Nominees for the 2015 Korea Drama Awards

The nominees for the 2015 Korea Drama Awards were announced earlier today (September 9th) and competition is fierce for who will win the Daesang and Top Excellence awards. MBC’s popular drama “Kill Me, Heal Me” is the most nominated drama, lead actor Ji Sung is nominated for the Daesang, whilst lead actress Hwang Jung Eum is nominated for Top Excellence Actress, the drama itself is also nominated for Best Drama. The 2015 Korea Drama Awards will be held on the 6th of October 2015 at Jinju, South Gyeongsang Province.¬† Continue reading

I Remember You: A Review

If you had told me a few weeks ago that I Remember You would be the show to shake me out of the epic drama slump that I found myself in following Kill Me, Heal Me, I would have scoffed. And yet, here we are. Nothing in the promotional material for I Remember You warned me that this would be such a thought-provoking, well-plotted and brilliantly-acted little drama, but it was the very best of surprises. Imagine how bright and promising kdramaland would be if there were more dramas like this.

Note: Please be warned that this review *will* have spoilers right up to the end; it’s impossible to review even the acting of certain roles without revealing character mysteries!

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Nominees Announced for the APAN Star Awards 2014

It’s awards season again, the time of year when top stars trot out to accept recognition for their work in TV/film/entertainment and impress (or shock) us all with their red carpet fashion choices. The list of nominations have been released for the APAN Star Awards 2014, which covers all dramas that aired on the Big 3 channels (SBS, MBC, KBS) as well as cable networks from October 1st, 2013 to September 31st, 2014. Along with the nominee roster is confirmation of the special guest performers who will grace the event, which includes Chen of EXO, Ailee, Red Velvet, T-ara and Dae Guk Nam Ah.

The APAN Star Awards is part of the Daejeon Drama Festival and a relatively new event – this year will mark the third time the awards have been held. This year’s ceremony will take place on November 15th (5:00-10:00 PM KST) at the Hall of Jeongsimhwa International Cultural Center, Chungnam National University in Daejeon.¬†Despite its fairly new status, it’s an interesting way to see which dramas and its actors stood out most across the board (the network-hosted award shows every year are really an excuse for broadcasters to give everyone who gave them ratings a pat on the back).

With that said, the nominees this year are fairly obvious on the whole (in particular, Kim Soo Hyun and Jeon Ji Hyun being nominated for You Who Came From the Stars and Jo In Sung and Gong Hyo Jin for It’s Okay, It’s Love in the Top Excellence Actor/Actress categories), though not without its fair share of head-scratchers (like Kang So Ra and Jin Se Yeon both being nominated for Excellence Actress for Doctor Stranger – why that drama is even included on an awards list is beyond me). There’s also the Daesang to consider – last year’s Daesang was taken home by Song Hye Kyo for That Winter, The Wind Blows. I’d say it’ll come down to either Stars or It’s Okay, It’s Love for the big winners, but we won’t know until November 15th – in the meantime, what are everyone’s choices for each category?

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Jang Hyuk & Jang Nara for Korean Remake of ‘Fated to Love You’?

Is this the year for Korean remakes of Taiwanese/Japanese dramas or what? After the buzzed-about Nodame Cantabile remake and the less buzzed-about remake of My Queen (Witch’s Romance), it appears that next on the cards is MBC’s planned adaptation of Taiwanese massive hit drama Fated to Love You (or I Love You Like Fate, a working title as well as the literal translation of the drama’s title in Korean), with Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara offered the lead roles.

JANG HYUK! Wait, let me catch my breath.

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