Drama Casting & News
Honey Lee added to Partner
by | May 26, 2009 | 32 Comments
I know, Partner hasn’t even started and you’re already sick of it! I swear, this’ll be my last post on this drama for a while. Still, I was pleased to see that Honey Lee is the latest addition to the legal drama (I really like her, even though I’ve never... More »

Drama Casting & News
Choi Chul-ho joins Partner
by | May 26, 2009 | 27 Comments
Remember how Queen of Housewives actor Choi Chul-ho alluded to his next project in the recent interview with Yoon Sang-hyun? Turns out that project is KBS’s Partner, the law drama starring Lee Dong-wook and Kim Hyun-joo. Choi Chul-ho follows up his turn as the prickly — but also hilarious —... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Bum and Kim Byul’s movie kiss
by | May 25, 2009 | 135 Comments
As seen in these newly released stills, the action drama film Bisang [or Flight, or 비상] features a kiss between its two actors, almost-20-year-old hot commodity Kim Bum and 22-year-old Kim Byul. The film is described as exploring the themes of young angst, love, pain, and maturation. Kim Bum (Boys... More »

Drama Casting & News
Queen Seon-deok premieres in first place
by | May 25, 2009 | 18 Comments
Jung Ryeo-won (“Ja Myung Go”), Go Hyun-jung (“Queen Seon-deok”) Queen Seon-deok, MBC’s historical extravaganza, got off to a decent start today with a first-place premiere at a 16% rating. Ja Myung Go, already nervous, may as well be put on death watch. In most cases, a first-episode rating number isn’t... More »

Drama Casting & News
Animated Winter Sonata aims for fall TV broadcast
by | May 25, 2009 | 28 Comments
We first heard about the animated version of Winter Sonata being produced way back in 2007, and now the project is making more progress. Lead actors Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, who helped catapult the original kdrama to pan-Asian fame, began the voice work of dubbing the animated version earlier... More »

Celebrity News
MBC also bans Joo Ji-hoon
by | May 24, 2009 | 77 Comments
This isn’t really a surprise, nor is it really even necessary: following the KBS banning of actor Joo Ji-hoon and his partners in drug-crime (drug trafficker Yoon Seol-hee and funder Yeh Hak-young), broadcast station MBC is following suit. I say it’s not necessary because even without the ban, it’s unlikely... More »

Drama Casting & News
The men of Queen of Housewives
by | May 24, 2009 | 27 Comments
Choi Chul-ho and Yoon Sang-hyun The nice thing about a series like Queen of Housewives garnering such popularity is that you get some older actors, who have been in the business for a number of years but haven’t perhaps achieved star status, who now get to come into a late... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Thirst wins jury prize at Cannes
by | May 24, 2009 | 15 Comments
Director Park Chan-wook had won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2004 for Oldboy (the second-place award, below the Palme d’Or); this weekend, he won another award for his vampire horror movie Thirst as the festival closed on Sunday. The film starring Song Kang-ho (The Good, the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Brilliant Legacy leads the weekend pack
by | May 24, 2009 | 70 Comments
Moon Chae-won, Bae Soo-bin, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Seung-gi SBS’s Saturday-Sunday drama Brilliant Legacy [찬란한 유산, aka Shining Inheritance] is pulling in the highest ratings among the weekend dramas, with yesterday’s episode recording a 26.8%. It airs against KBS’s historical series Iron Empress (13.3%) and MBC’s Strike Love (4.1%, ouch). Meanwhile,... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Seon-kyun serenades his bride
by | May 23, 2009 | 65 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun (34) married his 33-year-old bride Jeon Hye-jin on May 23; the event was closed to the media but the couple has released official photos of the ceremony. The day was emceed by Lee’s good friends, actor Oh Man-seok and Hong Sung-bo, and featured a serenade by the groom... More »

Kpop News
Honey Lee performs fusion jazz
by | May 23, 2009 | 18 Comments
The talented Honey Lee — Seoul National University grad, classical music major, 2006 Miss Korea, 2007 Miss Universe 3rd runner-up — is taking her much-lauded skills at the gayageum (classical stringed Korean instrument) and using them for a fusion jazz performance. She’ll take the stage on May 27 and 28... More »