Bread, Love and Dreams (Korean: 제빵왕 김탁구) is a 2010 South Korean television drama starring Yoon Shi-yoon, Eugene, Joo Won and Lee Young-ah. It tells the story of how a determined young baker overcomes many trials towards his goal of becoming the best baker in Korea. This story takes place in the 1970s to 1990s, starting after his conception and finishing when he reaches his mid-20s. The series aired on KBS2 from June 9 to September 16, 2010, on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) for 30 episodes.
|Bread, Love and Dreams|
|Also known as||The Baker King|
|Literal meaning||King of Baking, Kim Tak-gu|
|Revised Romanization||Jeppang-wang Gim Tak-gu|
Slice of life story
|Created by||Kwak Ki-won |
|Written by||Kang Eun-kyung|
|Directed by||Lee Jung-sub|
|Composer||Lee Pil-ho (이필호)|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||30|
|Executive producer||Jeong Hae-ryong (KBS)|
|Producers||Ahn Jae-hyun |
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Production company||Samhwa Networks|
|Original release||June 9 –|
September 16, 2010
The series was one of the most watched shows in South Korea in 2010, with a final episode viewership rating of 50.9% and becoming the 25th highest rated drama of all time. It is considered the breakout role of lead actor Yoon Shi-yoon, catapulting him to immense popularity as well as receiving much praise for his sincere acting.
Kim Tak-gu (Yoon Shi-yoon) is the eldest son of Gu Il-jong, the chairman of Geosung Foods Enterprise, and Kim Mi-sun, his mistress. The chairman's wife, In-sook, is furious with her husband and shuns Tak-gu. When his mother is kidnapped, Tak-gu runs away from home and spends the next 12 years looking for her.
In his journey, he enters a baking school owned by Pal-bong who is a legend in the baking industry. Coincidentally, he was also Tak-gu's father's teacher. In said school, Tak-gu also finds Jo Jin-goo, the man who kidnapped his mother. Jo Jin-goo tells Tak-gu that his mother accidentally fell off a cliff. Tak-gu decides to stay at the bakery and learn the art of making bread, like his father did before him. Gu Ma-jun (Joo Won), Tak-gu's half-brother, is also at the school, hoping to learn baking to win his father's approval and take over the family business. He lives under an assumed name and never reveals his true identity. Ma-jun still nurses a hatred for Tak-gu from their childhood.
It is later revealed that Tak-gu's mom is not dead and that she is looking for him. The chairman, who also spent the past 14 years looking for Tak-gu, eventually finds out that he is at the bakery and is furious at Ma-jun for not telling him. The chairman wants Tak-gu, his eldest son, to take over the family business instead of Ma-jun. Rejected, Ma-jun plots to steal Tak-gu's childhood friend, Shin Yoo-kyung (Eugene), and embarrass his family in the process. Tak-gu eventually finds his mother, but In-sook and her lover, Han (the chairman's assistant), plot to rob Tak-gu of his inheritance to let Ma-jun take the chairman's position. When the chairman finds out, Han attempts to murder Tak-gu, but Tak-gu is saved by Jo Jin-goo. Meanwhile, Ma-jun's plan to embarrass his family works, but it doesn't give him the satisfaction he expects. He reaches a truce with Tak-gu and the two agree to let their older sister, Gu Ja-kyung, run the company. The show ends with Tak-gu continuing to work at the bakery with his girlfriend, Yang Mi-sun (Lee Young-ah), while Ma-jun decides to travel around the world with his new bride, Shin Yoo-kyung. Manager Han is imprisoned and the chairman is happy that at last, his loved ones found happiness.
