I CANNOT GIVE OUT TOO MUCH OF A COMMENT REGARDING ANY PRODUCTION FLAWS BECAUSE MOST OF THE TV SERIES IN EVERY COUNTRY ALWAYS HAVE FLAWS. IT IS ONLY THE PRODUCTION PEOPLE, INCLUDING THE PRODUCERS, DIRECTORS, AND WRITERS WOULD KNOW WHY.
DESPITE OF THE FLAWS, IT IS BETTER TO ENJOY THE STORIES INSTEAD.
Age of Feeling (Hangul: 감격시대; RR: Gam-gyeog-si-dae) is an upcoming South Korean television series starring Kim Hyun-joong, Im Soo-hyang and Kim So-eun. Based on themanhwa by Bang Hak-gi (published daily by Sportsseoul from June 1985 to June 1988), it depicts the loves, friendships and patriotism of young Korean independence fighters in1930s Shanghai.
- Kim Hyun-joong as Shin Jung-tae
- Im Soo-hyang as Ga-ya
- Kim So-eun as Yoon Ok-ryun
- Jung Ho-bin
- Park Cheol-min
- Son Byung-ho
- 'Sun reaching for the moon': Destined to be the first Sun, he experiences love for the first time when he meets Yeon-woo; unfortunately she suddenly falls ill and dies. Eight years later he becomes a King who hardly smiles. One day, he encounters a shaman who resembles Yeon-woo. Naming her Wol, he starts to have doubts on her death and decides to investigate.
- 'Moon embracing the sun': Destined to be the first Moon, she was born in the interim of Ari's execution. The daughter of a noble family who is gaining power in the royal court, who is smart, bright and well-loved. Chosen as the Crown Princess, she mysteriously fell ill and passed away before the royal wedding ceremony. Just when she was believed to be dead, she was saved by Jang Nok-young, the head shaman upon the request from her late friend Ari. However, Yeon-woo lost all her memories. Eight years later, she returns to the palace as a shaman, who is named Wol by Lee Hwon. Lee Hwon must decide if he loves Yeon Woo or the female shaman Wol.
- 'Overshadowed by the sun': The second Sun, he is the elder half brother of Lee Hwon. He always seems to be unfairly treated by his father, King Seongjo, however his father reveals that while Yang Myung is still his beloved son, he is treated harshly to protect Lee Hwon. Seemingly a carefree man while he is fiercely loyal to those he loves, he has to struggle between his long, unrequited love for Yeon-woo and his brotherhood with Lee Hwon.
- The second moon who enters the palace as a playmate for Princess Minhwa. She was used as a tool by the Dowager Queen to achieve more power by trying to make her the Crown Princess, which was successful after Yeon-woo's supposed death. Later, she became Lee Hwon’s queen. Although she loves Lee Hwon all her life, Lee Hwon loves Heo Yeon Woo deep inside.
- AVERAGE OVERALL RATING IN KOREA: 45%
In March 2012, the drama's broadcast rights were sold to eight Asian countries, including Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Awards and nominations
|2012||Best Drama (Television)||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|
|Best Actor (Television)||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best New Actor (Television)||Yeo Jin-goo||Nominated|
|Best New Actress (Television)||Kim Yoo-jung||Nominated|
|Best Original Soundtrack||"Back in Time" - Lyn||Nominated|
|Silver Award of Best Foreign TV Series||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|
|Drama of the Year||Moon Embracing the Sun||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Han Ga-in||Won|
|Best Child Actor||Yeo Jin-goo||Won|
|Best Child Actress||Kim Yoo-jung||Won|
|Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Yang Mi-kyung||Won|
|Writer of the Year||Jin Soo-wan||Won|
|Popularity Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
One of the Very Best Love Stories you will never forget!
- Lee Bo-young as Lawyer Jang Hye-sung / Kim So-hyun (18 years old) as young Hye-sung - She’s a daughter of a poor, loving mother, and worked very hard in school to become a lawyer. After being falsely accused of causing the firework incident, she gets expelled from high school. After witnessing Park Soo-ha's father's death, she acts as a witness. Eventually, she meets Soo Ha ten years later who is an intelligent senior high school student.
- Lee Jong-suk as Park Soo-ha / Goo Seung-hyun (9 years old) as young Soo-ha - He receives a secret ability of being able to read people's minds by seeing their eyes after witnessing his father's death. After Jang Hye-sung testifies in court, he swore that he would protect and guard her if he ever meet her again. 10 years later, he meets Jang Hye-Sung, now a public defender.
- Yoon Sang-hyun as Lawyer Cha Gwan-woo - He is a silly, goofy, though intelligent public defender. He helps Jang Hye-sung and later develops a crush on her.
- Lee Da-hee as Prosecutor Seo Do-yeon / Jung Min-ah (18 years old) as young Do-yeon - She’s a capable prosecutor and comes from elite family, her father is a judge and her mother is a doctor. She pushed herself to be a perfect woman as she wants to be a perfect daughter for her parents. Hye-sung was her rival in the high school. She almost lost her sight when a firework exploded and she believed that Hye-sung caused that accident although Hyesung denied it strongly.
Jang Hye Sung (Lee Bo Young-Save the Last Dance) and Cha Gwan Woo (Yoon Sang Hyun-My Fair Lady) are public defenders (public attorneys) who take on the toughest cases with less than 1% chance of winning.
Defender Jang Hye Sung is a bold, sassy character with a prickly edge and a sharp tongue; while Cha Gwan Woo, formerly a very good cop now a defending lawyer who has got the swag and intellect to catch a thief and even to defend a criminal in the court of justice.
