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[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Han-na Offered Leading Role for "Laughter in Waikiki 2"

2018/10/17 | Permalink

Following the success of underdog hit "Laughter in Waikiki", jTBC is gearing up for a second season, and actress Kang Han-na has been offered the lead. There is not a lot of information out on "Laughter in Waikiki 2", but it will kick into production soon, with a release date in the first half of next year...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "God's Quiz: Reboot" Releases Ensemble Posters

2018/10/17 | Permalink

The latest crew of "God's Quiz" is back with new cases and new challenges in "God's Quiz: Reboot". The series has released two main posters featuring the ensemble gathered around Han Jin-woo (Ryu Deok-hwan), along with the familiar tagline of 'Big brain on big data. Dissecting the truth'...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Happy if You Died" Releases Stills of Baek Jin-hee and Kang Ji-hwan

2018/10/16 | Permalink

Upcoming office drama with a twist, "Happy if You Died", has released stills of its two leads. Based on a webtoon of the same name, "Happy if You Died" is an office drama about a haughty team leader named Baek Jin-sang (Kang Ji-hwan), and deputy Lee Roo-da (Baek Jin-hee), who is trying to help him turn over a new leaf...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Sung Hyuk Joins "Trap - Drama" as Villain

2018/10/16 | Permalink

Say goodbye to the sweet General Winter and the lovely Summer Fairy, because Sung Hyuk follows "A Korean Odyssey" up with something more sinister. The actor has been cast as a villain in OCN's upcoming "Trap - Drama", the story of a man who is caught in an unexpected trap after experiencing a tragedy with his family...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Na-young Joins Lee Jong-suk in "Romance Supplement"

2018/10/15 | Permalink

Lee Na-young is coming back to Dramaland, joining Lee Jong-suk in romantic comedy "Romance Supplement". This is definitely not the return I was expecting from the actress, who has been absent from Korean drama for 8 years since her work in "The Fugitive Plan B". While the genre threw me off, her character is one many will find almost painfully relatable...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Releases Fun Character Posters

2018/10/15 | Permalink

"Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" is gaining some impressive ground in the race for the Ori-heart, and its entertaining, beautiful promotional efforts are definitely the key to said heart. The drama has released character posters of our titular fairy, her woodcutter candidates, and her adorable daughter...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 21-22

2018/10/14 | Permalink

The closer we get to Da-il's body, the further away it is, as what our titular hero feels may be a solution is almost at the hands of our villains. "The Ghost Detective" has reached a point where a lot feels like a delay to the inevitable, whatever said inevitable may be. There may be miraculous solutions yet, and we have plenty of time to discover them. I hope they bring answers on all of our players with them...More

[Orion's Drama News] New Arrivals and Happy Returns

2018/10/13 | Permalink

Join me for another week of drama goodies, including the latest batch of casting news from the ever-so-busy Dramaland. We have actors making their comebacks, while others skip to their next piece in no time at all. We are being spoiled left and right...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kwak Dong-yeon Becomes a Villain for "Revenge is Back"

2018/10/12 | Permalink

You know what a villain usually means in romantic works, so say hello to the third person in this love triangle, or at least a possessive, revenge-fueled one. I'm still wrapping my head around love sparked out of fire and fury, but I'll get there eventually. Actor Kwak Dong-yeon will be the evil side of this love geometry for "Revenge is Back"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jun Ji-hyun Considering Next Work, Including Hong Sisters Drama

2018/10/12 | Permalink

Dramaland rejoice, because Jun Ji-hyun will be coming back next year. Following a false news report on Korean portals, the actress's agency released a clarifying statement, dropping the facts on what was earlier reported as her participation in a currently unnamed drama by Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran ("A Korean Odyssey", "Warm and Cozy", "Master's Sun") for tvN...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Make Room for Ryu Deok-hwan's Big Brain in "God's Quiz: Reboot" Posters

2018/10/11 | Permalink

Ryu Deok-hwan is back as Han Jin-woo, the tortured medical genius with a miracle brain that has been through its share of trouble. Said trouble never ends, it seems, as Jin-woo makes a triumphant return to new adventures in "God's Quiz: Reboot", which has released posters of its hero...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Priest" Breaks Out the Prayers in New Character Teaser

2018/10/11 | Permalink

Floating from demon energy is not a pleasant situation to be in, but the exorcists of "Priest" are here, and they bring the Prayer to Saint Michael with them. The newly released teaser shows us an exorcism taking place in the drama's hospital setting, while its heroes try to do what they do best...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 19-20

2018/10/11 | Permalink

With Hye somehow managing to find a nastier helper than Jeon Deok-joong, and Da-il's soul being in bigger danger than his body, Team Good of "The Ghost Detective" is starting to feel the strain of their responsibilities. At the same time, help arrives from new, surprising places, but at this dire point in time, the group would and should take anything they can get. Can sacrifices be avoided? Probably not, but everyone will try...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Sang-wook, Han Jung-hyun and Kim Hyung-mook Join "Bad Guys: The Movie"

2018/10/10 | Permalink

The spin-off film based on popular OCN drama "Bad Guys", "Bad Guys: The Movie", is coming along nicely, and there have been some casting additions since the main new and old characters were announced. We have three supporting cast members, as well as the fine news that writer Han Jeong-hoon is on board...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Releases Quirky Family Portrait Posters

2018/10/10 | Permalink

I've seen my share of odd families in Dramaland, but we're about to witness something truly fresh with "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter". The drama is graciously preparing us in the form of new posters teasing its heroine's family relations, and the fantasy element of their nature in a cute, inspired way...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "A Promise With God" Holds Script Reading, Talks Themes

2018/10/09 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "A Promise With God", which is a story about two sets of parents crossing the boundaries of morality for their children, has added Oh Yoon-ah, Lee Chun-hee and more alongside Han Chae-young and Bae Soo-bin. Its script reading stills show us the main and extended cast, while we also have some comments from the show's creators on its goals...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OCN's "Priest" Releases First Stills of Yeon Woo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi

2018/10/09 | Permalink

Science and religion clash in OCN's upcoming medical exorcism drama, "Priest", and so do their representatives. Yeon Woo-jin's priest and Jung Yoo-mi's doctor will have a lot to process as their worlds come together in a Catholic hospital about to witness a spike in creepy patients. The drama has released its first stills of the two leads...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Elijah, Kim Jung-tae and Kim Yoonji Join "An Empress's Dignity"

2018/10/08 | Permalink

I said that I'd be back with more on the supporting cast of "An Empress's Dignity", and here are three members of it. Lee Elijah and Kim Jung-tae have confirmed their imperial roles in this modern monarchy drama, while Kim Yoonji joins our heroine's side as a fellow musical actress and rival. If you missed the post on the premise and main cast, you can check it out here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang and Go Hyun-jung Lead "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2"

2018/10/08 | Permalink

According to several news reports, a KBS official has confirmed the participation of Park Shin-yang and Go Hyun-jung in "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2". Our already confirmed hero is joined by our villain, and we also get more information on the drama's premise and the two characters...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 17-18

2018/10/07 | Permalink

With Da-il's body possibly back in the race for survival, and Hye becoming more of a threat as we go along, a lot changes for our heroes. Between navigating the emotional maze of what this means for their relationships and future, and trying to keep Hye's manipulation at bay, Team Good is juggling a lot, and so is the plot. A very soapy twist is tossed into the mix, but I hope that we will avoid it...More

[Orion's Drama News] Dealing With Gods and Monsters

2018/10/06 | Permalink

Dramas love their larger-than-life concepts, and we have some newly added upcoming dramas that take theirs to the extreme. Get ready to deal with grand sacrifices, the literal selling of souls, and one woman's battle against a whole empire. And by "get ready" I mean "suspend your disbelief and grab the snacks"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 15-16

2018/10/05 | Permalink

In what is another two episodes of writer Han Ji-wan-I toying with our heart, "The Ghost Detective" smacks us right across the feels with a twist we may have seen coming a mile away, but which could have still never come. There is room for a fake-out yet, but a lot could possibly change about how the story moves forward regardless. With Hye's mayhem escalating, and new figures of interest popping up, we have a lot going on here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Upcoming Drama "An Empress's Dignity" Gathers Impressive Main Cast

2018/10/05 | Permalink

According to coverage by jTBC, previously courted Jang Nara, Shin Sung-rok, Choi Jin-hyuk and Shin Eun-kyung have been confirmed to join "An Empress's Dignity"; a "Princess Hours"-like story about a modern day monarchy, but with a more sinister twist. JTBC has information on the premise and the leads, but I'll return with more on the supporting cast next week...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Seung-hoon Joins "Item" as Jin Se-yun's Colleague

2018/10/05 | Permalink

Actor Oh Seung-hoon has been cast in "Item", the upcoming drama about objects with special powers. He joins the crew as a detective, and a colleague of Jin Se-yun's character, Shin So-yeong...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Top Star Yoo Baek" Releases Script Reading Photos, Teases Bickering Romance

2018/10/04 | Permalink

The city and the island folk meet in the script reading for upcoming island rom-com, "Top Star Yoo Baek". The series has released photos of the event, and we can see many actors from its lovely casting ensemble, in what was reportedly a very pleasant event...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Releases Main and Character Posters

2018/10/04 | Permalink

It is time to say hello to "Ms. Ma, Nemesis", as the drama will be premiering this weekend. The series has released elegant character posters, along with a similarly themed ensemble one. The images are packed with information on what we can expect from the drama and its protagonists...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Matrimonial Chaos" Releases Casual 4-Lead Character Posters

2018/10/03 | Permalink

After all the partying going on in previously released posters for "Matrimonial Chaos" (previously known as "The Best Divorce"), it's a nice change of mood to see these four character for who they really are, and the drama opts for a look into their daily lives to achieve it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho to Reportedly Lead Soul-Selling Drama "When the Devil Calls Your Name"

2018/10/03 | Permalink

Leave it to Jung Kyung-ho to go for interesting projects and characters! According to an exclusive piece by jTBC, the actor will lead "When the Devil Calls Your Name", a drama about a genius composer who has sold his soul to the Devil. The series will be out on tvN in the first half of 2019, and it will be produced by Min Jin-gi ("Circle", "Golden Tower"), and written by Noh Hye-yeong ("Please Come Back, Mister", "How to Use Guys with Secret Tips")...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Kyung-ho Joins Lee Seo-jin, Sung Dong-il and Im Hwa-young in "Trap - Drama"

2018/10/02 | Permalink

"Trap - Drama" has a new cast member, as actor Yoon Kyung-ho has joined the production. Part of OCN's upcoming 'Dramatic Cinema' project, "Trap - Drama" is a thriller following the story of a national anchor who is caught in an trap after experiencing a tragedy while traveling with his family. The 'Dramatic Cinema' project will combine the high quality of films, and the packed storytelling of dramas...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Taking a Look at the "Memories of the Alhambra" Cast in Script Reading Stills

2018/10/02 | Permalink

If you want a good look at an extensive cast before casting news are even out for some of them, a script reading is the place to get it. "Memories of the Alhambra" is a suspense romance drama about investment company president Yoo Jin-woo going on a business trip to Granada, and becoming involved in a strange incident at an old hostel run by heroine Jeong Hee-joo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lim Ju-hwan Joins "Different Dream" As Japanese Prosecutor in Love

2018/10/01 | Permalink

The cast of upcoming special project "Different Dream" is shaping up nicely, and it looks like actor Lim Ju-hwan will be taking our heart for a spin alongside Lee Yo-won and Yoo Ji-tae. The actor has been confirmed as a Japanese character with Korea-friendly principles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Chae-young and Bae Soo-bin Fight for Their Children in "A Promise With God"

2018/10/01 | Permalink

Han Chae-young and Bae Soo-bin will be leading MBC's upcoming weekend human melodrama, "A Promise With God", which will be dealing with some pretty heavy subject matter. The series tells the story of two married couples who make choices beyond the ethics and morals of this world in order to save their dying children...More

[Orion's Drama News] Gathering Up the Acting Squads

2018/09/29 | Permalink

The post-Chuseok news dump is a marvelous thing, and we have plenty of pieces from it. Upcoming dramas are gearing up, and they're fortifying their appeal with all manner of acting goodness, but also new teasers, posters, as well as fun information on what we can look forward to...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 13-14

2018/09/28 | Permalink

There is no bigger cautionary tale about the value of communication than a superpowered walking dead terrorist going loose as a result of its lack, and "The Ghost Detective" crew has just learned that. Episodes thirteen and fourteen start showing some internal logic issues, and I am worried about what the romantic angle might be doing to our leads, but the drama's emotional core and compelling mysteries hold everything together...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yi-kyung Leads "Red Moon, Blue Sun" Alongside Kim Sun-ah

2018/09/28 | Permalink

In a definitely surprising casting twist, Lee Yi-kyung, everyone's recent comedic sidekick darling, has been cast as the male lead in upcoming drama "Red Moon, Blue Sun", the story of a woman searching for the truth after her life falls apart. He will be joining Kim Sun-ah in this work by the writer of "The Village: Achiara's Secret"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-Suk Lands First Romantic Comedy Lead With "Romance Supplement"

2018/09/28 | Permalink

I may not be able to hear the joyful screams of Lee Jong-suk fans as the actor enters his first leading role in a romantic comedy drama, but I can definitely feel them. Lee Jong-suk will be leading tvN's upcoming publishing house rom-com "Romance Supplement", which will air in the first half of 2019...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Won-hyung Joins OCN's "Priest" as Jung Yoo-mi's Adversary

2018/09/27 | Permalink

A more appropriate title for this piece would be 'Jang Won-hyung Joins "Priest" as Sexist Piece of Trash', but I'm trying to ease you into this character, because I'm charitable like that. Jung Yoo-mi's Ham Eun-ho will have more than demons to fend off, that's for sure...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jo Bo-ah Joins Yoo Seung-ho in Cheerful Revenge Rom-Com "Revenge is Back"

2018/09/27 | Permalink

I've seen my share of dysfunctional romances in Korean drama, but a romantic comedy based on revenge against the other party is really pushing that envelope. Jo Bo-ah has joined "Revenge is Back" as said party, the first love of Yoo Seung-ho's character, and the target of his revenge. Here's hoping for a huge misunderstanding...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Where Stars Land" Talks Airport Setting, Releases New Stills

2018/09/26 | Permalink

We've seen many a last minute romantic chase happening at Incheon International Airport, but the location has never been given the chance to shine. "Where Stars Land" aims to change that, making the airport its main setting. The drama has released stills of its four leads in their workspaces, along with information on what we can expect from it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Do-hyun Joins "Item" as Jin Se-yun's Boss

2018/09/26 | Permalink

Actor Kim Do-hyun, who was most recently seen in "Life" and "Investigation Partners", will be joining Joo Ji-hoon, Kim Kang-woo, Jin Se-yun and Kim Yoo-ri in "Item", the upcoming series about ordinary objects with supernatural powers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Matrimonial Chaos" Celebrates Separation in Couple Posters

2018/09/25 | Permalink

Marriage is often seen as a blessed thing, but for people who have had enough, so is divorce. The odd separated-but-not-really approach previously teased by "Matrimonial Chaos" might not necessarily be such a case, but the main characters sure seem thrilled about it on these new couple posters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Cast of "Terius Behind Me" Shares Thoughts on Drama's Appeal

2018/09/25 | Permalink

With "Terius Behind Me" being almost at our Dramaland doorstep, viewers can finally allow the hype to flow through them, and the drama's cast is here to help. We have new stills of the four main characters, as well as some thoughts by their actors on what they feel will make this series special...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Releases Main Character Stills and Information

2018/09/24 | Permalink

The plot thickens, as we find out more about the titular Ms. of "Ms. Ma, Nemesis", as well as her two co-leads, with the information accompanied by stills. The drama, which is based on Agatha Christie's work, is about a woman hiding her identity while trying to clear her name...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Deok-hwan Has Trouble Coming Back in Second Teaser for "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/09/24 | Permalink

Step aside, because Han Jin-woo has returned for "God's Quiz: Reboot", and he has enough trouble making said return without us in the way. The series has released a 'comeback fail' teaser, firmly holding on to the cheeky approach that made "God's Quiz" and its hero so much fun...More

[Orion's Drama News] Matters of the Heart

2018/09/22 | Permalink

Chuseok may be putting the country in a promotional pause, but the heart does go on, and this upcoming week aims straight for ours. Be it romance, life and death situations, or some fantasy soul searching, we have options. I love me some options...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Cast of OCN's "Priest" in Script Reading Photos

2018/09/21 | Permalink

"Priest" wastes no time, and it doesn't have much time to waste, frankly. The series recently confirmed its main cast, and now we get to see them and their fellow members in brand new script reading stills. I see some fun names in here, and I hope we get more character information soon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Terius Behind Me" Breaks Out the Formal Attire for New Posters

2018/09/21 | Permalink

I'm not sure what event the cast of "Terius Behind Me" is attending in these posters, but if they've broken out the formal wear to meet us, I'm flattered. Butter me up more, series. I like being pampered. The new posters for "Terius Behind Me" featuring So Ji-sub, Jung In-sun, Son Ho-jun and Im Se-mi aren't the prettiest, but we take what we can get, and then complain about it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 11-12

2018/09/21 | Permalink

There is a lot to unpack in episodes eleven and twelve of "The Ghost Detective", as we have new characters and new revelations piling up on top of fast-paced developments. Da-il and Yeo-wool learn more about their abilities, but that knowledge comes with burdens they might not be ready to bear. How far can our heroes and their friends go to protect one another and everyone out there facing such a formidable enemy...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hee-sun and Kim Hae-sook Raise the Tension in New "Room No.9" Stills

2018/09/20 | Permalink

Kim Hee-sun and Kim Hae-sook will be gracing our screens in "Room No.9" soon, but their soul-swapping characters are less than thrilled to be in each other's company. The series has released some new stills showing us exactly how their relationship starts off...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seo-jin, Sung Dong-il and Im Hwa-young Join OCN's New Project with "Trap - Drama"

2018/09/20 | Permalink

OCN has been gunning for film quality for a long time, and its new 'Dramatic Cinema' project will open with "Trap - Drama"; a hard-boiled thriller following the shocking story of national anchor Kang Woo-hyeon, who is caught in the titular trap. The series has cast Lee Seo-jin and Sung Dong-il as leads, with Im Hwa-young joining the lineup as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Everyone Loves Differently in Character Posters for "The Third Charm"

2018/09/19 | Permalink

The charming quartet of "The Third Charm" all have a different approach to love and romance, which is now being teased through newly released character posters. From the sentimental to the spontaneous, and from the romantic to the pragmatic, it looks like these pairings will be facing plenty of challenges...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Matrimonial Chaos" Teases Special Marital Arrangements in Official Poster.

2018/09/19 | Permalink

Korean drama can get more stale than week-old bread with its romance at times, but if you are looking for something on the fresh side, "Matrimonial Chaos" might try, and its new official poster brings the rules of this conveniently reversible not-divorce with it. Maybe this won't be as fresh after all...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 9-10

2018/09/19 | Permalink

I am fully invested in this whirlwind mystery that is "The Ghost Detective", as the series goes deeper into what now feels like a big web of connected lives and deaths. Da-il is discovering new abilities and dangers, Team Good is now complete, a new character seems to hold vital information, and with a hint of romance being created, our two heroes are about to meet new challenges...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yeon Woo-jin, Jung Yoo-mi and Park Yong-woo Lead OCN's "Priest"

2018/09/18 | Permalink

OCN's upcoming medical exorcism drama, "Priest", has confirmed actor Park Yong-woo alongside already courted Yeon Woo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi, completing its main cast. "Priest" is about doctors and exorcists working together in order to protect people who are dear to them. It will portray supernatural phenomena taking place in at a Catholic hospital of Southern Seoul in 2018...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub and Jung In-sun Are Worlds Apart in Latest Teaser for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/18 | Permalink

We've been thoroughly exposed to agent Terius as a weird father figure to the children of "Terius Behind Me", but the latest teaser focuses on the leading duo and their very different lives taking place in close proximity. Can their connection provide both with a welcome change in their routine...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-won and Kim Ki-doo Join "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/09/17 | Permalink

Actors Kim Jae-won and Kim Ki-doo have finally joined hands with "God's Quiz: Reboot", and will be joining the old crew as new members. Kim Jae-won's character sounds too nice to be so, while Kim Ki-doo sounds like a major tsundere. We love a good tsundere...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Yoon-jin Fights to Clear Her Name in First Teaser for "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

2018/09/17 | Permalink

The titular Ms. Ma of "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" is here, and her served jail time as the killer of her daughter has taught her some formidable skills. The drama's first teaser shows off its leading lady and her plight of being framed, her newfound badassery, and her clashing with the detective who arrested her...More

[Orion's Drama News] Starry Flights

2018/09/15 | Permalink

It's time for some travel, or at least transit, as upcoming airport romance "Where Stars Land" has made its promotional entry to the drama game. Said game is currently going strong, as we have teasers, stills and other goodies from many upcoming series. I see more tough choices in my future...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 7-8

2018/09/14 | Permalink

The Woman in Red has finally met worthy challengers in "The Ghost Detective", and she is one mighty sore loser. With her psyche becoming more unstable, and our heroes a bigger thorn in her ghostly side, things are about to escalate. A new character appears, and the time has come for Sang-seob to learn of Da-il's current situation, which gives birth to a Subway product placement scene I never thought could make me cry...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Dae Jang Geum Is Watching" Holds Script Reading, Teases Deliciousness

2018/09/14 | Permalink

Love, food, and love for food are all great things to have, and they are also great tools to torture audiences with, a skill Korean drama has mastered all too well. Upcoming tale of foodie descendants, "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma" has held its script reading, and announced its intentions for said torture...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Hyo-joo Competes With Ryu Deok-hwan in "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/09/14 | Permalink

I was just feel-smacked with Park Hyo-joo's special appearance in "The Guest - Drama", and it looks like the actress carries on with OCN. As previously announced in news about upcoming "God's Quiz: Reboot", she will be playing a main role as a new character in this fifth installment of the series...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 5-6

2018/09/13 | Permalink

Serial killers are scary, but serial killers with superpowers are terrifying. "The Ghost Detective" brings more twists, leaving our heroes with little time to process what is happening to them, and what has happened in their now shared past. The Woman in Red has a lot of secrets, and I am starting to wonder if several of the characters we have met so far are part of a common, supernaturally skilled group...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Where Stars Land" Releases Character Posters and New Teasers

2018/09/13 | Permalink

"Where Stars Land" has changed a number of times since its originally released premise, but the drama now about employees over at Incheon International Airport has a solid direction, and we have two new teasers, and four character posters to get more information from...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Kang-woo Confirms Villain Role in "Item"

2018/09/13 | Permalink

"Item" has finally secured all three leads, as Kim Kang-woo has confirmed his villain role of an Item-obsessed sociopath. The news has released just a bit more information about his character, and the way he goes about making the Items his, which involves a lot of murder. It's time we bid farewell to the cutie of "My Husband Oh Jak-doo"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 16 Final

2018/09/13 | Permalink

To quote someone we all know and love, "Life" finds a way, and this is the best possible outcome we can hope for in regards to the future of Sangkook University Hospital, as well as our own world. The drama has been through a rough patch lately, but it bows out as gracefully as it can manage, leaving no magical solutions behind, but leaving us and its own characters some valuable food for thought...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Third Charm" Showcases Its Long-Spanning Romance in New Couple Stills

2018/09/12 | Permalink

"The Third Charm" is piling on the OTP goodness, and this time it's here to charm us with a romance that grows with time, along with the two people in it. The stills of Seo Kang-joon and Esom's characters provide a look into the changes that the couple goes through, which is in itself a very fresh concept in Korean drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Sae-byeok Might Lead "Possession" as Ghost-Fearing Detective

2018/09/12 | Permalink

I'm already feeling sorry for this character, and he hasn't even been cast yet. Actor Song Sae-byeok may soon land his first leading role in a drama, having been offered the possessed detective in "Possession". The sweet man with a tough demeanor sounds like he's going to have trouble adjusting to his new, double life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub Receives a Heart Sticker Badge in Second Teaser for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/11 | Permalink

Agent Terius has been given the greatest honor of all in the form of a cutesy heart sticker, and the added training of two very energetic children tugging at his arms, and his heartstrings. The latest teaser for "Terius Behind Me" is after our hearts and hormones once more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Bad Papa" Reveals his Secret in 90s Style Retro Teaser

2018/09/11 | Permalink

If you thought dad jokes are cringe-worthy, wait until you see shameless dad self-promotion in its full 90s style, retro glory. The innovative, colorful, but surprisingly sombre new teaser for "Bad Papa" gives us a taste of the picture-perfect life that never was...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 15

2018/09/11 | Permalink

We are approaching some form of closure for "Life", but the ship of what was a cohesive whole has sailed long ago. Character alliances and interpersonal, but also work relationships change in unexpected ways, and the drama is trying to stretch all of its resolutions to the very last minute. Perhaps this is the series that "Life" wanted to be all along, but it sadly did not get to it soon enough...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho and Yoo In-na Up for Romance in "The Reach of Sincerity"

2018/09/10 | Permalink

Pray hard to the Dramagods and dust off your on-screen shipping urges, because we might be getting quite the adorable drama OTP. Actors Jung Kyung-ho and Yoo In-na could soon be leading "The Reach of Sincerity", a romance between a top lawyer and a top actress disguised as a secretary...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon and Jin Se-yun Confirm "Item", Possibly Joined by Kim Kang-woo

2018/09/10 | Permalink

Joo Ji-hoon is finally making his return to Korean drama through "Item", the upcoming story about items with special powers, and he is joined by Jin Se-yun. While there are no widespread confirmations yet, an exclusive piece states that actor Kim Kang-woo is also up for a leading role. Will this be the main trio of "Item"...More

[Orion's Drama News] Everybody Gets a Drama

2018/09/08 | Permalink

This upcoming week offers a little bit of everything, as we have four premieres in entirely different genres and even platforms. I focused on gloom and doom dramas last week, so this time I'm going to lift your spirits with the adorable shenanigans of "Terius Behind Me". I could use an endearing rom-com right about now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Samsung's Sci-Fi Web Drama "Ambergris" Releases Trailer and Posters

2018/09/07 | Permalink

This forever thirsty for science fiction in Korean entertainment puppy has mixed feelings about Samsung's upcoming dystopian web drama featuring Kim Sohye, Yang Dong-geun and Shin Goo, "Ambergris". Can a promotional campaign deliver some good drama sci-fi for my longing heart? Crossing all my crossables...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub Meets His New Masters in Second Teaser for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/07 | Permalink

There's no time for brooding and remembering one's dark past when the overlords come a-calling, and agent Kim Bon's new bosses are persistent. In what is an incredibly cute, and promising teaser, "Terius Behind Me" gives me everything I've been wanting in terms of the dynamics between the agent and his neighbors...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 3-4

2018/09/07 | Permalink

Take me out for detective trash day, because I did not see this twist coming, especially so early on. Sadly, neither did our poor Da-il. What happens in episodes three and four will likely change a lot about the story that "The Ghost Detective" and Yeo-wool will be in need of adjusting to, while somehow making it all work to their advantage. Can this lovely duo crack the case, and what future awaits them after this major shift...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Moon Chae-won's "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Confirms Release Date

2018/09/06 | Permalink

Pre-produced drama "Gyeryong Fairy Tale", which is now going by the English title "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter", has revealed its premiere date. The upcoming fantasy piece starring Moon Chae-won, Yoon Hyun-min and Seo Ji-hoon will be with us very shortly, so get your dramappetite going...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Maze Runner" Star Ki Hong Lee Joins "Prometheus" as CIA Agent

2018/09/06 | Permalink

"Prometheus" is coming along nicely on the casting front, as the drama has now added Korean-American Hollywood actor Ki Hong Lee in its lineup, and has officially brought the United States front into the story of the two Koreas. The actor will be playing a secret agent with the CIA, Frank Lee...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "The Ghost Detective" Episodes 1-2

2018/09/06 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" is here to sink his figurative teeth into the case, and his physical ones into demons. In what is one of the most exciting premieres I've seen in a while, the resilient, highly intelligent, spirit-biting detective and his resourceful, stubborn sidekick are up against a terrible foe working with - or perhaps on - equally terrible living persons. Join me for good ol' horror and mysteries...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Nam-gil, Kim Sung-kyun and Lee Honey Courted for "Hot Blooded Priest"

2018/09/05 | Permalink

I don't think I can scream "TAKE IT!" harder over a potential cast, because Kim Nam-gil, Kim Sung-kyun and Lee Honey teaming up to wash the law and religion of all sins sounds like too beautiful a dream. The dream might be turning into a reality, as all three actors are now positively considering their role offers...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung In-sun Springs Into Hardcore Action as Single Parent for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/09/05 | Permalink

Secret agents are impressive, but you haven't seen skill until you see a single parent juggle two kids and a household. As the younger demon-child of one, I'm very looking forward to Jung In-sun's Go Ae-rin and her domestic superpowers in "Terius Behind Me", which we can see in brand new stills...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 14

2018/09/05 | Permalink

People have been keeping things to themselves for a long time at Sangkook University Hospital, but my guess about Seung-hyo's noble intentions might have picked up on a plan or backup plan devised even longer before the president's arrival. Jin-woo is finally facing things out in the open and head on, but we have a lot to get through in a small amount of time. Can "Life" wrap it all up, and does it even want to...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Jae-myung and Ji Soo Brood Together in First Teaser for "Ping Pong Ball"

2018/09/04 | Permalink

The bromantic ship of forlorn lovers is sailing in upcoming two-part drama "Ping Pong Ball", and the first teaser featuring the world-weary duo portrayed by Yoo Jae-myung and Ji Soo has been released. The video is simple, understated and human, as the two share their imminent romantic rejections...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyuk Enters the Ring for "Bad Papa"

2018/09/04 | Permalink

Jang Hyuk and martial arts are a match made in hard work heaven, something "Bad Papa" would very much like to remind us in these first stills of our has-been and will-be hero. While the once best boxer goes through a slump following a questionable defeat that cost him everything, we'll no doubt be getting a great return...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 13

