|Screenplay by||Park Hye-ryun|
|Creative director||Bae Yong-joon|
|Opening theme||"Dream High"|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16 (+1 special)|
|Running time||65–70 minutes|
|Distributor||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original release||January 3 –|
February 28, 2011
|Related shows||Dream High 2|
Dream High (Korean: 드림하이; RR: Deurimhai; MR: Tŭrimhai) is a South Korean musical teen Rom-com television series. It aired on KBS2 from January 3 to February 28, 2011, for 16 episodes. It stars miss A's Bae Suzy, 2PM's Ok Taec-yeon, Kim Soo-hyun, T-ara's Ham Eun-jung, 2PM's Jang Woo-young and IU.
The drama was popular among teenagers, and brought in average viewership ratings of 15.7% during its two-month run. A special episode, where the cast of the show performed the Dream High Special Concert on a stage near Seoul, was aired on March 1, 2011, the day after the series ended.
Six students at Kirin High School share dreams of becoming K-pop idols, among others. During their school years, they learn how to develop their singing, songwriting and dancing skills while undergoing personal growth. They also start to develop feelings for one another. Each of them has their own strengths and weaknesses, but they strive to debut with the support and guidance of one another.
- Bae Suzy as Go Hye-mi
- Lee Joo-yeon as young Go Hye-mi (ep 2, 5)
- She originally wanted to become an opera singer, but is forced to take up mainstream pop to pay off her father's debt to a gangster. She is in love with Jin-guk
- He has a contentious relationship with his father the Mayor who hasn't acknowledged him as his son.
- Kim Soo-hyun as Song Sam-dong
- A country bumpkin who is a music prodigy with a rare disease, He develops one sided crush on Hye Mi.
- Ham Eun-jung as Yoon Baek-hee
- Formerly best friends with Hye-mi, the two become bitter enemies when Hye-mi betrays Baek-hee during an audition.
- Jang Woo-young as Jason
- An American-born dancer who plans on making his entertainment debut in Korea.
- IU as Kim Pil-sook
- She was discouraged from pursuing music because she was shy and overweight. She also has the gift of perfect pitch
- Ahn Gil-kang as Ma Doo-shik
- Ahn Sun-young as Kang Oh-sun (Oh-hyuk's older sister)
- Ahn Seo-hyun as Go Hye-sung (Hye-mi's younger sister)
- Park Eun-bin as 16-year-old Hye-sung (ep 16)
- Lee Hye-sook as Song Nam-boon (Sam-dong's mother)
- Choi Il-hwa as Hyun Moo-jin (Jin-guk's father)
- Park Hyuk-kwon as Go Byung-jik (Hye-mi's father)
- Jang Hee-soo as Kang Hee-seon (Baek-hee's mother)
- Park Hwi-soon as Jin-gook's roommate (ep 1-2, 5)
- Kirin teachers
- Um Ki-joon as Kang Oh-hyuk
- Lee Yoon-ji as Shi Kyung-jin
- Park Jin-young as Yang Jin-man
- Lee Byung-joon as Principal Shi Bum-soo
- Lee Yoon-mi as Maeng Seung-hee
- Baek Won-kil as Gong Min-chul
- Bae Yong-joon as President Jung Ha-myung (ep 1-4)
- Joo Young-hoon as the composing teacher (ep 11)
- Kirin students
- Jeon Ah-min as Jo In-sung (Jin-gook's friend)
- JOO as Jung Ah-jung
- Han Ji-hoo as Park Do-joon
- Yoon Young-ah as Lee Ri-ah
- Park Jin-sang as Jun Tae-san
- Han Bo-reum as Ha So-hyun
- Bae Noo-ri as Kirin student Han So-ri (ep 6, 9, 12-13)
- Sumi Jo as herself (ep 1)
- Kim Hyun-joong as himself (ep 1)
- Song Hae as variety show host (ep 2, 3)
- JB (Got7) as Jason's back up dancer (ep 3)
- Young K (Day6) as Jason's back up dancer (ep 3)
- Shownu (Monsta X) as Jason's back up dancer (ep 3)
- Nichkhun (2PM) as Lee Lia's CF partner (ep 8)
- Koo Jun-yup as himself (ep 9, 10)
- Chansung (2PM) as Oh-sun's imaginary boyfriend (ep 12)
- Leeteuk (Super Junior) as himself (ep 13)
- Eunhyuk (Super Junior) as himself (ep 13)
- miss A and 2AM as flash mob dancers (ep 16)
- Dal Shabet as Baek-hee's Kirin students (ep 16)
In January 2009, media outlets reported that Bae Yong-joon, hallyu actor and chairman of KeyEast, will co-produce a television drama with Park Jin-young's entertainment company JYP. A television drama production company, Holym, was established by a joint venture between KeyEast and JYP Entertainment. In April 2010, CJ Media signed a MoU with Holym becoming the part of production team. Bae being the creative producer of the drama, he provided overall concept, goals and ideas. While Park composed the music and choreographed the dance for the series. The screenplay was written by Park Hye-ryun and series was directed by Lee Eung-bok.
