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Drama Reactions & Reviews
More First Impressions: Cats, Pigs, and Grapes
by | September 4, 2007 | 34 Comments
Rather than calling the current drama drought a Coffee Prince withdrawal, I think it’s more of a general late-summer ennui type thing. Summer’s winding down, it’s (really, enervatingly) hot, and some of us working stiffs don’t have much vacation to begin with other than the odd three-day weekend like the one we just had (by... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Scene analyses and comparisons: Sam-Girl-Wolf-Rose edition
by | August 31, 2007 | 91 Comments
As you know, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been on the prowl for a good show to watch. I’ve sampled a bunch of series, but so far, none has really stuck. The ones I’ve found interesting have been on the mild end of the excitement spectrum, but nothing’s really gripped me. Maybe it’s... More »

For the bored and random
by | August 30, 2007 | 35 Comments
Keke. Totally just for kicks and giggles… Today’s useless but amusing toy of the day comes via Pop Candy, which, if you’re unaware, is a fantastic blog on American/Western pop culture. Not the Perez Hilton-y, slagging-on-poptarts (or as they say, “celebutard”) kind of pop culture, but a witty, smart, ironic kind that skews a little... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince Behind-the-Scenes Special
by | August 29, 2007 | 97 Comments
(Someone should Photoshop Gong Yoo’s head into this pic. PS challenge anyone? )   I don’t have that much to say about the Coffee Prince special — first because a lot of it is merely recaps of the series, and is better enjoyed by watching the special oneself rather than reading me recapping someone else’s... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Seventeenth Cup (Final)
by | August 27, 2007 | 344 Comments
And, finally. Here we are: the final episode!   SONG OF THE DAY The Hi-Lights – “울트라 캡숑 히든 보너스” (ultra awesome hidden bonus) [ zShare download ]   Tags: Chae Jung-ahn, Coffee Prince, Gong Yoo, Lee Seon-kyun, Yoon Eun-hye... More »

Drama Recaps
Romance Hunter: Episodes 1-5
by | August 26, 2007 | 34 Comments
When I first started watching cable drama Romance Hunter, it was mainly out of curiosity, since I hadn’t heard anything about it. (I was surfing clubboxes for something else, and the title caught my eye, so I downloaded it. I stumble across lots of things serendipitously like that, and it’s always a nice feeling when... More »

Drama Casting & News
Shameless Prince eye candy
by | August 24, 2007 | 53 Comments
…because really, if you’re going for eye candy, isn’t shameless the best approach?   (Random) SONG OF THE DAY Instant Romantic Floor – “Instant Cafe” [ zShare download ]   Tags: Coffee Prince, Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook, Lee Eon... More »

Drama Casting & News
Second interview: Writer of Coffee Prince
by | August 24, 2007 | 39 Comments
Interview with “Coffee Prince” writer Lee Jung Ah: “Embarrassed over such favorable response for treatment of gay love” “This wasn’t a drama that I started with a specific intention to make a big statement about homosexuality. A woman playing the role of a man was an important aspect, but this drama is just a love... More »

Drama Casting & News
The Sex and the City Effect
by | August 22, 2007 | 50 Comments
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while but it coincides with recent topics, so here goes. I think there’s a prevalent (mistaken) perception — particularly if kdramas are a primary source of information — that Koreans are puritanical about sex. In my opinion, they really aren’t. There are traditional elements in the... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Sixteenth Cup
by | August 21, 2007 | 231 Comments
I’ve read the comments on whether Coffee Prince is or isn’t “realistic.” Here’s my take: Coffee Prince isn’t realistic, and it doesn’t tout itself as realism. From reading about writer Lee Sun Mi, I highly doubt that’s a claim she aspires to anyway. Coffee Prince isn’t even purely original. What it IS, then, is a... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Fifteenth Cup
by | August 20, 2007 | 159 Comments
(“Can you hear me now?”)   One thing I’ve noticed about the acting in Coffee Prince: Aside from the generally solid performances given by the main characters in any given scene, also worth pointing out are the reaction shots. By which I mean: the responses of those not performing the main action or dialogue in... More »