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Chungmuro/Film News
A Movie Is A Movie
by | July 2, 2008 | 26 Comments
As briefly mentioned earlier, Kang Ji Hwan stars in a new movie with So Ji Sub. Wow. Two heartthrob stars who are actually strong actors, working together! Their film is titled A Movie Is A Movie and just wrapped filming yesterday, having begun shooting in May. Their final filming session actually began on June 30,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cain & Abel or Doctor Stop?
by | July 2, 2008 | 15 Comments
I was actually writing up So Ji Sub’s new movie (with Kang Ji Hwan!) and was looking to see what his next project was, and got wrapped up in trying to untangle THAT mess. (So Kang Ji Hwan will have to wait for the next post.) I’d been hearing about the high-profile drama Cain &... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 6
by | July 1, 2008 | 18 Comments
Episode 6 was the first episode where I thought that rather than being entirely so-bad-it’s-good, there were parts that were pretty decent on their own merits. Not the entire episode, of course — Chil Woo wouldn’t be fun if it were played completely straight — but just enough to make this episode resonate (with me)... More »

Drama Casting & News
Song Seung Heon jumps East of Eden, south of balcony
by | July 1, 2008 | 12 Comments
Song Seung Heon grapples with a foe, leaps off a building and performs his own stunt wire work while shooting MBC’s upcoming epic drama (spanning multiple decades, from the sixties to the present), East of Eden, which premieres August 25. He films on location in Hong Kong. Tags: East of Eden, Song Seung-heon... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Tracking down exes with a flourish, also some magic
by | July 1, 2008 | 18 Comments
Um… can Shin Dong Wook please rehire his hair stylist back from his Soulmate days? He hasn’t had a good haircut in years. Here he dons a mask and shows off a magic trick while recording for his new gig, as the new host of Mnet’s Chasing Your X-Boyfriend. July 1, Seoul, at the X-boyfriend... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 5
by | June 30, 2008 | 27 Comments
Ooh, Episode 5 is good. And with Strongest Chil Woo, “good” really means “bad,” but you probably already guessed that. This series isn’t just funny. It’s hysterical. I’m pretty hard to surprise, but I have to admit there’s always a moment or two in each episode that literally makes my jaw drop open in disbelief.... More »

But that’s not a Polaroid camera…
by | June 30, 2008 | 6 Comments
The “romantic musical” Polaroid (first mentioned here as Andy’s second stage role) starring former Miss Korea and classical musician Honey Lee (so pretty) held its dress rehearsal–cum–press conference on June 30, the day before its official July 1 premiere. The project is directed by Sung Jae-joon and written by Won Mi-sol, who also produced last... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Korea does Project Runway
by | June 30, 2008 | 7 Comments
Project Runway is coming to Korea. Cable channel On Style is producing and airing the competitive reality show for fashion-designer aspirants, having bought the rights to produce Project Runway Korea from the show’s international distributors, Fremantle Media. Because the production rights have been bought from the purveyors of the original show, the Korean version will... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 6
by | June 29, 2008 | 8 Comments
You know, I’m not sure if it’s the choice of music, or the way the episodes are structured, or the loose feel of the plot, but there’s something about My Sweet Seoul that reminds me of Japanese shoujo anime. (Perhaps old-school shoujo; I haven’t watched any in years so I can’t be sure of the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Another young actress’ gender bent
by | June 29, 2008 | 34 Comments
I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard that the cute, bubbly Moon Geun Young would be dressing as a man in the upcoming period drama The Painter of Wind on SBS, but as with Yoon Eun Hye in Coffee Prince, she’s made the transformation (appearance-wise) more credibly than I would have thought. The drama... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 5
by | June 29, 2008 | 11 Comments
Again, I suggest you watch My Sweet Seoul for yourselves because it’s a show that’s really appreciated in the watching more than the recapping thereof. More than any (or many) other show(s) in recent memory, it’s a drama that earns its charm through its deft, subtle directing, and therefore loses something in the retelling. SONG... More »