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Drama Casting & News
Korean-Japanese co-production Tokyo Showers
by | May 19, 2008 | 14 Comments
I think SBS’s upcoming joint Korean-Japanese production Tokyo Showers — buzzed-about as downtrodden singer Ivy’s comeback and acting debut — has the potential to go either way. I’m not expecting much of it based on the description, but it’s only four episodes, so it’s not much of a commitment either. The story is described as... More »

Celebrity News
New mom-to-be Kim Hee Sun
by | May 19, 2008 | 15 Comments
Actress and newlywed Kim Hee Sun, married last October, has announced that she’s four weeks pregnant (a little early for the announcements, no?). In typical k-star fashion, she made the initial pronouncement on — what else? — her homepage. Kim Hee Sun’s last project was the 2006 drama Smile Again, although she has done a... More »

Drama Casting & News
A few more points for Chil Woo…
by | May 18, 2008 | 19 Comments
Hmm, they’re slowly winning me over with their cast… KBS’s new fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo (or Choi Kang Chil Woo) seemed a little like another attempt at what they’d just done with Hong Gil Dong — funny, jokey, comedic historical. And while I enjoyed Hong Gil Dong for what it was, I can’t say... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Mad as hell over mad cow
by | May 18, 2008 | 23 Comments
Thirty thousand citizens gather for the “Candlelight Vigil Protesting U.S. Beef Imports.” Some sentiments: “I’m not anti-American. I wear Nike shoes, Adidas tees, and I eat McDonalds. But having been called a red Commie, I came out.” “I came because President Lee Myung Bak isn’t doing the right thing.” Celebrities in attendance included singer Lee... More »

Celebrity News
Stars raise awareness (about selves)
by | May 17, 2008 | 28 Comments
Okay, normally I’d choose to look on the bright side of something like this (there was this star campaign for domestic adoptions, for instance), but the timing — and the way the article frames the issue — is totally not even trying to hide the publicity spin. Five stars — Kim Rae Won, Lee Junki,... More »

Oldfish giveaway winners!
by | May 16, 2008 | 17 Comments’s inaugural giveaway is now closed: Congratulations to winners smiley6yrl, Pickles, KTX, and Rokku! I’ve emailed the winners; if you are the person named and didn’t get the email, let me know. (smiley6yrl, I think your email bounced.) For those of you who didn’t win but would still like an album of your own, you... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Wandering the Han River
by | May 16, 2008 | 16 Comments
Now, this sounds like a movie I’d watch: Jung Ryeo Won, 26, (My Name Is Kim Samsoon, What Star Did You Come From) has been cast opposite Jung Jae Young (My Son, Welcome to Dongmakgol), 37, in the upcoming film Wandering Mr. Kim. The film has attached Kang Woo Seok, described as a “Midas touch... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #30
by | May 16, 2008 | 23 Comments
  I pretty much feel this every time an Open Thread rolls around, but thank god it’s Friday, yeah? Have you entered my free Oldfish CD giveaway yet? I’ll be closing the giveaway in a few hours — noon PST, to be exact — so I can pick winners and get those posted. So while... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
I Am a Model
by | May 15, 2008 | 17 Comments
New (old) show! I just recently saw that Imaginasian TV just started showing the first season of Korean reality show I Am a Model, and tuned in out of curiosity. Originally aired on Korean cable channel Mnet, I Am a Model was pretty successful and has aired multiple seasons (three, I think). I never caught... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: May 15, 2008
by | May 15, 2008 | 15 Comments
Tablo addressed erroneous rumors that he’s retiring from the music biz by posting a message on his homepage: “I’m not retiring.” He’s not happy with the state of the industry and its focus on singles over albums, but he assures his fans, “I’ll make music forever.” Ha Jiwon was invited to the New Zealand embassy... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 10
by | May 14, 2008 | 20 Comments
How cute is Jae Bin, right? The best thing about him, I think, is that even though he’s often impetuous and hot-headed, and nags Sun Hee to get her attention, he’s totally attuned to her emotions. He really hates to see her cry, but it’s not because he’s uncomfortable with tears; it’s that he can’t... More »