Drama Casting & News
Daemul comes back with Go Hyun-jung
by | December 30, 2009 | 19 Comments
After a turbulent production history, SBS’s Daemul (aka Big Fish) is back on, and Go Hyun-jung has been (re-)confirmed as the female lead playing the country’s first woman president. The project had been set to go into production last year and had cast Go Hyun-jung opposite Kwon Sang-woo as a... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
All Told, A Pretty Fun Year [Year In Review, Part 4]
by | December 29, 2009 | 142 Comments
After a pretty meh 2008, I was ready for the drama landscape to fire back up with 2009. And while there were a number of misses and disappointments — isn’t there always? — I was pretty satisfied with the dramas I watched in 2009. I still don’t think there were... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Newbie Reviews 2009 [Year In Review, Part 3]
by | December 29, 2009 | 155 Comments
My pick for Drama of the Year: City Hall. I’ll start of with an admission.  When javabeans asked me to give my thoughts on 2009, I was pretty excited, and agreed without much thought.  After all, 2009 was the best year of k-drama watching I’ve ever had.  But then it hit... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Preview and press conference for Wedding Dress
by | December 29, 2009 | 17 Comments
Mother-to-be Song Yoon-ah has a new movie coming out, in which she stars as a single mother to young Kim Hyang-gi. The film held its press conference and preview screening in Seoul on December 29. And aie, it looks like it’s the kind of movie to start you bawling halfway... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Character posters out for Le Grand Chef 2
by | December 29, 2009 | 37 Comments
Posters are out for the upcoming Le Grand Chef 2: Kimchi War, which is the sequel to the hit 2007 film that also spawned a hit television drama. Kimchi War looks like it’s taking the formula that made both previous projects work — cinematic flair and an eye for beautiful... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Good, The Bad, The Middling [Year In Review, Part 2]
by | December 28, 2009 | 147 Comments
(I’m very pleased to introduce guest review #2, which comes to you courtesy of thunderbolt. Tune back in tomorrow for more! —javabeans) Have you watched The Good, The Bad, The Weird? If you haven’t and the movie is available for rent in a store near you, pick it up and... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Duds and Delights of 2009 [Year In Review, Part 1]
by | December 28, 2009 | 247 Comments
(Just to clarify, this is the first of four guest reviews and is written by Dahee Fanel, whose insights you can read regularly on her own blog, Dahee’s Plastic Castle. I hope you’ll enjoy reading the guest reviews and get as much as I do out of their diverse opinions.... More »

Intro to Dramabeans’ six-part year-end review
by | December 28, 2009 | 16 Comments
It’s that time of year again! Time for the year-end extravaganza summing up the highlights and lowlights in the world of Korean dramas over the past twelve months. In previous years, I’ve asked guest bloggers to help me wrap up the year, and they’ve come through beautifully. This time we’ve... More »

Celebrity News
Kim So-yeon sings for charity
by | December 28, 2009 | 9 Comments
Add Kim So-yeon (IRIS), like Lee Yo-won two posts down, to the list of actors taking on singing projects. Kim will be participating in the charity album put out by her management company, Namoo Actors, which is called the “Love Tree Project” (“namoo” meaning tree). Proceeds will be donated to... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Additional preview for Secret Reunion
by | December 28, 2009 | 18 Comments
A longer “special preview” has been released for the upcoming action-thriller Sworn Brothers (which is the Korean title, 의형제), also called The Secret Reunion, which comes from director Jang Hoon, who also directed the So Ji-sub–Kang Ji-hwan action film Rough Cut (aka A Movie Is a Movie). The film stars... More »

Kpop News
Lee Yo-won sings for special soundtrack
by | December 28, 2009 | 42 Comments
Actress Lee Yo-won, who played the title role in MBC’s Queen Seon-deok, is making her singing debut on a Special OST Part 2 for that drama with the track “Bi-dam” or “비담 (悲談).” (As you probably know, Bi-dam is the character played by Kim Nam-gil, (SPOILER?) with whom Deok-man shares... More »