I'm Sorry, I Love You

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I'm Sorry, I Love You
Im Sorry, I Love You poster.jpg
Promotional poster for I'm Sorry, I Love You
Also known asSorry, I Love You
Sorry, But I Love You
I Am Sorry But I Love You
Developed byKBS Drama
Written byLee Kyung-hee
Directed byLee Hyung-min
StarringSo Ji-sub
Im Soo-jung
ComposerVarious artists
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Executive producerKim Jongsik (KBS Drama Operations Team)
ProducerJung Sung-hyo
Production locationsKorea, Australia
Running timeMondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production companyGROUP EIGHT
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original releaseNovember 8 (2004-11-08) –
December 28, 2004 (2004-12-28)
Preceded byOh Feel Young
Followed byDelightful Girl Choon-Hyang
External links
Korean name
미안하다 사랑한다
Revised RomanizationMianhada Saranghanda
McCune–ReischauerMianhada Saranghanda

I'm Sorry, I Love You (Korean미안하다, 사랑한다; RRMianhada, Saranghanda) is a 2004 South Korean television drama series starring So Ji-sub and Im Soo-jung. It aired on KBS2 from November 8 to December 28, 2004, on Mondays and Tuesdays for 16 episodes.[1]


Cha Moo-hyuk is a part-time scam artist working the streets of Australia. He was abandoned by his parents as a child and adopted by a couple in Australia.[2] However, he was mistreated by his foster parents and thus roams the streets, cheating tourists out of their money. It is through one of these scams that he bumps into Song Eun-chae.

Eun-chae is the fashion coordinator and childhood friend of famous Korean singer, Choi Yoon. She sees Yoon as her life's focal point and does everything she can to please him. Yoon visits Melbourne, Australia to do a photoshoot with another famous Korean actress, Kang Min-joo. Yoon asks Eun-chae to get him close to Min-joo. It breaks Eun-chae's heart but she does so. One day, Eun-chae's luggage and money are stolen by the same band of criminals as Moo-hyuk.

Tired, hungry and helpless, she wanders the streets until she bumps into Moo-hyuk who, moved by her plight, manages to find the stuff stolen by his gang and return it to her. She returns to Korea and bumps into Min-joo and Yoon, who are now a couple.

Several weeks later, Moo-hyuk receives an invitation to his ex-girlfriend's wedding. At the wedding, he is accidentally shot twice in the head when someone attempts an assassination on his ex-girlfriend's husband. The doctor saves him but can only remove one bullet. The remaining bullet is lodged too deeply and cannot be surgically removed. It's killing him, and he has no longer than a year to live. Guilt-stricken, his ex-girlfriend gives him a stash of cash and tells him to go back to his native Korea to find his birth parents. He does so, and finds out that his mother is famous Korean actress, Audrey. Her son is Choi Yoon and both mother and son are adored by the public.

Moo-hyuk can't help but feel betrayed because his mother is doing so well in life, whilst he was suffering and has little time left. He vows revenge and starts by getting close to Yoon, becoming his road manager. He plots to bring Yoon and his mother down, but also falls in love with Eun-chae. Yoon becomes injured in a car accident; he will die without a heart transplant. Moo-hyuk is suddenly faced with the decision of saving his brother or letting him die as revenge.

Moo-hyuk finds out that his mother did not abandon him. His mother had an affair with a married man, and Audrey's parents instructed Eun-chae's father (then Audrey's chauffeur) to give away Moo-hyuk and his twin sister as soon as they were born. Audrey was not cognizant of the fact that she had given birth to twins, and was simply told that her child had died. Eun-chae's father thought he was "saving" Audrey's reputation. Audrey had adopted Yoon in memory of her son.

Eun-chae's father admits to the truth and tells him he is willing to accept any punishment. Moo-hyuk tells Eun-chae's father that one day he will receive a punishment.

Moo-hyuk kills himself in a motorcycle accident so that his heart can be transplanted into Yoon. Before his death, he calls Eun-chae and tells her, "I'm sorry. I love you." His heart is given to Yoon, who makes a full recovery. One year later, a heartbroken Eun-chae goes to Melbourne and to his grave, and dies next to it with a small red bottle, leading the viewer to believe she committed suicide by drinking poison.[3] This is the punishment that Eun-chae's father receives - the death of his own daughter.




  • Jeon Hye-jin as Yoon Seo-kyung
  • Shin Goo as Min Hyun-seok
  • Lee Young-ha as Song Dae-cheon (Eun-chae's father)
  • Park Gun-tae as Kim Gal-chi (Seo-kyung's son)
  • Kim Hye-ok as Jang Hye-sook
  • Ok Ji-young as Song Sook-chae (Eun-chae's older sister)
  • Jung Hwa-young as Song Min-chae (Eun-chae's younger sister)
  • Choi Yeo-jin as Moon Ji-young
  • David No as assassin



I'm Sorry, I Love You Original Sound Track
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedNovember 15, 2004
December 24, 2004
LabelBMG (KR)

The original soundtrack of the series was released as two parts by BMG (KR). The first part was released on November 15, 2004 and the second one on December 24, 2004.

