King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo

King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo (2010)

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Kim Tak Goo is the eldest son of Goo In Jong, the president of Geosung Enterprise, a legend in the baking industry. Although he is an extremely talented baker and seemed destined to succeed his father as president, Goo In Jong's family plotted to rob him of his inheritance because he was born to In Jong's mistress. Tak Goo's determination to become number one in the baking industry drives him to rebuild read morehis career from scratch despite the many trials he faces.

  • Native title:

    제빵왕 김탁구
  • Also Known as:

    Baker King, Kim Tak Goo ; Bread, Love and Dreams ; Jeppangwang Kim Tak Goo

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43 of 45 people found this review helpful
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Sep 13, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
A very HeartFULL drama. You've read it right, it can give you all your heart has to offer: heart-touching, heartwarming, heart-wrenching yet very inspiring drama.

Story: Prepare for an emotional ride. From the first episode, I just can't let go. A real makjang drama at its finest, it made me shed tears by episode 3. The story will tell you about a guy with painful past, lost family, with nowhere to run, read more with absolutely nothing at his hand strives to find himself, his dreams and his newly-found family through the world of baking. The childhood part for me was greatly done, it's the family history that made me invest deep emotions; for the 2nd half of the drama were flashbacks has to be made, sad emotions run down and I cried. I lost count how many times I cried in this drama. Most of the lines coming from the teacher were really inspiring and will let you ponder about life in actuality.

The romance is unconventional. It's not I-know-already-who-end-up-who typical love story. It all ends up to a matter of choices. I did like the ending, it's open yet satisfying and will leave you a resting feeling.

Cast/ Acting: The child actors were definitely amazing in conveying heavy-toned drama in the first episodes. Yoon Shi Yoon maintained the well built TakGu character. He was very convincing and his expressions will make you understand what hardships he's going through that seeing them makes it painful. When he cried, I can't help but cry too. Shin Yu Kyung's character is complex and yes, she's also believable. I initially watched this because of Joo Won and I can say, he's also very good in here, the shifting from bad to good was portrayed well, I also did cry for him at the end. The two main antagonists were not a letdown, it seemed nothing can stop them in doing what they want at all cost until the very end.

Music: It simply matches the scenes it has to give enhancements of, and it has a lively yet inspiring feeling as well.

Rewatch Value: It's a heavy drama for me so I will find it hard to rewatch it for sure.

Overall: A great inspiring drama that will max-out your emotions( it is for me anyway) but in a good way! It will make you sad yet satisfied, this is one of those dramas that is hard to forget. :)
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52 of 58 people found this review helpful
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Jan 12, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
The first thing I asked myself was, "Do I really want to watch a drama about baking???" Honestly speaking the whole baking theme didn't really interest me, but I'm so glad I gave it a try. There is so much more than Baking to this drama, trust me.

From the beginning this drama draws you in. This drama made me cry my heart out (no joke I cried for hours...yeah i dramathoned read more this drama). The story is just amazing. Despite Kim Tak Goo facing many difficulties he always has a smile on his face, moving everyone around him. His character just captures your heart. Kim Tak Goo Fighting!!!

So if you are in the mood of watching a drama that will make you cry, smile, laugh, then I recommend you to watch this one.

This is a must see!!!
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Deals with the same plot of an illegitimate child brought home to a rich family. Also includes the rivalry of two brothers and an evil mother who favors one of the brothers. The main character takes revenge against his brother and mother, like Five Fingers. Overall, the plot is the same, but I personally liked Baker King, Kim Tak Goo a little bit more.
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Both involve cooking theme, with lead character trying to achieve their goals through cooking,Both involve the journey of young men to master the art of cooking
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    airenLMH 18 hours ago - edited

    I love this drama!! No dull moment and the storyline very intense. Honestly, Joo Won (Ma Jun) character in this drama very a jerk one but suprisingly i never hate him. Its like i understand why his character turn out to be like that. Very recommended!

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    Heathenkitties Jun 3, 2016 - edited

    I'm trying to find out the name of a song from the end of episode 8; can anyone help me? Thanks!

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    Marooya May 12, 2016 - edited

    Very sad that this drama has dropped in ratings and been pushed by other dramas which very much lacking in quality compared to this.

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      MarjieJavier May 28, 2016

      What? It was rerun in Korea?
      This drama was one of the few that reached 50% ratings back then. :)

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      MarjieJavier May 28, 2016

      What? It was rerun in Korea?
      This drama was one of the few that reached 50% ratings back then. :)

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      Marooya May 29, 2016

      No I mean it dropped here on MDL. It used to be on the first page now it's just 8.2 overall.
      Yes you are right it reached 50% in Korea :)

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      MarjieJavier May 29, 2016

      Ohhh. Thank youuu! :)

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    lea May 10, 2016

    Wow what a slooow drama! Everything took forever to say and do it's like they were tying to stretch it out to all those episodes by slowing everything down the shots getting way too long. I've watched much longer dramas than this one and was never so bored I had to drop this one at ep15

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    SSKF Oct 30, 2015 - edited

    Who ends up with who in this drama? Who ends up with Tak Goo?

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    naccu Jun 11, 2015 - edited

    I don't know if I should watch is or if it'll be boring hmmmmmm

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      Kyoru Jul 10, 2015

      did u watch it? xD

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      naccu Jul 10, 2015

      nope.... I will at some point

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      Hessa Oct 5, 2015

      It is really good. I hate watching long dramas because they tend to get boring but this one was not.

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      naccu May 8, 2016

      Almost a year later and I'm still wondering whether I should watch this xD

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      Kyoru May 9, 2016

      hhahaahha! XD

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    Betty_Boop Apr 11, 2015 - edited

    Watched it in 2 days. Love it & cried a lot... Clap clap clap...

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    bLoodYThoughtS Jan 22, 2015

    The ending was great ... just the ending

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    Roswenthe Jan 20, 2015

    Ahh, I just found Joo Won's first smirk in a drama.... He really does have an epic smirk.

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    suzyfan Oct 7, 2014 - edited

    tell me pls who is the main lead girl with yoon shi yoon??

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    MinaVIP Sep 28, 2014
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    Vui256 Sep 25, 2014 - edited

    Some how I dont like this drama so much. At the beginning it was so good and interesting. But then I feel bored after eps and eps. Maybe because I'm too young to watch these kind of dramas. I was watching it when I'm 13 or something. Maybe I wanted romance dramas only. Aww I'm so teenage, cant' help it >//<.

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    mjup Aug 9, 2014 - edited

    Four years later and no drama has replaced Baker King as my #1 favourite drama.

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      kennetskyz 28 days ago

      But now your favorite is 'Reply 1988' hahahah

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      mjup 25 days ago

      hahhahaha whoops

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      kennetskyz 25 days ago

      Is it better than Reply 1997 and Baker King?

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    NiceNoona Jul 11, 2014

    This drama is so painful to watch. I don't mean painful because it's bad... But painful because I feel for so many of the characters and there is so much evil going against them! Every time Ma Jun's mother or bio dad is on screen I want to scream

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    Stained_Glass Mar 17, 2014 - edited
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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Jun 9, 2010 to Sep 16, 2010
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 3 min.


  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 5,278 users)
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