Beautiful Days (TV series)

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Beautiful Days
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Promotional poster
Genre Romance
Drama
Written by Yoon Sung-hee
Directed by Lee Jang-soo
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Choi Ji-woo
Ryu Si-won
Lee Jung-hyun
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Production
Location(s) Seoul
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Audio format Stereo
Original release 14 March (2001-03-14) – 31 May 2001 (2001-05-31)
External links
Website www.sbs.co.kr/tv/beautidays/
Beautiful Days
Hangul 아름다운
Revised Romanization Areumdaun Naldeul
McCune–Reischauer Arŭmdaun Naldŭl

Beautiful Days (Hangul아름다운 날들; RRAreumdaun Naldeul) is a 2001 South Korean television drama series starring Lee Byung-hun, Choi Ji-woo, Ryu Si-won and Lee Jung-hyun. The drama is the first entry in director Lee Jang-soo's Heaven Trilogy which includes Stairways to Heaven in 2003 and Tree of Heaven in 2006. It aired on SBS from March 14 to May 31, 2001 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

Similar to its drama contemporaries, Beautiful Days involves conflicts in family relationships, as well as a love triangle.

Lee Min-chul (Lee Byung-hun) returns from studying in the US, to take an active role in his father's prospering music business, Victory Records. It turns out that his father (Lee Jung-gil) was involved in unethical practices in the past, as well as the murder of the father of Min-chul's stepbrother, Sun-jae (Ryu Si-won).

Into the scene comes two girls from the orphanage, Yeon-soo (Choi Ji-woo) and Se-na (Lee Jung-hyun), who share a sisterly bond. Se-na gets inspired to become a pop star after a visit by the Victory Records boss on a charity event.

Years pass, and both girls arrive in Seoul to start their adult lives. However, they get separated. Yeon-soo finds a job working at Victory Records in hopes of one day meeting Se-na again and becomes involved in the lives of the stepbrothers, Min-chul and Sun-jae. Yeon-soo and Min-chul make a deal that they will help each other's siblings. Yeon-soo moves into Min-chul's family home as a tutor for his younger sister Min-ji (Shin Min-a), and Min-chul will help Se-na achieve her dream of becoming a singer. A complex drama unfolds,Min-chul and Sun-jae both fall for Yeon-soo. Yeon-soo chooses Min-chul, but their love is threatened by a terminal illness.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

  • Shin Min-a as Lee Min-ji - Min-chul's sister
  • Lee Yoo-jin as Kang Na-rae - Yeon-soo's roommate and co-worker
  • Lee Jung-gil as Lee Sung-chun - Min-chul's father
  • Lee Kyung-jin as Jung Myung-ja - Sun-jae's mother
  • Ha Jae-young as Lee Young-jun - Sun-jae's father
  • Lee Sang-woo as Oh Jung-hun - composer and Sun-jae's high school upperclassman
  • Kim Dong-hyun as Min Kyu-suk - bodyguard/chauffeur
  • Lee Hwi-hyang as Yang Mi-mi / Yang Kyung-hee - singer
  • Lee Ae-jung as Shin Jae-eun
  • Baek Sung-hyun as young Lee Min-chul
  • Kim Chung
  • Kil Yong-woo
  • Yoon Gi-won
  • Oh Seung-eun
  • Kim Min-sang
  • Psy as himself (cameo, ep. 15)

Production[edit]

Filming locations[edit]

Many of the scenes were filmed on location in Seoul:[1]

Ending[edit]

The original script had intended that the character of Yeon-soo would die, but in response to a flood of protest letters from anguished viewers, the drama lets her live. Sena went on to succeed as a singer.[citation needed]

Soundtrack[edit]

  1. 그때까지 안녕 - Zero
  2. 약속 - Zero
  3. Heaven - Lee Jung-hyun
  4. 약속 - Ryu Si-won
  5. 그대뒤에서 - Zero
  6. For You - Zero
  7. 그때까지 안녕 - Ryu Si-won
  8. 언제나 오늘 처럼 - Various Artists
  9. 꿈 - Lee Jung-hyun
  10. Missing You - Ryu Si-won
  11. Please
  12. 상처 - Ryu Si-won
  13. 너만을 위해
  14. 부탁 - Zero
  15. Heaven (Music Video) - Lee Jung-hyun[2]

International broadcast[edit]

The series aired in Japan on NHK in October 2004; it was popular and well received by Japanese viewers.[3][4]

In Thailand first aired on Channel 3 every Fridays and Saturdays at 10:30 p.m., starting from January 6 to March 30, 2007.[5]

Remake[edit]

An Indonesian remake was titled Cincin.

References[edit]

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