My Lovely Sam Soon

My Lovely Sam Soon (2005)

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Kim Sam Soon is a baker who has a talent in making pastries and cakes. On Christmas Eve, she caught her boyfriend, Min Hyun Woo, cheating on her and breaks up. On that same night, she accidentally went into the men's restroom and met Hyun Jin Hun. By sheer coincidence, Jin Hun needs a baker for his restaurant Bon Appetit and Sam Soon is unemployed. Sam Soon is hired as the restaurant's read morechief baker and the two fight like cat and dog.

  • Native title:

    내 이름은 김삼순
  • Also Known as:

    My Name is Kim Sam Soon; Nae Ireumeun Kim Samsoon; My Lovely Kim Sam Soon;

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omnichelle
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Jul 15, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
“One cup of coffee, five kilocalories. Equivalent to five minutes of kissing. What is the total calorie of all the kisses we shared over three years? And the calories of love?”

Kim Sam Soon is the driving force behind my love for this drama. While the other characters are also well portrayed, Kim Sun Ah essentially steals the show with her sassy and pugnacious, yet thoughtful, talented and sensitive portrayal of a read more broken-hearted patissier.

Although she can be fierce and unrelenting, at her core, Sam Soon is simply a woman who yearns for true love--as most people do. Does it really exist? And if we find it, can it stand the test of time? Where does the love go when we fall out of it? These doubts and questions are the driving force of this drama, and the characters of Kim Sam Soon boldly charge forward looking for the answers--despite knowing there might be consequences and pain along the way. Sam Soon in particular is truly someone who loves while leaving no room for regret. Something I find refreshing and admirable in a drama heroine.

The storyline of this drama isn’t particularly original, but what makes it sparkle are the subtleties in the writing and acting. Hyun Bin holds his own as the leading man against Sun Ah (not an easy task), and they often go toe-to-toe during heated arguments. Some of my favorite scenes involve the two of them going back and forth with killer timing. Hyun Bin also has a knack in this drama for saying much without saying anything at all.

I have a pet peeve for female antagonists in Korean dramas, as I feel they are usually the exact same girl, only played by different actresses. In this drama, however, she’s quite different... I’m not sure I can even label her “the antagonist.” Like Sam Soon, Hee Jin is also bold and unrelenting, stopping at nothing for love. Her approach is very different from Sam Soon’s and I personally don’t respect her rationale. But she’s an interesting character analysis, nonetheless.

Last point, the soundtrack to this drama is stellar! Clazziquai provides the two main themes, alternating between with the sultry "She Is" and quirky, upbeat "Be My Love." As if that's not awesome enough, the series flirts with fun French pop tunes and other melodic grooves to set various moods.

Bottom line, this drama is so well acted, mature, funny, thoughtful and witty that you’ll potentially see the same old drama clichés as something new and fresh! Each episode always left me hungry for more... and sometimes for a piece of cake or cookie, too! :)
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manicmuse
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Jul 2, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Every once in a while I will watch a drama that will make me re-agonize over my top 5 list, and this is one of them. I knew from the very 1st episode that this would be one of my new favorite dramas, even though I'm about 7 years late. I literally stayed up all night ,and into the morning, because I could not stop watching. In a lot of ways, this read more is just another k-drama rom-com with a familiar plot, but it's so well done that it truly stands out.

Kim Sun Ah made Kim Sam Soon one of my favorite K-Drama leads ever! Sam Soon is loud, stubborn, charming, emotional, unfiltered, and absolutely hilarious. She was equal parts frustrating, & inspiring to watch. She's not the usual passive female lead, and I loved watching her take charge of a situation. She is matched up with Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin Hun, who walks the line between arrogance & charm so expertly well. At first I didn't recognize him, because he looks so different in this compared to Secret Garden, but his performance in this reminded me of all the things I loved about him in that drama. Together, their chemistry made them a rom-com dream team. The fact that they didn't fit seamlessly together, and that they were not always good to each other, made their relationship feel more honest. I think they were the perfect blend between discord, and harmony. I could literally watch them go at it all day... in fact, that's exactly what i did. lol.

The lead performances were a clear 10 for me, and every minor character in the supporting cast was also really great, but I feel like I have to deduct at least 1 point for the 2 supporting leads. It's clear that Daniel Henney's purpose in this drama was to be eye candy. Most of his scenes involve him smiling at people while they teach him Korean language & culture. His acting was decent enough, but far from good. Jung Ryeo Won's performance was also underwhelming. As much as I loved to hate her character, there were also quite a few moments when I cringed through some of her acting scenes (in both languages). It was initially jarring to hear so much english spoken in scenes, with actual fluent speakers, but it made their acting inexperience much more obvious to me. The only moments of boredom I felt during this drama was when these two were the focus.

I admit that the plot wasn't exactly original, but it wasn't typical either. The love stories in this drama are far less innocent than the k-drama norm, which was nice to see. There were many great rewatchable rom-com moments between Hyun Bin & Kim Sun Ah, and they share one of the best kiss scenes that I've seen in a drama.

Music also plays a key element in the story, which I liked, but I wasn't particularly impressed with the soundtrack.

Overall, It's lol hilarious, yet emotionally realistic. Even when the tone of the drama began to change, It never lost it's momentum. I continued to be excited about watching each episode, and I enjoyed every one till the very end. This drama could have easily ended with a pleasingly cheesy conclusion, but instead the ending was simple, and inspiring.

