Life Is Beautiful (2010 TV series)

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Life Is Beautiful
Life is Beautiful-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Life Is Beautiful
Also known as Beautiful Life
Genre Romance
Drama
Family
Written by Kim Soo-hyun
Directed by Jung Eul-young
Starring Song Chang-eui
Lee Sang-woo
Lee Sang-yoon
Nam Sang-mi
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 63
Production
Production location(s) Korea
Running time Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 (KST)
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Original release 20 March (2010-03-20) – 7 November 2010 (2010-11-07)
Chronology
Preceded by Smile, You
Followed by Secret Garden
External links
Website

Life Is Beautiful (Hangul인생은 아름다워; Hanja人生은 아름다워; RRInsaengeun Areumdawo) is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Song Chang-eui, Lee Sang-woo, Lee Sang-yoon and Nam Sang-mi. It aired on SBS from September 11 to November 7, 2010 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 63 episodes.

Aside from scoring high ratings that were in the mid-twenty range during its run, the series is notable for its sensitive portrayal of a loving, openly gay couple in a Korean drama on primetime network television.[1][2][3][4][5]

Plot[edit]

Set in Jeju, the drama revolves around a loving, multi-generation family led by the parents Yang Byung-tae (Kim Yeong-cheol) and Kim Min-jae (Kim Hae-sook), and their four children Tae-sub (Song Chang-eui), Ji-hye (Woo Hee-jin), Ho-sub (Lee Sang-yoon) and Cho-rong (Nam Gyu-ri), as well as assorted grandparents and uncles. The story follows the family's everyday lives and conflicts, including oldest daughter Ji-hye's marital problems with her husband Soo-il (Lee Min-woo); younger son Ho-sub's pursuit of his mother's assistant, Yeon-joo (Nam Sang-mi); and oldest son Tae-sub's romantic pairing with divorced professor Kyung-soo (Lee Sang-woo), whose homosexual relationship their families react to while addressing issues of personal, social, and familial acceptance, leading to, finally, love and understanding.[6][7]

Cast[edit]

Yang family
Lee family
Park family
Extended cast

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2010 3rd Korea Drama Awards Best Drama Life Is Beautiful Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Hae-sook Won
SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Kim Yeong-cheol Nominated [11]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Kim Yong-rim Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Song Chang-eui Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Weekend/Daily Drama Yoon Da-hoon Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Weekend/Daily Drama Nam Sang-mi Nominated
New Star Award Nam Gyu-ri Won
2011 47th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director (TV) Jung Eul-yong Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Nam Gyu-ri Nominated

Episode ratings[edit]

