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Just finished watching this drama and I have to say it's one of the best dramas I've seen. I enjoyed every episode thoroughly. I thought the story and characters were well-developed and Dongbaek's character resonated with me. I found Yeongshik to be such a loveable character as well. 

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  December 5, 2019


The 10 Best Dramas of the 2010s According to the Munhwa Ilbo


Source: The Munhwa Ilbo via HanCinema.net




The Republic of Korea is the 'republic of dramas'. There are 20 or more dramas airing every week and they can be seen on TV anytime. Some smile and some cry because of them. The 2010s are not an exception. Numerous dramas flickered and numerous more stars were born. The pop culture team of the Munhwa Ilbo selected the 10 best dramas that heated up the 2010-2019 period in terms of ratings, headlines and expert recommendations.


- "Secret Garden" (SBS 2010): A fantasy drama realistically portraying a man and a woman who change bodies




This drama gave birth to the classic line "Is this the best you can do?" and recorded a shocking viewing percentage of 35.2% on the final episode, splendidly opening the 'generation of dramas' of the 2010s.


This fantasy romantic comedy based on the idea that the bodies of a woman and a man have been switched, the solid storyline, the outstanding directing of Sin Woo-cheol and the amazing performances by Hyun Bin, Ha Ji-won, Yoon Sang-hyun and Kim Sa-rang perfected the drama. Hyun Bin led the play's fun by naturally using unique dialogue, while Ha Ji-won portrayed a simple and innocent character by showcasing high-level action.


The drama is based on the romance of a poor woman and a second generation chaebol, but it deviated from the typical dramatic formula and realistically portrayed fateful love, which is what moved the viewers. Everything the characters ate, drank and wore in the drama sold out like crazy and even the OST topped the music charts.


- "The Sun and the Moon" (MBC 2012): The successful year of 'young sageuk'




This drama changed the flow of Korean sageuk. Unlike previous historical dramas that built up imaginative stories based on historical facts, "The Sun and the Moon" was free from ths controversy over historical accuracy, and doubled its dramatic fun.


As a result, it recorded 42%, an unusual viewership rating for a weekly mini-series. "The Sun and the Moon" also broke the prejudice that historical dramas are mainly aimed at middle-aged viewers. Placing actors Kim Soo-hyun, Jung Il-woo and Han Ga-in, who were in their mid 20s, in the lead, it drew in the younger audience. It became a stepping stone for the success of young historical dramas such as "Sungkyunkwan Scandal" and "Moonlight Drawn by Clouds".


"The Sun and the Moon" became the cradle for stars as well. Actors Yeo Jin-goo and Im Si-wan, who played the younger versions of the characters Lee Hwon and Heo Yeom, were put in the spotlight and have now become well-respected leading actors.



- "My Love from the Star" (SBS 2013): Plants the Hallyu and 'chimaek' syndrome in China




If "Winter Sonata" sparked the Korean Wave, or Hallyu, in Japan in the early 2000s, "My Love from the Star", a fantasy drama starring actors Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun, is considered to have settled the Hallyu in China. Chinese tourists flocked to the country in the wake of the drama, and Jun Ji-hyun's favorite food, chimaek (chicken + beer) became a sensation in China.

"My Love from the Star" was exported to China at around $30,000 per episode, and the Korean drama market expanded rapidly. Actors IU and Lee Joon-gi's "Scarlet Heart: Ryeo" was shipped to China at a price of $400,000 per episode, which is 13 times more expensive than that. Also, after the drama's success, fantasy has emerged as a main genre of dramas.


The love story between a chaebol man and a poor, but vigorous woman had been replaced by the love of aliens, vampires and goblins with human women.


- "Incomplete Life" (tvN 2014): My office life as a drama




This drama broke the tradition of dramas. Until then, most dramas had been engaging in revenge, infidelity, and comedy with the appearance of chaebols, doctors and other professions. However, "Incomplete Life" starred an ordinary office worker as the leading character and focused mainly on the daily lives of normal people. In the past, such a 'boring' drama would have been difficult to see overcome the broadcasting threshold. However, as the original webtoon gained great sympathy among office workers and revealed its specialty in everyday mediocrity, it gained 'sensation-like' popularity among viewers.


