Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 9
by | November 4, 2009 | 241 Comments
A very cute episode that dials back some of the angst and adds in more of the funny. By the way, it seems many people are still confused about who knows what, so here’s where we stand as of the end of Episode 8: Tae-kyung knows that Mi-nyeo is a... More »

Song Chang-eui returns as Hedwig
by | November 4, 2009 | 11 Comments
After a few years of film and drama projects, actor Song Chang-eui (Cinderella Man, Boys Don’t Cry, Scale of Providence) is keeping his promise to fans in returning to the title role of the musical Hedwig (aka Hedwig and the Angry Inch). He had originally taken the role of the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The Host 2 to be film sequel and video game
by | November 4, 2009 | 16 Comments
Concept artwork for “The Host 2″ The Host [괴물] is one of Korea’s top box office hits of all time, and now a sequel AND a video game have been announced, to be produced simultaneously. Given the success of the predecessor, it appears producers are going all-out — their plan... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cast of You’re Beautiful buoyed by fan support
by | November 3, 2009 | 143 Comments
Fan support has been ardent, to say the least, for the SBS drama You’re Beautiful and its young cast. The drama’s lead, Jang Geun-seok, had expressed feeling disappointment that the ratings remain lower than hoped for and that he’d felt responsible as the main cast member. In reaction, fans to... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoon So-yi pinch-hits for Hero as new leading lady
by | November 3, 2009 | 36 Comments
Innnteresting…? MBC has tapped Yoon So-yi to be the last-minute replacement for Kim Min-jung in Hero after the latter was forced to drop out a week before the drama’s scheduled premiere. This has thrown the Hero production for a loop, since all previously shot scenes will have to be redone,... More »

Drama Casting & News
IRIS’s popularity still falls short of expectations
by | November 3, 2009 | 57 Comments
At first, I was a little taken aback at the way the following article frames IRIS‘s popularity in terms of disappointment, because it burst onto the scene with a big splash and has maintained a comfortable lead over its competition. But I suppose this all points to where expectations play... More »

Drama Casting & News
Nam Sang-mi is the Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang
by | November 3, 2009 | 44 Comments
KBS’s current Monday-Tuesday show, Princess Has Returned [공주가 돌아왔다], has been pretty unremarkable (in ratings and in response) and ends on a similarly quiet note this week. On the other hand, I’m looking at the show to take over its slot next week with some interest — Invincible Lee Pyeong-gang... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Four character posters for Lee Jun-ik’s new film
by | November 2, 2009 | 38 Comments
King and the Clown director Lee Jun-ik‘s latest movie, Like the Moon Escaping from Clouds [구르믈 버서난 달처럼], has released character posters for its four leads, and they are simply gorgeous. Based on a manhwa created by Park Heung-yong, this movie is set in the Joseon era as a revolutionary... More »

Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground to air in Japan next year
by | November 2, 2009 | 8 Comments
Well, MBC may have cut down its underperforming Heading to the Ground not once but twice, but perhaps it’ll fare better in Japan: the soccer drama will air beginning in January under the slightly altered title No Limit: Heading to the Ground. The drama may have had a dismal run... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
New Bisang poster features Kim Bum’s two love interests
by | November 2, 2009 | 30 Comments
A new poster is out for Kim Bum‘s new movie Bisang (first poster here), which shows the young actor in a love triangle as he poses in turn with each of his co-stars; the top photo shows Kim Bum with Lee Chae-young, while the bottom features Kim Byul. As the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jang Nara’s Sky and Ocean flops big at box office
by | November 2, 2009 | 40 Comments
Ouch. Jang Nara‘s latest film, Sky and Ocean [하늘과 바다], hasn’t just flopped at the box office, it put in a decidedly miserable showing in last place in its opening week. It seems these days we’re hearing about new films breaking records by bringing in millions of viewers in a... More »