Chungmuro/Film News
More hype for Hype Nation
by | October 7, 2008 | 28 Comments
Oh, this just gets better and better! (If by better you mean “so bad it’s good, no actually, it’s still bad.”) Remember how just yesterday I was saying how Sohn Dam-bi, recently cast in a dance movie as her Hollywood debut, was an odd choice because she doesn’t speak good... More »


Drama Casting & News
Iljimae readies for Round 2
by | October 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
Get ready for the next Iljimae series! If you’re not all Iljimae-d out, that is. I don’t envy the folks behind MBC’s version of the story of folk hero Iljimae, following SBS’s popular series earlier this year with Lee Junki and Park Shi-hoo. Now MBC’s finally getting ready to launch... More »


Celebrity News
Marine Boy and Yoon Eun-hye hook up for Basic House
by | October 6, 2008 | 17 Comments
What does winning the Olympic gold medal get a hot rising athlete? An ad campaign with a top star, of course. “Marine boy” and two-time Olympic medalist swimmer (one gold, one silver at the Beijing Games) Park Tae-hwan is teaming up with Yoon Eun-hye to sell clothing for the apparel... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Another wannabe actor turns wannabe Hollywood debut-er
by | October 6, 2008 | 36 Comments
Meh. The “female Rain” pop dance-singer Sohn Dam-bi is making her Hollywood acting debut. One thing she’s got going for her is that her debut comes in a dance-themed movie, Hype Nation, and even if her vocals are mediocre, she’s a decent (though overhyped) dancer (see MV below). The flick... More »


Celebrity News
Interview from the drama set with Song Hye-gyo
by | October 6, 2008 | 25 Comments
With Song Hye-gyo gearing up to come back to television, she’s again in the spotlight (not that she’s ever really out of it) after taking some time since her last project, the high-budget flop that was the film Hwang Jini. (Her performance was seen as passable, but the movie itself... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Boy Meets Boy at PIFF
by | October 6, 2008 | 21 Comments
On October 5, the short film Boy Meets Boy held an open discussion at the Pusan International Film Festival with its stars Kim Hye-sung (Jenny, Juno) and Yeh Ji-won (Mixed-up Investigative Agency) and director Kim Jo Kwang Su. I remember being intrigued when I first heard about Boy Meets Boy... More »


Drama Casting & News
An extension pending for Beethoven Virus
by | October 6, 2008 | 14 Comments
No doubt MBC is loath to relinquish one of its few successes in a pretty drab year. They are now in talks to extend the Wednesday-Thursday classical-music drama Beethoven Virus, which is performing well at first place in its slot. An MBC rep explained, “We’re talking of extending the series... More »


Drama Casting & News
Setting sail from the World They Live In
by | October 5, 2008 | 31 Comments
Song Hye-gyo and Hyun Bin shoot their upcoming drama The World They Live In in this just-released still photo The drama also features actors Cha Soo-yeon (Nowhere to Turn) as Hyun Bin’s old girlfriend, Bae Jong-ok (Heavenly Beauty Park Jung-geum), Eom Ki-joon (Kimchi Cheese Smile), Daniel Choi (Golden Apple), and... More »


Celebrity News
Suicide of transgender Jang Chae-won belatedly revealed
by | October 5, 2008 | 21 Comments
Jang Chae-won, pre- and post-op Another suicide is now just coming to light, having been overshadowed by the suicide last Thursday of famous actress Choi Jin-shil. This time the victim is transgender entertainer Jang Chae-won, 26, who passed away at home on October 3. Seoul police gave a statement on... More »


Drama Casting & News
And Makino (in the Korean Hana Yori Dango) is…
by | October 5, 2008 | 122 Comments
…Gu Hye-sun??? Erm. Okay. Don’t get me wrong, I like Gu Hye-sun (of hit family drama Pure 19, sageuk King & I, and fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo). A lot. I think she’s one of her generation’s more promising actors. She can do vulnerable, and she can do inner toughness.... More »


Drama Recaps
Painter of the Wind: Episode 2
by | October 5, 2008 | 25 Comments
Y’know, Moon Chae Won is pretty hot, despite her lack of acting ability. And Moon Geun Young is so boyish here, I often forget that she’s a girl. So when the two get together, I almost forget that they’re actually two girls with some pretty crackling chemistry. …Almost, but not... More »