Drama Casting & News
Promo photos for Jejoongwon
by | November 30, 2009 | 50 Comments
My interest in SBS’s medical period drama Jejoongwon just shot up from zero to sixty (okay, maybe zero to forty) with these new promo photos. I knew in my head that with this cast and this writer (Lee Ki-won of White Tower, one of the best kdramas in the contemporary... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Min-ho at first of four overseas fanmeetings
by | November 30, 2009 | 89 Comments
Speaking of Japanese fanmeetings, another rising Hallyu star, Lee Min-ho, held events in Japan last week; the two-parter occurred in Tokyo first (November 23), then Osaka (November 26). Even considering the immense popularity of Boys Before Flowers (and the popularity of its source material, Hana Yori Dango), it’s rather astonishing... More »


Celebrity News
Jang Geun-seok’s fifth Japanese fanmeeting
by | November 30, 2009 | 167 Comments
Fresh off his latest drama, You’re Beautiful, rising Hallyu star Jang Geun-seok held a fanmeeting in Japan on Sunday before a crowd of 2,000. The event was called 2009 Jang Keun Suk Fanmeeting in Tokyo and was held at Tokyo’s Sun Plaza. The attendees comprised fans from Japan, Korea, China,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Choi Jung-won cast in Pick the Stars
by | November 30, 2009 | 24 Comments
Looks like Han Ji-hye is out, and Choi Jung-won is in. Much (perhaps even most) of the time, when productions announce that actors are almost cast in dramas (as in, the only thing left is to finalize paperwork), that turns out to be true. With Pick the Stars [별을 따다... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Byung-heon won’t star in IRIS sequel
by | November 30, 2009 | 71 Comments
With ratings topping 30% and commanding a lot of attention thanks to its blockbuster budget and high-profile cast, KBS’s spy drama IRIS had announced a high possibility that a second season would be produced. On November 30, CEO Jung Tae-won of production house Taewon Entertainment confirmed the sequel, saying, “Casting... More »


Drama Recaps
Smile: Episode 19
by | November 29, 2009 | 65 Comments
With Jung-in and Hyun-soo’s relationship in bloom, the drama could have easily slowed down. But I think it’s holding strong. The writer Moon Hee Jung (Last Scandal of My Life) does a clever job of keeping their honeymoon phase in check by adding in some light-hearted, fake to real sparring... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Seon-kyun films CF with wife
by | November 29, 2009 | 21 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun (Paju, Coffee Prince) and his new wife, Jeon Hye-jin, became parents last week when their first child, a son, was born. The happy couple is now also getting a chance to work as a team, as they’ve both been chosen to endorse Sempio Foods and appear in a... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
No Mercy for Ryu Seung-beom, Sol Kyung-gu
by | November 29, 2009 | 7 Comments
Here’s a closer look at Ryu Seung-beom and Sol Kyung-gu‘s upcoming movie No Mercy (용서는 없다, which I’d previously translated as No Forgiveness). The Silence of the Lambs-like plot (watch preview below) features Ryu as a vicious killer with a secret who proposes a “dangerous deal” with Sol, who plays... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ha Jung-woo takes on a legal thriller
by | November 29, 2009 | 3 Comments
After much success in a thriller role (with The Chaser), film actor Ha Jung-woo is about to take on another thriller, the movie The Client [의뢰인], which is still the working title. (A production company source explains that the details aren’t finalized yet, but it appears as though the project... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Romantic-comedy drama recommendations
by | November 28, 2009 | 285 Comments
Since I’ve had a lot of requests for drama recommendations following You’re Beautiful, I thought I’d put this up as its own post. I may be spotty with some of the other genres out there, but I’m ALL about the trendy drama! The following is a list of my recommendations... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Sequel in the works for Go-sa: Bloody Midterms
by | November 28, 2009 | 6 Comments
Perhaps you’ll recall the Kim Bum high school horror movie Go-sa: Bloody Midterms [고사 : 피의 중간고사], which also starred Lee Beom-soo as a teacher and former Seeya member Nam Gyu-ri as a student and Kim Bum’s love interest. It had a pretty successful run last summer with sales of... More »