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HanCinema's Drama Review 'Who Are You - 2013'

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HanCinema's Drama Review 'Who Are You - 2013'

The things that make "Who Are You - 2013" appealing are all associated with its other method in comparison to maximum dramas in the romance genre. For one, the series feels more like a mystery/suspense one. Yes, romance does have its position in it, principally for what it does for Si-on as an individual in the procedure of her healing, yet it's miles never the sole or greatest focus. whilst the 2 male leads are given a huge number of screen time and focus, this may be in the long run a sequence about Si-on and hence her story, which in itself is uncommon in Korean drama. The loss of standard tropes corresponding to a difference at school between the romantic pairing, lack of circle of relatives involvement and other such components also make this feel fairly trendy and surely no longer at the soapy side. While predictable in some parts, the series also delivers a couple of great twists by way of Si-on"s beyond and the development which caused it all, which stay one guessing all over all the time.

While the acting isn't similarly just right by all involved, Taecyeon in specific suffering to be watchable, the characters make for some interesting relationships. The most important pair are, above all else, partners and pals and it's stunning that the series does now not let the enchantment between them by some means exchange that. There is respect, there is being concerned and co-operation. The romance itself also is not presented in an overly fairytale-like manner, either characters acknowledging they are at the early stages of liking every other when it does kick in. The secondary characters are, with multiple exceptions, sensible in serving the plot and therefore feel like they belong. And here is the overall feeling the series gives. It had a tale to inform and did it, it felt coherent.

Of course, sure performances aside, as mentioned, the series does have its issues too. While the case-per-episode layout starts things off, it is instantly deserted in prefer of the central plot. While one of the previous instances do come again later on, in some ways, they most commonly feel like an creation and the format switch feels a bit of badly planned. it's also quite irritating that, regardless of Si-on being a robust individual that makes sense and capable despite her pain, she is victimized just about in each episode, to serve the plot and to have Geon-woo save her time and time again. it's the vintage damsel in misery trope and it sounds like a reasonable effort to sauce up the romance and carry Geon-woo, but an needless one, since characterization does it without the desire for turning Si-on into a punching bag for thrills.

"Who Are You - 2013" is a fascinating series, because its balance between its suspense-based primary plot and romance make for a paintings which is not as romance-heavy as what is generally beloved by drama fans, but also not a captivating ample mystery for the ones best invested in that. However, for audience who do like that balance and having a primary plot where either one of those points can co-exist and be equally important, "Who Are You - 2013" is a work value checking out. It is not anything brilliant, but it does many stuff neatly and is a nice change from the more formula-based dramas we mostly get from the medium.

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The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

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 The drama I found most disappointing in 2013

I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I had watched, there was one that I was obsessed with that I already wrote about last week and one that I still don"t know how I managed to finish. For this week, I will finally unveil (I know the week-long wait must have been torture) which drama I was most disappointed with in 2013. Keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the worst drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).

SEE ALSO: [OP-ED] My Favorite Drama of 2013


There was a lot of hype for this drama and honestly... I think the only reason I managed to finish SBS"s "Heirs" was because of the eye candy. The production crew knew what they were doing. Not only did they attract attention to their production by hiring good-looking people but they also managed to keep the viewers because of the actors--not even the characters, really. Ah, the characters…

By characters, I mean Eun Sang. When I watch a drama, I want a female protagonist with whom I could relate, someone I could respect and root for throughout the drama. I did not get this with Eun Sang--rather, I was wondering why the heck these boys were chasing after someone who was such a flat and boring character. To me, this was one of the most detrimental elements of the drama.

Kim Tan I could kind of understand because they had that whole out-of-the-world experience together in California, but Young Do? He"s this badass who does not care an iota what people think about him and he ends up falling for the most lifeless character ever?

(Yes, Young Do... don"t do this...there are better women out there for you.)