Viewers discovered someone in the way new recruit Jang Geu-rae (Im Si-wan) showed frustration at work, but somehow found a way to get back up on his feet again; they discovered themselves. Going in and out of the office, the meeting room and even the rooftop for a break with their passes hanging around their necks was all too familiar. It was this connection that got through to the viewers, as well as director Kim Won-seok's delicate directing.



- "Answer Me 1988" (tvN 2015): Back in the day...




There were a total of 3 "Answer Me" series; 1997, 1994 and 1988. As the titles symbolize, the visual background was the most important element of these dramas. The backgrounds reminded everyone of the past. The greatest event in 1988 was the Seoul Olympics. It realistically shows how ordinary people connected within this amazing event. The viewers used to get nostalgic at the visual reminders of the dramas.


It was also fun looking at the trends and items according to these generations. For example, the dial phone, the cassette tape Walkmans, the rice holder, and the video tapes presented nostalgia to the 40s to 50s and curiosity to the teens and 20s. 1988 is the best out of the three, mostly because of youth icons Park Bo-gum, Ryu Jun-yeol, Go Kyung-pyo, Ahn Jae-hong, Hyeri and Ryu Hye-young. The collaboration between Sung Dong-il and Lee Il-hwa, and Kim Sung-kyun and Ra Mi-ran was also the best.



- "Goblin" (tvN 2016): A global connection with a Korean subject




This 'mysterious romantic tale' holds the record of highest viewing percentages in cable drama, with 20.5% in the final episode, and it became one of the best dramas of the 2010s. It depicts what happens when a goblin who needs a human bride to end his immortal life and a girl who claims to be a goblin priest appear before an Angel of Death with amnesia. This is because it is based on Korean elements and has a fantasy romantic comedy genre that connects with people all over the world. The drama's charm is that it captures the unique emotions and philosophies of the past life, reincarnation, karma, and the unique Korean samsara by using transcendent existence.


The performances of Gong Yoo, Lee Dong-wook, Kim Go-eun, Yoo In-na and Yook Sung-jae stood out. This drama created a national sensation and sparked interest in the Americas, Europe, Oceania, South East Asia, Central America, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and China.


- "Signal" (tvN 2016): The perfect harmony of story, directing and performance




This drama was like refreshing rain for those who were tired of romance. Writer Kim Eun-hee, who had been writing genre dramas such as "Sign" and "Three Days", was noted for her strong narrative and thorough production. The performances of Kim Hye-soo, Cho Jin-woong and Lee Je-hoon added to lifting the quality of Korean drama once more.


The idea of connecting the past and the present by radio was refreshing. The cooperation between a detective from the past who fails to apprehend a criminal and a detective from the present who is frustrated because of an unsolved case conveyed a warm feeling that they would not let the victims suffer anymore.


Based on the motif of the Hwaseong serial killings, the drama was recounted in September, when the murder suspect, Lee Chun-jae, was arrested.


- "SKY Castle" (JTBC 2018): The bare reality of education in Korea




It was the highest rated drama amongst all general service channels. The final episode recorded a shocking 23.8%. Then there were "SKY Castle" parodies everywhere last winter. It was expected to be an 'academic' drama about teens and their lives at schools. However, the drama packed a punch for viewers with its unexpected twist. It wasn't just about students and schools. The reality of education in Korea, which struggles with college entrance exams, was clearly shown. The top 0.1% education system, which no one wanted to believe, was just mind-blowing. Viewers were able to look back on themselves and their families in the face of parents who would do anything for the sake of those entrance exams.


There has also been no other drama with such vividly memorable characters like those portrayed by Yum Jung-ah, Yoon Se-ah, Oh Na-ra, Kim Seo-hyung, Kim Byung-chul, Jo Jae-yun, Kim Hye-yoon, Kang Chan-hee, Jo Byeong-gyu and Kim Bo-ra.


- "The Light in Your Eyes" (JTBC 2019): A shining youth with a speechless-leaving twist




This drama became a standard for well-made dramas. The drama, which drew attention from the beginning of its broadcast, also received recognition for its work, and left a deep message. The drama started off with the look of youth, which is so beautiful that it's sad, reminding everyone that there was a time when their eyes were blindingly beautiful with a dramatic twist.


In the beginning, the drama was about 25-year-old Hye-ja (Han Ji-min and Kim Hye-ja), who suddenly grows old due to a clock turning back time. However, the drama later revealed that it was all a fantasy created through the imagination and memories of an old woman with Alzheimer's. Kim Hye-ja showed the quality of an actor through the drama. She reminded many people just how precious life is through her narration, "There wasn't a single day that wasn't dazzling".



