Drama Casting & News
Birth of the Rich premieres, Pasta rises to top spot
by | March 1, 2010 | 30 Comments
KBS premiered a new drama today, the light comic drama The Birth of the Rich, to replace God of Study. Although the first episode numbers were modest at 12.1% (TNS Media), the drama received generally positive reception for its imaginative and “manhwa-like” story and its refreshing cheeriness. Also earning some... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Song Hye-gyo, an action star?
by | March 1, 2010 | 31 Comments
Song Hye-gyo is currently in China working on her next role in The Grand Master, the martial arts movie directed by renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai, and will apparently be displaying some “real action” skills in the film. The Grand Master stars Tony Leung as Wing Chun grandmaster Ip... More »

Celebrity News
Japanese fanmeeting “With YOO”
by | March 1, 2010 | 61 Comments
Over the weekend, actor Gong Yoo held his first fanmeeting in Japan in three years; it follows his recent Seoul event in January which was his first fan event following his army discharge in December. There were actually two events, one in Kobe on the 26th and another in Yokohama... More »

Drama Recaps
The Woman Who Still Wants To Marry: Episode 10
by | February 28, 2010 | 70 Comments
This drama just keeps speaking to me — I can really relate to its characters and situations in a way that I generally can’t in most other dramas. I’m not 34 (yet!) and I don’t work in any of these professions and I’m not nearly as glam and awesome as... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
First stills from Lee Byung-heon’s I Saw the Devil
by | February 28, 2010 | 19 Comments
  I Saw the Devil is the new film from The Good, The Bad, The Weird director Kim Ji-woon, starring Lee Byung-heon and Choi Min-shik, and has released its first still shots. The film began shooting earlier this month on February 6. Director Kim has made a number of films... More »

Celebrity News
Drinking interview with Lee Da-hae (Part 2)
by | February 28, 2010 | 64 Comments
And here’s the continuation of the drinking interview with actress Lee Da-hae. (You can read Part 1 here)… Rumors of plastic surgery seemed to incite anti-fans. At this question, Lee Da-hae immediately pushes on her nose to make a “pig-nose.” It’s a gesture that shows her feeling of being wronged... More »

Celebrity News
Drinking interview with Lee Da-hae (Part 1)
by | February 27, 2010 | 46 Comments
Here’s the latest in IS Plus’s series of “drinking interviews,” where the reporter has drinks with a star while the interview progresses. This one is with Chuno‘s much-beleaguered actress, Lee Da-hae: I met with Lee Da-hae of the drama Chuno, who suffers alone despite its explosive popularity as “Un-nyun.” The... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Sexy comedy Festival features solid acting lineup
by | February 27, 2010 | 8 Comments
Ryu Seung-beom, Eom Ji-won, Shin Ha-kyun It’s been a while since we’ve had a sex comedy come out (it seems?): the “bright, sexy romantic comedy” movie Festival has announced its cast, and it’s packed with name actors. Taking the lead are Ryu Seung-beom, Eom Ji-won, and Shin Ha-kyun in the... More »

Celebrity News
Smile couple team up as CF models
by | February 27, 2010 | 46 Comments
Lee Min-jung and Jung Kyung-ho, who play an adorable couple on the weekend family drama Smile, have also been named the new brand models for a car their characters help design in the drama, the Matiz Creative from GM Daewoo. The two attended a launching event on February 24 where... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kang Dong-won joins the 10 million club
by | February 26, 2010 | 17 Comments
Seems like the all-time box office rankings are being topped and shuffled around every other day, doesn’t it? Kang Dong-won is the newest actor to join the 10 million club — i.e., actors whose movies have sold 10 million tickets — although with the small caveat that this distinction comes... More »

Drama Recaps
Chuno: Episode 11
by | February 26, 2010 | 61 Comments
No, no, noooooooo! The ink on the Episode 7 recap (where we saw Un-Nyun dropping her beloved Choco) is barely dry when Un-Nyun has moved onto stroking Jagger, the zhanmadao saber favored by Song Tae-Ha. Well, that answers the question of how long “true love” lasts these days in epic... More »