Memories of the Alhambra
|Memories of the Alhambra|
|Hangul||알함브라 궁전의 추억|
|Written by||Song Jae-jung|
|Directed by||Ahn Gil-ho|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Camera setup||Single camera|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original release||December 1, 2018 –|
January 20, 2019
Memories of the Alhambra (Korean: 알함브라 궁전의 추억; RR: Alhambeura gungjeonui chueok) is a 2018 South Korean television series, starring Hyun Bin and Park Shin-hye. Primarily set in Spain (and in South Korea in latter episodes), the series centers on a company CEO and a hostel owner who get entangled in a series of mysterious incidents surrounding a new and intricate augmented reality game inspired by the stories of the Alhambra Palace. It aired on cable network tvN from December 1, 2018 to January 20, 2019, and is also available via online streaming in Netflix.
The drama is one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history, and was praised for its creative plot and its unexpected twists. Its title also alludes to Francisco Tárrega's eponymous classical guitar piece Recuerdos de la Alhambra, which is also a part of the series' soundtrack.
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Cast
- 3 Production
- 4 Reception
- 5 Original soundtrack
- 6 Ratings
- 7 Awards and nominations
- 8 International broadcast
- 9 References
- 10 External links
After receiving an email regarding a groundbreaking AR game about medieval battles in Alhambra, Yoo Jin-woo (Hyun Bin), CEO of an investment company that specializes in optical devices, travels to Granada, Spain to meet the creator of the game, Jung Se-joo (Park Chan-yeol). However, Se-joo is missing and there, he meets his sister Jung Hee-joo (Park Shin-hye), owner of the hostel he stays in and a former guitarist. Both get entangled in mysterious incidents, and the border between the real world and the AR world built by Se-joo begins to blur.
- Chief executive officer of investment company J One Holdings; Doctor of Engineering who is talented at developing games. He is fearless, adventurous and cynical.
- Jung Hee-joo: Owner of Bonita Hostel. A former classic guitarist who came to Spain for further studies, but took on several jobs there to sustain livelihood following the death of her parents. She has artistic sensibility but zero financial sense.
- Emma: An NPC character in the AR game created by Se-joo.
People around Hee-joo
- Hee-joo's younger brother. A genius reclusive programmer who develops an intricate augmented reality game.
- Hee-joo's grandmother.
- Hee-joo's younger sister. She dreams of becoming a girl group member.
- Lee Hak-joo as Kim Sang-bum (30 years old)
- A classic guitarist and international student at Spain. He is close to Hee-joo and cares for her, but often oversteps his boundaries.
People around Jin-woo
- CEO of IT company Neword; Doctor of Engineering. Jin-woo's college friend and co-founder of J One Holdings; who later betrayed him and became his biggest rival. He is proud and competitive.
- Business Strategy Director of J One Holdings. Jin-woo's college senior.
- Jin-woo's secretary.
- Jo Hyun-chul as Choi Yang-joo (35 years old)
- Head of R&D Center Research Team of J One Holdings.
- Jin-woo's first ex-wife; Hyung-seok's current wife. A pediatrician.
- Hyung-seok's father. Professor of Business Administration at Korea University. A selfish and ambitious man.
- Ryu Abel as Lee Soo-kyung (32 years old)
- Soo-jin's sister. A florist.
- Jin-woo's second ex-wife. A celebrity who is vain and impulsive.
- A programmer and hacker who is affiliated to Se-joo.
- Park Jin-woo as Noh Yong-jun (45 years old)
- Yoo-ra's manager and ex-boyfriend.
- Kim Do-yeon
- A medical student that stays at Hee-joo's hostel.
- Han Da-sol
- Jung Min-sung as Hee-joo's father
- Choi Yoo-song as Hee-joo's mother
- Kim Hyun-mook as Game company employee
- A detective who collects intelligence for Jin-woo.
- Park Seul-gi as Entertainment News Reporter
- Park Jong-jin as News Reporter
- Anh Sung-sup as News Reporter
Overseas filming took place in several cities in Spain, such as Granada, Barcelona (Terrassa) and Girona from late May to June. In early August, the cast started filming in Budapest, Hungary and Slovenia. The script for the last episode was completed on December 19, 2018 and filming wrapped up on December 29, 2018 in South Korea.
Memories of the Alhambra was a commercial success, consistently topping the cable television viewership ratings in its timeslot. Its 14th episode recorded a 10.025% nationwide audience share according to Nielsen paid platform, making it as one of the highest rated in Korean cable television history.
The drama has attracted attention for its unique theme of augmented reality; and earned praise for as its high-end computer graphics, cinematography and fast-paced storytelling. Critic Jeong Seok-hee praised the drama for its mysterious and captivating plot that held viewers' attention until the very end, and that it "has the potential to become one of the very best TV dramas we have seen in years". However later on, it received criticism for its confusing development and slow development of plot, and its excessive product placement.