Date Episode Seoul Area Nationwide
2010-03-20 1 12.3% (10th) 12.5% (9th)
2010-03-21 2 12.6% (10th) 12.2% (10th)
2010-03-27 3 14.3% (7th) 15.1% (7th)
2010-03-28 4 14.8% (7th) 15.2% (7th)
2010-04-03 5 15.2% (5th) 15.6% (3rd)
2010-04-04 6 16.0% (4th) 17.2% (3rd)
2010-04-10 7 17.9% (4th) 19.0% (4th)
2010-04-11 8 16.9% (4th) 17.6% (4th)
2010-04-17 9 15.7% (3rd) 16.8% (3rd)
2010-04-18 10 16.4% (3rd) 17.6% (3rd)
2010-04-24 11 17.3% (4th) 18.1% (4th)
2010-04-25 12 17.9% (3rd) 18.9% (3rd)
2010-05-01 13 17.5% (3rd) 19.2% (3rd)
2010-05-02 14 17.9% (4th) 18.6% (4th)
2010-05-08 15 17.2% (3rd) 17.9% (3rd)
2010-05-09 16 18.5% (4th) 19.3% (4th)
2010-05-15 17 14.4% (2nd) 14.9% (2nd)
2010-05-16 18 17.6% (4th) 18.3% (4th)
2010-05-22 19 18.0% (4th) 18.9% (4th)
2010-05-23 20 18.6% (4th) 19.3% (4th)
2010-05-29 21 21.8% (3rd) 22.1% (3rd)
2010-05-30 22 17.9% (6th) 18.5% (6th)
2010-06-05 23 19.7% (4th) 20.1% (4th)
2010-06-06 24 20.3% (4th) 21.2% (4th)
2010-06-27 25 17.6% (3rd) 18.0% (3rd)
2010-07-03 26 17.5% (2nd) 18.1% (2nd)
2010-07-04 27 20.3% (2nd) 21.0% (2nd)
2010-07-10 28 19.6% (3rd) 20.6% (3rd)
2010-07-11 29 20.9% (4th) 21.4% (2nd)
2010-07-17 30 21.7% (3rd) 22.5% (3rd)
2010-07-18 31 21.5% (3rd) 21.6% (3rd)
2010-07-24 32 20.0% (3rd) 20.5% (2nd)
2010-07-25 33 21.2% (3rd) 21.7% (3rd)
2010-07-31 34 20.1% (1st) 20.4% (2nd)
2010-08-01 35 19.7% (4th) 20.0% (4th)
2010-08-07 36 20.1% (4th) 20.6% (3rd)
2010-08-08 37 20.2% (4th) 20.7% (4th)
2010-08-14 38 21.8% (3rd) 22.2% (3rd)
2010-08-15 39 21.9% (4th) 21.6% (4th)
2010-08-21 40 22.3% (2nd) 22.6% (3rd)
2010-08-22 41 22.1% (4th) 23.0% (4th)
2010-08-28 42 22.5% (2nd) 23.1% (2nd)
2010-08-29 43 22.7% (4th) 23.5% (4th)
2010-09-04 44 22.8% (2nd) 23.9% (1st)
2010-09-05 45 23.3% (4th) 23.9% (3rd)
2010-09-11 46 22.7% (2nd) 23.3% (2nd)
2010-09-12 47 23.9% (4th) 24.5% (3rd)
2010-09-18 48 23.6% (2nd) 24.6% (2nd)
2010-09-19 49 23.4% (3rd) 24.2% (3rd)
2010-09-25 50 21.3% (3rd) 22.2% (3rd)
2010-09-26 51 25.7% (3rd) 26.5% (3rd)
2010-10-02 52 20.7% (2nd) 20.9% (2nd)
2010-10-03 53 20.5% (4th) 20.7% (4th)
2010-10-09 54 18.9% (3rd) 19.5% (4th)
2010-10-10 55 19.4% (4th) 19.6% (5th)
2010-10-16 56 19.7% (2nd) 19.8% (2nd)
2010-10-17 57 20.3% (4th) 21.0% (4th)
2010-10-23 58 18.6% (3rd) 19.2% (3rd)
2010-10-24 59 20.1% (3rd) 20.1% (2nd)
2010-10-30 60 20.0% (3rd) 20.8% (3rd)
2010-10-31 61 20.0% (4th) 20.3% (4th)
2010-11-06 62 17.0% (2nd) 17.5% (2nd)
2010-11-07 63 20.6% (3rd) 21.3% (3rd)
Average 19.4% -

Source: TNS Media Korea

International broadcast[edit]

It aired on Japan's cable channel KNTV under the title Beautiful Life, beginning February 24, 2011.[12]

It aired in Thailand on True4U beginning November 18, 2015.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (20 May 2010). "Writer pushing buttons on TV, again". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 25 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  2. ^ Lee, Sooin; Nahm, Sooyeon (13 September 2010). "Drama reveals changing attitudes about homosexuality". Korea JoongAng Daily. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  3. ^ Bae, Ji-sook (7 October 2010). "Ban on gay drama in prison creates stir". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  4. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (3 January 2011). "2010 10Asia's Awards: Writer & Actor of the Year". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  5. ^ Lee, Ga-on (3 January 2011). "2010 10Asia's Awards" "Thank You" List". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  6. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (5 April 2010). "REVIEW: TV series Beautiful Life - Premiere episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  7. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (8 November 2010). "REVIEW: SBS TV series Beautiful Life - Finale Episodes". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  8. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (22 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Chang-eui - Part 1". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  9. ^ Choi, Ji-eun (22 April 2010). "INTERVIEW: Actor Song Chang-eui - Part 2". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  10. ^ Min, Ines (12 August 2010). "Actor Song Chang-ui finds empathy in homosexual role". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  11. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (3 January 2011). "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  12. ^ Kim, Heidi (28 December 2010). "SBS' TV series Life Is Beautiful to air next year in Japan". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
  13. ^ "เรื่องย่อละคร Life is Beautiful ชุลมุนครอบครัวยุ่งเหยิง". truelife (in Thai). 6 December 2015. Retrieved 28 June 2016.

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