My Love from the Star

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My Love from the Star
You Who Came From the Stars Cover.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as 'You Who Came from the Stars'
Genre Romance
Comedy
Fantasy
Drama
Science fiction
Written by Park Ji-eun
Directed by Jang Tae-yoo
Starring Jun Ji-hyun
Kim Soo-hyun
Park Hae-jin
Yoo In-na
Opening theme "My Destiny" by Lyn
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 21
Production
Executive producer(s) Choi Moon-suk
Producer(s) Moon Bo-mi
Cinematography Lee Gil-bok
Jung Min-gyun
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 70 minutes
Production company(s) HB Entertainment
Release
Original network SBS and regional affiliates
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release December 18, 2013 (2013-12-18) – February 27, 2014 (2014-02-27)
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul 별에서 온 그대
Revised Romanization Byeoreseo on geudae
McCune–Reischauer Pyŏresŏ On Kŭdae

My Love from the Star (Hangul별에서 온 그대; RRByeoreseo on geudae; literally You Who Came from the Stars) is a South Korean television series starring Jun Ji-hyun and Kim Soo-hyun. Written by Park Ji-eun, it is a romantic fantasy story about an alien who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years later, falls in love with a top actress in the modern era.[1] It aired on SBS from December 18, 2013 to February 27, 2014 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 21 episodes;[2] the production company extended the original 20-episode run with one episode, due to high viewers' demand.[3]

This is the second collaboration between Jun and Kim, who previously worked together in the blockbuster heist film The Thieves.[4][5][6] It is also Jun's small screen comeback after 14 years.[7]

The series was a major hit in South Korea and received immense popularity across Asia. Jun won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for television, at the Baeksang Arts Awards and the SBS Drama Awards, and as did Kim at the Korea Drama Awards.[8][9][10][11][12]

Plot[edit]

Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) is an alien that landed on Earth in the year 1609, during the Joseon Dynasty. As he tries to help a young girl, Yi-hwa, from falling off a cliff, he misses his trip back to his planet and is stranded on Earth for the next four centuries. He possesses a near-perfect appearance, enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing and speed, and a cynical, jaded view regarding human beings. As time goes by, Min-joon is forced to take on a new identity every ten years, as his human appearance never ages.

In the present, he works as a college professor. With only three months left before his long-awaited departure back to space, he meets Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun), a famous Hallyu actress who suddenly becomes his next-door neighbour. Slowly, he finds himself entangled in Song-yi’s crazy and unpredictable situations, and finds out that she looks like the young girl he fell in love with in the Joseon era. Min-joon tries to keep himself away from Song-yi as he needs to leave the planet, but often finds himself failing to do so.

However, Song-yi gets entangled in the dangerous game of Lee Jae-kyung (Shin Sung-rok), the elder brother of Lee Hwi-kyung (Park Hae-jin), who has been her friend since middle school and is in love with her. As Jae-kyung tries to silence Song-yi, Min-joon finds himself saving her multiple times and eventually the neighbors fall for each other. But Jae-kyung turns out to be much more dangerous than Min-joon suspected and he mysteriously also starts to lose control over his superpowers, making his only friend and confidant, Lawyer Jang (Kim Chang-wan) worried about his life and safety.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

A top Hallyu star who is very blunt and believes that she is every man's type, until she meets her stoic neighbor, Do Min-joon. She soon develops feelings for him and tries to make him fall for her.
A very cold and distant being, he loved a girl who lived during the Joseon Dynasty for liking him as his true self, an alien. After the girl dies from saving him, he waits to return home. Living a lonely and isolated life for centuries, he one day meets Cheon Song-yi, a girl who, at her young age, looked exactly like the one he cared for 400 years ago and whom he once saved.
Song-yi's childhood friend who has an unrequited love for her. He believes one day she will love him, but decides to back down for a while, supporting her through thick and thin as a true friend.
Song-yi's childhood best friend. Underneath her sweet smile, she is actually very envious of Song-yi and has had a crush on Hwi-kyung for a long time. She later becomes famous after Song-yi's fall from the entertainment industry.

