Drama Casting & News
Ji-woo-hime’s starpower brings in foreign coin
by | December 14, 2008 | 11 Comments
I would have thought that a Choi Ji-woo drama would have been sold to Japan months in advance, but apparently they’ve just licensed A Star’s Lover. The amount: approximately $2 million (or 27 billion won). Broken down into episodes, that is about $100,000 per installment (with 20 episodes in all).... More »

Drama Casting & News
Posters out for Boys Before Flowers
by | December 14, 2008 | 55 Comments
There’s a lot I could say about this, but really, only a few things I need to: (1) Boys Before Flowers, or Hana Yori Dango (2) New posters (3) Series airs January 5, KBS. Above poster shows Kim Joon (aka “Woo-bin,” or Akira), Kim Bum (aka “Yi-jung,” or Soujiro), Lee... More »

Celebrity News
Jang Dong-gun back on TV
by | December 14, 2008 | 58 Comments
Jang Dong-gun (Taegukgi, Friend) made a television appearance on the inaugural December 14 episode of the new talk show Park Joong-hoon Show on KBS. The reason this is noteworthy is that Jang has eschewed broadcast appearances and hasn’t been seen on a talk show in eight years. His last drama... More »

Celebrity News
Romantic Island Love’s Donation Event
by | December 13, 2008 | 8 Comments
Eugene and Lee Seon-kyun, stars of the recent movie Romantic Island, have donated a few of own belongings to raise money for the Beautiful Foundation. On December 13, their items were auctioned off at the “Romantic Island Love’s Donation Event“; Eugene’s donation was a hat and scarf she particularly liked,... More »

Drama Casting & News
TV directors of photography honor sageuk actors
by | December 13, 2008 | 18 Comments
Kim Sang-kyung and Moon Geun-young are the newest recipients of the 2008 Grime Award (pronounced gree-may) for acting, presented by the Korean Television Directors of Photography Association. The honor goes to their roles in their sageuk dramas, Great King Sejong and Painter of the Wind, respectively. All other awards went... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 2
by | December 12, 2008 | 49 Comments
It’s nice to be doing recaps again. Some of you may wonder why I sometimes take on three series at a time, and at other times none. It’s not only a matter of time, but really, what interests me. And recently, there haven’t been any series that compel me enough... More »

Drama Casting & News
Shin Ae takes up classical music for Empress Cheon-chu
by | December 12, 2008 | 13 Comments
(Pretty!) Shin Ae (We Got Married) is one of a sizable lineup for the upcoming Empress Cheon-chu, the large-scale KBS sageuk drama starring Chae Shi-ra. (Also cast: Moon Jung-hee, Lee Deok-hwa, Choi Jae-sung, Kim Seok-hoon.) In this new still, she is pictured in character as the empress’s “kind and pure”... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #61
by | December 12, 2008 | 30 Comments
  Friday already?? Where do the days — months, years — go?   SONG OF THE DAY Death Cab for Cutie – “Debate Exposes Doubt” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #60... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Myung-min replaces Kwon Sang-woo
by | December 11, 2008 | 45 Comments
When Kwon Sang-woo dropped out of the film My Love By My Side at the last minute, he gave no explanation and left the production in a lurch at crunch time. The role sounded meaty — his character suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease, a degenerative condition, and grows progressively debilitated... More »

Celebrity News
Alex hosts “Delicious Korea”
by | December 11, 2008 | 16 Comments
Is it me, or is this kind of… random? Clazziquai singer Alex is making his entry into the Japanese market, not in music but on television. And not just any television, but a food program. Beginning in February, Alex will be the host for a program called Delicious Korea [맛있는... More »

Celebrity News
Movies first, army second
by | December 11, 2008 | 16 Comments
Remember how Jo In-sung (A Dirty Carnival) had applied for the army’s entertainers unit? He’d undergone all the requisite physical and in-person exams and was ready to go if accepted; he was to enlist (avoiding regular active duty) on January 19. Now he’s just announced that he has delayed his... More »