My Golden Life

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My Golden Life
My Golden Life poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Original title황금빛 내 인생
Genre
Created byKBS Drama Production (KBS 드라마 제작국)
Written bySo Hyun-kyung
Directed byKim Hyung-seok
Creative director(s)Choi Yoon-seok
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes52
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Bae Kyung-soo
  • Choi Jin-hee
  • Park Ji-young
  • Kim Jin-yi
Producer(s)
  • Kang Min-kyung
  • Kim Ki-jae
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time80 min
Production company(s)Studio Dragon
DistributorKBS
Studio Dragon (Worldwide)
Release
Original networkKBS2 and KBSWORLD
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseSeptember 2, 2017 (2017-09-02) – March 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)
External links
Website
Production website

My Golden Life[1] (Hangul황금빛 내 인생; RRHwanggeumbit Nae Insaeng) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Park Si-hoo, Shin Hye-sun, Lee Tae-hwan, and Seo Eun-soo. The series aired on KBS2 every Saturday and Sunday from 19:55 to 21:15 (KST).[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Revolves around a woman who has a chance to rise in status and a man who finds happiness in her.

A mother's misguided love has caused her daughters to get swapped in status, and so the heroine Seo Ji-an enters the chaebol household to have a better life without knowing she is actually not their long-lost daughter, but her "former twin" sister instead. What will happen to her once the secret get revealed, and what will happen to her relationship with the son of chaebol family Choi Do-kyung, whom she has gotten closer to as siblings?

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

He is the only heir to Haeseong Group and the head of Strategic Planning Team. He is a third generation chaebol who has returned from the USA after finishing his MBA. He is a gentleman with admirable physique and elegance. He takes pride in the fact that he practices Noblisse Oblige unlike other chaebols who like to power trip. When the "perpetrator" of a car accident, Seo Jian, is revealed to be his younger sister, 'Choi Eunseok,' his life takes a new turn.

She is on a two-year contract with the marketing team of Haeseong Group. Before her father went bankrupt 10 years ago, she used to be the original 'girl crush.' Everyone admired her competitive spirit and cheerful personality. Now she only dreams of being a full-time employee of the Haeseong Group. When that dream is shattered by a friend, she hits the bottom of her life. Then, like a miracle, she gets a chance to reverse her life as the daughter of Haeseong Group. She chooses to take the silver spoon and live a glamorous life. But unexpected challenges are waiting for her.

He is Jian's high school friend. With a major in interior design, he runs a DIY furniture shopping mall. He has a cheerful and feisty personality, but he also has a cranky side and his likes and dislike are very clear. Ever since he fell in love with Jian at first sight in high school, he has had a crush on her. He does not realize that Jisu, who has a crush on him, is Jian's twin sister.

Ji-an's twin sister; After graduating from vocational college, she has been making a living as a part-timer for years. She is without a worry in the world. Since she loves bread so much, she gets a job at a local bakery. Without knowing the relationship between her sister Jian and Sunwoo, she has a secret crush on Sunwoo. When her one and only twin sister enters the chaebol family, she learns the secret behind her birth and becomes confused.

Supporting[edit]

Seo Ji-an's family[edit]

Taesu has been the breadwinner for his family for his entire life. He used to have a successful life as a self-made man, but after going bankrupt, he has been working as a day laborer.

She thought she would live as a housewife without ever having to get her hands dirty. Her pride is battered with her husband Taesu's bankruptcy. Reality makes her feel miserable. She prays that her daughter Jian, who enters a chaebol family, does not end up like her.

Choi Do-kyung's family[edit]

Haesung Group[edit]

  • Kim Byung-ki as Noh Yang-ho, family patriarch
  • Jeon Soo-kyung as Noh Jin-hee, Noh Yang-ho's youngest daughter
  • Yoo Ha-bok as Jung Myung-soo, Noh Jin-hee's husband
  • Seo Kyung-hwa as Min Deul-lae, Choi family's household manager
  • Wi Ha-joon as Ryu Jae-shin, Choi Seo-hyun's former driver

Extended[edit]

