Drama Casting & News
Strike Love wraps up two weeks early
by | June 4, 2009 | 21 Comments
Aw, this is too bad. MBC’s baseball drama Strike Love has been underperforming in its weekend time slot, and is now reducing its episode order. Rather than the planned 20, the drama will now end with Episode 16. MBC says that their agreement with the production company allows for anywhere... More »

Drama Casting & News
Brilliant Legacy gets extended
by | June 3, 2009 | 59 Comments
A drama that performs well right out of the gate is a drama the broadcast station wants to hold on to, so it’s no surprise that SBS’s Brilliant Legacy has confirmed a two-episode extension. Currently halfway through its run, the series is closing in on 30% ratings. Furthermore, a source... More »

Drama Casting & News
Dae Jang Geum sequel postponed
by | June 3, 2009 | 27 Comments
I’d heard some rumblings for a while about a sequel to uber-Hallyu smash hit Dae Jang Geum being in the works, but I kind of figured it was one of those constant rumors. However, the production announced on June 3 that the drama project is not canceled, and despite initial... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Scenes from youth action film Bisang
by | June 3, 2009 | 33 Comments
Kim Bum and Kim Byul‘s new “youth action film” Bisang [비상] is busily filming and has been releasing stills (such as these previously posted photos of the two actors’ kiss scene). Kim Bum plays “Shi-bum,” an aspiring movie actor whose first love is “Soo-kyung,” played by Kim Byul. The latest... More »

Drama Casting & News
Fresh stills from Partner
by | June 3, 2009 | 41 Comments
Lee Dong-wook Sorry, sorry! I try not to write too much about one thing at once (as a reader, I prefer reading about diverse projects rather than the same thing all the time), but I saw these new stills and couldn’t NOT share, right? Ah, well, when it rains (news)... More »

Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 15
by | June 2, 2009 | 50 Comments
(He’s staring at an overhead heat lamp in a greenhouse.) This was an exciting episode because Do-woo’s grip on his ice-cold composure continues to slip. The thing about Shin is that he hasn’t all of a sudden stumbled onto a magical solution for unnerving Do-woo, and it isn’t that he’s... More »

Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 18, Finale
by | June 2, 2009 | 60 Comments
This is how I want to remember Kang mae, I think – working diligently behind the scenes, with his happy dog for company. I was looking at the dramawiki for Beethoven Virus, and it’s got all these awards. Kind of boggling, but I guess quality is in the eye of... More »

Drama Casting & News
Barista-turned-lawyer Kim Dong-wook
by | June 2, 2009 | 25 Comments
Kim Dong-wook‘s claim to fame was his role as scene-stealing, impish Ha-rim in PD Lee Yoon-jung‘s Coffee Prince, but now he’ll be starring in PD Lee’s competition, law drama Partner. How’s that for gratitude? (I kid, I kid!) He and actress Shin-yi have been added to the cast, which already... More »

Drama Casting & News
Triple press conference
by | June 2, 2009 | 65 Comments
Look, it’s gonna be tedious calling out “MINE” for every single cast member and photo, so howsabout we just come to the understanding that they are ALL mine? Okay? Phew, I knew we could work that out. Also, please note that this drama is now premiering on June 11, THURSDAY... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Horror comes to Yoga School
by | June 1, 2009 | 28 Comments
Eugene Like I said, summer is the time for horror. First we had the high school-set Suicide Pact; then Lee Seo-jin‘s high school-set drama Soul. Now it’s (the very unhorror-ly titled) Yoga School [요가학원] — although you wouldn’t know it from these photos from the film’s open set day, would... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Thirst gets a U.S. release
by | June 1, 2009 | 23 Comments
This is pretty cool: Park Chan-wook‘s recent Cannes jury prize winner, Thirst, will have a U.S. theatrical release. Film distributor Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures) has picked up the vampire thriller; it will open in theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and other large cities on... More »