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K-Drama: TV소설 삼생이 (TV Novel Samsaengi)


Begins Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Mon-Fri from 9:50–10:40 AM. (Repeats Mon-Fri 1:10-1:50 AM) Station KBS World - Time Warner Cable Ch.159 or 656, Cox Ch.473, Dish Network Ch. 9850.

(Replaces: TV Novel Love, My Love)

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Title: TV소설 삼생이 / TVsoseol Samsaengi
English title: TV Novel: Samsaengi
Also known as: TV Novel: Sam Saeng
Genre: Medical, family, romance
Format: TV Novel
Episodes: 100+
Chief Producer: Kim Sung Geun
Director: Kim Won Yong
Screenwriter: Lee Eun Joo
Homepages: KBS (Korean); DramaWiki; AsianWiki

Synopsis (KBS World)

“TV Novel: Samsaengi” is a story about a woman who becomes a promising oriental medical doctor after going through many ups and downs in her life. It is also about innocent, yet desperate love of four different people and their different ways of love. Samsaengi illustrates simple and honest story of Seoul in the 70s through various characters.

Cast and Characters

    Hong Ah Reum as Suk Sam Saeng
        Hyun Seung Min as teen Sam Saeng (12 years old)
        Kwak Ji Hye (곽지혜) as child Sam Saeng (4 years old)
    Son Sung Yoon as Bong Geum Ok
        Kim Ji Min (김지민) as teen Geum Ok (12 years old)
        Jang Seo Hee (장서희) as child Geum Ok (4 years old)
    Cha Do Jin as Park Dong Woo
        Kim Ji Hoon as teen Dong Woo (14 years old)
    Ji Il Joo as Oh Ji Sung
        Kim Seung Chan (김승찬) as teen Ji Sung (13 years old)
        Jung Yoo Geun (정유근) as child Ji Sung (4 years old)

Suk Bong Chool family

    Lee Dal Hyung as Suk Bong Chool
    Lee Ah Hyun as Go Mak Rye
    ? as Suk Chang Shik
        Jung Seung Won (정승원) as teen Chang Shik (16 years old)
    ? as Suk Chang Hee
        Esther (에스더) as chlid Chang Hee (6 years old)

Bong Moo Ryong family

    Dok Go Young Jae as Bong Moo Ryong
    Yoo Tae Woong as Sa Ki Jin
    Lee Yeon Soo as Hae Joo Daek
    Ban Hyo Jung as Mrs. Jo

Oh Pil Soon family

    Kim Na Woon as Oh Pil Soon
    ? as Jung Yoon Hee
        Kim Hye Yoon (김혜윤) as teen Yoon Hee (14 years old)
        Lee Jae In (이재인) as child Yoon Hee (6 years old)

Oh In Soo family

    Kim Seung Wook as Oh In Soo
    Kim Do Yun as Park Kyung Ja

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TV Novel Samsaengi premieres tomorrow, Tuesday, March 5 on KBS World in America. More details and info above.

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New to this forum -Hello!


Anyway, I've been reading along the other threads (My One and Only, Seoyoung My Daughter, Cheer Up Mr Kim etc..) and I really enjoy the feedback as other viewers help me fill in the blanks. Anyway, I've been watching "Tv Novel Samsengi" and I'm confused about the reference to a "decoy" baby. I've watched all the episodes and I recall, there was a flashback of the doctor's mother(?) referring to this. What was this all about? And does this have something to do with Mr. Sa's animosity towards Samsengi? I hope someone can fill me in because I'd really, really love clarification on this.
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In folklore, one uses another similar person to absorb the "evil" directed at the person you are trying to protect. There is a similar practice in Wales in which a sin-eater eats a meal in front of a corpse to transfer that corpse's sins to the living person. Rod Serling treated that on a episode of Night Gallery called "The Sins of the Father" in the 1970s. A man had been eating sins for years and he died with all those sins in his body. His widow wanted their son to follow in his father footsteps but the son refused. The mother starved the son until he had to eat in front of the corpse, who was starting to decay. The absorption of all those sins of the father was fatal to the son.

Mr. Sa wanted his daughter to fair better so he had his real daughter masquerade as the doctor's daughter to live a better life. He was afraid that the doctor's real daughter would remember what he had done and reveal the plot. The same actress who portrays Sam Saeng as an adult played a similar role in "Reversal of Fate," in which the mother switched babies in the hospital so that her daughter would have a better life. In the end, the girl's birth mother had a better life than the family to which she switched the babies.

