Successful Story of a Bright Girl

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Successful Story of a Bright Girl
Successful Story of a Bright Girl-poster.jpg
GenreRomance
Comedy
Written byLee Hee-myung
Directed byJang Ki-hong
StarringJang Nara
Jang Hyuk
Han Eun-jung
Yoon Tae-young
Choo Ja-hyun
Ryu Soo-young
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Producer(s)Song Byung-joon
Production location(s)Korea
Release
Original networkSeoul Broadcasting System
Original release13 March (2002-03-13) – 2 May 2002 (2002-05-02)
Chronology
Preceded byWe Are Dating Now
Followed byBad Girls
Related showsSunny Girl
External links
Website

Successful Story of a Bright Girl (Hangul명랑소녀 성공기; RRMyeongrangsonyeo Seonggonggi) is a 2002 South Korean television series starring Jang Na-ra, Jang Hyuk, Han Eun-jung and Ryu Soo-young. It aired on SBS from March 13 to May 2, 2002 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.[1][2] The romantic comedy series recorded a peak viewership rating of 42.6%.[3]

Plot[edit]

Cha Yang-soon (Jang Na-ra) is a simple girl living in the countryside with her grandmother. She spends most of her time dreaming of someday meeting her Prince Charming; in her fantasy, she saves him from harm with her martial arts skills, and they live happily ever after. Han Gi-tae (Jang Hyuk) is the spoiled and arrogant president of a successful makeup company, Snowy Cosmetics. While in the country on business, Gi-tae goes parachuting and accidentally falls straight into Yang-soon's outdoor bathtub while she's taking a bath, and it's hate at first sight for the two.

Soon, dire circumstances impel Yang-soon to move to the city in search of a job that will allow her to settle her parents' massive financial debts. To earn all the necessary cash, she becomes a maid for a wealthy family and moves into their house. At her new job, she comes face-to-face with Gi-tae, who happens to be one of her employers. At first Yang-soon has trouble adjusting to city life; she gets bullied at school and doesn't get along with Gi-tae's girlfriend Yoon Na-hee (Han Eun-jung). But she soon makes friends with siblings Song Seok-gu (Yoon Tae-young) and Hwang Bo-bae (Choo Ja-hyun); Bo-bae becomes her best friend, and Seok-gu seems attracted to her. Also, the short-tempered Gi-tae slowly warms up to her as Yang-soon teaches him a thing or two about manners with her folksy, down-to-earth, no-nonsense approach to life.

But things take a serious turn when Gi-tae, the heir of the family business, finds himself betrayed by a pair of duplicitous family members: his rival and cousin Oh Joon-tae (Ryu Soo-young), and Joon-tae's father. Their behind-the-scenes intrigues lead to Gi-tae's professional downfall. Distraught by the situation and suddenly penniless, Gi-tae has no one to turn to except Yang-soon. She teaches him to stand on his own two feet, and with hard work and creativity, gain back everything he's lost.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Supporting[edit]

Accolades[edit]

2002 SBS Drama Awards[edit]

2003 Baeksang Arts Awards[edit]

Remake[edit]

A 2011 Taiwanese remake titled Sunny Girl (陽光天使; lit. "Sunshine Angel") starred Rainie Yang and Wu Chun in the lead roles.

An Indonesian remake was titled I Love You, Boss!.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Joyful Girl's Success Story". KoreanWiz. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  2. ^ "Success Story of a Bright Girl (2002, SBS drama special)". Koreanfilm.org. Retrieved 2013-08-25.
  3. ^ Choi, Shin-ae (3 April 2014). "Jang Hyuk and Jang Nara to Reunite in Drama Fated to Love You". enewsWorld. Retrieved 8 September 2014.
  4. ^ Hong, Lucia (30 March 2011). "Jang Nara to celebrate ten years in entertainment industry". 10Asia. Retrieved 25 August 2013.

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