Park Soo Ha (Lee Jong Suk) who has the ability to hear people's thoughts. He teams up with the two lawyers with different personalities and charisma in court to investigate cases, and he is described as the quintessential man-boy: confusingly both manly and boyish, and mysteriously charming. With a promise to protect Lawyer Jang from a criminal who keeps haunting them, his savior whom he had searched for ten (10) years, and loves her with all his heart, eventhough he is 9 years younger than her.
HIGHLY, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
- Song Seung-heon - Han Tae-sang
- Tae-sang is a thug, a cold-hearted loan shark who survives his boss's betrayal and steps up from right-hand man to head of the gang. Then he falls in love for the first time, and leaves it all behind in the name of love, morphing into a successful businessman.
- Shin Se-kyung - Seo Mi-do
- A hardworking young woman who comes from a poor family.
- Chae Jung-an - Baek Seung-joo
- The ex-girlfriend of Tae-sang's old mob boss, who is in love with Tae-sang.
- Yeon Woo-jin - Lee Jae-hee
- A confident young man who's used to winning at everything. Tae-sang supported him through post secondary education but his friendship with Tae-sang turns to rivalry when both are in love with Mi-do.
Channel Country Debut date Finale date No. of Episodes Broadcast date & time ABS-CBN Philippines November 18, 2013 TBA TBA Monday-Friday, 10:00pm - 10:45pm
How does a Real Man fall in love?
- Kim Tae-hee - Jang Ok-jung
- Kang Min-ah - young Jang Ok-jung
- Yoo Ah-in - Lee Soon (later King Sukjong)
- Chae Sang-woo - young Lee Soon
- Hong Soo-hyun - Queen Inhyeon
- Jae Hee - Hyun Chi-soo
- Baek Seung-hwan - young Hyun Chi-soo
- Lee Sang-yeob - Prince Dongpyeong
- Han Seung-yeon - Choi Suk-bin
- Sung Dong-il - Jang-hyeon
- Kim Sun-kyung - Queen Myeongseong
- Lee Hyo-chun - Dowager Queen Jo
- Lee Dong-shin - Kim Man-gi
- Bae Jin-seob - Hyun-moo
- Lee Hyo-jung - Min Yoo-joong
- Kim Seo-ra - Lady Yoon, Ok-jung's mother
- Go Young-bin - Jang Hee-jae
- Kim Ha-eun - Queen Ingyeong
Jang's Mother, Lady Yun
- Queen Jeonghui of the Papyeong Yun clan (정희왕후 윤씨) - Queen Consort of King Sejo.
- Queen Munjeong of the Papyeong Yun clan (문정왕후 윤씨) - Queen Consort of King Jungjong.
Jang's Tomb: Daebinmyo
|Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama (Silver Bird Prize)|| |
Vampire Prosecutor (Hangul: 뱀파이어 검사; RR: Baempaieo Geomsa) is a 2011 South Korean television series, starring Yeon Jung-hoon, Lee Won-jong, Lee Young-ah and Kim Joo-young. The crime procedural drama tells the story of a prosecutor who hides his identity of being a vampire and solves crimes with his special powers.
- Yeon Jung-hoon as Min Tae-yeon, prosecutor
- Lee Young-ah as Yoo Jung-in, prosecutor
- Lee Won-jong as Hwang Soon-bum, detective
- Kim Joo-young as Choi Dong-man, intern
THIS IS THE KIND OF VAMPIRE MYSTERY CASE-ISSUE STORIES I LIKE. The series is very engaging and I would not want to miss any episode because it is really interesting. It is not a scary drama but it with more action scenes on the part of Yeon Jung Hoon. He is really very good at fighting and I am so impressed. I would say that he is one of the best action stars in the Korean Entertainment Industry.
I am looking forward to watch the second season of this drama. The first season is already addicting, how much more the second season. I think this is the continuation of the first. And by this time, he may be having a good relationship with his co-prosecutor, Lee Yong Ah.
Vampire Prosecutor should have been aired under any of the biggest Korean networks instead of being shown in Korean cable which is OCN. This would have gotten a much higher rating if shown on local tv channel.
Trivia: Actor Yeon Jung Hoon is the husband of Han Ga In, the lead actress in The Moon Embraces the Sun.
- Main Cast
A nobleman named Kim Eun-oh (Lee Joon-gi) comes to town searching for his mother after hearing a rumor that she is staying at the village of Miryang. He has the special ability to see spirits, but pretends he doesn't because he gets annoyed when spirits come up to him asking for a favor.
- Lee Joon-gi - Kim Eun-oh
- Shin Min-ah - Arang/Lee Seo-rim
- Yeon Woo-jin - Joo-wal
- Hwang Bo-ra - Bang-wool, shaman
- Kwon Oh-joong - Dol-swe, Eun-oh's manservant
- Han Jung-soo - Mu-young, head ghost reaper
- Kang Moon-young - Lady Seo, Eun-oh's mother
- Kim Yong-gun - Lord Choi
- Yoo Seung-ho - Jade Emperor, King of Heaven
- Park Joon-gyu - Yama, King of the Underworld
- 2012 20th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards: Best Supporting Actor - Kwon Oh-joong
- 2012 MBC Drama Awards: Best Couple Award - Lee Joon-gi and Shin Min-ah
- 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards: Outstanding Korean Drama Actor - Lee Joon-gi
- 2013 Seoul International Drama Awards: Excellent Korean Drama
Lee Joon Gi was the second lead actor in My Girl in 2006 and lead actor in Iljimae 1 in 2008, and also the main actor in action - drama "2 Weeks".
Cast and Characters
- Moon Geun-young - Han Se-kyung
- Han Se-kyung is an optimistic girl living her life with the belief that "hard work is my strength." After countless job interviews, she finally gets hired by an apparel company. But not as a designer; instead, she becomes an errand girl for the president's wife. This makes her rethink her past and makes her determined to change her future.
