Star in My Heart aka: Wish Upon a Star (MBC TV Series)(US Version) DVD Region 1, 4
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Star in My Heart is one of the core Korean television drama classics that helped kick-start the red-hot Korean Entertainment Wave throughout the world. Now Star in My Heart makes its much-anticipated North American debut on DVD courtesy of YA Entertainment. Like the rest of YA Entertainment's K-Dramas, Star in My Heart features high-quality English subtitles prepared especially with English-speaking audiences in mind!
Yun-Ie (Choi Jin-Shil) was raised in an orphanage and later adopted into a hostile family environment. Yun-Ie's stepfather holds genuine affection for her, but her stepmother looks down upon her and treats her cruelly. Yun-Ie even has cruel stepsiblings, just like Cinderella! But this is a Cinderella story where Cinderella takes her fate into her own hands, and instead of one Prince Charming, Yun-Ie has two heroes to help make her life a success. The first is Kang Min-Hee (Ahn Jae-Wook), a young man who goes against his fathers wishes to become a successful singer. The second is Lee Joon-Hee (Cha In-Pyo), an operator of a fashion design company. Joon-Hee helps Yun-Ie with her career, and is attracted to her because she resembles his ex-girlfriend. But Joon-Hee is also friends with Min-Hee, and will not compete with his friend directly. It's up to this Cinderella to choose her own Prince Charming...
One of the early ambassadors of the Korean Entertainment Wave, Star in My Heart has all the perfect K-drama elements: great story, star power, charismatic heroes, despicable villains, unforgettable music (sung by Ahn Jae-Wook), twists and turns, and many memorable moments. You'll find yourself watching this classic again and again!
1997 MBC Best Performance of the Year Award: Choi Jin-Shil
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|Product Title:||Star in My Heart aka: Wish Upon a Star (MBC TV Series)(US Version) Star in My Heart aka: Wish Upon a Star (MBC TV Series)(US Version) Star in My Heart aka: Wish Upon a Star (MBC TV Series)(US Version) 星に願いを （MBC TV Series）（US版） 별은 내가슴에 (MBC TV Series) (미국판)|
|Artist Name(s):||Ahn Jae Wook | Cha In Pyo | Choi Jin Sil | Kim Jung Eun 安在旭 | 車仁表 | 崔真實 | 金政恩 安在旭 | 车仁表 | 崔真实 | 金政恩 アン・ジェウク | チャ・インピョ | チェ・ジンシル | キム・ジョンウン 안재욱 | 차 인표 | 최 진실 | 김 정은|
|Country of Origin:||South Korea|
|Picture Format:||NTSC What is it?|
|Region Code:||1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories, 4 - Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean What is it?|
|Other Information:||6 DVDs (16 Episodes)|
|Package Weight:||420 (g)|
|Shipment Unit:||3 What is it?|
|YesAsia Catalog No.:||1003978103|
* Sound Mix : Dolby 2.0
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Director : 이진석
고아원 출신의 의류 디자이너가 온갖 역경을 딛고 성공과 사랑을 이루기까지의 이야기를 그린 드라마. 최진실, 차인표등 최고의 톱스타들이 출연하여 많은 화제를 모았던 이 작품은 방영당시 연기력 있는 조연에 불과했던 안재욱을 일약 스타대열에 올려놓은 작품이기도 하다.
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Ah... 1997. Korea was entering the IMF crisis, boy bands like H.O.T., S.E.S and Shinhwa weren't infesting every single radio and TV in town yet, the National Soccer Team still sucked, and in theaters The Contact and The Letter were leading a resurgence in the popularity of commercial Korean films. But there was someone else who set the country on fire that year: Kang Min. Or, to be precise, the man who played that character in the cult trendy drama Star in My Heart, none other than Ahn Jae Wook. Before that year, Ahn was a mildly popular actor, with supporting roles in Dramas like Hotel and the excellent Their Embrace - which shows Lee Young Ae in a role similar to the one she'd play in Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, and also has a great cast including Choi Min Sik, Jeon Gwang Ryeol and Song Jae Ho.
