Gumiho vs. Kiss: Vote!
by | August 28, 2010 | 387 Comments
As you know, an epic showdown is approaching, with My Girlfriend Is a Gumiho and Playful Kiss both airing on Wednesday-Thursday nights. Girlfriday and I have literally spent hours (HOURS!) trying to figure out how to handle recaps of both dramas (if Playful Kiss ends up being recap-worthy, that is),... More »

Drama Casting & News
Choi Su-jong to play next Korean President
by | August 28, 2010 | 29 Comments
Interesting how dramas always come in pairs, right? There’s Gumiho Fox Child and My Girlfriend is a Gumiho, Runaway and Athena, Road No. 1 and Comrades. Now Daemul vs. President? Veteran actor Choi Su-jong (most recently of Comrades, and for those of you who remember the nineties, Jealousy) has just... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Ji-soo and Ahn Jae-mo join King Geunchogo
by | August 28, 2010 | 12 Comments
Two more actors have been added to the upcoming KBS sageuk series King Geunchogo, which has already cast Kam Woo-sung (Alone in Love) as the titular king: Kim Ji-soo (Women in the Sun) and Ahn Jae-mo (King and I, Yeon Gaesomun). This is Kim’s first sageuk and her first drama... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Three Korean movies at Venice film fest
by | August 28, 2010 | 21 Comments
Korea’s having a good year in the festival circuit. With Cannes under its belt and sights set on Toronto, Chungmuro takes on Venice, with three films next month. Invincible, starring Song Seung-heon, Joo Jin-mo, Kim Kang-woo, and Jo Han-seon, will be part of a retrospective, honoring prolific Hong Kong director... More »

Drama Recaps
I Am Legend: Episode 7
by | August 27, 2010 | 49 Comments
The above screencap comes from one of my favorite scenes in this episode. I love that this drama focuses on all the girls in the band; while Ah Reum still needs some more development, I’m sure we’ll get there after this week’s episodes – which were great in keeping up... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Jia prepares to kick butt in Athena
by | August 27, 2010 | 33 Comments
Lee Jia hasn’t been the focus of most of the Athena-related promo material, but this week a video clip was released showing snippets from her training sessions for the drama’s fight scenes. The clips are brief and the video is grainy, but it gives a good idea of Lee’s fighting... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Hee-sun’s Faith up for a 2011 premiere
by | August 27, 2010 | 19 Comments
The high-budget drama production of Faith is going forward despite the loss of its star Lee Jun-ki to military service. (Lee had been cast, but was forced to drop out.) Kim Hee-sun, however, is still onboard, and the 30 billion won project (which seems insanely high for a drama series)... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Nerdy sidekick Bong Tae-kyu cast in lead role
by | August 27, 2010 | 26 Comments
Quirky, geeky, constant-sidekick Bong Tae-kyu has been cast in his first leading role, in a film adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, called Alice. You might recognize him as the spineless friend-turned-thief in this year’s Personal Taste, where he borrowed against his friend Kae-in’s house and then ran away (whatever, Show).... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #150
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 »