Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi is the Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang
by | November 3, 2009 | 44 Comments
KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday show, Princess Has Returned [공주가 돌아왔다], has been pretty unremarkable (in ratings and in response) and ends on a similarly quiet note this week. On the other hand, I’m looking at the show to take over its slot next week with some interest — Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Four character posters for Lee Jun-ik’s new film
by | November 2, 2009 | 38 Comments
King and the Clown director Lee Jun-ik‘s latest movie, Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds [구르믈 버서난 달처럼], has released character posters for its four leads, and they are simply gorgeous. Based on a manhwa created by Park Heung-yong, this movie is set in the Joseon era as a revolutionary... More »


Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground to air in Japan next year
by | November 2, 2009 | 8 Comments
Well, MBC may have cut down its underperforming Heading to the Ground not once but twice, but perhaps it’ll fare better in Japan: the soccer drama will air beginning in January under the slightly altered title No Limit: Heading to the Ground. The drama may have had a dismal run... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
New Bisang poster features Kim Bum’s two love interests
by | November 2, 2009 | 30 Comments
A new poster is out for Kim Bum‘s new movie Bisang (first poster here), which shows the young actor in a love triangle as he poses in turn with each of his co-stars; the top photo shows Kim Bum with Lee Chae-young, while the bottom features Kim Byul. As the... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Jang Nara’s Sky and Ocean flops big at box office
by | November 2, 2009 | 40 Comments
Ouch. Jang Nara‘s latest film, Sky and Ocean [하늘과 바다], hasn’t just flopped at the box office, it put in a decidedly miserable showing in last place in its opening week. It seems these days we’re hearing about new films breaking records by bringing in millions of viewers in a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoo Min joins IRIS as a Japanese spy
by | November 2, 2009 | 26 Comments
IRIS is adding more foreign spies to its roster: this week’s episodes will see the introduction of Yoo Min (aka Fueki Yuko) as a Japanese spy named “Sato Eriko.” The role has Yoo Min playing the agent interrogating Hyun-joon (Lee Byung-heon) after he is arrested in Japan. Recognizing his formidable... More »


Drama Casting & News
Hero in danger of losing lead actress
by | November 1, 2009 | 48 Comments
With only nine days left till its premiere, MBC’s Hero finds itself in a precarious position: It’s looking likely that lead actress Kim Min-jung will have to drop out due to injury. According to a production representative on November 2, Kim Min-jung expressed her intention to drop out to producers... More »


Drama Casting & News
You’re Beautiful’s passionate cult following
by | November 1, 2009 | 262 Comments
At this point, I feel like I’m just your crack dealer. Enjoy your next fix: Why You’re Beautiful isn’t crumbling against IRIS SBS’s You’re Beautiful is putting up a good fight against the blockbuster in the same time period, IRIS. You’re Beautiful got off to a start on October 7... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Hyun Bin to take on remake of ’60s classic
by | November 1, 2009 | 39 Comments
Hyun Bin has announced his next role, and like Jeon Do-yeon’s latest, it will be a remake of a 1960s film. This one is the 1966 classic Late Autumn (also called Manchu, 만추), by “genius director” Lee Man-hee. Currently, actress Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) is said to be considering the... More »


Theater/Musicals
Hwarang warriors get their own musical
by | November 1, 2009 | 9 Comments
Queen Seon-deok‘s incredible success has raised the popularity of the group of men who play the Hwarang, or elite Silla warriors, within the drama. Now they’ can be seen onstage, as they are featured in a musical of their own called Hwarang, which follows their growth in a “lively, touching”... More »


Drama Casting & News
Small dramas stay afloat amongst blockbusters
by | October 31, 2009 | 103 Comments
Bae Soo-bin of Angel’s Temptation This article attempts to explain the ratings situation of the two dramas it discusses (Angel’s Temptation, You’re Beautiful) and frames their modest ratings (in the vicinity of 10% to 14%) in a positive light. It’s a pretty short article that only touches on the basics,... More »