Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground to air in Japan next year
by | November 2, 2009 | 8 Comments
Well, MBC may have cut down its underperforming Heading to the Ground not once but twice, but perhaps it’ll fare better in Japan: the soccer drama will air beginning in January under the slightly altered title No Limit: Heading to the Ground. The drama may have had a dismal run... More »

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New Bisang poster features Kim Bum’s two love interests
by | November 2, 2009 | 30 Comments
A new poster is out for Kim Bum‘s new movie Bisang (first poster here), which shows the young actor in a love triangle as he poses in turn with each of his co-stars; the top photo shows Kim Bum with Lee Chae-young, while the bottom features Kim Byul. As the... More »

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Jang Nara’s Sky and Ocean flops big at box office
by | November 2, 2009 | 40 Comments
Ouch. Jang Nara‘s latest film, Sky and Ocean [하늘과 바다], hasn’t just flopped at the box office, it put in a decidedly miserable showing in last place in its opening week. It seems these days we’re hearing about new films breaking records by bringing in millions of viewers in a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoo Min joins IRIS as a Japanese spy
by | November 2, 2009 | 26 Comments
IRIS is adding more foreign spies to its roster: this week’s episodes will see the introduction of Yoo Min (aka Fueki Yuko) as a Japanese spy named “Sato Eriko.” The role has Yoo Min playing the agent interrogating Hyun-joon (Lee Byung-heon) after he is arrested in Japan. Recognizing his formidable... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hero in danger of losing lead actress
by | November 1, 2009 | 48 Comments
With only nine days left till its premiere, MBC’s Hero finds itself in a precarious position: It’s looking likely that lead actress Kim Min-jung will have to drop out due to injury. According to a production representative on November 2, Kim Min-jung expressed her intention to drop out to producers... More »

Drama Casting & News
You’re Beautiful’s passionate cult following
by | November 1, 2009 | 262 Comments
At this point, I feel like I’m just your crack dealer. Enjoy your next fix: Why You’re Beautiful isn’t crumbling against IRIS SBS’s You’re Beautiful is putting up a good fight against the blockbuster in the same time period, IRIS. You’re Beautiful got off to a start on October 7... More »

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Hyun Bin to take on remake of ’60s classic
by | November 1, 2009 | 39 Comments
Hyun Bin has announced his next role, and like Jeon Do-yeon’s latest, it will be a remake of a 1960s film. This one is the 1966 classic Late Autumn (also called Manchu, 만추), by “genius director” Lee Man-hee. Currently, actress Tang Wei (Lust, Caution) is said to be considering the... More »

Hwarang warriors get their own musical
by | November 1, 2009 | 9 Comments
Queen Seon-deok‘s incredible success has raised the popularity of the group of men who play the Hwarang, or elite Silla warriors, within the drama. Now they’ can be seen onstage, as they are featured in a musical of their own called Hwarang, which follows their growth in a “lively, touching”... More »

Drama Casting & News
Small dramas stay afloat amongst blockbusters
by | October 31, 2009 | 103 Comments
Bae Soo-bin of Angel’s Temptation This article attempts to explain the ratings situation of the two dramas it discusses (Angel’s Temptation, You’re Beautiful) and frames their modest ratings (in the vicinity of 10% to 14%) in a positive light. It’s a pretty short article that only touches on the basics,... More »

Celebrity News
Enlisted celebrities participate in Army concert
by | October 31, 2009 | 57 Comments
Once actors go off to fulfill their two years of military service, it’s not often that we get to see them in the public eye until their discharge. So it’s nice to see a few of the currently enlisted entertainers together onstage for the 2009 Army Concert, which took place... More »

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Jeon Do-yeon returns with a remake of a classic
by | October 31, 2009 | 10 Comments
One of Korea’s top actresses, “Cannes Queen” Jeon Do-yeon, is returning to film her next project following a yearlong break (during which she’d given birth to her first child). She’ll take on a remake of the highly regarded 1960 film The Housemaid [하녀], which gets updated with a modern take.... More »