Drama Recaps
Smile: Episodes 1 & 2
by | October 6, 2009 | 69 Comments
SBS’s new weekend drama Smile (or Smile, You) got off to a brisk start and seems to be poised to do decently. Is it wildly innovative or surprising? No — but it IS refreshing and fun. Like with so many romantic storylines in dramas, the lovelines here are obvious and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Park Jin-woo back in daily drama
by | October 6, 2009 | 24 Comments
Aw, bummer: Park Jin-woo is coming back to television (yay), but in a morning drama (eh). He’ll be taking a part in the new KBS2 series I’ll Give You Everything [다줄거야] as a simple, dense guy with good IQ and bad EQ. Park explained at the drama’s October 6 press... More »

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Lee Dong-wook’s stuntman turns actor
by | October 6, 2009 | 23 Comments
What do you think? Does this guy look like Lee Dong-wook? This is Jung Seok-won, a 24-year-old new actor who has been cast in Eugene‘s new weekend drama Creating Destiny. He takes on the role of a freelance cameraman and Ki Tae-young‘s friend. At the October 6 press conference for... More »

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Yoon Kye-sang at Executioners press conference
by | October 6, 2009 | 13 Comments
October 6 saw the production press conference for Executioners [집행자], the new film starring Yoon Kye-sang and Jo Jae-hyun as prison guards on death row. In the film, Yoon Kye-sang plays the role of a new guard who decides to take the job to earn some extra money, but is... More »

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Gu Hye-sun directs a short for Asiana Film Fest
by | October 5, 2009 | 38 Comments
On October 6, actress-director Gu Hye-sun spoke at a press interview for the upcoming 7th Asiana International Short Film Festival about another of her film efforts. She was wearing her director’s hat at the event, although not for her recent short film, The Madonna (aka The Cheerful Caretaker). She filmed... More »

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Won Bin is an ajusshi for his next film role
by | October 5, 2009 | 39 Comments
More Won Bin = always gooood. With his successful comeback film (the thriller Mother) still fresh in our minds, the actor has announced his next project: a movie called Ajusshi [아.저.씨], which is the term adult men start being called as they hit their thirties and beyond (although the typical... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Joon strikes a pose for charity
by | October 5, 2009 | 46 Comments
Check out “Prince Song” Kim Joon (Boys Before Flowers) in this new photo spread bearing the title “The Man” for fashion mag Marie Claire‘s 200th issue. The photo collection was organized to raise money for the Join Together Society, which works to wipe out child hunger throughout Asia. There are... More »

Drama Casting & News
Posters and trailers for weekend drama Creating Destiny
by | October 5, 2009 | 43 Comments
Eugene‘s new drama Creating Destiny [인연만들기] comes out this weekend, and here are some posters and previews to give you an idea of what to expect. (The copy in the above poster reads, “Are we really meant to be?”) The main storyline features Eugene and Ki Tae-young as a reluctant... More »

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Jung Woo-sung sets his sights on directing
by | October 5, 2009 | 22 Comments
Add Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) to the list of actors who are seeking to branch out into directing (Yoo Ji-tae and Gu Hye-sun are two who have already put out directorial work). He explained in a recent interview that he had been intending to make his... More »

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Take Off surpasses Friend on all-time box office list
by | October 4, 2009 | 10 Comments
Ha Jung-woo‘s big ski-jump movie Take Off [국가대표, or National Athlete] has had another great run over the Chuseok holiday weekend, and its overall ticket sales have now landed it as No. 8 on the all-time box office list in Korea. With more than 8.28 million viewers, the sports-comedy movie... More »

Drama Casting & News
You’re Beautiful gears up for its premiere
by | October 4, 2009 | 78 Comments
Who’s ready for SBS’s new drama You’re Beautiful? With Swallow the Sun now over, the Jang Geun-seok–Park Shin-hye trendy series takes up residence on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting this week. I have to say that despite some misgivings, I’m looking forward to it. When the drama was first announced, I... More »