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Celebrity News
Park Shi Yeon in car accident
by | April 19, 2008 | 9 Comments
29-year-old former Miss Korea, former Eric’s Girlfriend and current actress Park Shi Yeon (My Girl, When Spring Comes) is the latest celebrity to be in a car accident rushing to work. On the 18th, she was en route to shoot MBC’s new weekend drama Sweet Life [달콤한 인생, or Bittersweet Life], airing in May, when... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Global Talk Show not quite as global as it thinks
by | April 18, 2008 | 27 Comments
Interesting. Another Misuda panelist in the harsh glare of the media spotlight. I don’t really follow Misuda (Chatting with Beautiful Women, aka Global Talk Show), for various reasons which I’ve mentioned before. But it’s a pretty popular talk show, and has managed to springboard its foreigners-in-Korea panelists to visibility, some even to acting roles or... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #26
by | April 18, 2008 | 22 Comments
  Happy Friday, everyone! Everyone’s talking about the pope, astronauts, Democrat infighting, creepy polygamists sects… What’s going on with you? SONG OF THE DAY Dashboard Confessional – “The Best Deceptions.” Okay, I haven’t liked Dashboard Confessional for several albums — his recent stuff doesn’t have the raw appeal of his earlier music, this ability to... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 13
by | April 17, 2008 | 44 Comments
I’m pleased with the pacing, given that (unfortunately) many to most of other kdramas start lagging in the home stretch — even the good ones. It’s not that they get bad, but a lot of times it’s like you can feel the fatigue of the production team start setting in. (Mixed-up Investigative Agency is one... More »

Drama Recaps
Who Are You: Episode 12
by | April 16, 2008 | 40 Comments
Aww. One of my favorite shots from the episode. Today’s episode moved a lot of plot points forward. In fact, it’s a little light on the romance angle (compared to, say, Episode 11), although there is a significant development or two on that front as well. (And Yoon Kye Sang is adorable in this one.)... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
How to market boring movies
by | April 16, 2008 | 6 Comments
(Image is totally unrelated; taken from a Korean artist whom I’ve mentioned here.) I’d have liked more elaborate answers to the question, but at least they acknowledged that they DO have to work to get movies to look like they’re worth spending money on when they are sometimes not. What to do with boring movies:... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
So Ji Sub’s U-Turn
by | April 15, 2008 | 52 Comments
So Ji Sub makes his acting comeback in writer-director Jang Jin‘s (Welcome to Dongmakgol, My Son) television debut project, U-Turn. The four-part “special movie” aired its first episode on the 1st on cable channel OCN to favorable viewer response, and before the third episode aired on the 15th it enjoyed a sharp jump in repeat... More »

Kpop News
And then there were two: Minwoo also hospitalized
by | April 14, 2008 | 14 Comments
…or maybe the title of this post should be “Are you kidding me with this? Dude let the Shinhwa guys rest in peace! (And no, not that kind of RIP.)” Because, seriously? Seriously? Another Shinwha member is hospitalized following the group’s hyped-up tenth-anniversary concert (March 29 and 30) and ninth-studio-album promotional activities? First it was... More »

Drama Recaps
Three Dads, One Mom: Episode 4
by | April 14, 2008 | 91 Comments
Three Dads, One Mom is… not a good show. You know how sometimes you might be watching a drama, say, and something happens in the latter part of the drama that is exactly like what happened earlier in the drama? For instance, the mother of the rich hero tries to buy off her son’s poor... More »

Celebrity News
Ivy emerges from self-imposed exile
by | April 14, 2008 | 11 Comments
After her nightmarish past year (public scorn, sex scandals, lawsuits), singer Ivy will be making her comeback to the public eye not with another album, but onscreen in her acting debut. She’ll take a role in SBS’s Tokyo Shower [도쿄 여우비], a four-episode miniseries to follow the airing of I Love You, which just started... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: April 13, 2008
by | April 13, 2008 | 13 Comments
KBS’s new action drama Rivals, aka Kang-jeok-deul or Adversaries, premieres tomorrow. In striving for realism, Chae Rim visited a special attack squad and handled real firearms; Lee Jong Hyuk and stunt actors worked under a special-effects director and shot blanks from real guns. Now let’s see if the story’s any good. Kim Dong Wan, currently... More »