Celebrity News
Jo Sung-min faces opposition from a citizens’ campaign
by | November 8, 2008 | 23 Comments
Jo Sung-min is a baseball player and sports commentator, but he’s probably most famous for being ex-husband to the deceased Choi Jin-shil, who is now causing a stir as he attracts the ire of the Korean public for the continuing battle to claim custody of his kids. Many have thrown... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Yo-won in Vietnam
by | November 8, 2008 | 42 Comments
Like several actors before her (Bae Doona in Nepal, Shin Hyun-joon in Malaysia), Lee Yo-won (Bad Love, Surgeon Bong Dal-hee) is participating in tvN’s “LOVE” charity program, wherein celebrities travel abroad to help the less fortunate. To that end, Lee recently spent six days in the Ha Long Bay region... More »


Celebrity News
Lee Min-ki prepares for his Japan Fanmeeting ’08
by | November 7, 2008 | 22 Comments
(I thought of riffing on Lee Min-ki’s bird’s-nest coif here, but somehow he makes it work as edgy rather than silly.) On November 19 and 20, Lee Min-ki (Mixed-up Investigative Agency) will be meeting his Japanese fans once more for his Lee Min-ki Japan Fanmeeting ’08 (this is second such... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Hollywood to remake another Korean film
by | November 7, 2008 | 94 Comments
Hollywood is remaking Oldboy. Unlike other failed Chungmuro-to-Hollywood remakes, this one carries a lot more cachet — production is in talks with Steven Spielberg to direct, and Will Smith to star. Well, I don’t care and I’ll say: No. No, no, no no NO. Look. I didn’t really care that... More »


Celebrity News
Jung Jun-ho and Kim Sun-ah advocate for goodwill and cooperation
by | November 7, 2008 | 8 Comments
On November 7, Jung Jun-ho (The Last Scandal of My Life) and Kim Sun-ah (When Night Comes) were named spokespersons for the Korean headquarters of GCS International in Seoul. GCS is nongovernmental organization (NGO) recognized as a special consultative body by the United Nations Economic and Social Council, whose name... More »


Open Thread
Open Thread #56
by | November 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
  What a week! What’s cookin’? (Now that the election is over, we can finally turn our attentions to more important matters! Like, say, fattening up for the winter. Bring it on, holidays.) SONG OF THE DAY Kings of Leon – “Revelry” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #55... More »


Drama Recaps
The World They Live In: Episode 4
by | November 6, 2008 | 55 Comments
Er, not so thrilled with Episode 4. It wasn’t a bad episode, but it wasn’t as strong as the previous episodes, in my opinion, and I think I have a pretty good idea why. More below. SONG OF THE DAY Horan (Clazziquai) – “Listen to My Heart” [ Download ]... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Zhang Ziyi teams with So Ji-sub
by | November 6, 2008 | 35 Comments
(By the way, this photo cracks me up. It is universally unflattering, isn’t it?) Another Korea-China production! This time it’s a film, called Sophie’s Revenge and starring two A-list actors: So Ji-sub and Zhang Ziyi. Zhang’s casting has been confirmed, while So is still in the last stages of talks.... More »


Drama Casting & News
“First Love” to be remade in China
by | November 6, 2008 | 20 Comments
Choi Su-jong, Lee Seung-yeon, and a young Bae Yong-joon Another remake of an old kdrama is in the works, this time the 1996 series that brought Bae Yong-joon to fame, First Love. The new drama will be a joint Korea-China production, and adapt the story for Chinese audiences. This is... More »


Drama Casting & News
Kim Hyun-joo added to Boys Before Flowers
by | November 6, 2008 | 27 Comments
Add one more big name to the cast of Boys Before Flowers (Hana Yori Dango): the lovely Kim Hyun-joo, last seen in last year’s drama Insoon is Pretty, has been cast in the Tsubaki role, older sister to main character Doumyouji Tsukasa. Kim Hyun-joo’s character is named Gu Jun-hee in... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Making a splash with Disturbance in Her Barroom
by | November 5, 2008 | 14 Comments
It’s been a while since I’ve seen Lee Jung-jae in a comic role — much of his recent stuff (Typhoon, Air City) has him playing strong, in-command characters — so it’s welcome to see him embracing his goofball side in Disturbance in Her Barroom. The cast gathered on November 6... More »