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My Love from the Star

My Love from the Star (Korean별에서 온 그대; RRByeoreseo on geudae; literally You Who Came from the Stars) is a South Korean romantic fantasy television series, which aired on SBS from December 18, 2013 to February 27, 2014. The series, which ran for 21 episodes, is directed by Jang Tae-yoo, written by Park Ji-eun, produced by Moon Bo-mi and Choi Moon-suk and features an ensemble cast starring Jun Ji-hyun, Kim Soo-hyun, Park Hae-jin and Yoo In-na. The story is about an alien who landed on Earth in the Joseon Dynasty and, 400 years later, falls in love with a top actress in the modern era. This is the second collaboration between Kim and Jun, who previously worked together in the heist film The Thieves. It is also Jun's small screen comeback after 14 years.[2]

My Love from the Star
Kim Soo-hyun and Jun Ji-hyun are standing
Promotional poster
Also known asYou Who Came from the Stars
Genre
Written byPark Ji-eun
Directed byJang Tae-yoo
Starring
Opening theme"Man From Star (Opening Title)"
Ending theme"My Destiny" by Lyn
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes21
Production
Executive producer(s)Choi Moon-suk
Producer(s)Moon Bo-mi
CinematographyLee Gil-bok
Jung Min-gyun
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time70 minutes
Production company(s)HB Entertainment
Release
Original networkSBS and regional affiliates
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original release18 December 2013 (2013-12-18) –
27 February 2014 (2014-02-27)
Chronology
Related showsMy Love from the Star (Philippines)
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
별에서 온 그대
Revised RomanizationByeoreseo on geudae
McCune–ReischauerPyŏresŏ On Kŭdae

The series was given generally positive reviews during its release in South Korea and received several accolades across Asia. Jun won the Daesang (or "Grand Prize"), the highest award for Korean television, at the Baeksang Arts Awards and the SBS Drama Awards, and as did Kim at the Korea Drama Awards.

SynopsisEdit

Do Min-joon (Kim Soo-hyun) is an alien that landed on Earth in the year 1609, during the Joseon Dynasty. As he tries to help a young girl named Yi-hwa from falling off a cliff, he misses his trip back to his planet and is stranded on Earth 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. 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. With only three months left before his long-awaited departure back to space, he meets Cheon Song-yi (Jun Ji-hyun), a famous Hallyu actress who suddenly becomes his next-door neighbor. Slowly, he finds himself entangled in Song-yi's crazy and unpredictable situations, and finds out that she resembles the young girl he fell in love with 400 years ago in the Joseon era. Min-joon tries to keep himself away from Song-yi as he needs to leave the planet, but often finds himself failing to do so.

Song-yi gets entangled in the dangerous games of Lee Jae-kyung (Shin Sung-rok), the elder brother of Lee Hee-kyung (Park Hae-jin), who has been her friend since middle school and is love with her. Yoo Se-mi (Yoo In-na) is Song-yi's childhood best friend who has had a crush on Hee-kyung since middle school. Realizing her love is unrequited, Se-mi ultimately gives up on Hee-kyung and starts to focus on her career as an actress. As Jae-kyung tries to silence Song-yi, Min-joon finds himself saving her multiple times, and eventually, the neighbors fall for each other. But Jae-kyung turns out to be much more dangerous than Min-joon suspected, as he hurts Se-mi's older brother, who is investigating the murder of an actress in which Jae-kyung is actively involved, and he also mysteriously starts to lose control of his powers.[3]

CastEdit

MainEdit

A top Hallyu star who is very blunt and airheaded and believes that she is every man's type, until she meets her stoic neighbor, Do Min-joon. She soon develops feelings for him.[6]
A very cold and distant being, he loved a girl who lived during the Joseon period for liking him as his true self, an alien. After the girl dies while saving him, he waits to return home.[8] Living a lonely and isolated life for centuries, he one day meets Cheon Song-yi, a girl who at her young age, looked exactly like the one he cared for 400 years ago and whom he once saved. He soon falls for Song-yi after trying to save her life at a wedding. [9]
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.
Song-yi's childhood best friend. Underneath her sweet demeanor and melodious leverage, she is actually envious of Song-yi and has had a crush on Hee-kyung for a long time. She later becomes famous after Song-yi's fall from the entertainment industry.

