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Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 12
by | February 7, 2008 | 51 Comments
“Do I LOOK like a hooker to you?!” Got to give a girl her due: Sung Yuri did a great job in this episode. When a character is as over-the-top as Enok (the eating, the joking, the goofiness), it’s always a danger that the real emotional moments don’t resonate. But she’s manages to switch between... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 11
by | February 6, 2008 | 45 Comments
Great episode. And never let it be said I can’t give props when they’re due: Chang Whe gets quite interesting. Not only that, I actually care for once about which direction his character will choose to go. SONG OF THE DAY Izi – “먼 곳에서” (From Afar) [ zShare download ] Tags: Hong Gil Dong,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Drama leading ladies, oh how you’ve changed
by | February 5, 2008 | 33 Comments
Kim Sun Ah as Samsoon Anyone’s who’s been watching kdramas for a number of years has probably, at some point, noted the same thing as the following article. Early Hallyu kicked off the hallmarks of The Korean Melodrama (And Boy Do I Mean Drama!), and I think more recent offerings are unfortunately still colored (dare... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: February 4, 2008
by | February 4, 2008 | 22 Comments
Singer-producer-actor M, also known as Shinhwa’s Lee Minwoo, surprises fans with the announcement of a Valentine’s Day release for a mini-album, which follows his third solo album released last year, “Explore M.” Interestingly, the mini-album takes a departure from his usual hip-hoppy pop style, and boasts collaborations with some of the country’s top jazz, soul... More »

Celebrity News
Sibling love
by | February 3, 2008 | 30 Comments
Lee Yeon Hee (right) and sis   Fans are always curious to note family resemblances between celebrities and their lesser-known siblings; every now and then you’ll catch wind of another star’s sibling being identified. Their pictures circulate on the internet, engendering audience response that generally falls into the “What great genetics!” category. Young actress Lee... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Modernizing the hanbok
by | February 2, 2008 | 63 Comments
I don’t really care about fashion much, and I don’t blog about it, but I saw various mentions on the interwebs of Canadian actress Sandra Oh‘s above tribute to the hanbok, or traditional Korean dress, which she wore to the SAG awards earlier this week. The look was deemed worthy fodder for fugging on Go... More »

Celebrity News
Daniel Henney’s new girlfriend?
by | February 1, 2008 | 58 Comments
Shh, listen. Carefully. Do you hear those grievous wails and that gnashing of teeth? That is the sound of fangirly hearts breaking. Read it and weep, ladies. Heartthrob Daniel Henney has been photographed with an unrecognized woman by paparazzi, and the resultant internet frenzy to identify the woman is ongoing. For once, netizens are refraining... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #15
by | February 1, 2008 | 43 Comments
Wow, I totally missed my blog’s first anniversary (sometime mid-January, although the actual start date’s a little hazy). I don’t really think it’s a big deal, except that it’s kind of weird to think that I’ve been at this consistently for a year now. It kind of feels like I’ve been doing this ages longer.... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 10
by | January 31, 2008 | 51 Comments
The cliffhangers at the ends of odd-numbered episodes never bother me, because I can wait a day to find out what happens next. The ones at the end of EVEN-numbered episodes, however! They are another beast altogether. And I do mean beast.   SONG OF THE DAY My Aunt Mary – “원” (wish) [ zShare... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 9
by | January 30, 2008 | 39 Comments
Episode 9 kicks off what seems to be phase two of the drama. The previous political intrigues and conflicts are still here, of course, but we introduce a few more elements and move forward into the next stage of the hero-making lore. Oh, and Gil Dong gets a haircut. He’s still rocking the perm, though.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hong Gil Dong finds fans in Japan
by | January 30, 2008 | 18 Comments
I could kinda guess Hong Gil Dong had carved out its niche of Japanese fans just from the increased site referrals here from Japanese sites and websurfers, but the following puts it into plain terms: Positive reaction to Hong Gil Dong in Japan: “A funky drama that exceeds expectations” The KBS2 drama Hong Gil Dong,... More »