2018/09/04 | Permalink

After dropping that confusing cliffhanger last week, "Life" opts for a little break from the power play kerfuffle in episode thirteen. What is obviously a move to stall plot progression leaves room for focus on matters outside of Sangkook University Hospital. While some of them are welcome, the series is increasingly scrambling for drama in all the disappointing places. Can "Life" find its way back before the end...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Joon-hee and Yeon Jung-hoon Courted for OCN's "Possession"

2018/09/03 | Permalink

Are you sick of exorcisms yet? If yes, too bad, because OCN has more spirit shenanigans in store for us. If you're complete suckers for the supernatural like I am, welcome, although there might be a bit of a cringeworthy twist in this one. OCN's latest addition is drama "Possession", which is currently wooing Go Joon-hee and Yeon Jung-hoon for main roles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub's Secret Agent Resurfaces in "Terius Behind Me" Stills

2018/09/03 | Permalink

I've been wondering where the hero of "Terius Behind Me" has been lately, and he's finally back with a teaser, and these brand new stills. As tempting as it is to admire a man in a fine suit, the setting of this scene being a funeral kills that urge, but it does pique my curiosity about the agent's return to action...More

[Orion's Drama News] Ghosts of the Past

2018/09/01 | Permalink

The past comes back to haunt the characters of today's featured dramas in different ways, and I start off with the reunion of a father and his daughter in "My Only One". If you're looking for actual hauntings, fear not – or rather be afraid – because "The Ghost Detective" is premiering this upcoming week, and its chilling mystery deepens...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Player" Delivers Fraud on a Budget in New Posters and Teaser

2018/08/31 | Permalink

Upcoming money-stealing drama "The Player" is all about the style and coolness in its new poster, but it's also time to remember that our stylish criminals are working on certain restrictions. The newly released teaser brings their pride right back down to Earth, at least for about two minutes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Reveals a Chilling Mystery in Highlight Video

2018/08/31 | Permalink

Get ready to be spooked and intrigued as we head into this new season, because "The Ghost Detective" is going all out with the chill factor and mystery cases. The upcoming horror drama has released a 6-minute highlight video featuring some yummy horror imagery, and an introduction to the conflict which will likely shape the drama's main story...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lim Ju-hwan Confirms Novelist Role in "Drama Special - The Long Farewell"

2018/08/30 | Permalink

Lim Ju-hwan will be joining "Drama Special - The Long Farewell", which now has a premise, as well as a leading lady in Jang Hee-jin. Lim Ju-hwan plays a novelist, and Jang Hee-jin will be playing his girlfriend and an editor at his publishing company...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser for "Room No.9" Takes Us to the Beginning

2018/08/30 | Permalink

The titular room must carry quite the supernatural energy on it, or then the people in it do. The first teaser for upcoming soul-swap drama "Room No.9" is simple, short, and sweet, while at the same time showing us its concept and the three main leads...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 12

2018/08/30 | Permalink

I am not sure where "Life" has run off to, but its place is now taken over by a suspense thriller about Evil Rich Dudes™. The series has gone through a major shift in tone and focus during the last two episodes, and the pivotal decisions that come with it feel rushed and forced. If this is what we can expect from the final four episodes, I wonder why it was not introduced sooner, and more smoothly...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Hyun-Jung Considering Comeback with Park Shin-yang's "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2"

2018/08/29 | Permalink

Go Hyun-jung may be returning to Dramaland soon, as the actress has received an offer from upcoming drama "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2". The first season, "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho", is about a has-been prosecutor getting out of a rut and becoming a lawyer for the powerless, while fighting for personal revenge at the same time...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Descendants of the Sun" Darling, Jasper Cho Turns Villainous in "Terius Behind Me"

2018/08/29 | Permalink

Jasper Cho of "Descendants of the Sun" fame is back with a deadly role, as he turns into a trained killer for "Terius Behind Me". The drama has released stills of his character out to assassinate someone in Poland, and I wonder if this is the incident that will get our hero's loved one killed...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 11

2018/08/29 | Permalink

Crimes have been abundant in "Life", but its characters are faced with the most dangerous one yet, as political and company conspiracies start seeping into Sangkook University Hospital. Someone close to Jin-woo becomes involved, raising the tensions between him and Seung-hyo, as well as the sacrifices which may have to be made in order to fight this new, and very powerful set of foes. I just hope that this will not turn "Life" into the typical drama of its kind...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meeting the Heroes of "The Guest - Drama" Through Character Posters

2018/08/28 | Permalink

The ghost-busting trio of "The Guest - Drama" come from different walks of life, and from a different approach to the supernatural, but these three badasses definitely look like they can handle anything thrown their way. The drama has released character posters, along with a summary of what each character is all about, and a fact I didn't previously know about...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Romantic Comedy "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" Holds Script Reading

2018/08/28 | Permalink

Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young's upcoming rom-com "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" is preparing quite the universal release extravaganza, but the production is otherwise proceeding as usual, and we have script reading photos from the lovely cast, along with some words from PD Kang Cheol-woo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Deok-hwan, Yoon Joo-hee and Park Joon-myun Reunite for "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/08/27 | Permalink

Praised be the Dramagods, for they have not forsaken us! "God's Quiz: Reboot" is bringing back all the previously teased darlings of seasons past, as Yoon Joo-hee and Park Joon-myun join Ryu Deok-hwan on another adventure, with a fresh crew under the familiar creator...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Faces Buried Anger in Main Posters + Bonus Posters

2018/08/27 | Permalink

Every ghost has unfinished business in fiction, but when that business is loaded with heaps of postmortem anger, it's usually bad news for a lot of living people. "The Ghost Detective" has released two main posters, and they explore the grievances left unresolved...More

[Orion's Drama News] Cuteness for the Ages

2018/08/25 | Permalink

Sageuk has seen better days, but with all these "100 Days My Prince" goodies coming up, I am not so sure it has seen cuter ones. Today I bring you said goodies from the sweet OTP that Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun will bringing us shortly. We also have some fun teasers from a variety of shows, and more, with one particular piece of potential casting news having made my week...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Seung-soo Joins "Top Star Yoo Baek" as Mother-Like Figure

2018/08/24 | Permalink

The romantic island adventures of a has-been celebrity sound like quite the fun and refreshing premise for a romantic comedy, and the titular hero of "Top Star Yoo Baek" now has a partner for said adventures. Actor Ryu Seung-soo has joined the drama as Yoo Baek's no doubt overbearing friend...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Seung-heon's Conman Introduces Team in Cheeky "The Player" Teaser

2018/08/24 | Permalink

Just as I'm getting ready to dismiss "The Player" as a try-hard comedy action series, the latest teaser drops with a hefty, welcome dose of self-awareness. Song Seung-heon's conman introduces his team and their unique skills, but it's the little extra segment at the end that really wins me over...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 10

2018/08/24 | Permalink

The never ending power play of "Life" hits a deciding moment, as the new Director steps into power, and new games of pull and push begin between the hospital's ethical integrity and Hwajeong Group's ambitions. Jin-woo and his allies are up against powerful  opponents with what feels like the battle equivalent of a butter knife, and the personal crises that they face make everything all the more challenging...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hundred Million Stars from the Sky" Releases Foreboding First Teaser

2018/08/23 | Permalink

Well, this is certainly looking dire. The upcoming Korean drama remake for Japanese series "One Million Stars Falling from the Sky" has released its first, grim teaser, which feels a bit like opening credits. It also looks about as dark as I would expect, going from the descriptions I'm finding. If you're looking for happy, cutesy romances, you might want to make a speedy exit now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sun-ah Considering Drama by "Two Weeks" PD and "The Village: Achiara's Secret" Writer

2018/08/23 | Permalink

Be still my heart, because I don't think I can handle this news. Actress Kim Sun-ah may be making a comeback in "Red Moon, Blue Sun". The project, which sounds like a dark and gritty mystery, has given me three names I absolutely want to see together. Give this to me, Dramaland. Give this to me now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Guest - Drama" Releases Infernal Posters

2018/08/22 | Permalink

I'm still not sure if the Hell our three heroes will go through is metaphorical or real, but the newly released posters for OCN's upcoming exorcism drama, "The Guest - Drama" are certainly piling on the scary red and fire. Our psychic, our priest, and our detective have a grand battle with a far-reaching evil ahead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Se-young Courted for "Gwang-hae, The Man Who Became King" Alongside Yeo Jin-goo

2018/08/22 | Permalink

Upcoming drama remake of film "Masquerade", "Gwang-hae, The Man Who Became King" is now courting its leading man and leading woman, as Lee Se-young has joined the casting game along with Yeo Jin-goo. Should they accept, the two will play the queen and king...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Third Charm" Holds Charming Script Reading

2018/08/21 | Permalink

Upcoming romance drama "The Third Charm" has held its script reading, and it has released stills of the main and extended cast. Seo Kang-joon and Esom play characters in an epic love story of a romance spanning twelve years...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong and Bae Doona Return for "Kingdom - Season 2"

2018/08/21 | Permalink

It looks like the first season of upcoming zombie sageuk "Kingdom" has gone down well in the test screening phase, because the Netflix original starring Joo Ji-hoon, Ryu Seung-ryong and Bae Doona will be returning for "Kingdom - Season 2". I'll never say no to sageuk zombies, or more sageuk zombies...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 9

2018/08/21 | Permalink

There is no helping those who will not help themselves, and the elite of Sangkook University Hospital are too busy fighting over the Director position to care about what it will mean for their organization. Jin-woo's newfound confidence pushes him a little further, which motivates Kyeong-moon to take a stand that is about to turn sour. Will our young doctor finally stop expecting others to make the sacrifices he should be partially shouldering himself...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Woo-gyeom Joins "Bad Papa" as Victim of an Accident

2018/08/20 | Permalink

"Bad Papa" gets another addition to the mayhem caused by the experimental super drug that turns our hero from a has-been to a newly charged badass. Shin Woo-gyeom is joining the party, and he will have quite an interesting connection to the whole thing, as well as Jang Hyuk's character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Releases Script Reading Photos and More Character Information

2018/08/20 | Permalink

The crew of "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" will be with us shortly, bringing an exciting story with them. The cast recently attended the script reading, and the new character descriptions get my anticipation firing on all cylinders. "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" follows a woman accused of murdering her daughter using sharp reasoning to reveal the truth...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fun Combos and Great Expectations

2018/08/18 | Permalink

With a torrent of new dramas upon us and casting news on future projects popping up left and right, I take a look at something new and potentially refreshing. "Big Forest" will be a combination of variety stars in a drama setting, and I might have to check it out. Dramaland is determined to drown me in content, and I am diving in without hesitation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Brings Gaslighting Ghosts in Second Teaser

2018/08/17 | Permalink

We finally get the big revelation about Lee Ji-ah's character in the second teaser released for upcoming horror drama "The Ghost Detective", and the lady is not playing around with her words. Leave your wishes for romance at the door, because it looks like our detective dearest has other things in mind...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "God's Quiz: Reboot" Confirms Ryu Deok-hwan, Releases Premise and Production Information

2018/08/17 | Permalink

When Ryu Deok-hwan took on "Miss Hammurabi" upon returning from his military service, I was ready to bid my dreams of more "God's Quiz" farewell, but Dramaland is kind to me this time. The actor has been confirmed for a return to "God's Quiz: Reboot" (working title), and it's officially time to feel the hype, and panic...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Jae-myung and Ji Soo Bond Over Love Woes in Upcoming Drama "Ping Pong Ball"

2018/08/16 | Permalink

If you don't have enough Yoo Jae-myung in your "Life" these days (yes, I just did that), then get ready for some more of him in jTBC's upcoming two-part project "Ping Pong Ball", where he reunites with Ji Soo in a world-weary bromance of kindred souls. The series has made its peek-a-boo with script reading stills...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young Couple up for "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama"

2018/08/16 | Permalink

Who needs healthy and functional relationships when you can hate each other's guts? Everyone, but that's not the answer this bickering romantic trope is looking for. Upcoming romantic comedy drama "So I Married an Anti-Fan - Drama" has landed Choi Tae-joon and Choi Soo-young as said bickering couple-to-be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yeon Woo-jin and Jung Yoo-mi Courted for OCN's "Priest"

2018/08/15 | Permalink

We're drowning in priests lately, and OCN's upcoming addition after "The Guest - Drama" is "Priest", touted as Korea's first medical exorcism drama. The series has been courting Yeon Woo-jin as the titular priest, and actress Jung Yoo-mi might join up, fresh from her "Investigation Partners" run...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yo-won and Yoo Ji-tae Confirm Historical Drama "Different Dream"

2018/08/15 | Permalink

The confusing reports surrounding upcoming special project "Different Dream" have finally cleared up, and the series finally has its main cast, which will not include Lee Young-ae after all. The drama has offered its leading roles to Lee Yo-won and Yoo Ji-tae, and both actors have confirmed their participation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 8

2018/08/15 | Permalink

Jin-woo is finally pushed to some necessary limits, as his brother's involvement drags him to the spotlight of this battle. At the same time, a worrying twist has surfaced regarding Seon-woo, and I am hoping that the creators will not do what I fear. Seung-hyo is starting to see the value of this hospital's work among the organizational filth and personal ambitions of its top brass, but will his master allow him to achieve something for all...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon's "Devilish Happiness" Releases Script Reading Stills

2018/08/14 | Permalink

"Devilish Happiness" brings news and images of its devilishly diverse cast. The upcoming romantic drama about a man who loses his memory on a daily basis and a has-been actress is certainly gathering some main and supporting darlings that tempt even me to give it a go...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Dreaded Hand Has Arrived in Latest Teasers for "The Guest - Drama"

2018/08/14 | Permalink

"The Hand is here" and Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook and Jung Eun-chae are ready to greet it in the latest two-version teaser for upcoming exorcism-shamanism drama "The Guest - Drama". What is this infamous Hand coming from "deep within the East Sea", and can you fight it with hard praying or a gun...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 7

2018/08/14 | Permalink

The time has come for Seon-woo to enter the fight for Sangkook University Hospital, and the plans hidden behind his involvement strengthen the front forming against the hierarchy's worst. No-eul gets a little wake up call about Seung-hyo's methods, which nonetheless seem to have some genuine concern behind them, at least on a personal level. Our president dearest is slowly waking up to the realities of healthcare that need his consideration...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Young-kyu Joins "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" as Kim Yoon-jin's Husband

2018/08/13 | Permalink

Actor Song Young-kyu is back to us very swiftly, having been added to the cast of upcoming mystery drama "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" as the husband of Kim Yoon-jin's heroine. I can already see the 'Suspect' sign on him going by his character description alone...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung In-sun Wields Danger in First Stills for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/08/13 | Permalink

Jung In-sun's Go Ae-rin is playing with fire in the first stills for upcoming romance drama "Terius Behind Me", said fire being dangerous firearms. The down on her luck mother of two is about to get an unlikely buddy, and judging by these stills, the man comes prepared and probably jumpy at all times...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fresh Casting Wave

2018/08/11 | Permalink

The casting season has hit us hard, and many known, but also newly announced upcoming projects have made their big news entrance. Today I give you but a smidgen of the names and dramas we can expect, while shows almost upon us have their promotional efforts in full swing...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Brings Chills and Thrills in First Teaser and New Stills

2018/08/10 | Permalink

I've been waiting for this teaser, and I'm not disappointed. "The Ghost Detective" goes for atmosphere, dark crimes and perhaps a glimpse at even darker punishments, as Choi Daniel uncovers a lot of natural and supernatural nastiness under the surface. The drama has also been releasing stills of its major characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Seung-heon is All About the Money in First Teaser for OCN's "The Player"

2018/08/10 | Permalink

Upcoming OCN drama "The Player" whips out the Konglish to let us all know that it's all about the 'Money, Steal, Action' in its first teaser. The video is not very descriptive, but it looks like an action-packed series along the lines of "38 Revenue Collection Unit", which makes me wonder how true its boasting about a fresh genre will be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Young-ae and Yoo Ji-tae in Talks to Join Ambitious Historical "Different Dream"

2018/08/09 | Permalink

This project didn't properly register on my radar for quite a while, and news on it has been sketchy, at best. While the thought of Lee Young-ae and Yoo Ji-tae in a spy-themed sageuk does sound rather exciting, I do have major reservations about the creators. Personal worries aside, the latest news on "Different Dream" provides more information of the premise and the main characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon Have a Challenging Love in "Devilish Happiness"

2018/08/09 | Permalink

Upcoming romantic drama "Devilish Happiness" has released a teaser poster featuring Choi Jin-hyuk and Song Ha-yoon, along with some more character and production information. The series has also confirmed a simultaneous broadcast on MBN and Dramax, which should reportedly cover a bigger slice of the audience...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Ki-woong Joins "Prometheus" as Jin Goo's Adversary

2018/08/08 | Permalink

Upcoming ambitious project "Prometheus" has added another solid name to its cast of Ha Ji-won and Jin Goo, as actor Park Ki-woong has signed on to play somewhat of an enemy, or perhaps eventual frienemy to Jin Goo's character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Ji-hoon Courted for "Save Me" Writer's Fantasy Mystery, "Item"

2018/08/08 | Permalink

'HanCinema Writer Loses Composure Over Exciting Project' would have been my second title for this piece, as the news that writer Jeong I-do-I of "Save Me" has a new supernatural series coming out could only be topped by some promising casting plans that include someone like Joo Ji-hoon...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 6

2018/08/08 | Permalink

A surprising decision by Seung-hyo turns the tables and brings the planned strike to a halt, leaving everyone in "Life" wondering where to go from here, right before they find another obstacle in their way. What has begun as looking like an outrage-du-jour plot waiting for us gets a welcome injection of intrigue, as Seon-woo seems to have a lot more weighing on his shoulders than he lets on, opening a whole new can of works for the drama's mysteries...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 5

2018/08/07 | Permalink

As the hospital prepares for a strike to end what they see as upper management tyranny, Seung-hyo gets a taste of the differences between spotting problems, and understanding them. With the press and the public becoming aware of the ongoing situation, Jin-woo has an important meeting with a more impartial force that puts some things into perspective for him as well. Communication is what the characters of "Life" are in most dire need of...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Soo, Uhm Ki-joon, Seo Ji-hye and Kim Ye-won Confirm "Cardiothoracic Sugery"

2018/08/07 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Two Lives One Heart" has its leads and some supporting additions, as Go Soo, Uhm Ki-joon, Seo Ji-hye and Kim Ye-won have confirmed their appearance. The series tells the story of a desperate surgeon caught in a dilemma described as 'two lives, only one heart', which definitely sounds like a difficult choice to face...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hee-sun, Kim Hae-sook and Kim Young-kwang Confirmed for "Room No.9"

2018/08/07 | Permalink

It's been 84 years! I've been waiting for confirmation on this cast for a while now, and we finally have it. Kim Hee-sun, Kim Hae-sook and Kim Young-kwang are now on board upcoming body-swap drama "Room No.9". It is the story of a lawyer and a death row inmate whose fate is switched, and of a man who holds the key to that fate...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Guest - Drama" Drops Ominous Second Teaser and First Stills

2018/08/06 | Permalink

I don't know about you, but after this teaser I'm extremely ready to do some cardio while noping hard out of whatever is going on in "The Guest - Drama". The video teases terrifying forces from the deep, yet I still don't know whether those are supernatural or not...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Daniel Gets Down and Dirty in First Stills for "The Ghost Detective"

2018/08/06 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" has seen better days and cleaner clothing, as Choi Daniel takes a proper dip in the mud for the upcoming supernatural mystery drama. The actor has been filming for what is reportedly a very important scene, and we get to enjoy the fruit of his hard labor...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 4

2018/08/06 | Permalink

Episode four of "Life" keeps pushing the envelope on how far Seung-hyo will go to have control, despite his obvious reservations. From stealing land built on blood and tears to using a human shield in order to control a rogue element within the hospital, the man is determined. As morally reprehensible as he is, he is up against equally sordid foes, which brings us to the theme of the day; cowardice in the face of responsibility...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 3

2018/08/05 | Permalink

What I thought was an expert at playing it safe is just a rebel without a plan, as Jin-woo lacks the necessary strategic thinking to handle the Pandora's box that he has single-handedly opened. More importantly, he lacks the conviction to do so. Once again, Seung-hyo does what he knows best, and brings Jin-woo face to face with these lackluster efforts. Seung-hyo is clearly winning, and Jin-woo needs to catch up...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 2

2018/08/05 | Permalink

The fight for Sangkook University Hospital has begun, and the arrival of someone probably already being burned in effigy by the staff brings a lot of nastiness to the surface. While Jin-woo struggles to find information and allies for his plans, the aforementioned Seung-hyo is already reworking the hospital from the ground up, eager to cut away the parts that do not suit his needs and the greater ambitions hidden behind them...More

[Orion's Drama News] Deep, Dark and Personal Investigations

2018/08/04 | Permalink

With a pile of recently released dramas in all manner of genre behind us, it is time I look to the future and its offerings; a search which brings me to ghostly detectives and mysterious cases. "The Ghost Detective", "The Guest - Drama" and "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" bring us a range of crimes from the real to the supernatural...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Life" Episode 1

2018/08/04 | Permalink

"Life" starts with a thud, rather than a bang, and the ripples caused by one's tragic fall that sparks everything already brewing under the surface begin showing immediately. The drama's sleek, dark and intense first episode introduces its characters and their basic connections, but it wastes no time in setting up the main mystery, the power play, as well as some more surprising elements, fueling my excitement for the story...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Young-shil Joins "The Third Charm" as Seo Kang-joon's Mother

2018/08/03 | Permalink

Actress Oh Young-shil has been cast in upcoming drama "The Third Charm", shortly following the addition of actors Min Woo-hyuk and Shin Do-hyun. The actress will be portraying male lead On Joon-yeong's (Seo Kang-joon) mother...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "100 Days My Prince" Releases Stills of Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun

2018/08/03 | Permalink

Following the release of its first teaser videos "100 Days My Prince" adds on to the OTP appeal with some new stills of Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun, as well as some information about their characters and their connection...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hyun-joon and Lee Yul-eum Become Siblings for "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma"

2018/08/02 | Permalink

We have some new casting additions for upcoming series "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma", a story about the struggles of daily life experienced by the iconic figure's 28th generation descendants, siblings Han San-hae, Han Jin-mi and Han Jeong-sik. Actors Lee Yul-eum and Kim Hyun-joon join Shin Dong-wook to form this trio...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Guest - Drama" Reveals Protagonists and Shamanistic Rituals in First Teaser

2018/08/02 | Permalink

After torturing us with motion posters from "The Guest - Drama" on social media, OCN has finally dropped a proper first teaser for the upcoming exorcism-themed drama. The video shows us an eerie, but imposing Korean shamanistic ritual, before it teases us with a glimpse of leads Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook and Jung Eun-chae...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ko Sung-hee Becomes the Latest Addition to "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

2018/08/01 | Permalink

Actress Ko Sung-hee follows up her roles in "Mother - Drama" and "Suits" with what appears to be a mysterious assistant character in the upcoming woman-centric mystery series "Ms. Ma, Nemesis". She will be joining Kim Yoon-jin, Jung Woong-in and others recently confirmed...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "The Ghost Detective" Drops Dark and Creepy Posters Featuring Choi Daniel

2018/08/01 | Permalink

Turn these posters into essential oils and rub them all over me, because nothing makes this mortal coil's hungry soul happier than some good horror in Dramaland, as we need more solid series in the genre. "The Ghost Detective" (also known as "Today's Detective") has released some fine posters sparking the mystery through Choi Daniel's Lee Da-il...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Won-hae, Lee Jae-kyoon and Lee Joo-young Join "The Ghost Detective"

2018/07/31 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" gets some solid support in his paranormal endeavors, as actors Kim Won-hae, Lee Jae-kyoon and Lee Joo-young have signed on to play a trio assisting the protagonists in their ghostly escapades. The three join Choi Daniel, Park Eun-bin and Lee Ji-ah...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Woong-in and CNU Confirm Appearance in "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

2018/07/31 | Permalink

Actor Jung Woong-in and B1A4 member CNU have joined Kim Yoon-jin in her return after a 19 year Korean drama hiatus for upcoming woman-centric detective drama, "Ms. Ma, Nemesis". The newly cast actors will be playing characters in law enforcement, adding on to the investigative power of the story...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang Considering Paparazzo Role for "Big Issue"

2018/07/30 | Permalink

Park Shin-yang might be getting much busier much sooner, as the actor has received an offer for the leading role of a paparazzo in upcoming SBS drama "Big Issue". The story centers around said paparazzo pursuing scandals, and you know that Park Shin-yang would rock that role...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hide and Seek - Drama" Releases Dark Fairy Tale Posters and Teaser

2018/07/30 | Permalink

I rarely get captivated by posters, given the amount of repetition and often uninspired concepts that go around, but "Hide and Seek - Drama" is definitely wooing my aesthetic appreciation. The upcoming weekend drama is all about that dark fairy tale vibe, going from hide and seek themed posters to smacking us over the head with it in its first teaser...More

[Orion's Drama News] Death Note Light

2018/07/28 | Permalink

Yours truly may be cursing the scorching heat with every fiber of her being, but all the upcoming drama goodies provide something to focus on. Today I give you a quick recap of news on "Revenge Note 2", a teen romance with a dire-sounding twist. We have new dramas, new goodies, and casting news as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "100 Days My Prince" Releases First Script Reading Photos

2018/07/27 | Permalink

Upcoming pre-produced sageuk, "100 Days My Prince" has finally kicked off its official promotion, and it brings us quite the impressive cast gathering during its first script reading, which was held in March. Buckle up and count the darlings...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Terius Behind Me" Releases Teaser Posters of So Ji-sub in Poland

2018/07/27 | Permalink

"Terius Behind Me" certainly knows what the people want, and it delivers. The drama has released teaser posters of So Ji-sub as protagonist Kim Bon, but the setting and the importance its role will play in the story are where the juicy details lie...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Ji-won and Jin Goo's "Prometheus" Holds Open Audition for Rookie Actors

2018/07/26 | Permalink

Upcoming big budget drama "Prometheus" is looking for 10 new actors to join Ha Ji-won and Jin Goo in this story tackling inter-Korean relations. The production will be holding a public, open audition in order to find the fresh talent that they are looking for...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Min Woo-hyuk and Shin Do-hyun Join Seo Kang-joon and Esom on "The Third Charm"

2018/07/26 | Permalink

Actors Min Woo-hyuk and Shin Do-hyun have confirmed their appearance on upcoming 'realistic romance drama', "The Third Charm". The two join Seo Kang-joon and Esom on this story about four men and women who fall for one another's titular 'third charm'. Yang Dong-geun and Lee Yoon-ji have already confirmed their participation as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook's "Snowpiercer" Series Coming Next Year

2018/07/25 | Permalink

Bong Joon-ho's "Snowpiercer" is getting a series adaptation with a new story, new cast and a global distribution. Netflix will be airing the series globally, while TNT will handle its distribution in the US. Joining Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook as executive producers will be Lee  Tae-hoon and Choi Doo-ho, who also worked on the film...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Releases Trailer and Highlight Videos

2018/07/25 | Permalink

Upcoming growth drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has released a teaser and nearly 12-minutes of highlight videos giving us a better look at the heroine and her beau's backstory, as well as the conflicts that will challenge their student and personal life moving forward. From campus enemies to parental disappointment, the two have a lot on their plate...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Kyung-nam-II Courted for "Where Stars Land"

2018/07/24 | Permalink

Actor Kim Kyung-nam-II, whose most recent notable roles have been in "Prison Playbook" and "Come and Hug Me", has received an offer from upcoming airport-themed drama "Where Stars Land", and apparently a number of other works as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Familiar Wife" Showcases Familiar Supporting Favorites

2018/07/24 | Permalink

Upcoming universe-flipping romance "Familiar Wife" has released stills and information for its supporting cast of characters, and there are a lot of familiar lovelies to be found here. This time around, we get to meet the people working at hero Cha Joo-hyeok's (Ji Sung) bank, from the high-ranked to the probably underpaid...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Dong-wook and Kwon Yuri Lead "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma"

2018/07/23 | Permalink

Nothing weighs heavier than family pressure, except for having generations of an iconic figure's fame on your back. The hilariously titled "Jang Geum, Oh My Grandma" explores the idea of how the titular Dae Jang Geum's descendants are living in the present day...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Si-yoon and Park Byung-eun Have a Stare-Down for "Your Honor"

2018/07/23 | Permalink

I know a production is excited about its own cast when they let the photos speak for the scene, and the combined popularity of Yoon Si-yoon and Park Byung-eun is a solid reason for that confidence. The latest images from "Your Honor" show the two actors' characters clashing...More

[Orion's Drama News] A Drama For Every Occasion

2018/07/21 | Permalink

We are in for a major wave of summer drama premieres this week, so prepare to greet a whopping eight of them. The shows are spanning across enough genres and tones to cover all manner of taste and moods, but I have attempted to divide them into meaty and lighter experiences. Join me in picking out new watch list additions...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-yang Returns for "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2"

2018/07/20 | Permalink

In news that make my Ori-heart so very happy, "Neighborhood Lawyer Jo Deul-ho 2" is finally being produced, and actor Park Shin-yang has been confirmed for a return to his cheeky and unorthodox role as its leading and titular character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Hot Blooded Priest" May Have Found Its PD

2018/07/20 | Permalink

I always take isolated news not shared by a number of portals and publications with a grain of salt, but if this News1 exclusive is accurate, then the upcoming priest-themed crime drama has found its PD in Lee Myeong-woo of "Whisper" and "Punch - Drama" fame...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Min-sung Makes Special Appearance in "Your Honor"

2018/07/19 | Permalink

Upcoming courtroom drama "Your Honor" has landed actor Jung Min-sung ("Land of Happiness", "Mother - Drama"), who has confirmed his guest role in it. The news comes with some basic information on his traits, and on his character connections...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OCN's "Priest" Changes PD, Continues Casting Efforts

2018/07/19 | Permalink

This is a bummer as far as my personal excitement goes, as PD Kim Seong-soo ("Save Me", "Genome Hazard") will not be helming upcoming medical exorcism drama "Priest". While a new PD has been found, the series is still in the casting process, and the names to have received offers so far give us a general idea of the production's goals...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Bad Guys: The Movie" Is a Thing, and I Have Been Living Under a Rock

