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Drama Casting & News
Fans flock to get a glimpse of Ji-woo-hime
by | October 19, 2008 | 11 Comments
We’re all protective of our favorite stars (to varying degrees), but the Japanese are particularly so with Choi Ji-woo, aka “Ji-woo-hime,” who’s been one of Japan’s favorite Hallyu stars since Winter Sonata. Currently, she’s working on the new SBS drama A Star’s Lover with Yoo Ji-tae and Lee Ki-woo, and as she’s filming in Kyoto,... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Help a reader out: Seoul recommendations
by | October 19, 2008 | 64 Comments
Reader Sheryl is heading to Seoul soon and wrote in to ask for recommendations on great places to visit. Since it’s been a while since I’ve been to Seoul, I thought I’d open up the question to everyone here. Help a reader out! She writes: Any recommendations (sights, food places, random music cafes) for a... More »

Celebrity News
Um, no.
by | October 19, 2008 | 20 Comments
I know So Ji-sub is something of an iconoclast who does his own thing. But just because he’s talented doesn’t mean he doesn’t cultivate his image just as carefully as his more conventional peers, and I’ll go on record as disliking — nay, hating — his purposely aggro, cornrow-sporting, woman-choking image as of late. No... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Bum sings for Japan
by | October 18, 2008 | 27 Comments
Kim Bum‘s star is definitely on the rise, but I’m a little surprised he’s already holding fanmeets in Japan, which he did on October 18 to a crowd of 800. This event took place in Tokyo’s Harajuku Quest Hall, where he sang a few songs for fans: Hirai Ken’s “Hitomi wo tojite” and Anzen Chitai’s... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Hana’s first onstage performance as a singer
by | October 18, 2008 | 7 Comments
It’s well-known that actress Lee Hana (Women in the Sun) is a music lover who enjoys singing. She’s the daughter of a songwriter and had early aspirations to become a singer before switching to acting. She showed off her voice again on October 18, taking the stage in front of a thousand fans at the... More »

Celebrity News
Another celeb gets his army papers
by | October 18, 2008 | 11 Comments
Ryu Soo-young (18 vs. 29, Bad Couple) is a star who hadn’t been on my radar for upcoming army enlistment, but he’s getting ready to report for duty. His physical exam results indicated he was fit for active duty, so he’ll begin training on October 27 and serve for 24 months. Ryu will give one... More »

Celebrity News
November is magazine month for Rain
by | October 17, 2008 | 17 Comments
As (repeatedly) promised, Rain has begun launching his Korean comeback in earnest, and November’s a busy magazine month for the star, who’s gracing not one but two fashion covers. He shot spreads for the November issues of Esquire (above) and Harper’s Bazaar (below). With his fifth album — the awkwardly titled “Rainism” — just released... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #52
by | October 17, 2008 | 30 Comments
  I can’t wait for this election to be over. I just want to vote already! Unless things go horribly awry and I am forced to look into Canadian work visas for the next four years. Gah, it’s October and I just saw Christmas decorations out in the stores. Yeesh, this year nobody’s got enough... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
An internet sensation aspires to conquer the screen
by | October 17, 2008 | 24 Comments
“In the face of love, these four men and women have no strategy, no experience, no courage, and no counterstrategy, but embark on a special romance in Soonjung Manhwa.” This is how the new movie is being touted, and I’ve chosen not to translate the title because while “soonjung manhwa” literally means a “pure comic... More »

Celebrity News
Yoon Kye-sang turns photog
by | October 16, 2008 | 12 Comments
A good day by standards = posting about Kang Ji-hwan and Yoon Kye-sang, back-to-back (hehe… back-to-back… snerk). Anyway. Yoon Kye-sang is trying his hand at another skill: photography. He follows in the footsteps of fellow shutterbug stars like Bae Doo-na, So Ji-sub, and Park Ji-yoon by publishing his own photographs. Yoon’s project, however, is... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
“Civil Servant” kicks off filming, wishes self luck
by | October 16, 2008 | 23 Comments
October 13 marked the official start for work on the romantic action comedy Civil Servant Level 7 [7급공무원], starring Kim Haneul as a sexy veteran spy and Kang Ji-hwan as a newbie agent on his first secret mission chasing Russian industrial spies who work for an illegal crime organization, in an attempt to prevent the... More »