  • Jung So-young as Sunwoo Hee , Sunwoo Hyuk's elder sister
  • Choi Gwi-hwa as Kang Nam-goo, Seo Ji-soo's boss
  • Kwon Hyuk-poong as Sunwoo Seok, Sunwoo Hyuk & Hee's father
  • Park Joo-hee as Lee Soo-ah, Seo Ji-tae's longtime lover and then wife
  • Lee Jong-nam as Shin Hae-ja, Yang Mi-jung's friend
  • Lee Gyu-Bok as Yoo secretary
  • Kim Sung-hoon as Lee Yong-kook
  • Baek Seo-yi as Yoon Ha-jung, Seo Ji-an's frenemy
  • Kim Sa-kwan as Kim Ki-jae
  • Shin Min-Kyung as departmental student representative
  • Yoo In-young as Jang So-ra, Choi Do-kyung's fiancee.[8]

Reception[edit]

The drama is currently one of the fastest-growing in ratings among KBS2 TV series in the same timeslot, starting with 19.7% for the first episode and surpassing 30% mark (30.9%) in 8 episodes.[9] It goes on to become the fastest to reach the National Drama level of 40% rating (41.2% in 30 episodes) among KBS2 TV series in the same timeslot.[10][11]

The drama was praised as an atypical family drama, avoiding cliches such as family conflicts and typical Cinderella stories, instead focusing on pursuing personal happiness based on one's own decision.[12] It was praised for sensitively drawn characters, emotional details and family histories;[13] which successfully established an emotional connection between the viewers and the protagonists.[14]

Because of its popularity, it is also the first KBS2 drama in the same time slot to have a special episode. The 2½-hour program consisted of behind-the-scenes footage, cast and staff interviews, director's cuts of the first 10 episodes. It aired on October 4, 2017 from 3:25 to 6 pm (KST) during the Chuseok national holiday period.[15]

Original soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleArtistLength
1."Beautiful Girl"Sosimboys (소심한 오빠들)3:20
2."나 그거하나봐 연애" (I Think I'm In Love)ROO (루)3:57
3."어쩌면 내일은" (Maybe Tomorrow)Dream Girl (동경소녀)3:31
4."바람이 불어와" (The Wind Blows)Park Sun Ye (박선예)3:55
5."머물러" (Please Stay)Lee Ki-chan3:55

Ratings[edit]

