Band of Sisters (TV series)

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Band of Sisters
Sister still alive.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • Sister is Alive
  • Unni is Alive
Original title 언니 살아있다
Genre
Created by Lee Yong-suk (SBS Drama Production)
Written by Kim Soon-ok
Directed by Choi Young-hoon
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 68
Production
Executive producer(s) Ahn Suk-joon
Running time 70 minutes (Episodes 1-40)
35 minutes (Episodes 41-68)
Production company(s) SM Life Design Group (formerly FNC Add Culture)[1]
Distributor SBS
Release
Original network SBS
Picture format
Audio format 2 channels Dolby Digital
Original release April 15 (2017-04-15) – October 14, 2017 (2017-10-14)
External links
Website
Production website

Band of Sisters (Hangul언니는 살아있다; RREonnineun Salaidda; lit. Sister is Alive) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Jang Seo-hee, Kim Ju-hyeon, Kim Da-som and Oh Yoon-ah. It airs on SBS every Saturday at 20:45 and 21:55 KST (two episodes per day), taking the slot previously occupied by Our Gap-soon.

Plot[edit]

Kang Ha-ri (Kim Ju-hyeon), with her bright personality, works part-time at a stationery store and a nail shop. Min Deul-rae (Jang Seo-hee) was a popular actress, but she isn't so popular these days. Kim Eun-hyang (Oh Yoon-ah) worked as a secretary prior to the birth of her daughter, but she now focuses on raising her. These three women lose their most loved ones around the same time. Even though they are not related, they rely on each other to get through the tough time and reveal the truth.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A famous actress whose popularity is on the decline. Immature and spoiled by her mother, who does everything for her. She seeks revenge for her mother, who died while trying to protect her daughter from a stalker's assault. The police vehicle that would've saved her mother was involved in a multi-vehicle crash.
Former corporate secretary and loving, yet overbearing, mother to her seven-year-old daughter Ah-reum. She seeks revenge for her daughter, who died in a house fire. Choo Tae-soo, her husband, had left their daughter sleeping with a lit candle. The fire truck that would've saved Ah-reum was involved in a multi-vehicle crash.
An orphan who inherited her parents' stationery shop, and is raising her teenage sister. Now a widow, her husband died in a car accident on her wedding day. The ambulance carrying her husband to the hospital was overturned in a multi-vehicle crash.
An ambitious antagonist. After being mistreated under Sera Park's employ, and an altercation which leaves Sera Park dead, Yang Dal-hee moves back to South Korea and assumes the identity of Sera Park. She is the ex-girlfriend of Seol Gi-Chan, and she stole his chamomile and sold it to Goo Se-kyung of Ruby Cosmetics. She is the one responsible for the multi-vehicle crash. She disowns her younger stepsister, Jin Hong-shi. She is intent on marrying Goo Se-joon, as he is the heir to Ruby Cosmetics.
A bright entrepreneur, he is the son of Ruby Cosmetics' Goo Pil-mo and his late wife, but was raised in an orphanage. His beauty serum derived from chamomile was stolen by his ex-girlfriend, Yang Dal-hee.
The illegitimate son of Ruby Cosmetics chairman Goo Pil-mo and the maid, Ms. Lee. He leans heavily on his grandmother, Sa Goon-ja, for support. He later develops a crush on Kang Ha-Ri.

Supporting[edit]

Gongryung Group[edit]

The mother of Goo Pil-mo and Goo Pil-soon. She suspects Seol Gi-chan of being her long-lost grandson Se Ho.
The chairman of Ruby Cosmetics. He mourns his late wife, who died not long after his legitimate son, Se Ho, went missing. He falls in love with actress Min Deul-Re, who is a dead ringer for his late wife.
The fun-loving unmarried sister of Goo Pil-mo. She dotes on her pug, Jewels.
The daughter of Goo Pil-mo, she is deputy director and heiress of Ruby Cosmetics. She has had an affair with Choo Tae-soo for three years. She targeted Seol Gi-chan by cutting the brakes on his car. Kim Eun-hyung holds her responsible for the death of her daughter, Ah-reum, and for her share in Na Jae-il's death on his wedding day.
The husband of Goo Se-kyung, he was formerly a country boy, and also works at Ruby Cosmetics.
  • Kim Sung-han as Jo Yong-ha
The son of Goo Se-kyung and Jo Han-sung, he has a reactive autistic disorder that doctors believe stems from a lack of affection. He is largely ignored by his mother, yet close to his father and to his tutor, Kim Eun-hyung.
The scheming maid and mother of Goo Se-joon. She is responsible for kicking Goo Se-ho out of the home when he was a child, and for the death of Sa Goon-ja.

