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 »

Celebrity News
Yoo Ji-tae sets up a kindergarten
by | May 29, 2009 | 12 Comments
Actor (and director) Yoo Ji-tae is opening up a kindergarten in Nepal. Last April, Yoo had participated with members of his online gallery at the popular internet community DC Inside to raise money to help the needy; those funds will provide the basis for setting up the school. A rep... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #85
by | May 29, 2009 | 156 Comments
  SONG OF THE DAY Badly Drawn Boy – “Something to Talk About.” I love About a Boy and the music from the film. [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #84 Open Thread #83 Open Thread #82 Open Thread #81 No tags for this post.... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Mother opens big with a box-office record
by | May 28, 2009 | 14 Comments
Thriller film Mother has claimed the top spot for Korean movie openings this year, drawing in more than 220,000 attendees in its first day (May 28). This breaks the April 30 opening of Park Chan-wook’s vampire-horror film Thirst, which recently won a jury prize at Cannes, which drew in 178,000... More »

Drama Casting & News
SBS’s Dream fills out its cast
by | May 28, 2009 | 23 Comments
Sohn Dam-bi, Julien Kang, Choi Yeo-jin Pop singer-dancer Sohn Dam-bi is giving up on her Hollywood debut and is turning instead to her new drama series, Dream. She had built up some hype (pun, har) for her entrée into Hollywood in the dance-themed film Hype Nation, but due to numerous... More »