K-Drama: Which Star Are You From?

Which Star Are You From is a Korean drama which speaks of a man who fell for a pair of sisters (one dead, one living) and the amount of pressure and objections they face throughout their entire relationship.

Which Star Are You From Cast:
Kim Rae Won as Choi Seung-hee
Jung Ryu Won as im Bok-shil/Hye-rim/Lee Hye-soo
Kang Jung Hwa as Yoon Mi-Hyun
Park Shi Hoo as Han Jung-hoon

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The drama begins depicting footage from the past between a pair of lovebirds, Seung-Hee (a film director) and Hye-Soo (a musical student). He lost her (Hye-Soo) in a car accident which he indirectly caused 3 years ago and since then, has been unable to let go of their past together. Just when he thought he’d pick up from where he left off in life (3yrs fast forward) and goes scouring for filming sites with great filmography, he meets Bok Sil (a country girl) who exactly resembles his dead girlfriend.

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Seung-Hee follows Bok Sil home to the countryside and is bewildered by her mannerisms and living conditions. Throughout his stay at her countryside home, he gets to learn more about her and her mom whose a little retarded. Due to her mom’s health conditions, Bok Sil has no choice but to leave little GangWon province for Seoul in bid to raise money for her mom’s operation.

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Unbeknownst to them, after having gone through so much together in GangWon and in Seoul (Bok Sil is employed as Seung-hee’s assistant), never would they least expect what fate has installed for them.

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It turns out that Bok Sil is in fact Hye-Rim – Hye Soo’s youngest sister who got lost in a fire in a restaurant many years ago. Bok Sil gets reunited with her estranged mother and finds her life changing before her. She finds it hard to handle her double identities and things get worse when she learns of the relationship between the director and her elder sister (Hye-Soo). She questions her true identity – Hye Rim or Bok Sil and her heart gets broken repeatedly from her mother’s objections and Seung Hee’s rejections.

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Just when Seung Hee finally embraces her love for him and his for her, Hye-Rim’s mother interrupts and tries to keep them apart from one another – even to the point of sending Hye-Rim to the states. Despite their acknowledgement of love for one another (Seung Hee & Bok Sil/Hye-Rim), they were kept apart from one another from all the obstacles and barriers that were hurled at them.

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My opinions:

What I really liked of this series was its different approaches in the storyline aka not your typical k-drama where girl likes boy, boy likes another girl, then drama ensuing. It’s refreshing to see how the story develops and to see the transformation in Bok Sil’s country girl outlook (though that didn’t happen till very much later. Damn!). I like how they portrayed the relationship between Bok Sil and her adopted mom, the close-kitted bonds and fear of losing one another.

The part of her adopted mother made me wonder if it was ethical for that adopted mother to take Bok Sil away just cause she lost her real child in the carbon monoxide poisoning incident. But then, we can never really understand how it feels to lose a child until we’ve been through it. I really felt for Bok Sil’s adopted mother because of her little retarded-ness and simplicity.

The importance and kinship between families that was clearly depicted in this series was really heart-warming though it tends to get depressing sometimes. I like the innocence portrayed by Bok Sil/Hye-Rim, a simple country girl who just wants to lead a quiet life in the countryside with her mother. Her grounded and optimistic outlook on life even after so much have happened to her was very much depicting this phrase – ‘every cloud has a silver lining’.

Apart from familial issues, this series also displayed the clear existence in the disparity of social classes today. One can definitely identify the reason why Bok Sil’s birth-mom was so keen on tearing apart [Seung-Hee/Hye-Soo] and [Seung-Hee/Hye-Rim] – due to their different backgrounds and status in society.

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This drama deserves props for carrying such a different story and for displaying reality in its truest form. I’ve read reviews from people who cried a lot over this drama, which didn’t happen to me, surprisingly. Not a single tear shed, I don’t know if it’s because of the immunity level built up from all the weepy Korean dramas I’ve watched before or something else? –shrugs-

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In short, this drama is enjoyable and touching, littered with funny scenes between the 2 main leads. There wasn’t a single b*tchy third party that clamoured all over the leads and for once, it isn’t all about the love triangles.


Episode count: 16
Recommended: Anyone who wants a refreshing change from the usual dramas

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toooodles

Oh and truthfully.. i didn’t want to watch this drama cos i thought it was some lame-old-boring series.. and when i finally caught the first episode i thought, “Heyyy.. this isn’t as bad as i thought it would be..” haha. :] and i just continued maranthoning it. =D and its title actually reminded me of aliens @_@ OOT but yah.

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573 Comments

  1. Posted November 15, 2007 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    i really love this show this is my favorite and their theme song too is my favorite”catch me im falling for you”

  2. Posted November 16, 2007 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    wow this is really great movie graet wow

  3. Posted December 5, 2007 at 5:11 am | Permalink

    hi….my name is leah and i am from philippines i really like this movie…..it’s so amazing….grabe nakaka inlove…hmmmmmmm……i think im falling in love now…hehehehe! sana ibalik ng abs-cbn ito? at ang galing galing ng all cast….I MISS IT……pls. back this teleserye?. I HOPE ALL THE CAST WILL WENT HERE IN PHILIPPINES…thank yOu…….I LOVE YOU ALL…..

