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K-Drama: 웃어라 동해야 (Smile Again / Smile Donghae)


KBS 2010 Family Drama (Daily). Begins November 22, 2010. Will be shown Mon-Fri, 8:25p–9:00p. Station KXLA 44.1. Eng Subs

Replaces: Happiness in the Wind

Also known as: Smile, Dong Hae

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Starring: Ji Chang Wook, Alex, Oh Ji Eun, Lee Jang Woo, Park Jung Ah
Producer: Moon Bo Hyun
Director: Kim Myung Wook, Mo Wan Il (모완일)
Screenwriter: Moon Eun Ah
Episodes: 159
Official Homepages: KBS/Korean; Dramawiki


SYNOPSIS (KBS) class ul Dong Hae was raised in America by his beautiful but unmarried and mentally deficient mother, Anna Laker, who was adopted there. He goes to Korea for a short-track skating competition and brings his mother along in secret, arranging for her to be picked up at the airport by his girlfriend, Yoon Sae Wa, an ambitious TV announcer who harbours a secret disdain for Anna's disability. Dong Hae meets Bong Yi, a poor assistant chef, when Sae Wa prioritizes her job and sends her to meet Anna instead. After Sae Wa later betrays him, Dong Hae begins to search for his father, creating a new family and finding new romance along the way.SYNOPSIS/KBS WORLD class ul Karl Laker, whose Korean name is ‘Dong-hae’, visits Korea with her mother to participate in the short track speed skating competition as an American speed skater. Dong-hae’s mother Anna, who is a Korean-American adoptee, caught a fever which caused her to have a mental age of nine. She fell in love with a man, but he left her without knowing that she got pregnant with Dong-hae. His trip to Korea is not just for the competition, but to see his girlfriend Sae-Wa who he met for 6 years and promised to marry. However, what awaits him is the changed heart of Sae-wa. She tells him that she cannot be with him as long as he is with Anna. Meantime, Anna sees Dong-hae’s father by chance and doesn’t want to leave. Dong-hae decides to stay in Korea and search for his father. He decides to find him and ask him the reason why he left them.CAST & CHARACTERS class ul Ji Chang Wook as Dong Hae / Karl Laker
Do Ji Won as Anna Laker (Dong Hae's mother)

Lee family
Im Chae Moo as Lee Kang Jae
Lee Bo Hee as Gye Sun Ok
Alex as Lee Tae Hoon
Oh Ji Eun as Lee Bong Yi
Kim Yoo Suk as Lee Pil Jae
?? as Lee Song Yi (Pil Jae's daughter)

Kim family
Kang Suk Woo as Kim Joon
Jung Ae Ri as Hong Hye Sook
Lee Jang Woo as Kim Do Jin

Yoon family
Park Hae Mi as Byun Sool Nyeo
Park Jung Ah as Yoon Sae Wa
Lee Joo Yeon as Yoon Sae Young

Others
Kim Sung Won as Jo Pil Yong (Anna's birth father)
Jung Young Sook as Kim Mal Sun (Anna's birth mother)
Kim Sung Hoon as policeman
Shin Dong Yub (신동엽) as hotel restaurant kitchen assistant (cameo)
Yoon Jong Shin (윤종신)as hotel restaurant kitchen assistant (cameo)


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Sounds interesting. Hope it's better than Happiness in the Wind...which i stopped watching after the midway point emoticon

I do like Do Ji-won...saw her in "Punch Lady" & thought she was great!

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This is like a "Three Brothers" reunion. We have "Cookie," "Soli" (her eventual step-mom), and "Scammer" all playing major roles in this new Daily drama. Lots of other recognizable actors, too, from other popular dramas.

Too early to tell anything much about this one. The main girl (Bongyi) gets dumped by the rich mama's boy on the eve of their wedding. The rich mama is a world class nasty woman—she could give the typical K-drama mean MIL a bad name! I hope we saw the last of her. I only hope Bongyi is not secretly pregnant, tying her forever to that loser rich family.

With so many different family groups going on here, it should make for a more interesting drama. This screenwriter (Moon Eun Ah) has also written "You Are My Destiny" and "Here Comes Adjumma." Adjumma was a great drama. Destiny was so-so. Unfortunately, this writer also wrote "Ice Girl," my all-time worst drama pick! LOL! She seems to be improving as the years go by, however.

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I would like to get a better understanding of the timeline of the Mother`s illness, pregnancy, and adoption. Did Carl Laker get his girlfriend on a visit to Korea,or did he live there for a few years?
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Also hated Ice Girl. That was one stupid drama! I loved Here Comes Ajumma and it is still one of my favorites. You Are My Destiny started out OK (except for dad hiding the fact that his daughter had died from his wife) but I ended up not liking it at all (except for my crush on Hosea)

I watched this but there were too many people and I ended up confused. It takes me at least a couple weeks to 'catch on'... Some people are so slow!! emoticon

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This sounds promising. Won't get it for a couple of weeks though. I only skim Happiness in the Wind now. Hoping this one is better!
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I'm a day behind you, as usual. We get episode 1 tonight. Looking forward to it. Already like the cast. Hope its a good one. We deserve a good one.

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I'm wrong again. episode 172 is airing tonight.

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So there is an influential older couple who somehow lost their daughter many years before.

There is the skaters mother who was adopted to America after being separated from her bio parents. Wonder if she is their lost daughter?

I'm already thinking Skater and Announcer girl are NOT going to end up together. I bet she ends up with that CEO's son... the one already trying to hook up w/her.

Skater will probably end up with that nice girl who was jilted... where have I seen that jilted girl before?



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I think the jilted girl is one of 4 or 5 actors from Three Brothers. They are already setting up the rich-poor competition, with the announcer losing a position to someone with more wealth and status,and one family losing wealth and position because of another.
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