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Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 7
by | July 7, 2008 | 9 Comments
Most of the time when music is used to tell you how to react to a scene, I find it annoying and a mark of poor writing, or poor music direction, or both. Because while music enhances a scene, the moment shouldn’t NEED a song to tell me when to smile or to feel pathos... More »

Drama Casting & News
Failed dramas still result in high star price tags
by | July 7, 2008 | 30 Comments
Bad Love, Rivals Perhaps as a corollary to this discussion of why ratings are important, for better or for worse (usually for worse), here’s an article that discusses one such ramification: actors who come attached with high price tags that the drama then is unable to recoup when a drama flops in the ratings. (One... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Press day for the Good, Bad, and Weird
by | July 7, 2008 | 11 Comments
Although the “kimchi Western” The Good, the Bad, the Weird already had its international screening at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year (to general praise), its official Korean release doesn’t come until later this month. The cast was on hand at the press conference for the film on July 7 in Seoul: Jung Woo-sung (the... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet (SBS): Episodes 1-4
by | July 6, 2008 | 49 Comments
Gourmet got off to a really good start. I understand why it’s winning the Monday-Tuesday drama battle (it’s poised to break the 20% mark any day now) because it’s well-made, well-directed, well-acted, and well-paced. (The assured pacing is more readily achieved in SBS’s recent trend of airing dramas that are produced prior to airing, which... More »

Celebrity News
In Style in summer
by | July 5, 2008 | 10 Comments
Go Jun-hee (the new stage name for the model-actress formerly known by her real name, Kim Eun-joo) poses for July’s issue of In Style. She’s been popping up in the news more these days, which means she’s probably about to start on a promotional round for her next project, which appears to be a stint... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Gu Hye-sun’s cheerful caretaker
by | July 5, 2008 | 16 Comments
The debut directing project for actress Gu Hye-sun — currently starring in KBS’s Strongest Chil Woo — now has a name, thanks to CEO Jung Seung-hye of Morning [아침] film studio. Jung had suggested the title The Cheerful Caretaker [유쾌한 도우미], which Gu Hye-sun liked and has now adopted. The short film tackling the subject... More »

Drama Casting & News
Popular vs. buzzworthy dramas
by | July 4, 2008 | 34 Comments
MBC’s When Night Comes, SBS’s Iljimae   The following article from OSEN takes a look at the difference between the types of dramas on the air these days. I find a lot of mainstream entertainment press to be oversimplified (I’m sure I’m just not looking in the right places), but it’s something to chew on,... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #37
by | July 4, 2008 | 32 Comments
  Happy Fourth of July!! May you all have too much to eat and drink, plenty of sun in which to bask (heed faux Vonnegut! Wear sunscreen), and lots of fireworks to watch. Me, I’m gonna have a nice, relaxing day that hopefully requires as little thinking as possible. Something tells me that shouldn’t be... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 7
by | July 3, 2008 | 16 Comments
Hmm. I didn’t really love the first half of Episode 7, although that wasn’t because it was bad. I think we’re just in that phase where plot setups start to bear results, and some of those can lead to uncomfortable moments. The developments are necessary, of course, and we get some nice acting amidst a... More »

Drama Casting & News
The Republic of Korea gets ready to lawyer up
by | July 3, 2008 | 28 Comments
The crew of MBC’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama Lawyers of the Republic of Korea gathered on the afternoon of June 2 in Seoul’s Kangnam neighborhood for the show’s press conference. The drama centers around the world of divorce law (and the warring divorce attorneys on either side), in which Lee Soo Kyung (Soulmate, Golden Age of... More »

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 »