Im Sung Han


Im Sung-han(born Im Young-ran on August 24, 1960) is a South Korean television screenwriter . Her best-known dramas includeMiss MermaidandDear Heaven.

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 Im Sung Han's Career

Im Sung-han began her career writing for single-episode anthologies. Her first known work was the 1991 episode "Standing in a Maze" for KBS 'sDrama Game, then she moved on to MBC 'sBest Theaterin 1997, with "Definitely" (for which Im won a screenplay award). She also used another pseudonym , Im Hyang-ran ( Hangul : 임향란), in writing otherBest Theaterepisodes.

This led to her first television drama series in 1998,See and See Again(also known asLooking Again and AgainandCan't Take My Eyes Off You), about two families doubly related by marriage. Despite its popularity (50% viewership ratings), it was considered by TV critics as one of the worst dramas that year. Im's follow-upFoolish Princes(2000) was about four half-brothers, and she and director Jo Jung-hyun had conflicts over her writing.

Miss Mermaidalso attracted criticism, and theAnti Im Sung-han Caféwas established,an Internet community club whose thousands of members are vehement critics of Im. It was the first ever "anti-café" to target a Korean drama writer. Their online posts mocked the drama's "nonsensical" plot, along with scenes which implied that a baby's autism was caused by his mother's stress during a divorce, and that washing each strawberry with a toothbrush is described as normal.

Lotus Flower Fairy(also known asHeaven's Fate, 2004), in her role of a woman who loses everything when she becomes possessed by spirits as a Korean shaman , called a " mudang ." The drama questioned whether it's possible to overcome one's fate.When ratings remained in the 20% range, Im was later replaced by another writer, Kim Na-hyun.

and the controversy propelled it to becoming the 5th highest rated TV program in Korea for the year 2006.Han won the Grand Prize at the SBS Drama Awards .

Queen of AhyunandOpposites Attract, 2007) explored age differences in relationships, when a female public prosecutor (Wang Hee-ji) falls for a male colleague (Kim Min-sung) who is 12 years younger.

Jewel Bibimbap, 2009) portrayed the ups and downs of a family with four brothers and sisters named after jewels: Jade, Ruby, Coral, and Amber (played by Go Na-eun , So Yi-hyun , Lee Hyun-jin and Lee Il-min, respectively).

Despite ratings of over 20%, it was criticized for Im's abrupt inclusion of supernatural elements which were considered "pointless" to the plot by viewers.

But the show gained notoriety when Im abruptly killed off 12 characters and was accused of nepotism .

(2014-2015), about four people (and their families) whose lives intersect while working at a cable TV station. But the series received scrutiny from the Korea Communications Standards Commission for a revenge storyline that the review board deemed too "violent" and "unethical."

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 Im Sung Han's Personal life

while filmingDear Heaven, and the couple married in January 2007. They later collaborated onAhyeon-dong Madam(like the protagonists, Im and Son also had a 12-year age difference),Assorted Gems, andNew Tales of Gisaeng.

Son's parents asked the police for a re-investigation, in case of foul play. In October 2012, prosecutors cleared Im over her husband's death, and officially ruled Son's death a suicide.The psychological injury lawsuit is ongoing.

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 Im Sung Han's Filmography

  • KBS Drama Game"Standing in a Maze" (KBS2, 1991)
  • MBC Best Theater"Definitely" (MBC, 1997)
  • MBC Best Theater"Two Women" (MBC, 1997)
  • MBC Best Theater"Solomon's Thief" (MBC, 1997)
  • MBC Best Theater"Gasibeosi" (MBC, 1997)
  • MBC Best Theater"Sex, Lies and Seonggyeokcha" (MBC, 1997)
  • See and See Again(MBC, 1998-1999)
  • MBC Best Theater"Secret Tears" (MBC, 1999)
  • Foolish Princes(MBC, 2000-2001)
  • Miss Mermaid(MBC, 2002-2003)
  • Lotus Flower Fairy(MBC, 2004-2005)
  • Dear Heaven(SBS, 2005-2006)
  • Ahyeon-dong Madam(MBC, 2007-2008)
  • Assorted Gems(MBC, 2009-2010)
  • New Tales of Gisaeng(SBS, 2011)
  • Princess Aurora(MBC, 2013)
  • Apgujeong Midnight Sun(MBC, 2014-2015)

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 Im Sung Han's References

  1. Chun, Su-jin (12 March 2003). "Getting even is never having to say sorry". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  3. "Viewers Launch Massive Cyber Attack against TV Series The Mermaid". The Dong-a Ilbo. 27 May 2003. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  4. Lee, Jin-yeong (4 May 2004). "Kim Sung-tak to Play Lead In MBC's Fairy of the Flower King". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  5. "New SBS Drama Sparks Morality Controversy Even Before Its First Episode Airs". The Dong-a Ilbo. 8 September 2005. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  6. "Dramas Sweep the Top 10 Ratings List". KBS Global. 5 February 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  7. "Opposites Attract". MBC Global Media. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  8. Han, Sang-hee (1 September 2009). "Network to Bring New Sitcom, Dramas". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. Lee, Ga-on (22 November 2011). "Lineup of Korean dramas for the 1st half of 2011". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  10. "New Gisaeng Story increases in rate despite issue about ghost appearances". Hancinema. 10 July 2011. Retrieved 2015-04-23. 
  11. "TV dramas use similar names for main characters". The Dong-a Ilbo. 12 September 2013. Retrieved 2014-04-04. 
  12. Ko, Dong-hwan (17 July 2013). "Hallyu drama Princess Aurora defamed for vicious cast-kill". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  13. Lee, Sun-min (24 April 2015). "Censured drama writer to step down". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2015-04-24. 
  14. Also romanized as Son Mun-gwon.
  15. Noh, Hyun-gi (13 February 2012). "Drama producer Son committed suicide Jan. 21". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  16. Park, Hyun-min (13 February 2012). "New Tales of Gisaeng Producer Committed Suicide in January". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  17. "Suspicions arise over the death of program director Son Moon-kwon". Korea JoongAng Daily. 14 February 2012. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  18. Lee, Jin-ho (13 March 2012). "Son Moon Kwon and Im Sung Han Were In Contract Marriage?". enewsWorld. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  19. Sunwoo, Carla (13 March 2012). "Family of Son Moon-kwon doubts legitimacy of his will, to sue widow". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  20. Sunwoo, Carla (16 October 2012). "Lim Seong-han cleared over husband's death". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 

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