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[drama 2009] The City Hall 시티홀

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edited May 2010 in k-dramas & movies
[SBS] Cha Seung Won, Kim Sun Ah, Lee Hyung Chul, Chu Sang Mi
THE CITY HALL
시티홀
(shi-ti-hol)


::: WHAT'S NEW? :::

HAPPY 1st ANNIVERSARY
April 29th, 2010


CONGRATULATIONS
Cha Seung Won & Kim Sun Ah

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WINNER 2009 SBS Drama Awards
Cha Seung Won: Best Actor Drama Special; Top 10 Star Awards
Kim Sun Ah: Best Actress Drama Special; Top 10 Star Awards


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© Synopsis written by rambutan


::: THREAD INDEX :::

POST # 1
Drama Details | Cast of Characters | Synopsis | Character Description | Other Broadcast Details
Subtitles | Episode Recaps/Spoilers/Summaries | Spot Translations | Observations & Analyses | References
POST # 2
Reviews/Viewer's Comments | Ratings | Other Wed-Thurs Primetime Dramas | Trivias | City Hall FYIs
Selected Dialogues/Choice Scenes | Mi Rae's Blog Translations | Filming Locations | Schedule
Fan Encounters/Stories | From the Stars/Staff | Miscellaneous | Fan Items | Official DVDs | Related Links | Notes
POST # 3
PHOTO GALLERY
POST # 4
VIDEOS
(Episodes, Previews, Music Videos, NGs, BTS, Choice Scenes, News, Fan-made Videos, etc)
POST # 5
MUSIC
(OST, Downloads, Lyrics, Translations, Additional Songs, Ringtones, etc)
POST # 6
News | Tutorials | Rules



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::: DRAMA DETAILS
Director: Shin Woo Chul 신우철 (Lovers in Paris; Lovers in Prague; Lovers; On Air)
Scriptwriter: Kim Eun Sook 김은숙 (Lovers in Paris; Lovers in Prague; Lovers; On Air)
Producer: Lee Hyun Jik 이현직 (Working Mom; My Sweet Seoul)
Broadcast Station: SBS [official website] ->KOREAN [official global site] ->ENGLISH
Episodes: 20
Broadcast Period: April 29, 2009 - July 02, 2009
Airing Time: Wednesday & Thursday 9:55 PM Seoul Time
Genre: Romantic Comedy
SBS Global Homepage: http://global.sbs.co.kr/America/AboutSBSPr..._id=V0000337991
Official Homepage: http://tv.sbs.co.kr/cityhall/
SBS City Hall Official Website Simple Navigation Guide
Best viewed in Internet Explorer
Message Board
Episode VOD
Previews
Sketch
Official Photos
The Making
Production Notes
UCC Supporters
자유로의시티홀릭
Join
Picture Workshop (fan arts)
Reviews
Analects Bulletin (selected dialogues)
NeTV Good Scenes
Events
Match Game
Catch Game
City Hall Quiz
Info
OST
Official Wallpapers
Synopsis
The Staff
Characters
Press Release / News
MI RAE'S BLOG

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Main Cast:
Cha Seung Won 차승원 (Bodyguard)
Kim Sun Ah 김선아 (My Name Is Kim Sam Soon)
Lee Hyung Chul 이형철 (On Air)
Chu Sang Mi 추상미 (My Lady)

Extended Cast:
Park Joo Ha 박주하 (On Air)
Jung Soo Young 정수영 (Couple of Fantasy)
Lee Joon Hyuk 이준혁 (Star's Lover)
Cha Hwa Yun 차화연 (Aeja's Older Sister, Minja)
Yoon Se Ah 윤세아 (Lovers In Prague)
Kim Neul Me 김늘메 (Guardian Angel)
Choi Sang Hoon 최상훈 (On Air)
Yum Dong Hyun 염동현 (Beethoven Virus)
Park Tae Gyung 박태경 (Terroir; Happy Ero Christmas)
Kim Dong Gyoon 김동균 (On Air)
Yang Jae Sung 양재성 (Mighty Chil Woo)
Ryu Sung Hyun 류성현 (Spare)
Shin Jung Geun 신정근 (The Divine Weapon)
Lim Dae Il 임대일 (Beethoven Virus)
Kwon Da Hyun 권다현 (When Spring Comes)
Kang Joo Hyung 강주형 (On Air)
Lee Jae Goo 이재구 (Eye For An Eye)
Choi Il Hwa 최일화 (Coffee Prince)
Kim Ah Rang 김아랑
Moon Hee Suh 문희서 (On Air)
Choi Dae Sung 죄대성 (Beethoven Virus)
Kim Jin Sung 김진성 (I Love You, Don't Cry)
Yoon Chae Rin 윤채린

