Title:  Bosuk Bibimbap / Assorted Gems / Jewel Bibimbap
Previously known as: Sonjit / Hand Signal / Hand Gesture
Genre: Romance, family
Director: Baek Ho Min
Screenwriter: Im Sung Han
Episodes: 50
Broadcast network: MBC, Saturday & Sunday 21:45
Broadcast period: 2009-Sept-05 to 2010-Feb-21

The four siblings in the Gung family were named after precious jewels: eldest daughter Bi Chwi (Jade), eldest son San Ho (Coral), second daughter Ryu Bi (Ruby), and the youngest son, Ho Bak (Amber). Like an assortment of beautiful gems, their colours may clash and their sharp edges chip away at each other. Using an analogy of a bowl of rice with assorted ingredients to illustrate the workings of a family, the key to a great dish is using the right balance of ingredients in order to create a good mixture. Assorted Gems tells the story of the different lives of the family members and how they learn from their clashes to find the perfect balance.

Character Description

assorted_gems-cast-1Gung Bi-chwi (age: 28)

Eldest daughter. She has style and a perfectionist personality.

She dreams of marrying a rich young man and living in the lap of luxury to reverse her fortune.

She begins to date Young-guk who boards at their home and is also a regular customer at the restaurant where she works.

assorted_gems-cast-2Gung Ruby (age: 26)

She is a nurse and Bi-chwi’s younger sister.

Like her sister, Ruby is also determined to marry a rich guy and no longer be poor.

She’s pretty and has a meticulous personality but constantly bickers with Kyle, who is boarding at her home. They develop feelings for each other amidst their quarreling.

assorted_gems-cast-3Gung San-ho (age: 25)

A law school graduate who is preparing for the bar exam to become a state prosecutor. He’s a quiet person who always listens to his parent. As the eldest son, he is a pillar in the family. To help the family finances, he gives up his room to let Kyle, a paying tenant, live there and shares a room with younger brother Ho-bak. He falls in love with Kang-ji, a friend of Ruby.

assorted_gems-cast-4Seo Young-guk (age: 30)

Son of Yeroma chairman. He is handsome and disciplined but looks nothing like the image of a dashing scion of a wealthy family.

At his father’s urging, he starts at the bottom in society to work his way up and gain valuable experiences.

He pays for room and boarding at Bi-chwi’s family home.


Gung Sang-shik (age: 55)

He is the patriarch of the family but acts immaturely.

He tries to look young by wearing flashy clothes as he goes through a mid-life crisis.

For 30 years of his life, he worked as a hotel doorman.

assorted_gems-cast-6Pi Hye-ja (age: 55)

She’s the mother of four children and is full of vanity while causing trouble all the time.

She is always buying dresses and jewelry that she cannot afford, creating headaches for her children.


Main Cast

Gung Family
Go Na Eun as Gung Bi Chwi (Jade)
So Yi Hyun as Gung Ryu Bi (Ruby)
Lee Hyun Jin as Gung San Ho (Coral)
Lee Il Min as Gung Ho Bak (Amber)
Han Jin Hee as Gung Sang Sik
Han Hye Sook as Pi Hye Ja

Other people
Lee Tae Gon as Seo Young Guk
Michael Blunck as Kyle
Jung Yoo Mi as Kang Ji
Choi Ah Jin as Soon
Seo Woo Rim
Park Geun Hyung
Hong Yoo Jin
Kim Young Ok
Jung Hye Sun
Choi Jae Ho
Hwang Chan Bin

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