Drama Casting & News
Triple press conference
by | June 2, 2009 | 65 Comments
Look, it’s gonna be tedious calling out “MINE” for every single cast member and photo, so howsabout we just come to the understanding that they are ALL mine? Okay? Phew, I knew we could work that out. Also, please note that this drama is now premiering on June 11, THURSDAY... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Horror comes to Yoga School
by | June 1, 2009 | 28 Comments
Eugene Like I said, summer is the time for horror. First we had the high school-set Suicide Pact; then Lee Seo-jin‘s high school-set drama Soul. Now it’s (the very unhorror-ly titled) Yoga School [요가학원] — although you wouldn’t know it from these photos from the film’s open set day, would... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Thirst gets a U.S. release
by | June 1, 2009 | 23 Comments
This is pretty cool: Park Chan-wook‘s recent Cannes jury prize winner, Thirst, will have a U.S. theatrical release. Film distributor Focus Features (a division of Universal Pictures) has picked up the vampire thriller; it will open in theaters in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and other large cities on... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Seo-jin brings horror to summertime
by | June 1, 2009 | 54 Comments
Summer doesn’t just mean horror films (like the upcoming Suicide Pact); it also means horror television (like last year’s Hometown of Legends anthology series). Lee Seo-jin‘s new project Soul [혼(魂)] fits the bill, airing in August as a ten-episode horror drama. The plot features a ghost seeking to punish evildoers... More »

Celebrity News
Idol stars struggle with acting debuts
by | June 1, 2009 | 55 Comments
Yoon-ah, Park Su-jin The following article looks at pop singers who make the jump to acting and kind of falls into the “No duh” category with its statement of the obvious. But I think the topic is interesting, even if the article is overly simplistic. (It could have been a... More »

Celebrity News
Shin Mina and Won Bin kiss for coffee
by | May 31, 2009 | 46 Comments
Actors Won Bin (Mother) and Shin Mina (The Naked Kitchen) pair up — and pucker up — for their first kiss in a CF for Maxim T.O.P. brand coffee. A brand representative explains the target demographic to be 20- and 30-something men and women, and in that spirit, they picked... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
High school horror series continues with Suicide Pact
by | May 31, 2009 | 36 Comments
Check out the latest poster releases for the upcoming horror film Suicide Pact, which is the latest installment of the 여고괴담 “Horror School” (or Memento Mori) series. The franchise has produced four films in the past decade, and with summer approaching, the fifth is set to premiere in a few... More »

Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 19
by | May 31, 2009 | 16 Comments
I love this shot. The camera sharpens just a moment after this to focus on the couple in the background, but I like the imagery of leaving them blurred. It’s a rather effective way to create the illusion of intimacy in an understated way. SONG OF THE DAY My Aunt... More »

Drama Casting & News
Bae Soo-bin brightens up Brilliant Legacy
by | May 30, 2009 | 72 Comments
SBS’s weekend drama Brilliant Legacy continues to perform well. No, I’m still not following it — I just don’t think it’s for me — but by all accounts it’s zipping along nicely. The leads are the fresh-faced and cute Lee Seung-gi and Han Hyo-joo; but although he’s not the lead... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Ha Jung-woo romances Su Ae
by | May 30, 2009 | 10 Comments
Ha Jung-woo (The Chaser) and Su Ae (Sunny aka You’re Far Away) are pairing up in an upcoming film with director Lee Yoon-ki, who recently directed Ha (with Jeon Do-yeon) in My Dear Enemy. Their collaboration will begin filming in June and is currently operating under the working title 이별후애,... More »

Drama Recaps
The Sons of Sol Pharmacy: Episodes 5-8
by | May 29, 2009 | 43 Comments
I lied. I said (1) I wouldn’t do recaps, and (2) that I’d watch this drama as it unfolded on KBS World. Turns out I like it so much I decided not to wait for the cable airings and downloaded all the episodes instead, and watched them in one huge... More »