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Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 1
by | August 26, 2008 | 40 Comments
In a nutshell: flawed but cute. In a somewhat larger nutshell: There are definite weaknesses and some contrivances, but it’s been a long time since a first episode made me actually wish I could watch the second right away, rather than giving me reservations or a “wait and see” feeling. Love & Marriage is like... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
One fine day with My Dear Enemy
by | August 26, 2008 | 13 Comments
“Cannes queen” Jeon Do-yeon reteams with “Chungmuro’s blue chip” Ha Jung-woo in a new movie (they’d previously both acted in the drama series Lovers in Prague), directed by Lee Yoon-ki (Ad-lib Night). While the direct translation comes to “A Fine Day” [멋진 하루], My Dear Enemy has been selected as the English-language title. The film... More »

Celebrity News
Another car accident, a broken neck
by | August 26, 2008 | 13 Comments
Gah! As if the recent spate of celebrity accidents and deaths (RIP) weren’t enough, we have another. Model-turned-actor Im Joo-hwan (M, Arang) was in a car accident on the morning of August 26 on the way to work. He was riding with his manager, heading to the set location of his upcoming movie Ssanghwajeom [쌍화점]... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Eden,” “Marriage” off to shaky starts
by | August 25, 2008 | 16 Comments
With a special broadcast kicking off the East of Eden extravaganza, eyes have turned to the upcoming Monday-Tuesday ratings rivalry, although Tazza won’t be making its debut until Gourmet ends in a few weeks. Oddly enough, Eden chose to air a one-hour special on Monday, and plans to air both Episodes 1 & 2 on... More »

Kpop News
Back in action: Kim Jong-kook in Japan
by | August 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Singer Kim Jong-kook recently completed his mandatory military service and is now back to recording. He also held his first Japanese fanmeeting on August 24 in Tokyo at Showa Women’s University. At the three-hour event, Kim introduced a hip-hop singer Joosuc, who’s been active in the Hongdae rap scene, and performed a duet of one... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episode 18
by | August 25, 2008 | 9 Comments
The food looks particularly good this time, doesn’t it? Also, the scenery is gorgeous in this episode. One of Gourmet‘s strong points is that it depicts a Korea outside of Seoul, which I greatly appreciate, and wish that other dramas did more. Sung-chan’s roving tendencies allow us to get a glimpse of the countryside, small... More »

Celebrity News
It’s the same old, same old for Andre Kim in Bali
by | August 25, 2008 | 33 Comments
Fashion designer Andre Kim must be feeling secure in his “veteran” status as an old eccentric, because he keeps trotting out the exact same show, year after year. He may swap out his main models but not his actual clothing. Each show has his leading lady (this time “Barbie Doll” Han Chae-young) dressed up in... More »

Kpop News
A new album, a new image
by | August 24, 2008 | 16 Comments
What I like about rock(ish) singer Younha is that she hasn’t really had to rely on “image,” at least not in the way that other pop artists have had to build up a publicity whirl around themselves to attract attention and try to distinguish themselves from people from whom they are not actually that distinguishable.... More »

Celebrity News
Yoon Eun-hye sings again
by | August 24, 2008 | 32 Comments
As always, Yoon Eun-hye sure knows how to get people talking. A recent video clip surfaced online on August 23 of Yoon singing a “Salad song” (which indie-electronica band Humming Urban Stereo first recorded; song below). The new video showing Yoon Eun-hye singing the upbeat song cheerfully in the recording studio has given rise to... More »

Kpop News
Shin Hye-sung and Honey Lee’s good day to love
by | August 24, 2008 | 17 Comments
Shinhwa vocalist Shin Hye-sung is out and about promoting his new third solo album, and boasting a new look. Some have called it a “rocker transformation,” but I think of it as retro kitsch (all he needs is a ‘stache and he’s got the old-school skeeze look down). His album also features a few collaborations,... More »

Celebrity News
Japanese fans greet Lee Dong-gun
by | August 24, 2008 | 13 Comments
After releasing his first album in years, the Japanese- and Korean-language-album My Biography, Lee Dong-gun has launched himself into singerly activities, marking the occasion with two days in concert in Tokyo for his “Lee Dong-gun 2008 Debut Concert in Japan.” “My Biography” was released earlier this summer; Lee previously released a single album in Japan... More »