Extended Glossary
Glossary: Jondaemal
by | July 12, 2010 | 83 Comments
You can learn a lot about Soulmate’s main cast from the way they chose to address one another Next in the Dramabeans Glossary series is jondaemal, which can be described as “polite speech” or “formal speech.” (Jondae means “honorific,” while mal is the suffix for “speech.”) Just as oppa and... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Duel between Kim Yun-jin and Park Hae-il
by | July 12, 2010 | 10 Comments
Kim Yun-jin (Lost) and Park Hae-il (The Host) have been cast in the suspense thriller Duel [대결], which could also be translated Confrontation or Showdown. The plot revolves around “a mother who must save her daughter, and a son who must protect his mother.” Kim’s character is blessed with a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Bad Guy broadcast cut to 17 episodes
by | July 12, 2010 | 44 Comments
Kim Nam-gil‘s extension was denied, and he will be reporting to army duty on July 15. That means that the beleaguered production of Bad Guy will have no choice but to cut down its run from 20 episodes to 17, according to a source from the drama production. Currently, the... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Wan reports for duty
by | July 11, 2010 | 30 Comments
Actor Lee Wan headed off for his initial five weeks of army training on the afternoon of July 12, reporting at the Nonsan, Chungnam, training facility. Born in 1984, Lee Wan is heading off to fulfill his mandatory obligation after one extension, which he’d been granted in order to be... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Pop Culture: Piggyback Rides
by | July 11, 2010 | 212 Comments
My Name is Kim Sam-soon Hey, girlfriday here to kick off a new series that we’re doing, to call attention to some of the recurring motifs in kdramaland, by way of pop culture. Topics will range from cultural bits of Koreanness, to drama tropes, folktales, to things we simply find... More »

Drama Casting & News
Is Bad Guy in danger of an early cut-off?
by | July 11, 2010 | 56 Comments
Poor Bad Guy. That’s becoming a recurring refrain, but what can you do? The drama is currently working extreme overtime, pulling multiple all-nighters as it films, because its star Kim Nam-gil has been called to report for military service on July 15. The drama had been a few weeks ahead... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Sohn Ye-jin drops out of film My Way
by | July 11, 2010 | 26 Comments
Sohn Ye-jin has dropped out of the blockbuster film project My Way, which had paired her with Jang Dong-gun. Apparently the script has undergone revisions, and her character has been altered. The role has been given a drastic cut in importance, and the changes are significant enough that Sohn has... More »

Celebrity News
Rising star Song Joong-ki
by | July 10, 2010 | 56 Comments
Song Joong-ki has steadily been stealing hearts and taking names. Or you could call it building a fanbase and a solid resume. But something tells me once he takes to the screens as Sungkyunkwan Scandal‘s resident playboy, things are about to get downright crazy. Tags: Song Joong-ki... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Filming wraps on rom-com Cyrano Dating Agency
by | July 10, 2010 | 31 Comments
The two-month shoot recently wrapped on “well-made romantic comedy” Cyrano Dating Agency, a movie about a romance agency with a 100% success rate that helps its clients find love. The star, Lee Min-jung, said, “It was enjoyable, comfortable and a fun set where I could learn a lot. I feel... More »

Drama Casting & News
Dream High scheduled for winter premiere
by | July 10, 2010 | 20 Comments
Dream High is the name of a drama project that has been in the works for a while now, and after stalling a bit in the planning stages, it is finally now a go for KBS. The project drew some early buzz for the big names behind its production, namely... More »

Drama Recaps
Coffee House: Page 12
by | July 9, 2010 | 176 Comments
I liked this episode. There’s a lot that happens here, a lot of movement. Generally I’m not a fan of artificial time skips and big life changes occurring off-camera, but it helps that we’re not dealing with a finale episode here. With several episodes still ahead of us, we’re given... More »