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::: CAST OF CHARACTERS
Cha Seung Won as Jo Guk (조국)
Kim Sun Ah as Shin Mi Rae (신미래)
Lee Hyung Chul as Lee Jung Do (이정도)
Chu Sang Mi as Min Joo Hwa (민주화)
Park Joo Ha as Yoo Gwon Ja (유권자)
Jung Soo Young as Jung Boo Mi (정부미)
Lee Joon Hyuk as Ha Soo In (하수인)
Cha Hwa Yun as Jo Yong Hee (조용희)
Yoon Se Ah as Go Go Hae (고고해)
Kim Neul Me as Go Yangi / Cat (고양이)
??? as Village Chief (이장님)
Choi Sang Hoon as Soh Yoo Han (소유한)
Yum Dong Hyun as Go Boo Shil (고부실)
Park Tae Gyung as Boo Jung Han (부정한)
Kim Gun as Yang Kye Jang (양계장)
Kim Dong Gyoon as Park Ah Chum (박아첨)
Yang Jae Sung as Kang Tae Gong (강태공)
Ryu Sung Hyun as Bureau Director Byun (변국장)
Shin Jung Geun as Bureau Director Ji (지국장)
Lim Dae Il as Bureau Director Moon (문국장)
Kwon Da Hyun as Bo Sun Hwa (봉선화)
Kang Joo Hyung as Maeng Hae Ra (맹해라)
Lee Jae Goo as Yeh San (예산)
Choi Il Hwa as Big Brother / BB (빅브라더)
Kim Ah Rang as Honey (하니)
Moon Hee Suh as Jessica Alba (제시카 알바)
Choi Dae Sung as Ji Woo Gae / Eraser (지우개)
Kim Jin Sung as Jo Rang (조랑)
Yoon Chae Rin as young Mi Rae (신미래)


::: SYNOPSIS


QUOTE
DRAMA AND STORY OVERVIEW
from:
Korea Sparkling

The drama City Hall attracted a great deal of attention before it had even started airing on TV. It was produced by drama writer Kim Eun Sook and producer Shin Woo Chul, who were behind the incredibly popular dramas, “Lovers in Paris” and “On Air”, and who are considered to be a drama dream team. The drama is set in a fictional city called called Inju City, where a woman who had one of the lowest ranks in the civil service, is suddenly elected to be the city’s mayor. Shin Mi Rae (played by actress Kim Sun Ah) and a crafty high-ranking official named Jo Guk (played by actor Cha Seung Won) come together in this romantic black comedy set in a political organization. The drama revealed the lives of the people in Korea’s political organizations, especially the everyday dramas that take place in the regional cities. The drama has a realistic style, and viewers got caught up in the romances, intrigues, and scandals of Inju’s City Hall.

Shin Mi Rae is the lowest ranking public servant working in Inju City Hall. Her main job is to serve coffee to the high-ranking public officials. She seems to be rather ordinary and has nothing special to brag about. She doesn’t have an outstanding academic ability, financial means, or a well-connected family to help her stand out from the crowd. One day, however, she takes part in a beauty contest, in the hope of winning the cash prize, and gets fired from the City Hall for having “damaged the reputation of a civil servant.” To everyone’s surprise, however, she returns to the City Hall elected as the new mayor of Inju. Her ordinary image moved the hearts of the town’s citizens, and with the help of the powerful Jo Guk, she wins the election. After she is elected, she begins to reform the bureaucratic culture of the City Hall administration and becomes a truly great mayor who is genuinely working for her people.


NOTE: Romanization of names were changed for consistency.

QUOTE
SYNOPSIS
from:
SBS Global

Shin Mi Rae is a civil servant who’s been working at a very low post for the last seven years. Known for her great coffee, she falls in love with Jo Guk, the new deputy mayor. Mi Rae has a great deal of credit card debt, so she enters a beauty pageant to win the first prize of 20,000,000 won (approximately 20,000 dollars). But when the prize money ends up in the mayor’s pocket, Mi Rae holds a one-person demonstration in front of city hall. After a series of ups and downs, Mi Rae gets her prize money, but has no choice but to resign from her job. When the situation is leaked to the press, the mayor resigns as well. The job of mayor is up for grabs and Mi Rae becomes nominated as a mayoral candidate with the support of her followers and Jo Guk, the deputy mayor. Will Mi Rae rewrite history as the youngest female mayor ever? What is Jo Guk’s real intention in helping make Mi Rae mayor?

