"My Love from the Star (2013-2014)"



My Love from the Star (Hangul: 별에서 온 그대; RR: Byeoreseo on geudae; literally You Who Came from the Stars) is a South Korean television series about an alien who landed on Earth 400 years ago in the Joseon Dynasty, who then falls in love with a top actress in the modern era. It aired on SBS from 18 December 2013 to 27 February 2014 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 21 episodes, as the production company decided to extend the originally 20-episode series with one episode, due to demand from viewers.

The fantasy romance stars Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun (also known as Gianna Jun, in her small screen comeback after 14 years), who previously worked together in the blockbuster heist film The Thieves.

Plot
Do Min-joon is an alien that landed on Earth in the year 1609 during the Joseon Dynasty. As his spaceship is broken, he is stranded on the planet for the next four centuries. He possesses a near-perfect appearance, enhanced physical abilities involving his vision, hearing and speed, and a cynical, jaded view regarding human beings. He meets a young girl whom he saves from death, but later on she gives her life saving him.

As time goes by, Min-joon is forced to take on a new identity every ten years, as his human appearance never ages.

In the present he works as a college professor and finds out that due to a comet coming in three months, he will be able to return to his home planet. In the meantime he accidentally meets famous actress Cheon Song-yi, the biggest Hallyu star in Korea, when she moves in next door to his luxurious apartment and also turns out to be attending his classes at college. Song-yi is an obnoxious, entitled attention seeker, someone who became a top star in her teens and never learned how to live a normal life. Min-joon finds out that Song-yi looks like the young girl he fell in love with in the Joseon era. He tries to keep himself away from her, as he needs to leave the planet.

However, Song-yi gets entangled in the dangerous game of Lee Jae-kyung, the elder brother of Hwi-kyung, who has been her friend since middle school and is in love with her. As Jae-kyung tries to silence Song-yi, Min-joon finds himself saving her multiple times and eventually the neighbours fall for each other. But Jae-kyung turns out to be much more dangerous than Min-joon suspected and he mysteriously also starts to lose control over his superpowers, making his only friend and confidant, Lawyer Jang worried about his life and return to space.


Cast
Main characters
Jun Ji-hyun ... Cheon Song-yi, a top Hallyu star who is very blunt and believes that she is every man's type, until she meets her stoic neighbor, Do Min-joon. She soon develops feelings for him and tries to make him fall for her.
Kim Soo-hyun ... Do Min-joon, a very cold and distant being, he loved a girl who lived during the Joseon Dynasty for liking him as his true self, an alien. After the girl dies saving him, he waits to return home. Living a lonely and isolated life for centuries, he one day meets Cheon Song-yi, a girl looking exactly like the one he loved 400 years ago.
Park Hae-jin ... Lee Hwi-kyung, Song-yi's childhood friend who has an unrequited love for her. He believes one day she will love him, but decides to back down for a while, supporting her through thick and thin as a true friend.
Yoo In-na ... Yoo Se-mi, a girl Song-yi saw as a friend. Underneath her sweet smile, she is actually very envious of Song-yi and has had a crush on Hwi-kyung for a long time. She later becomes famous after Song-yi's fall from the entertainment industry.


