Ako si Kim Samsoon

infobox television
show_name = Ako si Kim Samsoon
show_name_2 = Kim Sam Soon

caption = My Name is Kim Sam Soon
format = Romantic comedy
runtime = 30-45 minutes
creator = [http://www.hancinema.net/korean_Kim_Do-woo.php Kim Do Woo]
developer = Denoy Navarro-Punio
director = Dominic Zapata [ [http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-04-15&sec=3&aid=56128 Insidente ng pagge-gatecrash, nauwi sa ‘patayan’ sa text] journal.com.ph]
Khryss Adalia
executive_producer = Wilma Galvante
starring = Regine Velasquez
Mark Anthony Fernandez
Nadine Samonte
Hayden Kho, Jr.
theme_music_composer =
composer = Bobby Velasco and Agatha Obar
opentheme = "Maybe It's You" by Regine Velasquez
endtheme =
country = flagicon|Philippines Philippines
flagicon|South Korea South Korea
location = flagicon|Philippines Metro Manila
flagicon|Philippines Tagaytay City
language = Filipino, Tagalog, English
network = GMA Network
picture_format = 480i SDTV
first_aired = June 30, 2008
last_aired = October 10, 2008
num_episodes = 70 episodes
preceded_by = Gilda Olvidado's Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita
followed_by = LaLola
related = My Lovely Sam Soon
website = http://www.igma.tv/shows/kim-samsoon
imdb_id = 1216855

Ako si Kim Samsoon, also known as I'm Kim Samsoon in English, is a romantic comedy Philippine drama that is airing on GMA Network. A remake of a popular and award-winning Korean drama that originally aired on MBC TV on Summer 2005. The series is part of the network's 58th Anniversary celebration. [ [http://www.pep.ph/guide/2149/Ako-si-Kim-Samsoon-airs-pilot-episode-on-June-30 "Ako si Kim Samsoon" airs pilot episode on June 30] pep.ph]

Reprising the title role, dubbed as the Korean Bridget Jones, previously played by Kim Sun Ah is Regine Velasquez, the series begins airing on June 30, 2008 replacing Babangon Ako't Dudurugin Kita. [ [http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-03-06&sec=3&aid=51703 Fil-Am director, dadalhin si Echo sa Hollywood] journal.com.ph] This series ended on October 10, 2008.



Originally, it aired as My Lovely Sam Soon in South Korea. The series was a major hit in South Korea since its premiere and 50.5% of Korean households tuned in to the finale, with a viewership rate of over 40%. [ [http://english.chosun.com/w21data/html/news/200507/200507200032.html My Lovely Sam-Soon was the most watched K-Drama of 2005] english.chosun.com]

Some critics believe its huge success was due to the show focused in the life of single chubby middle-aged woman. The physical appearance and stereotype that the female character highlighted (in the sense of mid aged and overweight) portrayed in the drama increased dramatically the popularity particularly in mid aged South Korean women. [ [http://times.hankooki.com/lpage/200507/kt2005072519282510220.htm According to a research, 73% of Korean women believe that they are fat] times.hankooki.com]

In the Philippines

GMA Network aired My Name is Kim Sam Soon in the Philippines dubbed in Tagalog from February 13, 2006 and lasted 13 weeks. It was broadcast back-to-back with Jewel in the Palace on GMA Telebabad.

The series was well received by audience. To date, My Name is Kim Sam Soon is one of the four koreanovelas in the Philippines to reach the 40% boundary along with Jewel in the Palace, Stairway to Heaven and Full House (with the highest rating koreanovela with 50%). [ [http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/?page=goodLife02_april12_2006 Primetime TV ruled by Koreanovelas] manilastandardtoday.com]


The story begins with Samsoon dealing with two devastating news— her fiancé stood her up at their wedding, and their family’s bakery was gutted by a fire. Samsoon (Velasquez) then decides to apply as a pastry chef in a five-star restaurant where she crosses paths with the rich and arrogant Cyrus (Fernandez) in a very unusual spot—the male comfort room where he gives her a piece of advice about love and men. Not long after, Cyrus will discover Samsoon’s outstanding talent in baking and hires her to work in his restaurant.

Cyrus has his share of problems too. His domineering mother insists that he marries soon. To be free of his mother’s consistent prodding, Cyrus offers Samsoon a love contract—in which she must act as his girlfriend in exchange for a huge amount of money. He offers Samsoon the contract because he knows he will never fall for a girl like her. Although hesitant and furious about Cyrus’s overconfidence, Samsoon takes the opportunity to pay her family’s debts.

Are they both brave enough to face the consequences of the love contract? Will their plan still work even if their former paramours — Hannah (Samonte) and Harvey (Ramos) — re-enters the picture? Can a gorgeous guy like Cyrus fall for a plump, boisterous girl like Samsoon?

Cast and characters

* Regine Velasquez as Kim Samsoon Buot
* Mark Anthony Fernandez as Cyrus Ruiz
* Nadine Samonte as Hannah
* Hayden Kho, Jr. as Dr. Henry
* Tessie Tomas as Mrs. Sonia Buot
* Jennica Garcia as Eliza Buot
* Carmi Martin as Mrs. Helen Ruiz
* Cheska Eugenio as Amber Ruiz
* John Lapus as Marcus
* Wendell Ramos as Harvey de Guzman
* Pauleen Luna as Cherry
* Eugene Domingo as Chef Dina
* Mart Escudero as Kokoy
* Sheena Halili as Cynthia


Just like the dubbed version that aired on GMA Network of the original series, the remake uses the song "Maybe It's You" composed by renowned composer Agatha Obar. The song was originally sung by Jolina Magdangal for the dubbed version; for the remake, Regine Velasquez covered the song.

The remake also uses Velasquez's song "Ikaw" for the piano scenes, the original used "Somewhere Over the Rainbow".


The remake was given rave reviews when the first two episodes were shown to the press in a special screening, praising the delibertely "over-acting" of the cast, especially Regine Velasquez, in pattern of the acting in the original series. [ [http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-06-25&sec=3&aid=64311 Regine ‘overacting’ sa bagong telenovela] journal.com.ph] Viewers found the series very entertaining, capturing the atmosphere of the original series. It gained a respectable 33.8% on its pilot episode; good enough to take the third spot in the overall race, against another Korean drama remake My Girl with 22.6%. [ [http://www.pep.ph/news/18145/TV-Ratings-(June-30):-Ako-Si-Kim-Samsoon-takes-a-big-bite-in-the-ratings-game TV Ratings (June 30): "Ako Si Kim Samsoon" takes a big bite in the ratings game] pep.ph]

Director Dominic Zapata pointed out that if Velasquez turned down the title role, the network would hire Rufa Mae Quinto for the role. [ [http://www.journal.com.ph/index.php?issue=2008-06-25&sec=3&aid=64284 Pagbubuyangyang ni Krista, may basbas ng director-bf] journal.com.ph]

ee also

*List of characters in Ako si Kim Samsoon
*List of programs previously aired by GMA Network
*My Lovely Sam Soon


[http://hallyudorama.com/ Episode Guide]

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