Drama Casting & News
Cinderella Man’s leading lady Han Eun-jung
by | January 21, 2009 | 18 Comments
Han Eun-jung (Lawyers of Korea, Full House) will be the leading lady opposite Kwon Sang-woo‘s pauper-into-prince main character in upcoming MBC drama Cinderella Man. Or should I say, leading lady opposite both of Kwon’s pauper AND prince characters — his Dongdaemun market shopkeeper character (the “pauper”) switches places with a... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: January 21, 2009
by | January 21, 2009 | 19 Comments
Jung Il-woo, Jeon Ji-hyun Today marks the debut of MBC’s Return of Iljimae, starring Jung Il-woo. The series premiered to mixed reactions, with some viewers calling it “refreshing” while others complained about excessive narration. I’m looking forward to it anyway. [My Daily] Jeon Ji-hyun (My Sassy Girl) is caught up... More »

Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 6
by | January 20, 2009 | 232 Comments
Oooh, things just got good. (Finally!) Episode 6 got off to a rocky start (I laughed along embarrassedly for the first part), but then they kicked up the angst — and given how this drama fails when attempting cutesy or slapstick humor, this is a much welcome turn. The cast... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lady Castle (possibly) marks Yoon Eun-hye’s TV return
by | January 20, 2009 | 38 Comments
I add the caveat that this may be Yoon Eun-hye‘s television return, because the last time her comeback role was announced (the my-gay-roomie-is-faking-being-gay-and-really-likes-me project Personal Taste), it was then retracted. This time, the project to potentially follow her last drama, 2007’s Coffee Prince, is Lady Castle. Her character is the... More »

Celebrity News
Go Hyun-jung in Vogue
by | January 20, 2009 | 60 Comments
The actress and former Miss Korea finalist Go Hyun-jung (Sandglass, HIT, and the upcoming Queen Seon-deok) is taking to the pages of a fashion magazine for the first time since her debut nearly twenty years ago. Her spread in the newest issue of Vogue takes on the theme of “Agnes... More »

Drama Recaps
Boys Before Flowers: Episode 5
by | January 19, 2009 | 219 Comments
Our trend continues: A couple surprisingly good scenes, and then some really bad ones. Overall, I thought Episode 5 was a pleasant one — not too challenging but had its fun moments — with lots of gorgeous scenery. Also, folks, since commenting has been prolific with regards to this drama:... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
The Naked Kitchen press preview
by | January 19, 2009 | 42 Comments
At this point, you have to wonder if Joo Ji-hoon (Antique Bakery, Devil) is purposely messing with us. I mean, sure, fashion models often target that “ugly is fashionable” trend, which I always think is just like their way of flaunting, “Look, I’m dressed like a deranged serial-killer hobo, but... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 12
by | January 19, 2009 | 29 Comments
I was frustrated by Episode 12. A lot of my issues with this drama have been building gradually, so it’s not like my catalog of complaints (listed at the end) has sprung up overnight. It’s more like I’m finally tired of making excuses for the story. On the upside, the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Reruns of Boys Before Flowers beating first-run programming
by | January 18, 2009 | 50 Comments
Boys Before Flowers‘ ratings are high for its new episodes, but even re-broadcasts are holding strong — Sunday reruns recorded an 8.6% for Episode 3 and a whopping 13.4% for Episode 4. Not only is it unusual for a rerun to pull in double-digit numbers, it’s even outperforming Sunday’s new... More »

Celebrity News
Actor Kim Seok-kyun commits suicide
by | January 18, 2009 | 37 Comments
Yikes. And I was hoping we’d left those tragedies behind last year… (I debated whether to post this, as Kim Seok-kyun is not known and has a very sparse resum√© — an internet search reveals almost nothing about his work. His death, sadly, is making news not so much because... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Myung-min takes a Method approach to weight loss
by | January 18, 2009 | 31 Comments
Geez Louise, if Kim Myung-min pulls this off, I will have mad respect for him. Or at least, even more. The Beethoven Virus actor plays a man suffering from Lou Gehrig’s disease in his upcoming movie with Ha Ji-won, My Love By My Side. And to portray his character’s gradual... More »