Drama Casting & News
Alex acts
by | October 23, 2007 | 12 Comments
Clazziquai’s lead singer with the velvety voice, Alex, is set to act in his debut role in the short romantic-comedy series Finding Love (연애의 발견). Also cast in the cable drama are Choi Min Yong (from Unstoppable High Kick), Yoon Ji Min (HIT, Korea Secret Agency), and Han Ye In... More »

Celebrity News
I draw the line at rapping
by | October 23, 2007 | 22 Comments
Left, new CF; right, as we know and love her.  One of Korea’s sweethearts and rising actress Lee Da Hae has a new CF for the kimchi refrigerator she’s promoted before. And — egads! — she raps. Normally I wouldn’t even bother commenting on an ad campaign, but such is... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 4
by | October 22, 2007 | 5 Comments
Mixed-up Investigative Agency has turned the corner, I think — I hadn’t been ready to jump fully onboard, but now I’m fairly confident it’ll be solidly entertaining. I appreciate that the plot is layered, and reveals itself in stages. The drama also plays with format in a fun, humorous way,... More »

Celebrity News
Where have all the uljjangs gone?
by | October 21, 2007 | 28 Comments
The “uljjang” phenomenon is one that is fascinating, odd, borderline disturbing (or at least perplexing), uniquely Korean — and now, it appears, waning. The word uljjang comes from a mashup of the word for “face” and a slang term for “best,” thereby meaning “best face” or simply “good-looking,” in the... More »

Drama Recaps
Mixed-up Investigative Agency: Case 3
by | October 20, 2007 | 9 Comments
Mixed-up Investigative Agency is getting better. I appreciate that we’re building up to the eventual treasure hunt slowly, and it’s clear the story has been well-planned in advance, which is obvious from the way they are unfolding the multiple layers to this mystery-adventure-comedy. There’s still something not entirely “on” about... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Another rising star
by | October 19, 2007 | 25 Comments
(Way too) pretty boy actor Lee Junki just received his Rising Star Award at this year’s Hawaii International Film Festival, presented at the opening ceremonies on the 18th. The festival continues through the 28th, and will be screening his latest project, Splendid Holiday (aka May 18), which won the Golden... More »

Drama Casting & News
The top 10 kdrama occupations of the past year
by | October 19, 2007 | 9 Comments
And the most common occupation was… the average rank-and-file employee! So was it the year of the regular joe after all? Well, not quite. A survey of the past year in dramas (starting in September 2006) took into count the main characters (i.e., the characters portrayed on promo materials and... More »

Drama Casting & News
by | October 18, 2007 | 16 Comments
Moon Sori in Legend   I haven’t seen many of the dramas mentioned (they’re mostly historical dramas, which I’ve noted is not something I regularly watch). Some of the following reasons are downright silly, but it also seems there’s a grain of truth in some of the grumblings. What do... More »

Drama Casting & News
Birth of a franchise: Coffee Prince cafe opens
by | October 18, 2007 | 25 Comments
  Riding the Wave of Popularity for Drama “Coffee Prince,” Cafe Launches in Hongdae MBC embarks on franchise; first store of opens in Hongdae’s “Theater Chu” on the 20th Before the hit drama Coffee Prince Store #1‘s popularity has a chance to subside, a real-life “Coffee Prince” will be reopened.... More »

Celebrity News
Follow-up: Jang Dong Gun’s CNN interview
by | October 17, 2007 | 11 Comments
Following up on this earlier report on CNN’s “Eye on South Korea” special broadcast, actor-superstar Jang Dong Gun‘s interview on Talk Asia aired on CNN on the 14th. I missed the segment, but lucky for us, CNN has the entire interview available for our perusal. I’d been hoping for a... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Blast from kpop’s past
by | October 17, 2007 | 12 Comments
Wow, here’s one to make you feel really old. (Or really young, I suppose.) Back in the Stone Ages, aka the ’90s, there was a pop group that was terribly popular for about a second and a half. Maybe the title of their hit single in the summer of my... More »