festival’s opening red carpet
by | October 2, 2014 | 57 Comments
It’s red carpet season! I both love and hate awards/festival season (fall-winter, mostly) because on one hand, it’s never a burden to look at scores of beautiful people strutting a formal event looking (mostly) their best, but on the other, these posts can be massive and a pain to compile. But let our pain be... More »


Drama Casting & News
Liar Game’s naive heroine, shrewd lifeline, and mysterious gamemaster
by | October 2, 2014 | 50 Comments
Here we have our first teaser for tvN’s remake of Japanese drama Liar Game, which, in the way of all tvN previews, is short but stylish. It’s more of a conceptual teaser than a plot-based one, but gets across the premise neatly: There’s a game involving money that requires you to abandon all trust in... More »


Drama Casting & News
2014 Korea Drama Awards
by | October 1, 2014 | 189 Comments
The Korea Drama Awards (part of the two-week Korea Drama Festival that kicked off today) isn’t one of the bigger award ceremonies around, but being that it’s drama-focused and inclusive of both broadcast and cable programs, it’s worth a look—even if the winners list does seem rather scattershot. The awards ceremony was held in the... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Na PD whips up cooking variety program with Lee Seo-jin, Taecyeon
by | October 1, 2014 | 69 Comments
This is hilarious. When it was first announced that Na PD (Na Young-seok of Grandpas, Noonas, and Youths Over Flowers) was planning a new variety program with everyone’s favorite reluctant luggage boy, Lee Seo-jin, we joked that he should just make it a cooking show. After all, he poked so much fun of Seo-jin’s cooking... More »


Drama Recaps
Secret Door: Episode 3
by | September 29, 2014 | 10 Comments
With this episode, the story turns into a full-fledged murder mystery, with our prince in the role of dogged truth-seeker. For being a story where we think we know exactly whodunnit and how, there’s actually more doubt and suspicion than I would have expected; characters turn shifty and cryptic, their behaviors shrouded in as-yet-unexplained motives.... More »


Drama Casting & News
First run-ins and script reads for Pride and Prejudice
by | September 29, 2014 | 28 Comments
Filming has commenced on MBC’s legal-themed drama Pride and Prejudice, as you can see from these stills of leads Choi Jin-hyuk and Baek Jin-hee in their first shoots for the series. The scene pictured actually takes place five years before the characters’ official meeting, in which prosecutor Choi Jin-hyuk and student Baek Jin-hee have a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Counting down to the weekend with Misaeng
by | September 29, 2014 | 29 Comments
The teasers for Misaeng continue to be relatably funny, as you can see in two more previews featuring two of its leads, Im Shi-wan and Kang So-ra. The story depicts the lives of ordinary office workers encountering everyday conflicts and foibles, and the original Misaeng manhwa was a hit with twenty- and thirtysomething office workers... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #362
by | September 26, 2014 | 411 Comments
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Drama Casting & News
Surplus Princess cut down to 10 episodes
by | September 26, 2014 | 129 Comments
Sad news for fans of Surplus Princess: The silly tvN comedy about a mermaid who joins the human realm to find love has just gotten a cut-down in episode count. Planned for 14 episodes originally, it’ll now end with 10 instead, wrapping up its run early next month. That’s a pretty sudden decision, especially since... More »


Podcasts
Dramabeans Podcast #24
by | September 25, 2014 | 35 Comments
There’s a lot of ground to cover in this podcast, so let’s get right to it! (Note: We recorded it about a week ago, so references to new shows may be a little less new than they were when we made them!)   Podcast #24 Running time: 1:08:57 In which we: start out by wrapping... More »


Drama Casting & News
Cantabile Tomorrow’s light, sentimental first teaser
by | September 25, 2014 | 94 Comments
The first teaser’s out for Cantabile Tomorrow, and I’m liking what I see. It’s not overtly funny, but has a light, sensitive touch (inasmuch as we can judge in thirty seconds), and the tone, cinematography, and use of music—Mendelssohn’s 4th—is really working for me. In the trailer, Joo-won says in voice-over: “The moment he waved... More »