Dong Yi, the new historical drama from the director of Jewel in the Palace, premieres next Monday, and you can see the show’s latest elaborate on-set press conference here. Han Hyo Joo plays the loyal concubine Dong Yi amid a fractious and jealousy-filled court in the Joseon-era. Watching over Dong Yi is Bae Soo Bin, and if you think he looks good in the press conference photos, this is how he starts out in DY‘s first episode. With broadcast rights already sold to Hong Kong, Thailand and Japan, Dong Yi being given every opportunity to take off in popularity on a Queen Seon Duk scale–we’ll see if it can deliver the goods when it begins airing in a few days.
The Man Called God is getting called cheap and tacky, despite its supposed budget of 10 billion won. God auteur Song Il Kuk, who famously lost 30 pounds for the title role, said in response to complaints that the 10 billion figure was way off–in fact, the shoot in Hawaii was partly paid for by his fan club! Although he admitted that the special effects aren’t up to par either, the series seems to still hold some camp appeal for viewers.
New stills were released from the mobile phone drama Pygmalion’s Love, starring Kim Joon, Kim Jae Wook and Minamisawa Nao. So far only available to certain cell phone customers, the 12-episode drama focuses on that favorite drama condition, amnesia. Called a “sad” story, the plot involves Kim Joon trying to usurp his friend’s girlfriend, who has tragically and conveniently lost her memory.
Jang Geun Suk fans may want to have their memories wiped after they hear this news: apparently the You’re Beautiful star was spotted with a date at a Christmas performance by magician Choi Hyun Woo. According to reports, it seems to have been a double date, with an anonymous blabbermouth saying that he saw Jang and the mystery woman wearing matching rings. More details, and an unflattering graphic representing Jang‘s girlfriend as kind of a limbless pink snowman, are here.
Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s Air Doll, starring Bae Doo Na in the ethereal story of a sex doll come to life as a innocent, childish being, will finally see release in Korea. The film and Bae‘s performance garnered numerous awards, and you can check out the trailer for yourself right here.
Finally, a pair of photo spreads from Cosmo: Uhm Jung Hwa whets appetites for her upcoming film Best Seller here, and Han Ji Hye showed her passion for fashion week this year in NYC, and snapped these pics.