October 21, 2005

[KOREAN TV DRAMA REVIEWS] 내 이름은 김삼순 (My Lovely Sam-Soon)

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My Lovely Sam-Soon - MBC TV 2005
(Nae IreumEun Kim Sam-Soon - lit. My Name is Kim Sam-Soon)
16 Episodes - 60 Minutes p.e.
Top Rating: 50.1% (Last Episode)
Official Website
Soompi Kim Sam-Soon Thread (Previews, Episode Guides, Torrent and ED2K Links, OST, etc.)

DVD - Korean Version (No Subtitles)
DVD - US Version (English Subtitles)

PD: 김윤철 (Kim Yoon-Cheol)
[늪 (The Swamp) - 2003 MBC TV]
WRITER: 김도우 (Kim Do-Woo)
[눈사람 (Snowman) - 2003 MBC TV]

CAST: 김선아 (Kim Seon Ah) as Kim Sam-Soon/Kim Hee-Jin, 현빈 (Hyun Bin) as Jin-Heon/Sam-Shik, 정려원 (Jung Ryeo-Won) as Yoo Hee-Jin, Daniel Henney as Henry Kim, 김자옥 (Kim Ja-Ok) as Park Bong-Sook, 이아현 (Lee A-Hyun) as Kim I-Young, 나문희 (Na Moon-Hee) as President Na Hyun-Sook, 서지희 (Seo Ji-Hee), 이규한 (Lee Gyu-Han), 이윤미 (Lee Yoon-Mi), 여운계 (Yeo Woon-Gye), 권해효 (Kwon Hae-Hyo), 한여운 (Han Yeo-Woon), 김현정 (Kim Hyun-Jung)

The first of hopefully several TV Drama Reviews, this week I cooked up one for the sensation of the summer, 내 이름은 김삼순 (My Lovely Sam-Soon). Don't expect the same level of detail of my DVD movie reviews, but this is another tentative to broaden the scope of our Korean coverage. If you like the idea, we'll review more Dramas in the future.

For those of you who wanted DVD movie reviews, they'll be back next week with 간큰가족 (A Bold Family).


Starting in Japan in the late 80s, the idea of TV Dramas targeting the younger generation, trying to showcase some of their struggles, their ambition and their problems quickly gained a strong following in Korea. Even though the foundation of Korean TV Dramas had always been based on Family Dramas, Historical Dramas and long, painstakingly elaborate Daily Dramas which had a similar structure to American Soap Opera (but storytelling was on another planet, in terms of quality, which makes any mention of 'soap opera' when talking about Korean TV Dramas a little annoying), those 'Trendy' Dramas were and still are what leads the Korean Wave. Although the majority of the Korean viewing public points to the mid to late 90s as the start of such trend - with works such as 별은 내 가슴에 (Star in My Heart) - the first seeds of the genre were planted a half decade before, with the 1992 MBC Drama 질투 (Jealousy) starring Choi Jin-Shil and Choi Su-Jong, who would go on to become the two biggest draws in Korean TV Drama history.

More often than not, 'trendy' Dramas weren't following the trend, they were setting a new one. If you look at the Top 50 Rated shows of all time in Korea (or at least from the early 90s on, when TNS started collecting realistic rating shares), it's full of trendy Dramas, which set up many of the cliches you see acknowledged as cliches on today's TV Dramas. Although Korean movies have always been on the frontline when it came to underlining cultural and political movements in the country, such as the 'youth angst' film of the 70s and 80s, the social protest film of the late 80s up to the mid 90s, commercial Cinema in Korea could never really feel the 'pulse of the nation' in the early to mid 90s, with often formulaic fare made cheaply to sell a few Video Tapes and be financially convenient for Chaebols, or distant (but often excellent) arthouse fare which only packed a punch if you loved film culture. Even though Park Joong-Hoon and other figures emerged thanks to their roles in films, Dramas were definitely more popular in that period. That's why popular trends in the country have often been associated to and better portrayed in TV Dramas.

Sometimes, that ability to communicate via popular trends created works with a depth that rivaled that of the most accomplished Korean films. There's no work - TV Drama or Film - which better shows the struggle of Korean people during the IMF crisis than the classic TV Drama 그대 그리고 나 (You and I), and although Jang Sun-Woo made an arguably more powerful statement of the Gwangju Massacre in his masterpiece 꽃잎 (A Petal), the way the monstrously popular Drama 모래시계 (The Sandglass) dealt with the event is still inked in Korean people's minds. In certain cases, staying close to popular trends can create wonders. Imagine a show like 네 멋대로 해라 (Ruler of Your Own World), which started as a simple love triangle and became the most poignant portrait of this generation's 'Hongdae Youth', a tremendously written Urban Drama with layer upon layer of complexity, great writing, top notch music from some of the best underground rock bands in the country (especially 3rd Line Butterfly and Bulldog Mansion), and excellent acting from four leads who would go on to become major players in today's film and TV Drama scene: Lee Na-Young, Yang Dong-Geun, Gong Hyo-Jin and Lee Dong-Geon.

Of course there's the other side of the coin, trendy Dramas not only were an often impressive mirror to society, but more often than not created negative stylistic and narrative trends that afflicted TV Dramas for a long time. The obsession over the 콩쥐팥쥐 (Kongjwi & Patjwi, a popular Korean fairy tale) syndrome - making many shows of the period a simple fight off between a poor, good looking heroine fighting against all odds to overcome her obstacles, defeating the ugly, rich girl in the process - was one of them. While that sometimes made for interesting viewing, bringing class struggle to the forefront, it was mostly an excuse to make easy targets for sympathy, and was often littered with black and white characters. An inevitable offspring of 'Good Girl-Bad Girl' Dramas were the 'Cinderella' Dramas. Similar setup, with an ugly duckling in distress finding Prince Charming. Some of those were even good, like MBC's 1997 rendition of the story 신데렐라 (Cinderella) starring Hwang Shin-Hye and Lee Seung-Yeon, but the majority were far fetched exercises in substance-less glamour and vapid looks from pretty stars. Although the Cinderella syndrome carried over into the new generation, and became a leading force in 'Korean Wave' TV Dramas, the idea of Prince Charming and Cinderella herself have changed over the years, to adapt to new popular trends.

