Drama Casting & News
Another young actress’ gender bent
by | June 29, 2008 | 34 Comments
I’ll admit to being skeptical when I heard that the cute, bubbly Moon Geun Young would be dressing as a man in the upcoming period drama The Painter of Wind on SBS, but as with Yoon Eun Hye in Coffee Prince, she’s made the transformation (appearance-wise) more credibly than I... More »

Drama Recaps
My Sweet Seoul: Episode 5
by | June 29, 2008 | 11 Comments
Again, I suggest you watch My Sweet Seoul for yourselves because it’s a show that’s really appreciated in the watching more than the recapping thereof. More than any (or many) other show(s) in recent memory, it’s a drama that earns its charm through its deft, subtle directing, and therefore loses... More »

Kpop News
Kim Jang Hoon collapses in concert
by | June 28, 2008 | 21 Comments
This should be subtitled, “Korea: The Land of Overworked Pop Stars.” Kind of a frightening sight, isn’t it? Singer Kim Jang Hoon collapsed in concert on June 28 and was sent to the emergency room while performing as part of the “West Coast Festival” concert being held for the benefit... More »

Yi Sung Yol giveaway winners!
by | June 27, 2008 | 14 Comments
Congratulations to giveaway winners debb, Fei, Alyssa, and docmitasha! I’ve emailed you; if you don’t get it soon, let me know. If you didn’t win but would like to buy the albums, you can get them from Yesasia: Volume 1 “이날, 이때, 이즈음에…” or Volume 2 “In Exchange.” If you... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #36
by | June 27, 2008 | 11 Comments
  Phew, I’ve had a crazy-busy week. I had so many more posts planned, so many more hours of drama-watching intended, but I’m just pooped. Maybe I’ll have a restful weekend and catch up on everything that fell behind then. TGIF indeed. SONG OF THE DAY Ingrid Michaelson – “Let... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 4
by | June 27, 2008 | 36 Comments
Omg. Strongest Chil Woo is AWESOME (-ly bad). But still, awesome! It is SO corny, and that makes it so, so good. I never thought I’d say this, but one of its best assets right now is its terrible acting. I don’t know if they’re being bad on purpose, or... More »

Sitcoms/Variety Shows
Shin Dong Wook tracks down your ex-boyfriend
by | June 26, 2008 | 25 Comments
Have you missed Shin Dong Wook (Soulmate, War of Money)? He recently shot these promo pictures on a Seoul rooftop for his upcoming job as the new MC of cable reality show [Chasing Your] X-Boyfriend (on Mnet). He’ll be the third host following fellow actors Jae Hee and Jang Geun... More »

Drama Casting & News
SBS washes hands of Daemul
by | June 26, 2008 | 6 Comments
At this point I think we’re all just better off writing off the series Daemul (Big Fish) as a no-go; that way, if it ever gets made, we can be pleasantly surprised. But things aren’t looking good for the already troubled drama. Daemul hit problems early on with director issues,... More »

Drama Recaps
When Night Comes: Episode 2
by | June 25, 2008 | 32 Comments
So yeah… not a great drama. It’s too bad since the two leads are entertaining together and they’ve got that bickering, competitive one-upmanship vibe going strong. But the rest of the plot, the directing, the cheesy music… meh. I haven’t found much on the director or the two writers, which... More »

Drama Recaps
Strongest Chil Woo: Episode 3
by | June 24, 2008 | 24 Comments
Kind of a boring episode. What I enjoyed about Strongest Chil Woo last week was its absurdity — the over-the-top action and goofy tone. Today we got an attempt at a serious episode with acting that attempted to match the story’s tone, but Chil Woo‘s strengths (if you can call... More »

Drama Recaps
When Night Comes: Episode 1
by | June 23, 2008 | 26 Comments
To be brief? Based on Episode 1, I found When Night Comes (also Every Night or Every Time It’s Night) to be part fun, and part corny. Its attempts to be slick and cool keep the action moving, but aren’t entirely successful — and while they’re not complete failures either,... More »