Bae Yong-joon also became the part of cast for first four episodes making his first small screen appearance in three years. While Park Jin-young marked his acting debut with the series. Ok Taec-yeon and Jang Wooyoung from 2PM, Bae Suzy from Miss A, Hahm Eun-jung from T-ara, singer IU and Kim Soo-hyun were selected for the main cast. Kim was the only non-idol among the cast; he studied music and dance at JYP Entertainment for 3 months in order to portray his role.
|Dream High: Original Sound Track|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Released||February 14, 2011|
|Singles from Dream High|
|1.||"Dream High" (드림하이)||Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun & JOO||3:46|
|3.||"My Valentine"||Taecyeon & Nichkhun (feat. Park Jin-young)||4:07|
|4.||"If" (못 잊은 거죠)||Park Jin-young||3:54|
|6.||"May I Love You" (사랑하면 안될까)||Changmin & Jinwoon||3:34|
|7.||"Don't Leave Me" (가지마)||Jun.K & Lim Jeong-hee||4:19|
|8.||"Someone's Dream" (어떤이의 꿈)||San E (feat. Sohyang of POS)||3:16|
|9.||"Winter Child" (겨울아이)||Suzy||3:38|
|11.||"If" (Inst.)||Park Jin-young||3:54|
|"Dream High" (Taecyeon, Wooyoung, Suzy, Kim Soo-hyun and JOO)||2011||41||Part 1|||
|"Maybe" (Sunye)||10||Part 2|
|"Someone's Dream" (San E)||48||Part 3|||
|"Winter Child" (Suzy)||12||Part 4|
|"If" (Park Jin-young)||3||Part 5|||
|"May I Love You" (Changmin and Jinwoon)||5||Part 6|||
|"Don't Leave Me" (Lim Jeong-hee and Jun. K)||60|||
|"My Valentine" (Taecyeon and Nichkhun)||16|||
|"Dreaming" (Kim Soo-hyun)||4|||
While "Someday" fared well commercially and reached number one on the Gaon Digital Chart, it was embroiled in controversy after the song's writer and composer, Park Jin-young, was accused of plagiarizing the song, "To My Man". Songwriter Kim Shin-il won his plagiarism lawsuit against Park Jin-young in 2013, however, an appeal to the Supreme Court of South Korea led to an eventual High Court retrial in 2015.
On December 31, 2011, Dream High won the following at the KBS Drama Awards: Best Supporting Actress for Lee Yoon-ji; Best New Actor and Popularity Award for Kim Soo-hyun; Best New Actress for Bae Suzy; and Best Couple Award for Kim Soo-hyun and Bae Suzy.
On May 10, 2012, Dream High was honored at the Rose d'Or, the global entertainment television festival ceremony which took place at Lucerne, Switzerland. It won the Golden Rose under the Youth category, the first ever Korean production to do so.
On March 7, 2013, Dream High was honored as the Best Foreign Soap Opera at the 2013 USTv Students Choice Award in the Philippines, it is an annual awarding ceremony that recognized excellence and Christian values in Philippine television programs and personalities. The awards were based on students’ preferences survey that accounts for Roman Catholic values.
