Smile Again (2010 TV series)

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Smile Again
Also known as Smile, Dong-hae
Genre Drama, Romance
Written by Moon Eun-ah
Directed by Kim Myung-wook
Mo Wan-il
Starring Ji Chang-wook
Do Ji-won
Oh Ji-eun
Park Jung-ah
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 159
Producer(s) Moon Bo-hyun
Running time 30 minutes on Mondays to Fridays at 20:25
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original release 4 October 2010 (2010-10-04) – 13 May 2011 (2011-05-13)
Preceded by A Good Day for the Wind to Blow
Followed by The Women of Our Home
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Smile Again (Hangul웃어라 동해야; Hanja웃어라 東海야; RRUseora Donghaeya, lit. Smile, Dong-hae) is a 2010 South Korean daily television drama, starring Ji Chang-wook, Do Ji-won, Oh Ji-eun, Park Jung-ah and Lee Jang-woo. It aired on Korean Broadcasting System's premier channel KBS1 from October 4, 2010 to May 13, 2011 on Mondays to Fridays at 20:25 for 159 episodes.[1]


Carl Laker, whose Korean name is Dong-hae, visits Korea with his mother to participate in the short track speed skating competition as a representative on the American team. Dong-hae's mother, Anna, who is a Korean-American adoptee, had an accident during a severe storm and almost drowned at a young age, which led her to have a mental age of about nine. She fell in love with a Korean man who used the English name James who was studying abroad in New York. He left promising to come back but never did, without knowing that she was pregnant with Dong-hae.

Dong-hae's trip to Korea is not just for the competition, but also to see his girlfriend, Sae-hwa, whom he dated for 6 years and promised to marry. However, what awaits him is the changed heart of Sae-hwa. She tells him that she cannot be with him as long as he is with Anna. Later, he saves Sae-hwa from being struck by a truck in a traffic accident. The accident injured Dong-hae and ended his skating career. Meanwhile, Anna sees Dong-hae's father by chance and doesn't want to leave Korea. Dong-hae decides to stay in Korea and search for his father. He decides to find him and ask him the reason why he left them. And at the midst of all of this is Bong-yi an aspiring chef who wants to be the first female head chef. Bong-yi and her family take Dong-hae and his mother Anna in and treat them as family. Dong-hae later falls in love with Bong-yi, and pursues a career as a chef. But Dong-hae, Anna, and Bong-yi must travel a challenging path for their happiness, finding Dong-hae's father, and his roots.


Lee family
Kim family
Yoon family
Extended cast
  • Kim Sung-won as Jo Pil-yong, Anna's birth father
  • Jung Young-sook as Kim Mal-sun, Anna's birth mother
  • Choi Yoon-so as Baek Yoo-jin
  • Lee Jung-ho as Lee Dae-sam
  • Jung Eun-woo as Kim Sun-woo
  • Kim Jin-soo as Bang Ki-nam
  • Kim Yoon-hee as Jung Soon-hye
  • Kang Chul-sung as home shopping PD
  • Kim Yoon-tae as home shopping PD
  • Kim Sung-hoon as policeman
  • Seo Hye-jin as nurse
  • Ham Jin-sung as staff
  • Shin Dong-yup as hotel restaurant kitchen assistant (cameo)
  • Yoon Jong-shin as hotel restaurant kitchen assistant (cameo)
  • Min Joon-hyun
  • Jung Soo-in


2011 KBS Drama Awards[2]

International broadcast[edit]

  • It aired in Vietnam on TodayTV VTC7 from July 28, 2011 - November 2, 2011


  1. ^ Kim, Heidi (3 January 2011). "KBS Smile Again reaches top on weekly TV chart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-04-30. 
  2. ^ Hong, Lucia (2 January 2012). "Shin Ha-kyun scores top prize at 2011 KBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-12-05. 

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