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Drama Casting & News
Hyun Bin’s comeback (times two)
by | June 11, 2008 | 37 Comments
Hyun Bin adds a film, I’m Happy, to his year-end plans, bringing his upcoming project count to two. He’d first gotten his fans excited for his long-awaited comeback with the recent announcement that he would be returning to television by the end of the year. Cast opposite Song Hye Gyo in November’s KBS miniseries The... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Su Ae, singin’ in the rain
by | June 11, 2008 | 34 Comments
Su Ae displays her sexier side in a newly released still from her upcoming period film, director Lee Joon-ik‘s You’re Far Away. In the 1971-set film, Su Ae’s character transforms from an ordinary woman living in the countryside to a sexy wartime singer in order to find her husband, who’s fighting in the Vietnam War.... More »

Andy takes the stage in Polaroid
by | June 11, 2008 | 5 Comments
Shinhwa’s baby member Andy, currently enjoying a hot streak of popularity due his pairing with Solbi on the show We Got Married, is taking another turn on the musical stage this summer. This time, he’ll star in Polaroid, which is being brought to theatergoers by the same director and writer duo (Sung Jae-joon and Won... More »

Drama Casting & News
“I am SO glad Yi San is finally ending!” “Tell me about it.”
by | June 10, 2008 | 30 Comments
Anyone else confused about the weird, constantly changing drama-programming schedule these days? Well, blame it all on Monday-Tuesday’s sageuk juggernaut drama Yi San. MBC’s extremely popular long-running historical hit (which began airing last September) was originally set to air, I believe, something around 50 episodes. But because of its popularity, the series was extended, and... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul
by | June 9, 2008 | 48 Comments
Sweet, indeed. Generally, a film or drama can be evaluated by two separate components: concept and execution. I’m sure we’ve all seen dramas with good concepts but bad execution (they sounded really great on paper but fell apart onscreen), or the converse with bland concepts but good execution. (Corollaries: There are many that lack in... More »

Drama Casting & News
KBS’s second honorable thief of the year (third overall) ties on his mask, readies for (ratings) battle
by | June 9, 2008 | 16 Comments
Eric rocks the Zorro look as he takes on his honorable-bandit character in KBS2’s fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo (no, seriously, I saw a pic where he’s even sporting some kind of reverse “Z” scar on his chest). I can’t decide if he looks absurd, or kinda sexy in a *different* sort of way. Or... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 16 (Final)
by | June 8, 2008 | 31 Comments
There’s something to be said for a drama that ends just the way you expected but manages to be satisfying just the same. Which doesn’t mean it was flawless (and I’ll discuss that later) but for the most part, I ended this series with a satisfied sigh. Despite having a second season planned for later... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: June 7, 2008
by | June 7, 2008 | 23 Comments
Lee Jung Jin (Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs, Love Story in Harvard) held his first official fanmeeting on May 30 in Tokyo, following the end of Bottom of the 9th‘s recent Japanese broadcast. A thousand Japanese fans were in attendance; he returned to Korea on the 31st to prep for filming his next... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 15
by | June 6, 2008 | 12 Comments
As I’ve said in practically every recap, I’ve really enjoyed Last Scandal. Now that we’re almost at the end, I don’t feel it would ruin anything to say that I found the ending satisfying and happy, which are the only two components (or, practically the only two) that I absolutely require in a romantic comedy.... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #33
by | June 6, 2008 | 33 Comments
  I try to keep my political opinions to myself (nothing gets volatile opinions flaring faster than discussions on politics and religion), but it’s Open Thread day so I’ll just say: OBAMA! (Policies and party affiliations aside, the man sure can speak.) SONG OF THE DAY Mates of State – “The Re-Arranger.” This song makes... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »