My Love from the Star
|My Love from the Star|
|Also known as||You Who Came from the Stars
You from Another Star
My Love from the Stars
My Love from Another Star
Man from the Stars
Man from Another Star
|Written by||Park Ji-eun|
|Directed by||Jang Tae-yoo|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Executive producer(s)||Choi Moon-suk|
|Camera setup||Multiple-camera setup|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Production company(s)||HB Entertainment|
|Original channel||SBS and regional affiliates|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original run||18 December 2013– 27 February 2014|
|Preceded by||The Heirs|
|Followed by||Three Days|
|Hangul||별에서 온 그대|
|Revised Romanization||Byeoreseo on geudae|
|McCune–Reischauer||Pyŏresŏ On Kŭdae|
My Love from the Star (Hangul: 별에서 온 그대; RR: Byeoreseo on geudae; literally You Who Came from the Stars) is a South Korean television series about an alien who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years later, falls in love with a top actress in the modern era. It aired on SBS from 18 December 2013 to 27 February 2014 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 21 episodes; the production company extended the original 20-episode run with one episode, due to high viewers' demand.
The fantasy romance stars Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun (also known as Gianna Jun, in her small screen comeback after 14 years), who previously worked together in the blockbuster heist film The Thieves.
- A top Hallyu star who is very blunt and believes that she is every man's type, until she meets her stoic neighbor, Do Min-joon. She soon develops feelings for him and tries to make him fall for her.
- A very cold and distant being, he loved a girl who lived during the Joseon Dynasty for liking him as his true self, an alien. After the girl dies from saving him, he waits to return home. Living a lonely and isolated life for centuries, he one day meets Cheon Song-yi, a girl who, at a young age, looked exactly like the one he cared 400 years ago and whom he once saved.
- Song-yi's childhood friend who has an unrequited love for her. He believes one day she will love him, but decides to back down for a while, supporting her through thick and thin as a true friend.
- Song-yi's childhood best friend. Underneath her sweet smile, she is actually very envious of Song-yi and has had a crush on Hwi-kyung for a long time. She later becomes famous after Song-yi's fall from the entertainment industry.
- Hwi-kyung's older brother, the heir of S&C Group. The main antagonist of the series, seeking to silence Song-yi for a secret she knows about him.
- Kim Chang-wan as Jang Young-mok
- Min-joon's lawyer. When he was young, He was saved by Min-joon from a suicide attempt and found out about his identity. He has been a loyal friend of him ever since.
- Ahn Jae-hyun as Cheon Yoon-jae
- Song-yi's younger brother, who first disapproves of her relationship with the neighbour but grows to likes Min-joon because of their shared interest in astronomy.
- Na Young-hee as Yang Mi-yeon: Song-yi's mother
- Oh Sang-jin as Yoo Seok: Se-mi's older brother
- A young and enthusiastic prosecutor looking into the Han Yoo-ra case. He gets to know about Do Min-joon's real identity.
- Kim Hee-won as Park Byung-hee
- A detective, who works together with Yoo Seok on the case of Han Yoo-ra. Knows about Do Min-joon's identity.