Supporting characters[edit]

Hwi-kyung's older brother, the potential heir of S&C Group. The main antagonist of the series, willing to do anything to silence Song-yi for a secret she knows about him.
Song-yi's younger brother, who first disapproves of her relationship with the neighbour but grows to likes Min-joon because of their shared interest in astronomy.
Min-joon's lawyer. When he was young, he was saved by Min-joon from a suicide attempt and found out about his identity. He has been a loyal friend of him ever since.
A young and enthusiastic prosecutor looking into the Han Yoo-ra case. He gets to know about Do Min-joon's real identity.
A detective, who works together with Yoo Seok on the case of Han Yoo-ra. Knows about Do Min-joon's identity.
  • Jo Hee-bong as President Ahn: CEO of Song-yi's talent agency
  • Kim Kang-hyun as Yoon Beom: Song-yi's manager
  • Hong Jin-kyung as Bokja: comic book store owner/Song-yi's school friend
  • Kim Bo-mi as Min-ah: Song-yi's stylist
  • Lee Jung-gil as Lee Beom-joong: Jae-kyung's father, the chairman of S&C Group
  • Lee Il-hwa as Han Sun-young: Se-mi's mother
  • Sung Byung-sook as Hong Eun-ah: Hwi-kyung's mother
  • Um Hyo-sup as Cheon Min-goo: Song-yi's father
  • Lee Yi-kyung as Lee Shin: Lee Jae-kyung's secretary
  • Jo Se-ho as Chul-soo: comic book store customer/unemployed neighbor 1
  • Nam Chang-hee as Hyuk: comic book store customer/unemployed neighbor 2
  • Jo Seung-hyun as young Lee Hwi-kyung
  • Kim Hyun-soo as Yi-hwa/young Cheon Song-yi
  • Kim Hye-won as young Yoo Se-mi
  • Jeon Jin-seo as young Cheon Yoon-jae

Guest/cameo appearances[edit]

Original soundtrack[edit]

"My Destiny" the theme song of the drama performed by Lyn, became very popular in South Korea peaking at number 2 on the Gaon Music Chart. A Sinhalese version entitled "Ananthayen Aa Tharu Kumara" performed by Radeesh Vandebona and Indeewari Hettiarachchi was released for the Sri Lankan release of the drama and its music video was released on 2 October 2015.[28] A slower version of the Sinhalese version was released later in January 2016.[29]

My Love from the Star:
Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 26 February 2014
Genre Pop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B
Label SBS Contents Hub
LOEN Entertainment
Disc 1:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "My Destiny[30]"   Lyn 3:51
2. "별처럼" (Like a Star) K.Will 3:30
3. "별에서 온 그대" (My Love from the Star) Younha 3:19
4. "안녕" (Hello / Goodbye) Hyorin 3:35
5. "I Love You"   JUST 4:00
6. "오늘 같은 눈물이" (Tears Like Today) Huh Gak 3:45
7. "너의 모든 순간" (Every Moment of You) Sung Si-kyung 4:00
8. "너의 집 앞" (In Front of Your House) Kim Soo-hyun 3:41
9. "너의 모든 순간 (Piano Ver.)" (Every Moment of Yours (Piano Ver.)) Sung Si-kyung 4:02
Disc 2:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Man From Star (Opening Title)"   Various Artists 2:11
2. "Back to the Present"   Various Artists 5:10
3. "Cliff Tension"   Various Artists 4:39
4. "Star Bach Comic"   Various Artists 1:37
5. "Dark Fantasy"   Various Artists 3:13
6. "Past Love"   Various Artists 3:10
7. "Star Comic Pizzicato"   Various Artists 1:26
8. "Dream Scenery I"   Various Artists 3:10
9. "Dream Scenery II"   Various Artists 4:14
10. "Mocha Comic Tension"   Various Artists 1:56
11. "Tears In Minuet"   Various Artists 3:12
12. "Missing You"   Various Artists 2:57
13. "Beethoven Revolution"   Various Artists 4:00
14. "Killing Tension I"   Various Artists 3:07
15. "Killing Tension II"   Various Artists 1:42
16. "Welcome to Earth"   Various Artists 3:33
17. "Stars Comic Tension"   Various Artists 2:08
18. "Waltz With Star"   Various Artists 2:06
19. "Stars Love Mambo"   Various Artists 1:51
20. "Space Love"   Various Artists 3:36
21. "Run Away (Ending Title)"   Various Artists 2:26
Special:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "약속" (Promise) Kim Soo-hyun 4:01