2018/07/18 | Permalink

I'm not sure how a film based on drama "Bad Guys" managed to sneak up on me like this, but I only found out about it this week. The popular OCN series has received a less-than-popular spin-off, "Bad Guys : Vile City", which I have yet to see, but it's now getting a dedicated film as well. I'm not sure how I feel about it, but the news is promising...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Characters of "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Through New Posters

2018/07/18 | Permalink

We've already seen the basic descriptions for the four leads of upcoming 'inner growth' drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty", and the recently released character posters give us a little summary of what they're all about, with the news attached to them providing some more detail. Heroine Kang Mi-rae enters a wild campus life that will change her, hopefully for the better...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Risky Romance" Gets Too Close and Personal in Latest Teaser and Posters

2018/07/17 | Permalink

The leads of "Risky Romance" will have quite the character and approach differences to overcome, and when that approach includes invading one's personal space around the genital region, I imagine we're in for quite a ride. The series has released a new teaser of its bickering couple, as well as two posters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Your Honor" Marks a Fresh Start at Law and Order in New Posters

2018/07/17 | Permalink

Upcoming courtroom drama "Your Honor" has released two new posters of its first and second leads, teasing a sense of purpose for the ex-convict hero who becomes a judge in his identical twin's stead. The family's pariah has to become its prodigy when the latter mysteriously disappears...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Things Turn Violent in Latest "Familiar Wife" Stills

2018/07/16 | Permalink

I can't count the times when domestic abuse is presented as comedic, or worse, romantic in Korean drama, but I hope that "Familiar Wife" will be going for a more down to Earth approach in its universe-bending story. Ji Sung and Han Ji-min's couple has seen better, and less abusive days...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Brings a Word to the Wise in Sixth Teaser

2018/07/16 | Permalink

Money, power and the pressure of surviving and getting ahead in life tempt the best of us, but a hospital is where such desires can become deadly. Chun Ho-jin's Lee Bo-hoon warns his juniors of this amidst a major hospital power shift in the latest blood-soaked teaser for "Life"...More

[Orion's Drama News] New and Sudden Futures

2018/07/14 | Permalink

Cute beginnings do not always lead to happy endings, as the couple of "Familiar Wife" knows all too well. Today I take a look at the upcoming drama's new goodies, as well as the more carefree cute beginnings of "Thirty But Seventeen". Many upcoming shows have their promotion in full swing, and some major casting news for big projects are popping up...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jin Goo Joins Ha Ji-won in Action Spy Drama "Prometheus"

2018/07/13 | Permalink

Following Ha Ji-won's casting for upcoming ambitious series "Prometheus", actor Jin Goo has joined the production as a man holding a pivotal role in the story. Jin Goo will be playing Park  Hoon, a member of the North Korean embassy in Moscow, and a man who is swept by the tides of fate...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Familiar Wife" Turns the Tables and Worlds in Character and Group Posters

2018/07/13 | Permalink

The characters of "Familiar Wife" go through some major changes due to its hero's fate-altering decision, and the drama's newly released posters tease those changes, while giving us a peek into the thoughts of our leads. Things have definitely been better between the leading couple, but will a fancier timeline be what they really want...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Terrible Thoughts Take Over in Second Teaser for "Time - Drama"

2018/07/12 | Permalink

There's no silver lining in the lives of the "Time - Drama" characters as their current situation stands, and the drama's second teaser makes it inescapably clear. These people have complicated relationships, and it doesn't look like they're taking them some place pleasant...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Sang-mi Pieces Memories Together in "Let Me Introduce Her" Posters

2018/07/12 | Permalink

Upcoming amnesia-themed mystery "Let Me Introduce Her" has released posters of its heroine and the characters whose jigsaw puzzle of an involvement she needs to piece together. All of it is done to answer that one simple, burning question. "Who could I be"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Min-sang-I Picks Another Doctor Role for "Thirty But Seventeen"

2018/07/11 | Permalink

Following his casting as a doctor in "Devilish Happiness", which marks a reunion with actor Choi Jin-hyuk after "Tunnel - Drama", Kim Min-sang-I lands another role as a healthcare professional, this time including psychology as well. The actor's agency has confirmed his appearance in upcoming romantic comedy "Thirty But Seventeen"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Risky Romance" Brings Us Color and Glitz in Character Posters

2018/07/11 | Permalink

Upcoming hormone-themed romantic comedy "Risky Romance" is introducing its characters through colorful and sparkly posters, and I've also gathered some details on the second leads to go with them. Don't be fooled by the genre, because everyone here seems to suffer in some way or other...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Witch Trio Brings Food, Superpowers and Romance to Humans in "Witch's Love"

2018/07/10 | Permalink

I've seen the word 'witch' used as a figurative character trait so often, that its literal use in upcoming MBN drama "Witch's Love" flew right under my radar, to use an appropriate idiom. The series is a fantasy romance about a chaebol of three years becoming tangled up with three witches who move into the apartment building he owns...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Thirty But Seventeen" Brings Confusion and Crushed Desserts in Latest Teaser

2018/07/10 | Permalink

I don't know what our heroine of "Thirty But Seventeen" would expect from a romantic first meeting, but no one would crush my choco pie with their careless glutes and get away with it lightly. The titular time-warped protagonist, Woo Seo-ri, has a confusing return to society following her coma of 13 years, and hero Gong Woo-jin's unconventional ways and rude bun buns aren't helping...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Terius Behind Me" Releases Script Reading Stills and Character Information

2018/07/09 | Permalink

Upcoming spy-themed romantic comedy drama "Terius Behind Me" has held its script reading, and we get some additional information on its cast and two of its guest stars. We also have stills of them entering their roles and giving us a first glimpse into the drama's promotional efforts...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Risky Romance" Gets Hot and Dangerous in Second Teaser

2018/07/09 | Permalink

I trust the science of "Risky Romance" about as much as I'd trust a butcher with brain surgery, but the series is very dedicated to its idea of raging hormones, which our heroine thinks are becoming a life-threatening danger to our hero. Her experiment includes invasion of privacy in all forms, and misunderstandings aren't far behind...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 31-32 Final

2018/07/08 | Permalink

Understanding what you need to hold on to and what to let go of is difficult, but that first step can make or break you. It is a step made by many characters in "Secret Mother", and one Jae-yeol could never take. There is little to be said and done about a past so tainted, but Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong have to build a future through its consequences. The ending is uplifting for some, tragic for others, and ultimately a result of their decisions and actions...More

[Orion's Drama News] New Faces and Musical Places

2018/07/07 | Permalink

This week is all about adventure, but in two different definitions. I bring you the surprisingly action-packed teasers for "Let Me Introduce Her", an adventure to recover a mysterious past. "to.Jenny" brings us closer to the adventure that is life with some sweet tunes and some tumultuous youth. Join me for a look at them and other promising shows...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 29-30

2018/07/07 | Permalink

Denial is a force to be reckoned with in the hearts of humans, and it is an ongoing theme in "Secret Mother", as Jae-yeol falls deeper and deeper into a losing battle with his past. Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong need to be smarter as they prepare one final push to discover what happened that night. With the source of the phonecall confirmed and holding vital information, the heroines must face their demons in whichever form they meet them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Thirty But Seventeen" Releases First Stills of Its Oddball Duo

2018/07/06 | Permalink

The unapologetically weird "Thirty But Seventeen" continues to play up its leading pair's unconventional existence in new stills of Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong. The two people have been living outside of our society for different reasons, and they have a long way to go before it feels familiar again...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung and Han Jin-min Meet Across Worlds in First Teasers for "Familiar Wife"

2018/07/06 | Permalink

Get your theorizing caps on, because the newly released teasers for "Familiar Wife" bring us a meeting of two people in two universes, and an intriguing detail opening a whole new can of possibility worms. It all starts with a fateful choice that brings about what Ji Sung's hero describes as "My life's only 'if'"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Time - Drama" Releases Bleak First Teaser and Poster

2018/07/05 | Permalink

Time seems to be exceptionally cruel for the protagonists of "Time - Drama", a group so full of angst that not even the Bg T itself can heal them. The series has released a very dark first teaser, along with a simple, but stylish poster to drive its concept home...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Ji-won Joins Big Budget Drama "Prometheus"

2018/07/05 | Permalink

In Greece we have a saying that goes "When you hear of many cherries, carry a small basket", which essentially means that you should not buy into hype. Upcoming big budget drama "Prometheus", which has now landed actress Ha Ji-won as its lead is asking for a gigantic basket, but can it deliver the cherries to fill it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Releases Campus Quartet Poster and First Teaser

2018/07/04 | Permalink

Upcoming inner growth drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has released a colorful and vibrant poster of its four leads and what defines them, at least to begin with, as well as its first teaser. The drama is about a heroine who undergoes plastic surgery to avoid bullying discovering real beauty through a university campus life that turns out very differently than what she had imagined...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Sang-wook and Lee Min-jung Reunite for "Fates and Furies"

2018/07/04 | Permalink

We have a "Sly and Single Again" reunion on our hands, as Lee Min-jung has accepted the role offered for upcoming melodrama "Fates and Furies", which has also cast Joo Sang-wook as its hero. It's definitely good for a production to have a duo that has already built rapport, so the two will hopefully bring that experience with them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Giants Clash in Fourth and Fifth Teasers for "Life"

2018/07/03 | Permalink

We're starting to get a clearer picture of all the alliances we can expect from "Life" to start with, as the two new teasers focused on Ye Jin-woo (Lee Dong-wook) and Goo Seung-hyo (Cho Seung-woo) reveal the conflicts brewing. Ideals and business clash, and secrets seem plentiful in this power game with people's lives at stake...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Body-swap Drama "Room No.9" to Follow "Mr. Sunshine" in September

2018/07/03 | Permalink

I'm still playing the guessing game on the main cast of "Room No.9", as all three potential leads have been courted for a while, but with no official confirmations involved at the time. Regardless, the drama now has its timeslot with tvN, as it is planning a premiere following "Mr. Sunshine" in September. The drama has released information on the characters along with the news...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Thirty But Seventeen" Takes a Turn for the Bizarre in First Teasers

2018/07/02 | Permalink

I'm not sure what my eyes just witnessed and my brain refuses to process, but kudos for the dedication to absurdity that these first teasers for "Thirty But Seventeen" are. Our teen-minded adult heroine has to face a new life and a new world following her coma of 13 years, but she also has to face a hero who seems to have enough on his plate already...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo Have a Meet-Clash in First Teaser for "Risky Romance"

2018/07/02 | Permalink

Leave it to Dramaland to take dire topics and turn them into romantic comedy material, the latest one being a behavioral imbalance caused by a car accident. This is the plight of "Risky Romance" hero, Han Seung-joo (Ji Hyun-woo), a man "injured by hormones". Enter hormone-obsessed heroine, Joo In-ah (Lee Si-young), and her goal to make sense of it all. How? Through dating, of course...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 27-28

2018/07/01 | Permalink

The mysterious phone call made by Hyeon-joo, or someone pretending to be her complicates what would have otherwise been a simple, albeit terrible indication of Jae-yeol's guilt. There are two possibilities for his crimes, and they are both equally tragic and horrifying. Jae-yeol has done something terrible, and we will soon find out who the main victim of it is. Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong have different goals, but the women know it is time for closure in "Secret Mother"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 25-26

2018/06/30 | Permalink

The sordid affairs of "Secret Mother" just keep getting nastier and nastier, but Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong are no longer in denial or running away. On the other hand, Jae-yeol is very much doing both things the more he is backed into a corner by the two women, and a voice of questionable origin on the phone is not enough to convince me that he has not directly harmed Hyeon-joo or even Min-ji. For the sake of his family, I hope he has done neither...More

[Orion's Drama News] Clean Homes and Messy Battlefields

2018/06/30 | Permalink

If you are still recovering from the preemption of dramas that has been going on during the past few weeks, rejoice at the fact that new shows are coming as the old ones rediscover their place. "Your House Helper" and "Mr. Sunshine" are premiering soon, while new and upcoming shows get more news, casting additions and promotional goodies. The summer and beyond is a promising season...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Releases Striking Character Posters for Yoo Jae-myung and Moon So-ri

2018/06/29 | Permalink

"Life" definitely knows how to make an impression, because stern Moon So-ri and blood-soaked Yoo Jae-myung are definitely bringing the drama and oomph I didn't feel from the posters for Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo. The latest images come with character information and some words from the actors...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Uhm Ki-joon Joins "Two Lives One Heart" as Complex Villain

2018/06/29 | Permalink

Make way for the return of Uhm Ki-joon, whose time with the "Defendant" PD and writers has clearly formed a solid bond. The actor is reuniting with the creators for a reportedly nuanced villain working against Go Soo's hero in upcoming medical drama "Two Lives One Heart"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Uhm Hyun-kyung and Kim Young-min Join the Sordid Affairs of "Hide and Seek - Drama"

2018/06/28 | Permalink

We have new faces joining Lee Yoo-ri and Song Chang-eui in "Hide and Seek - Drama", the outlandish story exploring the fate of the heiress to the nation's largest cosmetics conglomerate, and a woman who had to live that life in her stead, as well as the desires and secrets surrounding them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung Living the Hard Working Life in First Stills for "Familiar Wife"

2018/06/28 | Permalink

Life is a challenge for Cha Joo-hyeok, the hero of fantasy romance "Familiar Wife" played by Ji Sung. The man leads a humble life, which is about to take a turn for the extraordinary when a single choice made by him alters the fate he has been following so far. The drama has released stills of its hero living his old humble life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "to.Jenny" Brings Family and Music Together in Script Reading Stills

2018/06/27 | Permalink

Upcoming two-part musical drama "to.Jenny" brings us its lovely cast and some new information on the hero's family through some stills of the drama's script reading that took place in May. "to.Jenny" is a new type of music drama, which combines the excitement of a first love with indie music. It is about a man who expresses his first love through music, and a woman who chases her dreams while living a difficult life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Seok-jin Clears the Clutter in Poster and Trailer for "Your House Helper"

2018/06/27 | Permalink

Get ready to have your house and soul cleansed, by Ha Seok-jin, no less. "Your House Helper" is a "life healing" drama about a perfect man and professional house helper with the job of aiding women whose minds and homes are a mess due to their complicated lives...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Your Honor" Cast Brings Smiles to the Drama's Script Reading

2018/06/26 | Permalink

Big names bring big smiles to the table of "Your Honor", as the main and supporting cast have gathered in person and in character, slowly bringing the drama to life and giving us the first promotional goodies from the event in the form of stills. I'm really loving most of the actors I see here, and I hope that the experienced creators use them well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Sang-mi Becomes an Amnesiac Heroine in First Stills for "About Her"

2018/06/26 | Permalink

I award "About Her" full cookie points in making its first stills as descriptive of the heroine's plight as possible, as Nam Sang-mi appears lost and dizzy in her amnesiac character. The reasons behind this confusion, as well as the drama's currently reported genre do perk up my interest by a smidgen...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Releases Character Posters for Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo

2018/06/25 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Life" has been steadily releasing a lot of impressive material, and this time around we get character posters for its two leading men, as well as more information on their roles. The battle between these two, their goals, ethics and ideology is already looking nasty, so get your sadistic viewer appetite going...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung and Han Ji-min Meet in First Poster for "Familiar Wife"

2018/06/25 | Permalink

We have all heard of life-changing decisions, but what if the concept became a bit too real? This is the idea upcoming romantic drama "Familiar Wife" tackles, as the two leads find themselves in an impossible situation brought about as a consequence of just one decision. The series gives us a peek at Ji Sung and Han Ji-min's OTP through its first poster...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 23-24

2018/06/24 | Permalink

I have rarely been so delightfully frustrated while watching a drama, as "Secret Mother" is hitting a lot of sweet spots with its relentlessly obscure truth. The things I thought I knew are looking much worse, but it only takes one ominous phone call to throw all those theories right back into the humble pile of speculation. Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong have a complicated truth to untangle, and it now includes yet another victim...More

[Orion's Drama News] Stylish Sunshine and Creepy Crimes

2018/06/23 | Permalink

Great things are approaching, be it in terms of scale or the warm fuzzies they create in my heart. Today I bring you a peek into the highly popular cast and the ambitious production of "Mr. Sunshine", before taking a look at the crimes and spirits of upcoming ghost-chasing drama "The Ghost Detective" and its lovely leads. My body and watch list are ready, Dramaland...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 21-22

2018/06/23 | Permalink

"Secret Mother" is finally back after a long absence, and the drama carries on taking its heroines' lives from bad to worse, but hopefully towards resolution. The contents of the warehouse are revealed, lies are crawling left and right, and there are now very few doubts left as to who has done what. Unfortunately for Yoon-jin, Eun-yeong, and everyone touched by the evil that is lurking, it looks like we have plenty of suffering left to go...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Byung-choon Joins "Bad Papa" as Chief Inspector and Lonesome Dad

2018/06/22 | Permalink

"Bad Papa" has slowly been adding to its cast, and the latest one to join is yet another father with woes, played by actor Kim Byung-choon. Hero Yoo Ji-cheol's (Jang Hyuk) involvement with the law seems to be a central element in the series, given its casting so far, and this papa ally might provide our Ji-cheol with some good influence...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Memories of the Alhambra" Releases First Stills of Hyun Bin

2018/06/22 | Permalink

Upcoming fantasy drama "Memories of the Alhambra" is dipping its toes in the promotional game with the release of its first stills for Hyun Bin's Yoo Jin-woo. They're not descriptive of any plot points or otherwise dramatic, but a first look doesn't really have to be, especially for a very marketable leading man...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Ji-ah Becomes a Mysterious Woman for "The Ghost Detective"

2018/06/21 | Permalink

"The Ghost Detective" proves its psychic abilities once more, because an otherworldly mysterious woman is just the kind of intriguing character to make my anticipation of this drama even stronger. Delusions of grandeur on my part aside, Lee Ji-ah leaves "My Mister" for a role I can't wait to dive into...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Seo Yi-sook, Uhm Hyo-sup and Sung Joo Become NIS Trio for "Terius Behind Me"

2018/06/21 | Permalink

We've been getting so many additions to the cast of "Terius Behind Me" lately, and the latest ones are an NIS agent trio involved in the mess that hero Kim Bon (So Ji-sub) has found himself in. Uhm Hyo-sup, Seo Yi-sook and Sung Joo have a different dynamic with our protagonist, and different motivations...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID Is Gangnam Beauty" Releases First Stills of Im Soo-hyang

2018/06/20 | Permalink

The titular shy beauty of "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has arrived in casual wear and a seemingly awkward encounter in the first stills released for the drama. Im Soo-hyang has shown promise in both sweet and bolder characters, so I'm curious how her Kang Mi-rae will change through her campus life, hopefully for the better...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Min-sang-I Reunites with Choi Jin-hyuk for "Devilish Happiness"

2018/06/20 | Permalink

"Devilish Happiness" definitely describes what I'm feeling right now, because "Tunnel - Drama" co-stars Kim Min-sang-I and Choi Jin-hyuk are reuniting for a hopefully less bloody state of affairs. Can we get a nice bromance out of them this time? Please and thank you, Dramaland...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin Chase Ghosts in Horror Thriller Drama "The Ghost Detective"

2018/06/19 | Permalink

Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin have accepted their roles in KBS 2TV's upcoming ghost-catching drama "The Ghost Detective", and its genre and premise get me all excited over the potential for a fun summer horror piece! The titular detective gets mixed up in some serious business, and there isn't exactly a handy guidebook for dealing with it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Bum-jin Joins "Twelve Nights" as Nightmare Boyfriend

2018/06/19 | Permalink

Travel-themed romance drama "Twelve Nights" is getting more names added to its cast, and this time around we have a "bad boy" character to be portrayed by Kim Bum-jin. His involvement makes me curious as to how the teased main romance is supposed to happen, so I guess we're in for some complicated relationship intrigue...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-kyung Joins Jang Hyuk in "Bad Papa"

2018/06/18 | Permalink

Our wannabe-good father of "Bad Papa" gets a partner tied to law enforcement, as actress Kim Jae-kyung has joined the series for the role of an investigator. Her involvement is still somewhat of a mystery, as a small number of descriptions for the drama contain a hint of the superheroic when it comes to our male lead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Tragedy Strikes and Intrigue is Brewing in Third Teaser for "Life"

2018/06/18 | Permalink

Terrible things are happening in the hospital setting of jTBC's "Life", and we seem to have a death in the family of hero Ye Jin-woo (Lee Dong-wook). The power play is on, with different characters showing different motivation behind their work in what should be a place of healing with no room for personal gain or ego...More

[Orion's Drama News] Good Eats and Clean Sheets

2018/06/16 | Permalink

Sometimes fortune favors me enough to provide some very satisfying news, and I think that the good food, and handsome cleaning men of this week are pretty much the definition of paradise. "Let's Eat - Season 3" brings back the nom noms, while "Your House Helper" and its dream man will be clearing homes, worries and our viewer souls. Casting news is still pouring in, and today I take a look at some new and upcoming leads...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyuk Becomes a "Bad Papa" Looking for Redemption

2018/06/15 | Permalink

I know that the disturbing daddy jokes write themselves by now, but let's get serious for a moment and look at this upcoming drama about a broken man reclaiming his life. Jang Hyuk apparently never sleeps, so he has confirmed his leading role as the titular character of MBC's upcoming Monday-Tuesday drama "Bad Papa"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung In-sun Joins So Ji-sub as Heroine of "Terius Behind Me"

2018/06/15 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Terius Behind Me" has finally secured both of its leads, and Jung In-sun is the civilian heroine whose luck is changed when stumbling on to the much more complicated hero. MBC previously confirmed that So Ji-sub had been cast as the legendary black ops spy, Kim Bon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Soo Accepts Lead in "Two Lives One Heart" By the Makers of "Defendant"

2018/06/14 | Permalink

Go Soo has accepted the previously offered role to upcoming medical drama "Two Lives One Heart", and with the production looking rather glad about it, it seems like a win-win situation for the actor and the creators of hit drama "Defendant". I'm still not into this premise or title, but good drama doesn't have to be fresh drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" Kicks off Promotion with Script Reading Stills

2018/06/14 | Permalink

Upcoming outer and inner transformation drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" has kicked off its production, and its first promotional boost comes in the form of script reading news and stills, revealing its youthful main cast and some fun supporting names. The jTBC drama aims high when it comes to its subject matter, which is good to see...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Woman-centric Mystery "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" Lands Channel and Air Date

2018/06/13 | Permalink

Upcoming drama based on the works of Agatha Christie, "Ms. Ma, Nemesis" has found its broadcasting station, and a rough premiere date has been set. The drama, which is still courting Kim Yoon-jin as its leading lady, has drawn my personal interest due to previously released information, although I have major reservations about its writer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyun-sung Joins Travel Romance Drama "Twelve Nights"

2018/06/13 | Permalink

There are some actors who feel omnipresent in Dramaland, and Jang Hyun-sung is one of them. The actor has officially joined upcoming travel romance drama "Twelve Nights", coming from the unlikely source of Channel A, and depicting a story of love through the shared adventures of its male and female lead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sung-cheol and Jung Chae-yeon Lead Musical Drama "to.Jenny"

2018/06/12 | Permalink

Love and music go hand in hand for upcoming drama "to.Jenny", which has confirmed Kim Sung-cheol of "Prison Playbook" drama-fame, and Jung Chae-yeon as its leads. The two will be using their acting and musical skills for a story of love for people and love for music...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rookie Actor Yoon Jong-suk Joins OCN's "The Guest - Drama"

2018/06/12 | Permalink

Talk about straight-to-the-point news, because the casting of rookie actor Yoon Jong-suk in OCN's upcoming exorcism-themed drama "The Guest - Drama" is definitely not liberal with its information. All we know is that the actor is on board, joining co-stars Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook, Jung Eun-chae and Park Ho-san...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Gods Quiz" Finally Returns, Teases Reboot with "God's Quiz: Reboot"

2018/06/11 | Permalink

As usual, Dramaland continues to make me excited and terrified, often at the same time. Long-awaited sequel to the "God's Quiz" series, "God's Quiz: Reboot" is now officially in the works, and it has been teased as a reboot. Given the declining quality of the drama through "God's Quiz Season 3" and "God's Quiz Season 4", yours truly hopes that this is the case...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Nam-gil May Return as a Catholic Menace in "Hot Blooded Priest"

2018/06/11 | Permalink

"Hot Blooded Priest" has found its favorite titular bundle of disorders, as actor Kim Nam-gil is being courted for the leading role. I hear great things about the man, and having him play what sounds like an incredibly challenging character gives me hope about this production's intentions for its desired quality...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 19-20

2018/06/10 | Permalink

It feels good to get some confirmation on the morality of key persons in "Secret Mother", and unfortunately for Yoon-jin, Jae-yeol is at the terrible end of the spectrum. His mother finally reveals her goals, but I am having an alarming suspicion about the motivation behind them, which could make Yoon-jin's marriage even more painful. Eun-yeong gets a second chance at life, and perhaps her sister shares her luck...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 17-18

2018/06/09 | Permalink

I am rarely mentally outdone by a drama's mystery, and the fact that "Secret Mother" manages to keep me so delightfully confused, but not bewildered is commendable. Just when I think we are being given a major clue, it just adds on to the uncertainty. We are only half way in, and Yoon-jin is faced with several terrible possibilities, while Eun-yeong is struggling to wake up and share what she has witnessed...More

[Orion's Drama News] Looking to the Drama Future

2018/06/09 | Permalink

We may get a rare reprieve from the onslaught of drama goodies every time drama seasons change, but the future is being planned as we speak, and we have a lot of casting and potential casting news for upcoming works we can look forward to. Let's dive right in, starting with a first look at the cast of two upcoming shows...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Joo-yeon-I Joins "Devilish Happiness" as Ambitious Top Actress

2018/06/08 | Permalink

Actress Lee Joo-yeon-I has found her new drama home following her current work in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum". She will be joining the cast of "Devilish Happiness" as a success-driven top actress. The drama is about a man who loses all memory of the previous day when he wakes up...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] UEE Courted for Weekend Drama "My Only One"

2018/06/08 | Permalink

UEE may be fresh off "My Husband Oh Jak-doo", but the actress is already on the lookout for a new role. News came out yesterday of an offer made to her by upcoming weekend drama "My Only One". If she accepts, she will be playing someone whose life is shaken by a terrible discovery...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Ara Offered Leading Role in Historical Drama "Haechi"

2018/06/07 | Permalink

Historical dramas are making a comeback to Dramaland's schedule, and Go Ara has been offered a leading role for upcoming sageuk adventure "Haechi". The actress is still considering the role she has been courted for, but we do have some basic story information, which was released alongside news of this casting offer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Darkness Envelops a Place of Healing in Second Teaser for "Life"

2018/06/07 | Permalink

The production of "Life" is not fooling around, and the drama's second teaser piles on the acting powerhouse that is this cast full of hope for this humble viewer. Everyone has enemies in this hospital, and there is blood on several hands, both in the literal and figurative sense...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rookie Actor Yoo In-soo Signs On for "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" and "Life"

2018/06/06 | Permalink

It feels as if rookies are popping up like mushrooms sometimes, but for an industry often too attached to its stars regardless of their skills and talent, new options are always welcome. Fresh actor Yoo In-soo has been busy since his first work in 2017, and he has now signed on for "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" and "Life"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho Chases the Future Through the Past in "Life on Mars" Highlight Reel

2018/06/06 | Permalink

Hearing voices is probably scary enough without them being voices from the future you're missing while stuck in the past, so hero Han Tae-joo (Jung Kyung-ho) must be having quite the hard time in "Life on Mars". The 2-minute highlight reel gives us a look into the crime, the comedy and the supernatural of the drama's premise...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" Introduces Its Magical Cast in Script Reading Stills

2018/06/05 | Permalink

The magical world of "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" is drawing closer, and its production is finally kicking off, and giving us the little teaser we all need. The drama has released script reading photos of its cast and crew, including leads Moon Chae-won, Yoon Hyun-min, Go Doo-shim and Seo Ji-hoon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Soo Considering Drama "Two Lives One Heart" by "Defendant" Creators

2018/06/05 | Permalink

Go Soo might be making his drama comeback soon, as the actor has received an offer from upcoming SBS drama "Two Lives One Heart", created by the PD and writer team behind hit series "Defendant" starring Ji Sung. Go Soo is reportedly considering the offer positively, while we also have some information on the drama itself...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Hyun-woo, Lee Si-young and More Attend "Risky Romance" Script Reading

2018/06/04 | Permalink

Hormone-focused romantic drama "Risky Romance" has held its script reading, and these stills bring us a look at the main and extended cast, which is looking rather lovely. As a fan of Lee Si-young who missed her on my screen, and as someone who really appreciated Ji Hyun-woo after "Awl", I think I'll dive in despite my reservations...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Writer Park Jae-beom-I Leads Investigative Comedy Drama "Hot Blooded Priest"

2018/06/04 | Permalink

In a Dramaland not so obsessed with the conventionally hot youth, Sung Dong-il would lead us all into the adventures of a Catholic priest with anger management issues, which is definitely the catchiest part of this upcoming project by writer Park Jae-beom-I. Personal casting wishes aside, the drama is at its very early stages, but it has been confirmed...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 15-16

2018/06/03 | Permalink

We have finally caught up to the night of Eun-yeong's fall, and the future is going to be mighty interesting. The past always comes back to bite you, and several people are now feeling its merciless jaws snapping at their back. Jae-yeol has a lot to hide, and if everything is as it appears to be, a lot of it is criminal as well. Yoon-jin has quite the work ahead of her, but will Eun-yeong be there for her or against her...More

[Orion's Drama News] Science Fiction and Office Friction

2018/06/02 | Permalink

Get your suspension of disbelief stretched and ready, because this next week brings us all manner of hard to swallow, but sweet to taste goodies. From robot romancing to time travel to bosses who seem too obtuse to run a company, we have it all. We also have a torrential pouring of casting news for upcoming dramas...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 13-14

2018/06/02 | Permalink

"Secret Mother" definitely means business as it approaches its mid-point, because all hell breaks loose in episodes thirteen and fourteen. We have some major, gigantic revelations for ourselves, but also ones happening between characters. With so many secrets brought to the surface, even new ones form, and the drama masterfully makes pinpointing guilty parties and their crimes delightfully challenging...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jinwoon Joins Face-Off Drama "About Her"