- Jo Hee-bong as President Ahn: CEO of Song-yi's talent agency
- Kim Kang-hyun as Yoon Beom: Song-yi's manager
- Hong Jin-kyung as Bok ja: comic book store owner/Song-yi's school friend
- Kim Bo-mi as Min-ah: Song-yi's stylist
- Lee Jung-gil as Lee Beom-joong: Hwi-kyung's father, the chairman of S&C Group
- Lee Il-hwa as Han Sun-young: Se-mi's mother
- Sung Byung-sook as Hong Eun-ah: Hwi-kyung's mother
- Uhm Hyo-seop as Cheon Min-goo: Song-yi's father
- Lee Yi-kyung as Lee Jae-kyung's secretary
- Jo Se-ho as Chul-soo: comic book store customer/unemployed neighbor 1
- Nam Chang-hee as Hyuk: comic book store customer/unemployed neighbor 2
- Jo Seung-hyun as young Lee Hwi-kyung
- Kim Hyun-soo as young Cheon Song-yi
- Kim Hye-won as young Yoo Se-mi
- Jeon Jin-seo as young Cheon Yoon-jae
- Yoo In-young as Han Yoo-ra (ep 2~4 & 12~13)
- Yoo Jun-sang as Mr. Yoo (ep 2~3)
- Serri as junior actress 1 (ep 3)
- Subin as junior actress 2 (ep 3)
- Jeon In-taek as Yi-hwa's father (ep 4)
- Lee Geum-joo as Yi-hwa's mother (ep 4)
- Jang Hang-joon as director (ep 4)
- Kim Saeng-min as reporter at Noh Seo-young's wedding (ep 4)
- Park Jeong-ah as Noh Seo-young (ep 4)
- Son Eun-seo as Hwang Jini (ep 4)
- Kim Su-ro as Lee Hyung-wook (ep 5)
- Jung Eun-pyo as Yoon Sung-dong (ep 6) / Yoon Sung-dong's descendant (ep 12)
- Park Yeong-gyu as Heo Jun (ep 11)
- Bae Suzy as Go Hye-mi (ep 17)
- Yeon Woo-jin as Lee Han-kyung (ep 18)
- Ryu Seung-ryong as Heo Gyun (ep 19)
- Sandara Park as top celebrity (ep 21)
- Kim Won-jun as Sandara's escort on the red carpet (ep 21)
|My Love from the Star:
Original Sound Track
|Soundtrack album by Various Artists|
|Released||February 26, 2014|
|Genre||Pop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B|
|Label||SBS Contents Hub
|2.||"별처럼" (Like a Star)||K.Will||3:30|
|3.||"별에서 온 그대" (My Love from the Star)||Younha||3:19|
|4.||"안녕" (Hello / Goodbye)||Hyorin||3:35|
|5.||"I Love You"||JUST||4:00|
|6.||"오늘 같은 눈물이" (Tears Like Today)||Huh Gak||3:45|
|7.||"너의 모든 순간" (Every Moment of You)||Sung Si-kyung||4:00|
|8.||"너의 집 앞" (In Front of Your House)||Kim Soo-hyun||3:41|
|9.||"너의 모든 순간 (Piano Ver.)" (Every Moment of Yours (Piano Ver.))||Sung Si-kyung||4:02|
|1.||"Man From Star (Opening Title)"||Various Artists||2:11|
|2.||"Back to the Present"||Various Artists||5:10|
|3.||"Cliff Tension"||Various Artists||4:39|
|4.||"Star Bach Comic"||Various Artists||1:37|
|5.||"Dark Fantasy"||Various Artists||3:13|
|6.||"Past Love"||Various Artists||3:10|
|7.||"Star Comic Pizzicato"||Various Artists||1:26|
|8.||"Dream Scenery I"||Various Artists||3:10|
|9.||"Dream Scenery II"||Various Artists||4:14|
|10.||"Mocha Comic Tension"||Various Artists||1:56|
|11.||"Tears In Minuet"||Various Artists||3:12|
|12.||"Missing You"||Various Artists||2:57|
|13.||"Beethoven Revolution"||Various Artists||4:00|
|14.||"Killing Tension I"||Various Artists||3:07|
|15.||"Killing Tension II"||Various Artists||1:42|
|16.||"Welcome to Earth"||Various Artists||3:33|
|17.||"Stars Comic Tension"||Various Artists||2:08|
|18.||"Waltz With Star"||Various Artists||2:06|
|19.||"Stars Love Mambo"||Various Artists||1:51|
|20.||"Space Love"||Various Artists||3:36|
|21.||"Run Away (Ending Title)"||Various Artists||2:26|
|1.||"약속" (Promise)||Kim Soo-hyun||4:01|
As the protagonist of the series possesses superpowers, like the ability to teleport and stop time, special effects had to be employed. The crew used 60 small, special cameras for bullet time effect creation. The GoPro camera was installed in 180 degrees and "stopped" characters were filmed from various angles. The final scene is a montage of various smaller details and then enhanced digitally. This was the first time that HD cameras were used to produce a television series in South Korea.
Among the filming locations were two newly built luxury buildings, Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park (DDP) and Boutique Monaco. The Korea Tourism Organization later held a 3D exhibit at the DDP Art Hall from 10 June to 15 August 2014 which featured one of the house sets used, with the display rooms titled "Start," "Fate," "Shaking" and "Longing" in line with the plot of the drama.
My Love from the Star had an impact on Korean fashion, with clothes, accessories and make-up products worn by Jun Ji-hyun seeing an "unprecedented" surge in orders. It also placed first as "Korea's most favorite program" in a poll conducted by Gallup Korea in February 2014, with 11.5 percent of the votes. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, a children's novel that languished in obscurity for five years, was propelled to the top of the bestseller lists in major Korean bookstores after the male protagonist repeatedly quotes from it throughout the series.
