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News bites: March 4, 2008
by | March 4, 2008 | 13 Comments
Boa, Jamilya Actor-cum-director Yoo Ji Tae‘s third directorial endeavor (and first theater release, more here), short film Out of My Intention, held its press conference on the 4th. Though it’s unusual for a short to get a theatrical run, Out of My Intention will open on the 20th and screen for a week at Seoul’s... More »

Celebrity News
More troubles for Ivy
by | March 3, 2008 | 41 Comments
Okay, I’ve gotta say this ticks me off on so many levels. Singer Ivy is being sued by the cosmetics company she was hired as brand model for, under the accusation that her scandal last year did the company considerable damage. Her “inappropriate personal life events” degraded the company’s public image and value, allegedly, and... More »

Kpop News
Mighty Mouth, featuring Yoon Eun Hye
by | March 3, 2008 | 71 Comments
  As previously mentioned, actress and former pop singer Yoon Eun Hye has recently collaborated with new hip-hop/pop group Mighty Mouth on a track that’s just been released on their first single album. The song has been released in time for White Day, that Sadie Hawkins equivalent of Valentine’s Day (falling a month later) created... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Fat again?
by | March 2, 2008 | 9 Comments
Sleeper romantic-comedy hit 200 Pound Beauty is preparing its sequel, because what’s more natural after a film unexpectedly hits big than to milk that cash cow for all it’s worth? Still, despite my problems with the way the film resolves, it was more entertaining than I’d expected, and the writing was a cut above your... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Yoo Ji Tae’s directorial release
by | March 1, 2008 | 11 Comments
Movie star Yoo Ji Tae is probably one of few Hallyu stars who’s got some international cachet outside of Korea or Asia due to acting in films like hipster favorites Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, and the popular romantic drama Ditto. He was last seen in last year’s epic historical film version of Hwang... More »

Drama Casting & News
“Boys Before Flowers,” aka the Korean Hana Yori Dango
by | February 29, 2008 | 149 Comments
I’m a little late to this info, but this news gets me excited. And apprehensive. But excited! So the Japanese manga Hana Yori Dango has been made into an anime series, a Taiwanese drama (Meteor Garden), and a Japanese dorama. The Japanese versions are already popular in Korea, but now a kdrama adaptation of the... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #19
by | February 29, 2008 | 24 Comments
Happy Leap Year (Day?)! Any Leap Year babies here? Poor kids — I always wondered if they had to relegate their birthdays to February 28 or March 1. Been behind on the news (and everything!) this week, so tell me, what have I missed? SONG OF THE DAY Feist – “Monarch.” I know they’re/she’s most... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 18
by | February 28, 2008 | 48 Comments
Ooh. Who else was afraid for a second that our hero had crossed over to the dark side? A great moment, wasn’t it? SONG OF THE DAY Heritage – “Mama Song” [ zShare download ] Tags: Hong Gil Dong, Jang Geun-seok, Kang Ji-hwan, Sung Yuri... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 17
by | February 27, 2008 | 43 Comments
Just when I’d thought we’d settled into a pattern of plots and bad guys, trust the Hong sisters to mix things up. Yay for unpredictability. SONG OF THE DAY Sorri (소히) – “누구에게” (To whom) [ zShare download ] Tags: Hong Gil Dong, Jang Geun-seok, Kang Ji-hwan, Sung Yuri... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Another “Host”-inspired creature feature
by | February 27, 2008 | 15 Comments
Now here’s interesting casting. Charismatic actor Uhm Tae Woong has recently been cast in director Shin Jeong-won’s latest film (prior work includes Sisily 2km), titled Chaw [차우] — I’m not sure what that means, so am guessing it’s an onomatopoeic term. In any case, while I normally don’t get excited about mega-expensive blockbusters, and certainly... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Sun Ah leads her Girl Scouts
by | February 26, 2008 | 38 Comments
Check out the newly released promo poster for Kim Sun Ah‘s (long-awaited) comeback project, the caper comedy Girl Scouts. She’s had a lot of hold-ups in the three years following her notable role as Samsoon in My Name Is Kim Samsoon, and the article draws our attention to her “perfect S-line” (as though we’d miss... More »