I can count with one hand how many times this girl stands up for herself (very disappointing), but I do not have enough hands and feet to count how many times she cries or does her victimized expression. Of course she is the victim, but rather than feeling sorry for her, I"m frustrated. I would really like to see Park Shin Hye expand her roles by moving away from the victimized character to a stronger, tougher one some time. She did say she wanted to play a cop some time and that would be awesome! As for Kim Tan, he could stop with the cheesy, cringe-worthy lines, too.

(She is a very pretty cryer though... I would just be like...)

The characters were far from developed. Did Rachel change? No, she is still pretty much a bitter, mean loner. Why is she like that anyway? Yeah, her mom is kind of manipulative and neglectful, but that does not convince me as to why she is the way she is. In addition, what are her feelings toward Kim Tan anyway? We get that she initially liked his older brother, but when and how and why did this switch occur?

While "Reply 1994" shared the spotlight with the other characters so it was hard not to be emotionally invested with each one of their stories, "Heirs" had the spotlight stolen by the secondary characters. I was more concerned about whether Ha Neul"s parents would ever understand him and whether Young Do would finally reunite with his mother. I absolutely adored Bo Na and Chan Young"s characters so I watched the drama for their adorable moments, too.

If "Reply 1994" was filled with vivid and memorable characters that created a complicated but heartwarming web of relationships and connections, "Heirs" was filled with the most stinted and questionable relationships that made no sense to me.

I think the drama would have been much better if it had focused on the friendships within the high school rather than the "passionate high-teen romance" they were so keen on portraying. I loved the episodes near the end in which the teenagers actually interacted and acted their age! Like when Eun Sang and Bo Na went to meet up with the cute male high school students but got caught by Kim Tan and Chanyoung with the help of Hyo Shin sunbae. That was funny and adorable. I wanted to see more things like that--but in the ending, nothing happens with their relationships. There"s no real progress, which made me wonder why I watched this drama, then.

I knew the story was going to be pretty generic when I started the drama, but I still thought it would be cute and enjoyable. Who doesn"t love the whole stereotypical thing once in a while? They are stereotypes for reasons--no matter how many times they"re used, they hit the same chord in people"s hearts so I thought it would be a nice watch during my spare time. Boy was I wrong. It was cliche in a way that made me face palm to the extreme. Just pick some cliches--don"t just saturate the drama with all of it. There was a makover near the end and to top it all off, a double wrist grab.

Of course, this drama still had some good points; I mean, I did watch all 20 episodes (an amazing feat in my opinion). I don"t want to just bash it without talking about some of the highlights. Some I already mentioned. First, it did have a pretty good cast.  Kim Woo Bin was amazing; he is really good at bringing out the angst in his character and his gaze just says everything (honestly, I think 80% of why I watched this drama to the end was because of this guy).

Lee Min Ho did a great job acting like the sensitive, hopeful younger brother--especially because it made him appear as small as he felt even though he was physically large. It was a nice dichotomy between how he acted in school (intimidating guy you do not mess with) and how he acted at home (the baby of the house who wants more attention). Second, the OST. The OST was moving and nice, but rarely do dramas go wrong with OSTs. Third, the dialogue. While the writer did use very unoriginal cliches to propel most of the story forward, she creates amazingly witty dialogues among characters. The tete-a-tetes were all pretty sweet, but a drama can never rely solely on those. Fourth, Bo Na and Chan Young (so cute and may be the other 20%).

You all probably watched more dramas or different ones than I did, so which ones would you choose as your favorite and which would you choose as the most disappointing of 2013?

My Favorite Drama of 2013

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 My Favorite Drama of 2013

I think it"s pretty safe to say that I did not watch every single drama that aired in Korea in 2013, but out of the ones I did watch, there was one that I was obsessed with. There was another one I cannot believe to this day that I even finished considering how terrible it was but I"ll get to that next week. This week is a focus on the good and keep in mind once again that I did not watch every drama so this is what I consider the best drama of 2013 out of the ones I"ve watched (SPOILERS BELOW).

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This has to be tvN"s "Reply 1994" for a couple of reasons. Generally, the writing was absolutely superb, the episodes were edited in a way that heightened anticipation and each revelation. Not to mention, the OST was nostalgic and superb.