- Park Si-hoo - Cha Seung-jo / Jean Thierry Cha
- The Korean president of Artemis, a famous luxury brand. Although he was born into a rich family, he is estranged from his father and built his company based on his own hard work. He says he will never trust women again after getting hurt by one; actually, he desires true love more than anybody else.
- So Yi-hyun - Seo Yoon-joo
- Ever since she was a young girl, Seo Yoon-joo had wanted to enter Cheongdam-dong. After using several methods, she finally becomes a "Cheongdam-dong daughter-in-law." She was once Han Se-kyung's rival in high school, and used to be jealous of her.
- Kim Ji-seok - Tommy Hong
- A famous Korean designer, who moonlights as a matchmaker for upper crust families. At first, he schemes against Han Se-kyung for ruining his plans for an arranged marriage between Cha Seung-jo and Shin In-hwa. But later he admires her tenacity and helps her.
- OVERALL RATINGS IN KOREA :
- Lee Joon-gi as Gyeom/Yong/Iljimae - A no-good, lazy gangster by day but a mysterious thief who protects the citizens when the night comes.
- Han Hyo-joo as Eun Chae - A lovely and kind girl of noble birth who seems to be fated both for and against Gyeom.
- Lee Young-ah as Bong Soon - A funny, silly swindler who was orphaned as a girl and also is connected to Gyeom's past.
- Park Si-hoo as Cha Dol/Shi Hoo - Once a poor boy, he was told at the age of nine that his father was actually his adopted father. He is sent to his "real father", Magistrate Byun Shik, and becomes Eun Chae's half-brother and an Imperial Guard. However, Magistrate Byun Shik is not his real father. He and Iljimae have the same real birth father, Lee Won Ho. His dream is to catch Iljimae so that he can finally become a nobleman.
- Japan - So-net TV began broadcasting the series on November 24, 2008 along with other dramas. Hallyu channel Mnet began re-airing the series starting August 25, 2009 for its third run in total on Japanese television.
- 2008 SBS Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actor: Lee Joon-gi
- Best Supporting Actor in a Special Drama: Lee Moon-sik
- New Star Award: Han Hyo-joo
- Best Child Actor: Yeo Jin-goo
- Best Child Actress: Kim Yoo-jung
- Netizen Popularity Award: Lee Joon-gi
Dream High (Korean: 드림하이) is a South Korean television series broadcast by KBS in 2011. It features miss A's Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara's Eunjung, IU and 2PM (Taecyeonand Wooyoung).
The drama was popular among teenagers, and brought in Korean viewership ratings in the 18 to 20 percent range during its two-month run.
- Suzy as Go Hye-mi
- Kim Soo-hyun as Song Sam-dong
- Taecyeon as Jin-gook/Hyun Shi-hyuk
- Eunjung as Yoon Baek-hee
- Wooyoung as Jason
- IU as Kim Pil-sook
- Uhm Ki-joon as Kang Oh-hyuk
- Lee Yoon-ji as Shi Kyung-jin
- Park Jin-young as Yang Jin-man
- Lee Byung-joon as Principal Shi Bum-soo
- Lee Yoon-mi as Maeng Seung-hee
- Baek Won-kil as Gong Min-chul
- Bae Yong-joon as President Jung Ha-myung
- Joo Young-hoon as the composing teacher
- Sumi Jo as herself
- Kim Hyun-joong as himself
- Nichkhun as Lee Lia's CF partner
- miss A as flash mob dancers
- 2AM as flash mob dancers
- Dal Shabet as Baek-hee's Kirin students
- Japan: Tokyo Broadcasting System - 29 July 2011
- Philippines: ABS-CBN - 16 April to 15 June 2012
- Vietnam: HTV2
- Malaysia: 8TV
- Indonesia: Indosiar
- Singapore: E City
- Kazakhstan: El Arna
- Peru: Panamericana Televisión
- Taiwan: ETTV Variety
- Turkey: TRT - 14 January to 3 March 2012
- Thailand: CH7
- Romania: Euforia TV
- Middle East: MBC 4 - 25 August 2013
- Italy: Super! - 2 September 2013
What can I say, I LOVE IT!
The story of each teenage student in Kirin Arts Academy with individual talents and goals. They all dream of becoming famous one day in the entertainment industry as they compete with the other students' capabilities while they struggle in surviving with their own destiny, and personal issues.
Just like the cast in Monstar, the voices of the cast in Dream High are all remarkable. The edge of Dream High is that its settings or outside locations are not limited to just school and their place of rehearsals. The location settings are in different places, and they even went to Japan to perform, showcasing their singing and dancing skills, and they really worked as a group. It is fun to watch them because they perform Korean Pop. Unlike in Monstar, what I hear mostly is Acoustic Pop but I never doubted the cast's remarkable voices, too as they sang live.
Dream High was not boring to watch because the teachers were really very funny especially JYP himself, the manager and owner of JYP entertainment that handles KPOP superstars 2PM, 2AM, Miss A, etc.
Guess what, I also cried in one of the scenes in the story. It was when Marco Song could not sing on stage because of his disability, but Kelly Goo helped him out so he could be able to sing well on stage. Song Sam-Dong's (Marco Song) voice is very nice! And he and Suzy sing with a very nice blending together.
Oh, the love story among friends, Go Hye-Mi (Kelly Goo), Song Sam-dong (Marco Song), and Hyun Shi-hyuk (Gino Hyun). You will want the two (2) guys to end up with Kelly but of course, you will have to select only one. Who among the two will win Kelly's heart?
And the best friend of Kelly who turned into a bad girl after passing the Kirin auditions. She will do what it takes to become famous and become better than Kelly.
The story has so much lessons to learn for the young ones to follow and remember as they follow their dreams.
