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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 »

Drama Casting & News
Secret Garden: Jang Hyuk out, Hyun Bin in?
by | August 25, 2010 | 76 Comments
Interesting (and confusing) news: Jang Hyuk may be dropping out of the fantasy-melodrama series Secret Garden, and co-star Kim Sa-rang may follow him out. Being touted as a potential replacement is Hyun Bin. And the reason for all this sudden cast rearrangement: idol star Jaebum? The facts: Secret Garden is... More »

Drama Recaps
Joseon X-Files: Episode 1
by | August 24, 2010 | 65 Comments
I was really, really hoping that cable sci-fi period drama Joseon X-Files (aka 기찰비록, or Gichalbirok), would be good. To my relief/happy pleasure, I thought it was a solid start, and it appears the audience agrees — it scored a solid 1% premiere rating*, which is quite respectable given that... More »