- "When the Camellia Blooms" (KBS 2019): A simple story without garnish




Dominated by provocative plots and excessive settings, it seems like a drama can't survive without that extra twist in this drama market. There is no superhero in this drama. But there is the police. There is no chaebol, but there are many people with a rich heart. Just like a winter-tolerant camellia blossoms, people living in the fictional city of Ongsan seek mediocrity. There is a daily routine in which one listens to each others' small thoughts, even if there is no particular story. There is a serial killer named 'Kabul', but the residents of Ongsan are neighbors who protect each other.


The drama poses the question, "How can a person be a miracle to another?" Even without any miracles sent from heaven, the little things that we do for each other can come together and create something miraculous. It is all the more welcome, as this case shows, that people can cry and laugh even without grand stories.

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Wow, that list of top 10 best dramas seems to be my list of favorite dramas.


The dramas are all well-known internationally, so I guess almost all the dramas listed above are in everybody's favorite list. :P


Except for Secret Garden and Sky Castle, both of which I never got around watching, the rest are dramas that I really like very much. Four of the dramas are even in my rewatch list:wub:

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50 minutes ago, htk9207 said:

Wow, that list of top 10 best dramas seems to be my list of favorite dramas.


The dramas are all well-known internationally, so I guess almost all the dramas listed above are in everybody's favorite list. :P


Except for Secret Garden and Sky Castle, both of which I never got around watching, the rest are dramas that I really like very much. Four of the dramas are even in my rewatch list:wub:

Mine too except for Secret Garden lol( unfortunately, I didn't like it:(). Sky Castle is amazing. I hope you get to enjoy it:D.


I would like to add Money Flower ( My Favorite;)), Life on Mars, The Lies Within which just finished airing and many more lol^_^. Well, I guess it won't be top ten anymore if I keep adding it so I'll just leave it as it is lol:mrgreen::sweat_smile:.

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I've seen 6 of the 10 dramas listed above and agree that they should be on the list. I've seen Secret Garden and loved it. The Light In Your Eyes is truly memorable and I believe everyone should see it at least once. 


I'm so happy to see When the Camellia Blooms made it to the list. It's special in its own way and such a heartwarming story that celebrates the good in people.

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December 8, 2019


December Brand Reputation Rankings For Drama Actors Announced

Source: Soompi by E. Cha


December Brand Reputation Rankings For Drama Actors Announced

The Korean Business Research Institute has revealed this month’s brand reputation rankings for drama actors!


The rankings were determined through a data analysis of the media coverage, participation, interaction, and community indexes of 80 actors who appeared in dramas that aired between November 6 and December 7.


Gong Hyo Jin and Kang Ha Neul, the stars of KBS’s “When the Camellia Blooms,” topped this month’s list at No. 1 and No. 2 respectively. High-ranking phrases in Gong Hyo Jin’s keyword analysis included “mom,” “Instagram,” and “Kang Ha Neul,” while her highest-ranking related terms included “thankful,” “ordinary,” and “root for.”


The actress’s positivity-negativity analysis revealed a score of 72.09 percent positive reactions, and her total brand reputation index for the month came out to 6,305,680. Meanwhile, Kang Ha Neul scored a brand reputation index of 5,850,440 for December.


Jo Yeo Jeong, the star of KBS’s new drama “Woman of 9.9 Billion,” took third place with a brand reputation index of 4,817,303.


Oh Yeon Seo, the leading lady of MBC’s new romantic comedy “Love with Flaws,” came in fourth place with an index of 4,179,994; while “Chocolate” star Ha Ji Won rounded out the top five with a score of 3,326,499 for December.


Check out this month’s top 30 below!


