Sweet 18 [K-Drama]

17 Feb

 

Sweet 18

From DramaWiki

낭랑18세 / Nang Rang 18 Seh

Details

  • Title: 낭랑18세 / Nang Rang 18 Seh
  • Also known as: Sweet 18 / Little Bride / 18 Year Old Bride
  • Episodes: 16
  • Broadcast network: KBS
  • Broadcast period: 2004-01-19 to 2004-03-09
  • Air time:

Synopsis

The concept of an arranged marriage is often difficult to accept, especially amongst less traditional adolescents today. Sweet 18 (Nang Rang 18 Seh) covers this very premise and the story begins when Kwon Hyuk-joon’s grandfather, the head of the traditional Kwon family agrees to an arranged marriage between his grandson (Lee Dong Gun) and Yoon Jung-sook (Han Ji Hye) when Yoon Jung-sook is born. 18 years later, the two families lose contact because soon after the contract is signed, Jung-sook’s family encounters financial issues and is forced to run away.

Meanwhile, Jung-sook has grown up to be a rebellious and strong-willed girl who just wants to live her life as she sees fit. With little aspirations, she is the direct foil of her achievement-bound counterpart, Hyuk-joon. When the two meet each other, they clash horribly; Jung-sook thinks her fiancee is nothing but boring, and Hyuk-joon believes Jung-sook to be nothing but an immature child. The rest of the series follows their life living together as a couple, and the obstacles they are faced with. When Hyuk-joon’s first love reappears and wants to claim Hyuk-joon for herself (despite the fact that he’s married), who will Hyuk-joon choose? His first love Ga-young, or immature spunky Jung-sook?

Source: KBS (http://contents.kbs.co.kr/program/program_dview.php?contentsUid=53&category=0&isBroadcast=N)

Cast

Production Credits

Review by Iceberri

What I really loved about this drama that set it apart from traditional comedies is the overlapping themes that demonstrate the strength of culture, family, and love. Each scene served a purpose and for this reason, the drama never appears draggy. The director successfully leads the audience through the passageway into maturity with convincing acting and a well-written script. Some of the scenes were of course, a bit overdone and cheesy, but overall, it only adds to the charm of the drama.

The center of the drama truly revolved around the convincing acting of the cast. Even though there weren’t any veteran actors, Han Ji Hye and Lee Dong Gun brought a freshness to the screen that older, more experienced actors cannot imitate. Han Ji Hye is able to gradually transform from a sassy, mischievous girl to a woman who fights for her values and beliefs successfully. Her inexperience does show in specific scenes where she’s supposed to cry, but these scenes were thankfully, minimal. Lee Dong Gun, who played Kwon Hyuk-joon, doesn’t speak much in the drama, but his silent scenes always convey a subtle sense of raw feeling and emotion. He is the perfect complement to the outrageous and silly Jung-sook. What distinguishes Sweet 18’s cast from others though is the equally well-done acting done by the supporting actors. Each one brings a different personality to the screen, and by the end of the drama, you’ll have empathized with nearly every actor, leading or supporting.

As with most korean dramas, the latter part of the drama tends to slow down and come to a tapered halt. Although Sweet 18 retained its fast momentum and pace throughout most of the drama, the last 2 or 3 episodes are noticeably slower than the other episodes. Of course it is necessary for the wrap-up of the drama, but it lacks the same luster and shine.

Another possible drawback (though I found it endearing) is the sense and style of humor. Han Ji Hye really goes all-out in her role, from exaggerated facial expressions to a funky hairstyle that would be embarrassing to most actresses. She’s spunky and most definitely not submissive. If you’re not a fan of Jang Nara‘s acting style, perhaps Han Ji Hye‘s acting would not impress you too much either. Still, I urge you to give this drama a chance regardless of what you like, because of the underlying themes and lessons learned. Unlike some dramas that infer a lesson to be learned, Sweet 18 is neither preachy nor conspicuous. But they are there.

The soundtrack isn’t particularly impressive when you listen to it separately; the songs are not beautiful, amazing, or insightful like other drama’s OSTs. However, the music does fit the mood as most of the songs are a little wacky, and very light-hearted.

Overall, Sweet 18 will revive the hope of love in your heart, and the passion of living life to its fullest in your soul. It is a must-watch for people of all ages.

Rating: Must-Watch (4.5/5)

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Sweet_18"

 

Special:

Actress & Actor’s Profiles

 

Han Ji Hye

From DramaWiki

Han Ji Hye

Profile

  • Name: 한지혜 / Han Ji Hye (Han Ji Hae)
  • Real name: 이지해 / Lee Ji Hye (Yi Ji Hae)
  • Profession: Actress and model
  • Birthdate: 1984-June-29
  • Birthplace: Kwangju, South Korea
  • Height: 170cm
  • Weight: 47kg
  • Star sign: Cancer
  • Blood type: A
  • Family: Older sister and younger brother

TV Series

Movies

Recognitions

  • 2004 40th Baeksang Arts Awards: TV연기부문 "신인상" 수상
  • 2003 KBS Drama Awards: Best New Actress
  • 2001: 한국슈퍼모델 선발대회 "특별상" 수상 (도도메이크업상)

Trivia

  • Education: Gyongsin Girls’ Middle School, Gyongsin Girls’ High School, Sejong University (Film and Art degree)
  • Skills: Playing flute and dancing
  • Hobbies: Playing computer games and watching TV
  • Religion: Christianity

