Chungmuro/Film News
Point-counterpoint: Pursuing beauty in 200 Pound Beauty
by | April 9, 2009 | 170 Comments
In last week’s Open Thread, a back-and-forth developed between two commenters that caught my eye, because it dealt with a point that had been at the back of my mind for a while. Ever since I first saw the smash 2006 romantic comedy 200 Pound Beauty [미녀는 괴로워], in fact.... More »

Drama Casting & News
Iris takes temporary break between overseas shoots
by | April 9, 2009 | 26 Comments
Actress Kim Tae-hee is taking advantage of a brief break to focus on getting (more) into shape for her role in the big-budget spy-action series Iris [아이리스]. She’s not a stranger to action shoots, having done wire work and fight scenes in some of her previous projects (Nine-Tailed Fox, Fight),... More »

Drama Casting & News
Six Months and Seon-deok pray for success
by | April 9, 2009 | 36 Comments
Often, you’ll see the cast and crew of a drama holding a prayer ceremony as their production nears airtime, as a ritual to ask for future success and smooth sailing. Two upcoming drama productions just held their ceremonies this week on their respective sets — KBS’s Six Months (above) on... More »

Drama Casting & News
First stills from Triple
by | April 9, 2009 | 42 Comments
There are two more months till MBC’s Triple airs, and now we get our first look at our main character, Min Hyo-rin, who’s frankly taken a bit of a publicity backseat compared to her more famous co-stars (Lee Hana, Lee Jung-jae, Lee Seon-kyun, Yoon Kye-sang). Filming commenced for the series... More »

Drama Recaps
Story of a Man (The Slingshot): Episodes 1-2
by | April 8, 2009 | 53 Comments
Hahahaha. You know what’s funny about my taste in dramas? How utterly unpredictable it is. After the messiness of East of Eden and the overhypedness of Cain & Abel, I thought I’d probably hate KBS’s new thriller drama Story of A Man [남자이야기], or at least be bored by it.... More »

Celebrity News
Hee-sun’s Happy Mom Project
by | April 8, 2009 | 13 Comments
Actress Kim Hee-sun (Smile Again, Sad Sonata) held her first official event as a new mother (she gave birth to a daughter in January) on the afternoon of April 7 in Seoul. The event was to kick off the publication of the “Kim Hee-sun’s Happy Mom Project,” which is a... More »

Celebrity News
Wedding announcements for Lee Seon-kyun, Ricky Kim
by | April 7, 2009 | 54 Comments
Is love in the air, or what? (Well, it IS spring…) Well, Mr. Voice is off the market — Lee Seon-kyun of dramas Coffee Prince, White Tower, and My Sweet Seoul is getting married to his longtime girlfriend, Jeon Hye-jin. The couple has been dating for six years, and is... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Queen of Housewives (MBC)
by | April 7, 2009 | 93 Comments
I found MBC’s Monday-Tuesday drama Queen of Housewives [내조의 여왕] to be a pleasant surprise, as I hadn’t had any expectations for it. At first glance, it’s possible to dismiss this show from its unexciting synopsis and a cast that may be solid but not quite buzzworthy. But no, Queen... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Min-ho gets his groove on for Cass
by | April 7, 2009 | 42 Comments
Ha, beer brand Cass is really milking it, aren’t they? Check out Lee Min-ho‘s latest video — a “behind-the-scenes” look at dance rehearsal, which was most likely leaked to drum up press for his upcoming CF featuring Jessica Gomez. Recall that Cass is taking an ambitious approach in hopes of... More »

Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 14
by | April 6, 2009 | 32 Comments
I’m sorry, Return of Iljimae. It’s like you were the good kid, doing everything right, being perfect and thoughtful and all-around delightful, and yet your troublemaking, problematic, charismatic kid brother Boys Before Flowers got all the attention. And you had to sit there being neglected, not because you were loved... More »

Kpop News
Younha’s new album and “lovely girl” image
by | April 6, 2009 | 32 Comments
It’s not really a new image — recall that kpop singer Younha had also unveiled a more feminine look for her second album last summer. And Younha (aka the “Oricon comet” given her success on Japan’s pop charts before debuting in Korea) has always been very pretty. But she’s gone... More »