But after that drama, everything changed for him: he became a successful singer, he led the beginning of the 'Korean Wave' in China and Hong Kong, and his popularity reached ridiculous levels around the late 90s. Sing the hit song from the show Pain to any Korean girl in her mid-twenties, and she'll instantly recognize where it comes from. Ask boys the same age what they remember from 1997, and a lot of them will say Ahn Jae Wook's wild hairdo from the show. Why? Because for a while it seemed as if every teenager in town was going around with that hairstyle and fashion, and every boy band and MC Host who wanted to get some rub from Ahn's popularity chose that style as well. That day May 3, 1997, when that 16th Episode aired, it hit ratings of over 49%, culminating in the most replayed scene of the year (which, of course, I'm not spoiling).
So what's so special about the show? It's not well written at all, and taken out of context today might just seem like another Cinderella story with wildly stereotypical characters. But there's another reason why people still remember Star in My Heart as a classic (more in style than quality, that is), even if looking at it today it doesn't seem to have aged that well. It's that unique MBC Magic, which often made shows produced by the station, like a window to the past. Of course KBS and SBS had their hits and flops in the 90s, but there was always a reason why MBC was considered the 'Kingdom of Dramas' back then: they hit the right notes with the people, they showed characters they could relate to, and understood trends ahead of their time. They were able to recreate a picture of Korean society of the period, with a mix of traditional and modern influences. Even though the best shows from the period were family and historical dramas, even lightweight fare like Star in My Heart had a certain charm which is completely absent from the majority of today's trendy dramas.
Although they're often referred to as 'Cinderella Dramas', most of these shows follow the basic story line of the monstrously popular 70s Japanese manga Candy Candy - which later became a worldwide hit thanks to the Anime series. Like the manga, the story centers on a cheerful poor girl from an orphanage growing up among foster parents who treat her badly, but making something out of herself through sheer perseverance and spirit of sacrifice. Our heroine Yeon Yi (Choi Jin Shil) is brought to the big city from the orphanage she was living in, but not all her newfound family is as interested in her as the man who brought her there.
His wife is a famous fashion designer (Park Won Sook), his daughter a spoiled and childish brat (Jo Mi Ryung), and his son a sleazy and corrupt womanizer. But Yeon Yi finds a way to avoid their 'spell', helped by her best friend from the orphanage (Jeon Do Yeon), and her two 'knights in shining armor' Cha In Pyo and Ahn Jae Wook. Spoiling more of the story would be silly. Not that it's something incredibly well written like Rebirth, but just because these shows live and die by their plot developments. A mysterious alter ego of Yeon Yi appears, the Korean-Italian fashion photographer Sofia (again Choi Jin Shil); the truth about Kang Min's biological mother is revealed, and more romantic shenanigans happen in the show.
As I said, the show didn't age well. Why? Because the first time I watched it (1998) I was probably feeling the same things other young Koreans watching the show felt. It's never a good idea to watch what you enjoyed as a teenager expecting the same things today. And again, analyzing the shows from an objective point of view would reveal the script is passable when it comes to the main story line, but the rest is quite messy. It opens subplots which it never really gives enough importance to nor concludes in a satisfying manner (what happens to the subplot about Park Won Sook knowing Yeon Yi's mother? Why does Sofia look exactly like Yeon Yi? Twin sister, doppelganger or what? ), and the characters seem stereotypical on purpose to focus on the struggle of our heroine even more. Yet, it still has that certain charm, that MBC Magic.
There's none of that tear-jerking 'romantic' tragedy found in Yoon Seok Ho's lousy 'Season Dramas', nor the sudden diseases of embarrassing dramas like Stairway To Heaven. Yes, the killer minivan syndrome hits this show too, but at least it's at the beginning. Plus, it never sells its soul to appeal to Japanese Okasan, Chinese housewives and teenagers all over south east Asia, hungry for pretty stars. It's not one of those 'Korean Wave' Dramas, planned from the start to appeal to an overseas audience. The key of the Korean Wave's beginning was presenting your popular culture overseas, but now it has changed to adapt your dramas to fit overseas demands, which if continued, could kill the unique identity of Korean Dramas (and please, let's not read anything political into that).
And then there's the acting. Yes, the characters are incredibly stereotypical, but the cast is so good they circle around the problem, and still create something interesting. Choi Jin Shil has certainly done better, but she's quite charming here, as the girl next door who wants to fulfill her dreams. She's not a drama queen in the vein of most of Choi Ji Woo's roles, and even though her 'alter ego' Sofia is just a pretense to create a reason for Cha In Pyo to fall for her, she shows good range portraying two completely different characters. Ahn Jae Wook plays one of his many 'gentle metrosexual' roles, and Cha In Pyo predates today's 'ubersexual' roles (a mix between macho and metrosexual, like Kim Ju Hyeok in Lovers in Prague) by a half decade, and always displaying good command of foreign languages (English and Italian, in this case).
