Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Tracking down exes with a flourish, also some magic
by | July 1, 2008 | 18 Comments
Um… can Shin Dong Wook please rehire his hair stylist back from his Soulmate days? He hasn’t had a good haircut in years. Here he dons a mask and shows off a magic trick while recording for his new gig, as the new host of Mnet’s Chasing Your X-Boyfriend. July... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 5
by | June 30, 2008 | 27 Comments
Ooh, Episode 5 is good. And with Strongest Chil Woo, “good” really means “bad,” but you probably already guessed that. This series isn’t just funny. It’s hysterical. I’m pretty hard to surprise, but I have to admit there’s always a moment or two in each episode that literally makes my... More »

But that’s not a Polaroid camera…
by | June 30, 2008 | 6 Comments
The “romantic musical” Polaroid (first mentioned here as Andy’s second stage role) starring former Miss Korea and classical musician Honey Lee (so pretty) held its dress rehearsal–cum–press conference on June 30, the day before its official July 1 premiere. The project is directed by Sung Jae-joon and written by Won... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Korea does Project Runway
by | June 30, 2008 | 7 Comments
Project Runway is coming to Korea. Cable channel On Style is producing and airing the competitive reality show for fashion-designer aspirants, having bought the rights to produce Project Runway Korea from the show’s international distributors, Fremantle Media. Because the production rights have been bought from the purveyors of the original... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 6
by | June 29, 2008 | 8 Comments
You know, I’m not sure if it’s the choice of music, or the way the episodes are structured, or the loose feel of the plot, but there’s something about My Sweet Seoul that reminds me of Japanese shoujo anime. (Perhaps old-school shoujo; I haven’t watched any in years so I... More »

Drama Casting & News
Another young actress’ gender bent
by | June 29, 2008 | 34 Comments
I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard that the cute, bubbly Moon Geun Young would be dressing as a man in the upcoming period drama The Painter of Wind on SBS, but as with Yoon Eun Hye in Coffee Prince, she’s made the transformation (appearance-wise) more credibly than I... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 5
by | June 29, 2008 | 11 Comments
Again, I suggest you watch My Sweet Seoul for yourselves because it’s a show that’s really appreciated in the watching more than the recapping thereof. More than any (or many) other show(s) in recent memory, it’s a drama that earns its charm through its deft, subtle directing, and therefore loses... More »

Kpop News
Kim Jang Hoon collapses in concert
by | June 28, 2008 | 21 Comments
This should be subtitled, “Korea: The Land of Overworked Pop Stars.” Kind of a frightening sight, isn’t it? Singer Kim Jang Hoon collapsed in concert on June 28 and was sent to the emergency room while performing as part of the “West Coast Festival” concert being held for the benefit... More »

Yi Sung Yol giveaway winners!
by | June 27, 2008 | 14 Comments
Congratulations to giveaway winners debb, Fei, Alyssa, and docmitasha! I’ve emailed you; if you don’t get it soon, let me know. If you didn’t win but would like to buy the albums, you can get them from Yesasia: Volume 1 “이날, 이때, 이즈음에…” or Volume 2 “In Exchange.” If you... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #36
by | June 27, 2008 | 11 Comments
  Phew, I’ve had a crazy-busy week. I had so many more posts planned, so many more hours of drama-watching intended, but I’m just pooped. Maybe I’ll have a restful weekend and catch up on everything that fell behind then. TGIF indeed. SONG OF THE DAY Ingrid Michaelson – “Let... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 4
by | June 27, 2008 | 36 Comments
Omg. Strongest Chil Woo is AWESOME (-ly bad). But still, awesome! It is SO corny, and that makes it so, so good. I never thought I’d say this, but one of its best assets right now is its terrible acting. I don’t know if they’re being bad on purpose, or... More »