It used to be the poor, angelic girl who grew up with rich foster parents, with an evil sister playing tricks on her (tricks the parents would never find out about until the end), and a group of beautiful, stylish, rich Prince Charming miraculously all falling for her. That's exactly the set up of shows like 'Star in My Heart', which despite an incredible cast (Choi Jin-Shil, Cha In-Pyo, Jeon Do-Yeon, Ahn Jae-Wook, Park Won-Sook, Jo Mi-Ryung, Kim Jung-Eun, Oh Ji-Myung...) was often lost in the pitfalls of the genre, with greats like Park Won-Sook wasted playing iconic 'evil rich mother' roles, and capable actors like Park Cheol playing idiotic mama's boys. People went crazy over shows like that, and it was actually one of the first TV Dramas to be exported overseas, creating the foundation for the current Korean Wave. But it didn't age too well, I'm afraid.

The weird combination of most TV Drama writers being women and most PDs being men always created a weird clash of styles: the first metrosexuals emerged in Korean trendy Dramas of the late 90s (think Ahn Jae-Wook and his ridiculous haircut in 'Star in My Heart'), but the space where female characters could move was still limited. A certain evolution of the genre came last year, with 파리의 연인 (Lovers in Paris). Sure, it was still the poor girl meeting the son of a Chaebol family, but the details were a little different. This new age Cinderella had become smarter, more interested in developing her career or at least trying to make one, less dependent on men, and less 'Korean woman in the 90s.' But the show also jumpstarted other negative trends, like the reliance on overseas locations adding glitz and glamour when subtlety and character development should be the focus. It was a good show though, loved in Korea and abroad, catapulting Park Shin-Yang to a new start in his career, and making Kim Jung-Eun an even bigger star.

Somewhere in the middle of all this, hidden away, tucked under the softness of her stuffed piggy is Kim Sam-Soon (Kim Seon-Ah). Not particularly pretty (unlike most Cinderellas), not the recipient of a perfect body (again, unlike most Cinderellas), not particularly confident in her abilities as a talented patissier, haunted by memories of her father, with a mother whose temper is quicker than a KTX, we meet Sam-Soon for the first time as she's dumped in bizarre fashion by her boyfriend. Jobless, she finds out talent is not the only thing that is needed in today's Seoul. But that's only until Mr. Prince Charming, Sam-Shik (Hyun Bin) discovers her charm... via a 'fake' relationship to fool his hot tempered mother (another wonderful performance by Na Moon-Hee). Here we are again: poor girl, chaebol (well, not really, but you get the idea) son, bitchy mother. Ooops! They did it again...

...then again, maybe not. If this were a Hollywood film or a soap opera, Kim Seon-Ah would have had to wear the same kind of prosthetics that Eddie Murphy wore in 'The Nutty Professor', but no. As some of the interviewee on the DVD's special features suggest, Sam-Soon is a 'normal size Korean woman.' Of course it's not normal size if you go down chic boutiques in Seoul, where hordes of miniskirt wearing beauties will become (pleasant to the eyes, but kind of obnoxious) sensory overload. Sam-Soon is like millions of other Korean women, struggling with weight not because she's fat, but because she has to conform to the rules of beauty some facets of Korean society require nowadays. She's a perfectly talented patissier, having studied a few years in France, and can make a mean cake, but nobody seems to give her a chance. It's just like countless other people who are sitting home watching TV because nobody wants you unless you're from SNU (whoa... that rhymes).

But why did Korea fall in love with Sam-Soon? She swears a storm, isn't much of a snappy dresser, always ends up drunker than men twice her age, is insecure, constantly daydreams and cannot channel all her wits, charms and talents into a cohesive 'something' which will make her succeed. Hey... that's your answer. Our 'lovely' Kim Sam-Soon is loved because she's just like millions of women out there, with all their charms and flaws honestly and intelligently laid bare. So then, even the trite setup of the story becomes just a formality, for the way Kim Yoon-Cheol makes the Drama flow, and Kim Do-Woo's witty writing help Sam-Soon become a joy to watch. Kim Seon-Ah has done characters like this before, but the way she projects this idea of the real 'girl next door' is something of a triumph in her already successful career. It's not the usual cliche of the 'national sweetheart' winning the hearts of people, there's an underlying realistic tone which often might make silly scenes end up becoming more striking than anyone ever expected.

Hyun Bin, playing the 'Prince Charming', is your usual new age 'metrosexual', but with a few touches of realism. He might be a rich spoiled kid, but has that air of traditionalism, of looking for a side of things which is often in shades of gray rather than the black and white other characters in Cinderella Dramas were used to. Although I must confess I still haven't found what's so special about the guy, even if I agree he's a pretty good actor, Hyun Bin eludes a certain charm, different from your usual Chaebol kid. This is not the same old story of a whiny mama's boy who can't lift a finger without spending cash, is completely alienated from the real world, and communicates via his status.

The supposedly 'bad' girl is quite an interesting character, too, perhaps because of Jung Ryeo-Won's acting. I was just like most other people, thinking she would be another singer-turned-actress stinking up the place, but she's actually quite good. Her range of expression is believable, and even when the most cliched elements of her character emerge, she treats those in a way that make her character shine, instead of highlighting possible flaws in storytelling. And, finally! A character who lived years in America who actually speaks English the way it should be. I couldn't stand anymore pretty people being sent off to 'exotic locations', practicing their awfully accented Konglish off of prompters, never giving the idea they spent more than an afternoon in the place. But Jung is different: she's articulate, her pronunciation excellent, and there's no emotional transition between English and Korean acting (even good actors like Lee Young-Ae failed when it came to acting in English, so it's not 'that' easy).

Which brings me to the biggest surprise of the show: Daniel Henney. Look at the recent and past history of Korean films and TV Dramas and you find two types of foreigners portrayed via those media, more or less: the one (mostly Asian) who completely integrates within Korean society, assuming enough language skills to look the part. Think of people like Yoo Min, or Shu from popular teenybopper group S.E.S. (She's Korean, but grew up in Japan, same thing with Ayumi from Sugar); then there's the Itaewon rejects, people pulled off the streets, who are giving their acting job as much importance as what the people who brought them in gave them. And this only ends up reinforcing stereotypes Koreans have of certain foreigners, and at the same time the idea foreigners have of Koreans. How many times have you seen your usual beefcake westerner stinking up the place because of a silly or non-existent script painting him as a simple 'talking cardboard'? Even when intentions are good, like in Kim Sung-Soo's 영어완전전복 (Please, Teach Me English), the spectrum is so thin you always feel like no foreigner could possibly survive in Korea without amazing efforts, which is not the case, obviously. Well, finally, this Drama offers a realistic portrait of a foreigner (albeit with Korean blood) coming to terms with the language barrier, trying to make an effort to overcome those barriers.