Note: Just like in Monstar, the ending is not a disappointment, though, but will leave you surprised and wish for more.
Monstar (Hangul: 몬스타; RR: Monseuta) is a 2013 South Korean television series starring Yong Jun-hyung, Ha Yeon-soo, and Kang Ha-neul. It aired on music channel Mnet (and simultaneously on tvN). The drama is about how a group of teenagers are healed through the power of music.
- Ha Yeon-soo as Min Se-yi
- Kang Ha-neul as Jung Sun-woo
Monstar Members (acoustic pop, acoustic rock, pop rock, upbeat pop, ballad)
- Dahee as Kim Na-na
- Kim Min-young as Shim Eun-ha
- Park Kyu-sun as Cha Do-nam
- Kang Ui-shik as Park Kyu-dong
All For One Members (classical music)
- Moon Yong-suk as Ma Joon-hee
- Kim Yoo-hyun as Ma Hyo-rin
- Yoon Jong-hoon as Shin Jae-rok
This is the second drama from TVN (the other was the Queen and I) that I appreciated though the last part just left me hanging on how the life of each character and their feelings and relationship with each other turned out to be. Maybe there will still be a part 2. Despite of this, I highly recommend that you watch this drama. It was beautifully made.
Ma Hye-ri (played by Kim So-yeon)
- Seo In-woo (played by Park Si-hoo)
- Yoon Se-joon (played by Han Jung-soo)
Overall Rating in Korea : 10.4%
- Lee Kwang-soo as Park Jae-gil
- Lee Yu-bi as Kang Choco
- Lee Sang-yeob as Park Joon-ha
- Kim Tae-hoon as Ahn Min-young
- Yang Ik-june - Han Jae-sik
- Kim Yeong-cheol as Seo Jung-gyu
Awards and Nominations
|2012||Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Song Joong-ki||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Song Joong-ki||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Song Joong-ki and Moon Chae-won||Won|
|Netizens' Award||Moon Chae-won||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Moon Chae-won||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actor||Song Joong-ki||Won|
|2013||Best New Actress (TV)||Lee Yu-bi||Nominated|
|20's Booming Star - Female||Lee Yu-bi||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Drama||The Innocent Man||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Actor||Song Joong-ki||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Moon Chae-won||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Drama OST||"Love is like a Snowflake" - Junsu||Nominated|
|"Really" - Song Joong-ki||Nominated|
- Lee Seung-gi as Choi Kang-chi - A half-man, half-gumiho who longs to become fully human. He originally had a one-sided love for Chung Jo, but soon slowly fell in love with Yeo-Wool.
- Suzy as Dam Yeo-wool - A martial arts instructor at her father's school, she is particularly skilled with a bow and arrow. When she was younger, Kang-chi saved her from being attacked by a dog and she never forgot about him. She then falls in love with him when they meet again. She also accepts Kang-chi for who he is inside even though he is a divine creature that many people are afraid of.
- Lee Sung-jae as Jo Gwan-woong - A villainous nobleman. He lusted after Seo-hwa, then framed and killed her father, destroying many lives. He is now the mastermind behind a string of murders and a traitorous plan against Joseon, and hunts down Kang-chi.
- Sung Joon as Gon - He has a one-sided love for Yeo-wool, for whom he serves as bodyguard. He also has a bickering relationship with Kang-chi.
- Yoo Yeon-seok as Park Tae-seo - He is a cool-headed, responsible scholar who helps his father Mu-sol run their inn. He comes under a curse that makes him think Kang-chi murdered his father, testing the bonds of their friendship and brotherhood.
- Lee Yu-bi as Park Chung-jo - Kang-chi's first love. When they were younger, she used to be selfish, knowing that Kang-chi liked her. But after a family tragedy, she is forced to become a gisaeng and realizes her feelings for him.
I may have mentioned that there are no loopholes, however, I am always curious about the kind of laws and political policies that Korea had in every dynasty. Because as I was watching Faith and The Story of Kang Chi, it was taking so long to ever capture the culprit or mastermind eventhough the evidences are already obvious and there are witnesses. For example in The Story of Kang Chi, the culprit was never summoned to imperial court for the injustices that occurred in those towns or provinces affected by the cruelty of the culprit; there were no reports that reached the Palace nor an investigation which should have been done to obtain evidences and present to court. I wanted to see more special effects or perhaps magical effects which Kang Chi could have done since he is half a Mythical Creature. And since Kang Chi's father came back to life as an evil spirit, I was expecting that there could be more dark effects, etc. Maybe it is how the story really goes-- hehe. Despite of that, I still like the story itself.
|Channel||Country||Debut date||Finale date||Broadcast date & time||Info|
|ABS-CBN||Philippines||August 19, 2013||TBA||Monday-Friday, 5:00pm||This Series will be Premiered in the Philippines under The Title Of "The Love Story Of Kangchi". Sabay Natin by Daniel Padilla will be the Philippine OST of this drama|
Awards and Nominations
|2013||Mnet 20's Choice Awards||20's Drama Star - Male||Lee Seung-gi||Nominated|
|20's Drama Star - Female||Suzy||Won|
|20's Booming Star - Female||Lee Yu-bi||Nominated|
|8th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama||Gu Family Book||Pending|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Suzy||Pending|
|Outstanding Korean OST||Spring Rain - Baek Ji Young||Pending|
|Don't Forget Me - Suzy||Pending|
It has reached an average of 18% viewership in Korea from the start of it's airing up to the last episode.
