Promotional poster for Personal Taste
|Also known as||'Personal Preference'|
|Based on||Personal Taste
by Lee Se-in
|Written by||Kim Hee-ju|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Original network||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original release||March 31– May 20, 2010|
|Revised Romanization||Kaeinui Chwihyang|
Personal Taste (Hangul: 개인의 취향; Hanja: 個人의 趣向; RR: Kaeinui Chwihyang; MR: Kaein-ŭi Ch‘wihyang; lit. "Kae-in's Taste" or "Kae-in's Preference"; also known as Personal Preference) is a 2010 South Korean television series, starring Son Ye-jin and Lee Min-ho. It is adapted from Lee Se-in's 2007 novel of the same name about a furniture designer, Park Kae-in, who lives together with architect Jeon Jin-ho under the mistaken assumption that he's gay. It aired on MBC from March 31 to May 20, 2010 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
Furniture designer Park Kae-in (Son Ye-jin) is kind, impulsive, clumsy, and a complete slob in her personal habits. She lives in Sanggojae (meaning "a place for mutual love"), a modernized hanok (traditional Korean house) designed by her father, a famous and reclusive architecture professor (Kang Shin-il). Naive and trusting, she has been dating longtime boyfriend Han Chang-ryul (Kim Ji-seok) for years despite the fact that he takes her for granted. One day, without so much as a word of explanation, he breaks up with her. Then Kae-in is invited to the wedding of her good friend and roommate Kim In-hee (Wang Ji-hye), and is horrified to discover that the husband-to-be in none other than Chang-ryul; and that the two had been cheating on her for some time. When she finally comes face-to-face with them, the wedding ceremony breaks out into utter chaos. Kae-in is heartbroken, and determined to never take a chance on love again.
Meanwhile, to keep his small firm afloat, architect Jeon Jin-ho (Lee Min-ho) is desperately trying to win a project bid for the Dam Art Center against Future Construction, the company owned and operated by Chang-ryul's father (Ahn Suk-hwan). Chang-ryul's father was originally an employee under Jin-ho's father, who stole the latter's company. In order to win the favor of the Dam Art Center director, Jin-ho has to find a way to dig up more information about the art center director’s favorite building: Sanggojae, which has never been opened to the public.
Knowing that Kae-in would never let a man (let alone a stranger) be her new roommate, the straitlaced (and straight) Jin-ho pretends to be gay to get access to the house — and all the information that he's sure is hidden within. At the same time, the DAC director (Ryu Seung-ryong), who actually is gay, finds himself attracted to Jin-ho. Once they start living together, Jin-ho gradually embarks on a mission to transform the inveterate tomboy/slob, Kae-in. Amidst the mayhem of the makeover and hiding his true orientation, the perfectionist Jin-ho begins to fall in love with Kae-in. What will happen when the man who’s pretending to be gay and the woman who thinks he’s gay develop feelings for each other?
- A clumsy, slobbish girl. She is an aspiring furniture designer, and daughter of the famous architect Park Chul-han. After her ex-boyfriend Han Chang-ryul dumped her for her room mate In-hee, she has a deep scar in her heart.
- An architect who is earnestly trying to keep his small firm afloat, while getting back his late father's company from Han Chang-ryul's father. Neat and organized, he is unable to stand Kae-in's living habits, and try to change her.
- Kim Ji-seok as Han Chang-ryul
- Jeon Jin-ho's rival, and Kae-in's ex-boyfriend. Although he initially left Kae-in for her friend In-hee, he later grows feelings for Kae-in.
- Wang Ji-hye as Kim In-hee
- A greedy woman who has multiple boyfriends and treats them as dispensable. She is Kae-in's best friend and they lived together for 10 years, but betrayed her and gets married to Chang-ryul. Later In-hee develops feelings for Jin-ho and tries to steal him from Kae-in.
- Ryu Seung-ryong as Choi Do-bin
- Director of the DAAM project. He is gay and developed feelings for Jin-ho thinking he was gay too.
