Celebrity News
(Three of four) Hallyu stars arrive in Japan
by | December 16, 2009 | 115 Comments
Won Bin, Jang Dong-gun, Song Seung-heon Three of Hallyu’s biggest stars — Song Seung-heon, Jang Dong-gun, and Won Bin — arrived at Japan’s Haneda Airport to an excited crowd of fans on the afternoon of December 16. They are in the country for an event titled “Hallyu Four of a... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Mi-yeon returns to television with Man-deok
by | December 16, 2009 | 13 Comments
This is news that had been floating around for a while (and denied, then floated again), but now it’s confirmed: Lee Mi-yeon is making her drama comeback — eight years after her last sageuk Empress Myung Sung — in another historical epic, Merchant Kim Man-deok. The drama is based on... More »

Drama Recaps
Will It Snow For Christmas: Episode 3
by | December 15, 2009 | 115 Comments
Oh, Go Soo, I have missed you. If his acting here is any indication, his dark role in the recent film Into the White Night has got to be killer. Can’t wait to see it. Now that we’re past the initial glow and into the meat of the story, I... More »

Drama Casting & News
Moon Geun-young’s first villain role
by | December 15, 2009 | 61 Comments
Interesting! I love the description already. Moon Geun-young is following her Daesang-winning role in last year’s sageuk Painter of the Wind with a return to television — this time as a villain. She has been cast in KBS’s upcoming Cinderella Unni (a working title), and contracts are currently being drawn... More »

Drama Recaps
City Hall: Episode 15
by | December 15, 2009 | 64 Comments
(written by samsooki, clarity of thought, dissection, boxes of Kleenex and gentle hand-squeezing provided by 0timelost and cleown) Episode 15 – “The Price of Victory.” As amazing and as fun as Episode 14 was to watch, I feel like Episode 15 is deeper, stronger, all-encompassing.  I know that many of you... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Seo Woo faces off against Jeon Do-yeon
by | December 15, 2009 | 15 Comments
Jeon Do-yeon, Seo Woo It was with particular interest that people took notice of Jeon Do-yeon‘s next film project, as it teams the Cannes Best Actress winner (for Secret Sunshine) with award-winning director Im Sang-soo (A Good Lawyer’s Wife) in a remake of a classic movie largely regarded as the... More »

Drama Recaps
Will It Snow For Christmas: Episodes 1-2
by | December 14, 2009 | 127 Comments
I have said many a time that I dislike melodrama — as a genre, as a plot device, as a storytelling crutch. Excessive melodrama is what makes makjang dramas popular, but it drives me batty because I hate when stories are emotionally manipulative just for the sake of being emotionally... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yoo Seung-ho’s God of Study
by | December 14, 2009 | 47 Comments
Here’s our first look at Yoo Seung-ho in character for KBS’s upcoming God of Study [공부의 신], which is an adaptation of the Japanese series Dragon Zakura. Yoo Seung-ho’s character is tough guy Hwang Baek-hyun, trading his noona-magnet gentle image for a more rough and masculine one. (Something tells me... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hot-Blooded Salesman ends quietly
by | December 14, 2009 | 12 Comments
After a relatively quiet run, KBS’s weekend drama Hot-Blooded Salesman (or simply Hot Blood) ended yesterday with a 9.0% rating (AGB). While not a flop, it’s a bit of a disappointment for the drama starring Park Hae-jin, Chae Jung-ahn, and Choi Chul-ho. The plot of Hot-Blooded Salesmen largely featured the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Order You’re Beautiful director’s cut DVD
by | December 14, 2009 | 143 Comments
You’re Beautiful is putting out a director’s cut DVD, and it’s available for overseas fans to purchase (preorder). The set will have English subtitles and is available as a limited version. The production company has gone out of its way to make this available to overseas fans, but apparently order... More »

Celebrity News
Park Shin-hye’s Love Request
by | December 14, 2009 | 46 Comments
Park Shin-hye, the 19-year-old star of the recent You’re Beautiful, is heading to Nepal for six days as part of KBS1’s Love Request. Like stars who have gone on similar trips before her, the program will follow Park as she donates books and school materials to children growing up in... More »