Author Archive

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 21
by | March 12, 2008 | 57 Comments
Ooh. The plot takes an interesting turn! EDIT: Apparently this week will only show one episode due to a special sports broadcast on the 13th (Thursday). Episode 22 will air next Wednesday, the 19th. Boo! SONG OF THE DAY The The Band – “여자이니까” (Because I’m a girl) [ zShare download ] Tags: Hong Gil... More »

Celebrity News
A summer baby for Seo Min Jung
by | March 11, 2008 | 11 Comments
Seo Min Jung is pregnant! (She’s reportedly five months along and expecting in the summer.) The actress was married last August to a Korean-American dentist and has since removed herself from the entertainment sphere, living with her husband in New York. Seo is most well-known for her role as the cute and klutzy teacher on... More »

Drama Casting & News
Historical inaccuracy, or dramatization?
by | March 11, 2008 | 37 Comments
The following is interesting to me because I don’t know much of the Chosun background during which Hong Gil Dong takes place, and because I had this exact conversation with my parents in discussing the drama’s historical accuracy. On a separate level, there’s also the question of how many liberties one can take when dramatizing... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: March 10, 2008
by | March 10, 2008 | 23 Comments
As a promotional measure, looks like Yoon Eun Hye‘s collaboration with brand-new pop/hip-hop duo Mighty Mouth was a smashing success. They’ve shot up the music charts with “frightening speed” for a new artist, chasing #1 song “One More Time” (Jewelry) to land the #2 spot on Nate’s Top 100. (Song here.) Such is the power... More »

Celebrity News
The closest thing to a real Korean “world star”
by | March 9, 2008 | 33 Comments
Super(duper) Hallyu star Jang Dong Gun‘s recent fanmeeting (scheduled to coincide with his birthday, as many fanmeets do) reportedly attracted fans from — get this — sixteen different countries. Wow. I guess that’s a promising factoid to keep in mind when considering his upcoming role in the Hollywood flick Laundry Warrior (costarring Kate Bosworth and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Korea’s oldest film unearthed
by | March 9, 2008 | 9 Comments
Korea’s oldest film has been discovered. The Korean Film Archive announced earlier this week that Crossroads of Youth [청춘의 십자로], a black-and-white silent movie made in 1934 and considered a historical asset, has spent the last eight months in restoration. It predates the work previously known as Korea’s oldest existing film, 1936′s Delusion or Mimong... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Love serenade for Kim Jung Eun
by | March 8, 2008 | 29 Comments
Cuuute. On the 8th, actress Kim Jung Eun recorded the first episode of the new music talk program she hosts, Kim Jung Eun’s Chocolate (the concept: comfort with an intimate, friendly vibe) on SBS. Making a guest appearance was boyfriend and fellow actor Lee Seo Jin, taking time off from his busy shooting schedule for... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Chun Hee, accidental scandalmonger
by | March 7, 2008 | 9 Comments
Actor Lee Chun Hee (The Great King Sejong, Conspiracy in the Court, Only You) is taking responsibility (owning up, or bogarting credit?) for being the reason behind the rumor that fellow actors Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung are dating. The gossip stemmed from an incident last year when the two were seen together at... More »

Open Thread #20
by | March 7, 2008 | 57 Comments
You may have noticed a little change around these here parts. Honestly, I’d never had the intention to change layouts every several months — this is my fourth layout since I started, and so far my favorite. Each previous theme, while sufficient for the moment, always had little bugs that I wasn’t entirely satisfied with,... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 20
by | March 6, 2008 | 71 Comments
Episode 20 was so much better (in my opinion) than Episode 19. Maybe it’s because I’d heard (er, read) whisperings of the Big Event in the last episode, and that sucked out all the surprise for me. I’m the kind of person who loses interest in something if I’m involuntarily spoiled, so that might’ve contributed.... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 19
by | March 5, 2008 | 48 Comments
Here we are at the major turning point. Can’t say this was a surprise — the past few episodes have definitely been feeling like something was on the way — so it was more a matter of HOW things would go down. Although the conflict has been set up (and repeated, and repeated) for weeks... More »