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[Drama 1995] Sandglass / Hourglass 모래시계


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Thank you so much jahye for providing the download links for this drama.

I wanted so~ bad to watch this drama as people said that it is one of the best k-drama ever made. ^^

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Thank you so much jihye for providing the download links for this drama.

I wanted so~ bad to watch this drama as people said that it is one of the best k-drama ever made.

You don't know how excited I am. ^^

Just one question, is the vid quality is the same between avi and wmv? I wish to download the HQ ones. So, can you tell me whether all the episodes that you have upped have the same quality or not?

The link to ep 3-4.001 is dead. Can you post an alternative to ep 3 and ep 4 if you find any?

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Sandglass

Details

Title: 모래시계 / Mo-rae-shi-gae

Also known as: Hourglass

Genre: Epic, drama, romance, action, crime

Episodes: 24

Broadcast network: SBS

Broadcast period: 1995-Jan-10 to 1995-Feb-16

Air time: Monday through Thursday 10:00 PM

Synopsis

The Sandglass (The Hourglass) is a portrayal of two young men who are best friends and grow up during one of Korea's politically tumultuous periods, the 1970's up to the 1980's. Tae-soo (Choi Min Soo), tough and loyal, grows up to become a gangster and Woo-suk (Park Sang Won), smart with firm moral values, grows up to become a prosecutor. Hye-rin (Ko Hyun Jung), a beautiful and spirited daughter of a very wealthy casino owner, is a classmate of Woo-suk in college. Hye-rin is introduced to Tae-soo via Woo-suk and they subsequently fall in love.

One unforgettable subject that's dealt in the drama is the 1980 Kwangju rebellion when the head of the military junta that took over Korea after the assasination of President Park Chung-hee, General Chun Doo-hwan, sent paratroopers into Kwangju to put down the rebellion. What happened was the subsequent massacre of hundreds of innocent people. The horrific scenes based on true accounts, of those people being murdered, touched off a deep sense of shock and grief for the Koreans at that time (the mid 90's Korea still had not come to terms with what happened after governments muzzled the free speech). After this drama went on air, there were more films that were made dealing with this very subject, such as The Petal (1996) and Peppermint Candy (2000). It also put ex-President Chun Doo-hwan who was responsible for the massacre, in jail. You can probably say that Moreshigae was the turning point for the young budding democracy in Korea.

Cast

Choi Min Soo as Tae-soo

Park Sang Won as Woo-suk

Ko Hyun Jung as Hye-rin

Lee Jung Jae as Jae-hee

Kim Byung Gi

Lee Doo Il

Kim Young Ae

Production Credits

Writer: Song Ji Na

Director: Kim Jong Hak

Ratings

Highest rated episode: 64.5% (2/6/1995)

Awards

31st Baeksang Awards (1995): Daesang (Grand Prize), Best Drama, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Actor (Choi Min Soo), Best New Actor (Lee Jung Jae)

22nd Korean Broadcasting Awards (1995): Best Drama, Best Writer, Best Actor (Choi Min Soo)

8th Producers Association Awards (1996): Daesang (Grand Prize), Best Drama

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source: UCLA Asia Institute - Asia Pacific Arts

http://www.asiaarts.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=56467

History Cast Ashore

By Jennifer Flinn

Sandglass is more than just great historical drama; it’s one of the crowning achievements of Korean television.

Without a doubt, Sandglass is one of the most significant dramas ever to come out of Korea. It is still one of the top rated dramas ever shown on Korean television, and at its peak, pulled in over half the viewing audience. It was such a phenomenon that popular legend has it you could actually see the streets empty and traffic disappear when it was on. The impact that this groundbreaking drama had was immense, and with its North American release, new viewers will finally be able to appreciate this masterful work now available as an eight disc set of 24 episodes.