2018/06/01 | Permalink

Every male lead needs their sidekick or sidekick entourage, and singer-actor Jinwoon will cover that side for upcoming weekend drama "About Her", the story of a woman who tries to recover the memory she loses during a complete facial reconstruction surgery...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Yoon-jin Courted for Korean Drama Comeback with "Ms. Ma, Nemesis"

2018/06/01 | Permalink

My excitement for a drama has rarely been so quickly inflated and then deflated. Actress Kim Yoon-jin is being courted for a comeback to the Korean drama industry after a 19 year absence, and the work in question is a woman-centric drama. Everything looks great, but I have one major apprehension...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jin-yeop Joins Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo in "Risky Romance"

2018/05/31 | Permalink

We have a bit more information on upcoming medical romance "Risky Romance", including more information about the show's premise, which is worrying yours truly quite a bit. Before getting to that, actor Kim Jin-yeop has been cast as a fellow doctor alongside leads Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life on Mars" Shakes It to the Sounds of Park Nam-jung's Missing You

2018/05/31 | Permalink

I don't think I have words in any of the languages I speak and write to describe this video, but it's definitely very "Life on Mars"-y. The adaptation has been having a blast with its take on Korean 80s culture, and this humorous video tribute to Park Nam-jung's famous song Missing You is just a cherry on top of an already satisfying cake...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Je-hoon Courted for Medical Exorcism Drama "Priest"

2018/05/30 | Permalink

OCN continues on its streak of religious-themed works, and if "The Guest - Drama" is not enough to quench your thirst for them, "Save Me" PD Kim Seong-soo has something a little different for you. Courted for the drama's leading role is Lee Je-hoon, who is currently reviewing the offer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Releases Dramatic First Teaser of Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo

2018/05/30 | Permalink

I don't usually get excited over tiny glimpses of a work, but after having started writer Lee Soo-yeon-I's "Secret Forest" a couple of days ago, I'm very much ready to indulge in the hype of "Life". The series chooses to show off its two leads to start with, and I can't really blame them...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 11-12

2018/05/29 | Permalink

I never thought a fever would be a joyous event, but mine has jolted my memory, and possibly solved one of the big recent mysteries of "Secret Mother" so far. Episodes eleven and twelve of this suspenseful womance thriller start with a bang, end with a bang, and bring a lot of secrets, nastiness and important connections to the surface. It is time for our heroines to face the past and start unraveling it, even if it hurts them the most...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung, Han Ji-min and More Attend Script Reading for "Familiar Wife"

2018/05/29 | Permalink

Summer romance drama with a fate-bendy twist, "Familiar Wife", has made its first step into the pool of promotional waters, as the drama has released script reading stills revealing its main and extended cast. Joining Ji Sung and Han Ji-min are so many familiar faces, which make yours truly truly happy...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Joon and Choi Kang-hee Up for Romance in "Drama Special - A Very Midday Romance"

2018/05/29 | Permalink

I'll take this sweet casting, even for a little while, as Choi Kang-hee and Go Joon will team up for a one-act romance drama, "Drama Special - A Very Midday Romance". I really like the two separately, and while this seems like a simple enough love story, I'll definitely take a tale of them together...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho has a Rude Awakening in New "Life on Mars" Teaser and Stills

2018/05/28 | Permalink

Our hero's adventure starts with a bang in "Life on Mars", that surely being the gunshot to the noggin shown in the video. The series has been teasing his time-traveling predicament more strongly with these latest promotional goodies. Is it time travel, a dream or something else entirely? I hope we get to know...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Cha Eun-woo, Kwak Dong-yeon and Lee Tae-sun May Join "My ID is Gangnam Beauty"

2018/05/28 | Permalink

Don't you just love it when the news is a jumbled mess? According to an exclusive bit of it, actors Cha Eun-woo, Kwak Dong-yeon and Lee Tae-sun might join Im Soo-hyang for this tale of finding one's own true beauty called "My ID is Gangnam Beauty"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 9-10

2018/05/26 | Permalink

Skeletons in the closet are very last century, so we keep them in our back yards these days. "Secret Mother" episodes nine and ten take a turn for the grim, and the list of suspects for the greatest of crimes aside from all the terrible parenting is starting to become uncomfortably small. Meanwhile, Yoon-jin and Eun-yeong start bonding more deeply, but our undercover sister is struggling with new information...More

[Orion's Drama News] High-Tech Entourage

2018/05/26 | Permalink

We take a break from the main couple of "Are You Human Too" this week, but it's time to meet its extended cast in new promotional goodies. We have had a couple of new dramas announced recently, and their casting efforts are under way. I am currently whooshing through new series, so this season is going well. I hope yours is too...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Portrays A Battle of Convictions in Teaser Poster

2018/05/25 | Permalink

What are hospitals in Korean drama without their power struggles? We can't escape them, but upcoming drama "Life" embraces them. The teaser poster reveals some simple, but crucial information about the characters portrayed by Lee Dong-wook and Cho Seung-woo, while the writer comments on her intentions...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoon Si-yoon, Lee Yoo-young and Nara Cast in Drama "Your Honor"

2018/05/25 | Permalink

Say hello to a legal drama with a major dramatic twist, as Yoon Si-yoon, Lee Yoo-young and Nara have joined "Your Honor", a series where Yoon Si-yoon will play a double role as characters with a mysterious and complicated backstory. Should I be expecting courtroom makjang here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life on Mars" Indulges Our 80s Nostalgia with Themed Stills

2018/05/24 | Permalink

Gotta hand it to the "Life on Mars" production, they know how big of a thirst for the 80s feel nostalgia-bound audiences will be suffering from until this airs. The upcoming OCN drama has released stills showcasing its blast from the past world building, and they're glorious...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Dong-gun Courted by "Asadal Chronicles" - "Signal", "My Mister" PD Kim Won-seok Has Signed On

2018/05/24 | Permalink

"Asadal Chronicles" is piling on the ambitious quests, and its efforts have landed PD Kim Won-seok of "Incomplete Life", "Signal" and "My Mister" fame. Its casting spree continues, and there's finally a name that excites yours truly involved, as actor Jang Dong-gun is being courted by the production...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rain and Lee Dong-gun Clash Over Tragedy in "Sketch - Drama"

2018/05/23 | Permalink

It looks like my conspiracy theory of the two male leads of "Sketch - Drama" locked in battle due to a common lover was wrong after all, but this just makes me more curious about the connection between the two. The drama has released stills of Rain and Lee Dong-gun when their characters had a happy life, but also stills of a confrontation in the more grim present...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook, Jung Eun-chae and Park Ho-san Join OCN's "The Guest - Drama"

2018/05/23 | Permalink

I choose to have dramamnesia over my past experience with the writers of "The Guest - Drama", because this cast is to die for and I want to enjoy it in its full glory. Kim Dong-wook, Kim Jae-wook and Jung Eun-chae have officially accepted their roles as the three heroes of OCN's upcoming exorcism-themed drama "The Guest - Drama", also known as "The Guest - Drama", while Park Ho-san has also joined them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" Releases Humorous Poster

2018/05/22 | Permalink

I'm not a fan of terrible rich men meeting poorer women and bickering their way to romance, but the naivete of the "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim" hero is rather endearing. This is the type of oblivious man and go-getter woman story that I can appreciate, and they do look absolutely adorable in the drama's newly released poster...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Impressions - "Investigation Partners"

2018/05/22 | Permalink

Yours truly has taken another swing at a new drama, and this time I dive right into the cold and gory world of forensics, as well as the chaotic building of appealing truths explored by "Investigation Partners". Leave your needs for feel-good outcomes and ideal, genius characters at the door, because life is just never that easy, and this drama is not pretending that it is. At the same time, don't get too attached to reality for this one...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 7-8

2018/05/21 | Permalink

Relationships continue to be strained, and the past comes back to the forefront in episodes seven and eight of "Secret Mother". Eun-yeong faces Yoon-jin's trauma head on, and Min-joon's repressed pain shakes his mother's resolve. The Daechi-dong trio are now fully on board the efforts to get rid of the admissions tutor, while Jae-yeol's own connections to key figures start being built...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix Drama "See You Again" Cancels Production

2018/05/21 | Permalink

We will sadly not be seeing "See You Again", as the once upcoming Netflix drama courting Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won has abruptly announced the cancellation of its production. These situations are never pleasant to read about, and the reasons will probably never be clear, but the outcome is sadly the same nonetheless...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Nam Sang-mi and Kim Jae-won Lead Face-Off Drama "About Her"

2018/05/21 | Permalink

If you get a kick out of the outlandish plots we sometimes see in Korean drama, get ready for what looks like a modern soap with a twist. Nam Sang-mi and Kim Jae-won have joined "About Her", a drama about memory loss and a change of identity. Dramamnesia is back on the table...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 5-6

2018/05/20 | Permalink

Daechi-dong is drowning in secrets, and Eun-yeong is slowly dragging them out as "Secret Mother" develops. Yoon-jin is being shaken by the appearance of a witness, but her reluctance to involve those she cares about leave her with Jeong-wan as her only aid. What she does not know is that everyone is still very much involved. Meanwhile, we get to know the Daechi-dong families better, and boy are they one increasingly messed up bunch...More

[Orion's Drama News] Artificial Infatuation and All the Premieres

2018/05/19 | Permalink

New week, new goodies! We have a ton of new dramas premiering this upcoming week, and they cover all manner of genres. Before giving you a quick rundown on what freshness we have from them, "Are You Human Too" and its unconventional OTP demand our attention, as the series is starting its romance-filled promotion. My non-drama free time is slowly going bye bye. Bye bye, time...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Chae Si-ra and Jo Bo-ah Challenge Stereotypes in "The Goodbye Has Left"

2018/05/18 | Permalink

"The Goodbye Has Left" seems determined to pull at our heartstrings and take its themes all the way, and I love it. Dramaland is giving us some great women's stories lately, and the production of "The Goodbye Has Left" delivers a hefty promise along with these new stills of Chae Si-ra and Jo Bo-ah...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Turns Its Comedic Clashing Physical

2018/05/18 | Permalink

I am as ready as can be to meet and fall in love with all the characters, central and supporting, permanent and guest of "Miss Hammurabi". If their chemistry works, we're in for a treat, and these latest stills of an accidental hug give us a taste of the more lighthearted side of things that we can expect...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong's Clash in New Stills for "Life on Mars"

2018/05/17 | Permalink

What is a show about police work without man-ego leading to some fine clashing, and things become heated to the point of getting physical in "Life on Mars". Jung Kyung-ho and Park Sung-woong's characters are three decades and two conflicting personalities apart, which is going to bring about some glorious man-battles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yoo-ri and Song Chang-eui Team Up for "Hide and Seek - Drama"

2018/05/17 | Permalink

This is quite the powerhouse pairing for fans of weekend dramas, as Lee Yoo-ri and Song Chang-eui recently confirmed their leading roles in upcoming series "Hide and Seek - Drama". The premise looks dramatic, the characters look intriguing, and the creators are looking good for it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong's Confirm Unconventional Romance "Thirty But Seventeen"

2018/05/16 | Permalink

Teasing and maybes are fun, but it's good to have a confirmation to things, as certain as they may previously seem. Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong have officially confirmed their starring roles in "Thirty But Seventeen", the story of a woman who wakes up after a prolonged coma...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Doo-shim Becomes the Titular Fairy of "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/05/16 | Permalink

After the element of shapeshifting was teased during the drama's early casting stages, we didn't really read much about it, but "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" has now confirmed it by casting actress Go Doo-shim as an alternative form of its heroine...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Releases an Emotional and Contemplative Teaser

2018/05/15 | Permalink

The promotional campaign for "Miss Hammurabi", jTBC's upcoming human courtroom drama, has been mostly light in tone, but the show's latest teaser takes a more human, more heartfelt approach to the guilt of perpetrators, the pain of victims, and the moral struggle of the judicial officials who bind them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-bin Embraces the Challenge of a Demanding Role for "Sketch - Drama"

2018/05/15 | Permalink

Lee Sun-bin tackles a detective role with some hefty additional challenges in "Sketch - Drama", and along with new stills of her character, we get to read a little bit about her thoughts on this upcoming challenge and her preparation for it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Seo Ji-hoon Joins Moon Chae-won and Yoon Hyun-min in "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/05/14 | Permalink

A casting addition in the works for quite a while has finally been confirmed, and fresh audience darling Seo Ji-hoon will be joining "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" as a potential husband for heroine Moon Chae-won's titular fairy, a 699-year-old creature who is looking for the reincarnation of her husband in the modern age...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Healing Human Connections in First Teaser for "The Goodbye Has Left"

2018/05/14 | Permalink

The mother-in-law is perhaps one of the most dreaded, most mistreated women's figures in Korean drama, but it is also a family relation ripe with complexity. "The Goodbye Has Left" promises to be a work taking a closer, more human look at motherhood and these fragile bonds, and its first teaser is very promising...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 3-4

2018/05/13 | Permalink

The perfect facade of the Daechi-dong crowd is slowly starting to crumble, and past trauma puts those bearing it in a fight or flight mode in episodes three and four of "Secret Mother". Eun-yeong is getting closer to a truth different people seem to know different sides of, and she is starting to bond with Yoon-jin and Min-joon in the process. The gaping wound that this family has will need to grow bigger before it can close...More

[Orion's Drama News] Deadly Love and Sketchy Incidents

2018/05/12 | Permalink

My romantic glands have had their fill for a bit, so today I take a look at upcoming crimes. "Sketch - Drama" has been releasing teasers for its predictive sketching and its angry men, while this week marks the premiere of two death-themed shows, "Come and Hug Me" and "Investigation Partners". Bring on the tragedy and feels...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Secret Mother" Episodes 1-2

2018/05/12 | Permalink

Grab a self-care kit of calories and water, because "Secret Mother" is here to put us through the wringer. The mystery womance thriller does not fool around with its themes, and if the suspense of a whodunnit and who will make it through unscathed is not enough, wait until you dive into the almost surreal world of academic and social pressure that the featured families are drowning in...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Releases Morbid Posters

2018/05/11 | Permalink

Gotta love a series which religiously sticks to its theme, and "Investigation Partners" is all about the grim and gruesome. The posters aren't all equally exciting, but there are some key elements that just amuse me greatly, in a slightly malevolent way...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life on Mars" Piles On the Whimsical 80s Flair in Main Posters and New Teasers

2018/05/11 | Permalink

Nothing makes one feel welcome like a work which doesn't take itself too seriously, and "Life on Mars" more than qualifies. The series has dropped a new, fun ride of a teaser pair, and its colorful, animated main posters are here to fill up that cup of retro happiness it gives us...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Past Trauma Resurfaces in Third Teaser for "Come and Hug Me"

2018/05/10 | Permalink

Relationships come with all manner of baggage, but "My father wants to murder you" is way up there on the list of romantic obstacles, and "Come and Hug Me" dives right into it in its latest teaser. The hero is caught between a rock and a hard place, between a dreaded past and the future he wants to have...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Eun-chae Is the Heroine of OCN's "The Guest - Drama"

2018/05/10 | Permalink

I choose to suffer temporary amnesia over the fact that "The Guest - Drama" is by the writers of "Entourage", because the upcoming exorcism drama has its leading lady, and I'm very happy with her. Jung Eun-chae (recently seen in "Return") has been confirmed as one of the three leads, taking on the role of a tough detective...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin May Join Horror Thriller Drama "The Ghost Detective"

2018/05/09 | Permalink

Since the potential casting of the other recently announced horror drama is keeping me away like the plague, I'm very happy to bring you a potentially lovely casting for a new horror thriller drama called "The Ghost Detective". The series is courting Choi Daniel and Park Eun-bin as leads, both of whom are considering the offer positively...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Moon Chae-won Joins Yoon Hyun-min in "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/05/09 | Permalink

After staying in female lead limbo for a while following Kang So-ra's turning down of the role, "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter" has found its heroine in actress Moon Chae-won, who will be joining Yoon Hyun-min as the new titular fairy looking for the modern version of that someone special...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Jin-hyuk, Song Ha-yoon and Hoya Cast in "Devilish Happiness"

2018/05/08 | Permalink

Dramas love their amnesia, and the more they try to spice it up, the more complex it gets. The latest installment to this love is "Devilish Happiness", which has cast Choi Jin-hyuk, Song Ha-yoon and Hoya. The series is about a man who can only retain one day in his mind...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo In-na Courted for Drama Comeback in "Hitting on the Blind Boss"

2018/05/08 | Permalink

Yoo In-na may be returning to Dramaland two years after her work in "Goblin", and it is the regrettably titled drama "Hitting on the Blind Boss" which has offered its heroine to the actress. The series is about a man suffering from prosopagnosia, otherwise known as face blindness...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Bloody Ties Surface in Third Teaser for "Secret Mother"

2018/05/07 | Permalink

If I had to summarize this teaser, it would be "rich people bleed a lot", because there are a lot of crimes happening here, and the suspects for each one are plentiful. "Secret Mother" is really piling on the dirty secrets of the past, with a medical "accident", missing persons and probably a lot of death involved...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ships are Sailing in New Poster and Teaser for "Miss Hammurabi"

2018/05/07 | Permalink

Romance is never far behind in Korean drama, and it's making a little peek-a-boo in the latest poster for "Miss Hammurabi", which is followed by the more overtly "shippy" third teaser. Everyone looks cute, and since we've already established their lack of professionalism, a possible romance won't be messing with much...More

[Orion's Drama News] Love and War

2018/05/05 | Permalink

Rejoice, fellow romantic comedy fans who would prefer that your rom-coms do not include terminal illnesses and serial killers! We have some promising, seemingly "innocent" romantic comedy dramas coming up. If thrillers are your poison, there are plenty of those out there. "Lawless Lawyer" and "Secret Mother" begin next weekend. Let us breathe in that delicious variety while our must-watch list weeps...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho Dons 80s Detective Fashion for "Life on Mars"

2018/05/04 | Permalink

My eyes and senses are very pleased with these stills of Jung Kyung-ho in his retro outfit for "Life on Mars". The series about a modern detective being slingshot to 1988 doesn't shy away from baggy clothes and big hair, making me happy with every bit of the era it embraces...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Joon-han Joins Kim Jung-hyun and Seohyun in "Time - Drama"

2018/05/04 | Permalink

"Prison Playbook" darling, Kim Joon-han has chosen quite an interesting project once more. The actor will be joining Kim Jung-hyun and Seohyun in "Time - Drama", which is the story of a man who spends his last hours fighting for the sake of a woman whose life is ruined...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Come and Hug Me" Releases Beautiful Contrasting Posters

2018/05/03 | Permalink

I seem to have missed something major about "Come and Hug Me" during my break from checking its promotional news out, which means that its posters landed on me like a ton of bricks. I did not expect this connection between the characters, and I'm now left wondering how it will all work out...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Wok of Love" Brings Its Foodie Love Triangle to Life in New Posters

2018/05/03 | Permalink

Beloved actors, food and romance sounds about right in terms of the medicine we could all use sometimes, and "Wok of Love" (also known as "Greasy Melo") is going all out in teasing us with the aforementioned elements. Its love triangle game is strong, and as much as I dislike the trope, I can't help but appreciate the parts that form it here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Gets Snazzy in Main and Character Posters

2018/05/02 | Permalink

This drama has filled a pool with style and we're all drowning in it. "Lawless Lawyer" continues its devotion to flair and atmosphere with dynamic, in-your-face gorgeous posters for its leads. The star power is humbling enough already, but you know we all love some good visuals...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Si-young and Ji Hyun-woo Take On "Risky Romance"

2018/05/02 | Permalink

On a normal day, nothing makes me run away faster than romance mixed into a medical drama, but with Lee Si-young in it, my fan honor demands a look-see. The actress has joined this upcoming drama as its lead, along with actor Ji Hyun-woo, whom I also like quite a lot, especially after an amazing performance in "Awl"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-woo Stills and a Key Connection Revealed for "Secret Mother"

2018/05/01 | Permalink

I'm not sure if I can claim any sort of victory over potentially being right on my guesses for a series so eager to reveal so much of its backstory, but I'll let out a little "I knew it!" nonetheless. "Secret Mother" has released stills of Kim Tae-woo, as well as information on actress Ji An's return to Dramaland in perhaps the most pivotal role in the series...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Warns of Deceit in First Teaser

2018/05/01 | Permalink

The first teaser for "Investigation Partners", MBC's upcoming investigative mystery drama, is a case of something appearing simple at first turning foreboding and interesting. The teaser introduces both leads, and reveals their different reaction to their grim joint cause...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kidnappings and Buried Truths in Second Teaser for "Secret Mother"

2018/04/30 | Permalink

A clearer image of our main characters' backstory is starting to form in the second teaser for "Secret Mother", as the previously teased kidnapping of the heroine's daughter is featured. Meanwhile, the increasing unease of the neighborhood mothers with the admissions caretaker may be leading them to criminal acts of their own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Ji-won Courted for "Asadal Chronicles" and "See You Again"

2018/04/30 | Permalink

So this is what it looks like when a woman holds such casting power. Actress Kim Ji-won is currently being courted for two high profile dramas at the same time, as well as two reunions with actors Song Joong-ki and Lee Jong-suk. Whichever choice she takes, there's going to be major hype in her and our future...More

[Orion's Drama News] Timeless Loves and Hectic Work

2018/04/28 | Permalink

Dramaland has a little bit of everything for everyone lately, and today I take a look at romance, work and crimes. If you are feeling really adventurous and in need of balance, you will hopefully find several goodies to watch this upcoming drama season. With the current season on the way and more new titles coming, we have a lot to look forward to...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Prison Playbook"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

There are all manner of slice-of-life stories out there, but it is a genre not as loved by Korean drama as it is by other industries. The famous "Reply" series' creators take a bold step in creating "Prison Playbook", a slice-of-life story you never knew you absolutely needed in your life. From the most mundane luxury of a hot shower, to the bonding forming in a place where privacy and freedom are a concept of the past, the drama dives right into its themes...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey"

2018/04/28 | Permalink

There are few Korean drama writers more familiar to and loved by international audiences than Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran, but the sisters have been having a bit of a hit and miss career with dramas. "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi") is their first work for cable television, and an ambitious project full of potential for supernatural ensemble goodness during its conception. Delivery is a whole other matter, however...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Removed Character Descriptions Heighten the Intrigue of "Secret Mother"

2018/04/27 | Permalink

Nothing adds stress onto a thriller like knowing everyone is out to get everyone, and this is the picture that I got when I looked at the character descriptions and connections for "Secret Mother". The descriptions have since been altered and all potential spoilers have been removed, but I love indulging, so here we go...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet the Crew of "Investigation Partners" in New Stills

2018/04/27 | Permalink

I wanted stills of the "Investigation Partners" leads at work, and I get just that. The drama has been releasing images of all its characters out there doing the thing they do best, and we get a tiny bit more information on Lee Yi-kyung's hottie detective as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Supernatural Retro Investigation Drama "Life on Mars" Releases Script Reading Stills

2018/04/26 | Permalink

I've been having the time of my drama-life following the "Life on Mars" production, and I love what I am seeing so far. The drama's latest official promotion comes with the script reading stills showing familiar and new faces, through a look at its extended cast...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Sketch - Drama" Releases First Stills of Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin and Jung Jin-young

2018/04/26 | Permalink

"Sketch - Drama" has been giving us more information and introductory stills for its four leads, and since I've already talked about Rain's Kang Dong-soo, today I bring you his three co-stars. The roles of Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin and Jung Jin-young all seem to carry a special something about them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Introduces Quirky Judges in First Teaser

2018/04/25 | Permalink

The three weirdo judges of "Miss Hammurabi" are finally getting some video to match their descriptions, handily delivered by Ryu Deok-hwan's character in the drama's first teaser. We have a stickler for the rules, a justice-driven fighter, and someone with a short fuse. Yep, the courtroom will be on fire, alright...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Namgoong Min, Hwang Jung-eum and More Attend Script Reading for "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/04/25 | Permalink

Upcoming romantic comedy drama "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum" has released its first script reading stills, giving us a nice peek at the extended cast, as well as our beloved leading darlings themselves, Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-wook, Kim Dong-wook May Take "Voice" PD Kim Hong-seon-I's "The Guest - Drama"

2018/04/24 | Permalink

Two folks in this group are certainly the most publicly desirable duo to work-elope after "Voice" and make something new together, and if Kim Dong-wook joins them, I can already hear the happy fan-cries. According to reports, Kim Jae-wook and Kim Dong-wook might be taking on leading roles for Kim Hong-seon-I's upcoming religious-themed drama, "The Guest - Drama"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser for "Life on Mars" Delivers a Look Into Life Without Pants

2018/04/24 | Permalink

I don't even need to know the "how" or "why", because nothing sets the tone of a series quite like Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong, Oh Dae-hwan and rookie No Jong-hyun chasing a fool down sans several clothing items. "Life on Mars" is here with crimes against humanity and fashion in this first entertaining teaser...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Heo Joon-ho's Double Nature in "Come and Hug Me"

2018/04/23 | Permalink

Far be it from me to trust the handling of mental illness in Korean drama, but I can't deny how exciting it is to have another serial killer who isn't a conventionally attractive young man in fine suits. Heo Joon-ho brings different charms to his character for "Come and Hug Me", a man who is definitely not designed to be fawned over...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Secret Mother" Reveals Wicked Intentions in First Teaser

2018/04/23 | Permalink

Much has been teased about the mysterious college admissions caretaker of "Secret Mother", but it looks like she can't hold a candle to the ever vigilant, ever ready for a fight women of the neighborhood she enters. The first teaser is quite the entrance for Lisa Kim...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 16 Final

2018/04/22 | Permalink

After two whole seasons of "Mystery Queen", it is time for "Mystery Queen Season 2" to wrap everything up, or at least provide us enough answers to make the slow trudge through some confusing, often lacking in direction content to have been worth it. It may be the time for that, but the disappointing second season of this beloved show chooses to explain next to nothing, while creating more questions and pulling key episode plot points out of a magician's hat...More

[Orion's Drama News] Culinary Wooing and Impending Lawsuits

2018/04/21 | Permalink

Nothing beats the torture of food-themed Korean drama when one is on a calorie deficit, but today I swallow my pain (and a piece of cake) to bring you new goodies from "Wok of Love". Stylish food is followed by stylish violence and a duo clashing in lawsuit-worthy ways for "Lawless Lawyer", while we have plenty of new stills and videos from other upcoming works, as well as and casting news...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 15

2018/04/20 | Permalink

With Secretary Kim out in the open and probably mildly intimidated by the ones trying to force him out, the ever so hyped up figure starts making mistakes. Wan-seung also gets a rude wake up call in regards to his brother, however, when they meet on opposite sides of the latest murder case. Seol-ok moves past her grief for Min-joo, but Kim's efforts to create a scapegoat for the case might just cost him dearly...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Mi-hee, Lee Hye-young-I and More Leading the "Post-Mom" Era of Emergent Characters

2018/04/20 | Permalink

If you've been reading my ramblings or followed me on social media long enough, you know that women's characters are important to me. Korean drama has had an odd relationship with them. Despite originally being marketed mainly to us, and despite the fact that the majority of drama writers are still women, the focus of the content has disproportionately been on the leading men...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jae-young Joins "100 Days My Prince"

2018/04/20 | Permalink

Actor Kim Jae-young has joined upcoming historical drama "100 Days My Prince" as a man who has a unique and informed position in the mystery surrounding the titular husband's murder attempt and fate. The actor will be tackling his first role in a sageuk...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Secret Mother" Completes Cast Lineup, Reveals New Information

2018/04/19 | Permalink

The main bulk of the cast for "Secret Mother" has been completed, and although news has been reporting on things we already know quite a lot, we get some surprising twists this time around, as well as some quick descriptions for the new faces on board. It looks like some of the basics we've known are changing...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Miss Hammurabi" Releases Stills of Go Ara as Idealistic, Bold Judge

2018/04/19 | Permalink

Being overly emotional and idealistic as a judge may not be the wisest approach, but that certainly means little to Park-Cha Oh-reum, the character Go Ara will be portraying for "Miss Hammurabi". We have new stills of the character on the clock and off, as well as some more information on her approach and personality...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Wok of Love" Reveals Beloved Artists in Script Reading Stills

2018/04/18 | Permalink

The script reading still collage from "Wok of Love" is a sight that soothes the soul as much as the delicacies teased in its teasers. Aside from a main cast made up of kittens, rainbows and unicorns in terms of soul satisfaction, the supporting ensemble is just lovely...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Netflix Drama "See You Again" Courts Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won

2018/04/18 | Permalink

We've seen very little news about upcoming Netflix piece "See You Again", but it looks like the drama is planning quite the enticing casting for itself. The series, which will be fully pre-produced, has offered leading roles to Lee Jong-suk and Kim Ji-won, who are both currently reviewing their offer...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mistress" Teases Murderous Schemes in Main Trailer

2018/04/17 | Permalink

It looks like the ladies of "Mistress" have a lot to hide, some of it being in the form of a dead body. The main teaser for the upcoming sensual mystery thriller has been released, and we get a closer look at its gentlemen, and the grim secrets behind its heroines' connection...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Sketch - Drama" Releases Tense First Stills of Rain

2018/04/17 | Permalink

Here he is, ladies and gentlemen. Our crime and time fighting leading detective has been revealed in these first stills from upcoming series "Sketch - Drama". The hero looks plain, or at least as plain as they can make someone like Rain appear, and it looks like we're not catching him at a good time...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Releases First Stills, Casts Song Young-kyu

2018/04/16 | Permalink

The leading duo of "Investigation Partners" are looking comfy in their roles already, and the series has also brought on a new frienemy or possibly even antagonist. We have the first look at Jung Jae-young and Jung Yoo-mi in character, along with the confirmed aforementioned addition of actor Song Young-kyu to the drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Hye-young-I and Choi Min-soo Bring Charismatic Villainy to "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/04/16 | Permalink

Move over or be knocked over by the combined charisma of Choi Min-soo and Lee Hye-young-I, as we get a first look into what their antagonists in "Lawless Lawyer" are all about. We have stills as well as additional character information painting a grim picture for our heroes...More