SupportingEdit

Hee-kyung's older brother, the potential heir of S&C Group. The main antagonist of the series, he is willing to do anything to silence Song-yi for a dark secret she knows about him.
Song-yi's younger brother, who first disapproves of her relationship with the neighbour but grows to like Min-joon because of their shared interest in astronomy. He is very popular among girls at his school.
Min-joon's lawyer. When he was young, he was saved by Min-joon during a suicide attempt and found out about his identity. He has been a loyal friend ever since.
Se-mi's older brother. A young and enthusiastic prosecutor who investigates Han Yoo-ra's death. He finds out about Do Min-joon's real identity.
A detective, who works together with Yoo Seok on the case of Han Yoo-ra.

Special appearancesEdit

Original soundtrackEdit

"My Destiny", the theme song of the drama performed by Lyn, received positive reviews in South Korea and peaked at number 2 on the Gaon Music Chart.

My Love from the Star:
Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released26 February 2014
GenrePop, K-pop, soundtrack, R&B
LabelSBS Contents Hub
LOEN Entertainment
Singles from My Love from the Star
  1. "Promise"
    Released: 13 March 2014[28]
  2. "My Destiny"
    Released: 14 March 2014[29]

Part 1Edit

Released on December 26, 2013 (2013-12-26)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."My Destiny"Lyn3:51
2."My Destiny" (Inst.) 3:51
Total length:6:02

Part 2Edit

Released on January 8, 2014 (2014-01-08)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Like a Star" (별처럼)K.Will3:29
2."Like a Star" (Inst.) 3:29
Total length:7:48

Part 3Edit

Released on January 15, 2014 (2014-01-15)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."You who came from the stars" (별에서 온 그대)Younha3:18
2."You who came from the stars" (Inst.) 3:18
Total length:6:36

Part 4Edit

Released on January 22, 2014 (2014-01-22)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Goodbye/Hello" (안녕)Hyorin3:34
2."Goodbye/Hello" (Inst.) 3:34
Total length:7:38

Part 5Edit

Released on January 29, 2014 (2014-01-29)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I Love You"JUST [ko]3:59
2."I Love You" (Inst.) 3:59
Total length:7:18

Part 6Edit

Released on February 5, 2013 (2013-02-05)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Tears like today" (오늘 같은 눈물이)Huh Gak3:51
2."Tears like today" (Inst.) 3:51
Total length:7:02

Part 7Edit

Released on February 12, 2014 (2014-02-12)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Every Moment of yours" (너의 모든 순간)Sung Si-kyung4:03
2."Every Moment of yours" (Inst.) 4:03
Total length:8:06

Part 8Edit

Released on February 19, 2014 (2014-02-19)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."In front of yours" (너의 집 앞)Kim Soo-hyun3:41
2."In front of yours" (Inst.) 3:41
Total length:7:42


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
Chart Performance
Year Title Peak chart positions Sales[30] Notes
Gaon[30]
K-Pop Hot100[31]
2013 "My Destiny" (Lyn) 2 2
  • KOR (DL): 1,181,221+
Part 1
2014 "Like a Star" (K.Will) 4 1
  • KOR (DL): 723,530+
Part 2
"My Love from the Star" (Younha) 12 9
  • KOR (DL): 429,874+
Part 3
"Hello" (Hyorin) 1 1
  • KOR (DL): 1,161,073+
Part 4
"I Love You" (JUST) 18 7
  • KOR (DL): 174,249+
Part 5
"Tears Like Today" (Huh Gak) 1 2
  • KOR (DL): 745,484+
Part 6
"Every Moment of You" (Sung Si-kyung) 2 2
  • KOR (DL): 1,260,644+
Part 7
"In Front of Your House" (Kim Soo-hyun) 3 4
  • KOR (DL): 421,198+
Part 8
"Promise" (Kim Soo-hyun) 12 13
  • KOR (DL): 129,949+
Special
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that region.

ProductionEdit

The show is written by Park Ji-eun,[32] directed by Jang Tae-yoo,[33] and produced by Moon Bo-mi and Choi Moon-suk under the banner of HB Entertainment.[34] 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.[35]

Among the filming locations were two newly built luxury buildings, Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park (DDP) and Boutique Monaco.[36] The Korea Tourism Organization later held a 3D exhibit at the DDP Art Hall from 10 June to 15 August 2014 which featured one of the house sets used, with the display rooms titled "Start," "Fate," "Shaking" and "Longing" in line with the plot of the drama.[37][38]

ReceptionEdit

The series influenced Korean fashion, with clothes, accessories and make-up products worn by Jun Ji-hyun seeing an "unprecedented" surge in orders.[39] 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.[40] The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo, a children's novel, was propelled to the top of the bestseller lists in major Korean bookstores after the male protagonist repeatedly quotes from it throughout the series.[41]

