Hwarang warriors get their own musical
by | November 1, 2009 | 9 Comments
Queen Seon-deok‘s incredible success has raised the popularity of the group of men who play the Hwarang, or elite Silla warriors, within the drama. Now they’ can be seen onstage, as they are featured in a musical of their own called Hwarang, which follows their growth in a “lively, touching”... More »

Drama Casting & News
Small dramas stay afloat amongst blockbusters
by | October 31, 2009 | 103 Comments
Bae Soo-bin of Angel’s Temptation This article attempts to explain the ratings situation of the two dramas it discusses (Angel’s Temptation, You’re Beautiful) and frames their modest ratings (in the vicinity of 10% to 14%) in a positive light. It’s a pretty short article that only touches on the basics,... More »

Celebrity News
Enlisted celebrities participate in Army concert
by | October 31, 2009 | 57 Comments
Once actors go off to fulfill their two years of military service, it’s not often that we get to see them in the public eye until their discharge. So it’s nice to see a few of the currently enlisted entertainers together onstage for the 2009 Army Concert, which took place... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jeon Do-yeon returns with a remake of a classic
by | October 31, 2009 | 10 Comments
One of Korea’s top actresses, “Cannes Queen” Jeon Do-yeon, is returning to film her next project following a yearlong break (during which she’d given birth to her first child). She’ll take on a remake of the highly regarded 1960 film The Housemaid [하녀], which gets updated with a modern take.... More »

Celebrity News
Yoon Kye-sang still crazy about acting
by | October 30, 2009 | 33 Comments
Y’all know I have much affection for actor and former idol star Yoon Kye-sang. That affection endures despite his role as one of the most irritating characters in the recent drama Triple, and I’m eager to see the new movie he has coming out (the prison drama Executioners), which looks... More »

Drama Recaps
Smile: Episodes 7-8
by | October 30, 2009 | 34 Comments
How the mighty have fallen… As soyjoy mentioned in her last recap, watching an episode twice makes the shortcomings glaringly obvious. This definitely isn’t a masterpiece that needs to be seen more than once. It’s not surprising for a 50-episode series to be drawn out, but I think some plot... More »

Drama Casting & News
Heading to the Ground cut again
by | October 30, 2009 | 35 Comments
Honestly, this has to suck for Heading to the Ground: Not only did MBC already cut the broadcast down by several episodes due to poor ratings, it has made an additional cut. What seems worse (to me) is the way in which they approached the matter, because viewers found out... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #107
by | October 30, 2009 | 248 Comments
  SONG OF THE DAY Matt Pond PA – “Halloween” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #106 Open Thread #105 Open Thread #104 Open Thread #103 No tags for this post.... More »

Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 8
by | October 29, 2009 | 337 Comments
So good! Certainly still high on the angst factor, but still gets a lot of chuckles. It’s been a long time since I’ve felt this level of excitement and anticipation about a drama. There have been a few gems that I adore, which are excellent examples of quality dramas, but... More »

Celebrity News
A new look for Park Yong-ha’s new album
by | October 29, 2009 | 27 Comments
Yiiikes. Love ya, dude (Story of a Man rules all, y’all), but singer-actor Park Yong-ha‘s artwork for his new Japanese single album is, um, maybe not the best way to showcase his lovely features. Don’t get me wrong, I know there’s a concept at work — I just think it’s... More »

Drama Recaps
You’re Beautiful: Episode 7
by | October 28, 2009 | 352 Comments
Great episode! I was a little uneasy about whether the drama would start to flag once the initial excitement had worn off, but I think it’s still going strong. There are some nice moments in this episode, although (thankfully) they manage to be sweet without being saccharine. (Sorry for the... More »