Chungmuro/Film News
Big openings for films Haeundae, Chaw
by | July 23, 2009 | 16 Comments
Disaster movie “Haeundae,” horror-action film “Chaw” Korean movies are doing well this week at the box office, with the just-released tsunami movie Haeundae [해운대] selling more than 166,000 tickets in its first day alone, beating out Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince in the latter’s second week out. (Granted, Harry... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kwon Sang-woo looking to make Hollywood debut in Green Hornet
by | July 23, 2009 | 85 Comments
WHAT????? OMGOMG. Hallyu heartthrob Kwon Sang-woo is looking to make his Hollywood film debut… in a Michel Gondry film??? I’m trying not to get too excited about this because they’re still negotiating… but this is Really Big Stuff. I don’t mean that it’s big that Kwon Sang-woo is trying to... More »

Drama Casting & News
A Star’s Lover is a hit in Japan
by | July 22, 2009 | 32 Comments
SBS’s drama A Star’s Lover was not a hit in Korea, but (as expected) it’s doing well in Japan, thanks in no small part to Choi Ji-woo‘s immense popularity there. A Star’s Lover was broadcast on Japanese satellite and cable channel WOWOW TV starting in May, and will follow that... More »

Drama Recaps
City Hall: Episode 8
by | July 22, 2009 | 66 Comments
(written by Samsooki, editing, layout, design and “CSW is ours” by 0timelost, cleown, and mead33) City Hall: Episode 8 – “Wonder Woman” or “The Other Woman”? What a beautiful opening scene, with flower petals and budding crushes in the air. Smells like spring love, perhaps. As Episode 8 begins, we... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Singles director back with Loveholic
by | July 22, 2009 | 7 Comments
Kim Heung-soo, Jung Chan The director of movies Singles and I Like It Hot, Kwon Chil-in, is back for another movie titled Loveholic [러브홀릭]. (Speaking of which, can we have a moratorium on things called “Loveholic” now?) The movie focuses on a “normal married couple” and features four main leads... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ara eyes lead role in soccer drama
by | July 22, 2009 | 42 Comments
Go Ara After a brief rocky period for the producers, Go Ara‘s name has risen as top contender to lead MBC’s soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨 땅에 헤딩 -- and if anyone has a better translation, I'm all ears!]. The drama production had been imperiled once its lead... More »

Celebrity News
Choi Ji-woo for Vidi Vici
by | July 21, 2009 | 77 Comments
It’s almost hard to remember that Choi Ji-woo rose to fame portraying an innocent image when she’s been gravitating more toward chic, refined characters and looks in recent years. She poses here for a new photo shoot called “Vidi Vici by Lee Kyung-min,” which is basically a photo shoot promoting... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung Ryeo-won says goodbye to Ja Myung Go
by | July 21, 2009 | 40 Comments
SBS’s sageuk Ja Myung Go was supposed to be a 50-episode fusion historical extravaganza, but, as we know, it’s had its share of troubles. The drama took too long to introduce its adult stars (six weeks), including headliner Jung Ryeo-won, and never really caught on. Once the storyline got going... More »

Celebrity News
Park Shin-hye in New Caledonia
by | July 21, 2009 | 24 Comments
Park Shin-hye hasn’t done much acting recently, but she’s been featured in enough CF’s to earn her the description of CF queen. (Then again, that designation tends to be thrown around pretty loosely these days…) Recently, she took off for New Caledonia for a special on lifestyle channel O’live called... More »

Drama Casting & News
Press conference day for SBS’s Dream
by | July 21, 2009 | 41 Comments
Ja Myung Go is wrapping up this week, and you know what this means: Next Monday, the much-buzzed-about new drama Dream premieres. The SBS drama held its production press conference in Busan on July 21, and the lead actors came looking fan-tas-tic. See for yourselves! Tags: Choi Yeo-jin, Dream, Joo... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Reworking Chun-hyang’s folktale in Tale of Bang-ja
by | July 20, 2009 | 7 Comments
Ryu Seung-beom, Kim Joo-hyuk Hm, interesting. They’re making another version of the famous folktale Story of Chun-hyang, called Story of Bang-ja [방자전]. The folktale tells of two young lovers in Joseon times, gisaeng’s daughter Chun-hyang and nobleman’s son Mong-ryong, and the trials and tribulations they overcome on their way to... More »