Kpop News
Happier days ahead for Ivy?
by | September 6, 2009 | 6 Comments
With her scandal behind her and her management conflict resolved, singer-actress Ivy is setting the stage for her comeback, and has posted to her mini-homepage for the first time in a year and three months. In an industry and society where big news is often announced via mini-homepage (romances, wedding... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Lee Ki-woo teams with Shin Hyun-joon in Family Picture
by | September 6, 2009 | 5 Comments
Lee Ki-woo, Shin Hyun-joon Actors Shin Hyun-joon (Cain & Abel) and Lee Ki-woo (A Star’s Lover) are teaming up as detectives in a new movie, Family Picture [가족사진]. Although the two characters are described as having diametrically opposing personalities, Odd Couple this ain’t: The plot surrounds the kidnapping and murder... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Another big movie weekend: Take Off, Haeundae
by | September 6, 2009 | 4 Comments
Joining the club of 2009 blockbusters is the currently screening film Take Off, also called Ski Jump or National Athlete [국가대표]. The sports comedy starring Ha Jung-woo, Sung Dong-il, and Kim Ji-suk has been buoyed by favorable word-of-mouth buzz and has pulled in over 7 million viewers since its July... More »

Drama Casting & News
Premium horror drama Hon’s ending lacks punch
by | September 5, 2009 | 18 Comments
This past Thursday, MBC’s “premium horror” series Hon (Soul) ended its 10-episode broadcast. While the drama has generally been received favorably, there were some comments expressing disappointment at its end. It’s been called “2% lacking,” which is an expression that means that everything was generally good, but missing a certain... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
17th Chunsa Film Festival
by | September 5, 2009 | 29 Comments
Aw, isn’t little Wang Seok-hyun cute? September 5 saw the end of the 17th Chunsa Film Festival and its closing-night awards ceremony, which was held in Icheon, Kyunggi-do. The winners list was dominated by the popular, recently released sports film Take Off [국가대표, or National Athlete], although vampire film Thirst... More »

Celebrity News
Tablo and Kang Hye-jung are pregnant and engaged
by | September 4, 2009 | 42 Comments
Epik High rapper Tablo and actress girlfriend Kang Hye-jung are expecting! In light of this news, they’ve also announced their intention to marry next month. I don’t think this is particularly surprising news to people who have followed this lovey-dovey couple’s courtship; they’ve been dating for almost a year and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoon Eun-hye draws Jung Il-woo
by | September 4, 2009 | 33 Comments
We know that Yoon Eun-hye has artistic interests and had even added some of her own handiwork to the set dressing of her previous drama, Coffee Prince. Now she’s shooting her current drama, KBS’s My Fair Lady, which has released the image of a drawing she’d sketched while filming a... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Japan buys High Kick Through the Roof
by | September 4, 2009 | 4 Comments
The new sitcom High Kick Through the Roof [지붕 뚫고 하이킥] hasn’t even aired yet, and already it’s been licensed for a Japanese broadcast. The production company, Green Snake Media, has sold the family sitcom to a subsidiary of Sony for a November broadcast on the So-net channel in Japan.... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #99
by | September 4, 2009 | 219 Comments
  SONG OF THE DAY Islands – “Vapours” [ Download or Megaupload ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #98 Open Thread #97 Open Thread #96 Open Thread #95 No tags for this post.... More »

Drama Recaps
My Fair Lady: Episode 6
by | September 3, 2009 | 67 Comments
I liked Episode 6 a lot. Less silly slapstick (which is okay so long as it doesn’t go overboard) and more emoting. There’s something about My Fair Lady that reminds me of old-school trendy dramas, and I mean that in a good way. You know, those addicting, fast-moving, bickering-laden offerings... More »

Drama Casting & News
Fans are spitting mad at Tamra’s curtailment
by | September 3, 2009 | 49 Comments
Im Joo-hwan When MBC announced that Tamra the Island was getting cut and ending early, they pissed off fans and even spurred them to publish a large ad in a daily newspaper protesting the decision. (As I said before, the ratings are low but this is a mania drama, meaning... More »