The rest of the cast ranges from predictably excellent (Maeng Sang Hoon, Kang Nam Gil, Jeon Do Yeon), to playfully over the top (Jo Mi Ryung, Park Cheol), and then there's Park Won Sook. There's nobody in Korea who can act a mean bitch like she does. Sure, it might not be a very realistic portrayal, and considering the other roles she's done in her career this could even be considered a waste of time, but she's such a spectacle to see. Slapping Choi Jin Shil left and right, with a force and rage you rarely see, acting with her entire body. A multifaceted villain she might not be, but it's quite fun to see her act sophisticated, and then lose her temper like a fool.
I'd be lying if I said I love this drama, but it still brings up good memories. It's not incredibly poignant or realistic like some of the great MBC dramas of the 90s, not as interesting and diabolically intriguing as the many excellent historical dramas KBS and SBS are famous for, not as electrifying and hard hitting as shows like Rebirth and Ruler of Your Own World. But it's a nice walk down memory lane, showing the kind of character tropes which would become huge cliches in the future, embedded with the kind of enjoyable superficiality so often present on shows of this kind. And it's just fun to watch. For me because it personally reminds of my youth (not that I'm old, but still...), and for those who'd like to know what started the Korean Wave, this is it. A wild haircut, some good rock ballads and a love triangle later, and they made history. Yes, those stars are still in my heart, albeit they might not be the brightest.
YesAsia Entertainment released this DVD a while ago, and it's a good one. I would have liked some TV specials from the period, but I guess it's too hard to find them. But at least the show is there, with nice video, audio, and even English subtitles. One thing I like is that they didn't take off the opening and ending credits like Korean companies so often do, it's part of the fun. But there's two interesting extras: the first episode - English subtitled as well - of two other series in YA Entertainment's catalogue: the romantic comedy The Attic Cat and the great Ruler of Your Own World. Both are excellent shows, especially the latter, and a chance to see if you like them by showing a full episode instead of a 5 minutes preview.
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October 3, 2009
|Thanks to YesAsia for delivering this good K-drama. Personally, I thought Last Scandal starring the late Choi Jin-shil was better, receiving 5 stars out of 5 stars from me. This series receives minus one star for cinematography and one star for less pizazz. Kudos to Jin-shil for playing two different characters in this drama.|
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May 11, 2008
|This is a great series. The actors were outstanding. You will laugh, cry and cheer. You will not regret purchasing this series. From the beginning to the end, you will not want to stop watching it.|
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May 8, 2008
The Greatest K-Drama
|I just finished re-watching "Star in "My Heart". I watched it more than 10 years ago when it first came out and absolutely loved it. It was the most romantic and stylish Korean drama to date and the entire nation fell in love with the 3 main characters. Now, watching it for the second time, 10+ years later, I love it even more, appreciating the fact that this drama has it all. The amazing actors, storyline, dialogue, memorable characters... There are other Korean dramas that have contributed to the Korean Wave, such as All About Eve, Winter Sonata, What Happened in Bali, Full House, Kim Sam-Soon, Coffee Prince, etc., but none of them came close to "Star in My Hear" in having EVERYTHING! Ahn Jae-Wook and Choi Jin-Shil are cosummate actors who make you believe in fairy tales. This is still my favorite Korean Drama of all time.|
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May 5, 2007
Cha In Pyo.
|I liked this drama. Every main actor doing an excellent job. Excepted CHA IN PYO. They should've give him more room,a lot more room for his acting. To such an talent, talent actor like CHA IN PYO. Given a handsome, sexy and talent CHA IN PYO an unimportant role was a waste. A huge mistake. Oh well, because of him. I bought and liked the drama anyway.|
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April 20, 2007
|I tend to make my purchases a little by impulse. If I like the cover, read a review..that is enough. At first, the cover did not draw me in but wow, was I mistaken. This is a great series and I would recommend it to anyone. The actors do a great job and the storyline is solid. Star in My Heart is a classic for me, and a must have! Enjoy!|