Posts Tagged ‘Hong Gil Dong’

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Thing vs. Thing: Comic book heroes of sageukland
by | January 20, 2013 | 87 Comments
javabeans: If American comic book-dom is perpetually confronted with the question “Who’s better, Superman or Batman?” then dramaland is equally confronted with the question… “Who’s better, Superman or Batman?” Because really, they sorta all fall into those archetypes. Just also wearing hanbok and manes o’ glory. Okay, with a fair dash of Robin Hood sprinkled... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Romantic-comedy drama recommendations
by | November 28, 2009 | 285 Comments
Since I’ve had a lot of requests for drama recommendations following You’re Beautiful, I thought I’d put this up as its own post. I may be spotty with some of the other genres out there, but I’m ALL about the trendy drama! The following is a list of my recommendations (and some that are not... More »


Celebrity News
Profile on Hong Sisters writing duo
by | November 24, 2009 | 138 Comments
Scriptwriters Hong Mi-ran, Hong Jung-eun With SBS’s You’re Beautiful ending this week, I thought I’d like to take a look at the brains behind its wonderfully addicting appeal. I’ve compiled the information below from various interviews over the past few years and highlighted some of their statements about their past dramas. In case you’re unfamiliar,... More »


Chungmuro/Film News
Hong Gil Dong’s descendants carry on the crime-fighting legacy
by | August 23, 2009 | 32 Comments
What would happen if the descendants of Joseon-era Robin Hood-like hero Hong Gil Dong were alive today and secretly carrying on his legacy of punishing evildoers and helping the poor? That’s the premise behind the new movie Hong Gil Dong’s Descendants [홍길동의 후예], and it stars Lee Beom-soo (On Air) as that descendant, We Got... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Finding Merit in the Mediocre [Year in Review, Part 4]
by | December 31, 2008 | 75 Comments
2007 was a rich year for drama-land. There was something for everyone, whether your tastes ran toward dark thrillers (Devil), intense dramas (White Tower), heart-warmers (Thank You), off-the-wall eccentrics (Mixed-up Investigative Agency), trendy fare (Coffee Prince), romantic comedies (Dal Ja’s Spring), and so on. 2008, on the other hand… not so much. Every drama has... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
A Grump Reviews 2008 [Year in Review, Part 2]
by | December 29, 2008 | 91 Comments
How should one convey bad news in writing? By creating a buffer first. Avoid traumatizing your audience with the bad news all at once, but instead cushion the blow so that you can maintain goodwill. That textbook approach (business communication, by the way) would be dandy if the crop of 2008 dramas I watched was... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
Witterings on 2008 Dramas [Year in Review, Part 1]
by | December 28, 2008 | 49 Comments
[And thus begins the year-in-review series for 2008 dramas! This'll be a four-part series, and I'm honored to have three lovely bloggers -- Sevenses, thunderbolt, and Dahee_Fanel -- offering up their reviews in addition to mine. Hope you enjoy! --javabeans] Year in Review – 2008 – In which I practiced my ?? face a lot.... More »


Drama Casting & News
KBS nominates (practically everyone) for acting awards
by | December 18, 2008 | 35 Comments
Like MBC before it, KBS has also released its list of year-end acting award nominees. And while Hong Gil Dong (above) wasn’t the most prominent drama featured among the contenders (that would have to be the daily drama Mom’s Dead Upset, which brought in a whopping four nominations just in the Daesang category), it’s the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Nominees for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival Awards
by | October 9, 2008 | 42 Comments
Choi Su-jong of “Dae Jo Young,” Kim Haneul of “On Air” Nominees are out for the 2008 Korea Drama Festival awards, and the list is rather ho-hum. For example, the nominees for Best Drama are: Legend (MBC), Mom’s Dead Upset (KBS), Dae Jo Young (KBS), and Gourmet (SBS). At first I was disappointed in the... More »


Drama Casting & News
Hong Gil Dong wins at Roma Fiction Fest 2008
by | July 13, 2008 | 23 Comments
This is kind of random, but the recent KBS fusion sageuk Hong Gil Dong just won an award at the second Roma Fiction Fest on July 12. The competitive categories were TV Movie, Miniseries, and Continuing Series; Hong Gil Dong won for Best Miniseries. According to the Roma Fiction Fest site, “The Festival confirms and... More »


Drama Reactions & Reviews
First-date dramas
by | June 5, 2008 | 113 Comments
I was thinking how I’ve been watching lots of first episodes of dramas these days, but haven’t found anything to dive into since the end of Who Are You? It’s starting to feel like going on a string of disappointing first dates — measuring up expectations versus performance, anticipation versus letdown, etc. You know, there’s... More »