Besides high viewership ratings in South Korea, the series also proved to be successful in China, where it became the most expensive Korean drama sold as of February 2014, at US$35,000 per episode. It also became one of the most viewed streaming shows on Chinese platform iQiyi, where it was streamed more than 2.5 billion times from December 2013 to February 2014. The series struck up a craze for chimaek (chicken and maekju), a popular Korean snack of chicken and beer, which is the favorite snack of the female protagonist. Despite declining chicken consumption in China due to fear of H7N9 bird flu, fried chicken restaurants in cities saw an increase in orders since the running of the show. Meanwhile, Korean instant noodle maker Nongshim said sales in January and February 2014 ― while the drama aired ― rose to a record high in its more than 15-year history of business in China; this, too, was attributed to a scene in the drama where the couple enjoyed a bowl of noodles on a trip.
TV professionals in China have likewise weighed in on the Korean drama's positive reception in their country. In an op-ed piece published by the China Daily, writer Xiao Lixin attributed its success to "great innovations in South Korean TV productions in terms of themes and narrative patterns," praising the plot as "logical and fast-paced" interspersed with "whimsy and romantic punch lines," and that "high-speed photography and computer-generated effects" helped "create a lifelike visual impact." Yu Zheng, another writer, found My Love from the Star worthy of being studied, and thought the plot was "simple but has tension. A good combination of outdoor and indoor scenes." Variety show director Pang Bo remarked that the makers of the series paid attention to technical details even in the shortest scenes involving special effects. Chinese celebrities such as Zhao Wei and Gao Yuanyuan also followed and actively posted about the series on Sina Weibo, boosting its popularity. The Washington Post reported in March 2014 that the Korean drama was discussed at China's National People's Congress, particularly in a committee of political advisory body Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), where it reportedly topped the agenda among delegates from the culture and entertainment industry.
In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
Episode 14 was preempted due to Lunar New Year holiday TV programming. A 70-minute special aired on February 7, 2014 at 23:20 KST titled You Who Came from the Stars: the Beginning, which recapped episodes 1 to 15.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||18 December 2013||15.5%||19.1%||15.6%||17.0%|
|2||19 December 2013||15.9%||18.5%||18.3%||20.5%|
|3||25 December 2013||17.2%||20.4%||19.4%||21.0%|
|4||26 December 2013||18.4%||20.8%||20.1%||22.1%|
|5||1 January 2014||21.0%||24.8%||22.3%||25.3%|
|6||2 January 2014||22.8%||28.2%||24.6%||27.8%|
|7||8 January 2014||22.1%||27.0%||24.1%||26.6%|
|8||9 January 2014||22.9%||29.1%||24.4%||27.4%|
|9||15 January 2014||21.8%||26.2%||23.1%||25.4%|
|10||16 January 2014||22.7%||28.3%||24.4%||27.1%|
|11||22 January 2014||23.3%||28.1%||24.5%||26.8%|
|12||23 January 2014||24.6%||29.0%||26.4%||28.2%|
|13||29 January 2014||24.3%||27.5%||24.8%||26.1%|
|14||5 February 2014||25.1%||30.7%||25.7%||27.8%|
|15||6 February 2014||24.5%||28.7%||25.9%||27.7%|
|16||12 February 2014||23.3%||28.0%||25.7%||28.1%|
|17||13 February 2014||25.6%||29.8%||27.0%||29.5%|
|18||19 February 2014||25.9%||30.8%||27.4%||29.9%|
|19||20 February 2014||26.0%||29.9%||26.7%||29.1%|
|20||26 February 2014||24.5%||29.3%||26.0%||28.0%|
|21||27 February 2014||28.1%||33.2%||28.1%||29.6%|
|Special||7 February 2014||8.2%||9.4%||10.0%||11.5%|
Awards and nominations
|2014||50th Baeksang Arts Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV||Jun Ji-hyun||Won|
|Best Drama||My Love from the Star||Nominated|
|Best Director (TV)||Jang Tae-yoo||Nominated|
|Best Actor (TV)||Kim Soo-hyun||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Jun Ji-hyun||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay (TV)||Park Ji-eun||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (TV)||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Most Popular Actress (TV)||Jun Ji-hyun||Nominated|
|Best OST||My Destiny - Lyn||Won|
|20th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Awards||Silver Award, Best Foreign TV Series||My Love from the Star||Won|
|41st Korea Broadcasting Awards||Best Actor/Actress||Jun Ji-hyun||Won|
|9th Seoul International Drama Awards||Excellent Korean Drama||My Love from the Star||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Actor||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Jun Ji-hyun||Won|
