Orange Marmalade with Yeo Jin Gu, Seolhyun, and Lee Jong Hyun Drops Poster and More Stills

I’m still interested in KBS Friday night drama Orange Marmalade, the less high profile of the upcoming KBS Friday night drama offering next to the experimental Producer. It’s going to be so weird to have both dramas premiering on the same night one after the other. Orange Marmalade interests me from the manhwa source material side, I still read so many mangas and manhwas that the genre turned into a live-action drama always piques my interest. Sadly it usually fails to correctly translate what makes the source material success into the new medium but in the rare cases when it succeeds then the result is magical.

Orange Marmalade stars acclaimed young actor Yeo Jin Gu, who made it through puberty more than fine after getting on everyone’s radar as a child actor, and two idol-actors in Seolhyun of AOA and CNBLUE‘s Lee Jong Hyun. I know Seolhyun has been getting awards nods for her turn in Gangnam Blues but she just looks so bland and blank in all the stills for this drama. The drama poster is a perfect example of over photoshopping by the design editor and Seolhyun looking like she’s falling asleep rather than mesmerized into wanting to suck Yeo Jin Gu’s neck. I point out what I see even if it’s not going to turn me off checking this drama out, but for a leading lady she really needs to sell drama posters and stills and not just work only in motion. Continue reading

Cosmopolitan Korea Showcases Star Bachelors for Annual Letters From Angels Adoption Campaign

Leave it to Korea, the land that understands the magic mixture of K-drama appeal with the soulful male leads to rope in the female viewers, to deliver yet another great charity photo spread. The Letters From Angels photography campaign started … Continue reading

One Crazy Red Dress Snatches the Buzz at the Lackluster 51st Grand Bell Awards

The 51st Grand Bell Awards went off without a hitch last night in Seoul, though apparently there was major behind-the-scenes conflict between the past and present organizers. It was also quite a dud of an affair with the wins mostly … Continue reading

Sensible Film and Acting Nominees List Released for 51st Annual Grand Bell Awards

The nominees are out for the 51st annual Grand Bell Awards, the Korean equivalent of the Academy Awards to honor the industry’s best and brightest films and movie stars for the calendar year. This year the only K-movie I watched from … Continue reading

The Current Crop of Korean Child Actors Grow Up Talented and Thriving

Precocious and preternaturally talented child actors appears to be a dime a dozen in the world of K-dramas, in breadth and depth easily surpassing the other Asian countries and their stable of kid actors. In the modern era of K-dramas … Continue reading

K-stars Out for the VIP Premiere of Hwa Yi with Kim Yun Seok and Yeo Jin Gu

If South Korea follows the Hollywood film release timeline, then Fall is the season when the darker fare comes out. Stuff that screams “awards consideration” over “box office candy”. After the early onslaught of Summer releases with corresponding big VIP … Continue reading

Fresh and Cute Sitcom Potato Star 2013QR3 with Yeo Jin Gu and Ha Yeon Soo Premieres on Monday

Monday sees the premiere of a new sitcom about town, not that most people would care since the Korean sitcoms occupy a lesser plane of consciousness since subtitles are rarely available for it. I’m actually quite intrigued by the upcoming … Continue reading