People related to Ha-ri[edit]

People related to Deul-rae[edit]

  • Sung Byung-suk as Deul-rae's mother

People related to Eun-hyang[edit]

Eun-hyang's husband, who is having a secret affair with Go Se-kyung.

Extended[edit]

A New Jersey-born chaebol daughter and Dal-hee's spoiled client, she was heavily injured in an altercation with the latter at her own house. Sera Park is later revealed to have regained consciousness, despite losing her sight.
The mother of the real Sera Park, she discovers Yang Dal-hee has assumed the identity of her daughter.
The assistant of Vicky Jung and a friend of Chairman Geum. She knew all about Yang Dal Hee’s crimes. And she came to the ambulance to pick up Sa Goon Ja in order not to be caught by Yang Dal Hee.

Production[edit]

  • The first script reading took place March 8, 2017 at SBS Ilsan Production Studios in Goyang, South Korea.
  • Jo Bo-ah was offered to portray Kang Ha-ri, but declined.[2][3]
  • Band of Sisters is written by Kim Soon-ok and directed by Choi Young-hoon. This is their second collaboration since Five Fingers in 2012.

Ratings[edit]

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

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[4] AGB Nielsen Ratings[5]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 April 15, 2017 6.1% (19th) 6.4% (16th) 6.6% (14th) 7.1% (14th)
2 8.0% (10th) 8.6% (8th) 8.7% (7th) 9.4% (6th)
3 April 22, 2017 6.1% (17th) 7.0% (15th) 6.1% (17th) 6.8% (15th)
4 8.8% (10th) 9.7% (6th) 8.5% (9th) 9.2% (7th)
5 April 29, 2017 6.0% (16th) 7.3% (12th) 6.5% (15th) 6.6% (14th)
6 9.3% (9th) 11.2% (4th) 10.1% (4th) 10.3% (5th)
7 May 6, 2017 6.8% (13th) 7.5% (11th) 7.1% (14th) 7.7% (12th)
8 11.1% (3rd) 12.5% (3rd) 12.2% (4th) 13.4% (3rd)
9 May 13, 2017 6.5% (14th) 7.3% (13th) 6.7% (15th) 7.2% (13th)
10 10.5% (5th) 10.8% (5th) 12.0% (2nd) 12.6% (2nd)
11 May 20, 2017 8.1% (10th) 8.7% (5th) 8.7% (7th) 9.2% (5th)
12 9.4% (6th) 10.6% (3rd) 10.9% (2nd) 11.5% (2nd)
13 May 27, 2017 6.4% (15th) 7.9% (8th) 7.1% (13th) 7.8% (10th)
14 10.5% (4th) 10.5% (3rd) 12.6% (2nd) 13.9% (2nd)
15 June 3, 2017 7.5% (13th) 9.0% (6th) 7.4% (13th) 7.6% (11th)
16 12.7% (2nd) 13.7% (2nd) 13.4% (2nd) 14.1% (2nd)
17 June 10, 2017 7.1% (12th) 8.0% (7th) 7.9% (8th) 8.6% (7th)
18 12.0% (2nd) 12.6% (3rd) 12.4% (2nd) 13.3% (2nd)
19 June 17, 2017 6.6% (15th) 7.2% (10th) 7.3% (12th) 7.7% (9th)
20 11.2% (2nd) 12.2% (3rd) 12.6% (2nd) 12.9% (3rd)
21 June 24, 2017 6.7% (17th) 7.9% (10th) 6.7% (18th) 7.1% (14th)
22 11.4% (3rd) 13.1% (2nd) 12.5% (3rd) 13.4% (2nd)
23 July 1, 2017 7.2% (14th) 8.0% (11th) 8.4% (10th) 9.0% (9th)
24 10.9% (5th) 11.2% (4th) 13.6% (2nd) 14.3% (2nd)