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Han_Ji_Hye"

 

Lee Dong Gun

From DramaWiki

Lee Dong Gun

Profile

  • Name: 이동건 / Lee Dong Gun (Lee Dong Geon)
  • English name: Emmanuel Lee (baptized name)
  • Nicknames: Mother-in-law / Uncle
  • Profession: Actor, singer and model
  • Birthdate: 1980-Jul-26
  • Birthplace: Kang Nam, Seoul, South Korea
  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 65kg
  • Star sign: Leo
  • Blood type: A
  • Family: Younger brother
  • Talent agency: ISTAR (http://www.istar.co.kr)

About Lee Dong Gun

Lee Dong Gun is a South Korean actor who debuted as an actor and singer in 1997. Currently, he is being enrolled in Department of Theatre and Cinema at Hanyang University.

Lee Dong Gun started as a singer in the Korean entertainment business a few years ago. He released two albums, namely: “Beautiful Beginning” and “Much More”. Although, he was given the much needed attention when he debuted, his popularity as a singer did not make quite a long lasting impression.

His acting career began when he guested in the Korean sitcom “Three Friends”. Though, his stint here was just short, it shed new lights for his career.

He once said that his singing career was like a wheel. Sometimes he’s up and sometimes he’s down. If it wasn’t for acting, he would have left the entertainment business. He said that probably he was never meant to be a singer. So now, he is very much into improving his acting career.

TV Series

TV Series Theme Songs

Movies

Recognitions

  • 2005 Baek-sang Arts Award: Most Popular Award
  • 2004 SBS TV Drama Award: Best Acting Award
  • 2004 SBS TV Drama Award: Best 10 Star Award
  • 2004 Dong-a TV Fashion Beauty Award: Best Dresser
  • 2004 Andre Kim Best Star Awards: Best Star Award

Trivia

  • Education: Hanyang University Department of Theatre and Cinema
  • Languages: Korean, Japanese and English
  • Religion: Roman Catholic

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Dong_Gun"

 

Lee Da Hae

From DramaWiki

Lee Da Hae

Profile

  • Name: 이다해 / Lee Da Hae
  • Real name: 변다혜 / Byun Da Hye
  • Profession: Actress and model
  • Birthdate: 1984-Apr-19
  • Height: 170cm
  • Weight: 47kg
  • Star sign: Aries
  • Blood type: O
  • Family: Older brother
  • Talent agency: Star K Entertainment (http://cafe.star-k.co.kr)

TV Series

Recognitions

  • 2007 KBS Performance Awards: Excellence Award – Mini Series (Hello! Miss)
  • 2006 SBS Performance Awards: Top 10 Popularity Award
  • 2005 SBS Performance Awards: Performance Award – Drama Special for Green Rose and My Girl
  • 41st Baeksang Arts Awards: Best New Actress for Lotus Flower Fairy (2005)
  • 2004 MBC Acting Awards: New Actress Award for Lotus Flower Fairy

Trivia

  • Education: Burwood Girls High School (Sydney)
  • Has released a digital single called "If You are Willing To" (당신이 원하신다면) from the drama My Girl that she sang in episode 4

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Da_Hae"

 

Yoo Hye Jung

From DramaWiki

Yoo Hye Jung

Profile

  • Name: 유혜정 / Yoo Hye Jung (Yoo Hye Jeong)
  • Date of birth: 1973-Oct-06
  • Profession: Actress

TV Series

Movies

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Yoo_Hye_Jung"

 

Lee Soon Jae

From DramaWiki

Lee Soon Jae

Profile

  • Name: 이순재 / Lee Soon Jae (Lee Sun Jae)
  • Profession: Actor
  • Birthdate: 1935-Oct-10
  • Height: 166cm
  • Weight: 68kg
  • Star sign: Libra
  • Family: Wife and 2 sons

TV Series

Movies

  • My Girl and I (2005)

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Lee_Soon_Jae"

 

Kim Hae Sook

From DramaWiki

Kim Hae Sook

Profile

  • Name: 김해숙 / Kim Hae Sook (Kim Hae Suk)
  • Profession: Actress
  • Birthdate: 1955-Dec-30

TV Series

Movies

  • Open City (2007)
  • Sunflower (2006)
  • My Girl and I (2005)
  • Wet Dreams 2 (2004)
  • My Brother (2004)
  • Dead Friend (2004)
  • Oh! Happy Day (2003)
  • Marrying the Mafia (2003)

Trivia

  • Only actress in all four seasonal dramas by Yoon Suk Ho
  • Education: Kyunghee University (Nursing Major)

Awards

  • 2000 KBS Best Supporting Actress

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Kim_Hae_Sook"

 

Jung Kyung Ho

From DramaWiki

Jung Kyung Ho

Profile

  • Name: 정경호 / Jung Kyung Ho (Jeong Kyeong Ho)
  • Also known as: Choung Kyung Ho
  • Profession: Actor
  • Birthdate: 1983-Aug-31
  • Birthplace: South Korea
  • Height: 184cm
  • Weight: 73kg
  • Star sign: Virgo
  • Blood type: B
  • Talent agency: SidusHQ (http://www.sidushq.com)

TV Series

Movies

Trivia

  • Education: Joong Ang University

External Links

Retrieved from "http://wiki.d-addicts.com/Jung_Kyung_Ho"

 

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