Chungmuro/Film News
Hit film Jeon Woo Chi gets a manhwa series
by | January 20, 2010 | 9 Comments
Kang Dong-won‘s fantasy-hero film Jeon Woo Chi has had a strong box office performance, and at last count had sold 5.2 million tickets. Riding that success comes a manhwa series bearing the same name, which will be released in book form as well as via an online subscription service. Although... More »

Drama Recaps
The Ending Scene to My Love Patzzi: Is This Love, Or Am I Dreaming?
by | January 19, 2010 | 102 Comments
In an effort to get a full analysis of whether My Love Patzzi had an ambiguous ending (as proposed by javabeans) or not, I feel the only possible way to do this is is to go ahead and re-translate from scratch, and then recap, the Final Episode scene where Jang... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Rebuttal #2: A case against My Love Patzzi and the delusions of Samsooki’s Jang Nara obsession
by | January 19, 2010 | 86 Comments
Once upon a time there lived a wee little goldfish. From her little plastic castle inside her little glass fish bowl she often glimpsed views of a television screen that housed human beings, many of whom cried rivers of tears due to something called “cancer” and sometimes bowed down to... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Rebuttal #1: If heroine alienates core bread-n-butter audience, drama is a dud, even if a few misguided males beg to differ
by | January 19, 2010 | 84 Comments
Gauntlet, thrown and accepted! Well, see now, I think there are a few misconceptions I’ve got to clear up right off the bat. First off, this idea that I somehow have good taste. HA! Have you seen my drama ratings? Second, that there’s such a great divide between the “elite... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Why I like Jang Nara and My Love Patzzi: A Defense against the Tyranny of dahee fanel and javabeans, and Why Square Holes Are Problematic
by | January 19, 2010 | 126 Comments
Biting off more than one can chew is not only the proper methodology for eating saltwater taffy, but it is also a way of life for me – how else can we find our limits except by risking failure? And so, as I have been weaned on Mmes. Dahee’s and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Julien Kang added to Road No. 1
by | January 19, 2010 | 21 Comments
Can’t say this has me too excited: Canadian model-actor Julien Kang has been added to the Korean War epic drama Road No. 1, which stars So Ji-sub, Yoon Kye-sang, and Kim Haneul. According to Kang’s management, he will be playing a U.S. Marine platoon leader. I wasn’t really impressed with... More »

Drama Casting & News
Youthful cast takes over daily drama Fine Windy Day
by | January 18, 2010 | 47 Comments
Kim So-eun, Seo Hyo-rim Daily dramas generally bring in stable ratings and have their loyal audiences, but they’re not usually shows that center around — or get buzz for — their hot young casts. However, KBS’s upcoming daily Fine Windy Day [바람 불어 좋은날] is attracting notice for its youthful... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Da-hae in Marie Claire
by | January 18, 2010 | 78 Comments
Guess it must already be that time of the month again, by which I mean that time when all the fashion mags put out teasers of their star-studded upcoming issues. This time it’s Marie Claire featuring Chuno‘s runaway bride, Lee Da-hae, whose spread will be in the February issue. Lee’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Chun Jung-myung puts up his dukes in Vogue
by | January 18, 2010 | 48 Comments
Oh, it is GOOD to have Chun Jung-myung back from the army! The actor is getting right back to work with a new drama (Cinderella’s Sister with Moon Geun-young and Seo Woo) and now a new fashion spread for Vogue. The concept portrays Chun as a mixed martial arts fighter,... More »

Drama Recaps
Chuno: Episode 3
by | January 18, 2010 | 74 Comments
(Samsooki, whom you know from his City Hall recaps, and hjkomo, who previously guest-blogged her year-end review, have stepped up to write recaps for Chuno! Enjoy. —javabeans) Enough ogling the slave-hunters of Chuno! Here are the Gi-Saeng of Chuno! You know, Chuno isn’t so easy to pick up and start... More »

Drama Casting & News
Japan to air Chuno in April
by | January 18, 2010 | 16 Comments
KBS’s hit series Chuno has been scheduled for a Japanese broadcast, and will begin airing in April. The drama had built up strong buzz prior to its airing, and was sold to Japan and Thailand in December before its premiere had even been unveiled. With its high ratings (it’s already... More »