|Also known as||Dal-ja's Springtime
Spring of Dal-ja
My Dear Dal-ja
|Genre||Romance, Comedy, Drama|
|Written by||Kang Eun-kyung|
|Directed by||Lee Jae-sang|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Producer(s)||Kim, Kyung Min
|Running time||60 minutes on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Original network||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original release||January 3– March 15, 2007|
|Preceded by||Hwang Jini|
|Followed by||The Devil|
Dal-ja's Spring (Hangul: 달자의 봄; RR: Dalja-ui Bom) is a 2007 South Korean romantic comedy television series starring Chae Rim, Lee Min-ki, Lee Hyun-woo, Lee Hye-young and Gong Hyung-jin. It aired on KBS2 from January 3 to March 15, 2007 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 22 episodes.
Oh Dal-ja is a managing director at a home shopping network. 33 years old and single, marriage is heavy on her mind, mostly due to societal and familial pressure. Although she has everything - a successful career, supportive friends, a loving family - she still dreams of the perfect romance and marriage. She falls for her flirty colleague Shin Se-do, but after he dumps her for Wee Seon-joo, the stylish host of the home shopping TV show, Dal-ja decides to seek revenge. Enter Kang Tae-bong, a guy 6 years younger with a mysterious past. For ₩3 million (approximately US$3,200), Tae-bong signs a dating contract with Dal-ja to pretend to be her boyfriend for three months. But then Dal-ja meets Uhm Ki-joong, seemingly the perfect man: rich, good-looking, intelligent, and courteous, but recently separated from his wife. For the first time in her life, Dal-ja finds herself in a love triangle.
Dal-ja's Spring comically and candidly deals with issues in Korean society, such as women dating younger men, the everyday social pressures encountered by single women over 30, and mothers juggling work and family.
- Chae Rim as Oh Dal-ja
- 33-year-old home shopping channel managing director. She's extremely good at her job, but is a disaster at her love life. Even though she's in her thirties and considered an "old maid," she's naive and inexperienced with men and still has girlish dreams of a grand romance. She initially hires a boyfriend by contract, Kang Tae-bong, to seek revenge on a cheating ex, but finds that she enjoys having him around.
- Lee Min-ki as Kang Tae-bong
- 27-year-old freelancer for a proxy dating agency. Dal-ja hires him as her pretend boyfriend, but he soon develops genuine feelings for her. He has a frank and outspoken personality, but beneath is a warm and nurturing nature. Seemingly a debt-ridden slacker, Tae-bong actually comes from a rich family, but he gave up his career as a lawyer, and dreams of becoming a chef.
- 36-year-old successful businessman who heads an importing firm of foreign brand goods. He's the perfect catch on paper: smart, rich, polite, and cultured. But he hides a secret obsession with cleaning, and is recently separated from his wife. The more he encounters Dal-ja, the more he grows attracted to her.
- Lee Hye-young as Wee Seon-joo
- 33-year-old home shopping network show host. A former top model, she disappeared from the public eye when she married at 29, then returned three years later as a divorcee. Seon-joo is something of a diva, and constantly gets on Dal-ja's nerves. She is a master at the dating game, and with her charms and wiles, she can bring any man to heel, including Shin Se-do. But more importantly, Seon-joo always knows her self worth, which earns Dal-ja's grudging admiration. After a small glimpse into Seon-joo's vulnerability, the two women later form an unlikely friendship.
- Gong Hyung-jin as Shin Se-do
- Home shopping network TV director. He and Dal-ja get along as colleagues, and thinking he's a nice guy, she develops a crush on him and begins dating him. But belying his average looks, Se-do is actually the office playboy, and he quickly dumps her when she tells him she's not quite ready for a sexual relationship. But Se-do gets his comeuppance when he falls in love for real with the equally commitment phobic Seon-joo.
