Celebrity News
Han Ji-hye takes on shoe designing
by | March 11, 2009 | 14 Comments
She’s known for having a flair for fashion, and she rocks the red carpet more often than not. Now actress Han Ji-hye, like fellow fashion dabblers Rain and Yoon Eun-hye, is trying her hand — er, foot? — at fashion design. Shoe design, to be exact. Just coming off the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ja Myung Go kicks off with a whimper
by | March 11, 2009 | 66 Comments
So, who caught the premiere of Jung Ryeo-won‘s new grand historical series Ja Myung Go [자명고]? (It has apparently dropped the “Princess” from its title.) …Nobody? Well, you’re not alone — ratings were abysmal (4.1%), considering the months of hype leading up to it. After trying to maneuver its premiere... More »

Drama Casting & News
Moon Chae-won’s Life is Beautiful
by | March 11, 2009 | 22 Comments
Don’t know this face? You’ll probably be seeing a lot more of it in the future. Moon Chae-won is following up her breakthrough role as Moon Geun-young’s same-sex love interest in last year’s Painter of the Wind with a new leading role in an SBS drama, Life is Beautiful [인생은... More »

Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 19
by | March 10, 2009 | 313 Comments
We’re back to fun and cute, hurrah. I don’t actually think the new songs in this second half are any better than the songs in the first half (and they’re just as inappropriately used). It’s more a matter of not having had the songs hammered into our brains relentlessly (yet?),... More »

Celebrity News
Choi Ji-woo strikes out on her own
by | March 10, 2009 | 29 Comments
Choi Ji-woo is flying solo, leaving her management behind to establish her own company. The glam (and melodrama) queen has ended her contract with Olive Nine, and even before its expiration (on March 1), Choi been approached with many management offers from other large companies. Ultimately, Choi decided to assert... More »

Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 18
by | March 9, 2009 | 265 Comments
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both (and add a dash of the embarrassing) and there you have: A typical episode of Boys Before Flowers.   SONG OF THE DAY Leessang – “JJJ” [ Download ] Tags: Boys Before Flowers, Gu Hye-sun, Kim Bum, Kim... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sending off East of Eden
by | March 9, 2009 | 158 Comments
With East of Eden finally heading to its close this week — Tuesday will broadcast its final episode — the drama’s stars Song Seung-heon and Yeon Jung-hoon gave a closing press conference on the afternoon of Monday, March 9, at Seoul’s Lotte Hotel. Since I haven’t been covering this drama... More »

Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 11
by | March 8, 2009 | 31 Comments
What a great episode. It hit all the right elements — humor, pathos, sadness, hope, and oh yeah, action. (Was that a cool fight scene or what?) SONG OF THE DAY Jang Yoon-ju – “Fly Away.” I mentioned before how Korean supermodel Jang Yoon-ju was putting out a solo album... More »

Kpop News
Lee Yeon-hee sings for Super Junior
by | March 8, 2009 | 83 Comments
Well, I suppose it isn’t totally out of line, considering that Lee Yeon-hee, who is managed by SM Entertainment, was almost in Girls Generation back in her training days. But I admit I tire of singers crossing over as actors with mediocre acting skills, as well as the reverse, actors... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Dong-gun in Yokohama
by | March 8, 2009 | 26 Comments
Happy birthday, Jang Dong-gun! The Hallyu fave of movies Typhoon, Friend, and Taegukgi celebrated his birthday a day early, on March 6, with a group of 4,500 fans in Yokohama. (It was Jang’s 37th; he was born March 7, 1972.) The event had the usual video clip screening (tracing Jang’s... More »

Question: To post or not to post
by | March 7, 2009 | 76 Comments
With the recent death of actress Jang Ja-yeon, we can expect to see a flood of paparazzi photos of celebrities paying their respects to the deceased. Every time a celebrity suicide occurs, I feel conflicted about (1) the press’s intrusion and the media spectacle this inevitably presents, and (2) posting... More »