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Drama Casting & News
Kimonos and national treasures
by | May 10, 2008 | 12 Comments
Since May 7, the upcoming drama When Night Falls has been filming in Japan; lead actress Kim Sun Ah wears a kimono (above) while filming on location in the city of Kanazawa in Ishikawa Prefecture. (I suppose the more literal title translation is “Every Time Night Falls.”) The actress attended junior and senior high school... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Yuna in a rare off-the-ice performance
by | May 9, 2008 | 24 Comments
Wow, that was fast. World-famous figure skater (and reigning — two-time — world bronze medalist) Kim Yuna showed her little-known singing skills when she recorded a segment as a guest on SBS’s new program The Star Show on May 8. The segment is to be broadcast on the May 12 episode, but the clip is... More »

Kpop News
Artist profile and free giveaway: OLDFISH
by | May 9, 2008 | 189 Comments
All right, new Dramabeans game! Based on several suggestions made in my recent song repost thread, I’m trying out the idea of profiling some indie/underrated Korean musicians outside the sphere of general kpop music, with songs and background information and such as. I don’t know how often I’ll do these, but hopefully I can manage... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #29
by | May 9, 2008 | 33 Comments
  Been so busy with work and such that I’m totally behind on the news. At this point I think I know more about the Korean entertainment sphere than my local news. This must be rectified. (Or must it?) I wish I could freeze time. Remember that ’80s TV show Out of This World, where... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 9
by | May 8, 2008 | 21 Comments
How can you not love this couple? Okay, they’re not perfect — but they do have really cute chemistry. Maybe it’s my particular love of guys with goofy senses of humor, but Jae Bin is such a great combination of immature and mature, silliness and gravity, confidence and insecurity. I’m sure he’d be annoying in... More »

Drama Casting & News
Spotlight on MBC’s Spotlight
by | May 8, 2008 | 21 Comments
Taking up the time slot previously occupied by Who Are You?, MBC’s next big series is gearing up for its broadcast: Spotlight, starring Sohn Yejin in her return to television (she was last seen on TV in 2006’s Alone in Love, after which she acted in three movies: Open City, Nak-rang Club, and My Wife... More »

Kpop News
Mithra Jin removes foot from mouth, apologizes on air
by | May 8, 2008 | 13 Comments
On May 7, Epik High rapper Mithra Jin issued a public apology on variety show Goldfish for rude remarks made toward Min Kyung Hoon of the ballad group Buzz. The rapper had hosted a radio show on music portal site Melon, “Mithra Jin’s Music Date,” in a special New Year’s broadcast back in January, after... More »

Celebrity News
Back from the army with big-boy muscles, little-boy charm
by | May 7, 2008 | 15 Comments
Released from military service on April 25, Go Soo makes his return onstage in The Return of President Eom. In the play, Go Soo portrays a naive country guy and affects a Saturi accent. Play runs from May 23 through August 3. Press conference, May 7, Seoul. Tags: Go Soo... More »

Drama Casting & News
Wouldn’t be an On Air event without a hyped-up cameo
by | May 7, 2008 | 21 Comments
SBS’s current ratings hit On Air is winding down, and although its initial three-episode extension was then curtailed to merely one, it will end its run likely on a high note next week. And in typical On Air fashion, they’re doing it with yet more high-profile cameos. Hines Ward — NFL football player and Super... More »

Celebrity News
“Ta-da! It’s movie magic”
by | May 6, 2008 | 21 Comments
Kim Sun Ah shows off the movie poster to her long-awaited comeback film (long-awaited comeback, that is, not necessarily long-awaited film) Girl Scouts. Although the movie may not perhaps be the stunning artistic work to follow her Samsoon fame, she explains that Girl Scouts “is a project that gave me hope that I could work... More »

Celebrity News
Behind the Story with Park Yong Ha
by | May 6, 2008 | 24 Comments
Park Yong Ha is putting out a DVD — but not for his recent series (On Air). This one’s all about himself. His 2008 Official Calendar, which had gone on sale online in Japan at the end of last year, had exceeded expectations and sold so well that it went into reprinting. Laughably, the article... More »