Promotional poster for Prosecutor Princess
|Format||Romance and Comedy|
|Starring||Kim So Yun
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||Wednesday & Thursday nights at 9:55 pm (Korea time)|
|Original run||March 31, 2010 – May 21, 2010|
|Preceded by||Obstetrics and Gynecology Doctors|
|Followed by||Bad Guy|
Prosecutor Princess is a South Korean drama broadcast by Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS), which ran from March 31, 2010 to May 20, 2010.
Ma Hye Ri is a woman with an excellent memory and ability to focus, which allowed her to pass the bar exam with ease. Despite her talents, she is more interested in being fashionable and dislikes hard work so she is far from being an ideal prosecutor and has doubts about her suitability for her job. Through her conflicts with senior colleagues and struggles with difficult cases; however, Hye Ri gradually matures into a brilliant prosecutor with a sense of duty and justice.
- Ma Hye-ri (played by Kim So-yeon)
Junior Prosecutor, Midland Prosecutor's Office. Daughter of CEO Ma of Dongbang [Eastern] Architecture.
Beauty like an actress' and a body that would make a movie star cry! Passed the Bar Exam in one shot. Graduated from the Judicial Research and Training Institute with top grades. The envy of all parents in South Korea.
Raised as the precious daughter of an affluent family. Under her mother's maintenance, she studied as her mother told her to, and got good grades without any goals or personal worries, eventually entering a law college. She has an IQ of 168, plus excellent concentration and memorization skills.
Her hobbies are shopping, skincare, and body maintenance. She knows when all the new name-brand lines come out, and if she sees pretty clothes or accessories, she absolutely has to buy them. At one point, she thought her calling was fashion and transferred to Fashion Design, but her father caught her; she had to return to law in order to avoid being kicked out of the house.
Between her wealthy upbringing and hiring as a prosecutor, she has never had the chance to feel scared or altruistic, or to experience society. A flower in a greenhouse.
She has a simple, direct personality; she'd rather die than do something she doesn't want to do. She can't stand bothersome tasks, especially if they are physically tiring.
So, how is she as a Prosecutor of the Republic of Korea? Sense of duty? Sense of justice? What are those? For her, her position is just another asset that reflects her awesomeness, and all she has to do is prosecute as she was taught.
- Seo In-woo (played by Park Si-hoo)
Principal Attorney, Haneul ["sky/or heaven"] Law Offices
Has an unusual resume—graduated from an American university, then came to Korea to take the bar exam and became a lawyer. Runs the law firm "Haneul," which houses outsiders who can't deal with the realities of the legal profession in Korea. There are many rumors about his origins, but no one really knows his past.
Sharp appearance, sophisticated style. Recklessly confident and appropriately pompous. But sometimes, he is a trashy delinquent, and sneaky as well, but not so much that people hate him for it. His cute playfulness and laugh are his trademarks! It takes a lot of get him angry.
On the outside, he is brilliant and fair…but he has a chilling dark side.
He is tenacious, meticulous, and good at reading people's minds. He stops at nothing to win his clients' lawsuits, and is not above blackmailing people who deserve it. On the other hand, he is tender and warm toward innocent underdogs. He acts as legal aid or pro bono attorney on behalf of the powerless.
A man whose personality changes like a chameleon. Just why does In-woo hide his true self and hang around Hye-ri?
- Yoon Se-joon (played by Han Jung-soo)
Chief Prosecutor of Ma Hye-ri's office
Tall and handsome, this attractive man is called "The Gregory Peck of the Prosecutor World." He is capable, cold, cynical, and harsh.
He lost his wife to cancer 3 years ago, and has a 7-year-old daughter. He is more traumatized by his wife's death than one would think. While he worked like a crazy man at the prosecutorial profession, which he found fun because of his boiling-hot sense of justice and passion, his wife supported him quietly. She allowed her disease to progress too much, and he couldn't even be at her deathbed.
Th profession of prosecutor, which is so intense that he had to give up his personal life…in his heart, he carries remorse that he can't let anyone else see.
He is grateful to Prosecutor Jin and her mother for raising his daughter safely, but he hasn't noticed Jin Jeong-seon's feelings for him. He treasures her as a trustworthy junior colleague.
He is severe and cold with Hye-ri, who looks a lot like his wife but doesn't act like her at all. However, he also understands Hye-ri who, lacking passion for prosecution, treats it as just another job.
So when everyone gives up on Hye-ri, he gives her an opportunity. When that makes Hye-ri fall for him and she makes advances, he resists. But as she charges him uncalculatingly, there comes a time when he accepts her feelings.
However…the deeper his relationship with Hye-ri becomes, the more regret he feels about Jin Jeong-seon. And watching Hye-ri suffer over In-woo, he learns a truth that he wasn't able to comprehend before…
- Jin Jeong-seon (played by Choi Song-hyun)
Hye-ri's senior colleague
Ma Hye-ri's natural enemy! Hot-blooded prosecutor who lives by justice and dies by justice.
She runs around as though she'll save the world all by herself. Unbeknownst to her, this has earned her the nickname "Eagle Noona [older sister]" as well as "Double Blade" -- because her speech cuts like a knife.
She became a prosecutor because her father, having lost all of his money to a con, died of a nervous disorder brought on by rage. Because of her work, she has never dreamed of marriage. Sometimes, when corruption in the prosecutor world comes to light, or a fellow prosecutor's misconduct is revealed, she fumes alone, drinking like a fish.
