Kpop News
Epik High maps the soul, redefines kpop business model
by | March 29, 2009 | 59 Comments
By now, I’m sure y’all have heard about Epik High‘s newest album — and their new, independent business model by which they’re distributing it. Namely, they’re opting out of the major-label system and putting out their record themselves, via their spankin’-new website and iTunes. The site’s got everything written... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kang Hye-jung’s Why Did You Come To My Home?
by | March 29, 2009 | 31 Comments
Kang Hye-jung (Herb), Park Hee-soon (Seven Days), and Big Bang’s Seung-ri are out with a new movie, Why Did You Come To My Home? [우리 집에 왜 왔니], which opens on April 9. (Watch the trailer below.) At first glance, the movie looks as quirky and wacky as you might... More »

Kpop News
Artist Profile: Jang Kiha and the Faces
by | March 28, 2009 | 34 Comments
If you’re into Korean indie or rock music, you may already know about Jang Kiha and the Faces — and if not, you should be hearing about them very soon. Jang Kiha has all but exploded onto the scene recently, and is being called the “indie Seo Taiji,” accruing enough... More »

Celebrity News
F2 fansigning events draw huge crowds
by | March 28, 2009 | 59 Comments
The 28th was a busy day for F2 boys Kim Bum and Kim Joon, but particularly so for the former. Both Boys Before Flowers stars attended a fansigning event that evening (above), but first, Kim Bum appeared at one of his own in the morning as well (below). At 11:30... More »

Drama Casting & News
Ji Sung goes all in for Swallow the Sun
by | March 27, 2009 | 22 Comments
Actor Ji Sung (New Heart) is throwing himself into his next role, training intensely for upwards of nine hours every day. This is for the new SBS drama Swallow the Sun [태양을 삼켜라], which has been casually referred to as the “All In sequel” because of the reteaming of director... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Haneul play Spy vs. Spy
by | March 27, 2009 | 34 Comments
Ooh, after hearing about this movie for months, now we’re finally getting lots more information as Level 7 Civil Servant [7급 공무원 or “7th grade government agent”] heads into bona fide promotional mode. On the 27th, the film held its production press conference at Seoul’s Jayangdong Lotte Cinema. In attendance... More »

Open Thread
Open Thread #76
by | March 27, 2009 | 123 Comments
  It’s Open Thread day. What’s going on? SONG OF THE DAY Kaiser Chiefs – “Always Happens Like That” [ Download ] RELATED POSTS Open Thread #75 Open Thread #74 Open Thread #73 Open Thread #72 No tags for this post.... More »

Celebrity News
Wang Bit-na poses for SURE
by | March 27, 2009 | 19 Comments
Actress Wang Bit-na has revealed photos from a new fashion photo spread, taken in her last month of pregnancy. Wang married in January 2007 to pro golfer Jung Seung-woo and is due to give birth to their first child on April 15; this shoot was for the April issue of... More »

Celebrity News
Kim Joon lives life from the center
by | March 26, 2009 | 105 Comments
After putting up that Jung Il-woo interview yesterday, I realized what a fantastic netmagazine 10 Asia is (which is where the interview came from). That site is a trove of great interviews, and I’m eager to go through their archives and perhaps post up some older interviews (the site seems... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Han Ye-seul auditions for Hollywood
by | March 26, 2009 | 25 Comments
Ah, so she IS thinking Hollywood! Bilingual (and Cerritos, California-raised) Han Ye-seul has revealed her desire to cross over to the U.S. film industry, in a recent press conference given at Seoul’s Silla Hotel on the 26th. Han said, “I’ve already auditioned for a Hollywood project, and I’m waiting to... More »

Celebrity News
Jung Il-woo talks about acting, fame, and the future
by | March 25, 2009 | 62 Comments
(…and yes, also his buddy Lee Min-ho.) Many interviews of celebrities tend to focus on the same topics and therefore feel kind of interchangeable — actors are coached in polite responses and you end up getting a lot of careful, generic comments like, “It was a pleasure working with the... More »