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Beautiful Life

Januari 17, 2010

Title: ビューティフルライフ
Title (English): Beautiful Life
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Romance, human drama
Episodes: 11
Viewership ratings: 31.86
Broadcast network: TBS
Broadcast period: 2000-Jan-16 to 2000-Mar-26
Air time: Sunday 21:00
Theme song: Konya Tsuki no Mieru oka ni by B’z

Synopsis :
Kyoko, a young woman with an unhindered spirit despite being physically bound to a wheelchair due to illness, and Shuji, a stylish and popular fashion magazine hairstylist, are brought together in a fateful traffic incident. Despite their confrontational meeting, they soon find themselves falling in love, with Shuji drawn to her courage and enthusiasm and Kyoko attracted to his ability to look beyond her physical limitations and into her heart. However, Kyoko’s protective older brother and her worsening condition begin to test the bounds of their love for each other and threaten to end their beautiful life together.

Cast :
Kimura Takuya as Okishima Shuji (Hairstylist at Hot Lip)
Tokiwa Takako as Machida Kyoko (Librarian)
Watabe Atsuro as Machida Masao (Kyoko’s brother)
Mizuno Miki as Tamura Sachie (Kyoko’s colleague & friend)
Ikeuchi Hiroyuki as Okabe Takumi (Hairstylist at Hot Lip, Shuji’s friend)
Hara Chiaki as Ozawa Mayumi (Hairstylist at Hot Lip, Shuji’s ex-girlfriend)
Nishikawa Takanori as Kawamura Satoru (Hairstylist at Hot Lip)
Matoba Koji as Miyama Kouzou (Volunteer)
Moro Morooka as Tsuchiya (Owner of Hot Lip)
Koyuki as Nakajima Satsuki (Shuji’s ex-girlfriend)
Omori Akemi as Machida Kuniko (Kyoko’s mother)
Kawarazaki Kenzo as Machida Yoshio (Kyoko’s father)
Katagiri Hairi

Production Credits
Screenwriter: Kitagawa Eriko
Producers: Shono Jiro, Ueda Hiroki
Directors: Shono Jiro, Doi Nobuhiro
Music: Mizoguchi Hajime

Review by geoffropuff
When I first started watching this show, I thought to myself, “a guy who styles hair and a handicapped librarian, BOOOOORING”. However, being the drama fiend that I am, I toughed out the first few episodes, and found that I couldn’t stop watching.

Kimura Takuya gives another one of his very convincing performances, possibly because this role is similar to all his other roles of the guy who keeps to himself, but in actuality, is a nice guy, blah, blah. He has a subtle coolness to his character, but is able to open up to the girl he cares about.

This is the first show that I’ve seen Takako Tokiwa in, and after seeing others, I can say that this is my favorite of her roles. She has a smile that can light up the room, and she does a very good job playing a handicapped person who doesn’t want to be treated abnormally because of her handicap. If that didn’t make sense, then I’m very sorry but that’s the best way I can say it.

At some points, this show was a bit slow for the average drama watcher. However, I found that these “slow” points were just developing the characters to an extent that the viewer can really feel their happiness and pain. I could really feel for the character of Takumi when he acts the way he does. I won’t go into detail as I don’t want to spoil it for anyone.

The ending theme song “Konya Tsuki no Mieru oka ni” by B’z is a good one. I don’t know why it fits this show, but at the end of an episode, I would sit and listen to the ending theme because I enjoyed listening to it.

I’m a sap for romantic comedies, love stories, or whatever, so I really enjoyed this show. If you’re into this sort of thing, I’d definitely recommend this show. If you’re not, I’d still recommend it. Maybe your girlfriend might like it.

One Litre of Tears

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 1リットルの涙
Title (romaji): 1 Litre no Namida
Also known as: Ichi Rittoru no Namida / One Litre of Tears / A Diary with Tears
Genre: School, romance, family, human
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Related TV shows: Tears of Happiness
Episodes: 11
Viewership ratings: 15.31
Broadcast period: 2005-Oct-11 to 2005-Dec-20
Air time: Tuesday 21:00
Ending theme song: Only Human by K
Insert songs: Konayuki and 3/9 by Remioromen

Synopsis :
15-year-old Ikeuchi Aya was an ordinary girl, the daughter of a family who works at a tofu shop, and a soon-to-be high schooler. However, odd things have been happening to Aya lately. She has been falling down often and walks strange. Her mother, Shioka, takes Aya to see the doctor, and he informs Shioka that Aya has spinocerebellar degeneration – a terrible disease where the cerebellum of the brain gradually deteriorates to the point where the victim cannot walk, speak, write, or eat. A cruel disease, as it does not affect the mind in the least. How will Aya react when told about her disease? And how will Aya live from now on?

Sawajiri Erika as Ikeuchi Aya (15-20)
Yakushimaru Hiroko as Ikeuchi Shioka (40-51)
Nishikido Ryo as Asou Haruto (15-20)
Jinnai Takanori as Ikeuchi Mizuo (45-56)
Narumi Riko as Ikeuchi Ako (13-18)
Fujiki Naohito as Mizuno Hiroshi (33-44)
Koide Saori as Sugiura Mari (15-18)
Sanada Yuma as Ikeuchi Hiroki (11-16)
Miyoshi Ai as Ikeuchi Rika (5-10)
Matsuyama Kenichi as Kawamoto Yuji (17)
Matsumoto Kana as Matsumura Saki (15-18)
Mizutani Momosuke as Onda Kohei (15-18)
Hashizume Ryo as Nakahara Keita (15-18)
Katsuno Hiroshi as Asou Yoshifumi (50-55)
Oonishi Asae as Oikawa Asumi (16-17)
Hamaoka Maya (浜丘麻矢) as Oikawa Kikue
Kato Kazuko as Fujimura Madoka
Tonesaku Toshihide as Takano Kiichi
Sato Shigeyuki as Nishino (homeroom teacher)
Kawahara Makoto
Endo Yuya
Hoshino Natsuko
Sato Yuki as Asou Keisuke
Umoto Yuki (兎本有紀)
Kawaguchi Shouhei
Kurita Yoko
Nakada Yuya
Okumura Tomofumi

Production Credits
Original work: Kito Aya (木藤亜也)
Screenwriters: Egashira Michiru, Oshima Satomi, Yokota Rie
Producer: Kashikawa Satoko
Director: Murakami Masanori
Music: Ueda Susumu (上田益)

Reviews by Daemonneko

Based on a true story, One Litre of Tears is about the life story Kitou Aya (1962-1988) a girl who had an incurable disease called Spinocerebellar Degeneration Disease (also known as SCA type 2; spinocerebellar ataxia type 2)at a young age of 15. Although the girl in the drama – Ikeuchi Aya, lived in the 21st century, her character was based on Kitou Aya’s life, how she struggled and fought her disease and how she wrote her deepest thoughts until the last day she could hold a pen. Before she died, her writings were published including the poems she wrote while she is staying in a school for the disabled. This gave new hopes to people who suffers the same disease as she did and soon Aya received letters of appreciation and thanks from those people. At the age of 25, she succumbed herself into a sleep where she could no longer feel any pain.

Ichi Rittoru no Namida is a heart-warming drama that will make people happy for the simple fact that they are alive, and will give hope to those who suffers from diseases and will make them think positive about living instead of giving up easily.

I give this drama two-thumbs up!

Tokyo Love Story

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 東京ラブストーリー
Title (romaji): Tokyo Love Story
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 11 + 1 Special
Viewership ratings: 22.88
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 1991-Jan-07 to 1991-Mar-18
Theme song: Love Story wa Totsuzen ni by Kazumasa Oda

Synopsis :
When Kanchi (Oda Yuji) first came to Tokyo to work, he is full of uncertainties. He is ‘lost’ in his work and his love relationship is in a mess. During those times, Rika (Suzuki Honami), his colleague, always encourages and helps him. Though they fall for each other once, all this comes quick and ends fast. Rika is simply too ‘energetic’ and her love is simply too ‘heavy’ for Kanchi.

Cast :
Suzuki Honami as Akana Rika
Oda Yuji as Nagao Kanji
Arimori Narimi as Sekiguchi Satomi
Eguchi Yosuke as Mikami Kenichi
Sendo Akiho as Nagasaki Naoko
Nishioka Tokuma
Mizushima Kaori
Ito Miki
Nakayama Hideyuki

Production Credits
Original novel (manga): Saimon Fumi / 柴門ふみ
Producer: Ota Toru
Directors: Nagayama Kozo, Honma Ohiko
Screenwriter: Sakamoto Yuji

Beach Boys

Januari 17, 2010

Title: ビーチボーイズ
Title (English): Beach Boys
Format: Renzoku
Genre: Comedy
Episodes: 12 + 1 SP
Viewership ratings: 26.5%
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 1997-Jul-07 to 1997-Sep-22
Air time: Monday 21:00
Theme song: Forever by Sorimachi Takashi & Richie Sambora

Synopsis :
Upon getting thrown out of his girlfriend Fujiko’s apartment, Hiromi (Sorimachi) decides to head for the ocean. En route, he crosses paths with Kaito (Takenouchi), an elite employee of a large multinational trading company in Tokyo who is running away from his problems at work after losing a key client. The two stumble into a quiet B&B on the beach run by the aging surfer Masaru and his high-school-aged granddaughter Makoto. Hiromi immediately applies to work there for the summer, and Kaito is forced to join him after he loses his wallet. The two share a room, with Hiromi trying to make friends, and Kaito at first resisting, unimpressed by Hiromi’s devil-may-care attitude. Slowly over the ensuing episodes, Kaito becomes more and more at home in this sleepy rural town, and begins to wonder if he should give up his pursuit of success in the big city, and try to relax, and enjoy himself more. When he returns to Tokyo to finish his work, Hiromi and Makoto come to lure him back, but when he returns to the B&B, his boss and girlfriend Sakura likewise come looking for him.
SP Synopsis

3 months have passed since the events on the beach. Kaito works for a marine biologist (Kirishima Karen) whereas Hiromi dates the heiress (Shinohara Ryoko) of a Hawaiian hotel owner. When Kaito’s work takes him to the island as well, they run into each other by chance. Makoto and Haruko now run the B&B back in Japan. One day they win a trip which will make the reunion complete.