Supporting characters
Shin Sung-rok ... Lee Jae-kyung: Hwi-kyung's older brother, the heir of S&C Group. The main antagonist of the series, seeking to silence Song-yi for a secret she knows about him.
Kim Chang-wan ... Jang Young-mok: Min-joon's lawyer. When he was young, He was saved by Min-joon from a suicide attempt and found out about his identity. He has been a loyal friend of him ever since.
Ahn Jae-hyun ... Cheon Yoon-jae: Song-yi's younger brother, who first disapproves of her relationship with the neighbour but grows to likes Min-joon because of their shared interest in astronomy.
Na Young-hee ... Yang Mi-yeon: Song-yi's mother
Oh Sang-jin ... Yoo Seok: Se-mi's older brother, a young and enthusiastic prosecutor looking into the Han Yoo Ra case. He gets to know about Do Min-joon's real identity.
Kim Hee-won ... Park Byung-hee: detective, who works together with Yoo Seok on the case of Han Yoo Ra. Knows about Do Min-joon's identity.
Jo Hee-bong ... President Ahn: CEO of Song-yi's talent agency
Kim Kang-hyun ... Yoon Beom: Song-yi's manager
Kim Bo-mi ... Min-ah: Song-yi's stylist
Lee Jung-gil ... Lee Beom-joong: Hwi-kyung's father, the chairman of S&C Group
Lee Il-hwa ... Han Sun-young: Se-mi's mother
Sung Byung-sook ... Hong Eun-ah: Hwi-kyung's mother
Uhm Hyo-seop ... Cheon Min-goo: Song-yi's father
Lee Yi-kyung ... Lee Jae-kyung's secretary
Jo Se-ho ... Chul-soo: comic book store customer/unemployed neighbor 1
Nam Chang-hee ... Hyuk: comic book store customer/unemployed neighbor 2
Hong Jin-kyung ... President Hong: Cheon Song-yi's old friend
Jo Seung-hyun ... young Lee Hwi-kyung
Kim Hyeon-soo ... young Cheon Song-yi
Yoon In Na ... young Yoo Se-mi
Jeon Jin-seo ... young Cheon Yoon-jae
Guest/cameo appearances[edit]
Yoo In-young ... Han Yoo-ra (ep 2~4)
Yoo Jun-sang ... Mr. Yoo (ep 2~3)
Serri ... junior actress 1 (ep 3)
Subin ... junior actress 2 (ep 3)
Joon In Taek ... Yi Hwa's father (ep 4)
Lee Geum Joo ... Yi Hwa's mother (ep 4)
Jang Hang-joon ... director (ep 4)
Kim Saeng Min ... reporter at Noh Seo Young's wedding (ep 4)
Park Jeong-ah ... Noh Seo-young (ep 4)
Son Eun-seo ... Hwang Jini (ep 4)
Kim Su-ro ... Lee Hyung-wook (ep 5)
Jung Eun-pyo ... Yoon Sung-dong (ep 6) / Yoon Sung-dong's descendant (ep 12)
Park Yeong-gyu ... Heo Jun (ep 11)
Bae Suzy ... Go Hye-mi (ep 17)
Yeon Woo-jin ... Lee Han-kyung (ep 18)[21]
Ryu Seung-ryong ... Heo Gyun (ep 19)
Sandara Park ... top actress (ep 21)
Kim Won-jun ... Sandara's escort on the red carpet (ep 21)


Original Soundtrack
My Love from the Star:
Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released February 26, 2014
Genre Pop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B
Label SBS Contents Hub
LOEN Entertainment

Disc 1:
No. Title Artist Length
1. "My Destiny"   Lyn 3:51
2. "별처럼" (Like a Star) K.Will 3:30
3. "별에서 온 그대" (My Love from the Star) Younha 3:19
4. "안녕" (Hello / Goodbye) Hyorin 3:35
5. "I Love You"   JUST 4:00
6. "오늘 같은 눈물이" (Tears Like Today) Huh Gak 3:45
7. "너의 모든 순간" (Every Moment of Yours) Sung Si-kyung 4:00
8. "너의 집 앞" (In Front of Your House) Kim Soo-hyun 3:41
9. "너의 모든 순간 (Piano Ver.)" (Every Moment of Yours (Piano Ver.))

Disc 2:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Man From Star (Opening Title)"  Various Artists2:11
2."Back to the Present"  Various Artists5:10
3."Cliff Tension"  Various Artists4:39
4."Star Bach Comic"  Various Artists1:37
5."Dark Fantasy"  Various Artists3:13
6."Past Love"  Various Artists3:10
7."Star Comic Pizzicato"  Various Artists1:26
8."Dream Scenery I"  Various Artists3:10
9."Dream Scenery II"  Various Artists4:14
10."Mocha Comic Tension"  Various Artists1:56
11."Tears In Minuet"  Various Artists3:12
12."Missing You"  Various Artists2:57
13."Beethoven Revolution"  Various Artists4:00
14."Killing Tension I"  Various Artists3:07
15."Killing Tension II"  Various Artists1:42
16."Welcome to Earth"  Various Artists3:33
17."Stars Comic Tension"  Various Artists2:08
18."Waltz With Star"  Various Artists2:06
19."Stars Love Mambo"  Various Artists1:51
20."Space Love"  Various Artists3:36
21."Run Away (Ending Title)"  Various Artists2:26
Special:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."약속" (Promise)Kim Soo-hyun4:01

Production
As the protagonist of the series possesses superpowers, like the ability to teleport and stop time, special effects had to be employed. The crew used 60 small, special cameras for bullet time effect creation. The GoPro camera was installed in 180 degrees and "stopped" characters were filmed from various angles. The final scene is a montage of various smaller details and then enhanced digitally. This was the first time that HD cameras were used to produce a television series in South Korea.

Among the filming locations were two newly built luxury buildings, Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park and Boutique Monaco.


Reception
My Love from the Star had an impact on Korean fashion, with clothes, accessories and make-up products worn by Jun Ji-hyun seeing an "unprecedented" surge in orders. It also placed first as "Korea's most favorite program" in a poll conducted by Gallup Korea in February 2014, with 11.5 percent of the votes. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, a children's novel that languished in obscurity for five years, was propelled to the top of the bestseller lists in major Korean bookstores after the male protagonist repeatedly quotes from it throughout the series.

