King of Baking, Kim Takgu
|King of Baking, Kim Takgu|
Promotional poster for King of Baking, Kim Takgu
|Also known as||Bread, Love and Dreams|
Slice of life story
|Written by||Kang Eun-kyung|
|Directed by||Lee Jung-sub|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Running time||60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Original channel||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original run||9 June 2010– 16 September 2010|
|Preceded by||Cinderella's Sister|
|Followed by||The Fugitive: Plan B|
|King of Baking, Kim Takgu official KBS website|
|Revised Romanization||Jeppangwang Gim Takgu|
|McCune–Reischauer||Cheppangwang Kim T'akku|
King of Baking, Kim Takgu (Hangul: 제빵왕 김탁구; hanja: 製빵王 金卓求; RR: Jeppangwang Gim Takgu, also known as Bread, Love and Dreams or spelled as Takgoo), is a 2010 South Korean drama television, starring Yoon Shi-yoon, Eugene, Joo Won and Lee Young-ah. It tells the story of how a determined young baker overcomes many trials towards his goal of becoming the best baker in Korea. This story takes place in the 1970s to 1990s, starting after his conception and finishing when he reaches his mid-20s. It aired on Korean Broadcasting System (KBS2) from June 9 to September 16, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 30 episodes. The series is considered the breakout role of lead actor Yoon Si Yoon catapulting him to immense popularity as well as receiving much praise for his sincere acting.
The series was one of the most watched shows in South Korea in 2010, with a final episode viewership rating of 50.8% becoming the 25th highest rated drama of all time.
Kim Takgu is the eldest son of Gu Il Jong, the chairman of Geosung Foods Enterprise, and Kim Misun, his mistress. The Chairman’s wife, Insok, is furious with her husband and shuns Takgu. When his mother is kidnapped, Takgu runs away from home and spends the next 12 years looking for her. In his journey, he enters a baking school owned by Pal Bong who is a legend in the baking industry. Coincidentally, he was also Takgu's father's teacher. In said school, Takgu also finds Jo Jingu, the man who kidnapped his mother. Jo Jingu tells Takgu that she accidentally fell of a cliff. Takgu decides to stay at the bakery and learn the art of making bread, like his father did before him. Majun, Takgu’s half-brother, is also at the school, hoping to learn about baking to win his father’s approval and take over the family business. He lives under an assumed name and never reveals his true identity. Majun still nurses a hatred for Takgu from their childhood. It is later revealed that Takgu’s mom is not dead and that she is looking for him. The Chairman, who also spent the past 14 years looking for Takgu, eventually finds out that he is at the bakery and is furious at Majun for not telling him. The Chairman wants Takgu, his eldest son, to take over the family business instead of Majun. Rejected, Majun plots to steal Takgu’s childhood friend, Shin Yukyeong, and embarrass his family in the process. Takgu eventually finds his mother, but Insok and her lover (and the Chairman’s assistant), Han, plot to rob Takgu of his inheritance to let Majun take the Chairman’s position. When the Chairman finds out, Han attempted to murder Takgu, but Takgu is saved by Jo Jingu. Meanwhile, Majun’s plan to embarrass his family works, but it doesn’t give him the satisfaction he expects. He reaches a truce with Takgu and the two agree to let their older sister, Gu Jakyung, run the company. The show ends with Takgu continuing to work at the bakery with his girlfriend, Yang Misun, while Majun decides to travel around the world with his new bride, Shin Yukyeong. Manager Han is imprisoned and the Chairman is happy that at last, his loved ones found happiness.
- Yoon Si Yoon (윤시윤) as Kim Takgu
- Oh Jae Moo (오재무) as Kim Takgu (child)
- Although he is the eldest son of Food baking industry legend SAMHWA Enterprise’s President Gu Il Joong and his mistress.He is much hated by his father’s legitimate family despites his instinct talent in baking. He was eventually dethroned from his rights to succeed his father due to a conspiracy and had to start building up his career again right from the bottom, facing many difficulties and trials.
