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K-Drama: 엄마가 뿔났다 (Mom's Dead Upset)


10/06/2008 - Began showing 7-days/week: weeknights at 7:30–8p, weekends 8:00–8:30p.

Mom's Dead Upset is a KBS Drama beginning Saturday, April 12, 2008 at 10:10p. Station KXLA on Sat–Sun at 10:10p. Time Change week of May 05. Now from 8:20p–9:00p

Another time change, Saturday 8/02/2008: Began at 8:00p and ended at 8:50p.

We're back to the 8:20-ish to 9-ish schedule. &mdash8/31/08


(Replaces: Daughters-In-Law, Golden Era of Daughter-in-Law)

Alternate Names: Angry Mom, Mom has Grown Horns


Cast: Lee Sun Jae, Ryu Jin, Shin Eun Kyung, Lee Yuri, Kim Hye Ja
Director: Jeong Eul-yeong
Writer: Kim Su-hyeon
Number of Episodes: 50 (extended to 66 epi — tentative end date 12/10/2008)

Official Homepages: Korean; KBS World/Eng

  
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SYNOPSIS (KBS World)

A Story of A Family where Analog and Digital Generations Coexist class ul An honest, hardworking father and a thrifty, selfless mother have lived all their lives praying for success and better lives for their children.

When the parents look at their children and the rest of the younger generation, who have a strong sense of self, they are disgruntled but envious at the same time.

Under one roof live two different generations. They present various forms of life and love. They go through big and small events. To watch the analog and digital cohabitation will be amusing to the viewers.

The times have changed and so have the values. Amid such changes, the family love has becomes even more important. The story of this family living today under the same sky will remind us to look back on our family and its happiness.
CAST/CHARACTERS

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Lee Sun-jae as Na Chung-bok (Age 82)

Chung-bok is the father of Il-seok and Yi-seok. class ul At a tender age, he started as an apprentice to an ironsmith. He worked as a maker-up and a printer at a local printing shop. Then, he got a driver’s license and began working as a driver. Before retiring, he chauffeured for a businessmen for 25 years. He led an honest life.

He is open-minded and well-versed in current events. He is grateful for his daughter-in-law Han-ja, who sacrificed herself to look after the family. He is closer to her than to his own children.
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Baek Il-seop as Na Il-seok (Age 62)

Il-seok is Na Chung-bok’s eldest son. class ul He managed to get a high school diploma. He retired after working as a civil servant at the state-run rail corporation all his life.

The man is an epitome of honesty and diligence. He is warm-hearted and gentle. He avoids confrontation at all cost.

To Il-seok, his family is his world and universe. He literally raised his brother Sam-seok, who is 15 years younger than he. However, Sam-seok doesn’t seem to appreciate his brother’s care.
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Kim Hye-ja as Kim Han-ja (Age 62)

Han-ja is the wife of Il-seok. class ul She was born in a poor family. After graduating from high school, she started as an accounting clerk at a printing shop. At the age of 25, Han-ja married her high-school sweetheart Il-seok, who was her friend Yi-seok’s twin brother. Two years later, she had her first child. All her life, she was busy with the care of her own three children plus her brother-in-law. In addition, she worked part time at a dressmaking shop. A few years ago, she ran a small cosmetic shop but didn’t do well because she trusted people too easily.

She starts to regret how she has lived her life—the life she lived for others but not for herself. She is going through changes, which haven’t surfaced fully yet.

Her only joy in life is reading. Whenever she has spare time, she reads. Thanks to her extensive reading, she has highly-developed language skills.

She is close to her father-in-law as if he were her own father.
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Shin Eun-gyeong as Na Yeong-su (Age 36)

Yeong-su is the firstborn of Il-seok and Han-ja. She is a divorce lawyer. class ul She is a divorcee. She has a son, who is under her paretn’s care at the moment. Due to her profession and her own troublesome marriage, she is naturally cynical about marriage and not up for remarrying. Nonetheless, she is secretly dating a coworker. They are practically living together. He is also divorced and has a daughter.

When her mother finds out about her relationship, she faces changes and challenges.
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Kim Jeong-hyeon as Na Yeong-il (Age 34)

Yeong-il is the eldest son of Il-seok and Han-ja. class ul Since young, he didn’t like studying. He failed the college entrance exam three times. Then, he decided to do the mandatory military service. Afterwards, he worked as a water purifier salesman.

Now, he runs a dry cleaners. Thanks to new high-rise apartments in the neighborhood, his business is booming. He is very social but hot-tempered. He isn’t married yet but has a girlfriend, who is eight-months pregnant.
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Kim Na-un as Jang Mi-yeon (Age 39)

Mi-yeong is Yeong-il’s girl-friend. class ul She had an unfortunate childhood. Her mother remarried leaving Mi-yeon to her uncle’s care. She met Yeong-il when he was in military dispatched to a base in Pocheon. There, she was a waitress. At the time, they were just friends. About the time Yeong-il finished his military service and returned to Seoul, she got a job at a gold club and moved to the city, too.

