Drama Recaps
Smile: Episode 19
by | November 29, 2009 | 65 Comments
With Jung-in and Hyun-soo’s relationship in bloom, the drama could have easily slowed down. But I think it’s holding strong. The writer Moon Hee Jung (Last Scandal of My Life) does a clever job of keeping their honeymoon phase in check by adding in some light-hearted, fake to real sparring... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Seon-kyun films CF with wife
by | November 29, 2009 | 21 Comments
Lee Seon-kyun (Paju, Coffee Prince) and his new wife, Jeon Hye-jin, became parents last week when their first child, a son, was born. The happy couple is now also getting a chance to work as a team, as they’ve both been chosen to endorse Sempio Foods and appear in a... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
No Mercy for Ryu Seung-beom, Sol Kyung-gu
by | November 29, 2009 | 7 Comments
Here’s a closer look at Ryu Seung-beom and Sol Kyung-gu‘s upcoming movie No Mercy (용서는 없다, which I’d previously translated as No Forgiveness). The Silence of the Lambs-like plot (watch preview below) features Ryu as a vicious killer with a secret who proposes a “dangerous deal” with Sol, who plays... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Ha Jung-woo takes on a legal thriller
by | November 29, 2009 | 3 Comments
After much success in a thriller role (with The Chaser), film actor Ha Jung-woo is about to take on another thriller, the movie The Client [의뢰인], which is still the working title. (A production company source explains that the details aren’t finalized yet, but it appears as though the project... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Romantic-comedy drama recommendations
by | November 28, 2009 | 287 Comments
Since I’ve had a lot of requests for drama recommendations following You’re Beautiful, I thought I’d put this up as its own post. I may be spotty with some of the other genres out there, but I’m ALL about the trendy drama! The following is a list of my recommendations... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Sequel in the works for Go-sa: Bloody Midterms
by | November 28, 2009 | 6 Comments
Perhaps you’ll recall the Kim Bum high school horror movie Go-sa: Bloody Midterms [고사 : 피의 중간고사], which also starred Lee Beom-soo as a teacher and former Seeya member Nam Gyu-ri as a student and Kim Bum’s love interest. It had a pretty successful run last summer with sales of... More »

Celebrity News
Star families featured in Share Happiness
by | November 27, 2009 | 7 Comments
A few more stars have unveiled their siblings and family members in a photo spread for Elle Korea, which corresponds to the magazine’s “Share Happiness” charity campaign. Pictured above are Han Ji-min (Cain and Abel) with her sister, looking quite alike as they pose together. Below is actress Yoon Jin-seo... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hero struggles to gain ground
by | November 27, 2009 | 14 Comments
Now in its second week, MBC’s Hero is facing a tough road with very low ratings even as viewers are praising the drama. The low numbers are somewhat understandable this week, since IRIS is going strong and You’re Beautiful went out on a high note with an 11.9%. Considering that... More »

Celebrity News
Gong Yoo’s upcoming army release
by | November 27, 2009 | 92 Comments
Another upcoming army release! Get ready to welcome back Coffee Prince actor Gong Yoo — while fellow actor Chun Jung-myung was released today, Gong Yoo will be discharged on December 8. Both enlisted at the height of their popularity last year, and the fan love is still going strong as... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #111
by | November 27, 2009 | 326 Comments
  For those of you/us in the States, Happy (day after) Thanksgiving! Hope you all had lots of turkey and good stuff. I personally have no desire to brave the mad shopping crowds for Black Friday, but may you all be blessed with good retail luck. I’m off to bask... More »

Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 16 (Final)
by | November 26, 2009 | 485 Comments
Well, here we are: the final episode. I liked it quite a lot, and thought it tied up our ends nicely. I enjoyed the way the main conflict was resolved, and while it wasn’t perfect, I like its balance between hitting that dramatic climax and reminding us of its sense... More »