News: Mikako Tabe, Haruma Miura to Star in “Kimi ni Todoke”

2 04 2010

The “Kimi ni Todoke” live-action film now has a cast: actress Mikako Tabe (21) and actor Haruma Miura (19) will take on the starring roles. The movie was first revealed in January, though no details were known at the time.

The original manga by Karuho Shiina has sold more than 10 million copies over 10 volumes so far, and an animated version just finished airing on NTV. The story revolves around a shy and misunderstood high school girl named Sawako Kuronuma (Tabe), whose appearance resembles the character Sadako from the horror movie “Ringu.” When Shota Kazehaya (Miura), one of the most popular boys in school, begins talking to her, her life completely changes.

Although the manga is still ongoing, the movie version is said to have an original ending. Shooting starts in late April, and the film is set to open in theaters on September 25. Naoto Kumazawa (“Rainbow Song,” “DIVE!!”) is directing.

News: Winners at 46th Baeksang Arts Awards

27 03 2010

The annual event of 46th Baek Sang Arts Awards ceremony took place on 26th March on in Seoul Jang Choon Dong National Theatre.


Movie Category

  • Daesang – Yoon Jae Gyun (Hae Woon Dae Director)
  • Movie award – ‘National Representative’
  • Director award – Jang Hoon (Brothers)
  • Newcomer director – Lee Ho Jae (Operation)
  • Best actor – Ha Jung Woo (National Representative)
  • Best actress – Ha Ji Won (My Love By My Side)
  • Newcomer actor – Lee Min Gi (Hae Woon Dae)
  • Newcomer actress – Jo Ahn (Carrying a King Kong)
  • Scenario – Jang Min Seok (Brothers)
  • High1 male artiste popularity award – Jang Geun Seok (Itaewoo Homicide)
  • High1 female artiste popularity award – Choi Kang Hee (Ae Ja)

TV Category

  • Dae Sang – Go Hyun Jung (MBC Queen Seon Deok)
  • Drama – KBS 2TV ‘IRIS’
  • Production (Culture) – MBC ‘Amazon’s Tears’
  • Production (Variety) – MBC ‘High Kick Through the Roof’
  • Appearance award – Go Dong Seok (MBC Queen of Housewives)
  • Newcomer – Yoo Hyun Gi (KBS 2TV God of Study)
  • Best actor – Lee Byung Hun (KBS 2TV IRIS)
  • Best actress – Kim Nam Joo (MBC Queen of Housewives)
  • Newcomer actor – Kim Nam Gil (MBC Queen Seon Deok)
  • Newcomer actress – Hwang Jung Eum (MBC High Kick Through the Roof)
  • TV Variety (male) – Park Seong Ho (KBS 2TV Gag Concert)
  • TV Variety (female) – Kang Yoo Mi, Ahn Yeong Mi (KBS 2TV Gag Concert)
  • Drama BonSang – Cheon Seong Il (KBS 2TV Chuno )
  • High1 male artiste popularity award= Lee Seung Gi (SBS Brilliant Legacy)
  • High1 male artiste popularity award= Yoon Ah (MBC Cinderella Man)

Special Awards

  • Merit award – Bae Sam Ryong
  • In Style Award – Son Ye Jin

News: Lee Byung Hun Wins Award at CMA

27 03 2010

Korean star Lee Byung Hun will be recognized as the most influential Asian artist at the China Music Award and Asia Influential Awards (CMA) to be held Sunday, according to his agency BH Entertainment.

Lee will be the first Korean actor to receive the prestigious award at the CMA co-sponsored by the Read the rest of this entry »

KDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Iljimae

12 03 2010

Iljimae (일지매)

Summary: After a prediction that Lee Won Ho (이원호) will overthrow the king, he orders him killed. But Won Ho’s son, Kyum (겸) escapes. He wakes up dazed with completely no recollection of who he once was or the tragedies that befell him. A thief, Swe Dol (쇠돌) takes him in and raises him along with his wife. Somewhere along the way, Kyum – now renamed Yong (용) – remembers everything and seeks revenge for his murdered father by dressing up as the masked black thief, Iljimae, who steals for the poor from the rich. Along the way, he encounters two girls: Bang Soon and Eun Chae. There’s love and misunderstanding involved, and lots of near-misses. Starring Lee Jun Ki (이준기), Park Shi Hoo (박시후), Han Hyo Joo (한효주), Lee Young Ah (이영아).

Review: What can I say? Lee Jun Ki is extreme eye-candy *drool*. The plot definitely has some gaping holes, but I found myself thoroughly enjoying it. There’s a part of me that found annoyance in the inaccurate and evil portrayal of Chinese ambassadors (grrr) but I’ll let it slide… this time. Han Hyo Joo has awkward chemistry with Lee Jun Ki, and Lee Young Ah’s acting was a little over the top at times. But I loved Swe Dol, his face makes me feel happy. Is that possible? I didn’t think so before either. I would recommend this drama and it’s ridiculously flawed, but also ridiculously likeable.

