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Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul
by | June 9, 2008 | 48 Comments
Sweet, indeed. Generally, a film or drama can be evaluated by two separate components: concept and execution. I’m sure we’ve all seen dramas with good concepts but bad execution (they sounded really great on paper but fell apart onscreen), or the converse with bland concepts but good execution. (Corollaries: There are many that lack in... More »

Drama Casting & News
KBS’s second honorable thief of the year (third overall) ties on his mask, readies for (ratings) battle
by | June 9, 2008 | 16 Comments
Eric rocks the Zorro look as he takes on his honorable-bandit character in KBS2’s fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo (no, seriously, I saw a pic where he’s even sporting some kind of reverse “Z” scar on his chest). I can’t decide if he looks absurd, or kinda sexy in a *different* sort of way. Or... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 16 (Final)
by | June 8, 2008 | 31 Comments
There’s something to be said for a drama that ends just the way you expected but manages to be satisfying just the same. Which doesn’t mean it was flawless (and I’ll discuss that later) but for the most part, I ended this series with a satisfied sigh. Despite having a second season planned for later... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: June 7, 2008
by | June 7, 2008 | 23 Comments
Lee Jung Jin (Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs, Love Story in Harvard) held his first official fanmeeting on May 30 in Tokyo, following the end of Bottom of the 9th‘s recent Japanese broadcast. A thousand Japanese fans were in attendance; he returned to Korea on the 31st to prep for filming his next... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 15
by | June 6, 2008 | 12 Comments
As I’ve said in practically every recap, I’ve really enjoyed Last Scandal. Now that we’re almost at the end, I don’t feel it would ruin anything to say that I found the ending satisfying and happy, which are the only two components (or, practically the only two) that I absolutely require in a romantic comedy.... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #33
by | June 6, 2008 | 33 Comments
  I try to keep my political opinions to myself (nothing gets volatile opinions flaring faster than discussions on politics and religion), but it’s Open Thread day so I’ll just say: OBAMA! (Policies and party affiliations aside, the man sure can speak.) SONG OF THE DAY Mates of State – “The Re-Arranger.” This song makes... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »

Drama Casting & News
East of Eden completes its love geometry
by | June 5, 2008 | 27 Comments
MBC’s upcoming East of Eden looks to become the next big-budget, high-profile drama of the year, with recent cast additions of two lovely ladies to act as romantic interests for lead heartthrob Song Seung Heon: first, crying queen Lee Da Hae, and now Lee Yeon Hee. The story concerns the stories of two boys born... More »

Drama Casting & News
Promoting his drama with a come-hither stare
by | June 4, 2008 | 26 Comments
Is it just me, or does the cast of Strongest Chil Woo look like they just stepped out of the pages of a Sears catalog (come see the softer side!)? With a hangover? Such pretty ladies, such unflattering styling. Anyway, when I first heard about this upcoming fusion historical series, I was kinda tired of... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Hana displays her musical roots
by | June 4, 2008 | 22 Comments
Remember figure skater Kim Yuna‘s live singing performance? We have another non-singer (non-pro, that is) exhibiting some of her skills: This time, it’s Lee Hana showing off her pipes on a recent (June 3) episode of the KBS variety show Sang Sang Plus. (Her musical talents are well-known, as she’s displayed them in most —... More »

Celebrity News
Happy colors = happy smiles
by | June 3, 2008 | 8 Comments
Shin Mina looks positively radiant as she promotes her upcoming romantic action comedy film Mulim Girl [무림여대생], also starring Ohn Joo Wan and Yoo Gun. Everyone looks happy and upbeat, if a little vampiric (is that some harsh lighting or what?). Not vampiric in a negative sense, just the sense of looking like they haven’t... More »