Lovers (TV series)

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Poster of Lovers.
Created by Kim Eun-sook
Shin Woo-chul
Based on Turn Around and Leave
by Lee Man-hee
Written by Kim Eun-sook
Directed by Shin Woo-chul
Starring Kim Jung-eun
Lee Seo-jin
Country of origin South Korea
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Gu Bon-geun
Location(s) Korea
Hainan Island
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Original run November 8, 2006 (2006-11-08) – January 11, 2007 (2007-01-11)
Preceded by Korea Secret Agency
Followed by Surgeon Bong Dal-hee
External links
Hangul 연인
Revised Romanization Yeon-in
McCune–Reischauer Yŏnin

Lovers (Hangul: 연인; RR: Yeon-in) is a South Korean television series starring Kim Jung-eun and Lee Seo-jin who play a plastic surgeon and a gangster who enter into an unlikely romance.[1][2][3] It aired on SBS from November 8, 2006 to January 11, 2007 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

It is the third and final installment of the "Lovers" trilogy by writer Kim Eun-sook and director Shin Woo-chul. Unlike previous installments Lovers in Paris (which Kim also starred in) and Lovers in Prague which were partly shot in Europe, Lovers filmed on location in China's Hainan Island.

Lovers is based on the Lee Man-hee stage play Turn Around and Leave, the same work that inspired the 1998 blockbuster film A Promise starring Jeon Do-yeon and Park Shin-yang.[4]


Chang-bae (Kim Roi-ha) vents his anger on Kang-jae (Lee Seo-jin) after being reprimanded by President Kang. Chang-bae shows Yang-geum (Yang Geum-seok) a photo of Mi-ju, which leads to Yang-geum's decision to arrange a marriage between her son and Mi-ju. Yang-geum calls Se-yeon (Jung Chan) to meet Mi-ju on an arranged date. Se-yeon is not interested in meeting someone that his parents have picked out as his future wife so he sends a friend in his place instead. Meanwhile, Mi-ju gets angry with the rude friend that Se-yeon sent to meet her. In a fit of anger, she splashes wine all over Se-yeon's friend. Se-yeon begins to feel interested in Mi-ju as he watches her startling actions.

Mi-ju barges into a Japanese restaurant to pick a fight with Kang-jae, whom she mistakes for another man who got Jung-hwa pregnant and then dumped her. While roughly clutching Kang-jae's collar, a group of gang members wearing black suits emerge before her...

Mi-ju (Kim Jung-eun) is disturbed when she hears the sound of breaking glass from the home of her neighbor where Yu-jin (Kim Gyu-ri) lives. Yu-jin is arguing with her boyfriend and tells him that the flowers he sends and the expensive luxury car he bought for him are meaningless. When Yu-jin demands that Kang-jae settle down and live with her, he tells her that he can't.

Minister Yoon is faced with problems when the orphanage shelter is seized. Kang-jae is filled with contempt when Mi-ju tell him to buy the land that the orphanage is sitting on. While Mi-ju keeps pressuring him to buy the land since he's rich, Kang-jae is knifed in the back by an unidentified assailant. Mi-ju is shocked to see Kang-jae bleeding and Sang-taek (Lee Ki-young) tells her to immediately treat Kang-jae's knife wounds because they won't be able to reach a hospital in time.[5]



Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2006-11-08 1 11.3% 12.1%
2006-11-09 2 12.2% 12.8%
2006-11-15 3 14.3% 14.8%
2006-11-16 4 15.6% 15.9%
2006-11-22 5 14.7% 15.5%
2006-11-23 6 15.6% 15.6%
2006-11-29 7 16.1% 16.4%
2006-11-30 8 16.0% 16.2%
2006-12-06 9 16.2% 16.7%
2006-12-07 10 15.8% 15.9%
2006-12-13 11 16.3% 16.3%
2006-12-14 12 19.5% 20.3%
2006-12-20 13 17.0% 17.4%
2006-12-21 14 18.0% 19.0%
2006-12-27 15 18.3% 19.4%
2006-12-28 16 16.6% 17.5%
2007-01-03 17 21.0% 22.2%
2007-01-04 18 23.2% 23.9%
2007-01-10 19 20.8% 21.8%
2007-01-11 20 25.3% 26.8%
Average 17.2% 17.8%

Source: TNS Media Korea

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cho, Chung-un (11 December 2006). "HERALD INTERVIEW: Actor Lee Seo-jin seeks versatility". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  2. ^ "Kim Jeong-eun admits romance". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. 16 April 2007. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  3. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (17 April 2007). "Celebrity Romance Heats Up". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  4. ^ "Lovers (DVD) (SBS TV Drama) (English Subtitled) (Korea Version)". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Lovers - Synopsis". SBS Global. Retrieved 2007-09-30.

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