Production[edit]

As the protagonist of the series possesses superpowers, like the ability to teleport and stop time, special effects had to be employed. The crew used 60 small, special cameras for bullet time effect creation. The GoPro camera was installed in 180 degrees and "stopped" characters were filmed from various angles. The final scene is a montage of various smaller details and then enhanced digitally. This was the first time that HD cameras were used to produce a television series in South Korea.[33]

Among the filming locations were two newly built luxury buildings, Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park (DDP) and Boutique Monaco.[34] The Korea Tourism Organization later held a 3D exhibit at the DDP Art Hall from 10 June to 15 August 2014 which featured one of the house sets used, with the display rooms titled "Start," "Fate," "Shaking" and "Longing" in line with the plot of the drama.[35][36]

Reception[edit]

My Love from the Star influenced Korean fashion, with clothes, accessories and make-up products worn by Jun Ji-hyun seeing an "unprecedented" surge in orders.[37][38] It also placed first as "Korea's most favorite program" in a poll conducted by Gallup Korea in February 2014, with 11.5 percent of the votes.[39] The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, a children's novel that languished in obscurity for five years, was propelled to the top of the bestseller lists in major Korean bookstores after the male protagonist repeatedly quotes from it throughout the series.[40]

Besides high viewership ratings in South Korea, the series also proved to be successful in China, where it became the most expensive Korean drama sold as of February 2014, at US$35,000 per episode.[41][42] It also became one of the most viewed streaming shows on Chinese platform iQiyi, where it was streamed more than 14.5 billion times from December 2013 to February 2014.[43] The series struck up a craze for chimaek (chicken and maekju), a popular Korean snack of chicken and beer, which is the favorite snack of the female protagonist. Despite declining chicken consumption in China due to fear of H7N9 bird flu, fried chicken restaurants in cities saw an increase in orders since the running of the show.[43][44] Meanwhile, Korean instant noodle maker Nongshim said sales in January and February 2014 ― while the drama aired ― rose to a record high in its more than 15-year history of business in China; this, too, was attributed to a scene in the drama where the couple enjoyed a bowl of noodles on a trip.[45]

TV professionals in China have likewise weighed in on the Korean drama's positive reception in their country. In an op-ed piece published by the China Daily, writer Xiao Lixin attributed its success to "great innovations in South Korean TV productions in terms of themes and narrative patterns," praising the plot as "logical and fast-paced" interspersed with "whimsy and romantic punch lines," and that "high-speed photography and computer-generated effects" helped "create a lifelike visual impact."[46] Yu Zheng, another writer, found My Love from the Star worthy of being studied, and thought the plot was "simple but has tension. A good combination of outdoor and indoor scenes."[44] Variety show director Pang Bo remarked that the makers of the series paid attention to technical details even in the shortest scenes involving special effects.[44] Chinese celebrities such as Zhao Wei and Gao Yuanyuan also followed and actively posted about the series on Sina Weibo, boosting its popularity.[43][44][47] The Washington Post reported in March 2014 that the Korean drama was discussed at China's National People's Congress, particularly in a committee of political advisory body Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), where it reportedly topped the agenda among delegates from the culture and entertainment industry.[48][49][50][51]

Ratings[edit]

