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Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 8
by | January 24, 2008 | 43 Comments
First, the answer to the question I know you’re all dying to know (lol): Yes, I am calm again. I know it’s hard to believe, but I don’t actually haaaate Chang Whe — I can back off now that the knee-jerk rant has been exorcised. I still think he’s a disappointment as pertains to the... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 7
by | January 23, 2008 | 82 Comments
I’ll admit it. I cried. I’m also a sap. A cynical mofo on occasion, but also a blubbering sap. SONG OF THE DAY Hong Gil Dong OST – “만약에” (If) by Tae Yeon of Girls Generation. This is the song played in the last scene. [ Download ] Tags: Hong Gil Dong, Jang Geun-seok, Kang... More »

Celebrity News
Are they or aren’t they?
by | January 23, 2008 | 33 Comments
Are Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung dating? MBC every1’s news-entertainment show News Agency! Kura’s Desk thinks so; they’re reporting that the romance is on. Last year, reports that the two were dating spread when Gong Yoo and Im Soo Jung were seen together at the Jeju International Airport in September. At the time, Gong... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 6
by | January 22, 2008 | 34 Comments
Now that the action has really gotten going, the silly humor has been curbed to manageable bite sizes, I think. There are still plenty of instances of the trademark Hong sisters jokiness, but it’s inserted at greater intervals and with a little more restraint. SONG OF THE DAY F.T. Island – “너 올 때까지” (Until... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: January 21
by | January 21, 2008 | 14 Comments
Goong S‘s Heo Yi-jae (“little Kim Tae Hee”) has been cast as Oh Ji Ho’s love interest in the upcoming drama Single Papa in Love. Yikes, that makes me nervous for both of them. While doing press for her upcoming film The Chaser, actress Park Hyo Joo of the cable “Chosun CSI” show Chosun Police... More »

Drama Casting & News
More delays for Lee Seung Gi’s Iljimae
by | January 20, 2008 | 21 Comments
In the year following the 2006 KBS2 drama Infamous Chil Princesses, Lee Seung Gi has mostly worked on his singing career. His upcoming MBC drama as the titular hero Iljimae, scheduled to air sometime in the first half of 2008, is to be his acting comeback. But MBC is finding it difficult to meet that... More »

Drama Recaps
Hong Gil Dong: Episode 5
by | January 20, 2008 | 64 Comments
Another good episode! The episode moved fast and solidified the conflicts on all sides. What really works with the story setup is that there aren’t just two sides, good and evil, right and wrong. There are multiple parties all angling for power or status or self-preservation — Gil Dong, his father and brother, Chang Whe... More »

Celebrity News
They’re A-list for a reason
by | January 19, 2008 | 20 Comments
Jang Dong Gun This isn’t too different from the Hollywood system of things, if you substitute “talk show circuit” for the Korean variety programming mentioned below. You know, if an actor or personality appears on Letterman, Conan, or any of the other late-night (or early-morning) programs, chances are they’re hawking something, whether it’s a new... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #13
by | January 18, 2008 | 34 Comments
Phew, exhausted — have spent the past few days in a manic burst of early spring cleaning. I love things ordered but my natural state veers toward The Clutter (far be it for me to defy inertia and therefore science and nature and god). Amazing how much stuff we accumulate, isn’t it? I’m not a... More »

Celebrity News
Wedding bells on the horizon?
by | January 17, 2008 | 11 Comments
Hmm, wedding bells may be near at hand for the openly affectionate couple Lee Seo Jin and Kim Jung Eun. Although they’ve been dating for a while (reportedly since they costarred in late 2006 as lovers in, duh, Lovers) and fans have wondered if and when the couple would officially get hitched, 35-year-old Lee Seo... More »

Celebrity News
Catfight takes two actresses to the police station
by | January 17, 2008 | 22 Comments
Ha! Granted, Newsis as a source can be a bit iffy, but it’s just too funny: Two popular actresses were taken to the police station and charged with assault after a hair-pulling brawl in a bathroom. Police revealed on the 17th that two actresses, Ms. A (38) and Ms. B (36), had been arrested and... More »