I Am Sam (TV series)

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I am Sam
Also known as I'm Sam
I am Your Teacher
Genre Romance, Comedy
Based on Kyōkasho ni Nai! 
by Kazuto Okada
Written by Lee Jin-mae
Directed by Kim Jung-gyu
Starring Yang Dong-geun
Park Min-young
Park Jun-gyu
Son Tae-young
T.O.P
Country of origin South Korea
No. of episodes 16
Production
Producer(s) Lee Jae-sang
Running time 60 minutes on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channel KBS2
Original run August 6, 2007 (2007-08-06) – October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)
Chronology
Preceded by Conspiracy in the Court
Followed by Evasive Inquiry Agency
External links
Website

I am Sam (Hangul: 아이엠샘; RR: A-i Em Saem) is a 2007 South Korean television series starring Yang Dong-geun, Park Min-young, Park Jun-gyu, Son Tae-young, and T.O.P in his acting debut. It aired on KBS2 from August 6 to October 2, 2007 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes. Based on the Japanese comic series Kyōkasho ni Nai! (in English, Not in a Textbook! or Very Private Lesson), Yang plays a geeky, straight-arrowed, under-qualified high school teacher who becomes a live-in tutor for the troublemaking daughter of a notorious gangster, in exchange for one million won.[1]

The title is a word play since sam in Korean roughly translates to "teacher" in slang, thus the international title, I am Your Teacher.

Plot[edit]

Yoo Jae-gon (Park Jun-gyu), head of an infamous gangster organization, becomes troubled by the future prospects of his only daughter, Eun-byul (Park Min-young), who refuses to study. Then coincidence or fate brings together Eun-byul and goofy-looking high school teacher Jang Yi-san (Yang Dong-geun) in a somewhat sticky situation. After finding out that Yi-san can actually inspire his troublesome daughter to focus on her studies, Jae-gon offers a deal to Yi-san: become his daughter's private tutor in exchange for one million won. The catch is Yi-san has to move in with her. And the money? It's given as security for his own life.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Park Chae-kyung as Min Sa-kang (Eun-byul's friend)
  • Park Jae-jung as Kim Woo-jin (Mr. Yoo's right-hand man)
  • Jo Hyang-ki as Hong Dae-ri (Mr. Yoo's assistant)
  • Kwak Ji-min as Da-bin
  • Dan Ji as Ye-bin
  • Ban So-young as Hyo-bin
  • Lee Min-ho as Heo Mo-se (Principal's son)
  • Choi Jae-hwan as Han Tae-sung (Moo-shin's friend)
  • Park Chul-ho as Kim In-seol
  • Kim Yoo-bin as Kim Hee-chul
  • Ryan as Ji Seon-hoo
  • Kim Hong-shik as Park Nam-kyu
  • Yoo Tae-woong as Go Dong-sool
  • Choi Joo-bong as Heo Deok-bae (Principal)
  • Park Sang-hyun as Park Han-suk
  • Shin Pyo as Kang Ha

Reception[edit]

I Am Sam received average viewership ratings of around 6.5%.[4]

Awards[edit]

Source material[edit]

  • Title: Not in the Textbook! (also known as Very Private Lesson) (教科書にないッ! Kyōkasho ni Nai!?) (Hangul: 교과서엔 없어!; RR: Gyo-goa-seo-en Up-Sseo!)
  • Original story: Kazuto Okada (岡田和人)
  • Genre: Comedy, Romance
  • Age rating: 10+

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Choi, April (31 July 2007). "Actor Yang Back in New Drama". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Yang Dong-geun Prepares to Release New Album". KBS Global. 4 October 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  3. ^ "Doll-Like Actress Park Min-young Captures Viewers' Hearts". KBS Global. 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-01. 
  4. ^ "Popularity rating of dramas in 2007, from top 5 to bottom 5". Hancinema. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

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