Open Thread
Open Thread #34
by | June 13, 2008 | 21 Comments
  So this week I was a good little citizen bee and served out my jury duty, which was a big ol’ plate of annoying. Not the jury duty itself, which is something I agree is an important civic obligation (the nice way of saying, if ya wanna be an... More »

Drama Casting & News
Will star Japanese writers and Korean production bring drama gold?
by | June 12, 2008 | 13 Comments
The Korean Foundation of International Cultural Exchange is working with the Japan Broadcast Writers Association in a joint “TV drama project,” which was announced at the TV Drama Writers’ Conference of East Asia, held in the city of Sasebo in Nagasaki Prefecture on June 10 and 11. Plans were announced... More »

Celebrity News
New clothes for Barbie
by | June 12, 2008 | 26 Comments
I’ll admit I don’t really care so much about this news, but the pictures sure are pretty — they’re so bright and lively and candy-colored. Korea’s “Barbie Doll” (so noted for her tall, leggy and well-endowed proportions) Han Chae Young (Delightful Girl Chun Hyang, Fireworks) is joining the celebrity trend... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hyun Bin’s comeback (times two)
by | June 11, 2008 | 37 Comments
Hyun Bin adds a film, I’m Happy, to his year-end plans, bringing his upcoming project count to two. He’d first gotten his fans excited for his long-awaited comeback with the recent announcement that he would be returning to television by the end of the year. Cast opposite Song Hye Gyo... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Su Ae, singin’ in the rain
by | June 11, 2008 | 34 Comments
Su Ae displays her sexier side in a newly released still from her upcoming period film, director Lee Joon-ik‘s You’re Far Away. In the 1971-set film, Su Ae’s character transforms from an ordinary woman living in the countryside to a sexy wartime singer in order to find her husband, who’s... More »

Andy takes the stage in Polaroid
by | June 11, 2008 | 5 Comments
Shinhwa’s baby member Andy, currently enjoying a hot streak of popularity due his pairing with Solbi on the show We Got Married, is taking another turn on the musical stage this summer. This time, he’ll star in Polaroid, which is being brought to theatergoers by the same director and writer... More »

Drama Casting & News
“I am SO glad Yi San is finally ending!” “Tell me about it.”
by | June 10, 2008 | 30 Comments
Anyone else confused about the weird, constantly changing drama-programming schedule these days? Well, blame it all on Monday-Tuesday’s sageuk juggernaut drama Yi San. MBC’s extremely popular long-running historical hit (which began airing last September) was originally set to air, I believe, something around 50 episodes. But because of its popularity,... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul
by | June 9, 2008 | 48 Comments
Sweet, indeed. Generally, a film or drama can be evaluated by two separate components: concept and execution. I’m sure we’ve all seen dramas with good concepts but bad execution (they sounded really great on paper but fell apart onscreen), or the converse with bland concepts but good execution. (Corollaries: There... More »

Drama Casting & News
KBS’s second honorable thief of the year (third overall) ties on his mask, readies for (ratings) battle
by | June 9, 2008 | 16 Comments
Eric rocks the Zorro look as he takes on his honorable-bandit character in KBS2′s fusion sageuk Strongest Chil Woo (no, seriously, I saw a pic where he’s even sporting some kind of reverse “Z” scar on his chest). I can’t decide if he looks absurd, or kinda sexy in a... More »

Drama Recaps
The Last Scandal of My Life: Episode 16 (Final)
by | June 8, 2008 | 31 Comments
There’s something to be said for a drama that ends just the way you expected but manages to be satisfying just the same. Which doesn’t mean it was flawless (and I’ll discuss that later) but for the most part, I ended this series with a satisfied sigh. Despite having a... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: June 7, 2008
by | June 7, 2008 | 23 Comments
Lee Jung Jin (Bottom of the 9th with 2 Outs, Love Story in Harvard) held his first official fanmeeting on May 30 in Tokyo, following the end of Bottom of the 9th‘s recent Japanese broadcast. A thousand Japanese fans were in attendance; he returned to Korea on the 31st to... More »