Smile Again (2006 TV series)

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Smile Again
Genre Romance, Drama
Written by Yoon Sung-hee
Directed by Hong Sung-chang
Starring Kim Hee-sun
Lee Dong-gun
Lee Jin-wook
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Location(s) South Korea
Running time 60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release May 17 (2006-05-17) – July 6, 2006 (2006-07-06)
Preceded by Bad Family
Followed by Please Come Back, Soon-ae
External links

Smile Again (Hangul스마일 어게인; RRSeumail Eogein) is a 2006 South Korea television series starring Lee Dong-gun, Kim Hee-sun, Lee Jin-wook and Yoon Se-ah. It aired on SBS from May 17 to July 6, 2006 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.[1][2]


Ban Ha-jin is calculating and ambitious. Even though he's an orphan and a high school drop out, he will use any means to fulfill his ambition. Through coincidence, he meets Yoon Jae-myung at a bar in Switzerland. Jae-myung is a popular former baseball player who went to the same high school as he did, and Ha-jin manipulates a series of events to become Jae-myung's best friend. He also runs into Oh Dan-hee, the girl he loved and hurt in high school.

Despite her painful childhood, Dan-hee grew up to be a tenacious, optimistic go-getter who dreams of becoming a world-class professional softball player. Although tormented from the memory of being humiliated by her ex-boyfriend Ha-jin, Dan-hee makes a pact with herself to move on. Her sports hero is Yoon Jae-myung.

After Switzerland, the three again become part of each other's lives back in Korea. Ha-jin starts working in Jae-myung's father's company and does everything to make the rich chairman like him, shrewdly climbing the corporate ladder until he becomes the boss's right-hand man. Dan-hee, who also works for the same company, is a softball player on the company's league team. Jae-myung becomes the team's coach, and he falls in love with Dan-hee whose headstrong and optimistic personality attracts him. Jae-myung tries every possible way to win her heart, as Ha-jin becomes torn between his ambition and his love for Dan-hee.


Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

  • Kim Bo-yeon as Sara Jung / Jung Ye-boon
  • Im Chae-moo as Oh Joong-man
  • Hong Ji-young as Oh Yeon-gyo
  • Jo Hye-ryun as Kim Ok-joo
  • Lee Eun-hee as Hong Young-ah
  • Im Hyun-kyung as Park Chan-hee
  • Lee Young-jin as Jung Hyun-soo
  • Jo Dal-hwan as Ha-jin's friend
  • Huh E-jae
  • Park Yong-ki
  • Choi Beom-ho


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)
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 May 17, 2006 13.4% (3rd) 14.3% (4th)
2 May 18, 2006 14.5% (5th) 14.8% (5th)
3 May 24, 2006 12.8% (3rd) 13.1% (4th)
4 May 25, 2006 14.2% (6th) 15.6% (6th)
5 June 1, 2006 11.5% (7th) 12.1% (6th)
6 June 2, 2006 13.0% (10th) 13.3% (11th)
7 June 7, 2006 10.8% (11th) 10.7% (12th)
8 June 8, 2006 12.2% (9th) 12.5% (9th)
9 & 10 June 15, 2006 11.6% (12th) 10.0% (17th)
11 June 21, 2006 10.4% (15th) 10.4% (14th)
12 June 22, 2006 10.0% (16th) 9.4% (15th)
13 June 28, 2006 10.3% (14th) 10.0% (13th)
14 June 29, 2006 11.6% (11th) 11.6% (12th)
15 July 5, 2006 - 10.0% (19th)
16 July 6, 2006 11.1% (15th) 10.6% (19th)
Average 11.160% 11.887%


The drama's rating is imperatively decreased at the middle of the series was due to a football season. However, it still manage to stay above 10%.


  1. ^ Chung, Ah-young (31 July 2006). "Traditional Dramas Beat Trendy Ones". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 
  2. ^ Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (8 January 2007). "Hallyu Stars to Meet Fans in Cheju". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-08-30. 

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