My Name is Kim Sam Soon


Section:Korean Dramas

Genre:Romantic Comedy

Number of Episodes:16


Language: Korean

Average Rating:       (out of 9 ratings)

Also Known As: My Lovely Sam Soon


My Name is Kim Sam Soon is an immensely popular South Korean drama television program which first aired in 2005. The series was also successful internationally and is considered part of the Korean Wave. The 16 episodes follow the ups and downs of Kim Sam Soon (played by Kim Sun Ah), a young single girl in her late 20s who loves to bake and hopes to have her own shop, but feels thwarted in her ambitions by her old-fashioned name and her less-than-perfect figure. Her baking job at a prestigious French restaurant involves tolerating her intolerable boss, Hyun Jin-Heon (Hyun Bin), but when Kim Sam Soon needs a bit of money she agrees to pose as his girlfriend for a month. The two, through many challenges and obstacles, develop a true feeling for each other.


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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: Bridget December 29, 2009

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Korean Title: "Nae Ireum-eun Gim Sam-sun" (direct translation) No. of episodes: 16 Cast Kim Sun Ah as Sam Soon Hyun Bin as Jin Hun Jung Ryo Won as Hee Jin Daniel Henney as Henry Supporting Cast Kim Ja Ok as Sam Soon's mom Lee Ah Hyun as Sam Soon's sister Na Moon Hee as Jin Hun's mom Suh Ji Hee as Mi Joo Lee Kyu Han as Hyun Woo Kim Hyun Jung as Jang Young Ja Foreword Sometimes things really do live up to the hype. The best Korean romantic comedy of...

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: hamcycle July 06, 2007

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

A.K.A. My Lovely Samsoon 1. Meaning of Her Name Although Korean consists of a different grammar and alphabet (and therefore sound) from Chinese, 50% of its vocabulary words have a Chinese derivation. In Korean, each Chinese character is assigned one or two native syllables and used interchangably ('hanja' in Korean, 'kanji' in Japanese). Sam-Soon is a name that has Chinese derivations, a traditional name. Modern names like 'Hee-Jin' sound feminine and are not derived from Chinese characters. ...

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: altered ego August 02, 2006

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Last chance at love? (A review of "My Name is Kim Sam Soon") "My Name is Kim Sam Soon" (or "My Lovely Sam Soon") is a Korean drama series about a chubby woman who finds herself jobless and alone a few months before she turns 30. Her unfaithful boyfriend broke up with her on Christmas Eve; on the same day, she got fired. Whether it was a fortunate or an unfortunate stroke of luck that...

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: sukting May 25, 2006

Rating: 4.0 out of 5

How long 16 episodes Foreword This is the first time that the four leads get together and they become popular at the same time. What makes this serial take the whole Asia by storm? I have also read the original online novel by Ji So Hyun, so I will add some parts in my review to share with everyone. Story San Shun cries when Xian Yu suggests a breakup in a restaurant to her....

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: windancer January 23, 2006

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Main Cast: Kim Sun Ah as Kim Sam Soon Hyun Bin as Hyun Jin Heon Jung Ryeo Won as Yoo Hee Jin Daniel Henny as Dr. Henry Kim Synopsis Kim Sam Soon is a 30-year-old Paris-trained pastry chef, fresh out of a job and fresh out of love. She was publicly dumped by her boyfriend. She sees herself as not pretty, nearly an old maid and slightly on the chubby side. Sam Soon is the third daughter of a rice...

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: Damo September 09, 2005

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

**Cast - Hyun Bin and Kim Sun Ah** "Life is like a box of chocolates" Have you ever watched a series that made you feel good about yourself after watching it? Do you know someone who is a fast talker, movie buff, drinker, funny, strong, feisty and a pastry lover? Well, if yes, maybe it's Kim Sam Soon (KSS). The series is so unique that you can't predict what will happen next. The emotional substance of the...

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My Name is Kim Sam Soon

Reviewed by: il_mare August 11, 2005

Rating: 5.0 out of 5

Credit MBC Wed/Thurs miniseries (2005) - 16 episodes total For MBC homepage for this drama (in Korean), go to: Aired on MBC in Korea: June 1, 2005 - July 21, 2005 on Wednesday & Thursday nights at 9:55 Cast: Kim Sam-soon (29): Kim Sun Ah (Golden Era) Hyun Jin-heon (27): Hyun Bin (Ireland) Yoo Hee-jin (27): Jung Ryu Won Dr. Henry Kim (30): Daniel Henney Park Bong-sook (Sam-soon's mom, 53): Kim Ja...

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Member Ratings


11-12-2011 02:32 AM


Even´╗┐ though i'm HAPPY that Samsoon and Hyun ended up together. They're so cute and sweet!

I wanna add in one thing. When u think in Hee Jin's perspective, it's really quite pitiful.

You were asked by your bf's mom to leave for treatment & she promised you she would accept you after treatment's done[but she goes back on her word].

You lied to your bf that you're gonna study abroad so as not to break his heart again (his bro&sis-in-law passed away. you have 35% operation success chance! which means you're very likely to die too!).

Thus, you had to go abroad and suffer alone. (imagine how much she cried in the plane, knowing she may not return alive! and didn't even get to say goodbye to her 8yrs bf!!!!!)

Worse, you return and your "bf" falls for another girl...!

I had a long distance relationship with my boyfriend too, he was studying in Australia for 3.5yrs. Communication is really important, but I truly felt Hee-Jin's pain.


11-12-2011 02:26 AM


It's realistic.... that feelings do change, even if we can't help it! 3 years without ANY communication is so tough, especially when you leave without a word. sigh.... It's a good reminder for people not to take things for granted. How you view things and how others view things are different.
Jin-heon having his pride refusing to admit he likes´╗┐ Sam soon (lots of guys do that), and then hurts her repeatedly! and his guilt towards ex-girl friend.

i really love the humour...... but i also love the sweetness and earnest feelings of each character (Samsoon, Hee Jin, Hyun & Henry).

Very touching series.


02-03-2010 03:43 PM


Smart and witty. Kim Sam Soon is a wonderful character that leaves a huge impression and has hilarious dialogue! The love relationships were somewhat frustrating. But overall enjoyable to watch.


12-12-2008 11:32 AM


I loved it! She is soo funny, I love her character, so real. He is soo FINE, one of my fav korean actors for the looks at the moment!


09-27-2008 06:24 AM


well, Kim Seon-ah is 7 years older than Hyun Bin (in reality, he was like 23 when he acted in this drama while she was nearly 30 or something or thereabout)..

well, the drama is not bad, as i guess, though the ending is questionable...

to say that to fall in love with an older women is a trend, i dont think that's a good explaination to your family... hahha...

a good watch, which i think is comparable to My Girl, though Coffee Prince is still my fav...

Wonder if Hyun Bin already go for his 2 year army thingy in Korea.. at some angle, he does look like Gong Yoo ... duno why.. haaa

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