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Kpop News
Sittin’ on top of the world
by | August 30, 2008 | 9 Comments
(First thought at seeing the photo: Why don’t I have a disco-ball swing?) Rapper MC Mong performs to 8,000 concertgoers at Seoul’s Jamsil Stadium on the evening of August 30. DJ KOO opened the show; MC Mong performed a duet with Park Jung-hyun (“Love you to death”), and also had special guests Sohn Ho-young and... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Chasing the success of The Chaser
by | August 29, 2008 | 13 Comments
Park Yong-ha returns to the big screen after six years away, following up his comeback in the recent drama success On Air with a film role. Prior to that, his last kdrama was 2002’s Loving You, while his last film was 2002’s Love Me Once Again (he had worked on his singing career in Japan... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #45
by | August 29, 2008 | 31 Comments
  Got plans for the holiday weekend? (That reminds me: Go buy the drinky.) I guess the approach of Labor Day means the start of school for all you young’uns? To whom I say: NEENER NEENER. I am so glad to be out of school. Even if the “real world” is sometimes stupid and intimidating.... More »


Theater/Musicals
From Coffee Prince to On Air
by | August 29, 2008 | 12 Comments
Coffee Prince‘s scene-stealing “Harim,” or actor Kim Dong-wook, is taking the stage for his musical debut in the lead role of frank and straightforward “Alex” in the production of On Air: Season 2. On Air: Season 2 is described as a “cheerful romantic musical” that takes place at a radio station, centering around a younger... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 19
by | August 28, 2008 | 13 Comments
Really cute episode. Kim Rae-won is particularly fun to watch as he blunders through courtship, which is both cute and amusing, because he reminds me of so many hapless guys trying to figure out women and faltering badly, even though the answer seems so obvious from an outside perspective. (Women aren’t really so complicated, guys!... More »


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 »