Thumbs up for Radio Star
by | November 10, 2008 | 4 Comments
The 2006 Lee Jun-ik-directed film Radio Star has been adapted for the musical stage, and stars an old-school kpop star sixteen years after his debut: Kim Won-jun, who enjoyed most of his popularity in the ’90s. The film starred Park Joong-hoon (Heaven’s Soldiers) as a has-been pop singer, with Ahn... More »

Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 15
by | November 9, 2008 | 21 Comments
I know, Kang Mae, the manufactured conflict gives me heartburn too. Holladang – “안보이나요” (Don’t you see) [ Download ] Tags: Beethoven Virus, Jang Geun-seok, Kim Myung-min, Lee Jia... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Portrait of a Beauty looks to a Cannes premiere
by | November 9, 2008 | 14 Comments
The film Portrait of a Beauty opens November 13, but a more significant premiere on its horizon is a possible screening at the 2009 Cannes International Film Festival. According to production company Yedang Entertainment, a Cannes representative was an attendee at the recent VIP preview event, who had high praise... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
KBS replaces Love Letter with Lee Hana’s Peppermint
by | November 9, 2008 | 15 Comments
Yoon Do-hyun’s Love Letter is going off the air, but KBS is looking to fill the void with a new program, a live broadcast show to be hosted by Lee Hana (Women in the Sun). (Lee’s management explained that they are considering accepting the offer, and will make a final... More »

Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 14
by | November 9, 2008 | 16 Comments
Hai guyz! I’ve had my butt pretty thoroughly kicked by school this past week, and you have no idea how glad I am to write to all of you. If any of you suffered permanent damage from the suspense of waiting, err, I do apologize. *bows* I totally take back... More »

Musical 200 Pound Beauty set to take the stage
by | November 8, 2008 | 22 Comments
Song Chang-eui (Boys Don’t Cry) poses with pop singer Bada and musical actress Yoon Gong-joo (really, parents, gong-joo?) as they promote their new musical, the adaptation of sleeper hit 200 Pound Beauty. The 29-year-old Song plays a PD main character, while Bada and Yoon alternate in the lead female role... More »

Celebrity News
Jo Sung-min faces opposition from a citizens’ campaign
by | November 8, 2008 | 23 Comments
Jo Sung-min is a baseball player and sports commentator, but he’s probably most famous for being ex-husband to the deceased Choi Jin-shil, who is now causing a stir as he attracts the ire of the Korean public for the continuing battle to claim custody of his kids. Many have thrown... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Yo-won in Vietnam
by | November 8, 2008 | 42 Comments
Like several actors before her (Bae Doona in Nepal, Shin Hyun-joon in Malaysia), Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee) is participating in tvN’s “LOVE” charity program, wherein celebrities travel abroad to help the less fortunate. To that end, Lee recently spent six days in the Ha Long Bay region... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Min-ki prepares for his Japan Fanmeeting ’08
by | November 7, 2008 | 22 Comments
(I thought of riffing on Lee Min-ki’s bird’s-nest coif here, but somehow he makes it work as edgy rather than silly.) On November 19 and 20, Lee Min-ki (Mixed-up Investigative Agency) will be meeting his Japanese fans once more for his Lee Min-ki Japan Fanmeeting ’08 (this is second such... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hollywood to remake another Korean film
by | November 7, 2008 | 94 Comments
Hollywood is remaking Oldboy. Unlike other failed Chungmuro-to-Hollywood remakes, this one carries a lot more cachet — production is in talks with Steven Spielberg to direct, and Will Smith to star. Well, I don’t care and I’ll say: No. No, no, no no NO. Look. I didn’t really care that... More »

Celebrity News
Jung Jun-ho and Kim Sun-ah advocate for goodwill and cooperation
by | November 7, 2008 | 8 Comments
On November 7, Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life) and Kim Sun-ah (When Night Comes) were named spokespersons for the Korean headquarters of GCS International in Seoul. GCS is nongovernmental organization (NGO) recognized as a special consultative body by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, whose name... More »