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Winner of the 2005 Baeksang Awards Grand Prize for TV Drama.

She's 29 years old, single, and overweight. She doesn't have a college degree, a boyfriend, or a job. She's outspoken, obstinate, and fed up with society's expectations of her. Her name is Kim Sam-Soon, and she's Korea's unlikely sweetheart!

Thanks to its everywoman protagonist, My Lovely Sam-Soon (a.k.a. My Name is Kim Sam-Soon) has been billed as Korea's answer to Bridget Jones. Kim Sam-Soon (Kim Sun Ah, who gained 15 pounds for the role) is a Cordon Bleu-trained pastry chef who doesn't conform to the stereotype of the typical K-Drama Cinderella. Sam-Soon won't let men push her around, will eat and sleep her way out of a depression, and could care less how other people see her.

When Sam-Soon loses her job on Christmas Eve, her problems are just beginning. She spots her boyfriend going into a hotel with another woman. At first she wants to charge right in there and confront him, but instead decides to wait for him to come out. She plans on dumping him in front of everybody, but when he finally does materialize, Sam-Soon breaks down and begs him not to leave her for the other woman.

Realizing she has made a fool of herself in public she runs to the bathroom, but accidentally goes into the men's room. Hyun Jin-Hun (Hyun Bin), on a blind date he has no desire to go through with, walks in on Sam-Soon, embarrassing her even more! But Jin-Hun turns out to be Sam-Soon's future employer - in more ways than one. He's a rich restaurant owner who hires Sam-Soon, not only to be a chef, but also to be his pretend girlfriend! So begins a series of surprising and touching events that would try the emotions of any normal woman. But this is no normal woman - this is Kim Sam-Soon!

When My Lovely Sam-Soon first aired, audiences immediately identified with Kim Sam-Soon's stereotype-breaking character. With her foul mouth and "unladylike" behavior, Sam-Soon challenges traditional ideas of what Korean women are like, by providing a glimpse of what a Korean woman is really like! Audiences responded by making My Lovely Sam-Soon the most watched K-Drama of the year, with a viewership rate of over 40 percent. Alternately hilarious, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, My Lovely Sam-Soon - and Kim Sam-Soon herself - will win you over!

Discover the most talked-about K-Drama of the year with YA Entertainment's DVD edition of My Lovely Sam Soon, which comes complete with English Subtitles prepared especially for Western audiences. The set also includes a My Lovely Sam-Soon Mouse Pad and the first two episodes of hit series Dae Jang Geum starring Sympathy For Lady Vengeance star Lee Young Ae.


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Product Title: My Lovely Sam-Soon (English Subtitled)(MBC TV Series)(US Version) My Lovely Sam-Soon (English Subtitled)(MBC TV Series)(US Version) My Lovely Sam-Soon (English Subtitled)(MBC TV Series)(US Version) 私の名前はキム・サムスン (英語字幕付き)(US版) 내 이름은 김삼순 (MBC TV 시리즈)(미국판)
Artist Name(s): Kim Sun Ah | Hyun Bin | Jeong Ryeo Won | Daniel Henney 金 宣兒 | 玄彬 | 鄭麗媛 | Daniel Henney 金 宣儿 | 玄彬 | 郑丽媛 | Daniel Henney キム・ソナ | ヒョンビン | チョン・リョウォン | ダニエル・ヘニー 김 선아 | 현빈 | 정려원 | 다니엘 헤니
Release Date: 2005-11-21
Language: Korean
Subtitles: English
Country of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 1 - USA, Canada, U.S. Territories What is it?
Publisher: YA Entertainment
Other Information: 6 DVDs (16 episodes)
Package Weight: 540 (g)
Shipment Unit: 3 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004059979

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* Screen Format : 4:3
* Sound Mix : Dolby 2.0
* DVD Type : DVD-9
* Extras :
My Lovely Sam-Soon Mouse Pad & Dae Jang Geum Episodes 1 and 2

