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Celebrity News
Of all the sources of inspiration, they picked that one
by | October 24, 2007 | 49 Comments
I have respect for So Ji Sub, not just because he’s a good actor, but because his proclivity for staying out of the public eye (as much as an A-list celebrity can) and his subdued demeanor are a nice change from the other attention-seekers cluttering the landscape, whose constant self-promoting can at times seem desperate.... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Jae Hee back on TV
by | October 24, 2007 | 59 Comments
Jae Hee‘s back! This time, though, he takes on the role of MC for the cable program X-Boyfriend Season 2, which kicks off its run on October 26. When asked if there are any other MCs whose paths he’d aspire to, Jae Hee answered that he’d like to be like the ever-popular MC of... More »

Drama Casting & News
Alex acts
by | October 23, 2007 | 12 Comments
Clazziquai’s lead singer with the velvety voice, Alex, is set to act in his debut role in the short romantic-comedy series Finding Love (연애의 발견). Also cast in the cable drama are Choi Min Yong (from Unstoppable High Kick), Yoon Ji Min (HIT, Korea Secret Agency), and Han Ye In (Coffee Prince, pictured above). The... More »
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Celebrity News
I draw the line at rapping
by | October 23, 2007 | 22 Comments
Left, new CF; right, as we know and love her.  One of Korea’s sweethearts and rising actress Lee Da Hae has a new CF for the kimchi refrigerator she’s promoted before. And — egads! — she raps. Normally I wouldn’t even bother commenting on an ad campaign, but such is my dismay. Just the idea... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 4
by | October 22, 2007 | 5 Comments
Mixed-up Investigative Agency has turned the corner, I think — I hadn’t been ready to jump fully onboard, but now I’m fairly confident it’ll be solidly entertaining. I appreciate that the plot is layered, and reveals itself in stages. The drama also plays with format in a fun, humorous way, and while some of the... More »

Celebrity News
Where have all the uljjangs gone?
by | October 21, 2007 | 28 Comments
The “uljjang” phenomenon is one that is fascinating, odd, borderline disturbing (or at least perplexing), uniquely Korean — and now, it appears, waning. The word uljjang comes from a mashup of the word for “face” and a slang term for “best,” thereby meaning “best face” or simply “good-looking,” in the same way that momjjang means... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 3
by | October 20, 2007 | 10 Comments
Mixed-up Investigative Agency is getting better. I appreciate that we’re building up to the eventual treasure hunt slowly, and it’s clear the story has been well-planned in advance, which is obvious from the way they are unfolding the multiple layers to this mystery-adventure-comedy. There’s still something not entirely “on” about the series — I’m interested,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Another rising star
by | October 19, 2007 | 25 Comments
(Way too) pretty boy actor Lee Junki just received his Rising Star Award at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival, presented at the opening ceremonies on the 18th. The festival continues through the 28th, and will be screening his latest project, Splendid Holiday (aka May 18), which won the Golden Orchid Award there. (His film... More »

Drama Casting & News
The top 10 kdrama occupations of the past year
by | October 19, 2007 | 9 Comments
And the most common occupation was… the average rank-and-file employee! So was it the year of the regular joe after all? Well, not quite. A survey of the past year in dramas (starting in September 2006) took into count the main characters (i.e., the characters portrayed on promo materials and posters, not the supporting cast),... More »

Drama Casting & News
by | October 18, 2007 | 16 Comments
Moon Sori in Legend   I haven’t seen many of the dramas mentioned (they’re mostly historical dramas, which I’ve noted is not something I regularly watch). Some of the following reasons are downright silly, but it also seems there’s a grain of truth in some of the grumblings. What do you think? Criticism for Drama... More »

Drama Casting & News
Birth of a franchise: Coffee Prince cafe opens
by | October 18, 2007 | 25 Comments
  Riding the Wave of Popularity for Drama “Coffee Prince,” Cafe Launches in Hongdae MBC embarks on franchise; first store of opens in Hongdae’s “Theater Chu” on the 20th Before the hit drama Coffee Prince Store #1‘s popularity has a chance to subside, a real-life “Coffee Prince” will be reopened. Entering the new franchise venture... More »