‘A Star’s Lover’

Drama Reactions & Reviews
How was 2009 for you?
by | December 6, 2009 | 410 Comments
With the year coming to an end, that means it’s time to take stock of the past twelve months (well, eleven really) in kdramas. The broadcast stations will be holding their awards ceremonies at the end of the month, and I’m working on my wrap-up of 2009’s offerings — as are some very talented (and... More »

Drama Casting & News
A Star’s Lover is a hit in Japan
by | July 22, 2009 | 32 Comments
SBS’s drama A Star’s Lover was not a hit in Korea, but (as expected) it’s doing well in Japan, thanks in no small part to Choi Ji-woo‘s immense popularity there. A Star’s Lover was broadcast on Japanese satellite and cable channel WOWOW TV starting in May, and will follow that with a run on a... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episodes 15-17
by | March 21, 2009 | 52 Comments
I know it’s super-late, but I said I wouldn’t quit, and I haven’t. As much as this drama frustrates me, there’s something about it that makes me want to stick around to see the ending, even if it is mixed in with so many exasperating plot runarounds that just lead in circles. At the end... More »

Drama Casting & News
Choi Ji-woo heads to Japan to promote A Star’s Lover
by | March 1, 2009 | 15 Comments
Choi Ji-woo‘s romantic melodrama A Star’s Lover may not have performed well in Korea, but she’s heading to stronger ground to promote the drama in Japan. She’ll appear at Tokyo’s Ebisu Garden Hall on the 12th for a preview event and talk show about the series, which will begin airing on the satellite channel WOWOW... More »

Drama Casting & News
The secret behind the melo queen’s tears
by | January 31, 2009 | 42 Comments
If you’re watching A Star’s Lover, you’ll notice that “melodrama queen” Choi Ji-woo cries A LOT in it. At least once an episode, and sometimes more. So much, in fact, that viewers have picked up on a peculiar trait of the actress’s crying scenes: The tears always start with the left eye. A representative from... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 14
by | January 29, 2009 | 48 Comments
How does a drama take such a sharp turn? Well, I bet some people can argue that this drama has been growing slower… and s..l..o..w..e..r… for weeks now. But I seem to recall thinking just two or three weeks ago that things were actually getting more interesting. And then… nothing happened. I mean, stuff happened,... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 13
by | January 25, 2009 | 42 Comments
Okay, so here’s Episode 13 in a nutshell: Tae-seok: “Give up Mari!” Chul-soo: “You can’t make me!” Eun-young to Chul-soo: “I just want you to be happy. And published.” Fans and Anti-fans: “OMG it’s the big movie star! We love you! Also we hate you! You guys are horrible human beings! Can I have your... More »

Drama Casting & News
Yonsama lookalike in A Star’s Lover
by | January 24, 2009 | 24 Comments
When Choi Ji-woo‘s current drama, A Star’s Lover, was being planned, there was particular attention to the Japanese market, given her popularity there. Hopes were high that this series would be a hit with its two big-name leads (Choi and movie star Yoo Ji-tae), so I suppose the decision to cast a Bae Yong-joon lookalike... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 12
by | January 19, 2009 | 29 Comments
I was frustrated by Episode 12. A lot of my issues with this drama have been building gradually, so it’s not like my catalog of complaints (listed at the end) has sprung up overnight. It’s more like I’m finally tired of making excuses for the story. On the upside, the chemistry is still good between... More »

Drama Recaps
A Star’s Lover: Episode 11
by | January 15, 2009 | 32 Comments
I had a hard time getting through this episode (until the last third), even though I think it was one of the better ones. I think there’s an evenness to the pace, a sameness, that makes A Star’s Lover‘s subtlety feel slow at times. It’s because the plot is kind of a foregone conclusion. While... More »