Pasta / 파스타

Title: 파스타 / Pasta
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Network: MBC

Synopsis

Much-loved actors Lee Sun Gyun (Coffee Prince, Triple) and Gong Hyo Jin (Thank You, Hello My Teacher) light up the screen with their chemistry in this bubbly, addicting story of an acerbic master chef and a stubborn, warm-hearted kitchen assistant who fall in love. Feel-good and well-produced, wonderfully detailed in its creation of the specific world of a pasta restaurant, Pasta is characterized by a warm vibe reminiscent of both chick flick classics such as You’ve Got Mail and 2007’s drama smash hit The First Shop of Coffee Prince. Alex of uber-popular band Clazziquai, Honey Lee of 2009’s Partner, and a host of hilarious, good-looking supporting actors round out the cast.

Seo Yoo Kyung (played by Gong Hyo Jin), after training as a kitchen assistant for two years, finally gets promoted to chef at La Sfera, the high-end pasta restaurant where she works. When a handsome stranger helps her one day and then asks her out, however, she has no idea that he is the restaurant’s new head chef. On his first day on the job, the demanding new chef, Choi Hyun Wook (Lee Sun Gyun) fires all the female cooks, including Yoo Kyung.

Yoo Kyung, however, too stubborn to let go of the past two years of her life so easily, will do whatever it takes to get her job back, and soon she and the chef are engaged in an ever-evolving battle as Yoo Kyung struggles to win the brusque master’s respect for her cooking. Things are complicated by the presence of Kim San (Alex), a charming customer who often pays attention to Yoo Kyung and who seems to have mysterious ties to the restaurant, and Oh Sae Young (Lee Ha Nui/Honey Lee), a famous television cook who romantically betrayed Hyun Wook years before and is now out to win him back.

Cast

Gong Hyo Jin as Seo Yoo Kyung
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Hyun Wook
Lee Ha Nui as Oh Sae Young
Alex as Kim San
Jang Yong as Seo Jong Gyu (Yoo Kyung’s father)
Kim Dong Hee as Seo Yoo Shik (Yoo Kyung’s brother)
Song Ok Sook as (Yoo Kyung’s mother)
Byun Jung Soo as Kim Kang (Kim San’s sister)
Choi Jae Hwan as Jung Eun Soo
No Min Woo as Philip
Hyun Woo as Lee Ji Hoon
Baek Bong Ki as Min Seung Jae
Heo Tae Hee as Han Sang Sik
Yoon Yong Hyun as Kwang Tae
Kim Tae Ho as Sun Woo Duk
Lee Hyung Chul as Geum Suk Ho
Jo Sang Ki as Jung Ho Nam
Ha Jae Sook as Lee Hee Joo
Lee Sung Min as Seol Joon Suk
Son Sung Yoon as Park Chan Hee
Jung Da Hye as Park Mi Hee
Choi Min Sung as Ne Mo

Chuno

Title: 추노 / The Slave Hunters
Also known as: Pursuing Servants / Chuno
Genre: Historical, fusion
Episodes: 24
Broadcast Network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2010-Jan-06 to 2010-Mar-25
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM

With a powerhouse cast reuniting the leads of 2008’s Robbers, Jang Hyuk and Lee Da Hae, and including Oh Ji Ho, breakout star of 2009’s hit Queen of Housewives, Chuno garnered instant buzz when it started shooting, and became Continue reading

The Kingdom of The Winds

Title: 바람의 나라 / The Kingdom of The Winds
Also known as: Country of Wind / The Land of Wind
Genre: Period Drama, Fantasy
Episodes: 36
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2008-Sept-04 to 2009-Jan-15

Synopsis
The Kingdom of the Wind is a big budget historical thriller that captivated audiences and won multiple KBS drama awards in 2008. This is a no nonsense epic (especially when compared to Strongest Chil Woo) featuring beautiful cinematography and score as well as lots of grand battle scenes, conspiracies, political intrigue, and assassination plots.