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It is obvious that the father of the love child switched the identities of the two girls after the doctor's mother died. How did the little girl who was left with the poor family get so fat when the family was starving her? At first the stepfather despised the girl because she was the result of an affair his wife had while he was away for a long time. He later loved the girl at first because he was able to find the ginseng root after a vision where the girl directed him where to dig. The girl was locked up in a small room and starved. The girl escaped and ate the ginseng root because she was hungry. The stepfather saw his ticket out of poverty disappear. From then on he hated the girl with a passion.

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Thanks efparri for the wonderful explanation! So, to clarify, Samseng is the Doctor's real daughter and Geumok is Mr. Sa's? This explains why he said he would always be Geumok side. Question :if the doctor was aware of the "decoy" arrangement, couldn't Mr. Sa have brought both girls home to the doctor. This way both girls could have good lives OR does the "decoy" have to die in order for the other girl to have a good life? On another note, I really think someone really needs to discipline Geumok - she's getting a bit full of herself!
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The doctor thought that the child was returned to its family after she had served her purpose. That is why Mr. Sa gave one of the children to the birth mother of his child. He apparently resented the doctor and the doctor's mother using his daughter as a throwaway child to save the doctor's daughter. Look for the scald scar on the shoulder of Mr. Sa's birth daughter. A distinguishing mark, a mole, was used in the series this series replaced, "TV Novel Love, My Love." I do not recall whether the doctor treated the girl's burn before they evacuated the town in the face of the North Korean invasion. The actress who played the adult Sam Saeng, Hong Ah Reum, had a similar role of switching at birth in the series "Reversal of Fate" several years ago. The mother had a child out of wedlock by a man who claimed to be a bachelor and would marry her. He abandoned her for his rich wife. As it turned out both women were in the hospital giving birth at the same time. The betrayed mother switched babies to allow her daughter to have a better life. The betrayed mother later married a rich man who saved her from committing suicide. The other family fell into debt and the betrayed mother's daughter suffered. The birth mothers and daughters were eventually reunited. Unfortunately, the betrayed mother died and her biological daughter took over operating the business her birth mother managed.

Many of the daily series shown in the mornings had the premise of children born out of wedlock, estranged from their birth parents and later reunited with them after they became adults.

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Thanks for clearing all this up! I wouldn't have figured it out otherwise!
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Mr. Sa told the doctor that the 'decoy' died, he did not say that he returned the child to her parents.

Mr. Sa switched the girls sending the doctor's daughter to live with the poor family, leaving his daughter, the decoy, to live in comfort with the doctor and her own personal nanny.

Both little "poor" girls being chubby is just plain bad casting! They should have looked a little more pathetic, rather than full and robust. The boy playing the brother looks like a poor boy, rather thin with a bad haircut.

Switched babies, bratty behavior, the put-upon child perennially cheerful; it isn't anything we haven't seen before,Bokhee Noona anyone? Reversal of Fate (aka I'll Give You Everything.) But it is still fun to watch.
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Can someone please fill me in what happened on Mondays episode? Friday's ended with Samseng
seeing Mr. Sa put the poison in the soup and I caught the very end of
Monday's episode where the doctor kicked Samseng out.i
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Can someone please fill me in what happened on Mondays episode? Friday's ended with Samseng
seeing Mr. Sa put the poison in the soup and I caught the very end of
Monday's episode where the doctor kicked Samseng out.i
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class blockquote watchumlots wrote:

Mr. Sa told the doctor that the 'decoy' died, he did not say that he returned the child to her parents.

Mr. Sa switched the girls sending the doctor's daughter to live with the poor family, leaving his daughter, the decoy, to live in comfort with the doctor and her own personal nanny.

Both little "poor" girls being chubby is just plain bad casting! They should have looked a little more pathetic, rather than full and robust. The boy playing the brother looks like a poor boy, rather thin with a bad haircut.