Reel to real-life romance
On June 7 after the last broadcast, the production held a special fan meeting to celebrate the ending of the drama. During the cast interviews, Ji Hyun-woo made a surprise public declaration that he was in love with co-star Yoo In-na, shocking fans and press alike. This sparked a media frenzy in the following days, during which their agencies remained mum on the issue and the two stars lay low, except for a reassuring message to his fans that Ji posted on Twitter on June 11. After gossip website Sportsseoul.com photographed the couple together on a midnight date at a park in Bundang,Gyeonggi, where Yoo lives, Yoo confirmed their relationship on her radio show the next day, June 18. She said, "We decided that he will stop being In-hyun’s Man and instead, start being Yoo In-na’s Man."
A romantic comedy drama about a classic scholar who arrives 300 years into the modern times from the Chosun through time warp and meets a delinquent actress.
- Ji Hyun-woo - Kim Boong-do
- Yoo In-na - Choi Hee-jin
- Kim Jin-woo - Han Dong-min, Hee-jin's ex-boyfriend
- Ga Deuk-hee - Jo Soo-kyung, Hee-jin's friend and manager
- Jin Ye-sol - Yoon-wol
Philippines from April to June 2012
I am beginning to learn Korea's history due to the random stories and scenes that TV Korean productions are showing based on true Korean history through Faith and Queen and I.
- Kim Tae-hee as Lee Seol
- Song Seung-hun as Park Hae-young
- Park Ye-jin as Oh Yoon-joo
- Ryu Soo-young as Nam Jung-woo
Story of a gambler and con man (played by Zo) pretends to be the long-lost brother of a blind heiress (played by Song), but these two damaged people come to find the true meaning of love after meeting each other.
- Singapore : One Channel - The broadcast rights were purchased by Singapore immediately after the drama's premiere in February. It is unusual for dramas to be sold and shown overseas before it had finished its original run in Korea. The premiere episode on March 13, 2013 surpassed its target rating of one percent.
- Japan - scheduled to air in August
Jo In-sung as Oh Soo - An orphan who doesn't care about anything after the death of his first love, he becomes a high-class gambler and playboy. Desperate to find money to repay a debt or forfeit his own life, he becomes a con artist who sets sights on a new target: Oh Young, pretending to be her long-lost brother.
- Song Hye-kyo as Oh Young - She became estranged from her mother and older brother when her parents divorced when she was a child. Now legally blind, she is the sole heiress to a giant conglomerate after her father passes away.
- Kim Bum as Park Jin-sung - Soo's best friend and right-hand man. Loyal and hot-headed, Jin-sung dreams of scraping up enough money to buy his father an organic cattle farm.
- Jung Eun-ji as Moon Hee-sun - Younger sister of Hee-joo, Soo's first love. Hee-sun is a quirky, tomboyish girl with a deep fondness for flowers. Though Hee-sun tries to despise Soo after he leaves Hee-joo, she finds that she cannot, and instead helps him in his scheme.
- Bae Jong-ok as Wang Hye-ji - Officially a secretary, she runs the company and is Young's caretaker.
- Kim Tae-woo as Jo Moo-chul - A gangster, with past ties to Soo, Jin-sung, and Hee-sun.
- Kim Kyu-cheol as Jang Sung - Family lawyer of the Oh's.
- Kim Young-hoon as Lee Myung-ho - Young's fiance.
Awards and Nominations
|Best Director (Television)||Kim Kyu-tae||Won|
|Best Actress (Television)||Song Hye-kyo||Nominated|
|Silver Award for Best Foreign TV Series||That Winter, the Wind Blows||Won|
|20's Drama Star - Male||Zo In-sung||Nominated|
|20's Drama Star - Female||Song Hye-kyo||Nominated|
|Actor||Drama character||Manga character||Characteristics|
|Choi Minho||Kang Tae-joon (Paul John Kang)||Izumi Sano||He is a high jump athlete who holds the best record in the World Junior Championship. He receives love from fangirls for his outstanding looks that match his national representative rank. He is dull and only says what he wants to, and he does not show much interest for the fangirls that follow him. After he injured himself and knew he'd still be disabled even if he recovered, he announced he wouldn't high jump any more. He later regains his lost laughter after meeting his new roommate, Jae-hee, who he eventually falls in love with.|
|Sulli Choi||Goo Jae-hee/Jay Dawson (JC Goo)||Mizuki Ashiya||Relocated to the US when she was five, she was amazed when she saw Kang Tae-joon in a high jump competition. Determined to see him, she masqueraded as a male student to transfer to all-boy Genie High School. (Sulli, known for her feminine look and long hair, cut 60 cm of her hair for the role in the drama.)|
|Lee Hyun-woo||Cha Eun-gyeol (Lyndon Cha)||Shuichi Nakatsu||He is a charming soccer player who likes to joke and very active. He is the mood creator wherever he goes. Even though he has many people around him because of his outstanding skill and looks, he has never been in love. He initially was sure that he likes a girl, but when he realizes that he likes Jae-hee, he gets completely confused and begins to doubt his sexuality. He was also angry and upset when he finds out that Jae Hee was lying to him (that she was a boy).|
- Channel: ABS-CBN
- It broadcast from April 15, 2013 to June 21, 2013 at 5:10 pm for 49 episodes
Cast and Characters
- Kim Hee-sun - Yoo Eun-soo
- 2012 Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actress: Kim Hee-sun
- 2012 SBS Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries: Lee Min-ho
- Top 10 Stars: Lee Min-ho
- New Star Award: Park Se-young
City Hunter is a 2011 South Korean television drama series starringLee Min-ho, Park Min-young, Lee Joon-hyuk, Kim Sang-joong, Kim Sang-ho, Hwang Sun-hee, Goo Ha-ra, Chun Ho-jin and Lee Kwang-soo. It is based on the Japanese manga series City Hunter written and illustrated by Tsukasa Hojo.