Cast :
Sorimachi Takashi as Sakurai Hiromi
Takenouchi Yutaka as Suzuki Kaito
Hirosue Ryoko as Izumi Makoto
Inamori Izumi as Maeda Haruko
Mike Maki as Izumi Masaru
Akimoto Yuki as Yamazaki Sakura (Kaito’s girlfriend)
Hara Sachie as Terao Hazuki
Hiraga Masaomi as the taxi driver
Takeno Isao as the postman
Kawaoka Daijiro as Yosuke, Makoto’s classmate
Sato Hitomi as Yuuko, Makoto’s classmate
Tsuji Kaori as Hara Fujiko (Hiromi’s former girlfriend)
Hiraizumi Sei as Kaito’s boss
Tanaka Yoshiko
Okayama Hajime
Hatano Hiroko
Yamanaka So
Kirishima Karen (SP)
Shinohara Ryoko (SP), Hiromi’s new girlfriend
Ryu Raita (SP)
Kimura Yoshino (SP), the girl on the plane

Production Credits
Screenwriter: Okada Yoshikazu
Producers: Kameyama Chihiro (亀山千広), Takai Ichiro
Directors: Ishizaka Reiko, Sawada Kensaku, Kimura Tatsuaki
Music: Takebe Satoshi (武部聡志)

Hana Yori Dango

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 花より男子
Title (romaji): Hana Yori Dango
Also known as: Boys Before Flowers / Boys Over Flowers
Format: Renzoku, across two seasons
Genre: Romance
Broadcast network: TBS
Air time: Friday 22:00
Related dramas: Meteor Garden, Boys Before Flowers, Liu Xing Yu

Season 1
Episodes: 9
Viewership rating: 19.6 (Kanto)
Broadcast period: 2005-Oct-21 to 2005-Dec-16
Theme song: WISH by Arashi
Insert song: Planetarium by Otsuka Ai

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.

The series is based on the Japanese shoujo manga “Hana Yori Dango” (Boys Before Flowers) by Kamio Yoko.

Inoue Mao as Makino Tsukushi
Matsumoto Jun as Domyoji Tsukasa
Oguri Shun as Hanazawa Rui
Matsuda Shota as Nishikado Sojiro
Abe Tsuyoshi as Mimasaka Akira
Sato Megumi as Sanjo Sakurako
Nishihara Aki as Matsuoka Yuki
Seto Saki as Asai Yuriko
Fukada Aki as Ayuhara Erika
Matsuoka Emiko as Yamano Minako
David Ito as Nishida
Sada Mayumi as Todo Shizuka
Kato Takako as Sengoku Sachiyo
Tomiura Satoshi as Makino Susumu (brother of Tsukushi)
Kobayashi Susumu as Makino Haruo (father of Tsukushi)
Ishino Mako as Makino Chieko (mother of Tsukushi)
Matsushima Nanako as Domyoji Tsubaki (sister of Tsukasa)
Kaga Mariko as Domyoji Kaede (mother of Tsukasa)

Ito Kazue as Yamanaka Minako
Nakayama Masei as Terada Junji (Class 2C)
Ikeda Kaori as Morioka Mizuki
Kaku Tomohiro as Sawatari Shingo (ep1)
Sano Kazuma as Kimoto Takayuki (ep1)
Hasegawa Tomoharu (ep1)
Igarashi Shunji (ep1)
Handa Kento as Ryuji (ep4-5)
Gashuin Tatsuya (ep4-5)
Takuma Takayuki (ep4-9)
Oshinari Shugo as Nakatsuka (ep6-7)
Mitsuya Yoko as Nakatsuka’s other girl (ep6-7)
Sakai Ayana as Kurimaki Ayano (ep8-9)
Hankai Kazuaki as TOJ’s emcee (ep8-9)
Shibuya Momoko as a TOJ participant (ep8-9)
Suzuki Sotaro (ep9)

Production Credits
Original writing: Kamio Yoko
Screenwriters: Satake Mikio, Fujimoto Yuki, Takahashi Natsuko (高橋ナツコ), Arai Shuuko (荒井修子)
Producer: Setoguchi Katsuaki
Directors: Ishii Yasuharu, Yamamuro Daisuke, Katayama Osamu
Music: Yamashita Kosuke

Love Generation

Januari 17, 2010

Title: ラブジェネレーション
Title (English): Love Generation
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 11
Viewership ratings: 30.70
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 1997-Oct-13 to 1997-Dec-22
Air time: Monday 22:00
Theme song: Shiawase na Ketsumatsu by Ohtaki Eiichi

Synopsis :
Katagiri Teppei (Kimura Takuya) is a promising creative agent, but whose attitude gets him transferred to the sales department. He has to learn to adapt to the new working environment, which includes cutting his precious locks of hair to create a neater and more appropriate image. Helping him along the way is Uesugi Riko (Matsu Takako), whom he tried to pick up along the street earlier but was tricked by her instead. Riko does not have a good impression of him at first, but falls for him gradually. However, Teppei runs into his ex-girlfriend Mizuhara Sanae (Junna Risa) who is now the girlfriend of his brother Soichiro (Uchino Masaaki). Consoling him is Riko, whom Teppei likes gradually. Just when Teppei and Riko start dating, Sanae realises that she still likes Teppei…

Kimura Takuya as Katagiri Teppei
Matsu Takako as Uesugi Riko
Fujiwara Norika as Takagi Erika
Uchino Masaaki as Katagiri Soichiro
Junna Risa as Mizuhara Sanae
Moriguchi Yoko as Shiroishi Nami
Hirata Mitsuru as Kurosaki Takeshi
Kawabata Ryuta as Yoshimoto Tamio
Izutsu Shinsuke as Sasaki Taisaku
Kishi Hiroyuki as Ootemon
Fukiishi Kazue as Uesugi Midori
Nakamura Ikuji as Ishihara
Inoue Takashi as Yoda
Yamazaki Naoki as Hosaka
Kondo Kyozo as Tsuji
Harada Shuichi as Hioki
Nomura Shinji as Shimamura Mitsuru
Shiina Kippei (guest) as Ogasahara Korekiyo
Igarashi Izumi as Uesugi Youko
Suzuki Mie as Uesugi Sachiko
Kurotani Tomoka as Harumi
Igawa Hisashi as Uesugi Ken’ichi
Namase Katsuhisa as Ando-san
Sato Tamao
Shinagawa Toru

Production Credits
Scriptwriter: Asano Taeko, Ozaki Masaya
Producer: Koiwai Hiroyoshi (小岩井宏悅)
Director: Nagayama Kozo, Kimura Tatsuaki, Ninomiya Hiroyuki


Januari 17, 2010

Title: Hero
Episodes: 11
Viewership rating: 34.03
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2001-Jan-08 to 2001-Mar-19
Air time: Monday 21:00
Theme song: “Can You Keep a Secret?” by Utada Hikaru

Synopsis :
Kohei Kuryu is a former juvenile delinquent who drops out of junior high and goes on to earn a high school equivalency diploma. After passing the law board exams, Kuryu becomes a prosecutor. Not your typical prosecutor, which is quickly seen through the clothes that he wears, Kuryu possesses quick instincts and a kind of cleverness that only someone raised on the streets could have.

Maiko Amamiya is a shrewd public prosecutor who has her eyes set on passing the exam to become a deputy prosecutor and tries her best to be noticed by her boss. Kuryu, on the other hand, after earning a reputation for doing top-notch work, is transferred to Amamiya’s division, and finally opens his eyes to the possibility of promotion. Unfortunately, his unprecedented work behavior abruptly brings things to a halt.

Although earning a reputation as a bad apple, the influence from Kuryu’s strong pursuit of justice slowly begins to change things around him. This drama is filled with it all; love, laughs and lots of emotion. — Fuji TV

Cast :
Kimura Takuya as Kuryu Kohei
Matsu Takako as Amamiya Maiko
Otsuka Nene as Nakamura Misuzu
Abe Hiroshi as Shibayama Mitsugu
Katsumura Masanobu as Egami Tatsuo
Kohinata Fumiyo as Suetsugu Takayuki
Yashima Norito as Endo Kenji
Kadono Takuzo as Ushimaru Yutaka
Kodama Kiyoshi as Nabeshima Toshimitsu
Tanaka Yoji as the bartender
Okayama Hajime as the policeman
Masana Bokuzo

Episode 1
Shimizu Shogo
Sakai Toshiya

Episode 2
Kouyama Shigeru
Oshiba Kunihiko (大柴邦彦)
Nakagoshi Noriko
Hayami Akira (速水亮)

Episode 3
Moriguchi Yoko
Miyasako Hiroyuki

Episode 4
Ukaji Takashi
Kitayama Masayasu (北山雅康)
Kajihara Zen
Morishita Ryoko

Episode 5
Isoyama Sayaka
Sakurai Sachiko
Obara Masato (小原雅人)

Episode 6
Masu Takeshi
Murai Katsuyuki (村井克行)

Episode 7
Terada Minori
Ishimaru Kenjiro
Matsunaga Reiko (松永玲子)
Kaneda Akio
Miyata Sanae (宮田早苗)
Toji Takao
Sato Ryuta

Episode 8
Iijima Naoko
Utada Hikaru as the waitress
Tayama Ryosei
Kinouchi Akiko

Episode 9
Takahashi Katsumi
Aijima Kazuyuki

Episode 10
Takahashi Issei
Hada Michiko
Anan Kenji
Umezawa Tomio

Episode 11
Shirai Akira
Konno Masato (今野雅人)
Asano Kazuyuki
Sasai Eisuke
Ogi Shigemitsu
Toda Keiko
Miura Tomokazu

Production Credits
Screenwriters: Fukuda Yasushi, Ootake Ken (大竹研), Hata Takehiko, Tanabe Mitsuru (田邊滿)
Producers: Ishihara Takashi, Wada Ko
Directors: Sawada Kensaku, Suzuki Masayuki, Hirano Shin, Kamon Ikuo (加門幾生)
Music: Hattori Takayuki

Great Teacher Onizuka

Januari 17, 2010

Title: グレート ティーチャー オニヅカ
Title (English): Great Teacher Onizuka
Also known as: GTO (ジーティーオー)
Genre: School, human drama
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Episodes: 12
Viewership ratings: 28.3%
Broadcast period: 1998-Jul-07 to 1998-Sep-22
Air time: Tuesday 22:00
Theme song: Poison by Sorimachi Takashi

Synopsis :
The drama series is based on the manga and anime of the same name, both created by Fujisawa Tohru. The story is a sequel of lesser known series Shounan Jun’ai-gumi (Shounan Love Gang) where Onizuka Eikichi’s rogue high school days are depicted.

Sorimachi Takashi plays Onizuka Eikichi, a graduate of a third-rate University and the leader of a motorcycle gang, whose lifelong dream is to become a teacher. After being hired by a seemingly eccentric director, Onizuka begins his unconventional way of teaching a hopeless group of troublemakers. Although he meets much opposition from the students and teachers themselves, his passion for teaching, and more importantly, his students, eventually convinces everyone that Onizuka truly has the makings of a great teacher.

