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Celebrity News
Lee Min-ki prepares for his Japan Fanmeeting ’08
by | November 7, 2008 | 22 Comments
(I thought of riffing on Lee Min-ki’s bird’s-nest coif here, but somehow he makes it work as edgy rather than silly.) On November 19 and 20, Lee Min-ki (Mixed-up Investigative Agency) will be meeting his Japanese fans once more for his Lee Min-ki Japan Fanmeeting ’08 (this is second such event; his first Japanese fanmeeting... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hollywood to remake another Korean film
by | November 7, 2008 | 94 Comments
Hollywood is remaking Oldboy. Unlike other failed Chungmuro-to-Hollywood remakes, this one carries a lot more cachet — production is in talks with Steven Spielberg to direct, and Will Smith to star. Well, I don’t care and I’ll say: No. No, no, no no NO. Look. I didn’t really care that much about My Sassy Girl... More »

Celebrity News
Jung Jun-ho and Kim Sun-ah advocate for goodwill and cooperation
by | November 7, 2008 | 8 Comments
On November 7, Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life) and Kim Sun-ah (When Night Comes) were named spokespersons for the Korean headquarters of GCS International in Seoul. GCS is nongovernmental organization (NGO) recognized as a special consultative body by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, whose name stands for its tenets “goodwill,... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #56
by | November 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
  What a week! What’s cookin’? (Now that the election is over, we can finally turn our attentions to more important matters! Like, say, fattening up for the winter. Bring it on, holidays.) SONG OF THE DAY Kings of Leon – “Revelry” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #55 (election edition) Open Thread #54... More »

Drama Recaps
The World They Live In: Episode 4
by | November 6, 2008 | 55 Comments
Er, not so thrilled with Episode 4. It wasn’t a bad episode, but it wasn’t as strong as the previous episodes, in my opinion, and I think I have a pretty good idea why. More below. SONG OF THE DAY Horan (Clazziquai) – “Listen to My Heart” [ Download ] Tags: Hyun Bin, Song Hye-gyo,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Zhang Ziyi teams with So Ji-sub
by | November 6, 2008 | 35 Comments
(By the way, this photo cracks me up. It is universally unflattering, isn’t it?) Another Korea-China production! This time it’s a film, called Sophie’s Revenge and starring two A-list actors: So Ji-sub and Zhang Ziyi. Zhang’s casting has been confirmed, while So is still in the last stages of talks. According to So’s management, he... More »

Drama Casting & News
“First Love” to be remade in China
by | November 6, 2008 | 20 Comments
Choi Su-jong, Lee Seung-yeon, and a young Bae Yong-joon Another remake of an old kdrama is in the works, this time the 1996 series that brought Bae Yong-joon to fame, First Love. The new drama will be a joint Korea-China production, and adapt the story for Chinese audiences. This is the first time a project... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Hyun-joo added to Boys Before Flowers
by | November 6, 2008 | 27 Comments
Add one more big name to the cast of Boys Before Flowers (Hana Yori Dango): the lovely Kim Hyun-joo, last seen in last year’s drama Insoon is Pretty, has been cast in the Tsubaki role, older sister to main character Doumyouji Tsukasa. Kim Hyun-joo’s character is named Gu Jun-hee in the series and is the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Making a splash with Disturbance in Her Barroom
by | November 5, 2008 | 14 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Lee Jung-jae in a comic role — much of his recent stuff (Typhoon, Air City) has him playing strong, in-command characters — so it’s welcome to see him embracing his goofball side in Disturbance in Her Barroom. The cast gathered on November 6 for the production press conference,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Boy Meets Boy in theaters soon
by | November 5, 2008 | 29 Comments
I’ve been talking about the short queer film Boy Meets Boy for a while now, and it’s finally being released. The nearly wordless short film, starring Kim Hye-sung (Unstoppable High Kick) and Lee Hyun-jin (Kimchi Cheese Smile) as 18-year-old high school students, is billed as a queer romance about first love, and bears the tag... More »

Drama Casting & News
U.S. remaking My Name Is Kim Sam-soon
by | November 5, 2008 | 81 Comments
My Name Is Kim Sam-soon (aka My Lovely Sam-soon), the super-popular 2005 drama that made Kim Sun-ah and Hyun Bin into household names, is being given the Hollywood treatment and remade as a U.S. television series. Hopefully Sam-soon will meet with better success as a remake than other Hollywoodified versions like My Sassy Girl and... More »