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Name That Drama: Hotels, balloons, gisaengs
by | February 22, 2014 | 71 Comments

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  1. Help Abbie finish her drama! (I hate when access to anything gets revoked halfway.)

    I’ve been trying to find this drama for a while, but I can’t remember it. I started watching it on Netflix, but then they took it off and I can’t remember what it’s called. If you could tell me, I’d be grateful!

    It’s about a man who works at a hotel. He thinks he’s a chaebol heir and he has some kind of necklace that he thinks belonged to his dad. His mom, I think, died before she ever told him who his dad was. Anyway, one day he finds out that he has cancer. He also saves this heiress, whose family owns the hotel he works at, and who he had a bad encounter with, from her car after she crashes. To repay him, she offers him money. I forget what happens next, but apparently he has to get some other girl to sign some contract or something. That’s all I remember.


  2. Lara isn’t sure whether this is a movie or a drama (or even Korean), but see what you can make of it:

    Hey guys! I was wondering if you could identify a drama for me–i watched part of the first part on an airplane a few years ago.

    It started with a scene with balloons drifting off into the sky. We are then introduced to a young male director, who falls and is admitted into a hospital with diagnosis of a terminal (?) illness. He is initially very rude and cold. At the hospital, he meets a girl who has lived in the hospital her whole life, befriending the children (I think she had some kind of incurable disease as well). He brings in his camera equipment and… that’s where I stopped. Thanks!


  3. Dramabeans regulars should know what Catpop is asking about:

    I saw a 2 or 3 episodes of this drama last year… I remember the heroine was an aristocrat whose dad got accused of something and the villain came to arrest him, but the hero made some weird thing happen with the wind while trying to defend them.

    But her dad gets killed anyway and her mother kills herself in front of the villain, and she gets sold as a gisaeng I think? There’s a scene where she’s in the cart about to be taken away, and our hero kisses her on the forehead before the cart leaves. And when she reaches the brothel, she refuses to go in and gets stripped to her undergarments and tied to a post outside.

    (I remember them doing this to another girl too, earlier in the story – that one was also the daughter of a guy who was wrongly accused by the villain, and villain dude creepily thinks that our heroine is the same girl from earlier).


  4. Kimmie’s drama is older, so dig deep into those memories:

    Hi guys, I’ve been looking for this drama for a very long time but could not because I have no idea whats its called. It’s not a new Korean drama, it’s more like it was made in the 1990s or maybe 2000s cause I remember watching it when I was very young.

    The story is about two sisters marry two brothers from the different family. The older sister is a writer (?) and is more liked by the mother as well as their mothers-in-law and she married the younger brother. Meanwhile the younger sister is very kind and mature and has to do all the housework because her older sister is treated like a princess while she’s more of a servant. She married the older brother and works as a nurse(?). That is all I can remember and would appreciate very much if you guys can help me find that drama.



71 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. ricky

    The first one is The Birth of the Rich.

    • 1.1 Adal

      Also known as ‘Becoming a Billionaire’.

      • 1.1.1 Lisa

        You can find it on Youtube under “Birth of a Rich Man.”

        • houstontwin

          I am pretty sure that I watched it on Dramafever or Viki.

    • 1.2 Adal

      Also known as ‘Becoming a Billionaire’.

    • 1.3 tar

      ahh Abie going to see “Kim Boong Do”… my No.1 kdrama hero <3

    • 1.4 Mad Ricky

      OMG i loved Becoming a Millionaire. First time i guessed correctly!

  2. latteholic

    Number 3 is Gu Family Book, no?

    • 2.1 Waiting

      Gu for sure….and she needs to watch it for Daddy-ho…trust me on this one. πŸ˜‰

      • 2.1.1 supuni

        Yup definitely gu family book

    • 2.2 Hee young

      the third is definitely Gu Family Book!

    • 2.3 Applebee

      I have the same thinking! Gu Family Book is definitely the answer

    • 2.4 Elisa

      Definitely Gu Family Book.

  3. Sundae

    #1 : The Birth of the Rich

  4. Daisy

    Third one is Arang & the magistrate!

    • 4.1 Daisy

      Oops I mean Gu family book!

    • 4.2 Sour Grapes

      No, it’s Gu Family Book.

    • 4.3 Pearl~ai88

      No, definitely Gu Family Book. So proud I can actually help this time!

  5. Mashimomo

    1 – birth of the rich aka becoming a millionaire. Was about to watch on Netflix too since it was recommended to me but it is no longer there.