The Kingdom of the Wind is a story about Muhyul, and the third king of Koguryeo who was also called the god of wars. Muhyul is the grandson of Jumong but was born with a supposed curse to kill his parents, siblings, son, and destroy the country. His father, King Yuri, was horrified by this prophecy but couldn’t get himself to kill his own child. So he orders his elder son, Haemyung, to take baby Muhyul outside the palace to live as a commoner who doesn’t know anything about his true identity. Through the course of 36 episodes, Muhyul goes through many trials and tribulations to defy his nefarious fate, and eventually emerges as a powerful king.

Cast
Song Il Gook as Prince Moo Hyul / Daemusin
Choi Jung Won as Princess Yeon
Park Gun Hyung as Prince Do Jin
Jung Jin Young as King Yuri

My Lovely Sam Soon

Title: 내 이름은 김삼순 / Nae I-reum-eun Kim Sam-soon
Also known as: My Name is Kim Sam-Soon / My Lovely Sam Soon
Episodes: 16
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2005-06-01 to 2005-07-21
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM
Soundtrack: My Lovely Sam-Soon OST

Synopsis

At 29, Kim Sam-Soon’s career and love life has hit a dead end. She is overweight, unmarried, saddled with an embarrassingly old-fashioned name, and has just lost her job. On Christmas Eve, she catches her boyfriend of three years cheating on her, and promptly breaks up with him. Something has got to give. Enter Hyun Jin-Heon (Hyun Bin), the arrogant 27-year old owner of a restaurant called Bon Appetit, who hires her to put her French-pastry-chef skills to work as the restaurant’s chief baker. Stubborn and opinionated, the two individuals rapidly go head to head, fighting over cooking styles and almost everything else under the sun, but in the midst of all the arguments and ingredients flying around, something warmer starts simmering. When Jin-Heon gets pressured by his family to get married and Sam-Soon needs 50 million won to redeem her mother’s house from debt, Jin-Heon decides to hire her to act as his girlfriend, and the two sign a dating contract. Things get complicated however when Jin-Heon’s ex-girlfriend returns from the U.S. with her sights set on getting him back, and when Sam-Soon’s ex-boyfriend and a new admirer appear in her life.

Cast

Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam-soon
Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin-heon
Jung Ryu Won as Yoo Hee-jin
Daniel Henney as Dr. Henry Kim

Boys Before Flowers

Boys Over Flowers 

 

Title: 꽃보다 남자 / Kgotboda Namja / Boys Before Flowers
Also known as: Boys Over Flowers
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 25
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-05 to 2009-Mar-31
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis

The action takes place in the prestigious Shin Hwa high school in Seoul. Four boys, who comprise the group know as the Flower Four, are the crème de la crème, sons of the wealthiest and most powerful families from Korea. Spoiled, rebellious, flirtatious and mean, these boys are the poster children for the new image of sexiness in Asia, a group of boys who are in fact beautiful – more beautiful than flowers. The leader, Joon Pyo, is the heir to one of the largest Korean conglomerates. Ji Hoo is the grandson of a former Korean president. Yi Jung and Woo Bin complete the group.

Enter cute Jan Di, who works at a porridge restaurant and is daughter to a humble family which owns a dry cleaner. She is accepted into Shin Hwa on a swimming scholarship and has to deal with a world she has only seen from afar. From the start, she faces the scrutiny of the entire school, who consider her an outcast. The boys from F4, who are demigods in this school, take an instant dislike to her. But through her charm and undying optimism, she tries to slowly win the hearts of everyone around her. And of course, a few of the boys will fall for her. Boys from the F4.

Fancy cars, outrageously fashion forward threads and hair styles that put all the boy bands in the US to shame, Boys Over Flowers is eye candy to young and old, with scenes from exotic places like Jeju Island, New Caledonia, Waiheke Island and Macau.

