Drama Casting & News
Hwang Jini raises Ha Ji-won’s profile in Japan
by | January 15, 2009 | 23 Comments
Ha Ji-won is experiencing a second wave of popularity for Hwang Jini, this time in Japan. She won widespread praise for her role as the titular gisaeng character in KBS’s 2006 sageuk drama, which first aired in Japan on NHK’s satellite station last year. After pulling in enough ratings to... More »


Celebrity News
Asia Model Festival Awards
by | January 15, 2009 | 48 Comments
On January 15, the Asia Model Festival Awards were held at Seoul’s COEX Convention Hall. The event took “Asia is One” as its slogan, probably to explain a few of the awards handed to (pan-)Asian actors (read: non-Korean) like Joe Cheng and Hayashi Tantan. I’m not really sure about how... More »


Kpop News
Loveholic’s Jisun returns solo
by | January 15, 2009 | 20 Comments
Modern-rock band Loveholic parted ways with its singer, Jisun, back in 2007, to allow her the freedom to pursue solo work. In the intervening time, we haven’t heard much about the solo stuff, although she has done some collaborations with other artists (such as singing on Epik High‘s fifth-album track... More »


Celebrity News
You are one skinny pregnant lady, Sohn Tae-young
by | January 14, 2009 | 54 Comments
Actress Sohn Tae-young (I’m Sam, Sad Movie), newlywed bride to Kwon Sang-woo (Bad Love), is currently pregnant with the couple’s first child (they married in September). As her due date is at the end of February, this means she’s almost in her last month of pregnancy in these newly released... More »


Celebrity News
Flower boy power
by | January 14, 2009 | 101 Comments
Lee Min-ho, Lee Min-ho, Lee Min-ho. Everywhere you look right now, everyone’s talking about Lee Min-ho. And for good reason, since the formerly little-known actor has experienced a meteoric rise in visibility — and popularity — since last week, headlining KBS’s newest smash success, Boys Before Flowers. The newfound attention... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Na-young to discuss art film with fans
by | January 14, 2009 | 6 Comments
This sounds like a cool event series for fans and film buffs (or it could be, if the guest star has interesting things to say about the works featured): Lee Na-young (Maundy Thursday) will watch a film with fans (one she personally recommends, not one she’s in), then discusses it... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 4
by | January 13, 2009 | 192 Comments
Episode 4 was much better than Episode 3 — although really, like that was hard. Episode 3 was funnier, but 4 was more grounded in reality, which makes it much more watchable, imo. Is this going to be a pattern, with Tuesdays outshining Mondays? I suppose if we must have... More »


Drama Casting & News
Return of Iljimae sold to Japan
by | January 13, 2009 | 14 Comments
Return of Iljimae hasn’t started airing yet (it kicks off next week), but it’s been sold to Japan for $1.32 million (that’s $55,000 per episode, 24 episodes total). A production company rep explains that the series was sold after buyers saw a mere 10-minute selection of highlights. Pre-sale of a... More »


Celebrity News
Back to school for Moon Geun-young
by | January 13, 2009 | 21 Comments
Following her acting Daesang win last month for her role in the sageuk drama Painter of the Wind, Moon Geun-young is returning to school. Moon has mostly kept a low profile from the entertainment sphere while she’s been at school; the 21-year-old actress enrolled in university in 2006 (she studies... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 3
by | January 12, 2009 | 155 Comments
There are some parts of Boys Before Flowers that are pretty good. And then there are parts that are really, really bad. Like, hilariously mockable, I’m-embarrassed-for-you bad.. That won’t stop me from enjoying the drama, but it does put the entertainment into a different category than what I was hoping... More »


Celebrity News
Ryeo-won and Daniel Henney, still buddies
by | January 11, 2009 | 50 Comments
Looks like former co-stars Jung Ryeo-won and Daniel Henney are still chummy, several years after they were cast together in My Name Is Kim Sam-soon, the drama that made them both household names. (They hit it off while filming and even shot several CFs together afterward, thanks to their popularity... More »