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Chungmuro/Film News
Noir thriller A New World courts megastar trio
by | January 6, 2012 | 16 Comments
Choi Min-shik (Oldboy) Hwang Jung-min (The Unjust) AND Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid) in one movie? I always thought that if you put that many stars together, a movie would spontaneously combust. But apparently, this is the reigning trend in Chungmuro — put ‘em all together, whether lawyers, thieves, or spies. The trio of A-listers are... More »

Drama Recaps
The Moon That Embraces the Sun: Episode 2
by | January 5, 2012 | 101 Comments
This entire episode feels like a light rom-com more than a sageuk, and though it’s not exactly subtle, it is adorably earnest. I wasn’t entirely won over with the first episode, but the second one is so full of cuteness. It’s still not very fantasy-esque, but the characters are bright and cheerful, and I can’t... More »

Drama Casting & News
Joo Won takes the lead in Bridal Mask
by | January 4, 2012 | 93 Comments
Joo Won (Ojakkyo Brothers) has signed on to take the lead in Gaksital, or Bridal Mask, an upcoming KBS drama based on the 70s manhwa by Heo Young-man. So this is why he dropped the second lead in Moon That Embraces the Sun. Guess you can’t blame a guy for wanting to play a hero.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Shut Up Flower Boy Band’s lead singer rocks out
by | January 4, 2012 | 54 Comments
Here’s a look at upcoming tvN series Shut Up: Flower Boy Band‘s leading man Sung Joon (Lie to Me) rockin’ out in character as the band’s lead singer. That be some craaazy hair, rocker boy. But I have to say, he’s somehow making it all work, mostly with that attitude he’s sporting. He could be... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Nam-joo to headline new weekend drama
by | January 3, 2012 | 27 Comments
Queen of the small screen Kim Nam-joo (Queen of Reversals) will be returning to television with a new weekend drama for KBS, called You Who Rolled In Unexpectedly (as in a stroke of luck). It’s an awkward title to translate, but it’s basically like saying you came into my life out of nowhere like a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Medical drama scores Uhm Tae-woong, loses broadcaster
by | January 3, 2012 | 33 Comments
What is it with medical dramas and their behind-the-scenes drama? There’s an upcoming medical series by Taewon Entertainment (the people behind the IRIS franchise), that was originally set to air on SBS in March and star Cha Seung-won as the lead: the once-generically named Third Ward. Cha eventually never sealed the deal and so the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Gong Hyo-jin’s Love Fiction releases trailer and posters
by | January 2, 2012 | 36 Comments
The new romantic comedy film Love Fiction starring Gong Hyo-jin (Best Love) and Ha Jung-woo (The Client) is getting ready to premiere in February, and has released posters and a teaser trailer. It looks so cute, and I can’t wait to see their adorable chemistry in action. The movie’s being touted as a “Male Bridget... More »

Drama Casting & News
2011 SBS Drama Awards
by | December 31, 2011 | 142 Comments
And now to conclude the Big 3 Broadcaster awards with SBS, featuring some of the most popular dramas of the year. Tree With Deep Roots was the big winner of the night, winning six trophies in total, including the Daesang for Han Seok-kyu, and the Top Excellence Award for Best Drama. There were no big... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Ojakkyo Brothers: An Introduction
by | December 31, 2011 | 127 Comments
One of the highest-rated shows of 2011 was actually one that we couldn’t include in the year-end reviews because of its length and that whole space-time continuum thing: the weekend family drama Ojakkyo Brothers, on KBS. I don’t normally pick up family dramas because I find it daunting to start a longer-running show. (I know,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Moon That Embraces the Sun releases posters
by | December 29, 2011 | 63 Comments
Upcoming fantasy-romance sageuk Moon That Embraces the Sun, or better known around here as MoonSun-Snowflake-PixieDust, has just released its official posters, less than a week out from the premiere. They feature the four leads: Kim Soo-hyun, the fictional Joseon King, Han Ga-in, the shaman who falls in love with him, Jung Il-woo, the king’s playboy... More »

Drama Recaps
Bachelor’s Vegetable Store: Episode 2
by | December 26, 2011 | 43 Comments
Finally! Ji Chang-wook! Boy, did you make me suffer through a whole lot of backstory to get to you. The second episode spends most of its time still stuck in the past, throughout which I’m continuously mumbling, yeah, we geddit. But the good news is, once we get out, things look brighter. Let’s just hope... More »