Promotional poster for Dream High
Coming of age
|Written by||Park Hye-ryun|
|Directed by||Lee Eung-bok|
|Creative director(s)||Bae Yong-joon|
|Starring||Bae Suzy |
|Opening theme||"Dream High"|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||16 (+1 special)|
|Executive producer(s)||Kwak Ki-yeon|
|Production location(s)||Seoul, South Korea|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55|
|Distributor||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||480i SDTV/1080i HDTV|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
DTS Digital Sound
Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
|Original release||January 3 –|
February 28, 2011
|Preceded by||Marry Me, Mary!|
|Followed by||Detectives in Trouble|
|Related shows||Dream High 2|
The drama was popular among teenagers, and brought in viewership ratings in the 18 to 20% range during its two-month run. A special episode, where the cast of the show performed the Dream High Special Concert on a stage near Seoul, was aired on March 1, 2011, the day after the series ended.
Six students at Kirin High School share dreams of becoming K-pop idols, among others. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth. They also start to develop feelings for one another. Each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses, but they strive to debut with the support and guidance of one another.
- Bae Suzy as Go Hye-mi
- Lee Joo-yeon as young Go Hye-mi (ep 2, 5)
- She originally wanted to become an opera singer, but is forced to take up mainstream pop to pay off her father's debt to a gangster. She is in love with Jin-guk
- He has a contentious relationship with his father the Mayor who hasn't acknowledged him as his son.
- Kim Soo-hyun as Song Sam-dong
- A country bumpkin who is a music prodigy with a rare disease, He develops one sided crush on Hye Mi.
- Ham Eun-jung as Yoon Baek-hee
- Formerly best friends with Hye-mi, the two become bitter enemies when Hye-mi betrays Baek-hee during an audition.
- Jang Woo-young as Jason
- An American-born dancer who plans on making his entertainment debut in Korea.
- IU as Kim Pil-sook
- She was discouraged from pursuing music because she was shy and overweight. She also has the gift of perfect pitch
- Ahn Gil-kang as Ma Doo-shik
- Ahn Sun-young as Kang Oh-sun (Oh-hyuk's older sister)
- Ahn Seo-hyun as Go Hye-sung (Hye-mi's younger sister)
- Park Eun-bin as 16-year-old Hye-sung (ep 16)
- Lee Hye-sook as Song Nam-boon (Sam-dong's mother)
- Choi Il-hwa as Hyun Moo-jin (Jin-guk's father)
- Park Hyuk-kwon as Go Byung-jik (Hye-mi's father)
- Jang Hee-soo as Kang Hee-seon (Baek-hee's mother)
- Park Hwi-soon as Jin-gook's roommate (ep 1-2, 5)
- Kirin teachers
- Um Ki-joon as Kang Oh-hyuk
- Lee Yoon-ji as Shi Kyung-jin
- Park Jin-young as Yang Jin-man
- Lee Byung-joon as Principal Shi Bum-soo
- Lee Yoon-mi as Maeng Seung-hee
- Baek Won-kil as Gong Min-chul
- Bae Yong-joon as President Jung Ha-myung (ep 1-4)
- Joo Young-hoon as the composing teacher (ep 11)
- Kirin students
- Jeon Ah-min as Jo In-sung (Jin-gook's friend)
- JOO as Jung Ah-jung
- Han Ji-hoo as Park Do-joon
- Yoon Young-ah as Lee Ri-ah
- Park Jin-sang as Jun Tae-san
- Han Bo-reum as Ha So-hyun
- Sumi Jo as herself (ep 1)
- Kim Hyun-joong as himself (ep 1)
- Song Hae as variety show host (ep 2, 3)
- Bae Noo-ri as Kirin student Han So-ri (ep 6, 9, 12-13)
- Nichkhun as Lee Lia's CF partner (ep 8)
- Koo Jun-yup as himself (ep 9, 10)
- Chansung as Oh-sun's imaginary boyfriend (ep 12)
- Leeteuk as himself (ep 13)
- Eunhyuk as himself (ep 13)
- miss A and 2AM as flash mob dancers (ep 16)
- Dal Shabet as Baek-hee's Kirin students (ep 16)
- Young K (Day6) as Jason's back up dancer
- Shownu (Monsta X) as Jason's back up dancer
|Dream High: Original Sound Track|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 14, 2011|
|Genre||Soundtrack, R&B, teen pop|
|Producer||J.Y. Park "The Asiansoul"|
|Singles from Dream High|
|1.||"드림하이" (Dream High)||Ok Taec-yeon, Jang Woo-young, Bae Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun, JOO||3:47|
|3.||"My Valentine" (feat. Park Jin-young)||Taecyeon & Nichkhun||4:07|
|4.||"못 잊은 거죠" (If)||Park Jin-young||3:55|
|6.||"사랑하면 안될까" (Can't I Love You)||Changmin & Jinwoon||3:35|
|7.||"가지마" (Don't Go)||Jun.K & Lim Jeong-hee||4:20|
|8.||"어떤이의 꿈" (A Part of This Dream)||San E (feat. So Hyang of POS)||3:16|
|9.||"겨울아이" (Winter Child)||Suzy||3:39|
|11.||"못 잊은 거죠 (Inst.)" (If)||Park Jin-young||3:55|
While "Someday" fared well commercially and reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, it was embroiled in controversy after the song's writer and composer, Park Jin-young, was accused of plagiarizing the song, "To My Man". Songwriter Kim Shin-il won his plagiarism lawsuit against Park Jin-young in 2013, however, an appeal to the Supreme Court of South Korea led to an eventual High Court retrial in 2015.
