Dear My Friends

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Dear My Friends
Dear My Friends poster.jpeg
GenreDrama
Written byNoh Hee-kyung
Directed byHong Jong-chan
StarringGo Hyun-jung
Kim Hye-ja
Na Moon-hee
Go Doo-shim
Park Won-sook
Youn Yuh-jung
Joo Hyun
Kim Young-ok
Shin Goo
Narrated byGo Hyun-jung
Theme music composerChoi In-hee, The Chairman, Yoo Young-jun
Opening theme"Go Go! Picnic" by Martin Smith
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)Bae Jong-byung
Jinnie Jin-hee Choi
Kim Kyu-tae
Producer(s)Lee Jong-ok
Lee Jeong-mook
Production location(s)South Korea
Slovenia
Croatia
Production company(s)Studio Dragon
GT Entertainment
DistributorStudio Dragon
Release
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i
Original releaseMay 13 (2016-05-13) –
July 2, 2016 (2016-07-02)
External links
Website
Production website

Dear My Friends (Hangul디어 마이 프렌즈; RRDieo Mai Peurenjeu) is a South Korean television series starring Go Hyun-jung, Kim Hye-ja, Na Moon-hee, Go Doo-shim, Park Won-sook, Youn Yuh-jung, Joo Hyun, Kim Young-ok and Shin Goo.[1][2][3][4][5][6] It aired on cable network tvN on Fridays and Saturdays at 20:30 (KST) for 16 episodes from May 13, 2016 to July 2, 2016.

Plot[edit]

The stories between friends in their last years of life, people who say some words like "It is not the end, we're still alive".

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Go Hyun-jung as Park Wan – age 37, a Japanese translation writer
  • Kim Hye-ja as Jo Hee-ja – age 72
  • Na Moon-hee as Moon Jeong-ah – age 72, Hee-ja's elementary school classmate, Seok-gyun's wife
  • Go Doo-shim as Jang Nan-hee – age 63, Park Wan's mother, Hee-ja and Jeong-ah's elementary school junior, a successful owner of a jjamppong shop
  • Park Won-sook as Lee Young-won – age 63, Nan-hee's classmate, a former actress holding advertising model
  • Youn Yuh-jung as Oh Choong-nam – age 65, Nan-hee and Young-won's senior
  • Joo Hyun as Lee Seong-jae – age 72, a former attorney, Hee-ja and Jeong-ah's school friend
  • Kim Young-ok as Oh Ssang-boon – age 86, Nan-hee's mother
  • Shin Goo as Kim Seok-gyun – age 75, Jeong-ah's husband

Extended cast[edit]

  • Nam Neung-mi [ko] as Gi-ja – age 72
  • Baek Seung-do [ko] as Yang Joo-young – Choong-nam's parental nephew
  • Byun Woo-seok as Son Jong-sik – Choong-nam's outside nephew
  • Yeom Hye-ran as Soon-young – Jeong-ah's first daughter
  • Kwon Hyuk as Oh Se-oh – Jeong-ah's first son-in-law
  • Kang Eun-jin as Kim Ho-young – Jeong-ah's second daughter
  • Han Jeong-hyun as Soo-young – Jeong-ah's third daughter
  • Kim Jeong-hwan as Jang In-bong – Ssang-boon's son, Park Wan's uncle
  • Cha Jong-ho [ko] as Pal-dal – Nan-hee's jjamppong shop employee
  • Jeong Eui-soon as Nan-hee's jjamppong shop employee
  • Ji Yi-soo [ko] as Sang-sook – Nan-hee's jjamppong shop employee
  • Go Bo-gyeol [ko] as Ha-neul – Hee-ja's youngest daughter-in-law
  • Lee Kwang-soo as Bong-yi – Seok-gyun's elementary school alumni
  • Go Jin-myung as security colleague
  • Kwak In-joon [ko] as professor Yang
  • Kim Tae-hoon as professor Lee

Others[edit]

