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Chungmuro/Film News
Song Seung-heon considers erotic melodrama
by | August 15, 2013 | 176 Comments
This was my first thought when I saw headlines that Song Seung-heon was considering joining the 19+ club, to star in an erotic melodrama: Did a Dramabeans reader finally get some fanfic made into a movie? followed closely by: Why hasn’t anyone thought of this before? I mean, given his matinee-idol-esque qualities, Song Seung-heon strikes... More »

Drama Recaps
Two Weeks: Episode 3
by | August 14, 2013 | 113 Comments
Love it. This show is as tense and gripping as I’d hoped for, and now that the setup is complete and we’re on the run, it’s barreling along at a great speed. It’s got a perfect timeline too, with an episode count that falls in lock step with our narrative countdown: with two episodes of... More »

Drama Casting & News
Thrice Married Woman: Han Ga-in out, Song Ji-hyo in?
by | August 14, 2013 | 68 Comments
This drama sure is going through a heck of a merry-go-round of casting calls. Are they just really picky or is there something else going on behind the scenes? We’ve got another swap-out for the new Kim Soo-hyun drama Thrice Married Woman — Song Ji-hyo is being courted to replace Han Ga-in as the heroine... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Han Ji-min cast as Hyun Bin’s political rival
by | August 13, 2013 | 48 Comments
We finally have a leading lady for Hyun Bin’s long-awaited army comeback project, The King’s Wrath, where he’ll be playing King Jeongjo of Joseon. Han Ji-min’s name has been circling the casting stories for a little while as a maybe, but it looks like she’s signing on to star. It turns out not to be... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ha Suk-jin and Song Chang-eui courted for Thrice Married Woman
by | August 12, 2013 | 36 Comments
Gah, I love Kim Soo-hyun’s taste in men. It probably goes without saying that a hit drama writer gets all the good men (for her dramas, ahem) but she sure knows how to pick ’em. The star writer’s got two regulars back on the bandwagon for her next drama, a weekender called Thrice Married Woman,... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Grandpas Over Flowers: Episode 6
by | August 10, 2013 | 45 Comments
EPISODE 6. Broadcast on August 9, 2013. javabeans: You know the dancing high-heeled feet in the intro animation for this show? I hadn’t stopped to give it a good thought but it occurs to me today that I’ve always kinda had the thought in the back of my mind that it was a halbae in... More »

Drama Casting & News
Namgoong Min and Lee Young-ah headline cable rom-com
by | August 9, 2013 | 68 Comments
Here’s another fall drama to look out for — I know, as if we really needed MORE fall dramas this year — cable network E Channel will be broadcasting an original drama, a ten-episode romantic comedy series called Unemployed Romance. It has Namgoong Min (Gu Am Heo Jun) and Lee Young-ah (Vampire Prosecutor) as headliners,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hong Soo-hyun takes on weekend family drama
by | August 9, 2013 | 34 Comments
Glass half full: the lovely and talented Hong Soo-hyun (Jang Ok-jung, Live By Love) is headlining a new drama. Glass half empty: it’s a long weekend family drama. Glass three-quarters-full (and I’ll throw in a cherry on top if we get a good male lead for her): it’s sounds like the heartwarming kind, full of... More »

Drama Recaps
Master’s Sun: Episode 2
by | August 8, 2013 | 186 Comments
This show is a nice breezy watch, filled with cute antics that send the hour flying by in a heartbeat. I’m not madly addicted to it yet, but I find all the players interesting, instantly likable and the premise fun, so I think once the romance gets going in earnest, it’ll probably hook me good... More »

Drama Casting & News
Oh Ji-eun cast to romance Oh Ji-ho in Ghost Detective
by | August 8, 2013 | 42 Comments
Well, grain of salt on the romance bit, seeing as how OCN crime procedurals like to tease us endlessly with workplace romances that go on for years while doling out crumbs (why yes, Vampire Prosecutor, I’m looking at you). OCN’s newest detective on the block is Ghost-Seeing Detective Cheo-yong, which stars Oh Ji-ho as the... More »

Drama Recaps
Two Weeks: Episode 1
by | August 7, 2013 | 94 Comments
This drama is sexy. It’s dark and slick and seedy in all the right ways, and I swear this is a compliment, but Lee Jun-ki plays a really believable dirtbag. We’ve seen a lot of fugitive stories come and go, but this one does a pretty great job of setting up a rich world with... More »