Celebrity News
Kim Hyun-joo in In Style
by | April 21, 2009 | 29 Comments
Kim Hyun-joo is always so pretty, whether she’s playing a rich third-generation chaebol (Boys Before Flowers), or a kind-hearted but damaged ex-convict (Insoon Is Pretty), or anything in between. Here she is pictured in an upcoming issue of In Style, shot at a studio in Seoul’s Nonhyundong, using a “natural”... More »


Drama Casting & News
Just Looking at That Fool
by | April 21, 2009 | 35 Comments
Just Looking [그저 바라보다가] is the new name for the drama formerly called Six Months, and while I think the title change — especially so late in the game — was unnecessary, the new title has the added bonus of being shortened to “그바보,” which means “That Fool.” And, judging... More »


Drama Casting & News
Extension pending for Queen of Housewives
by | April 20, 2009 | 17 Comments
Oh Ji-ho, Kim Nam-joo After Boys Before Flowers left the air, MBC’s Monday-Tuesday drama Queen of Housewives [내조의 여왕] shot up in the ratings, where it currently resides in the 22%-25% range. Not about to let a popular and well-received show go easily, MBC is looking to extend the drama.... More »


Drama Casting & News
What Korean dramas could learn from Japanese productions
by | April 20, 2009 | 84 Comments
There’s an article in the Korea Times (in English) that points out some issues in Korean drama production and what could be improved by looking at the Japanese drama production model. I won’t reprint the whole article here, but the gist is: Korean dramas have higher actor fees, which leads... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ogamdo features love five ways
by | April 20, 2009 | 27 Comments
The upcoming omnibus film Ogamdo [오감도] has a provocative new poster out, and the first question — given its star-studded cast — is which of its leading ladies is featured in the nude photo. The answer: none. The production explained that the poster — which conveys the movie’s primary motif... More »


Celebrity News
Kim Kang-woo: Birth of a Devil
by | April 19, 2009 | 33 Comments
You don’t know how happy I was to see the most recent interview by the net-magazine 10 Asia focusing on Kim Kang-woo — not just because I knew it would be in-depth and insightful, but because he’s currently starring in a drama that’s got me intrigued, KBS’s dark Story of... More »


Celebrity News
Stars caught lying about their ages
by | April 19, 2009 | 51 Comments
Sunwoo Sun (“Queen of Housewives”), Lee Shi-young (“Boys Before Flowers”) For anyone who reads a famous star’s profile online and then feels bad about yourself — psst! They’re usually fake. Or, let’s say, “altered” from strict reality. For instance, not every Korean actress weighs less than 50kg. (Gasp, I know!)... More »


Celebrity News
Thirst: the vampire chic version
by | April 19, 2009 | 18 Comments
These new photos themed around Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s latest film, the vampire horror movie Thirst [박쥐], take a decidedly less shocking approach than the previously released teaser poster, which had received a bit of criticism for being too provocative. (In response to the public reaction, the bat-like imagery of... More »


Celebrity News
Junki’s “Episode 2: The Mask” concert
by | April 18, 2009 | 38 Comments
One thing you can say for sure about Lee Junki: He sure does like a spectacle. After styling himself in ultra-powder-puff-white for his solo album artwork, the actor took on a darker look at his recent fanmeeting-concert, which was called “Episode 2: The Mask.” If you could call his album... More »


Drama Recaps
First impressions: MBC’s Cinderella Man
by | April 17, 2009 | 72 Comments
On Wednesday, Cinderella Man premiered to a disappointing 9.3% rating, which dropped further to 6.7% on its second day. (It was up against Cain & Abel and I Hate You But Let’s Try Again, which both pulled in numbers in the 15%-19% range.) I’ll always take the stance that ratings... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Bonding through music in Sky and Sea
by | April 17, 2009 | 24 Comments
Sky and Sea [하늘과 바다] is the new music-themed film for Jang Nara, wherein she plays a violinist who befriends other young musicians. On the 17th, reporters were invited down to the filming location at a university campus in Ansung, Kyeonggi province. The cast also features singer Hyun Juni playing... More »