- Lee Min-ho as Lee Yoon-sung/Buchai (Johnny Lee)
- Park Min-young as Kim Na-na (Nana Kim)
- Lee Joon-hyuk as Kim Young-joo (Jiro Kim)
- Philippines - The ABS-CBN network aired the show dubbed in Tagalog during primetime from January 23, 2012 to April 13, 2012. A rerun, called "City Hunter Returns," aired in the network's "Kapamilya Gold" afternoon program lineup from July 9, 2012 to September 7, 2012.
- Japan: Fuji TV from February 6 to 29, 2012 five episodes a week for an hour at 2pm. The series aired in Japan in the same time-slot as Lee Min-Ho's previous drama "Personal Taste" which was airing on TBS. The series was then rerun again starting March 29th 2012 on cable channel BS Fuji on Tuesdays at 7pm.
Personal Taste (Hangul: 개인의 취향; Hanja: 凱茵取向; RR: Kaeinui Chwihyang; MR:Kaein-ŭi Ch‘wihyang; lit. "Kae-in's Taste" or "Kae-in's Preference"; also known asPersonal Preference) is a 2010 South Korean television series, starring Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho. It is adapted from Lee Se-in's 2007 novel of the same name about a furniture designer, Park Kae-in, who lives together with architect Jeon Jin-ho under the mistaken assumption that he's gay.
- 2010 MBC Drama Awards: Excellence Award, Actor - Lee Min-ho
- 2010 GyaO! Awards (Japan): Best/Most Shared Foreign Drama - Personal Taste
Overall Rating in Korea : 13%
In this drama, you will always laugh in every scene because of the comedic acting of the actors-actresses in every episode. It is very interesting to watch, not dragging, not corny, and not superficial. Worth watching! Two Thumbs Up!
They are really a perfect match in these tv series.
I especially like this drama-romance series. The actors here are always shedding bucket of tears, full of emotions, and interesting scenes.
I also love the theme song. And Eugene's singing voice is fresh.
By the way, only in 2007 that Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young started dating. And on September 2013, they tied the knot.
- Eugene as Ji Eun-soo
- Eun-soo falls in love with Hyun-woo while helping him recover his memory and they were engaged to be married before he vanishes. She searches for him and works in his company, determined to try to get him to remember the time he spent with her.
- Ji Sung as Kang Hyun-woo
- Hyun-woo is the heir to a large Korean conglomerate. He loses his memory after a failed attempt on his life by Tae-min, a rival who wants control of the company. He is affectionately called "Baek Chang-ho" by Eun-soo when he could not recall his name.
- Ryu Soo-young as Jung Tae-min
- Tae-min is a confidante of Hyun-woo's father. He is loyal to the family and is a hardworking guy but there's more to him than meets the eye. Every decision he makes is a ploy to deceive Hyun-woo's family in order to take control of the company. He falls in love with Eun-soo in the middle of the drama.
- Lee Bo-young as Yoon Soo-jin
- Soo-jin was Hyun-woo's fiancee-to-be. Even after the "death" of Hyun-woo, she's still devoted to him and waited for his return. At first she was nice and caring, until Eun-soo steps into the picture which drove Soo-jin to the point where she tries to commit suicide.
- Lee Hye-young as Kang Hyung-jung
- Kim Mu-saeng as Chairman Kang
- Kim Young-ran as Ms. Park
- Park In-hwan as Eun-soo's father
- Kim Min-jung as Ms. Oh
- Kim Min-joo as Ahn Jang-mi
- Ahn Sun-young as Choo Sun-young
- Suh Kyung Suk as Park Ho-jin
- Kim Hong-pyo as Choi Suk-koo
- Kang Ji-hwan as Shin Jung-kyu
- Shin Kwi-sik as Yoon Ui-won
- Kim Hyung-ja as Ms. Son Yoo Rim
- Kim Byung-ki as Joo Sa-rang
After the very first Korean TV Series, The Truth, that boarded the Philippine Television through ABS-CBN, this is the second but one of the Best Korean TV Series in Romance-Comedy setting that I have come to love and will never be forgotten. I have also cried and got affected by the scenes where the grandfather had forced both leads to separate after finding the truth to what they had planned in order to save the grandfather's life. The reason why I became affected was because I had been following the story so much and had loved their chemistry that I had put myself in their shoes.
I could really feel the heartbreak and longing for each other of the two lead characters. It made me cry, too.
- Lee Da-hae as Joo Yoo Rin - a tour guide in a small company in charge of running mini tours in the Jeju Island of South Korea. Her father is a gambling addict, but despite all the debts that he runs up, Yoo Rin always finds a way to help repay them. She leads a below-average life but is happy as long as she has her dad around her. Because of her father's gambling ways, she has had to move from country to country whenever her father runs from one place to another to avoid their debtors. This has in turn brought her the ability to converse fluently in Chinese and Japanese, which are of great help as a tour guide whenever she has to entertain tourists from China and Japan.
- Lee Dong-wook as Seol Gong Chan - the only heir of the owner of L'Avenuel Hotel, which is one of the top hotels in Korea. His grandfather, Seol Woong, charges him with the duty of finding his granddaughter, who is also Gongchan's cousin. Seol Woong had disowned his own daughter, Gongchan's aunt, when she decided to marry a man not of his choice. However, when Seol Woong had a change of heart and wished to accept his daughter back, an earthquake struck where his daughter lived, and since then, he has lost all contact with his kin and perhaps the chance to make amends for his own stubbornness, to take care of his granddaughter and hopefully make things right.
- Lee Joon-gi as Seo Jung Woo - the son of one of the main shareholders of L'Avenuel Hotel and also the best friend of Seol Gongchan. Unlike Gongchan who is responsible and hardworking, Jung Woong is a flirt who is known to have many girlfriends.
