City Hall

City Hall (2009)

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City Hall is a drama that deals with politics in a romantic comedy genre. It's about the happenings between a young woman mayor and an elite bureaucrat. Jo Gook is an exceedingly smart government official. He passed the Higher Civil Service quickly, and basically is the perfect guy. But being a deputy mayor is not enough for him. He lives with the dream of becoming South Korea's President. He should have easily read moregone straight to the top, but due to an unexpected incident, he gets dispatched as a deputy mayor for a provincial small town, Inju City, where Shin Mi Rae is working. Shin Mi Rae is a low-ranking secretary in Inju, but she works her way up in becoming the youngest City Mayor. As their paths meet, they have to deal with each other's personal and social differences. But despite their constant bickerings, will they end up in each other's arms?

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May 2, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
A must watch politically-driven romantic-comedy drama, City Hall is a story of two individuals who crossed paths in the arena of small town politics and corporate-political intrigues, infused with family secrets, driven with personal convictions and beliefs, and highly-charged with honey sweet, yet tastefully romantic scenes.

Shin Mi Rae, played by Kim Sun Ah, is a lowly government official, financially driven to join a beauty pageant, crosses paths with read more Jo Gook, played by Cha Seung Won, an ambitious and highly driven politician with a hidden agenda of political advancement. Propelled into the political arena in her small town, Mi Rae finds herself running for mayor, backed by her very supporting and hilarious friends, with Jo Gook as her campaign manager, only to be embroiled in small town and national partisan politics. City Hall is a trial of two opposite people's determination to keep their individual conviction, beliefs, and political ambitions, while keeping their blossoming romance under wraps from the critical and career damaging eye of the media, political intrigues and ambitions of others.

Kim Suh Ah continues to impress with her amazing acting in her role as Shin Mi Rae, whose conscience and idealistic nature, clashes with those who are more driven with personal benefits than social and political obligations, and torn between protecting the town and its people, keeping her personal beliefs and convictions, entangled in political intrigues, and her unflinching love for the ambitious Jo Gook.

Cha Seung Won unarguably pulled the stops as he embodies the smart, cynical, confident, charismatic, and ambitious Jo Gook, yet still charmingly capture the quirky, romantic side of a man pulled apart by his desire to follow his heart, achieve his political dreams, familial loyalty and paternal approval, and protect the person he loves most from the damaging life of politics.

Amazing chemistry and solid acting by the two leads, as well as the supporting casts, makes this a must watch drama with its witty lines, political and partisan intrigues, and touchingly wishful and uplifting romance. A hands-down, fantastic plot!
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Jul 20, 2011
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Like everyone said, I was very hesitant to watch this drama at first since it's main focus was about politics and I'm not a fan of politics, I don't even know what goes around politics but after watching this drama it was just DAEBAK!!! It was so worth watching. I love Cha Seung Won especially in The Greatest Love so I looked up other dramas/movies by him and City Hall caught my read more attention. It's very very good.

My favorite thing about this drama is the chemistry between the two main leads. They're acting is just incredible. The way they acted made it all seem so real. They definitely reached out to the audience. They are both so cute and adorable. From the very beginning to the end, I loved this drama so much. I regret not watching this before. The many tears I had shed in this drama are just uncountable. The story was also very good. The way it paced evenly with the romance between the two main lead was just very well done. I'm really surprised how this drama isn't popular at all. I really thought that this show was going to bore to death but it really surprised me that it didn't. It now turns out that this is one of my favorite dramas.
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Both are political dramas that have women who were elected to high positions. In the case of City Hall, the female lead became the mayor of her city.
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Although they're completely different, the part (in Moon River) about the election of the school's spokeperson, reminded me of City Hall: both dramas' female lead wasn't interested in politics, but was convinced to participate in the election.
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    nela 28 days ago

    10/10.. I fell in love with the story,, and the characters... great chemistry. :)

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    redsprinkle Apr 22, 2017 - edited

    Tired of seeing Kim Sun Ah's childish/dumb lead character acting, most of the time. Seriously. But Cha Seong Won amazing as always.

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    Maya Feb 23, 2017 - edited

    I really loved this! Main couple had great chemistry!

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    Kiara Jan 14, 2017 - edited

    Sweet Lord this show took me the longest to complete since starting my k-drama journey. There were so many times I wanted to drop it, but I had invested so much time already that I just persisted. I'm not gonna go into a full review, but I will say that I have never watched a show that romanticized cheating the way this show did. If that wasn't enough, it took 12 episodes for me to even begin to like Mi Rae. Even once I did like her the moments were fleeting for me. The main guy was a jerk majority of the time and the supporting guy wore his ass as a hat for practically the entire show.

    I did immensely enjoy Joo Hwa though. She was so entertaining to watch and definitely deserved better than her asshat husband.

    4/10 for me.

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      Kiara Feb 21, 2017

      Good luck is all I can say. My finger was itching to drop it. This is my third Kim Sun Ah drama for me that has been a big fail. I may just have an aversion to her or something. I do have Scent of a Woman on my list to watch, but that has everything to do with Lee Dong Wook. Let's hope this works out better than her other dramas.

