the prime minister and i korean drama

Title: The Prime Minister and I / Prime Minister Is Dating
Genre: Romance, comedy
Episodes: 16
Director: Lee So Yeon
Screenwriter: Kim Eun Hee (Winter Sonata, Sweet 18) , Yoon Eun Kyung (Winter Sonata, When It’s at Night)
Broadcast Network: KBS2, every Monday & Tuesday 22:00
Broadcast period: 2013-Dec-09


Kwon Yul, a South Korea’s youngest Prime Minister who is 100% capable in his work but 0% capable in parenting, he struggles in raising his 3 kids alone. Nam Da Jung, a young reporter who full of enthusiasm but always ends up missing big scoops. She accidentally gets into a scandal with Prime Minister and to keep his position, they get married. She enters his house and becomes a young affectionate mother to his kids like a Christmas present and that’s when the love story begins.

Character Description

Kwon Yul

42 years old, Korea’s youngest Prime Minister. His wife died on a car accident 7 years ago and now he’s raising up  his 3 children alone.
He has the reputation of being honest and high integrity, but in fact, he has a nasty mouth, phrasing any nice words into horrible words, he is also the same at home. He is a world renowned leader, and at the same time, also someone who cannot even cook a bowl of noodles.

And then , showed up in front of him, a seemed stupid girl, Nam Da Jung. She’s witty, tricky but felt honest.

As unexpected scandal explodes, he has to do something. So, he lies to people that they are now lovers. Then, he makes contract-marriage!

What should I do? I am afraid what will happen next. I am afraid I fall in love with her.

Nam Dajung

28 year old, 3rd year Tabloid reporter representative, is in charge of reporting romance scandals. At first glance, she appears to be a very smart woman, however, she is actually a clumsy woman who always makes mistakes and embarrasses herself. She once dreamed of becoming a novelist like Jane Austin; however, in a society where one can’t make money out of ‘arts and culture’, being a writer is a far-off dream.
In the end, she ends up using her talents in writing, her ‘HOT’ editing skills, and eye as a photographer to become a reporter of Scandal News.
Since her father’s extended stay in a nursing home, due to dementia, she must work tirelessly to support him. For the sake of getting “the next big scoop”, she follows Kwon Yul day and night in an attempt to write an exclusive news.

While she follows Kwon Yul for Scandal news, she happens to be heroine the scandal for herself. She happens to be recognized as the prime-minister’s wife!

I don’t like being Cinderella!

Kang In Ho

32 years old, Top elite officer in Prime Minister office.
The first time when he met Da Jung, he thinks her to be a unique and interesting woman. When she started pestering Kwon Yul to marry her, In ho started to count Da Jung as just another materialistic woman (who want to get close to Prime Minister), and despises her deeply.

When he got to know the story behind Da Jung, he regretted that he’s misunderstanding Da Jung. He started to love her more, and do not want to have anymore regrets in his life. He just wanted to prove his word to Da Jung .
The word is ; He wanted to protect her. Not just words!

Seo Hyeju

35 years old, Kwon Yul’s hoobae in university, closest assistant and Kwon Yul’s confidence since his assemblyman days. She is calmer than anyone. She is a decisive and smart woman, but she is a fool when it comes to love.

When she started university life, she fell in love with Kwon Yul at first sight, but has never disclosed her affection to him. She’s satisfied with just always beside Kwon Yul in work and hides her feelings.

One day, Nam Dajung appears in front of her. Nam Da Jung’s appearance drives her mad. Dajung enters so easily to Kwon Yul’s heart that she has not have chance. When she sees Dajung’s step-of-love, it makes Hyeju crazy.

Park Junki

42 years old, Minister of Strategy and Finance, Kwon Yul’s deceased wife Na Young’s brother. He is full of confidence and ambitious man. He is in a political marriage with Na Yoon Hee. He works hard for his career, waiting for the time for him to shine. During university days, he and Kwon Yul are very good friends. But when he knew his first love, Seo Hyeju is in love with Kwon Yul, it was the end of their friendship. After Na Young’s accident, he assumed that her death is due to weariness caused by Kwon Yul, and he cannot forgive Kwon Yul. No matter in what field, he just wants to win against Kwon Yul!

Kwon Uri

15 years old Kwon Yul ‘s1st son.
Like other 15-16 years old boy, he usually does whatever father does not like.

Kwon Nara

12 years old Kwon Yul’s daughter.
She does many naughty things in the place that father does not know. Father thinks that she is a kind, pretty, warm-hearted girl. But, she harasses Dajung very much when father does not know.

But, actually, all she wants is father’s love.

Kwon Manse

Last son of Kwon Yool.
Though he looks pre-mature and smart, he also a little kid.
When he cries rolling in the floor, people may think he needs some special remedy. But, when he misses his lost mother, people feels empathy.

Na Youngsoon

60 years old. Since Kwon Yul’s wife died, she’s taking care of the children.

When Dajung (In Youngsoon’s point of view, Dajung is much undignified lady) joined the family, she has no choice but acting like mother-in-law of Dajung.

Sim Sungil

53 years old. Kwon Yul’s driver.
Talkative and cheerful man.
As a plain citizen, he even sometimes advises his boss, the prime minister.

Nam Yusik

60 years old. Dajung’s father. Typical father who thinks her daughter is the best girl in the world.

Go Dalpyo

52 years old. “Scandal news” editor-in-chief. He looks stingy and untidy. If a person underestimates him as he is a just 3rd class scandal-searching reporter, it is mistakes. He is from 1st-class authentic newspaper. His instinct as a responsible reporter is still alive.

Park Heechul

26 years old man. Same team member with Dajung. Handsome but childish born-from-rich-family.

Though he likes Dajung as a Hoobae, faith-in-job (=reporting scandal news) is different thing!

Smart but naïve. Naïve but naughty.

Byun Woochul

44 years old. Reporter in politic-section of 1st class authentic newspaper.

If he can get exclusive news, he may sell his soul.

Na Yunhee

45 years old woman. Park Junki’s wife. Daughter of Geosung group that is the biggest group in Korea. Though she is now a to-be-1st lady, she was a play girl in younger days. Because of naughty times in young days, she was pregnant. So, his father made deal with Junki, and, they married.

Because of that shame in the past, she creeps and crawls to her husband.

Main Cast

Lee Bum Soo as Kwon Yul
Im Yoon Ah as Nam Da Jung
Chae Jung Ahn as Seo Hye Joo (public relations officer)
Yoon Shi Yoon as Kang In Ho (chief of staff)

Prime Minister’s Kids

Choi Soo Han as Woo Ri
Jeon Min Seo as Na Ra
Lee Do Hyun as Man Se

Supporting Cast

Lee Min Ho (1993) as Park Hee Chul
Ryu Jin as Park Jun Ki
Lee Han Wie as Nam Yu Sik
Yoon Hae Young as Na Yun Hee
Lee Young Bum as Shim Sung Il
Choi Duk Moon as Go Dal Pyo
Go Joo Yeon
Min Sung Wook

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