1. THE CHARACTERS The characters are so vivid, colorful, alive, unique, and genuine. I mean, of course K-Dramas are fun to watch because of the typical quirky girl and the cool guy who could freeze you with his stare but still look hot at the same time. After a while, though, it can get kind of old, which is why this drama is so refreshing! You feel like you could be there in the boarding house with them, drinking with them on weekends and trying to sneak into clubs on weeknights. Where else will you find a character like Yoon Jin, who initially looks small and vulnerable, but turns out to be this violent character who curses like no other? How about the idiotic brother figure Trash, who actually turns out to be this genius sweetheart? This drama doesn"t have main characters--it deeply explores each one"s inner thoughts and conflicts so you feel like you"re inside their mind rather than watching them passively on your screen.

2. THE RELATIONSHIPS This drama doesn"t just focus on the romance--it does a really good job of exploring and putting to the test all other relationships. Like that between friends, between a parent and a child, between a married couple, between siblings, and more. It makes you emotionally invested, especially by making everything so realistic. Remember that awful silence at the table as the family cryptically talked about going back to their hometown and you just know it"s because of some anniversary relating to the young son who passed away? Remember that awful moment in Trash and Na Jung"s relationship when they had passed the honeymoon phase and was entering into the infamously difficult long-distance relationship? "Reply 1994" doesn"t really sugarcoat things--it shows all the frictions and tensions, but more importantly, how the characters deal with these hardships and overcome them. Overall, this drama has a certain amount of depth that many other dramas lack. (In an additional note, love the narrations that talk about a specific theme or lesson for each episode).

Whoa, how"d I forget the bromance.

3. THE SETTING Obviously, this drama is unique in that it is a retro drama that starts in 1994 and gradually moves forward to present time. I was too young to remember 1994 all that much, but this drama still makes me feel like I belong somehow because everything seems to have been perfectly researched and incorporated--popular dramas, trends, technology, you name it. It actually made me want beepers to come back--that"s how much my mind had been taken over by this setting and it seemed so cute the way they call it a "삐삐" (bbee bbee). I kept wanting to talk in their dialect and whenever I even read Korean, I was reading in my mind with that dialect. It was crazy. The drama did an amazing job of bringing that time period back to life.

4. THE MYSTERY WHO IS THE DAMN HUSBAND, DAMN IT?! This was a genius way to get people hooked. The drama would keep dropping hints about the possible husband in the present-time scenes. Not to mention, you would be on either Team Trash or Team Chilbong so there was that intensity to it--you were most likely rooting for one or the other, which was complete torture. Even though I was pretty sure it was going to be Trash in the end, I was still really nervous it might not be (guess which team I was on)! Somehow, juxtaposing the past with present in which we know for sure she married one of the characters puts you more on the edge of your seat.

5. CONS Honestly, a few things. I skipped large segments at a time, partly because I was eager to get to the mystery of who the husband was and partly because I had no idea what was going on and it could get a bit tedious. I think those parts were more for people who were actually capable of remembering most of the 90s. Plus, I never actually lived in Korea so I don"t know where all these places are located and what they"re known for so a lot of that was just lost on me.

Well there you have it, the reasons why "Reply 1994" was my favorite drama of 2013. Stay tuned for next week when I reveal what I thought was the Most Disappointing K-Drama of 2013! Meanwhile, a lot of you probably watched more dramas than I did, so which one was your favorite of 2013 and why?

Today's Photo: 2013 KBS Drama Awards, Red Carpet - January 1, 2014 [2]

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Yoona of Girls' Generation attends the annual KBS Drama Awards in Seoul on Tuesday.

Today's Photo: 2013 SBS Drama Awards, Red Carpet - January 1, 2014 [1]

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Actress Park Sin-hye poses at the annual SBS Drama Awards in Seoul on Tuesday.

"I Hear Your Voice" and "The Heirs" Sweep Awards at the 2013 SBS Drama Awards

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Lee Bo Young has been having a great year, and she was the undisputed star at yesterday’s 2013 SBS Drama Awards.

