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Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 12
by | August 28, 2011 | 243 Comments
We knew it wasn’t going to be an easy road for Yeon-jae, but the moment she gives in to her despair, it cuts like a knife. Her hope and her desire to fill her time with meaning starts to give way to resentment and fear of what’s to come, and everything around her that points... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Sun-ah and Kim Joo-hyuk in Fighting Spirit
by | August 27, 2011 | 41 Comments
Kim Sun-ah is a busy girl these days, with her drama Scent of a Woman airing on weekends, and a film due out in the fall. Here’s a look at her upcoming baseball film Fighting Spirit, where she plays the wife of a major league pitcher played by Kim Joo-hyuk. It’s described as a warm... More »

Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 2
by | August 25, 2011 | 57 Comments
This drama isn’t high-concept, but I find the conflict and the characters engaging and funny and cute. It’s nice to watch a rom-com that feels like a classic screwball comedy, where a mismatched couple simply takes the long way ’round because they’re so riddled with flaws. (There’s actually an entire sub-genre of screwball films that... More »

Celebrity News
Dokko Jin moves in on Seung-gi’s refrigerator CF
by | August 24, 2011 | 105 Comments
LOL. They really did it! Dokko Jin did say that he’d move in on Seung-gi’s CF territory if he didn’t help get Gu Ae-jung on Steel Heart, and now it looks like he’ll be sharing the limelight (and hugs!) as a result. Capitalizing on the meta brilliance of the Hong Sisters’ drama Best Love, Samsung... More »

Drama Recaps
Myung-wol the Spy: Episode 13
by | August 23, 2011 | 302 Comments
This show makes my blood boil. It’s not necessarily always a bad thing, since it means I’m that invested in the characters. But when they do stupid, assy things, it makes me tear my hair out. Once in love, Kang-woo is the bleeding heart kind of hero, which means that the brokenhearted version of him... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Yeon-hee to star opposite Jo In-sung
by | August 23, 2011 | 64 Comments
Lee Yeon-hee (Paradise Ranch, East of Eden) will be making a return to the big screen in Jo In-sung‘s highly anticipated post-army comeback project — the sci-fi fantasy film Fist Fighting from critically acclaimed director Park Kwang-hyun of the hit satire Welcome to Dongmakgol. Tags: Jo In-sung, Lee Yeon-hee... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoochun’s little brother joins Thousand Day Promise
by | August 21, 2011 | 64 Comments
Park Yoochun’s little bro, Park Yoo-hwan, hereafter known as Yoobro, will be joining the cast of the upcoming Kim Soo-hyun melodrama Thousand Day Promise, starring Su Ae and Kim Rae-won. He’s been cast to play opposite Su Ae as — what else? — her little bro. Isn’t it weird how much they look alike? Talk... More »

Drama Recaps
Scent of a Woman: Episode 10
by | August 21, 2011 | 285 Comments
Hurray for a plot that knows when to kick it into high gear. I worried at how closely this drama might follow the old-school melodrama recipe – heavy on the angst, double dose of misunderstandings, dash of happy just before death – and I’m happy to find that it plays with the conventions enough to... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cha Tae-hyun rides to win in Champ
by | August 18, 2011 | 38 Comments
Before we get to see Cha Tae-hyun as a Joseon-era thief, his heartwarming family comedy Champ hits theaters first, just in time for the Chuseok holiday. I wasn’t initially interested in this movie, but now that the stills and trailer are out, I’m totally swept up in the underdog tale of triumph. Listen, say what... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jeon Do-yeon to play a drug-smuggling housewife
by | August 17, 2011 | 28 Comments
From housemaid to housewife? Jeon Do-yeon (The Housemaid) currently has a film waiting to hit theaters, but she’s already looking at her next project. Jeon is set to return in her next film as an ordinary housewife-turned-drug-mule in The Road Home. The film is based on a true story, and Jeon will play a woman... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Na PD confirmed rumored to leave 1 Night 2 Days
by | August 16, 2011 | 96 Comments
[UPDATE: Na PD just issued a statement denying the story as a rumor. Na Young-seok: "I'm not leaving. I don't know why these rumors keep circling. I'm currently in all-night meetings working on the viewers' tour. I can't even think about a transfer right now." Ow. My head hurts from the media tailspin. Please, for... More »