Theater/Musicals
Kim Joon’s name sells musical tickets
by | July 30, 2009 | 16 Comments
T-Max rapper and Boys Before Flowers actor Kim Joon isn’t the lead role in his musical debut, but no matter: his name still drew flocks of fans to the Coex Artium on his first night onstage. The musical Youth March [aka March of Youth, 젊음의 행진] began running on July... More »


Drama Recaps
Triple: Episode 11
by | July 29, 2009 | 38 Comments
Triple is ending this week, and while I’ve enjoyed watching it, I’m finding that I’m in no rush to finish it. I think it’s because it feels like this series has been treading water for a while now. Yes, I understand that it’s a less-plot-driven, more slice-of-life sort of drama,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground holds first script reading
by | July 29, 2009 | 30 Comments
With casting complete, production is proceeding for MBC’s soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩], which recently held its first script reading in Ilsan, Kyunggi province. Among the actors present were the drama’s lead star U-Know Yunho of idol band Dong Bang Shin Ki, who had just arrived from... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ninja Assassin director plays homage to B-list ninja movies
by | July 29, 2009 | 8 Comments
Via Wired, here’s a short clip of Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue talking about the old movies that inspired his take on Ninja Assassin. No mention of star ninja Rain, but it does sort of confirm that the over-the-top, vaguely cheesy vibe of the preview video was an intentional style... More »


Drama Casting & News
Horror dramas Hon and Hometown of Legends
by | July 29, 2009 | 19 Comments
Lee Seo-jin of Hon Since horror is supposed to offer a chill in the hot summer months, we can see why there’s such a sudden burst of horror material these days. Two television dramas will soon add to the tally, giving us a Monday-thru-Thursday lineup of horror through August and... More »


Kpop News
Next up: an album for Gu Hye-sun
by | July 29, 2009 | 45 Comments
Already this year alone, Gu Hye-sun has been busy as an actress (Boys Before Flowers), writer (Tango), artist (also called Tango), and director (The Madonna). Now she’s putting on yet another hat as she begins working on recording her own album, which she hopes to put out by fall. Gu... More »


Drama Casting & News
Ara makes her Japanese drama debut
by | July 28, 2009 | 14 Comments
Nineteen-year-old Go Ara (Who Are You) is taking on not just one, but two new drama roles. One has already been announced, which pits her opposite U-Know Yunho in the soccer drama Heading to the Ground. The other is the Japanese series Karei naru Spy, which just began airing on... More »


Drama Recaps
Sons of Sol Pharmacy: Episodes 17-18
by | July 28, 2009 | 31 Comments
Hi, I’m smallfish and I’ll be your friendly guide through the rest of Sons of Sol Pharmacy House. Thanks so much Javabeans, for giving me room to summarize, analyze and pontificate on your site! To give some context for what I write about this series, Sons of Sol Pharmacy House... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Bae Soo-bin is Aeja’s hapless boyfriend
by | July 28, 2009 | 29 Comments
Bae Soo-bin just wrapped his previous role as the much-loved Jun-sae character in Brilliant Legacy, but he takes a completely different turn with his latest role as Choi Kang-hee‘s man in the movie Aeja [애자], where Choi plays the title character. While his Brilliant Legacy image was gentle and supportive,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Song Chang-eui and Seo Ji-hye are husband and wife
by | July 28, 2009 | 14 Comments
This is a pairing I could get behind: Seo Ji-hye (I Love You) is teaming up with Song Chang-eui (Scale of Providence) as spouses in a new movie with the (working) title Tree that Sleeps Standing [서서 자는 나무]. Apparently the title speaks to the theme of a person’s desire... More »


Drama Recaps
Dream: Episode 1
by | July 27, 2009 | 32 Comments
I had a mixed reaction to today’s premiere episode of the SBS drama Dream. Perhaps viewers agreed, as the first installment drew a low 5.4% rating against MBC’s Queen Seon-deok (32.7%) and KBS’s The Man Who Can’t Get Married (8%). Note that this number was marginally better than its predecessor... More »