- Eugene (유진) as Shin Yoo Kyung
- Jo Jung Eun (조정은) as Shin Yoo Kyung (child)
Having grown up poor and living with an alcoholic father, Yu Kyung has always wanted a better life. Takgu was the one who was always her side when she was young and in difficult. She is known as an unreachable goddess to everyone around as she is both ruthless and elegant at the same time. Although Yu Kyung is in love with Tak Goo but due to her ambitions she got trapped into a loveless marriage after she threw away love in place of getting power.
- Joo Won (주원) as Gu Majun
- Shin Dong-woo (신동우) as Gu Majun (child)
Temperamental and inconsistent, once he has his mind set on anything, he'll find every way and means to get whatever he wants or fulfilling any promise he makes to himself. He was supposed to be his father’s successor if his half-blood brother, Tak Goo didn’t appeared. He is feeling jealous of his brother’s talents and his position. Ma Jun often have the feeling of wanting to crush his brother which eventually leads him to an unfortunate end.
- Choi Yoon-young (최윤영) as Gu Jarim
- Kim So-hyun (김소현) as Gu Jarim (child)
- Lee Young Ah (이영아) as Yang Misun
Yang Mi Seon is a Patissier who works along with Tak Goo after his inheritance was taken away from him as both of them are learning their baking skills from her grandfather. Although she thinks that Tak Goo as her rival at first, she falls in love with Tak Goo due to his nice personality. She finally won Tak Goo's heart over Yu Kyung. Being the complete opposite of Yu Kyung, Mi Seon values her friendship, love and family above anything else and is willing to sacrifice herself for the sake of others.
- Jang Hang Sun (장항선) as Pal Bong (Misun's grandfather)
- Park Sang Myun (박상면) as Yang Inmok (Misun's father)
- Hwang Mi Sun (황미선) as Oh Youngja (Misun's mother)
- Jung Sung Mo (정성모) as Han Seung Jae
- Park Sung Woong (박성웅) as Jo Jingu
- Lee Han Wie (이한위) as Heo Gapsoo
- Jeon Mi-seon (전미선) as Kim Misun
- Jung Hye Sun (정혜선) as Madam Hong
- Kwon Yong Woon (권용운) as Shin Bae (Yoo Kyung's father)
- Park Yong Jin (박용진) as Go Jaebok
- Kang Chul Sung (강철성)
The show was well received in South Korea, receiving a record viewer rating of 50.8%. Audiences were attached to the show because of its underdog vs. society theme. Naver listed it as the most searched for item in South Korea of 2010.
On December 20, 2010, the series received presidential honors in a ceremony that thanked cultural content producers for their achievements. In its 2010 Republic of Korea Content Award ceremony, the state-run Korea Creative Content Agency named the year’s winner as a part of a ceremony which is given to those who contribute to the overseas boom of Korean pop culture.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||9 June 2010||15.7% (6th)||16.3% (6th)||14.2% (6th)||13.8% (7th)|
|2||10 June 2010||16.9% (5th)||18.4% (1st)||14.4% (6th)||14.5% (7th)|
|3||16 June 2010||28.5% (1st)||29.1% (1st)||26.4% (1st)||28.3% (1st)|
|4||17 June 2010||25.3% (2nd)||26.4% (2nd)||24.2% (2nd)||26.3% (2nd)|
|5||23 June 2010||28.5% (2nd)||28.6% (2nd)||27.1% (2nd)||28.4% (2nd)|
|6||24 June 2010||32.2% (1st)||32.5% (1st)||31.1% (1st)||31.8% (1st)|
|7||30 June 2010||33.4% (1st)||33.6% (1st)||31.0% (1st)||32.2% (1st)|
|8||1 July 2010||35.8% (1st)||35.9% (1st)||31.6% (1st)||30.8% (1st)|
|9||7 July 2010||38.1% (1st)||38.6% (1st)||33.4% (1st)||34.7% (1st)|
