Chungmuro/Film News
Songwriter Han Hyo-joo?
by | July 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Iljimae‘s Han Hyo-joo (also of Spring Waltz, As Much as Heaven and Earth) is expanding her repertoire to include songwriting and singing. The song she sings and helped write (as she was singled out as the lyric writer, presumably music credits belong elsewhere) serves as the theme song for the... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #40
by | July 25, 2008 | 5 Comments
  Holla. The Stills – “Gender Bombs.” I’m kind of ambivalent on The Stills — I like some shoegazer-y, Manchester-style dream-pop stuff but it’s not really my favorite genre. But they do have a few songs I really like; I was hooked on this one at the line, “Logic will... More »


Celebrity News
New brides become new moms
by | July 25, 2008 | 15 Comments
Add two more high-profile actresses to the list of the recently knocked-up. (Kim Hee-sun announced her happy news in May and is currently three months pregnant; comedienne Park Kyung-lim announced hers, due January 2009, last month; and frequent variety-show host Kang Ho-dong becomes a father in March.) “Queen of Cannes”... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Point-counterpoint: In defense of Eun-soo
by | July 24, 2008 | 29 Comments
[Javabeans here. As I've mentioned several times in the past, I have a few issues with the otherwise charming SBS drama My Sweet Seoul, which has prevented me from enjoying the series as I probably ought. I expressed, in growing dissatisfaction, my initial disconnect with Choi Kang-hee's acting, a growing... More »


Drama Casting & News
It’s a wrap for Iljimae
by | July 24, 2008 | 36 Comments
The cast and production team of SBS’s Iljimae gathered at Yongsan CGV today (July 24) to watch the finale of the drama together. The hit fusion sageuk premiered on May 21 to viewership ratings of 14.8%, which steadily climbed over the course of the drama’s run to end in the... More »


Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 9 & 10
by | July 23, 2008 | 21 Comments
(Not as much food porn today.) After 10 episodes, we’re nearly halfway through the drama, and I think I can safely say at this point that while I am liking Gourmet, I don’t love it. I probably won’t grow to love it, either, but the acting is strong and I... More »


Kpop News
Tim’s momjjang project
by | July 23, 2008 | 19 Comments
Balladeer Tim is following in buddy and fellow management-company-mate Sohn Ho-young‘s footsteps in embarking upon a “momjjang project” (“momjjang” meaning hot bod). To this end, Tim’s recently started his goal toward bulking up his naturally thin frame by joining a gym and accepting the advice of self-professed fitness buff and... More »


Celebrity News
Promoting civic duty
by | July 23, 2008 | 2 Comments
  Actor Lee Kyun (Dasepo Naughty Girls, Hello Franceska; real name Yang Sang-mo) is acting as PR rep for military enlistment while serving his term himself. On July 23, he participated in a “conversation with junior recruits,” sharing his personal experiences with the young men who’d arrived to undergo their... More »


Meta
Oddly named innovations
by | July 23, 2008 | 13 Comments
I know this post is off-topic, but DongA.com brings us this lovely image of a newfangled device being called a “scissor bike.” I don’t know about you, but those are two words that, when put together, conjure up some pretty unfortunate images, but oddly it’s very apt (the bicycle folds... More »


Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 12
by | July 22, 2008 | 10 Comments
I mean this in a good way (or at least not in a bad way): Sometimes I feel like the people working on Chil Woo put in a long day of hard work… and then look at the clock, realize it’s dinner time, and hurry to finish off whatever they’ve... More »


Meta
Boring blog stuff
by | July 22, 2008 | 9 Comments
  Just a few notes about blog format. Many of you may not even notice any changes, but for those who do: Categories and page navigation were getting messy and driving me batty, so I did some sprucing up. The “categories” list on the right sidebar is now streamlined. I’m... More »