[Commercial break] Giveaway and sponsored review
by | November 29, 2010 | No Comments
This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel. As I mentioned previously, I was recently given the opportunity to participate in a BlogHer review program under the title “Do More, Faster.” I said yes because, hello! Doing more? Doing it faster? Now that’s the way to speak to a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jeon Hye-bin is out for revenge in cable sageuk
by | November 29, 2010 | 18 Comments
What a gorgeous poster. It features actress Jeon Hye-bin (also previously known as simply Bin, from her pop-singer days) as the lead in a new cable drama, the action sageuk called Yacha or Demon [야차]. Jeon’s acted in a few sageuk dramas before — King and I, where she was... More »

Dramabeans Podcast #4
by | November 28, 2010 | 98 Comments
In which javabeans and girlfriday discuss: Frequently asked questions; kpop, new and old-school, and idol stars; some of our favorite plots and devices; favorite old dramas like Last Match and Propose; Runaway; anticipating My Princess; Bae Yong-joon and Hallyu; our Korean mothers and the dramas they watch; and body-swaps, Secret... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Cha Tae-hyun carries a heavy load in Hello Ghost
by | November 28, 2010 | 27 Comments
Ouuuch. I know there’s movie magic involved and that the three adults clinging to Cha Tae-hyun‘s back are probably aided by an additional tool of some sort, but that can’t be easy. But I suspect that Cha’s character in the upcoming comedy Hello Ghost finds the mental burden a lot... More »

Drama Casting & News
Candid photos from the set of My Princess
by | November 28, 2010 | 49 Comments
It’s not much, but we have our first look at the leads of My Princess — Kim Tae-hee and Song Seung-heon — on the set of the upcoming MBC drama. These shots were taken by fans at a Seoul department store shoot, and uploaded to the website of a tourist... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Go Hyun-jung lines up her next project
by | November 28, 2010 | 28 Comments
It looks like the queen of the small screen is ready to rule the cineplex as well. A-lister Go Hyun-jung (Daemul, Queen Seon-deok) has lined up her next project: her first solo starring role in a film. Which isn’t to say she won’t have co-stars. But there won’t be anyone... More »

Drama Recaps
Secret Garden: Episode 5
by | November 27, 2010 | 334 Comments
Finally, it’s here! The moment we’ve all been waiting for. And while it’s been a long time coming, I feel safe declaring that it did not disappoint. Last week’s episodes were a bit more serious, setting the stage for the inevitable body-swap… but now that we’re here, I can’t WAIT... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Dangerous Meeting between Lee Shi-young and Song Sae-byuk
by | November 27, 2010 | 22 Comments
Despite the title, Lee Shi-young’s new movie isn’t some dark thriller; instead, it’s a romantic comedy, and pairs her with “2010’s Super Rookie” Song Sae-byuk (the nickname refers to Song’s string of hits this year — The Fixer, Cyrano Dating Agency, Bad Deal, and Bang-ja Chronicle — the latter for... More »

Drama Casting & News
New weekend drama Believe in Love
by | November 27, 2010 | 11 Comments
The team behind last year’s hit family drama Sons of Sol Pharmacy (PD Lee Jae-sang and writer Jo Jung-sun) are taking on another weekend family drama, to bring in the new year. Hearts? Prepare to be warmed. The drama is called Believe in Love (or I Believe in Love), and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
2010 Blue Dragon Film Awards
by | November 26, 2010 | 92 Comments
More awards! The Blue Dragon Film Awards took place on November 26, and the many of the same films that have been winning lately were rewarded once again: Some of the big winners were for films such as crime drama Moss, dark thriller I Saw the Devil, romantic comedy Cyrano... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ha Ji-won’s mini fashion show for Secret Garden
by | November 26, 2010 | 87 Comments
[NOT REALLY SPOILERY, BUT….] As you can see from these cheery behind-the-scenes shots, Ha Ji-won puts on a mini fashion show in Episode 5 of Secret Garden, which airs tomorrow. Those of you watching the drama (and if you’re not — why not??) will know that Ha’s character, Ra-im, is... More »