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Chungmuro/Film News
Expect the unexpected from Park Chan Wook
by | January 8, 2008 | 20 Comments
Stylistically forward director Park Chan Wook has made a name for himself both domestically and internationally with such films as Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Cyborg Girl, and JSA (Joint Security Area). Gong Hyo Jin was most recently in the acclaimed 2007 drama Thank You and won a Korean Film Award for her supporting role... More »


Celebrity News
News bites: January 7
by | January 7, 2008 | 27 Comments
It’s the all-ladies edition! Fresh-faced young actress Han Hyo Joo (love her!) has been cast as Lee Junki‘s love interest in the upcoming drama Iljimae. Looks like the Junki version just got a leg up over the Lee Seung Gi version. The drama airs in April on SBS. Coming off a very recent public breakup... More »


Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 2
by | January 6, 2008 | 41 Comments
I think part of why Hong Gil Dong feels different from the average drama (apart from aesthetic, i.e. the fusion aspect) is because it’s a different type of story: a hero’s quest. Kdramas usually fall into one of several categories: romantic comedy, melodrama, family drama, action/thriller, historical. But a hero’s journey is structured differently; early... More »


Drama Casting & News
One planned comeback, one failed one
by | January 5, 2008 | 18 Comments
Actress Kim Jung Eun always makes me a little uncomfortable watching her because of the vaguely alien look her face can give off — the product of extensive plastic surgery, which the actress has openly admitted (surgeries, not alien-ness). But she’s one of the more talented drama actors working these days, and her next project... More »


Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 1
by | January 4, 2008 | 75 Comments
Hong Gil Dong is (finally) here! First off: Hong Gil Dong is what they call a fusion sageuk. It’s a historical drama but not a pure sageuk like Jumong or Jewel in the Palace; rather, it’s been updated with a modern twist. Ergo the “fusion.” A drama like Legend had some modernish elements to it... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #11
by | January 4, 2008 | 36 Comments
So, it’s 2008. Who feels old? Anyone make resolutions? I haven’t made any in years, but that’s probably because any resolutions I might make are the kinds of things that I resolve to do all the time. So there’s no novelty in making a super-duper-special “This time I REALLY mean it!” kind of pledge. Or,... More »


Celebrity News
Role modeling in action
by | January 3, 2008 | 27 Comments
All together now: Awwww… “Moon Geun Young’s Influence”: Village children donate their spending money A year ago, young actress and current university student Moon Geun Young made a donation of 300 million won (just over $320,000) to (re)build a children’s center in a small village in the remote location of Haenam (at the very southern... More »


Meta
Gawker-ed
by | January 2, 2008 | 23 Comments
Hm, eeenteresting… I just spotted a new incoming link, and clicked in mild curiosity. To my surprise, despite being a blog I hadn’t heard of, it was a familiar template to anyone who reads any of the monster juggernaut-y blogs run by Gawker Media (such as Lifehacker, Gizmodo, Consumerist, Jezebel, or its flagship, Gawker). Turns... More »
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Chungmuro/Film News
Famed director Kim Ki Duk casts his newest film
by | January 2, 2008 | 26 Comments
Top Korean actress Lee Na Young is teaming up with top Japanese actor Joe Odagiri in a Kim Ki Duk film. Indie lovers rejoice! (Although Kim Ki Duk is entirely underrated in his own native country, at least he’s gained much-deserved recognition outside of Korea as a premier arthouse director as the force behind such... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Son Yejin returns with “Open City”
by | January 1, 2008 | 24 Comments
In an interview with MyDaily, actress Son Yejin explained the reason behind her yearlong absence from the entertainment scene. She hasn’t appeared in anything following her successful drama turn in Alone in Love last year, and the break wasn’t exactly planned — she’d been preparing over the year for a large-scale film, but in the... More »


Celebrity News
And the first celebrity couple outing of 2008 is…
by | December 31, 2007 | 36 Comments
“Kim Jong Min at Hyun Young’s fan club meeting. There’s something unusual about the embrace.”   …Hyun Young and Kim Jong Min?? It’s still 2007 here in the States, but it’s the new year for Koreans, and the first celebrity couple of 2008 have confirmed their relationship. It’s one that may seem a bit odd... More »