Drama Reactions & Reviews
Just for curiosity’s sake… (poll addendum)
by | December 7, 2009 | 274 Comments
Okay, so there are a lot of complaints that the 2009 Drama Poll is too biased because You’re Beautiful is winning so heavily. I have my own reasons for thinking that’s not true — how can you get upset that people are voting for their favorite drama when that’s what... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hwang Jung-min and Ryu Seung-beom make a deal
by | December 7, 2009 | 6 Comments
This should be a treat for fans: Hwang Jung-min and Ryu Seung-beom are acting together again — the two have been cast in the new film Bad Deal [부당거래], a crime thriller that finds the leads wrapped up in a frustrating murder case. Hwang Jung-min plays a police officer with... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
How was 2009 for you?
by | December 6, 2009 | 410 Comments
With the year coming to an end, that means it’s time to take stock of the past twelve months (well, eleven really) in kdramas. The broadcast stations will be holding their awards ceremonies at the end of the month, and I’m working on my wrap-up of 2009’s offerings — as... More »

Drama Casting & News
Rerun ratings surpass original broadcast for Christmas
by | December 6, 2009 | 41 Comments
Wow, this is unusual. The ratings were actually higher for reruns of Will It Snow For Christmas? than they were for the drama’s original broadcast. Thinking about it, this makes some sense since IRIS is so strong on Wednesdays and Thursdays, but still, it’s rare that a rerun — shown... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Dad Likes Women posters reveal two sides to Lee Na-young
by | December 6, 2009 | 18 Comments
When I first heard of Lee Na-young‘s newest film, Dad Likes Women [아빠가 여자를 좋아해], where she plays a transgender character, I thought it would be a serious, thoughtful film. I wasn’t the only one who thought so, since there were a lot of comparisons to Transamerica in the previous... More »

Drama Recaps
City Hall: Episode 12
by | December 6, 2009 | 88 Comments
(written by samsooki, with 0timelost, cleown, and mead33) Episode 12 – “Onward and Upward, the Return of City Hall Recaps, Episode 12.” I have to begin this episode recap with an apology. I had every intention of trying to stay with the production schedule of about 1-2 recaps per week... More »

Drama Casting & News
Kim Hye-soo’s brother pursues acting career
by | December 6, 2009 | 18 Comments
Kim Hye-soo (Style) has been a top star for a number of years now, and now her younger brother is getting his shot at acting: The 31-year-old Kim Dong-hee (above) has been cast to play the younger brother to Gong Hyo-jin‘s character in the new MBC drama Pasta. He said,... More »

Celebrity News
Im Joo-hwan is one to watch in 2010
by | December 5, 2009 | 62 Comments
What a great year for Im Joo-hwan — he had roles in films like 2008’s Doremifasolatido and Frozen Flower, but 2009 was his year to shine. Although it was a short part, any exposure in Boys Before Flowers was enough to create a buzz, as he got when he appeared... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Yo-won feels the pressure of Seon-deok’s ratings
by | December 5, 2009 | 45 Comments
You’d think that with ratings in the mid-30% range, Queen Seon-deok would be satisfied with its performance, but the fact is that it has experienced a 10% drop in the past few weeks, meaning that it’s essentially lost nearly a quarter of its audience since Go Hyun-jung made her big... More »

Celebrity News
Samsung fansigning event features Jang Geun-seok
by | December 5, 2009 | 159 Comments
Oy. On the heels of that handsome, newly released Tae-kyung-inspired photo (and the one from the more sartorially questionable Japanese fanmeeting), we’ve got super-cutie Jang Geun-seok once again delving into his wardrobe o’ whimsy for this lovely new look, which he donned for a fansigning event on December 5. It... More »

Drama Recaps
Smile: Episode 20
by | December 4, 2009 | 69 Comments
This was one of the first episodes in quite awhile that I didn’t fawn over. I’m starting to feel that Jung-in and Hyun-soo’s relationship is moving into the sugary sweet arena, which makes me a bit antsy. The drama has done a good job of keeping things organic and need... More »