Celebrity News
Jo In-sung in Osaka and Tokyo
by | March 6, 2009 | 49 Comments
Whoa there, Jo In-sung. These photos from a recent Japanese fanmeeting are just begging for a caption contest, although with that Who-like hair, the thoughts that immediately sprang to my mind are perhaps best expressed in the words of Dr. Seuss. Like, for instance: From there to here, from here... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #73
by | March 6, 2009 | 46 Comments
  Friday again! SONG OF THE DAY Ray LaMontagne – “Meg White.” I always enjoy when musicians write songs about other musicians. The melody reminds me of The Beatles’ “Michelle” a bit, although this song’s more amusing. [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #72 Open Thread #71 Open Thread... More »


Drama Casting & News
Lee Hana added to Triple
by | March 5, 2009 | 34 Comments
And the cast just keeps growing. Lee Hana (Women in the Sun, Merry vs. Daegu Battle) is the latest addition to figure-skating drama Triple, which already has to its name actors Lee Jung-jae, Yoon Kye-sang, Lee Seon-kyun, and Min Hyo-rin. Her character is a figure-skating coach who was once a... More »


Drama Casting & News
Extension looking likely for Boys Before Flowers
by | March 5, 2009 | 42 Comments
A week after deciding against extending the series, now KBS is tentatively announcing plans to extend Boys Before Flowers by an episode, which means the drama would end on Tuesday, March 31, with Episode 25. They had originally intended to end on the 30th and air a special on the... More »


Pop Culture & Society
Happy endings: An adoption story
by | March 5, 2009 | 31 Comments
Adoptee Soo-hoon (Sonny) with actor Lee Wan Mea culpa. I admit I’ve looked upon celebrity involvement in charity promotion and public campaigns with a skeptical eye, as I did in the original post featuring Lee Wan, above, who participated (along with Kim Rae-won and Lee Junki) in a campaign to... More »


Celebrity News
Tae-yeon is pop art
by | March 5, 2009 | 19 Comments
Kind of random, but kind of interesting. Girls Generation (SNSD) singer Tae-yeon has been turned into a piece of pop art by Japanese artist Hideaki Kawashima. I’m not an art person, so I can’t tell you much about Kawashima aside from the fact that his work largely incorporates ethereal representations... More »


Kpop News
Roller Coaster vocalist goes solo
by | March 5, 2009 | 29 Comments
Ooh. Interesting. This may only interest a handful of you out there who also happen to love Roller Coaster, but this is for us fans of the laid-back, acid-jazz/lounge/groovetronica group: the voice of the band, Jo Won-sun, is finally coming out with her own solo album 17 years after her... More »


Drama Casting & News
Jung Il-woo is happiest with script in hand
by | March 4, 2009 | 27 Comments
With all the other buzz dramas making a splash these days — Boys Before Flowers with its pretty youngsters, Cain & Abel for its anticipated comebacks, East of Eden at its dramatic finish — Return of Iljimae is steadily continuing along. Quiet and unsensational, Return of Iljimae isn’t making huge... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Uhm + Hwang + Ryu: Dream team?
by | March 4, 2009 | 14 Comments
Uhm Tae-woong, Hwang Jung-min, Ryu Seung-beom The actors: Uhm Tae-woong (Cell Phone, Devil), Hwang Jung-min (Happiness, Black House) and Ryu Seung-beom (Bloody Tie, Crying Fist). The director: Lee Joon-ik (The King and the Clown, Shadows in the Palace). The movie: Like a Moon Escapes From Clouds [구름을 벗어난 달처럼; a... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Nam Sang-mi turns Scream queen
by | March 4, 2009 | 9 Comments
Nam Sang-mi is taking on her first horror flick in the upcoming Scream [비명], in which she’ll co-star opposite Ryu Seung-ryong (Painter of the Wind). The plot actually sounds potentially interesting (and more of a thriller, although they’re calling it horror); the film deals with pseudo-cults and shamanism, and places... More »


Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 17
by | March 3, 2009 | 266 Comments
I don’t know if this was by design or by chance (because of the broadcast delay), but this episode had some quieter moments, which have been a rare thing in this series — it’s usually so jam-packed with The Drama. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, though, because for... More »