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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Our love-hate relationship with drama remakes and adaptations
by | November 10, 2014 | 240 Comments
“They’re remaking another drama?” *Boo, hiss, wails.* I’m pretty sure that’s a familiar script for most of us who’ve been following dramaland for a while, and one that’s cropped up with particular frequency in recent months and years. Adaptations and remakes are nothing new—people will retell new versions of old stories until the end of... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #368
by | November 7, 2014 | 477 Comments
  Gioielli – “그 때 말해줄께요” (I’ll tell you then) [ Download ] Open Thread #367 Open Thread #366 Open Thread #365 Open Thread #364 No tags for this post.... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Park Bo-young, Lee Kwang-soo, Lee Chun-hee headline Mutant
by | November 7, 2014 | 45 Comments
I’m not quite sure whether this movie is going to be light, serious, or mysterious, but in any case a movie called Mutant is sure going to capture my attention. And with this casting, I’m hoping that the mutant idea is executed skillfully, as the project has now tapped Park Bo-young (Wolf Boy), Lee Kwang-soo... More »


Drama Casting & News
Reporters and buried secrets drive action thriller Healer
by | November 6, 2014 | 32 Comments
I’m still trying to figure out how all the pieces of KBS’s Healer fit together, but on the upside at least all of the parts seem interesting. It sounds part action movie, part suspense thriller, part mystery, and part spy caper; the last teaser video put me in mind of City Hunter, but since I... More »


Drama Casting & News
Spotlighting the faces of King’s Face
by | November 6, 2014 | 16 Comments
This teaser for King’s Face is pretty brief, but at least it’s to the point: As we see each of the main characters’ faces highlighted, Seo In-gook narrates to us the necessity of a king possessing a “king’s face”—by which the drama means someone who carries the fate or fortune of being a ruler. If... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Fashion and intrigue propel period melodrama Tailors
by | November 5, 2014 | 34 Comments
I would expect no less from a movie that’s all about royal clothing and the people who make it, but these posters for Tailor sure are beautiful. We’ve also got our first trailer, which is equally beautiful, and also highlights for us the story’s mix of tension, intrigue, romance, and thrills. Tailor is about two... More »


Drama Recaps
Secret Door: Episode 14
by | November 4, 2014 | 19 Comments
A fresh chapter opens, and wowza are we in for some dramatic changes. It’s refreshing (and exciting) to see our biggest players developing into stronger, smarter, and shrewder people, marking a departure from the innocence and idealism that made them such heartbreaking victims. Now that everyone has had time to react to the trauma of... More »


Drama Recaps
Birth of a Beauty: Episodes 1-2
by | November 4, 2014 | 89 Comments
SBS is taking a lighter, funnier approach to its weekend programs right now, with the newly premiered rom-com Birth of a Beauty joining the ridiculously goofball Modern Farmer on Saturdays and Sundays. When this drama was first announced, I wondered how they’d take this makeover premise and make it fresh, since I felt like no... More »


Drama Recaps
Cantabile Tomorrow: Episode 7
by | November 3, 2014 | 88 Comments
The playing field gets a shake-up and the dynamics get turned all upside-down and around, in a fun way that makes for some significant character movement. I love to see the orchestra coming to the fore and becoming, rather than an albatross around your neck to drag you down, something shiny and exciting on its... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Corpses, baby sacrifices, and a music video
by | November 2, 2014 | 50 Comments
  Can you name these dramas? As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Yes, RC, it would bug me too if I couldn’t remember a scene like this: There isn’t much I remember about this drama, only that it was a sageuk and one... More »


Meta
Odds and Ends: The hotness effect
by | November 1, 2014 | 264 Comments
javabeans: Let’s be shallow today, because I want to talk about hot men and I don’t know how to be meaningful about that. girlfriday: Perhaps the meaning isn’t the point! Haven’t you heard that life’s all about the journey? I can’t think of a better reason than that. It’s like they said in Cantabile Tomorrow... More »