Cast

Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di aka Makino Tsukushi

F4

Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo aka Domyoji Tsukasa
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo aka Hanazawa Rui
Kim Bum as So Yi Jung aka Nishikado Sojiro
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin aka Mimasaka Akira

Awards

– 2009 14th Asian Television Awards: Nominated for Best Drama Series, Best Drama Performance by an Actor (Lee Min Ho), Best Drama Performance by an Actress (Koo Hye Sun)
– 2009 Seoul International Drama Awards: Most Popular Actor (Kim Hyun Joong)
– 2009 45th Baeksang Awards: Best New TV Actor (Lee Min Ho)
– 2009 45th Baeksang Awards: Most Popular TV Actor (Kim Hyun Joong)

Coffee Prince / 커피프린스

커피프린스 / Coffee Prince
Also known as: Coffee Prince
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 17 + 1 Special Episode
Broadcast Network: MBC
Broadcast Period: 2007-Jul-02 to 2007-Aug-28
Air Time: Mondays and Tuesdays 21:55 (9:55 Korean time)

Synopsis

Choi Han Kyul, played by Gong Yoo, is the cocky son of a rich family who runs a food corporation. He doesn’t believe in love and certainly doesn’t want to get married despite his family’s requests. On the other hand, Go Eun Chan, played by Yoon Eun Hye, is a 24-year old tomboyish female who gets mistaken as a guy quite often. She takes up every job possible – waitress, food deliverer, etc – and has the responsibility of taking care of her mother and younger sister. Eun Chan accidentally meets Han Kyul twice, once on a delivery and once during a robbery. During the robbery, Eun Chan’s delivery motorcycle ends up being damaged. Han Kyul, not knowing that Eun Chan is actually a girl, decides to hire Eun Chan as a false “lover” so that he can escape the blind dates arranged by his grandmother. Meanwhile, Han Kyul’s cousin, Choi Han Seong, is an established music producer and his ex-girlfriend Han Yoo Joo, who Han Kyul secretly loved for nine years, is a famous artist who studied in New York. The two were lovers for about 8 years but their relationship ended when Yoo Joo broke up with Han Seong. Two years after they separated their paths cross again when Yoo Joo returns to Seoul.

After getting an ultimatum from his grandmother, Han Kyul takes over a run-down old coffee shop, later renamed Coffee Prince, to prove his ability, both to his grandmother and Yoo Joo. In order to attract female customers, he only hires good looking male employees. In a struggle with money, Eun Chan, whom Han Kyul has already mistaken as a boy, hides her gender identity to get a job at Coffee Prince. Soon feelings start to spark between Eun Chan and Han Kyul. Because he’s unaware that Eun Chan is a girl, Han Kyul starts to question his sexuality.

Cast

Yoon Eun Hye as Go Eun Chan
Gong Yoo as Choi Han Kyul
Lee Sun Gyun as Choi Han Sung
Chae Jung Ahn as Han Yoo Joo

Extended Cast

Kim Ja Ok as Han Kyul’s mom
Choi Il Hwa as Han Kyul’s dad
Kim Young Ok as Han Kyul’s grandmother
Park Won Sook as Eun Chan’s mom
Kim Chang Wan as Mr. Hong (ex-Coffee Prince president)
Kim Jae Wook as No Sun Ki
Kim Dong Wook as Jin Ha Rim
Lee Un as Hwang Min Yeop
Lee Han Wie as Mr. Ku (the butcher that likes Eun Chan’s mom)
Han Yeh In as Go Eun Sae (Eun Chan’s sister)

Coffee Prince OST

01. Lalala, It’s Love! – The Melody
02. White Love Story – As One
03. coffee han jan uh ddae? – Humming Urban Stereo (Feat. Yozoh)
04. Go Go Chan!! – Tearliner (Feat.Yozoh)
05. coffee hyang sul re im
06. For A While – MNI Min Jae
07. Mocha – Casker
08. ba da yuh haeng (Choi Han Sung Ver.) – Lee Sun Kyoon
09. haet sal han jo gak
10. Polly – The Melody
11. al kong dal kong
12. ba da yuh haeng – Tearliner
13. Double Shot – Casker
14. joh eun gi uk
15. ba ram eh sal myuh shi ahn da (ba da yuh haeng Piano Ver.) – Oh Soo Kyung
16. Go Go Chan!! (Broadcast Ver.) – Tearliner

additional song
Loveholic – hwa boon

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LYRICS:
“WHITE LOVE STORY” by As One
처음엔 알지 못했어
나를 보는 그대의 그눈빛이
왜 그렇게 안타까웠는지
언제나 묻고 싶던 말
아주 조금 내맘 알고 있는지
한번도 얘기한적 없었지만

