Drama Recaps
Dream: Episode 2
by | July 30, 2009 | 37 Comments
Argh, Dream did it again. After Episode 1 had aired, I was on the fence about continuing the drama, but pretty close to jumping off that fence. Most of Episode 2 did little to convince me otherwise, and I was content to let this drama go on without me. But... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Murder mystery pauses for a kiss scene
by | July 30, 2009 | 17 Comments
The Yoo Seung-ho movie 4교시 추리영역 (Fourth Period Murder Mystery) has weathered director changes and an actor dropout (Kim So-eun), and is set to open in theaters in two weeks. In this recently released still, Yoo shares a screen kiss with his co-star Kang So-ra, who was brought in to... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Preview shows off a stylish Yoga School
by | July 30, 2009 | 26 Comments
Based on previous looks at the upcoming horror movie Yoga School [요가학원] , I thought this movie might turn out slightly cheesy and very B-list. But after seeing the preview trailer (watch below), I’m pleasantly surprised to find it looking a lot sleeker, cooler, and more mysterious than I’d expected.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hollywood remaking another Park Chan-wook film
by | July 30, 2009 | 14 Comments
With Hollywood remakes planned for Park Chan-wook‘s Cannes prizewinner Oldboy (2003) and the follow-up film Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), I suppose it should be no surprise that the precursor to those two, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, is also getting the remake treatment. Film producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura came to... More »

Kim Joon’s name sells musical tickets
by | July 30, 2009 | 16 Comments
T-Max rapper and Boys Before Flowers actor Kim Joon isn’t the lead role in his musical debut, but no matter: his name still drew flocks of fans to the Coex Artium on his first night onstage. The musical Youth March [aka March of Youth, 젊음의 행진] began running on July... More »

Drama Recaps
Triple: Episode 11
by | July 29, 2009 | 38 Comments
Triple is ending this week, and while I’ve enjoyed watching it, I’m finding that I’m in no rush to finish it. I think it’s because it feels like this series has been treading water for a while now. Yes, I understand that it’s a less-plot-driven, more slice-of-life sort of drama,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground holds first script reading
by | July 29, 2009 | 30 Comments
With casting complete, production is proceeding for MBC’s soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩], which recently held its first script reading in Ilsan, Kyunggi province. Among the actors present were the drama’s lead star U-Know Yunho of idol band Dong Bang Shin Ki, who had just arrived from... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Ninja Assassin director plays homage to B-list ninja movies
by | July 29, 2009 | 8 Comments
Via Wired, here’s a short clip of Ninja Assassin director James McTeigue talking about the old movies that inspired his take on Ninja Assassin. No mention of star ninja Rain, but it does sort of confirm that the over-the-top, vaguely cheesy vibe of the preview video was an intentional style... More »

Drama Casting & News
Horror dramas Hon and Hometown of Legends
by | July 29, 2009 | 19 Comments
Lee Seo-jin of Hon Since horror is supposed to offer a chill in the hot summer months, we can see why there’s such a sudden burst of horror material these days. Two television dramas will soon add to the tally, giving us a Monday-thru-Thursday lineup of horror through August and... More »

Kpop News
Next up: an album for Gu Hye-sun
by | July 29, 2009 | 45 Comments
Already this year alone, Gu Hye-sun has been busy as an actress (Boys Before Flowers), writer (Tango), artist (also called Tango), and director (The Madonna). Now she’s putting on yet another hat as she begins working on recording her own album, which she hopes to put out by fall. Gu... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ara makes her Japanese drama debut
by | July 28, 2009 | 14 Comments
Nineteen-year-old Go Ara (Who Are You) is taking on not just one, but two new drama roles. One has already been announced, which pits her opposite U-Know Yunho in the soccer drama Heading to the Ground. The other is the Japanese series Karei naru Spy, which just began airing on... More »