Oh Man-seok directs The Happy Life
by | November 11, 2008 | 8 Comments
Oh Man-seok (King and I, The Vineyard Man) got his start in musicals, and now he’s taking on his debut directing role for the upcoming production of The Happy Life. Not only does Oh direct the musical, which is currently in the midst of rehearsing, he polished the script himself... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ji-min’s vertigo
by | November 11, 2008 | 10 Comments
…and no, that’s not a movie allusion. I wasn’t aware of this, but apparently Han Ji-min (Yi San, Capital Scandal) suffers from a condition called Meniere’s disease: “A disorder of the inner ear that can affect hearing and balance. It is characterized by episodes of dizziness and tinnitus and progressive... More »

Drama Casting & News
Terroir to follow Tazza
by | November 11, 2008 | 14 Comments
Terroir is a drama I’ve been hearing about for months, but which has finally been given an airdate — it follows Tazza on SBS and will premiere in early December. The drama stars Han Hye-jin (Jumong) and Kim Joo-hyuk (My Wife Got Married), and is based in the world of... More »

Bada is Bada no longer
by | November 10, 2008 | 9 Comments
In the musical “Notre Dame de Paris” SES lead singer Bada is dropping the stage name Bada and taking on a different moniker — her real name, Choi Sung-hee — as she embarks upon a second career as musical actress. The first musical on her resume is 2003’s Peppermint, but... More »

Celebrity News
CF songs for sale
by | November 10, 2008 | 10 Comments
Im Soo-jung (Happiness) has a new CF out, and it prominently features a catchy jingle, the 달라송. (This is also why I should listen to the lyrics more carefully before translating: Hearing the chorus refrain the words “달라, 달라” over and over, I assumed she was saying “gimme,” as in,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Clap for Park Ki-woong
by | November 10, 2008 | 10 Comments
My my, isn’t that a lovely picture of Park Ki-woong? We last saw him in the romantic comedy series Love & Marriage, and now he’s got another drama lined up, this time for cable channel MBC Drama Net. On the 10th, the cast assembled at Dalmaji Park in Seoul for... More »

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 »