Open Thread
Open Thread #38
by | July 11, 2008 | 26 Comments
  Everyone have a good three-day holiday last weekend? (Anyone get caught with fireworks? The neighborhood was uncharacteristically quiet this year, I thought.) What’s going on? SONG OF THE DAY The Ditty Bops – “Sugar and Spice.” How can you not love The Ditty Bops? They’re quirky and offbeat but... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 5 & 6
by | July 10, 2008 | 17 Comments
Again, I decided to summarize the episodes briefly, and spend more of my time talking about the food and the themes presented through it. This approach may be how I continue with Gourmet, because to me the highlight isn’t the drama’s plot or even the food porn (mm, food porn),... More »


Drama Casting & News
Waving both his hair and the conductor’s wand
by | July 10, 2008 | 20 Comments
Kim Myung-min unveils his new curly-top hairstyle for his upcoming role as an orchestra conductor in Beethoven Virus. The classical-music-themed drama also stars Lee Jia as a violinist and Jang Geun-seok as a trumpet player; not loving the casting, but Kim Myung-min will blow them out of the water anyway.... More »


Drama Casting & News
Monday-Tuesday ratings analysis: One hit, one cult following, one flop
by | July 9, 2008 | 23 Comments
When Night Comes, Strongest Chil Woo This is interesting because I’m actually watching all three Monday-Tuesday dramas right now, and I agree with the general points made, and yet find the outcome curious. Gourmet is the undeniable winner, consistently earning more viewers than When Night Comes and Strongest Chil Woo... More »


Drama Casting & News
Casting roll call: Iljimae, Triple
by | July 9, 2008 | 14 Comments
Lee Seung-gi has left the cast of MBC’s upcoming Iljimae, only to be replaced by… Jung Il-woo? On July 9, his management issued the reason: “Because Iljimae kept being pushed back and will film in China for a month, it will add difficulty to his shooting for 1 Night 2... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 8
by | July 8, 2008 | 10 Comments
The bad news: No Magical Hour today. The good news: Still, we get horse chases, whip action, matching Scars of Childhood Trauma, a near face-shooting (insert your own Dick Cheney joke here), impostor assassins, and, oh yeah, DRAG QUEENS. (I should’ve known Chil Woo wouldn’t be complete without drag queens.)... More »


Drama Casting & News
Park Jin-woo plays second fiddle
by | July 8, 2008 | 26 Comments
Remember the cute baseball-playing kid who played Moon Geun-young‘s age-appropriate boyfriend (before she hooks up with Kim Rae-won) in the cute 2004 romantic comedy My Little Bride? Well, the two are pairing up again, because Park Jin-woo has just been cast in SBS’s upcoming high-profile sageuk drama The Painter of... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 7
by | July 7, 2008 | 9 Comments
Most of the time when music is used to tell you how to react to a scene, I find it annoying and a mark of poor writing, or poor music direction, or both. Because while music enhances a scene, the moment shouldn’t NEED a song to tell me when to... More »


Drama Casting & News
Failed dramas still result in high star price tags
by | July 7, 2008 | 30 Comments
Bad Love, Rivals Perhaps as a corollary to this discussion of why ratings are important, for better or for worse (usually for worse), here’s an article that discusses one such ramification: actors who come attached with high price tags that the drama then is unable to recoup when a drama... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Press day for the Good, Bad, and Weird
by | July 7, 2008 | 11 Comments
Although the “kimchi Western” The Good, the Bad, the Weird already had its international screening at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year (to general praise), its official Korean release doesn’t come until later this month. The cast was on hand at the press conference for the film on July 7... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet (SBS): Episodes 1-4
by | July 6, 2008 | 49 Comments
Gourmet got off to a really good start. I understand why it’s winning the Monday-Tuesday drama battle (it’s poised to break the 20% mark any day now) because it’s well-made, well-directed, well-acted, and well-paced. (The assured pacing is more readily achieved in SBS’s recent trend of airing dramas that are... More »