Chungmuro/Film News
Preview screening for horror movie Chaw
by | July 8, 2009 | 12 Comments
Just watch, I’ll bet that after all the razzing I’ve done about Chaw [차우], it’ll put me to shame and turn out to be a hit. It’s just that I can’t get past the dubious-sounding premise of a wild, people-killing boar going on the rampage near a small village that... More »

Pop Culture & Society
A new Miss Korea is crowned
by | July 8, 2009 | 63 Comments
The new Miss Korea has been crowned, and she is Kim Ju-ri, a 21-year-old studying at the Bolshoi Ballet school in Russia. The Miss Korea Pageant took place on the evening of July 8 at Seoul’s Sejong Center for the Performing Arts, and was hosted by former Miss Korea finalist... More »

Drama Recaps
Triple: Episode 7
by | July 7, 2009 | 66 Comments
I am really liking this drama. I wonder if those who are disappointed in Triple were expecting something more trendy, something more Coffee Prince-ish. It doesn’t have the angst or intensity of Coffee Prince, but I’m not disappointed with Triple at all. Rather than comparing to CP, I get more... More »

Drama Casting & News
New figure skating drama Can’t Lose with Moon Geun-young
by | July 7, 2009 | 18 Comments
I’m a little surprised at this, but not in a bad way: Rumors are swirling that Moon Geun-young will take the lead in a new figure-skating-themed drama series, Can’t Lose [질 수 없다]. (Her management confirmed that she is considering the role but hasn’t made a final decision yet.) I’d... More »

Drama Recaps
The Man Who Can’t Get Married: Episode 1
by | July 7, 2009 | 66 Comments
First of all, much thanks to Javabeans for letting me commandeer her site so I could post these recaps and putting up with all my questions. Second, I have to say that I’m really enjoying this show much more than I expected. I am watching the show ahead of where... More »

Drama Casting & News
Swine flu interrupts production for Swallow the Sun
by | July 6, 2009 | 21 Comments
Eep! The team working on SBS’s new big-budget Wednesday-Thursday drama Swallow the Sun has been hit by swine flu as four crew members have tested positive for the illness. With only a day (and a half) left before its July 8 premiere, the production has been advised by health officials... More »

Celebrity News
Rain eyes a return to television dramas
by | July 6, 2009 | 41 Comments
Singer, actor, fashion designer, entertainment company CEO, and all-around entertainer Rain is said to be eyeing a return to broadcast television later this year. According to a rep from Rain’s company J.Tune Entertainment, the star has been looking favorably at several proposals for drama roles, and plans to make his... More »

Drama Casting & News
Sibling rivalries take to the small screen
by | July 6, 2009 | 8 Comments
Ratings battles are always part of the trials and tribulations of television dramas, but is the experience better or worse when one is going up against one’s own sibling? It’s not a common scenario, because while there are several sets of famous siblings in the biz, like Kim Tae-hee and... More »

Celebrity News
Kang Ji-hwan celebrates Japanese fan club anniversary
by | July 6, 2009 | 31 Comments
Actor Kang Ji-hwan (so cute!) celebrated the first anniversary of his official Japanese fan club, and recently traveled to Kobe (July 3) and Tokyo (July 5) for fanmeetings commemorating the event. The attendance was pretty high; Kobe’s fanmeeting held 2,000 fans, while the one at Tokyo International Forum in Yurakucho... More »

Celebrity News
Hyun Bin and Seo Hyo-rim kiss for Outback
by | July 5, 2009 | 27 Comments
Hyun Bin may be currently appearing in a dark, intense drama (Friend, Our Legend), but he takes a decidedly light-hearted approach in his latest CF. In this new CF for restaurant franchise Outback Steakhouse, he and actress Seo Hyo-rim cozy up together but are thwarted by food (Hyun Bin moves... More »

Celebrity News
Park Ki-woong scores a timely hit
by | July 5, 2009 | 20 Comments
Another interview with a Story of a Man cast member! Like his castmate Kim Kang-woo, I’ve previously featured an interview with Park Ki-woong, but these 10 Asia features are such great reading. (I don’t get why there aren’t similarly in-depth interviews with the drama’s actual star, Park Yong-ha! I’ve seen... More »