Scent of a Woman (TV series)

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Scent of a Woman
Scent of a Woman-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreRomance, Drama
Written byNoh Ji-seol
Directed byPark Hyung-ki
StarringKim Sun-a
Lee Dong-wook
Um Ki-joon
Seo Hyo-rim
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Production location(s)
  • South Korea
  • Japan
Production company(s)AStory
Release
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original release23 July (2011-07-23) –
11 September 2011 (2011-09-11)
External links
Website
Production website

Scent of a Woman (Hangul여인의 향기; Hanja女人의 香氣; MRYeoin-eui Hyanggi) is a 2011 South Korean television drama series starring Kim Sun-a, Lee Dong-wook, Um Ki-joon and Seo Hyo-rim.[1] It aired on SBS from July 23 to September 11, 2011 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

As a single, unmarried woman in her mid-thirties, Lee Yeon-jae (Kim Sun-a) is meek and timid, considered a spinster by society. After spending ten years working for the same travel company owned by Kang Chul-man, she is falsely accused of stealing from a client. In addition to enduring the accusations of her superiors, she is diagnosed with gallbladder cancer with approximately six months left to live. Mustering up her courage, Yeon-jae resigns and embraces her remaining six months of life.

Embarking on her first vacation alone, she splurges on clothes and flies first-class to Okinawa Island, Japan, where she runs into the man of her dreams, Kang Ji-wook (Lee Dong-wook), who happens to be the son of her former boss. Ji-wook is a rich young man, cynical and lifeless, until he falls in love with Yeon-jae. Together they live out a series of misadventures, both comical and bittersweet, as Yeon-jae completes each dream in her Bucket List.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Kim Hye-ok as Kim Soon-jung, Yeon-jae's mother
  • Sa Hyun-jin as Yoo Hye-won, Yeon-jae's best friend
  • Choi Jung-hoon as Oh Sang-mok, Yeon-jae's and Soon-jung's hot-tempered landlord
  • Lee Jung-gil as Kang Chul-man, Ji-wook's father
  • Park Jung-sun as Park Sang-woo
  • Kim Kwang-kyu as Yoon Bong-kil, Yeon-jae's office mate/tango instructor Ramses
  • Shin Jung-geun as Noh Sang-shik, Yeon-jae's office manager
  • Son Sung-yoon as Nam Na-ri
  • Namkoong Won as Im Joong-hee, Se-kyung's father
  • Shin Ji-soo as Yang Hee-joo, cancer patient who treats Yeon-jae as her elder sister
  • Cha Ji-yeon as Cha Ji-yeon, tango instructor
  • Xiah Junsu as Kim Junsu (cameo, episode 5)
  • Kwon Oh-joong as Kwon Yool, Yeon-jae's first love (cameo, episode 8)
  • Lee Won-jong as Andy Wilson, pianist
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Kim Dong-myung, Yeon-jae's high school teacher

Original soundtrack[edit]

  1. Blue bird – Rottyful Sky
  2. You are so beautiful – Junsu
  3. 유앤아이 (You and I) – MBLAQ
  4. 버킷리스트 (Bucket list) – JK Kim Dong-uk
  5. Better Tomorrow – She'z
  6. 화답 (Response) – Lee Young-hyun
  7. 유앤아이 (You and I) – Fly High
  8. Una Notte Perfetta – Edan
  9. Promise U
  10. Blue Tango
  11. The Dancer
  12. Jalousie – La Ventana
  13. 키다리 아저씨 (Daddy-Long-Legs)
  14. Por una cabeza
  15. Yeon-jae's Theme
  16. Babu Babu
  17. 여인의 향기 (Scent of a woman)
  18. You are so beautiful (Edit ver.) – Junsu

