Heaven & Earth (TV series)

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Heaven & Earth
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Promotional poster
Also known asAs Much as Heaven and Earth
By Land and Sky
High as the Sky, Wide as the Earth
GenreRomance, Drama, Family
Written byChoi Hyun-kyung
Directed byMoon Bo-hyun
StarringPark Hae-jin
Han Hyo-joo
Kang Jung-hwa
Lee Joo-hyun
Hong Soo-ah
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes165
Production
Producer(s)Go Young-tak
Production location(s)Korea
Running time30 minutes
DistributorKorean Broadcasting System
Release
Original networkKBS1
Original releaseJanuary 15 (2007-01-15) –
August 31, 2007 (2007-08-31)
External links
Website

Heaven & Earth[1] (Hangul하늘만큼 땅만큼; RRHaneul Mankeum Ddang Mankeum; lit. Like Land and Sky) is a 2007 South Korean television series starring Park Hae-jin, Han Hyo-joo,[2] Lee Joo-hyun, Kang Jung-hwa, and Hong Soo-ah. It aired on KBS1 from January 15 to August 31, 2007 on Mondays to Fridays at 20:25 for 165 episodes.

The daily drama was a hit, maintaining an average viewership rating of 30% throughout its nine-month run. Its peak viewership rating of 36.1% (on episode 164) made it the third highest-rated Korean drama of 2007.[3]

Plot[edit]

Jung Mu-young (Park Hae-jin) was left by his birth-mother under the care of Kim Tae-shik (Jung Han-yong) and his wife Park Myung-ja (Jung Ae-ri) when he was very young. His mother promised to come after him later but she never did. The Kim family raised Mu-young like he was their own son but never changed his family name because they thought his birth-mother might later come to pick him up. Despite a lack of money, Myung-ja has managed to keep the family together; moreover, she never once treated Mu-young any differently than her biological son, still having a different family name with his older brother Kim Sang-hyun (Lee Joo-hyun) made him escape home several times. Mu-young is outwardly rebellious, unforgiving, and in constant conflict with his family; he keeps an emotional distance from them, for fear of getting hurt one day. At school he meets the cheerful and kindhearted Seok Ji-soo (Han Hyo-joo), who not only values her family greatly, but goes out of her way to help others. Thinking too highly of Ji Soo and too low of himself and aware of the possible negative reaction her family might have toward his confession to her, he tries making a distance between himself and Ji Soo.

As a grown up, Ji-soo begins working for Myung-ja's stepsister Park Myung-joo (Yoon Hae-young), and learns that she and her single father Seok Jong-hoon (Hong Yo-seob) are in love and she fully supports her father's newfound romance. She is also seeing a rich family's son who wants to propose to her.

Heaven & Earth tackles the issues the modern family faces, such as the difficulties faced by stepparents and stepchildren; conflicts between biological and adoptive parents; the aftermath of a remarriage; and the high divorce rate among the younger generation, and resulting involuntary childcare from their grandparents.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Kim family
  • Jung Han-yong as Kim Tae-shik, Sang-hyun and Mu-young's father
  • Jung Ae-ri as Park Myung-ja, Sang-hyun's mother
  • Ban Hyo-jung as Han Bong-rye, Myung-ja's mother
  • Jung Jae-soon as Lee Soon-im, Myung-ja's stepmother
  • Yoon Hae-young as Park Myung-joo, Soon-im's daughter
  • Kim Il-woo as Park Myung-tae, Myung-ja's younger brother
Seok family
  • Hong Yo-seob as Seok Jong-hoon, Ji-soo's father
  • Seo Jae-kyung as Seok Ji-woong, Ji-soo's older brother
  • Kang Rae-yeon as Se Mi-ae, Ji-woong's wife
Yoon family
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Yoon Jae-doo, Eun-joo and Eun-ha's father
  • Kim Ja-ok as Ahn Hye-kyung, Eun-joo and Eun-ha's mother
Extended cast

Awards[edit]

2007 KBS Drama Awards[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 하늘만큼 땅만큼 - Heaven&Earth (EP01) #001. YouTube (in Korean). KBS Drama. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "I want to try out for more extreme roles". The Dong-a Ilbo. 5 April 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ "Popularity rating of dramas in 2007, from top 5 to bottom 5". Hancinema. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  4. ^ "2007 Year-end Korean drama awards round-up". Hancinema. 7 January 2008. Retrieved 2013-08-25.

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