‘La Dolce Vita’

MBC’s La Dolce Vita turned into musical
by | May 11, 2010 | 14 Comments
Another drama is getting the stage musical treatment, and this is an interesting choice: 2008’s intense thriller series La Dolce Vita, which starred Lee Dong-wook and Oh Yeon-soo in an adulterous affair (with Park Shi-yeon and Jung Bo-seok playing the other two in the respective relationships). The drama was praised for its strong acting and... 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
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 Casting & News
Falling through blue sky screen
by | July 18, 2008 | 9 Comments
Lee Dong-wook falls (way, way) down in a scene for the upcoming finale for La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) airing this weekend. If you’ve seen the first five minutes of the series, you can kind of predict how this scene plays out. In the drama, this scene shot in the studio supposedly takes place... More »

Drama Casting & News
Popular vs. buzzworthy dramas
by | July 4, 2008 | 34 Comments
MBC’s When Night Comes, SBS’s Iljimae   The following article from OSEN takes a look at the difference between the types of dramas on the air these days. I find a lot of mainstream entertainment press to be oversimplified (I’m sure I’m just not looking in the right places), but it’s something to chew on,... 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 »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
Dramas currently on hold
by | May 21, 2008 | 53 Comments
I think I’m pretty fair with drama ratings, in that I don’t add anything to my Ratings Chart that I have not watched in its entirety. If I have not seen every single episode of a drama, I don’t think I’m qualified to give a totally objective opinion on it, so I refrain. That’s why... More »

Celebrity News
News bites: May 11, 2008
by | May 11, 2008 | 28 Comments
Jang Dong Gun recently revealed in an entertainment program segment that he’d taken a minimum fee for acting in art-house director Kim Ki-duk‘s The Coast Guard in 2002. At the time (and now too) Jang commanded top dollar — several million dollars per film — but gave it up because he felt it was part... More »

Drama Casting & News
The Sweet Life with Lee Dong Wook
by | April 29, 2008 | 59 Comments
Finally, Lee Dong Wook fans can see him back on television! After rising to stardom in the romantic comedy series My Girl, he’s focused mostly on films and kept a relatively low profile; this will be his first television project in more than two years — and he appears with another My Girl co-star (although... More »