My Lovely Sam Soon

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My Lovely Sam-soon
My Name is KSS.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as My Name is Kim Sam-soon
Genre Romance
Comedy
Written by Kim Do-woo
Directed by Kim Yoon-chul
Starring Kim Sun-ah
Hyun Bin
Jung Ryeo-won
Daniel Henney
Opening theme "Be My Love" by Clazziquai
Ending theme "She Is" by Clazziquai
Country of origin South Korea
No. of episodes 16
Production
Producer(s) Kim Sa-hyun
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Picture format 1080i HDTV
Original run June 1, 2005 (2005-06-01) – July 21, 2005 (2005-07-21)
Chronology
Related shows Ako si Kim Samsoon
External links
Website

My Lovely Sam-soon (Hangul: 내 이름은 김삼순; RR: Nae ireumeun Kim Sam-soon; lit. My Name is Kim Sam-soon) is a South Korean television series which aired on MBC from June 1, 2005 to July 21, 2005. Touted as the Korean version of Bridget Jones Diary, it stars Kim Sun-ah (who gained 15 pounds for the role[1]), Hyun Bin, Jung Ryeo-won and Daniel Henney.

"Sam-soon" is an old-fashioned name, and in Korean literally means "30 years" (sam (삼) is three, soon (순) is ten years), the exact age of the female protagonist.

The romantic comedy-drama series was a huge hit, with an average viewership rating of 37.6%, and its peak rating of 50.5% (for the finale) makes it the 26th highest rated Korean drama of all time.[2][3] It also won numerous awards, including the Baeksang Arts Awards Grand Prize for TV, and the Grand Prize at the MBC Drama Awards for Kim Sun-ah.

Synopsis[edit]

Kim Sam-soon (Kim Sun-ah) is loud and brash, yet insecure about her weight. She has always been embarrassed by her old-fashioned first name, and nearing her 30th birthday, she dreams of changing it. Coming from a lower middle-class family, she didn't go to college, but she saved up to go to France where she trained to become a pâtissier. Desserts are her real passion, and she's an excellent baker. On Christmas Eve, Sam-soon gets dumped by her cheating boyfriend and loses her job. One of the witnesses to her public humiliation is Hyun Jin-heon (Hyun Bin), the owner of upscale French restaurant Bon Appetit. Upon recognizing her talent, Jin-heon hires her as Bon Appetit's new pastry chef. From their first meeting, the two have an antagonistic relationship (she calls him the equally old-fashioned "Sam-shik"), and sparks fly.

Jin-heon is the son of a wealthy hotelier (Na Moon-hee), and his mother constantly nags him about succeeding her in the hotel business. She also keeps setting him up on matchmaking dates, saying his niece Mi-joo (Seo Ji-hee), who hasn't spoken a word since the childhood trauma of her parents' deaths, needs a mother figure. When Sam-soon finds herself in need of ₩50 million (approximately US$50,000) to prevent the foreclosure of her mother's house, Jin-heon proposes a deal: in exchange for the money, she agrees to become his pretend girlfriend. They draw up a complicated contract, of which the most important stipulation is that they should never fall in love for real. But as they spend more time together, Sam-soon and Jin-heon grow closer and gradually fall for each other. But just when things are going well, Jin-heon's ex-girlfriend Yoo Hee-jin (Jung Ryeo-won) returns from the United States.

Hee-jin had suddenly left Korea years ago, right after a car accident that had killed Jin-heon's older brother, his sister-in-law and a motorcyclist, and left Jin-heon (who was driving) seriously injured. Though Jin-heon's leg eventually recovered, emotional scars remained, a mixture of sorrow, guilt, and anger at Hee-jin's abandonment. But what he didn't know was that Hee-jin had been diagnosed at the time with stomach cancer, and she'd broken up with him because she didn't want to add to the tragedy he was already experiencing. Now in remission, she returns to Korea to ask for a second chance, followed by her Korean-American doctor Henry Kim (Daniel Henney), who is in love with Hee-jin and eager to learn his roots. Upon learning the truth, Jin-heon reconciles with Hee-jin.

Broken-hearted, Sam-soon resigns from Bon Appetit, and she and her older sister Yi-young decide to open an online pastry business using Yi-young's settlement from her recent divorce. Meanwhile, Jin-heon can't stop thinking about Sam-soon and realizes that he wants to be with her. After several run-ins in which he sabotages her blind date and immaturely invents reasons to see her, he finally confesses his love for Sam-soon. After a difficult break-up with Hee-jin, Jin-heon proves to Sam-soon's mother and sister that he's serious about her and the couple begin dating happily.