She took home the Daesang Award, the highest award given to an actor or actress, for her outstanding performance as public defender Jang Hye Sung in the drama “I Hear Your Voice.” This is her first Daesang Award since she made her acting debut in 2003.

Lee Bo Young also walked away with the Producers’ Award and the Top 10 Stars Award.

She was emotional in her acceptance speech, holding back tears as she said, “There were many outstanding nominees tonight so I’ll think of this as an award for the ‘I Hear Your Voice’ team. I never thought I’d be able to win a Daesang, but I got a little greedy since this was such a good drama. My husband said to me that I have to forget ‘I Hear Your Voice’ so that I can move forward, but it is a precious and happy memory for me that I will bury it in my heart and work hard to become a better actress.”

“I Hear Your Voice” clinched awards in 6 categories, including the Daesang Award. Lee Da Hee took home a New Star Award, while Lee Jong Suk received the Top 10 Stars Award and an Excellence Award for his efforts.

Lee Bo Youngs fellow contender for the Daesang Award, Jo In Sung, received the Special Award as recognition for his work in SBS dramas such as “Spring Days,” “Piano,” “What Happened in Bali” and “That Winter, The Wind Blows.” He made fond reference of the drama, saying, “Young-ie, who opened her eyes not too long ago, should be watching this so I want to say thank you to Young-ie. Young-ie, oppa got an award.” Jo In Sung also took home the Top 10 Stars Award. His Young-ie, “That Winter, The Wind Blows” co-star, Song Hye Gyo, who was not present, was given a Top Excellence Award.

 “The Heirs” received multiple awards, proof of how well the drama has done with the TV audience. Kang Min Hyuk, Kim Ji Won and Choi Jin Hyuk took home New Star Awards, while event MC Kim Woo Bin received the Top 10 Stars Award.

Lee Min Ho received five awards, the Top 10 Stars Award, Popularity Award, Top Excellence Award, Best Dressed Award, and Best Couple Award with Park Shin Hye. Park Shin Hye didn’t fare too barely herself; claiming a Top 10 Stars Award and Excellence Award for her role in “The Heirs” in addition to the Best Couple Award. 

Celebrities who were noticeably absent included Go Soo (“Empire of Gold”), Gong Hyo Jin (“Master’s Sun”), Kim Tae Hee and Yoo Ah In (“Jang Ok Jang, Living By Love”), Kwon Sang Woo and Soo Ae (“Queen of Ambition”). They did not receive any awards that night.

New Star – Lee Da Hee Mini-Series Drama – Jung Woong In Producer Award – Lee Bo Young Top 10 Stars – Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk Excellence Award, Mini-Series Drama – Lee Jong Suk Daesang – I Hear Your Voice

New Star – Kang Min Hyuk, Kim Ji Won, Choi Jin Hyuk Mid-Length Drama – Kim Sung Ryung Best Couple – Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye Top 10 Stars – Park Shin Hye, Kim Woo Bin and Lee Min Ho Popularity Award – Lee Min Ho Excellence Award, Mid-Length DramaPark Shin Hye Top Excellence Award, Mid-Length Drama – Lee Min Ho

New Star – Seo In Guk, Kim Yoo Ri Mini-Series Drama – Kim Mi Kyung Top 10 Stars – So Ji Sub Top Excellence Award, Mini Series Drama – So Ji Sub For the full list of award recipients, please click here.

2013 SBS Drama awards winners list

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2013 SBS Drama awards winners list

Special Award: Jo In Sung

Male Best Excellence (Mini-Series): So Ji Sub

Female Best Excellence (Mini-Series): Song Hye Kyo

Male Best Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Lee Min Ho

Female Best Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Lee Yo Won

Male Best Excellence(Long Drama): Jeon Kwang Ryul

Female Best Excellence (Long Drama): Nam Sang Mi

Male Excellence (Mini-Series): Lee Jong Suk

Female Excellence (Mini-Series): Sung Yuri

Male Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Sung Dong Il

Female Excellence (Mid-Length Drama): Park Shin Hye

Male Excellence (Long Drama): Kim Ji Hoon

Female Excellence(Long Drama): Wang Bit Na

Popularity Award: Lee Min Ho

Teen Star Award: Jo In Sung, So Ji Sub, Kim Woo Bin, Lee Yo Won, Lee Min Ho, Lee Bo Young, Lee Jong Suk, Park Shin Hye, Nam Sang Mi, Song Hye Gyo