* Director : 김윤철

한 조사에 의하면 우리나라 여성 중 자기가 뚱뚱하다고 생각하는 여성이 73%를 차지하고 있다. 이 땅의 여자 열명 중 일곱 명이 자기가 뚱뚱하다고 믿고 있다는 것인데 우리의 주인공 김삼순도 그 중에 속한다. 사랑에 상처 받아 홧술로 7kg이 불어나긴 했지만 어쨌든 그녀는 스물아홉의 뚱뚱한 노처녀이다. 대학도 안나왔고, 파티쉐라는 다소 생소한 자격증이 있긴 하지만 크리스마스이브에 해고당하고, 애인도 원룸도 마이카도 없다. 그녀는 평균이다. 이상과 현실에 한 발씩 걸치고 있는 스물아홉 그 또래 여성들의 평균.

그녀들은 영화 같은 로맨스를 꿈꾸지만 일어날 가능성이 없다는 걸 안다. 일에 푹 빠져있을 때는 결혼 따위 안하고 살 수도 있을 것 같고, 돈 벌어서 평생 여행이나 했으면 좋겠고, 가끔 친절하게 구는 연하남에게 가슴 설레이고, 쏜 살 같은 시간의 흐름이 무서워지기 시작하고, 돈벼락을 맞았으면 좋겠고, 그러면 차마 버리지 못해 가슴 속에 묻어둔 꿈을 펼칠 수 있을 것만 같고...

스물여덟 살의 크리스마스이브에 삼순이는 변장을 하고 호텔에 들어선다. 얼마 전부터 수상한 기미를 보여 오던 애인 민현우를 그녀는 지금 미행하고 있다. 설마 했는데 현우는 미모의 여자와 호텔룸으로 올라가고, 삼순은 룸서비스를 가장해 룸에 들이닥친다.

삼순이가 누구인가. 전직 농구선수 아닌가. 힘차게 점프를 해 침대에 누워있는 그를, 그의 머리를, 드리블 하듯 마구 때리기 시작한다. 야 이 나쁜 새끼야, 니가 어떻게 이럴 수 있어! 하필이면 왜 크리스마스이브야. 나도 크리스마스이브에 남자친구랑 좀 있어보자. 어? 이 빤쓰! 이거 내가 사준 거잖아! 딴 여자 만나면서 내가 사준 빤쓰를 입고 싶디? 이 기집애 어디 갔어. 이 기집애는 빤쓰 사줄 돈도 없대?

이럴 수 있으면 얼마나 좋을까. 하지만 바람난 자기 남자한테 이렇게 해댈 수 있는 여자, 많지 않다. 아무리 괄괄하고 화끈한 삼순이래도 이런 짓, 못한다. 아~ 하지만 문 밖에서 동태를 살피다가 비참한 꼴로 현우와 마주친 삼순. 커피숍에서 그가 나오길 기다리는 동안 삼순은 이를 갈고 칼도 간다. 어떤 표정으로 나올까. 그 얼굴에 침을 뱉어줄 테다. 정강이도 걷어찰 테다. 너랑은 이제 끝이야! 라고 외치고 말테다. 하지만 그녀는 그러지 못한다. 대신 울음을 터트린다. 현우의 얼굴을 보는 순간 그동안 절절했던 사랑이 생각나 바짓가랑이 붙잡고 늘어지는 신파도 떨어본다.

사람들이 쳐다본다. 그 중에는 현진헌도 끼어있다. 진헌은 조카 미주가 학교에 입학하기 전에 보살펴줄 숙모를 만들어줘야 한다는 어머니의 강요에 못이겨 맞선을 보러 나온 참이다. 그런데 한쪽에서 뚱뚱한 여자가 남자의 바짓가랑이를 붙잡고 울고불고 한다. 크리스마스 특별쇼인가보다. 진헌은 두 남녀에게 냉소를 보내고 맞선끝내기에 돌입한다. 무례하기 굴기. 맞선을 일찍 끝내는 방법. 결국 15분 만에 맞선은 끝이 나지만 그는 화가 난 맞선녀로부터 물세례를 받는다. 물에 젖은 옷을 닦으러 화장실에 들른 진헌은 삼순이 울고 있는 남자화장실 문을 벌컥 연다. 뺨에 두 줄기 계곡을 만든 시커먼 마스카라 눈물, 숨 막히는 코르셋을 벗느라 반쯤 벗어젖힌 블라우스, 쭉 뻗은 통통한 다리. 이런 볼썽사나운 여자는 처음 본다.