In the tables below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Episode 14 was preempted due to Lunar New Year holiday TV programming.[52] A 70-minute special aired on 7 February 2014 at 23:20 (KST) titled You Who Came from the Stars: the Beginning, which recapped episodes 1 to 15.[53]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[54] AGB Nielsen[55]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 18 December 2013 15.5% 19.1% 15.6% 17.0%
2 19 December 2013 15.9% 18.5% 18.3% 20.5%
3 25 December 2013 17.2% 20.4% 19.4% 21.0%
4 26 December 2013 18.4% 20.8% 20.1% 22.1%
5 1 January 2014 21.0% 24.8% 22.3% 25.3%
6 2 January 2014 22.8% 28.2% 24.6% 27.8%
7 8 January 2014 22.1% 27.0% 24.1% 26.6%
8 9 January 2014 22.9% 29.1% 24.4% 27.4%
9 15 January 2014 21.8% 26.2% 23.1% 25.4%
10 16 January 2014 22.7% 28.3% 24.4% 27.1%
11 22 January 2014 23.3% 28.1% 24.5% 26.8%
12 23 January 2014 24.6% 29.0% 26.4% 28.2%
13 29 January 2014 24.3% 27.5% 24.8% 26.1%
14 5 February 2014 25.1% 30.7% 25.7% 27.8%
15 6 February 2014 24.5% 28.7% 25.9% 27.7%
16 12 February 2014 23.3% 28.0% 25.7% 28.1%
17 13 February 2014 25.6% 29.8% 27.0% 29.5%
18 19 February 2014 25.9% 30.8% 27.4% 29.9%
19 20 February 2014 26.0% 29.9% 26.7% 29.1%
20 26 February 2014 24.5% 29.3% 26.0% 28.0%
21 27 February 2014 28.1% 33.2% 28.1% 29.6%
Average 22.64% 27.02% 24.02% 26.24%
Special 7 February 2014 8.2% 9.4% 10.0% 11.5%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 50th Baeksang Arts Awards[8][9][10][61] Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV Jun Ji-hyun[62] Won
Best Drama My Love from the Star Nominated
Best Director (TV) Jang Tae-yoo Nominated
Best Actor (TV) Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Best Actress (TV) Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Park Ji-eun Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) Kim Soo-hyun[63] Won
Park Hae-jin Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Best OST My DestinyLyn Won
20th Shanghai Television Festival Magnolia Awards[64] Silver Award, Best Foreign TV Series My Love from the Star Won
41st Korea Broadcasting Awards Best Actor/Actress Jun Ji-hyun Won
9th Seoul International Drama Awards[65][66][67] Excellent Korean Drama My Love from the Star Won
Outstanding Korean Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
Outstanding Korean ActressFilms that had been cancelled Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
People's Choice Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
People's Choice ActressFilms that had been cancelled Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Outstanding Korean Drama OST My DestinyLyn Won
Every Moment of YouSung Si-kyung Nominated
7th Korea Drama Awards[68] Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim Soo-hyun Won
Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Best Drama My Love from the Star Won
Best Production Director Jang Tae-yoo Nominated
Best Screenplay Park Ji-eun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor Park Hae-jin Nominated
Best New Actor Ahn Jae-hyun Won
Lee Yi-kyung Nominated
Best OST My DestinyLyn Nominated
Hello / GoodbyeHyolyn Nominated
Hallyu Hot Star Award Kim Soo-hyun Won
Hot Star Award Shin Sung-rok Won
8th Tokyo International Drama Festival Special Award for Foreign Dramas My Love from the Star Won
Best Actor in Asia Kim Soo-hyun[69] Won
6th MelOn Music Awards Best OST My DestinyLyn Won
3rd APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Park Hae-jin Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Kim Chang-wan Nominated
Shin Sung-rok Nominated
Best New Actor Ahn Jae-hyun Nominated
Best Production Director Jang Tae-yoo Won
Hallyu Star Award Jun Ji-hyun Won
Kim Soo-hyun Won
22nd Korea Culture and Entertainment Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Shin Sung-rok Won
16th Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST My DestinyLyn Won
Every Moment of YouSung Si-kyung Nominated
27th Grimae Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Lee Gil-bok, Jung Min-gyun
(cinematographers)
Won
Best Production Director Jang Tae-yoo, Oh Choong-hwan Won
SBS Drama Awards[11][12] Grand Prize (Daesang) Jun Ji-hyun Won
Kim Soo-hyun Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Kim Soo-hyun Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special Shin Sung-rok Won
Special Award, Actor in a Drama Special Kim Chang-wan Won
Special Award, Actress in a Drama Special Na Young-hee Nominated
PD Award Jun Ji-hyun Won
New Star Award Ahn Jae-hyun Won
Top 10 Stars Jun Ji-hyun Won
Kim Soo-hyun Won
Chinese Netizen Popularity Award Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun Won
Netizen Popularity Award Jun Ji-hyun Nominated
Kim Soo-hyun Won
Best Couple Award[70] Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun Won
2015 29th Golden Disk Awards[71] Best OST Tears Like TodayHuh Gak Won
15th Huading Awards[72] Best Global Actor Kim Soo-hyun Won
24th Seoul Music Awards Best OST My DestinyLyn Won
27th Korea Producers & Directors (PD) Awards[73] Best Drama My Love from the Star Won