25 July 8, 2017 9.8% (9th) 10.4% (6th) 9.5% (8th) 10.4% (6th)
26 15.0% (2nd) 15.7% (3rd) 14.4% (3rd) 15.7% (3rd)
27 July 15, 2017 9.0% (12th) 10.8% (6th) 9.2% (10th) 10.2% (7th)
28 14.5% (3rd) 16.0% (3rd) 15.5% (2nd) 16.8% (2nd)
29 July 22, 2017 9.6% (8th) 10.8% (5th) 10.2% (5th) 11.5% (5th)
30 15.8% (2nd) 16.8% (2nd) 17.9% (2nd) 19.7% (2nd)
31 July 29, 2017 10.6% (8th) 11.0% (5th) 9.7% (7th) 10.9% (8th)
32 16.8% (2nd) 17.0% (2nd) 15.8% (2nd) 17.2% (2nd)
33 August 5, 2017 10.1% (5th) 10.2% (5th) 10.5% (5th) 11.2% (4th)
34 16.1% (2nd) 16.0% (2nd) 17.9% (2nd) 19.1% (2nd)
35 August 12, 2017 9.9% (6th) 10.5% (5th) 10.2% (4th) 11.1% (4th)
36 16.9% (2nd) 17.3% (2nd) 17.6% (2nd) 18.5% (2nd)
37 August 19, 2017 10.4% (5th) 11.0% (5th) 12.4% (4th) 13.3% (4th)
38 18.3% (2nd) 19.4% (2nd) 19.5% (2nd) 21.0% (2nd)
39 August 26, 2017 11.3% (4th) 12.5% (4th) 10.9% (5th) 11.9% (4th)
40 18.3% (2nd) 19.1% (2nd) 19.0% (2nd) 20.3% (2nd)
41 September 2, 2017 10.9% (5th) 12.1% (5th) 12.0% (5th) 13.4% (5th)
42 16.5% (4th) 17.6% (3rd) 17.7% (4th) 19.4% (4th)
43 17.2% (3rd) 18.2% (2nd) 18.4% (3rd) 19.9% (2nd)
44 18.3% (2nd) 18.6% (1st) 19.3% (2nd) 20.8% (1st)
45 September 9, 2017 8.7% (8th) 10.0% (5th) 9.7% (8th) 11.3% (6th)
46 16.9% (4th) 17.8% (4th) 17.7% (4th) 19.1% (4th)
47 18.3% (3rd) 18.8% (3rd) 19.6% (3rd) 20.9% (3rd)
48 19.7% (2nd) 20.0% (1st) 21.1% (2nd) 22.3% (1st)
49 September 16, 2017 11.8% (5th) 13.5% (5th) 12.0% (5th) 13.2% (5th)
50 18.8% (4th) 19.6% (4th) 19.4% (4th) 20.5% (4th)
51 19.8% (3rd) 19.8% (3rd) 20.5% (3rd) 20.7% (3rd)
52 20.2% (2nd) 20.6% (2nd) 20.9% (2nd) 22.0% (2nd)
53 September 23, 2017 10.7% (6th) 11.7% (5th) 10.2% (6th) 10.7% (6th)
54 17.8% (4th) 18.8% (4th) 18.1% (4th) 18.8% (4th)
55 20.4% (3rd) 21.7% (3rd) 20.4% (3rd) 21.5% (2nd)
56 21.0% (2nd) 22.4% (1st) 20.5% (2nd) 21.5% (2nd)
57 September 30, 2017 13.0% (5th) 14.5% (5th) 12.8% (5th) 13.8% (5th)
58 19.0% (4th) 20.1% (4th) 19.1% (4th) 20.2% (4th)
59 20.5% (3rd) 21.7% (2nd) 21.1% (3rd) 22.0% (3rd)
60 20.8% (2nd) 22.4% (1st) 21.2% (2nd) 22.5% (2nd)
61 October 7, 2017 7.4% (10th) 8.8% (8th) 8.2% (11th) 9.3% (8th)
62 17.9% (4th) 18.5% (4th) 18.5% (4th) 20.2% (4th)
63 20.0% (3rd) 20.7% (2nd) 20.4% (3rd) 21.8% (3rd)
64 22.1% (2nd) 22.6% (1st) 22.6% (2nd) 23.8% (2nd)
65 October 14, 2017 12.9% (5th) 15.0% (5th) 13.6% (5th) 15.1% (5th)
66 20.5% (4th) 22.6% (4th) 21.3% (4th) 23.1% (4th)
67 23.5% (2nd) 24.4% (1st) 23.5% (3rd) 24.3% (3rd)
68 23.3% (3rd) 23.7% (2nd) 24.0% (2nd) 24.8% (2nd)
Average 13.4% 14.3% 18.6% 15.0%

Original soundtrack[edit]

Band of Sisters
OST Album
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2017
Genre K-pop, soundtrack
Language Korean
Label SBS Contents Hub
Vlending Co., Ltd.