Then Hee-jin asks a final favor of Jin-heon, to accompany her back to the U.S. to rejoin her parents there. Sam-soon is initially resistant, but later gives her blessing when Jin-heon reassures her that this journey will be a form of closure for him and Hee-jin. He promises to return after one week. Sam-soon goes once again to the city clerk's office to have her name changed, but finally believing that her name is special and an important part of her identity, changes her mind at the last minute and tears up the papers.

Two months pass, with no calls or letters from Jin-heon, and Sam-soon has given up on him and gone on with her life. She reads a poem on a poster at a bus stop: "Dance like no one's watching. Sing like no one's listening. Work like you don't need the money. Love like you've never been hurt before. Live like there's no tomorrow."

When Jin-heon arrives, she gives him the cold shoulder. But the misunderstanding is cleared up when two-months-worth of postcards gets delivered to Sam-soon's house; they had been sent to the wrong address all this time. Jin-heon had spent the two months traveling and inspecting hotels all over America; in his desire to be a man worthy of Sam-soon, he is finally ready to take up the reins as his mother's heir. Whatever obstacles come their way (including his mother's continuing benign disapproval of their relationship), Sam-soon and Jin-heon decide to face the future together, doing their best at work and love, and living life to the fullest.[4]

Cast[edit]

Main cast
  • Kim Sun-ah as Kim Sam-soon - 30-year-old pastry chef
  • Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon - 27-year-old owner of Bon Appetit restaurant
  • Jung Ryeo-won as Yoo Hee-jin - Jin-heon's ex-girlfriend
  • Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim - Hee-jin's doctor
Supporting cast
  • Kim Ja-ok as Park Bong-sook - Sam-soon's mother
  • Lee Ah-hyun as Kim Yi-young - Sam-soon's sister
  • Na Moon-hee as Na Hyun-sook - Jin-heon's mother
  • Seo Ji-hee as Hyun Mi-joo - Jin-heon's niece
  • Yoon Ye-hee as Yoon Hyun-sook - CEO Na's assistant
  • Lee Kyu-han as Min Hyun-woo - Sam-soon's ex-boyfriend
  • Lee Yoon-mi as Jang Chae-ri
  • Won Jong-rye as Chae-ri's mother
  • Maeng Bong-hak as Sam-soon's father
  • Kim Sung-kyum as Jin-heon's uncle
Restaurant staff
  • Yeo Woon-kay as Ms. Oh - manager
  • Kwon Hae-hyo as Lee Hyun-moo - chef
  • Han Yeo-woon as Lee In-hye - Sam-soon's assistant
  • Kim Hyun-jung as Jang Young-ja - dining room captain
  • Kim Ki-bang as Ki-bang - kitchen assistant

Reception[edit]

Some critics believe its huge success was due to the show's focus on the life of a single woman in her late twenties. Particularly, the heroine's chubby physical appearance and frank, flawed yet lovable personality broke long-held Korean drama stereotypes, greatly increasing its popularity due to its resonance with many Koreans.[5]

Ratings[edit]

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode # Title Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[6] AGB Nielsen[7]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 인생은 봉봉 오 쇼콜라가 가득든 초콜릿상자입니다 01 June 2005 17.4% 17.8% 18.3% 19.2%
2 우리, 연애나 한번 해볼까요? 02 June 2005 22.9% 24.2% 21.3% 23.1%
3 Please let me know how to write a love contract? 07 June 2005 28.5% 29.2% 27.8% 29.6%
4 OVER THE RAINBOW 09 June 2005 31.2% 32.1% 32.7% 30.8%
5 Childish love going to the original 15 June 2005 35.3% 36.5% 35.4% 38.9%
6 Kiss the calories, calories of love 16 June 2005 35.1% 36.1% 35.1% 38.2%
7 Madeleine, in search of lost time 22 June 2005 35.0% 35.9% 35.6% 38.0%
8 Father, why is my love so hard, right? 23 June 2005 37.7% 39.1% 37.7% 39.8%
9 I gave you a mind like a toy ... 29 June 2005 37.4% 39.2% 40.7% 43.8%
10 My Name is Kim Hee Jin 30 June 2005 39.9% 40.3% 41.7% 43.5%
11 실수라고 말하지 말아요. 이건 두 번째 키스니까요. 06 July 2005 43.4% 44.7% 44.2% 46.2%
12 뭐 어때? 난 이제 겨우 서른살인데! 07 July 2005 42.8% 44.0% 44.6% 46.5%
13 How's her goodbye ... 13 July 2005 45.0% 46.8% 44.7% 46.9%
14 The basis of flirting 14 July 2005 44.0% 45.1% 44.1% 46.9%
15 Standard of flirting 20 July 2005 46.0% 47.8% 47.9% 50.2%
16 Love, like never been hurt 21 July 2005 49.1% 51.1% 50.5% 53.4%
Average 36.9% 38.1% 37.6% 39.6%

