‘Lee Yeon-hee’

Drama Recaps
Hwajeong: Episode 1
by | April 17, 2015 | 32 Comments
Hwajeong (or Splendid Politics, depending on your tolerance level) premiered earlier this week on MBC, and hits the ground running—no small feat considering that it comparatively has all the time in the world to tell the story of Gwanghae, the man who became king, and presumably a whole bunch of other things. My inability to... More »

Drama Casting & News
Hwajeong teases court politics and intrigue
by | April 1, 2015 | 28 Comments
We’re two weeks out from the premiere of MBC’s latest historical drama, Hwajeong (Splendid Politics), which has just released another teaser (the first teaser has been out a week; the second is newer). The sageuk trappings look familiar — royal protagonists looking conflicted, royal antagonists looking shifty and/or dark, court intrigue — but man, if... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Kim Myung-min takes on a new case as Joseon’s greatest detective
by | January 14, 2015 | 24 Comments
Kim Myung-min (A New Leaf) is back as Joseon’s Great Detective, perhaps better known as Detective K, the Sherlock-Holmesy crime-solver who first appeared in 2011’s historical comedy Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow. This year the brilliant-but-bumbling sleuth is returning to the big screen in the sequel Detective K: The Laborer’s Daughter. There are about... More »

Drama Casting & News
Seo Kang-joon up for first lead role romancing Lee Yeon-hee
by | December 23, 2014 | 87 Comments
Seo Kang-joon, one of the It Boys of 2014 (for appearances in Sly and Single Again, Roommate, and What’s With This Family), looks to be expanding his repertoire with sageuk with MBC’s upcoming drama Hwajeong, which was once titled Splendid Politics before it switched to Princess Jeongmyeong. Hwajeong is a shortened form of the term... More »

Drama Casting & News
Cha Seung-won courted to join Lee Yeon-hee in MBC sageuk
by | November 27, 2014 | 23 Comments
Thank goodness for title changes. The drama formerly operating under the name Splendid Politics has switched to the more straightforward Princess Jeongmyeong, and is courting Cha Seung-won (You’re All Surrounded) to join the production. Lee Yeon-hee (Miss Korea), who was reported to be in the mix earlier this month, is still favorably considering. The MBC... More »

Drama Casting & News
Lee Yeon-hee up for historical palace melodrama
by | November 3, 2014 | 23 Comments
With Dae Jang Geum 2 dead in the water (Or is it? Will MBC ever let Dae Jang Geum die?) the network is scooping up Lee Yeon-hee (Miss Korea) to headline their next historical drama, called Splendid Politics. It’s funny how a few years ago, this would’ve been reason enough for me not to watch... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Detective K comes back for second round
by | June 9, 2014 | 17 Comments
The comedic mystery-action film Detective K: Secret of Virtuous Widow (translated more directly as Joseon’s Great Detective) was enough of a success when it released in theaters in 2011 (with 4.7 million ticket admissions) to merit a sequel, which has just been announced. Oh, this should be fun. This time the movie will be called... More »

Drama Casting & News
Dae Jang Geum watch: Casting Kim So-hyun and Lee Yeon-hee?
by | May 2, 2014 | 39 Comments
Well, this is encouraging, inasmuch as it’s forward movement (ish): Dae Jang Geum 2 has begun feeling about for potential other cast members—that is to say, people other than hoped-for series star Lee Young-ae—and the two names in the news right now are precocious teen actress Kim So-hyun (Suspicious Housekeeper, I Miss You) and the... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Yeo Jin-gu in talks to lead fantasy blockbuster
by | February 6, 2014 | 33 Comments
Right, so there was actual news about Yeo Jin-gu, which I was reading before I got distracted by pretty pictures. This one is an update of a big-budget blockbuster that was in planning for years and then stalled due to production delays, titled Fist Fighting, and although it lost Jo In-sung (who was cast a... More »

Drama Recaps
Miss Korea: Episodes 1-2
by | December 23, 2013 | 128 Comments
Miss Korea was the other new drama that premiered last week, and while I wouldn’t call it a straight romantic comedy (it’s a bit moody for that, though not in a bad way), it has some solid things going for it, like two charismatic leads and a backstory to keep their present-day connection crackling with... More »

Drama Casting & News
Queen-maker and crew in Miss Korea’s promo posters
by | December 16, 2013 | 71 Comments
Posters are out for MBC’s upcoming drama Miss Korea, and mostly what I take away from them is: everybody pretty. The posters illustrate our rather straightforward premise of turning a regular woman into a beauty queen. What’s less clear to me is how this is supposed to be such a challenge when we’re talking about... More »

How would you rate this episode?

5 Badass. Omg. Squee.

4 If you squint really hard, those plot holes look smaller.

3 A for effort, C for execution.

2 Is it too late to hire a script doctor? I volunteer as tribute.

1 I want my hour back!

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