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Chungmuro/Film News
Jeon Ji Hyun goes to Hollywood and back
by | November 12, 2007 | 16 Comments
Jeon Ji Hyun‘s big Hollywood debut in Blood: The Last Vampire won’t be out for months yet, but she’s still making the news about it. (By the way, ranty sidebar: The source article stated the title as “Blood Last the Vampire,” which keeeels me. Five times! Come on, fact-checker-deficient Korean press. Get the basics right.)... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Da Hae loves rock ‘n’ roll
by | November 11, 2007 | 34 Comments
  Lee Da Hae is expanding her horizons — as a singer. More specifically, a rocker chick. I’d seen these photos when they were first released about a month ago and just assumed they were for a run-of-the-mill photo spread. But apparently, they elicited enough interest from the public to merit a digital single to... More »

Drama Casting & News
The perils of historical accuracy
by | November 11, 2007 | 12 Comments
The set of “Yi San” “Circle lenses in the Chosun era?” Viewers’ sharp eyes are making sageuk drama producers sweat under the scrutiny. Sageuk fans following MBC’s Yi San have voiced a complaint about a part of the drama’s set. That’s because Yi San, which is set in the Chosun era [from 1392 to 1910],... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 7
by | November 11, 2007 | 4 Comments
I liked this episode. There was movement in not only the treasure hunt but also the personal lives of several of our characters, and that gave the episode a bit more emotional depth than it has had so far. It’s quite interesting how this drama is good at eliciting great nuanced emotional beats from its... More »

Celebrity News
Cha Tae Hyun’s baby blues
by | November 10, 2007 | 13 Comments
Aw, cute. Film and TV actor Cha Tae Hyun is set to become a first-time father at the end of this year, and he’s voiced a rather unusual concern: that his baby will look just like him. Hee. Lim Chang Jung (who’s also expecting a baby, his second, in a few months) appeared the MBC... More »

Drama Recaps
Insoon Is Pretty: Episode 1
by | November 9, 2007 | 37 Comments
Man. Another drama I like = another drama with low ratings. Should I even be surprised anymore? Watching Episode 1 of Kim Hyun Joo’s new drama Insoon Is Pretty, I wasn’t sure if it was the kind I’d want to keep watching through the end. Quality’s not the issue; the acting is good, the dialogue... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #3
by | November 9, 2007 | 43 Comments
Another Friday, another Open Thread! Anyone doing NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month) this year? Anyone done it in the past and have any insights/comments/rants? I was thinking of trying it (never done it before), but looks like I won’t have time to… I suppose I could try seeing how far I’d get in the... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Seo Minjung reconnects with her young troublemakers
by | November 9, 2007 | 10 Comments
Recently married actress Seo Minjung, last seen in the very popular sitcom The Unstoppable High Kick, had moved to New York after marrying her gyopo husband in August and retired from acting. She’s back in Korea, though, and hanging with her former High Kick co-stars:   The primary reason for her trip to Korea was... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hyang Dan subbed
by | November 8, 2007 | 18 Comments
Hey guys, some of you may remember how much I got a kick out of the short, two-episode drama special The Story of Hyang Dan that aired a few months ago. (Here’s my Episode 1 summary, and Episode 2.) It may LOOK like a historical drama but it’s no more a genuine sageuk than The... More »

Drama Casting & News
Mania dramas and the people who love ‘em
by | November 8, 2007 | 29 Comments
I have found my people. I suppose I can stop feeling bad for having absolutely no interest in some dramas despite them being popular, well-received, and successful. Dramas that come highly recommended but for which I just cannot seem to make it past the first episode. Dramas like War of Money, Jumong, Lobbyist… Mixed-up Investigative... More »

Kpop News
Follow-up: Anyband full video and mp3s
by | November 7, 2007 | 32 Comments
Wow, stuff spreads fast. Here’s the video for Anyband. (It’s hard to believe this is essentially just supposed to be an extended commercial. Seriously, branded entertainment has made the leap to the next level.)   …and here are the two songs (sigh, I love Tablo). Despite not generally favoring mainstream kpop, I think I like.... More »