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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 »

Kpop News
Oh. No. They. Di’n’t.
by | July 13, 2008 | 71 Comments
Because it wasn’t enough to trot out fifteen-year-olds who can’t sing as sexually suggestive coquettes, now a nine-member “kiddie group” called Sweety is making its debut, with members ranging in age from 13 down to its 6-year-old “mascot.” (Btw, that’s eight girls, one boy. He be da pimp.) They’re being touted as a group with... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hong Gil Dong wins at Roma Fiction Fest 2008
by | July 13, 2008 | 23 Comments
This is kind of random, but the recent KBS fusion sageuk Hong Gil Dong just won an award at the second Roma Fiction Fest on July 12. The competitive categories were TV Movie, Miniseries, and Continuing Series; Hong Gil Dong won for Best Miniseries. According to the Roma Fiction Fest site, “The Festival confirms and... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 9
by | July 12, 2008 | 20 Comments
This episode both exasperated me and provided some satisfaction. Warning: long rant ahead. SONG OF THE DAY Lee Ji Hoon – “Goodbye” [ Download ]   Tags: Choi Kang-hee, Lee Seon-kyun, My Sweet Seoul... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Dirty-dancin’ Kim Jung-eun
by | July 12, 2008 | 26 Comments
  Kim Jung-eun demonstrates some salsa and tango moves while recording an upcoming episode of her show, Kim Jung-eun’s Chocolate. (Other guests for this episode include actress Su Ae, pop diva Uhm Jung-hwa, Big Bang’s Top, and singer Kim Jin-pyo; episode airs July 16.) Seoul, July 12. Tags: Kim Jung-eun, variety shows... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 8
by | July 11, 2008 | 12 Comments
Episode 8 was cute, meditative, and full of quiet little moments. Lee Seon-kyun lovers, brace yourselves! He’s pretty adorable here, even if I can’t get over the nagging feeling that Young-soo is way too good for Eun-soo. (I’m trying REALLY HARD to like her, peeps. It’s hard. But Episode 8 did a decent job of... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #38
by | July 11, 2008 | 26 Comments
  Everyone have a good three-day holiday last weekend? (Anyone get caught with fireworks? The neighborhood was uncharacteristically quiet this year, I thought.) What’s going on? SONG OF THE DAY The Ditty Bops – “Sugar and Spice.” How can you not love The Ditty Bops? They’re quirky and offbeat but never in a way that... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 5 & 6
by | July 10, 2008 | 17 Comments
Again, I decided to summarize the episodes briefly, and spend more of my time talking about the food and the themes presented through it. This approach may be how I continue with Gourmet, because to me the highlight isn’t the drama’s plot or even the food porn (mm, food porn), but how well they’re telling... More »

Drama Casting & News
Waving both his hair and the conductor’s wand
by | July 10, 2008 | 20 Comments
Kim Myung-min unveils his new curly-top hairstyle for his upcoming role as an orchestra conductor in Beethoven Virus. The classical-music-themed drama also stars Lee Jia as a violinist and Jang Geun-seok as a trumpet player; not loving the casting, but Kim Myung-min will blow them out of the water anyway. The drama starts filming July... More »

Drama Casting & News
Monday-Tuesday ratings analysis: One hit, one cult following, one flop
by | July 9, 2008 | 23 Comments
When Night Comes, Strongest Chil Woo This is interesting because I’m actually watching all three Monday-Tuesday dramas right now, and I agree with the general points made, and yet find the outcome curious. Gourmet is the undeniable winner, consistently earning more viewers than When Night Comes and Strongest Chil Woo combined — and based on... More »