- Park Si-yeon as Kim Se Hyun - the girlfriend of Seol Gongchan. A rising star in the tennis world, she returns to Korea to look for Gongchan as she cannot forget him.
|Kim Chiu||Jasmine Estocapio (Joo Yoo Rin)||She is from Cebu. She speaks Tagalog and Chinese. Streetsmart and optimistic, she manages to always get her and her father out of trouble. After pretending to be Hannah for Julian's sake, she falls in love with him. But Nico falls in love with Jasmine too. When the secret spills out what will happen??|
|Gerald Anderson||Julian Abueva (Seol Gong Chan)||A workolic who tries very hard to please those he cares about. Upon meeting Jasmine, Julian's life will get turned upside down, but for that he will fall head over heels in love with her.|
|Enchong Dee||Nico Legaspi (Seo Jung Woo)||With his charm and irresistible good looks, Niko can make any girl fall in love with him, except for the one girl ( Jasmine) who truly captured his heart. Upon meeting her, he will discover that there's more to life than just the pleasure of women. However as he discovers Jasmine's true identity, he will also find out her love for his best best friend Julian.|
|Alex Gonzaga||Christine||If worse comes to worst, Christine is someone whom Jasmine can depend on whenever she’s in trouble. Aside from being a tour guide like Jasmine, Christine also works as a beautician/hairstylist in her mother’s salon parlor. Christine is looking for someone special.|
|Ronaldo Valdez||Gregory "Greg" Abueva||A self-made millionaire who had made cruel decisions in the past. Now that he’s suffering from a serious ailment, he wants to correct his mistakes by asking Julian to find his long-lost granddaughter: Hannah|
|Bing Loyzaga||Bel Abueva||She’s the only one her father could count on ever since her elder sister eloped with a poor man. Because of her unwavering dedication to their family, she ends up becoming a spinster who dotes on her nephew, Julian.|
|Lito Pimentel||Chito Estocapio||A widower who raises his daughter Jasmine the best way he knows. His lack of education, however, forces him to rely on gambling as a means of income. But because he often loses, he ends up running to Jasmine for help.|
|DJ Durano||John||Aside from being a loyal bodyguard/driver of Lolo Greg, he is also an aspiring sculptor who keeps his talent a secret. His stature in life stops him from revealing his long-hidden feelings for Auntie Bel.|
|Kaye Brosas||Tessie Legaspi||Her late husband was Lolo Greg’s business partner in their hotel chains. This company vice president is an ambitious woman who desperately wants to take over the presidency of the business.|
|Regine Angeles||Shiela||She is Julian’s ever-efficient executive assistant and confidante in his search for his long-lost cousin. As her family’s breadwinner, her job is really important to her.|
|David Chua||Jeffrey||He is Christine's twin brother, as well as Jasmine’s close friend. This certified nerd undergoes a makeover when he meets Sheila and develops a huge crush on her.|
|Nicole Uysiuseng||Hannah Abueva/Miranda Castro||She is the long-lost grand daughter of Greg Abueva, the millionaire owner of the hotel. She is the cousin of Julian. She is staying with her step auntie named Nena, until Chito unveils the truth about who she really is.|
|Robi Domingo||Vincent||A rich guy who met Hannah in school, also the cousin of Samboy. He owns the auto-repair shop where Samboy currently works. He is also in love with Hannah.|
|Josef Elizalde||Samboy||He is the so called enemy of Tita Nena because he was courting Hannah although he is a clumsy boy who has no money and yet, he still pursues his love for Hannah.|
|Keanna Reeves||Nena||Hannah's step aunt who is taking care of her while her step parents are abroad. She dislikes Samboy.|
|Malou Crisologo||Tilde||The Mother of Cristine and Jeffrey.|
- My Girl by Sam Milby
- Sabihin Mo Na by Yeng Constantino
- Crazy Love (Chinese Version) by Kim Chiu
- Gulo, Hilo, Lito by Acel van Ommen
- Kahit 'Di Mo Napapansin by Richard Poon
- Pusong Lito by Kim Chiu
- Sabihin Mo Na by Kim Chiu & Gerald Anderson
International Broadcast of the Filipino Version
Was also shown in Taiwan.