OST Part 1[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Loveholic" (러브홀릭)JUJUZigZag NoteJeon Min-ju03:18
2."Loveholic" (Inst.) ZigZag Note 03:18
Total length:06:36

OST Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Because Fate Deceived Me" (운명이 날 속여서)Shin Hyun-wooDdoli ParkKim Hyun-jung03:17
2."Because Fate Deceived Me" (Inst.) Ddoli Park 03:17
Total length:06:34

OST Part 3[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Playing With Fire" (불장난)
  • Ha Geun-young
  • Han Joon
  • Cho Yeong-su
  • Han Gil
Jang Yun-jeong03:16
2."Playing With Fire" (Inst.) 
  • Cho Yeong-su
  • Han Gil
 03:16
Total length:06:32

OST Part 4[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Love Tells Me" (사랑이 말해요)Han Sung-hoHan Seung-hoonByun Jin-sub03:47
2."Love Tells Me" (Inst.) Han Seung-hoon 03:47
Total length:07:34

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 SBS Drama Awards Character of the Year Kim Da-som Nominated [6][7]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily/Weekend Drama Son Chang-min Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily/Weekend Drama Jang Seo-hee Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Daily/Weekend Drama Ahn Nae-sang Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Daily/Weekend Drama Son Yeo-eun Won
Best New Actress Kim Da-som Won
Kim Ju-hyeon Nominated
Youth Acting Award Oh Ah-rin Nominated
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best New Actress Kim Da-som Nominated [8]

International Broadcast[edit]

  • In Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia (Until September 30, 2017), Cambodia, Australia and Brunei, Was Airing On Sony One For Original Language on May 13, 2017, Re-Air and Dubbed With Mandarin and Malay On April 4, 2018, But Indonesia Was Aired On SBS-in at These Time.
  • In Hong Kong, Was Airing on Cable Drama Channel (Channel 13/213) On January 1, 2018 For Everyday, Re-Air On Fantastic TV 77 On May 17, 2018 at Midnight.
  • In Taiwan, Was Airing On Star Chinese Channel During The Chinese New Year on February 21, 2018, Re-Air On Star Entertainment Channel and FOX Taiwan Channel On March 19 and May 16.
  • In India, Will Planning Join Venture On Viacom 18 For Dubbed Hindi, Bengali and Marathi and Star India For Dubbed Tamil, Malayalam and Telugu.
    • उनी जीवित है (Unee Jeevie Hai) On Colors TV.
    • ইউনিনি আলি (I'unini ali) On Colors Bangla.
    • Unni जिवंत आहे (Unni jivanta ahe) On Colors Marathi.
    • சகோதரிகளின் இசைக்குழு (Cakotarikalin icaikkulu Sisters) On Star Vijay
    • സഹോദരിമാരുടെ സഹോദരി (Saheadarimarute Saheadari) on Asianet
    • సోదరీమణుల బ్యాండ్ (Sodarimanula byand) On Star Maa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ R. Choi (March 14, 2017). "FNC Add Culture Signs New Contract With Netflix For Upcoming Dramas". Soompi. Viki Inc. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
  2. ^ tineybeanie (February 15, 2017). "Jo Boa offered SBS weekend drama Sister Is Alive". Dramabeans. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  3. ^ awcoconuts (March 4, 2017). "News bites: March 4, 2017". Dramabeans. Retrieved April 19, 2017.
  4. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  5. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  6. ^ Yang Ji-yeon (December 31, 2017). "[2017 SBS 연기대상] 지성, '피고인'으로 대상…이보영과 '대상부부' 등극(종합)". Seoul Economic Daily (in Korean). Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  7. ^ Ji Min-kyung (December 31, 2017). "[2017 SBS 연기대상 종합] '피고인' 지성, 이변 없는 대상..."사랑하는 아내 감사"". OSEN (in Korean). Retrieved December 31, 2017.
  8. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.

External links[edit]

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