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      Jaylan Feb 22, 2017

      am going to watch also for her
      scent of a woman
      when it's at night
      My Name is Kim Sam Soon
      hope they 'll be much better & her role is different from city hall
      if u saw any of them plz tell me :)

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    Colinds Nov 23, 2016 - edited

    At 2016, it is hard to watch a drama from 2009, cinematography and the countryside tone felt so old, plus I am not really interested with politics.
    Certainly, I will not watch this again because of the way it got me carried away, but I am giving this a 10/10 for the same reason.
    After getting used to the drama's tone at episode 3, I binged watch this, because I was hooked and curious on the next episode. The synopsis may have mentioned a president and a mayor but It really does not explain anything, so to me, the drama was so unpredictable because I do not know the crazy thing that will happen next, how the story and characters will develop.
    Great performance of the cast did it for me. They drew me in, I cried and laugh with them. I was also cheering during the campaign, and when they were in turmoil, the two leads did not even have to say a line, I was already shedding tears with just the look on their faces, their struggles are so palpable. This drama has satisfying ending (I have to say this after mentioning a lot of tears)
    I love Cha Seung Won and it is my first time to watch Kim Sun Ah. Their chemistry is the best, their acting skills got me carried away. I hope they will be paired again for another drama. I want to watch them again.

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      Pip Dec 9, 2016

      I wasn't going to watch this for the same reasons, but after your comments think I will add it to my list :-)

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      Mimo Dec 29, 2016

      i feel exactly the same as you but idc about the year if it's a good drama, you should definitely check out more kim sun ah's dramas tho, she's great.

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    Meena_Drama_Fan Jul 25, 2016

    damn it ! no one can beat Cha Seung Won acting skill, very casually he will finish is part , I just love him :)

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    Marooya Jul 20, 2016

    After watching this I've come to conclusion that when it comes to Kim Sun Ah she can absolutely have a steamy chemistry with any male co star. I don't think I've seen any other actress who can have such chemistry with every single male actor like her and of course I don't even need to say how great of actress she is. Loved Kim Sun Ah and Cha Seung Won and all the supporting cast here. One of the cutest ending, enjoyable drama :)

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    AnicsiRoscoe Jun 22, 2016 - edited

    Let me start by saying that I probably had a bit too high expectations of this drama due to all the overwhelming praise it has gotten here. To me, this drama felt like a High School drama placed in an adult world of some sorts. Complete with school bullies, cheerleaders, and loads of competition. The reason why I am saying this is because even though it is placed in a political environment, things were so exaggerated, so over the top, that in some instances, I just couldn't take it seriously. Who the hell would ever lose their minds the way some of the people in this drama did? The evil plots were too fake, the happy cheering scenes too ridiculous (complete with slow-motion and celebratory music) and all the problems were exaggerated so much that when they were resolved 10 minutes later, it all felt so anticlimatic. The amount of tears in this drama, probably exceeds the one in Heirs. I am not joking. It's not even only the heroine (in the second half of the drama she cries in like... every episode, multiple times, sometimes even hysterically breaking down), no, also the leading man gets his fair share of manly tears. So much, that the scenes that ARE heartbreakingly sad, suddenly don't feel like such a big deal anymore.

    *takes a deep breath* Okay, sorry for the rant. I don't want to leave the impression that this drama is all bad, because it is not. It is actually quite good, if we just leave aside all the unnecessary crying and drama. The leads have great chemistry and even though I find Mi Rae's character development too unbelievable (going from 0 to 100 practically overnight doesn't add up, like many other things), they make for an enjoyable watch. The side-characters were nothing special but they did have their moments. I was going to give this drama a 6.5, but the ending was possibly one of the most satisfying endings in dramaland, so I'll settle on a generous 7/10.

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    lea Mar 11, 2016
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    Tzuyu Nov 22, 2015

    Amazing!!! *0*

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    irish Nov 22, 2015

    The city hall.
    What a wonderful show.
    Kim seon-ah is absolutely perfect as the mayor who never compromises, no matter what she is put through. Whether she is playing a comedy scene, drama, romance, drama, or just being cute, she is totally convincing.
    She is backed up by a terrific cast.
    I do remember thinking in certain parts while watching that there was a hollywood elememt to it.
    although I'm not quite where.
    10/10 (favourite)

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    pizbola Oct 31, 2015

    I have watched several times, this is the best drama for me. the chemistry between main stars is amazing.

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    Kikka Aug 17, 2015

    Finished! XD A great and interesting drama! XD First time I saw a political drama that humored me a lot!! ^_^ Worth a watch! XD

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    Ambitious_96 Apr 29, 2015 - edited

    does she keep throwing herself at him? ugh i hate this attitude.

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      Omocha May 12, 2015 - edited

      the female lead character is meant to have some kind princess syndrome, and if you ask the plot...what you mean by throwing herself? no...her princess syndrome came out along with her need to get into the pageant (she can't participate at that that time despite her age) to get prize to pay her ex-boyfriend credit loan that blackmailed her, so she tried to persuade the newly elected deputy mayor who's in charge in the beauty pageant program, by giving all of her charm to raise the age limitation qualification, well she act though...that's why the deputy mayor thinks she's crazy at first.
      This is adult story the romance, politics, etc, those who haven't mature enough maybe can't fully digest overall of the plot

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    racheltan May 29, 2014

    I don't know why but I dropped it because the politics in the story just couldn't interest me..didn't like the countryside tone of the show either :/


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    South Korea
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    Apr 29, 2009 to Jul 2, 2009
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    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    7.9 (scored by 2,664 users)
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