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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 »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Hello Franceska / 안녕 프란체스카
by | August 17, 2007 | 43 Comments
 Hehe, note that with Taereung National Village, I said I’d found a series to watch, not the series to watch. The great thing about watching shows that have long since finished airing is that now, I can watch without worrying about keeping pace with the new episodes every week. This was the second show whose... More »

Drama Recaps
Taereung National Village / 태릉선수촌 (2005)
by | August 16, 2007 | 39 Comments
Despite the winningness of Coffee Prince, I’m starting to veer from cheery immersion into overload territory, and before that flares into full-on burnout, I thought I’d turn my attentions elsewhere to balance things out a bit. I’ve started watching some other series, dabbling in a sea of first episodes, trying to see which ones are... More »

Just a few notes from the housekeeper
by | August 15, 2007 | 120 Comments
(Random) SONG OF THE DAY 김연우 (Kim Yeon Woo) – “청소 하는 날” (cleaning day) [ zShare download ]   In a nutshell: (More) web issues. Updates on this site. Possible future drama watching. Edited to add: Media Temple rocks. Their support and hosting services are top-notch, and they’ve made my life ever so much... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Fourteenth Cup
by | August 14, 2007 | 194 Comments
Cuuuuuuute. I’m also no longer worried about the issue of familial opposition. Do I expect drama? Of course. But will it be the heart-wrenching kind? If it is, of course I’ll take it, but I’m not concerned, because Han Gyul isn’t a rebellious adolescent. He’s a mature, thoughtful, decisive 30-year-old man who’s lost enough in... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee Prince: Thirteenth Cup
by | August 13, 2007 | 163 Comments
This episode was, as I suspected it might be, entirely full of small, sweet moments. As much as my romantic-loving side would love to believe things remain in an Episode 13 zone of optimistic happiness, the side that’s all too familiar with dramas can only brace itself for what lies ahead. It’s like walking along... More »

Drama Casting & News
Coffee Prince 1-Episode Extension Confirmed
by | August 10, 2007 | 56 Comments
The title says it all, really. From a MyDaily article dated August 11, 2007 (9:04 AM): MBC’s Monday-Tuesday drama Coffee Prince Store #1, which has been enjoying favorable response these days from viewers, has reached a final decision to extend the series by one episode and a broadcast special. Apparently the PD, Lee Yoon Jung,... More »