- Jo Eun-ji as Lee Young-sun, Kae-in's best friend
- Jung Sung-hwa as Noh Sang-jun, Jin-ho's assistant
- Im Seulong as Kim Tae-hoon, Jin-ho's employee. He has a crush on Hye-mi.
- Choi Eun-seo as Na Hye-mi, Jin-ho's childhood friend. She had a crush on Jin-ho since they were young.
- Park Hae-mi as Jeon Jang-mi, Jin-ho's mother
- Ahn Suk-hwan as Han Yoon-sub, Chang-ryul's father. He worked at Jin-ho's father's company in the past, but later betrayed him.
- Jang Won-young as Secretary Kim
- Kang Shin-il as Park Chul-han, Kae-in's father. A famous architect who designed Sanggojae for his wife and daughter.
- Bong Tae-gyu as Lee Won-ho (ep 1-2)
- Jung Chan as Groom (ep 1)
- Song Seon-mi as Bride (ep 1)
- Julien Kang as Joe (ep 7)
- Yoon Eun-hye as Yoon Eun-soo (ep 8)
- Kim Nam-gil as man sitting in cafe (ep 11)
One of the production's main sponsors was Design and Arts Arcadia of Myungseung, and the storyline contains many references to DAAM as the project that all the architectural firms are competing to design for.
The hanok used in the drama series (called Sanggojae in the script) is actually Rakgojae, a traditional guest house in Bukchon Hanok Village, Gye-dong, Jongno District. Meaning "a place to enjoy tradition," Rakgojae was renovated by master carpenter Chung Young-jin. It offers a glimpse of the lifestyle of Joseon-era scholars by incorporating fine art, music, dance and poetry through colorful cultural programs such as a tea ceremony, ink-and-wash painting lessons, Korean musical instrument lessons and kimchi-making classes.
One of the locations frequented by the main characters is Kring art gallery, in Gangnam District, southern Seoul. The creative cultural space showcases a variety of arts ranging from architecture and fashion to installations and digital art. The unique facade of the building is itself a large-scale urban sculpture. Circles are a theme throughout the building, but the front wall is reminiscent of stereo speakers, hinting at the name of the building. "Kring" means "circle" in Dutch.
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||March 31, 2010||12.7%||13.7%||12.5%||13.8%|
|2||April 1, 2010||11.4%||11.9%||12.5%||14.2%|
|3||April 7, 2010||12.9%||14.5%||11.5%||13.0%|
|4||April 8, 2010||12.8%||14.0%||10.9%||12.7%|
|5||April 14, 2010||13.0%||14.3%||11.8%||13.6%|
|6||April 15, 2010||12.2%||13.1%||11.1%||12.7%|
|7||April 21, 2010||13.6%||15.1%||11.6%||14.0%|
|8||April 22, 2010||13.0%||13.9%||11.9%||13.2%|
|9||April 28, 2010||14.2%||15.8%||13.1%||15.1%|
|10||April 29, 2010||13.9%||15.0%||12.1%||13.7%|
|11||May 5, 2010||16.2%||17.6%||12.6%||14.4%|
|12||May 6, 2010||14.3%||15.8%||12.3%||14.0%|
|13||May 12, 2010||12.1%||13.1%||10.9%||12.6%|
|14||May 13, 2010||13.2%||14.3%||10.2%||11.8%|
|15||May 19, 2010||12.4%||13.0%||10.7%||12.1%|
|16||May 20, 2010||14.3%||14.9%||11.1%||12.4%|
Awards and nominations
||Excellence Award, Actor||Lee Min-ho||Won|
|Best New Actor||Im Seulong||Nominated|
|Popularity Award||Lee Min-ho||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Min-ho and Son Ye-jin||Nominated|
||Best / Most Shared Foreign Drama||Personal Taste||Won|
The series aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV beginning March 31, 2010. Reruns aired on TBS beginning February 16, 2012; it shared the same timeslot with another Lee Min-ho drama City Hunter, which was airing on Fuji TV.
The series aired in the Philippines on ABS-CBN under the title Perfect Match from November 8, 2010 to January 7, 2011.
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