- Seo Young-hee as Jang Soo-jin, Tae-bong's ex-girlfriend
- Lee Kyung-jin as Jung Jung-ae, Dal-ja's mother
- Kim Young-ok as Lee Kkeut-soon, Dal-ja's grandmother
- Kil Yong-woo as Kang Soon-hong, Tae-bong's father
- Kwon Ki-sun as Son Young-shim, Tae-bong's mother
- Kim Na-woon as Go Soon-ae, Dal-ja's pregnant best friend and colleague
- Jang Young-nam as Ki-joong's ex-wife
- Yang Hee-kyung as Team leader Kang
- Kim Sung-kyum as Tae-bong's grandfather
- Oh Kyung-soo as Nam Dae-soo, department director
- Kim Jae-wook as Choon-ha, Tae-bong's friend working at Dongdaemun Market
- Seo Young as Hong Ji-hee
- Kim In-tae as Se-do's father
- Choi Eun-seo as Hee-yeon
- Lee Mi-so as Ki-joong's secretary
|Episode #||Title||Nationwide||Seoul Area|
|1||Things That Drive Her Crazy||14.9% (6th)||14.6% (6th)|
|2||Can Love be Hired?||14.9% (9th)||15.4% (7th)|
|3||A Romantic Inquiry Through a Powerful, Fated Encounter||11.6% (12th)||11.6% (13th)|
|4||There Was a Prince, Indeed, However...||12.6% (11th)||13.1% (12th)|
|5||Her Stance on Handling an Unsuitable Relationship||16.7% (4th)||17.2% (4th)|
|6||The Show Must Go On!||16.7% (5th)||16.5% (6th)|
|7||We Need 2% Moisture in Our Hearts||18.3% (3rd)||18.0% (4th)|
|8||The Adverse Effect of Lack of Love on an Old Maid||18.1% (6th)||17.5% (6th)|
|9||The Weight of One Brick...||18.3% (5th)||17.9% (5th)|
|10||Sometimes... Remember That We Are Right Next to You!||19.0% (6th)||18.3% (4th)|
|11||The Rules for Action and Reaction in Dating||18.8% (4th)||18.7% (4th)|
|12||The Reason Why Our Romance Is Beautiful||19.8% (6th)||19.3% (6th)|
|13||Happy Valentine's Day to You!||17.3% (7th)||17.6% (6th)|
|14||It's O.K. Even If You're Not Superwoman!||19.1% (6th)||18.6% (8th)|
|15||Love Saturates My Heart Like a Spring Shower!||18.6% (5th)||18.4% (5th)|
|16||There Needs to be Loyalty in Love!||18.3% (7th)||17.7% (7th)|
|17||The Earnest Things That Need to be Thrown Away While in Love Part 1||16.9% (6th)||16.8% (6th)|
|18||The Earnest Things That Need to be Thrown Away While in Love Part 2||18.2% (7th)||18.1% (7th)|
|19||Living As A Man... That's the Way It Is||17.5% (7th)||17.5% (6th)|
|20||Living As A Woman... That's the Way It Is||16.5% (9th)||16.1% (10th)|
|21||People That Are Hopeless With Love||16.8% (8th)||16.8% (8th)|
|22||Spring Comes (Around) Again, Flowers Bloom Again||18.4% (6th)||17.9% (6th)|
Source: TNS Media Korea
- 기적 같은 사랑 - Lee Kyung-hwa
- Sweet Lover - Park Hye-kyung
- To You Mine - Pearl's Day
- 추억을 열다 - Soyeon
- 내 손을 잡아줘 - K-Jun
- 나쁜 사랑 - M.R.J (Kang Jae-hyuk)
- 심장 - Eun-young
- 추억을 열다 (Inst.)
- Lively Breeze
- To You Mine (Funky Ver.)
- Miracle (Orchestra Ver.)
- 너에 기억
- 기적 같은 사랑 (Original Ver.)
Awards and nominations
|2007||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Chae Rim||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Lee Min-ki||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Gong Hyung-jin||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Hye-young||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor||Lee Min-ki||Nominated|
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- "Dalja's Spring Off to Good Start". KBS Global. 4 January 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
- Chun, Su-jin (23 January 2007). "TV loves younger men with older women". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-11.
- "Acting as a Means to an End: Lee Hyun-woo". The Chosun Ilbo. 30 March 2007. Retrieved 2013-07-11.