“뭡니까? 아줌마. 변태예요?”

삼순은 억울하다. 눈물이 앞을 가려 남,녀 화장실 구분을 못한 죄로 가슴 반쪽을 처음 보는 남자한테 공개하다니, 정말 최악의 크리스마스다. 아듀~ 다시 오지 않을 나의 스물여덟이여!
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February 2, 2007

If you absolutely must watch a soap opera, what kind of protagonist would you prefer? An angelic, beautiful, and wholly unrealistic do-gooder, or someone who's a little rougher around the edges? If the latter is your preference, then you'll be very pleased with the K-drama phenomenon My Lovely Sam Soon. The show's title character is a refreshing departure from the types of heroines traditionally depicted in Korean television drama. Rather than subject viewers to another gorgeous, and thus, inaccessible Cinderella-type waiting for her Prince Charming, the people behind My Lovely Sam Soon have instead given audiences a character they can relate to - everywoman Kim Sam Soon.

Actress Kim Seon Ah gained fifteen pounds to play the role of the mouthy, plain looking, and slightly overweight (read: normal!) pastry chef who just so happens to be pushing thirty. She comes from a lower class background and doesn't have a college degree, but she doesn't let other people's prejudices get in the way of her dreams and goals. The only thing that she really has a problem with is her name, which she hopes to legally change to "Kim Hee Jin" if her mother will allow it.

After losing both her job and her boyfriend on Christmas Eve, Sam Soon finds herself crossing paths with Hyeon Jin Heon (Hyeon Bin), the twenty-seven year old owner of the French restaurant, Bon Appetit. Of course, the two immediately despise each other, but a confluence of events impels Jin Heon to hire Sam Soon as his pastry chef. Sam Soon is initially hesitant to work for Jin Heon, but realizing she needs the money, our heroine decides to accept the position. Her only condition is to be called "Kim Hee Jin," a request which inexplicably upsets Jin Heon, but after some consideration, he goes along with her demands. Then, in a move that could only happen in a soap opera, Jin Heon hires Sam Soon to pose as his girlfriend so his meddling mother will stop setting him up on blind dates. Can you see how this is going to get a little complicated?

But that's not even the half of it. It seems there's more to Jin Heon than meets the eye. Apparently, there's some tragedy in his past that left him with an injured leg, killed off his brother and sister-in-law, and left his cute-as-a-button niece Mi Joo (Seo Ji Hee) completely speechless for three years. Even worse, in the aftermath of this mysterious event, Jin Heon's longtime girlfriend (Jeong Ryeo Won) left for America with no explanation. And wouldn't you know it? Just as Sam Soon begins to develop feelings for her prickly boss, Jin Heon's ex re-enters the picture. Her name? Yoo Hee Jin. What are her intentions toward Jin Heon? And what about the handsome Dr. Henry Kim (Daniel Henney), who's arriving from America just to see her? Not surprisingly, more misunderstandings than a season-full of Three's Company episodes ensue with plenty of humorous and not-so-humorous results.

To say any more about the story would not only spoil the fun, but also require a discussion too large for the space provided. My Lovely Sam Soon is a soap opera after all, so while the plot points divulged here may seem numerous, it's only the tip of the iceberg in this complications-aplenty K-Drama. Kim Seon Ah is the heart and soul of the series, and does a fine job in her role as Sam Soon. Her character's straight-talking, take-no-crap persona is a joy to watch, and makes for many highly comical situations. Her character's propensity to daydream often takes the show in a different direction. Whether it's Kim Seon Ah humorously channeling Michelle Pfieffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys or just imagining what she (and the audience) would like to do in a given situation, these little digressions are highly welcome moments. Her co-star Hyeon Bin does what he can with a character who isn't very likeable. For the purposes of the plot, it seems Jin Heon is supposed to be an infuriating jerk. But perhaps that's something viewers of K-dramas like to see, that is - watching someone like Sam Soon melt this guy's icy exterior. Whatever the case, thankfully, once the show gives Jin Heon some leeway to actually lighten up during the latter half of the series, he becomes an infinitely more interesting character.