[Orion's Drama News] Fresh Goodies and Mouthwatering Yums

2018/04/14 | Permalink

As the new drama season approaches, the upcoming titles are starting to up their teasing game with all manner of media, character information and casting sprees. Today I share a line of new video teasers, as well as script reading photos and the additional cast and character information that comes with them. Things are looking promising and pleasantly diverse in Dramaland...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 14

2018/04/14 | Permalink

There are enough secrets in "Mystery Queen Season 2" to make one's head spin, but it looks like we might be solving them all in what now feels like a series ending. Any developments happening here will still leave a lot to be desired, but there is one specific twist which is at the very least unpredictable and genuinely sad at the same time. Wan-seung is about to discover some more terrible things about his life and his past. Let us hope he can handle it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

"Mother - Drama" is the kind of work that one enters with a suspicious mind and a hardened heart, as adaptations and remakes carry an unfortunate stigma. What one leaves this series with, however, is much more valuable and fulfilling than I could have imagined going into it. "Mother - Drama" gathers a great cast to tell a simple, human, personal story of a bond that can do terrible damage when bad, and hold someone up for life when good...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog"

2018/04/14 | Permalink

Why take revenge alone when you can do it in a group with unlimited funds and technology? "Mad Dog" takes the basic premise of a revenge story, it adds a ragtag group of heroic stereotypes, and some equally standardized villains to produce its take on a Korean drama classic. This should have been entertaining, at the very least, but when my only take away is how much I love properly used ties, I would say something went wrong...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 13

2018/04/13 | Permalink

The time has come to pull back the curtain on the woman we know as Hee-yeon in "Mystery Queen Season 2", and the stage set behind it is not surprising. Some long-held suspicions are proven true about other characters as well. Our leads remember that Hyun-soo's case exists again, after wrapping up the latest disappearance case, which also comes to an unsurprising ending. It looks like this season will be the final one, so prepare for a lacking ending...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Dae-Hwan Joins "Life on Mars" as Tacky Detective, Shares Behind-the-Scenes Photos

2018/04/13 | Permalink

The cast of "Life on Mars" is looking mighty beautiful, and even a terrible perm on Oh Dae-hwan cannot stifle my joy of seeing him here. The actor has accepted the role of a detective, and has already begun filming after completing his transformation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Tae-joon Considering Second Male Lead Role in "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/04/13 | Permalink

We may have a sort-of-love rival for the titular handsome guy or "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum", as actor Choi Tae-joon is reportedly reviewing the role of the heroine's friend-but-not-quite. The actor's agency has confirmed the offer, but stressed that he is only considering the newly described character...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Voice" PD Kim Hong-seon-I Planning Religion-themed Crime Drama "The Guest - Drama"

2018/04/12 | Permalink

I was highly excited over the potential validity of this lonely piece of news hidden away in the Daum feed, but upcoming OCN drama "The Guest - Drama" does have two buzzkill elements about it. Regardless, the channel seems to be into its religious themes lately, so I suppose this would become the latest installment...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Reveals Script Reading Stills with Impressive Extended Cast

2018/04/12 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Life" has gathered quite the cast for itself, and we now get to bask in its glory through newly released script reading stills. I love every image and every name here, because I know the value they bring to any work, let alone one by solid creators...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Sketch - Drama" Releases Script Reading Stills and Character Information

2018/04/11 | Permalink

Upcoming supernatural action drama "Sketch - Drama" has released script reading stills, along with more information on its main characters' names and descriptions. The script reading included actors Rain, Lee Dong-gun, Lee Sun-bin, Im Hwa-young, the recently added Jung Jin-young and more, as well as the drama's creators...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seung-gi May Join Shin Sung-rok in "Vagabond"

2018/04/11 | Permalink

After having originally stated that he had not received a script for the series, and given his busy schedule with "A Korean Odyssey", I had mostly scratched Lee Seung-gi's name off the "Vagabond" map. It turns out that the actor may be joining Shin Sung-rok in it after all, since his agency has officially entered the consideration stage...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hae-sook May Join Kim Hee-sun and Kim Young-kwang in Body-Swap Drama "Room No.9"

2018/04/10 | Permalink

My wishes might be answered, as body swap drama "Room No.9" is courting the brilliant Kim Hae-sook to join its main cast, which may also include Kim Hee-sun and Kim Young-kwang. All three actors are currently reviewing their offers. If Kim Hae-sook accepts, she will be playing the death row inmate her co-lead swaps mortal coils with...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim So-yeon and Kim Tae-woo Complete the Main Cast of "Secret Mother"

2018/04/10 | Permalink

We have the final two casting confirmations for "Secret Mother", with Kim So-yeon and Kim Tae-woo having accepted their previously offered roles. Everyone looks suspicious, and plenty seem to have secrets, so join me in taking a swing at the hidden truths of this womance mystery thriller about a college admissions caretaker entering the home of a woman who holds the secret to her child's death...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Come and Hug Me" Focuses on Team Effort, Releases Script Reading Stills

2018/04/09 | Permalink

It is time to take our first look into upcoming romance drama "Come and Hug Me", the story of two people separated due to a murder in their past, and looking for comfort and hope in an imperfect relationship. The drama held two script readings in late March and early April, now providing us with stills of the known and new cast members...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Ups the Tension in New Stills and First Teaser

2018/04/09 | Permalink

There does not seem to be a dull day in the lives of the feisty lawyers in "Lawless Lawyer", as the leads seem to get into quite a suspenseful and emotionally charge situation in these latest stills. The hero and heroine get some skinship going, but it's definitely not the happy fun times kind...More

[Orion's Drama News] Brutal Trials and Remade Styles

2018/04/07 | Permalink

I have the best dressed news for you today, as our theme is all about justice in fancy outfits. "Lawless Lawyer" has introduced its two leads and their violent ways in expensive fashion, while "Suits" takes its title very seriously, and very literally, with its promotional goodies. In a twist surprising even to me, "Mistress" has just popped up on my interest radar...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 12

2018/04/06 | Permalink

"Mystery Queen Season 2" manages to get more confusing the more it reveals, but an actually challenging standalone case has appeared to bring back some of the sorely lacking mystery challenge of the series. The fact that it does this in a satisfying manner is a pleasant change from the season-long mystery's nature delivering very little pay-off. As for said mystery, Inspector Woo and Wan-seung go deeper, but we still do not know where...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Young-pil Joins Drama "Life on Mars"

2018/04/06 | Permalink

After confirming its premise and three main leads, the Korean drama adaptation for "Life on Mars" has entered the supporting casting rounds, with Kim Young-pil having now officially joined the project. His character sounds like a mix of an antagonist and a comedic relief, so we get a little cheeky element added...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mistress" Releases Posters Teasing Mystery Thriller Spin

2018/04/06 | Permalink

Despite my alarms over this drama blaring, a woman-centric OCN show is something I need at least one good look at, and the character posters released for "Mistress" are simply too intriguing to pass. A series about relationship intrigue might feel like an unusual choice for the channel, but there is a twist...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 11

2018/04/06 | Permalink

The wave of guest stars continues, but at least the latest one has been teased before, and he brings a case as a present. At the same time, standalone cases are now a distraction from a main story aching to happen, which thankfully gets a good chunk of plot dedicated in episode eleven of "Mystery Queen Season 2". While Wan-seung and Seol-ok are still largely in the dark, we finally take a peek behind the curtain...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Fantasy Romance Drama "About Time" Holds Its First Script Reading

2018/04/05 | Permalink

It was about time to start getting the goods on "About Time", and yes, I am horrible. The drama has held its first script reading, and we have new stills as well as character information for some of our new faces. "About Time" is the story of a woman who can see people's lifespans and a man who can stop her own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Investigation Partners" Releases Stills of First Script Reading

2018/04/05 | Permalink

After all the conflicting, changing and delayed information released from "Investigation Partners", we finally get a glimpse at the confirmed members of the cast, who attended its script reading at the MBC Dream Center in Ilsan in late March. Between the leads and the supporting members, we have quite the diverse group...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Sang-joong Considers Leading Drama "Auditor Nozaki"

2018/04/04 | Permalink

First of all, oooooooooooh. Now that that's out of the way, we may have some exciting new drama happenings soon, as actor Kim Sang-joong is reportedly considering a leading role in "Auditor Nozaki", the Korean drama remake of popular Japanese manga and its Japanese drama adaptation, "Auditor  Nozaki Shuhei"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Seo Ye-ji Smacks the Law into People in New Stills for "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/04/04 | Permalink

After Lee Joon-gi's thug-tastic fighting images, Seo Ye-ji takes the battle, and the smacks, to court in these latest stills for "Lawless Lawyer". The actress shows a new image of herself this time around, which she has also commented on. It looks like this feisty duo have more in common than we thought...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Jae-young and Jung Yoo-mi Confirm "Investigation Partners"

2018/04/03 | Permalink

After some back and forth happening between premise and characters, we finally have our hero and heroine for "Investigation Partners", as well as their respective actors in Jung Jae-young and Jung Yoo-mi. Both artists have confirmed their leading roles, joining a cast of supporting characters we'll soon see expanding...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Hyun Bin Accepts Leading Role in "Memories of the Alhambra"

2018/04/03 | Permalink

The leading, and previously courted man has been found for "Memories of the Alhambra", as actor Hyun Bin has accepted the main role. The series is a fantasy melodrama about investment company president Yoo Jin-woo, who goes on a business trip to Granada, and becomes involved in a strange incident at an old hostel run by heroine Jung Hee-joo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Releases First Stills of Lee Joon-gi

2018/04/02 | Permalink

Upcoming rough 'n tough "Lawless Lawyer" has revealed stills of the titular badass played by Lee Joon-gi. The actor looks sleek, but deadly, with a little hint of cheeky in one photo. The stills reveal different sides of the character, while teasing the battle-filled goodness we can expect from an actor talented in action acting...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Jae-rim Confirms Appearance in "Secret Mother"

2018/04/02 | Permalink

After Song Yoon-ah's confirmation for "Secret Mother", Song Jae-rim joins her as perhaps the only ally to her heroine's plight. The actor has confirmed his role as a detective who will play a key role in sorting out what looks like a very messy family's past...More

[Orion's Drama News] Timely Drama Resurrections

2018/03/31 | Permalink

I don't know what the Easter bun bun brings you this year, but happy holidays to those celebrating. Today I share another kind of appropriately scheduled resurrection with you in the form of the upcoming premiere for drama "Miracle That We Met"; the story of a man waking up in another, dead man's body. In other news, Dramaland is on another casting rampage...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Seven Years of Night"

2018/03/31 | Permalink

It is time to take a look at the depths human darkness and pain can reach in "Seven Years of Night"; the story of a broken man spiraling down his own abyss, and a predator out for revenge. Boasting great performances by Ryu Seung-ryong and Jang Dong-gun, what might seem as a standard revenge piece at first, reveals itself as the fierce battle of the characters against their own demons, whether they are open to facing them or not...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 10

2018/03/30 | Permalink

While Seol-ok and Wan-seung are busy being confused about the ring, I am busy being confused about everything in "Mystery Queen Season 2". Hee-yeon's identity is still a mystery, as she can be anyone from a random person, to Hyun-soo, to someone involved with Kim. We still have no reasoning behind her plans, but perhaps Wan-seung's brother dearest has plans of his own. As confusing as it is, at least the main plot is finally moving...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 9

2018/03/30 | Permalink

We enter the second part of "Mystery Queen Season 2" with a shocking revelation about Ji-seung, but definitely not the kind I was expecting. The main story is being given by the drop, but at least our probably-antagonists are making more major moves. Meanwhile, Seol-ok and Wan-seung solve another case before focusing on the mystery of the missing ring, while Kyeong-mi makes her return, and Inspector Woo gets ready to dive into Hyun-soo's mystery...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Heo Yool Shares Her Thoughts on "Mother - Drama"

2018/03/30 | Permalink

It is the start of a hopefully nurturing and inspiring career for young actress Heo Yool, as her performance in "Mother - Drama" captured many hearts and moved a lot of opinions. This promising star, and formidable co-lead in her very first work has been going through a round of interviews lately, talking about her co-stars, the series, her every day life, and the challenges of filming...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Yi-kyung, Park Eun-suk and Stephanie Lee Attached to Revamped Drama "Investigation Partners"

2018/03/30 | Permalink

The latest barrage of news and changes in plans for the non-romantic "Investigation Partners" have my head spinning, so like the terrible and petty person that I am, I'm going to take you down with me. The drama's production has been confirmed by MBC, but a lot has changed, and we have a rain of casting proceedings going on...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Sung-rok Returns as Lead in Drama "Vagabond"

2018/03/29 | Permalink

Actor Shin Sung-rok is making a speedy return to Dramaland after the other "Return", as the actor has accepted a leading role in drama "Vagabond", the latest piece by the creators of "Giant" and "Salaryman". PD Yoo In-sik is on board as well, which makes me hopeful for another solid collaboration...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Life" Gathers an Impressive Main and Supporting Cast

2018/03/29 | Permalink

The cast of "Life" gives me life, as we have quite the ensemble to be reckoned with here. The upcoming medical drama has gathered up many familiar names who will support the leads and elevate their characters, hopefully to something excellent...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Come and Hug Me" Gathers Up Supporting Cast

2018/03/28 | Permalink

Actors Seo Jung-yeon, Kim Kyung-nam-II, Yoon Jong-hoon, Kwon Hyuk-soo and Choi Ri are joining "Come and Hug Me", the story of people who were separated due to a murder incident seeking comfort in imperfect relationships. Some of the cast added has some short, but interesting descriptions...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Ji-young Tackles Yanbian Region Dialect in "Wok of Love"

2018/03/28 | Permalink

Great news for fans of Park Ji-young, as the actress makes her return to the side of writer Seo Sook-hyang after "Incarnation of Jealousy". She will be playing the chef who dominates the kitchen of the Chinese restaurant, which is the main setting of the drama "Wok of Love"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Lawless Lawyer" Releases Photos of First Script Reading

2018/03/27 | Permalink

Upcoming drama "Lawless Lawyer" is finally giving us a peek into its production, and it's such a delight knowing all of these actors, and everyone not yet pictured, will be working together. Script reading photos are usually an official kick off for promotional campaigns, so my grabby hands are waiting for what the future brings...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-bin and Im Hwa-young Join "Sketch - Drama"

2018/03/27 | Permalink

We have two promising new additions to "Sketch - Drama", as Lee Sun-bin and Im Hwa-young will be joining Rain and Lee Dong-gun for some clairvoyant investigations. The two actresses have both confirmed roles in the force, with Lee Sun-bin taking on the female lead previously reported on...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Impressions - "My Mister"

2018/03/26 | Permalink

I've been posting about "My Mister" so much in these dailies, so I'm pretty sure nobody is surprised by the fact that I created a new type of piece for a first look at the drama's premiere week. Leave your wishes of ideal living, romantic fulfillment, and knights in shining armor at the door, folks, because "My Mister" offers no perfect people and no easy solutions so far...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Yoon-ah Confirms Leading Role in "Secret Mother"

2018/03/26 | Permalink

We finally get a hint of this much teased secret held by the titular mother of "Secret Mother", as the upcoming mystery thriller womance has gained one part of its leading duo, along with more character information. Song Yoon-ah will be gracing Dramaland with her performance again, as she has confirmed her appearance in it...More

[Orion's Drama News] Mixed Goods and Fashionable Bromances

2018/03/24 | Permalink

The smörgåsbord of dramas continues onto this upcoming week, as we have different genres and approaches to choose from. The following weekdays see the premiere of "A Poem a Day", "Switch - Change The World", and "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food", covering the medical, the legal and the romantic genres for a rich selection, while "Suits" is getting its foot in the promotional door...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 8

2018/03/23 | Permalink

Disaster keeps following Seol-ok, and as regretful as it is to have guest reigning supreme over the rest of the main and supporting cast half way into the season, this is the hand we have been dealt and we must roll with it. The Noryang-dong crew sans Park Ki-beom are unlucky enough to be participating in our heroine's boarding school, which is seeing a sudden increase in murdered bodies. Wan-seung and Seol-ok are on the case, but without backup...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong Courted for "Thirty But Seventeen"

2018/03/23 | Permalink

You know a production is eager to get the casting process going when the casting news gets more exposure than the premise itself, and this is the case with upcoming drama "Thirty But Seventeen", which is currently trying to sign Shin Hye-sun and Yang Se-jong up for the leading roles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Ki-yong, Heo Joon-ho and Jin Ki-joo Lead "Come and Hug Me"

2018/03/23 | Permalink

We're quite used to love triangles, but a murder one is definitely on the rarer side. Jang Ki-yong, Heo Joon-ho and Jin Ki-joo have confirmed their appearances in drama "Come and Hug Me", a story about a romance developing under the shadow of a serial killer and a tragic past...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 7

2018/03/22 | Permalink

The ever so elusive Kim has made a move, at least as far as I can tell. Ji-seung is arrested, and perhaps we will be finding out why the seemingly oblivious older brother or the company itself poses a threat to the mysterious figure. Meanwhile, Seol-ok and Wan-seung solve the Noryang-dong case, but our heroine is about to foolishly stumble onto another one, against what should have been her better judgment. Hello, remote crimes...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong and Go Ah-sung On Board "Life on Mars"

2018/03/22 | Permalink

Yes. All the yeses. Every of the yes. This is casting goodness right here, and I can't wait to have Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong and Go Ah-sung grace my screen in an interesting backwards time travel story. The actors have confirmed their roles in "Life on Mars", a retro investigative drama about a detective from 2018 finding himself in 1988 and trying to recover his memory. We have character descriptions and a few words from the actors as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Kyu-hyung Confirms Role as Lee Dong-wook's Brother in "Life"

2018/03/22 | Permalink

Previously considering, actor Lee Kyu-hyung has now confirmed his reunion with writer Lee Soo-yeon-I and his co-stars from "Secret Forest" for medical drama "Life". The actor will be playing Ye Seon-woo, Ye Jin-woo's (Lee Dong-wook) younger brother, and we have a bit more information on him now that the actor has signed up...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-woo and Song Jae-rim Might Join Song Yoon-ah and Kim So-yeon in "Secret Mother"

2018/03/21 | Permalink

The ladies possibly joining upcoming mystery thriller "Secret Mother" may have possibly found their gents, as Kim Tae-woo and Song Jae-rim join the consideration game of positively reviewing roles for the drama. Additionally, we have some new character information about all the main characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] A Small Reprieve in "My Mister" Main Poster

2018/03/21 | Permalink

It looks like not everything is gloomy in the lives of the main characters of "My Mister". Perhaps joining forces will be a very rewarding experience that will truly turn things around for them. The drama has released its main poster, featuring a cozy, happy moment between the leads...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Character Posters Full of Life's Challenges for "My Mister"

2018/03/20 | Permalink

Nobody is having it easy in "My Mister", a drama about three middle aged brothers with problems, and one woman who carries the weight of the world on her shoulders. The melancholic, emotive posters carry a quote from each character that describes the core of their existence...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim So-yeon Considers Leading Mystery Thriller "Secret Mother"

2018/03/20 | Permalink

While actress Song Yoon-ah is still in consideration for the role of the mother with a secret, Kim So-yeon is now entering the game as a possibility for the role of the drama's titular "Secret Mother". The actress's agency has confirmed the offer, and the fact that the actress is positively considering it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Soo-hyang Courted for "My ID is Gangnam Beauty"

2018/03/19 | Permalink

Societal expectations about gender roles and appearance are as timely a topic as ever, and upcoming webtoon-based drama "My ID is Gangnam Beauty" seems to dive right into their influence. Actress Im Soo-hyang has been offered the leading role in this story about rediscovering self-esteem through love...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Hye-young-I and Choi Min-soo Join "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/03/19 | Permalink

There is a Dramagod, and they have brought us quite the powerful actor duo for what sounds like downright villainous roles in "Lawless Lawyer". Lee Hye-young-I and Choi Min-soo join Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji, making this a casting so packed with charisma that I worry over my emotional well-being...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 16 Final

2018/03/18 | Permalink

Life has brought Soo-jin and Hye-na a long way in a very short amount of time in "Mother - Drama", but nothing feels longer than the time spent apart. After Yeong-sin's peaceful passing, a considerable amount of time goes by, and many things change. What does not change is the love between our heroines, and the fact that they need each other. With Hye-na facing great difficulty, and Soo-jin unable to let go, the brave mother makes another bold decision...More

[Orion's Drama News] Tough Living and Hard Conning

2018/03/17 | Permalink

We have some variety in tone for upcoming dramas, as this next week is all about bonds and suffering. "Let's Watch the Sunset" and "My Mister" are about to premiere, so get those tissues and your emotions ready. Changing things up is "Switch - Change The World", which will bring us law vs. lawless shenanigans in two weeks' time. After this week, we can probably use some lighter fun...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Save Me"

2018/03/17 | Permalink

In a rare, yet beautiful moment of inspiration to tackle a different type of criminal activity, OCN brings us "Save Me"; a drama about a terrible cult meeting its match in a woman whose sheer strength and resilience will set her free. Taking a breaking from the procedural, "Save Me" portrays the slow and silent crime of this cult's manipulation, and the human decency it takes to brings that crime to light...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 6

2018/03/16 | Permalink

"Mystery Queen Season 2" is finally settling into its investigative roots, and this time around we have minimal distractions. Those minimal distractions also come in the form of a certain wavy-haired weirdo haunting the police department's forensics lab, which adds a lovely new touch to the proceedings. Seol-ok and Wan-seung are carefully sorting through an increasingly confusing list of suspects, with Yoon Mi-joo's freedom on the line...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mother - Drama" Nominated for 1st Cannes International Series Festival

2018/03/16 | Permalink

In some surprising and exciting news, "Mother - Drama" has been selected as a competitor for the first ever CANNESERIES, Cannes International Series Festival. My cynicism over awards and dislike for the support Cannes has shown for problematic figures aside, this is a great opportunity for Korean content abroad...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Forced Body Swapping Contracts in First Teaser for "Miracle That We Met"

2018/03/16 | Permalink

When "Miracle That We Met" was first announced as a series about a man with two wives and two families, I assumed we had a very elaborate cheater on our hands. It's definitely not the kind of premise I would go for, or a type of character I'd want to follow through said juggling of two unsuspecting women and several children. Boy, was I wrong on that one...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 15

2018/03/16 | Permalink

The time has come for Yeong-sin to exit the stage in "Mother - Drama", but there are matters that need closure, and secrets that she needs to address with her family. While Soo-jin, I-jin and Hyeon-jin face the new information, and the idea of a future without their parent, Hye-na is determined to make another daring trip to her mother. Soo-jin is faced with the terrifying feat of providing Hye-na with strength for a future she may not be in for a while...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun and Lee Ji-hoon-I Reunite for "Hymn of Death"

2018/03/15 | Permalink

In recent news of a casting director really loving "School 2013", former co-stars of the series, Lee Jong-suk, Shin Hye-sun and Lee Ji-hoon-I have all been cast in the upcoming short drama "Hymn of Death". The series is based on the real and tragic story of Yun Sim-deok, Korea's first notable woman soprano...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Yoo Jae-myung Reunites With "Secret Forest" Crew for "Life"

2018/03/15 | Permalink

I can hear the satisfied sobs of "Secret Forest" fans over this news, as actor Yoo Jae-myung will make his return to the side of its writer, as well as Cho Seung-woo once more. The actor joins the hospital crew of "Life", making the cast even more delightful and the aforementioned fans no doubt very grateful...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 5

2018/03/14 | Permalink

Seol-ok is determined to study diligently, but cram school is a ruthless place. Things become more challenging when a temptation in the form of a crime happens nearby, sparking our heroine's usual hound-like fixation for crime solving. Episode five takes a step back from the main plot and a lot of the main characters, but we have new and guest stars popping up left and right. Can "Mystery Queen Season 2" fit all of this and its main story in...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum Confirm "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/03/14 | Permalink

We finally have the double confirmation from Namgoong Min and Hwang Jung-eum for the cheekily titled "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum", which gives us quite the exciting duo to work with. The two will be leading this series full of disappointment in, and eventually the rediscovery of love...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Powerful Second Teaser Released for "My Mister"

2018/03/14 | Permalink

I haven't been following "My Mister" very closely, so upon hearing that heroine Lee Ji-an (IU) has had a tough life, I assumed that it referred to the usual type of a young woman's problems. The promotional material released tells an entirely different story, however, and it looks like Ji-an has quite the dire burdens to bear...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Ki-yong Offered Leading Role in "Come and Hug Me"

2018/03/13 | Permalink

After news of "Come and Hug Me" courting Suzy and Nam Joo-hyuk, who have both since declined the offer, not a lot was heard from the drama. The casting wheel is turning again, however, and this time Jang Ki-yong has been offered the position of the drama's male lead...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] More Bonding in Latest Stills for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/03/13 | Permalink

If there's one thing which makes me hopeful that "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" may treat an otherwise terribly mistreated trope like the noona romance well, it is in seeing how lively and present its heroine looks when she is with well-fed beau...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Ye-ri Invading Jang Geun-suk's Personal Space in "Switch - Change The World"

2018/03/12 | Permalink

I can't blame Han Ye-ri's character for the disbelief in these latest stills from "Switch - Change The World", or Jang Geun-suk's for that matter. Clone/lookalike/soul-swapping-oddity dramas are all the rage lately, with many actors and actresses tackling two or several characters. In the case of this series, Jang Geun-suk juggles two...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Joong-ki Courted for Drama by "Six Flying Dragons" Writers

2018/03/12 | Permalink

This is as high profile as you get, and I can already smell the ratings if this were to happen. Song Joong-ki has been offered the leading role to historical drama "Asadal Chronicles", a Studio Dragon and KPJ co-production for tvN made by the writers of "Deep-rooted Tree" and "Six Flying Dragons"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 4

2018/03/11 | Permalink

Wan-seung and Seol-ok are faced with the difficult case of an underage arsonist, made worse by his selfish and negligent parents. The trauma of the little girl and her mother greatly affects Seol-ok, and memories of her own parents make her determined to get justice. Meanwhile, Wan-seung's father is released from prison, and the mysterious Mr. Kim keeps a close eye on him and his elder son. As we learn more about our new characters, a sinister possibility surfaces...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 3

2018/03/11 | Permalink

The case of the cheesy arsonist becomes much more complicated when a copycat is discovered, sending Wan-seung and Seol-ok into a chase without any support from the precinct eager to keep them out of their way. The duo use their existing allies, and they rope in a new one with some promising skills. Meanwhile, Inspector Woo has come across the trail of the mysterious Hyun-soo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 14

2018/03/11 | Permalink

Never have victories felt so disappointing, as a lot of things are set right in episode fourteen of "Mother - Drama", but with "right" not being closer to the reality our heroines wanted. A lot of pain, regret and relief come to the surface, and a lot of scores are settled. Yet the reality of things remains, and that reality will not tolerate the reunion of a victim and a kidnapper. However, Hye-na and Soo-jin go through their respective, separate journeys with only each other in mind...More

[Orion's Drama News] Layers of Drama

2018/03/10 | Permalink

Faced with one very promising season in Dramaland, I take a little breather to remember that there are bigger problems out there than a drama schedule, and most of them have piled onto the characters of "Let's Watch the Sunset", which is looking mighty busy in the dramatic element department. We also have casting and drama announcements carrying hope for the near future...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 13

2018/03/09 | Permalink

Separation and the choices we make when faced with it is the theme in episode thirteen of "Mother - Drama", as our mother and daughter duo feel the law closing in on them, and the possibility of them being torn apart becoming more and more of a reality. Soo-jin and Hye-na do their best to tackle that possibility, and they meet a father and son duo who have a similar experience. Meanwhile, detective Chang-geun presses on, despite being visibly conflicted...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-suk Considering Drama Based on Yun Sim-deok's Story

2018/03/09 | Permalink

This is quite an exciting fresh announcement, as SBS will be making a two-part series based on the 1991 film "Death Song", which in turn is based on the tragic tale of Yun Sim-deok, the first notable female soprano in Korea. With Lee Jong-suk being courted for a role, the drama, titled "Hymn of Death", is becoming high profile in many ways...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Surprise Reunions in Second Teaser for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/03/09 | Permalink

The cutesy "noona courting" continues in the second teaser for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food". This time around, Joon-hee (Jung Hae-in) is happily riding a bicycle around a playful Jin-ah (Son Ye-jin), while we hear a voice-over of them chatting about the time he first saw her upon returning to Korea...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hee-sun Offered Body-Swap Drama "Room No.9"

2018/03/08 | Permalink

What is this influx of woman-centric dramas, and where do I sign up for more? Actress Kim Hee-sun has been offered one with a rather interesting body swapping premise, and it's all quite dramatic. The actress is considering a lead in "Room No.9"; the story of a lawyer and a death row inmate who switch souls...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-kyun and IU's World-weary Posters for "My Mister"

2018/03/08 | Permalink

"My Mister" has caused quite a stir as a work. Between the possibility of an age gap romance, which doesn't sit well with everyone, and the change in a main role from actor Oh Dal-soo to actor Park Ho-san, the production has not seen much of a break. Regardless, promotion moves along, and it has two very nice posters to show for...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 20 Final

2018/03/07 | Permalink

There is no way but down in terms of dramatic escalation after a near-apocalypse, and the final episode of "A Korean Odyssey" tries to wrap up whatever loose ends it can without trying to top it. Worthy effort aside, the creators spend time reminiscing about events and characters which were, for the most part, kept as mere decoration to a story that could have been, but never really quite was...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-hoon Is a Workaholic Doctor for "Let's Watch the Sunset"

2018/03/07 | Permalink

If we're going to suffer through a collapsing marriage leading to eventual death, we might as well suffer with a cast capable of carrying the material, and Kim Tae-hoon is no stranger to death. So much death. All of the death. "Let's Watch the Sunset" has released stills of the actor in his character, doctor Jang Seok-joon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Song Yoon-ah Considering Weekend Thriller "Secret Mother"

2018/03/07 | Permalink

Allow me to thank the Dramagods in advance, simply for the joy that is this news. Actress Song Yoon-ah is currently reviewing an offer to appear in upcoming SBS thriller "Secret Mother". Despite being a weekend drama on a public station, this sounds all manner of dark and potentially twisted...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Let's Watch the Sunset" Releases Dramatic Character Posters