Originally airing in 1995, Sandglass follows two childhood friends through the turbulent 1970s and 80s as the political climate in Korea was coming to a rapid boil. Tae-soo and Woo-shik both come from impoverished backgrounds, but Tae-soo labors under the additional stigma of being the son of a communist partisan. After a brief flirtation with the straight-and-narrow, he realizes that all normal avenues of advancement are closed and he becomes a gangster. Meanwhile Woo-shik studies away, hoping to please his farming family by becoming a city lawyer. After leaving their hometown for Seoul, both men form emotional ties to Hye-ran, a passionate student activist dedicated to the nascent democracy movement. Their lives take drastic turns when in their own separate ways all three become involved in the Kwangju uprising: Tae-soo becomes an innocent bystander and witness to the atrocities, while Woo-shik serves as a soldier ordered to fire on civilians. Meanwhile, the government arrests and tortures Hye-ran, who is revealed as the daughter of a leading gangster. All three have been trying to escape their fates, but the political turmoil sends them hurling along their destined paths. Tae-soo, still strangely loyal and moral, sinks deeper and deeper into a life of crime; Woo-shik finds his rise as a public prosecutor complicated by his own strict moral code; and Hye-ran learns both ruthlessness and compassion as she takes over her father’s business. The three are surrounded by a fascinating and diverse cast of politicians, protesters, lawyers, housewives, journalists, farmers, and criminals.

However, Sandglass does something more than just drop its characters in the middle of historical events and use the context as a fancy backdrop for the usual love triangle. Instead, it uses the characters to explore the impact that the events which swept the nation had on the lives of individuals. Perhaps no other drama has ever represented the intertwining of the personal, political, and social so clearly and movingly. Using the stories of Tae-soo, Woo-shik, and Hye-ran to illustrate the intertwining of business, politics, and crime, Sandglass examines Korean society as a place beset with corruption and oppression, and really gives voice to a society crying out for justice. Its effectiveness for reminding Koreans of their recent history has even been credited in part for helping lead to the arrest of the former dictator Jeon Do-hwan.

Korean Wave fans who have been weaned on lighter comedic dramas like Princess Hours or the three-hanky weepies in the vein of Stairway to Heaven may have a hard time adjusting to the bleaker and more restrained atmosphere that pervades Sandglass. It shares an aesthetic with others in the historical genre, and works hard to recreate the periods it portrays. However, it incorporates historical TV footage, including news coverage and video of the Kwangju riots and various speeches by the real political leaders of the time. Although they don’t blend perfectly with the style of filming, they give an added level of detail and place, and ground the characters’ stories even more firmly in social and historical reality.

The level of acting is consistently excellent, with a large cast of some of the best veteran actors backing up the then-newcomers in the lead roles. Go Hyeon-jang hits just the right notes as Hye-ran progresses from an idealistic and rebellious girl to becoming a woman stumbling towards her own moral center, while Park Sang-won’s Woo-shik walks the delicate line between his doubts and his abilities. Especially worthy is Choi Min-su’s nuanced and vivid portrayal of Tae-soo, where a lesser actor might have come across as a one-note thug.

Finally, the writing in Sandglass is consistently excellent. The personal lives of all the characters are developed slowly, but carefully and realistically. While some of the conventions most drama viewers will be familiar with appear, and strategic coincidences abound, it doesn’t require the same suspension of belief that most dramas demand. Other conventions are stretched and changed. Lovers are separated by gaps of class and social rank, but instead of using that merely as a plot device to extend the series, Sandglass uses it as a way to comment on society. It doesn’t recycle endlessly the same two people coming together and being ripped apart. The rivals for each character’s love never degenerate into stereotypes, and the characters’ romantic decisions never cease to surprise. The stakes are higher, the characters deeper, and the whole series has a patina of realism that lifts this miles above the average drama.

There are a few flaws with the series: it looses steam during the second half, when Byzantine political machinations take up a lot of the drama. Anyone not fascinated by shady businessmen plotting land reclamation schemes with corrupt mid-level politicians will be strongly tempted to fast forward. Still, without doubt this is one of the strongest, most engaging, and most moving series ever to come out of Korea.

Official site (Korean):

http://wizard.sbs.co.kr/template/wzdtv/wzd...51&menuId=4

YA Entertainment site:

http://www.yaentertainment.com/catalog/sandglass.html

Date Posted: 10/28/2006

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Jahye, thank you very much for the download links for this drama.

The Sandglass is a drama that helps us understand the value of witnesses shared memory.

Not to forget the mistakes of the past.

To remember the pain.

To remember the sense of our present.

Thanks.

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Guest kdramafanusa

Sandglass ratings aren't real...

AGB,At that time,Doesn't conduct Nationwide Ratings Survey

A lot of people use ratings provited by TNS Media Research instead of AGB.

http://www.tns-global.com/corporate/Rooms/...CF890153D%5D%5D

I have seen many news articles on all-time highest TV ratings, Sandglass definitely passed 60%.

