Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 19
by | May 31, 2009 | 16 Comments
I love this shot. The camera sharpens just a moment after this to focus on the couple in the background, but I like the imagery of leaving them blurred. It’s a rather effective way to create the illusion of intimacy in an understated way. SONG OF THE DAY My Aunt... More »


Drama Casting & News
Bae Soo-bin brightens up Brilliant Legacy
by | May 30, 2009 | 72 Comments
SBS’s weekend drama Brilliant Legacy continues to perform well. No, I’m still not following it — I just don’t think it’s for me — but by all accounts it’s zipping along nicely. The leads are the fresh-faced and cute Lee Seung-gi and Han Hyo-joo; but although he’s not the lead... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ha Jung-woo romances Su Ae
by | May 30, 2009 | 10 Comments
Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) and Su Ae (Sunny aka You’re Far Away) are pairing up in an upcoming film with director Lee Yoon-ki, who recently directed Ha (with Jeon Do-yeon) in My Dear Enemy. Their collaboration will begin filming in June and is currently operating under the working title 이별후애,... More »


Drama Recaps
The Sons of Sol Pharmacy: Episodes 5-8
by | May 29, 2009 | 43 Comments
I lied. I said (1) I wouldn’t do recaps, and (2) that I’d watch this drama as it unfolded on KBS World. Turns out I like it so much I decided not to wait for the cable airings and downloaded all the episodes instead, and watched them in one huge... More »


Celebrity News
Yoo Ji-tae sets up a kindergarten
by | May 29, 2009 | 12 Comments
Actor (and director) Yoo Ji-tae is opening up a kindergarten in Nepal. Last April, Yoo had participated with members of his online gallery at the popular internet community DC Inside to raise money to help the needy; those funds will provide the basis for setting up the school. A rep... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #85
by | May 29, 2009 | 156 Comments
  SONG OF THE DAY Badly Drawn Boy – “Something to Talk About.” I love About a Boy and the music from the film. [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #84 Open Thread #83 Open Thread #82 Open Thread #81 No tags for this post.... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Mother opens big with a box-office record
by | May 28, 2009 | 14 Comments
Thriller film Mother has claimed the top spot for Korean movie openings this year, drawing in more than 220,000 attendees in its first day (May 28). This breaks the April 30 opening of Park Chan-wook’s vampire-horror film Thirst, which recently won a jury prize at Cannes, which drew in 178,000... More »


Drama Casting & News
SBS’s Dream fills out its cast
by | May 28, 2009 | 23 Comments
Sohn Dam-bi, Julien Kang, Choi Yeo-jin Pop singer-dancer Sohn Dam-bi is giving up on her Hollywood debut and is turning instead to her new drama series, Dream. She had built up some hype (pun, har) for her entrée into Hollywood in the dance-themed film Hype Nation, but due to numerous... More »


Celebrity News
Won Bin interviews about Mother, acting, and future goals
by | May 28, 2009 | 33 Comments
With Cannes over and the thriller movie Mother releasing this week, there’s been a lot of stuff in the news involving the film’s three main players: Won Bin, Kim Hye-ja, and director Bong Joon-ho. Aside from Won Bin’s status as one of the hotties of the first wave of Hallyu... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Horror flick Chaw sells to 15 countries
by | May 28, 2009 | 13 Comments
The horror movie Chaw [차우] always struck me as a B-list premise — killer pig runs wild! chaos and carnage ensue! — but the thing that kept me from writing it off was Uhm Tae-woong (Devil) and Jung Yumi (Que Sera Sera). Both are great actors who pick their projects... More »


Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 14
by | May 27, 2009 | 51 Comments
How does this drama keep getting better? Episode 14 was even better than Episode 13, and each scene kept me excited. Every time the music kicked in and the camera shifted just a bit in a meaningful way, signaling an Important Upcoming Moment, I’d sit up a little straighter, eager... More »