But Ma Hye-ri, flaunting her feminine scent, comes on the scene. As if that aura weren't enough, she points out things that are wrong with Jeong-seon's appearance and even talks back?! A one-way ticket to Jeong-seon's hit list.
No need for experience; that thing needs to be fired right away! Being a prosecutor when she is not at all prosecutor material...Jeong-seon will not accept this.
Besides…Hye-ri shamelessly makes moves on Yoon Se-joon, the object of Jeong-seon's secret affection, and steals him away little by little…Jeong-seon, who has no dating experience, is about to die because of Hye-ri.
All she's done is admire Yoon Se-joon from afar. She doesn't know what to do except wait for his wounds to heal. She half-forces her mother, using threats and pleas, to baby-sit Yoon's daughter Bin, and looks after Bin providently.
She's inept at expressing emotions, as well as bumbling, timid, and naively unaware of social norms. When will she finally be able to express her feelings for Se-joon…
- Jenny Ahn (played by Park Jung-ah)
Age 29. In-woo's friend. International lawyer.
Korean, but was adopted into the U.S. as an infant. Has extraordinary endurance and courage from having to live as an Asian in American society. Met In-woo when he came to live with an adoptive father and enrolled in her middle school.
The day she found out about In-woo's heartbreak, which was even deeper than her own heartbreak over being abandoned by her biological parents, she held out her hand to him: "I'll be your sister…" So they became like brother and sister, like family. When they got into a fight with some Mexicans because of racism issues, they defended each other to the death.
When In-woo decides to leave for Korea to do the work that he's dreamed of all his life, she follows In-woo to help him.
- Kim Sang-ho as Na Joong-seok
- Yoo Gun as Lee Min-seok
- Lee Seung-hyeong as Cha Myung-soo
- Lee Eun-hee as Lee Jeong-im
- Choi Sung-ho as Chae Ji-woon
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||31 March 2010||7.3%||8.9%||8.0%||9.3%|
|2||1 April 2010||8.8%||9.4%||8.7%||9.8%|
|3||7 April 2010||9.6%||9.7%||10.0%||10.3%|
|4||8 April 2010||9.7%||9.4%||10.1%||11.2%|
|5||14 April 2010||10.8%||10.9%||10.4%||11.3%|
|6||15 April 2010||10.7%||11.0%||9.3%||9.8%|
|7||21 April 2010||10.4%||10.8%||10.3%||10.3%|
|8||22 April 2010||11.0%||11.1%||10.6%||10.8%|
|9||28 April 2010||9.9%||10.2%||11.0%||11.5%|
|10||29 April 2010||9.6%||9.6%||10.1%||10.4%|
|11||5 May 2010||9.9%||9.8%||10.7%||11.8%|
|12||6 May 2010||11.5%||11.5%||10.8%||10.8%|
|13||12 May 2010||9.6%||9.2%||10.3%||10.4%|
|14||13 May 2010||12.0%||11.5%||12.1%||12.3%|
|15||19 May 2010||12.1%||12.6%||11.1%||10.8%|
|16||20 May 2010||12.4%||11.7%||12.1%||13.2%|
In Japan the drama aired on cable channel KNTV on October 18th 2010. Later in 2011 the drama aired on terrestrial channel Fuji TV at 3 p.m. back to back with Park's other drama Queen of Reversals.
Prosecutor Princess OST
|2.||"Give Me"||Nine Muses, Seo In Young|
|3.||"사랑해본 적 있나요 曾經愛過吧"||Kim Yoo Kyung|
|4.||"Lost"||AB Avenue (Han BoRa)|
|5.||"Goodbye My Princess?"||Monday Kiz|
|7.||"She Is A Princess"||오준성 (Oh Jun-seong)|
|8.||"Working Or Walking"||오준성|
|10.||"I Can Do It" (검찰청 사람들 檢察廳人們)||오준성|
|12.||"Love Waltz" (사랑일까 愛)||오준성|
|13.||"Love Is You"||오준성|
|16.||"Only For You"||오준성|
|17.||"Goodbye My Love"||오준성|
|Single by Shinee|
|from the album Prosecutor Princess OST|
|Released||April 2, 2010|
|Label||Forrest Media, SM Entertainment|
"Fly High" was the first digital single and soundtrack to be released from Prosecutor Princess OST, performed by South Korean R&B boy group Shinee. "Fly High" ranked at spot 46 and peaked at spot 38 of Gaon Chart upon release.
Background and release
"Fly High" was composed by Oh Jun-seong of Forrest Media who was the producer of the Prsecutor Princess OST whereas the vocals were provided by Shinee of SM Entertainment. The song was released as one of the two tracks of digital single "Prosecutor Princess OST Part 1" on April 2, 2010.
A promotional music video of "Fly High" featuring scenes from the TV drama series was released in late May 2010. The song was performed by Shinee during their first Asia tour Shinee World and the live version was included in live album Shinee World. The Japanese version was performed during Shinee's first Japanese arena tour Shinee World 2012.
|"Prosecutor Princess OST Part 1"|
|1.||"Fly High"||Oh Jun-seong||Shinee||3:04|
|2.||"Fly High" (Instrumental)||Oh Jun-seong||Shinee||3:04|
|Gaon Weekly singles||46||38|
- "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2012-10-31.
- "Gaon Chart" (in Korean). Gaon Chart. Retrieved 2013-28-06.