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Chungmuro/Film News
Fashionista rock stars on the go(-go)
by | August 28, 2008 | 11 Comments
Jo Seung-woo and Shin Mina, stars of upcoming period flick Go Go 70, style themselves in ’70s-era rock fashions (Shin Mina previously showed her stuff as sexy dancer Mimi). Jo: “As I worked on this film, I started dreaming of having my own real band.” Shin: “At first, I don’t think the director had much... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
VIPs come to see E.T.
by | August 28, 2008 | 10 Comments
August 28 saw the VIP preview of the comedy Our School E.T., which opens in wide release on September 11. The title’s “E.T.” is both a cheeky reference to Spielberg’s extraterrestrial and to the lead character played by funnyman Kim Su-ro, who takes on the role of a not-so-bright physical education teacher. As a result... More »

Celebrity News
Ladies keep their cool with Samsung
by | August 28, 2008 | 24 Comments
Samsung Electronics unveiled some new appliances at its new-product presentation on August 28 at its headquarters in Seoul. Some of the machines being launched include newfangled washing machines and kimchi refrigerators, which boast the ad-buzzwordy “3E” strategy — or emotion, ecology, and energy saving. Sounds like pretty mundane business, if not for the appearances of... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 2
by | August 27, 2008 | 21 Comments
Stlil cute, still funny, and still pleasantly watchable. Episode 2 continues the light-hearted fun of Episode 1, and I freely admit indulging in at least one extended giggle fit. I think the chemistry works between the couple, and I find them well-matched. I hate watching an otherwise good romantic comedy only to find the pairing... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
A new (but not improved) look
by | August 27, 2008 | 28 Comments
An asymmetrical shawl-cardigan to match his asymmetrical (braided) hairstyle, tight jeans, a dangly earring, a sad piece of neck bling… Erm, so maybe not So Ji-sub‘s best look. So Ji-sub and co-star Kang Ji-hwan were on hand on August 27’s press conference and showing of the movie A Movie Is a Movie (aka Rough Cut).... More »

Celebrity News
Calvin Klein’s new It Girl
by | August 27, 2008 | 13 Comments
Here’s a twofer: Shin Mina exudes a “modern” and “sexy” image in the pages of September’s issue of Harper’s Bazaar. She also gets into a pair of designer Calvins as the new brand model for Calvin Klein Jeans, advertising its new “silver omega” denim line. The line apparently premiered at 2008 Fashion Week in Seoul... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kicking off promotion for Modern Boy
by | August 27, 2008 | 4 Comments
Kim Hye-soo and Park Hae-il have a new movie coming out, and it looks gorgeous (speaking purely aesthetically). Modern Boy held its promotional press conference in Seoul on August 27 and, despite its name, takes place in bygone years. 1937, to be exact. The period film is directed by Jung Ji-woo (Happy End, Wisdom Tooth)... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Posters for a Sad Dream
by | August 26, 2008 | 27 Comments
The promotional posters for director Kim Ki-duk‘s new film are out featuring stars Lee Na-young and Odagiri Joe. The title Bi-mong [비몽] draws its meaning from the two characters 悲 (sad, “bi”) and 夢 (dream, “mong”); the subtitle on the poster reads, “A sad love that exists through dreams.” In the film, she’s a sleepwalking... More »

Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 1
by | August 26, 2008 | 40 Comments
In a nutshell: flawed but cute. In a somewhat larger nutshell: There are definite weaknesses and some contrivances, but it’s been a long time since a first episode made me actually wish I could watch the second right away, rather than giving me reservations or a “wait and see” feeling. Love & Marriage is like... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
One fine day with My Dear Enemy
by | August 26, 2008 | 13 Comments
“Cannes queen” Jeon Do-yeon reteams with “Chungmuro’s blue chip” Ha Jung-woo in a new movie (they’d previously both acted in the drama series Lovers in Prague), directed by Lee Yoon-ki (Ad-lib Night). While the direct translation comes to “A Fine Day” [멋진 하루], My Dear Enemy has been selected as the English-language title. The film... More »

Celebrity News
Another car accident, a broken neck
by | August 26, 2008 | 13 Comments
Gah! As if the recent spate of celebrity accidents and deaths (RIP) weren’t enough, we have another. Model-turned-actor Im Joo-hwan (M, Arang) was in a car accident on the morning of August 26 on the way to work. He was riding with his manager, heading to the set location of his upcoming movie Ssanghwajeom [쌍화점]... More »