Henry Kim, played by Henney, is the kind of guy you could meet anyday on the streets of Seoul. Although the fact he's good looking is often acknowledged, it never becomes one of those annoying exercises in 'reverse exotica' where the western guy (or girl) is just made an object and the person behind is never given a space. I love the fact the guy is not portrayed as a macho beefcake Yankee coming to Korea to steal our hero's girl, and sometimes you actually feel the other way: Jung's character could realistically make a better choice staying with Henry. But how that situation ends up, I'll leave to you. What's important is that through good acting and especially intelligent writing, for perhaps the first time ever a realistic portrayal of a foreigner in Korea has been made. Which, you'll agree, is a step in the right direction. Now let's see if the other way around happens (based on a few episodes of Kim Yoon-Jin and Daniel Dae Kim bringing up age old stereotypes Americans have of Korean people in 'Lost', I'm afraid that's still merely a mirage, though I'd be happy to be proven wrong).

As a longtime lover of Korean TV Dramas, though, the salad dressing is often the main course for me. As always with really good shows, the supporting characters often outstage the leads. Kwon Hae-Hyo, theater-trained, with a great sense of humour and majestic delivery creates another one of his eccentric yet life-like characters; Lee A-Hyun is quite solid as Sam-Soon's older sister, with a quite progressive view of one night stands and marriage life in general; the vets Na Moon-Hee, Yeo Woon-Gye and Kim Ja-Ok are simply a riot, making many memorable scenes stand out, and then there's little Seo Ji-Hee (a.k.a. the cutest girl even seen in Korean TV Dramas), who shows Korea has a bright future judging by the quality of its child actors.

Of course you have to understand the kind of demographics this show targets, so you'll excuse a few moments of deja vu, a few tropes of the genre inevitably marring some scenes, but I'm very satisfied with this show. It's intelligent, it balances realistic characters with quirky situations, it never lets melodramatic shenanigans stink up the place, and rarely lags. And even better, it's funny in a way other TV Dramas fail to be, because it makes you laugh about things you can relate to. If you've never seen a Korean TV Drama before, I'm pretty sure this will be a good introduction.


Two (Official) DVD Releases exist: The Korean version and YesAsia Entertainment's one.
Korean DVD (the one I have) is full of nice extras (Video Commentaries, TV Specials, NGs, Making Ofs) which will be of little use if you don't speak Korean, and of course it has no English Subtitles on the main feature.
YesAsia Entertainment's version up for release next month has (allegedly) good English Subtitles but no extras.
The masters come from the same source, so Audio and Video should be exactly the same. The choice is yours: you need subs? Go for the US Version. Want some extras and no need for subs? Korean version, as always. But in both cases, do it fast! Those boxsets are selling like hot cakes (pun intended), and it's very likely the R1 Boxset will follow the same fate of its Korean counterpart, going OOS on most stores.

» Posted by X at October 21, 2005 11:31 AM
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Thumbs up from me. I did have my problems with it, but overall I think I agree with you on all the main points, even if I'm looking at the series from a different perspective ;) . It has its fair share of cliches and stock situations, but they're very well handled, never allowed to detract from the real meat of the narrative (the evolving character interactions and the surprisingly subtle questions) and the cast are almost uniformly engaging - no surprise with Kim Sun-Ah, she can pull this stuff off in her sleep :) but yes, Henney is great; I confess I would never have thought he'd be that good.

Great series - and yes, I would also agree it'd probably be a good introduction to K-drama - plus a great review. Can't speak for anyone else but I'd welcome more of the same.

(I bet YesAsia still don't ship their own products outside the US, though... >_

» Posted by Eight Rooks at October 21, 2005 01:14 PM

"(I bet YesAsia still don't ship their own products outside the US, though... >_ "

Huh?! Why do you say this? Of course they do...!!

» Posted by Tim at October 21, 2005 03:27 PM

Huh? Damo, US edition, YA Entertainment; "This product can only be shipped to Central and South American countries". Ditto Dae Jang Geum, ditto Attic Cat, ditto Hotelier... I mean the products they have the rights to, market and distribute themselves, not the stuff they simply sell.

» Posted by Eight Rooks at October 21, 2005 05:52 PM

sshhhht... DVDAsian...

» Posted by x at October 21, 2005 06:11 PM

Yes, but no free shipping/free VAT... ;_;

still, thanks for the heads up; I've ordered from DVDAsian before. Not my first choice, but they seem okay.

» Posted by Eight Rooks at October 21, 2005 06:24 PM

just ask him to take off company stickers, use a personal name and mark the thing down to 20 bucks. Worked for me, quite quick too.

I would imagine someone is getting wholesale from YesAsia, DVDasian can't possibly be the only one. But if you MUST see the show on DVD, there's also the HK Version, which would bring back the big evil 'B' word, but hey... you take your chances. The Korean set is really great, although package could have been smaller, it's fn huge!

» Posted by x at October 21, 2005 07:11 PM

I'd rather pay over the odds than shell out for... that sort of HK product, personally. I'm not going to pretend everything I ever saw was through legitimate means (obviously!), but I don't like to pay people for the privilege of doing so.

I will pick it up at some point. I'm not a huge TV fan - from any country - but there are some things that are just too good to pass up. And I do like Kim Sun-Ah; there aren't that many actresses who could make stuff like She's On Duty and S-Diary worth sitting through. :)

» Posted by Eight Rooks at October 21, 2005 09:26 PM

problem is not people who lurk around places like Soompi, take a look at series on 300k/700k links, and if they like it buy the DVD.

Problem is leeches who NEVER buy the DVDs, and watch something like 30 VODs a week without ever paying a penny. Places like Soompi and D-Addicts are full of those people, which is why fansubbers of any kind fell out of favour with me (not so much because I don't need subs, but because they often subtitle stuff that will be readily available a month after the end of the show on DVD, often with Subs. Which, at the end, fuels the bootleggers in HK who make those horrible DVDs with Video off the same 700k links).