NOTE: Not really accurate.>.<

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::: CHARACTER DESCRIPTION
© Translated by purpletiger86 from The City Hall's Official Website unless stated otherwise
*NOTES:
- Character Descriptions were released by SBS before the airing of this drama started; some parts may not be accurate since there were a few changes throughout the course of filming.
- Other characters not found on SBS website were added.

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QUOTE
SHIN MI RAE
from:
Korea Sparkling


Aged almost forty, she ends up taking part in a beauty contest in the hope of winning the cash prize to solve her financial problems. To many people’s surprise, she is elected as the mayor of Inju to replace the mayor that she had a role in bringing down. She knows nothing about politics and has no political background to lean on, but she fights her way to victory and due to her genuine nature wins the hearts of the people. She establishes her own solutions and policies by seeking to serve the people’s real interests and their needs. Unlike a typical politician, she actually executes what she believes in and despite numerous mistakes and tearful episodes, she becomes a mayor who is respected by everyone.

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QUOTE
JO GUK
from:
Korea Sparkling


Jo Guk is the kind of politician who does not hesitate to use his people to accomplish his own purposes. He is a cold-hearted, cool-headed character who believes that with enough power and cash, he can make anyone a mayor, a congressman, or even a president. His ambition is to become the president of Korea one day, but he runs up against this woman who challenges his beliefs. Shin Mi Rae was elected only to be a puppet mayor for his political ambition, but she begins do have her own thoughts and do real work for the people. Jo Guk decides to remove her but finds that this is difficult to do, as she will not be swayed by political power or cash bribes.

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QUOTE
MIN JOO HWA
from:
Korea Sparkling


Min Joo Hwa has worked hard to be the perfect woman and the envy of others. She is a typical glamorous female character with a pretty face and a good figure, but behind all her glamour, she hides a great political ambition. Originally she wanted to be the Hillary Clinton of Korea, but she realized that her husband had no chance of becoming president, so with her good looks and large quantities of cash, she decides to get into politics herself. One day, Shin Mi Rae , who she regarded as such a trivial person, returns to the City Hall as mayor. To add salt to the wound, Min Joo Hwa’s husband, who up until now didn’t have the slightest interest in politics, emerges as a strong sponsor of Shin.


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*Jung Do, eventually, did not become the Deputy Mayor.

QUOTE
LEE JUNG DO
from:
Korea Sparkling


He got married because of his wife’s glamorous looks and the irresistible temptation of her money. However, the marriage does not go too smoothly and they end up living separately. One day, he resigns from City Hall due to his involvement in the beauty contest, which Shin took part in. Despite her low ranking position, Shin was the only person he confided in. When Shin is elected mayor, he returns to the City Hall and becomes a vice mayor working as her right hand. His wife is unhappy about the situation, but nevertheless he tries to be a protective umbrella for Shin, so that she can live up to the beliefs for the people.
NOTE: Not really accurate. >.<


MI-RAE's CIRCLE

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• Park Joo Ha as Yoo Gwon Ja (64)
Mi Rae's mother
Has been selling Baendaengi (a type of herring fish) at the Inju Central Market for 30 years. She spent her whole life being jealous about everything in the world and scolding Mi Rae from the moment she opens her eyes till she falls asleep. Although she scolds Mi Rae for wandering around and not making a good living for herself, she knows very well that Mi Rae resembles her. She is a very stubborn lady who stands firm to her opinions. Both her and Mi Rae are unbeatable. If she can't win an argument against her daughter, she would much rather spend all her energy up and end her life. However, she starts to feel very uneasy about Mi Rae after she becomes the Mayor. Acting like a graceful Mayor's mother is very… difficult.

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• Jung Soo Young as Jung Boo Mi (36)
Mi Rae's friend
She is a low-ranking public servant (9th grade), Mi Rae's classmate and a tough mother of three children. She is blunt and cold towards people, but she has a deep mind. Although she has a close relationship with Mi Rae, she is strongly against lending money to her. Instead, she has contributed to Mi Rae's long unemployed lifestyle by buying her food and drinks. It's also her duty to support her unemployed husband along with her three children. What comes out of her mouth is profanity and dissatisfaction about her sucky life, but aside from that, she is a very hard working person!

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• xxx as Village Chief (59)
Cheonkang Village Chief
His real name is Kim Chun Bong. He is the Head of Inju Village Council. Being re-appointed as a village chief officer, he is quite a conceited man who thinks no one else is good enough to be a village chief except him. However, his real dream is becoming a county chief officer. During his earlier days, all of his friends had become city councilors except for him. He believes being a county chief officer will at least boost up his reputation. But Mi Rae, who he always thought was easygoing, is quite tough to persuade. Having worked very hard to make a good impression to Mi Rae, he naturally becomes the county chief officer.