2018/03/06 | Permalink

Upcoming melodrama "Let's Watch the Sunset" has revealed some nice visuals of its four leads with new character posters, and the show's dramatic concepts ooze right out of the images and taglines. There is so much going on in the series, that I wonder how the creators will cover it all...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sun-bin Considering Now-Supernatural "Sketch - Drama"

2018/03/06 | Permalink

Jeez, series, you sure love instantly fulfilling wishes. I was just yesterday wondering what badass lady we could get to join Rain and Lee Dong-gun in "Sketch - Drama", and my question might just be getting answered soon. Rising actress Lee Sun-bin is considering quite an interesting role tied to the drama's name...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 19

2018/03/05 | Permalink

The ground is shaking with the sounds of a waking dragon, but the plot in "A Korean Odyssey" shakes with it. The time has come for the epic battle, but there is so much to wrap up around it, that the episode feels like a mad dash to a finale the creators were not quite prepared for. With Oh-gong and Seon-mi each having self-sacrificial thoughts, a lot goes wrong within the story as well...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Kyu-hyung Considering Reunion With "Secret Forest" Writer

2018/03/05 | Permalink

Upcoming medical drama "Life" has been seeing some nice forward movement with its cast, and its latest potential addition is none other than recent audience favorite, Lee Kyu-hyung. If the actor accepts the offer, he will be reuniting with writer Lee Soo-yeon-I and actor Cho Seung-woo. The role he is being courted for is Ye Jin-woo's (Lee Dong-wook) younger brother...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Dong-gun Joins Rain in "Sketch - Drama"

2018/03/05 | Permalink

On March 5th, Lee Dong-gun's agency, FNC entertainment, confirmed that the actor has accepted the second male lead role in jTBC's "Sketch - Drama", an investigative action drama about people fighting to change the future. He joins actor Rain, who accepted the main role a while back...More

[Orion's Drama News] Dramaland in Bloom

2018/03/03 | Permalink

Spring is arriving in Dramaland, and with it come all manner of romances. Some are not happy at all, which seems to be the case for "The Great Seducer" and its terrible game of love. The series has released new promotional goodies, and so has a happier romance, "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food". At least our spring will be balanced...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 12

2018/03/03 | Permalink

There are no easy or happy solutions for Hye-na and Soo-jin's situation, as the system favoring biological parents would surely turn a blind eye to what Ja-yeong has done. With the situation Seol-ak has set up escalating and the police being but a breath away, Soo-jin has to make quick and desperate choices. The police want results, but Detective Chang-geun is starting to get a clearer picture of the loyalty the pair inspires in people...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 11

2018/03/02 | Permalink

Motherhood is a wonderful and terrible thing in "Mother - Drama" and in life, and the time has come to witness some of its most damaging aspects in the lives of those who need it to grow. With the police hot on her track, Soo-jin tries to get herself together and save Hye-na, while the little girl tries to hold on. The deciding factor here is Ja-yeong, who makes a decision I never thought she would even consider...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 18

2018/03/02 | Permalink

Ma-wang is having one of those good days again, and the silly old bull gets sentimental over Oh-gong's possible demise, which leads him to an experiment that ends with an important discovery. The time has come to solve the Geumganggo issue once and for all, but Seon-mi is closer to the truth of her mission and she chooses to bravely face it. Enter a round of who gets to be a better noble idiot...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jeong Jae-yeong Considering MBC Drama "Investigation Partners"

2018/03/02 | Permalink

Actor Jung Jae-young may be dealing with the law once more, but upcoming drama "Investigation Partners" takes a different route than clone chase thriller "Duel". The upcoming title is about a prosecutor and a forensic scientist joining hands to catch a culprit, which is as generic a premise as one would expect during such early announcements...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Adorable Teaser for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/03/02 | Permalink

And buying you food is all she's going to do unless you find the courage to confess, good man! The first teaser is out for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food", and the title makes a bit more sense now, in a most adorable way at that! Jung Hae-in's Seo Joon-hee may be smooth at work, but he clearly needs some help in the romance department...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 2

2018/03/01 | Permalink

It is time for us to meet the cheesy arsonist seen in the highlight reel, as he is the first culprit Seol-ok gets to practice her newfound authority through. Life is not easy or glamorous for her and Wan-seung, and there are more enemies and rivals around than there are currently allies. Friends from the past are cold, while new faces enter the game, some friendly and some overly so. Then again, you do not get proposed to by drunk strangers every day...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Hyuk, Jung Ryeo-won and Junho Considering Drama "Wok of Love"

2018/03/01 | Permalink

Just rub this greasy news all over me, because I'm already sold on this potential trio. Junho, Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-won have all been offered roles in upcoming drama by writer Seo Sook-hyang of "Pasta" and "Incarnation of Jealousy". If they accept, they will be starring in this foodie romance aptly named "Wok of Love"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Live" Releases Two More Lovely Posters

2018/03/01 | Permalink

I just love what "Live" is doing with its promotional posters, and the latest round is another case of well-designed slice-of-life goodness. These are not complicated or featuring anything but the often mundane everyday happenings of police life, but this is what makes them so lovely...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 17

2018/02/28 | Permalink

It may have taken an entire series for "A Korean Odyssey" to get the ball on the doomsday rolling, and it is a very confusing, haphazardly done final act, but it is exciting nonetheless. While Seon-mi is still figuring out her powers and why she has such a bad feeling around Kang Dae-seong, Oh-gong starts an unorthodox plan to get closer to his enemy. Meanwhile, another trap has been set for Ma-wang, who needs a lot of help to think clearly once more...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Episode 1

2018/02/28 | Permalink

The time for crime solving with a hefty dose of chaos and cutesy romantic antics has come, as "Mystery Queen Season 2" brings back all the things we love, and adds a fresh and thrilling wrapping. The episode wastes no time in getting us all caught up with where everything and everyone stands, and there are a lot of things currently happening in our heroes' lives, including the most awkward and sweet romance...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Seo-joon in, Park Min-young Considering "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim"

2018/02/28 | Permalink

We're finally having some forward movement in webtoon-based drama "What's Wrong With Secretary Kim", which had previously been courting actor Park Seo-joon. The actor has now confirmed his role as the leading man, but the good news comes in pair form, as actress Park Min-young is now considering the role of the titular Secretary Kim...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Hyun Bin Considering Sci-Fi Drama "Memories of the Alhambra"

2018/02/28 | Permalink

Previously announced drama "Memories of the Alhambra" might be getting its leading man soon, as Hyun Bin is currently reviewing an offer for the role. The sci-fi drama with a powerhouse creator duo would definitely get an extra boost with a quality actor behind it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji Confirm "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/02/27 | Permalink

Some good news for Lee Joon-gi and Seo Ye-ji fans today! The actors have confirmed their roles in upcoming revenge drama, "Lawless Lawyer". As previously reported, the series is about a lawyer who prefers using his fists, rather than the law, to seek revenge from the corrupt powerful. After witnessing his mother's cruel death as a child, revenge becomes his sole motivator...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Gets Lovey Dovey in Highlight Reel

2018/02/27 | Permalink

Well, this is a thing now! "Mystery Queen Season 2" has released a 4 and a half minute highlight reel showing us new and exciting adventures for Seol-ok, Wan-seung and co, but also hinting as a little cute romance budding between the two. Has spring finally come for the queen and her tsundere in every aspect of the phrase...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Misty" Seo Ji-hoon up for "Life on Mars"

2018/02/26 | Permalink

This is some very lovely news, or rather will be, if actor Seo Ji-hoon accepts. According to a piece by Starnews, OCN has stated that the actor is considering completing the main cast of "Life on Mars" as the team's youngest detective. "Life on Mars" is about a detective ending up in the past following a serious accident...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Hae-in for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/02/26 | Permalink

Upcoming romantic drama "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" has shared stills of its leading man, Jung Hae-in, in the role of the titular "me" being bought food with a side order of love. The character looks bright and ready to take on the world, which should make for a nice foil to the world-weary heroine...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 10

2018/02/25 | Permalink

Our heroines have been through a long and arduous journey, but the nature of their bond, and the beast stalking them would not remain at bay forever. Hye-na's guilt-ridden escape and the law's discovery of Soo-jin's actions pushes everyone to reveal their honesty enough for the bonds between them to show themselves for how strong and irreplaceable they really are. With Soo-jin and Hye-na officially on the run and in danger, is a happy ending possible...More

[Orion's Drama News] Returning Queens and Casting Waves

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Dramaland is ramping up its drama news for the year, and this week brings us a lot of high profile casting announcements as well as new goodies from series coming soon. This week also marks the premiere of "Mystery Queen Season 2", so check out some new goodies from it, along with my preview...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Bring me all the terrible crimes and cheese villains, because "Mystery Queen Season 2" is here, and it brings familiar and new faces into new and exciting adventures. Our beloved crime solving duo has evolved, and so have the cases they tackle. Ready for another round...More

[HanCinema's Film Review] "Golden Slumber"

2018/02/24 | Permalink

Life has never been more exciting, or more terrifying for Kim Geon-woo (Gang Dong-won). This deliveryman's routine as an ordinary, and even model citizen is upturned by a conspiracy using him as its puppet, fueling a journey of survival, nostalgia and strengthening bonds. Noh Dong-seok's "Golden Slumber" is a chase thriller, but there is a surprising amount of heart in it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 9

2018/02/23 | Permalink

After a long run and the shedding of their own share of emotional baggage, Soo-jin and Hye-na must face their greatest obstacle in "Mother - Drama" yet, the judgment and decision of their mothers. Ja-yeong's past and her issues are laid bare for us and others to see, leaving the little girl with more decisions she should be too young to make. Meanwhile, Yeong-sin must find quick solutions for the entirety of her family, which will be deeply affected by this...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ji Sung and Han Ji-min for Fantasy Romance "Familiar Wife"

2018/02/23 | Permalink

This is one powerful drama pairing, if I've ever seen one. Ji Sung and Han Ji-min will be playing husband and wife on tvN's upcoming fantasy romance drama "Familiar Wife". Get your supernatural urges going, because the series seems to be going for a literal lifechanging marriage...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub's "Terius Behind Me" Releases Premise and Details

2018/02/23 | Permalink

Well, that was fast! I was wondering what type of series So Ji-sub's "Terius Behind Me" would be and news came out outlining its premise right after I posted my thoughts yesterday. The details include the genre, character names and more, so if productions can read minds, they definitely tapped into mine! Let's take a look at what we got then...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Upcoming Drama "Vagabond" Does Not Get Lee Seung-gi

2018/02/22 | Permalink

In a case of news smacking me like a ton of bricks, Lee Seung-gi has refuted media claims that he would star in upcoming drama "Vagabond". My first thought was "Good, humans need sleep", my second was clouded by me having a hype-induced gasping session upon reading who the creators of "Vagabond" are...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] So Ji-sub Joins Drama "Terius Behind Me" by "Shopping King Louis" Writer

2018/02/22 | Permalink

Fans of So Ji-sub rejoice, because the actor has confirmed his role in upcoming drama "Terius Behind Me", marking his return to Dramaland after his work in "Oh My Venus" two years ago. Even more exciting for me is that this upcoming title is by writer Oh Ji-yeong-I of the absolutely adorable "Shopping King Louis"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet Cute and Marriage in New Teaser and Stills for "My Husband Oh Jak-doo"

2018/02/21 | Permalink

A hardworking PD marrying a mountain man due to pressing circumstances is one heck of an ice-breaker for introducing a contract marriage drama, which is a genre that divides folks by default. The good thing about "My Husband Oh Jak-doo" is that the two people meet-marrying are equal outcasts about to embark on a weird and romantic journey...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Crime and Comedy in New "Mystery Queen Season 2" Trailer

2018/02/21 | Permalink

It's not every morning that I wake up this happy, but a brand new trailer for "Mystery Queen Season 2" will do that. The drama finally reveals much more than we had previously seen, and what it reveals is laced with action, comedy and the great mysteries faced by power duo Seol-ok and Wan-seung...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 16

2018/02/20 | Permalink

"A Korean Odyssey" is trying to cover up holes with even bigger holes, but any effort to somehow make the story work is better than none, when we still have the final four episodes to go. Seon-mi discovers leftovers of Ah Sa-nyeo's powers in her, while a mysterious figure leaves a child with Oh-gong, urging him to visit them with Seon-mi and learn of her true past, as well as their possible future. Meanwhile, Ma-wang has insidious plans once more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Loud and Hidden Changes of "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/20 | Permalink

We have new stills of the intrepid duo of "Mystery Queen Season 2" out this week, and they raise some questions about where our two leads currently are in life and at work. While Wan-seung seems mostly the same, our tsundere's career has been teased as getting much juicier. Seol-ok's style and demeanor have changed entirely, but I suspect our lovely queen is also largely the same...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Harmonious Living in "Live" Group Poster

2018/02/20 | Permalink

This is just the most lively, most energetic scene, and I feel all happy and warm inside. Upcoming Noh Hee-kyeong drama "Live" has released its group poster featuring main and supporting cast members, and everyone fits together so nicely in this unglamorous, yet lively environment...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang So-ra Courted for Romantic Fantasy Drama "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter"

2018/02/19 | Permalink

I've seen overly busy premises before, but actress Kang So-ra is being courted for one heck of a potentially enraging head-scratcher. The actress is currently reviewing an offer by romantic fantasy drama "Mama Fairy and the Woodcutter", which is based on a webtoon about a 699-year-old being waiting for a loved one. Now that's some ridiculous dedication. Wait until you read whom it's for...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser and Stills From "Let's Watch the Sunset"

2018/02/19 | Permalink

"Let's Watch the Sunset" does not beat around the bush with its melodramatic value, because you don't get much more melodramatic than having consecutive grand statements made to the tunes of A Great Big World's "Say Something". The drama's first teaser is sombre and very informative, as it sets the basic conflicts and introduces the characters who go through them...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 15

2018/02/18 | Permalink

If episode fourteen of "A Korean Odyssey" was shaky, episode fifteen is floundering, as one baseless twist follows after another. With Ah Sa-nyeo in control of Seon-mi's body, the group have to find a way to the latter, while keeping the former busy. Meanwhile, General Winter is pushed to a corner due to his contract, forcing Summer Fairy to make a very important decision. The world is still ending, but I think even the creators have forgotten it by now...More

[Orion's Drama News] Ruthless Marital Interrogations

2018/02/17 | Permalink

While Korea is enjoying its lunar new year weekend, I am sitting here falling more and more in love with "Live". The drama has released quite a few new teasers. We have a lot of casting and other news this week, including the first trailer from "Mr. Sunshine", which is banking hard on its cinematography and cast...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/02/17 | Permalink

Crime is what OCN does best, and its latest work continues along the lines of combining the natural and the supernatural. "Children of a Lesser God" is another crime series with a twist, as its heroine has special powers. Can this become something more than another action crime drama with a gimmick...More

[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Misty"

2018/02/17 | Permalink

Finding a dramatic or melodramatic, but not overly dramatic work in Korean drama is not easy, but as the industry evolves, so does its grasp of themes vs. style. "Misty" looks like any regular soap with a dash of the deadly on paper, but the devil is in the details, and in the delivery. This delivery, and the quality of every aspect forming it is where "Misty" has truly taken me by surprise...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 8

2018/02/16 | Permalink

Memory is often an unreliable narrator, especially when it comes to cases of trauma. While Soo-jin has every reason to resent her biological mother, the time has come for her to face the complexity of her past and the reasons behind her actions. While staying home and learning to heal is what our heroine needs the most, her crime and her joint past with Hye-na come rushing back, as the things and people the two have been running from catch up...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 7

2018/02/16 | Permalink

There are truths that nobody wants to face, and for the first time in "Mother - Drama", we see how far some characters will go to deny or bury them. Following the meeting between Soo-jin's two mothers, our heroine finds herself balancing between the two segments of her life while at the same time trying to protect Hye-na. Hye-na herself draws a lot of attention, but the two women get a chance to process what is happening together. That is, until Hye-na's disappearance catches up...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] New Poster and a Vibrant Crime Dance in Latest Teaser for "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/16 | Permalink

In another case of "Mystery Queen Season 2" mirroring the promotional material of "Mystery Queen", the series has released a short and a long version of its most eccentric teaser yet. Those who watched the VLIVE video I shared last week will recognize the scenery, as this is the piece that was being filmed at the time...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Deadly Cults and Cryptic Visions in Trailer for "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/02/16 | Permalink

OCN is really enjoying its brush with cults ever since "Save Me", and before PD Kim Seong-soo's next piece on the darker side of religion comes out, "Children of a Lesser God" will be filling that space. The show's latest short promotional piece provides a look into a case in the present poking at deep wounds of the past...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Duty, Defiance and Passion in Four Character Teasers for "Live"

2018/02/15 | Permalink

It's time to meet the police unit of Noh Hee-kyeong's "Live" in action, and while not terribly eventful, these teasers summarize the basic motivations of the characters. The videos released for Jung Yu-mi, Lee Kwang-soo, Bae Sung-woo and Bae Jong-ok belong in the same group of character teasers, and boy do we have some strong personalities here...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Rain Joins "Sketch - Drama"

2018/02/15 | Permalink

This was a bit of a long process of yes-no-yes, but singer and actor Rain has accepted the leading role for "Sketch - Drama". The work, which will air on jTBC, is an investigative action drama about the love and fate of people struggling to change their predetermined future...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 14

2018/02/14 | Permalink

With Ma-wang out for the count, General Winter snooping into his home freely and Ah Sa-nyeo putting on her best innocent demeanor, things are not looking good for our gods and monsters. More importantly, they are not looking good for Seon-mi, who begins exhibiting strange powers due to Ah Sa-nyeo's meddling. This combined with the fate predicted by the Saryeong bring about a cliffhanger that threatens the show's heroine greatly...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Season 2 of "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Remains Uncertain

2018/02/14 | Permalink

Way to kill the excitement of many, SBS, but compared to unnecessary hype followed by a cancellation, I'll gladly accept more tactful handling of sequel news. Word has gone out of a possible second season to hit drama "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim", but SBS has been quick to dash those hopes for now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Namgoong Min May Return With Drama "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum"

2018/02/14 | Permalink

If you need more Namgoong Min in your life, then there may be some great news in the horizon. The actor is considering upcoming drama "Handsome Guy and Jung-eum", which would bring him back to the romantic comedy genre once more. Because let's face it, we all need more Namgoong Min in our lives...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 13

2018/02/13 | Permalink

Ah Sa-nyeo acts like a child in a candy store in episode thirteen of "A Korean Odyssey", and with good reason. With most of the group unaware of or underestimating her powers, the priestess gets to roam free and take advantage of everyone's already weak morality and personal wants. The one most in danger is Ma-wang, who thinks that she can help him without him or Seon-mi suffering major loses. If only things worked out as nicely with evil spirits...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Dong-wook, Lee Ha-na and Son Eun-seo Considering "Voice 2"

2018/02/13 | Permalink

Little has been certain about the fate of "Voice 2" aside from the confirmation of its existence, but it looks like the time has come to get the casting ball rolling. Lee Ha-na and Son Eun-seo are being courted for reprising their "Voice" roles, but news was released yesterday of Kim Dong-wook being up for the male lead role...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Joon-gi Considers Legal Revenge Drama "Lawless Lawyer"

2018/02/13 | Permalink

My first thought upon seeing news of this is that the premise sounds generic and potentially boring. My second thought is that Lee Joon-gi can definitely make the best of such a work and role. The actor is currently in the "positively considering" stages of reviewing the offer. If he accepts, he will be leading this story of an unorthodox man of the law...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Fresh and Familiar Darlings of "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/12 | Permalink

I said I would be back with this topic, so here it is! We've seen some lead-heavy coverage from "Mystery Queen Season 2" during the earlier days of promotion, but today I bring you our first look into the supporting cast. Park Byung-eun and Kim Hyun-sook make a return, but their characters have evolved. We also get to meet Lee Da-hee's lovely chef, while Jun Soo-kyung brings more crime expertise to the game...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Kyung-ho Confirmed, Park Sung-woong, Oh Dae-hwan and Go Ah-sung Considering "Life on Mars"

2018/02/12 | Permalink

We're not escaping the "western" show remakes, so we might as well embrace them, and with a cast like this, I can definitely feel a little better about it. After recently confirming Jung Kyung-ho, "Life on Mars" is courting Park Sung-woong, Oh Dae-hwan and Go Ah-sung, who are currently reviewing the offer...More

[Orion's Drama News] The Burdens of Power

2018/02/10 | Permalink

From kings to guardians, today is all about the struggles of work in an official capacity, though through slightly different lenses. "Grand Prince" starring Yoon Si-yoon, Jin Se-yun and Joo Sang-wook has revealed its first videos and photos, while in modern times we have goodies from Noh Hee-kyeong's latest, slice-of-police-life drama "Live". As usual, more drama news follows...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 6

2018/02/09 | Permalink

Soo-jin has been juggling a lot of lies and deceit towards different people currently in her life, so it was only a matter of time before it all came crashing down. Different truths are revealed to different characters, and a meeting takes place which has been a long time coming. Jin-hong becomes the next shelter for our heroines, and I finally see the value of his role in Soo-jin and Hye-na's life at a time they need him the most...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek into "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/09 | Permalink

The main cast of "Mystery Queen Season 2" had a little V LIVE fun today. In typical V LIVE awkwardness, the video hosted on the popular platform is full of our beloved actors spending some time with the fans on the live chat while trying to give us a tour of a filming set without revealing too much about the story. You can check the full video out at the end of this post...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Save Me" PD Kim Seong-soo Preparing Medical-Exorcism Drama for OCN

2018/02/09 | Permalink

Despite there being next to nothing in terms of information, this announcement was dropped by a handful of news portals today, and it's a highly exciting one. A representative from cable channel OCN has stated that PD Kim Seong-soo ("Save Me", "Genome Hazard") is preparing a new drama...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 5

2018/02/08 | Permalink

The past hurts, but it never goes away, and the time has come for Soo-jin to face it head on. While Soo-jin is busy helping her adoptive mother with her treatments, Hye-na becomes close with our heroine's biological mother, who in turn finds herself becoming closer than she has intended to all these years. The past is never far behind for Seol-ak either, however. As the monster prepares his attack, a ray of hope for his capture appears...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Kang-woo and UEE Finally Meet in "My Husband Oh Jak-doo" Stills

2018/02/08 | Permalink

We have had a bunch of new stills released from "My Husband Oh Jak-doo" lately, and the drama is back on my radar in a major way after I dug through its information a bit more. I love UEE and Kim Kang-woo, so if you love them as well, I have photos and character information goodies to share...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Yu-mi and Lee Kwang-soo Tackle Police Work in New Stills for "Live"

2018/02/08 | Permalink

I swear, Dramaland wants me to suffer lately, because there are so many shows worth checking out in the upcoming months. Noh Hee-kyeong's police drama "Live" is definitely one of them, and it has taken its first photographic peek-a-boo with stills of leads Jung Yu-mi and Lee Kwang-soo, along with some basic character information on their roles...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun Considering "100 Days My Prince"

2018/02/07 | Permalink

We have quite the pairing on our hands, should they accept, because if all the fan love and excitement for this young duo separately is anything to go by, their combined efforts will be quite the thing to look forward to. Do Kyung-soo and Nam Ji-hyun have been reported as considering "100 Days My Prince", a romantic mystery fiction drama about the disappearance of a crown prince...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] New Beginnings and Old Habits in Third Teaser for "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/07 | Permalink

Confusing my mother with exclamatory interjections upon checking my phone was not how I planned to start my morning, but the third teaser for "Mystery Queen Season 2" is here and it truly feels like coming back to a beloved duo's adventures after a long break. The teaser continues the little story which has been forming, but Seol-ok makes a startling revelation...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Cheeky Couple Poster for "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/02/06 | Permalink

Oh "Mystery Queen", you are so delightfully geeky. The drama's upcoming second season, "Mystery Queen Season 2" has released its second main poster, only this time it's the equivalent of the first season's international one. Instead of trading city streets for icy lonesome roads, this one trades the desk for the field...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Genius and the Psychic of "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/02/06 | Permalink

We have some new "Children of a Lesser God" stills released of Kim Ok-bin and Kang Ji-hwan in their respective characters, and the glimpse we get into very different methods and privileges further cements how unlikely a duo this appears to be. We all know such characters will eventually become best partners, however, so I look forward to their clashing and bonding...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 12

2018/02/05 | Permalink

An unfamiliar evil takes a familiar face in episode twelve of "A Korean Odyssey". The soul trapped in the coffin is here to claim what they want, and it will manipulate everyone in its power to get there. With the tensions between Oh-gong and Seon-mi rising due to their understanding of how fatal their bond can be, the group starts drifting apart. This is the absolute worst time for that, as well as for Ma-wang to start plotting once more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Ladies and Gents of "Shall We Kiss First"

2018/02/05 | Permalink

It is time for the lovely cast of "Shall We Kiss First" to get a little love in the spotlight, and my first observation is that it feels so good to see "older" actors in said spotlight. My second thought is that we live in a society of such raging ageism, that people in their 40s and their romances are seen as "older" people and "mature romances"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ruthless Training and Civilian Conflicts in First Teaser for "Live"

2018/02/05 | Permalink

Upcoming Noh Hee-kyeong drama "Live" has released a short, but intense teaser, and it's as descriptive as one would expect. We may only get brief flashes of different training exercises as well as actual situations on the field, but you can already tell that the folks in this police drama don't have it easy...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 11

2018/02/04 | Permalink

It may have taken "A Korean Odyssey" half a series to get the ball rolling on the doomsday part of the story, but episode eleven gives said ball a good kick. Death is never far away in the life of Sam Jang and our familiar monsters, be it death for show, death among lovers or a very old death about to resurface. If it were not clear enough from the moment we first saw him, Kang  Dae-seong's nature brings him closer to the supernatural and to bringing about the end of the world...More

[Orion's Drama News] Baby Smiles and Sombre Meals

2018/02/03 | Permalink

Group cohabitation is definitely one of the latest Korean drama trends, and this week I dive into the babysitting shenanigans of "Laughter in Waikiki". After taking a break from following it, I also take one last look at "Drama Stage - The Woman Who Makes the Last Meal", which has aired today. Be it guest houses, prisons, androids or remakes, it looks like the trends for this year are on a roll...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 4

2018/02/02 | Permalink

Soo-jin and Hye-na continue their journey in "Mother - Drama", but their lack of funds for their flight calls for a stop. Our newfound mother and fugitive's visit back to her own adoptive mother is a hard decision that becomes even harder when Yeong-sin places a term on her financial help. Soo-jin has to meet with her exactly ten times before going away. With the police and Seol-ak closing in, Soo-jin has to rely on a new acquaintance when Hye-na falls ill...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Seo-hyung, Park Sung-woong and Jeong Soo-yeong Make a Special Appearance in "Laughter in Waikiki"

2018/02/02 | Permalink

We have some interesting cameo appearances coming up for "Laughter in Waikiki", one of the few guest house dramas that seem to have flourished lately. Kim Seo-hyung, Park Sung-woong and Jeong Soo-yeong are all much loved and familiar faces in Dramaland, so audience expectations are high...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Melancholic New Posters for "Shall We Kiss First"

2018/02/02 | Permalink

The upcoming adult romance of "Shall We Kiss First" has been consistently releasing goodies, and although the first three teasers confused me with their fluctuating tone, it looks like the drama has settled into a more consistent melo-romantic one. Kam Woo-sung and Kim Sun-ah are of course the bread and butter of the series, and their latest posters look lovely...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 3

2018/02/01 | Permalink

"Mother - Drama" delivers its most emotional episode yet, as our heroines take a walk down the fading memories of Soo-jin's past and the reasons for her solitary lifestyle. Detective Chang-geun is convinced that Ja-yeong and Seol-ak were abusive of Hye-na, but the lack of evidence and the public opinion manipulated by Ja-yeong make his work harder. As Soo-jin's adoptive mother continues her search, another important figure crosses our heroine's path...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] For Whom the Bell Tolls in Second Teaser for "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/02/01 | Permalink

See that, series? I can use random foreign titles too! Sass on my part aside, "Children of a Lesser God" has released its second short character teaser featuring Kim Ok-bin's Kim Dan. The title of this piece is more than a swing at the drama's name, as we finally get to see the infamous bell, which may be a material one...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Im Se-mi Joins "About Time"

2018/02/01 | Permalink

We have another friendly face cast in what unfortunately sounds like a very boring role for supernatural romance drama "About Time". Im Se-mi has been cast as a chaebol heiress with some issues that will make life harder for everyone involved. Can't we just have nice things, Dramaland...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" Holds Script Reading

2018/01/31 | Permalink

I haven't really pictured the main pairing of "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" together, but the new script reading stills reveal a sight so cute even I wasn't prepared for it. Son Ye-jin and Jung Hae-in look lovely together, while the series has been adding onto its cast with some familiar Ahn Pan-seok favorites and more...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Tricksy Investigations in Second Teaser for "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/01/31 | Permalink

We have a case of a teaser within a teaser here, as the second promotional video for "Mystery Queen Season 2" expands on the grim image of the first one, where our two leads lie bloody and dead on the floor of a crime scene. There's a less dire reason behind this, as our Scooby Gang brings more cards to the table...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Short Teaser and Character Posters for "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/01/30 | Permalink

I knew we'd get to see our genius dearest flaunt his big brain at some point and the 16 second teaser recently released shows us just that. There's no stopping the self-loving genius, but his partner holds a gift he and his big brain can't even fathom. "Children of a Lesser God" has also released character posters with some basic information...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Min-jung Considering Drama "Fates and Furies"

2018/01/30 | Permalink

In what is another case of dramas using foreign titles for works that seem to have absolutely nothing to do with them, SBS has a series in the works titled "Fates and Furies", with Lee Min-jung having been reported by Korean news media as considering a role...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 10

2018/01/29 | Permalink

The big snag in everyone's plans is not as educating as I was hoping it would be, but at least some characters' true feelings for one another have been revealed. Seon-mi gets to experience life without her abilities and everyone else gets to experience life without Sam Jang, but this inconvenient for most and a potential death sentence for Boo-ja. Everyone is confused about the future, most of all Seon-mi...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Chilling Crimes and Throwback Strolls in "Mystery Queen Season 2" Character Poster