Cast :
Sorimachi Takashi as Onizuka Eikichi
Matsushima Nanako as Fuyutsuki Azusa
Kubozuka Yosuke as Kikuchi Yoshito
Nakamura Aimi as Aizawa Miyabi
Kirari as Mizuki Nanako
Ikeuchi Hiroyuki as Murai Kunio
Yamazaki Yuta as Watanabe Masaru
Tokuyama Hidenori as Yoda Kenji
Kuroda Miki as Nomura Tomoko
Oguri Shun as Yoshikawa Noboru
Shirakawa Minami as Oshima Chikako
Hayashi Tomoka as Tsukushima Erika
Nakao Akira as Uchiyamada Hiroshi
Kondo Yoshimasa as Nakamata Kouji
Enjoji Aya as Kotani Hiroko
Numata Baku as Fujitomi Makoto
Kobayashi Masahiro as Hakamada Hajime
Ida Kunihiko as Teshigawara Yuu
Fujiki Naohito as Saejima Ryuji
Mabuchi Erika as Uchiyamada Yoshiko
Tateishi Ryoko as Uchiyamada Ryoko
Murakami Rikako as Murai Tsubasa
Tajima Reiko as Aizawa Reiko
Kimura Tae as Miyuki
Harada Atsushi as Todo Shinichi
Sasai Eisuke as Todo Shinjin
Takahashi Katsumi (ep7)
Tamaki Hiroshi as Hamaki (ep10)
Esumi Makiko as a nurse (ep11)

Production Credits
Original writing: Fujisawa Tohru Shounan Jun’ai-gumi (manga)
Screenwriter: Kazuhiko Yukawa
Director: Suzuki Masayuki
Music: Hattori Takayuki

Good Luck!!

Januari 17, 2010

Title: グッドラック!!
Title (English): Good Luck!!
Episodes: 10
Viewership ratings: 30.41
Broadcast network: TBS
Broadcast period: 2003-Jan-19 to 2003-Mar-23
Air time: Sunday 21:00
Theme song: Ride on Time by Yamashita Tatsuro

Synopsis :
Having achieved his life-long dream of being a pilot, Hajime is first officer on an international jetliner and is now working to become a captain. He can’t seem to please Captain Koda, who has become an exacting taskmaster since an air incident many years ago. To complicate matters, he begins a relationship with stubborn and straight-talking mechanic, Ayumi, whose parents died many years ago in the plane crash for which Captain Koda feels he is responsible. What follows is a story of 21st century love, dreams, and passion.

Cast :
Kimura Takuya as Shinkai Hajime
Tsutsumi Shinichi as Koda Kazuki
Shibasaki Kou as Ogawa Ayumi
Uchiyama Rina as Fukaura Urara
Kaname Jun as Abe Takayuki
Danta Yasunori as Ota Kenzaburo
Kuroki Hitomi as Togashi Noriko
Takenaka Naoto as Naito Jane
Ikariya Chosuke as Shinkai Ryoji
Nakao Akiyoshi as Shinkai Makoto
Nishiyama Mayuko
Yoon Son Ha
Azumi Shinichiro
Ichikawa Miwako

Production Credits
Screenwriter: Inoue Yumiko
Producer: Ueda Hiroki, Setoguchi Katsuaki
Director: Doi Nobuhiro, Fukuosawa Katuo, Hirano Shunichi, Hirakawa Yuichiro
Music: Sato Naoki

Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe

Januari 17, 2010

Title: のだめカンタービレ 新春スペシャル IN ヨーロッパ
Title (romaji): Nodame Cantabile Shinshun Special in Europe
Episodes: 2
Viewership ratings: 18.9 (1st), 21.0 (2nd)
Broadcast period: 2008-Jan-04 and 2008-Jan-05
Air time: Friday, Saturday 21:03
Theme songs:
Opening theme: Symphony No. 7 by Beethoven, arranged by Hattori Takayuki
Ending theme: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, arranged by Hattori Takayuki

Synopsis :
This 2 night special takes off during their graduation, where Chiaki-senpai & Nodame left for Europe. The first special centered on Chiaki’s story, the story tells about Chiaki’s dream to be a conductor. Nodame on the other hand attended the conservatory to attain her dream to one-day play the piano for Chiaki. After her hard work, Nodame was given a chance to have a mini recital. During the recital, Chiaki saw her worth and realized that he cannot go on with out her.

Cast :
Ueno Juri as Noda Megumi aka Nodame
Tamaki Hiroshi as Chiaki Shinichi
Eita as Mine Ryutaro
Mizukawa Asami as Miki Kiyora
Koide Keisuke as Okuyama Masumi
Wentz Eiji as Lantoine Frank
Becky as Vishnyova Tanya
Yamaguchi Sayaka as Namiki Yuko
Giry Vincent (ジリ・ヴァンソン) as Jean Donnadieu
Ishii Masanori as Katahira Hajime
Fukushi Seiji as Kuroki Yasunori
Takenaka Naoto as Franz Stresemann
Kichise Michiko as Elize
Yamada Yu as Son Rui (ep2)
Ibu Masato as Mine Tatsumi
Endo Yuya as Okochi Mamoru
Kondo Koen as Tamaki Keiji
Sakamoto Makoto as Hashimoto Yohei
Matsuoka Rinako as Suzuki Moe
Matsuoka Emiko as Suzuki Kaoru
Kimura Ryo as Takahashi Noriyuki
Hashizume Ryo as Kimura Tomohito
Sakurai Chizu as Aizawa Maiko
Yamanaka Takashi as Iwai Kazushi
Kobayashi Kinako as Kinjo Shizuka
Fukada Aki as Inoue Yuki
Kojima Tenten (小嶌天天)
Namioka Kazuki as Katayama
Mukai Osamu as Kikuchi Toru (ep1)
Nukumizu Yoichi as Hara Hiroshi (ep1)
Rosanna (ロザンナ) as the apartment manager (ep1)
Zdenek Macal (ep1)
Miura Ryosuke
Deguchi Yumiko (出口結美子) (ep1)
Mike Ziebach (マイク・ジーバク)
Pavel Eret (パヴェル・エレット) (ep1)
Katagiri Hairi as Son Rui’s mother (ep2)
Nekoze Tsubaki (ep2)
Manuel Doncel (マヌエル・ドンセル) (ep2)
Tominaga Ryohei (富永凌平) (ep2)
Jonathan Head (ジョナサン・ヘッド) (ep2)
Nakamaru Shion (中丸シオン) (ep2)
Tsutsumi Masataka (堤匡孝) (ep2)
Daniel Kahl (ep2)
Panzetta Girolamo (パンツェッタ・ジローラモ) (ep2)
Thane Camus (ep2)

Production Credits
Original writing: Ninomiya Tomoko Nodame Cantabile (manga)
Screenwriter: Etou Rin
Producers: Wakamatsu Hiroki, Shimizu Kazuyuki
Director: Takeuchi Hideki
Music: Hattori Takayuki

1st Tokyo Drama Awards: Best Actress: Ueno Juri

Nodame Cantabile

Januari 17, 2010

Title: のだめカンタービレ
Title (romaji): Nodame Cantabile
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Episodes: 11
Viewership ratings: 18.79(Kanto)
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 2006-Oct-16 to 2006-Dec-25
Air time: Monday 21:00
Opening song: Symphony No. 7 in A major by Beethoven, arranged by Hattori Takayuki
Ending song: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin, arranged by Hattori Takayuki

Synopsis :
Based on the hit comic book by Tomoko Ninomiya, this is a fun-filled quirky romantic story of two very opposite people.

Megumi Noda, or “Nodame” is a piano student at Momogaoka College of Music. An extremely talented pianist who wants to be a kindergarten teacher, she prefers playing by ear rather than reading the music score. She is messy and disorganized, takes baths several days apart and loves to eat, sometimes stealing her friend’s lunchbox when it is filled with delicacies.

Shinichi Chiaki, is Momogaoka’s top student. Born into a musical family, he is talented in piano and violin and has secret ambitions to become a conductor. An arrogant multi-lingual perfectionist who once lived abroad in the music capitals of the world as a young boy, he feels mired in Japan because of a childhood phobia.

They meet by accident. Nodame quickly falls in love, but it takes much longer for Chiaki to even begin to appreciate Nodame’s unusual qualities. Their relationship causes them both to develop and grow. Because of Nodame, Chiaki got the opportunity to lead a student orchestra and begins to have a broader appreciation of people’s musical abilities. Because of Chiaki, Nodame faces her fears and enters a piano competition. Opportunities open up as both begin taking risks, stretching themselves far more than they ever thought possible.

Cast :
Ueno Juri as Noda Megumi aka Nodame (Piano)
Morisako Ei as young Nodame
Tamaki Hiroshi as Chiaki Shinichi (Piano/Violin/Conducting)
Fujita Reo (藤田玲央) as young Chiaki
Eita as Mine Ryutaro (Violin)
Koide Keisuke as Okuyama Masumi (Timpani)
Mizukawa Asami as Miki Kiyora (Violin)
Saeko as Saku Sakura (Contrabass)
Uehara Misa as Tagaya Saiko (Vocal)
Takenaka Naoto as Franz Strezemann (Milch Holstein by Nodame)
Akiyoshi Kumiko as Momodaira Minako
Endo Yuya as Okochi Mamoru (Conducting)
Iwasa Mayuko as Ishikawa Reina (Piano)
Takase Yukina (高瀬友規奈) as Tanaka Makiko (Piano)
Kondo Koen as Tamaki Keiji (Clarinet)
Sakamoto Makoto as Hashimoto Yohei (Oboe)
Matsuoka Rinako as Suzuki Moe (Flute)
Matsuoka Emiko as Suzuki Kaoru (Clarinet)
Yamanaka Takashi as Iwai Kazushi (Contrabass)
Kobayashi Kinako as Kinjo Shizuka (Viola)
Fukada Aki as Inoue Yuki (Cello)
Kojima Tenten (小嶌天天) as Kanai Kento (Horn)
Inoue Yoshiko as Suganuma Saya (Vocal)
Ibu Masato as Mine Tatsumi
Nishimura Masahiko as Tanioka Hajime
Toyohara Kosuke as Eto Kozo
Shiraishi Miho as Eto Kaori
Fukushi Seiji as Kuroki Yasunori (Rising Star: Oboe)
Mukai Osamu as Kikuchi Toru (Rising Star: Cello]
Hashizume Ryo as Kimura Tomohito (Rising Star: Violin)
Namioka Kazuki as Katayama (Rising Star: Horn)
Sakurai Chizu as Aizawa Maiko (Rising Star: Flute)
Kimura Ryo as Takahashi Noriyuki (RS: Violin – new concert master)
Kuroda Chieko as Miyoshi Seiko (Chiaki’s mom)
Hatano Hiroko as Kawano Keeko
Oikawa Mitsuhiro as Sakuma Manabu
Kichise Michiko as Elise
Ito Takahiro as Segawa Yuto (Nodame’s childhood piano classmate)
Ogawa Koki (小川光樹) as young Segawa
Zdenek Macal as Sebastino Vieira
John Hesse as Kyle Dune (Kiyora’s professor)
Manuel Doncel as Professor Auclair (Judge in Maradona Competition)
Iwamatsu Ryo as Noda Tatsuo (Nodame’s dad)
Miyazaki Yoshiko as Noda Yoko (Nodame’s mom)
Betto Yuki (別當優輝) as Noda Yoshitaka (Nodame’s brother)
Eto Kansai (江藤漢斉) as Noda Saburo (Nodame’s grandpa)
Ohkata Hisako (大方斐紗子) as Noda Shizuyo (Nodame’s grandma)
Yashiba Toshihiro as Momogaoka teacher
Masuda Keita
Nagaoka Mami (photo stills)

Production Credits
Original writing: Ninomiya Tomoko Nodame Cantabile (manga)
Screenwriter: Etou Rin
Producers: Wakamatsu Hiroki, Shimizu Kazuyuki
Directors: Takeuchi Hideki, Kawamura Yasuhiro (川村泰祐), Tanimura Masaki
Music: Hattori Takayuki

Yukan Club

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 有閑倶楽部
itle (romaji): Yukan Club
Also known as: Leisure Club
Format: Renzoku
Genre: School comedy
Episodes: 10
Viewership ratings: 12.63
Broadcast network: NTV
Broadcast period: 2007-Oct-16 to 2007-Dec-18
Air time: Tuesday 22:00
Theme song: Keep The Faith by KAT-TUN


Shochikubai Miroku (Akanishi Jin) is the son of a police commissioner (father) and also a traveller (mother). Miroku has lots of connections and is a very good fighter. His interest is his motorcycle.

