Celebrity News
Triple threat Kim Jae-wook
by | July 15, 2010 | 69 Comments
Inch by inch, Kim Jae-wook has been stealing the show in SBS’s Bad Guy, with his deeply layered portrayal of a wounded feral animal, otherwise known as Hong Tae-sung. In a recent interview with 10 Asia, Kim discusses Tae-sung, acting, and his music. Good acting AND an indie band? Are... More »

Drama Casting & News
The Sungkyunkwan Scandal cast speaks to the press
by | July 15, 2010 | 49 Comments
From left to right: Yoo Ah-in, Park Min-young, Micky Yoochun, Song Joong-ki Lots and lots of pretty pictures! The cast of KBS’s Sungkyunkwan Scandal gave a press conference at their drama’s filming set in Kyunggi province on the afternoon of July 15. We’ll probably see them giving another press conference... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Seung-gi cowers before his gumiho girlfriend
by | July 15, 2010 | 75 Comments
…and I love it! After all the prickly alpha males, the misunderstood wounded heroes, and the perfect never-gonna-get-the-girl Daddy Long Legs benefactors, I’m itching for a new kind of male character. And while we’ve had a few beta males in kdrama hero history, it’s not really a common character archetype... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Nam-gil reports for military service
by | July 14, 2010 | 84 Comments
With just one day of rest after wrapping up filming on his drama Bad Guy, actor Kim Nam-gil began his military life on July 15. He reported to the Chungnam, Nonsan, training center on Thursday afternoon, where he will undergo four weeks of training. In addition to recent injuries (such... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung Woo-sung romances Su Ae with a kiss in Athena
by | July 14, 2010 | 58 Comments
First stills are out for spy drama Athena, but rather than high action we get a romantic interlude between the leads, Jung Woo-sung and Su Ae. This kiss scene was filmed on July 11 in Vicenza, Italia, and takes place after the two teammates complete a mission and make a... More »

Celebrity News
My Name Is: Shim Eun-kyung
by | July 14, 2010 | 35 Comments
I love when the Korean sites do my work for me by translating these suckers themselves. Here’s another introductory “My Name Is” interview/profile on actress Shim Eun-kyung, who is currently acting as the younger sister to Han Ga-in‘s lead character in SBS’s Bad Guy. Shim is 16 years old, but... More »

Drama Casting & News
Musical actress Park Hae-mi joins Daemul
by | July 14, 2010 | 14 Comments
I’m not particularly excited by this casting news itself, but it’s good to know that reports are starting to come out again on the Daemul project (finally!). Park Hae-mi joins the manhwa-adapted drama series, which has already scored two big names (and spot-on castings, imo) in Go Hyun-jung as a... More »

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 »