Drama Recaps
First impressions: MBC’s Cinderella Man
by | April 17, 2009 | 72 Comments
On Wednesday, Cinderella Man premiered to a disappointing 9.3% rating, which dropped further to 6.7% on its second day. (It was up against Cain & Abel and I Hate You But Let’s Try Again, which both pulled in numbers in the 15%-19% range.) I’ll always take the stance that ratings... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Bonding through music in Sky and Sea
by | April 17, 2009 | 24 Comments
Sky and Sea [하늘과 바다] is the new music-themed film for Jang Nara, wherein she plays a violinist who befriends other young musicians. On the 17th, reporters were invited down to the filming location at a university campus in Ansung, Kyeonggi province. The cast also features singer Hyun Juni playing... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #79
by | April 17, 2009 | 205 Comments
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Chungmuro/Film News
Kang Ji-hwan is still thirsty for success
by | April 16, 2009 | 60 Comments
With the new romantic-comedy spy movie Level 7 Civil Servant (aka Secret Couple) about to come out — it’s in theaters April 23 — both stars have been heavily promoting the movie, which is earning favorable buzz and, in my opinion, looks pretty zippy and fun. Thanks to all the... More »


Celebrity News
Shim Eun-ha resurfaces in rare public appearance
by | April 16, 2009 | 20 Comments
When it became known that one of Korea’s top actresses, the retired Shim Eun-ha, would be showing her artwork at the Seoul Open Arts Fair, the big question was whether the press-shy Shim would make an appearance. (Ever since her marriage and retirement, Shim has stayed assiduously out of the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kim Sun-ah and Cha Seung-won dance for City Hall
by | April 16, 2009 | 73 Comments
It’s press conference day for City Hall! On the 16th, the cast was at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Seoul to talk about the upcoming SBS Wednesday-Thursday drama, which is probably most anticipated for its leading lady, Kim Sun-ah. She stars opposite leading man Cha Seung-won in the upbeat, comic... More »


Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episodes 3 & 4
by | April 15, 2009 | 68 Comments
Holy moly, this show is intense. Because of the scriptwriter, this drama’s point of comparison has generally been Sandglass or Legend (which she wrote), but I think the closest comparison is really 2007’s Devil (aka Mawang). Story of a Man is dark, it’s complicated, it’s densely plotted and you’re not... More »


Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 16
by | April 15, 2009 | 19 Comments
This episode is an example of why I find dramas so much more enjoyable without spoilers, because I’d known what the big moment was going to be and was therefore less affected than I ought to have been. That doesn’t take away from the overall quality of the episode, though.... More »


Drama Casting & News
New posters for Iris
by | April 15, 2009 | 68 Comments
……and nope, still not interested. (I mean, Lee Byung-heon (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) and Kim Tae-hee (Love Story in Harvard) look good… but why do I keep getting a Lobbyist vibe from this production?) KBS’s 20-episode action series Iris [아이리스] will hold its production press conference next month... More »


Drama Casting & News
First look: Six Months begins filming
by | April 14, 2009 | 29 Comments
First stills have been released as Six Months [식스먼스], the new KBS drama starring Kim Ah-joong and Hwang Jung-min, began filming earlier this week. Cast and crew left Korea on April 12 for a four-night, five-day overseas shoot in Guam, which commenced on the morning of the 13th at PIC... More »


Celebrity News
Jung Il-woo trades Iljimae for European vacation
by | April 14, 2009 | 43 Comments
With his drama series Return of Iljimae now finished, actor Jung Il-woo is off to Europe for a long-awaited vacation. Because Return of Iljimae shot much of its footage prior to airing, this means he has spent the past eight months working exclusively on that drama production. As we know,... More »