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Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 10
by | July 17, 2008 | 28 Comments
Let this be a lesson to me: A drama featuring someone with whom I have fundamental character issues, no matter how well-done the series, will be as much disappointment as enjoyment. It’s turned my initial admiration for a well-crafted series into a love-hate relationship. (Well, more like-dislike.) I imagine the series is sweet and wonderful... More »


Celebrity News
A plays the It Girl in the pages of V, xoxo
by | July 17, 2008 | 16 Comments
Vogue celebrates its 12 anniversary with a special spread featuring seven leading ladies styled as film (and TV) figures using the concept “Vogue Fashion Movie.” Go Ara, above, takes on the Gossip Girl character of Serena van der Woodsen, played by Blake Lively. Below, Kim Min-hee adopts the Edie Sedgwick look as portrayed by Sienna... More »


Celebrity News
So long, Jae Hee
by | July 17, 2008 | 34 Comments
…and thanks for all the fish! Jae Hee just received his papers, so he’s enlisting for mandatory military service on August 5. He’s currently busy filming a KBS drama, Hometown of Legends [전설의 고향] and has a film still to come out; Jae Hee explained that he was a little taken aback that the enlistment... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Summer Days “crosses over” into more branded entertainment
by | July 16, 2008 | 23 Comments
Yeah, I knew that would get your attention. (The photo, I mean.) Cast and crew gathered on July 15 for the press conference and screening of Summer Days. They’re calling this one a “crossover” film, but it’s not so much a film as it is yet more branded entertainment. They’re starting the branding with the... More »


Drama Casting & News
City of Glass (and mud)
by | July 16, 2008 | 10 Comments
SBS is gearing up its new weekend drama City of Glass, to follow the currently airing Happiness. The drama began shooting on July 14 in the city of Boryeong in south Chungcheong province, with Yoon Soyi (Auction House, Goodbye Solo) shown here in her role as the lead reporter character. In the photos below, Yoon... More »


Celebrity News
“Look into my eyes. Do you see my soul?”
by | July 16, 2008 | 32 Comments
Because that’s totally what they’re thinking, yeah? (And if not, it’s what they should be thinking.) More photos from upcoming film A Movie Is a Movie, about one gangster with dreams of being an actor (So Ji-sub) and a gangster-like actor (Kang Ji-hwan). A Movie Is a Movie opens September 11. Tags: A Movie Is... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 10
by | July 15, 2008 | 18 Comments
I think this is the first episode that actually got me a little verklempt. I don’t know if I was in a funky mood or if it was the particular plot, but I thought Episode 10 stepped it up. Part of Chil Woo‘s appeal, as discussed here, is its structure — rather than dragging out... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 7 & 8
by | July 15, 2008 | 13 Comments
Where’s the beef? All in Episodes 7 and 8, apparently. These two installments were a little lighter on the food symbolism and more into character relationships. Which is totally fine by me — I think part of why I like Gourmet as much as I do is Kim Rae-won‘s portrayal of Sung-chan. It’s a good... More »


Drama Casting & News
Dennis Oh joins East of Eden, because it has credibility to burn
by | July 15, 2008 | 44 Comments
I mean, that must be it, right? For a series billing itself as a multi-generational saga full of revenge, action, and intrigue, casting an acting lightweight like former model Dennis Oh (short for Dennis Joseph O’Neil) is a gutsy move that must be the result of an excess of confidence, or optimism, or something. Then... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 9
by | July 14, 2008 | 8 Comments
No, these buffoons don’t really have much of a role in today’s episode — which is kind of awesomely convoluted — but I couldn’t leave that screencap out. And by awesomely convoluted, I mean that there are multiple parties all doing their own thing but involved in the same incident, each taking on the problem... More »


Celebrity News
Trying to match her pet, or provoke him?
by | July 14, 2008 | 12 Comments
‘Cause I’m pretty sure Gong Hyo-jin is made up as a cat, yeah? In any case, stars pose with pets for the Vogue Korea “Fashion Pet” photo shoot celebrating the mag’s 12th anniversary. Participants include Nam Gyuri, Lee Hyori, Kim Jung-eun, and Jo Seung-woo, pictured below. Other stars in the exhibition include Seo In-young, Chae... More »