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Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dramaland: The gift that keeps on giving [Year In Review, Part 5]
by | December 24, 2012 | 141 Comments
If there’s anything that Santa has taught me over the years (other than a musical mnemonic about single-malt scotches), it’s that Christmas is a time of giving. Dramaland gives us so much throughout the year, that I thought it was finally time for me to stop being a grinch and give back, out of the... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
1 Night 2 Days: Episode 417
by | December 22, 2012 | 55 Comments
EPISODE 417. Broadcast on December 16, 2012. javabeans: New episode, new trip! girlfriday: Whee! The boys gather someplace cold (though I guess at this time of year everywhere in Korea is cold) and hop around during the opening. It seems like they’re talking just to keep their lips from freezing shut. javabeans: Why does Bird... More »

Celebrity News
Yoo Seung-ho to enlist early in the new year
by | December 20, 2012 | 144 Comments
girlfriday: So… get ready to cry. Yoo Seung-ho announced that he’s enlisting in the army early next year, right after his current show I Miss You is over. But! He’s so widdle! javabeans: Although in the scheme of things this is really a more “normal” age for someone to go. girlfriday: Yes, true. It’s actually... More »

Drama Recaps
Jeon Woo-chi: Episode 10
by | December 20, 2012 | 18 Comments
FINALLY. I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for this show to get this good. It turns out, when your hero’s entire motivation is his girl, IT HELPS IF SHE’S AWAKE. Just sayin’, Show; it’s not rocket science. Man, what a difference it makes to have our heroine walking and talking of sound mind, and... More »

Drama Casting & News
My Daughter Seo-young in talks for extension
by | December 20, 2012 | 56 Comments
So this is an interesting development. Right on the heels of the union shutdown on the set of weekend drama My Daughter Seo-young (for not keeping up with its salary payments) is the news that it’s currently in talks to extend beyond its scheduled 50 episodes. Uh… did I miss something? How does a drama... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Sun-ah confirms The Five
by | December 20, 2012 | 48 Comments
Confirmations are in for Kim Sun-ah’s next project — she’ll be taking the lead role in the revenge film The Five, based on the popular webtoon by Jung Yeon-shik. I have to say, I’m pretty excited that she’ll be playing a dark character in a revenge thriller; she’s got chops, but her choices tend to... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Teaser and stills for spy action flick The Berlin File
by | December 19, 2012 | 27 Comments
We’ve finally got some stills and a poster for spy thriller The Berlin File (not to mention a spiffier, cooler spy-sounding title to go with), and a planned theatrical release this winter. The movie stars Han Seok-kyu (Tree With Deep Roots), Ha Jung-woo (Love Fiction), Ryu Seung-beom (Over My Dead Body) and Jeon Ji-hyun (Thieves)…... More »

Drama Recaps
School 2013: Episode 6
by | December 18, 2012 | 127 Comments
This drama breaks my heart every episode, but damn it, I always come back for more. It’s because they manage to do that that perfectly hopeful, earnest kind of heartbreak so well—especially in those small moments between characters that you might miss if you blinked. All the characters feel real and fleshed out, and their... More »

Drama Casting & News
Queen Inhyun’s Man team preps new drama for tvN
by | December 18, 2012 | 96 Comments
Well that was fast. If it’s one thing tvN knows, it’s how to brand a hot thing — in this case it’s the PD-writer combo behind this year’s hit time-traveling romance Queen Inhyun’s Man, director Kim Byung-soo and writer Song Jae-jung. The band is back together for a follow-up drama slated for the new year... More »

Drama Casting & News
Winks, finger guns, and blind dates for Level 7 Civil Servant
by | December 17, 2012 | 52 Comments
There’s going to be winking on this show? And finger guns? *is already slain* More stills from the set of spy action rom-com Level 7 Civil Servant show Joo-won’s self-confident, cheeky character Gil-ro winking at pretty ladies on the street, and also his first encounter with Choi Kang-hee’s Seo-won on a rather unusual blind date.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Go Soo and Jeon Do-yeon take The Road Home
by | December 15, 2012 | 12 Comments
I wonder how many onscreen husband and wife pairings this movie’s going to make before they actually shoot the thing. Upcoming thriller The Road Home already lost one couple, so hopefully this one will stick. Jeon Do-yeon (Countdown, Housemaid) and Go Soo (Bandage, Psychic) are reportedly next in line at the altar to become Mr.... More »