In addition to high viewership ratings in South Korea, the series also proved to be successful in China, where it became the most expensive Korean drama sold at US$35,000 per episode until it was surpassed by Descendants of the Sun in 2016.[42][43] 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.[44] 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 after the show ran.[45] 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.[46]

Critical receptionEdit

The show was given many positive reviews by critics. 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."[47] 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."[45] 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.[45] Chinese celebrities such as Zhao Wei and Gao Yuanyuan also followed and actively posted about the series on Sina Weibo, boosting its popularity.[48] 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.[49][50]

RatingsEdit

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
TNmS[51] AGB Nielsen[52]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 December 18, 2013 15.5% 19.1% 15.6% 17.0%
2 December 19, 2013 15.9% 18.5% 18.3% 20.5%
3 December 25, 2013 17.2% 20.4% 19.4% 21.0%
4 December 26, 2013 18.4% 20.8% 20.1% 22.1%
5 January 1, 2014 21.0% 24.8% 22.3% 25.3%
6 January 2, 2014 22.8% 28.2% 24.6% 27.8%
7 January 8, 2014 22.1% 27.0% 24.1% 26.6%
8 January 9, 2014 22.9% 29.1% 24.4% 27.4%
9 January 15, 2014 21.8% 26.2% 23.1% 25.4%
10 January 16, 2014 22.7% 28.3% 24.4% 27.1%
11 January 22, 2014 23.3% 28.1% 24.5% 26.8%
12 January 23, 2014 24.6% 29.0% 26.4% 28.2%
13 January 29, 2014 24.3% 27.5% 24.8% 26.1%
14 February 5, 2014 25.1% 30.7% 25.7% 27.8%
15 February 6, 2014 24.5% 28.7% 25.9% 27.7%
16 February 12, 2014 23.3% 28.0% 25.7% 28.1%
17 February 13, 2014 25.6% 29.8% 27.0% 29.5%
18 February 19, 2014 25.9% 30.8% 27.4% 29.9%
19 February 20, 2014 26.0% 29.9% 26.7% 29.1%
20 February 26, 2014 24.5% 29.3% 26.0% 28.0%
21 February 27, 2014 28.1% 33.2% 28.1% 29.6%
Average 22.6% 27.0% 24.0% 26.2%
Special February 7, 2014 8.2% 9.4% 10.0% 11.5%
  • A 70-minute special episode aired on February 7, 2014 at 23:20 (KST) titled You Who Came from the Stars: the Beginning which recapped episodes 1 to 15 focusing on the love story of Do Min-joon and Cheon Song-yi.[53]
Ratings in the Philippines

It aired on GMA Network from April 21 to June 30 2014, on weeknights at 5:45 PM PST for 51 episodes.[54] Each episode runs 45 minutes including commercial breaks. A 150-minute special with the subtitle The Kilig Throwback recapped the episodes of each preceding week, and aired every Sunday from May 18 to June 29, 2014, at 10:45 AM, then later moved to 11:15 AM PST.[55] The entire series was dubbed in Filipino. It was the highest rated Korean drama in the Philippines for 2014.