1. Gong Hyo Jin
2. Kang Ha Neul
3. Jo Yeo Jeong
4. Oh Yeon Seo
5. Ha Ji Won
6. Seol In Ah
7. Jang Dong Yoon
8. Oh Jung Se
9. Yoon Shi Yoon
10. Yoon Kye Sang
11. Jung In Sun
12. Kim Ji Suk
13. Lee Ji Hoon
14. Kim Seon Ho
15. Lee Jung Jae
16. Shin Min Ah
17. Jeon Hye Bin
18. Cha Ye Ryun
19. Kim Seul Gi
20. Kim So Hyun
21. Ji Yi Soo
22. Oh Na Ra
23. Lee Elijah
24. Moon Geun Young
25. Kim Kang Woo
26. Jo Yoon Hee
27. Heo Jung Min
28. Kim Heung Soo
29. Choi Myung Gil
30. Ahn Jae Hyun


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“When The Camellia Blooms” Cast Has A Fun Reunion

Dec 13, 2019
by J. K

Gong Hyo Jin shared photos from a lovely reunion of the cast of “When the Camellia Blooms”!

The actress posted photos on her Instagram on December 13 from a fun outing that many of the cast members took together. She wrote as the caption, “A date with a walk on the streets at night.” Other cast members seen in the photo include Oh Jung Se, Uhm Hye Ran, Kim Ji Suk, Son DambiJeon Bae Soo, and more.

One of the photos shows that they’d reserved a table at a restaurant under the name “Dong Baek,” which means camellia and is the name of Gong Hyo Jin’s character.







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December 18, 2019


Kong Hyo-jin Voted Best Actress of the Year


Source: The ChosunIlbo


Kong Hyo-jin has been voted the best television star of this year.


In a recent poll of 1,700 viewers aged 13 or above by Gallup Korea released on Tuesday, about 12.4 percent of respondents picked Kong, mainly attributed to the popularity of her latest TV series, "When the Camellia Blooms," which wrapped on a high note late last month.


Kong Hyo-jin (left) and Kang Ha-neul

Kang Ha-neul and Goh Doo-shim, Kong's co-stars in the series, came second and third.


Park Bo-gum, a perennial heartthrob, ranked fourth, followed by Goo Yoo and Jung Hae-in, who shared the fifth spot.


Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul Most Loved Performers According to Gallup


By William Schwartz on HanCinema.net




According to a poll conducted by Gallup Korea from November 8th to November 28th, Gong Hyo-jin and Kang Ha-neul were the most beloved stars of the year.


Jeju Island was not included in the poll. The two came to prominence for holding the leading roles in the popular autumn drama "When the Camellia Blooms". Gong Hyo-jin held first place with 12.4%, while Kang Ha-neul was second place with 12%.


Third place was also a "When the Camellia Blooms" cast member, albeit not one of the leads. Older actress Go Doo-shim held 7% of the overall total. Park Bo-gum of "Encounter" was fourth with 5%, while Gong Yoo and Jung Hae-in tied for fifth with 4.7%. Figures may have been waited in the favor of "When the Camellia Blooms", because it was still airing at the time the poll took place, although its dominance remains noteworthy.


Written by William Schwartz

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December 19, 2019


Koreans Vote For Most Notable Drama And Film Actors Of 2019

Source: Soompi by D. Kim


Koreans Vote For Most Notable Drama And Film Actors Of 2019


Along with the polls on the top artists, songs, and idols of 2019, Gallup Korea has also revealed results for the drama stars and film stars of the year.


Gallup Korea has been holding this survey annually since 2007. This year, 1,700 people ages 13 and up located all around the country were surveyed from November 8 through 28.


The margin of error is ±2.4 percent at the 95 percent confidence level.


Respondents were asked to list up to two drama actors and two film actors who showed excellent performance in 2019.


The top 10 responses for the drama actors are as follows:


1. Gong Hyo Jin (12.4 percent)
2. Kang Ha Neul (12.0 percent)
3. Go Doo Shim (7.0 percent)

4. Park Bo Gum (5.0 percent)
5. Gong Yoo / Jung Hae In (4.7 percent)
7. IU (4.2 percent)
8. Yum Jung Ah (3.9 percent)
9. Kim Soo Mi (3.2 percent)
10. Lee Seung Gi / Choi Bool Am (3.0 percent)


“When the Camellia Blooms” showed strong impact with the top three actors all having starred in the drama. Park Bo Gum ranked in the top five for the fourth consecutive year, being the only actor to do so. Gong Yoo, Kim Soo Mi, and Choi Bool Am notably made the list without starring in any dramas this year.