Kikumasamune Seishiro (Yokoyuma Yu) is the rich son of a large hospital. He also fights as well as Miroku. He is a good fighter with smarts.

Bido Granmarie (Taguchi Junnosuke) is the son of a Swedish ambassador. He’s also a playboy, dating many girls at once. Granmarie can’t see himself going steady because he thinks the world can’t handle it.

Kenbishi Yuri (Minami) is the rich daughter of a world-renowned president of the Kenbishi Business. She loves to indulge on eating. She’s also a good fighter, but can never beat Seishiro.

Hakushika Noriko (Kashii Yu) is the daughter of a famous japanese painter (father) and her mother is from a tradition tea ceremony family. Her only hate is men and can get very violent when they touch her.

Kizakura Karen (Suzuki Emi) lives with her mother, a rich jewel dealer. Her dream is to marry into a rich family using her attractive body and style.

Together, they formed the Yukan Club, solving mysteries to pass time.

Cast :
Akanishi Jin as Shochikubai Miroku
Yokoyama Yu as Kikumasamune Seishiro
Taguchi Junnosuke as Bido Granmarie
Minami as Kenbishi Yuri
Kashii Yu as Hakushika Noriko
Suzuki Emi as Kizakura Karen
Kaga Takeshi as Shochikubai Tokimune
Kataoka Tsurutaro as Kenbishi Mansaku
Kato Kazuko as Kenbishi Yuriko
Shirakawa Yumi as the School Director
Hasegawa Hatsunori as Principal Kurata
Hankai Kazuaki as Head Teacher Murakami
Okayama Hajime as Officer Soma
Sumita Takashi (住田隆) as Officer Katori
Kubo Akira as Godai
Yamada Shintaro (schoolmate)

Iwata Sayuri as Shiina Saki (ep1)
Hagiwara Nagare as Daka Shimizu (ep1)
Matsuzawa Ren (ep1)
Chinen Yuri as Ryota (ep2)
Fuse Hiroshi as Tasuke (ep2)
Abe Ryohei (ep2)
Iriyama Noriko as Yoshinagawa Ayumi (ep3)
Oshinari Shugo as Tamatsukasa Seiji (ep3)
Kurosawa Toshio as Shirafuji Goro (ep3)
Anan Kenji as Shirafuji’s underling (ep3)
Masana Bokuzo as Shinkame Keisuke (ep3)
Takasugi Ko as Shinkame’s underling (ep3)
Yoshiyuki Kazuko as Sakuragawa Kinu (ep4)
Matsuda Nanase as the child from the magazine (ep5)
Nakada Aki (中田有紀) as Seishiro’s older sister (ep5)
Izumiya Shigeru as Master Unkai (ep5)
Koyama Keiichiro as Kariho Yuya (ep6)
Hashimoto Satoshi as Kongo (ep6)
Waki Tomohiro as Saburo (ep6)
Sasai Eisuke as Noriko’s father (ep6)
Mike He as Prince Cassar Garcia (ep7)
Akiyoshi Kumiko as Shochikubai Chiaki (ep8)
Tsurumi Shingo as Keiko (ep8)
Hosoyama Takane (細山貴嶺) as Hiraizumi Ryuichiro (ep9)
Yamazaki Hajime as Midorikawa (ep9)
Maeda Gin as Dewazakura Kinzo (ep10)
Nakamaru Shinsho as Takachiho (ep10)
David Ito as the Samejima gangleader (ep10)

Production Credits
Original writing: Ichijo Yukari (一条ゆかり) Yukan Club (manga)
Screenwriter: Egashira Michiru
Producer: Ogino Tetsuhiro (荻野哲弘)
Director: Oya Taro (大谷太郎)
Music: Yamashita Kosuke
Opening narration: Kabira Jay

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 花ざかりの君たちへ
Title (romaji): Hanazakari no Kimitachi e
Title (English): For You in Full Blossom
Tagline: イケメン♂パラダイス / Ikemen Paradise
Also known as: Hana Kimi
Genre: High school romance comedy
Broadcast network: Fuji TV

Episodes: 12
Viewership ratings: 17.3 (Kanto)
Broadcast period: 2007-Jul-03 to 2007-Sep-18
Air time: Tuesday 21:00
Theme songs:
Opening theme: Ikenai Taiyo by Orange Range
Ending theme: PEACH by Otsuka Ai
Insert songs: My Love by Kawashima Ai, Boom boom boom by Go Hiromi, Paradise Ginga by Hikaru Genji, Tomaranai Ha~Ha by Yazawa Eikichi, Girlfriend by Avril Lavigne
Related drama: Hua Yang Shao Nian Shao Nu

Synopsis :
Based on a popular comic, this hilarious comedy follows the chaos, troubles and friendship at a boys’ boarding school after a girl-disguising-a-boy joins. Ashiya Mizuki has just come back to Japan from California where she was raised. She fell in love with Sano Izumi, a hopeful high jump hero, who has quit after an accident. As she wants him to go back to the sport once again, she enters the same high school as a boy! With a short hair, flattened chest and lowered voice, she starts sharing the same room with Sano.

Cast :
Horikita Maki as Ashiya Mizuki
Oguri Shun as Sano Izumi
Ikuta Toma as Nakatsu Shuichi
Konno Mahiru as Hara Akiha
Kamikawa Takaya as Umeda Hokuto
Matsuda Seiko as Tsubaki, the School Principal
Ukaji Takashi as Sawatari
Kobayashi Susumu as Yoshioka
Okada Yoshinori as Ashiya Shizuki
Daito Shunsuke as Sano Shin
Shirota Yu as Kagurazaka Makoto
Moriguchi Yoko as Nanba Io
Harada Natsuki as Tanabe Kanako
Yamazaki Hajime as Ashiya Takumi
Tsutsui Mariko as Ashiya Eiko
Inagaki Goro as Kitahama Noburo
Sugimoto Tetta as Sano Takehiko

First Dormitory Students
Ishigaki Yuma as Tennoji Megumi (Dorm Leader)
Takahashi Mitsuomi as Daikokucho Mitsuomi
Takeda Kohei as Kitahanada Kohei
Suzuki Ryohei as Akashi Soichiro
Sato Yuuichi as Tetsukayama Shota
Hayakawa Ryo as Gotenyama Sakyo
Matsushita Koji as Shojaku Ren
Nishiyama Sosuke as Shichido Soma
Hagiwara Tatsuya (萩原達也) as Ishikiri Hiroto

Second Dormitory Students
Mizushima Hiro as Nanba Minami (Dorm Leader)
Kimura Ryo as Senri Nakao
Okada Masaki as Sekime Kyogo
Yamamoto Yusuke as Kayashima Taiki
Igarashi Shunji as Noe Shinji
Mizobata Junpei as Saga Kazuma
Sakimoto Hiromi as Kyobashi Arata
Chiyo Shota as Yodoyabashi Taichi
Tajima Ryo as Arashiyama Jyo
Shimegi Enoku as Tannowa Kyoichi
Okada Hikaru as Takaida Riku
Ikeda Jun as Kamishinjo Itsuki
Shibasaki Keisuke (柴崎佳佑) as Minase Manato

Third Dormitory Students
Kyo Nobuo as Himejima Masao (Oscar M. Himejima, Dorm Leader)
Kato Keisuke as Yao Hikaru
Watanabe Toshihiko as Imamiya Sho
Takahashi Yuta (高橋優太) as Shijo Haruki
Matsuda Shoichi as Kuzuha Junnosuke
Miyata Naoki as Saiin Tsukasa
Furuhara Yasuhisa as Ogimachi Taiyo
Ojima Naoya as Kaizuka Kohei
Suzuki Kota (鈴木康太) as Uenoshiba Kanata
Nakada Yuya as Katabiranotsuji Ken
Kawakami Yu as Korien Genji

St. Blossom’s Academy
Iwasa Mayuko as Hanayashiki Hibari
Matsuda Madoka as Kishizato Juri
Kiritani Mirei as Amagasaki Kanna
Kurose Manami as Imaike Komari
Taira Airi as Abeno Erika

Production Credits
Original writing (manga): Hanazakari no Kimitachi e by Nakajo Hisaya
Screenwriter: Muto Shogo, Yamaura Masahiro (山浦雅大) (eps 8&10)
Producers: Goto Hiroyuki (Fuji TV), Moriyasu Aya (森安彩) (Kyodo TV)
Directors: Matsuda Hidetomo, Tsuzuki Junichi, Sato Genta (佐藤源太)
Music: Kono Shin, Takami Yu (高見優), Shida Hirohide (producer)
Opening narration: Moriyama Shuichiro (森山周一郎)

Long Vacation

Januari 17, 2010

Title: ロングバケーション
Title (English): Long Vacation
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 11
Viewership rating: 29.1
Broadcast network: Fuji TV
Broadcast period: 1996-Apr-15 to 1996-Jun-24
Air time: Monday 21:00
Theme song: La La La Love Song by Toshinobu Kubota with Naomi Campbell

Synopsis :
Sena is a college graduate who dreams of becoming a world class pianist. He teaches piano at a local piano school. Minami is an out of work model. On her wedding day, she gets dumped by her fiance and loses all of her savings, which she gave to her fiance. Her fiance turns out to be Senna’s former roommate. She rushes to Sena’s apartment and finds out that her fiance has skipped town. With no money and no where to go, she moves in with Sena.

Sena likes Ryoko, a college sophomore. He likes her a lot, but just doesn’t have the courage to ask her out. Momoko is Minami’s best friend and is also a model. She provides much of the comedic relief in this show. Shinji is Minami’s younger brother who just happens to be better than Senna at piano. He opens a bar/nite club. Rumiko is Shinji’s girlfriend. Sasaki-sensei is Sena’s professor at college and is always encouraging Sena to perform at the next piano competition.