Episode ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[6] AGB Nielsen[7]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 23 July 2011 13.9% 15.8% 15.8% 15.6%
2 24 July 2011 13.9% 15.1% 15.6% 19.0%
3 30 July 2011 13.1% 15.4% 15.1% 16.8%
4 31 July 2011 12.5% 13.4% 15.7% 17.8%
5 6 August 2011 16.2% 18.5% 18.6% 20.6%
6 7 August 2011 17.0% 18.6% 18.3% 20.6%
7 13 August 2011 16.8% 19.6% 18.0% 20.4%
8 14 August 2011 16.7% 19.7% 17.1% 19.1%
9 20 August 2011 17.8% 21.5% 18.2% 20.3%
10 21 August 2011 18.6% 21.9% 18.3% 20.2%
11 27 August 2011 16.7% 18.8% 18.8% 21.0%
12 28 August 2011 16.4% 18.7% 18.8% 21.3%
13 3 September 2011 16.4% 19.6% 17.7% 19.8%
14 4 September 2011 16.4% 18.1% 18.2% 20.4%
15 10 September 2011 15.7% 17.1% 16.7% 17.9%
16 11 September 2011 14.1% 14.9% 14.1% 15.4%
Average 15.7% 17.9% 17.2% 19.3%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2011
CETV Awards[8]
Top Ten Hottest Asia Award Kim Sun-a Won
4th Korea Drama Awards
Best Supporting Actor Um Ki-joon Nominated
SBS Drama Awards[9]
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Lee Dong-wook Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Kim Sun-a Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Weekend Drama Um Ki-joon Won
Special Acting Award, Actress in a Weekend Drama Kim Hye-ok Won
Top 10 Stars Lee Dong-wook Won
Kim Sun-a Won
New Star Award Seo Hyo-rim Won
2012
48th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Actress (TV) Kim Sun-a Nominated
7th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Drama Scent of a Woman Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

In September 2011, it was announced that the drama's rights were sold eight Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam.[10] This was followed by promotional events attended by the two lead actors, Kim Sun-a and Lee Dong-wook on December 5–6 in Singapore and Malaysia, respectively, for ONE TV ASIA.[11][12]

It first aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV from July 23 to September 11, 2011.[13] It was re-aired on TBS as part of the network's "Hallyu Select Frame" beginning June 7, 2012,[14] and on cable channel BS-Japan.[15]

It first aired in Vietnam on BTV4 from November 15, 2014.

It first aired in Thailand on Channel 7 beginning December 8, 2015.[16]

In Sri Lanka, it is available to stream with subtitles on Iflix.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Park, So-jung (1 June 2011). "Kim Suna, Lee Dong-wook and Um Ki-joon cast in new drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  2. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (20 July 2011). "REVIEW: SBS TV series Scent of a Woman - 1st Episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  3. ^ Lim, Ju-ri (10 August 2011). "Dramas broaden their portrayals of women". Korea Joongang Daily. Retrieved 2012-11-30.
  4. ^ "ONE Exclusive Interview - Lee Dong Wook". ONE TV ASIA. 28 March 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-04.
  5. ^ Hong, Lucia (10 June 2011). "Seo Hyo-rim to star in Kim Suna drama". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  6. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  7. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 2011-07-23.
  8. ^ Choe, Min-ji (21 October 2011). "Kim Sun Ah Honored with the 2011 Top 10 Hottest Asia Award". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  9. ^ Kim, Jessica (2 January 2012). "Han Suk-kyu reclaims glory at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-01-31.
  10. ^ Hong, Lucia (5 September 2011). "SBS series Scent of a Woman sold to 8 countries". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  11. ^ Hong, Lucia (22 November 2011). "Kim Suna, Lee Dong-wook to promote SBS series in Singapore and Malaysia". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-01.
  12. ^ "Scent of a Woman Press Conference in Singapore". Soompi. 8 December 2011. Retrieved 2013-09-21.
  13. ^ http://www.kntv.co.jp/prog/detail/?p=22338
  14. ^ http://www.tbs.co.jp/hanryu-select/scent/
  15. ^ http://www.bs-j.co.jp/onnanokaori/
  16. ^ ""ภ.เกาหลีชุด "พลิกชีวิต ลิขิตรัก" (SCENT OF A WOMAN)"". Channel 7 (in Thai). Retrieved 2015-11-23.
  17. ^ "IFLIX PREMIERES KOREA'S 'BRIDE OF HABAEK'". Ceylon Today. Archived from the original on July 14, 2017.

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