» Posted by x at October 21, 2005 10:28 PM

Damo is readily available to those in the US and Canada.. How do I know? I bought a copy from YesAsia and I live in Canada. I have it in my house right now... And the webpage (link here: http://us.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/pid-1003676910/code-k/section-videos/) doesn't mention anything about it only being available to Central and South America.. ?!?

» Posted by Tim at October 22, 2005 02:16 AM

Oh, I have Dae Jang Geum from YesAsia.com too!

» Posted by Tim at October 22, 2005 02:17 AM

Oh hey X - nice review...but whatever happened to that promised review of the Red Shoes DVD??

» Posted by paratize at October 22, 2005 02:21 AM

patience is the virtue of the greats, my friend.

Had a bad 6 weeks, that's I'll I can say. Now everything should be back to normal, so expect some new reviews soon.

And Red Shoes is kind of complicated, because 1) The DVD Version doesn't change that much, making the effort to translate it a little harder unless you do... well, the other thing we planned but couldn't do for a variety of reason. 2) I'm not too hot on the film, either. Not bad, not great, stylish, some great moments, but I looked at the watch quite a few times. 'Voice' is more likely to get a review first.

And Oh... YesAsia ships those Dramas in the America's (continents, that is), but not outside that.

» Posted by x at October 22, 2005 08:23 AM

I have to agree with most of what x has said ... execept that I didn't like Jung Ryeo-Won's performance very much. She was unconvincing and annoyed the heck out of me! I wasn't overly impressed with Hyun Bin either but I really liked Daniel Henney. I also like the nasty "captain" female coworker (forget her name ...) and of course Kim Sun Ah was very good. It was based on a very popular manhwa (which I never read.) Kim Sun Ah's speech pattern seemed kind of odd and I wondered if it was a special affectation for Sam Soon and discovered that it wasn't from viewing her older films. Nope, she always talk like that! Perhaps it because she was raised in Japan.

» Posted by Mirage at October 23, 2005 12:47 AM

Tim, it doesn't say anything about restricted shipping on your link because that's the US YesAsia store. International customers can't order through that one. If you look at the international one -


- you should see it over on the right-hand side of the page. Just wanted to clear that up.

» Posted by Eight Rooks at October 23, 2005 08:31 AM

unforgotten drama....very fresh and funny.Please come to Indonesia for promote your film...in Indonesia there are so many fans for Korean Movie including me....

» Posted by nonie at October 29, 2005 02:57 AM

very excellent film... i've watched this more than 10x already... the chemistry between Kim Seon Ah and Hyun Bin is really good despite of the "age gap"... i love this movie/tv series a lot and won't hesitate to spend my precious time watching it over and over again... by the way, i adore HYUN BIN so much... he's so adorable! =)

» Posted by Jennifer at November 6, 2005 04:00 AM

hi!! im 10 but i LOVE this movie!! It makes me cry and i see it OVER and OVER again!! oh...I LOVE THIS!!!

» Posted by Grace at November 15, 2005 10:08 PM

Hey Ryu Won's from Australia and grew up there!

» Posted by dreni at November 16, 2005 02:12 AM

A great drama, a comedy..very natura actings from all the actors, actresses...Kudos!!!

» Posted by Kimberly at November 20, 2005 05:26 AM

i love hyun bin so much!

» Posted by itha at December 27, 2005 06:48 AM

man... this movie rocks! I love hyun bin so much too! I agree with al of you! He's so cute and innocent. :)

» Posted by irene at January 20, 2006 09:00 PM

hyun bin is sooooooo charming!!!!
and not forgetting the female lead...she is really cute...
very hilarious yet touching drama!thumbs up for that!=)

» Posted by kx at January 22, 2006 01:16 PM

I love this movie. It's funny and yeah, realistic. I would say this movie is "plain honest" which is a big contrast to other korean dramas. Plus the couple is great and oozes with chemisty.

» Posted by shinggay at January 26, 2006 10:29 AM

ok i can declare this is the BEST show i've ever watched. 's so funny and good. there's also sad parts, which is a good mix. plus Hyun Bin Kim is hott lol! i'm on ep. 9 now. i watched yesterday's and it was so sad i honestly cried. but btw shinggay it's not a movie so i'd just like to remind u to not comment like you've seen it unless u've actually seen the show.

» Posted by jacki at February 9, 2006 04:28 PM

well this korean series is really beautiful and humorous. the events are exiting too because the happenings are really confusing.
cyrus aka jin heon is really not that hot but hes funny sometimes because he let her mother hit him and he doesnt care on what he ses.
but the most funny is sam soon she looks like dumb but when she talks youll be exited on what is she going to say. tats all i jaut hope that they are really real life sweetheart.

» Posted by bea at February 22, 2006 03:23 AM

LOL at all the Filipinos commenting on the Sam-soon news postings. It just started on TV there right?

I am so buying this on DVD, once I get some money.

» Posted by Elusive at February 22, 2006 09:38 AM

hahaha... Cyrus! I just love the names the Filipino Dubs give to characters in K-Dramas.

What's Sam-Soon called there, Miranda or something?

» Posted by x at February 22, 2006 09:50 AM

thumbs up!!!! hyun bin is very cute here....

hahahhaha.... the story is great...

» Posted by garrie at February 26, 2006 07:47 AM

this koreanovela is so cute....i can relate to it!
Te amo Cyrus

» Posted by JULIE FRANS at March 1, 2006 04:02 AM

im so hooked up with kim sam soom!!!!as in super ganda!!!hope after the series we can still get to see the characters!!!!!!

» Posted by euwe at March 2, 2006 02:55 AM

ang ganda-ganda talaga

» Posted by aira at March 3, 2006 01:10 AM

hello, love ko talaga ito, ang ganda at ang guwapo ni cyrus!!!!!!

» Posted by nicah at March 3, 2006 04:01 AM

i love this korean movie, lol, its realllly funny, i dont like it, i love it

» Posted by nicah at March 3, 2006 04:04 AM

i love kim sam soon .. coz i can really relate to it..LOL... am a nurse but now i wanted to take some course on baking cakes..

» Posted by rg at March 3, 2006 08:51 PM

my fav scene was when she witnessed her x-bf's engagament, she remembers the first time she kissed him
"A cup of coffee has 5 kilo calories, which is the same energy used for a 5 min kiss. For the 3 years we kissed, how many calories is that? Love calories, all that energy, where did it all go to?"

