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Drama Recaps
High School King of Savvy: Episode 1
by | June 16, 2014 | 105 Comments
Score another one for tvN. No, I haven’t been a fan of every single show they’ve produced, but they certainly do have a high track record of producing well-crafted dramas, particularly in this Monday-Tuesday rom-com slot. High School King of Savvy managed a deft intro to its slick double-identity comedy plot, but it also managed... More »


Drama Casting & News
Nodame Cantabile casts its genius conductor
by | June 16, 2014 | 74 Comments
We have another addition to the cast of Korea’s remake of Nodame Cantabile, joining Joo-won in the music-university-set drama about a talented (but uptight) piano and conducting student and the cast of wacky musicians who surround him. The quirky heroine role of Nodame is still up for grabs (Shim Eun-kyung ended up passing), but we... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ryu Seung-ryong and Suzy cast as teacher and student in sageuk film
by | June 16, 2014 | 111 Comments
Er, this isn’t the most natural-sounding pairing, but let’s hear it out: Ryu Seung-ryong (The Target, Miracle in Cell No. 7) and Suzy (Gu Family Book) have been cast together in a period film based on the real life of Shin Jae-hyo, a writer, teacher, and patron of pansori, a traditional form of musical storytelling.... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: Imaginary money
by | June 15, 2014 | 94 Comments
javabeans: These chats are fun, but sometimes I swear I’m at a loss about what new interesting thing to talk about. girlfriday: Yeah we often sit here for long periods of time just making false starts at conversation. It’d be seriously awkward if we weren’t better friends. javabeans: Granted you and I could shoot the... More »


Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 18
by | June 14, 2014 | 59 Comments
Was it me, or was this episode incomprehensible? I’m still trying to figure out whether it was just a little too cryptic for its own good, or if it was wholly off its rocker. When I’m confused about a drama, I try not to leap to the “this show made no sense” conclusion if I’m... More »


Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 17
by | June 13, 2014 | 62 Comments
So what happens when your bad guys are identified and caught with four episodes still left to go? Time to crack the code, of course—not the who of the matter, but the why, which is complicated by the appearance of a cipher on the scene. Is that symbology important, or is it a distraction? What... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #347
by | June 13, 2014 | 208 Comments
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Drama Casting & News
Hong Jong-hyun to romance Song Yoon-ah in Mama
by | June 12, 2014 | 37 Comments
Hong Jong-hyun, why you gotta keep doing dramas I don’t want to watch? (On that list: Heading to the Ground, Wild Romance, My Beloved, Her Lovely Heels. I like him so much—much of it is residual nerd-love from Vampire Idol, although White Christmas isn’t a bad one to have on one’s resumé—but wish he did... More »


Drama Casting & News
Meet the cast (posters) for Joseon Gunman
by | June 12, 2014 | 53 Comments
Gorgeous. I love these posters for Joseon Gunman, which are just so crisp and rich in detail with a lovely touch of grit. They read, from top to bottom: Group poster, above: “In this time of enlightenment, a man with a gun appeared.” Lee Jun-ki and Nam Sang-mi: “I will protect you, no matter what…”... More »


Drama Casting & News
Dae Jang Geum 2 loses its spot in fall lineup
by | June 11, 2014 | 22 Comments
Unsurprisingly, pre-production has fizzled in the wake of Lee Young-ae turning down the lead role in Dae Jang Geum 2, which means that the spot MBC had carved out for it this fall is back up for grabs. Stepping into the gap is a new series from the School 2013 writer Lee Hyun-joo and the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoo In-young joins tvN’s Three Musketeers
by | June 10, 2014 | 17 Comments
Time to add a lady to The Three Musketeers, the Joseon-era action drama that has cast Lee Jin-wook (Nine) as Crown Prince Sohyeon, with Jung Yong-hwa (Mi-rae’s Choice) and Yang Dong-geun in the mix (and “considering positively”) to play two of the three warriors who protect him. Joining the production is Yoo In-young, who, along... More »