Open Thread
Open Thread #93
by | July 24, 2009 | 278 Comments
  The weeks just fly by. Every Friday, I have to double- or triple-check to make sure it’s actually Friday before posting the Open Thread. One of these days, I’m thinking you’ll open this site and find an Open Thread on a Thursday, or maybe Wednesday if it’s been a... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Ninja Assassin poster and trailer
by | July 23, 2009 | 83 Comments
It’s been a while since we’ve had info on Ninja Assassin, and now we get a look at the newly released teaser poster (above) and trailer video (below). This is the second promo poster; the first is below the cut, although you’ve probably already seen it floating around. I don’t... More »


Drama Casting & News
DBSK’s Yunho to make acting debut
by | July 23, 2009 | 61 Comments
Ha! Just days after refuting the rumors, it has been announced that 23-year-old DBSK singer U-Know Yunho is indeed making his acting debut in the soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨땅에 헤딩]. The singer, born Jung Yun-ho, takes on the character of “Cha Bong-kun,” a role recently vacated by... More »


Drama Casting & News
Triple: Episode 10
by | July 23, 2009 | 60 Comments
There’s an odd quality about Triple for me, because as I’m watching (and writing about) the episodes, I enjoy them and the way certain relationships are being expressed. However, on the whole, I feel like the drama is losing some steam, and I’m not sure why that is. I wonder... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Big openings for films Haeundae, Chaw
by | July 23, 2009 | 16 Comments
Disaster movie “Haeundae,” horror-action film “Chaw” Korean movies are doing well this week at the box office, with the just-released tsunami movie Haeundae [해운대] selling more than 166,000 tickets in its first day alone, beating out Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince in the latter’s second week out. (Granted, Harry... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Kwon Sang-woo looking to make Hollywood debut in Green Hornet
by | July 23, 2009 | 85 Comments
WHAT????? OMGOMG. Hallyu heartthrob Kwon Sang-woo is looking to make his Hollywood film debut… in a Michel Gondry film??? I’m trying not to get too excited about this because they’re still negotiating… but this is Really Big Stuff. I don’t mean that it’s big that Kwon Sang-woo is trying to... More »


Drama Casting & News
A Star’s Lover is a hit in Japan
by | July 22, 2009 | 32 Comments
SBS’s drama A Star’s Lover was not a hit in Korea, but (as expected) it’s doing well in Japan, thanks in no small part to Choi Ji-woo‘s immense popularity there. A Star’s Lover was broadcast on Japanese satellite and cable channel WOWOW TV starting in May, and will follow that... More »


Drama Recaps
City Hall: Episode 8
by | July 22, 2009 | 66 Comments
(written by Samsooki, editing, layout, design and “CSW is ours” by 0timelost, cleown, and mead33) City Hall: Episode 8 – “Wonder Woman” or “The Other Woman”? What a beautiful opening scene, with flower petals and budding crushes in the air. Smells like spring love, perhaps. As Episode 8 begins, we... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Singles director back with Loveholic
by | July 22, 2009 | 7 Comments
Kim Heung-soo, Jung Chan The director of movies Singles and I Like It Hot, Kwon Chil-in, is back for another movie titled Loveholic [러브홀릭]. (Speaking of which, can we have a moratorium on things called “Loveholic” now?) The movie focuses on a “normal married couple” and features four main leads... More »


Drama Casting & News
Ara eyes lead role in soccer drama
by | July 22, 2009 | 42 Comments
Go Ara After a brief rocky period for the producers, Go Ara‘s name has risen as top contender to lead MBC’s soccer drama Heading to the Ground [맨 땅에 헤딩 — and if anyone has a better translation, I’m all ears!]. The drama production had been imperiled once its lead... More »


Celebrity News
Choi Ji-woo for Vidi Vici
by | July 21, 2009 | 77 Comments
It’s almost hard to remember that Choi Ji-woo rose to fame portraying an innocent image when she’s been gravitating more toward chic, refined characters and looks in recent years. She poses here for a new photo shoot called “Vidi Vici by Lee Kyung-min,” which is basically a photo shoot promoting... More »