- Yoon Shi-yoon as Kim Tak-gu
- Oh Jae-moo as young Kim Tak-gu
- Eugene as Shin Yoo-kyung
- Jo Jung-eun as young Shin Yoo-kyung
- Joo Won as Gu Ma-jun / Seo Tae-jo
- Shin Dong-woo as young Gu Ma-jun
- Lee Young-ah as Yang Mi-sun
- Jun Kwang-ryul as Gu Il-jong
- Jeon In-hwa as Seo In-sook
- Choi Ja-hye as Gu Ja-kyung
- Ha Seung-ri as teenage Gu Ja-kyung
- Kang Ye-seo as young Gu Ja-Kyung
- Choi Yoon-young as Gu Ja-rim
- Kim So-hyun as young Gu Ja-rim
- Jang Hang-sun as Pal-bong (Yang Mi-sun's grandfather)
- Park Sang-myun as Yang In-mok (Yang Mi-sun's father)
- Hwang Mi-sun as Oh Young-ja (Yang Mi-sun's mother)
- At The End of The Day (하루의 끝에) – V.O.S
- Love You to Death (죽도록 사랑해) – KCM feat. Soul Drive
- That Person (그 사람) – Lee Seung-chul
- Only One (단 한사람) – Bada
- Hope is a Dream That Doesn't Sleep (희망은 잠들지 않는 꿈) – Kyuhyun (Super Junior)
- For Me (나를 위해) – Michelle Yoo-jin
- Only You (너 하나만) – Yoon Shi-yoon
- It Was Love (사랑이야) – Lee Young-ah
- My Love (내사랑) – Joo Won
- Now Go and See (지금 만나러 간다) – Code V
- Best New Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- Best Director in a Serial Drama (Lee Jung-sub)
- Best Writer in a Serial Drama (Kang Eun-kyung)
2010 18th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards
- Popularity Award, Actor (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- Top Excellence Award, Actress (Jeon In-hwa)
- Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Production Drama (Yoon Shi-yoon)
- Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Production Drama (Eugene)
- Best Writer (Kang Eun-kyung)
- Best Young Actor (Oh Jae-moo)
- Best Couple Award (Yoon Shi-yoon and Lee Young-ah)
- Best TV Director (Lee Jung-sub)
The show was well received in South Korea, receiving a record viewer rating of 50.8%. Audiences were attached to the show because of its underdog vs. society theme. Naver listed it as the most searched for item in South Korea of 2010.
On December 20, 2010, the series received presidential honors in a ceremony that thanked cultural content producers for their achievements.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||June 9, 2010||13.8%||N/A||16.3%||14.2%|
|2||June 10, 2010||14.4%||14.5%||16.9%||18.4%|
|3||June 16, 2010||26.4%||28.3%||28.5%||29.1%|
|4||June 17, 2010||24.2%||26.3%||25.3%||26.4%|
|5||June 23, 2010||27.1%||28.4%||28.5%||28.6%|
|6||June 24, 2010||31.1%||31.8%||32.2%||32.5%|
|7||June 30, 2010||31.0%||32.2%||33.4%||33.6%|
|8||July 1, 2010||31.6%||30.8%||35.8%||35.9%|
|9||July 7, 2010||33.4%||34.7%||38.1%||38.6%|
|10||July 8, 2010||33.0%||33.8%||34.5%||34.9%|
|11||July 14, 2010||34.1%||34.0%||35.9%||35.2%|
|12||July 15, 2010||35.3%||35.2%||36.9%||36.1%|
|13||July 21, 2010||37.3%||37.0%||38.5%||37.7%|
|14||July 22, 2010||37.9%||38.2%||38.4%||36.5%|
|15||July 28, 2010||36.6%||35.7%||39.7%||39.2%|
|16||July 29, 2010||37.9%||38.1%||39.9%||38.6%|
|17||August 4, 2010||39.5%||39.8%||42.5%||42.3%|
|18||August 5, 2010||40.5%||40.2%||44.4%||44.0%|
|19||August 11, 2010||42.3%||42.4%||44.9%||44.0%|
|20||August 12, 2010||42.6%||43.9%||44.6%||43.8%|
|21||August 18, 2010||41.9%||42.4%||44.0%||42.6%|
|22||August 19, 2010||42.3%||41.9%||43.7%||42.9%|
|23||August 25, 2010||43.6%||44.6%||44.1%||44.1%|
|24||August 26, 2010||41.9%||41.9%||44.7%||44.2%|
|25||September 1, 2010||44.0%||44.4%||45.8%||44.9%|
|26||September 2, 2010||45.0%||46.1%||48.4%||47.2%|
|27||September 8, 2010||43.3%||43.2%||47.5%||47.0%|
|28||September 9, 2010||44.7%||44.5%||48.2%||46.4%|
|29||September 15, 2010||45.3%||44.2%||46.5%||45.5%|
|30||September 16, 2010||49.3%||48.3%||50.8%||49.7%|
It aired on GMA Network from January 3 to April 29, 2011, on weeknights at 10:00 PM PST. It was moved to the 9:15 PM timeslot due to its high ratings but later moved back to its original slot to give way to the local shows. Each episode runs 45 minutes including commercial breaks. The entire series was dubbed in Filipino.
|Pilot episode||Final episode||Peak||Average||Ref.|
10.7% (10:00 PM PST)
18.9% (10:00 PM PST)
21.1% (9:15 PM PST)
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