My Lovely Sam-soon (Hangul: 내 이름은 김삼순; RR: Nae ireumeun Kim Sam-soon; lit. My Name Is Kim Sam-soon) is a South Korean television series based on the internet novel of the same title by Ji Soo-hyun, which was published on March 9, 2004. Touted as the Korean version of Bridget Jones's Diary, it starred Kim Sun-a (who gained 15 pounds for the role), Hyun Bin, Jung Ryeo-won and Daniel Henney. The series aired on MBC from June 1 to July 21, 2005 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
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The K-drama phenomenon of 2005, 'My Lovely Samsoon,' attracted a massive viewing audience and went on to create a “Sam-soon syndrome.” It won numerous MBC awards in eight categories, including Best Actor and Best Female Actress for Kim Sun-a in her role as Sam-soon, and Best Male Actor for Hyun Bin in his role as Jin-heon.
'My Lovely Samsoon' was the top hit miniseries of 2005, featuring a great cast: Kim Sun-a, a popular actress who has appeared in more movies than TV miniseries; Hyun Bin, who is considered the handsomest next-generation male star; Daniel Henney, a good-looking Korean/American star born of a British father and a Korean mother; and Jeong Ryeo- won, a singer-turned-actress and former member of the female group Chakra. While the miniseries caused a stir even before the first episode, the biggest news was that actress Kim Sun-a gained fifteen pounds to nail her role as the fiery, overweight Sam-soon.
'My Lovely Samsoon' doesn't conform to the stereotype of the typical K-Drama Cinderella. The Korean version of Bridget Jones's Diary tells the story of a rather ordinary-looking heroine who meets a younger and good-looking, rich man. The romantic drama created much buzz with each episode comically depicting the love between the not-so-beautiful woman and the ill-tempered younger man. The “Sam-soon syndrome” was still being felt in Korea long after the miniseries ended. And Kim Sun-a, Hyun Bin, Daniel Henney, and Jeong Ryeo-won continue to be the most sought-after stars in Korean entertainment.
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