For peak episode (highest rated single-episode) rating, Sandglass is #3 (see below). For average rating (the entire series), I need to go back & check.

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Source: Starnews (Korean paper)

ALL-TIME HIGHEST RATED TV SERIES (Highest Rated Episode only)

[AGB Nielson Media 2005/11/01]

1) First Love (KBS2, 4/20/1997) - 65.8%

- Bae Yong Joon, Lee Seung Yeon, Choi Soo Jong, Song Chae Hwan, Park Sang Won

2) What is Love? (MBC, 5/24/1992) - 64.9%

- Ha Hee Ra, Choi Min Soo, Shin Ae Ra

3) Sandglass (SBS, 2/6/1995) - 64.5%

- Choi Min Soo, Park Sang Won, Ko Hyun Jung, Lee Jung Jae

4) Huh Joon (MBC, 6/27/2000) - 64.4%

- Jun Kwang Ryul, Lee Soon Jae, Kim Bong Se

5) A Sunny Place of the Young (KBS2, 11/12/1995) - 62.7%

- Lee Jong Won, Ha Hee Ra, Bae Yong Joon

6) Sons and Daughters (MBC, 3/21/1993) - 60.8%

- Choi Soo Jong, Kim Hee Ae, Chae Si Ra

7) Emperor Wang Gun (KBS1, 5/20/2001) -- 60.2%

- Choi Soo Jong, Kim Young Chul, Kim Hyeo Ri, Suh In Suk

8) You and I (MBC, 4/12/1998) - 58.8%

- Park Sang Won, Choi Jin Sil, Cha In Pyo, Song Seung Hun

9) Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 2/6/1992) -- 58.4%

- Choi Jae Sung, Chae Si Ra, Park Sang Won

10) Dae Jang Geum / Jewel in the Palace (MBC, 3/23/2004) -- 57.8%

- Lee Young Ae, Ji Jin Hee, Hong Li Na, Im Ho

11) Lovers in Paris (SBS, 8/15/2004) - 57.4%

- Park Shin Yang, Kim Jung Eun, Lee Dong Gun

12) Can't Take My Eyes off You (MBC, 10/12/1998) -- 57.3%

- Kim Ji Soo, Yoon Hae Yong

13) Jinshil / Truth (MBC, 2/24/2000) -- 56.5%

- Choi Ji Woo, Ryu Shi Won, Park Sun Young, Son Ji Chang

14) Jealousy (MBC, 7/21/1992) -- 56.1%

- Choi Jin Sil, Choi Soo Jong, Lee Eung Kyung

15) Blowing of the Wind (KBS1, 2/26/1996) -- 55.8%

- Choi Soo Jong, Yoon Sohn Ha

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Source: Chosun (Korean paper)

ALL-TIME HIGHEST RATED TV SERIES (the entire series)

1) What is Love? (MBC) - 59.5%

- Ha Hee Ra, Choi Min Soo, Shin Ae Ra

2) Sons and Daughters (MBC) - 49.1%

- Choi Soo Jong, Kim Hee Ae, Chae Si Ra

3) Huh Joon (MBC) - 48.9%

- Jun Kwang Ryul, Lee Soon Jae, Kim Bong Se

4) Blowing of the Wind (KBS1) -- 48.7%

- Choi Soo Jong, Yoon Sohn Ha

5) You and I (MBC) - 48.3%

- Park Sang Won, Choi Jin Sil, Cha In Pyo, Song Seung Hun

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I am currently watching this drama and have nearly finished it.It is a really good show,no silly childishness that you now get in the newer dramas.

I would advise anyone to watch it,you won't be dissapointed

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A lot of people use ratings provited by TNS Media Research instead of AGB.

http://www.tns-global.com/corporate/Rooms/...CF890153D%5D%5D

I have seen many news articles on all-time highest TV ratings, Sandglass definitely passed 60%.

For peak episode (highest rated single-episode) rating, Sandglass is #3 (see below). For average rating (the entire series), I need to go back & check.