» Posted by rg at March 3, 2006 09:03 PM

hi!u know I really love the top rating korenovela,My Name Is Kim Sam Soon!Truly the spirit of that program made filipinos crazy watching it!I'm just wishing Kim Soon Ah to visit here & see us!
_ _ellaine,philippines

» Posted by Jo Ellaine M. Ladlad at March 4, 2006 02:02 AM

worth watching

» Posted by hannah at March 4, 2006 03:20 AM

the only koreanovela that i really watch every night...Sam Soon is really funny and oh my...hyun bin is really a hunk...he's not that yummy but everytime I'm watching him...I don't know but there something in his character that I really like and I cant explain it...nyways...where will i be able to buy DVDs of MNIKSS?

» Posted by lala at March 5, 2006 03:03 AM

ahm gwapo dw c cyrus pro 22o un!!!!
penge ng summary o kya full epi synopsis ng kss ha!!!!!!!!!!
pano dw maiinlab c cyrus ky kim sam soon!!!!!!!!!!

» Posted by lhia at March 5, 2006 11:04 PM

It's still Kim Sam-Soon here in the Philippines. Sam Soon's ex-boyfriend's name was renamed to Harvey if I'm not mistaken and Jung Ryeo-Won's character's name is Hannah.

The show was so addicting I ended up buying the DVD set (my first purchase ever since I'm so stingy when it comes to buying such stuff) because I couldn't bear the lengthy commercials.

Good review by the way... especially with what you said about Hyun Bin eluding a certain hard to explain charm.

» Posted by fan at March 6, 2006 10:50 PM

grabe! kilig to the bones talaga ung scene kagabe! ^_^

» Posted by podaka at March 7, 2006 01:15 AM

ei fan... san mo nabili ung dvd? and how much?

» Posted by podaka at March 7, 2006 01:25 AM

ang ganda-ganda tlaga ng story! at first, kala q boring kc mdyo CHUBBY nga ung bida.. but after i wtched it one night.. sunod-snod na.. di ko na mabitawan ang show! more power guys!

» Posted by sun-ah at March 8, 2006 02:07 AM

Grabe Galing Ng KiM sAM sOON!!!!
tHE bEST!!!!

aNG gANda Ng storya khit na may pagkaordinary yung plot


» Posted by orig pilipino at March 8, 2006 07:59 AM

honestly! ang ganda tlga ng kim sam soon.....promise mas mganda pa sa meteor garden or other asianovelas....ka2iba....cyrus is really handsome.... & sam soon is so funny! she's cute 2....hehe.....

» Posted by CherrY at March 8, 2006 09:17 AM

i agree with you guys, mganda tlaga ang kim san soon, nakakakilig............

» Posted by annabelle at March 9, 2006 12:19 AM

i really love this drama. it's second on my fave list.... syempre number 1 pa rin sakin ang full house...... but anyway, even if the concept and story is ordinary you'll br hooked talaga...... I LOVE HYUN BIN (jin heon) !!!!!!! he's so cute ..... i can't explain it but he has this boyish charm that you cant resist!!!!!

» Posted by esamaie_6 at March 10, 2006 02:12 AM

grabeng nakakatawa at nakakakilig panoorin ang koreanobelang ito kaya nman grbeng ang dming nahuhumling n manood n2 sympre ksma n k dun gabi gabi k tlgng inaabangan sana may rewind dn nito

» Posted by Lyn at March 10, 2006 03:17 AM

This show is very extra-ordinary... I like it very much!!!! Sam soon is a very unique girl... I love the cake she bakes!!!! Pls watch!!!!

» Posted by Freya at March 10, 2006 09:02 AM

If you are really into watching Korean movies/series, watch The Beast and The Beauty!!!!

» Posted by C_slim at March 11, 2006 12:36 AM

Very Inspiring!

» Posted by Mary at March 11, 2006 01:02 AM

Am I the only one who didn't like this drama? Everyone's saying how awesome Sam-Soon and Sam-Shik are, and how cute a couple they are ... but all I see is how much a HUGE jerk Sam-shik is, and how incredibly selfish Sam-soon is. Basically Sam-shik kicked Hee-jin to the curb for a loud, selfish, annoying and stubborn woman. And honestly, what's up with Sam-soon? Is she that desperate? She sure didn't like it when her ex cheated on her. In the end, they were both pathetic. Possibly the most pathetic couple I've ever seen in a K-drama. And good luck keeping their relationship going, considering how nasty and equally stubborn they both are.
Sam-shik and Sam-soon deserve each other. They're both selfish, stubborn, and .. well, that's about it. Hee-jin got the better guy in the end, anyway. Still, this is definately one of the worst dramas I've seen.

» Posted by Tae-Hwa at March 24, 2006 08:00 PM

i love this romantic comedy drama!

» Posted by eira at March 30, 2006 10:24 PM

Kim Sam Soon Woooooohhhh!!!!! this drama is really cool!!! Hope to see Hyun Bin Soon!! ^-^ saranghae

» Posted by marie at March 31, 2006 03:26 AM

grabe sam soon... gling moh... khit p ang tba moh... d' best k! gwapo ni cyrus aba eh... ang ganda rin nung story... it is an inspiring story pra s mga ka2lad ni kim sam soon.. galing din ng mga dbers n2ng story na 2... GMA7 eh! I lOve You Cyrus...

» Posted by kit-kit at March 31, 2006 04:22 AM

the bez ang Kim sam soon....grabe.....wala ako ma- say!!!!....SAM SOON RULES!!!

» Posted by ton at March 31, 2006 06:35 AM


» Posted by hijara at March 31, 2006 07:18 AM

Kim Seon Ah, will you marry me?! I'm just joking! I love your show!! and HYun BIn Take a hike! But I really loved your love team!

» Posted by KSS avid fan( JPS) at March 31, 2006 08:11 AM

This is worth watch drama..unlike any drama where the perfect,beautifool girl with a charming guy..this drama shows that physical isn't a barrier in a relationship.. love this drama!!5 stars!!

» Posted by pika at March 31, 2006 09:04 AM

This is the korean movie that was the best, because it touch the lives of the overwieght people....like kim sam soon and me... i love this movie very much.....i gave 100% superb!!!!!! great movie

peace, love and unity to all people in the world!!!!!!!