  • Joo Boo-jin as cathedral congregation member
  • Choi Jae-seop as Hee-ja's son
  • Jo Seung-yeon as Hee-ja's son
  • Park Seong-yeon as Hee-ja's daughter-in-law
  • Park Soo-bin as Hee-ja's daughter-in-law
  • Kang Moon-kyung
  • Yoo Pil-ran
  • Kim Pil
  • Kim Hak-yim
  • Jo Hye-won
  • Kim Kyung-ae [ko]
  • Kim Byung-choon [ko]
  • Kim Hak-seon [ko]
  • Ok Joo-ri
  • Park Gwi-soon [ko] as taxi driver
  • Noh Nam-seok
  • Kwon Jae-hyun as Soon-cheol
  • Lee Jeong-goo as priest
  • Baek Eun-kyung
  • Goo Bon-young
  • Kim Yeon-hee
  • Shin Shin-beom as Seok-gyun's younger brother
  • Kim Mi-ryang as Seok-gyun's sister-in-law
  • Kim Jeong-soo
  • Jin Seok-chan
  • Woo Sang-wook as young Kim Seok-gyun
  • Nam Jeong-hee [ko] as elderly nursing home care helper
  • Kwon Hyuk-soo as nursing home care helper
  • Kim Ya-ni

Cameo appearances[edit]

  • Jo In-sung as Seo Yeon-ha – age 32, Park Wan's friend, Slovenia resident
  • Shin Sung-woo as Han Dong-jin – early age 40, a publisher representative, an editor-in-chief
  • Lee Kwang-soo as Yoo Min-ho – early age 30, Hee-ja's youngest son
  • Sung Dong-il as professor Park
  • Jang Hyun-sung as Il-woo – Nan-hee's jjamppong shop regular customer
  • Lee Won-jong as Jang Ho-jin – Nan-hee's father
  • Song Yong-tae [ko] as Yoo Jeong-cheol – Hee-ja's husband
  • Daniel Henney as Mark Smith – Hee-ja's male neighbor, photographer
  • Chae Gook-hee [ko] as Seo Yeon-hee – Yeon-ha's older sister, Slovenia resident
  • Ha Jae-young [ko] as Dae-cheol – Young-won's ex-husband

Ratings[edit]

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

Ep. Broadcast date Title Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[7] TNmS[8]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 May 13, 2016 Sorry, I'm Not Curious About You Guys.
(미안하지만, 난 당신들이 궁금하지 않아요)
4.895% 4.386% 4.0%
2 May 14, 2016 I Can Do It Alone. I Can Live Alone.
(혼자 할 수 있어요. 혼자 살 수 있어요.)
4.000% 3.729% 4.1%
3 May 20, 2016 Down to the Braless Street with a Torn Jeans
(노브라에 찢어진 청바지를 입고 길 위에서)
4.676% 4.875% 4.1%
4 May 21, 2016 Please, I Beg Everyone, Don't Say You Know Everything About Us.
(부디, 부탁하건대 당신들, 우릴 다 안다 하지 마세요.)
3.420% 3.124% 3.0%
5 May 27, 2016 Don't Be Lonely. I'm Beside You.
(외로워 마세요. 그대 곁에 내가 있어요.)
4.489% 4.648% 4.5%
6 May 28, 2016 The Way You Can Return, The Way You Can't Return
(되돌아 갈 수 있는 길 되돌아 갈 수 없는 길)
3.874% 4.119% 3.5%
7 June 3, 2016 The Wind Blows. The Waves Are Hitting.
(바람이 분다. 파도가 친다)
4.989% 5.888% 3.9%
8 June 4, 2016 As If Nothing Had Happened
(마치 아무 일도 없었던 것처럼)
3.970% 4.053% 3.2%
9 June 10, 2016 Life Is Really Very Beautiful, Isn't It?
(인생 정말 아름답지 아니한가)
5.211% 5.328% 4.5%
10 June 11, 2016 Honing the Sword of Revenge 1
(복수의 칼날을 갈며 1)
4.486% 4.550% 3.8%
11 June 17, 2016 Honing the Sword of Revenge 2
(복수의 칼날을 갈며 2)
5.467% 5.909% 4.6%
12 June 18, 2016 What I Was Aware Of, A Hundred of My Sins.
What I Was Unaware Of, Tons of My Sins.