Track listing[edit]

Part 1 (Original Sound Track)
2."Snow Flower (눈의 꽃)"Park Hyo-shin5:39
3."The First Time (처음 그대로)"Jung Jae-wook3:43
4."Someone Lives In My Heart (가슴에 누가 살아요)"J3:49
5."One Day Has Passed (하루가 지나고)"Bada3:53
6."Please Go Back (돌아가줘)"Jung Jae-wook4:18
7."Giant (거인)"J3:47
8."Flying Without Wings"Westlife3:37
9."Precious Person (소중한 사람)"Kim Sung-pil4:20
10."Erased Memories (지워진 기억)"Lee So-jung3:18
11."Wherever You Will Go"The Calling3:29
12."The First Time (처음 그대로) [instrumental]"Various3:42
13."One Day Has Passed (하루가 지나고) [instrumental]"Various2:33
14."Snow Flower (눈의 꽃) [instrumental]"Various5:41
Part 2 (Original Sound Track - Never Ending Story)
1."Main Title"Choi Sung Wook1:22
2."은채 & 무혁 첫키스"Im Soo-jung2:04
3."Snow Flower (눈의 꽃) [acoustic version]"Seo Young-eun3:39
4."멜버른 거리에서"Kim Seon-kyung2:44
5."마지막 선택"Kim Seon-kyung1:16
6."윤아, 괜찮아. - 은채 Narrative"Im Soo-jung0:33
7."Precious Person (소중한 사람)"Jung Kyung-ho4:19
8."아들과 엄마"Choi Sung-wook2:04
9."이방인"Kim Seon-kyung2:04
10."무혁의 기도"Kim Seon-kyung3:47
11."나 당신에게 약속합니다. - 무혁 Narrative"So Ji-sub1:11
12."Snow Flower (눈의 꽃) [acoustic version] [instrumental]"Various3:39
13."운명"Kim Seon-kyung1:57
14."진실"Kim Seon-kyung2:14
15."은채의 방"Kim Seon-kyung2:53
16."은채의 고백 - 은채 Narrative"Im Soo-jung1:52
17."설레임"Kim Seon-kyung1:12
18."엄마의 사진"Nakamura Yuriko4:44
19."Talk to Me"Machan3:23
20."가려진 세월"Nakamura Yuriko4:58


Episode Seoul Nationwide
1 16.6% 16.1%
2 16.7% 16.1%
3 19.3% 18.5%
4 17.1% 16.9%
5 19.3% 19.8%
6 17.7% 18.5%
7 15.4% 16.5%
8 15.3% 17.0%
9 17.5% 18.2%
10 19.6% 20.1%
11 20.3% 20.3%
12 22.5% 21.7%
13 22.7% 23.2%
14 27.4% 27.1%
15 25.7% 25.6%
16 28.6% 29.2%
Average 20.3% 20.1%

Source: TNSMK Media Korea

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
KBS Drama Awards[8]
Excellence Award, Actor So Ji-sub Won
Best New Actor Jung Kyung-ho Nominated
Best New Actress Im Soo-jung Won
Best Child Actor Park Gun-tae Won
Netizen Award, Actor So Ji-sub Won
Netizen Award, Actress Im Soo-jung Won
Popularity Award, Actor So Ji-sub Won
Popularity Award, Actress Im Soo-jung Won
Best Couple Award So Ji-sub and Im Soo-jung Won
41st Baeksang Arts Awards
Best TV Drama I'm Sorry, I Love You Won
Best Actor (TV) So Ji-sub Won
Best New Actress (TV) Im Soo-jung Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Lee Kyung-hee Nominated
Most Popular Actor (TV) So Ji-sub Nominated
Most Popular Actress (TV) Im Soo-jung Nominated
32nd Korean Broadcasting Awards[9]
Best Drama I'm Sorry, I Love You Won

In popular culture[edit]

International broadcast[edit]

  • Vietnam: The series began airing on October 11, 2005 on HTV9 at 5:00 p.m.
  • Japan: The series began airing on May 17, 2006 on TV Tokyo, from Monday to Thursday at 12:30 a.m.[10][11]
  • Thailand: The series began airing on September 27, 2008 on Channel 3, from Saturday to Sunday at 1:00 a.m. on Saturdays and 0:30 a.m. on Sundays.[12]


G&G Entertainment released a 35-minute animated version of the drama, titled Between of One Year, consisting of highlights from the drama and new scenes dealing with the year following Moo-hyuk's death and before Eun-chae commits suicide. The script was supervised by the writer of the original live-action drama, Lee Kyung-hee. It was released on DVD on February 6, 2008.[13][14][15][16]



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