My Lovely Sam-Soon aka My name is Kim Sam-Soon is a Korean drama and topped the top 10 dramas in South Korea in 2005. It is a different fare from the usual, not only because the main cast is older than the usual teen idol drama series.
Kim Sam-Soon (Kim Seon-Ah) is a 29 year old pastry chef on the chubby side (though she looks normal like a size 8 to me) who studied in France but is unemployed as she hasn't found her goal in life yet ... well in her professional life. Privately, she wants to fall in love and when we first meet her, she is stalking her boy-friend and following him into a hotel where he has an tete-a-tete with another woman. Sam-Soon whose name relates to a legend/urban legend and is considered very old-fashioned and a no-no in Korea, embarrasses herself by publicly confronting her cheating boy friend of three years and is overheard by Na Ji-Hun (Huyn Bin) who is on a blind date ordered by his mother.
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I liked the series very much and watched the 16 ep series in two days. I laughed, I cried and I shouted at the monitor. Sam-Soon is so normal, and any
The writing, acting and photography is very good and even though in the saddest moments it is hauntingly funny.
My Lovely Sam-Soon is more of a Western tale rather than an Asian dorama and seems to be inspired by Bridget Jones Diary by Helen Fielding and Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie without actually copying from these books.
It's fun and fast paced, even though they could have finished the series with 20 episodes instead of the 16 and drawn out the conclusion more (which is a new one for me to say *g*).
Those of you who like the quirky concept of a marriage/dating contract will enjoy this little gem about two unusual characters who find love.