Two years ago, Mi-yeon and Yeong-il ran into each other in a supermarket where she was working as a cashier. They fell in love. They want to get married but Yeong-il is hesitant to introduce his girlfriend to his parents because she is eight-months pregnant and five years older than he is. After waiting for awhile, she decides to take things to her own hands rather than wait for his move.
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Lee Yu-ri as Na Yeong-mi (Age 28)

Yeong-mi is the youngest of Il-seok and Han-ja. class ul Since graduating from college, she is working at a large company. She has a boyfriend Jeong-hyeon. She mistakenly thinks he is from a humble family as she is. However, when he takes her to his house to meet his parents, she is shocked at the size of the house. Then, she tries to break up with him because of the financial gap between the two families. However, Jeong-hyeon doesn’t want to give up their relationship. He persuades her to marry. As they prepare for the wedding, Yeong-mi runs into many difficulties because of Jeong-hyeon’s mother. Image
Kang Bu-ja as Na Yi-seok (Age 62)

Yi-seok is a twin sister of Il-seok and is a high-school friend of Han-ja. class ul After graduating from high school, she learned dressmaking. She worked at a dressmaking shop and later opened her own shop. However, the shop didn’t do well. She changed the business to an alteration shop. Thanks to her good skills, it was a hit. At the age of 33, she got married through a matchmaking. After ten years, her husband had an affair and fled to the United States. Their only son was a troublemaker. He wasn’t interested in studying. So, she opened a dry cleaners for him, but he wasn’t interested in the business either. He quit the cleaners and moved abroad three years ago. She entrusted the cleaners to her nephew Yeong-il.

She still runs the clothes alteration shop. Maybe because her husband left her for a younger, prettier woman, she is bitter especially toward pretty actresses on television. She has a menacing tongue. She can trash them in a minute. On the other hand, she is a sensitive soul and cries easily over littlest things. However, when she drinks, she is at her worst, quarrelsome self.
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Kim Yong-geon as Kim Jin-gyu (Age 60)

Jin-gyu is Yeong-mi’s father-in-law. He is a well-mannered, good-looking gentleman. class ul He is from a common family with nothing to show off except the fact that his father once served as a vice minister. After graduating from college, he worked at the Finance Ministry. Before retiring, he was a bureau chief. He married an only daughter of a wealthy family. It has been his job to manage her family fortune.

He and his wife are very different and have different values. Nonetheless, he is affectionate to her despite her immaturity and stubbornness. Sometimes, he feels empty after living many years to conform to his wife.
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Jang Mi-hee as Ko Eun-a (Age 56)

Mi-hi is Yeong-mi’s mother-in-law. class ul She grew up as an only daughter of a wealthy family. She is helplessly immature and stubborn and does not tolerate any opposition. She thinks her life is perfect with the gentle, good-looking husband and kind-hearted, obedient son. On the outside, she is cultured and graceful. Underneath, she is completely materialistic and gossipy. She is generous to her family and herself but very stingy to others.

Her top concern is her looks. She makes every efforts to maintain her youth and beauty.
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Ki Tae-yeong as Kim Jeong-hyeon (Age 30)

Jeong-hyeon is Yeong-mi’s boyfriend and later marries her. He is a doctorate student. class ul His mother's side of the family is very rich and of the so-called “high class.” However, he is very critical of his mother’s prejudice, arrogance and double standards. Reactively, he is in love with Yeong-mi, who is overly honest and unprejudiced. His pent-up anger explodes when his mother mistreats his girlfriend Yeong-mi and her family. He decides to be a goody-goody son no more.Edit 5/25/08 - Air time change
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Hello Family

Since Daughters in Law ended early here in NYC, I've seen up to episode 6. Don't miss it. I love it. The cast, the storyline and the characters. Its really well done, by my humble standards.

Look for Na On Im from Ajumma. She's a lot different here.

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This is well worth seeing. however, there seem to have been some changes in characters as described above (there is no evidence that the oldest daughter is divorced or that she has a child living with her parents.)

Tis show is from a strong and well-known writing team and should be a big hit. The first episode just sucks in to the whole story line. This is best weekender since the Chill Sisters!
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In the Midwest, we will be seeing eps 11-12 this weekend. It is wonderful. Very well done. I echo usfkman.. there seem to have been some changes and they have added at least one character. Enjoy!!
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Now that I have the first two episodes under my belt, I think I'm going to like this one. Overall, some of the characters are not the usual K-drama cookie-cutter type—thank goodness.

The mother of the family is particularly interesting to me. At first I thought she might be a little boring, but her role reminds me of a female version of the father in Letters to the Parents (the father writes letters to his deceased parents, narrating his feelings and experiences with the family). Here we have the mother narrating her feelings and interpretations of her family's goings on.