» Posted by Hazel at April 1, 2006 10:50 AM

super ever... i love sam soon really.......

» Posted by cristne at April 2, 2006 02:14 AM

Reply to Tae-Hwa's entry.I dislike the way u comment about the show.
But anyway,its ok...maybe u just want to be the special one that hate the show while the rest were crazy over it.And ya,different people have different opinions on shows,alright!But...u should give some basic respect for the drama

» Posted by kx at April 3, 2006 03:14 AM

aniyo seyo.
i am one of the fan for this drama.i love it very much.i am from malaysia.i think i am your big fan.i just want to know about hyun bin.i want the biodata and if available i want his picture also.wedone to the main actor and actress for the acting very well and guest what it just look like a real life happen in front of me.thenk you.

» Posted by alia abdullah at April 3, 2006 08:50 PM

i love this show very much....
nakakakilig...lalo na't sina kim son ah at hyun bin
i love u hyun bin....
keep it up!!!

» Posted by jeanne antoinette at April 4, 2006 12:19 AM

ang ganda ng sam soon sna pumunta dito si cyrus..............

hihintyin ko sya..............
bigyn me ng bgong tv

» Posted by andrea nimo at April 4, 2006 12:44 AM


your so cute !!!!

i love this show

ma-mimiss koh 'to kapag tapos na sobra ...

» Posted by nhey ane at April 5, 2006 03:17 AM

welldone...just wanna to say....this is very wonderful story!!!!thanks u for the great job and wish all of u best of luck...

» Posted by zuliana at April 6, 2006 04:05 AM

the movie is so great and wonderful...i luv kim sam soon she is very great pathesier,i hope mybe someday i like kimdam soon...and "hyun bin" is so cute iluv you...mwahhhh

» Posted by bebangcute at April 6, 2006 08:24 AM

waaaahhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ang wafu ni cyrus!!!!!!!! i labyu nah!!! shet!!ang wafu moh tlaga...lhat sau perfect!!!ang ganda tlaga ng kim sam soon...da best!!sana magkron ng rewind o kea uncut!!!!!hYun bin..yOu rock~!!!

» Posted by giecel at April 6, 2006 10:55 PM

sana you have the chance to read all our comments here. and gwapo gwapo mo talaga. waaahhhh... you're so irresistable heartthrob. nakakainis...now i realized that god has created a person as cute and hot as you. ang lakas ng dating... grabe talaga. mahal na talaga kita.

» Posted by charmain mae at April 7, 2006 01:34 AM

I just want yo say that cyrus nakakatunaw ang dimples mo. Sana kayong dalawa talaga ni kim sun- ah sa totoong buhay. you have a very good chemistry together. try yo visit http://www.cafe.daum.net/samsoonmovie and tou will here all the music in this show.

» Posted by trisha at April 7, 2006 10:49 PM


» Posted by FAHMIE at April 8, 2006 12:24 AM

Yessss!!! Of course,I really love this show!Everytime I watch,graveh....kilig ako.Lalo na kay Cyrus,ang cute nya!!!!!!!
Kaso,kalungkot....kasi matatapos na eh!!!I hope you will visit here at the Philippines!God bless each one of you!!!Seeyou Soon!!

» Posted by Axl Mae at April 8, 2006 10:59 AM

Ganda ng Kim sam soo n!!!!! Graabe wak u muna tapusin...

» Posted by Knowell at April 9, 2006 01:27 AM

ang masa2b q lng ay ang ganda talaga ng kim sam soon... as in no. 1 talaga.... magaling talaga pumili ang gma....

» Posted by claire jane at April 9, 2006 06:59 AM

hi im leila from phils...i love koreanovela as in patok na patok to d2 sa pinas...nakakarelate ako sa mga stories nila ang sisimple d masyadong madrama at may sense kaya love ko to talaga lalo na ang my name is kim sam soon...ang cute ni cyrus at ang walastik din ni sam soon..ang cute nilang tambalan feeling ko ako si sam soon at si cyrus naman ung special someone ko..hehehehehe

» Posted by leila at April 9, 2006 08:50 AM

tlgang maganda ang KIM SAM SOON...., magaling tlga pumili ang GMA kapuso..,, favorite ko nga ang KIM SAM SOON e kac maganda syang panoorin

» Posted by khendi at April 10, 2006 05:27 AM

i still watching the drama at tv and very facinated to know how the story will end.

» Posted by wanie at April 11, 2006 12:04 AM

i like this movie, comody & romantic....

» Posted by HooiLing at April 13, 2006 01:25 AM

Kim Sam Soon is one of the few best telemovies I have seen. I always have a great time watching it.

» Posted by BERNARD D at April 13, 2006 07:48 AM

Hi! Kim Sun-A

» Posted by kim dong hyun at April 13, 2006 10:13 PM

i love watching kim sam soon. i really like it specially cyrus (hyun bin). he's very cute! of all korean actors that i've seen he's the cutest because of his dimples. not to mention his smile. i just hope someday gma7 will invite the cast here in the philippines specially hyun bin.

» Posted by letlet at April 14, 2006 03:55 AM

LOVELY!!!!it's just amazing movie!

» Posted by maxie at April 14, 2006 05:18 AM

gooooooooooood (:-) i lik 2 see jin-hyun when he jealous tat sam-soon talk with other man ...... hahahaha

» Posted by xing at April 14, 2006 12:07 PM

funny, romantic, sweet story, and the most importance is realistic story about live. If 2004 we can see drama like this in FULL HOUSE and i think this year MY LOVELY SAM SOON is also amazing story. I love it

» Posted by zue at April 14, 2006 10:24 PM

ang gwapo n cyrus postnmn kyo ng xix fya

» Posted by dhalene at April 15, 2006 04:26 AM

I would like to ask for the whole summary of the korean drama "Only You".
Thank you in advance.

» Posted by Harold Salvarita at April 15, 2006 08:16 AM

hyun bin is soooooooo cute...im big fan of him...im from malaysia...
i want his prafiles...plizzzzzz!!!!!

» Posted by monique at April 15, 2006 11:21 AM

This drama is good....very interesting for the whole story!I love all the artist in this drama especially Hyun Bin and Kim Sam Son!I will support you all...............