JO GUK's CIRCLE

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• Choi Il Hwa as Big Brother / BB (64)
Former Speaker of the National Assembly
He is Jo Guk's mentor. He is the key player who helped the current President become the President of Korea. He thought he would become the prime minister, but he placed second instead. At the President's Inaugural ceremony, he announced his retirement as a politician. Currently, he is known by the press as just an ordinary man who enjoys going on hikes. However, he is secretly planning something for the next presidency term, which makes him a cruel politician. He has full trust in Jo Guk, but also keeps a distance because of Jo Guk's greed. There are rumors that he is Jo Guk's father.

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• Lee Joon Hyuk as Ha Soo In (28)
Jo Guk's Secretary
You can never tell what’s on his mind. He is smart, quick-witted and somewhat sensitive. He assists Jo Guk full time and never shows his personal feelings to anyone. Although he is Jo Guk's trusted right-hand man, he occasionally keeps in contact with BB, privately giving out information about Jo Guk. He doesn't hide nor reveal his real identity to Jo Guk. He supports Jo Guk, while playing the spy role for BB.

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• Cha Hwa Yun as Jo Yong Hee (59)
Jo Guk's Mother
Her trademarks are her dark make-up, red nail polish and high heels. She is usually full of nerves and her pale appearance makes her look as if she'll slit her wrist anytime. To hide her past of selling water, Jo Guk opened up a flower shop for her. She suffers from depression and becomes vicious. Jo Guk is the son of the man who ruined her life. Even though the man told her to get an abortion, she never did. Her well off son is gradually becoming more like his father, which makes her scared…

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• Kim Jin Sung as Jo Rang (9)
Jo Guk's adopted son
He is Jo Guk's adopted son. He is very mature for his age. He likes his dad, although he rarely spends time with him. He also likes his grandma, although she doesn't like him back. He likes to smile and follow his dad around the neighborhood. He doesn't smile just to make a good impression on his dad. He smiles because he's happy to spend time with his dad while holding his hand.

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• Yoon Se Ah as Go Go Hae (27)
Jo Guk's fiancée
She is Jo Guk's fiancée and the daughter of a well-known business tycoon. She's elegant and carries herself with grace and dignity. She met Jo Guk and got engaged to him through political reasons, yet she would fall in love in the same way. She has never doubted Jo Guk's ability of becoming Korea's best politician. She dreams of becoming the First Lady.

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• Choi Sang Hoon as Soh Yoo Han (60)
Governor of Mooyang Province* (*Province that governs Inju City)
He is a man full of ambition. He's one of the few people that are against BB's return to the political circle. He's a very greedy man that would do anything to take away something from someone to make it his own. To achieve his goals, he keeps Jo Guk by his side. But after finding out Jo Guk is part of BB's side, he tries to put Jo Guk in danger.


JOO-HWA's CIRCLE

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• Yum Dong Hun as Go Boo Shil (55)
Incumbent re-elected Mayor of Inju City
Whatever situation he is in, he remains calm. He is very thick-skinned and would do anything to sneak out of danger. He's easily influenced by what others say and has no thoughts. He backstabs Shin Mi-Rae and tries to put her in danger, but ends up withdrawing from his Mayor position.

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• Park Tae Kyung as Boo Jung Han (52)
Third-time re-elected Congressman
He's an opportunist that is precise and accurate in everything he does. He dislikes people who are unreliable and whiny.

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• Kwon Da Hyun as Bong Sun Hwa (25)
Joo Hwa's high school junior
She placed 2nd at the Ms. Baendaengi Beauty Pageant. She is very immature and full of jealousy.


CITY HALL PEOPLE and MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL

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• Ryu Sung Hyun as Bureau Director Byun
• Shin Jung Geun as Bureau Director Ji
• Lim Dae Il as Bureau Director Moon
The three musketeers
Bureau Director Byun Duk: Social Welfare Division
Bureau Director Ji Bang Se: Regional Development
Bureau Director Moon Seol Chu: Construction and Transportation Division

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• Kang Joo Hyung as Maeng Hae Ra (25)
Inju City Hall's 9th grade Civil Servant Secretary

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• Lee Jae Goo as Yeh San (44)
Deputy Mayor of Inju City

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• Kim Dong Gyoon as Park Ah Chum (42)
Chief of City Hall's Secretariat

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• Yang Jae Sung as Kang Tae Gong (60)
Inju City Council Chairman


"ANARCHIST" MEMBERS

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• Kim Neul Me as Go Yangi / Cat (34)
Clubhouse owner

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• Moon Hee Suh as Jessica Alba (21)
Goddess of part-time jobs

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• Choi Dae Sung as Ji Woo Gae / Eraser (29)
Computer Specialist

