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 Recaps
The Return of Iljimae: Episodes 1-2
by | January 22, 2009 | 86 Comments
MBC’s Return of Iljimae premiered on Wednesday, and from the first two episodes, my first impressions are: It is SO pretty. Amazing cinematography. The music is freaking gorgeous. Nice pacing of the story. Pretty solid acting, good casting. Yes, the narration gets annoying.   SONG OF THE DAY Dear Cloud – “Lip” [ Download ]... 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
Dahee Fanel’s 2008 review [Year in Review, Part 3]
by | December 30, 2008 | 60 Comments
The K-drama world rolled into 2008 still riding the high that was 2007, a year in which a startling number of quality dramas were made, and enjoyed. Maybe it rolled in too fast. It ended up getting smothered by the waves of its previous success. In fact, you could say that it even got hit... 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
Return of Iljimae unveils promo poster
by | October 26, 2008 | 28 Comments
How gorgeous is that promo shot or what? It reminds me of the whimsical artwork of old-school Final Fantasy, doesn’t it? Somehow it manages to be fantasy-like, but not too weak or caricaturish. Talk about changing my mind, both firmly and quickly. MBC’s Return of Iljimae has managed to do that in a really short... More »

Drama Casting & News
Jung Il-woo makes a surprising(ly hot?) Iljimae
by | October 21, 2008 | 66 Comments
O_O This is a PURELY SUPERFICIAL judgment, but looking at the newly released stills of Jung Il-woo dressed as Iljimae (above), I start to feel hope for MBC’s upcoming The Return of Iljimae. If you’d asked me months ago whether Lee Junki or Jung Il-woo would have looked better as the masked bandit, I would... More »

Drama Casting & News
The Return of Iljimae
by | October 21, 2008 | 32 Comments
To differentiate itself from the SBS Iljimae that aired earlier this year, MBC is unveiling a new name for its version: The Return of Iljimae. (The title is meant to avoid confusion with the Lee Junki drama, but I think it’s equally confusing. Who wants to bet there’s still a small contingent of viewers thinking... More »

Drama Casting & News
Iljimae readies for Round 2
by | October 7, 2008 | 14 Comments
Get ready for the next Iljimae series! If you’re not all Iljimae-d out, that is. I don’t envy the folks behind MBC’s version of the story of folk hero Iljimae, following SBS’s popular series earlier this year with Lee Junki and Park Shi-hoo. Now MBC’s finally getting ready to launch their series, starring Jung Il-woo... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Iljimae: A review
by | September 15, 2008 | 90 Comments
[I’m happy to feature another review from guest blogger and kdrama watcher extraordinare, Dahee Fanel! Hope you enjoy as well. –javabeans] Have you ever felt the urge to throw something at your T.V. screen? Something heavy, but that can still fit fairly comfortably in your hand? Something like, oh, say…A brick? I have. Numerous times.... More »