Films that had been cancelledDenotes categories which were cancelled due to award show policy. (no attendance, no award)

International broadcast[edit]

Country Channel
 Brunei ONE TV ASIA[74]
 China Anhui Television
 Singapore ONE TV ASIA[74]
MediaCorp Channel U
Viu[75]
 Malaysia ONE TV ASIA[74]
8TV (Malaysia)
Shuang Xing
Iflix[76]
 Indonesia ONE TV ASIA[74]
RCTI[77]
Iflix
 Hong Kong TVB Drama 1
 Japan NHK General TV
NHK World Premium
 Myanmar Myanmar Television
MNTV
 Philippines GMA Network[78]
 Taiwan China Television
 Thailand Channel 7
Iflix
 Vietnam HTV3 (November 3, 2014)[79]
 Cambodia Hangmeas HD TV
India India Puthuyugam TV[80]
 Sri Lanka Sirasa TV[81]
Iflix
 Israel Viva Platina
 Romania Euforia TV
 Iraqi Kurdistan WAAR TV HD
 United States Viki
DramaFever[82]
Sky Link TV
 Brazil Netflix
 Kazakhstan NTK

Film version[edit]

Due to its popularity in mainland China, the series was re-edited into a two-hour feature-length film by Chinese production company Meng Jiang Wei, and was released in theaters in summer 2014.[83]

Remake[edit]

An American remake is under development at ABC, to be written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, and produced by HB Entertainment and EnterMedia Contents in association with Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers will be Craft and Fain, creator of the original series Park Ji-eun, CEO of HB Entertainment Moon Bo-mi, and Sebastian Lee and David Kim from EnterMedia Contents.[84]

A Philippine remake is also under development and it will be broadcast and produced by GMA Network.[85] Jake Ejercito and Bea Binene as Winston Lee and Lucy Yoo, The female lead will be portrayed by Jennylyn Mercado, while the confirmed male lead will be Richard Juan. The teaser of the remake was aired during the commercial of Eat Bulaga!. Alden Richards of AlDub was initially confirmed to star as the male lead,[86] but certain circumstances made him unavailable for the project. The series will be under the direction of Bb. Joyce Bernal and is expected to be released this 2017.[87] My Love from the Star was a success in the Philippines after hitting high ratings and dubbed as "One of the most loved Korean drama in the Philippines".

Plagiarism suit[edit]

In a statement posted on her blog on 20 December 2013, author Kang Kyung-ok alleged that the series' concept was plagiarized from her 2008 comic book Seol-hee, claiming that the background, setup, jobs, and relationships between characters were similar.[52][88] The spokesperson from production company HB Entertainment denied the plagiarism charge, calling it "nonsensical" since the male protagonist in Kang's story is human, not an alien, and that screenwriter Park Ji-eun "had never read or heard of" Seol-hee. A representative from SBS told news outlets that the network would investigate the matter.[89] On 20 May 2014, Kang filed her lawsuit in court against Park Ji-eun and HB Entertainment, asking for ₩600 million in damages.[90] HB Entertainment responded that it was prepared to "strongly confront" the lawsuit with their own evidence and witnesses, calling the charges of plagiarism "synonymous to a death sentence" to creators which must be "eradicated."[91] Kang dropped her lawsuit on 3 July 2014 after an out-of-court settlement.[92]

Indonesian television network RCTI aired a TV series in 2014 titled Kau Yang Berasal Dari Bintang, first thought to be an authorized remake of My Love from the Star, but was then found to be a plagiarized version, with the Indonesian series having exactly the same set up and storyline as the Korean drama. In an interview with Korean media outlet TV Report, a representative from SBS Contents Hub said, "The drama was created without the obtainment of legal publication rights. You could view it as plagiarism. [...] While we were in the process of discussing the sale of legal publication rights with another Indonesian enterprise, this drama came out. We are in the midst of finding what course of action to take."[93][94]

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