Love Story in Harvard

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Not to be confused with the 1970 American film Love Story, also set at Harvard University.
Love Story in Harvard
Love Story in Harvard.jpg
Promotional poster for Love Story in Harvard
Genre Romance, Drama
Written by Choi Wan-kyu
Son Eun-hye
Directed by Lee Jang-soo
Lee Jin-suk
Starring Kim Rae-won
Kim Tae-hee
Lee Jung-jin
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
English
No. of episodes 16
Production
Producer(s) Kim Young-sup
Jo Soo-won
Lee Jin-suk
Location(s) Korea, California
Running time 60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) JS Pictures
Broadcast
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run November 22, 2004 (2004-11-22) – January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
External links
Website
Love Story in Harvard
Hangul 러브스토리 하버드
Revised Romanization Reobeusutori in Habeodeu
McCune–Reischauer Rŏbŭsŭt‘ori in Habŏdŭ

Love Story in Harvard (러브스토리 인 하버드) is a 2004 South Korean television series starring Kim Rae-won, Kim Tae-hee and Lee Jung-jin. It aired on SBS from November 22, 2004 to January 11, 2005 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

The first half of the series is set at Harvard University and is mainly concerned with the burgeoning relationship between a Harvard Law School student, Kim Hyun-woo (Kim Rae-won), and a Harvard Medical School student, Lee Soo-in (Kim Tae-hee).

Kim Hyun-woo and Alex Hong (Lee Jung-jin) are two first-year students at Harvard Law School, both from South Korea. Alex applies himself more and as such is the favorite of Professor John H. Keynes (Frank Gorshin). Hyun-woo, who initially has a hard time adjusting to the workload, falls into the bad graces of the professor, who repeatedly humiliates or ignores him. However, Hyun-woo perseveres and eventually wins the respect of Professor Keynes and his classmates. Both men meet and fall for Lee Soo-in, a third-year Korean student at Harvard Medical School. This intensifies the rivalry between them.

Hyun-woo and Soo-in grow closer and eventually start dating. However, their relationship is short-lived as Soo-in's application to join OEP, an organization that provides medical care to patients in Third World countries, is accepted. After spending a night together, Soo-in breaks off all contact with Hyun-woo and leaves to work in South America, leaving him devastated.

The second half of the story takes place mainly in Seoul, after Hyun-woo and Alex have graduated from Harvard Law School. Hyun-woo is now an idealistic lawyer, refusing to take on lucrative corporate cases and only defending people he feels have no voice in the legal system. Alex, who remained in the US after graduation, returns to Korea to take on a case for an international chemicals company, which is being accused of dumping toxic substances. Hyun-woo becomes involved in the same case, although on the side of the victims demanding compensation. In addition, Soo-in also returns to Korea at around the same time to conduct some medical research. Unknown to her at first, the research is related to the chemicals case that Alex and Hyun-woo are both working on, and predictably the three meet up again.

Although Hyun-woo is still angry at Soo-in for leaving him so abruptly, he still has feelings for her, so does Alex. Alex eventually reconciles with both Hyun-woo and Soo-in, helping them to win the case against the chemicals company. He returns to the United States to take up a teaching post at Harvard Law, while Hyun-woo and Soo-in marry and have children.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Kang Nam-gil as Oh Young-jae (law professor)
  • Jung Sol-hee as Han Seul-gi
  • Frank Gorshin as Professor John H. Keynes
  • Seo Ji-hee as Chun Da-woon
  • Lee Charm as Jason Walker
  • Ben Wells as Ricky Don (Jung-min's friend)
  • Joo Hyun as Lee Yong-goo (Soo-in's father)
  • Kim Chang-wan as Soo-in's doctor
  • Lee Yoo-jung
  • Jo Hyung-ki
  • Lee Seung-hyung as Jason Walker's lawyer

Production[edit]

Although the drama is set at Harvard University,[1] it was filmed at the University of Southern California and UCLA.

Episode ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul area
2004-11-22 1 13.2% 15.1%
2004-11-23 2 14.2% 15.6%
2004-11-29 3 17.2% 18.8%
2004-11-30 4 16.4% 17.6%
2004-12-06 5 19.7% 22.1%
2004-12-07 6 17.5% 19.7%
2004-12-13 7 17.6% 19.6%
2004-12-14 8 16.5% 18.1%
2004-12-20 9 17.2% 18.6%
2004-12-21 10 17.7% 18.8%
2004-12-27 11 16.9% 19.4%
2004-12-28 12 13.1% 14.5%
2005-01-03 13 21.1% 23.2%
2005-01-04 14 19.3% 20.7%
2005-01-10 15 18.9% 20.4%
2005-01-11 16 20.0% 22.3%
Average 17.2% 19.0%

Source: TNS Media Korea

International broadcast[edit]

It first aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV, and its popularity led to its re-airing on terrestrial network NTV in April 2006.[2]

It began airing in the Philippines in January 2008 on the GMA Network, and the final episode reached a peak viewership rating of 32.4%.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Shin, Hae-in (31 March 2006). "Is Korean Wave a domestic money-maker?". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 
  2. ^ "Actor Kim Rae-won Plans More Activities in Japan". KBS Global. 13 January 2006. Retrieved 2014-08-09. 

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