A Thousand Kisses (TV series)
|A Thousand Kisses|
Promotional poster for A Thousand Kisses
|Written by||Park Jung-ran|
|Directed by||Yoon Jae-moon|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||50|
|Running time||60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays at 20:40 (KST)|
|Original channel||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original run||20 August 2011– 5 February 2012|
|Preceded by||Twinkle Twinkle|
|Followed by||God of War|
|Revised Romanization||Cheonbeon-ui Immatchum|
A Thousand Kisses (Hangul: 천번의 입맞춤; RR: Cheonbeon-ui Immatchum) is a 2011 South Korean television series, starring Seo Young-hee, Ji Hyun-woo, Ryu Jin and Kim So-eun. It explores the question of age differences in romance. It aired on MBC from August 20, 2011 to February 5, 2012 on Saturdays and Sundays at 20:40 for 50 episodes.
Woo Joo-young (Seo Young-hee) is the eldest daughter in the family and have come through hardships in life thanks to her bright and caring personality. Her husband Tae-kyung has an affair which ends in their divorce. One day, Joo-young takes her son Chan-noh to a soccer game and meets Jang Woo-bin (Ji Hyun-woo), a former national soccer player who’s now a sports agent. Chan-noh warms to Woo-bin and this leads to a close friendship between Joo-young and Woo-bin. Woo-bin romances the divorced single mom, but their differences in age, social status and life experience create obstacles to their relationship.
Jang Byung-doo (Lee Soon-jae) is the chaebol head of a resort group who falls in love with his caregiver Yoo Ji-sun (Cha Hwa-yeon), and they marry. (In real life the actors have a 25-year age gap; Lee is 75 and Cha is 50.)
Meanwhile, the chaebol’s son Jang Woo-jin (Ryu Jin) is the cold and haughty planning manager at his father’s resort, who has a strained relationship with his father marked by lingering resentment — he feels Dad showed little kindness to his mother, who died of a hereditary illness. Woo Joo-mi (Kim So-eun) is a freelance reporter for a magazine who doesn’t remember her own mother’s face, having been raised by her older sister Joo-young and grandmother. She falls for Woo-jin at first sight despite their 9-year age difference, and thanks to her proactive personality, tackles her crush head-on. Rather than suffering from lovesickness on her own, she goes after him assertively, and wins him over by melting his icy exterior with her optimistic, affectionate nature.
- Seo Young-hee - Woo Joo-young
- Ji Hyun-woo – Jang Woo-bin
- Ryu Jin – Jang Woo-jin (Woo-bin's cousin)
- Kim So-eun – Woo Joo-mi (Joo-young's younger sister)
- Cha Soo-yeon – Han Yoo-kyung (Woo-bin's first love)
- Shim Hyung-tak as Park Tae-kyung
- Lee Soon-jae as Jang Byung-doo
- Cha Hwa-yeon as Yoo Ji-sun
- Goo Seung-hyun as Park Chan-noh
- Kim Chang-sook as Min Ae-ja
- Jung Ga-eun as Jang Hye-bin
- Jung Jae-soon as Yum Jung-soon
- Nam Ji-hyun as Jang Soo-ah
- Ban Hyo-jung as Cha Kyung-soon
- Lee Mi-young as Oh Bok-joo
- Lee Ja-young as Yang Joon-hee
- Kim Chang-wan as Jang Byung-shik
- Yoon Doo-joon as Yoon Ki-joon (cameo)
- Lee Min-ho as Moon Gi-joon (cameo)
- Yoo Yeon-seok as Hyung-soo, soccer player
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- "Actress Kim So-eun Seeking New Challenges". The Chosun Ilbo. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-08-06.
- Park, Hyun-min (12 December 2011). "Interview: Kim So Eun Says Bright Characters Have Changed Her Personality". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-06.