Cast :
Kimura Takuya as Hidetoshi Sena (24)
Yamaguchi Tomoko as Hayama Minami (31)
Takenouchi Yutaka as Hayama Shinji
Inamori Izumi as Koishikawa Momoko
Matsu Takako as Okusawa Ryoko
Ryo as Himuro Rumiko
Hirosue Ryoko as Saito Takako
Toyohara Kosuke as Sugisaki Tetsuya
Kobayashi Susumu
Morimoto Leo as Sasaki
Tsukayama Masane
Tate Misato (建みさと)
Tadano Atsuko
Ito Yoshinori

Production Credits
Screenwriter: Kitagawa Eriko
Producers: Kameyama Chihiro (亀山千広), Sugio Atsuhiro
Directors: Nagayama Kozo, Suzuki Masayuki, Usui Hirotsugu

Hong Gil Dong

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 쾌도 홍길동 / Hong Gil Dong
Also known as: Sharp Blade Hong Gil Dong
Genre: Comedy, romance, action, drama
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2008-Jan-02 to 2008-Mar-26
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Cast :
Kang Ji Hwan as Hong Gil Dong
Sung Yu Ri as Heo Yi Nok / Ryu Yi Nok
Jang Geun Suk as Lee Chang Hwi
Kim Ri Na as Seo Eun Hye

Extended Cast
Kim Jae Seung as Hong In Hyung (Gil Dong’s brother)
Cha Hyun Jung as Jung Mal Nyeo
Park Sang Wook as Shim Soo Geun
Choi Ran as Court Lady Noh / Noh Sang Koong
Ahn Suk Hwan as Seo Yoon Sup / Minister Seo (Eun Hye’s father)
Jung Eun Pyo as the monk / Hye Myung (Gil Dong’s master)
Moon Se Yun as Mr. Yeon
Kil Yong Woo as Hong Pan Seo (Gil Dong’s father)
In Sung as Chi Soo (Chang Hwi’s right hand)
Lee Duk Hee as Mrs. Kim
Jo Hee Bong as Lee Kwang Whe (Chang Hwi’s brother)
Maeng Ho Rim as Choi Seung Ji
Kim Jong Suk as Eunuch Go
Park Yong Jin as Eunuch Jang
Choi Seung Kyung as Mr. Wang
Byun Shin Ho as Hal Meom
Jung Kyu Soo as Huh No Im
Maeng Se Chang Kom Yi
Jang Ah Young as Shim Chung
Choi Soo Han as young Chang Hwi
Lee In Sung as young Gil Dong
Choi Soo Ji as Queen In Mok (Chang Hwi’s mother)
Son Hyun Sul (손현술)

Sinopsis :

Berdasarkan fiksi sejarah mengenai Robin Hood di Korea : Hong Gil Dong merupakan anak haram seorang pejabat istana dengan pelayan wanita. Sepeninggalan ibunya, Hong Gil Dong dipungut oleh biksu tua yang kemudian mengajarkannya ilmu bela diri. Secara kebetulan ia berjodoh dengan kelompok pencuri yang terdiri dari individu-individu yang unik. Ia menyelamatkan mereka dari kepungan prajurit dan menjadi ketua kelompok pencuri tersebut. Bersama2, mereka berjuang untuk mengatasi ketidakadilan dalam masyarakat, memberi pelajaran pada pejabat-pejabat korup, serta membantu yang miskin.

Lee Chang Hwi, putra permaisuri terdahulu yang lolos dari percobaan pembunuhan oleh kakak tiri Chang Hwi sendiri, baru saja kembali dari China. Dalam pribadi yang penuh dengan amarah, kepahitan dan dendam ini tersimpan sebuah tujuan besar : menggulingkan tahta kakaknya dan mendirikan sebuah dinasti baru di bawah kepemimpinannya.

Hong Gil Dong dan Lee Chang Hwi saling membantu dan menjadi teman dengan cara yang tidak biasa. Diantara keduanya muncul persaingan sengit dalam hal cinta dan kedudukan ‘raja’ di hati rakyat, namun hanya satu di antara mereka yang bisa menjadi pemenang yang sesungguhnya.

My Sister-in-Law is 19

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 형수님은 열아홉 / Hyung-soo-nim-eun Yeol-ah-hop
Also known as: My Sister-in-Law is 19 / My 19 Year Old Sister-in-Law
Genre: Drama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2004-Jul-28 to 2004-Sep-23
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM
Theme Song: Miso Sok Ae Noon Mool by Shim Jung Hoon
Insert songs: Say Yes by Marry and Half Love by Gi Hoo

Synopsis :
This series is about a 19 year old girl, Yoo Min who was being abandoned after the death of her mother. She lives alone with her adopted brother, Kang Pyo. She accidentally meets Seung Jae, the younger brother of Min Jae. By chance, Yoo Min actually had a crush with Min Jae, a doctor who treats her brother illness for a long time. To fight off his mother demand, Min Jae gets in an engagement contract with Yoo Min and they all end up living at Min Jae’s house. Unexpectedly, Yoo Min and Seung Jae are going to the same high school. From there, Seung Jae secretly loves Yoo Min. On the other hand, Yoo Min’s father who got amnesia from a car accident is looking for her again after 15 years old she had been abandoned by her neighbors. The conflict comes when the people who living in Min Jae’s house are actually related to Yoo Min’s abandonment. They are the neighbours who stole the inheritance and abandoned her when she was four year old.

Cast :
Jung Da Bin as Yoo Min / Jung Hae Won
Yoon Kye Sang as Kang Seung Jae
Kim Jae Won as Kang Min Jae
Kim Min Hee as Choi Su Ji

Extended Cast
Seo Ji Hye as Kang Ye Rim
Suh Ji Hee as young Choi Su Ji
Huh Jung Min as Han Kang Pyo
Lee Hye Sook as Song Kyung Hwa (Su Ji’s mother)
Park Won Sook as Im Cheong Ok (Min Jae’s, Seung Jae’s & Ye Rim’s mother)
Lee Bo Hee as Park Young Ran (Yoo Min’s mother)
Hong Yo Seob as Jung Joon Suk (Yoo Min’s father)
Yoon Joo Sang as Jung Keon Woo (Yoo Min’s grandfather)
Kim Seung Min as Tae Woo (Min Jae’s friend)
Suh Dong Won as Shin Chang Jo (Seung Jae’s house mate)
Im Hyun Kyung as Min Seo Yeon (Min Jae’s ex-lover)
Kang Ye Won
Kim Min Hee as Kim Soo Ji
Woo Kyung Ha as Chae So Na

Production Credits :
Production company: SBS
Producer: Kim Jeong Min, Goo Bon Geun
Director: Lee Chang Han
Screenwriter: Jin Soo Wan


Januari 17, 2010

Title: 아이리스 / IRIS
Previously known as: 쉬리 / Shiri
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 and Jin Sa Woo are best friends who were brought into a top secret organization known as NSS by analyst Choi Seung Hee and Park Sang Hyun. Hyun Joon and Sa Woo both fall in love with Seung Hee when she first profiles them. Their lives are changed forever when Hyun Joon is given a solo mission in Hungary. Hyun Joon later tries to find out who set him up and to figure out what IRIS is and wants.

Cast :
Lee Byung Hun as Kim Hyun Joon
Oh Eun Chan (오은찬) as Hyun Joon (child)
Kim Tae Hee as Choi Seung Hee
Jung Joon Ho as Jin Sa Woo
Kim Seung Woo as Park Chul Young
Kim So Yeon 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 Hyun
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
Kim Gab Soo as Yoo Jung Hoon
Park Soo Hyun as Park Joong Kwon
Jung Ho Bin as Kang Chul Hwan
Park Yong Ki as Yoo Kang Oh
Lee Eon Jeong
Yeo Ho Min
Kim Hyung Jong
Lee Jung Yong
Son Jung Min
Jo Ji Hwan (조지환)

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
Executive Producer: Choi Ji Young
Producer: Kim Young Jo

Stairway to Heaven

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 천국의 계단 / Cheon-kuk-ui Gye-dan
Also known as: Stairway to Heaven / Stairs To Heaven / Steps in Paradise
Genre: Romance, Drama
Episodes: 20
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2003-Dec-03 to 2004-Feb-05
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday at 21:55
Viewership ratings: 38.8% avg, 45.3% final

Synopsis :
Jung-suh and Song-joo grew up together. They were always there for each other. Tragedy begins when Song Joo begins his studies overseas without Jung-suh. Jung-suh’s father remarries Tae Mira. Mira takes in her two children from a previous marriage, Tae-hwa and Yuri. Yuri is envious of the life that Jung-suh leads and is determined to take everything away from her, including Song-joo. Tae-hwa begins to develop feelings for his stepsister, however Jung-suh still loves Song-joo. Five years later, tragedy occurs when Jung-suh gets into a car accident causing her to lose her memory. Together with Tae-hwa, they start anew. Song-joo is led to believe that she is dead. However, when they meet again one day, he is determined to remind her of the love they had for one another. When fate finally seemed to be on their side, Jung-suh is diagnosed with eye cancer.

Cast :
Kwon Sang Woo as Cha Song-ju
Choi Ji Woo as Han Jung-suh
Kim Tae Hee as Han Yu-ri
Shin Hyun Joon as Han Tae-hwa

Extended Cast :
Lee Hwi Hyang as Tae Mira (Tae-hwa & Yuri’s mother)
Ha Jae Young as Han Su-ha (Jung-suh’s father)
Kim Ji Sook as Chairman Min Suh-hyun (Song-ju’s mother)
Jung Han Yong as Han Pil-su (Tae-hwa & Yuri’s father)
Baek Sung Hyun as young Cha Song-ju
Park Shin Hye as young Han Jung-suh/Kim Ji-su
Lee Wan as young Han Tae-hwa/Han Chul-su
Park Ji Mi as young Han Yuri

Production Credits :
Director: Lee Jang Soo
Writer: Park Hye Kyung

Brilliant Legacy

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 찬란한 유산 / Chanranhan Yusan
Also known as: Shining Inheritance / Brilliant Legacy / Beautiful Legacy
Genre: Romance, family
Episodes: 28
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-25 to 2009-Jul-26
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:45
Inserts: Shining Inheritance OST

Synopsis :
Go Eun Sung’s life is similar to Cinderella’s. After her father died, her step-mother, Baek Sung Hee, took away all of her assets and her younger brother, Eun Woo, suddenly disappears without a trace. Despite this, Eun Sung preservers and works really hard to fulfill her dreams. When the CEO of a food company, Jang Sook Ja, suffers amnesia and can’t remember who she is Eun Sung takes her in. However, Eun Sung does not know that she is the grandmother of Sun Woo Hwan, the man who she switched bags with at the airport. How will their constant bickering lead them to realize that they care more about each other than they let on?