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• Kim Ah Rang as Honey (30)
Local reporter


OTHERS

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• Yoon Chae Rin as Mi Rae (child)

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• xxx as Jo Guk (child)


QUOTE
CHARACTER NAMES' LITERAL MEANINGS:
may or may not be related to their characterictics
© by saturn

Jo Guk (조국) my country
Shin Mi Rae (신미래) new future
Lee Jung Do (이정도) the right path
Min Joo Hwa (민주화) democratization
Yoo Gwon Ja (유권자) an eligible voter;
Jung Boo Mi (정부미) government rice
Ha Soo In (하수인) a follower
Jo Yong Hee (조용희) quietly
Go Go Hae (고고해) a proud loneliness
Go Yangi (고양이) cat
Soh Yoo Han (소유한) own's ownership
Go Boo Shil (고부실) highly unreliable
Boo Jung Han (부정한) dishonest
Park Ah Chum (박아첨) flattery
Kang Tae Gong (강태공) an angler (a person who fishes with a hook and line)
Maeng Hae Ra (맹해라) what a foolish
Yeh San (예산) estimated budget
Jessica Alba (제시카 알바) unemployed
Ji Woo Gae (지우개) eraser
Jo Rang (조랑) a pony

© B.O.N. F u n S u b s © ~ Band Of Nuts F u n S u b s


::: OTHER BROADCAST DETAILS
Los Angeles, California USA
LA18 (KSCI) - Los Angeles Local DMA
June 18th 2009 - August 26th 2009
Wednesday and Thursday 9:45PM - 11:00PM California Time
*the last 2-3 minutes of the Final Episode was edited out - they ended the show after the 5 years ago flashback. the entire wedding pictorial montage and Mi Rae on Jo Guk's Presidential campaign were both edited out. >.<
Hong Kong
i-Cable TV
October 5th - November 13th 2009
Monday - Friday 11:00PM - 12:00MN Hong Kong Time
30 Episodes
i-Cable's Anniversary Special
* "Por Una Cabeza", "Sorry, Sorry" and "Moon River" were replaced with different music.
Japan
KNTV
December 7, 2009
Monday & Tuesday 10:10PM Tokyo time
Re-runs on Wednesday & Thursday 9:30AM Tokyo time
Taiwan
ETTV
January 07, 2010
Mandarin Audio: Monday - Friday 8:00 - 10:00PM Taipei time
Korean Audio: Monday - Thursday 11:00PM - 1:00AM / Saturday 12:00AM - 2:00AM Taipei time
* 2 hrs per episode. 1st hour air the previous episode; 2nd hour air the latest one.
* "Por Una Cabeza", "Sorry, Sorry" and "Moon River" were replaced with different music.
Vietnam
HTV3
Saturday & Sunday 9:00PM Hanoi time

::: SUBTITLES
ENGLISH - streaming for US and Canada Residents only
Dramafever COMPLETED [website]
ENGLISH - hardsubs
B.O.N. Funsubs COMPLETED [B.O.N.'s blog] [Subbing Status (wiki page)]
ENGLISH (and other Foreign languages) - streaming
ViiKii COMPLETED [ViiKii: City Hall Channel]
CHINESE - hardsubs
PPXTV COMPLETED [forum board] ->CHINESE
CHINESE - hardsubs
517ww COMPLETED [forum board] ->CHINESE
CHINESE - hardsubs
TSKS COMPLETED [website] ->CHINESE (restricted access)
FRENCH - hardsubs
Madeinasia Fansub IN PROGRESS [forum board] [blogsite] ->FRENCH
VIETNAMESE - hardsubs
KST Fansub COMPLETED [forum board] ->VIETNAMESE
GERMAN - hardsubs
Querbeet ON HOLD [fansub wiki] [blogsite]
HEBREW
TAPUZ IN PROGRESS [forum board] [website]
ITALIAN - softsubs
DIC Fansub COMPLETED [fansub wiki]
PORTUGUESE
Drama Fans IN PROGRESS [fansub wiki] [forum board] [website]

