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.

KDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Full House

23 01 2010

Full House (풀하우스)

Summary: Han Ji Eun is an aspiring script writer. After her friends trick her into going to China, they sell her house, Full House, which was built by her late father. Ji Eun is left stranded in China. She borrows money off a famous actor, Lee Young Jae, in order to get back home, only to find that everything she owned is gone. To top it off, Full House’s new owner is none other than Young Jae! Reluctantly, he allows Ji Eun to stay in the house since she had no where else to go. But she must cook and clean and act as his personal maid. After an unfortunate party where he tries to make his longtime crush jealous, Young Jae ropes Ji Eun into a fake marriage and they both draw up a contract. After a while of living together, Young Jae develops feelings for Ji Eun, showing jealousy towards her admirer, Yoo Min Hyuk. Starring Song Hye Kyo (송혜교), Rain (비), Han Eun Jeong (한은정), Kim Sung Soo (김성수).

Review: Well, I found this series light and likeable. I don’t think Rain is the Read the rest of this entry »

KDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Shining Inheritance

23 01 2010

Shining Inheritance (찬란한 유산)

Summary: After her father’s death, Go Eun Sung’s life becomes akin to Cinderella’s. Her evil stepmother forces her and her autistic brother out of the house. After a series of events, Eun Sung loses her brother and takes in a an elderly grandmother who has lost her memory. When the grandmother regains her memory, Eun Sung discovers she’s actually Jang Sook Ja, the rich owner of a food business empire! Sook Ja promises to help her look for her brother if she moves into her house with the rest of her family. That’s when Eun Sung discovers Sook Ja’s grandson is none other than Sun Woo Hwan, a snobby rich boy who broke her phone earlier in the series. Their personalities clash violently and the rest of Sook Ja’s family doesn’t welcome Eun Sung either. Things complicate further when she finds that her stepsister is Woo Hwan’s girlfriend. Disappointed in Woo Hwan’s lack of interest in the company, Sook Ja decides to give it to Eun Sung instead. Enraged, Woo Hwan fights Eun Sung for the company, but love gets in the way. Starring Han Hyo Joo (한효주), Lee Seung Gi (이승기), Bae Soo Bin (배수빈), Moon Chae Won (문채원), Ban Hyo Jung (반효정).

Review: I started this drama with Read the rest of this entry »

KDramas (Ratings & Reviews): Boys Before Flowers

23 01 2010

Boys Before Flowers (꽃보다 男子)

Summary: This is the korean remake of Japan’s bestselling manga, Hana Yori Dango, and the hit Taiwan series, Meteor Garden. One day, delivering the laundry for a student at the expensive and prominent Shinhwa High School, poor girl Guem Jan Di accidentally saves a life and inadvertently receives a scholarship to said school in order to avoid scandal and bad reputations. There, she meets Korea’s F4, four rich, wealthy, handsome friends that preside over Shinhwa and Korea. The leader, Gu Jun Pyo, immediately butts heads with the opinionated Geum Jan Di, whilst she finds herself falling in love with another member, Yoon Ji Hoo. Soon, strong feelings arise between Jun Pyo and Jan Di. But the road to love is not smooth at all. On the way, there’s Jun Pyo’s evil mother, the difference between their social classes, the three mean girls and endless difficulties. Starring Goo Hye Sun (구혜선), Lee Min Ho (이민호), Kim Hyun Joong (김현중), Kim Bum (김범), Kim Joon (김형준), Kim So Eun (김소은).

Review: I really enjoyed this drama. It’s probably the most unhealthy, useless thing I watched that year, but it was very entertaining to watch (sort of like ice cream). I must admit, the Read the rest of this entry »