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Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 20
by | March 6, 2008 | 71 Comments
Episode 20 was so much better (in my opinion) than Episode 19. Maybe it’s because I’d heard (er, read) whisperings of the Big Event in the last episode, and that sucked out all the surprise for me. I’m the kind of person who loses interest in something if I’m involuntarily spoiled, so that might’ve contributed.... More »


Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 19
by | March 5, 2008 | 48 Comments
Here we are at the major turning point. Can’t say this was a surprise — the past few episodes have definitely been feeling like something was on the way — so it was more a matter of HOW things would go down. Although the conflict has been set up (and repeated, and repeated) for weeks... More »


Drama Casting & News
New midweek shows “On Air,” “Who Are You?”
by | March 5, 2008 | 40 Comments
Last week saw the finales of both of Hong Gil Dong‘s competitors — New Heart crescendoed to its end with a whopping 33% rating, while Bulhandang [Con Man] limped to the finish line with a paltry 5%. (Hong Gil Dong has dropped a point or two, but is holding relatively stable in the 13%-15% range.... More »


Celebrity News
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 | 37 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 »