I am relieved to see a MIL who is rather sensible and kind. The way she dealt with her ne'er-do-well son's pregnant girlfriend showing up (when she's about to give birth) was nice to see. Not the usual yelling, screaming, beating the girl out of the house, down the pathway and into the street for having seduced the precious son.

It's also fun seeing the actor (Mimosa from Dae Jo Young) playing the not-yet-focused son. (What's with the hair band that I've seen only women/girls wear? Maybe he was concurrently shooting a warrior drama and needed his long hair?)

One relief for me personally, is so far we've not seen any Mijin/Hari types, but more down to earth, realistic characters.

Then there's Lee Yu-ri. She is an outstanding actress. I first saw her as a very young teenager in Yellow Handkerchief, I believe. She lept off the screen with her unique style and attractiveness. Unfortunately, her face is barely recognizable these days. I had to look her up to verify it was the same actress. She used to be uniquely attractive. She is pretty now, but in a Barbie Doll sort of way.

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No Mijin or Hari-type characters?? What's the fun in that, nchristi, LOL?? Just kidding!!

Unfortunately, I missed this weekend's first 2 episodes in SoCal but plan to watch next weekend. Just hope I haven't fallen too far behind.

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I am so liking this one. I actually stopped watching the one before this because I was only interested in one of the story line (fashion director/photographer/husband/mil).

I like the narration by Hanja. It's sad but moving.

Yep. Seems like there are some character changes. Maybe I'm wrong, but did the aunt (na Yi seok) say the girl who says she has dreams was her daughter? I'm liking Yi Seok. She's not selfish but honest, loving and caring.

I know it's early, but I like the way it's going.
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it's like a reunion of sorts for Kim Jung Hyun and Ryu Jin don't you think? As the 2 portrayed brothers in KBS' 2002 weekend drama 'Who's My Love?'

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I have the feeling there was a joke lost in translation-when the cousin came downstairs and says she had a dream the baby would be a boy-and she makes an interesting gesture-the mother yells at her and says I told you not to dream like that.
Does anyone know what she actually said or what was implied there? The cousin (Kim Ji Yoo) and Yu Ri were roommates in Letters to the Parents. There is not a single scene so far that does not ring true-when the mother put down the phone and would not call because she worried about the cost even though it was an emergency she reminded me of three of my relatives.
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Unfortunately, lots were edited out of the first 2 episodes. Because of the edits, I was kind of lost with characters and plot. I had to go back and find the unedited c-sub links and watch the first 2 episodes again.

The woman with streaks in her hair is indeed the aunt's daughter. She's an artist/illustrator for books or manga. She works from home. She sees things and hears things which scares the hell of her mother. Her special sense also make her relatives very curious. So whenever they have questions, they do go to her and try to get "something" out of her. Unfortunately, she can never just conjure up things on request. Her visions come unexpectedly.

In the first episode, the part that got edited out about the woman owner of the pharmacy who died after the cousin predicted it. Someone later asked her how she knew the woman was going to die. She said she went to the pharmacy with her mom and the vision she saw of that woman was kind of blurred, so she knew something bad was going to happen to her.

About the baby. The cousin said she had a dream of a baby crawling and crying in the downstairs living room. She said she saw a penis the size of a chili pepper (special Korean pepper--that joke kind of gotten lost in the translation) on the baby. But at the time, she didn't know what that meant, but later when she found out about the unexpected pregnancy, she knew that the newborn would be a boy.

The aunt does not want her daughter to be seen as a witch, so she keeps telling her daughter to not dream, see, and hear these things. She said she had spent $$$$ on exorcists to get the ghosts/spirits out of her daughter. And yet, whenever someone at home is in trouble, the aunt would run to her daughter and ask her to "see" things. Unfortunately, the cousin hasn't been able to just conjure up the spirit to answer everyone's questions.

Let me know if you are confused about certain scenes or people. Sorry that I don't have the time to translate the missing scenes, but I can certainly help answer your questions.

BTW, the oldest daughter has never been married and does not have a child (I think the KBS intro had written up that way). It kind of confused me in the beginning.

Also the ajumma living with the aunt is either a co-worker or her ex-husband's younger sister because that ajumma calls the aunt Hyung-nim which means the wife of older brother. If anyone is fluent in Korean, please correct me.

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I actually stopped watching the one before this because I was only interested in one of the story line (fashion director/photographer/husband/mil).
I agree with you about the last show. That was the only storyline I enjoyed from the last drama. Everyone else from that pig's feet restaurant annoyed the hell out of me! It's like the writer of that show tried to put two unrelated dramas together.


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This drama is a lot like "Letters to Parents" from awhile back. I am not 100% sure, but think it's written by the same writer. The narration by the lead character is very insightful. And the mundane-ness of the daily living some how creates enough drama to keep the audience captivated.

I've only watched 8 episodes so far and I think there is a classic line or two in each episode that's worth writing down.

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