Drama Casting & News
Sandglass/Legend/Faith producer ends life
by | July 23, 2013 | 179 Comments
Sad news is currently ruling the headlines, after famed (legendary, perhaps) drama producer and director Kim Jong-hak was discovered dead in a gositel (a sort of extended stay motel), having taken his own life. He died in the morning of July 23. Kim Jong-hak was a major figure in the Korean entertainment industry, and his... More »

Chungmuro/Film News
Legend to be remade for movie audiences
by | August 25, 2009 | 20 Comments
Kind of. The “Yonsama”-led (Bae Yong-joon) 2007 drama Legend [태왕사신기] will be getting a newly edited version to be released in Japanese cinemas. This “New Edition” will be cut into four movie-length parts and given a theatrical run. If each movie is approximately two hours long, the total eight hours will yield a condensed version... More »

Drama Casting & News
Philip Lee in Story of a Man
by | February 4, 2009 | 17 Comments
Most people got their first look at Philip Lee in the blockbuster fantasy-historical drama Legend (Taewangsashingi), in which he played the role of Cheoro. More than a year later, he’s returning to television in the new KBS series Story of a Man. Story of a Man has already attracted notice for its scriptwriter, the much-lauded... 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 »

Chungmuro/Film News
44th Baeksang Arts Awards
by | April 24, 2008 | 81 Comments
Best Actress winners Yoon Eun Hye (drama), Kim Min Hee (film) The 44th Baeksang Arts Awards were held in Seoul on April 24, handing out top honors to the films and television programs of the previous year. Big winners included films The Chaser and Forever the Moment (aka The Best Moment In Our Lives); Yoon... More »

Celebrity News
You haven’t made it till you’ve got anti-fans
by | January 13, 2008 | 20 Comments
I’d like to sit down for coffee and girlchat with actress Moon Sori. Or knock back a pint of beer, since she seems cool like that. Perhaps there’s a belief that you haven’t really made it as a celebrity till you have anti-fans. Hey, in Hollywoodland, you know you’ve made it when you’ve been satirized... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Year in Review, Part 4: The Rest of 2007
by | December 29, 2007 | 54 Comments
Yes, my last post was “The Best of 2007,” but rather than put up a Worst list, I’m lumping them all together with The Rest. Not all the dramas I’m mentioning here are bad; they’re just dramas I watched that didn’t belong in the Best list. SONG OF THE DAY War of Money OST –... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Year in Review, Part 3: Dahee Fanel’s drama round-up
by | December 28, 2007 | 47 Comments
[And now for Dahee Fanel‘s comprehensive take on the past year! –javabeans] First of all, I’d like to bow my head in deep gratitude to Javabeans, the highly esteemed writer of this blog, for inviting me to post a few thoughts here. I hope she won’t regret her decision after reading what I have to... More »

Drama Reactions & Reviews
The Year in Review, Part 2: Thunderbolt’s hits and misses
by | December 27, 2007 | 56 Comments
[And now, please give your warm welcome to guest blogger Thunderbolt, who shares with us her year-end review! –javabeans] Has this happened to you? You’re reading a book on the bus or train and all of a sudden you burst out laughing. Everyone’s staring but you can’t stop grinning. And all because that line you... More »

Celebrity News
The rise of Lee Jia
by | December 16, 2007 | 23 Comments
These days, actor Lee Jia is all the rage. An unknown name and face suddenly appears in one of the most expensive and most anticipated dramas of the year (Legend), alongside an extremely popular superstar actor (Bae Yong Joon), comes from America and therefore has little information available to curious fans, and manages to hold... More »