Love Story in Harvard
- "Love Story in Harvard" should not be confused with the film "Love Story", also set at Harvard University.
|Love Story in Harvard|
|Also known as||러브스토리 인 하버드|
|Written by||Choi Wan Kyu
Song Eun Hye
|Directed by||Lee Jang Soo
Lee Jin Suk
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||November 22, 2004 – January 11, 2005|
|Love Story in Harvard|
|Hangul||러브스토리 인 하버드|
|Revised Romanization||Rubeusutori in Habeodeu|
|McCune–Reischauer||Rŏbŭsŭt‘ori in Habŏdŭ|
Love Story in Harvard (Hangul: 러브스토리 인 하버드; RR: Rubeusutori in Habeodeu) is a 16-episode romantic Korean television drama broadcast in 2004, set in the United States and South Korea. It stars Kim Rae-won, Kim Tae-hee and Lee Jung-jin.
It was well-received both in its native South Korea and throughout East Asia.
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, as 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.
- Kim Rae Won as Kim Hyun-woo - 1st year law student
- Kim Tae Hee as Lee Soo-in - 3rd year medical student
- Lee Jung-jin as Hong Jung-min/Alex Hong
- Kim Min as Yoo Jin-ah
- Frank Gorshin as Professor John H. Keynes
- Joo Hyun as Lee Yong-goo (Soo-in’s father)
- Kang Nam Gil as Oh Yung-jae (law professor)
- Jung Sol Hee as Han Seul-gil
- Ben Wells as Ricky Don (Jung-min's friend)
- Suh Ji Hee
- Lee Yoo Jung
- Lee Cham as Jason Walker
- Kim Chang-wan as Soo-in's doctor
- Lee Seung Hyung as Jason Walker's lawyer
- Lee Jeong-gil
Although the drama is set at Harvard University, it was filmed at University of Southern California and UCLA.
- SBS 러브스토리 인 하버드 (Korean), official website
- Drama "Love Story in Harvard", SBS Global
- Love Story in Harvard - Rubeusutori in Habeodeu, IMDb