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)
|Production company(s)||Samhwa Networks|
|Original channel||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original release||9 June 2010– 16 September 2010|
|Preceded by||Cinderella's Sister|
|Followed by||The Fugitive: Plan B|
|Related shows||Baker King|
|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), 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 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 Shi-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( 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 attempts 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 Shi-yoon as Kim Takgu
- Oh Jae-moo as young Kim Takgu
- Eugene as Shin Yoo-kyung
- Jo Jung-eun as young Shin Yoo-kyung
- Joo Won as Gu Majun
- Shin Dong-woo as young Gu Majun
- Lee Young-ah as Yang Misun
- Gu family
- Ha Seung-ri as teenage Gu Jakyung
- Kang Ye-seo as young Gu Jakyung
- Choi Yoon-young as Gu Jarim
- Kim So-hyun as young Gu Jarim
- Yang family
- Jang Hang-sun as Pal-bong (Misun's grandfather)
- Park Sang-myun as Yang Inmok (Misun's father)
- Hwang Mi-sun as Oh Youngja (Misun's mother)
- Extended cast
- Jung Sung-mo as Han Seung-jae
- Park Sung-woong as Jo Jingu
- Lee Han-wi as Heo Gapsoo
- Jeon Mi-seon as Kim Misun
- Jung Hye-sun as Madam Hong
- Kwon Yong-woon as Shin Bae (Yoo-kyung's father)
- Park Yong-jin as Go Jaebok
- Kang Chul-sung
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%||16.3%||14.2%||13.8%|
|2||10 June 2010||16.9%||18.4%||14.4%||14.5%|
|3||16 June 2010||28.5%||29.1%||26.4%||28.3%|
|4||17 June 2010||25.3%||26.4%||24.2%||26.3%|
|5||23 June 2010||28.5%||28.6%||27.1%||28.4%|
|6||24 June 2010||32.2%||32.5%||31.1%||31.8%|
|7||30 June 2010||33.4%||33.6%||31.0%||32.2%|
|8||1 July 2010||35.8%||35.9%||31.6%||30.8%|
|9||7 July 2010||38.1%||38.6%||33.4%||34.7%|
|10||8 July 2010||34.5%||34.9%||33.0%||33.8%|
|11||14 July 2010||35.9%||35.2%||34.1%||34.0%|
|12||15 July 2010||36.9%||36.1%||35.3%||35.2%|
|13||21 July 2010||38.5%||37.7%||37.3%||37.0%|
|14||22 July 2010||38.4%||36.5%||37.9%||38.2%|
|15||28 July 2010||39.7%||39.2%||36.6%||35.7%|
|16||29 July 2010||39.9%||38.6%||37.9%||38.1%|
|17||4 August 2010||42.5%||42.3%||39.5%||39.8%|
|18||5 August 2010||44.4%||44.0%||40.5%||40.2%|
|19||11 August 2010||44.9%||44.0%||42.3%||42.4%|
|20||12 August 2010||44.6%||43.8%||42.6%||43.9%|
|21||18 August 2010||44.0%||42.6%||41.9%||42.4%|
|22||19 August 2010||43.7%||42.9%||42.3%||41.9%|
|23||25 August 2010||44.1%||44.1%||43.6%||44.6%|
|24||26 August 2010||44.7%||44.2%||41.9%||41.9%|
|25||1 September 2010||45.8%||44.9%||44.0%||44.4%|
|26||2 September 2010||48.4%||47.2%||45.0%||46.1%|
|27||8 September 2010||47.5%||47.0%||43.3%||43.2%|
|28||9 September 2010||48.2%||46.4%||44.7%||44.5%|
|29||15 September 2010||46.5%||45.5%||45.3%||44.2%|
|30||16 September 2010||50.8%||49.7%||49.3%||48.3%|
- At The End of The Day (하루의 끄테) – V.O.S
- Love You to Death (죽또록 사랑해) – KCM feat. Soul Drive
- That Person (그 사람) – Lee Seung-chul
- Only One (단 한사람) – Bada
- Hope is a Dream That Doesn’t Sleep (희망은 잠들지 않는 꿈) – Kyuhyun (Super Junior)
- For Me (나를 위해) – Michelle Yoo-jin
- Only You (너 하나만) – Yoon Shi-yoon
- It Was Love (사랑이야) – Lee Young-ah
- My Love (내사랑) – Joo Won
- Now Go and See (지금 만나러 간다) – Code V
- Best New Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- Best Director in a Serial Drama (Lee Jung-sub)
- Best Writer in a Serial Drama (Kang Eun-kyung)
2010 18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
- Popularity Award, Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- Top Excellence Award, Actress (Jeon In-hwa)
- Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Production Drama (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Production Drama (Eugene)
- Best Writer (Kang Eun-kyung)
- Best Young Actor (Oh Jae-moo)
- Best Couple Award (Yoon Shi-yoon and Lee Young-ah)
- Best TV Director (Lee Jung-sub)
The drama aired worldwide with English subtitles via KBS World.
On September 2, 2010 it was announced that the rights to broadcast the series had been sold to China, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and Cambodia. The drama first aired in Japan on cable channel DATV beginning on December 12, 2010. The series began re-airing in Japan on July 14, 2011 on terrestrial network Fuji TV; lead actor Yoon Shi-yoon flew there on July 22 to participate in several promotional events for the drama's release. This was followed by re-airing on Japanese Hallyu channel KNTV from April 11 to July 24, 2013.
In the Philippines, the drama aired dubbed into Tagalog under the title The Baker King on the GMA Network beginning January 3, 2011. For most of its run, it the was the highest rated and most watched show in the country.
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