The top 10 responses for the film actors are as follows:


1. Song Kang Ho (29.8 percent)
2. Ma Dong Seok (18.2 percent)
3. Gong Yoo (8.9 percent)
4. Jo Jin Woong (8.5 percent)
5. Lee Byung Hun / Ha Jung Woo (7.1 percent)
7. Jung Woo Sung (4.5 percent)
8. Yoo Hae Jin (4.1 percent)
9. Hwang Jung Min (3.6 percent)
10. Honey Lee (3.3 percent)


Song Kang Ho, who starred in films including “Parasite,” took an overwhelming lead this year with nearly 30 percent of the votes. Ma Dong Seok, who placed first last year, came in at No. 2 this year. Honey Lee is the only actress of the top 10 film actor ranking.


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December 19, 2019

Yum Hye-ran, "Diverse Women's Characters Lead to My Opportunities"


Source: MyDaily via HanCinema.net




Actress Yum Hye-ran featured in her first ever exclusive pictorial.


Yum Hye-ran has had a busy year with films "Innocent Witness", "Miss and Mrs. Cops", "Another Child" and "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982", and recently with the drama "When the Camellia Blooms" as Hong Ja-yeong. In "Innocent Witness" she displayed a bone-chlling performance as a villain and in "When the Camellia Blooms" she was a girl-crush.


Despite her short appearance in the film "KIM Jiyoung: Born 1982", her warmth swept over the film and gave the story more credibility. Thus, the thoroughly experienced Yum Hye-ran's true value also appeared on the set of her pictorial.




Harper's Bazaar exclusively featured Yum Hye-ran as a voluptuous and strong character, which led to the staff on-site staring in awe.


In the following interview, Yeom Hye-ran looked back to the year 2019 and said, "It's new having people give different reactions about me. I enjoy that. I love the experience of today's pictorial and I never imagined I would do something like this in my life".


About her role of Hong Ja-yeong in "When the Camellia Blooms" she said, "I was scared because it wasn't a role I'd done before. I worried that I would want to turn the channel when she came out or that I was going to be an obstacle for this drama. When the drama began and I looked at the overall picture, I could see where I should be heading. As I got close to Gyoo-tae (Oh Jung-se), we talked a lot. It's massive luck to meet a good partner and Oh Jung-se was just that".




She says her real personality is more like Noh Gyoo-tae than Hong Ja-yeong. "At the base of his character is loneliness. He is also the icon of joy and grief, and so am I. I think I have become something great when I take pictures like this, but reality hits me real soon. My mood differs on people and this all comes from the need of wanting to be loved".


As a female narrator who has starred in several works that sympathize with the audience, she said, "It seems to be well matched with the current of the times. As women's characters get more diverse and so do stories, I can see more opportunities".


Meanwhile, Yum Hye-ran stars in the upcoming film "New Year Blues".

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3 hours ago, rubie said:

About her role of Hong Ja-yeong in "When the Camellia Blooms" she said, "I was scared because it wasn't a role I'd done before. I worried that I would want to turn the channel when she came out or that I was going to be an obstacle for this drama.


Thanks for posting this article. I could understand why she would feel this way. The first time I took notice of her was in Goblin. She was terrific as the good for nothing aunt there, that I was so surprised and had to do a double take in her role as Ja-Yeong. If I hated her in Goblin, I love her here in Camellia. :wub:

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Congratulations to Son Dam Bi for winning "Best New Actress"



Congratulation for Kim Kang Hoon for "Best Young Actor award



Congratulation for Oh Jung Se for winning "Best Supporting Actor



Congratulation for Yum hye-ran for winning "Best Supporting Actress" in Mid-length Drama




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Congratulations to Im Sang Choon for winning "Best Writer"

The writer couldn't attend so Director Cha Young Hoon received the award instead of her.



I think the Camellia Team will get all the awards.  Daesang included. :w00t:


Congratulations to Kang Ha Neul for winning "Netizen Award"




Best couple award

for Kang Ha neul & Kong Hyo Jin and Oh Jung Se & Yum Hye Ran





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Congratulations to Kim Ji suk for winning  "Excellence Award" in a Mid-length Drama




Congratulations to Lee Jung Eun for winning "Excellence Award" in a Mid-length Drama



Kang Ha neul for winning "Top Excellence Award"



Kong Hyo Jin winning Daesang







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As predicted Camellia picked up a swag of awards. With those kinds of ratings... and critical acclaim, it would have been surprising if they hadn't picked up that many. ;)


Congratulations to the showrunners for a good result on the night. And most importantly, for giving us a wonderful drama.



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