Desperation among the stranded in Missing 9

More stills have been released for MBC’s upcoming Wednesday-Thursday drama Missing 9, about nine survivors stranded on an uninhibited island following an unprecedented plane crash that turns the country upside down. The cast features Jung Kyung-ho (One More Happy Ending), Baek Jin-hee (My Daughter Geum Sa-wol), Choi Tae-joon (Flower in …

Read More »

Name That Drama: Fake pregnancies and fake princesses

Drama Reactions & Reviews Name That Drama: Fake pregnancies and fake princesses  As always, feel free to email us your questions and requests for future Name That Drama installments.  We all know that cancer’s only the beginning in dramaland I was wondering if anyone knows about this story. I …

Read More »

Hong Jong-hyun up to rival Im Shi-wan in The King Loves

Drama Casting & News Hong Jong-hyun up to rival Im Shi-wan in The King Loves Hong Jong-hyun, Park Hwan-hee It’s been a while since the upcoming sageuk The King Loves was first announced, but there’s finally some new movement on the casting front. Hong Jong-hyun (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart …

Read More »

Entourage: Episode 12

You can’t always get what you want, unless you’re Young-bin, because he’s constantly surrounded by people who will go the extra mile for him. It makes me wonder if he ever thinks about how incredibly lucky he is to have survived all the crises he’s endured in the entertainment industry …

Read More »

Smiling along with Tomorrow With You

Drama Casting & News Smiling along with Tomorrow With You It’s only one poster, but we’ve been so deprived of updates from tvN’s upcoming time-traveling-romance-fantasy drama Tomorrow With You that this one simple poster is pretty effective at revving up my dormant excitement over the show. It’s Lee Je-hoon …

Read More »

Rebel Hong Gil-dong becomes Thief Who Stole the People

Drama Casting & News Rebel Hong Gil-dong becomes Thief Who Stole the People Cast and crew gathered for the first table read for MBC’s upcoming Monday-Tuesday fusion sageuk formerly known as Rebel Hong Gil-dong, which has a new name: Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People. Written by Hwang Jin-young …

Read More »

A novelist tries to catch a murderer in Life-Risking Romance

Chungmuro/Film News A novelist tries to catch a murderer in Life-Risking Romance Upcoming cross-genre movie Life-Risking Romance mixes romantic-comedy with mystery-thriller, so the familiar love triangle will be accompanied by a hefty dose of whodunit. Ha Ji-won (Chronicle of a Blood Merchant) stars as a bumbling mystery novelist named …

Read More »

2016 Year in Review, Part 1: The Bean Count

Drama Reactions & Reviews 2016 Year in Review, Part 1: The Bean Count It’s Bean Count time! For those of you who missed its inaugural post last year, the Bean Count is a fun exercise for our staff, where we get to show our love for shows by giving …

Read More »

Entourage: Episode 11

My favorite character takes center stage in this episode, and after having gone through the ringer (courtesy of difficult actor and terrible boss), he shows us all that what defines us is how well we rise after falling. Thankfully, there’s only one way from rock bottom, and it’s up. And …

Read More »

Beans of Wisdom: Sad pearls and charming tricksters

Beans of Wisdom: Chaebols in suits

This week in Beans of Wisdom… yoadrian writes in “The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 1” comment #2.1.1 When the Mom said she had to wear a scarf on the way to the hospital…cry. When the aunt threw a rice bowl at her..ugly cry When the wicked aunt’s family didn’t even …

Read More »

The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 4

I find it endlessly entertaining that our goblin is a mercurial god who feels so many feelings—you’d think that a millennium would give a guy some perspective, but he feels everything so acutely, making for some hilarious highs and gloomy lows today. In a meta sense, the character is perfectly …

Read More »

Dancing like no one’s watching in Introverted Boss teaser

Drama Casting & News Dancing like no one’s watching in Introverted Boss teaser It looks like January will a month full of office romance, with tvN’s Introverted Boss, KBS’s Chief Kim, and SBS’s Defendant all premiering within weeks of each other. Promo rounds for Introverted Boss have already started: …

Read More »

Team Dramabeans: What we’re watching

Happy weekend! Time for another check-in with the Dramabeans crew. Are fantasy romance dramas taking over your life too (and not just because of the ridiculous running times)? Or are your drama-watching feet firmly planted in reality? What’s it like there? Tell us how your week went, and what might …

Read More »

News bites: December 10, 2016

Drama Casting & News News bites: December 10, 2016 Yoo Ah-in in Fragile The ten-minute artsy short film Fragile, a collaboration between Yoo Ah-in (Six Flying Dragons) and Bleak Night director Yoon Sung-hyun, dropped on NaverCast and YouTube today. Yoo served as creative director and Yoon brought his …

Read More »

The Lonely Shining Goblin: Episode 3

We’re only on Episode 3, but wow are we in for massive developments. I wouldn’t say that the story is moving quickly, exactly—it likes to linger and draw out its moments—but it does feel quite packed and keeps us on the edge of our seats to know more, and the …

Read More »

Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim: Episode 10

I’m so proud of all our doctors for making such great strides in their progress and teamwork to become caring and humane healers. It’s crazy how all of their painfully loud shouting matches and past confrontations now seem to have been so necessary for them to mature into the better …

Read More »

Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok-ju: Episode 8

Honesty is the name of the game, though unfortunately Bok-ju doesn’t seem to have fully absorbed the lesson quite yet. First love is difficult enough to navigate without all the added pressure from friends and colleagues, so it’s lucky for Bok-ju that she knows at least one person she can …

Read More »