  4. krystal
    Posted December 7, 2007 at 8:44 pm | Permalink

    ang gwapo n kimraewon

  5. Noraima Bagundang
    Posted December 8, 2007 at 10:01 pm | Permalink

    Ang ganda! ganda! ganda! talaga ng show……… nakakakilig!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. ganz
    Posted December 22, 2007 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    cute ni aning, waah.. kamukha sya ng special someone qo.. weew!!

  7. Roxy
    Posted January 2, 2008 at 11:54 am | Permalink

    I agree with all of you. Which Star Are You From is a very good k-novela (I watched it on DVD in Korean with English subtitles. I wished I’ve seen it in tagalog version, I wasn’t even sure if it was shown on TFC here in US). It is one of my favorites. The 2 leads have chemistry. I first saw Kim Rae Won in Love Story in Harvard. I fell in love with his acting and his looks. He’s very handsome, he’s charming, versatile and charismatic. I started watching more of his projects. I’ve seen most of his dramas (Love Story in Harvard,Which Star Are You From?, Say You Love Me, My Love Patzzi, Attic Cat or Rooftop Room Cat) and movies (My Little Bride, Mr. Socrates, Sunflower, …ing and yes, even Plum Blossom). I love him in all of those. He’s an excellent actor and can portray any kinds of roles. He’s a model too.
    Here are some new facts about KRW: He was baptized Catholic last November 2007, he’s Catholic name is “Joseph”. This year, 2008 he will open his own company “Bless Entertainment Company”, he is currently with Blue Dragon Entertainment Co.
    According to one of my friends in Thailand who went to Kim Rae Won’s Fan Mtg in Seoul,Korea last Dec.22,2007, Kim Rae Won is better in person. He’s tall and very handsome but most of all he’s very cheerful(he smiles a lot), very friendly, approachable and he loves his fans. My friend said that he’s very good to his fans and he’s a very cool person. Sorry for this very long post…

  8. Songie
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 2:07 am | Permalink

    Wah…… I agree 100% with your thoughts. I fell in love with this drama.. It revamped my KIM RAE WON days..^^ I was just surprised @ how you didn’t shed one tear… HOW?? Oh my….. I shed many. haha. Especially watching those scenes of HyeRim/BokShil cry… RyeoWon just does a wonderful job at crying. So real and natural. And when SeungHui shows his hurt and pain, it touches me as well… I just love everything about this drama. It is, in fact, my favorite. =) Lovely summary you did. =)

  9. mac
    Posted February 8, 2008 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    definitely,,,five stars……..where to buy this kindda of drama kase di ko natapos po…

  10. khern
    Posted February 15, 2008 at 10:34 am | Permalink

    ei!!! this is very touching drama…you know what kim rae won has a movie titled “plum blossom” he played a very very hot role there,,, he is the main character there but… i actually saw his butt… hahahhh very hot just watch it okey… heres the website you have to sign up first and its 18 above
    crunchyroll.com….tnx to me ryt???heeehhe have a good tym!!!(0,o)

  11. khern
    Posted February 15, 2008 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    ohh… reallly???

  12. -=kean=-
    Posted February 20, 2008 at 12:34 am | Permalink

    i luv dis drama tlga…..!!!!!!!!

  13. zhesa
    Posted October 15, 2008 at 4:55 am | Permalink

    hello..

    i like this tv series it makes me cry and smile at the same time..

    i like kim rae won he is so handsome..

  14. miaka11288
    Posted October 19, 2008 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    can anyone know where can i find the full version of this TV Drama with the English Subs…THANKS…

  15. Joe
    Posted December 20, 2008 at 2:53 am | Permalink

    i love you Jeong Ryeo Won =D

  16. Guy
    Posted February 24, 2009 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    go to http://www.mysoju.com for the complete thing.

  17. Posted August 27, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    ….. LOVE SEUNG HEE . . . .

  18. Sarah
    Posted August 31, 2009 at 11:10 pm | Permalink

    Enjoyed this drama 100%. But if they have add a few more episodes between Seung Hee & Hyo Soo in the beginning would be marvelous rather than just a brief one.

  19. iren valdez
    Posted April 21, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    i really like this drama….i want the english sub….thank you…..

  20. Jan (Mstudy Phils.)
    Posted April 28, 2010 at 7:36 am | Permalink

    I lov you kim rae won. Please be my husband..
    Oppa, cho-ayo..

  21. Chau
    Posted June 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    it’s so great, giving me good impression about kim rae won and jung rye woon, they are so cute in this movie, other movies of them could not attractive me as this, the kiss of kim rae won is so nature, the truthness of his kiss made me like him and jung rye woon.
    i have never seen like this drama before, kim rea won and jung rye woon acted so naive. even it finishes i still want to see more……i hope to see this couple acts together with next movie similar like this.

  22. hninsi
    Posted November 19, 2010 at 4:33 am | Permalink

    i like kim rae won.u r handsome boy.i never see in my life.when u r smile,so cute.i love kim rae won in my life.i love u so much.i from myanmar.nw,i work in sg.dont have my sweetheart.

  23. loyalfan_1
    Posted November 27, 2011 at 7:38 am | Permalink

    I have never seen Korean drama with the story of having a eating disorder like bulimia or anorexia. I would love to see Ryu Jung in a drama like being bulimic or anorexic. She will be someone with the physical characteristics and be able to play the role real well. Her fans are just waiting for this type of drama.

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