Han Hyo Joo as Go Eun Sung
Lee Seung Ki as Sun Woo Hwan
Bae Soo Bin as Park Jun Se
Moon Chae Won as Yoo Seung Mi

Extended Cast :
Kim Mi Sook as Baek Sung Hee
Min Young Won as Lee Hye Ri (Eun Sung’s friend)
Yun Joon Suk as Go Eun Woo
Jung Suk Won as Jin Young Suk (Hwan’s friend)
Han Ye Won as Sun Woo Jung
Ban Hyo Jung as Jang Sook Ja
Yoo Ji In as Oh Young Ran (Hwan & Jung’s mother)
Kim Jae Seung as Lee Hyung Jin
Son Yeo Eun as Jung In Young
Choi Jung Woo as Park Tae Soo
Lee Seung Hyung as Pyo Sung Chul
Jun In Taek as Go Pyung Joong (Eun Sung’s father)
Baek Seung Hyun as Manager Lee Joon Young
Park Sang Hyun as Park Soo Jae
Tae Hwang as waiter

Production Credits :
Director: Jin Hyuk
Screenwriter: So Hyun Kyung

Cinderella Man

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 신데렐라맨 / Cinderella Man
Genre: Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2009-Apr-15 to 2009-Jun-04
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55

Synopsis :
A story of a rich man (Lee Joon Hee) who switches lives with a man who looks identical to him only the difference between them is the other man is poor (Oh Dae San). Seo Yeo Jin is a girl who studies at fashion design school in Paris but returns to Korea after her life is turned upside down when her father dies.

Cast :
Kwon Sang Woo as Oh Dae San / Lee Joon Hee
Im Yoon Ah as Seo Yeo Jin
Han Eun Jung as Jang Se Eun
Song Chang Ui as Lee Jae Min

Extended Cast :
Kim Min Hee as Lee Hyun Jung
Jung Hye Sun as Kang Joo Ok
Lee Kyung Jin as Yoon Eun Hee
Yoo Hye Ri as Oh Sun Young
Jung Kyu Soo as Shin Ki Chul
Ryu Sang Wook as Park Seung Jae
Lee Yeon Doo as Kang Yoon Jung
Kang Dong Yup as Kim Dong Hyun
Jang Jung Hee as Lee Keut Soon
Kwon Tae Won as Company President Park
Ahn Suk Hwan
Jung Woo
Lee Byung Joon
Hwang Eun Jung (황은정)
Shin Na Ri

Production Credits :
Director: Yoo Jung Joon
Screenwriter: Jo Yoon Young (조윤영)

Swallow the Sun

Januari 17, 2010

Title: 태양을 삼켜라 / Taeyangeul Ssamkyeora
Also known as: Swallow the Sun / All In 2
Previously known as: 히든 / Hidden, 꾼들의 나라 / The Land of Professionals
Genre: Romance, action
Episodes: 25
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2009-Jul-09 to 2009-Oct-01
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Related TV Series: All In

Synopsis :
This novel-based story revolves mainly around four people who are drawn to Seogwipo, Jeju for a project. Kim Jung Woo and Lee Soo Hyun first met when they were children but lost track of each other for numerous years. Years later when Jung Woo meets Soo Hyun, he falls in love with her but his feelings are not reciprocated. Soo Hyun doesn’t realize until much later that she’s drawn to Jung Woo as well.

Cast :
Ji Sung as Kim Jung Woo
Yeo Jin Goo as Kim Jung Woo (child)
Sung Yu Ri as Lee Soo Hyun
Lee Young Yoo as Lee Soo Hyun (child)
So Yi Hyun as Yoo Mi Ran
Lee Wan as Jang Tae Hyuk
Han Ji Yun as Han Sun Young
Yoo Oh Sung as Jeuk Seun Ri / Jackson
Jun Kwang Ryul as Jang Min Ho
Jin Goo as Il Hwan (younger)
Kim Jung Tae as Han Suk Tae
Ma Dong Suk as Lee Kang Rae
Kim Sae Rom as Ha Sang Mi
Jo Sang Kyu as Jo Chi Gook
Yun Woo Hyun Jin as Amy
Choi Ran as Choi In Sook
Lee Jae Yong as Hyun Ki Sang
Park Kwang Hyun as Ki Sang (younger)
Kim Yong Gun as Yoo Kang Hyun
Yeo Ho Min as Jang Se Dol
Im Jung Eun as Mi Yeon
Go Doo Shim as (Mi Yeon’s mother)
Hong Suk Chun as Jimmy
Kim Byung Se as Tony
Jung Ho Bin as Baek Sil Jang
Moon Chang Gil as Moon Sung Chul
Ahn Nae Sang as Soo Chang
Kim Roe Ha
Son Hyun Joo
Shim Eun Jin

Production Credits
Director: Yoo Chul Yong
Screenwriter: Choi Wan Kyu

The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince

Januari 2, 2010

Title: 커피프린스 1호점 / The 1st Shop of Coffee Prince
Also known as: Coffee Prince
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Episodes: 17
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2007-Jul-02 to 2007-Aug-27
Air time: Monday and Tuesday 21:55
Opening Theme: Lalala, its Love, by The Melody

Synopsis :
The life of Go Eun Chan (Yoon Eun Hye) is not easy; she works many jobs to pay off debts and even gave up her feminine image. Choi Han Kyul (Gong Yoo) 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”?

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 Hong Gae Sik (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)
Kim Jung Min as DK (Yoo Joo’s ex-boyfriend)
Min Seo Hyun
Yoon Seung Ah
Jo Hyun Sook
Han Da Min as Han Byul
Lee Joon Ha
Choi In Sook

Queen Seon Duk

Januari 2, 2010

Title: 선덕여왕 (善德女王) / Seonduk Yeo Wang
Also known as: Queen Seon Duk
Genre: Historical, period
Episodes: 62
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2009-May-25 to 2009-Dec-22
Air time: Monday & Tuesdays 21:55

Synopsis :
Dukman was born a twin but was abandoned as a baby and sent to a place far away by her father, King Jinpyeong in order to protect her from being killed by an influenced royal court lady, Mishil who tries to snatch away the throne from the royal successor. Dukman was later brought back to the Silla palace, where she joined forces with her twin sister Princess Cheonmyong to oppose Mishil. However, Mi-shil devised sinister plans to have the two Silla princesses exiled from the kingdom, and in a secretive battle, Princess Cheonmyong was assassinated by Mi-shil. But Princess Dukman shrewdly enlisted the help of General Kim Yusin and eliminated her archenemy Mishil. She then became Queen Seon Duk, the first female ruler of the Silla kingdom. This drama is about a story of a beautiful queen, who has to give up her love to save the people and thus, leaving behind many brilliant achievements.

Cast :
Lee Yo Won as Princess Duk Man, later Queen Seon Duk
Nam Ji Hyun as young Princess Duk Man
Ko Hyun Jung as Lady Mi Shil
UEE as young Mi Shil
Uhm Tae Woong as Kim Yoo Shin
Lee Hyun Woo as young Kim Yoo Shin

Extended Cast
Park Ye Jin as Princess Chun Myung
Shin Se Kyung as young Princess Chun Myung
Yoo Seung Ho as Kim Chun Chu (Chun Myung and Kim Yong Soo’s son, ep34~)
Kim Nam Gil as Bi Dam (King Jinji and Mi Shil’s son, ep21~)
Park Ji Bin as young Bi Dam
Lee Seung Hyo as Alcheon
Ho Hyo Hoon (호효훈) as young Alcheon
Jung Ho Bin as Moon No (the 8th leader of Hwarang Warriors)
Jo Min Ki as King Jinpyeong (Duk Man and Chun Myung’s father)
Baek Jong Min as young Jinpyeong
Kang San as child Jinpyeong
Yoon Yoo Sun as lady Ma Ya (King Jinyeong’s wife)
Park Soo Jin as young Ma Ya
Seo Young Hee as So Hwa
Im Ye Jin as Lady Man Myeong (Jipyeong’s sister; Kim Yoo Shin’s mother)
Jung Sung Mo as Kim Seo Hyun (Man Myeong’s husband; Kim Yoo Shin’s father)
Park Jung Chul as Kim Yong Soo (King Jinji’s eldest son; Princess Chun Myung’s husband)
Do Yi Sung as Kim Yong Choon (King Jinji’s 2nd son)
Shin Goo as Eul Je
Lee Soon Jae as King Jin Heung (ep1)
Im Ho as King Jinji (ep1)
Jung Woong In as Mi Saeng (Mi Shil’s younger brother; the 10th leader of Hwarang Warriors)
Dok Go Young Jae as Se Jong (Mi Shil’s husband; the 6th leader of Hwarang Warriors)
Jun Noh Min as Seol Won (Mi Shil’s lover; the 7th leader of Hwarang Warriors)
Kim Jung Hyun as Ha Jong (Mi Shil and Se Jong’s son; the 11th leader of Hwarang Warriors)
Baek Do Bin as Bo Jong (Mi Shil and Seol Won’s son)
Kwak Jung Wook as young Bo Jong
Song Ok Sook as Seo Ri
Ahn Kil Kang as Chil Sook
Lee Moon Shik as Jook Bang
Ryu Dam as Go Do
Kang Sung Pil as San Tak
Joo Sang Wook as Wol Ya
Jung Ho Geun as Seol Ji
Jun Young Bin as Gok Sa Heun
Jung Hyung Min (정형민) as young Gok Sa Heun
Park Young Seo as Dae Pung
Lee Suk Min (이석민) as young Dae Pung
Go Yoon Hoo as Ho Jae (the 14th leader of Hwarang Warriors)
Hong Kyung In as Seok Pum
No Young Hak as young Seok Pum
Kang Ji Hoo as Im Jong
Kim Suk as young Im Jong
Suh Dong Won as Deok Chung
Lee Do Hyun as young Deok Chung
Jang Hee Woong as Bakui
Seo Sang Won as young Bakui
Lee Sang Hyun as Pil Tan
Kim Tae Jin (김태진) as young Pil Tan
Kim Dong Hee as Wang Yoon
Choi Woo Sung (최우성) as young Wang Yoon
Ryu Sang Wook as Dae Nam Bo
Kim Sang Bin (김상빈) as young Dae Nam Bo
Kim Dong Soo as Hyeop Seong
Moon Ji Yoon as Si Yeol
Shin Tae Hoon (신태훈) as young Si Yeol
Choi Sung Jo as Seon Yeol
Oh Eun Suk (오은석) as Young Seon Yeol
Jung Hye Sun as Lady Man Ho (Jinpyeong and Man Myeong’s mother)
Park Eun Bin as Bo Rang (Bo Jong’s daughter; Kim Chun Chu’s wife)
Qri (큐리) as Young Mo (Ha Jong’s daughter; Kim Yoo Shin’s wife)
Park Jae Jung as Sa Da Ham (Mi Shil’s first love; cameo, ep13)
Mametkulovs Mansur as Mr. Cartan

Production Credits
Director: Park Hong Kyun (박홍균) & Kim Geun Hong (김근홍)
Screenwriter: Kim Young Hyun & Park Sang Yun (박상연)

Hwang Jin Yi

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 황진이 (黃眞伊) / Hwang Jini / Hwang Jin Yi / Dust Storm
Genre: Period-Traditional Drama
Episodes: 24
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2006-Oct-11 to 2006-Dec-28
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Ratings: 22.3% (average)

Synopsis :
The story of Hwang Jin Yi, the famous 16th century Gisaeng.