- Go Soo as Lee Jung-hyun/Zhang Zhongyuan
- Lee Da-hae as Oh Soo-ah
- Lee Jong-hyuk as Director Shin Hyun-tae
- Kim Seo-hyung as Cha Yoo-ran
- Sunwoo Jae-duk as Seo Jun-moo
- Jung Sang-hoon as Kim Dong-wook
- Zhang Kang'er as Chen Daren
- Park Sang-myun as Lee Choon-bok
- Han Jin-hee as Chairman Oh Byung-moo
- Seo Jin-ah as Hong So-ra
- Lee Won-jae as Yoo Kwang-il
- Sung Dong-il as Jung Taek-soo
- Kang Shin-il as Investigator Jo
- Choi Sang-hoon as Prosecutor Oh
- Yoo Jung-ki as Prison Guard Ahn
- Jang Hoon as Investigator Kim
- Lee Seung-ho as Chief Judge
- Byeon Hee-bong as Prosecutor
- Jung Hye-sun as Han Myung-sook
- Kim Ji-young as Park Soon-nyeo
2011 The Philippines' Remake
Cast and Characters
- Jericho Rosales as Jerome Delgado/Lee Jung Soo
- Anne Curtis as Angela Tuazon
- Jake Cuenca as Edward Fuentebella
- Alessandra De Rossi as Geena Rallon
- Susan Africa as Linda Reyes-Delgado
- Gardo Versoza as David Tobias
- Ricardo Cepeda as Ricardo Tuazon
- Leo Rialp as Lito Cruz
- Janus Del Prado as Johnson Bayoran
- Simon Ibarra as Ruben Torillo
- Ping Medina as Ariel Fernandez
- Kitkat as Mara
- Smokey Manaloto as Nelson de Guia
- Edgar Sandalo as Freddie Ramos
- Jong Cuenco as Atty. Fidel Santos
- Menggie Cobarrubias as Atty. Rogelio Yumul
- Raymond Concepcion as Atty. Roberto Plata
- Raymond Lim as Nestor Castor
- Gio Marcelo as Juanito Limbaga
- Greggy Santos as Francis
- Pica Lozano as Joseph
- Andrei Garcia as Bullet
- Joyce So as Lingling
- Albert Martinez as Darren Lee
- Carla Guevarra as Sofia Tuazon
- Froilan Sales as Danny Crisostomo
- Gilette Sandico as Nelia Parcon-Crisostomo
- Veyda Inoval as Young Angela
- Yoon Eun-hye as Go Eun-chan
- Gong Yoo as Choi Han-gyul
- Lee Sun-gyun as Choi Han-seong
- Chae Jung-an as Han Yoo-joo
- Lee Eon as Hwang Min-yeop (waiter at Coffee Prince)
- Kim Dong-wook as Jin Ha-rim (waiter at Coffee Prince)
- Kim Jae-wook as Noh Sun-ki (waffle chef at Coffee Prince)
- Kim Chang-wan as Hong Gae-shik
- Kim Young-ok as Han-gyul and Han-seong's grandmother
- Kim Ja-ok as Han-gyul's mother
- Choi Il-hwa as Han-gyul's father
- Park Won-sook as Eun-chan's mother
- Han Yeh-in as Go Eun-sae (Eun-chan's younger sister)
- Yoon Seung-ah
- 2008 20th Korea PD (Production Director) Awards
- Best TV Drama
- 2008 44th Baeksang Arts Awards
- Best TV Actress: Yoon Eun-hye
- Best New TV Director: Lee Yoon-jung
- 2007 MBC Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actress: Yoon Eun-hye
- Excellence Award, Actor: Gong Yoo
- PD Award: Kim Chang-wan
- Nomination - Best Drama
- Nomination - Excellence Award, Actress: Chae Jung-an
- Nomination - Excellence Award, Actor: Lee Sun-gyun
- Nomination - Best New Actor: Lee Eon
- Nomination - Best Couple Award: Yoon Eun-hye and Gong Yoo
- Nomination - Best Couple Award: Chae Jung-an and Lee Sun-gyun
- Nomination - Popularity Award: Gong Yoo
- Nomination - Popularity Award: Yoon Eun-hye
- Kim Hee-sun - Ha Min Kyung
- Go Soo - Shin Young Ho
- Park Han-byul - Su Yeon
- Son Chang-min - Mun Dongku
- Kwon Hae-hyo
- Shin Jung-hwan
- Park Joo-mi
- Kim Jung-nan
- Lee Soon-jae - Mun Dae-cha (Young-ho's illegitimate biological father)
- Sunwoo Eun-sook - Oh Nam Sook (Young Ho's mother)
- Im Hyun-Sik - Ha Yeon-ku (Min Kyung's father)
- Jung Wook - Moon Dae Pyeong (Dong Kyu's's father)
- Jung Jae-soon - Baek Seol Hwa (Dong Kyu's mother)
- Han Chae-young - Cha Eun Jae
- Jo Hyun-jae - Han Yi Joon
- Lee Chun-hee - Jung Hyun Sung
- Hong Soo-hyun - Ji Soon Yeon
Despite her mother's protests, Jillian (Angel Locsin) pursues her dream of becoming a chef by joining a cooking contest where she gets a chance to study culinary arts in different Asian countries. Before anyone can stop her, she is already on her way to South Korea with her long-time best friend, Jonathan (Diether Ocampo). But it soon becomes clear to her that skill alone is not enough to make her pass such a difficult course. So in her desperate attempt to succeed and create a good life for her family, she goes in search for a woman who can teach her a winning recipe.
Then she crosses paths with TJ (Sam Milby), an arrogant, wealthy businessman who is looking for his mother, the same woman Jillian is after. They hardly get along yet they eventually end up having a one-night stand as Jillian momentarily makes him forget about his worries about his mom's second marriage. They go their separate ways the next morning after a misunderstanding. It's only later on that Jillian finds out that she's pregnant, which means that she can't continue her studies. Then a twist of fate brings them together again in the Philippines six years after that fateful encounter abroad.
- Angel Locsin as Jillian Mendoza
- Sam Milby as Theodore "TJ" Javier Jr.
- Diether Ocampo as Jonathan Sembrano
- Iya Villania as Trixie Gonzales
- Tirso Cruz III as Theodore "Teddy" Javier Sr.
- Dimples Romana as Dina Javier
- Bing Pimentel as Erika Javier
- Irma Adlawan as Corazon "Cora" Mendoza
- Vice Ganda as Bicky Tio
- Al Tantay as Fernando "Nanding" Mendoza/Ramon
- Dick Israel as Rodolfo "Rod" Sembrano/Elvis
- Ella Cruz as Andrea Mendoza
- Elijah Magundayao as Joshua Mendoza Javier
- Candy Pangilinan as Chef Minnie
- Melanie Marquez as Ms. Palmira Lapuz
- Franzen Fajardo as Aji
- Justin Cuyugan as Vince Lapuz III
- JC Cuadrado as Derek
- Gabe Mercado as Boyet Marcos
- Carla Humphries as Agnes Aguire
- Jose Sarasola as George
- Matt Ranillo III as Victor Vasquez
- Ian Galliguez as China
- Angel Sy as Young Jillian
- Jacob Rica as Young TJ
- Francis Magundayao as Young Jonathan
- Rose de Guzman as Young Trixie