According to the Korean Foundation for International Cultural Exchange, the series is receiving favorable reviews and popularity in China for its actors' performance, cinematography and fresh story.
|Memories of the Alhambra OST|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||January 21, 2019|
|1.||"Star (Little Prince)" (별 (Little Prince))||3:02|
|4.||"Memories of the Alhambra" (알함브라 궁전의 추억)||George||3:05|
|5.||"I'm Here"||Yang Da-il||3:46|
|6.||"Maybe We" (우린 어쩌면)||Eddy Kim||4:54|
|7.||"I'm Here" (Guitar Solo Ver.)||Jung Jae-pil||3:46|
|8.||"Inevitable duel" (피할 수 없는 결투)||Jung Se-rin||3:07|
|9.||"The Beginning of Magic" (마법의 시작)||Jung Se-rin||4:27|
|10.||"Delusion and Truth" (망상과 진실)||Ju In-ro||3:00|
|11.||"New Enemies Detected" (새로운 적 발견)||Kim Hyun-do||2:21|
|12.||"Death in Granada"||Lee Roo-ri||2:15|
|13.||"Unreal Reality" (비현실 같은 현실)||Lee Roo-ri||2:32|
|14.||"The World of Mystery" (신비의 세계)||2:54|
|15.||"Connection Error" (접속 오류)||Lee Roo-ri||2:23|
|16.||"Accidental Encounter" (우연한 만남)||Lee Yoon-ji||3:33|
|17.||"Magical Reality Drawn In Front of the Eyes" (눈앞에 그려진 마법 같은 현실)||Lee Yoon-ji||2:11|
|18.||"Hostel Bonita" (보니따 호스텔)||Lee Roo-ri||2:15|
|19.||"Embarrassing Incident" (당황스러운 사건)||Lee Yoon-ji||1:38|
|20.||"Victory Achieved" (승리 달성)||Kim Hyun-do||2:33|
|21.||"Play Harder" (게임 노가다)||Goo Bon-chun||2:57|
|22.||"Three Dimensional Space" (3차원의 공간)||Kim Hyun-do||2:21|
|23.||"Beyond Limits Game" (한계를 넘어선 게임)||Jung Se-rin||2:55|
|24.||"Alliance Made" (동맹을 맺었습니다)||Jung Se-rin||3:05|
|25.||"Item He Left" (그가 남긴 아이템)||Jung Se-rin||3:17|
|26.||"Stories Started in Granada" (그라나다에서 시작된 이야기)||Seo Ye-rin||3:01|
|28.||"Bad Day" (잘 안 풀리는 하루)||Lee Yoon-ji||2:40|
|29.||"You're Kidding...?" (농담이시죠...?)||Noh Yoo-rim||2:06|
|30.||"The Master of Mind Game" (밀당의 고수)||Shin Yoo-jin||1:29|
|31.||"Complex Mind" (복잡한 마음)||Kim Hyun-joo||2:28|
|32.||"Anxious Time" (불안한 시간)||Lee Yoon-ji||2:40|
|33.||"Lost Se-ju" (사라진 세주)||Lee Yoon-ji||3:44|
|34.||"Dangerous Quest" (위험한 퀘스트)||Joo In-ro||2:33|
|35.||"Virtual or Reality" (가상 또는 현실)||Kim Hyun-do||2:55|
|36.||"Inner Conflict" (내면의 갈등)||Noh Yoo-rim||2:10|
|37.||"Jin-woo's Fear" (진우의 두려움)||Shin Yoo-jin||2:57|
|38.||"Endless Hallucinations" (끝없는 환각)||Noh Yoo-rim||2:29|
|39.||"New User" (새로운 유저)||Noh Yoo-rim||2:29|
|40.||"Save Me, Boss" (살려주세요 대표님)||Kim Hyun-do||2:37|
|41.||"Mysterious Whereabouts" (묘연한 행방)||Seo Ye-rin||3:34|
|42.||"Recuerdos de la Alhambra" (by Francisco Tárrega)||Jang Dae-geon||4:24|
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||December 1, 2018||7.507% (1st)||9.188% (1st)|
|2||December 2, 2018||7.363% (1st)||9.179% (1st)|
|3||December 8, 2018||6.950% (1st)||8.788% (1st)|
|4||December 9, 2018||8.154% (1st)||11.180% (1st)|
|5||December 15, 2018||6.829% (1st)||8.351% (1st)|
|6||December 16, 2018||7.863% (1st)||10.206% (1st)|
|7||December 22, 2018||7.442% (1st)||9.921% (1st)|
|8||December 23, 2018||8.504% (1st)||11.200% (1st)|
|9||December 29, 2018||7.563% (1st)||9.797% (1st)|
|10||December 30, 2018||9.207% (1st)||11.776% (1st)|
|11||January 5, 2019||9.431% (1st)||12.440% (1st)|
|12||January 6, 2019||9.851% (1st)||13.592% (1st)|
|13||January 12, 2019||9.316% (1st)||11.841% (1st)|
|14||January 13, 2019||10.025% (1st)||12.996% (1st)|
|15||January 19, 2019||9.004% (1st)||11.450% (1st)|
|16||January 20, 2019||9.933% (1st)||12.383% (1st)|
|Special||December 21, 2018||3.341%||4.319%|
- 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).
Awards and nominations
|2019||55th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Director||Ahn Gil-ho||Nominated|||
|Best Actor||Hyun Bin||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Park Hoon||Nominated|
|Technical Award||Park Sung-jin (Special effects)||Won|
|12th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress||Park Shin-hye||Nominated|||
- Memories of the Alhambra was broadcast on Netflix in Asia and English-speaking territories an hour after its broadcast in Korea. In Japan, the drama was broadcast on December 2, while in Europe, South America and the rest of the world, it was launched starting December 11.
- Channel 7 in Thailand
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- Official website (in Korean)
- Memories of the Alhambra at Studio Dragon
- Memories of the Alhambra on IMDb
- Memories of the Alhambra at HanCinema