(내가 알고 지은 죄, 백가지. 내가 모르고 지은 죄, 천가지 만가지)
5.294% 5.015% 4.1%
13 June 24, 2016 Like a Mother to the End, Like a Fighter to the End 1
(끝까지 엄마답게, 끝까지 투사처럼 1)
5.942% 5.744% 5.1%
14 June 25, 2016 Like a Mother to the End, Like a Fighter to the End 2
(끝까지 엄마답게, 끝까지 투사처럼 2)
5.383% 5.972% 4.4%
15 July 1, 2016 When Did We Ever Look at You This Long?
(우리가 언제 당신을 이렇게 오래 바라봐 준 적 있었나?)
8.087% 9.259% 6.8%
16 July 2, 2016 Our Love Story
(우리들의 러브 스토리)
6.870% 7.222% 6.0%
Average 5.066% 5.239% 4.35%
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

Original soundtrack[edit]

Part 1[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Baby Blue"Kevin Oh3:15
2."Baby Blue" (Inst.) 3:15
Total length:6:30

Part 2[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Wonderful (얼마나 좋아)"Jannabi (잔나비)3:01
2."Beautiful"Jannabi (잔나비)3:01
3."Beautiful" (Eng Ver.)Jannabi (잔나비)3:01
Total length:9:03

Part 3[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Want to Be Free (바람에 머문다)"Lyn3:27
2."Want to Be Free (바람에 머문다)" (Inst.) 3:27
Total length:6:54

Part 4[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Don't Go (떠나가지마)"Park Ji-min3:16
2."Don't Go (떠나가지마)" (Inst.) 3:16
Total length:6:32

Part 5[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Go Go! Picnic"Martin Smith3:37
2."Be My Side"Da-eun3:09
3."Paso a Paso"Edan3:37
Total length:10:23

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 9th Korea Drama Awards Best Screenplay Noh Hee-kyung Won
tvN10 Awards Best Actress Go Hyun-jung Nominated
Kim Hye-ja Nominated
Best Content Award, Drama Dear My Friends Won
Two Star Award Shin Goo Nominated
Youn Yuh-jung Nominated
Best Kiss Award Jo In-sung and Go Hyun-jung 4th place
2017 53rd Baeksang Arts Awards[9][10] Best Drama Dear My Friends Won
Best Director Hong Jong-chan Nominated
Best Screenplay Noh Hee-kyung Won

Remake[edit]

A Chinese remake of the same name aired on Hunan TV in 2017.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hong Se-young (October 22, 2015). "노희경 신작 '디어 마이 프렌즈', 고현정·조인성 등 라인업 확정 [공식입장]". The Dong-a Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  2. ^ Han Hye-ri (October 22, 2015). "노희경 작가 신작 tvN '디어 마이 프렌즈', 주요 캐스팅 확정…고현정·신성우 출연". TenAsia (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Yoon Go-eun (October 22, 2015). "고현정·조인성, tvN '디어 마이 프렌즈' 출연". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Kim Ji-won (May 4, 2016). "'시니어 어벤저스'가 온다…방영 앞둔 <디어마이프렌즈>". Kyunghyang Shinmun (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  5. ^ Jeong Ah-ran (May 6, 2016). "tvN '미리 보기, 디어 마이 프렌즈' 7일 밤 방송". Yonhap News Agency (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  6. ^ Kim Joon-seok (May 9, 2016). "'디어 마이 프렌즈' 노희경 작가가 밝힌 고현정 캐스팅이 최적인 이유". The Chosun Ilbo (in Korean). Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved May 21, 2016.
  8. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  9. ^ Han In-goo (April 7, 2017). "공유·박보검·남궁민·한석규…백상예술대상 男TV연기상 4파전". Star Today (in Korean). Retrieved April 7, 2017.
  10. ^ Kim So-yeon (May 4, 2017). "'Guardian', 'The Handmaiden' win big at Baeksang Awards". The Korea Herald. Retrieved May 4, 2017.

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