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by | June 20, 2014 | 313 Comments
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Drama Casting & News
Oh Snap! Joseon finger guns
by | June 19, 2014 | 54 Comments
Okay, the finger guns may be cheesily literal, but how cute is the cast of Joseon Gunman, pictured here at their June 19 press conference? I love that they obviously all called each other up to color-coordinate their outfits in advance. One more week! The drama premieres on June 25. Tags: Han Joo-wan, Jeon Hye-bin,... More »

Drama Casting & News
My Sassy Girl aiming for double revival on big and small screens
by | June 19, 2014 | 64 Comments
Rom-com classic My Sassy Girl wasn’t merely a box-office hit, it propelled its two leads to stardom, bolstered (or maybe even kickstarted) the spread of Hallyu when it was still in its incipient stages, and set the bar for rom-coms to follow. So it’s no surprise that there have been numerous attempts at spin-offs, remakes,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Han Seok-kyu, Lee Je-hoon up for reunion in sageuk drama Secret Door
by | June 18, 2014 | 43 Comments
Way to bundle up good news in a threefer: SBS is planning a new sageuk drama about the Crown Prince Sado (juicy historical intrigue), starring Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots) to play King Yeongjo, and courting Lee Je-hoon (Fortune Tellers) to play Sado in his army comeback. Yesssssss. The drama is titled Secret Door... More »

Drama Casting & News
Mics at the ready for Trot Lovers
by | June 17, 2014 | 30 Comments
Just a couple more posters and then we’re there: A week out from the premiere of Trot Lovers, we’re nearly at the end of the promo wave. Which is fine, since I’m happy to begin the actual cuteness of this drama instead of just sitting here waiting in hope of future possible cuteness. Impatience—that’s just... More »

Drama Recaps
High School King of Savvy: Episode 1
by | June 16, 2014 | 105 Comments
Score another one for tvN. No, I haven’t been a fan of every single show they’ve produced, but they certainly do have a high track record of producing well-crafted dramas, particularly in this Monday-Tuesday rom-com slot. High School King of Savvy managed a deft intro to its slick double-identity comedy plot, but it also managed... More »

Drama Casting & News
Nodame Cantabile casts its genius conductor
by | June 16, 2014 | 74 Comments
We have another addition to the cast of Korea’s remake of Nodame Cantabile, joining Joo-won in the music-university-set drama about a talented (but uptight) piano and conducting student and the cast of wacky musicians who surround him. The quirky heroine role of Nodame is still up for grabs (Shim Eun-kyung ended up passing), but we... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Ryu Seung-ryong and Suzy cast as teacher and student in sageuk film
by | June 16, 2014 | 110 Comments
Er, this isn’t the most natural-sounding pairing, but let’s hear it out: Ryu Seung-ryong (The Target, Miracle in Cell No. 7) and Suzy (Gu Family Book) have been cast together in a period film based on the real life of Shin Jae-hyo, a writer, teacher, and patron of pansori, a traditional form of musical storytelling.... More »

Odds and Ends: Imaginary money
by | June 15, 2014 | 94 Comments
javabeans: These chats are fun, but sometimes I swear I’m at a loss about what new interesting thing to talk about. girlfriday: Yeah we often sit here for long periods of time just making false starts at conversation. It’d be seriously awkward if we weren’t better friends. javabeans: Granted you and I could shoot the... More »

Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 18
by | June 14, 2014 | 59 Comments
Was it me, or was this episode incomprehensible? I’m still trying to figure out whether it was just a little too cryptic for its own good, or if it was wholly off its rocker. When I’m confused about a drama, I try not to leap to the “this show made no sense” conclusion if I’m... More »

Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 17
by | June 13, 2014 | 62 Comments
So what happens when your bad guys are identified and caught with four episodes still left to go? Time to crack the code, of course—not the who of the matter, but the why, which is complicated by the appearance of a cipher on the scene. Is that symbology important, or is it a distraction? What... More »