Chungmuro/Film News
The 11th Director’s Cut Awards
by | December 16, 2008 | 10 Comments
Yet more awards, as we get deeper into December: this time it’s the 11th Director’s Cut Awards, which were presented on December 16. Awards were determined based on a vote cast by approximately 200 film directors. Actors Ha Jung-woo and Gong Hyo-jin won nods for their roles in The Chaser... More »

Drama Casting & News
Junki’s hero role confirmed
by | December 16, 2008 | 25 Comments
There were some questions raised after preliminary news came out about Lee Junki‘s new drama series, but it’s official now: Lee Junki will be taking a (modern-day) hero role starring in the drama Unseen War [보이지 않는 전쟁]. (The series has a new title, but the plot is the same... More »

Celebrity News
Veteran actor passes away from cancer
by | December 16, 2008 | 31 Comments
On December 15, veteran television and film actor Park Kwang-jung passed away after suffering from lung cancer. The passing was not a surprise (to those close to the deceased); he was diagnosed earlier this year (and even filmed a drama, MBC’s Who Are You, after finding out about his cancer).... More »

Drama Casting & News
A couple more
by | December 15, 2008 | 46 Comments
Speaking of Boys Before Flowers promo posters… Edited to add poster translations: Jan-di (Gu Hye-sun): “The Korean people are nothing without spirit and tenacity!” Jun-pyo (Lee Min-ho): “I’m good-looking… I’m tall… I’m rich… How can you hate me?” Ji-hoo (Kim Hyun-joong): “I’m peaceful, oddly fun, and always warm.” Yi-jung (Kim... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Uljjang goes Hollywood
by | December 15, 2008 | 17 Comments
Uljjang-turned-pop-singer Bae Seul-ki is making her Hollywood debut in the “global project” Finale. (It’s being called global because the money is coming from Hollywood, while the director and most of the acting talent hails from Europe.) Bae flew to Germany in early December to finalize her contract and spent a... More »

Celebrity News
Jo Seung-woo’s “quiet” enlistment
by | December 15, 2008 | 6 Comments
Actor Jo Seung-woo (Go Go 70, Tazza) really wanted to make his army enlistment “quietly” (his words) — so he headed off to training camp on the 15th without a big send-off. We did get, however, article after article telling us just how very “quietly” he went. (As a celebrity,... More »

Drama Casting & News
Choi Jin-shil up for posthumous Daesang award
by | December 15, 2008 | 24 Comments
MBC won’t be awarding its end-of-year winners until December 30, but it has revealed its acting award nominees, and the name of deceased actress Choi Jin-shil has been included as a candidate for the acting Daesang, or Grand Prize. Essentially, these year-end fetes are just a way for stations to... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ji-woo-hime’s starpower brings in foreign coin
by | December 14, 2008 | 11 Comments
I would have thought that a Choi Ji-woo drama would have been sold to Japan months in advance, but apparently they’ve just licensed A Star’s Lover. The amount: approximately $2 million (or 27 billion won). Broken down into episodes, that is about $100,000 per installment (with 20 episodes in all).... More »

Drama Casting & News
Posters out for Boys Before Flowers
by | December 14, 2008 | 55 Comments
There’s a lot I could say about this, but really, only a few things I need to: (1) Boys Before Flowers, or Hana Yori Dango (2) New posters (3) Series airs January 5, KBS. Above poster shows Kim Joon (aka “Woo-bin,” or Akira), Kim Bum (aka “Yi-jung,” or Soujiro), Lee... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Dong-gun back on TV
by | December 14, 2008 | 58 Comments
Jang Dong-gun (Taegukgi, Friend) made a television appearance on the inaugural December 14 episode of the new talk show Park Joong-hoon Show on KBS. The reason this is noteworthy is that Jang has eschewed broadcast appearances and hasn’t been seen on a talk show in eight years. His last drama... More »

Celebrity News
Romantic Island Love’s Donation Event
by | December 13, 2008 | 8 Comments
Eugene and Lee Seon-kyun, stars of the recent movie Romantic Island, have donated a few of own belongings to raise money for the Beautiful Foundation. On December 13, their items were auctioned off at the “Romantic Island Love’s Donation Event“; Eugene’s donation was a hat and scarf she particularly liked,... More »