Lifetime Achievement Award: Kim Soo Mi

PD Award (chosen by all PDs): Lee Bo Young

Best Couple: Lee Min Ho, Park Shin Hye

Best Supporting Actor (Mini-Series): Jung Woong In

Best Supporting Actress (Mini-Series): Kim Mi Kyung

Special Acting Award: Kim Mi Suk, Jung Eun Woo

Special Actor (Weekend Drama):Jang Hyun Sung

Special Actress (Weekend Drama): Jang Yeong Nam

Special Actor (Mini-Series): Lee Hyo Jung

Special Actress (Mini-Series): Kim Sung Ryoung

New Star Award: Lee Da Hee, Kang Min Hyuk, Kim So Hyun, Seo In Guk, Kim Yoo Ri, Jung Eun Ji, Lim Ju Hwan, Kim Ji Won, Kang So Ra, Choi Jin Hyuk

No Longer "Child" Actress, Kim Yoo Jung Looks Radiant at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards

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No Longer "Child" Actress, Kim Yoo Jung Looks Radiant at the 2013 MBC Drama Awards

Child, no, teen actress Kim Yoo Jung recently stunned netizens with her beautiful photos from the 2013 MBC Drama Awards.

On December 30, Kim Yoo Jung attended the 2013 MBC Drama Awards and spent time in the photo wall event, where the following photos were taken.

Even at the age of 14, Kim Yoo Jung exuded elegance and poise beyond her years. Her angelic smile and beautiful dress especially captured the attention of adoring fans. 

Netizens commented, “Kim Yoo Jung is an innocent beauty at the age of 14”, “Instead of giving the ‘high excellence award’ to Suzy, giving it to someone like Kim Yoo Jung would have been better”, “She’s beautiful and talented at acting,” and “She grew up so well.” 

The Winners of The 2013 KBS Drama Awards

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The Winners of The 2013 KBS Drama Awards

Our month long experiment with live blogging has come to an end with the conclusion of the 2013 SBS and KBS Drama awards. We hope you all found this new form of content delivery to be interesting and fun. Same as always, here is a summary of all the winners of the 2013 KBS Drama Awards.

Special Short Drama Awards 

Yoo Oh SungThe Devil RiderThe Mothers Island

Choi DanielHope For Love

Kim Yoo BinHeavens Order

Moon Young NamWangs Family

Ji Sung (Secret)Moon Chae Won (Good Doctor)

PDs Choice Award For Actors

Rookie Award For Actors

Jung WooYoure the Best, Lee Soon Shin

Han Joo WanWangs Family

Rookie Award For Actresses

IUYoure the Best, Lee Soon Shin

Supporting Actor Award 

Supporting Actress Award

Joo Won (Good Doctor)Hwang Jung Eum (Secret)

Jo Jung SeokIUYoure the best Lee Soon Shin

Ji SungHwang Jung EumSecret

Kim Hye SooOh Ji HoQueen of the Office

Joo WonMoon Chae WonGood Doctor

Lee Bum SooYoonAPrime Minister And I

Excellence Award For Actors (Daily Dramas)

Excellence Award For Actresses (Daily Dramas)

Excellence Award For Actors (Mini Series)

Oh Ji HoQueen of the Office

Excellence Award For Actresses (Mini Series)

YoonAPrime Minister And I

Excellence Award For Actors (Medium Length Dramas)

Joo Sang WookGood Doctor

Excellence Award For Actresses (Medium Length Dramas)

Moon Chae WonGood Doctor

Excellence Award For Actors (Long Length Dramas)

Jo Jung SeokYoure the Best Lee Soon Shin

Excellence Award For Actresses (Long Length Dramas)

Lee Mi SookYoure the best Lee Soon Shin

Lee Tae RanWangs Family

High Excellence Award For Actors

High Excellence Award For Actresses

Kim Hye SooQueen of the Office

Some of the multiple awards winners were:

Joo Won won 4 (PD’s Choice Award For Actors, Netizen’s Choice Award, Best Couple Award, High Excellence Award For Actors). 