This story is about the life of Joseon-era dancer, musician and poet, Hwang Jin Yi, who seeks perfection in her art relentlessly and the hardship facing women due to their lowly social status.

Hwang Jin Yi (Ha Ji Won) is the illegitimate child of a noble and Heon Keum (Jun Mi Sun), a noted musician gisaneg. The story centers on the four men in her life and her pursue in the art of dancing. Her first love with a nobleman’s son Kim Eun Ho (Jang Geun Suk) ends in tragedy. Her love affair with Kim Jung Han (Kim Jae Won) does not have a happy ending either. Byuk Kye Soo (Yoo Tae Joon) is the Emporer’s relative who are obsessed with her and tried every trick but still could not have her. Finally there is her devoted bodyguard Yi Saeng (Lee Shi Hwan) who never deserted her in times of need. Meanwhile, there is Bu Yong (Wang Bit Na) who not only is Hwang Ji Yi’s rival in dancing but also in love.

Cast :
Ha Ji Won as Hwang Jin Yi, later called Myung Wol (Gisaeng name)
Shim Eun Kyung as young Hwang Jin Yi
Kim Jae Won as Kim Jung Han
Kim Young Ae as Im Baek Moo (chief dancer, Jin Yi’s aunt)
Wang Bit Na as Bu Yong
Ryu Tae Joon as Baek Kye Soo
Jang Geun Suk as Kim Eun Ho (Hwang Jin Yi’s first love)

Extended cast:
Lee Shi Hwan as Yi Saeng (Hwang Jin Yi’s bodyguard)
Jun Mi Sun as Jin Hyeon Keum (Hwang Jin Yi’s mother)
Jo Sung Ha (조성하) as Eom Soo
Kim Bo Yun as Mae Hyang (chief dancer’s long time rival)
Lee In Hye as Gae Ddong, later called Danshim (Gisaeng name)
Jung Kyung Soon as Geum Choon
Song Yi Woo as Aeng Moo
Yoo Yun Ji as Seom Seom
Kim Sun Hwa as Gae Ddong’s maid
Jo Ye Na (조예나) as Hyang Rim
Mi Se (미세) as Ae Rang
Lee Ji Eun (이지은) as Geum Hong
Kim Young Ae as Chwi Seon
Hwang Eun Ha as Han Yeon Woo/Wol Hyang
Hyun Suk as Sung Ik Hwan
Seo Hyun Jin as Jung Ka Eun
Kim Seung Wook as Jang Soo Man
Lee Dae Ro as Joo Ji
Jo Jae Wan as Jang Yi
Lee Hee Do as Kim Cham Pan
Ahn Hae Sook as Lady Cha
Moon Chun Sik as Deok Pal
Jung Sang Hoon as Sang Soo
Choi Sang Hoon as Jung Chook
Yoon Jae Rang (윤재량) as Yeon Hong
Park Kwi Soon (박귀순) as Sang Jwa Seung
Lee Joon
Kang Ye Sol
Son Sung Yoon

Production Credits
Scriptwriter: Yoon Sun Joo
Director: Kim Chul Kyu

The Iron Empress

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 천추태후 (千秋太后) / Cheon Chu Taehu
Also known as: The Iron Empress / Empress Chun Choo
Genre: Historical
Episodes: 78
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2009-Jan-03 to 2009-Sep-27
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:30

Synopsis :
The drama is about the third empress of the Goryeo era who fought against the Tungusic people of Manchuria in order to achieve their dream of reclaiming their old land.

Cast :
Chae Si Ra as Empress Chun Chu
Kim So Eun as young Hwang Bo Soo / Chun Chu
Kim Suk Hoon as Kim Chi Yang
Choi Jae Sung as Gang Jo
Lee Duk Hwa as General Kang Kam Chan
Lee In as Mok Jong (The 7th King; the empress’s son with the 5th king)
Park Ji Bin as Wang Song / Prince Gae Ryeong

The Royal Family
Kim Ji Hoon as King Hyeon Jong (The 8th King; Wang Wook & Hwang Bo Seol’s son)
Choi Soo Han as Wang Sun / young King Hyeon Jong
Kim Ho Jin as Wang Wook / Prince Gyeong Joo
Shin Ae as Hwang Bo Seol / Princess Hun Jung (the empress’s younger sister)
Park Eun Bin as young Hwang Bo Seol
Kim Myung Soo as Seong Jong / Wang Chi (The 6th King and the empress’s older brother)
Choi Woo Hyuk as Wang Chi / young Seong Jong
Moon Jung Hee as Empress Moon Hwa / Lady Kim (Seong Jong’s 2nd wife)
Kim Min Ji as young Lady Kim
Park Shi Eun as Empress Won Jeong (Seong Jong & Moon Hwa’s daughter; Hyeon Jong’s wife)
Lee Hyun Kyung as Empress Moon Deok / Lady Yu (Seong Jong’s 1st wife)
Lee In Hye as Empress Seon Jeong (Mok Jong’s wife)
Han Bo Bae as Yoo Sun (teen)
Choi Chul Ho as Gyeong Jong / Wang Yu (The 5th King)
Ban Hyo Jung as Queen mother, Shin Jung Hwang (Taejo Wang Geon’s 4th wife)
Lee Young Ah as Empress Dae Mok (Gyeong Jong’s mother)

Other people
Im Hyuk as Seo Hee (Minister of Foreign Affairs)
Hong In Young as Cheon Hyang Bi
Kim Ye Won as young Cheon Hyang Bi
Lee Chae Young as Sa Il Ra/Saila
Kim Hyung Min as Sa Ga Moon/Sagamun (Saila’s older brother)
Jun Moo Song as Lee Ji Baek
Won Suk Yun (원석연) as Lee Kyeom Ui
Kim Jong Kyul (김종결) as Choi Ryang
Lee Ki Yeol as Choi Seom
Park Ji Il as Kim Shim Eon
Kim Byung Gi as Kim Won Soong (Empress Moon Hwa’s father)
Oh Wook Chul (오욱철) as Jo Haeng Soo
Jo Byung Gon (조병곤) as Lee Yang
Lee Joon Woo (이준우) as Seol Shin Yoo
Jun Seung Hwan (전승환) as Choi Ji Mong
Maeng Ho Rim as Park Yang Yoo
Im Byung Ki (임병기) as Han Yeon Gong
Kim Young Sun (김영선) as Han In Kyung
Park Chul Ho as Kim Hoon
Choi Wang Soon (최왕순) as Choi Jil
Choi Dong Joon as Dae Do Soo
Lee Won Bal (이원발) as Yoo Bang
Choi Joon Yong as Lee Hyun Woon
Kim Byung Choon as Lee Joo Jeong
Jung Jin as Go Hyeon
Ahn Hae Sook as Court lady Yoon
Ki Jong Woon (기종운) as Court lady J
Kim Mi Ra as Lee Seol Hwa
Park Jin Woo as Yoo Hyung Gan
Lee Tae Im as Kim Mil Hwa
Park Byung Ho as Jin Gwan (Priest, young King Hyeon Jong’s guardian)

Shim Hye Jin as Empress Xiao/So Tae Hoo (Khitan Queen)
Jang Dong Jik as Geo Ran Seongjong (adult Khitan Emperor)
Oh Gun Woo as Geo Ran Seongjong (young Khitan Emperor)
Lee Jin Woo as Han Duk Yang (prime minister)
Kim Sung Hyun as Ya Yul Bun Noh (warrior)
Kim Myung Gook as Ya Yul Juk Ryul (warrior)
Lee Han Sol as Ya Yul Mu Ki (one eye warrior)
Lee Eun Jung as Dok Yeon (female warrior/Sagamun’s wife)
Lee Eon Jeong as Hyeol Mae
Ji Dae Han (지대한) as So Son Nyeong
Jung Heung Chae as So Bae Ab
Yoo Joo Hee as So Chal Ri

Production Credits
Screenwriter: Son Young Mok, Lee Sang Min (이상민), Kang Young Ran (강영란)
Chief Producer: Kim Won Yong
Producer: Jin Hyung Wook
Director: Shin Chang Suk, Hwang In Hyuk (황인혁)

Jewel in the Palace

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 대장금(大長今) / Dae-jang-geum
Also known as: Jewel in the Palace / Great Jang Geum
Episodes: 54
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2003-Sep-15 to 2004-Mar-23
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis :
About 500 years ago during the time of Chosun Dynasty, Korea boasted a rigidly hierarchical and male dominated social structure. Set in this period, “Jewel in the Palace” is based on a true story about a legendary girl (Jang-Geum) who became the first woman to be the supreme royal physician of her times. Despite her poor condition as a low class girl in the male dominated society, Jang-Geum overcame a series of social discrimination and landed herself as a royal cook, later becoming the royal physician, then ultimately the physician in charge of the king. She was even given by the king the title “The Great Jang-Geum”. The story of her checkered life on her success and breakdown as well as her love story beautifully unfold. “Jewel in the Palace” is sure to touch your heart.

Cast :
Lee Young Ae as Suh Jang Geum
Jo Jung Eun as young Suh Jang Geum
Ji Jin Hee as Min Jung Ho
Hong Ri Na as Choi Keum Young
Im Ho as King Joong Jong
Yang Mi Kyung as Han Baek Young (Jang Geum’s cooking teacher)
Yeo Woon Kye as Jeong Mal Geum
Han Ji Min as Shin Bi
Lee Se Eun as Yeol Yi
Im Hyun Sik as Kang Deok Gu
Park Jung Soo as Park Yong Shin
Jo Kyung Hwan as Oh Gyeom Ho
Park Eun Hye as Lee Yeon Saeng
Choi Ja Hye as Chang Yi
Kang Jung Hwa
Geum Bo Ra as Na Joo Daek (35)
Lee Ip Sae
Lee Seung Ah as a Doctor trainee
Jun In Taek as Jung Yoon Soo
Eom Yoo Shin
Won Duk Hyun
Kim Hye Sun as Ms. Park (Jang Geum’s mom/Royal lady attendant, 18-28)
Kyun Mi Ri as Ms. Choi (Keum Young’s paternal aunt, 38)
Lee Hee Do as Choi Pan Sool (45)
Ji Sang Ryul as Park Il Do (25-50)
Park Chan Hwan as Suh Cheon Su
Maeng Sang Hoon as Jung Woon Baek (45)
Kim Do Yun as Shi Yeon
Kim So Young as young Jo bang
Lee Se Eun
Kim Yeo Jin
Jun Soo Yeon
Kim So Yi
Joo Da Young
Han Young Kwang

Production Credits
Chief Producer: Jo Joong Hyun
Director: Lee Byung Hoon
Writer: Kim Young Hyun

Endless Love

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 가을동화 / Gaeul Donghwa
Also known as: Autumn in My Heart / A Tale of Autumn / Autumn Story / Endless Love
Genre: Drama, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: KBS2
Broadcast period: 2000-Sep-18 to 2000-Nov-07
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55
Viewership rating: (peak) (46.1%) (average: 38.6%)

Synopsis :
Yoon Joon-suh and Yoon Eun-suh grew up as siblings but Eun-suh was in fact from a different family as there was a mixed up at the hospital where she was borned.The switch came to light when Eun-suh was involved in a car accident and it was discovered that her blood type was different from her parents. Eun-suh’s life took a complete turn when the 2 girls were returned to their respective families. Soon after, the Yoon family left for the States and Eun-suh was left living in sordid condition with her real family in Korea. Years after, Joon-suh returned to Korea and by chance the two former siblings were reunited.

