Celebrity News
Lee Young-ae signs on with new management
by | January 20, 2010 | 16 Comments
Lee Young-ae has signed with Song Seung-heon‘s independent management company, Storm S Company, which is the firm Song established after his contract with his former management ended last year. While I don’t normally pay attention to news about actors’ management shifts, there has been a lot of speculation over whether... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Hit film Jeon Woo Chi gets a manhwa series
by | January 20, 2010 | 9 Comments
Kang Dong-won‘s fantasy-hero film Jeon Woo Chi has had a strong box office performance, and at last count had sold 5.2 million tickets. Riding that success comes a manhwa series bearing the same name, which will be released in book form as well as via an online subscription service. Although... More »

Drama Recaps
The Ending Scene to My Love Patzzi: Is This Love, Or Am I Dreaming?
by | January 19, 2010 | 102 Comments
In an effort to get a full analysis of whether My Love Patzzi had an ambiguous ending (as proposed by javabeans) or not, I feel the only possible way to do this is is to go ahead and re-translate from scratch, and then recap, the Final Episode scene where Jang... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Rebuttal #2: A case against My Love Patzzi and the delusions of Samsooki’s Jang Nara obsession
by | January 19, 2010 | 86 Comments
Once upon a time there lived a wee little goldfish. From her little plastic castle inside her little glass fish bowl she often glimpsed views of a television screen that housed human beings, many of whom cried rivers of tears due to something called “cancer” and sometimes bowed down to... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Rebuttal #1: If heroine alienates core bread-n-butter audience, drama is a dud, even if a few misguided males beg to differ
by | January 19, 2010 | 84 Comments
Gauntlet, thrown and accepted! Well, see now, I think there are a few misconceptions I’ve got to clear up right off the bat. First off, this idea that I somehow have good taste. HA! Have you seen my drama ratings? Second, that there’s such a great divide between the “elite... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Why I like Jang Nara and My Love Patzzi: A Defense against the Tyranny of dahee fanel and javabeans, and Why Square Holes Are Problematic
by | January 19, 2010 | 126 Comments
Biting off more than one can chew is not only the proper methodology for eating saltwater taffy, but it is also a way of life for me – how else can we find our limits except by risking failure? And so, as I have been weaned on Mmes. Dahee’s and... More »

Drama Casting & News
Julien Kang added to Road No. 1
by | January 19, 2010 | 21 Comments
Can’t say this has me too excited: Canadian model-actor Julien Kang has been added to the Korean War epic drama Road No. 1, which stars So Ji-sub, Yoon Kye-sang, and Kim Haneul. According to Kang’s management, he will be playing a U.S. Marine platoon leader. I wasn’t really impressed with... More »

Drama Casting & News
Youthful cast takes over daily drama Fine Windy Day
by | January 18, 2010 | 47 Comments
Kim So-eun, Seo Hyo-rim Daily dramas generally bring in stable ratings and have their loyal audiences, but they’re not usually shows that center around — or get buzz for — their hot young casts. However, KBS’s upcoming daily Fine Windy Day [바람 불어 좋은날] is attracting notice for its youthful... More »

Celebrity News
Lee Da-hae in Marie Claire
by | January 18, 2010 | 78 Comments
Guess it must already be that time of the month again, by which I mean that time when all the fashion mags put out teasers of their star-studded upcoming issues. This time it’s Marie Claire featuring Chuno‘s runaway bride, Lee Da-hae, whose spread will be in the February issue. Lee’s... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Chun Jung-myung puts up his dukes in Vogue
by | January 18, 2010 | 48 Comments
Oh, it is GOOD to have Chun Jung-myung back from the army! The actor is getting right back to work with a new drama (Cinderella’s Sister with Moon Geun-young and Seo Woo) and now a new fashion spread for Vogue. The concept portrays Chun as a mixed martial arts fighter,... More »

Drama Recaps
Chuno: Episode 3
by | January 18, 2010 | 77 Comments
(Samsooki, whom you know from his City Hall recaps, and hjkomo, who previously guest-blogged her year-end review, have stepped up to write recaps for Chuno! Enjoy. —javabeans) Enough ogling the slave-hunters of Chuno! Here are the Gi-Saeng of Chuno! You know, Chuno isn’t so easy to pick up and start... More »