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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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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Jan 22, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I can't believe that I watched a bread baking drama, that was 30 episodes long, without being bored! It took a lot of persuasion from a friend to get me to watch this. The high ratings didn't even have me fully convinced, but from beginning to end this drama lived up to all the hype.

The entire cast was great. The first episodes are set in the past, and I thought the read more cast of younger actors were exceptional. I also thought the younger actors matched their older counterparts very well. Younger Kim Tak Goo hooked me into the story, and older Kim Tak Goo kept me hooked from the first time he smiled. I loved that the cast of "villains" had depth, and some characters walked the fine line between good and bad. I liked that Eugene strayed from the romantic lead path into her own interesting character. I thought Joo Won was really good at being very sympathetic, and equally distasteful, though I lol-ed at the look on his face as if something constantly stunk. Even the supporting characters really added to the story, so I had to give the cast a 10.

Though the show is about baking, the story centers around family betrayal, revenge, rivalry, and painful relationships between children and their parents. There are some over the top fight scenes, dramatic rescues, and heartbreaking confrontations, so don't expect to just watch a bunch of scenes about how to bake bread. There's also a good balance of sweet, and humorous moments, and the pacing is good as well. I loved that the romance in this was a bit unconventional, and was touching without being cheesy, or the central focus of the story. This drama also has something I find rare in most dramas, a great ending. They manage to give each character proper closure, and the ending felt just right.

Overall the story isn't necessarily original, but It wasn't predictable either. I laughed and cried many times while watching. There aren't many specific rewatchable scenes, and since suspense is mainly what kept me up nights watching, I'm not sure If I will watch this again. Yoon Si Yoon is so charming, that he may be enough of a reason to give this one a second look.

I definitely recommend this. The 30 episodes will fly by...
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diff genre.....yes...but...

they both have very ambitious young men determined to make their dreams come true regardless of the obstacles standing in their way

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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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    JEf Apr 10, 2017

    I'm probably the last to watch this drama but thanks to you all reviewers, I'm so glad I did. I normally don't go for long dramas (30 ep is long to me!) but I decided to give it a chance since I read such good reviews of it. Thank you all!

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    KatySarang_TGeyes Apr 4, 2017
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    cynthia Feb 23, 2017 - edited

    the main lead is stupid but it makes him cute

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Apr 4, 2017
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    iambulletproof Nov 28, 2016 - edited

    I might be the last person who have seen this lol. i can't beleive i missed to see this sooner. I'm not a big fan of melodrama but this one got me hook from start to finish in just 2 days lol.

    10/10 for the cast acting. Yoon Shi Yoon and Joo Won were simply amazing. YSY did so great that i cried everytime he cries. His character (Tak Gu) is the most resilient person ever. His genuine pure heart will move you to do good to others too haha. The things he suffered from this drama will make your problems insignificant. JW character is much complex than the main lead but he was able to deliver. You will hate him and will try to kill him in your mind a few times but at the same time feel sorry for him and try to understand him. Eugene character were somewhat all over the place here. I feel like the writer/producer can't decide on what to do with her character and played with it lol.

    prepare boxes of tissues for this, and try not to binge watch this coz im telling you its very exhausting to cry episode after episode. This is one of the melodrama that really touched my heart and the ending is soo good that it teared me up from happiness.

    a solid 8.5/10. Highly recommended

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    Dia Oct 20, 2016
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    foreverwitchy Sep 17, 2016

    watched this in three days, its quite addicting

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    airenLMH Aug 26, 2016 - 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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      MarjieJoseJavier 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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      MarjieJoseJavier 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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      MarjieJoseJavier May 29, 2016

      Ohhh. Thank youuu! :)

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    lea May 10, 2016 - edited

    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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      iambulletproof Nov 28, 2016

      did you miss the melodrama tag? it is tagged as melodrama for a reason :)

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      lea Nov 28, 2016

      I guess we have different understandings of melodrama :)

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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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      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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      Jul Feb 13, 2017

      Have you decided after yet another year? XD

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      naccu Feb 14, 2017

      I'm close! haha

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      KatySarang_TGeyes Feb 19, 2017

      This is literally my favorite drama. The characters are well-written and make you want to root for them (even the petty majun lol). It has a really beautiful message and you'll either be smiling like crazy or crying buckets the whole time. It's a drama that really makes you think about life. Anyway, I love it and would definitely recommend it. Hopefully after two years you'll finally decide to watch it ;)

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

    1 hr. 3 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 5,759 users)
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