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Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 14
by | February 14, 2008 | 46 Comments
Woo-wee, things just got kicked up a notch. Just something I’ve noticed over the Hong sisters’ three previous drama series — [Glass half empty perspective]: Their secondary romantic pairings tend not to be that compelling. I may like the secondary characters, but I’ve never actually believed the main pairing to be in danger… [Glass half... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Byung Heon, NOT a Hollywood ninja
by | February 14, 2008 | 29 Comments
Hm, maybe there’s hope after all. Prominent Hallyu star Lee Byung Heon is also gearing up for his Hollywood debut in the film G.I. Joe, in which he was cast as a Japanese ninja. But before you can gripe, “What the fuck, Hollywood?” — the role has been amended to that of a Korean warrior... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 13
by | February 13, 2008 | 31 Comments
Hmm, interesting. Chang Whe — evil or cunning? Good, bad, merely Machiavellian? The story structure has taken on an interesting pattern, which I think works well for the series — every three or four episodes, each mini-arc comes to a resolution and a new one is launched. It’s not a pattern common to most kdramas,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Rain as a Hollywoodified ninja
by | February 13, 2008 | 51 Comments
Well, this is an interesting new look for Rain… I mean, I think he looks pretty. But is now really the time to be feminizing his look further? Okay, the details of his Wednesday afternoon press conference: Rain, newly of the William Morris Agency, has been cast as the lead in a film to be... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Director Park Chan Wook’s latest muse
by | February 12, 2008 | 14 Comments
Renowned director Park Chan Wook (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, I’m A Cyborg, But It’s Okay) has cast his leading lady in his new film Bat (Bak-jui), and calls uljjang-turned-actor Kim Ok Bin (Over the Rainbow, Dasepo Naughty Girls) an “actor of infinite potential.” He described her as having a “complicated and complex” appearance: “She... More »

Kpop News
Rain, watch out for that — *thunk!* — glass ceiling
by | February 11, 2008 | 132 Comments
Forewarning: This is a rant. Some facts, mostly opinions. So the latest Rain/Bi news is that he is newly repped by Hollywood’s William Morris Agency, lending perhaps some legitimacy to his Plans To Conquer America, aka Rain’s Delusions of Grandeur. I’ve got nothing against Rain and I call his ambitions delusional with no malice —... More »

Celebrity News
Artistic inclination or pretension?
by | February 11, 2008 | 16 Comments
First it was Park Jiyoon’s photoessays, then it was Jung Ryeo Won’s sketchbook, then it was Yoon Eun Hye’s collection of her artistic pursuits. Next is the sexy movie star Kim Hye Soo, who has posted up photos of her own hobby on her mini-homepage, looking decidedly unglamorous — I wouldn’t have known it was... More »

Drama Casting & News
Left on the editing room floor
by | February 10, 2008 | 4 Comments
Lee Hye Young Actors’ editing woes After an enjoyable movie comes to a close, sometimes we’re left with a letdown feeling at its end. Some actors whose roles are cut down in the final products also express disappointment when seeing the finished film. We’ve gathered the thoughts of directors and actors from film sets to... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Hyuk’s busy new year
by | February 9, 2008 | 13 Comments
Congrats to new dad Jang Hyuk. The actor’s year is already plenty busy just one and a half months into 2008, and it’s about to get busier. He’d announced his marriage plans at the end of December, and is currently starring in the SBS drama Bulhandang (Con Man). In the series, which is earning middling... More »

Anticipating Go Soo’s comeback
by | February 8, 2008 | 16 Comments
Actor Go Soo won’t be discharged from the military for a couple months yet, but already people are looking to his comeback — and while most other actors choose to drum up press and make their triumphant returns to celebrity in high-profile films or dramas, Go Soo’s return will be, unusually enough, in theater. Or... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #16
by | February 8, 2008 | 29 Comments
Ring in the Rat Year! Any Rats around? Anybody think there’s anything to each zodiac sign’s characteristics? I don’t really pay too much attention to astrology or numerology or any of that but it’s still rather interesting. I always wonder if those stories of those super psychics are for real or total fabrication. Seems we... More »