Wonderful Life


원더풀 라이프 / Wondeopool Laipeu

Cast:

  • Kim Jae Won (Han Seung Wan)
  • Eugene (Jung Se Jin)
  • Lee Ji Hoon (Min Do Hyun)
  • Han Eun Jung (Lee Chae Young)

Year: 2005

Episodes: 16 (60 minutes)

Theme song: “Babo” by Park Hye Kyung

Story/Synopsis:

Han Seung Wan and Jung Se Jin bumps into each other at the airport and accidentally take each other’s passports. They meet again and Seung Wan and Se Jin end up spending the day together. Both having to deal with love complications, they end up drunk and having a one night stand. Back in Korea, Se Jin discovers she is pregnant and leaves to have the baby alone. A year later, Se Jin‘s clueless sister ends up spilling the secret to Seung Wan at his engagement party, showing up with his baby daughter. Seung Wan and Se Jin are then forced to marry by their respective families. Complicated love takes place between Do Hyun, Se Jin, Chae Young and Seung Wan. The rest of the story revolves around the family’s journey in learning to take responsibility, and learning to love each other.

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Witch Yoo-Hee


마녀유희 / Witch Amusement / Witch Yoo Hee / A Witch in Love

Cast:

  • Han Ga In (Ma Yoo Hee)
  • Jae Hee (Chae Moo Ryong)
  • Jun Hye Bin (Nam Seung Mi)
  • Kim Jeong Hoon (Yoo Joon Ha)
  • Dennis Oh (Johnny Kruger)

Year: 2007

Episodes: 16

Ratings: 13.8 (Nationwide) / 14,8 (Seoul)

Theme Song : “Oon myung eh jang nan” by MC Jinri (feat. HaHa)

Story/Synopsis:

Ma Yoo Hee, a director at her father’s advertising company, is known as a witch for her violent and nonsense character. After a few attempt at getting a housekeeper, she bumps into Chae Moo Ryong, ex-medical student who is now an aspiring chef. As a way to compensate the car he crashed into, Moo Ryong agrees to become her housekeeper and eventually becomes her personal love affairs coach for a month. After the makeover, Yoo Hee attacts both her old friend Johnny Kruger and her first love Joon Ha. Despire having a girlfriend, Sung Mi, Moo Ryong eventually finds himself falling for Yoo Hee also.

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Coffee Prince


The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

커피프린스 1호점

Cast:

  • Yoon Eun Hye (Go Eun Chan)
  • Gong Yoo (Choi Han Kyul)
  • Lee Sun Gyun (Choi Han Seong)
  • Chae Junh Ahn (Han Yoo Joo)

Year: 2007

Episodes: 17 (60 minutes)

Ratings:25.25 (Seoul); 23.91 (Nation Wide)

Opening: “It’s Love! lalala, It’s Love!”

Ending: “Go Go Chan!!” By Tearliner

Story/Synopsis:

The life of Go Eun Chan is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image. Choi Han Kyul is the heir of a big food company, but his grandmother wants him to settle down, so she arranged many dates for him. After Eun Chan bumped into Han Kyul and was mistaken for a boy, Han Kyul decided to hire Eun Chan to be his gay lover in order to avoid the arranged dates. Desperately in need of money, Eun Chan had no choice but to accept. Han Kyul’s grandmother also made Han Kyul in charge of a filthy coffee shop in danger of being bankrupt. Eun Chan begged to work at the coffee shop, and not long after, feelings start to spark, except, how would Han Kyul accept his “homosexuality”?

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Nobuta wo Produce


Nobuta wo Produce / 野ブタ。をプロデュース / Makeover

Cast:

  • Kamenashi Kazuya (Kiritani Shuji)
  • Yamashita Tomohisa (Kusano Akira)
  • Horikita Maki (Kotani Nobuko)
  • Toda Erika (Uehara Mariko)
  • Hiiragi Rumi (Kasumi Aoi)

Year: 2005

Episodes: 10 (45 minutes)

Ratings: 16.89

Theme Song: “Seishun Amigo” by Shuji to Akira (Kamenashi Kasuya & Yamashita Tomohisa)

Story/Synopsis:

Kiritani Shuji is the popular guy who puts an act on in order to get along with everyone. However, the one person he can’t get along with, Kusano Akira, is the only person he doens’t act around with. Shuji just wants to live a normal popular guy’s life at school, but things are going to change when a new student comes to school. Her name is Kotani Nobuko and since she has lost all her self confidence, she’s always getting bullied and made fun at. Shuji and Akira decide to make her become the next popular girl and together, they make the “produce Nobuta (Nobuko‘s nickname)”, but of course, everything has to kept secret.

