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Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 5-6
by | August 11, 2012 | 154 Comments
This show really knows how to take your heart through the wringer, but in the best way. It conveys that perfect smallness of adolescence, when that new pair of jeans or that one moment with your crush is your entire all-consuming world… But then life comes around once in a while to burst that bubble,... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
1 Night 2 Days: Episode 398
by | August 10, 2012 | 55 Comments
EPISODE 398. Broadcast on August 5, 2012. girlfriday: We open on Seung-woo… wait, he’s not sitting on a toilet is he? No, just a weird angle. javabeans: I was worried for a second there. girlfriday: He gets a file at home, and he starts to whine that there’s homework now. He reads through the personal... More »

Drama Recaps
Gaksital: Episode 20
by | August 9, 2012 | 200 Comments
There are no words to describe the awesome. Scratch that—there are expletives, most of which I probably use. I love that Gaksital doesn’t shy away from the dark moments in history and the dark side of human nature, both in hero and villain alike. It’s a jaw-dropping, terror-filling hour, but I promise you’ll come out... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Je-hoon and Han Seok-kyu as student-teacher pair
by | August 9, 2012 | 31 Comments
Well, you can’t go wrong with this pair of actors, no matter what they’re playing. Lee Je-hoon (Fashion King, Introduction to Architecture) and Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots) have been cast in a new film, My Pavarotti, about a has-been teacher who meets an unlikely musical genius. It sounds to me like a Stand... More »

Drama Casting & News
Introduction to the mythical world of Arang and the Magistrate
by | August 9, 2012 | 71 Comments
Purrrrty. Well the Special Episode for Arang and the Magistrate wasn’t anything to write home about in and of itself, but the glimpses of the drama to come got me really excited. The hour-long special that aired a week before the drama’s premiere was mostly a collection of behind-the-scenes material with some character introductions and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Byung-heon in the The Man Who Became King
by | August 8, 2012 | 41 Comments
Just as every prince has a pauper (who also happens to be his doppelganger natch), apparently each prince-and-pauper tale has its own not-a-twin out there in the world, to keep the universe in balance. There’s Joo Ji-hoon’s comic version, I Am the King out in theaters now, and here’s a look at its darker badder... More »

Drama Casting & News
Song Joong-ki and Park Shi-yeon cuddle up for Nice Guy
by | August 7, 2012 | 63 Comments
Aw, well now I just want to root for this couple, even though I know we’re doomed to go down in flames. But I suppose that’s the mantra for a twisted revenge melodrama’s audience: BRING ON THE PAIN. Here’s our first look at the Song Joong-ki and Park Shi-yeon pairing in the upcoming melodrama Nice... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The Thieves breaks more records, climbs all-time charts
by | August 6, 2012 | 42 Comments
Turns out if you cast enough bandits in your movie, they’ll run away with the bank. New summer heist movie The Thieves has reported numbers for its second weekend, breaking another set of box office records in Korea. In Week 2 the film has sold nearly 7 million tickets — 6,884,220 admissions in total by... More »

Drama Casting & News
Faith’s first poster and another teaser
by | August 5, 2012 | 103 Comments
Here’s the first poster for fantasy fusion drama Faith, with the tagline: “A love that transcends space and time makes history.” Another teaser promises epic action, and features a little more interaction between the leads, one a fearless warrior and royal bodyguard and another a plastic surgeon he kidnaps from the 21st century to heal... More »

Drama Recaps
Answer Me 1997: Episodes 3-4
by | August 2, 2012 | 148 Comments
I luff this show. So much. It’s rare to meet a high school drama that genuinely makes me go, Yes, that’s what it was like! This series isn’t afraid to let its characters feel every ounce of embarrassment, insecurity, and earnest joy—the honest, lovely, and sometimes ugly truth about what it’s like to be eighteen.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Joo Ji-hoon plays both prince and pauper
by | August 2, 2012 | 61 Comments
javabeans: So here’s Joo Ji-hoon’s new movie, I Am the King, and it looks like a hoot. Basically the premise is: Prince and the Pauper. That’s all you need to know. girlfriday: But, how come the prince and the pauper look like identical twins? Were they separated at birth? Or are they just happy-coincidence doppelgangers?... More »