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Open Thread
Open Thread #6
by | November 30, 2007 | 51 Comments
Don’t really have a “topic” to kick off this Open Thread today… So I’ll just ramble (and you all say, “Don’t you always?”). It’s raining. Ooh, my favorite weather. I plan to get lots of “curling up with a good book” done this evening. One of those books may include Stephen Colbert’s I Am America... More »


Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 15
by | November 29, 2007 | 12 Comments
What an excellent episode. By far the best to date. Episode 15 had everything — adventure, mystery, suspense, emotion, depth, and yet another well-done cliffhanger ending. In fact, it rather felt like a mini-movie more than an episode of television because of the way it skillfully brought the tension to a head; and yet, there... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Junki gets lots of love from Thai fans
by | November 29, 2007 | 18 Comments
  What a good year to be Lee Junki. He headed a successful drama (Time of Dog and Wolf), won some awards, put out his latest film May 18 (aka Splendid Holiday), and is set to headline the anticipated upcoming Iljimae adaptation. He’s really skyrocketed to fame in the two years since his breakout role... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
How was 2007 for you?
by | November 28, 2007 | 156 Comments
Wow, 2007 really flew by. I can’t believe it’s almost over. And I can’t believe I’ve been at this blog for nearly a year. This time of year inevitably means people start busting out the year-end lists of best and worst. For instance, this poll at Naver listed the Top 11 Dramas of the past... More »


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 »