I think all rom-com fans should have this on their "to watch" list. Forgive the old school phones, and the ugly clothes, and I think this stands up against any current drama. I agree that "My Name is Kim Sam Soon" is one of the best dramas that I've seen, classic or not. I can see myself easily watching this drama again, & again... while eating a lot of pastries, of course : )
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Older female lead and younger male. Both females are bakers, both change after being disappointed by the people they love.
Recommended by claudya87
The plot is the same.
First male-female lead have a problem with love because of painful past love. The male lead's ex-gf left him without any explanation. The female lead's ex-bf left her because of his affair.

The female lead has problem with her name and want to change it to, accidentaly, a same name like the male lead's ex-gf. The male lead has miserable memory because someone that he respected the most (in this drama his hyung) died - and in his perception - because of him.

Then the conflict begin. the exes from both side return and pick on the leads' present moment. The male lead become indecisive between her ex and currently gf. The changing-name problem and so on..

The side story too. There is a story about female lead's eonni that has crushed with female lead's chef chief at work (female lead is pâtissier in the male lead's restaurant).

But I like My Name is Kim Sam Soon much..much..much more than AMO. Besides I watch this drama with this kind of plot first before AMO, it gives a good, healthy, hillarious, entertaining, witty comedy scenes and better story development for me.
Recommended by tomodachi

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    Gatito May 19, 2017

    This drama is really cool, and Clazziquai songs just make it more likable (:

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    Soju Apr 18, 2017

    I may turn 80, have wrinkles and a dozen grey hairs I'd like to vanish-- but I'll never stop loving this drama. So many laughs, tears, and so much of heart is invested in this classic. The OST Farewell Without Farewell : 10/10

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    LuwangLeima Apr 6, 2017

    I have seen this drama more than four times

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    Risty_deidora Mar 9, 2017

    can't move with this drama.. I will watching it again and again.. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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    Lavendova Mar 5, 2017 - edited
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    Marie Feb 13, 2017 - edited

    It was one of my very first drama and I've just watched it again...After so many years, it seems to me that this drama doesn't get old at all. The deep, meaningfull themes it explores are timeless. I think they don't make dramas like this anymore with a real insight on relationships, clever and deep dialogues...
    I love the actors, Kim Sun Ah is one of the best for me, I like that she doesn't always look pretty throughtout the drama (for example, how she looks in the first toilet/ meeting scene, that's how we look too whenever we cry). So yes, the fact that this actress is one of the few who still have the same face and who look "normal"..I can relate more to Kim Sam Soon (she is similar to Bridget Jones (the first movie)) : these women are looking for love, they are determined to get a chance of being loved. Hyun Bin is so handsome. His character is also interesting, he's not just the arrogant type we usually see in dramas. No, his personality has different layers and that's probably why I love this drama so much.
    Relationships are dealt with naturally, I love the fact that [spoiler] the two leads don't need to get married in order to be happy. [/spoiler]. They're together and they enjoy every minute of their time together.

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    Haru Nov 22, 2016

    THE CRINGE!

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    Kiara Sep 14, 2016 - edited

    I'm currently on episode 8 and struggling. Maybe it's the humor, but I just find it to be very goofy and verging on slapstick. I don't enjoy that kind of humor. I can totally see the Bridget Jones comparisons, but I found Bridget Jones to be much more charming. And to be honest I don't understand what Sam Soon is finding appealing about Jin Hun. This is the 2nd Hyun Bin drama that I'm having a hard time with (the 1st being Secret Garden). I don't know, maybe the "classics" are just not for me. Especially after watching the mess that was 'Boys Over Flowers'.

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      Adhithi Jan 23, 2017

      You have just pointed out my exact thoughts here. I tried really hard to finish secret garden and I couldn't. And don't get me started on boys over flowers.can you tell me the dramas you like? I want to give it a shot.

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    inspirit91 Jul 17, 2016 - edited

    It was a good rom-com ! The main leads have an amazing chemistry. The actors were all great. I just feel like the ending could have fabulous.

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    Loy Jun 22, 2016

    One of the funniest Rom-Com ever ! x)

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    manicmuse Jun 5, 2016

    just watched it again. Still love Sam Soon.

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    Kimtan1999 Jun 2, 2016

    It's really wonderful drama omg , I'm cry now . ♥

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    NaijaLuv_88 May 26, 2016

    I think what happened to me with this drama was that i was expecting too much from it. For the longest i heard this was a jewel, a legend in the drama world as one of the best, and it off-topped ratings when it appeared in 2005 and i am not shocked as to why (to a certain extent). But that was the problem, i heard so much good that i thought i was going to a flawless top grade best of the best dramas out there....and that wasn't the case.

    Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah chemistry on point, acting from supporting characters on point, story on point.....it overall was a great drama....but i left feeling as if i was "missing" something. I felt like the ending still needed the extra "oomph" that drew everyone to it and i didn't see it or feel it when i watched. But nevertheless this was a good drama, made me fall in love with Kim Sun Ah's acting and haven't been able to resist watching her dramas, but felt like too much buzz around this and expectations made this drama fall through the cracks for me.

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    Overrated drama, overrated actress.

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    sweetpotatocat Mar 24, 2016

    Finally a drama with english conversation that actually is good and makes sense. I've seen too many of those dramas where someone has supposedly lived in a english speaking country and yet cannot form an sentence more complex than a three year old could. And I'm not going to get even started with the pronunciation, It's really horrid. This drama deserves a big hand for not making a joke out of itself on that prospect

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Jun 1, 2005 to Jul 21, 2005
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.

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    8.0 (scored by 8,782 users)
  • Ranked:

    #656
  • Popularity:

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