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Celebrity News
Eun Sae prefers Han Sung to Min Yub
by | September 25, 2007 | 10 Comments
While we’re still in the Chuseok spirit (although it’s no longer Chuseok day in Korea at this hour), here’s another actress decked out in her Chuseok garb. (Because of the holiday, there doesn’t seem to be much drama news to report, other than various actors and celebrities being asked about their holiday plans and such.... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Happy Chuseok!
by | September 24, 2007 | 38 Comments
  Tomorrow is Chuseok, also called Hangawi, which is the Korean version of Thanksgiving and one of the largest (perhaps the largest) holidays in the Korean calendar. That means a break from work, lots of traditional food, including the customary Chuseok songpyun dduk (a type of sticky pounded-rice cake with a sweetened sesame center), family... More »

Drama Casting & News
Insoon Is Pretty (for a killer?)
by | September 23, 2007 | 16 Comments
The upcoming KBS Wednesday-Thursday drama Insoon Is Pretty is one I’m keeping my eye on. This is Kim Hyun Joo‘s (above left) comeback drama — although it bugs me that the word ‘comeback’ is misused an awful lot, thrown around to describe anything from a true comeback to merely a star’s next project (summer 2007’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
High Kick movie
by | September 21, 2007 | 14 Comments
Hm, maybe my Spidey sense was tingling with the whole Unstoppable High Kick thing. Apparently it’s being made into a movie! …which I honestly can’t picture, but sure, okay. Frankly, I can’t imagine forking over ten bucks (or should I say manwon) to see an extended version of the sitcom. Unless they go for something... More »

Kpop News
Actors acting for free?
by | September 20, 2007 | 11 Comments
  Is it too cynical of me that my second thought after hearing this news (the first being the requisite “Aww”) was, “This is probably just for the publicity”? Well, no matter. This time, I’ll believe people are good and nice and all that crap. Today I take the blue pill. Apparently actress Park Shi... More »

Celebrity News
Ironic, or just a weird trend?
by | September 20, 2007 | 15 Comments
Apparently singer (and sometimes actress) Park Jiyoon just posted these pics (left) on her cyworld of herself dressed up as a man. Is it news? Hardly. (You know Korean entertainment media is having a sloooow news day when pictures on a celeb cyworld merit news; but that beef is for another day.) Okay, there’s a... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
The Unstoppable High Kick
by | September 19, 2007 | 90 Comments
I’m bored. Bored, bored, bored. Not only bored, but restless. The only drama that holds my interest these days is Legend, and that’s just barely. It’s not hard to tell that my taste veers to trendy dramas — the fluffier, the better — and I feel the current lack keenly. As I was saying to... More »

Drama Recaps
Legend: Episode 3
by | September 18, 2007 | 14 Comments
Just FYI, I’m not necessarily committing to full episode summaries for Legend. I’m not enough into the series to make that kind of commitment, and the recaps are starting to feel a lot like work. So for now, I’m just commenting on the episodes. Episode 3 was far more interesting because the palace intrigues become... More »

Drama Recaps
Impressions on Legend, Episode 2
by | September 17, 2007 | 25 Comments
My opinion on Legend after its first week of broadcasts (a preview special and three episodes) is one of tentative liking. No matter how people may rave about other historical dramas, my eyes tend to glaze over at some point in disinterest. Which is ironic since I love history. And period movies. But somehow just... More »

Drama Recaps
Legend / 태왕사신기
by | September 14, 2007 | 39 Comments
So this week saw the start of the LEGEND (태왕사신기) extravaganza, kicking off with four consecutive days of broadcasting — an introductory special, followed by the first three episodes. Boasting perhaps the grandest scale of any drama to date, extensive special effects, two veteran writers of what are widely regarded to be the two best... More »

Wherein I self-critique
by | September 11, 2007 | 64 Comments
I like seeing how other people translate, for a few reasons. For one, it helps me improve my own translations, seeing how others express a phrase, plus I’m curious at how I’d do things differently. Lily over at the now-defunct used to write posts analyzing her translations, comparing hers to other translations of the... More »