Rating: 7.5/10

EMERGENCY: A Call to Arms

30 01 2010

Hello everybody. Alas! This is neither a news update, a fashion blast, a download, or a review of dramas. This is a personal note from I, Calista, to everyone out there with the ability and the generous heart.

I am a great lover of Bumsso. That is, the wonderful pairing of Kim Bum and Kim So Eun (Yi Jung and Ga Eul? Boys Before Flowers? Ring any bells?). Well, So Eun has a new drama coming out called A Good Day for the Wind to Blow. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Anyway, Margaret, the amazing, tireless backbone behind the greatest Bumsso site ever (this site’s download for the 2010 Bon Juk Calendar came from her) is about to embark on the great expedition of subbing for this drama (other sites are really slow and behind on subbing for daily sitcoms).

As mentioned by her, this is not a one-man project. We need lots of help and there’s a shortage of volunteers. I’m a Chinese-English subber myself, but there are also many other positions to be filled. They are listed below:

  • Translators (Both Korean-English or Chinese-English): I can translate, but if we had more this would go a lot quicker. If I translate a 30 minute episode by myself, depending on difficulty, it can take 3-8 hours.
  • Timers: Need to know how to use subbing programs, or have motivation to learn. Also need to have decently fast internet to download the raw files to time them. If I were timing, 30 minute program would take 2-4 hours.
  • Encoder: Should have fast internet to download the raw, and encode it with the sub file. All you need is a program to do it. Usually it can take 15-30 minutes to encode an episode depending on how much memory your computer has.
  • Editor: To make sure the timing is right and the translations are correct. Shouldn’t take more than 1 hour.
  • Uploader (Should also go hand in hand with encoder): Fast internet is a must. My uploading speed maxes out at 30kb/s, so I can’t really help you there. Need to be able to download and upload the raw for the other subbers, and upload the final product to hosting sites such as MegaUpload, Mediafire, Sendspace, etc, and split the videos to upload on youtube. So someone who has fast uploading and downloading speed would be most useful.

Bumsso via Margaret

If you could help, I know that Margaret, all of the waiting viewers of this show, Bumsso website, and I would be extremely grateful. Please reply to this message, message me on my email, or go straight to Margaret’s Bumsso site to let her know you can help (

Thank you so much.

JDramas (Ratings & Reviews): 1 Litre of Tears

26 01 2010

1 Litre of Tears (1リットルの涙)

Summary: Based on the real life of Kito Aya (木藤亜也), this drama tells the compelling story of a girl diagnosed with a degenerative disease (Spinocerebellar Degeneration) at the young age of fifteen. She continues writing in her diary even though she has difficulty engaging in daily activities, hoping to reach out to others with the same condition. The drama series follows her through her life from when she is diagnosed to her death. It portrays her struggles, her loves, her release, and most of all her tears. Starring Sawajiri Erika (沢尻 エリカ), Nishikido Ryo (錦戸亮), Yakushimaru Hiroko (薬師丸 ひろ子), Jinnai Takanori (陣内孝則).

Review: Well, you may have noticed the shortness of the summary. That is because this drama has nothing to talk about. I’m not dissing it completely, it’s just that we know she’s going to die. We’re all just watching each episode, waiting for it. The thing is, that’s the only way such a drama can be acted. It’s the filming that counts in drama like these and I must say the filming was not very well done. There were often times when scenes are supposed to be raw and bursting with emotion, but Read the rest of this entry »

JDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Hana Yori Dango

24 01 2010

Hana Yori Dango (花より男子)

Summary: Makino Tsukushi (牧野 つくし) is a poor, hardworking student at the prestigious Eitoku Gakuen reserved for the rich and privileged. There, she tries to stay invisible and quietly pass away the high school days. However, Fate does not think so. One day, when defending her friend, she has a run in with the leader of the F4, Domyouji Tsukasa (道明寺 司). The F4, rulers over the school, immediately issue her a ‘red notice’. Now the entire school gangs up on Tsukushi to make her life hell. Stubborn, Tsukushi refuses to drop out of school. In light of her obstinacy, Domyouji can’t help but fall in love with this very different girl. He’s not winning her over easily, though. Tsukushi’s got a crush on another F4 member, Hanazawa Rui (花沢 類), and hates Domyouji with her life. Starring Inoue Mao (井上 真央), Matusmoto Jun (松本 潤), Oguri Shun (小栗 旬), Matsuda Shota (松田 翔太), Abe Tsuyoshi (阿部 力)

Review: This was my first Japanese drama. FIRST! So, it holds a lot of special meaning for me. Anyway, I absolutely loved it when I first watched it. It was lively, it was stupidly funny, it was well formed. Unfortunately Read the rest of this entry »