::: EPISODE RECAPS / SPOILERS /SUMMARIES


DRAMABEANS
© by Guest Blogger Samsooki together with 0timelost, cleown, and mead33
EPISODE 1: The Beginning – A Rocky Start
EPISODE 2: Oh, My Virgin Eyes!
EPISODE 3: Of Baendaengis and Men
EPISODE 4: Who Will Be Inju City’s Miss Baendaengi 2009?
EPISODE 5: The Buildup Before The Storm
EPISODE 6: One Woman’s Protest, One City’s Hope
EPISODE 7: A Bright Future (미래) For Inju City
EPISODE 8: “Wonder Woman” or “The Other Woman”?
EPISODE 9: What It Means To Be A Civil Servant, What It Means To Be A Woman.
EPISODE 10: I’m Shin Mi Rae: Your Mayoral Candidate #5!
EPISODE 11: “You Had Me At An-Nyung (안녕).”
EPISODE 12: “Onward and Upward, the Return of City Hall Recaps, Episode 12.”
EPISODE 13: To Be Properly Treated and Valued as a Woman.
EPISODE 14: The Kiss.
EPISODE 15: “The Price of Victory.”
EPISODE 16: “Love Like Your Heart Has Never Been Broken.”
EPISODE 17: Trial By Ordeal: the Judgment of Shin Mi Rae.
EPISODE 18: “It’s not your fault I am leaving.”
EPISODE 19: Invictus: The End of Mayor Shin.
EPISODE 20: The Greatest Ending Ever.

BIMBIBAP
© by Jackie of Bimbibap
EPISODE 1: City Hall Summary 1
EPISODE 2: City Hall Summary 2
EPISODE 3: City Hall Summary 3
EPISODE 4: City Hall Summary 4
EPISODE 5: City Hall Summary 5
EPISODE 6: City Hall Summary 6
EPISODE 7: City Hall Summary 7
EPISODE 8: City Hall Summary 8
EPISODE 9: City Hall Summary 9
EPISODE 10: City Hall Summary 10
EPISODE 11: City Hall Summary 11
EPISODE 12: City Hall Summary 12
EPISODE 13: City Hall Summary 13
EPISODE 14: City Hall Summary 14
EPISODE 15: City Hall Summary 15
EPISODE 16: City Hall Summary 16
EPISODE 17: City Hall Summary 17
EPISODE 18: City Hall Summary 18
EPISODE 19: City Hall Summary 19
EPISODE 20: City Hall Summary 20

EPISODE 5: Brief Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 5: Additional Recap © by ebrigid
EPISODE 7 & 8: Synopsis Translation (Korean - Chinese - English) © by mead33
EPISODE 8: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 9 & 10: Synopsis Translation (Korean - Chinese - English) © by mead33
EPISODE 9: Recap Additional Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 10: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 11: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 12: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 13: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 14: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 14: Spoilers © by chayeh
EPISODE 15 Preview: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 15 & 16: Preview (Korean - English) © by saturn.
EPISODE 15 & 16: Preview (Chinese - English) © by maplephin
EPISODE 15 & 16: Preview (Chinese - English) © by etee7114
EPISODE 15: Spoilers © by luvbobby89
EPISODE 15: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 16: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 17 & 18: Preview © by saranghae<3
EPISODE 17 & 18: Preview © by saturn.
EPISODE 17: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 18: Preview © by szeying89
EPISODE 17 & 18: Recap © by GuMi
EPISODE 19: Preview © by xjUnebUgs
EPISODE 19: Preview © by icesiren
EPISODE 19 & 20: Previews / Spoilers © by szeying89
EPISODE 20: Preview © by mead33
EPISODE 19: Spoiler © by aRt&musiC<3
EPISODE 19: Recap © by maplephin
EPISODE 20: Preview (Korean - Chinese -English) © by mead33
EPISODE 20: Ending Spoilers © by szeying89
EPISODE 20: Spoilers © by ekangaroo
EPISODE 20: Spoilers © by aRt&musiC<3
EPISODE 20: Recap © by maplephin

::: SPOT TRANSLATIONS
EPISODE 2: Mi Rae and Jo Guk's Restaurant Scene © by saranghae<3
EPISODE 8: Jo Guk and Lee Jung Do Flashback 8 years ago © by saturn.
EPISODE 10: Choice Scenes © by saturn.
EPISODE 10: Ending Scene © by saturn.
EPISODE 11: Choice Scene © by saturn.
EPISODE 11: Preview © by saturn.
EPISODE 12: Choice Scene © by saturn.
EPISODE 14: Preview © by saturn.
EPISODE 15: Preview © by michellephan
EPISODE 15: Preview © by saturn.
EPISODE 15: Jo Guk's confession © by Fashionista*
EPISODE 16: Choice Scenes © by xjUnebUgs
EPISODE 16: Last Sequence © by hyunibunny
NG 2009.06.22 BED SCENE © by szeying89
EPISODE 17 Preview © by szeying89
EPISODE 17: Choice Scenes © by xjUnebUgs
EPISODE 17: Body Contract (Chinese - English) © by szeying89
EPISODE 18: Preview © by xjUnebUgs
EPISODE 18: Restaurant Scene © by Samsooki
EPISODE 18: Choice Scenes © by saturn.
EPISODE 18: Mi Rae vs Go Hae: Of commas, periods and parentheses © by saturn.
EPISODE 18: Restaurant Scene - the typhoon has passed © by michellephan
NG 2009.06.30 I'm not a puppet Mayor © by szeying89
EPISODE 19: Preview © by icesiren
EPISODE 20: Preview © by antisocialnot
EPISODE 20: Mi Rae's Ideal Man © by xjUnebUgs
EPISODE 20: Jo Guk's cards and HIS PROPOSAL © by xjUnebUgs

