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Celebrity News
Song Il Kook tries being Iron Man for a day
by | May 25, 2008 | 30 Comments
Jumong and Lobbyist actor Song Il Kook participates in the 2008 Seoul International Triathlon Asian Cup. Also participating was Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon, who was part of a team with actor Park Sang Won and Lee Jun Ha. The race comprises a 1.5km swim in the Han River, 40km cycling and a 10km marathon. Australia’s... More »

Drama Recaps
Iljimae (SBS)
by | May 24, 2008 | 106 Comments
SBS’s Iljimae isn’t necessarily BAD… if you don’t mind over-the-top, ham-fisted schlock. Perhaps that’s harsh, but I have a bad feeling about it — it’s like Hong Gil Dong but less realistic, which tells you a lot right there. The series starts off with grown-up Iljimae in an action sequence that is as ridiculously cheesy... More »

Drama Casting & News
Woman in the Sun rounds out the three-way ratings feud
by | May 23, 2008 | 36 Comments
Another Wednesday-Thursday drama (ratings) battle is shaping up, with three new dramas squaring off against each other. SBS’s Iljmae and MBC’s Spotlight have just started airing, and now KBS’s Woman in the Sun is readying to join them. The series stars Kim Ji Soo in her television return after four years away, as well as... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #31
by | May 23, 2008 | 33 Comments
  Well, I’ve been sick all week. (You know what the downside of being really healthy is? All your medicine is expired.) Bleh. Alls I know is, I’d better be back in fine drinking form by Memorial Day. Holiday weekend plans, anyone? SONG OF THE DAY Madeleine Peyroux – “Dance Me to the End of... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 11
by | May 22, 2008 | 31 Comments
Last Scandal is a great example of a successful romantic comedy in that despite what is a pretty familiar (and predictable) setup, the series manages to keep its entertaining energy going. I know a lot of people (particularly, ahem, of the male variety) look down on chick flicks and romance-centered storylines, but I think it’s... More »

Celebrity News
A gorgeous hanbok, an uncomfortable smile
by | May 21, 2008 | 27 Comments
Love the hanbok-inspired dress, hate the clown makeup and the cultural pandering. “Fashion designer” Nicky Hilton arrived in Korea to launch her clothing line in Korea. Well, at least Paris wasn’t with her. At Seoul’s Coex Intercontinental Hotel for a press conference, May 22, 9am. No tags for this post.... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dramas currently on hold
by | May 21, 2008 | 53 Comments
I think I’m pretty fair with drama ratings, in that I don’t add anything to my Ratings Chart that I have not watched in its entirety. If I have not seen every single episode of a drama, I don’t think I’m qualified to give a totally objective opinion on it, so I refrain. That’s why... More »

Drama Casting & News
Casting calls: Lawyers and gamblers
by | May 20, 2008 | 12 Comments
For some reason I can’t quite fathom, the news is full of reports of renewed denials that Lee Soo Kyung and Shin Dong Wook, who played a couple in MBC’s Soulmate two years ago, are NOT dating. I wasn’t aware that it was much of a question these days, so I smell publicity maneuver, although... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
John Woo casts Song Hye Gyo in big-budget period romance
by | May 20, 2008 | 34 Comments
Score! Song Hye Gyo made a surprise appearance at Cannes Film Festival on the 20th in conjunction with the announcement that she will be appearing in 1949, director John Woo‘s next film, he of the stylish Hong Kong and Hollywood action blockbusters (Mission Impossible II, Face/Off, Broken Arrow). Not only that, the screenplay was written... More »

Kpop News
Tablo and Tukutz hit by drunk driver
by | May 19, 2008 | 15 Comments
Yikes. Another celebrity car accident? This time it’s Tablo and DJ Tukutz who were in a car collision that left the car “half wrecked.” The two were riding in a taxi at 3am on May 20th in Seoul’s Kangnam neighborhood and were rear-ended at an intersection where their taxi was waiting to make a left... More »

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 »