Chungmuro/Film News
Character posters out for Le Grand Chef 2
by | December 29, 2009 | 37 Comments
Posters are out for the upcoming Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi War, which is the sequel to the hit 2007 film that also spawned a hit television drama. Kimchi War looks like it’s taking the formula that made both previous projects work — cinematic flair and an eye for beautiful... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Good, The Bad, The Middling [Year In Review, Part 2]
by | December 28, 2009 | 147 Comments
(I’m very pleased to introduce guest review #2, which comes to you courtesy of thunderbolt. Tune back in tomorrow for more! —javabeans) Have you watched The Good, The Bad, The Weird? If you haven’t and the movie is available for rent in a store near you, pick it up and... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Duds and Delights of 2009 [Year In Review, Part 1]
by | December 28, 2009 | 247 Comments
(Just to clarify, this is the first of four guest reviews and is written by Dahee Fanel, whose insights you can read regularly on her own blog, Dahee’s Plastic Castle. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the guest reviews and get as much as I do out of their diverse opinions.... More »

Intro to Dramabeans’ six-part year-end review
by | December 28, 2009 | 16 Comments
It’s that time of year again! Time for the year-end extravaganza summing up the highlights and lowlights in the world of Korean dramas over the past twelve months. In previous years, I’ve asked guest bloggers to help me wrap up the year, and they’ve come through beautifully. This time we’ve... More »

Celebrity News
Kim So-yeon sings for charity
by | December 28, 2009 | 9 Comments
Add Kim So-yeon (IRIS), like Lee Yo-won two posts down, to the list of actors taking on singing projects. Kim will be participating in the charity album put out by her management company, Namoo Actors, which is called the “Love Tree Project” (“namoo” meaning tree). Proceeds will be donated to... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Additional preview for Secret Reunion
by | December 28, 2009 | 18 Comments
A longer “special preview” has been released for the upcoming action-thriller Sworn Brothers (which is the Korean title, 의형제), also called The Secret Reunion, which comes from director Jang Hoon, who also directed the So Ji-sub–Kang Ji-hwan action film Rough Cut (aka A Movie Is a Movie). The film stars... More »

Kpop News
Lee Yo-won sings for special soundtrack
by | December 28, 2009 | 42 Comments
Actress Lee Yo-won, who played the title role in MBC’s Queen Seon-deok, is making her singing debut on a Special OST Part 2 for that drama with the track “Bi-dam” or “비담 (悲談).” (As you probably know, Bi-dam is the character played by Kim Nam-gil, (SPOILER?) with whom Deok-man shares... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Da-hae takes on a male disguise for Chuno
by | December 27, 2009 | 58 Comments
Lee Da-hae dresses in drag in these latest stills for the upcoming fusion action sageuk Chuno (Pursuing Slaves), although I think the men’s clothes hardly obscure her gender at all. (Of all the recent ladies we’ve seen dressing as men — Lee Yo-won, Moon Geun-young, heck, even Park Shin-hye —... More »

Drama Recaps
Triple: Episode 16 (Final)
by | December 27, 2009 | 39 Comments
Done! Finally! I’m pretty conflicted about Triple‘s end — part of that has to do with the plot, but it’s more to do with the drama as a whole. More on that below. SONG OF THE DAY Triple OST – “짙은 바람” by Sub [ Download ] Tags: Kim Hee,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Christmas snowfall results in Christmas date
by | December 27, 2009 | 31 Comments
Will It Snow For Christmas hasn’t (yet?) incorporated a snow motif into the drama proper, but the producers have been hosting a tie-in event for the drama’s fans. They had promised that if it snowed anywhere in Korea over Christmas Eve or Christmas day, they would select winners to go... More »

Drama Casting & News
Behind the scenes from Pasta’s outdoor shoot
by | December 27, 2009 | 16 Comments
Here is our first look behind the scenes on the set of MBC’s Pasta, which had previously released its promo stills and posters. Since the drama is set in an Italian restaurant, much of filming takes place indoors, but apparently whenever the shooting heads outside, the actors have been greeted... More »