---

Source: Starnews (Korean paper)

ALL-TIME HIGHEST RATED TV SERIES (Highest Rated Episode only)

[AGB Nielson Media 2005/11/01]

1) First Love (KBS2, 4/20/1997) - 65.8%

- Bae Yong Joon, Lee Seung Yeon, Choi Soo Jong, Song Chae Hwan, Park Sang Won

2) What is Love? (MBC, 5/24/1992) - 64.9%

- Ha Hee Ra, Choi Min Soo, Shin Ae Ra

3) Sandglass (SBS, 2/6/1995) - 64.5%

- Choi Min Soo, Park Sang Won, Ko Hyun Jung, Lee Jung Jae

4) Huh Joon (MBC, 6/27/2000) - 64.4%

- Jun Kwang Ryul, Lee Soon Jae, Kim Bong Se

5) A Sunny Place of the Young (KBS2, 11/12/1995) - 62.7%

- Lee Jong Won, Ha Hee Ra, Bae Yong Joon

6) Sons and Daughters (MBC, 3/21/1993) - 60.8%

- Choi Soo Jong, Kim Hee Ae, Chae Si Ra

7) Emperor Wang Gun (KBS1, 5/20/2001) -- 60.2%

- Choi Soo Jong, Kim Young Chul, Kim Hyeo Ri, Suh In Suk

8) You and I (MBC, 4/12/1998) - 58.8%

- Park Sang Won, Choi Jin Sil, Cha In Pyo, Song Seung Hun

9) Eyes of Dawn (MBC, 2/6/1992) -- 58.4%

- Choi Jae Sung, Chae Si Ra, Park Sang Won

10) Dae Jang Geum / Jewel in the Palace (MBC, 3/23/2004) -- 57.8%

- Lee Young Ae, Ji Jin Hee, Hong Li Na, Im Ho

11) Lovers in Paris (SBS, 8/15/2004) - 57.4%

- Park Shin Yang, Kim Jung Eun, Lee Dong Gun

12) Can't Take My Eyes off You (MBC, 10/12/1998) -- 57.3%

- Kim Ji Soo, Yoon Hae Yong

13) Jinshil / Truth (MBC, 2/24/2000) -- 56.5%

- Choi Ji Woo, Ryu Shi Won, Park Sun Young, Son Ji Chang

14) Jealousy (MBC, 7/21/1992) -- 56.1%

- Choi Jin Sil, Choi Soo Jong, Lee Eung Kyung

15) Blowing of the Wind (KBS1, 2/26/1996) -- 55.8%

- Choi Soo Jong, Yoon Sohn Ha

---

Source: Chosun (Korean paper)

ALL-TIME HIGHEST RATED TV SERIES (the entire series)

1) What is Love? (MBC) - 59.5%

- Ha Hee Ra, Choi Min Soo, Shin Ae Ra

2) Sons and Daughters (MBC) - 49.1%

- Choi Soo Jong, Kim Hee Ae, Chae Si Ra

3) Huh Joon (MBC) - 48.9%

- Jun Kwang Ryul, Lee Soon Jae, Kim Bong Se

4) Blowing of the Wind (KBS1) -- 48.7%

- Choi Soo Jong, Yoon Sohn Ha

5) You and I (MBC) - 48.3%

- Park Sang Won, Choi Jin Sil, Cha In Pyo, Song Seung Hun

^Oh...My mistake,I mean,It's TNS....

Anyways, TNS Started Conducting Nationwide Ratings on 1999....

And on 1995,SBS do only Have 4 Regional Stations Outside Seoul [TBC,PSB....I forgot the rest....Lolz!] Meaning...Sandglass didn't reach 60% on Nationwide basis.

And Last but not The least: Sandglass' REAL Average in Seoul is 45.5%

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^Oh...My mistake,I mean,It's TNS....

Anyways, TNS Started Conducting Nationwide Ratings on 1999....

And on 1995,SBS do only Have 4 Regional Stations Outside Seoul [TBC,PSB....I forgot the rest....Lolz!] Meaning...Sandglass didn't reach 60% on Nationwide basis.

And Last but not The least: Sandglass' REAL Average in Seoul is 45.5%

Hi imbestigador, I didn't realize that you replied.

All the information from post#25 came (including Sandglass breakdown rating) was pasted from DramaWiki. Since you pointed out that their data is incorrect, I will edit that post.

As for the numbers for the All-time Highest Rated Dramas (entire series & single episode) listed in post#30 , they should be correct. I typed them myself from Korean papers, unless the papers have wrong info & I made some typos. :)

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thank you so much, jahye! i've heard so many great things about this drama but never got a chance to watch it. i've been searching for this - thank you again~!