The other "couple" in the series work as interesting foils for the main characters. No doubt in an effort to contrast sharply with the "overweight" Sam Soon, the actress portraying Hee Jin is rail thin, which itself becomes a plot point as the story develops. Jeong Ryeo Won plays the "other woman," but her character seems to act purely on the whims of the screenwriters – one moment she's the sweetest girl in the world, and the next, she's a conniving shrew. Interestingly enough, although she has good chemistry with Hyeon Bin, she has even more with co-star Daniel Henney. Since his character cannot speak Korean, she communicates with him in Australian-accented English (which isn't explained, by the way). Of course, it would make sense for these two to pair off immediately, but who says soap operas make any sense? In any case, the biggest surprise of the series is acting newcomer Henney. Although his English-only line readings occasionally come across a little stilted, the model-turned-actor delivers a performance that is surprisingly naturalistic at times. Along with the "bull in a china shop" nature of Kim Sam Soon, the directness of Henney's character helps puncture the often overstuffed melodrama that tends to accumulate as the series goes on. It's a shame the writers didn't devise more scenes for Kim Seon Ah and Daniel Henney to play off one another, as their few interactions in the series make for definite comedy gold.

Despite its positive strides with its lead character, My Lovely Sam Soon isn't without its problems. Whether it's the numerous scenes of people breaking down in histrionics, the occasionally moronic motivations of certain characters, or the heavy reliance on an Idiot Plot that could be easily resolved with a five minute conversation or even a ten second outburst, it's clear that the show does occasionally lapse into the contrivances of the soap opera world. I mean, just how many scenes do we have to watch of Jin Heon upsetting Sam Soon, only to have him chase after her to apologize? But to its credit, the show's creators expertly test the patience of the viewer. Just when you think the show is going to milk a particular problem for the length of the entire series, the issue is quickly resolved. Of course, it's not done without raising a new problem, thus hooking the viewer once again.

And the show is rather addictive. My Lovely Sam Soon definitely transcends borders. Although issues of class, weight, age, and marital status matter in just about every culture, the "in-your-face" way in which it is dealt with in My Lovely Sam Soon will be an eye-opener for many viewers. Thankfully, the viewers have the ballsy Kim Sam Soon to cheer for as she strikes back with her sharp tongue and acid wit. Considering its unconventionally charming lead character, it's no wonder that the show became the most watched drama of 2005. Thanks to its comic sensibilities and strong performances from its cast, My Lovely Sam Soon is one K-Drama well-deserving of praise.

By Calvin McMillin

January 17, 2006

This professional review refers to My Lovely Sam-Soon Gift Set
Whether you're from the West or the East, most people are familiar with the entertainment medium known as the Soap Opera. It's a world where anyone and everyone can be connected in some way, from the main hero to the dog crossing the road in the third episode. Such TV Dramas can usually be cliché-a-plenty and have enough cheese for a week's worth of lunches but this, however, proves not to be the case for My Lovely Sam-Soon (a.k.a. My Name is Kim Sam-Soon) which attempts to defy convention and cliché-ridden stereotypes, resulting in a rather original and entertaining drama series. It's also important to note that it was the highest rating TV drama in Korea in 2005.

For starters, the character of Kim Sam-Soon, played by Kim Sun A (S Diary), is a successful evolution of the "Sassy Girl" archetype: fiery, independent, occasionally foul-mouthed and foul-tempered and could drink most guys under the table. But while My Sassy Girl's protagonist carried the more traditional "thin and beautiful" portrait of Asian femininity with long silky-straight black hair, Kim Sam-Soon is potentially the more modern interpretation of the "girl next door" ? gracelessly average with a not-so-thin figure who can't dance, sing or play piano.

