Chungmuro/Film News
The next Chaser-like thriller fills out its cast
by | September 7, 2008 | 7 Comments
Remember the new Chaser-like stocks-’n’-bonds thriller that was announced starring Park Yong-ha? (Title: 작전, or Jakjeon, or Scam — as in, a stock scam.) The third leg of the main trio has been announced; starring alongside Park Yong-ha and actress Kim Min-jung (New Heart) will be Park Hee-soon (Seven Days,... More »


Celebrity News
What is the sound of one foot cycling?
by | September 6, 2008 | 3 Comments
Is it an imminent pratfall? Let’s just say I hope her other foot found the pedal, and quickly. Singer Bada participates in the Seoul Rally bike race. September 7, Seoul. (No helmets or protective gear, Bada? Reckless or just really, really confident?) Tags: Bada... More »


Celebrity News
tvN’s World Special “LOVE”
by | September 6, 2008 | 5 Comments
Actors Shin Hyun-joon and Bae Doo-na were sent earlier this summer to do some charity work abroad via cable channel tvN’s world special “LOVE” (their phrasing) documentary program. I’d mentioned this before Bae Doo-na set off for Nepal, but now that she’s gone there and back, we can see for... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
16th Chunsa Film Festival
by | September 6, 2008 | 19 Comments
Another film festival, another red carpet. On September 6, the city of Icheon was host to the 16th Chunsa Film Festival, which found its red carpet walked by film and TV stars and capped off the night with an awards ceremony. Honors were handed out actors including Ha Jung-woo (The... More »


Drama Recaps
Hometown of Legend: Episode 8 (finale)
by | September 5, 2008 | 13 Comments
Advice from the tired and extremely footsore: if most of your campus goes straight up and down, wear comfy shoes. Also, do not fall behind on your readings. Ever. Well, here we are at the end of the road. I expected it to be more Saw and Grudge-like (I admit,... More »


Theater/Musicals
Taking to a different stage
by | September 5, 2008 | 8 Comments
I love Horan. Not only is she a great singer for electronica group Clazziquai as well as indie band Ibadi (not the strongest vocals, but lovely all the same), she’s smart and literate (she put out a collection of essays, served as book columnist for a magazine, and hosted an... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #46
by | September 5, 2008 | 44 Comments
  What’s cookin’? (Not me, that’s for sure. You know what the worst part about experimenting with cooking is? You have to EAT your failures… each bite… mocking you…)   SONG OF THE DAY Jenny Owen Youngs – “Fuck Was I.” Despite the somewhat harsh title, this is actually a... More »


Drama Casting & News
A potential comeback for Hallyu’s Queen Goddess of Melodrama
by | September 5, 2008 | 20 Comments
After a rather disappointing “comeback” last year with the overproduced (and under-thought-out) action drama Air City, Hallyu (and sob) queen Choi Ji-woo just might be back on television by the end of the year. December will see the start to a new SBS series, Oh! My Goddess!, to be produced... More »


Drama Casting & News
Playing both sides of the gender coin
by | September 4, 2008 | 8 Comments
Early stills released for The Painter of Wind all featured a much different look from its star — different because so far we’ve mostly seen Korea’s Little Sister Moon Geun-young cross-dressing as a young man, in order for her character to pursue painting. Now we get to see her in... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
See ya Next Sunday
by | September 4, 2008 | 8 Comments
It feels like we’re constantly hearing of pop stars venturing forth into acting, and this time it’s rock-ish pop singer Younha who’ll give it a shot. She makes her acting debut in a Japanese film, titled Next Sunday, and explained that the director, Kenmochi Satoki, “saw me singing on a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Beethoven Virus takes its opening bow
by | September 4, 2008 | 24 Comments
The production press conference for Beethoven Virus was held on September 4, featuring its three main stars: maestro Kim Myung-min, violin prodigy Lee Jia, and trumpeter Jang Geun-seok. In keeping with its classical-music theme, the event was held at the opera house at Sungnam Art Center, and the actors posed,... More »