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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 »

Drama Casting & News
Sung Joon becomes Eric’s rival in Discovery of Romance
by | June 10, 2014 | 54 Comments
When you’re the the writer of the I Need Romance franchise and have a bevy of talented, attractive stars at your disposal, why look for anyone new when you can just dip into that talent pool? The upcoming KBS rom-com Discovery of Romance cast Jung Yumi (an I Need Romance 2012 alum) as its heroine,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Detective K comes back for second round
by | June 9, 2014 | 16 Comments
The comedic mystery-action film Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (translated more directly as Joseon’s Great Detective) was enough of a success when it released in theaters in 2011 (with 4.7 million ticket admissions) to merit a sequel, which has just been announced. Oh, this should be fun. This time the movie will be called... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Jun-ki goes gunslinging for Joseon Gunman
by | June 8, 2014 | 60 Comments
I know, I know, you’re probably sick of all the Joseon Gunman posts by now, but I can’t help it, the power of Lee Jun-ki compels me. Here’s the newest poster from the show, whose habit of releasing tantalizing promos one at a time would be more irritating if they weren’t so damn great. (If... More »

Drama Casting & News
“And now… the age of the sword has ended”
by | June 8, 2014 | 61 Comments
Good god, won’t this show just air already? I have no more words. I’m just sitting here, rocking back in forth in my excitement, trying to tamp down that voice that warns me that all this anticipation can only yield disappointment. Don’t you do it, Joseon Gunman, don’t you dare disappoint me. Not that my... More »

Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 16
by | June 7, 2014 | 42 Comments
This show is taking the complete opposite approach of how I’d tell a serial killer story, but I suppose that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s just that it’s kind of amazing how everybody and their mother (and father, even) knows who the culprit is at this point, and yet nobody can nail... More »

Odds and Ends: Queen of the things
by | June 7, 2014 | 30 Comments
  javabeans: This week, we have to talk about this hilarious trailer that gummimochi sent our way, for Queen of Sword (kal-eh-yuh-wang). girlfriday: It stars Kim Sung-ryung, of Heirs, King’s Wrath, and The Target. javabeans: At first you’re thinking, “This is cool. Is it a video game? An epic animated crossover action film?” girlfriday: I... More »