On December 31, 2011, Dream High won the following at the KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Lee Yoon-ji; Best New Actor and Popularity Award for Kim Soo-hyun; Best New Actress for Bae Suzy; and Best Couple Award for Kim Soo-hyun and Bae Suzy.
On May 10, 2012, Dream High was honored at the Rose d'Or, the global entertainment television festival ceremony which took place at Lucerne, Switzerland. It won the Golden Rose under the Youth category, the first ever Korean production to do so.
On March 7, 2013, Dream High was honored as the Best Foreign Soap Opera at the 2013 USTv Students Choice Award in the Philippines, it is an annual awarding ceremony that recognized excellence and Christian values in Philippine television programs and personalities. The awards were based on students’ preferences survey that accounts for Roman Catholic values.
In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||January 3, 2011||10.7% (13th)||11.2% (13th)||11.3% (8th)||14.2% (5th)|
|2||January 4, 2011||10.8% (14th)||11.4% (13th)||11.5% (10th)||13.9% (6th)|
|3||January 10, 2011||13.1% (7th)||13.3% (7th)||11.7% (8th)||13.8% (5th)|
|4||January 11, 2011||13.8% (5th)||14.3% (5th)||13.4% (4th)||15.4% (5th)|
|5||January 17, 2011||15.5% (3rd)||17.0% (4th)||13.7% (3rd)||15.8% (3rd)|
|6||January 18, 2011||15.8% (4th)||17.1% (4th)||13.1% (4th)||15.9% (4th)|
|7||January 24, 2011||15.9% (3rd)||17.2% (4th)||15.3% (3rd)||17.5% (3rd)|
|8||January 31, 2011||16.3% (4th)||17.7% (5th)||14.9% (3rd)||17.4% (3rd)|
|9||February 1, 2011||16.7% (3rd)||18.3% (5th)||14.9% (3rd)||16.9% (4th)|
|10||February 7, 2011||17.6% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)||16.7% (3rd)||19.2% (3rd)|
|11||February 8, 2011||17.9% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)||16.6% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)|
|12||February 14, 2011||16.7% (3rd)||18.9% (3rd)||15.8% (3rd)||17.8% (3rd)|
|13||February 15, 2011||17.9% (3rd)||20.1% (3rd)||17.2% (3rd)||20.1% (3rd)|
|14||February 21, 2011||17.6% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)||16.4% (3rd)||18.9% (3rd)|
|15||February 22, 2011||17.9% (3rd)||19.5% (3rd)||17.2% (3rd)||19.7% (3rd)|
|16||February 28, 2011||17.2% (3rd)||18.6% (3rd)||18.2% (3rd)||20.7% (3rd)|
|Special||March 1, 2011||12.2% (9th)||13.6% (8th)||12.1% (6th)||14.4% (5th)|
Awards and nominations
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Director (TV)||Lee Eung-bok||Nominated|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Kim Soo-hyun||Nominated|
|Best New Actress (TV)||Suzy||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor (TV)||Kim Soo-hyun||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actress (TV)||Suzy||Nominated|
|4th Korea Drama Awards||Best Writer||Park Hye-ryun||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Um Ki-joon||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Yoon-ji||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best New Actress||Suzy||Nominated|
|Popularity Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|6th Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Miniseries||Dream High||Nominated|
|13th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best OST||"Someday" - IU||Nominated|
|SKY PerfecTV! Awards||Grand Prize||Dream High||Won|
|Hallyu Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|5th Tokyo International Drama Festival||Special Award for Foreign Drama||Dream High||Won|
|3rd Bugs Music Awards||OST of the Year||"My Valentine" - Taecyeon & Nichkhun
feat. Park Jin-young
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Suzy||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best New Actress||Suzy||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Yoon-ji||Won|
|Best Young Actress||Ahn Seo-hyun||Nominated|
|Popularity Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Kim Soo-hyun and Suzy||Won|
|Taecyeon and Suzy||Nominated|
|Wooyoung and IU||Nominated|
|Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Song of the Month (February)||"Dreaming" - Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|2012||Rose d'Or Awards||Golden Rose (Children & Youth) Award||Dream High||Won|
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama||Dream High||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Suzy||Nominated|
|2013||USTv Student's Choice Award||Best Foreign Soap Opera||Dream High||Won|
- Japan: Tokyo Broadcasting System - July 29, 2011
- Vietnam: HTV2
- Malaysia: 8TV
- Indonesia: Indosiar and RTV
- Singapore: E City
- Kazakhstan: El Arna/ Khabar
- Chile: Etc...TV
- Peru: Panamericana Televisión
- Taiwan: ETTV Variety
- Philippines: ABS-CBN
- Turkey: TRT Okul - January 14 to March 3, 2012
- Thailand: CH7
- Romania: Euforia Lifestyle TV
- Middle East: MBC 4 - August 25, 2013
- Italy: Super! - September 1 to October 16, 2013
The drama was adapted into a Japanese stage musical, with Yuya Matsushita and Bright's Nanaka playing the roles of Song Sam-dong and Go Hye-mi, respectively. It had runs at the New National Theatre Tokyo from July 3 to July 20, 2012, and was produced by the "Dream High: Musical Production Committee" (ミュージカル「ドリームハイ」製作委員会), composed of TBS, Avex Live Creative, Nelke Planning and Lawson HMV Entertainment.
After the publication of Dream High Special Making Book in February 2011 which contained behind-the-scene stories and photos as well as special interviews with the show's cast, a two-volume "image novel" was also released featuring still cuts from the drama.
Connection with My Love from the Star
It is revealed that Dream High takes place in the same universe as one of the most famous Korean dramas, My Love from the Star: in episode 17 of My Love from the Star, Bae Suzy makes a special guest appearance as Go Hye-mi, the main protagonist (and the same character she plays in) of Dream High.
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