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Hi imbestigador, I didn't realize that you replied.

All the information from post#25 came (including Sandglass breakdown rating) was pasted from DramaWiki. Since you pointed out that their data is incorrect, I will edit that post.

As for the numbers for the All-time Highest Rated Dramas (entire series & single episode) listed in post#30 , they should be correct. I typed them myself from Korean papers, unless the papers have wrong info & I made some typos. :)

Yes,I do know that All the Ratings on post No.30,Hence,They should have indicated there that the ratings is Based on Seoul only since that time,No one conducted Nationwide Ratings .... ;)

Anyways,I will appreciate if you will edit the Info on Drama Wiki...Thank you Very Much! :D

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is there any way to download this great drama? divx format would be greatly appreciated. it is too bad that the all time watched korean dramas are so hard to find. thanks for your help.

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Guest kdramafanusa

Anyways,I will appreciate if you will edit the Info on Drama Wiki...Thank you Very Much! :D

I meant I would edit my post here to not include the ratings of all the episodes as listed on DramaWiki.

I don't have an account on DramaWiki so I don't edit/update info there.

True that DramaWiki sometimes have wrong information.

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Source: Sandglass Official Homepage (SBS Global)

sandglass_696_e.jpg

Director: Kim Jong-hak

Cast: Choi Min-soo, Park Sang-won, Lee Jung-jae, Ko Hyun-jung

Total Episodes: 24

Airdates:

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Synopsis

A masterpiece of chaotic modern history. Taking place from the late 70's through the early 90's. Two long years of preparation maximizes the drama's qualities. The characters are Hae-rin, the daughter of a casino king, Woo-suk, a head strong young man living his life according to his beliefs, and Tae-soo who lives a short life as a member of a gang mixed up with political power. The sensitive topic of student demonstrations in the 80's, the pro-democracy movement at Kwang-ju, and President Park's governing are dealt with.

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(left-right) Choi Min-soo, Park Sang-won, Lee Jung-jae, Ko Hyun-jung

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This is one gripping drama, I breezed through the DVD set because I was so engrossed with the story and these characters.

One must understand this was made in 1995, it's epic in these proportions but of course, there are some old school overdrawn fight scenes with semi early 90s music that may turn y'all off but see pass through these superficial barriers.

It's a great drama.

All these characters have such gray-areas (especially Ko Hyun Jung's Hye Rin) you play a love/hate relationship with most of them.

It's a coming of age drama that just stays with you hours even after you watch it. I must commend the director for pulling off such believable transformations with the actors in here. It was like you know they lived those turbulent times as they walk out all jaded and hardened.

It really has a political aspect that serves as a huge backbone for the story. The story of the three main characters, who all start off with streaks of idealism trying to overturn what they think is wrong in the government or just the way life is being lived, then they experience the hardships so they become jaded. In the process, they all turn to monsters they used to hate. Soon they become pawns to a bigger battle they didn't even intend to join. And later on, they become disposable. Who do we paint as villains and as heroes?

As they walk into the lines of total darkness and redemption, they have to stay with the choices they make. There is redemption even though it seems so bleak and dark.

It's such a touching view on history. Not just for Korea's cultural identity but as someone who lives in this world filled with turmoil all around us. As one of the scenes said, you do not have to die to be brave or fight to be strong... you are brave because you LIVED to tell the story.

Lee Jung Jae was a scene stealer as Hye-rin's lovelorn bodyguard. You know why he became a big star after this.

Really, just jaw-dropping and in the end, the silence just engulfs you into a whirl of emotions.

Worth all the hype. This isn't just a drama, this is a huge cultural milestone in the Asian drama realm.

Oh by the way, for anyone interested in getting a good copy of SANDGLASS, you can try scarecrow video, they have a really nice copy and they sell it for a cheaper price.

http://www.scarecrow.com/sales/item.asp?ProductID=8603

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Guest Shin Bi

I found a clubbox where I could

download the DVD version of this

drama but subs are missing T.T

Does anybody know where I could

find subs ?

In d-addicts, the subtitles are for

the 1-2 episode (2 episodes in one file of 700 Mo)

but in the DVD version,

each episode is one big file of 700 Mo.

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