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Drama Casting & News
Miscast
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 »


Celebrity News
Follow-up: Jang Dong Gun’s CNN interview
by | October 17, 2007 | 11 Comments
Following up on this earlier report on CNN’s “Eye on South Korea” special broadcast, actor-superstar Jang Dong Gun‘s interview on Talk Asia aired on CNN on the 14th. I missed the segment, but lucky for us, CNN has the entire interview available for our perusal. I’d been hoping for a meaningful interview, and although I... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Blast from kpop’s past
by | October 17, 2007 | 12 Comments
Wow, here’s one to make you feel really old. (Or really young, I suppose.) Back in the Stone Ages, aka the ’90s, there was a pop group that was terribly popular for about a second and a half. Maybe the title of their hit single in the summer of my (loooong-bygone) youth is a reference... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kwon Sang Woo screws up love, but in a manly way
by | October 16, 2007 | 16 Comments
Kwon Sang Woo returns to television after three years in the upcoming KBS Monday-Tuesday drama (starting December 3) Wretched Love (a more apt but slangy translation could be “Screwed-up Love”), which is described as being different from “normal trendy dramas.” (Frankly, it seems like everything is being described as “different” these days, which I think... More »


Meta
“Soulmate” Song List Posted
by | October 16, 2007 | 42 Comments
I was looking through some of my files today, and came across this list of songs for the series Soulmate, sorted by episode. (I’d found it compiled on a Korean site when first watching the drama, and translated the list.) Those of you who’ve been reading this site for a while know how much I... More »


Drama Recaps
Mixed-Up Investigative Agency: Case 2
by | October 15, 2007 | 13 Comments
It’s kind of weird seeing Lee Minki portraying such a goofy and awkward character after his rather dashing turn as Kang Tae Bong in Dal Ja’s Spring. Having started out playing somewhat oddball characters in Taereung National Village and Really, Really Like You, one would think he’d have taken his new debonair image from Dal... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Sun Ah to make her comeback
by | October 14, 2007 | 19 Comments
Sexy actress Kim Sun Ah, who’d had a fairly lengthy resume but vaulted to superfame in My Name Is Kim Sam Soon, is back after a rather quiet past two years. Her first post-Sam Soon project was supposed to be the legal drama movie Thursday’s Child (she was cast as a tough lawyer in the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Return of the “What the hell–?!” writers
by | October 13, 2007 | 10 Comments
Fascinating. (Although, I’d hate to be called a “What the hell?!” writer. Oh, wait, was that just an invitation? Very well. Everyone gets a freebie “What the hell?!”) Personally, I find the columnist’s conclusion kinda theatrical and pearl-clutchy (isn’t there some parents’ council s/he can join?), but it’s an interesting read nonetheless.   “How could... More »


Celebrity News
And yet, I probably still won’t see it
by | October 12, 2007 | 10 Comments
Huh. So J.J. Abrams is doing the newest Star Trek movie, and at least this time he doesn’t have a TV series to sink while off trying to revive yet another large-scale movie franchise, so good luck to him. And he’s just cast two of his leads: Simon Pegg as Scotty (as in, “Beam me... More »
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Drama Recaps
Auction House: Lot 2
by | October 12, 2007 | 11 Comments
Auction House‘s Episode 2 (or, as they call it, Lot 2) was a lot better than its first episode, but still feels like it’s missing something. As with Air City, despite its slick production and competent execution, I feel like the show is just a couple steps away from being something really interesting. Still, enough... More »