Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 17
by | August 11, 2008 | 3 Comments
They should create a spinoff with Orroz and Chul Seok, because these two are the only ones pulling their acting weight these days. Both are strong in today’s episode, in a way that transcends the cheese factor of the drama’s storytelling (the drama plot itself isn’t so cheesy these days,... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 15 & 16
by | August 11, 2008 | 10 Comments
Gourmet really took an upswing with these two episodes, I thought. Sometimes I feel like I can see all the strings dictating the course of play — those dramatic puppet strings that are best made invisible — such as what is being set up for what future eventuality, which relationships... More »


Drama Casting & News
Taking a gamble with Tazza
by | August 11, 2008 | 18 Comments
New stills are out for upcoming gambling drama Tazza, featuring its main cast: Han Ye-seul (above), Kim Min-joon (below left), and Jang Hyuk, getting into trouble as always (below center and right). The stills were taken from a shoot for the title sequence at the drama’s gambling-den set, which is... More »


Celebrity News
It’s long, lean lines for the new face body of Hilfiger Jeans
by | August 11, 2008 | 11 Comments
Former Miss Korea contestant (2000) and actress Park Shi-yeon shows off her long lines as the new model for Hilfiger Denim’s Wave Jean line. She strikes her best fashionista pose in these new photos for the ad shoot. Lovely pics, but they look pretty heavily, um, doctored, don’t they? Someone... More »


Drama Recaps
Hometown of Legends Episode 1: The Gumiho
by | August 10, 2008 | 32 Comments
[javabeans: Please join me in welcoming Sevenses to Dramabeans as a new writer and recapper! Dramabeans.com: Now with more dramas! (Also more beans?) I look forward to reading more of her funny, witty recaps, particularly of dramas I'm not currently watching such as this one. Hope you enjoy, and keep... More »


Pop Culture & Society
Swimmer Park Tae-hwan awash in congratulations
by | August 10, 2008 | 23 Comments
As we know, Koreans sure have a fierce sense of cultural pride (sometimes to uncomfortably myopic degrees). So it’s no big surprise that all are elated with Olympic gold medalist Park Tae-hwan‘s win in the 400m freestyle on August 10. In about the half-day since he’s won the medal, his... More »


Celebrity News
A kiss for good luck
by | August 10, 2008 | 3 Comments
Bada donates a kiss in the name of the “Love’s Magic Kiss Relay” campaign on August 10 in Seoul’s Myungdong district. The campaign features 11 female stars (also Hyori, Seo In-young, Sohn Tae-young, Solbi, Hwangbo, Shin Bong-seon, Wang Bit-na, Ahn Hye-kyung, Ha Yumi, Choi Eun-kyung) donating their lipstick kisses (made... More »


Celebrity News
‘Fro my goodness
by | August 9, 2008 | 20 Comments
Are all the stylists in Korea on vacay or something? What the frak is going on with stars these days? I mean, why would you style yourself like this, above, when you normally look like this? Lee Seon-kyun attends the 2nd Korea Youth Film Festival on August 9. Oh, honey.... More »


Celebrity News
Han Ji-hye’s Olympic “Friends”
by | August 9, 2008 | 19 Comments
On August 9, actress Han Ji-hye took her place in front of the mic at Intersound recording studio in Seoul. She was there to sing the (or should I say one of many) Olympic theme song “Friends” with a guy identified merely as “Chinese star William.” (Using those details, I’ve... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Da-hae extends role as kimchi girl
by | August 9, 2008 | 8 Comments
Looks like Lee Da-hae has done so well hawking the Samsung-brand Hauzen kimchi refrigerator that they’re extending her contract with her another year, bringing her total time serving as brand model to three years. As the face of Hauzen, she has capitalized on her cute, lively image, popularized the “asahk... More »


Celebrity News
Wedding plans continue for Kwon Sang-Woo
by | August 8, 2008 | 10 Comments
Kwon Sang-woo is taking a cue from popular variety-show host Yoo Jae-seok in planning his upcoming nuptial proceedings. With only a month and a half till he ties the knot with Sohn Tae-young (retract those claws, ladies), he’s adopting the same rules for the Big Day that Yoo engaged for... More »