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Gap-dong: Episode 14
by | June 1, 2014 | 58 Comments
Whoa, things get legitimately good. It came a little later than I wanted, but better late than never. This episode injects a fresh jolt of energy into a story that has already revealed its villain and mystery, and I find that a very welcome thing. While the plot developments to date haven’t been outright predictable,... More »


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Odds and Ends: Cooking the book
by | May 31, 2014 | 52 Comments
girlfriday: So, are you all packed to come visit me this weekend? javabeans: I think we both know the answer to that. I’ll start packing after I finish unpacking my bags from the last trip we took. girlfriday: Sometimes I’m amazed you manage to make it anywhere with whole outfits instead of all tops, no... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Cha Seung-won’s tortured inner life in High Heel
by | May 31, 2014 | 63 Comments
When I first heard about the movie High Heel (also called Man on High Heels), in which Cha Seung-won teams with director Jang Jin of all those heartwarming funny feel-good movies (and Saturday Night Live Korea), playing a cop who likes to dress up in women’s clothing, I was expecting funny. Upbeat. Poignant and humorous.... More »


Drama Recaps
Gap-dong: Episode 13
by | May 30, 2014 | 77 Comments
Now that we know the who of the matter, it’s time to turn to the why of things. Giving us the identity of the killer with so many episodes to go was a risky choice, but this drama has always been more interested in plumbing the psyches of its characters, so I expect to delve... More »


Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi’s first stills for Joseon Gunman
by | May 30, 2014 | 31 Comments
So we’ve seen Joseon Gunman’s second leads Jeon Hye-bin and Han Joo-wan, and now we have Nam Sang-mi, and you know what that means… Lee Jun-kiiiiii is next! We haven’t gotten much new info to accompany the new stills, so I don’t have much to add other than that I’d really love for the show... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #345
by | May 30, 2014 | 311 Comments
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Drama Casting & News
KBS staffers commence large-scale union strike
by | May 29, 2014 | 65 Comments
There’s trouble brewing over at KBS, where a strike is underway in response to recent accusations that its president, Gil Hwan-young, interfered with the station’s reporting and influenced coverage that skewed favorably toward the government and President Park Geun-hye’s administration. Among the accusations are complaints of poor or biased coverage of last month’s Sewol ferry... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Yoon Eun-hye cast in period film Chronicle of a Blood Merchant
by | May 28, 2014 | 63 Comments
The already star-studded cast of Chronicle of a Blood Merchant just got a little shinier with the addition of Yoon Eun-hye, who will join—get this lineup—Ha Jung-woo, Ha Ji-won, Joo Jin-mo, Jo Jin-woong, Sung Dong-il, Kim Sung-kyun, Kim Young-ae, and Jang Gwang in the story about a merchant who sells blood to support his family.... More »


Drama Casting & News
More second lead stills from Joseon Gunman
by | May 27, 2014 | 27 Comments
Fine, it appears that Joseon Gunman is going to do the whole promo tease the slow, drawn-out way with one photo at a time. It’s suuuuuch a tease, but considering that I’m champing at the bit for more, I guess it’s working? They also know just how to string us along, considering how they’re withholding... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Daniel Henney and Jung Ryeo-won consider movie match-up
by | May 27, 2014 | 59 Comments
More old-school drama reunions! What’s in the water in dramaland these days? Next on the list of (potentially) reunited first-wave-Hallyu-lovers are Daniel Henney (Runaway Plan B, Spy) and Jung Ryeo-won (Medical Top Team, King of Dramas), who are both eyeing a new movie titled Mr. Beautiful. (First he’s Mr. Perfect, now he’s Mr. Beautiful. Well,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Yubi up to reunite with Kim Woo-bin in Twenty
by | May 26, 2014 | 75 Comments
We’ll be getting an actress swap for the upcoming movie Twenty, and while I’d normally be bummed to see Jung So-min out of a role (she was offered the role previously), I can’t be too bummed because the idea of Lee Yubi (Gu Family Book, Nice Guy) being back together with Kim Woo-bin (Heirs) puts... More »