::: OBSERVATIONS AND ANALYSES
Why did Jo Guk kicked Mi Rae out of the pageant? 0timelost *alodia* Samsooki etee7114 estlxlan epyc JeatvVoon
EPISODE 2-14: Jo Guk's Point Of View © by etee7114
Significant Things © by epyc
Response to epyc's Significant Things © by etee7114
On Jo Guk and Mi Rae © by epyc
Episode 4-7 Bits and Pieces © by epyc
Mi Rae and Jo Guk's Love Affair © by epyc
Mi Rae and Jo Guk's Strong personalities © by gracie14
The bar © by epyc
Detailed assumption on Joo Hwa (pre-final episode) © by 0timelost
Response to Detailed assumption on Joo Hwa (pre-final episode) © by epyc
Why did Jo Guk change? Did Mi Rae really change him? © by mead33
Detailed two-cents on Episode 15 & 16 © by cleown
Thoughts on Episode 15 & 16 © by epyc
A focus on Episode 16 © by 0timelost
Jo Guk's expressive eyes (on Episode 12) © by epyc
Insights on Episode 17 & 18's Preview © Kdrama translated by szeying89
CITY HALL in Three Acts © by Samsooki
Episode 17 - Street Lamps, a brief description © by Moel of Kdrama translated by mead33
In response to: CITY HALL in Three Acts - Jo Guk's Point of View © by mead3
Mi Rae and Jo Guk's two paths © by Samsooki
Another Slant for Act II © by rambutan
On mirrors and shadows © by 0timelost
Tying loose ends: Episode 1 - 17 © by etee7114
Go Hae IS a sympathetic character © by Samsooki
Episode 18 is one INTENSE episode © by epyc
Recurring Symbols and References © by fishbud
5 things that keep me hopeful © by jessiedbna
5 thoughts © by aRt&musiC<3
Too good to be true: Episode 17 & 18 © by epyc
Jumping back and forth Episode 18 © by cleown
Mi Rae and Jo Guk dynamics © by epyc
I don't have a favorite line © by mead33
Thoughts on Episode 18 © by etee7114
The tragic figure: Go Go Hae © by Samsooki
Cut Go Hae some slack © by xjUnebUgs
Go Hae vs Joo Hwa © by movall
On Joo Hwa © by Samsooki
On Joo Hwa © by rambutan
Joo Hwa & Jo Guk: How are they different? © by Samsooki
Go Hae, Joo Hwa Mi Rae & Jo Guk: class differences © by epyc
On Episode 4 and another take on Go Hae © by Samsooki
BB's original plan - outline © by *alodia*
Episode 19: Observations & Impressions © by cleown
Episode 19: It get's better and better © by fobbiyo
Episode 20: Looking at the clothline backdrop © by janie-hunnie
Outside the framework of a traditional k-drama © by mead33
About the ending © by *alodia*
Episode 20: Final Impressions © by cleown
Episode 19 & 20 thoughts © by GuMi
Daddy Long Legs and Rainbows © by *alodia*
Episode 20 continuation: GuMi moments we came to love © by GuMi
Joo Hwa's realization © by beamonkr
City Hall: An indirect and subtle but scathing criticism of Korean people © by Samsooki
Another take on Joo Hwa © by GuMi
There is nothing redeeming about Joo Hwa © by Samsooki
Mi Rae and Joo Hwa's relationship © by epyc
Missing Wedding Bands etal © by etee7114
City Hall and Politics © by yum-O
Reaction to: City Hall: An indirect and subtle but scathing criticism of Korean people © by GuMi
Jo Guk: An extremely lonely character © by Samsooki
Handbag, anyone? beamonkr01 beamonkr02 GuMi morrow94 *alodia*
Does BB know that Jo Guk is his son? © by *alodia*
Mi Rae IS a strong character © by srkdon
Mead's sighting © by mead33
The porridge scene © by Samsooki
Jo Guk's hamster © by *alodia*
Shin Mi Rae is not the third wheel © by beamonkr
Jung Do, Soo In and Jo Guk - the three men in Mi Rae's life © by mtoenlob
City Hall and Love © by Denali
City Hall breaks the mold too © by beamonkr
Why did Jo Guk returned the Body Contract to Mi Rae? *alodia* shin mi rae
Stepping into the world of dramas © by mtoenlob
A little bit of politics © by Bijan630
It's okay for Jo Guk to say he misses Go Hae © by mtoenlob
Episode 14: The silence © by naadianaa
Episode 14: The silence - take 2 © by fishbud
Jo Guk - the anti-hero © by fishbud
Jo Guk - the anti-hero © by lupita311
Result is more important than the process © by GuMi
2 Issues: The simplification of politics; Mirae cutesy silly behavior © by 68dragon
Episode 18: Jo Guk - The Man © by 68dragon

