Drama Casting & News
Swallow the Sun preps for July premiere
by | May 27, 2009 | 13 Comments
Yoo Oh-sung Swallow the Sun [태양을 삼켜라] has something of a puzzling name (imo), although I suppose it’s more evocative than the “All In 2″ it’s been dubbed (due to the reuniting of the PD and scriptwriter from the original All In). It’s also another of the highly anticipated summer... More »

Drama Casting & News
Forget Partner, let’s look at Triple
by | May 26, 2009 | 80 Comments
(From top left, going clockwise, they are: Lee Hana, Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Hee, Lee Seon-kyun, Min Hyo-rin, and Lee Jung-jae.) I don’t have much to add on top of what I’ve already said about Triple, other than that it has new posters out. The one above and the one directly... More »

Drama Recaps
Story of a Man: Episode 13
by | May 26, 2009 | 44 Comments
This episode was so good I was sorry I didn’t have the time to get to it sooner. Some of the stuff I saw coming, but it was so well set-up that that doesn’t bother me. Also, what this drama does well is mixing in its intense moments with humor... More »

Drama Casting & News
Honey Lee added to Partner
by | May 26, 2009 | 32 Comments
I know, Partner hasn’t even started and you’re already sick of it! I swear, this’ll be my last post on this drama for a while. Still, I was pleased to see that Honey Lee is the latest addition to the legal drama (I really like her, even though I’ve never... More »

Drama Casting & News
Choi Chul-ho joins Partner
by | May 26, 2009 | 27 Comments
Remember how Queen of Housewives actor Choi Chul-ho alluded to his next project in the recent interview with Yoon Sang-hyun? Turns out that project is KBS’s Partner, the law drama starring Lee Dong-wook and Kim Hyun-joo. Choi Chul-ho follows up his turn as the prickly — but also hilarious —... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Bum and Kim Byul’s movie kiss
by | May 25, 2009 | 135 Comments
As seen in these newly released stills, the action drama film Bisang [or Flight, or 비상] features a kiss between its two actors, almost-20-year-old hot commodity Kim Bum and 22-year-old Kim Byul. The film is described as exploring the themes of young angst, love, pain, and maturation. Kim Bum (Boys... More »

Drama Casting & News
Queen Seon-deok premieres in first place
by | May 25, 2009 | 18 Comments
Jung Ryeo-won (“Ja Myung Go”), Go Hyun-jung (“Queen Seon-deok”) Queen Seon-deok, MBC’s historical extravaganza, got off to a decent start today with a first-place premiere at a 16% rating. Ja Myung Go, already nervous, may as well be put on death watch. In most cases, a first-episode rating number isn’t... More »

Drama Casting & News
Animated Winter Sonata aims for fall TV broadcast
by | May 25, 2009 | 28 Comments
We first heard about the animated version of Winter Sonata being produced way back in 2007, and now the project is making more progress. Lead actors Bae Yong-joon and Choi Ji-woo, who helped catapult the original kdrama to pan-Asian fame, began the voice work of dubbing the animated version earlier... More »

Celebrity News
MBC also bans Joo Ji-hoon
by | May 24, 2009 | 77 Comments
This isn’t really a surprise, nor is it really even necessary: following the KBS banning of actor Joo Ji-hoon and his partners in drug-crime (drug trafficker Yoon Seol-hee and funder Yeh Hak-young), broadcast station MBC is following suit. I say it’s not necessary because even without the ban, it’s unlikely... More »

Drama Casting & News
The men of Queen of Housewives
by | May 24, 2009 | 27 Comments
Choi Chul-ho and Yoon Sang-hyun The nice thing about a series like Queen of Housewives garnering such popularity is that you get some older actors, who have been in the business for a number of years but haven’t perhaps achieved star status, who now get to come into a late... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Thirst wins jury prize at Cannes
by | May 24, 2009 | 15 Comments
Director Park Chan-wook had won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2004 for Oldboy (the second-place award, below the Palme d’Or); this weekend, he won another award for his vampire horror movie Thirst as the festival closed on Sunday. The film starring Song Kang-ho (The Good, the... More »