    3 -gu family book

    (PS – it’s a happy moment when I know the answers to Name that Drama LOL)

    • 5.1 Redskirt

      Orrrrr is it a sobering moment because it means I’ve been watching enough dramas over an extended period of time to have the right mental catalog…. πŸ˜‰

  6. sara

    Number three is Gu family book. 100% sure

  7. noernov

    No.3 is Gu family book, I missed daddy Gu πŸ˜‰

  8. cmak

    #3 is Gu Family Book! Yay for my first Name That Drama hehe

  9. nisha

    #3. Gu Family book
    #4. 1% of anything

    • 9.1 Kender

      In 1% of Anything the guys are cousins, not brothers, and the girls aren’t related at all, just childhood friends (although they were raised as sisters because one of them had an abusive home life and the other girl’s parents took her in). Also, one girl is a doctor and the other is a teacher, while both men are competing to win Grandpa’s company.

      That drama was kind of terrible and really ridiculous by today’s standards, but I loved it. (Kang Dong-won!!)

    • 9.2 Z

      Also, in 1% of Anything, both girls are the same age and treated equally by the parents. Nobody is treated like a princess or a servant. I don’t think this is the drama the question unless Kimmie’s memory is very very unreliable.

      I also loved 1% of Anything even though it’s pretty corny. I think it may have been my first Love Contact Drama.

  10. 10 shinchae

    No. 1 is Birth of the Rich
    No. 3 is Gu Family Book

  11. 11 shinchae

    #1 Birth of the Rich
    #3 Gu Family Book

  12. 12 Hyejin

    I’m pretty sure #4 is 보고또보고 or “look and look again,” “can’t take my eyes off you,” “meet again,” or “see and see again”- depending on how they translated it to English. It stars Kim Ji Soo, Jung Bo Suk, and Huh Joon Ho. I remember watching it every day with my family! (Its a daily drama). The younger sister is a nurse but hated by the guy’s mom and her older sister gets with the younger brother and theres this big hullabaloo about how the older sister can’t call her sister “hyungsoonim” if they get married so they try to break up the younger sister and older brother and stuff like that. It ends with the younger sister giving birth or something like that.

    • 12.1 teev

      I remember watching this drama with my mom when I was very young too (maybe when I was in 2nd grade or so, i’m in college now). The younger sis marry the older bro and the older sis marry the young bro. The older sis was a writer and was loved by her mom so she barely did the house work or something like that. but in the end the younger sis was accepted by her husband’s family and got pregnant. I can remember the name of the drama either.

    • 12.2 marie

      yes it’s “see and see again ” I also watched it everyday with my mom. Kim Ji Soo is the younger sister ” eun-joo” which means silver bead. her older sis is ” geum-joo” —gold bead XD.

      The older sis is her mom’s favorite — pretty, graduate school student, aspiring writer— her mom hopes she could marry into a rich family. The younger sis is a nurse. Her mom treats her badly, asks her to do all the household chores.

    • 12.3 Caroline

      Spoiler! To watch a general overview of the series, go to:


      Please note that there are no subs.

  13. 13 Bella

    I am pretty sure #2 is a chinese movie called The Allure Of Tears/ε€ΎεŸŽδΉ‹ζ³ͺ. Actually it’s tre stories in the movie and the part you are describing belongs to the first story.

    • 13.1 Bella


    • 13.2 purplee

      Bella is right. I’ve seen that movie too.

  14. 14 Kelsy

    Number 3 is Gu Family Book! πŸ™‚

  15. 15 Seeshell

    Score! I know at leassttt one drama here πŸ™‚

  16. 16 shikurai17

    Number 4 is See and See again, “보고 또 보고”.

    I loved that drama. I couldn’t wait for the next ep. πŸ™‚


    • 16.1 Yoeda

      oh my, it has late Park Yong Ha? Never knew that.

  17. 17 gw

    Yeayyy, I got one answer.

    No.1 is becoming a billioner. That’s for sure.

  18. 18 Lisa

    You can find #1 – Birth of the Rich on youtube. Search term – “Birth of a rich man.”

  19. 19 pogo

    Guys there seems to be a problem with the DB front page, I can’t see any of the latest three posts on it (they’re not on the page or the sidebar, but only became visible in the sidebar once I went into one of the posts).

    No. 3 is definitely Gu Family Book……though the girl in question isn’t the first lead heroine, she’s the best part of it (and DaddyHo of course, sounds like Catpop’s seen MommyHo already)

  20. 20 teev

    This is the first “Name that drama” post that i can know 3 out of 4 dramas πŸ™‚

  21. 21 Rushie

    I know one. Yay! #3 is Gu Family Book. The scene you’re referring to is when Chung-jo was being sold to the gibang and Kang-chi kissed her on the forehead.

  22. 22 Anya1

    1- Birth of the Rich
    3- Gu Family Book
    yayyy!! so happy! 1st time that I am being able to answer Name that Drama πŸ˜€

  23. 23 MO

    Can someone help me with a movie? It’s chinese, I guess.