  • In this table, The blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[16] AGB Nielsen[17]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 September 2, 2017 20.7% (1st) 17.5% (4th) 19.7% (1st) 19.5% (3rd)
2 September 3, 2017 22.5% (1st) 20.0% (1st) 23.7% (1st) 23.5% (1st)
3 September 9, 2017 23.2% (1st) 19.4% (2nd) 22.4% (1st) 22.2% (2nd)
4 September 10, 2017 29.6% (1st) 26.0% (1st) 28.4% (1st) 28.2% (1st)
5 September 16, 2017 25.2% (1st) 20.9% (1st) 25.3% (1st) 24.5% (1st)
6 September 17, 2017 28.8% (1st) 24.5% (1st) 29.7% (1st) 29.7% (1st)
7 September 23, 2017 25.8% (1st) 22.0% (2nd) 26.2% (1st) 25.6% (1st)
8 September 24, 2017 31.2% (1st) 28.4% (1st) 30.9% (1st) 30.5% (1st)
9 September 30, 2017 24.4% (1st) 21.0% (3rd) 25.4% (1st) 24.3% (1st)
10 October 1, 2017 28.1% (1st) 23.9% (1st) 29.6% (1st) 29.8% (1st)
11 October 7, 2017 24.8% (1st) 20.3% (3rd) 27.2% (1st) 26.7% (1st)
12 October 8, 2017 30.3% (1st) 27.4% (1st) 30.9% (1st) 30.1% (1st)
13 October 14, 2017 27.9% (1st) 23.3% (3rd) 27.4% (1st) 26.5% (1st)
14 October 15, 2017 31.2% (1st) 27.5% (1st) 32.4% (1st) 31.7% (1st)
15 October 21, 2017 30.2% (1st) 27.8% (1st) 29.7% (1st) 29.5% (1st)
16 October 22, 2017 34.2% (1st) 31.4% (1st) 35.0% (1st) 34.8% (1st)
17 October 28, 2017 30.3% (1st) 26.8% (1st) 30.2% (1st) 30.2% (1st)
18 October 29, 2017 34.2% (1st) 30.3% (1st) 34.5% (1st) 34.2% (1st)
19 November 4, 2017 31.1% (1st) 27.1% (1st) 31.2% (1st) 30.8% (1st)
20 November 5, 2017 35.5% (1st) 31.3% (1st) 36.0% (1st) 36.0% (1st)
21 November 11, 2017 32.2% (1st) 30.1% (1st) 32.3% (1st) 32.1% (1st)
22 November 12, 2017 37.1% (1st) 34.0% (1st) 37.9% (1st) 36.6% (1st)
23 November 18, 2017 31.4% (1st) 27.9% (1st) 35.0% (1st) 34.6% (1st)
24 November 19, 2017 36.3% (1st) 33.6% (1st) 37.7% (1st) 37.5% (1st)
25 November 25, 2017 30.7% (1st) 27.0% (1st) 34.7% (1st) 34.3% (1st)
26 November 26, 2017 35.9% (1st) 32.1% (1st) 39.0% (1st) 38.6% (1st)
27 December 2, 2017 32.7% (1st) 29.9% (1st) 35.7% (1st) 35.4% (1st)
28 December 3, 2017 38.7% (1st) 35.7% (1st) 38.8% (1st) 38.9% (1st)
29 December 9, 2017 32.2% (1st) 29.0% (1st) 35.6% (1st) 35.5% (1st)
30 December 10, 2017 40.2% (1st) 36.3% (1st) 41.2% (1st) 40.8% (1st)
31 December 16, 2017 34.2% (1st) 30.7% (1st) 35.7% (1st) 34.7% (1st)
32 December 17, 2017 39.6% (1st) 35.5% (1st) 40.7% (1st) 40.1% (1st)
33 December 23, 2017 32.8% (1st) 29.1% (1st) 34.7% (1st) 33.1% (1st)
34 December 24, 2017 35.9% (1st) 31.6% (1st) 37.8% (1st) 36.9% (1st)
35 January 6, 2018 37.3% (1st) 34.4% (1st) 37.6% (1st) 37.2% (1st)
36 January 7, 2018 42.3% (1st) 38.2% (1st) 42.8% (1st) 42.5% (1st)
37 January 13, 2018 36.4% (1st) 32.5% (1st) 37.8% (1st) 37.9% (1st)
38 January 14, 2018 39.6% (1st) 35.7% (1st) 43.2% (1st) 42.9% (1st)
39 January 20, 2018 35.3% (1st) 31.9% (1st) 36.8% (1st) 35.4% (1st)
40 January 21, 2018 41.7% (1st) 37.0% (1st) 41.9% (1st) 41.2% (1st)
41 January 27, 2018 37.5% (1st) 34.1% (1st) 38.8% (1st) 39.3% (1st)
42 January 28, 2018 42.5% (1st) 38.9% (1st) 44.2% (1st) 44.6% (1st)
43 February 3, 2018 39.6% (1st) 35.8% (1st) 40.3% (1st) 40.5% (1st)
44 February 4, 2018 43.9% (1st) 40.4% (1st) 44.6% (1st) 44.1% (1st)
45 February 11, 2018 39.9% (1st) 36.4% (1st) 41.9% (1st) 41.5% (1st)
46 February 17, 2018 30.0% (1st) 26.1% (1st) 34.7% (1st) 34.8% (1st)
47 February 18, 2018 35.1% (1st) 31.3% (1st) 38.7% (1st) 38.9% (1st)
48 February 25, 2018 30.7% (1st) 27.2% (1st) 29.3% (1st) 28.8% (1st)
49 March 3, 2018 41.2% (1st) 36.7% (1st) 38.1% (1st) 37.6% (1st)
50 March 4, 2018 45.8% (1st) 41.9% (1st) 43.9% (1st) 43.0% (1st)
51 March 10, 2018 39.4% (1st) 35.0% (1st) 38.1% (1st) 36.7% (1st)
52 March 11, 2018 47.5% (1st) 43.7% (1st) 45.1% (1st) 44.3% (1st)
Average 34.0% 30.2% 34.8% 34.4%
Chuseok
Special I
October 4, 2017 1.9% (NR) N/A 2.2% (NR) N/A
Chuseok
Special II
3.4% (NR) 3.4% (NR)
Behind the Scenes
Special I
December 30, 2017 23.4% (1st) 20.2% (1st) 22.1% (1st) 21.5% (1st)
Behind the Scenes
Special II
December 31, 2017 19.9% (1st) 17.1% (1st) 17.5% (1st) 17.3% (1st)
  • KBS2 airs 2 Special episodes on 4 October 2017 from 15.25 onwards, to celebrate Chuseok holiday.[18]
  • Surpasses 40% ratings starting from the 30th episode, becomes a new "National Drama".
  • On 11th January 2018, extension of 2 episodes has been confirmed and thus making up to total of 52 episodes.
  • Episodes 46 & 47 will air at 22:00 due to coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics
  • Episode 48 will not air on February 24 due to coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 31st KBS Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Chun Ho-jin Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Shin Hye-sun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Won
Kim Hye-ok Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Park Si-hoo Won
Chun Ho-jin Nominated
Best New Actor Lee Tae-hwan Nominated
Best New Actress Seo Eun-soo Nominated
Netizen Award Shin Hye-sun Nominated
Best Writer So Hyun-kyung Won
Best Couple Award Park Si-hoo and Shin Hye-sun Won
2018 54th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Drama My Golden Life Nominated [19]
Best Actor Chun Ho-jin Nominated
Best Actress Shin Hye-sun Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Na Young-hee Nominated
Best New Actress Seo Eun-soo Nominated
11th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize Chun Ho-jin Nominated [20][21]
Best Drama My Golden Life Nominated
Best Screenplay So Hyun-kyung Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Park Si-hoo Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Shin Hye-sun Nominated
Best New Actress Seo Eun-soo Won
6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Park Si-hoo Nominated [22][23]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Serial Drama Shin Hye-sun Won
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Drama My Golden Life Nominated [24]
Best Actress Shin Hye-sun Nominated

