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Chungmuro is a district in Seoul that came to be known as the original center of the South Korean film industry (think: Korean Hollywood). Though many studios moved away from Chungmuro, it is still known as home to artists and film culture.
This might be a movie that I check out for the acting performances, though it’ll have to be a dark and gloomy kind of day to get me in the mood. Jeon Do-yeon (The Way Home, Countdown) and Kim Nam-gil (Pirates, Shark) pair up for the “hardboiled melo” The Shameless, about a detective who goes... More »
Agh, I love this kid. So, so much. I know that rookie actor Ji-soo’s charm is ninety-five percent Go Bok-dong, his tough-on-the-outside, gooey-cookie-on-the-inside high school badass character in MBC’s Wednesday-Thursday drama Angry Mom. My brain knows this, but the drama is still current and I haven’t really worked out the separation yet. But really, a... More »
I don’t know why it always trips me up to see Yoo Yeon-seok as a dark character, since that’s pretty much the type he always plays in movies. It’s just that Answer Me 1994 and Youths Over Flowers left such a strong impression that the sadistic bad guy characters feel like such a departure now.... More »
So I guess this means the split-personality trend isn’t going to die anytime soon? I’m starting to think that a leading man without dissociative identity disorder is becoming the rarity in film and television, because I just can’t seem to get away from it. Kim Soo-hyun may have turned down the split-personality drama Dr. Frankenstein,... More »
It looks like Kim Woo-bin will be sticking to the big screen for the time being. I was sad about him turning down the Hong sisters drama (that is, until Yoo Yeon-seok came along and made it right as rain), but it’s good to see that his movie career is taking off. His current coming-of-age... More »
Ha Ji-won (Empress Ki, Chronicle of a Blood Merchant) has yet to confirm whether she’ll take on the remake drama of Taiwan’s In Time With You (Korean title: The Time I’ve Loved You, 7000 Days), and has added another possibility to her upcoming slate. This one’s a movie, a Korean-Chinese co-production titled Risking Life For... More »
It seems like everyone’s been waiting on pins and needles for Im Shi-wan to choose his follow-up project to last year’s hit drama Misaeng. For good reason too, since expectations are high for the idol-actor who turned heads in his big screen debut (The Attorney opposite Song Kang-ho) and then became the mascot of the... More »
A cameo by So Ji-sub in the upcoming sageuk film Sado — starring Yoo Ah-in as the tragic crown prince and Song Kang-ho as the exacting father who ordered him to his death, King Yeongjo — was meant to be a surprise and had been accordingly kept hush-hush all through its planning and filming. But... More »
There’s a new thriller movie about to release, and it features a few of the latest trendy things: social media, Byun Yo-han (Misaeng), and up-and-comer Lee Joo-seung (Pinocchio, Let’s Eat 2). The movie, titled Social Phobia, tackles the dark side of online social networks, taking as its capsule description an “SNS witch hunt.”... More »
I wasn’t all that excited about the prospect of Kim Woo-bin and Kang Haneul reverting to their Heirs characters (*shudder, twitch, shudder*), but thankfully there isn’t a shred of that here. Their new coming-of-age comedy Twenty is a pretty honest look at real guys and real friendships at the age of twenty — in all... More »