Drama Casting & News
The new Madam Jung
by | July 30, 2008 | 14 Comments
First Han Ye-seul was cast in the drama version of gambling-related Tazza, supposedly in the Madam Jung role initially played by Kim Hye-soo in the film. Then the role was un-cast, with reps backpedaling to say that Han’s role was not certain. And then she was re-cast, but as a... More »

Celebrity News
Behold the power of Yonsama
by | July 30, 2008 | 22 Comments
Oh, brother. The current dispute between Japan and Korea over the naming of Dokdo (Korean name), aka Takeshima (Japanese), aka the Liancourt Rocks (American) has spilled over into Bae Yong-joon, aka Yonsama, issues. There are a bunch of bloggers who’ve already covered the Dokdo-Takeshima dispute, but those tend to get... More »

Celebrity News
Pretty boys grow into pretty men
by | July 30, 2008 | 49 Comments
Check out the latest photos of uljjang-turned-actor Kim Hye-sung (formerly of family sitcom Unstoppable High Kick, more recently of queer indie flick Boy Meets Boy), currently causing an online stir. These were posted recently on his cyworld page, the most recent ones uploaded yesterday, to lots of admiration for the... More »

Drama Casting & News
Never say she didn’t suffer for her art
by | July 30, 2008 | 9 Comments
If you notice something strange about Lee Hana‘s appearance in the upcoming finale of her drama Women in the Sun, it’s because was recently hurt while filming. Furthermore, the injury was to her face — underneath her eye, to be exact. A scene shot on the 27th involved one character... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 14
by | July 29, 2008 | 12 Comments
A good episode, with an even better ending. Maybe it’s Chil Woo‘s frequently kooky directing, or its seemingly low production value (it definitely doesn’t have the money poured into it that its competitors do), but I think the drama’s rather good plotting has been obscured by other factors. (Or maybe... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kicking off Go-sa: Bloody Midterms
by | July 29, 2008 | 5 Comments
Not only were the cast and staff present for the press conference for upcoming horror flick Go-sa: Bloody Midterms, other celebs were also on hand for the “VIP event” on the evening of July 29 at Seoul’s Yongsan CGV Theater. The thriller stars Lee Beom-soo, ex-Seeya singer Nam Gyuri in... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Jae Hee’s Mandate
by | July 29, 2008 | 15 Comments
With only one week left before Jae Hee enlists for active duty, he’s out promoting his latest film, Mandate. On July 29, he and the cast of the “fantasy thriller” Mandate: Mission from God assembled at the Catchlight in Seoul’s Hongdae neighborhood for the film’s showcase. (Jae Hee was asked... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 13
by | July 28, 2008 | 7 Comments
Some pretty good acting all around today. (Not from our series leads. But that’s to be expected?) Well, Yoo Ah-in (Orroz) is actually pretty good, doing a good job depicting repressed and intense. His scenes with Gu Hye-sun are solid, particularly when he’s acting injured — he gets the pained... More »

Celebrity News
The face of Hallyu
by | July 28, 2008 | 26 Comments
Coming off a great past year with two back-to-back hit dramas (Iljimae and Time of Dog and Wolf), Lee Junki has been selected as the face of Hallyu — at least for the upcoming 2008 Seoul Hallyu Festival as its spokesperson and PR rep. A rep for the festival explained,... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Spying femme fatale Park Shi-yeon
by | July 28, 2008 | 13 Comments
Park Shi-yeon (recently of dark drama La Dolce Vita) takes on the role of a spy in the new movie Dachimawa Lee: Bye, Villain! Take the Express Train to Hell [다찌마와 리: 악인이여 지옥행 급행열차를 타라], a comedic action spy film which from all appearances looks like a period Bond... More »

Drama Casting & News
Bye-bye, Daemul
by | July 28, 2008 | 10 Comments
Stick a fork in it, Daemul is done. Over. Finito. After all its recent problems including the departure of its original PD, the high-budget SBS drama based on the popular manhwa has been removed from SBS’s upcoming lineup, and now its stars Go Hyun-jung and Kwon Sang-woo have been officially... More »