Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 21
by | March 17, 2009 | 282 Comments
Three good episodes in a row! What is going on here? Okay, okay. Perhaps if I were to take a coldly analytical look at this, I might concede that all three episodes in question (and then some) were mightily flawed and riddled with enough logic holes to make you think... More »

Celebrity News
Book releases for Tango and Goodbye, Hill
by | March 17, 2009 | 28 Comments
Gu Hye-sun’s “Tango”; Cha In-pyo More book news. First, we have the new cover art (above) and a bit more description about the book being published by Gu Hye-sun (Boys Before Flowers), titled Tango. Gu’s book is based on memories of her own bittersweet first love, though the fictionalized story... More »

Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 20
by | March 16, 2009 | 228 Comments
I enjoyed this episode; it felt like a return to the style of earlier days, which in my book is a good thing. (It’s sad; I haven’t rewatched any episodes since Episode 10 — up till that point I’d rewatched the episodes multiple times, or at least my favorite portions.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Park Chan-wook unveils Thirst
by | March 16, 2009 | 41 Comments
Whoa. That sure is… eye-catching, to say the least. Here’s the new poster for Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s upcoming vampire-priest film, Thirst. The poster is kind of awesome for evoking not only the dark and provocative aspect of the film (check out the trailer below), but also the “bat” imagery... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Rae-won sings for Insadong Scandal
by | March 16, 2009 | 15 Comments
Actor Kim Rae-won is lending his voice to his fourth OST, this time for his upcoming movie Insadong Scandal. He’d previously sung on the soundtracks for several projects: the 2005 film Mr. Socrates, 2006’s Sunflower (listen below), and 2008’s drama series Gourmet (listen here). The song he’ll sing is actually... More »

Kpop News
The Blue is back!
by | March 15, 2009 | 33 Comments
The Blue: Kim Min-jong, Sohn Ji-chang Omona, ajumma! Okay, this one’s for us old fogeys out there, with some news about old (oooold)-school kpop. The popular-in-the-’90s vocal duo The Blue — aka actors Kim Min-jong and Sohn Ji-chang — are reuniting. *sound of crickets* Yeah, I know most of you... More »

Drama Casting & News
Good Job, Queen of Housewives
by | March 15, 2009 | 46 Comments
Eom Ki-joon, Chae Rim of “Good Job, Good Job” There are a couple of new dramas on the block, although I don’t know if either of them will make a splash. Both come from MBC, who’s probably sweating bullets now that East of Eden has left the building, and taken... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Theater audiences make it a blue White Day
by | March 15, 2009 | 24 Comments
Kwon Sang-woo‘s latest flick, tearjerker romance More Than Blue [슬픔보다 더 슬픈 이야기], enjoyed a strong White Day showing in theaters; its opening weekend sold more than 200,000 tickets — 147,000 of them on White Day alone. Pretty good for a single day’s take. Wild horses couldn’t drag me to... More »

Celebrity News
Happy White Birthday, Kang Ji-hwan
by | March 14, 2009 | 24 Comments
Sometimes Kang Ji-hwan can be such a dork, and I love it. Last year, Kang celebrated his (March 20) birthday with his Hong Gil Dong castmates, as he was busy filming that drama at the time. This year, the Rough Cut (A Movie Is A Movie) actor held a White... More »

Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 12
by | March 13, 2009 | 31 Comments
Another reliably solid episode, and some signs of shifting relationship dynamics. What this drama does well (among so many other things) is knowing just when to change things up — not so suddenly that we feel jerked around by plot, but not so slowly that we’re grinding our teeth in... More »

Kpop News
Seo Taiji gives “Juliet” a White Day launch
by | March 13, 2009 | 12 Comments
Seo Taiji‘s back! The k-rock icon released the first part of his 8th “Atomos” album last year (“Part Moai”), and now he’s released the second (“Part Secret”), which went on sale this week. And to kick off the round of promo work for this disc, he’s holding a White Day... More »