Drama Casting & News
Kim So-yeon takes on Dr. Champ
by | July 13, 2010 | 47 Comments
Prosecutor Princess‘s Kim So-yeon has lined up her new drama series, and it’s SBS’s Dr. Champ, which is a title that just makes me laugh. I suspect that’s not the intended effect. Dr. Champ is a “sports medical drama” that is set at Taereung National Village, which is the Olympic... More »

Drama Casting & News
I Am Legend begins filming, releases first stills
by | July 13, 2010 | 33 Comments
SBS’s I Am Legend will be premiering in a few weeks, and began filming on July 9. Here is lead actress Kim Jung-eun in the first stills released from the production, playing the “Jeon Seol-hee” who leaves her society-wife identity behind after a divorce to front a rock band. These... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hyun Bin drops film Beautiful Us
by | July 12, 2010 | 49 Comments
Remember this? Yeah, not so much anymore. Via TvReport Tags: Hyun Bin... More »

Drama Recaps
Bad Guy: Episode 8
by | July 12, 2010 | 47 Comments
Finally. This is the episode where I felt my first emotional connection with Gun-wook, who used to be an impenetrable wall of cool, but will heretofore be known as Big-Bad-Wall-of-Defenses-Guy. We all know that guy. And it doesn’t makes us love him any less. Tae-sung continues to be equally adorable... More »

Extended Glossary
Glossary: Jondaemal
by | July 12, 2010 | 83 Comments
You can learn a lot about Soulmate’s main cast from the way they chose to address one another Next in the Dramabeans Glossary series is jondaemal, which can be described as “polite speech” or “formal speech.” (Jondae means “honorific,” while mal is the suffix for “speech.”) Just as oppa and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Duel between Kim Yun-jin and Park Hae-il
by | July 12, 2010 | 10 Comments
Kim Yun-jin (Lost) and Park Hae-il (The Host) have been cast in the suspense thriller Duel [대결], which could also be translated Confrontation or Showdown. The plot revolves around “a mother who must save her daughter, and a son who must protect his mother.” Kim’s character is blessed with a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Bad Guy broadcast cut to 17 episodes
by | July 12, 2010 | 44 Comments
Kim Nam-gil‘s extension was denied, and he will be reporting to army duty on July 15. That means that the beleaguered production of Bad Guy will have no choice but to cut down its run from 20 episodes to 17, according to a source from the drama production. Currently, the... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Wan reports for duty
by | July 11, 2010 | 30 Comments
Actor Lee Wan headed off for his initial five weeks of army training on the afternoon of July 12, reporting at the Nonsan, Chungnam, training facility. Born in 1984, Lee Wan is heading off to fulfill his mandatory obligation after one extension, which he’d been granted in order to be... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Pop Culture: Piggyback Rides
by | July 11, 2010 | 212 Comments
My Name is Kim Sam-soon Hey, girlfriday here to kick off a new series that we’re doing, to call attention to some of the recurring motifs in kdramaland, by way of pop culture. Topics will range from cultural bits of Koreanness, to drama tropes, folktales, to things we simply find... More »

Drama Casting & News
Is Bad Guy in danger of an early cut-off?
by | July 11, 2010 | 56 Comments
Poor Bad Guy. That’s becoming a recurring refrain, but what can you do? The drama is currently working extreme overtime, pulling multiple all-nighters as it films, because its star Kim Nam-gil has been called to report for military service on July 15. The drama had been a few weeks ahead... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Sohn Ye-jin drops out of film My Way
by | July 11, 2010 | 26 Comments
Sohn Ye-jin has dropped out of the blockbuster film project My Way, which had paired her with Jang Dong-gun. Apparently the script has undergone revisions, and her character has been altered. The role has been given a drastic cut in importance, and the changes are significant enough that Sohn has... More »