» Posted by Melissa at April 16, 2006 07:22 AM

i really like this series..! i won't last a day without watching it.. i reall like cyrus..he's sooo cute!^^

» Posted by ma joy at April 17, 2006 02:17 AM

what can i say!!!... it completes my day... un nga lng matatapos nah...pero ok lng... masaya... by 09267566863

» Posted by sega at April 17, 2006 04:45 AM

very good korean novela!hayyy.... kya lng matatapos na, sana may rewind!

» Posted by weng at April 18, 2006 01:31 AM

I love this drama so much especially when i look at myself... My size is nearly sam soon, but i'm not tought like her...From this drama, i got a new strenght that big and old is not the matter but truely hearted is important. No matter how great they are at last they will surrender to the sincere feeling.. Actually i know about this drama from my friend, thanks her alot that recommend the great story to me....see ya...go go sam soon and sam shik...love is everything to move on the life

» Posted by somsi (then) khunsrithani at April 18, 2006 06:43 AM

My lovely Sam soon is smashing!! I love it... This drama shows that love is blind!! Blind for everything.. but the important thing is.. truly heart and love....

» Posted by ena at April 18, 2006 10:33 AM

my name is Kim Sam Soon had realy a wonderful twist on the story. this drama shows were exactly a two lover give their nice shot on their relatinship. It has given a lot of effort to make this joyful drama. and which exactly what i like. Kim Seon Ah and Hyun Bin gives me a lot of inspiration and learn some lesson about how love can exist in two diffrent people... thanks for them!!!!

» Posted by FrAnCiS rArIZA at April 19, 2006 01:15 AM

"No doubt My lovely Kim Sam Soon Is realy a heart warming comedy love story, the best!!!!!" -Francis John Rariza of Manila, Phillipines

» Posted by FrAnCiS rArIZA of Phillipines at April 19, 2006 01:21 AM

My Name is Kim Sam Soon is the best drama series!!!

Sam Soon is a very strong woman who will fight for her loved one...........i want to be like her!!!

» Posted by sophie at April 19, 2006 10:56 AM

yang kim sam soon the best korean drama kilig!!!!!love you hyun bin!!!!!!!!!hi sam soon!!!


» Posted by leyna at April 20, 2006 03:15 AM

I would like to comemnt on Tae-Hwa's feelings about Jin-Heon kicking Hee Jin out to the curb, after he fell in love with Sam Soon. I agree it was not exactly the best thing to do.....especially if you have promised to wait for someone no matter what happens.However, a human being needs love, and if you get really lonely when your lover ignores you, the loneliness can eventually turn to anger and then to hate. It's a very long process and you begin to resent that your lover takes you for granted and soon you lose the love you once had. I am talking from very realistic experience. It's not great, it's not fair, but it happens. You don't stop loving your old lover, but you don't love them like you used to because you are so afraid that you will get hurt again.

» Posted by aida mahmud at April 20, 2006 04:56 AM

I would like to comment on Tae-Hwa's feelings about Jin-Heon kicking Hee Jin out to the curb, after he fell in love with Sam Soon. I agree it was not exactly the best thing to do.....especially if you have promised to wait for someone no matter what happens.However, a human being needs love, and if you get really lonely when your lover ignores you, the loneliness can eventually turn to anger and then to hate. It's a very long process and you begin to resent that your lover takes you for granted and soon you lose the love you once had. I am talking from very realistic experience. It's not great, it's not fair, but it happens. You don't stop loving your old lover, but you don't love them like you used to because you are so afraid that you will get hurt again.

» Posted by aida mahmud at April 20, 2006 04:57 AM

ang kim sam soon is da best!!!!!

» Posted by graziela at April 20, 2006 09:03 AM

ang kim sam soon is da best!!!!!

» Posted by graziela at April 20, 2006 09:09 AM

ei does anyone know the title of the song played during kim sam soons commercial in gma?

» Posted by kim at April 20, 2006 09:11 AM

this is first korean movie i watched, like it very very much!!! wat a funny love romantic story. Kim Sam Soon, u r great!!!

» Posted by pik yoke at April 20, 2006 08:54 PM

shocks!! ang gwapo mo cyrus,, kng pwede k lng ligawan.. promise mtagal ko ng ginawa........ wla kng kcing gwapo,, ng iisang cyrus sa mundo............... ang gwapo mo tlaga.. kkkilig ka pa.. actually..ganda ng show mo with kim sanm soon..... a very inspiring story,,, kya lng c sam soon prang lalaki.... lalake p kay cyrus.. pro great movie... love you cyrus....... cyrus i love you.!!!!!!!!

» Posted by lian at April 21, 2006 04:58 AM

i didn't appreciate this drama the first time i saw it. there were just too many cultural references and jokes that don't really appeal to many non-koreans (eg. what's so funny about sam soon's name? and why does she call sam shik "sam shik"?). that's why when i heard that GMA is showing this on local tv, i was curious as to how they would make it suitable for the filipino audience. so i'm watching it again, in tagalog. and this time around, it's better. it's funnier and more entertaining. and the dubbing is at least decent. pagbigyan niyo na, given that GMA is notoriously bad at dubbing imported tv shows. did anyone watch their tagalog dubbed version of all in? it was so HORRIBLE i decided to stop being so cheap and just buy the DVD set. however, the job they did with kim sam soon is pretty good. i noticed though that they had to discard some material that wouldn't make sense in a non-korean cultural context and replaced it with something that approximates its counterpart in filipino culture. and it works, obviously. kudos to GMA for that.

what i don't like about the tagalog version: 1. it's as if they show 3 minutes of commercials for every 2 minutes of kim sam soon. 2. the theme song by JOLINA MAGDANGAL. when will this woman realize that she's such a mediocre singer it's not even funny.

» Posted by neinsager at April 22, 2006 01:14 PM

sediakan wallpaper gambar-gambar pelakon korea,paparkan video klips,dan sedutan drama atau filem

» Posted by nisak at April 23, 2006 11:55 AM

I love "My Lovely Kim Sam-Soon drama series...very funny love story. I watch over and over.. Kim Sam-Soon is a great actress..and Jin-Heon is a good actor and sooo charming..I really like the ending part because they ended up together or nobody died..I've seen some Korean drama series that I didn't like the ending part..for example the Stairway to Heaven, Something Happened in Bali..I mean it was a good show but the ending is just too sad..I always like the ending is a happy....not a sad.That's why My Lovely Kim Sam-Soon is the best love story..

