|Lovers in Paris|
|Also known as||Des amoureux à Paris |
Romance in Paris
|Written by||Kim Eun-sook|
|Directed by||Shin Woo-chul|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Production location(s)||Korea |
|Production company(s)||The Coup Media|
|Original network||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original release||12 June –|
15 August 2004
|Related shows||Lovers in Prague|
Lovers in Paris (Korean: 파리의 연인; RR: Pari-ui yeon-in) is a 2004 South Korean television series starring Kim Jung-eun, Park Shin-yang and Lee Dong-gun. It aired on SBS from 12 June to 15 August 2004 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:55 for 20 episodes. The series is the first of three TV series in the Lovers trilogy by writer Kim Eun-sook and director Shin Woo-chul. This was followed by Lovers in Prague (2005), and the third, simply titled Lovers (2006), was not set in Europe like the first two.
The series was very popular during its run, Kim Jung-eun and Park Shin-yang shared Grand Prize ("Daesang") honors at the 2004 SBS Drama Awards, and later at the 2005 Baeksang Arts Awards, Kim won Best TV Actress, Kim Eun-sook and Kang Eun-jung won Best TV Screenplay, and the drama won the Grand Prize for Television.
Kang Tae-young (Kim Jung-eun) is the daughter of a film director and carrying on her father's wishes, she studies film in Paris. To make ends meet, she works as a housekeeper for Han Ki-joo (Park Shin-yang), which she loves because she can watch his movies and drink his wine.
Unhappy with her services, he fires her. However, when he realizes that she is from the same hometown as the wife of a potential business partner, he hires her to act as his fiancée to warm up to his business partner. She agrees in exchange for getting her housekeeping job back. During the two dates that he takes her out, she is smitten by the fairy tale quality of the event. In turn he finds himself unexpectedly captivated by her. However, the fake girlfriend plan backfires, and they part ways on bad terms in Paris. Through a series of events she also meets Yoon Soo-hyuk (Lee Dong-gun), who is Ki-joo's nephew.
Recalled by his father, Ki-joo returns to Korea, and Tae-young also returns to attend her father's death anniversary. Both are reunited coincidentally in Seoul and have their misunderstandings resolved. She prepares to return to Paris, but discovers her uncle has squandered away her family house and run away, leaving her with her young cousin and the debts he has incurred.
While trying to sort out her family problems and retrieve her father's camera that was confiscated by the creditors, she meets Ki-joo again. Through multiple coincidental encounters, he finds himself attracted to her. Soo-hyuk also returns to Korea to track Tae-young down. He stays at her place and tries to win her heart. But he is devastated when he realizes that his uncle is also vying for her affections.
The situation is further complicated with the introduction of Moon Yoon-ah, the daughter of an influential politician whom Ki-joo's father has selected to become Ki-joo's wife. She also happens to be Tae-young's classmate in high school and is determined to win Ki-joo as her husband.
As Ki-joo and Tae-young open their hearts to each other, a scheming Yoon-ah and an emotionally wounded Soo-hyuk plot to split them up. Matters are further complicated when a long-held family secret is revealed: Soo-hyuk's mother Ki-hae is in fact Ki-joo's mother and not his older sister. Ki-hae had been in love with Ki-joo's father, but due to the difference in their wealth and status, the young couple was forced to separate by her father. She gave birth to Ki-joo out of wedlock, and to save face, the Han family raised Ki-joo as Ki-hae's younger brother. Then Ki-hae was married off to a rich man she didn't love, Soo-hyuk's father. Ki-joo reels from the revelation, and must deal with the lie at the center of his identity. Soo-hyuk also realizes that the closeness between his emotionally distant mother and Ki-joo was not that of siblings', but because Ki-joo was Ki-hae's more favored son. His bitterness grows that the two most important women in his life, his mother and Tae-young, have always chosen Ki-joo over him.
Meanwhile, Park Young-ji, an executive at GD Motors who wants to bring down Ki-joo, takes advantage of Soo-hyuk's feelings of envy and rivalry. He schemes with Soo-hyuk to leak the latest car design to the rival of GD Motors. The new car is announced and GD Motors is petrified because their latest design had been stolen. Later, Ki-joo figures out that Soo-hyuk was the culprit, but forgives him. The fact that Ki-joo forgave him so easily drives Soo-hyuk crazy. After getting into a car accident while blazing through the streets, he gets amnesia and loses his recent memories. (However, he was only pretending he had amnesia, as a final selfless act so that Tae-young and Ki-joo can be together guilt-free.) Yoon-ah also decides to let go of Ki-joo and throws her engagement ring into the Han River.
Ki-joo and Tae-young can finally be together. Unfortunately because of his family's disapproval of her, they decide to separate temporarily. She goes back to Paris and he stays in Korea. After 2 years, the new car is announced and is a success. Ki-joo immediately catches a flight to Paris. For some time, they do not know where the other is and keep missing each other.
