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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 »


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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 jlandsubs.com used to write posts analyzing her translations, comparing hers to other translations of the... More »


Drama Recaps
The Story of Hyang Dan: Episode 2 (End)
by | September 8, 2007 | 47 Comments
Part of why STORY OF HYANG DAN works for me is because, although there’s an element of the ridiculous built in (it walks the line between farce and reality), at the center is Hyang Dan, and Seo Ji Hye plays her completely straight. The characters around her may be playing up the joke to whatever... More »


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Excuse the squealing nine-year-old girl; blame anime
by | September 7, 2007 | 35 Comments
Oh man, oh man, oh man. Excuse me for a second while I ramble on about totally irrelevant (to kdrama) things for a second. My heart just stopped for a second reading that apparently a major Hollywood-ified Robotech film is in the works with the possible intent of being transformed into a live-action franchise. Holy... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Sageuk Bandwagon
by | September 6, 2007 | 52 Comments
(This cap from Episode 1 of The Story of Hyang Dan cracks me up. Choi Shi Won’s expression here is priceless as his Mong Ryong ignores bimbotastic Chun Hyang for the sweet and plucky Hyang Dan.)   Yunno, I might just have to rethink my opinion on the whole sageuk thing. And by “rethink,” I... More »


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The Story of Hyang Dan: Episode 1
by | September 5, 2007 | 57 Comments
MBC’s just-aired two-episode drama STORY OF HYANG DAN, which translates to The Story of Hyang Dan, isn’t really a sageuk drama, even if it takes place in the time of the Joseon Dynasty, which was founded in the late 14th century. This drama (really a minidrama, if even that) is much more like a fusion... More »


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 »


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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 »


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Coffee Prince: Seventeenth Cup (Final)
by | August 27, 2007 | 345 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 »