Chungmuro/Film News
The Host 2 to be film sequel and video game
by | November 4, 2009 | 16 Comments
Concept artwork for “The Host 2″ The Host [괴물] is one of Korea’s top box office hits of all time, and now a sequel AND a video game have been announced, to be produced simultaneously. Given the success of the predecessor, it appears producers are going all-out — their plan... More »


Drama Casting & News
Cast of You’re Beautiful buoyed by fan support
by | November 3, 2009 | 143 Comments
Fan support has been ardent, to say the least, for the SBS drama You’re Beautiful and its young cast. The drama’s lead, Jang Geun-seok, had expressed feeling disappointment that the ratings remain lower than hoped for and that he’d felt responsible as the main cast member. In reaction, fans to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoon So-yi pinch-hits for Hero as new leading lady
by | November 3, 2009 | 36 Comments
Innnteresting…? MBC has tapped Yoon So-yi to be the last-minute replacement for Kim Min-jung in Hero after the latter was forced to drop out a week before the drama’s scheduled premiere. This has thrown the Hero production for a loop, since all previously shot scenes will have to be redone,... More »


Drama Casting & News
IRIS’s popularity still falls short of expectations
by | November 3, 2009 | 57 Comments
At first, I was a little taken aback at the way the following article frames IRIS‘s popularity in terms of disappointment, because it burst onto the scene with a big splash and has maintained a comfortable lead over its competition. But I suppose this all points to where expectations play... More »


Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi is the Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang
by | November 3, 2009 | 44 Comments
KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday show, Princess Has Returned [공주가 돌아왔다], has been pretty unremarkable (in ratings and in response) and ends on a similarly quiet note this week. On the other hand, I’m looking at the show to take over its slot next week with some interest — Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Four character posters for Lee Jun-ik’s new film
by | November 2, 2009 | 38 Comments
King and the Clown director Lee Jun-ik‘s latest movie, Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds [구르믈 버서난 달처럼], has released character posters for its four leads, and they are simply gorgeous. Based on a manhwa created by Park Heung-yong, this movie is set in the Joseon era as a revolutionary... More »


Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground to air in Japan next year
by | November 2, 2009 | 8 Comments
Well, MBC may have cut down its underperforming Heading to the Ground not once but twice, but perhaps it’ll fare better in Japan: the soccer drama will air beginning in January under the slightly altered title No Limit: Heading to the Ground. The drama may have had a dismal run... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
New Bisang poster features Kim Bum’s two love interests
by | November 2, 2009 | 30 Comments
A new poster is out for Kim Bum‘s new movie Bisang (first poster here), which shows the young actor in a love triangle as he poses in turn with each of his co-stars; the top photo shows Kim Bum with Lee Chae-young, while the bottom features Kim Byul. As the... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Jang Nara’s Sky and Ocean flops big at box office
by | November 2, 2009 | 40 Comments
Ouch. Jang Nara‘s latest film, Sky and Ocean [하늘과 바다], hasn’t just flopped at the box office, it put in a decidedly miserable showing in last place in its opening week. It seems these days we’re hearing about new films breaking records by bringing in millions of viewers in a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Yoo Min joins IRIS as a Japanese spy
by | November 2, 2009 | 26 Comments
IRIS is adding more foreign spies to its roster: this week’s episodes will see the introduction of Yoo Min (aka Fueki Yuko) as a Japanese spy named “Sato Eriko.” The role has Yoo Min playing the agent interrogating Hyun-joon (Lee Byung-heon) after he is arrested in Japan. Recognizing his formidable... More »


Drama Casting & News
Hero in danger of losing lead actress
by | November 1, 2009 | 48 Comments
With only nine days left till its premiere, MBC’s Hero finds itself in a precarious position: It’s looking likely that lead actress Kim Min-jung will have to drop out due to injury. According to a production representative on November 2, Kim Min-jung expressed her intention to drop out to producers... More »