Open Thread
Open Thread #69
by | February 6, 2009 | 53 Comments
  First off, thanks for voting for me in the Golden Klog Awards! I’ve been voted “Best Blog About Korean Pop Culture,” all thanks to you. In fact, you guys were so responsive that, uh, it seems there was a bit of an overwhelming response, or as the web admin... More »


Drama Casting & News
Chae Jung-ahn back onstage
by | February 6, 2009 | 9 Comments
You may know that Chae Jung-ahn (Coffee Prince) got her start in the late ’90s as a (pretty forgettable) dance-pop singer. The actress has said she intends to pursue a career as an actress rather than as a singer these days, but she’ll still be showing off some of her... More »


Celebrity News
Jang Geun-seok shows off his Toucholic rapping
by | February 5, 2009 | 55 Comments
Remember Jang Geun-seok‘s “music drama” “Yepptic & Haptic Love,” for which he sings (and raps) the theme song “Toucholic”? What is essentially a glorified music-video-slash-ad has been released — and, well, it’s pretty hilarious (unintentionally, sure, but still hilarious). The story features a touch-phobic young man who comes into contact... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Jang Nara is back in Sky and Sea
by | February 5, 2009 | 18 Comments
Singer-actress Jang Nara hasn’t been that active in the Korean industry in recent years, focusing much of her career in China instead. (She was also burdened with several planned projects failing to come together.) Now she’s making her film comeback in the movie Sky and Sea, in which she plays... More »


Celebrity News
Remembering Lee Eon through his youth
by | February 5, 2009 | 34 Comments
It was a sad day when Lee Eon, most known for his role in the drama Coffee Prince, died in a motorcycle accident last August. Now a book is being published posthumously, featuring Lee’s own writing and music, called Twenty-seven, Burying Youth. The model-turned-actor, born Park Sang-min, died at the... More »


Celebrity News
Sohn Tae-young, pregnant and In Style
by | February 4, 2009 | 41 Comments
Sohn Tae-young is due any day now, but that didn’t stop Kwon Sang-woo‘s new wife from posing for a photo shoot for March’s issue of In Style. The fashion mag also features an interview with Sohn, who explains choosing to pose because she wanted to capture her pregnancy in its... More »


Celebrity News
Epik High’s Tablo dating actress Kang Hye-jung
by | February 4, 2009 | 50 Comments
Wait, whaaa…? Quirky film actress Kang Hye-jung (Oldboy) has come out and confirmed that she is dating Epik High rapper (and short story writer) Tablo. In an interview with Star News on the 5th, a source close to Kang explained, “Kang Hye-jung has a very candid personality and isn’t the... More »


Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Project Runway Korea set to premiere
by | February 4, 2009 | 31 Comments
It was announced last year that a Project Runway Korea was in the works, and now it’s all set to premiere on cable channel On Style this week. The program will air one episode every Friday at midnight, for a total of ten episodes. Episode 1 was shown at a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Philip Lee in Story of a Man
by | February 4, 2009 | 17 Comments
Most people got their first look at Philip Lee in the blockbuster fantasy-historical drama Legend (Taewangsashingi), in which he played the role of Cheoro. More than a year later, he’s returning to television in the new KBS series Story of a Man. Story of a Man has already attracted notice... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 10
by | February 3, 2009 | 251 Comments
And the ratings break the 30% mark! TNS and AGB are the two media research companies that collect ratings, and typically their numbers are reasonably close. (I tend to go by TNS as more accurate, but that’s just me.) This time, the difference is rather noticeable: TNS records a 30.5%,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kim Sun-ah back on television
by | February 3, 2009 | 41 Comments
Kim Sun-ah‘s long-awaited drama comeback (last year’s When Night Comes) wasn’t the hit it was hoped to be, but now she’s lining up her next drama project: City Hall. The SBS drama plans to air on Wednesdays and Thursdays with a premiere date of April 22, and while a rep... More »