당신만이 내 사랑 (You Are The Only One)

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120 Episodes
A KBS Production
Timeslot: Monday to Friday Evening, 8:25 PM
Genre: Home Drama
Format: 1080i Dolby Digital 2.0 – 30 Minutes
Ran from: 2014/Nov/24~2015/May/08

WITH 한채아 (Han Chae-Ah) as Song Do-Won; 성혁 (Sung Hyeok) as Lee Ji-Geon; 지주연 (Ji Joo-Yeon) as Nam Hye-Ri; 강남길 (Kang Nam-Gil) as Song Deok-Gu; 정한용 (Jung Han-Yong) as Lee Byeong-Tae; 문희경 (Moon Hee-Kyung) as Park Joo-Ran; 한유이 (Han Yoo-Yi) as Lee Ji-Ae; 김민교 (Kim Min-Gyo) as Nam Soon; 이효춘 (Lee Hyo-Choon) as Ji Soo-Yeon; 이영하 (Lee Young-Ha) as Nam Je-Il; 사미자 (Sa Mi-Ja) as Kang Bu-Nam; 강신효 (Kang Shin-Hyo) as Nam Hye-Seong; 김해숙 (Kim Hae-Sook) as Oh Mal-Soo; 최대철 (Choi Dae-Cheol) as Noh Young-Gi; 강주은 (Kang Ju-Eun) as Noh Woo-Ri;

CREW Production Director 진형욱 (Jin Hyeong-Wook) B-Team Director 박진석 (Park Jin-Seok) Main Writer 고봉황 (Go Bong-Hwang) Chief Producer 강병택 (Kang Byeong-Taek) Director of Photography 이민웅 (Lee Min-Woong) Lighting 유필수 (Yoo Pil-Soo) Art Director 신마리아 (Shin Maria) Editor 천윤영 (Cheon Yoon-Young) Music 엄기엽 (Eom Gi-Yeop) Assistant Producer 강수연 (Kang Su-Yeon)

RATINGS
AGB Nielsen Nationwide
HIGHEST: 30.4% (04/23 - E109)
LOWEST: 20.9% (12/19 - E20)
AVERAGE: 26.53%

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IN SHORT

When it comes to home drama, there is an “old school” that can have its own distinct charms, like the prose of Kim Soo-Hyun. Some writers just downright become younger and more energetic as they age, like Jung Ha-Yeon and Kim Woon-Kyung. But all this merely feels old, and I’m afraid there is nothing to compliment about that. The dialogue feels like something out of a 1960’s melodrama, character development (what little can be found here) is mired in decades old class clichés, and every expedient to keep up the tension feels hamfisted at best. It’s a shame because PD Jin used to show some promise before being dragged down by KBS’ system, and B-Team director Park Jin-Seok was involved in quality works in the past. They understandably mail it in, as does most of the cast – those who have enough talent to waste any, at least.

You know you're resorting to cheap gimmicks that pander to the lowest common denominator when a comic relief sidekick (written with the tragicomically parochial aplomb of a 1970s propaganda flick) becomes the key behind one of the most important narrative transitions and denouements of your show. Kim Min-Gyo's call to fame was appearing in SNL 코리아 (Saturday Night Live Korea), even though he's got a long career as a theater actor, producer and big screen character actor. Sure enough, they cast him here in a variety-like role (Filipino immigrant Namsoon Verillio Lee) and he eventually was elevated to near-protagonist status, just because “he's cute when he speaks in broken Korean with a generous sprinkling of second-rate dialect and a bit of Pinoy inflection on the side,” says the prototypical granny who will not miss this show come hell or high water – because he's so funny, like all those comedians and assorted parasites on variety shows. Is he (unintentionally) funny? Yeah, absolutely. If you think dramas are a joke, the equivalent of variety TV – where no matter how low-brow or hackneyed, everything is fair game as long as you get the public to tune in. Then even the eye-gougingly conventional game of star-crossed lovers the leading couple is embroiled in might seem acceptable. What a miserable farce.

ACTING GRADES

61 김해숙 (Kim Hae-Sook)
60 사미자 (Sa Mi-Ja)
60 한채아 (Han Chae-Ah)
60 정한용 (Jung Han-Yong)
60 강남길 (Kang Nam-Gil)
56 문희경 (Moon Hee-Kyung)
56 한유이 (Han Yoo-Yi)
54 최대철 (Choi Dae-Cheol)
51 지주연 (Ji Joo-Yeon)
51 이효춘 (Lee Hyo-Choon)
50 성혁 (Sung Hyeok)
50 이영하 (Lee Young-Ha)
50 강신효 (Kang Shin-Hyo)
39 김민교 (Kim Min-Gyo)

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