|10||8 July 2010||34.5% (1st)||34.9% (1st)||33.0% (1st)||33.8% (1st)|
|11||14 July 2010||35.9% (1st)||35.2% (1st)||34.1% (1st)||34.0% (1st)|
|12||15 July 2010||36.9% (1st)||36.1% (1st)||35.3% (1st)||35.2% (1st)|
|13||21 July 2010||38.5% (1st)||37.7% (1st)||37.3% (1st)||37.0% (1st)|
|14||22 July 2010||38.4% (1st)||36.5% (1st)||37.9% (1st)||38.2% (1st)|
|15||28 July 2010||39.7% (1st)||39.2% (1st)||36.6% (1st)||35.7% (1st)|
|16||29 July 2010||39.9% (1st)||38.6% (1st)||37.9% (1st)||38.1% (1st)|
|17||4 August 2010||42.5% (1st)||42.3% (1st)||39.5% (1st)||39.8% (1st)|
|18||5 August 2010||44.4% (1st)||44.0% (1st)||40.5% (1st)||40.2% (1st)|
|19||11 August 2010||44.9% (1st)||44.0% (1st)||42.3% (1st)||42.4% (1st)|
|20||12 August 2010||44.6% (1st)||43.8% (1st)||42.6% (1st)||43.9% (1st)|
|21||18 August 2010||44.0% (1st)||42.6% (1st)||41.9% (1st)||42.4% (1st)|
|22||19 August 2010||43.7% (1st)||42.9% (1st)||42.3% (1st)||41.9% (1st)|
|23||25 August 2010||44.1% (1st)||44.1% (1st)||43.6% (1st)||44.6% (1st)|
|24||26 August 2010||44.7% (1st)||44.2% (1st)||41.9% (1st)||41.9% (1st)|
|25||1 September 2010||45.8% (1st)||44.9% (1st)||44.0% (1st)||44.4% (1st)|
|26||2 September 2010||48.4% (1st)||47.2% (1st)||45.0% (1st)||46.1% (1st)|
|27||8 September 2010||47.5% (1st)||47.0% (1st)||43.3% (1st)||43.2% (1st)|
|28||9 September 2010||48.2% (1st)||46.4% (1st)||44.7% (1st)||44.5% (1st)|
|29||15 September 2010||46.5% (1st)||45.5% (1st)||45.3% (1st)||44.2% (1st)|
|30||16 September 2010||50.8% (1st)||49.7% (1st)||49.3% (1st)||48.3% (1st)|
On September 2nd 2010 it was announced that the rights to broadcast the series had been sold to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia. In Japan the series began airing on July 14th 2011 on Fuji TV. Lead actor Yoon Shi-yoon also flew to Japan on July 22nd to participate in several promotional events for the dramas release. The show is available online in the United States on Hulu.
- 2010 3rd Korean Drama Awards: Male Rookie of the Year(Yoon Shi-yoon)
- 2010 3rd Korean Drama Awards: PD Opera Direction Award (Lee Jung-sub)
- 2010 3rd Korean Drama Awards: Soap Opera Writer Award (Kang Eun-kyung)
- 2010 47th Baeksang Art Awards: Director Award (Lee Jung Sub)
- 2010 Korean Drama Awards: Best New Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- 2010 18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards: Popularity Award,Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Top Excellent Award mini series, Actress (Jun In Hwa)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Excellent Award mini series, Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Excellent Award mini series, Actress (Eugene)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Writer Award (Kang Eun-kyung)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Young Actor Award (Oh Jae Mo)
- 2010 KBS Drama Awards: Best Couple Award (Yoon Shi-yoon and Lee Young Ah)
- "Top 10 Most Popular Searches of 2010". Arirang News. 29 December 2010. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- Chung, Jin-hong (24 September 2010). "The lesson of the happiest bread". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- Lee, Chang-sup (16 December 2010). "What Korea is searched in 2010". Korea Times. Retrieved 17 January 2013.
- "Drama ‘Kim Tak-goo’ receives presidential honors". Joongang Daily. 23 December 2010. Retrieved 17 January 20113.
- "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-10-31.