Ratings in the Philippines
Ep. Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[56] Kantar Media-TNS[57]
Mega Manila Nationwide
1 April 21, 2014 16.6% 11.0%
2 April 22, 2014 17.2% 12.1%
3 April 23, 2014 19.0% 12.9%
4 April 24, 2014 18.5% 12.5%
5 April 25, 2014 19.0% 12.9%
6 April 28, 2014 17.4% 11.7%
7 April 29, 2014 19.6% 12.0%
8 April 30, 2014 18.6% 11.1%
9 May 1, 2014 17.9% 11.4%
10 May 2, 2014 19.0% 12.3%
11 May 5, 2014 19.5% 11.2%
12 May 6, 2014 19.9% 12.4%
13 May 7, 2014 19.3% 12.4%
14 May 8, 2014 19.6% 12.0%
15 May 9, 2014 19.0% 12.4%
16 May 12, 2014 19.1% 11.7%
17 May 13, 2014 18.5% 12.4%
18 May 14, 2014 19.9% 13.6%
19 May 15, 2014 20.0% 14.1%
20 May 16, 2014 19.5% 14.1%
21 May 19, 2014 18.8% 13.8%
22 May 20, 2014 20.0% 13.4%
23 May 21, 2014 20.0% 13.7%
24 May 22, 2014 20.5% 13.9%
25 May 23, 2014 21.1% 13.0%
26 May 26, 2014 21.6% 13.0%
27 May 27, 2014 21.6% 15.2%
28 May 28, 2014 21.1% 14.2%
29 May 29, 2014 22.5% 14.4%
30 May 30, 2014 20.9% 13.9%
31 June 2, 2014 21.4% 14.0%
32 June 3, 2014 22.6% 14.3%
33 June 4, 2014 20.7% 15.0%
34 June 5, 2014 21.9% 14.9%
35 June 6, 2014 21.4% 15.2%
36 June 9, 2014 22.6% 14.7%
37 June 10, 2014 23.4% 16.3%
38 June 11, 2014 25.2% 15.9%
39 June 12, 2014 26.1% 16.0%
40 June 13, 2014 23.6% 16.3%
41 June 16, 2014 22.9% 16.0%
42 June 17, 2014 23.9% 16.5%
43 June 18, 2014 24.8% 16.2%
44 June 19, 2014 25.6% 16.9%
45 June 20, 2014 23.6% 15.8%
46 June 23, 2014 21.7% 14.7%
47 June 24, 2014 22.9% 14.7%
48 June 25, 2014 22.6% 14.9%
49 June 26, 2014 27.4% 18.7%
50 June 27, 2014 24.3% 16.9%
51 June 30, 2014 19.1% 12.5%
Average 21.0% 13.9%
Special May 18, 2014 16.5% 11.0%
Special May 25, 2014 15.5% 11.2%
Special June 1, 2014 15.4% 10.9%
Special June 8, 2014 17.8% 11.9%
Special June 15, 2014 18.5% 12.1%
Special June 22, 2014 19.7% 12.4%
Special June 29, 2014 18.5% 11.9%
Special July 6, 2014 16.8% 12.9%
Average 17.3% 11.8%

Awards and nominationsEdit

My Love from the Star's cast and crew have been nominated for many accolades including Baeksang Arts Awards and the SBS Drama Awards, Korea Drama Awards, International Drama Festival and Shanghai Television Festival.[58][59] Kim Soo-hyun has won the Best Global Actor in Huading Awards.[60]

International broadcastEdit

AdaptationsEdit

In 2014, an American remake was under development at American Broadcasting Company, to be written by Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain, and produced by HB Entertainment and EnterMedia Contents in association with Sony Pictures Television. Executive producers will be Craft and Fain, creator of the original series Park Ji-eun, CEO of HB Entertainment Moon Bo-mi, and Sebastian Lee and David Kim from EnterMedia Contents.[67]

A Philippine remake was broadcast and produced by GMA Network.[68] One of the top leading ladies in the Philippines, Jennylyn Mercado was tapped to portray Jun Ji-hyun's character, Steffi Cheon (Cheon Song-yi). On 9 December 2016, Filipino-Spanish model and first time actor Gil Cuerva was confirmed to be the leading man, replacing Alden Richards of AlDub, who was initially announced to star as the male lead but later turned down the role for another project. The series was under the direction of Bb. Joyce Bernal and was released on 29 May 2017.[69] It was a success in the Philippines, achieving high ratings, and dubbed as "One of the most loved Korean drama in the Philippines".[70][better source needed]

A Thai remake by Broadcast Thai TelevisionChannel 3, starring by Nadech Kugimiya with Peeranee Kongthai. It aired between September–November 2019, but ratings are very low.[71]

Due to its popularity in mainland China, the series was re-edited into a two-hour feature-length film by Chinese production company Meng Jiang Wei, and was released in theaters in summer 2014.[72]

ControversyEdit

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.[73][74] 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 would investigate the matter.[75] On 20 May 2014, Kang filed her lawsuit in court against Park Ji-eun and HB Entertainment, asking for ₩600 million in damages.[76] HB Entertainment responded that it was prepared to "strongly confront" the lawsuit with their own evidence and witnesses, calling the charges of plagiarism "synonymous to a death sentence" to creators which must be "eradicated."[77] Kang dropped her lawsuit on 3 July 2014 after an out-of-court settlement.[78]

Indonesian television network RCTI aired a TV series in 2014 titled Kau Yang Berasal Dari Bintang, first thought to be an authorized remake of My Love from the Star, but was then found to be a plagiarized version, with the Indonesian series having exactly the same set up and storyline as the Korean drama. In an interview with Korean media outlet TV Report, a representative from SBS Contents Hub said, "The drama was created without the obtainment of legal publication rights. You could view it as plagiarism. [...] While we were in the process of discussing the sale of legal publication rights with another Indonesian enterprise, this drama came out. We are in the midst of finding what course of action to take."[79][80]

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