Moon Chae Won 3 (Popularity, Best Couple, Excellence Award For Actress (Medium-length Dramas)).

Hwang  Jung Eum  won 3 (Netizen’s Choice Award, Best Couple Award, High Excellence Award For Actresses).

Ji Sung won 3 (Popularity, Best Couple, High Excellence Award For Actors).

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

The Winners of the 2013 SBS Drama Awards

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The Winners of the 2013 SBS Drama Awards

Highly anticipated, the 2013 SBS Drama Awards honored the brightest actors, actresses, writers, producers, and staff that worked hard to bring you the best SBS dramas this year. 2913 has been a good year for SBS dramas, with hit after hit, including “That Winter, the Wind Blows,” “I Hear Your Voice,” “Master’s Sun,” and “The Heirs.” Their stories and cast have captivated fans far and wide, young and old, and with so many hits, the competition for the awards was stiff and the tension high.

For those who didnt follow us during our live recap, here is the complete list of winners of the 2013 SBS Drama Awards. Congratulations, everyone!

Lee Da Hee (I Hear Your Voice) 

Kim So Hyun (Suspicious Housewives) 

Kim Yoo Ri (Cheongdamdong Alice, Masters Sun) 

Jung Eun Ji (That Winter, The Wind Blows) 

Male: Jeong Eun Woo (Stranger) 

Female: Kim Mi Sook (Case Number 113)

Male: Jang Hyun Sung (Goddess of Marriage) 

Female: Jang Young Nam (Goddess of Marriage)

Male: Lee Hyo Jung (Jang Ok Jung, Living by Love) 

Female: Kim Sung Ryung (The Heirs)

Male: Jung Woong In (I Hear Your Voice) 

Female: Kim Mi Kyung (Masters Sun)

Lee Min Ho and Park Shin Hye (The Heirs)

Lee Bo Young (I Hear Your Voice)

Distinguished/Lifetime Achievement Award 

Jo In Sung (That Winter, The Wind Blows) 

Nam Sang Mi (Goddess of Marriage) 

Lee Jong Suk (I Hear Your Voice) 

Lee Yo Won (Empire of Gold) 

Lee Bo Young (I Hear Your Voice) 

Song Hye Gyo (That Winter, The Wind Blows)

Male: Kim Ji Hoon (Goddess of Marriage) 

Female: Wang Bit Na (Two Womens Room)

Male: Sung Dong Il (Jang Ok Jung, Live by Love) 

Female: Park Shin Hye (The Heirs)

Male: Lee Jong Suk (I Hear Your Voice) 

Female: Sung Yuri (Birth Secret)

Male: Jeon Kwang Ryeol (Passionate Love) 

Female: Nam Sang Mi (Goddess of Marriage)

Male: Lee Min Ho (The Heirs) 

Female: Lee Yo Won (Empire of Gold)

Male: So Ji Sub (Masters Sun) 

Female: Song Hye Gyo (That Winter, The Wind Blows)- she was not present at the ceremony.

Lee Bo Young (I Hear Your Voice)

The multiple awards winners were:

Lee Bo Young won 3 awards (Producers Award, Top 10 Stars Award, and Daesang).

Lee Min Ho won 4 (Best Couple, Top 10 Stars Award, Popularity Award, and Top Excellence Award for Mid-length Drama).

Park Shin Hye won 3 (Best Couple, Top 10 Stars Award, Excellence Award for Mid-length Drama).

Lee Jong Suk won 2 (Top 10 Stars Award, Excellence Award in Mini-Series).

Jo In Sung also won 2 (Top 10 and Special Award).

So Ji Sub also won 2 (Top 10 and Top Excellence Award for Mini-Series).

Congratulations, once again, to all the nominees and winners!