New SBS Fri-Sat Drama Hot Blooded Priest with Kim Nam Gil Has K-style Kookiness All Over

The concept of SBS Fri-Sat night K-drama Hot Blooded Priest (The Fiery Priest) sounds like one of those jokes like a priest and a few other religious figures walks into a bar and a difference of perceptions results in lots of luz. In this case, there is definitely laughter to come but Hot Blooded Priest is but the third drama in 6 months to put a priest character front and center after The Guest and the directly titled Priest. Kim Nam Gil makes his first drama in two years after the well-received Live Up to Your Name, exchanging his modern and sageuk doctor scrubs for the priest’s frock complete with super dramatic long coat look perfect for the slo-mo walk with the wind blowing. He’s of course hot blooded, i.e. hot tempered, like the title suggests and will partner up with a timid detective played by Kim Sung Kyun and a surly prosecutor played by Honey Lee in order to solve the crime of a murdered Catholic priest which turns out to have deep reaching conspiracy roots. Directing is the PD from Punch and Fashion King, with the script from the hands of the writer who did Chief Kim, Blood, and Good Doctor. The drama premieres next Friday on February 15th. Continue reading

Bumbling Cop Movie Extreme Job with Ryu Seung Ryong Breaks One Day Movie Ticket Sales Record Held By Along With the Gods: The Last 49 Days

In the recently released Netflix K-drama Kingdom, Ryu Seung Ryong and Joo Ji Hoon are on opposite sides of the zombie outbreak and political struggle, and now over the on the movie side they just engaged in another battle. Ryu … Continue reading

Big Name Stars Descend on the Red Carpet Opening Night of the 2018 Busan Film Festival

If this week’s sad showing of mostly second and third tier K-stars at the Korean Drama Awards, then it was the exact opposite at the opening night red carpet of the 2018 Busan International Film Festival where I felt so … Continue reading

The 2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Rolls Out the Fashion Red Carpet for Top K-stars

The fashion do’s and don’ts remain my favorite past time for awards shows, mostly because I can’t bother to care about winners that sometimes feel arbitrary or tied to popularity. The 2018 54th Annual Baeksang Arts Awards took place Thursday … Continue reading

Park Sang Joong Takes Home MBC 2017 Drama Award Daesang for Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People

MBC held its year end Drama Awards last night and the winner of the Daesang was surprisingly Park Sang Joong for Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People. It’s a surprise because he wasn’t the male lead of that drama … Continue reading

Korean Acting Stars Shine on the MAMA 2017 Hong Kong Red Carpet

Since I don’t follow K-pop the interest in the pan-Asian Mnet Asian Music Awards (MAMA) is solely on the attendee star power of many K-stars. The Hong Kong show last night was a total win for me on the actors … Continue reading

Yoon Kyun Sang and Kim Ji Suk Contrast in First Stills of MBC Drama Rebel: The Thief Who Stole the People

Even without SBS drama Romantic Doctor, Teacher Kim being a big ratings hit, MBC is still woefully bringing in negligible viewership for its Mon-Tues drama Night Light in the low single digits. There’s still another month to go before the … Continue reading

MBC’s Traitor Hong Gil Dong Finalizes Cast of Yoon Kyun Sang, Chae Soo Bin, Kim Ji Suk and Honey Lee

After a few rounds of casting maybes from Namgong Min to Ji Sung, the titular┬áTraitor Hong Gil Dong (or Rebel Hong Gil Dong) has found Yoon Kyun Sang as the famed Korean Robin Hood. SBS loves Yoon Kyun Sang and … Continue reading

Rain and Oh Yeon Seo are Charismatic in Character Posters for Please Come Back Ahjussi

With Valentine’s Day over and done with, that means it’s mid-February already and rounding the corner into┬áthe final stretch of promotions for the two big K-dramas premiering at the end of the month. SBS is keeping the pace for Please … Continue reading

Please Come Back Ahjusshi Releases Hilarious Teaser While K-news Reports Cast Bickering Over Credit Order

I was all set to root for the various drama setups in upcoming SBS drama Please Come Back Ahjusshi that are outside the norm of typical K-drama tropes. There was going to be co-leads Rain and Oh Yeon Seo, each … Continue reading

Rain’s Upcoming SBS Drama Finalizes Casting with Oh Yeon Seo, Lee Min Jung, and Kim Soo Ro

I’m so relieved and optimistic about Rain‘s upcoming drama, despite the a bit of casting go-around and plenty of drama name changes. The drama is now called Please Come Back, Ahjussi, after starting off with Goodbye My Beloved One and … Continue reading