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**SPOILERS INVOLVED**

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Hana Yori Dango


花より男子 2

Cast:

  • Inoue Mao (Makino Tsukushi)
  • Matsumoto Jun (Domyoji Tsukasa)
  • Oguri Shun (Hanazawa Rui)
  • Matsuda Shota (Nishikado Sojiro)
  • Abe Tsuyoshi (Mimasaka Akira)

Year: 2005

Episodes: 9 (45 minutes)

Ratings:19.68

Theme song: “WISH” by Arashi

Insert song: “Planetarium” by Otsuka Ai

Season 2.

Story/Synopsis:

Makino Tsukushi is the only poor student at Eitoku Gakuen, the school of the ridiculously rich and privileged that is ruled by Flower 4 or F4, a group of four boys who come from extremely powerful families: Domyoji Tsukasa, the leader and heir of the Domyoji World Finance Group; Hanazawa Rui, the introverted son of a large company; Nishikado Sojiro, a player who is the heir of a tea ceremony school; and Mimasaka Akira, a madam killer with ties to the underground. If a student gets on the F4’s bad side, he/she gets a red notice and is bullied and driven out of school.

Makino hopes to pass her days quietly– without drawing any attention to herself– but one day, she stands up to Domyoji in defense of her friend. The next day, Makino gets the dreaded red notice. Even though she is harassed, Makino decides to keep going to school because she is a “tough weed”. She declares war right back on the F4. Her resolve gets the attention of her crush Hanazawa Rui and oddly enough, rouses romantic feelings in her worst enemy, Domyoji Tsukasa.

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Hana Yori Dango 2


花より男子

Cast:

  • Inoue Mao (Makino Tsukushi)
  • Matsumoto Jun (Domyoji Tsukasa)
  • Oguri Shun (Hanazawa Rui)
  • Matsuda Shota (Nishikado Sojiro)
  • Abe Tsuyoshi (Mimasaka Akira)

Year: 2007

Episodes: 11 (45 minutes)

Ratings:21.7

Theme song: “Love So Sweet” by Arashi

Insert song: “Flavor of Life” by Utada Hikaru

Season 1.

Story/Synopsis:

After confessing to Domyoji, Makino has not spoken to him for a year. He left for New York and gave no news of him since then. Rui and the other members of F4 try and help Makino meet Domyoji again by going to New York for the Christmas holidays. Though F4 and Makino meet Domyoji again, he has become a completely different person, and so they leave for Japan.

Sometime later, Domyoji’s mother announces that they will be returning to Japan. There, they hold a giant super-rich and classy birthday party for Domyoji and announce something very important. Domyoji, like in the first season, is engaged to a rich girl and heir. The only difference is that they are to be wed soon. What will Makino do?

On the side, Rui begins to fall in love with Makino… will this become a love… square?

Rui –> Makino –> Domyoji –> Shigeru (arranged fiancée of Domyoji)

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Will It Snow for Christmas?


크리스마스에 눈이 올까요? / Keuriseumaseue Nooni Olkkayo

Cast:

  • Go Soo (Cha Kang Jin)
  • Han Ye Seul (Han Ji Wan)
  • Sun Woo Sun (Lee Woo Jung)
  • Song Jong Ho (Park Tae Joon)

Year: 2009-2010

Episodes: 16 (60 minutes)

Ratings: 10.8 (Nationwide)

OST:

  • “Poisonous Love” by Jade
  • “Because it’s You” by Gummy
  • “Just Like Now” by Han So Hyeon
  • “I Love You, I’m Sorry” by Heo Young Sang

Story/Synopsis:

Cha Kang Jin is the son of barmaid, Cha Chun Hee. His life is difficult as he gets into fights and has to watch other people push his mother around yet he can’t do anything to stop it. He meets Han Ji Wan when they were teens but they weren’t able to continue their relationship as Ji Wan ran away after her older brother’s death. He meets Ji Wan 8 years later when he’s attending her engagement ceremony to Park Tae Joon. However, he is heartbroken as Ji Wan pretends to not remember him at all.

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