|People's Choice Actor||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|People's Choice Actress||Jun Ji-hyun||Won|
|Outstanding Korean Drama OST||My Destiny - Lyn||Won|
|Every Moment of You - Sung Si-kyung||Nominated|
|7th Korea Drama Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best Drama||My Love from the Star||Won|
|Best Production Director||Jang Tae-yoo||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Park Ji-eun||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor||Park Hae-jin||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Ahn Jae-hyun||Won|
|Best OST||My Destiny - Lyn||Nominated|
|Hello / Goodbye - Hyolyn||Nominated|
|Hallyu Hot Star Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Hot Star Award||Shin Sung-rok||Won|
|8th Tokyo International Drama Festival||Special Award for Foreign Dramas||My Love from the Star||Won|
|Best Actor in Asia||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|6th MelOn Music Awards||Best OST||My Destiny - Lyn||Won|
|3rd APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Jun Ji-hyun||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Park Hae-jin||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Chang-wan||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Ahn Jae-hyun||Nominated|
|Best Production Director||Jang Tae-yoo||Won|
|Hallyu Star Award||Jun Ji-hyun||Won|
|16th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best OST||My Destiny - Lyn||Won|
|Every Moment of You - Sung Si-kyung||Nominated|
|27th Grimae Awards||Grand Prize (Daesang)||Lee Gil-bok, Jung Min-gyun
|Best Production Director||Jang Tae-yoo, Oh Choong-hwan||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Best Drama Award||My Love from the Star||Pending|
Denotes categories which were cancelled due to award show policy. (no attendance, no award)
- Brunei - Sony Entertainment Television One
- Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Limited
- Indonesia - Sony Entertainment Television One and RCTI
- Japan - Tokyo NHK General TV and NHK World Premium
- Malaysia - Sony Entertainment Television One
- Myanmar - Myanmar Television a member of Myanmar Radio and Television
- Philippines - GMA Network
- Singapore - Sony Entertainment Television One
- Taiwan - Taipei China Television
- Thailand - Channel 7
- Vietnam - HTV3
- Romania - Euforia TV
Due to its popularity in mainland China, the series was re-edited into a two-hour feature-length film by Chinese production company Meng Jiang Wei, and was released in theaters in summer 2014.
An American remake is under development at ABC, to be written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, and produced by HB Entertainment and EnterMedia Contents in association with Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers will be Craft and Fain, creator of the original series Park Ji-eun, CEO of HB Entertainment Moon Bo-mi, and Sebastian Lee and David Kim from EnterMedia Contents.
In a statement posted on her blog on 20 December 2013, author Kang Kyung-ok alleged that the series' concept was plagiarized from her 2008 comic book Seol-hee, claiming that the background, setup, jobs, and relationships between characters were similar. The spokesperson from production company HB Entertainment denied the plagiarism charge, calling it "nonsensical" since the male protagonist in Kang's story is human, not an alien, and that screenwriter Park Ji-eun "had never read or heard of" Seol-hee. A representative from SBS told news outlets that the network would investigate the matter. On 20 May 2014, Kang filed her lawsuit in court against Park Ji-eun and HB Entertainment, asking for ₩600 million in damages. HB Entertainment responded that it was prepared to "strongly confront" the lawsuit with their own evidence and witnesses, calling the charges of plagiarism "synonymous to a death sentence" to creators which must be "eradicated." Kang dropped her lawsuit on 3 July 2014 after an out-of-court settlement.
Indonesian television network RCTI aired a TV series in 2014 titled Kau Yang Berasal Dari Bintang, first thought to be an authorized remake of My Love from the Star, but was then found to be a plagiarized version, with the Indonesian series having exactly the same set up and storyline as the Korean drama. In an interview with Korean media outlet TV Report, a representative from SBS Contents Hub said, "The drama was created without the obtainment of legal publication rights. You could view it as plagiarism. [...] While we were in the process of discussing the sale of legal publication rights with another Indonesian enterprise, this drama came out. We are in the midst of finding what course of action to take."
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