Drama Casting & News
Cast members featured on Boys Before Flowers OST
by | January 8, 2009 | 58 Comments
No point in deliberately hiring idol stars and then not making use of their pop-music backgrounds, right? Two of F4 members in the new drama Boys Before Flowers got their starts in kpop, and will be featured on the drama’s soundtrack. Kim Hyun-joong (“Yoon Ji-hoo”) is a singer for the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Fighting princesses Ja-myung and Nak-rang
by | January 7, 2009 | 28 Comments
SBS’s upcoming sageuk series Princess Ja-myung, described as a “heroine fantasy sageuk,” has just begun shooting. In the stills shown here, Jung Ryeo-won (top) and Park Min-young show some of their newly developed fighting skills, with Jung playing Princess Ja-myung, and Park as her younger sister, Princess Nak-rang. In folklore,... More »


Drama Casting & News
Return of Iljimae meets the press
by | January 7, 2009 | 24 Comments
MBC’s Return of Iljimae held its production press conference on January 7, featuring its lead actor, Jung Il-woo, who will attempt to make his hero as much a success as Lee Junki did in SBS’s drama last year. When asked about the burden of following such a successful take on... More »


Celebrity News
Yoo Ji-tae goes kpop (kinda)
by | January 7, 2009 | 4 Comments
Yoo Ji-tae, currently in the SBS drama A Star’s Lover, is taking part in a kpop album, oddly enough. He’s featured on kpop singer Jinju‘s new album “Pearlfect” (someone’s idea of a clever pun, I’m sure, since “jinju” means pearl). But the actor-director isn’t singing, exactly — he and another... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 2
by | January 6, 2009 | 167 Comments
I feel better about Boys Before Flowers after Episode 2. The drama is still very flawed, and I think I’m going pretty easy on it — I could snark much more if I wanted to — but I don’t want to be mean about this series. I have a lot... More »


Celebrity News
Classic Maestro gets a special limited edition run
by | January 6, 2009 | 12 Comments
Beethoven Virus‘s Kim Myung-min‘s classical-music compilation album, Classic Maestro, has met with such success that another pressing is in the works, this time as a limited edition as a particular keepsake for fans. Only 200 of these special-edition CDs will be released, each coming with Kim’s autograph and labeled with... More »


Celebrity News
Park Shin-yang criticized by netizens, SBS denies involvement
by | January 6, 2009 | 27 Comments
On January 6, a netizen wrote on an online café some words of criticism for Painter of the Wind star Park Shin-yang, pretending to be the drama’s director, Jang Tae-yoo (at left, with Park on far left). No big deal, right? I mean, anyone can comment on this site using... More »


Theater/Musicals
Joo Ji-hoon is Don Juan
by | January 6, 2009 | 18 Comments
Joo Ji-hoon (Devil, Goong) is debuting on the musical stage in a production of Don Juan. Last seen in the movie Antique Bakery, the 27-year-old Joo promises to show a “whole new side of me that hasn’t been seen in dramas or movies.” That shouldn’t be hard, since we’ve never... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 1 [Korean Hana Yori Dango]
by | January 5, 2009 | 216 Comments
Word of warning: Lower those expectations, folks. Episode 1 of Boys Before Flowers was not a home run. I’d say it got off to a choppy start, with good and bad points and a couple nice surprises. I’m not terribly disappointed, but I also wasn’t expecting gold, either. On the... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Marine Boy press conference
by | January 5, 2009 | 11 Comments
(Be glad I resisted the urge to title the post “Marine Boy swims into theaters” — it was difficult to pass up, but I managed.) The new crime thriller Marine Boy held its production press conference on the morning of December 5, featuring its stars Jo Jae-hyun (New Heart), Park... More »


Drama Casting & News
General Hospital may get third season
by | January 5, 2009 | 18 Comments
Who’s watching General Hospital 2? (I confess to trying the first episode out of love for Mr. Director, but did not get hooked.) Looks like you may be getting a General Hospital 3. The MBC drama is currently in talks to consider another season, according to a rep from the... More »