Drama Casting & News
Iris sells to seven countries
by | October 11, 2009 | 27 Comments
I’ve heard of a lot of Korean dramas getting sold to other countries (most often to Japan) prior to the drama’s television premiere, but Iris has just upped the ante by selling to seven. The action-spy-thriller series begins this Wednesday on KBS, but even before anyone gets to sample a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sol Pharmacy’s finale makes it top-rated drama of the year
by | October 11, 2009 | 15 Comments
As noted in the previous post about weekend drama ratings, Sons of Sol Pharmacy ended on a strong note. Its Sunday finale brought KBS a series (and year) high with ratings of 48.6%. This also means that it has surpassed SBS’s Brilliant Legacy to claim top spot of the entire... More »

Drama Casting & News
Tentative starts for new weekend dramas
by | October 11, 2009 | 35 Comments
Eugene of Creating Destiny Two new dramas premiered this weekend, to mixed reactions: MBC’s Creating Destiny starring Eugene, above, and KBS’s Hot-Blooded Salesman, starring Chae Jung-ahn and Park Hae-jin. Perhaps Tamra fans will feel vindicated (or further insulted?) to know that the drama that replaced it (after Tamra was unceremoniously... More »

Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 2
by | October 10, 2009 | 262 Comments
I have a good feeling about this drama. Everyone is well-cast and the writers do a great job subverting cliches and twisting angsty moments into a punchline. Love that. I enjoyed this episode even more than Episode 1, which was already pretty jam-packed with hilarity. SONG OF THE DAY Lee... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hero gets pop-star cameos and a Japanese broadcast
by | October 10, 2009 | 18 Comments
Driven by the star power of Lee Junki, MBC’s new Wednesday-Thursday drama Hero [히어로] has been licensed for a Japanese broadcast even before it airs in Korea. This is not that surprising when one considers Lee Junki’s widespread popularity throughout Asia, but what IS surprising is the recent admission that... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kang Ji-hwan, Lee Jia in telecinema project
by | October 9, 2009 | 16 Comments
Finally, some more news about that large-scale, multiple-installment, Korean-Japanese co-produced “telecinema project.” The release date has been set as November 5 for the segment starring Kang Ji-hwan (Level 7 Civil Servant) and Lee Jia (Style), which has a new title: Love Is Blind [내눈에 콩깍지]. I think the new title... More »

Drama Casting & News
Web drama SETI is a hit
by | October 9, 2009 | 14 Comments
Remember that “web toon drama” called SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)? The fantasy series by a manhwa writer released its first two episodes online this week, and the interest has been very high. (Watch below.) The series is comprised of short segments a little over a minute long that... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #104
by | October 9, 2009 | 267 Comments
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Drama Recaps
My Fair Lady: Episode 16 (Final)
by | October 8, 2009 | 257 Comments
Oh my gosh, this was one of the worst finales I’ve ever seen. I’ve been leaving room for the drama to upswing at the eleventh hour, but now that it’s over I can say with certainty that this is a gross disappointment. I can’t say it’s the worst last episode... More »

Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 1
by | October 8, 2009 | 189 Comments
A few things about You’re Beautiful: Trademark Hong sisters comedy. In my book, this is a good thing. Yes, it goes overboard a little. But because of the abundant sense of humor, this lands it in corny-awesome territory for me, not corny-embarrassing. Jang Geun-seok (and the rest of the group,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Opening red carpet at the 14th Pusan International Film Festival
by | October 8, 2009 | 81 Comments
On October 8, the 14th Pusan International Film Festival, or PIFF, opened in Busan. (Yes, the city takes a different official spelling than the film festival. Blame inconsistent Romanization.) As the largest film festival in Korea, it drew a large list of attendees, as you can see from the long... More »