Chungmuro/Film News
Pusan International Film Festival’s opening night
by | October 2, 2008 | 51 Comments
It’s kind of unnerving how all the news right now is either Choi Jin-shil‘s sudden death or the 13th Pusan International Film Festival (PIFF), and sometimes while looking through the news listings, it’s easy to confuse the two based on the thumbnail images. (Given the timing, as far as I... More »


Celebrity News
More on Choi Jin-shil’s suicide
by | October 2, 2008 | 91 Comments
This is all very sad, particularly because Choi Jin-shil seems to have been very depressed, but not to the extent that anybody around her could have foreseen such dire actions. (Sports Chosun has a lovely collection of photos over the years chronicling Choi Jin-shil’s career.) The police have ruled Choi’s... More »


Drama Casting & News
Meet your Korean F4
by | October 1, 2008 | 321 Comments
What horrible timing following Choi Jin-shil’s shocking death, because now it’s hard to get that excited about news I/we have been waiting forever to hear, which is the announcement of the “F4″ guys in the Korean Hana Yori Dango, aka Boys Before Flowers. Although it was floated around that the... More »


Celebrity News
Choi Jin-shil found dead, indicators point to suicide
by | October 1, 2008 | 136 Comments
The beautiful and talented Choi Jin-shil (age 40, most recently of The Last Scandal of My Life) has been found dead in her home in Seoul. According to police, her body was discovered at 6:15 am on October 2 and the reasons for her passing are under investigation. Police said,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
These boys don’t cry
by | October 1, 2008 | 7 Comments
…but they do attend high-profile film festivals. Actors Lee Wan and Song Chang-eui of the film Boys Don’t Cry (director Bae Hyung-joon) are expected to attend the upcoming Pusan International Film Festival, including the Asia Pacific Actors Network (APAN) event on the 3rd. In addition to those appearances, both actors... More »


Drama Casting & News
Getting ready to fight it out on cable
by | October 1, 2008 | 5 Comments
It’s a sibling twofer! First Uhm Jung-hwa, now her kid brother. When I first heard of Yoo Gun‘s new Fight Club-esque cable drama (titled Fight), I only had a mild interest. But now an additional actor has been cast, and he is one for whom I have a lot of... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Restoring masterpieces in Insadong Scandal
by | October 1, 2008 | 14 Comments
Actress/singer/lingerie entrepreneur Uhm Jung-hwa joins Kim Rae-won in the upcoming movie Insadong Scandal, which is set in the art world and takes a behind-the-scenes look at art restoration and reproduction. Although she’s taken on numerous acting projects in her 15-year career (previous screen roles include the drama Wife and the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Choi Ji-woo and Yoo Ji-tae in “A Star’s Lover”
by | September 30, 2008 | 17 Comments
After acting for ten years, Yoo Ji-tae is taking on his debut drama role. Despite his many film roles (Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Ditto, Hwang Jini, Attack the Gas Station) and his additional career as filmmaker, remarkably Yoo has never done a television series before. While we see many... More »


Drama Recaps
Love & Marriage: Episode 10
by | September 30, 2008 | 30 Comments
I’m actually liking the side characters more as we progress… Don’t get me wrong, the main relationship is the whole point of this drama, but I’m warming up to Kyung-hwan, and even — surprisingly — Kang-hyun’s mother. Maybe I just like immature characters? SONG OF THE DAY Kim Yeon-woo –... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Jae-wook in Japan
by | September 30, 2008 | 42 Comments
Talk about shooting to fame. Kim Jae-wook is still a relative newbie, currently acting in Kingdom of the Wind after breaking out as “Waffle Sun-ki” in last year’s Coffee Prince, but already he’s had his first overseas fanmeeting. On September 27 in Tokyo, he met his Japanese fans for his... More »


Celebrity News
Warm-Hearted celebs share with disabled children
by | September 30, 2008 | 8 Comments
Nine members of the entertainment-world service organization “Tasamo” [따사모, which is short for "Gathering of Warm-Hearted People"] held an event on the 29th in the name of building relationships with the Social Welfare Society. The organization also donated 4 million won’s worth of educational materials for disabled children, including touch... More »