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Drama Casting & News
Second teaser and character posters for Mandate of Heaven
by | April 14, 2013 | 47 Comments
Here’s another peek at KBS’s new Wednesday-Thursday show to follow IRIS 2, the fugitive sageuk thriller Mandate of Heaven starring Lee Dong-wook and Song Ji-hyo. It’s now carrying the full title Mandate of Heaven: Story of a Runaway, Joseon Edition, which seems unnecessarily descriptive. Maybe someone finally figured out that their title chun-myung [“thousand people”... More »


Drama Casting & News
The Chaser cast and crew reunites for new drama, courts Lee Yo-won and Go Soo
by | April 13, 2013 | 71 Comments
Lee Yo-won, Go Soo The writer-director team from last year’s gripping daddy-revenge conspiracy drama The Chaser is getting the band back together for a new drama this summer called Empire of Gold, and is currently courting Lee Yo-won (The Horse Healer) and Go Soo (Bandage) to headline. The Chaser’s star and daesang winner Sohn Hyun-joo... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
1 Night 2 Days: Episode 433
by | April 12, 2013 | 92 Comments
EPISODE 433. Broadcast on April 7, 2013. javabeans: Time for the new member to join our 1N2D family! I wonder if this is weirder for you, the longtime viewer, than it is for me — I started watching right when there were all those changes so this seems like just another day. Albeit without Seung-woo... More »


Drama Recaps
You’re the Best, Lee Soon-shin: Episode 10
by | April 11, 2013 | 102 Comments
This is a cute episode, with some big strides in character development too. Soon-shin faces some harsh truths but surprisingly finds the courage to stand up for herself when it matters, and discovers that one person’s vote of confidence can carry her a long way. Ratings continue to climb, with this episode hitting a new... More »


Drama Casting & News
Uhm Tae-woong drops Yi Sun-shin, considers Sword and Flower
by | April 11, 2013 | 65 Comments
So remember that Yi Sun-shin drama that Uhm Tae-woong was supposed to star in? Not so much anymore, since that production stalled in development (which explains why the City Hunter PD who was attached is now doing the new Hong Sisters drama.) But never fear, because busy busy Uhm Tae-woong already has a new prospective... More »


Drama Recaps
Gu Family Book: Episode 2
by | April 9, 2013 | 417 Comments
What a lovely way to start a story. I almost never get this invested in backstory, because it’s really hard to be patient when you know that what you’re watching is the opening act and not the headliner. But our hero’s origin story is as sweeping and romantic and narratively rich as any main event,... More »


Drama Casting & News
So Ji-sub and Gong Hyo-jin courted for new Hong Sisters drama
by | April 9, 2013 | 143 Comments
A new year means there’s a new Hong Sisters drama on the way, and this time they’re heading to SBS in the summer. Some of us are still scarred from Big, while others of us may choose to remember their last drama as Best Love, but never fear, because there’s a brand new drama ahead... More »


Theater/Musicals
Joo-won and Ivy headline Ghost The Musical
by | April 8, 2013 | 84 Comments
Some of us are barely adjusting to spring, and Joo-won (Level 7 Civil Servant, Gaksital) is already planning his autumn activities. Raise yer hands if you feel lazy. He’ll be returning to his musical roots in the fall, to co-headline the Korean production of Ghost The Musical, based on the 1990 movie Ghost, and pop... More »
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Drama Casting & News
Answer Me 1997’s sequel to be about basketball
by | April 6, 2013 | 40 Comments
girlfriday: There’s new news on the Answer Me 1997 follow-up drama, which was being called Answer Me 1994 up until now… Apparently it’s going to be a basketball drama. Huh? As in Last Match Redux? javabeans: Whaa? Is that awesome, or too much meta jokery? We’d be the last to have a problem with any... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Song Joong-ki in consideration for Tazza 2
by | April 6, 2013 | 68 Comments
They’ve been talking about making a Tazza 2 for so long that I sort of forgot they didn’t already. The hit 2006 gambling movie — Tazza, sometimes called The High Rollers or The War of the Flowers — was based on a manhwa and already had a 2008 drama remake, and is now gearing up... More »


Drama Casting & News
Mandate of Heaven’s man on the run
by | April 5, 2013 | 80 Comments
Huh. You know, this show just looks better and better. Lee Dong-wook’s new framed-father-on-the-run sageuk thriller Mandate of Heaven has released a teaser, and it’s short but dramatic fiery. And perhaps more importantly, it has the heart-pounding rhythm of a suspenseful thriller, which is a good sign. Ruuuuuuun, daddy, ruuuuuuuun! Tags: Lee Dong-wook, Mandate of... More »