Drama Casting & News
The rocker ladies of I Am Legend
by | July 14, 2010 | 39 Comments
These are much more fun than the first set of stills from I Am Legend, which showed series lead Kim Jung-eun as a posh city wife. She starts out as a “Cheongdam-dong daughter-in-law,” which is a description in Korean that immediately evokes the image of a well-maintained wife; Cheongdam-dong is... More »

Drama Recaps
Bad Guy: Episode 9
by | July 13, 2010 | 57 Comments
Bad Guy sure got good last week, didn’t it? Perhaps it’s no coincidence that this is when Tae-sung steps it up, plot-wise. His presence has been building gradually, and now he’s starting to take center stage. This drama is at its most compelling — hitting the right mix of humor,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Uhm Tae-woong joins Dr. Champ
by | July 13, 2010 | 64 Comments
Remember Dr. Champ? This guy’s in it too. Via Asia Economy Tags: Dr. Champ, Uhm Tae-woong... More »

Extended Glossary
Glossary: Banmal
by | July 13, 2010 | 103 Comments
While Eun-jo never called Ki-hoon “oppa,” she certainly used her share of banmal with him One of the things I find endlessly fascinating about the Korean language is the magnitude of what people call each other, and how they address one another as relationships evolve. As javabeans noted, in romantic... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim So-yeon takes on Dr. Champ
by | July 13, 2010 | 47 Comments
Prosecutor Princess‘s Kim So-yeon has lined up her new drama series, and it’s SBS’s Dr. Champ, which is a title that just makes me laugh. I suspect that’s not the intended effect. Dr. Champ is a “sports medical drama” that is set at Taereung National Village, which is the Olympic... More »

Drama Casting & News
I Am Legend begins filming, releases first stills
by | July 13, 2010 | 33 Comments
SBS’s I Am Legend will be premiering in a few weeks, and began filming on July 9. Here is lead actress Kim Jung-eun in the first stills released from the production, playing the “Jeon Seol-hee” who leaves her society-wife identity behind after a divorce to front a rock band. These... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hyun Bin drops film Beautiful Us
by | July 12, 2010 | 49 Comments
Remember this? Yeah, not so much anymore. Via TvReport Tags: Hyun Bin... More »

Drama Recaps
Bad Guy: Episode 8
by | July 12, 2010 | 47 Comments
Finally. This is the episode where I felt my first emotional connection with Gun-wook, who used to be an impenetrable wall of cool, but will heretofore be known as Big-Bad-Wall-of-Defenses-Guy. We all know that guy. And it doesn’t makes us love him any less. Tae-sung continues to be equally adorable... More »

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 »