    There was a girl who was born smelly, and she and a guy travel far away to find the components needed to cure a princess in their kingdom. At the middle, they managed to use it, but the princess turned smelly again. Her father nearly killed the hero, but he was given a last chance. He asked the girl for her tears, and at the end, he gave the cure to her instead of the princess. It was revealed the princess was the girl all along. At the end, they got married happily.

    The most prominent thing is there are 3 fishermen, and I watched this back in 2008-2009 at Lunar New Year.

    • 23.1 JeanGrey

      MO – I think the title is “Smelly Princess” staring Miriam Yeung

    • 23.2 Joyjoy

      Elixir of love – miriam yeung and richie ren

  24. 24 korfan

    You know you’re a regular when you can name a drama that you never watched. …… In my case, Gu Family Book for Drama #3.

    And just like it has been mentioned before, Drama #1 is Birth of a Rich Man. …… I did see this one and the second female lead in this is hilarious.

  25. 25 foulou

    Yes, she was the true heroine of Gu Family Book. Lol.

  26. 26 shinayame

    I don’t have a synopsis or anything, but I was wondering if anyone could tell me about a drama where the second lead got the girl? I was reading Dr. Champ recaps and Ji Heon is such a second lead-y character, but he’s the main lead so I just wondered…can you help me out?

    • 26.1 neyrie

      Dramas that second leads get the girls

      1. Baker Tak goo – Yoon Si Yoon was the lead but in the end JooWoon got eugene….
      2. Feast of the Gods – though Lee sangwoo and Joo sangwook are generally 2nd lead material at that point in their career, i think they originally penned Joo sang wook as the lead but at the end Lee Sangwoo got sung Yuri.
      3. how to meet a perfect neighbor – park shi hoo got the girl
      4. queen of reversal – another park shi hoo
      5. Hotelier – from the posters, Bae yong jun was definitely the 2nd lead but he ended up with the girl

      • 26.1.1 shinayame

        Cool, thanks! πŸ™‚

        • MO

          Oh, and Nail Shop Paris.

      • 26.1.2 anglvue

        i have 2nd lead syndrome. let’s face it, sometimes the lead picks the wrong person. while i have always been one to be torn between the otp and 2nd runner up, must say how i despised how to meet a perfect neighbor. i really don’t think park shi hoo was deserving of the lead. sorry. had to put in my two cents. ha. πŸ™‚

    • 26.2 Jen

      In a way you can say in Dream High 1, kim soo hyun was initially written as the third wheel. But he kinda got the girl, which made me really happy since for 14 epi, the show constantly went back and forth between him and taecyeon.

      • 26.2.1 neyrie

        Dream High – I actually felt Kim Soo Hyun was the lead since the start. or maybe I was just shipping him more or I am biased…

        Dream high 2 felt more like there was a reversal of leads halfway through the story…

    • 26.3 manel

      Coffee house and dream high.

      • 26.3.1 manel

        But in those drama the great thing is the twist of the OTP in the end so It’s better to not know the final pairing.

  27. 27 kristy

    3 is gu family book.
    Ha.so glad that i recgonised atleast one drama from the whole Name that drama segment

  28. 28 panshel

    #3 is Gu Family Book. Confused me for a second because the description referred to Lee Yubi as the heroine.

    • 28.1 Catpop

      oh damn, she’s not?! I looked it up and she was the girl I thought was the heroine, I liked her a lot.

      But thanks to everyone for the id on my drama.

      • 28.1.1 Cookie

        Actually Bae Suzy is the female lead. The male lead’s (Lee Seunggi) parents are played by Lee Yeonhee and Choi Jinhyuk. Lee Yubi plays the second female lead haha.

        • Catpop

          yeah, I watched some more and realized my girl isn’t the actual lead. Which is a shame because that Suzy girl sucks so bad.

          The parents are really heartbreaking though, they should have had a drama of their own. Especially the dad. The actors playing dad and mom are better than the actual leads!

  29. 29 aida

    3- Gu family book, just saw the first episode yesterday…so happy i can finally comment on something here πŸ™‚

  30. 30 joycie

    i thought no. 2 is Now and Forever starring Jo Han Sun and Choi Ji Woo. Both leads have some kind of terminal diseases and they met in a hospital.

    • 30.1 Applebee

      Now and forever is surely the answer!!

  31. 32 Mariah

    I have a question for you all. I was looking for bromance gifs recently, and came across this:


    I don’t know what this is, but obviously, I have to watch it. Could be drama, variety, who knows? Looks like Song Joong Ki in red, but I don’t recognize the other guy.

    Any idea the source of this gif/t? Is this a totally embarrassing thing to ask?

  32. 33 Sadie

    #3 – Gu Family Book [I can finnally answer!! yay…and you have to watch this for daddy gu-miho..choi jinhyuk at his best FOR SURE!]
    and omgsh.. 1% of anything…lol…kang dongwan seriously needs to do a drama again …

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