Drama Recaps
Insoon Is Pretty: Episode 1
by | November 9, 2007 | 37 Comments
Man. Another drama I like = another drama with low ratings. Should I even be surprised anymore? Watching Episode 1 of Kim Hyun Joo’s new drama Insoon Is Pretty, I wasn’t sure if it was the kind I’d want to keep watching through the end. Quality’s not the issue; the... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #3
by | November 9, 2007 | 43 Comments
Another Friday, another Open Thread! Anyone doing NaNoWriMo (aka National Novel Writing Month) this year? Anyone done it in the past and have any insights/comments/rants? I was thinking of trying it (never done it before), but looks like I won’t have time to… I suppose I could try seeing how... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Seo Minjung reconnects with her young troublemakers
by | November 9, 2007 | 10 Comments
Recently married actress Seo Minjung, last seen in the very popular sitcom The Unstoppable High Kick, had moved to New York after marrying her gyopo husband in August and retired from acting. She’s back in Korea, though, and hanging with her former High Kick co-stars:   The primary reason for... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hyang Dan subbed
by | November 8, 2007 | 18 Comments
Hey guys, some of you may remember how much I got a kick out of the short, two-episode drama special The Story of Hyang Dan that aired a few months ago. (Here’s my Episode 1 summary, and Episode 2.) It may LOOK like a historical drama but it’s no more... More »

Drama Casting & News
Mania dramas and the people who love ‘em
by | November 8, 2007 | 30 Comments
I have found my people. I suppose I can stop feeling bad for having absolutely no interest in some dramas despite them being popular, well-received, and successful. Dramas that come highly recommended but for which I just cannot seem to make it past the first episode. Dramas like War of... More »

Kpop News
Follow-up: Anyband full video and mp3s
by | November 7, 2007 | 32 Comments
Wow, stuff spreads fast. Here’s the video for Anyband. (It’s hard to believe this is essentially just supposed to be an extended commercial. Seriously, branded entertainment has made the leap to the next level.)   …and here are the two songs (sigh, I love Tablo). Despite not generally favoring mainstream... More »

Celebrity News
Will Anyband succeed without Hyori?
by | November 7, 2007 | 41 Comments
  Cell phone company Anycall’s highly successful “Any” series of ads — Anystar, Anymotion, Anyclub — is out with a new project. (The “any” refers to an inclusive, “anyone can be a star!” kind of motto.) And this time, they’re doing it without the face of their three highly successful... More »

Kpop News
The return of Seo Taiji
by | November 6, 2007 | 36 Comments
  Seo Taiji‘s back in the news, and as far as Korean pop music is concerned, it’s a pretty big fucking deal. If you aren’t familiar with Seo Taiji, you might not get why he’s considered important, but the guy’s practically a legend. He had a strong, lasting effect on... More »

Celebrity News
The most hypothetically marriageable Hallyu stars
by | November 6, 2007 | 35 Comments
Or rather, perhaps the headline should more accurately read: Rhetorically speaking, say you were theoretically a woman in China, and you had to take a poll — which Hallyu star would you most hypothetically want to marry? But first, a ranty sidebar. Sweeping, generalized conclusion o’ the day: Koreans love... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Is celebrity education really education?
by | November 5, 2007 | 33 Comments
(Singer-actor Eugene) Shortly after posting this entry about Tim’s educational background, I saw the following (edited) transcription of the “Star News report” (you can watch the video clip of the segment at that link as well), which discusses celebrities and the way in which they gain admissions to universities in... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 6
by | November 5, 2007 | 15 Comments
I need a name for our group of friends. Like the Scoobies in Buffy, or the Freaks and the Geeks in, uh, Freaks and Geeks. Any suggestions? I’m getting tired of calling them the friends, the group, the four, etc., and I don’t want to write out all the names... More »