Cast :
Song Seung Hun as Yun Joon Suh
Song Hye Kyo as Yun/Choi Eun Suh
Won Bin as Han Tae Suhk
Han Na Na as Shin Yu Mi
Han Chae Young as Choi/Yun Shin Ae
Choi Woo Hyuk as young Joon Suh
Moon Geun Young as young Eun Suh
Lee Ae Jung as young Shin Ae
Jung Dong Hwan as Yun Kyo Su (Joon Suh’s father)
Sun Woo Eun Sook as Lee Kyung Ha (Joon Suh’s mother)
Kim Hae Sook as Kim Soon Im (Eun Suh’s mother)
Kim Na Woon as Housekeeping supervisor

Production Credits
Scriptwriter: Oh Soo Yun
Chief producer: Yoon Hong Sik
Director: Yoon Suk Ho
Assistant director: Lee Chae Seung

East of Eden

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 에덴의 동쪽 / Edeonui Dongjjok
Also known as: East of Eden, 伊甸園之東
Genre: Action, romance
Episodes: 56
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2008-Aug-25 to 2009-Mar-10
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Cast :
Song Seung Hun as Lee Dong Chul
Shin Dong Woo as Dong Chul (5 years old)
Kim Bum as Dong Chul (15 years old)
Yun Jung Hoon as Lee Dong Wook
Park Gun Tae as Dong Wook (10 years old)
Park Hae Jin as Shin Myung Hun
Won Duk Hyun as Myung Hun (10 years old)
Han Ji Hye as Kim Ji Hyun
Nam Ji Hyun as Ji Hyun (10 years old)
Lee Da Hae as Min Hye Rin
Lee Yeon Hee as Gook Young Ran / Grace
Dennis Oh as Mike Packard

Extended Cast
Jo Min Ki as Shin Tae Hwan (Myung Hun’s father)
Lee Mi Sook as Yang Chun Hee (Dong Chul and Dong Wook’s mother)
Lee Jong Won as Lee Gi Chul (Dong Chul and Dong Wook’s father)
Jun Mi Sun as Jung Ja (Gi Soon’s mother)
Park Hyun Sook as Yang Ok Hee (Chun Hee’s sister)
Jun So Min as Lee Gi Soon
Jin Ji Hee as Gi Soon (9 years old)
Kim Sung Kyum as President Oh
Na Hyun Hee as Oh Yoon Hee
Lee Won Jae as Kyung Tae
Yoo Dong Geun as President Gook / Gook Dae Hwa (Young Ran’s father)
Shim Hye Jin as Young Ran’s mother
Yoon Dong Hwan as lawyer Kim Tae Seon
Jung Hye Young as Janice / Jae Hee
Shin Eun Jung as Yoo Mi Ae / Rebecca
Hwang Jung Eum as Kim So Hyun
Jun Sung Hwan as stationmaster Kim Gab Soo (Ji Hyun’s grandfather)
Lee Suk Joon as Father Han
Kim Hyung Min as Wang Geon
Go Yoon Hoo as Dok Sa
Kwon Se In as young Dok Sa (10 years old)
Park Chan Hwan as Chaeng
Kim Hak Chul
Park Geun Hyung as President Min (Hye Rin’s father)
Jung Young Sook as Bae Hwa Mi (Mr. Min’s wife)
Jung So Young as Min Hye Ryung (Hye Rin’s sister)
Park Sung Woong as Baek Sung Hyun
Jung Yoon Suk as Yeon Sub
Kwak Min Suk as Doctor Guk Hoe Jang
Lee Hyo Jung

Production Credits
Production Company: Chorokbaem Media
Producer: Kim Jin Man, Choi Byung Gil (최병길)
Screenwriter: Na Yun Sook, Lee Hong Ku
Director: So Won Young

Synopsys :

The story of a young man, Lee Dong Chul, who pushed into the dark underworld for the love of his family, especially his little brother Lee Dong Wook. He’s grown up in a harsh environment with little interaction with his family only because he was out of the house trying to take care of them by earning money in any way he could.

But his world falls apart however when he discover that Dong Wook is not Dong Chul’s blood brother. What will Dong Chul do when he finds out that his real brother was raised by Shin Tae Hwan and that the brother that was beside him all these years is the son of enemy who has killed his father?

The twisty, multi-generational saga of two brothers who are switched at birth, East of Eden was one of the most high-profile, high-budget dramas of 2008 (and 2009). It features an ensemble cast of drama icons and veterans including Song Seung Hun, Yeon Jung Hoon, Han Ji Hye, and Lee Da Hae (she of My Girl fame). Costars included Lee Yeon Hee, Lee Mi Sook, and Kim Bum in a pre-Boys Before Flowers role, with much-lauded performances. A riveting revenge drama, swept the 2008 MBC Awards, winning a grand total of 15.

Witch Yoo Hee

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 마녀유희
English Title: Witch Amusement / Witch Yoo Hee / A Witch in Love
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2007-Mar-21 to 2007-May-10
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Theme Song: Oon myung eh jang nan by MC Jinri (feat. HaHa)
Insert Song: If by Jun Hye Bin

Synopsis :
As the director of her father’s advertising company, Ma Yoo Hee (Han Ga In) is known as a witch for her ruthless, no nonsense character. After a string of failed attempts to hire a housekeeper, she (literally) runs into Chae Moo Ryong (Jae Hee), ex-medical student turned aspiring chef. As a way to work off his debt for crashing into her car, he agrees to become her housekeeper and personal love affairs coach for one month. Gladly, he gives her a makeover that attracts both her old friend Johnny Kruger (Dennis Oh) and her first love Joon Ha (Kim Jeong Hoon). Despite having a girlfriend, Sung Mi (Jun Hye Bin), Moo Ryong eventually finds himself falling for Yoo Hee.

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

Extended Cast
Ahn Suk Hwan as Chae Byung Seo (Moo Ryong’s father)
Song Ok Sook as Moo Ryong’s mother
Sung Dong Il as Lee Tim Chang
Hwang Ji Hyun as Han Sae Ra (Yoo Hee’s friend)
Byun Hee Bong as Ma Yoon Hoon (Yoo Hee’s father)
Jo Kye Hyung as Chae Song Hwa (Moo Ryong’s brother)
Choi Eun Joo as Song Hwa’s girlfriend
Jennifer Bae as Alison
Han Young Kwang
Moon Ga Young
Baek Hyun Suh
Kang San

Boys Before Flowers

Januari 1, 2010

Title: 꽃보다 남자 / Kgotboda Namja
Also known as: Boys Before Flowers / 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
Related Series: Meteor Garden, Hana Yori Dango, Liu Xing Yu

Synopsis :
Jan Di is an average girl whose family owns a dry cleaning store located near the luxurious and well known Shin Hwa College. Jan Di meets the four richest and most spoiled boys known as the F4. After saving a boy from jumping off the roof of Shinhwa High School, she is admitted into the school on a swimming scholarship. Jan Di tries to avoid confrontation with the F4 at all cost because she knows what happens to those that stand against them. However, when Jan Di’s friend, Oh Min Ji, accidentally gets ice cream on the leader of the F4′s shoes, she’s forced to declare war on the leader of the F4, Goo Joon Pyo.

Cast :
Koo Hye Sun as Geum Jan Di

Lee Min Ho as Goo Joon Pyo
Kim Hyun Joong as Yoon Ji Hoo
Kim Bum as So Yi Jung
Kim Joon as Song Woo Bin

Extended Cast
Kim So Eun as Chu Ga Eul (Jan Di’s best friend)
Kim Hyun Joo as Goo Joon Hee (Joon Pyo’s elder sister)
Lee Hye Young as Kang Hee Soo (Joon Pyo’s mother)
Ahn Suk Hwan as Geum Il Bong (Jan Di’s father)
Im Ye Jin as Na Gong Joo (Jan Di’s mother)
Park Ji Bin as Geum Kang San (Jan Di’s younger brother)
Han Chae Young as Min Seo Hyun (F4′s best friend/Ji Hoo’s ex girl friend)
Lee Min Jung as Ha Jae Kyung (JK Group’s CEO’s daughter and Jun Pyo’s fiancee)
Lee Jung Gil as Yoon Seok Young (Ji Hoo’s grandfather)
Jung Ho Bin as Jung Sang Rok (Kang Hee Soo’s Chief Secretary)
Lee Si Young as Oh Min Ji
Gook Ji Yun as Choi Jin Hee / Ginger
Jang Ja Yun as Park Sun Ja / Sunny
Min Young Won as Lee Mi Sook / Miranda
Kim Ki Bang as Bom Chun Sik (Jan Di and Ga Eul’s boss)
Song Suk Ho as Butler Lee
Kim Young Ok as Head Maid
Im Ju Hwan as So Il Hyun (Yi Jung’s older brother)
Park Soo Jin as Cha Eun Jae (Yi Jung’s first love)
Kim Min Ji as Jang Yoo Mi
Kim Jong Jin as So Hyun Sub (Yi Jung’s father)
Jung Ui Chul as Lee Min Ha / Min Jae Ha (fashion model)
Kim Hyung Joon as himself (cameo, ep4)
Kim Kyu Jong as himself (cameo, ep4)
Heo Young Saeng as himself (cameo, ep4)
Lee Hae Woo as Host Q (the guy who drugged Jan Di’s drink, ep4)
Lee Jung Joon as Gong Soo Pyo (Ga Eul’s boyfriend, ep9-10)
Heo Kyung Hwan as (Cell phone event MC, ep10)
Lee Jung Sung as radiologist (cameo, ep13)
Hai Ming (하이밍) as Ming (Ji Hoo’s friend, ep14-15)
Lee Suk Goo (이석구) as (Shinhwa’s high school principal)
Jo Soo Bin as announcer

Production Credits
Original Work: Manga Hana Yori Dango by Kamio Yoko
Production Company: Group Eight
Director: Jun Ki Sang
Screenwriter: Yoon Ji Ryun