International Broadcast[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ My Golden Life | 황금빛 내인생 [Preview]. KBS World TV via Youtube. August 25, 2017. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
  2. ^ "Drama reveals demise of families in Korea". The Korea Times. December 10, 2017.
  3. ^ "Park Si-hoo returns in 'My Golden Life'". Kpop Herald. August 30, 2017.
  4. ^ Park, Jin-hai (November 8, 2017). "Tough cookie Cinderellas win viewers' hearts". The Korea Times. Retrieved November 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Actress Shin Hye-sun Finds Success Brings New Pressures". The Chosun Ilbo. March 31, 2018.
  6. ^ "'My Golden Life' gave Lee Tae-hwan the boost he needed". Korea JoongAng Daily. March 30, 2018.
  7. ^ "Actress Seo Eun-su Finds Breakthrough in Latest TV Series". The Chosun Ilbo. April 7, 2018.
  8. ^ "Yoo In Young to appear as Park Si Hoo's fiancée in 'My Golden Life'". KBS World. November 24, 2017.
  9. ^ Ko, Seung-ah (September 27, 2017). "'황금빛 내 인생', 8회만에 시청률 30% 돌파…흥행 포인트 넷". Herald Pop (in Korean).
  10. ^ Park, Ah-reum (December 11, 2017). "[이슈와치]'황금빛 내인생' 역대 KBS 주말극 최단 기간 40% 돌파". Newsen (in Korean).
  11. ^ "'My Golden Life' tops viewer ratings of 41.2%". Kpop Herald. December 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "TV series 'My Golden Life' didn't follow Koreanovela formula". The Korea Times. March 14, 2018.
  13. ^ "K-drama My Golden Life is a rich melodrama". The Straits Times. November 8, 2017.
  14. ^ "KBS 2TV's weekend drama 'My Golden Life' ranks first in TV weekly ratings". Yonhap News Agency. November 21, 2017.
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  16. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  17. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved June 20, 2016.
  18. ^ http://news.kbs.co.kr/news/view.do?ncd=3555576
  19. ^ "제54회 백상예술대상, TV·영화 각 부문별 수상 후보자 공개". JTBC (in Korean). April 6, 2018.
  20. ^ "2018코리아드라마어워즈 후보 공개". KDFO.org (in Korean). September 22, 2018.
  21. ^ "[종합] '2018 KDA' 유동근, 대상 영예…'같이 살래요' 4관왕 '쾌거'". My Daily (in Korean). October 2, 2018.
  22. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
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  24. ^ "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). September 28, 2018.
  25. ^ "GMA Asianovelas: The Heart of Asia". www.facebook.com/gmaheartofasia. Retrieved July 11, 2018.

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