이젠 아는데 그대도 나처럼
하루하루 헤매였던걸
잠들수 없이 너무 아파 했었다는 걸
손을 잡아요
다시는 그대를 놓치 않을게
사랑해요 내가 숨쉬는 날까지

그대로 멈춰버렸죠
나에겐 늘 모질게만 대하던 그대가
날 보며 웃어주던날

이젠 아는데 그대도 나처럼
하루하루 헤매였던걸
잠들수 없이 너무 아파 했었다는 걸
손을 잡아줘
다시는 나를 놓치 말아요
사랑해요 내가 눈감는 날까지

울지 않아요
이제 그대 내곁에 있으니
고마워요 이렇게 모자란 내게
그대를 선물해줘서

I didn’t know at first
why your gaze, looking at me
made me feel so flustered
I always wanted to ask
if you understood just a little of my feelings
although I never told you

Now I know, how you were as lost
and wandering as I was
How you hurt so much, it kept you from sleep
Hold my hand,
I won’t let go of you again
I love you, as long as I breathe…

Things stood still
when you, who’d always treated me coldly,
smiled at me that day

Now I know, how you were as lost
and wandering as I was
How you hurt so much, it kept you from sleep
Hold my hand,
don’t let go of me
I love you, till the day I close my eyes in rest

I won’t cry
Now that you’re by my side
Thank you…
for giving me the gift of you

IRIS

Title: 아이리스 / IRIS
Genre: Action, mystery, thriller, romance
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2009-Oct-14 to 2009-Dec-17
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Synopsis

Kim Hyun Joon is an assassin who belongs to a top secret organization known as the “NSS” whereas T.O.P is an assassin who works in another secret organization located in the United States called “IRIS” and was ordered to kill Hyun Joon. Seung Hee is a psychological analyst who plays an important role in bring Hyun Joon into the “NSS.” Jin Sa Woo is Hyun Joon’s colleague and falls in love with Seung Hee as well but keeps this to himself.

Cast

Lee Byung Hun as Kim Hyun Joon
Kim Tae Hee as Choi Seung Hee
Jung Joon Ho as Jin Sa Woo
Kim Seung Woo as Park Chul Young
Kim So Yun as Kim Sun Hwa
T.O.P as Vick
Hyun Jyu Ni as Yang Mi Jung
Yoo Min as Sato Eriko
Kim Young Chul as Baek San
Yoon Je Moon as Park Sang Hyung
Yoon Joo Sang as Oh Hyun Kyu
Lee Jung Gil as Jo Myung Ho
Jung Han Yong as Jung Hyung Joon
Na Yoon as Hwang Tae Sung
Kim Hye Jin as Yang Jung In
Myung Ji Yun as Hong Soo Jin
Miyama Karen as Yuki

Production Credits

Production Company: Taewon Entertainment
Director: Kim Kyu Tae, Yang Yoon Ho (양윤호)
Writers: Choi Wan Kyu, Kang Je Kyu
Screenwriters: Kim Jae Eun (김재은), Jo Kyu Won (조규원), Kim Hyun Joon (김현준)
Executive Producer: Choi Ji Young
Producer: Kim Young Jo

Notes

– Filming sites include Hungary, Russia, Japan, China and the U.S.
– The production cost for this drama is 20 million dollars, making it the most expensive Korean drama to date (10/2008).
– Japanese distribution rights for the drama series “Iris” was sold to TBS for a record ¥ 400,000,000 / ₩ 5,300,000,000 ($4.3 million USD).