2018/01/29 | Permalink

My little geek heart feels warm and fuzzy when creators expand their concepts within a familiar frame, and this is a rare occurrence in almost exclusively single-season Korean dramas. A character poster for "Mystery Queen Season 2" has been released, and if it seems familiar, that's because it continues the design of the "Mystery Queen" poster in a fun, updated way...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Hye-jin and Yoon Sang-hyun Confirm "Let's Watch the Sunset"

2018/01/29 | Permalink

In the beginning of this month I talked about the possible pairing for "Let's Watch the Sunset", so I'm glad to now tell you that Han Hye-jin and Yoon Sang-hyun have confirmed their roles. The two will be playing a married couple going through divorce, the appearance of new and old loves, and the ultimate separation of death...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 9

2018/01/28 | Permalink

I have been begging for some forward movement in the plot of "A Korean Odyssey" and a guest character brings about an even bigger change than I anticipated. The one thing that has been keeping our group of supernatural misfits together suddenly vanishes, and we are left with an uncertain future for everyone's fate as well as their relationships. I wanted to know what everyone truly thinks and feels about this situation, so bring on the drama...More

[Orion's Drama News] Social Battles and Doppelgangers

2018/01/27 | Permalink

An abundance of casting news have come to make things interesting for another week and we have a lot of new media from upcoming and new dramas. Today I revisit "Drama Stage - Fighter Choi Kang-soon" and I take a first look at the premise of "Switch - Change The World". I do love this time when new titles and information on previously teased ones pop up. It makes me feel coddled...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Misty"

2018/01/27 | Permalink

There is something about rich people being miserable that audiences love. Seeing how the mighty have fallen is cathartic, but seeing them rise more humble and appreciative of what they have in the aftermath is essentially the big draw of such stories. "Misty" is a mystery and a romantic melodrama about complicated adult relationships framed by a murder...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 2

2018/01/26 | Permalink

The world in "Mother - Drama" is most definitely not wonderful and our runaway heroines get to experience another dark side of it. Soo-jin's plan is rushed and sorely flawed, beginning with how the two will hide their identities together. They meet someone who can help, but it is not the person such stories usually go for. Meanwhile, the police becomes involved and the detective in charge is starting to get the idea of what Hye-na's life at home entailed...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Everyone Is a Suspect in "Misty" 3-Minute Highlight Video

2018/01/26 | Permalink

I do love me some whodunnit goodness, and "Misty" is making me suspect everyone in its latest highlight reel. No one is having a happy life here and everyone seems to have a motive. I'm starting to suspect people I didn't suspect before, so I suppose this means that this promotional piece for the drama is doing its job...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Hong Seo-young up for "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/01/26 | Permalink

I always take exclusive news or any news found on only one Korean entertainment news site with a huge block of salt, but if the news is solid, actress Hong Seo-young has joined "Children of a Lesser God" as the Cheon Jae-in's (Kang Ji-hwan) younger sister. It looks like our genius detective is not some lone wolf after all...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mother - Drama" Episode 1

2018/01/25 | Permalink

I knew that "Mother - Drama" would be a tough watch, but the show's straightforward, honest and nuanced portrayal of its characters' actions and thoughts takes even me by surprise. The adventure of Soo-jin and Hye-na is about to begin, but it is not a journey of epic conquest. It is a journey of empathy, despair and disappointment in the people and systems which should be protecting us the most...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Invasive Bells and Grand Statements with "Children of a Lesser God" Main Posters and Stills

2018/01/25 | Permalink

We finally have some poster goodies from "Children of a Lesser God", and while they're nothing special or new for the channel, the information that comes with them is more interesting than the visuals. We get a little more on our heroine's gift/curse and one bold statement from the production, which has me wondering what we're in for with the drama...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Things Get Bloody in "Mystery Queen Season 2" Teaser Posters

2018/01/25 | Permalink

With all the released material so far being pretty vanilla, I've been wondering if and when the stylish, deadly style of "Mystery Queen" would return to its promotional material, and it looks like my wishes have been answered. "Mystery Queen Season 2" admittedly has the big promotional shoes of its predecessor to fill, so perhaps these visually striking posters are a start...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Stills and Cake Whispering from "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/01/24 | Permalink

"Mystery Queen Season 2" may still be a month away, but the series is taking no breaks when it comes to throwing us hungry ones a bone. We have new stills, what looks like poster making photos as well as all manner of filming shots popping up on social media and blogs...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Fake Bliss of the "Misty" Couple

2018/01/24 | Permalink

Today is a "Misty"-heavy day from me, but I'm catching up to quite a lot of material and this bittersweet image crossed my path at some point last week. In what I could only describe as a kick to the romantic stomach, this wedding photo portrays the main couple during their picture-perfect wedding, which is essentially one big lie...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 8

2018/01/23 | Permalink

An ominous fate teasing was bound to happen at some point in such a series by these writers and "A Korean Odyssey" delivers it in this episode. There is a fallout between Seon-mi and Oh-gong, partially caused by Ma-wang, but based on the problems our two not-exactly-lovebirds have been trying to sweep under the rug. We start to see some of Oh-gong's honesty and change towards others, but the fates are cruel...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Abusive Duo and the Emotional Detective of "Mother - Drama"

2018/01/23 | Permalink

"Mother - Drama" is premiering tomorrow and as I remember very little about the original, I am curious about some of the characters here. Jo Han-chul's detective is definitely one of those, as he finds himself right in the middle of the moral dilemma that Hye-na's abuse at the hands of her mother and her mother's boyfriend creates...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Ok-bin and Kang Ji-hwan Tease "Children of a Lesser God" Chemistry for Vogue

2018/01/23 | Permalink

I'm not one to cover or follow fashion, but I've been so curious about this pairing, and these are some pretty gorgeous shots. OCN has shared bits of this upcoming Vogue feature for its leading duo of "Children of a Lesser God", as well as behind the scenes cuts. "Photo chemistry" can be misleading, but boy, do I wish it won't be in this case...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Deok-hwan and Lee Elijah Round Up the Cast of "Miss Hammurabi"

2018/01/22 | Permalink

It looks like my yearning for the continuation of "God's Quiz" will have to wait, but on the plus side, Ryu Deok-hwan has a work for his comeback after military service. He and Lee Elijah complete the main cast of "Miss Hammurabi", an upcoming jTBC drama about judges with diverse approaches and work ethics...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jung Hae-in On Board for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/01/22 | Permalink

In a smooth case of "offered" leading to "accepted", Jung Hae-in has become the young man to receive the titular food from the titular noona of "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food". The drama is about a woman in her 30s who lacks direction in life and her romance with her best friend's younger brother...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 7

2018/01/21 | Permalink

Prepare for another round of "Does he or doesn't he", as "A Korean Odyssey" continues to struggle with its lack of a main plot or any significant progress in character and world development. Episode seven is slower than usual and the creators are unfortunately back to treating the main romance as a conventional one, this time dangling the carrot of a love triangle with someone we do not even know...More

[Orion's Drama News] Late Romantic Bloom and Motherly Crimes

2018/01/20 | Permalink

I have finally reached a week when I can only fit about 2/3 of the news into my piece, but quality over quantity is what I live for. Well, when I manage to stop myself from rambling, that is. Today I take a look at the lovely romance of "Shall We Kiss First" and give a nice final cheer for "Mother - Drama", which is starting this upcoming week...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 6

2018/01/20 | Permalink

I have been wondering when the "Argon" team would experience a greater crisis involving the massive responsibility of reporters in life and death matters, and the series has delivered. Something very dire happens and everyone has to handle the cost. Hye-rin is trying to make do with the decision forced on her and Yeon-hwa still struggles to find her place and her own voice. Meanwhile, Baek-jin makes a very important decision...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Mother - Drama"

2018/01/20 | Permalink

You can love or hate the remakes of Korean drama, but they are here to stay and they have the potential to evolve into solid works of their own. Choosing a critically acclaimed Japanese drama to do an adaptation of is not an easy decision, but "Mother - Drama" has a lot going for it. Will this manage to meet the great potential it has built up so far...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 5

2018/01/19 | Permalink

As the battle for the new HBC 9 o'clock news anchor becomes more and more ruthless, so do Yoo Myeong-ho's tricks. Yeon-hwa and Jong-tae go after yet another item while Geun-hwa prepares his exit. With everyone busy in the "Argon" team and a particularly nasty lawsuit targeting Kim Baek-jin, one team member is met with a very unfair and potentially career-ending decision outside of their control...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Ok-bin Experiences Death in "Children of a Lesser God" Teaser

2018/01/19 | Permalink

We finally get a first proper look at the heroine of "Children of a Lesser God", Kim Dan, through a new teaser and stills. After a long wait for the cryptic "sees what should not be seen" to become clearer, the video reveals what Dan's actual superpower is. My own question would be, does it come with a very creepy notification system...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Intense Highlight Reel for "Mother - Drama"

2018/01/19 | Permalink

I knew this wouldn't be an easy watch, but you really get a feel for how challenging for the emotions and thoughts "Mother - Drama" will be when you watch this videos. There have been a few new ones released since I last checked in and one of them is a six-minute highlight revealing all the dreadful manipulation, deceit and abuse that take place to create Hye-na's (Heo Yool) plight...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Undercover Shenanigans in New "Children of a Lesser God" Stills

2018/01/18 | Permalink

Or at least I think that's what our hero is doing, and with Kang Ji-hwan's experience in sneaky, bold and often comedic characters getting into trouble, I assume we're in for a blast. The latest filming stills released by OCN for "Children of a Lesser God" also give us a better look at our heroine on the job and a sneak peek of our intimidating prosecutor...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Nara Considering "Dog, Witch, and Me"

2018/01/18 | Permalink

Well if this isn't the weirdest and potentially cutest love triangle ever. Jang Nara is currently considering upcoming drama "Dog, Witch, and Me", which is about a blind cellist, her guide dog and the veterinarian who wants to separate them. We all know where bickering leads in Dramaland, so that's one way to start, I suppose...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Supporting Cast and Character Descriptions for "Misty"

2018/01/17 | Permalink

JTBC's upcoming mystery melodrama is gathering quite the ensemble for itself and we have many additions most of you can no doubt recognize. From co-workers to sidekicks and from friends to foes, everyone around Hye-ran and Tae-wook is going to get mighty busy when the grizzly deed takes place and Hye-ran becomes suspect number one for it...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Shin-hye Courted for New Drama by "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim" Writer

2018/01/17 | Permalink

In pretty big news, despite the current non-confirmation, Park Shin-hye has been reported as a possible addition to the latest upcoming series by writer Kang Eun-kyeong, known for works such as "Dalja's Spring", "Gu Family Book" and "Romantic Doctor Teacher Kim". The actress has officially responded through her agency that she has received the offer, but not a script at this point in time...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 6

2018/01/16 | Permalink

Ask and you shall receive, and although "A Korean Odyssey" is still dawdling on and regurgitating a lot of its key concepts this time around, there is at least one major point of progress in the ever so shaky thing that is its main romance. Ma-wang is feeling the burn of his little tasting and we are slowly discovering some connections made by our self-centered group of supernatural misfits...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Motherly Staredowns and Hye-na in Focus for "Mother - Drama"

2018/01/16 | Permalink

We have some new promotional material from "Mother - Drama" and that includes four collages of stills and two teasers I have been very much looking forward to. The stills show us the mood behind the scenes as well as a little more about the relationships and conflicts we can expect, while the teasers feel like the creators have read my mind and delivered something I've been itching to get...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Revamped Queen and the Forever Tsundere of "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/01/16 | Permalink

Our mystery darlings have new stills of them released and while it's more of what and who we know and love, the subtle upgrades are visible and most welcome. "Mystery Queen Season 2" has big shoes to fill after "Mystery Queen" and things are definitely looking mighty filling so far...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 5

2018/01/15 | Permalink

Seon-mi's burdens keep multiplying, as something happens to put our previously detached Bull Demon King in a much more invested position. After the big revelation of our heroine's mission, "A Korean Odyssey" takes a step back to look at her unique connection to Oh-gong. While the nature of this fake bond has been there for us to see, it is starting to dawn on Seon-mi that her needs tend to feed a dangerous and painful delusion of closeness on her end...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Go Ara, L and Sung Dong-Il Confirm "Miss Hammurabi"

2018/01/15 | Permalink

The main cast of "Miss Hammurabi" is settled and it brings variety and reunions. The upcoming jTBC legal drama is another 100% pre-produced piece and it has finalized its main cast of Go Ara, L and Sung Dong-il as three judges. I'm not sure how the cast would work chemistry-wise outside of the reunited Go Ara and Sung Dong-il, but it does sound like a fun combination in terms of character descriptions...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Shall We Kiss First" Holds First Script Reading

2018/01/15 | Permalink

Upcoming SBS drama "Shall We Kiss First" has released a sneak peek into its cast through script reading photos and there are many familiar faces here. The work by writer Bae Yoo-mi ("I Have a Lover", "Scandal") and director Son Jeong-hyeon ("Yeah, That's How It Is", "She Gets Married Thrice") is reported as a fun and interesting piece on disillusioned adults falling in love...More

[Orion's Drama News] Stars Go Marching In

2018/01/13 | Permalink

2018 has entered with a bang and that includes some big celebrity names returning to Dramaland for ambitious projects. We have a few such news bits this week that you can read more about and I also take a look at fresh material for "Children of a Lesser God". Between casting news, trailers and a hefty dose of stills, we have another busy week in Dramaland...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Kang-hee and Kwon Sang-woo Shoot Cuteness at Us in "Mystery Queen Season 2" Photos

2018/01/12 | Permalink

I see your finger-heart and raise you a finger-gun, because the "Mystery Queen Season 2" One True Work-Pairing is here to make me wish I can just jump to February. KBS has released stills of Kwon Sang-woo and Choi Kang-hee during the filming of the drama's first teaser, and the finger-gun shots are a lovely extra...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ji-hwan Loves his Luminol in New "Children of a Lesser God" Teaser

2018/01/12 | Permalink

In what is a bit of a jarring tonal and stylistic shift from the first three teasers of the series and their dark fairytale appeal, "Children of a Lesser God" decides to introduce its male lead in a more standard, sleek manner. Kang Ji-hwan's detective is here to dazzle us with his IQ of 167, which is somehow not enough to stop a Dramaland cop from being careless at a crime scene...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Sung-kyung and Lee Sang-yoon Confirm "About Time"

2018/01/11 | Permalink

In another case of a drama that slipped right by me, I only found out about the aforementioned "About Time" as I saw this piece of news last night. Lee Sang-yoon and Lee Sung-kyung have confirmed their roles as the leads to this romantic fantasy drama and while you may be rolling your eyes in a "not another time travel one" fashion, you may be as surprised as I was about the premise of this one...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] New Stills and Teasers for "Mother - Drama"

2018/01/11 | Permalink

I love-hate it when I take my eyes away from a work for a bit and I am later met with a ton of goodies for it. "Mother - Drama" has kept busy with promotion and we got several new stills and three new teasers from the series. The elusive Hye-na (played by Heo Yool) is finally getting some focus, and her presence is as endearing and tragic as I expected...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Stills and Ahn Kil-kang's Character Info for "Children of a Lesser God"

2018/01/10 | Permalink

Two leads checking something out on a bloody mirror is not exactly a descriptive pair of stills, but it's something and "something" is all I need to grasp onto during this slow burn of a promotional campaign for "Children of a Lesser God". Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Ok-bin look great in the newly released images and yes, I know that's like saying the ocean looks wet...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Son Ye-jin Confirmed for "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food"

2018/01/10 | Permalink

Well, this is certainly a casting biggie! Actress Son Ye-jin makes her return to Korean drama after 5 years, and with "Pretty Sister Who Buys Me Food" being an Ahn Pan-seok work currently courting Jung Hae-in as the man who is about to receive the titular food, pretty much everyone is excited about this in some way or other...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Second Teaser and Ji Jin-hee Stills for "Misty"

2018/01/09 | Permalink

We already know that the heroine of "Misty" will be a murder suspect, but the second teaser released for the drama shows us that things had been less than ideal even before this incident. Ko Hye-ran's (Kim Nam-joo) life may have appeared perfect to the outside world, but the cracks start to show and the facade quickly falls apart when an ex-lover re-enters her life...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Seo-hyung Cast in "The Great Seducer"

2018/01/09 | Permalink

It has been a while since we enjoyed some Kim Seo-hyung goodness in "The Good Wife" and I have yet to watch "The Villainess", so I'm glad to see the actress back in action. MBC's "The Great Seducer" has not been on my radar and now that I know it is based on the novel "Dangerous  Liaisons", I am wondering how it will even work in Korean drama form...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Cho Seung-woo and Lee Dong-wook Join "Life"

2018/01/08 | Permalink

Well, this is certainly sudden and exciting news. Actors Cho Seung-woo and Lee Dong-wook have joined up the newly announced jTBC drama "Life", which is by the writer of "Secret Forest", Lee Soo-yeon-I. If that's not enough to get several groups of fans hyped beyond words, I don't know what would be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Nam-joo is an Impressive News Anchor in Latest "Misty" Stills

2018/01/08 | Permalink

This woman can sure rock a suit, and going by the descriptions on character and actress alike, she can rock the role of an anchor woman as well. Kim Nam-joo hasn't been in a work since 2012 and it looks like audiences are more than eager to see her in "Misty". For yours truly, it will be a first since 2006 film "Voice of a Murderer"...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 4

2018/01/08 | Permalink

Well, I asked for a main story and for Seon-mi's purpose in it, and episode four of "A Korean Odyssey" delivers. It turns out that our heroine has a much heavier burden to bear than expected and she needs her group of merry monsters to help her carry it. Seon-mi starts bonding with the group, but the reality of Oh-gong's forced connection to her leaves her feeling lonely as a challenging future approaches...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 3

2018/01/07 | Permalink

"A Korean Odyssey" is back this week and although the messy production and the injury that was caused due to it should never be forgotten or treated lightly, it looks like enough measures have been taken to keep the related authorities pleased for now. Story-wise, we are starting to get hints about the why of it all and the role of Seon-mi's fate in it, but we also meet new characters and backstories...More

[Orion's Drama News] Teasers and Stylish Temptations

2018/01/06 | Permalink

Take a big step into a hopefully lovely 2018 to view all the upcoming drama goodies we can enjoy for yet another year. Dramaland has gone on a promotional spree after the slow holiday season and we have a lot of new teasers for several series coming up. As I look to future dramas for my picks, I am ever so slightly tempted to watch "Misty" on my free time...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black"

2018/01/06 | Permalink

OCN has been so big on crime dramas, that Death himself gets one this time around. Granted, the titular hero of "Black" is only one Reaper out of many, but the series is right up his alley anyway. The series mixes fantasy, crime and romance, although that sadly proves too much by the end of things. Where does "Black" succeed and where could things have gone better? It depends on what you are looking for, but here is my take on it...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 4

2018/01/06 | Permalink

"Argon" and the show within it of the same name have a surprise guest in this episode and they tackle some topics we do not often see in Korean drama, or rather often see painted in a very consistent and one-sided way. Sadly, the drama also throws a curve-ball at us with a certain character's health and this twists Baek-jin's arm into a decision that is necessary, but will only further infuriate his enemies...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ji-hwan, Kim Ok-bin and More on "Children of a Lesser God" Script Reading

2018/01/05 | Permalink

Look at that casting goodness. Beloved actors as far as the eye can see. Sure, we're drowning in men and mostly everyone is wearing black and looking preemptively tired, but creating a work from scratch is no picnic. Jokes aside, the cast for "Children of a Lesser God" looks impressive and judging by the serious atmosphere in these images, the story looks grim...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Script Reading Cuteness from "Laughter in Waikiki"

2018/01/05 | Permalink

Upcoming guest house drama "Laughter in Waikiki" has cast the ladies to balance our its gents and now the series has also released script reading photos showing off its full main cast. One of many recent guest and share house dramas, "Laughter in Waikiki" follows three men who run such an establishment out of necessity and end up meeting interesting characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Yoo-sang Cast in "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/01/04 | Permalink

We have more new faces for "Mystery Queen Season 2" and this one is very fresh in my memory and one I look forward to. Jang Yoo-sang has been cast in the drama as Kim I-kyung. Despite not standing out or being very sociable, I-kyung is actually a genius. Yes, it's that word again. At least he's not also a chaebol heir. I think and hope...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Main Character Information for "Drama Stage - Our Place's Tasty Soybean Paste"

2018/01/04 | Permalink

We have another one approaching from tvN's Drama Stage series and this one-act work seems to be all about family. "Drama Stage - Our Place's Tasty Soybean Paste" has cast Myung Se-bin, Yoo Eun-mi, Lee Chun-hee and Tae Hang-ho in this hopefully heartwarming story about taking care of our own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Hye-jin and Yoon Sang-hyun Considering "Let's Watch the Sunset"

2018/01/03 | Permalink

Well, this will certainly be one powerful pairing if it happens, and with the flood of articles practically drooling over the potential, it better. Han Hye-jin had previously been announced as a yes-maybe for the drama, but now she and Yoon Sang-hyun are still reported as considering for the role of a couple facing death and the rediscovery of their relationship...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Emotionally Charged Posters and Stills for "Mother - Drama"

2018/01/03 | Permalink

The parent-child relationship is perhaps the most crucial one in mapping one's life further into adulthood and tvN's "Mother - Drama" is diving into some complicated mother and daughter bonds. The series has released stills of the two heroines smiling while locked in a hug, and remembering the context of this relationship truly stings during such moments...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] OCN's "Mistress" Arriving in April

2018/01/02 | Permalink

OCN is remaking ABC's "Mistresses" and the why all over my face is truly a breathtaking sight. I have not watched the original UK series or the US remake, but one look at its description and genre makes me wonder how it fits into the OCN pool in general. A soap mystery drama about women in sordid and illicit affairs does sound right up Dramaland alley, on the other hand. Just not OCN...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 3

2018/01/02 | Permalink

With the secret plan between Baek-jin and Yeon-hwa to uncover the truth behind the Midtown Mall collapse hitting a slow point, it is time to get familiar with some other members of the "Argon" group. The two leads take on a case from Baek-jin's past that he must solve, the "ugly" and "old" lovebirds have an awkward meeting and the "Argon" underdog above Yeon-hwa gets a hefty dose of reality...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser Released for "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/01/02 | Permalink

You're probably sick of my excitement for this series and I feel you, but I also feel the pure, unadulterated joy that is the second season of a beloved drama, so I regret nothing! The first teaser has been released for "Mystery Queen Season 2" and while it's more of a concept one than a case of in-drama footage, it does reveal a few interesting things...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Contemplating Drama Sequels

2018/01/01 | Permalink

A fresh, exclusive Sedaily article reporting news of "Voice 2" states the return of Lee Ha-na, but not Jang Hyuk and it made me consider something; when is a sequel necessary, when is a spin-off wiser, and when should a work be left as is? This is something we rarely had to consider before when it came to Korean drama, and the implications of it are worth thinking about and discussing now...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] A Sneak Peek Into "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2018/01/01 | Permalink

Two pictures credited to Kim Hyun-sook's Instagram account have surfaced from what looks like a possible poster or promotional stills making session for the cast of "Mystery Queen Season 2". It's not a lot, but it's enough to get a very desperate fan going and desperate I am. The cast looks lovely and the finger-gun is back, in front of its creator, no less...More

[Orion's Drama News] Killer Ratings and Returning Mysteries

2017/12/30 | Permalink

The New Year is upon us and so are a ton of award ceremonies, but Dramaland news are bountiful. Today I take a look at the first teasers for "Misty" and "Return". I also share the casting and photo goodies brought to us by "Mystery Queen Season 2". There are a lot of promising shows coming up in 2018 and my grabby hands are ready...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Meet Heo Yool in the Second Teaser for "Mother - Drama"

2017/12/29 | Permalink

We finally get a glimpse at the character of Hye-na for "Mother - Drama" and while it's not a lot to go by, it certainly makes me want to see more of the drama's second main lead. The second teaser progresses the heroine's plan from asking the little girl for her decision to acting on it. We get a repeat of the same words spoken before as their journey begins. "Can you call me mom? I will take you where nobody knows, to a place very far away". ...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Releases Script Reading Photos

2017/12/29 | Permalink

Grab a magnifying lens and join me in face spotting, as I want to know anyone and everyone involved with "Mystery Queen Season 2". The series held its first script reading session on the 22nd of this month and my little Ori-heart is so happy to see some of these actors, new and old...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Children of a Lesser God" Releases Juicy Character Information

2017/12/28 | Permalink

"Children of a Lesser God" is starting to take shape and we have some goodies since the last time I talked about it. I mentioned Kang Ji-hwan's genius detective before, but it looks like his love for bragging and patronizingly explaining things to others earns him everyone's scorn. There is not a lot of new information on Kim Ok-bin's Kim Dan, but her ability to "see things" is a nice enough hook...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Cryptic Teasers for "Children of a Lesser God"

2017/12/28 | Permalink

I'm still not sure what to make of the series and some latest information along with these teasers make me wonder how much of a fantasy element there will be in "Children of a Lesser God". These are definitely not the videos I expected from another run of the mill crime show with a supernatural twist, but I'm intrigued and this means that they work...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Couple Chemistry in "A Midsummer's Memory"

2017/12/27 | Permalink

The ex-and-maybe-future couple of "A Midsummer's Memory" get some romantic bonding stills his week and they are screaming OTP-baiting. Knowing the premise of the drama about a lonely 37-year-old woman reuniting with her ex, I'm guessing said baiting plans to deliver...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mystery Queen Season 2" Confirms Kim Won-hae, Min Sung-wook, Kim Min-sang-I and Kim Jong-soo

2017/12/27 | Permalink

A cast after my own heart. After confirming Kim Tae-woo as Wan-seung's brother, "Mystery Queen Season 2" decided that we just don't have enough lovely gentlemen for the series and decided to go on an ajeossi casting spree. We're still criminally short on ladies and I ache to see some more favorites from "Mystery Queen", but I'll just enjoy all of these latest additions and hope for equal greatness on that front...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Tae-woo Joins "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2017/12/26 | Permalink

As I've been lamenting the lack of "kimtaewooness" that was "Black", Dramaland brings up Kim Tae-woo's casting in the sequel of a personal favorite of mine this year, "Mystery Queen". The actor has been cast in "Mystery Queen Season 2" and he is connected to the character of Ha Wan-seung, played by Kwon Sang-woo...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 2

2017/12/26 | Permalink

The plot thickens and by that I mean the new ways in which every character here tries to backstab one another. This is the only story to speak of at the moment and while the romance is apparently getting started, we still do not know what role Seon-mi's existence as Sam Jang will play. "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi) is fun in a cheesy way, but we need more story and it has to come soon...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Bo-young's Soo-jin in Her Element for "Mother - Drama"

2017/12/26 | Permalink

New stills of Lee Bo-young have been released from "Mother - Drama", showing her character in her original comfort zone. Soo-jin is an expert researcher of migratory birds and while we have seen the character in her capacity as a teacher, that is only a substitute gig that the heroine is not very keen on...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "A Korean Odyssey" Episode 1

2017/12/25 | Permalink

It has been a while since the Hong sisters were in any way exciting and while "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi") is not exactly wowing with its first episode, the drama presents the workings of what could be a really fun story. We have a case of every man and beastie for themselves, as we meet a lot of characters, none of them anything but self-serving and with some pretty hefty behavioral and personality issues. I pity our heroine already...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Chu Hun-yub Joins Netflix's "Kingdom"

2017/12/25 | Permalink

We still don't have a lot of information on "Kingdom" or Chu Hun-yub's newly announced inclusion, but the actor will be part of the drama about a zombie outbreak during the Joseon dynasty...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 2

2017/12/25 | Permalink

After a powerful start, "Argon" takes a little step back and an even more sombre look into how morality and principles are challenged in systems that rely on strict hierarchal rules, cronyism and a work culture of underhanded pleasantries. Yeon-hwa's own contract continues to be scrutinized, but it is our hero who has to make tough choices this time. The truth is important, but choosing strangers over loved ones is not easy...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Yewon and Lee Jae-kyoon Join "Fighter Choi Kang-soon"

2017/12/25 | Permalink

I wanted more information on "Drama Stage - Fighter Choi Kang-soon" and we got some, along with the casting of Kim Yewon and Lee Jae-kyoon. The drama centers around the titular Choi Kang-soon (Kang Ye-won), an office worker with a strong sense of justice. It looks like this will be about women being treated unfairly in the workplace, so that's a very interesting and timely topic...More

[Orion's Drama News] Cohabitations and Holiday Creeps

2017/12/23 | Permalink

Trends, trends, trends everywhere! As we look to the holiday season and beyond, the dramas of 2018 pop around the corner to give us a glimpse of what the first season will be like. The latest trend is share houses and we have three shows coming up with the theme. "A Korean Odyssey" premieres today as well, so I am juggling my decisions and getting into the hype. Have a great holiday and drama season, folks...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Argon" Episode 1

2017/12/23 | Permalink

"Argon" is here to destroy any faith in mainstream journalism that you may have been holding onto while exploring workplace and hierarchy dynamics as well as the personal consequences and triumphs of a very demanding job. The series is fast-paced and so far focuses more on its leading man, but there are characters around with solid potential. Step into the daily grind of reporting...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Disappointing Men and the Stunning Poster of "A Midsummer's Memory"

2017/12/22 | Permalink

Oh you know I love me some good design and the poster for Choi Kang-hee's "A Midsummer's Memory" is absolutely lovely. It's not original in any way, this composition is actually pretty easy to find in works, but it really does suit a piece about a woman feeling lonely in a busy world...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ko Sung-hee and Sukku Son as Trouble Duo in "Mother - Drama"

2017/12/22 | Permalink

We're expanding our look into the cast of "Mother - Drama" twofold this week, as we get stills of Ko Sung-hee ("While You Were Sleeping - 2017", "My Beautiful Bride") as Hye-na's negligent mother as well as casting information for Sukku Son as the mother's boyfriend...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik's "Suits" Planning an April Premiere

