A look at popular drama quotes – Part 2: 1995-2004

Now that you’ve tested your knowledge, let’s take a look at the dramas that gave birth to these quotes.

The Hourglass or The Sandglass (1995), 24 episodes

“Am I trembling (in fear)?” – Park Tae-soo (Choi Min-soo)

Perhaps one of the biggest examples of a ‘national drama’, The Hourglass was so popular that restaurants and bars were empty in the evenings when it aired: people went home to watch it.  (The drama ratings peaked at 64.5% ratings, the third-highest in Kdrama history.)  It shot Choi Min-soo, Park Sang-won, Go Hyun-jung, and Lee Jung-jae to fame of epic proportions, and it remains, to this day, one of the most beloved dramas of all time.

Starring: Choi Min-soo, Park Sang-won, Go Hyun-jung, Lee Jung-jae

If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Let me show you what class is.


Autumn Fairy Tale or Autumn in My Heart (2000), 16 episodes

“How much do you want?” (“How much will it cost?”) – Han Tae-suk (Won Bin)

Won Bin.  Need I say more?  Autumn Fairy Tale, the first of director Yoon Seok-ho’s ‘season series’, was a hit domestically and abroad.  (Case in point)  Lots of pretty, lots of crying, lots of lovely music, and lots of Won Bin.  (Fine, I confess that I shipped Song Seung-hun and Song Hye-kyo the first time I watched it, but Won Bin has been THE MAN since.)

Starring: Song Seung-hun, Song Hye-kyo, Won Bin, Han Chae-young, Moon Geun-young

If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Where have you been living?


Damo (2003), 14 episodes

“Are you in pain?  I am hurting, too.” – Hwang Bo-yoon (Lee Seo-jin)

 Criminally underrated and underappreciated by the public at large during its airing, Damo holds a special place in my heart.  Okay, Officer Hwang holds a special place in my heart.  But in all seriousness, it was one of the earlier forays into HD and was a fully pre-produced drama (which caused no end of grief to viewers who wanted a very different kind of ending).  Later earning the ‘well-made’ stamp of approval, Damo is a work of art.

 Starring: Lee Seo-jin, Ha Ji-won, Kim Min-joon

If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up:  It can slide this one time.


Daejanggeum or Jewel in the Palace (2003-2004), 54 episodes

“Mmm, this is delicious.” – King Joong Jong (Im Ho)

 One of the most popular dramas of all time (in 10th place with a peak 57.8% ratings), Daejanggeum captivated not just Korea or Asia, but countries across the world.  If only anyone could be a genius cook AND physician.  And, of course, loved by Ji Jin-hee.

 Starring: Lee Young-ae, Ji Jin-hee, Im Ho

If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: Really???


Stairway to Heaven (2003-2004), 20 episodes

“Love comes back (returns)” – Cha Song-joo (Kwon Sang-woo)

 Stairway to Heaven was Kwon Sang-woo’s drama vehicle to stardom after his hit with movie Tutoring My Friend (aka My Tutor Friend).  With possibly even more crying and evil-antics-of-second-female-lead than Autumn Fairy Tale and Winter Sonata combined, the drama made Kim Bum-soo’s “I Miss You” (“Bogoshipda” 보고싶다) one of the most famous drama OST songs of all time.  Oh, and can’t forget that heart-within-a-circle necklace: one of the early must-have drama items.

 Starring: Kwon Sang-woo, Choi Ji-woo, Kim Tae-hee, Shin Hyun-joon

If you don’t get the reference when this quote comes up: O_O


Lovers in Paris (2004), 20 episodes

“Let’s go, baby.” – Han Ki-joo (Park Shin-yang)

“Why can’t you say it? … Why can’t you say that this is my man, that this is the man I love? ” – Han Ki-joo (Park Shin-yang)

“You are in here.” – Yoon Soo-hyuk (Lee Dong-gun)

 Only trailing Daejanggeum in all-time drama ratings by a mere 0.4%, Lovers in Paris and Han Ki-joo (Park Shin-yang) rocked the nation.  From the quotes above to plastic piggy-banks, no one could get enough of this classic Cinderella story.  The ending left many puzzled (to put it mildly), but if you watch carefully, there’s no doubt it’s a [SPOILER ALERT!] happy ending.  I love Han Ki-joo!!!

 Starring: Park Shin-yang, Kim Jung-eun, Lee Dong-gun

If you don’t get the reference when these quotes come up: Are you kidding me?!


Part 3 coming soon!

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