My Lovely Sam-soon (2005)

Alternative title: My Name is Kim Sam-soon

Korean title: 내 이름은 김삼순 (Nae Il-eum-eun Kim Sam-soon)

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“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” ~ Forrest Gump

Isn’t life simply exciting? Single people out there… you just don’t know who you would end up with. Don’t settle for second best! Wait for the right one. Well, that’s what the lead character in MLSS got…she got the best!

I think this is my favourite k-drama to date. Simply excellent! Now I know why fans of MLSS can watch it over and over again. It is fun, light-hearted and I for one really love Kim Sun-ah’s character. She’s just a regular girl like any of us, plus a bit on the plump side (뚱뚱하다 ). Who would think she would win the love of “Ice Prince” played by the delectable Hyun Bin.

When her boyfriend of 3-years dumped her on Christmas Eve, Kim Sam-soon was broken-hearted and disappointed with love. She soon meets a man who got on her nerves at first, but turned out to be her Prince in the end. She learned how to love and trust again, despite how it might hurt.

There are so many memorable scenes in this drama and I especially like the fact that Sam-soon wakes up early to bake and make wonderful chocolate creations to soothe herself when she is down. I also like it that both the leads are true to their feelings and did not lie or tried to hide the truth from the other party.

The plot:

Wrecked with the guilt of his brother and sister-in-law’s death, and abandoned by his first love three years ago, Hyun Jin-heon (Hyun Bin) has withdrawn himself to become a hard-hearted, bad tempered man. He is the wealthy heir to a luxury hotel business, and currently runs a French restaurant called Bon Appetite. His mother wants him to marry quickly and keeps a steady stream of “marriage dates” set up for him.


Jin-heon – “I am in love with my baker.”


Kim Sam-soon (Kim Sun-ah) is a patissier (she makes cakes and all kinds of yummy desserts) who was trained in France. She meets Jin-hyeon by chance and he hires her to work in his restaurant. At first their relationship was a ruse so that Jin-heon’s mother would get off his back and stop her match-making antics. But soon, Jin-heon realised that he is really falling for the out-spoken Sam-soon.

There are other complications though, in the form of Yoo Hee-jin (Jeong Ryeo-won), Jin-heon’s ex-girlfriend. She returns after a three year absence and wants to rekindle the relationship she once had with Jin-heon.


Spoil-sport…after abandoning him 3 years ago,
Hee-jin appears and wants him back


The ever-smiling (in this drama) Daniel Henney plays Henry Kim, Hee-jin’s doctor and friend from the States. He is hopelessly in love with Hee-jin yet does not demand that she love him back. He’s just there for her – a shoulder to cry on.

Watch it:

It is currently airing on 8TV but it is dubbed in Mandarin.

Get the DVD box set. This one’s for keeps!

ps: Okay, if you read this and do not have the urge to watch the drama. I write a bad review. It’s really very nice. 🙂

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