Then one day, just like in the beginning of the series, Ki-joo throws a coin into a fountain and makes a wish to see Tae-young again. As he turns, he sees her standing there. The next scene shows them sitting by a river. Tae-young breaks the silence and asks, "If we had not met in Paris, do you think we would still have ended up together?" Ki-joo answers, "Most likely we would have."
- Kim Jung-eun as Kang Tae-young
- Park Shin-yang as Han Ki-joo
- Lee Dong-gun as Yoon Soo-hyuk (Ki-joo's nephew)
- Oh Joo-eun as Moon Yoon-ah
- Kim Seo-hyung as Baek Seung-kyung (Ki-joo's ex-wife)
- Jung Ae-ri as Han Ki-hae (Soo-hyuk's mother)
- Kim Sung-won as Han Sung-hoon (Ki-joo's father)
- Park Young-ji as Choi Won-jae (Ki-joo's right-hand man)
- Jo Eun-ji as Lee Yang-mi (Tae-young's friend in Paris)
- Yoon Young-joon as Kim Seung-joon (Ki-joo's secretary)
- Sung Dong-il as Kang Pil-bo (Tae-young's uncle)
- Kim Young-chan as Kang Gun (Tae-young's little cousin)
- Lee Se-chang as Park Jung-hak (CEO of J Motors)
- Kim Sang-soon as Congressman Moon Ji-hwan (Yoon-ah's father)
- Seo Kwon-sook as Mrs. Moon (Yoon-ah's mother)
- Kim Chung as Madame Vaudier
- Yoon Jin-seo as girl on the beach (ep 20)
- Namsan Fountain and Namsan Park, Namsan, Seoul.
- The interior of the penthouse of the Oakwood Premier COEX Center, of the COEX complex in Samseong-dong, Gangnam District, was used as the Paris home of Han Ki-joo in the first three episodes.
- Several scenes were shot at the Grand Hyatt Seoul, in Yongsan District, on the historic Mount Namsan: the swimming pool which Tae-young falls into; the lobby where Ki-joo and Tae-young first kiss; The Paris Bar, where Ki-joo sings to Tae-young; J.J. Mahoney's, where the college hockey party was held; and the grand ballroom, where the engagement ceremony was held.
- Sangam CGV Multiplex Cinema at the World Cup Mall, Seoul World Cup Stadium was used as the location of Baek Seuk-kyung's CSV cinema, where Tae-young also worked and had the pajama party.
- Mokdong Ice Rink at Mokdong Stadium, Mok-dong, Yangcheon District was where Ki-joo and Soo-hyuk played ice hockey.
- Seoul Broadcasting System building was used as the headquarters of GD Motors.
With an average viewership rating of 40+% and a peak of 56.3%, Lovers in Paris became one of the most highly rated Korean dramas of all time. It also received several high-profile awards, making it one of the most successful series aired on SBS. The drama's quotes, fashion and music made their way to mainstream pop culture (sparking trends and parodies), notably when Soo-hyuk put Tae-young's hand over his heart and said, "You are in here"; and Ki-joo's two lines "Let's go, baby"; and "Why can't you say it? Why can't you say that this is my man, that this is the man I love?"
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
Source: TNS Media Korea
Awards and nominations
|2004||2nd Andre Kim Best Star Awards||Best Star||Lee Dong-gun||Won|
|Best OST||"By Your Side" by Jo Sung-mo||Won|
|Best Actress||Kim Jung-eun||Won|
|Grand Prize (Daesang)||Park Shin-yang and Kim Jung-eun||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Park Shin-yang||Won|
|2005||Grand Prize (Daesang) for Television||Lovers in Paris||Won|
|Best Drama||Lovers in Paris||Nominated|
|Best Director (TV)||Shin Woo-chul||Nominated|
|Best Actor (TV)||Park Shin-yang||Nominated|
|Best Actress (TV)||Kim Jung-eun||Won|
|Best New Director (TV)||Shin Woo-chul||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay (TV)||Kim Eun-sook and Kang Eun-jung||Won|
|Best Actress||Kim Jung-eun||Won|
- It aired on NTV in Japan beginning 1 March 2005 and became a hit, with a peak rating of 26.1%. SBS officially opened a Japanese website for the series on 4 March 2005.
- It aired on VTV3 in Vietnam beginning 29 March 2005.
- Dubbed in Filipino, it aired on ABS-CBN in the Philippines in 15 November 2004 to 21 January 2005, and was later aired worldwide via ABS-CBN's affiliate TFC. It re-aired again on ABS-CBN from 30 June 2014 to 29 August 2014 weekdays at 10:15 am, airing right after Naruto Shippuden season 6.
- In Singapore, it also aired on MediaCorp Channel U in 2007.
- In Thailand, it also aired on Channel 7 in 2006.
Musical theatre adaptation
It was adapted into a stage musical that ran at the D-Cube Arts Center in 2012, starring Lee Ji-hoon and Jung Sang-yeon as Han Ki-joo, Bang Jin-wi and Oh So-yeon as Kang Tae-young, and Lee Hyun, Jung Woo-soo and Run as Yoon Soo-hyuk.
The Indonesian remake was titled Pacar Pilihan.
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