» Posted by glocel at April 26, 2006 04:01 AM

I'm quite sad kasi tapos na ang Kim Sam Soon, parang bitin ata yung ending. ganun lang ba yung ending nun? Mamiss ko talaga ang Korean drama na ito. Where can I buy the complete VCD or DVD of the KSS? Thanks.

» Posted by Rhoda at April 28, 2006 10:38 AM

ang ganda ng my name is kim sam soon sana ulitin ng gma7 galing tlga ng gma wlng mkakapantay keep up the good work

» Posted by kaileen ubongen at April 29, 2006 07:18 AM

my younger sister is the big fan of this drama,first i found out that this drama is quit boring because of the leading actress(not as pretty as other leading actress from south Korea) but then when i tried to watch it, i suddenly stick with the drama. It was quit an interesting drama and i love the 2nd hero(henry). I like his smile very much..

» Posted by delya at April 30, 2006 09:10 AM

best drama of the world. i can't explain it, you should watch it. watch it!!! your tears will drop!!!

» Posted by Hanum Abd Hamid at May 4, 2006 04:44 AM

i very love this show!
the theme song of mnikss maybe it's you by jolina magdangal.....is suited for that show!

i will miss watching that show everynight!i hope there's a rewind on gma!!

i cant explain my addiction to it...

the best!

» Posted by sophie at May 6, 2006 12:10 PM

jung ryeo won is so beautiful

» Posted by jollebee at May 16, 2006 07:11 PM

what kind of things did they take out because non korean would understand?

» Posted by Arely at May 17, 2006 06:39 PM

This is the best drama i've ever watched!!There's no wonder Jung's can speak in English better than any other kOREAN bcuz she have been lived in Australia since she's 10, and return To Korea when she's already reached her 20's...no wonder,isn't it???
This is a very Good Drama...i highly recommended it ti everyone...

» Posted by pqa-hyun at May 24, 2006 10:35 PM

the great drama, funny but still have on style. keep up the best

» Posted by adlan at May 29, 2006 05:10 AM

I was looking for the DVD with extras (Video Commentaries, TV Specials, NGs, Making Ofs) where can I get those? I know that yesasia doesn't include the extras.. any help? thanks =]

MY FAVORITE DRAMA EVER!!! I can't help it but to watch over and over again!! I love Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah very much. =]

» Posted by mJ at June 10, 2006 05:05 PM

it's the best of the best!!!!!!!!!

» Posted by nica at August 7, 2006 08:49 PM

When this drama was shown on local TV, i did not pay any attention and find it unconvincing when it is published as the highest rating show in 2005.

After satisfying my curiosity, i am speechless! The storylines, the scenes, the suspense, the actors & actresses, the chemistry, the songs .. they creates such a beautiful touchable memorable moment. "Syabas" to the all parties take part in producing such a wonderful drama. It is truly amazing and it rank TOP in my favourite list.

» Posted by Fung Kin at August 21, 2006 01:14 PM

I think this show is really touching, interesting & funny! I wonder where they get their ideas from? Or they experience themselves? The characters like Sam soon, in real life she's a model and she dared to take this challenge of adding her weight up to nine kg specially 4 this show. Most importantly, she act really well in this show with that man called...mm..whatever! Good luck hope that they will produe anther MY LOVELY SAM SOON 2

» Posted by Yumi at August 26, 2006 10:18 AM

The lead(man,forgot his name, so I just called him Mr A)and Sam soon act reallyx10000000 well in the show. I love the first espisode when she found out her byfd betrayed her when she followed him to a hotel. She was so sad that she accidentally went to the gents and change her clothe while she cried. When Mr A knocked afew time on the door,finally she came out with sore eyes and without buttoning her clothe properly and Mr A said," u a pervert ah?!And please don't breastfeeding in the gents."

» Posted by Felicia at August 26, 2006 10:39 AM

no comment

» Posted by srimurnimohd kasa at September 8, 2006 02:54 AM

Hi! I've seen this DVD Special to MNIKSS produced by Taiwan. It contains: NG, a commentary with the director, Kim Sun-a and Hyun Bin for around 15 scenes in the show and interviews with the main cast. Is it similar to the Korean DVD extras ? Here's a link http://global.yesasia.com/en/PrdDept.aspx/aid-30006/section-videos/code-k/version-all/pid-1004138615/ Thanks !

» Posted by desdemona at September 12, 2006 07:23 AM

kim sam soon is really great

» Posted by jinkee at September 15, 2006 07:13 AM

what a funny love story... i rili love the korean telenovelas.. it rili onspir me

» Posted by charis at October 28, 2006 02:27 AM

hey ya i love this moives sooooo much......

» Posted by nhia yang at November 3, 2006 09:09 PM

kim ang galing galing moh talaga, sana may gawin ka pang ibang nakakatawang palabas, kumuzta na c cyruz?

alway your fun,
jenny david

» Posted by jenny at January 10, 2007 02:28 AM

i have seem My Lovely Sam-Soon. It was agreat drama. I really enjoy watching it. I love that drama so much. Hyun bin is cute. He is so hot. this movie is funny , sad, and romantic. hyun bin is a really nice character. kim su ah is a very funny character. This was the best korean movie i seem in 2005.

» Posted by thor_gurl at January 30, 2007 01:14 PM

aku suka tangot cite ni sesiapa berminat sila hantar emel dkt aku

» Posted by khu at February 27, 2007 11:34 PM

aNg gaNda..suPer kwela.. as in.. love You CyRus..

dOn,t cha make AgAw aGaw him FroM me hA!!

» Posted by chinG.. at March 2, 2007 06:11 AM

i love hyun bin..
he is veryvery handsome im very addicted and attracted 2 him....
i love you hyun bin!!

lianne from phillipines_

» Posted by iloveyouhyunbin at March 19, 2007 06:52 AM

i love this drama.. i hope there'll be the sequel :P

» Posted by ria at March 27, 2007 09:31 PM

grabe ang ganda tlga ng my name is kim sam soon kaso hndi ko natapos kc pumunta ako sa japan sana naman maging drama ito sa japan!!!!

» Posted by regina at May 21, 2007 03:50 AM

btw i love ur writing review style its realli interesting and it flows well:DDDDDDD

» Posted by ellie wellie at July 11, 2007 11:38 AM

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