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“City Hall” achieves another new high in ratings, pushes towards 20% viewership

Posted by diopatra on May 27, 2009

Source: Sohu
Translation by: karened @

According to the Korean press, “City Hall”, which has Cha Seung Won and Kim Sun Ah as its cast, Shin Woo Chul as its director and Kim Eun Sook as screenwriter, hits a new high in ratings again on 21st, taking a step closer to the 20% mark.

According to the Korean ratings bueau TNS’s ratings announcement on 22nd, the episode of “City Hall” which aired on 21st evening achieved a viewership rating of 17.8%. This is an increase of 1% from its own record high of 16.7% on 7th May.

“City Hall” is another work from the director Shin Woo Chul and screenwriter Kim Eun Sook team, which was also behind “Lovers In Paris” and “On Air”. It has won the hearts of its viewers with its light and comedic plot. The recent relationship development between Cha Seung Won and Kim Sun Ah has attracted even more viewers to the drama.

KBS2TV’s “That Fool” and MBC’s “Cinderella Man”, which aired during the same time slot as “City Hall” on 21st May, achieved viewership ratings of 10.7% and 8.1% respectively.


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Hyun Bin ‘appears’ in City Hall, becomes the ex-boyfriend

Posted by diopatra on May 17, 2009

Source : Xinmin
translated by karened @

Everyone is curious whether Hyun Bin will make a cameo appearance

According to the production team of “City Hall”, Kim Sun Ah will talk about her lover in “My Name Is Kim Sam Soon” in the drama. This pun is expected to be a hilarious prank for the audience. In “City Hall”, Kim Sun Ah’s character Mi Rae ended up with millions wons worth of credit card debt after buying gifts such as watches and neckties for her ex-boyfriend. In order to clear her debt, she participated in a beauty peagant, hoping to win first place and get the cash prize of 20million won.

In the drama, when Kim Sun Ah was describing her ex-boyfriend to Jo Gook, acted by Cha Seung Won, Hyun Bin got mentioned. When talking about her ex-boyfriend, Kim Sun Ah said, “My ex-boyfriend looked exactly like Hyun Bin. He once told me that if only I was thumbelina and could be put inside his pocket.” This was what Hyun Bin’s character in “My Name Is Kim Sam Soon” said when he confessed his feelings for Sam Soom.

Kim Sun Ah’s ex-boyfriend will make an appearance in the episode airing on 20th May. Many are wondering if Hyun Bin will be personally making a cameo appearance. Also, in tonight’s episode, Mi Rae will win the first position in the beauty peagant but the cash prize will somehow end up being used to help the poor.

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Kim Sun Ah Gets Pelted with Eggs

Posted by diopatra on May 13, 2009

While filming for SBS City Hall recently, actress Kim Sun Ah had to endure being pelted repeatedly by eggs, resulting in her face, head, neck areas getting swollen. Kim Sun Ah had won some pageant competition but did not get the prize money that was promised. She goes on a 1-woman demonstration, protesting against it. But her actions sees her getting pelted with more than 200 eggs instead, resulting in her dress and tiara drenched with eggs and egg shells.

Onlookers who were present when the filming took place over the weekend expressed, “This is a really shocking scene”, “it felt really real. I was kept on the edge just watching her getting pelted repeatedly”, “I never knew acting would be so difficult. It pains my heart seeing this”, with most expressing sympathy for Kim Sun Ah’s plight.

Kim Sun Ah expressed in an interview about this scene, “I have never been hit with so many eggs in my entire life. I don’t usually cry, but on this day where I got pelted repeatedly with eggs, I just started tearing. My face, neck, from top to bottom of my body were all drenched and swollen. It’s really scary just thinking about it now.”

source: coolsmurf

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Pageant finalist Kim Sun-ah

Posted by diopatra on April 24, 2009

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source: JK News, Segye
translations: dramabeans

Kim Sun-ah walks the pageant runway — and cracks up crew members in the process — for a scene in the upcoming SBS drama City Hall.

In the scene, her character participates in the “Miss Baendaengi Pageant” (and being that a baendaengi is a kind of fish, we can guess the event is not exactly at Miss Korea levels), jumping at a chance at the 20 million won prize ($15,000) to pay off her credit card debt.

After being selected among the first 100 contenders, Kim’s character then makes the final cut to be among the last 15 standing. As a finalist, she walks the runway with the other competitors, which Kim accomplished with a particularly comic flair. The shoot took place in front of an audience of 400 and Kim shot about 20 takes.

City Hall airs its first episode next Wednesday, April 29. This particular scene will air in Episode 4, which broadcasts on May 7.

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‘City Hall’ to Bring Public Officials to TV

Posted by diopatra on April 22, 2009

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Source: Koreatimes

The makers of hit dramas and some of Korea’s favorite actors are getting together to bring the life, passion and love of public officials working at city hall.

Created by producer Shin Woo-chul and writer Kim Eun-sook, who brought hit television series such as “Lovers in Paris” (2004), “Lovers in Prague” (2005) and “On Air” (2008), the new drama “The City Hall” portrays the story of public officials working in a small town finding their way to success, plus a bit of romance along the way.

“We were not going for a political drama. We just wanted to talk about people, and a lot of them, and that’s how we set the backdrop in a city hall. The drama will be about people we meet and see everyday,” said the producer at a press conference held in Incheon.

Kim Sun-ah, 33, who played the quirky and lovable character Sam-soon in the hit drama “My Lovely Sam-soon,” will appear as Shin Mi-rae, a low-ranking official who’s been making coffee for her superiors for the last seven years. Her life takes a turn when she wins a pageant and later becomes the mayor. Her name literally means “the new future.”

“Shin is the brightest, cutest and most lovable character I’ve ever portrayed. But, to be honest, it was also the hardest drama I’ve ever worked on. I was able to focus on acting only because my counterpart was so great,” Kim, who surprised reporters with her slimmer figure, said.

The counterpart Kim mentioned is model-turned-actor Cha Seung-won.

“There was nothing particularly difficult, but it was hard to be hit in the head so many times,” Cha said, laughing.

The 38-year-old actor has returned to the small screen after seven years as a smart and passionate official named Cho Guk, which means “home country,” dreaming of becoming the next president. Expectations are naturally high.

“Of course I’m happy to be back. It’s been a while but I think I’ve learned to release the stress of working on dramas. We have so many talented actors, and it really means a lot to be working with them happily for this series,” he said.

Famous for their comic characters, the two actors will be able to show their funny sides, as the writer herself said that the soap was going to be her funniest work.

“This drama is really a romantic comedy. I had a difficult time understanding the true meaning of humor in the past, but I’ve finally overcome my difficulty,” Kim said, smiling.

Known for her quick and catchy lines in her previous dramas, starring top actresses such as Kim Jung-eun (Lovers in Paris) and Kim Ha-neul (On Air), the writer said that she always left some space for the actors to fill in themselves.

“When they have a space within the script where they can experiment, it really makes a difference. The script for this drama also offers that and both Kim and Cha said they were thrilled,” she added.

Despite the colorful characters and the catchy names, the title “The City Hall” still begs the image of a political drama, and both the producer and writer made sure that they made their points clear.

“Politics just happened to appear because of the backdrop. But that’s not what the series is about. I wanted to show our ideals: ideal mayors, politicians and public officials as ordinary people, just like us,” Kim said.

“The City Hall” will start airing April 29 at 10 p.m. on SBS.

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