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Kpop News
Tablo on school, family, and possibly quitting the biz
by | January 10, 2008 | 19 Comments
More factoids about Tablo, the ever-eloquent lyricist of hip-hop trio Epik High (and of two-person side project Eternal Morning) — The rapper and songwriter recently appeared on the OBS TV program Watch a Show, Watch a Movie [쇼도 보고 영화도 보고] with his Eternal Morning partner Pe2ny in “The Interview” segment (the episode will air... More »

Happy anniversary to fansubbers WITH S2
by | January 10, 2008 | 51 Comments
Happy second anniversary to With S2. Once again, the lovely admins of With S2 have asked if I could post up a notice for the occasion, which also clarifies the group’s policy (and yes, sub releases have resumed): (Jan. 10, 2008) Regarding our newest policy (details here): We do feel bad that we have to... More »

Drama Recaps
Robbers, aka Con Man, aka Bulhandang (불한당)
by | January 9, 2008 | 39 Comments
Okay, okay, last name switch, I swear. I wouldn’t normally bother to change the translation for a series title as widely known as “Robbers” if I didn’t feel the term(s) misrepresented the actual title. It’s nobody’s fault, of course, since you can’t always be sure what a title refers to until the series airs, and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Who do viewers want back onscreen in 2008?
by | January 8, 2008 | 46 Comments
Which actors do we want to see most back on the TV screen in 2008? Well, OSEN weighs in with their picks. I’m not so sure I’d go with the four they chose, but hey, who am I to disagree? First off, So Ji Sub. The actor finished his military service last year, but hasn’t... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Expect the unexpected from Park Chan Wook
by | January 8, 2008 | 20 Comments
Stylistically forward director Park Chan Wook has made a name for himself both domestically and internationally with such films as Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Cyborg Girl, and JSA (Joint Security Area). Gong Hyo Jin was most recently in the acclaimed 2007 drama Thank You and won a Korean Film Award for her supporting role... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: January 7
by | January 7, 2008 | 27 Comments
It’s the all-ladies edition! Fresh-faced young actress Han Hyo Joo (love her!) has been cast as Lee Junki‘s love interest in the upcoming drama Iljimae. Looks like the Junki version just got a leg up over the Lee Seung Gi version. The drama airs in April on SBS. Coming off a very recent public breakup... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 2
by | January 6, 2008 | 41 Comments
I think part of why Hong Gil Dong feels different from the average drama (apart from aesthetic, i.e. the fusion aspect) is because it’s a different type of story: a hero’s quest. Kdramas usually fall into one of several categories: romantic comedy, melodrama, family drama, action/thriller, historical. But a hero’s journey is structured differently; early... More »

Drama Casting & News
One planned comeback, one failed one
by | January 5, 2008 | 18 Comments
Actress Kim Jung Eun always makes me a little uncomfortable watching her because of the vaguely alien look her face can give off — the product of extensive plastic surgery, which the actress has openly admitted (surgeries, not alien-ness). But she’s one of the more talented drama actors working these days, and her next project... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 1
by | January 4, 2008 | 75 Comments
Hong Gil Dong is (finally) here! First off: Hong Gil Dong is what they call a fusion sageuk. It’s a historical drama but not a pure sageuk like Jumong or Jewel in the Palace; rather, it’s been updated with a modern twist. Ergo the “fusion.” A drama like Legend had some modernish elements to it... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #11
by | January 4, 2008 | 36 Comments
So, it’s 2008. Who feels old? Anyone make resolutions? I haven’t made any in years, but that’s probably because any resolutions I might make are the kinds of things that I resolve to do all the time. So there’s no novelty in making a super-duper-special “This time I REALLY mean it!” kind of pledge. Or,... More »

Celebrity News
Role modeling in action
by | January 3, 2008 | 27 Comments
All together now: Awwww… “Moon Geun Young’s Influence”: Village children donate their spending money A year ago, young actress and current university student Moon Geun Young made a donation of 300 million won (just over $320,000) to (re)build a children’s center in a small village in the remote location of Haenam (at the very southern... More »