Daebak with Jang Geun Seok and Lim Ji Yeon Holds Script Reading and Starts Filming for Late March Premiere on SBS

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It was a mere hop skip from casting to production for upcoming SBS Mon-Tues drama Daebak (Jackpot). The drama premieres at the end of March on the 28th so with less than two months to go it’s a good sign that the filming is nicely underway, especially being a sageuk drama that needs higher levels of prepping. The full cast is decently promising, with this being Jang Geun Seok‘s first K-drama after doing Pretty Boy 3 years ago, and first sageuk in 8 years since Hong Gil Dong. Rounding out the main leads are Lim Ji Yeon and Yeo Jin Gu, with the latter transitioning fully into an adult role for this foray, which feels a lot like Jang Geun Seok playing older in Hong Gil Dong opposite Kang Ji Hwan and Sung Yuri. The veterans will be Choi Min Soo and Jeon Kwang Ryul, making a reunion since Warrior Baek Dong Soo. Rounding out the cast will be Yoon Jin Seo, Choi Jung Yoon, and rising actor Jo Il Joo, better known for playing Ji Chang Wook‘s dad in HealerContinue 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