Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 5
by | April 22, 2009 | 50 Comments
(I love the distance between them in this shot.) I squealed at the end of the episode. Things are getting good(er). I wasn’t expecting this drama to be FUN, but whaddaya know. Even though I have thoroughly enjoyed the intense, moody feel, I am not disappointed to see it lighten... More »


Drama Casting & News
Who’s watching Ja Myung Go?
by | April 22, 2009 | 69 Comments
And I ask that as a real question, not in sarcasm, because it seems the large-scale extravaganza is meeting with all sorts of “disheartening” setbacks and “embarrassments,” as several articles point out. SBS’s current Monday-Tuesday drama Ja Myung Go [자명고] was hyped up as a big action historical series starring... More »


Celebrity News
Joon and Nara: Andre Kim’s newest runway couple
by | April 21, 2009 | 98 Comments
Normally I wouldn’t be terribly interested in yet another repetitive, recycled Andre Kim “fashion” show — and I use that term loosely — but hot dayum, this couple is stunning together. Usually, Andre Kim’s chosen celebs just trot down the runway with blank expressions, wearing billowing curtains of material to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Park Ki-woong moved to tears at acting praise
by | April 21, 2009 | 65 Comments
As you may know (because I keep harping on it), KBS’s new drama Story of a Man has got me rather hooked, for several reasons. First, the direction of the drama is beautiful, tight, and skilled. The story is mysterious. And the acting is pretty damn good, particularly with its... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Hyun-joo in In Style
by | April 21, 2009 | 29 Comments
Kim Hyun-joo is always so pretty, whether she’s playing a rich third-generation chaebol (Boys Before Flowers), or a kind-hearted but damaged ex-convict (Insoon Is Pretty), or anything in between. Here she is pictured in an upcoming issue of In Style, shot at a studio in Seoul’s Nonhyundong, using a “natural”... More »


Drama Casting & News
Just Looking at That Fool
by | April 21, 2009 | 35 Comments
Just Looking [그저 바라보다가] is the new name for the drama formerly called Six Months, and while I think the title change — especially so late in the game — was unnecessary, the new title has the added bonus of being shortened to “그바보,” which means “That Fool.” And, judging... More »


Drama Casting & News
Extension pending for Queen of Housewives
by | April 20, 2009 | 17 Comments
Oh Ji-ho, Kim Nam-joo After Boys Before Flowers left the air, MBC’s Monday-Tuesday drama Queen of Housewives [내조의 여왕] shot up in the ratings, where it currently resides in the 22%-25% range. Not about to let a popular and well-received show go easily, MBC is looking to extend the drama.... More »


Drama Casting & News
What Korean dramas could learn from Japanese productions
by | April 20, 2009 | 84 Comments
There’s an article in the Korea Times (in English) that points out some issues in Korean drama production and what could be improved by looking at the Japanese drama production model. I won’t reprint the whole article here, but the gist is: Korean dramas have higher actor fees, which leads... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ogamdo features love five ways
by | April 20, 2009 | 27 Comments
The upcoming omnibus film Ogamdo [오감도] has a provocative new poster out, and the first question — given its star-studded cast — is which of its leading ladies is featured in the nude photo. The answer: none. The production explained that the poster — which conveys the movie’s primary motif... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Kang-woo: Birth of a Devil
by | April 19, 2009 | 33 Comments
You don’t know how happy I was to see the most recent interview by the net-magazine 10 Asia focusing on Kim Kang-woo — not just because I knew it would be in-depth and insightful, but because he’s currently starring in a drama that’s got me intrigued, KBS’s dark Story of... More »


Celebrity News
Stars caught lying about their ages
by | April 19, 2009 | 51 Comments
Sunwoo Sun (“Queen of Housewives”), Lee Shi-young (“Boys Before Flowers”) For anyone who reads a famous star’s profile online and then feels bad about yourself — psst! They’re usually fake. Or, let’s say, “altered” from strict reality. For instance, not every Korean actress weighs less than 50kg. (Gasp, I know!)... More »