Winter Sonata gets the musical treatment
by | September 3, 2011 | 45 Comments
It’s been just under ten years since one of Hallyu’s biggest all-time hits, Winter Sonata, first premiered — January 14, 2012, will mark a decade since the first airing of the quintessential Korean romance/melodrama. And to commemorate the event, a musical version is in the works. This is a popular... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Gong Yoo and Jung Yumi in The Crucible
by | September 3, 2011 | 109 Comments
Wow, I was already excited to see Gong Yoo‘s dramatic turn in his first serious, weighty film, but this trailer blew me away. It gave me proper chills. This movie’s subject matter is as dark as dark can be, but damn does it look GOOD. Here’s a look at Gong... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
1 Night 2 Days: Episode 349
by | September 2, 2011 | 54 Comments
It’s the viewer tour special, part 2! I don’t know how many episodes this is going to span, but I suspect the official number will be: a crap-ton. Not that I mind, though, with these engaging guests and the inherent craziness of herding 100 die-hard fans on a single trip... More »

Drama Recaps
Girl K: Episode 1
by | September 2, 2011 | 81 Comments
Pretty badass. Girl K continues the recent trend of cable offerings that take advantage of their format to do what broadcast stations can’t or won’t do, and in this case it’s by going dark, violent, and edgy. But it doesn’t forsake emotion in the name of style, which is key... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #203
by | September 2, 2011 | 547 Comments
  Sondre Lerche – “All Luck Ran Out” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #202 Open Thread #201 Open Thread #200 Open Thread #199... More »

Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 4
by | September 1, 2011 | 68 Comments
It’s war, and it’s also the first episode where I sided more significantly with one character over the other. Listen, when you break the heroine’s heart, you spend the recap in the doghouse. Rules are rules. Stop looking at me with those puppy eyes.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Song Il-kook considers drama with Mawang PD
by | September 1, 2011 | 31 Comments
Song Il-kook is reportedly in contention as the leading man in a new drama with an interestingly uninteresting title: It’s 발효가족, which means literally Fermentation Family. It’s a horrible sounding name, so for now I’m going to call it by its phonetic Korean name, Balhyo Gajok. Phew, that sounds better... More »

Drama Recaps
My Name Is Kim Sam Soon: Episode 10
by | September 1, 2011 | 85 Comments
Names are important, not just in a family sense but because there is community in a name. And names can be just chock full of meaning, both to the giver of the name and the one who wears it. But changing a name is something else entirely. Changing one’s name... More »

Drama Recaps
Can’t Lose: Episode 3
by | August 31, 2011 | 63 Comments
This show’s a great pick-me-up because while the conflict goes from bad to worse, the drama itself stays light and fun, which I appreciate. It’s a nice reprieve from the other series I’m watching lately, which are pretty much the embodiment of doom and gloom. The couple remains delightfully bickering... More »

Drama Casting & News
Warrior Baek Dong-soo contemplates extension
by | August 31, 2011 | 134 Comments
The reigning Monday-Tuesday drama, SBS’s action sageuk Warrior Baek Dong-soo, is reportedly in talks to extend its run by six episodes, which would take the show from 24 episodes to a total of 30. A source with the show confirmed that the extension is currently being seriously considered, and the... More »