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Drama Recaps
Dream: Episode 1
by | July 27, 2009 | 32 Comments
I had a mixed reaction to today’s premiere episode of the SBS drama Dream. Perhaps viewers agreed, as the first installment drew a low 5.4% rating against MBC’s Queen Seon-deok (32.7%) and KBS’s The Man Who Can’t Get Married (8%). Note that this number was marginally better than its predecessor Ja Myung Go‘s opening number... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Na-young becomes a father in transgender role
by | July 27, 2009 | 16 Comments
Lee Na-young (Maunday Thursday, Ruler of Your Own World) is taking on a transgender character in her next film role, one year after she was last seen in the Kim Ki-duk film Dream. The movie is called Dad Likes Women [아빠는 여자를 좋아해] and unfolds around Lee Na-young, a photographer who is sought out by... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hong Sisters idol drama to be led by Jang Geun-seok
by | July 26, 2009 | 35 Comments
Looks like the Hong sisters scriptwriting team enjoyed writing for Jang Geun-seok in their drama Hong Gil Dong, because the young star has just been cast as the lead in their new drama series. The writing duo (Hong Jung-eun, Hong Mi-ran) are following up their string of hits (Delightful Girl Chun-hyang, My Girl, Fantasy Couple,... More »

Drama Casting & News
First still shots from My Fair Lady released
by | July 26, 2009 | 77 Comments
We’ve seen the promotional photos (and Yoon Eun-hye‘s character photos) for KBS’s new drama My Fair Lady [aka Please Take Care of the Young Lady, 아가씨를 부탁해]. Now the production has released the first set of still shots from the drama’s first day of filming; the show’s inaugural shoot took place on July 24 in... More »

Kpop News
Artist profile: Winterplay
by | July 26, 2009 | 51 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these. (Past profiles: folk-indie artist Jang Kiha and the Faces, rock singer-songwriter Yi Sung-yol, and indietronica artist Oldfish.) Now it’s Korea’s foremost and possibly only mainstream jazz group Winterplay, which is out with a new album and poised to enjoy even greater success than it did... More »

Drama Casting & News
Tamna the Island’s preview trailers
by | July 26, 2009 | 31 Comments
The two new preview trailers for Tamna the Island [탐나는도다] are short, but give us an idea of the goofy comic touch the new drama promises. One features lead actor Im Joo-hwan (Boys Before Flowers) as a snobby nobleman’s son, and the other shows lead actress Seo Woo‘s (Crush and Blush) encounter with a washed-up... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung Il-woo: “Acting is a marathon”
by | July 25, 2009 | 33 Comments
Oh, I love Jung Il-woo. True, when I first saw him, I was more swayed by his bashful sweet charm than his acting talent, but 2009 was a year of transformation for the young actor, as he went from baby-faced young boy to a fierce, confident adult in the MBC drama Return of Iljimae (and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Director Gu Hye-sun talks about her film at PiFan
by | July 24, 2009 | 32 Comments
Boys Before Flowers actress Gu Hye-sun‘s directorial debut is screening at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival, or PiFan, which opened last week and closes this weekend. The film, translated literally as The Cheerful Caretaker [유쾌한 도우미], also goes by the English title The Madonna. The short clocks in at 14 minutes and also screened... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cinderella Man gets its apology
by | July 24, 2009 | 20 Comments
The fighting is over for drama series Cinderella Man, which had been accused of plagiarism in May by the production company of another proposed drama. On July 24, nearly two months after the drama limped to its June 4 finale, Cinderella Man and its production company, Core Contents Media, got an official apology and retraction.... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #93
by | July 24, 2009 | 278 Comments
  The weeks just fly by. Every Friday, I have to double- or triple-check to make sure it’s actually Friday before posting the Open Thread. One of these days, I’m thinking you’ll open this site and find an Open Thread on a Thursday, or maybe Wednesday if it’s been a bad week. Trust. SONG OF... More »

How would you rate this episode?

5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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