The Last Empress: Tearing Down the Wall

Ever since it was first announced, the drama has garnered attention for various reasons: some finds it interesting that dramaland is welcoming a new imaginary Imperial Korea drama after quite a while (Princess Hours, anyone?), but the main attraction has the writer to be thankful for. Kim Sun-ok has scored a prime time slot for her drama after making a name for her ultra-makjang weekenders, but prior to that, she was already famous for her makjang works like her widely known Temptation of Wife. Thus, it is no big surprise that The Last Empress or 황후의 품격 (literal title The Empress’ Dignity) scored 7 to 8% ratings for its first week.

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February Movie Watch: the Sageuk Edition

New year, new movies of course! Although there’s not much changes except for changing number in years and age (when you’re old like me LOL), there’s something we can be sure of: new movies in production will come out. I’m ecstatic to see not one. but THREE sageuk movies making it into the list of premiering titles in February 2018: one is the ‘Joseon Sherlock Holmes’ 조선명탐정 Joseon Detective 3; the other one is the much anticipated 흥부 Heungbu; last but not least is the second part of the Korean Confucian ‘mechanics’ series, 궁합 Gunghap.

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Park Yeol, the Anarchist from Colony

Director Lee Joon-ik delivers the first teaser for his anticipated movie Park Yeol earlier today, with a lighter tone as compared to the heavy premise everyone expected it to be based on the subjects alone. With its English title Anarchist from Colony, the movie’s first teaser is considerably campier compared to Sado’s breathless and Dongju’s subdued teasers, the two most recent productions from the director. At least the wait won’t be that long, since Park Yeol will be gracing the Korean big screens in June.

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Smiles, Tears, and Glares Abound in Seven-Day Queen’s Early Promo

I know that getting too excited for a drama this early might not be good for me as I tend to grow tired of the promotional materials, but right now, I just want to enjoy myself and get immersed in the pretty (but short!) teaser for Seven-Day Queen. Good thing KBS is at least being generous now that we’re already in May, and it’s great to know that the premiere has been moved to the end of this month instead of June as reported earlier. I’m crossing my fingers and toes that it will deliver in both visual and story; go ahead, make me smile and make me weep for the beautiful story! Continue reading “Smiles, Tears, and Glares Abound in Seven-Day Queen’s Early Promo”

Cast Lined Up for Seven-Day Queen

This might have been circulating in media for few days already, but I only found out about it earlier yesterday! That is how out of touch I am with kdramaland these days >.< KBS is gathering the lineup for its first primetime sageuk this year, entitled Seven-Day Queen (7일의 왕비) and word is out that the main cast has already confirmed to star in the romance sageuk. The title is what makes me super excited at first, because there is no other queen in Joseon Dynasty other than Queen Dankyung who fits the title, plus the cast is already promising!

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October-November Dramas: What’s Your Pick?

Winter is approaching; we’re coming to the end of 2016 and once again, there are lots of dramas in store for us. With shows of various premises coming up this month and the next, it’s going to be two months filled with romance, comedy and melo. Most of the October dramas are airing starting next week, while the November premieres are scattered throughout the month. Are you excited? Let’s look into the choices! [Updated]

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Mon-Tue Battle: Moon vs Moonlight

It’s a secret already known by most people, but if you’re being out of loop (just like me) when it comes to kdrama news these days, KBS and SBS is at it again: after pitting medical dramas against each other on the Monday-Tuesday slot, they have arranged for yet another big battle, this time with historical dramas or sageuk. Although both dramas lined for the time slot are practically fusion sageuk, it is going to be a war of genre again after Doctors and Beautiful Mind. Both Moonlight Drawn By Clouds and Moon Lovers (aka Scarlet Heart: Ryeo) boast their own strengths, and I am so eager to see how everything will turn out, not just for the sake of the ratings battle.

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Cha Seung Won Becomes the Hidden Mountain Man in Breathtaking Movie Posters

These set of teaser movie posters have got to be one of the finest this year, because the gorgeous colours and the eye-catching details incorporated into the posters will surely catch people’s attention. The four posters are the first promo material released for the movie Gosanja: Daedongyeojido (고산자: 대동여지도), translated as Man of the Old Mountain: The Great Map of the East Land, and they are like playing a game of Finding Cha Seung-won in the posters. Once you have recovered from the visual shock, you will realize that he is there in every poster, finding his way throughout the land of 19th century Joseon.

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June Dramas : What’s Your Pick?

I just realized that June is a month full of doctors and police, which means a lot of medical and crime cases coming to us very, very soon. Most of June dramas are premiering in the second half of the month after a lot of teasing (I’m looking at you, OCN!), with some shuffling done before the pilot episode airs in this upcoming week and the week after. So, should we take a look at them?

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First Look at The Last Princess

I am lucky to have chanced upon the first trailer released for the movie The Last Princess (native title Princess Deokhye/덕혜옹주) yesterday, considering the anticipation I had ever since the project was first announced. ‘The forgotten history, hidden by the country; the last princess of Korean Empire’. Starring Son Ye-jin as the titular Princess Deokhye, the film will follow the events in her lifetime, from her happy childhood to the nightmare that was her life away from her home country.

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