Drama Casting & News
More from The Return of Iljimae
by | December 22, 2008 | 14 Comments
We’ve already seen one (gorgeous) promo poster for The Return of Iljimae, but with the premiere now imminent, we have a few more. Like the one before it, these new offerings also have that vaguely dreamlike, Final Fantasy-esque quality to it. Of course, the challenge comes in translating that quality... More »

Celebrity News
Maestro puts out a classical music album
by | December 22, 2008 | 19 Comments
Capitalizing on his success as conductor “Kang-mae” in Beethoven Virus, Kim Myung-min is putting out a classical music album. Er, what now? No, Kim hasn’t suddenly revealed hitherto-unknown musical talent (though he professes to be a classical-music enthusiast). Rather, he’s “editing” a compilation to be put out by classical music... More »

Drama Casting & News
Boys Before Flowers production press conference
by | December 21, 2008 | 42 Comments
We’re only two weeks away from the premiere of the much-anticipated Hana Yori Dango remake, Boys Before Flowers, and the cast came out on December 22 for the production press conference. Not much more to add to the already sizable pre-show buzz, so before we get to the photos, I’ll... More »

Celebrity News
Moon Jung-hee back with new drama and engagement
by | December 21, 2008 | 6 Comments
Moon Jung-hee (My Sweet Seoul, Air City, Alone in Love) is back with a new drama, the upcoming sageuk drama Empress Cheon-chu, which will start airing at the beginning of January. She’ll also be preparing at the same time for her upcoming wedding, which she has just announced. The bridegroom... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Golden Cinematography Awards names its winners
by | December 21, 2008 | 19 Comments
More awards! Now it’s the Golden Cinematography Award, given by the Korean Society of Cinematographers, who have chosen Ha Jung-woo and Park Jin-hee for top acting honors, for their respective performances in The Chaser and Shadows in the Palace. While the winners have been announced, the actual awards ceremony will... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Nara converts paydays into charitable donations
by | December 21, 2008 | 15 Comments
Jang Nara is turning a few paydays into charity opportunities, sending a total of 200 million’s worth ($156,000) of items to help the needy. Recently, Jang signed a contract to promote a children’s/junior’s clothing brand, Our Q, which is a deal worth about 100 million won. Instead of cash payment,... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 3
by | December 20, 2008 | 33 Comments
I won’t watch a drama purely because it’s pretty; conversely, a good drama that suffers in the aesthetics department won’t turn me completely off. I generally consider stuff like that to be icing on the cake (in a drama); it’s nice, but that cake underneath had better be tasty enough... More »

Kpop News
Hyori gets some old-school backup
by | December 20, 2008 | 15 Comments
Kpop girl group Fin.K.L‘s been disbanded for several years now, but its members all reunited to support former member Lee Hyori‘s first solo concert on December 18. Fin.K.L was quite popular in its own right back in the day, but the group’s members have all gone on to greater success... More »

Celebrity News
Han Ji-min in Numero
by | December 20, 2008 | 8 Comments
With her drama Cain & Abel set to air in February, we’ll soon be seeing a lot more of Han Ji-min; these photos come from her spread in January’s issue of Numero Korea magazine. Her photos were taken just before she left to join the rest of the production shooting... More »

Celebrity News
Japan tags Kim Bum as a Hallyu up-and-comer
by | December 19, 2008 | 9 Comments
This is a bit of a step up for Kim Bum (East of Eden). After all, he has got a lot of buzz going around him these days, but he’s still very new for this kind of attention. On December 21 and 29, Kim will be featured in a two-part... More »

Drama Casting & News
City Hunter comes to U.S. television (maybe)
by | December 19, 2008 | 10 Comments
This seems a bit… odd. Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) has been cast in a Korean-Japanese co-production… of an adaptation a Japanese manga… in a multi-season drama series… for his American television debut. (Nothing wrong with the concept, of course, but talk about multiple layers of risk!)... More »