Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 18
by | August 12, 2008 | 7 Comments
There’s something about this image I really like. The set may look artificial and the background may be too fakely blue, but it’s a nice, homey family scene that carries added meaning as a happy moment of calm before the storm. As for the drama’s audience, the pre-empting of Gourmet‘s... More »

Celebrity News
Cinema Angel Lee Na-young
by | August 12, 2008 | 13 Comments
Lee Na-young is set to grace the next cover of fashion mag Harper’s Bazaar Korea. This is her first time back in a fashion spread in three years. Her look is being compared to the female character “Maetel” of ’70s manga and anime series Galaxy Express 999 — which, er,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Two gangsters, two actors, and a press conference
by | August 12, 2008 | 17 Comments
So Ji-sub and Kang Ji-hwan pose on press day (August 12) for upcoming movie A Movie Is A Movie (directed by Jang Hoon for Kim Ki-duk Films). Well, they sure showed up in character. But with two such intense actors, I suppose that ought to be no surprise. I wish... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 17
by | August 11, 2008 | 3 Comments
They should create a spinoff with Orroz and Chul Seok, because these two are the only ones pulling their acting weight these days. Both are strong in today’s episode, in a way that transcends the cheese factor of the drama’s storytelling (the drama plot itself isn’t so cheesy these days,... More »

Drama Recaps
Gourmet: Episodes 15 & 16
by | August 11, 2008 | 10 Comments
Gourmet really took an upswing with these two episodes, I thought. Sometimes I feel like I can see all the strings dictating the course of play — those dramatic puppet strings that are best made invisible — such as what is being set up for what future eventuality, which relationships... More »

Drama Casting & News
Taking a gamble with Tazza
by | August 11, 2008 | 18 Comments
New stills are out for upcoming gambling drama Tazza, featuring its main cast: Han Ye-seul (above), Kim Min-joon (below left), and Jang Hyuk, getting into trouble as always (below center and right). The stills were taken from a shoot for the title sequence at the drama’s gambling-den set, which is... More »

Celebrity News
It’s long, lean lines for the new face body of Hilfiger Jeans
by | August 11, 2008 | 11 Comments
Former Miss Korea contestant (2000) and actress Park Shi-yeon shows off her long lines as the new model for Hilfiger Denim’s Wave Jean line. She strikes her best fashionista pose in these new photos for the ad shoot. Lovely pics, but they look pretty heavily, um, doctored, don’t they? Someone... More »

Drama Recaps
Hometown of Legends Episode 1: The Gumiho
by | August 10, 2008 | 32 Comments
[javabeans: Please join me in welcoming Sevenses to Dramabeans as a new writer and recapper! Dramabeans.com: Now with more dramas! (Also more beans?) I look forward to reading more of her funny, witty recaps, particularly of dramas I'm not currently watching such as this one. Hope you enjoy, and keep... More »

Pop Culture & Society
Swimmer Park Tae-hwan awash in congratulations
by | August 10, 2008 | 23 Comments
As we know, Koreans sure have a fierce sense of cultural pride (sometimes to uncomfortably myopic degrees). So it’s no big surprise that all are elated with Olympic gold medalist Park Tae-hwan‘s win in the 400m freestyle on August 10. In about the half-day since he’s won the medal, his... More »

Celebrity News
A kiss for good luck
by | August 10, 2008 | 3 Comments
Bada donates a kiss in the name of the “Love’s Magic Kiss Relay” campaign on August 10 in Seoul’s Myungdong district. The campaign features 11 female stars (also Hyori, Seo In-young, Sohn Tae-young, Solbi, Hwangbo, Shin Bong-seon, Wang Bit-na, Ahn Hye-kyung, Ha Yumi, Choi Eun-kyung) donating their lipstick kisses (made... More »

Celebrity News
‘Fro my goodness
by | August 9, 2008 | 20 Comments
Are all the stylists in Korea on vacay or something? What the frak is going on with stars these days? I mean, why would you style yourself like this, above, when you normally look like this? Lee Seon-kyun attends the 2nd Korea Youth Film Festival on August 9. Oh, honey.... More »