Drama Recaps
Beethoven Virus: Episode 17
by | February 8, 2009 | 28 Comments
Mea culpa, guys. For a multitude of reasons, I couldn’t bring myself to finish the series – and when I’d decide to finally get on with the recaps, something would inevitably come up. Many, many apologies to the people who expected this sooner. So, er, in case you don’t remember... More »

Drama Recaps
Return of Iljimae: Episode 4
by | February 7, 2009 | 28 Comments
Sorry for the delay! It wasn’t because I didn’t enjoy this episode — I watched it right away but didn’t have the time to devote to a recap till recently. I know a couple comments have lamented that high-quality dramas like Return of Iljimae get overshadowed by pop-culture phenoms like... More »

Celebrity News
It’s a baby boy for Kwon Sang-woo and Sohn Tae-young
by | February 7, 2009 | 41 Comments
Actress Sohn Tae-young gave birth to her and husband Kwon Sang-woo‘s firstborn child on February 6. The baby was born a bit ahead of schedule — the couple’s due date was the 28th — but for all of you who worried that Sohn was too thin, their son weighed in... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
From the set of Insadong Scandal
by | February 6, 2009 | 38 Comments
I can’t say I’m exactly excited about the new art-themed movie Insadong Scandal, but I do really like Kim Rae-won (Gourmet), who acts with an effortless charm. (On the other hand, “Korea’s Madonna” Uhm Jung-hwa (Seducing Mr. Perfect) is a little hit or miss for me… and I’m sorry to... More »

Drama Casting & News
Boys Before Parodies
by | February 6, 2009 | 74 Comments
Boys Before Flowers: Requiems and Grandpas With the level of soaring popularity it’s enjoying, it’s no wonder that Boys Before Flowers has spawned a spate of parodies. In general, netizen culture is rather prolific in photoshopping goofy images and putting together tribute videos and parodies. With Boys Before Flowers, it’s... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #69
by | February 6, 2009 | 53 Comments
  First off, thanks for voting for me in the Golden Klog Awards! I’ve been voted “Best Blog About Korean Pop Culture,” all thanks to you. In fact, you guys were so responsive that, uh, it seems there was a bit of an overwhelming response, or as the web admin... More »

Drama Casting & News
Chae Jung-ahn back onstage
by | February 6, 2009 | 9 Comments
You may know that Chae Jung-ahn (Coffee Prince) got her start in the late ’90s as a (pretty forgettable) dance-pop singer. The actress has said she intends to pursue a career as an actress rather than as a singer these days, but she’ll still be showing off some of her... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Geun-seok shows off his Toucholic rapping
by | February 5, 2009 | 55 Comments
Remember Jang Geun-seok‘s “music drama” “Yepptic & Haptic Love,” for which he sings (and raps) the theme song “Toucholic”? What is essentially a glorified music-video-slash-ad has been released — and, well, it’s pretty hilarious (unintentionally, sure, but still hilarious). The story features a touch-phobic young man who comes into contact... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jang Nara is back in Sky and Sea
by | February 5, 2009 | 18 Comments
Singer-actress Jang Nara hasn’t been that active in the Korean industry in recent years, focusing much of her career in China instead. (She was also burdened with several planned projects failing to come together.) Now she’s making her film comeback in the movie Sky and Sea, in which she plays... More »

Celebrity News
Remembering Lee Eon through his youth
by | February 5, 2009 | 36 Comments
It was a sad day when Lee Eon, most known for his role in the drama Coffee Prince, died in a motorcycle accident last August. Now a book is being published posthumously, featuring Lee’s own writing and music, called Twenty-seven, Burying Youth. The model-turned-actor, born Park Sang-min, died at the... More »

Celebrity News
Sohn Tae-young, pregnant and In Style
by | February 4, 2009 | 41 Comments
Sohn Tae-young is due any day now, but that didn’t stop Kwon Sang-woo‘s new wife from posing for a photo shoot for March’s issue of In Style. The fashion mag also features an interview with Sohn, who explains choosing to pose because she wanted to capture her pregnancy in its... More »