::: REFERENCES
• Storm in a Teacup (or Tempest in a Teacup)
- an English idiom [wikipedia] [world wide words]
- used in this drama as "Typhoon in a teacup"
• POLITICAL QUOTES from Episode 1
James Reston: All politics are based on the indifference of the majority.
Franklin P. Adams: Elections are won by men and women chiefly because most people vote against somebody rather than for somebody.
Ortega: Currently, we live in an age of hyper-democracy, about which our generation should be concerned.
Dante: The hottest places in hell are reserved for those, who in times of great moral crises, maintain their neutrality.
Anonymous: An abstention is not a neutrality, but a tacit agreement.
• Yoo Kwan Soo
- often referred to as the "Joan of Arc" of Korea, she's considered the role model of patriotism. She was 15 years old when she saw her parents murdered and was herself imprisoned for the crime of sewing small Korean flags during the Japanese colonial occupation. She did not give in despite the torture, she died calling out "Mansae" (Long live (Korea)!) in the prison at the age of 17. She would spread the word about the Movement during the day, and make the flag during the night.
• Shin Saim Dang
- a prominent 16th-century female writer and calligraphist. She is also known as the ”wise mother,” as she is the mother of Yi I, a famous Confucian scholar from the Joseon Dynasty. She is the first woman to appear on a South Korean banknote, the 50,000 won note.
• Mother Teresa
- a Roman Catholic nun who was internationally famed as a humanitarian and advocate for the poor and helpless
• Florence Nightingale
- an English nurse, writer and statistician. She came to prominence during the Crimean War for her pioneering work in nursing, and was dubbed "The Lady with the Lamp" after her habit of making rounds at night to tend injured soldiers.
• One swallow does not make a spring
- . A "swallow" is a bird, which makes its appearance during spring. The expression "one swallow does not make a summer" is usually used as a sort of warning. You are telling an individual not to become too happy about something; you are advising him to err on the side of caution. You are asking the individual not to get too excited just because a couple of good things have happened; there is still a long way to go yet. Originated from Aesop's fable. [source] (It was mentioned by Jung Do to Jo Guk on Episode 2)
Franklin Roosevelt's quote on Happiness
"Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort."
- used by Joo Hwa to Congressman Boo Jung Han on Episode 3
Jiang’s theory
"If one waits long enough, things will come their way"
Chairman Kang to Jo Guk on Episode 5
• Lu Bu, Ding Yuan, Dong Zhuo, Yuan Shao, Liu Bei and Cao Cao of the Three Kingdoms era of Chinese history
- was mentioned by Jung Do to Jo Guk on Episode 5
• The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln
" -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
- one of the most quoted speeches in the United States History.
- was used by Joo Hwa on Episode 11
Winston Churchill
- a British politician known chiefly for his leadership of the United Kingdom during World War II.
- was mentioned by Jo Guk on one of his campaign speeches on Episode 15
Tao Te Ching by Lao-Tzu
Chapter 41
"When a superior person hears of the Tao,
She diligently puts it into practice.
When an average person hears of the Tao,
he believes half of it, and doubts the other half.
When a foolish person hears of the Tao,
he laughs out loud at the very idea.
If he didn't laugh,
it wouldn't be the Tao."
- was used by Jo Guk on his opening speech for the Purification Party
Zi-Gong and Confucius
[Inspiration from Confucius]
A student asked Confucius how to manage state affairs.
Confucius answered: "Abundant food supplies, a strong army and the trust of the people."
Student: "Could you do without one?"
Confucius: "You could do without the army."
Student: "Could you give up yet another one?"
Confucius: "You could also do without food"; "One cannot find a foothold on earth if he has no credit!" [source]
- was used by Jo Guk on his Presidential campaign speech on Episode 20

QUOTE
♥ 원더우먼 신미래! 인주시를 부탁해! ♥
Wonder Woman Shin Mi Rae! Injushireul putakhae!
Wonder Woman Shin Mi Rae! We entrust Inju City to you!
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