Drama Recaps
Smile: Episode 23
by | December 31, 2009 | 25 Comments
We’re finally here at the midpoint. (Well, just me and the recaps, since episode 27 already aired in the real world.) The middle of a fairly lengthy series is bound to have its draggy parts, and Smile is having its share of them. But all in all, there are enough... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding Hidden Gems And Lumps of Coal in 2009 [Year In Review, Part 5]
by | December 30, 2009 | 123 Comments
First, I’d like to start by thanking Sarah for inviting me to be a guest reviewer. I must admit that I was, at first, a bit daunted (okay, scared ****less would be more precise), but how else could I begin to pay a little back to those who have given... More »

Drama Casting & News
God of Study first posters released
by | December 30, 2009 | 28 Comments
KBS’s new Monday-Tuesday drama God of Study, which features a young cast of underperforming students at a last-place high school, has released its official promos. Featured are Kim Su-ro and Bae Doo-na playing teachers, while the five motley youngsters who join in a special college-prep class are, from left to... More »

Kpop News
Moon Geun-young’s solo track is a hit
by | December 30, 2009 | 17 Comments
I briefly mentioned the Love Tree Project when it was announced that a group of stars with management firm Namoo Actors, including Kim So-yeon, were putting out a special album for charity. Currently, the song featuring Moon Geun-young, which was written by singer-songwriter Yoon Sang, is showing a heated response... More »

Drama Casting & News
2009 MBC Drama Awards
by | December 30, 2009 | 104 Comments
December 30 was, once again, the night of the 2009 MBC Drama Awards. Unlike last year, there was no split Daesang award nor the ensuing controversy, but then again, there really was nobody with whom it could be shared. To absolutely nobody’s surprise, Go Hyun-jung was named Daesang winner for... More »

Celebrity News
Go Soo, High Cut’s heartbreaker
by | December 30, 2009 | 86 Comments
(You’re welcome. Also, mine.) Okay, my work here is done. Tags: Go Soo... More »

Drama Casting & News
Daemul comes back with Go Hyun-jung
by | December 30, 2009 | 19 Comments
After a turbulent production history, SBS’s Daemul (aka Big Fish) is back on, and Go Hyun-jung has been (re-)confirmed as the female lead playing the country’s first woman president. The project had been set to go into production last year and had cast Go Hyun-jung opposite Kwon Sang-woo as a... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
All Told, A Pretty Fun Year [Year In Review, Part 4]
by | December 29, 2009 | 142 Comments
After a pretty meh 2008, I was ready for the drama landscape to fire back up with 2009. And while there were a number of misses and disappointments — isn’t there always? — I was pretty satisfied with the dramas I watched in 2009. I still don’t think there were... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Newbie Reviews 2009 [Year In Review, Part 3]
by | December 29, 2009 | 155 Comments
My pick for Drama of the Year: City Hall. I’ll start of with an admission.  When javabeans asked me to give my thoughts on 2009, I was pretty excited, and agreed without much thought.  After all, 2009 was the best year of k-drama watching I’ve ever had.  But then it hit... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Preview and press conference for Wedding Dress
by | December 29, 2009 | 17 Comments
Mother-to-be Song Yoon-ah has a new movie coming out, in which she stars as a single mother to young Kim Hyang-gi. The film held its press conference and preview screening in Seoul on December 29. And aie, it looks like it’s the kind of movie to start you bawling halfway... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Character posters out for Le Grand Chef 2
by | December 29, 2009 | 37 Comments
Posters are out for the upcoming Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi War, which is the sequel to the hit 2007 film that also spawned a hit television drama. Kimchi War looks like it’s taking the formula that made both previous projects work — cinematic flair and an eye for beautiful... More »