In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||January 3, 2011||10.7% (13th)||11.2% (13th)||11.3% (8th)||14.2% (5th)|
|2||January 4, 2011||10.8% (14th)||11.4% (13th)||11.5% (10th)||13.9% (6th)|
|3||January 10, 2011||13.1% (7th)||13.3% (7th)||11.7% (8th)||13.8% (5th)|
|4||January 11, 2011||13.8% (5th)||14.3% (5th)||13.4% (4th)||15.4% (5th)|
|5||January 17, 2011||15.5% (3rd)||17.0% (4th)||13.7% (3rd)||15.8% (3rd)|
|6||January 18, 2011||15.8% (4th)||17.1% (4th)||13.1% (4th)||15.9% (4th)|
|7||January 24, 2011||15.9% (3rd)||17.2% (4th)||15.3% (3rd)||17.5% (3rd)|
|8||January 31, 2011||16.3% (4th)||17.7% (5th)||14.9% (3rd)||17.4% (3rd)|
|9||February 1, 2011||16.7% (3rd)||18.3% (5th)||14.9% (3rd)||16.9% (4th)|
|10||February 7, 2011||17.6% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)||16.7% (3rd)||19.2% (3rd)|
|11||February 8, 2011||17.9% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)||16.6% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)|
|12||February 14, 2011||16.7% (3rd)||18.9% (3rd)||15.8% (3rd)||17.8% (3rd)|
|13||February 15, 2011||17.9% (3rd)||20.1% (3rd)||17.2% (3rd)||20.1% (3rd)|
|14||February 21, 2011||17.6% (3rd)||19.3% (3rd)||16.4% (3rd)||18.9% (3rd)|
|15||February 22, 2011||17.9% (3rd)||19.5% (3rd)||17.2% (3rd)||19.7% (3rd)|
|16||February 28, 2011||17.2% (3rd)||18.6% (3rd)||18.2% (3rd)||20.7% (3rd)|
|Special||March 1, 2011||12.2% (9th)||13.6% (8th)||12.1% (6th)||14.4% (5th)|
Awards and nominations
|2011||47th Baeksang Arts Awards||Best New Director (TV)||Lee Eung-bok||Nominated|
|Best New Actor (TV)||Kim Soo-hyun||Nominated|
|Best New Actress (TV)||Suzy||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actor (TV)||Kim Soo-hyun||Nominated|
|Popularity Award, Actress (TV)||Suzy||Nominated|
|4th Korea Drama Awards||Best Writer||Park Hye-ryun||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Um Ki-joon||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Yoon-ji||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best New Actress||Suzy||Nominated|
|Popularity Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|6th Seoul International Drama Awards||Best Miniseries||Dream High||Nominated|
|13th Mnet Asian Music Awards||Best OST||"Someday" - IU||Nominated|
|SKY PerfecTV! Awards||Grand Prize||Dream High||Won|
|Hallyu Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|5th Tokyo International Drama Festival||Special Award for Foreign Drama||Dream High||Won|
|3rd Bugs Music Awards||OST of the Year||"My Valentine" - Taecyeon & Nichkhun
feat. Park Jin-young
|KBS Drama Awards||Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Suzy||Nominated|
|Best New Actor||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best New Actress||Suzy||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Lee Yoon-ji||Won|
|Best Young Actress||Ahn Seo-hyun||Nominated|
|Popularity Award||Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Kim Soo-hyun and Suzy||Won|
|Taecyeon and Suzy||Nominated|
|Wooyoung and IU||Nominated|
|Cyworld Digital Music Awards||Song of the Month (February)||"Dreaming" - Kim Soo-hyun||Won|
|2012||Rose d'Or Awards||Golden Rose (Children & Youth) Award||Dream High||Won|
|7th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama||Dream High||Nominated|
|Outstanding Korean Actress||Suzy||Nominated|
|2013||USTv Student's Choice Award||Best Foreign Soap Opera||Dream High||Won|
The drama was adapted into a Japanese stage musical, with Yuya Matsushita and Bright's Nanaka playing the roles of Song Sam-dong and Go Hye-mi, respectively. It had runs at the New National Theatre Tokyo from July 3 to July 20, 2012, and was produced by the "Dream High: Musical Production Committee" (ミュージカル「ドリームハイ」製作委員会), composed of TBS, Avex Live Creative, Nelke Planning and Lawson HMV Entertainment.
After the publication of Dream High Special Making Book in February 2011 which contained behind-the-scene stories and photos as well as special interviews with the show's cast, a two-volume "image novel" was also released featuring still cuts from the drama.
Connection with My Love from the Star
It is revealed that Dream High takes place in the same universe as one of the most famous Korean dramas, My Love from the Star: in episode 17 of My Love from the Star, Bae Suzy makes a special guest appearance as Go Hye-mi, the main protagonist (and the same character she plays in) of Dream High.
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