Drama Casting & News
Kim Hee-sun’s Faith up for a 2011 premiere
by | August 27, 2010 | 19 Comments
The high-budget drama production of Faith is going forward despite the loss of its star Lee Jun-ki to military service. (Lee had been cast, but was forced to drop out.) Kim Hee-sun, however, is still onboard, and the 30 billion won project (which seems insanely high for a drama series)... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Nerdy sidekick Bong Tae-kyu cast in lead role
by | August 27, 2010 | 26 Comments
Quirky, geeky, constant-sidekick Bong Tae-kyu has been cast in his first leading role, in a film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, called Alice. You might recognize him as the spineless friend-turned-thief in this year’s Personal Taste, where he borrowed against his friend Kae-in’s house and then ran away (whatever, Show).... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #150
by | August 27, 2010 | 257 Comments
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Drama Recaps
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 6
by | August 26, 2010 | 230 Comments
It’s my favorite of all k-drama tropes: the fits-of-jealousy as a stand-in for early declarations of love. It’s angst, love, denial, and pettiness all rolled into one, and I for one, can’t get enough. The Green-Eyed Monster takes center stage this episode, and turns everyone right-side-up, then upside-down, providing hysterical... More »

Drama Casting & News
A quiet finale for Road No. 1
by | August 26, 2010 | 48 Comments
MBC’s big war drama Road No. 1 turned out not to be so big after all, and ended this week with a 5.3% rating (AGB Nielsen). It’s been averaging 4% to 5% for its entire run so this is no surprise, but it is a big disappointment, especially given its... More »

Celebrity News
The men of Cyrano in Vogue
by | August 26, 2010 | 43 Comments
Rawr! The two main men of the romantic-comedy film Cyrano; Dating Agency — that would be Daniel Choi and Uhm Tae-woong — pose together for this black-and-white spread in Vogue. It’s not too far off from the recent Elle shoot starring the movie’s cast, which took a ’40s noir vibe... More »

Drama Casting & News
Extended 15 min trailer for Playful Kiss
by | August 26, 2010 | 182 Comments
Just yesterday we had the new teaser for Playful Kiss, and now there’s a longer cut available (thanks to everyone who sent it to me!). I don’t actually think it’s an official trailer — it feels kind of rough — but it gives us an extended look at the drama.... More »

Celebrity News
Jung Il-woo celebrates 23rd birthday with a fanmeeting
by | August 26, 2010 | 30 Comments
Gah, this boy is so cute. I just want to feed him things and have him call me noona. That would seriously make my day. Jung Il-woo (The Return of Iljimae) is about to turn 23, and to celebrate the event he is holding the customary fanmeeting/birthday party in Seoul... More »

Drama Recaps
My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho: Episode 5
by | August 25, 2010 | 211 Comments
I love a drama that makes use of nice, tight mythology. Even better, I love it when a drama using mythology ups the ante midway through and modifies the rules, keeping us on our toes. This week brings a couple of familiar faces to My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho, with... More »

Drama Casting & News
Legend’s Comeback Madonna Band releases an album
by | August 25, 2010 | 33 Comments
First there were the live performances, then the possibility of a musical adaptation. Now the band within SBS drama I Am Legend, called the Comeback Madonna Band, will be releasing a real full album and perform on live stages. The band members and actresses are: Kim Jung-eun on vocals and... More »

Drama Casting & News
New teaser for Playful Kiss
by | August 25, 2010 | 146 Comments
The first teaser for Playful Kiss was very short, though evocative (and cute!). This new one is a bit longer and gives us more of an idea of the opposites-attract dynamic between the two leads, Kim Hyun-joong and Jung So-min. Although at this point it’s more of opposites-bicker-in-denial-of-attraction, at least... More »