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Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 15
by | August 4, 2008 | 8 Comments
This was an episode with a lot of maneuvering for future conflicts. That means that there are a lot of things going on, and we see lots of hints at what’s to come — but as an individual episode, it wasn’t as fun as I’ve come to expect of Chil Woo. It was necessary, yes,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Happy movie press conference day to you
by | August 4, 2008 | 9 Comments
Upcoming comedy film Baby and Me already had its media/press event on the 31st, but cast and crew gathered again on August 4 for a combined press conference and birthday party for 22-year-old lead actor Jang Geun-seok (born in 1987, he’s 21 by American standards). Fans gathered at the event held at Jongro’s Seoul Cinema... More »

Drama Casting & News
Taking time to cast F4
by | August 4, 2008 | 36 Comments
Much-anticipated drama adaptation Boys Before Flowers, aka the Korean Hana Yori Dango, is taking a little longer than anticipated to complete its casting. With the immense popularity of the preceding adaptations in Japan and Taiwan, it’s no surprise they’re taking particular pains in the casting process. A representative of production company Group 8 said in... More »

Celebrity News
Bye (again, and for real)
by | August 4, 2008 | 25 Comments
  Bye, Jae Hee. (Singer Lee Ki-chan, in white, enlisted for service on the same day, August 4.)   Tags: army duty, Jae Hee... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 13 & 14
by | August 3, 2008 | 14 Comments
Sometimes I’m amazed at how much story Gourmet can make out of a simple plot point or cooking competition — most of our plots thus far have centered on either the successorship competition or the beef battle. I’ve got no problem with cooking contests, and they offer opportunities for lots of food theorizing (whether or... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Jae-won to make his drama return
by | August 3, 2008 | 37 Comments
It’s been two years since he last acted in the drama Hwang Jini (and before that Great Inheritance and Wonderful Life), but the man with the killer smile, Kim Jae-won, has finally picked his next project (woot woot) — as the leading man of a Chinese drama. Set to start filming in late September, the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Go-go Shin Mina
by | August 3, 2008 | 5 Comments
Shin Mina startles fans with her transformation as a “sexy diva” in her latest role, trading her cute, warm image for a more blatantly sexy one. She dons a glittery, slinky dress as go-go girl Mimi in the 1970s film Go Go 70, about a band called the Devils who are active in the go-go... More »

Drama Casting & News
Trading one regret for the other
by | August 2, 2008 | 5 Comments
MBC’s Iljimae, formerly known as Lee Seung-gi’s Iljimae, has got its work cut out for it, following SBS’s recent hit with Lee Junki’s Iljimae. And that was even before Lee Seung-gi dropped out of the titular hero role in a move that had many disappointed with his replacement, teen heartthrob Jung Il-woo, who had shot... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The kiss that never was
by | August 1, 2008 | 12 Comments
Fans may be expecting young leads Nam Gyuri and Kim Bum to be locking lips when their upcoming horror movie Go-sa: Bloody Midterms releases on August 6, but they’re not gonna see it. The supposedly “hot” (yeah, right) kiss scene was cut from the final edit and not shown at the recent VIP premiere/press event,... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Miss Korea hopefuls walk the runway
by | August 1, 2008 | 8 Comments
Prospective Miss Koreas lined up on August 1 to participate in the 2008 Miss Korea Hanbok Fashion Show & Cultural Performance. The event, which took place in the Grand Ballroom of Seoul’s Namsan Hyatt Hotel, precedes the the 52nd Miss Korea Pageant, which kicks off on August 6. The reigning Miss Korea 2007, Lee Ji-sun,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Meet the Big Fat Korean Wedding
by | August 1, 2008 | 22 Comments
Here’s more info on the Hollywood debut project for Kang Hye-jung. The Korean article mistakenly refers to the title of the film as “Wedding Planner,” but I believe it’s actually Korean Wedding, to be co-produced by Korea’s CJ Entertainment and American Vertigo Entertainment and Lionsgate. Korean Wedding centers around an American man falling in love... More »