Switched babies, bratty behavior, the put-upon child perennially cheerful; it isn't anything we haven't seen before,Bokhee Noona anyone? Reversal of Fate (aka I'll Give You Everything.) But it is still fun to watch.
My reply was written before the episode aired where Mr. Sa claimed that the child died. If the doctor had not asked, Mr. Sa would have said nothing about the other baby. I have a suspicion that the boy Mr. Sa picked up in Daegu has some relationship to either him or Pilsun. Maybe the original nanny who ran off with the money will resurface and cause problems for Mr. Sa. Mr. Sa's friend and his wife know about the burn on Mr. Sa's daughter's shoulder.

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class blockquote scorp09 wrote:

Can someone please fill me in what happened on Mondays episode? Friday's ended with Samseng
seeing Mr. Sa put the poison in the soup and I caught the very end of
Monday's episode where the doctor kicked Samseng out.i
You must be at least two episodes ahead of me. I just saw episode 11 today which only showed Sam Saeng asking the pharmacist about the labels on the poison. The subtitling on the episodes I am watching has a fuzzy focus and contrast. If I did not record the shows, I would miss some of the English dialog.
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Sorry if I spoiled anything! As info., Ltd I'm watching KBS via Comcast Cable.
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Episode 14 had the scene where Sa Ki Jin put the powder into the curry. It is unbelievable that Mr. Sa would put an unidentified substance into food everyone had to eat. He only overheard the boy telling Sam Saeng about the properties. There could have been fatal properties the boy knew nothing about. It is unclear who his target was. I am sure that he did not want his precious daughter to be the victim. If someone else in the household became ill, the nanny would be blamed. If Sam Saeng wanted Geum Ok to get the poison, she would have put it only in Geum Ok's bowl. Logic is not Sa Ki Jin's strong suit. The two girls were old enough to remember him but he might not have remembered the girl he left with the poor family.

How could the doctor allow a grown man to have free access to the bedroom of his teenaged daughter? Maybe Doctor Bong does not think logically either. The doctor is finally getting suspicious about the identities of the two girls.

Why should Sa Ki Jin think that there is only one red sweater in the world? Why didn't Ms. Hae tell Mr. Sa that she had knitted a sweater for Sam Saeng? Most Korean dramas have a characteristic where people do not explain themselves. The name Sam Sik and Sam Saeng seem similar enough that when asked, the similar name should be mentioned as a possibility.

Mr. Sa dodged a bullet in that his former paramour will not be delivering the herbs to the clinic. Her husband, who has never met Mr. Sa, will do the deliveries.

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Episode 15: Sa Ki Jin's lack of logic continues. He enters Geum Ok's room. Geum Ok tries to speak. She thinks, "I know what you did." Sa Ki Jin' thinks' I am glad that you can't speak." Does Ki Jin think that Geum Ok will be silent forever? As soon as she recovers, she can spill the beans.
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The series is up to Episode 16 in my market. I explored a couple of streaming sites. One has only two episode displayed. These two have English subtitles. Another site has unsubtitled episodes up to Episode 60 but is missing Episode 41 through 53. I watched up to Episode 40 to get the flow of events. I am going to take a hiatus on the unsubtitled episode until the missing one appear or the series get up past Episode 41 in my market. Only five more weeks to wait. Another site I have tried apparently has subtitled episodes but the browser is redirected as soon as it reaches the target URL.
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Mr. Suk Bong Chool treats the daughter of what he thinks is his wife's affair better than he treats his own children. He is always slapping his son on the head. He defended Sam Saeng when the doctor accused her of lying, stealing the other girl's medicine and trying to poison the girl. He refused to give the doctor the gifts his wife sent or to sell the herbs to the doctor. He sold the herbs to Mr. Oh, who took the girl in after the doctor kicked her out. Mr. Cha continues to lie to his daughter and the doctor. The nanny explained the mistake about the sweater after it was too late. The doctor did not even know about the sweater.
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The new actresses taking over for the two young girls have little resemblence to the younger versions. The one living with the Doctor is better looking than the lead girl. When they were little, it was reversed. I am not thrilled with the actress playing the the real daughter of the doctor. Strange casting choices to me.
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I was surprised the series moved on already... . I could have continued on a bit more with the younger storyline. This reminded me of Cinderella Stepsister where they did the same thing. I'm not liking Geumok's attitude at all! Of course
I this being Kdrama, she'll probably become a better person at the end.... Likewise with Mr. Sa but I still can't forgive him for his rough treatment of the younger Samseng.
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