The series opens very strongly, with crucial story establishment occurring within the first three episodes, and the last major character introduced by Episode 5. The pace and suspense are well metered - the first few episodes really draw you in and by the time the incredible 7th & 8th episodes come around, you're hooked for the rest of the series. Initially, some of the plot establishment might ring a little familiar ? the contract relationship echoing some of My Tutor Friend, and the "drag the drunk girl home" routine is straight out of My Sassy Girl ? but the rest of the plot and character development is quite clever and executed well. Towards the end, the story does begin to feel a little stretched across the 16 episode span, but it still feels well worthwhile. A mention should also go to the music, which was scored well and appropriately. The main theme song "Be My Love" is pretty toe tapping too.

While the story overall is quite simple, the characters are colorfully illustrated and well acted. One of the more interesting characters was Kim Sam-Soon's recently divorced sister (Lee Ah Hyun) whose thin diet-conscious character seemed to initially serve to highlight Sam-Soon's prosaic chubby persona, but later her revealed attitudes towards sex proved to be an interesting contrast to that of traditional Korean values. While her character was quite interesting, her side story was unfortunately bland and didn't really go anywhere, which was a pity. The introduction of Korean/American Henry Kim (played by Michigan native Daniel Henney) was an anticipated eye-roller with his pearly whites and dashing good looks, but he quickly turned out to be one of the most interesting characters in the series. His was the tragic perseverance of unrequited love, something most audiences can relate to, which was carried out with sincerity and thoughtfully lacking any foreign stereotyping. His character also fitted well into his own side story, which was crucial to the functioning of the main plot elements, making his role a highlight in the series.

My Lovely Sam-Soon is a romantic drama with a sprinkling of comedy. It's a refreshing story about ordinary people living their everyday lives with enough quirkiness and originality to keep you glued to that couch.

8.5 talking fluffy pigs out of 10

by Christian Were - heroic-cinema.com

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 9 out of 10 (120)

vickie
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February 23, 2012

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great drama! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
This drama is extremely great! Lovey dovey and romantic and dramatic and funny! Subtitles are good, you will understand what's going on. The story line is great, actors and actresses are fantastic at their characters. Trust me you will not regret purchasing this item, the only thing you will regret is not purchasing it before they stop making copies of this drama haha. Well worth every penny! Highly recommended!
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August 25, 2011

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A Good Drama. Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
It started very interesting, but started to drag in a three way love relationship (triangle) 3/4 through the drama. But it is still good for the year it was made (2005). It shows a more realistic approach to things. One example would be the main girl, for example, she is not this hot sexy mama with nice face and boobs, but a realistic ordinary woman that chased her dream and got a lucky man to chase her. You have to give this drama a try. At least it is much better than "LIE TO ME" that came out this year! A must watch at least once.
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January 15, 2011

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Beautiful Drama! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I just wanted to add some more stuff to my review. I received mine yesterday and I absolutely love it! The packaging for this one is so beautiful!!! (: I can't wait to watch it tonight!
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December 26, 2010

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The BEST K-DRAMA!! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I RECOMMEND THIS DRAMA! ITS A MUST-HAVE DRAMA BECAUSE YOU'LL LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT. I LOVE THE CHARACTER SAM-SOON BECAUSE EVERYTHING SHE SAY IS JUST SO TRUE. I'M SO GRATEFUL YESASIA HAVE THIS ON SALE EVEN THOUGH I WILL STILL BUY IT IF IT ISN'T.

I was browsing through mv of this show on youtube since I love it so much and to see all these cute scenes I just had to go watch the show all over but something was wrong with the sight that mysoju put up and for some reason I decided to check out yesasia and to find they have it on sale!! So thankful for that! I can't wait to get this in the mail!! So if you're thinking of getting this drama and still debating on it, just go ahead and get it. I promise you'll love it!
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March 13, 2010

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Love It! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I am absolutely in love with this show! The shipping was fast and it was packaged very well! The subtitles are also flawless, i have no complaints. If you are really into these types of shows i most definitely recommend this drama!
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