First Love (1996 TV series)

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First Love
Genre Romance, Drama
Written by Jo So-hye
Directed by Lee Eung-jin
Starring Bae Yong-joon
Choi Soo-jong
Lee Seung-yeon
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 66
Location(s) Korea
Running time Saturdays and Sundays at 19:55 (KST)
Original channel Korean Broadcasting System
Original run 7 September 1996 (1996-09-07) – 20 April 1997 (1997-04-20)
Preceded by Men of the Bath House
Followed by A Bluebird Has It
First Love
Revised Romanization Cheot Sarang
McCune–Reischauer Chǒt Sarang

First Love (Hangul: 첫사랑; RR: Cheot Sarang) is a South Korean television series starring Bae Yong-joon, Choi Soo-jong and Lee Seung-yeon. It aired on KBS2 from September 7, 1996 to April 20, 1997 on Saturdays and Sundays at 19:55 for 66 episodes.

It is currently the number one highest-rated Korean drama of all time based on single episode viewership ratings, reaching 65.8% on its April 10, 1997 episode.[1] Its average rating for its entire run was 47.1%.


Depicting the afflictions of youth, First Love is the story of two brothers who fall for the same woman.

Sung Chan-woo and Sung Chan-hyuk live in the poor suburbs of Seoul with their father, trying to get through the hardships of life. When Chan-woo (Bae Yong-joon) finds out that his high school crush Hyo-kyung (Lee Seung-yeon) is dating his older brother Chan-hyuk (Choi Soo-jong), his heart breaks. But not all is rosy between Hyo-kyung and Chan-hyuk, as Hyo-kyung's rich gangster father and uncle are unhappy about their precious girl dating a poor aspiring artist, and wreak havoc on their relationship. When a mysterious accident caused by Hyo-kyung's uncle leaves Chan-hyuk in a paralyzed state, Chan-woo, by then a rebellious law student, gives up a promising career and joins the underground world of the mafia so he can seek revenge on Hyo-kyung's family in payment for his own family's suffering. Waiting patiently in the wings is Suk-hee (Choi Ji-woo) who has never given up on her love for Chan-woo.


  • Bae Yong-joon as Sung Chan-woo
  • Choi Soo-jong as Sung Chan-hyuk
  • Lee Seung-yeon as Lee Hyo-kyung
  • Song Chae-hwan as Sung Chan-ok (Chan-hyuk and Chan-woo's sister)
  • Choi Ji-woo as Kang Suk-hee
  • Park Sang-won as Kang Suk-jin (Suk-hee's brother)
  • Lee Hye-young as Park Shin-ja
  • Son Hyun-joo as Ju Jung-nam (guitarist)
  • Bae Do-hwan as Oh Dong-pal
  • Jo Kyung-hwan as Lee Jae-ha (Hyo-kyung's father)
  • Yoon Mi-ra as Hyo-kyung's mother
  • Kim In-moon as Sung Duk-bae (Chan-woo's father)
  • Jeon Yang-ja as Chairman Jun (Suk-jin's mother)
  • Park Jung-soo as Shin-ja's mother
  • Kim Tae-woo as Park Hyung-ki (Chan-woo's classmate)
  • Song Hye-kyo as one of the students being tutored by Hyo-kyung
  • Park Sang-min
  • Lee Kyung-shim
  • Park In-hwan
  • Cha Tae-hyun as Chan-woo's friend

International broadcast[edit]

Due to Bae Yong-joon's popularity post-Winter Sonata, First Love was aired in Japan on NHK in 2005.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Top 50 highest-rated TV dramas of all time". Electric Ground. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ "KBS drama First love shows an audience rating of eye-opening 2% level in Japan". Hancinema. 7 April 2005. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

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