Soundtrack[edit]

My Lovely Sam-soon
Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album
Released June 18, 2005 (South Korea)
Genre Soundtrack
Label UMG Korea

The My Lovely Sam-soon soundtrack was released on June 18, 2005.[8] Famous Korean electronica band Clazziquai contributed two songs to the soundtrack: "Be My Love" and "She Is", the former of which became the show's theme song. The show's popularity brought the group increased media and public attention.

My Lovely Sam-soon OST track listing
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Bonbon O Chocolat I"     2:40
2. "Be My Love"   Clazziquai 4:39
3. "She Is"   Clazziquai 3:54
4. "WFS"     2:26
5. "Goodbye"     4:33
6. "Farewell without Farewell"   Jisun from Loveholic 3:47
7. "Bonbon O Chocolat II"     2:24
8. "Goodbye II"     3:28
9. "Can't Let Go"     3:53
10. "Gravity"     2:14
11. "Inside My Heart"   Kim Jung-eun 4:28
12. "Be My Love (MR)"     4:47
13. "She Is (MR)"     4:40
14. "Bonbon O Chocolat III"     2:32

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2005
Mnet Asian Music Awards
Best OST "She Is" by Clazziquai Won
Grimae Awards
Best Actress Kim Sun-ah Won
MBC Drama Awards
Best Couple Hyun Bin and Kim Sun-ah Won
Popularity Award, Actor Hyun Bin Won
Popularity Award, Actress Kim Sun-ah Won
Best New Actor Daniel Henney Won
Excellence Award, Actress Jung Ryeo-won Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Hyun Bin Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Kim Sun-ah Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Sun-ah Won
2006
Baeksang Arts Awards[9]
Best Screenplay (TV) Kim Do-woo Won
Best Actress (TV) Kim Sun-ah Nominated
Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV My Lovely Sam-soon Won
Seoul International Drama Awards[10] Best Miniseries My Lovely Sam-soon Won

International broadcast[edit]

The series first aired in Japan on cable channel WOWOW on July 6, 2006 on Thursdays at 8 p.m.[11] It was rebroadcast on network Fuji TV's Hallyu Alpha programming block beginning February 1, 2010.[12]

It was rebroadcast in the Philippines on the GMA Network in 2009.[13]

Remake[edit]

A 2008 Filipino remake titled Ako si Kim Samsoon starred Regine Velasquez and Mark Anthony Fernandez.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kim Sun-a Gains Weight to Win Hearts". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 July 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  2. ^ "My Name Is Kim Sam-soon Tops Ratings". The Chosun Ilbo. 20 July 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  3. ^ "Top 50 highest-rated TV dramas of all time". Electric Ground. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  4. ^ "KOREAN TV DRAMA REVIEWS: 내 이름은 김삼순 (My Lovely Sam-Soon)". Twitch Film. 21 October 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  5. ^ "MBC Drama Sparks Kim Sam-soon Syndrome". The Chosun Ilbo. 4 July 2005. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  6. ^ http://www.tnms.tv/rating/default.asp
  7. ^ http://www.agbnielsen.co.kr
  8. ^ "My Lovely Sam Soon OST (MBC TV Series)". YesAsia. Retrieved 2013-05-29.
  9. ^ "42nd Baeksang Awards Nominations (+Winners)". Twitch Film. 14 April 2006. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  10. ^ "Drama category winners - 1st SDA 2006". Seouldrama.org. Retrieved 2011-10-20.
  11. ^ "My Lovely Sam-Soon: Company Credits". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  12. ^ Kim, Lynn (10 February 2010). "Korean actresses keep Hallyu doors open after Yonsama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  13. ^ Santiago, Erwin (29 May 2009). "AGB Mega Manila TV Ratings (May 26-28): Three Kapuso shows occupy top slot in the primetime race". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2013-08-20. 
  14. ^ Dimaculangan, Jocelyn (25 June 2008). "Ako si Kim Samsoon airs pilot episode on June 30". Philippine Entertainment Portal. Retrieved 2013-09-09. 

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