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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 »

Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 15
by | June 6, 2014 | 23 Comments
It’s interesting to see how far you can take a story despite knowing all the pieces in advance, because by conventional storytelling standards that makes for a less satisfying payoff. I’d argue that this is a ball that Gap-dong dropped that it needn’t have—it could definitely have played up the suspense in numerous ways without... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #346
by | June 6, 2014 | 338 Comments
  Akdong Musician – “가르마” (Part), as in, the part in your hair. I love how this entire song is basically about changing your hairdo. [ Download ] Open Thread #345 Open Thread #344 Open Thread #343 Open Thread #342 No tags for this post.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Answer Me’s team reunites for new drama
by | June 5, 2014 | 53 Comments
The wonder team that created tvN’s pop-culture sensation Answer Me 1997 and its follow-up Answer Me 1994 is reuniting to produce a new drama, so naturally the big question is: Will we be getting another Answer Me? That is to say, more youthful fervor seen through a nostalgic lens with insight and heart and lots... More »

Drama Casting & News
Teaser and stills for SBS’s weekend melo Endless Love
by | June 4, 2014 | 55 Comments
SBS is readying its next weekend drama for launch, which’ll be the heroine-caught-between-brothers-of-tragedy drama Endless Love, which stars Hwang Jung-eum (Secret) as said heroine. Ryu Soo-young (Two Weeks) will play her youthful love, while his younger brother Jung Kyung-ho (Heartless City) is the one who’s loved her from afar. Cue angsting! In the poster above,... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Name That Drama: Toothbrushes and hotties in black
by | June 3, 2014 | 62 Comments
  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.   Roxanna’s drama is pretty old, but maybe you caught it on AZN too (RIP) back when it aired: This is a long shot but I thought I would try. I have been trying to find the... More »