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Chungmuro/Film News
Chun Jung Myung’s twisted fairy tale
by | November 28, 2007 | 32 Comments
Baby-faced actor Chun Jung Myung‘s last project before beginning his military service early next year will be the soon-to-be-released film Hansel and Gretel, which opens on December 27. The film is described as starting with the jumping-off point of “What if Hansel and Gretel hadn’t returned home, and had to live on in the forest... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 14
by | November 27, 2007 | 20 Comments
Seriously, just when I think there isn’t room for any more twists, Mixed-up Investigative Agency throws another one in. I’ve never seen such a tightly plotted series before, not even Veronica Mars. Here, it seems like not only are many clues peppered throughout all the episodes from the beginning, not one clue is wasted. SONG... More »

Drama Casting & News
Taiwan readies for the Coffee Prince craze
by | November 27, 2007 | 28 Comments
  Check out that new hair! I admit I’m partial to the longer, Han Gyul-ian look on Gong Yoo (like this, for instance), but the new look’s kinda sharp and spiffy. Anyway, Gong Yoo recently gave an interview (on the 27th) to eight major Taiwanese media outlets regarding the series Coffee Prince. Although the series... More »

Drama Casting & News
The battle to claim Iljimae
by | November 27, 2007 | 47 Comments
Actors Lee Seung Gi, Lee Junki   Iljimae is one of those folk-legend heroes, a real-life Robin Hood kinda guy dating back to the Chosun era who’s an ever-popular source of dramatic material. Jang Dong Gun played him in one film version in 1993, and Choi Su Jong played him in a modernized version in... More »

Celebrity News
Which super-cute actor would voluntarily do this to himself?
by | November 26, 2007 | 22 Comments
Um, wow. Apparently this fresh-faced actor appeared at MKMF in female rocker getup — but he found himself disappointed because nobody recognized him, as he explained when appearing on Mnet’s Star Watch 24 to be aired on the 28th. Perhaps it was because he was in the opening act and not many people saw him,... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 13
by | November 26, 2007 | 12 Comments
(Another) one of the things I like about Mixed-up Investigative Agency is that the band of treasure-hunting misfit friends has some good ideas, but so often, they’re just plain WRONG. One tricky thing in making a mystery come alive is in making each step believable and yet keep the viewers guessing. The difficulty, many times,... More »

Kpop News
Working child celebrities to the bone
by | November 25, 2007 | 19 Comments
Wonder Girls I suppose this makes Part 3 in my unplanned Child Stars series (Part 1, the Golden Age, and Part 2, the oversexing thereof). I’ve always wondered at the way these kids are (over)worked, and why their activities aren’t more regulated. There ARE laws, but as the article points out, they’re largely ineffectual. I... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 12
by | November 24, 2007 | 13 Comments
Two things have occurred to me while watching Mixed-up Investigative Agency, ideas that solidified in Episode 12. I’ll get to the second item later in the recap, but first is that nobody’s really a bad guy. Certainly, you have people who do more good than bad, and others who do more bad than good, but... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sneak peek: A different kind of Hong Gil Dong
by | November 24, 2007 | 43 Comments
Who’s excited about Hong Gil Dong?? The upcoming drama (the official title is “Kwae-do Hong Gil Dong,” which translates roughly to “Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong”) has been on my radar ever since it was announced because it’s the next project for screenwriters Hong Mi Ran and Hong Jung Eun, who wrote three series I... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Stepping into Jang Dong Gun’s shoes
by | November 23, 2007 | 9 Comments
Jang Dong Gun, Lee Seon Kyun Oh man. What a trip back to the old-school days of Korean drama. The Voice, aka Lee Seon Kyun, recently recorded an episode of the MBC talk-variety show Yoo Jae Seok and Kim Won Hee’s Let’s Play airing on the 23rd, wherein he shared a story about his acting... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #5
by | November 23, 2007 | 24 Comments
Raise your hand if you ate too much yesterday. Heh. So today’s Black Friday — busiest shopping day of the year. Who’s going shopping to get the most out of all the supposed deals? But it’s also Buy Nothing Day, which activists began in reaction to the rabid consumerism of the day. It’s an easy... More »