Month: November 2010

Recap: Sungkyunkwan Scandal Ep. 18

The lot of fathers isn’t easy. To paraphrase the Swedish writer August Strindberg, daddy’s thankless role requires him to be the provider for all and the enemy of all. In this episode, as one man’s legacy comes to light, another finds himself embroiled in a cold war with his only son. Moral of the story: think twice before having children.  (more…)

Running Men Run Rings Around Haru

So, I finally got around to watching Haru, KTO’s hallyu tourism campaign and I am sorry to say that it did not inspire me to visit Korea at all. To be fair, I thought the interactive element was quite clever (the movie contains tags that you collect to form a virtual guidebook. You need to watch it on the official website to do this though.) However Haru was so dull I stopped watching it midway through. Not even Kim Bum, who I adore, could convince me to finish it.


Recap: Sungkyunkwan Scandal Ep. 17

Our fair heroes find themselves on a mission to locate the Geum Deung Ji Sa, and as they inch closer to their goal, strained family ties come under further duress and sacrifices are made. Will they come out of this unscathed? (You already know the answer to this, but let’s just relive the journey, okay?)  (more…)

10asia Interview with Yoo Ah-In

Credit: Chae Ki-won/10asia

Credit: Chae Ki-won/10asia

10asia has posted a fantastic interview with the man behind everyone’s favourite rebel with a cause. And by fantastic, I mean that it’s a very candid and thoughtful piece. Normally, I skim through celebrity interviews because they’re just so politically correct and boring. However, if you’ve read YAI’s past interviews, you’ll know that he isn’t someone given to mindless self-promotion.

In this interview, he talks about his role as Jae-shin (of course), acting, writing and his desire for freedom and personal space. When the promotional clips for Sungkyunkwan Scandal first made their appearance on YouTube, there were many comments about how quiet he was during the interviews. I think you’ll be able to understand why that was the case from reading this one.  (more…)

Recap: Sungkyunkwan Scandal Ep. 16

Please don’t get your hopes up. Sadly, this isn’t what it looks like.

This episode is all about fan service. Locking your OTP up in the same room? Check. Putting them in various suggestive situations? Check. Having two hot guys clash butts over a girl? Check. Forget about the plot. It’ll be back in the next episode.  (more…)

Recap: Sungkyunkwan Scandal Ep. 15

One of these boys will be happier by the time this episode is over

It’s the episode everyone has been waiting for! (Well, it was two weeks ago.) Confessions abound as In-soo’s nefarious plan falls apart yet again.

For this episode, you’ll need:

1) A box of tissues (or two) to stop your nose from bleeding/wipe away your tears

2) Masking tape to bind your heart together again after Jae-shin breaks it

Sungkyunkwan Scandal DVD: Director’s Cut

The Hong Byuk Seo would like to make a Public Service Announcement

Okay, you guys. I am beside myself with excitement: For those of you who haven’t heard, this is your chance to speak up and ask for a Director’s cut of Sungkyunkwan Scandal.

What goes into a Director’s Cut you ask? Plenty of fan-servicey things like Behind the Scenes footage, interviews, bloopers, deleted scenes and English subtitles (very important!)

Now here’s the catch: the Director’s Cut isn’t a sure thing yet. The higher powers that be are asking for a list of 3,000 names before they’ll even consider doing this. So far, more than 1,200 people have signed up but looking at the numbers, it’s obvious we need more names.

The price hasn’t been confirmed but you can expect the DVD to cost around US$130 (excluding, I’m assuming, postage.)

If you’d like to show the Jalgeum Quartet some love and have a say in what goes into the Director’s Cut, please visit and follow Cecilia’s instructions.

Thank you, everyone!