2017/12/21 | Permalink

I know many dread remakes, especially of multi-season shows, but the choo choo that is "Suits" is moving along and aiming for an April premiere. The series is looking to the timeslot after "Black Knight" and "Mystery Queen Season 2" for its upcoming home and that leaves plenty of time for casting and other news, as well as production...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hyun-sook In, Oh Min-suk and Lee Da-hee Considering "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2017/12/21 | Permalink

This is the problem with attachment, folks. It splits your thinking in two. On one hand, I'm glad that we may get fresh faces for a fresh story in "Mystery Queen Season 2". On the other, I want to see Lee Won-geun, Park Joon-geum, Ahn Kil-kang and everyone else return as the characters I love so much...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Heartbreaking Teaser for Lee Bo-young's "Mother - Drama"

2017/12/20 | Permalink

The series hasn't even started and I am in the most wonderful pain over the first video look into "Mother - Drama". The teaser reveals the premise of a desperate teacher's kidnapping in the best way possible; it presents the words directed at the very child whose life is being changed, Hye-na (Heo Yool)...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teaser and Lee Joon-hyuk Stills for "A Midsummer's Memory"

2017/12/20 | Permalink

The upcoming two-episode drama "A Midsummer's Memory" has dropped its first teaser and things are looking pretty grim for our heroine's relationship prospects. Han  Yeo-reum (Choi Kang-hee) has a few men in her life and from the school sweetheart to the one rejecting commitment, I can see why she would be somewhat frustrated over her dating luck...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Expensive Decor and Monkey Business in "A Korean Odyssey" Character Posters

2017/12/19 | Permalink

I wasn't planning on talking about "A Korean Odyssey" (also known as "Hwayugi") much before its premiere date, but the newly released character posters entertain me greatly. I do love me a simple, yet effective visual concept and this is what these little glimpses into the characters manage to be...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Choi Kang-hee's "A Midsummer's Memory"

2017/12/19 | Permalink

If you've missed the queen of "Mystery Queen" as much as I have, then rejoice! We get a glimpse of her in a new two-episode project before the year's end. Choi Kang-hee plays Han Yeo-reum (the name itself means midsummer), a radio show writer approaching her 40s and rediscovering love in quite an awkward setting through her currently airing show...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-Kyung and Son Seung-won Join "Laughter in Waikiki"

2017/12/18 | Permalink

The upcoming jTBC sitcom drama about a trio of unfortunate young men running a guesthouse named "Waikiki" has finally found its aforementioned trio of unfortunates. Kim Jung-hyun, Lee Yi-kyung and Son Seung-won will be the entrepreneurs-by-force as they meet new tenants while chasing their dreams...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Han Seo-jin-I Cast as Kim Ok-bin's Child Counterpart in "Children of a Lesser God"

2017/12/18 | Permalink

It looks like "Children of a Lesser God" will be taking a little trip into our leading characters' past, as actress Han Seo-jin-I has been cast to play the young counterpart of Kim Ok-bin's detective, Kim Dan. The young actress has been in works such "Goblin", "Missing You - 2016" and the now airing "Just Between Lovers"...More

[Orion's Drama News] Synthetics and Beasties

2017/12/16 | Permalink

With the year nearly at its end, new drama concepts and trends are emerging for 2018. Artificial intelligence and science-fiction may just be getting their chance beyond romancing robots and "Memories of the Alhambra" certainly sounds interesting on paper. We are also one week away from the premiere of "A Korean Odyssey", so we get to enjoy a barrage of promotional goodies...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "A Korean Odyssey"

2017/12/16 | Permalink

An umbrella wielding Oh Yeon-seo is here to lead her group of merry deities to an adventure in the latest work by Hong Jeong-eun and Hong Mi-ran. "A Korean Odyssey" promises supernatural shenanigans, clashing forces and romance this December. Are the Hongs back? Really back? I sure hope so...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Jong-hyuk, Oh Yoon-ah, Lee Moon-shik and More for "539 Yeonnam-dong"

2017/12/15 | Permalink

Yesterday was the day of a massive casting update for "539 Yeonnam-dong". The series has cast Lee Jong-hyuk, Go Na-eun, Choi Woo-hyuk-II and Yang Jeong-won, who will be joining Oh Yoon-ah and Lee Moon-shik. "539 Yeonnam-dong" is an episodic drama about the tenants of a share house in Yeonnam-dong. Each episode of the drama will a different story, so it looks ripe for an ensemble cast and cameos...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Hye-young-I Returns With "Mother - Drama" After 7 Years

2017/12/15 | Permalink

Two new stills along with a little bit of character information have come out for the role of Lee Hye-young-I in "Mother - Drama" and I am intrigued to see how her character is handled by the creators, but also how the actress tackles her. With 36 years of acting experience on her, I have a feeling we will be in for a very interesting mother to our titular mother...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Confusing News About Hwang Jung-eum and "Sketch - Drama"

2017/12/14 | Permalink

There was a bit of a common kerfuffle in entertainment news yesterday, as a media outlet released news of actress Hwang Jung-eum making her much awaited return in the drama "Sketch - Drama". The actress' agency, C-JeS Entertainment, almost immediately released a statement saying that this is only one of the work offers she had received. Other news say she has declined, as far as I can tell...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Park Byung-eun Joins Choi Kang-hee, Kwon Sang-woo for "Mystery Queen Season 2"

2017/12/14 | Permalink

Bring them back! Bring them all back! Actor Park Byung-eun ("This Life Is Our First Life", "The Mayor") has been confirmed to reprise his role as Chief Inspector Woo Seong-ha for the second season of "Mystery Queen". This makes him the third confirmed name for "Mystery Queen Season 2" aside from the two leads, Choi Kang-hee and Kwon Sang-woo...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ji-hwan and Kim Ok-bin Confirm "Children of a Lesser God"

2017/12/13 | Permalink

Now this is more of an Ori-work and the casting makes me happy beyond words. Previously teased main duo for OCN's latest crime thriller have now confirmed their appearances and "Children of a Lesser God" will be with us on February 2018. The drama features two clashing personalities working together to solve crime...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Joo Sang-wook Leads Drama "Grand Prince"

2017/12/13 | Permalink

More great news for the father-to-be (congratulations!) come in the form of a much awaited confirmation. It seems that Joo Sang-wook will be gracing our screens as the titular prince for the TV Chosun drama "Grand Prince".

The character is not a happy or nice one at all, however. Despite being the Grand Prince, the man is overshadowed by his Crown Prince (set to inherit the throne) brother and his bright younger brother...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "A Korean Odyssey" Drops a Ton of Promotional Goodies

2017/12/12 | Permalink

Aside from Cha Seung-won turning into a talent show judge, we have character descriptions for many a new face from "A Korean Odyssey". Yoon Dae-sik (Jang Gwang) is a top conglomerate CEO, but his wealth does not change the fact that he is a loyal subordinate of Son Oh-gong (Lee Seung-gi) who enjoys taking care of his boss by doing household chores for him. Sung Ji-ru plays Master Soo Bo-ri, a teacher of martial arts to Oh-gong and a friend to the Bull Demon King...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ha Joon Joins "Drama Stage - The Woman Who Makes the Last Meal"

2017/12/12 | Permalink

Actor Ha Joon ("The Outlaws", "Six Flying Dragons") has joined Jo Yeo-jung in "Drama Stage - The Woman Who Makes the Last Meal"; a one-shot about a woman who cooks the last meals for death row inmates and a man who is unclear on his circumstances as one. The actor will be playing the inmate, whose mental illness causes a lapse of memory about his current situation...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 18 Final

2017/12/11 | Permalink

The much dreaded ending of another Choi Ran-I work has come and if I can give "Black" credit for something, that would be persistence in tackling whatever it does choose to tackle until the end. We get more answers than expected in the final episode and some are highly satisfying. Others are confusing and remain as plot holes. Sadly, the ending itself undoes a lot of the good in "Black"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Stills of Lee Bo-young in "Mother - Drama"

2017/12/11 | Permalink

At long last, we get our first peek into the Korean remake for a beloved Japanese drama and it's amazing how simply looking at a solid actress can get one's excitement going. Lee Bo-young ("Whisper", "God's Gift - 14 Days") is pictured as the seemingly cool and collected temp school teacher, Nam Soo-jin. Despite her cold appearance, the heroine connects with a student name Hye-na...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Hyun-joo and Kim Kang-woo Considering "My Husband Oh Jak-doo"

2017/12/11 | Permalink

Kim Hyun-joo ("Fantastic", "I Have a Lover") and Kim Kang-woo ("Circle", "Goodbye Mr. Black") are considering weekend drama "My Husband Oh Jak-doo", which has also been courting Han Sunhwa ("Boy and Girl From the 20th Century", "School 2017") as its lead recently. This is the kind of casting which makes a drama fan's heart flutter, although no confirmation means that we don't get to be happy yet...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 17

2017/12/10 | Permalink

Finding out the truth we have already known does not make it easier for our Reaper dearest, and 444 has a lot of deeply personal things to tackle in the penultimate episode of "Black". A lot happened on that fateful night when the children became involved with Wang Young-choon's search for the tape and coming to terms with it all, but also with some dire new information is not an easy feat...More

[Orion's Drama News] Taking the Stage

2017/12/09 | Permalink

The time has come for short dramas to shine and today I take a look at two premiering this very weekend. I also share casting news from two others as well as my hope for the future of these and perhaps full length dramas as well. I am also getting busy with dramas again, so bring on all I have time for, Dramaland...More

[HanCinema's Drama First Look] "Prison Playbook"

2017/12/09 | Permalink

Get ready for the most exciting life in a cell and I am not being facetious here. "Prison Playbook" is slice-of-prison-life in and out, with its dangers, sorrows, joys, bonding and even a good bit of humor. I was not sure what I was signing myself up for with this, having had no experience with the creators aside from hearing of their OTP baiting in the "Answer Me" dramas. So let us take a look at how they tackle something like this...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Bad Guys : Vile City"

2017/12/09 | Permalink

Santa Claus is not the only one coming to town this December, as our bad guys are arriving to clean it of the filth even they are too good for. "Bad Guys : Vile City" is the spin-off-slash-sequel to OCN hit drama "Bad Guys" and as much as we may miss the old cast, perhaps the latest bad boys will have something good to show for.

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Prosecutor Woo Je-moon (Park Joong-hoon) is a man who cares about results more than he does about the legality of the means. He and a team of criminals selected as a new form of law enforcers take on a powerful cartel...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee El Rules Supreme, Lee Se-Yeong Falls Apart and Lee Hong-ki Gets the Boot In "A Korean Odyssey"

2017/12/08 | Permalink

That would be the literal boot, because if that sole impression is anything to go by, this character will have as much pain as he will fun in "A Korean Odyssey". The drama has released stills of two characters and we start off with the aforementioned trampled top star that is P.K, also known as the Pig or Pig monster/demon. The man is played by Lee Hong-ki and I'm tempted to call him Jeremy, but I hope the Hong sisters won't rely on nostalgia for this...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kang Ye-Won Fights for Justice in "Drama Stage - Fighter Choi Kang-Soon"

2017/12/08 | Permalink

You know, there's not enough love or subtitling given to short or one-act dramas, but perhaps efforts like CJ E&M's O'PEN Drama Stage will make this concept more mainstream one day. Some drama specials or short series have great acting, original stories and interesting plots.

Kang Ye-won has been cast as the titular heroine in the company's latest project, "Drama Stage - Fighter Choi Kang-soon", which is a story about women who fight injustice...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Misty" Holds First Script Reading

2017/12/07 | Permalink

The romantic thriller about a woman's struggle to prove her innocence in a murder case is starting to form and we have some first stills from its script reading, held in October. "Misty" marks the highly expected return of Kim Nam-joo after her last work in 2012, so I hope that her character and the series are worth said return...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Greeting "The Most Beautiful Goodbye"

2017/12/07 | Permalink

As the drama's premiere draws near, it is time to take a few final looks at the family that will tear our hearts apart for four episodes. The drama has released new stills for all its members as well as some for a few supporting characters. Those who have experienced the original series are looking to its future. The reporter of the first piece attached to the family photos contemplates the probable differences and similarities of the two dramas...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Yeon-Seo Wields Her Trusty Umbrella For "A Korean Odyssey"

2017/12/06 | Permalink

After the overload of man-goods and loud fashion from "A Korean Odyssey", we finally get to meet our heroine in the form of stills. Her name is Jin Seon-mi and she runs a real estate company, but the lady's skills do not end in management and housing. Seon-mi is a human who can see demons and whose blood seems to be quite enticing to them. She also has some tricks of her own...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Jin Yi-han and Yang Jin-Sung For "Cross"

2017/12/06 | Permalink

After the confirmation of Jun So-min as the drama's heroine and the previously confirmed role for Yang Jin-sung, "Cross" adds Jin Yi-han to the mix along with character information on his and Yang Jin-sung's characters. Get ready for some spoiled rich kids, because Dramaland...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 16

2017/12/05 | Permalink

I need a few weeks and possibly a lot of ice cream to fully process what is the most jarring and packed episode of "Black" yet. While our titular Reaper continues to struggle with his emotions and obligations as a supernatural being lying to his crush, the time has come to tackle the villain and his connection to almost all of what has happened so far. I have a lot of questions and I am not even sure what some are...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "A Korean Odyssey" Piles on the Fashion Statements With Cha Seung-Won

2017/12/05 | Permalink

I thought I had already seen the worst (or best) that "A Korean Odyssey" can throw at us with Lee Seung-gi's furry conundrum of a coat, but I forgot that Cha Seung-won is a long-time model and therefore prime material for all manner of loud fashion shenanigans. He is the Bull Demon King, after all. He can't lose face by dressing casually...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] A Special Bond In "The Most Beautiful Goodbye"

2017/12/05 | Permalink

It is time to meet the heroine of the drama and to explore the different relationships she has with her family. The production has released stills of actresses Won Mi-kyung and Kim Young-ok in the roles of Kim In-hee and her mother-in-law respectively. Going by the information I am reading, theirs is a special bond which received great love from audiences in the original...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Stills of Lee Seung-Gi For "A Korean Odyssey"

2017/12/04 | Permalink

Or as I like to call this piece, "Lee Seung-gi Wears Fur of His Enemies' Beloved Pets". "A Korean Odyssey" has certainly flaunted its stylish leads before, but this image confirms that the proof of concept teasers are pretty descriptive of the main show, at least fashion-wise...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Giggly Filming Times In "Bad Guys : Vile City"

2017/12/04 | Permalink

It is always nice to see pictures of cast and staff having fun in dramas, especially when those are known to place quite demanding physical and other strains on its members. The production of "Bad Guys : Vile City" has been non-stop promoting its impressive action scenes and those usually mean a world of ouchies for the cast and stunt doubles...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 15

2017/12/03 | Permalink

You can never really prepare yourself for some surprises, but "Black" has at least been kind enough to set so much up for itself that anyone would see the inevitable cutting of corners happen. We confirm a lot of things in this episode and some are great to find out, but we also learn of possible truths that do not seem to fit quite as imagined. The same goes for the romance, which never stood a chance...More

[Orion's Drama News] Knights, Multitaskers and Goodbyes

2017/12/02 | Permalink

We are officially in Christmas month and this means that we can consider everything a present and feel so very coddled. Today I look at the lovely selection of diverse dramas coming out next week and share new goodies from dramas we will be seeing shortly. I am ready for my drama presents and I hope we get a lot of good shows...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 16 Final

2017/12/01 | Permalink

All things must come to an end and the revenge of the "Mad Dog" team is finally complete. Hyeon-gi and Hong-joo do not give up easily, but we all know that the mad dogs never let go after they bite. The team fight the villains until the very last minute, but the resolution is sadly reached through the drama's bad habit of pulling its needed plot devices out of thin air...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 15

2017/12/01 | Permalink

"Mad Dog" is coming to an end and this means that heroes and villains alike can stop twiddling their thumbs and being selectively obtuse. Everyone gets things done, but not done too well, because wiretapping your office when you know beforehand that a villain is visiting would just be too smart. The Dog Team are juggling battle fronts with several antagonists, but it is unsurprisingly Hyeon-gi who becomes the most dangerous...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Battle Begins in New "A Korean Odyssey" Teasers

2017/12/01 | Permalink

Get ready for superpowers, expensive fashion and fancy settings, because "A Korean Odyssey" is all about style in its brand new teasers. Lee Seung-gi is literally hot, Cha Seung-won is channeling the snazziest of demons and Oh Yeon-seo is going to Mary Poppins the heck out of some monster-folk...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Noh Hee-kyeong's "Live" Holds First Script Reading

2017/12/01 | Permalink

We've enjoyed all manner of crime related content from Dramaland during the last few years, but "Live" brings us with it a new and less explored approach. The series is about the daily struggles and successes of a small police precinct and its staff of diverse individuals and their relationships...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Impressive Supporting Cast of "Bad Guys : Vile City"

2017/12/01 | Permalink

I'm frankly tempted to just post the released collage of stills along with a picture of me crying happy tears, but I'll compose myself enough to say that the supporting cast of "Bad Guys : Vile City" is looking mighty badass, pardon my language. The series boasts some impressive names, many of which are also familiar movie favorites...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "A Korean Odyssey" Lands Netflix Deal

2017/11/30 | Permalink

Well, there you have it, folks. Upcoming fantasy drama "A Korean Odyssey" has been picked up by Netflix for worldwide distribution. Netflix's Vice President of Content Acquisition, Rob Roy says that he is happy to bring Korean content to the world and part of said content lately have been "Argon" and "Prison Playbook"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Ryu Deok-hwan Joins Go Kyung-pyo, Ahn Jae-hong, Kim Tae-hoon and More at CL&Company

2017/11/30 | Permalink

Ryu Deok-hwan, who is currently serving in the military, has joined a new agency and my little fan (and fangirl) heart is rejoicing over the thought of him coming back soon. The actor has joined CL&Company, where many of his former colleagues from their collective previous agency, Film It Su Da, are also working...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Pre-Produced Drama "Are You Human Too" Releases First Stills

2017/11/29 | Permalink

It's been a while since we last heard from the drama, but the production team has been hard at work. "Are You Human Too" has finally released some stills of its leads and a couple of other characters. The series was filmed between June and November of this year and it is entirely pre-produced, but also carries quite the hefty budget of 10 billion won (about 9.2 million US dollars). It is currently in post-production to add some final touches before release next year...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Young-ok Reprises Role for "The Most Beautiful Goodbye"

2017/11/29 | Permalink

I haven't been looking much into the drama past its teasers and so this information is a very nice surprise for me. News has been released this week contemplating the significance of Kim Young-ok's role in "The Most Beautiful Goodbye", as she is the only cast member from the 1996 original to play the same role of the heroine's mother-in-law, who suffers from dementia...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] More Man-Beauty From "Bad Guys : Vile City"

2017/11/28 | Permalink

We have more stills of precious manly goodness this week and a little bit more information on the premise of the series. Writer Han Jeong-hoon has mentioned that a key difference between the first series and "Bad Guys : Vile City" is that, while the former was about bad guys trying to reduce their sentence, the new series is about them uniting against a specific organization...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Happier Times in Latest "The Most Beautiful Goodbye" Teaser

2017/11/28 | Permalink

They say you don't know what you have until it's gone. While not always entirely true, an approaching end really is a time of reevaluation and appreciation. The latest teaser for Noh Hee-kyeong's "The Most Beautiful Goodbye" shows us the heroine with her family in what seems like the most common and mundane of tasks: making kimchi together. Yet such a moment can make the happiest of memories...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Black Knight" gets lacey in new posters

2017/11/27 | Permalink

Hold onto your doilies, because "Black Knight" is here to remind us just how far removed from our familiar reality this story is set to be. The series has released a main poster and character posters laced with (pun intended) mystery and style...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Oh Dae-hwan cast as a doctor in "Return"

2017/11/27 | Permalink

Nothing like a good chaebol murder mystery to get one's blood flowing and SBS legal thriller "Return" sounds like the kind of drama where figurative and literal backstabbings will be quite common. The series is about a lawyer and host of a legal television show taking on a murder case which involves children of upper class families as suspects...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 14

2017/11/26 | Permalink

There is so much grief on the horizon of "Black" and with our good characters closer to the main villain than ever, deaths are an expected outcome. Ha-ram's fate is no longer known or secure and our heroine's decisions over her relationship with the titular Reaper will be adding another layer of tragedy to an already sordid case. Many questions are answered, but I am greedy for more...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 13

2017/11/25 | Permalink

The puzzle of the past is slowly coming together in "Black" and with Man-ho nearly cornered, the true villain behind it all should be making their grand entrance soon. Ha-ram's fate is unknown, but new clues hint at more powers than seeing the shadows of death. Many different characters and clues come together in what may not be as coincidental a twist of fate as we imagined after all...More

[Orion's Drama News] Family Bonds

2017/11/25 | Permalink

It has been a week filled with all manner of family as this year and the beginning of the next bring us different types of works on the theme. "Miracle That We Met" is a body-swapping story of a person with two families and I am intrigued by the premise. "The Most Beautiful Goodbye" is closing in and "Mother - Drama" has my attention...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Man-Hole"

2017/11/25 | Permalink

"Man-Hole" is not the kind of work one would expect a lot from. Having promoted itself as the wacky, comedic tale of a man who believes in the imaginary friendzone a bit too hard and seeks to undo it made it seem like a light story about a romantic man-baby. Surprisingly, the series is much more complex and it is as mixed as my feelings for it, touching upon greatness and failure alike...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 14

2017/11/24 | Permalink

It is a dog eat  dog world out there and the "Mad Dog" team is going for the kill. The villains are confused and cornered, which means that they make mistakes and provide ample opportunity for our good boys and girl to get everything they need in place. It will not be an easy fight, considering the Powerful Opponents, but we know that the good ones always win in such stories...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Seung-gi, Cha Seung-won and Oh Yeon-seo looking great in "A Korean Odyssey" teasers

2017/11/24 | Permalink

"A Korean Odyssey" provides a short, but powerful introduction, as we finally get to meet the three leads and learn the basics about them. Lee Seung-gi is Son Oh-gong, a troublemaker monster god. Cha Seung-won is the head of said monster gods and Oh Yeon-seo is someone with the ability to see them, which probably means that they hide their true nature from most humans...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Jugglers" releases character posters for its leads

2017/11/24 | Permalink

The powerhouse work quartet has arrived and they bring their unique backgrounds and traits to the table. The drama opts for colorful and cheerful main posters to fit its so far whimsical and cute teasers. I could use a light rom-com right about now and workplace romances are quite timely...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Lee Bo-young's "Mother - Drama" Holds First Script Reading

2017/11/23 | Permalink

Be still, my heart, as "Mother - Drama" is finally making its approach. The work is based on a Japanese series of the same title about a school teacher who kidnaps an unfortunate child in hopes of providing her with a better life away from her abusers.

I started the award-winning original a while back and I think the Korean remake is a good motivator for me to finish it, because I did not cut my time with it short due to lack of interest...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Black Knight" Reveals Its Sageuk Side in New Stills and Teaser

2017/11/23 | Permalink

"Black Knight" brings an epic romance and mysterious characters with its new promotional material, as we get a beautiful look at Kim Rae-won and Shin Se-kyung in their sageuk outfits as well as a sneak peek into the drama's two other leading ladies...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 13

2017/11/23 | Permalink

It is a time for bonding and retaliation from the "Mad Dog" team as the group of villains become too greedy and hasty for their own good. Hyeon-gi experiences betrayal and rejection while Hong-joo is about to get a taste of her own medicine. Team Good is reunited, but they need to be extra smart and extra sneaky as they go in for one final blow to take everyone down...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "I'm Not a Robot" Teases Quirky Man-Battles Between Yoo Seung-ho and Uhm Ki-joon

2017/11/22 | Permalink

"I'm Not a Robot" has released news stills of its two leading men about to enter one of the oddest love triangles and bromances I have seen. I am expecting a lot of bickering, bonding and an unhealthy dose of deceit and subterfuge over the not-robotic reality that links them...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] The Brain and Brawn Of "Bad Guys : Vile City"

2017/11/22 | Permalink

The titular bad guys of "Bad Guys : Vile City" come in different forms and this week we get stills and more information for No Geon-pyeong (Kim Moo-yeol) and Jang Seong-cheol (Yang Ik-june). Each image in each collage below shows a different mood and demeanor, and forms a certain "vibe" for the characters...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] First Teasers for "The Most Beautiful Goodbye"

2017/11/21 | Permalink

The goodbye no one is ever quite ready for gets beautiful and heartbreaking first teasers for the short drama remake, "The Most Beautiful Goodbye". The 4-episode series is based on a Noh Hee-kyeong original work about a mother with terminal cancer preparing for the titular goodbye to her family. The story has previously been adapted for television and film...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Not-A-Robot Chae Soo-Bin Reporting for Duty

2017/11/21 | Permalink

"I'm Not a Robot" certainly has a unique appeal and today we get to meet the titular not-a-robot in her synthetic-wannabe form. MBC has released stills of actress Chae Soo-bin in her gynoid form, colored contact lenses and all. Perhaps the scientist's concept is the eventual forming of a girl band.

The heroine is someone who ends up with a part time job pretending to be a robot and her beau is a man with a "human allergy" who falls in love with her...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 12

2017/11/20 | Permalink

For all the teasing about consequences that "Black" has taken its sweet time to deliver, it sure is fast with getting to it after the latest warning. The reality of her meddling dawns on Ha-ram as she realizes the identity of the man she has saved while Black deals with his newfound sympathy. The past mysteries boil closer to the surface than ever, as Gwang-gyeon and Man-soo get on the case...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] New Yoo Seung-ho Stills for "I'm Not a Robot"

2017/11/20 | Permalink

I believe "I'm Not a Robot" may be trying to tell us something about how much it loves its lead and given that he is Yoo Seung-ho, that is a pretty reasonable statement. The drama has released several stills of its main actor in the role of the leading character; a man suffering from a "human allergy"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Mad Dog" Releases Cheerful Filming Stills

2017/11/20 | Permalink

You had me at "Hello, Yoo Ji-tae and Woo Do-hwan", series. "Mad Dog" brings us some happy behind-the-scenes times this week. I would say it's an appropriate time for some reprieve and some happy smiles, given the latest episode's dire cliffhanger and the stampede of villains relentlessly marching over Team Good as of late...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 11

2017/11/19 | Permalink

New chapters are opening in "Black", but none are leading to good places. Man-soo is no longer a CEO and he finds a use I welcome, but also fear. Ha-ram has to face Soo-wan's desperate advances at who she thinks is Moo-gang, but our heroine has much bigger things to worry about right around the corner. I have a lot of questions, but my anticipation is intact and the will to wait for possible answers strong...More

[Orion's Drama News] Juggling Work and Romance

2017/11/18 | Permalink

Love is in their air and so is the bickering that comes with it, as "Jugglers" makes some giggle-worthy and endearingly embarrassing first impressions. Where would Dramaland be without its mixed genres lately, however. Today I take a little look at dramas about to premiere and offer the usual goodies. I also have some very exciting and fun news for those who enjoy the weekly ramblings of yours truly...More

[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Prison Playbook"

2017/11/18 | Permalink

It takes all kinds of communities to make our world and a prison one is not the kind we often imagine when hearing the word. "Prison Playbook" is brought to us by the creators of the "Answer Me/Reply" series and it is time we get acquainted to such a community through a baseball star turned criminal overnight.

Premise

Kim Je-hyeok (Park Hae-soo) is a baseball superstar who has it made. In a surprising twist, the celebrity becomes a convicted criminal and has to adjust to prison life. The series follows him as he experiences his new home and new network behind bars...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kam Woo-sung, Kim Sun-ah and Park Si-yeon Courted for "Shall We Kiss First"

2017/11/17 | Permalink

Romance melodrama "Shall We Kiss First" is currently courting Kam Woo-sung, Kim Sun-ah and Park Si-yeon for leading roles, making a good impression on the casting side already. No one has confirmed yet, but reviewing a work positively is an encouraging sign. This would be Kam Woo-sung's first drama in three years, following the much beloved "My Spring Days"...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Beauty Inside" Gets Korean Drama Adaptation

2017/11/17 | Permalink

An upcoming drama based on multi-talent film "Beauty Inside" has been announced and my head is spinning trying to visualize how something like this could work in drama form. The story is about a man who changes sex, gender, nationality, age and generally form every day and the woman who falls in love with him. Aside from changing the love interest from a woman to a man for the drama, the basic concept remains the same...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 12

2017/11/17 | Permalink

Noo-ri's grave injury sparks another round of regret and guilt for the "Mad Dog" team's top dog and puppy, as they go into another fit of man-angst over the lives they may endanger due to their plans. There is no time to waste on self-pity, however, as their enemies close in and a new one is born to spice things up. Noo-ri's daddy dearest is more involved than we previously suspected, you see...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Mad Dog" Episode 11

2017/11/16 | Permalink

I had been wondering when things would get deadly in "Mad Dog" and it looks like we have reached that point. Episode eleven is an odd one, because certain things which I was sure were established by now get turned upside down. Kang-woo and his dog team share the same unwavering determination and closeness, but their disorganized enemies become increasingly less tolerant of being toyed with...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Bad Guys : Vile City" Gets 10 New Posters

2017/11/16 | Permalink

It is a case of live fast and probably die faster for our bad boys of justice. The latest posters for "Bad Guys : Vile City" are visually pleasing and packed with character. I'm having trouble picking a favorite, but perhaps that's the point. Which probably-evil man do I look forward to more? These are the questions I ask myself on a daily basis when it comes to dramas...More

[Orion's Daily Ramblings] "Black" Extension Thoughts

2017/11/16 | Permalink

"Extension" is a dreaded word among drama fans, but it's here and it has happened to a series I am covering and which I like, so I thought I would express my thoughts on it. As much as I fear it, I have to say that "Black" is the rare type of series which can accommodate it. I won't be giving out any spoilers here, but "Black is one wild ride...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 10

2017/11/13 | Permalink

"Black" feels like a fine day at the beach, right before the wind picks up and you feel your pretty hat flying away and the sand smacking you in the eyes. It is a wild ride and it sometimes feels exhausting, but it is fun. Everything fits when you dig deep enough. Gwang-gyeon comes closer to Moo-gang's secrets while Black is about to get a revelation of his own about the true identities of Reapers. Hopefully this will not break him...More

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Black" Episode 9

2017/11/12 |