Besides high viewership ratings in South Korea, the series also proved to be successful in China, where it became the most expensive Korean drama sold as of February 2014. It also became one of the most viewed streaming shows on Chinese platform iqiyi, where it was streamed more than 14.5 billion times from December 2013 to February 2014. The series struck up a craze for chimaek (chicken and maekju), a popular Korean snack of chicken and beer, which is the favorite snack of the female protagonist. Despite declining chicken consumption in China due to fear of H7N9 bird flu, fried chicken restaurants in cities saw an increase in orders since the running of the show. Meanwhile, Korean instant noodle maker Nongshim said sales in January and February 2014 ― while the drama aired ― rose to a record high in its more than 15-year history of business in China; this, too, was attributed to a scene in the drama where the couple enjoyed a bowl of noodles on a trip.

TV professionals in China have likewise weighed in on the Korean drama's positive reception in their country. In an op-ed piece published by the China Daily, writer Xiao Lixin attributed its success to "great innovations in South Korean TV productions in terms of themes and narrative patterns," praising the plot as "logical and fast-paced" interspersed with "whimsy and romantic punch lines," and that "high-speed photography and computer-generated effects" helped "create a lifelike visual impact." Yu Zheng, another writer, found My Love from the Star worthy of being studied, and thought the plot was "simple but has tension. A good combination of outdoor and indoor scenes." Variety show director Pang Bo remarked that the makers of the series paid attention to technical details even in the shortest scenes involving special effects. Chinese celebrities such as Zhao Wei and Gao Yuanyuan also followed and actively posted about the series on Weibo, boosting its popularity. The Washington Post reported in March 2014 that the Korean drama was discussed at China's National People's Congress, particularly in a committee of political advisory body Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), where it reportedly topped the agenda among delegates from the culture and entertainment industry.


Ratings
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings. Episode 14 was preempted due to Lunar New Year holiday TV programming. A 70-minute special aired on February 7 at 23:20 KST titled You Who Came from the Stars: the Beginning, which recapped episodes 1 to 15.

Episode #Original broadcast dateAverage audience share
TNmS RatingsAGB Nielsen
NationwideSeoul National Capital AreaNationwideSeoul National Capital Area
118 December 201315.5%19.1%15.6%17.0%
219 December 201315.9%18.5%18.3%20.5%
325 December 201317.2%20.4%19.4%21.0%
426 December 201318.4%20.8%20.1%22.1%
51 January 201421.0%24.8%22.3%25.3%
62 January 201422.8%28.2%24.6%27.8%
78 January 201422.1%27.0%24.1%26.6%
89 January 201422.9%29.1%24.4%27.4%
915 January 201421.8%26.2%23.1%25.4%
1016 January 201422.7%28.3%24.4%27.1%
1122 January 201423.3%28.1%24.5%26.8%
1223 January 201424.6%29.0%26.4%28.2%
1329 January 201424.3%27.5%24.8%26.1%
145 February 201425.1%30.7%25.7%27.8%
156 February 201424.5%28.7%25.9%27.7%
1612 February 201423.3%28.0%25.7%28.1%
1713 February 201425.6%29.8%27.0%29.5%
1819 February 201425.9%30.8%27.4%29.9%
1920 February 201426.0%29.9%26.7%29.1%
2026 February 201424.5%29.3%26.0%28.0%
2127 February 201428.1%33.2%28.1%29.6%
Average22.64%27.02%24.02%26.24%
Special7 February 20148.2%9.4%10.0%11.5%

Chart performance

YearTitlePeak chart positionsSalesNotes
GaonK-Pop Hot100
2013"My Destiny" (Lyn)22
  • KOR (DL): 953,947+
Part 1
2014"Like a Star" (K.Will)51
  • KOR (DL): 664,030+
Part 2
"My Love from the Star" (Younha)159
  • KOR (DL): 410,934+
Part 3
"Hello" (Hyorin)11
  • KOR (DL): 918,570+
Part 4
"I Love You" (JUST)297
  • KOR (DL): 174,249+
Part 5
"Tears Like Today" (Huh Gak)22
  • KOR (DL): 593,058+
Part 6
"Every Moment of You" (Sung Si-kyung)22
  • KOR (DL): 745,289+
Part 7
"In Front of Your House" (Kim Soo-hyun)44
  • KOR (DL): 375,442+
Part 8
"Promise" (Kim Soo-hyun)2
  • KOR (DL): 523,064+
Special

Plagiarism suit

In a statement posted on her blog on 20 December 2013, author Kang Kyung-ok alleged that the series' concept was plagiarized from her 2008 comic book Seol-hee, claiming that the background, setup, jobs, and relationships between characters were similar.The spokesperson from production company HB Entertainment denied the plagiarism charge, calling it "nonsensical" since the male protagonist in Kang's story is human, not an alien, and that screenwriter Park Ji-eun "had never read or heard of" Seol-hee. A representative from SBS told news outlets that the network is currently investigating the matter.

Source : http://en.wikipedia.org/

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