Open Thread
Open Thread #35
by | June 20, 2008 | 43 Comments
  Phew, I haven’t gotten out of town in a long while. I’m heading down to San Diego for zee weekend, and I have one singular goal: to spend as little of that time as possible sober. Woo, mojitos and sake! Erm, not together, of course. (Although…) What do y’all... More »


Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 4
by | June 19, 2008 | 24 Comments
Here’s my take on My Sweet Seoul: The story is unexceptional, the characters are average, and the problems are common and everyday. So far, there’s nothing about this series we haven’t seen before. And yet the show is very charming because it’s executed well, the credit for which goes to... More »


Kpop News
Welcome to the Jaurim family
by | June 19, 2008 | 10 Comments
Isn’t this adorable? Rocker, songwriter and Jaurim frontwoman Kim Yoon-ah poses with husband Kim Hyung-kyu and their eight-month-old baby son for July’s issue of Marie Claire. The article notes how Kim Yoon-ah displayed a different side at the photo shoot, ditching her glamorous onstage image to spend some simple, quality... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episodes 1 & 2
by | June 18, 2008 | 40 Comments
As I briefly mentioned, when I saw the premiere of Strongest Chil Woo, I thought it was pretty bad. Not mediocre or a little uneven, but god-awful. Episode 1 was a mess of bad direction, bad pacing, weird transitions, sloppy storytelling, and laughably similar plotlines to some recent other dramas.... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Yoo Ji Tae travels the short-film circuit
by | June 18, 2008 | 5 Comments
Actor-director Yoo Ji Tae (Oldboy, Hwang Jini) has had a rather successful run with his recent short film Out of My Intention, which just won a special contribution award at the Short Shorts Film Festival (SSFF), in its Asian category. The Tokyo-based film festival is one of the biggest short... More »


Drama Casting & News
Posing pretty for When Night Comes
by | June 17, 2008 | 20 Comments
Stars of MBC’s When Night Comes were on hand on June 17 in Seoul for the press conference introducing their drama. Kim Sun Ah, Lee Dong Gun, Kim Jung Hwa, and Lee Joo Hyun were in attendance as their new series tries to take over from its predecessor Yi San’s... More »


Celebrity News
I Tarzan, you Elle
by | June 17, 2008 | 45 Comments
I guess everyone has an off day? Hot model (and tepid actor) Daniel Henney graces the cover of July’s issue of Elle, which also boasts a photo spread and interview within its pages. Henney shot his spread in Hawaii around the concept of “tough,” “sexy,” and “wild.” I hadn’t thought... More »


Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 3
by | June 16, 2008 | 14 Comments
I still like My Sweet Seoul, but I’m still not entirely sold on it, one reason being a lack of connection with Choi Kang Hee‘s character (I’ll explain the other reasons later). It’s not her acting, because she’s a pretty good actress. And it’s not necessarily her character’s personality —... More »


Kpop News
Just why is Mighty Mouth such a star magnet?
by | June 16, 2008 | 18 Comments
Here’s what I wanna know: Which industry bigwig is brand-new rap duo Mighty Mouth servicing sexually? Or bribing? Or blackmailing? First, Yoon Eun Hye lent her vocals to their debut single, “I Love You,” and her high-profile collaboration helped the track shoot to the top of music charts with stunning... More »


Celebrity News
Bold move, considering his fashion track record
by | June 15, 2008 | 17 Comments
Jae Hee (Delightful Girl Chun Hyang, Three Dads One Mom) and Yoo Ah In (Strongest Chil Woo, Boys of Tomorrow) have just opened up a fashion business together. Ballsy move, considering the various hits and misses they’ve had — or rather, that Jae Hee has had, since I’m not too... More »


Drama Casting & News
Thumbs (and trunks) up for Chil Woo
by | June 15, 2008 | 10 Comments
Eric‘s be-trunked friend from Laos (named “Kam” or “Kahm”) makes its appearance in episode 6 of Strongest Chil Woo (as a diplomatic gift from China). The above photos were taken on the set location in Seoul. KBS’s brand-new drama premieres June 17. Tags: Strongest Chil Woo... More »