Note: This article uses Korean naming conventions. eg. In the name Kim Tak-Gu, “Kim” is the surname and “Tak-Gu” is the given name.
King of Baking, Kim Tak-Gu (Hangul: 제빵왕 김탁구 Jeppangwang Kim Ta
k-Gu), also spelled Takgoo, is a South Korean drama TV series broadcast on Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) that aired aft
er after Happiness in the Wind from June 9, 2010 to September 16, 2010 . The show stars Yoon Si Yoon (윤시윤) as Kim Takgu, Joo Won (주원) as Gu Majun, Lee Young Ah (이영아) as Yang Misun and singer Eugene (유진) as Shin Yukyeong. It tells the story of how a d
etermined young baker over comes many trials towards his goal of becoming the best baker in Korea. This story takes place in the 1970s to 1990s, starting after his conception and finishing when he reaches his mid-20s.
The English version was renamed Bread, Love and Dreams and was broadcast on KBS World. It contains subtitles, rather than being dubbed. The show was broadcast in South Korea on KBS2 and internationally on KBS World. The series became one of the most watched show in South Korean history, with its final episode receiving a 50.8% viewership rating (the record still belongs to the drama First Love but considering that it was broadcast at a time where there much less TV channels in Korea, Kim Takgu could be considered the most watched Korean TV series ever). The show’s storyline stretches the entire season which was broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday nights. Despite its popularity, like most of KBS’ dramas it only lasted one season. One of the shows main songs, “Hope Is a Dream That Never Sleeps” was sung by Super Junior’s Kyuhyun.
Kim Takgu is the eldest son of Gu Il Jong, the chairman of Geosung Foods Enterprise, and Kim Misun, his mistress. The Chairman’s wife, Insok, is furious with her husband and shuns Takgu. When his mother is kidnapped, Takgu runs away from home and spends the next 14 years looking for her. Through his journey he enters a baking school owned by Pal Bong, a legend in the baking industry who coincidentally is also the same teacher who taught his father. There he finds Jo Jingu, the man who kidnapped his mother, but he tells Takgu that she accidentally fell of a cliff. Takgu decides to stay at the bakery and learn the art of making bread, like his father did before him. Majun, Takgu’s half-brother is also at the school, hoping to learn about baking in order to win his father’s approval and take over the family business. He is living under an assumed name and never reveals his true identity, still having a hatred for Takgu from their childhood.
It is later revealed that Takgu’s mom is not dead and that she is looking for him. The Chairman, who also spent the past 14 years looking for Takgu, eventually finds out he is at the bakery and is furious at Majun for not telling him. The Chairman wants Takgu, his oldest son, to take over the family business instead of Majun. Majun plots to steal Takgu’s childhood friend Shin Yukyeong and embarrass his family in the process as revenge. Takgu eventually finds his mother, but Insok and her lover (and the Chairman’s assistant) Han plot to rob Takgu of his inheritance so that Majun will take the Chairman’s position. When the Chairman finds out about this, Han goes so far as to attempt to murder Takgu, but he is saved by Jo Jingu. Majun’s plan to embarrass his family works, but it doesn’t give him the satisfaction he expects. He reaches a truce with Takgu and the two agree to let their older sister Gu Jakyung run the company. The show ends with Takgu continuing to work at the bakery with his girlfriend Yang Misun while Majun decides to travel around the world with his new bride Shin Yukyeong. While Manger Han is in prison, the Chairman is happy that his loved ones have found happiness.
■ Yoon Si Yoon as Kim Tak Goo
Yoon Si-yoon (윤시윤)(Born 26 September 1986) is a South Korean actor whose real name is Yoon Dong-goo. He first starred in the TV Series High Kick! (season 2) (2009), a 100+ episode drama in which he played a rebellious, albeit good-hearted teenage son. King of Baking, Kim Tak Goo (2010) was his first lead role, and shot him to fame as the earnest, lovable character Kim Tak-goo.
■ Eugene as Shin Yoo Kyung
Kim Yoo-jin (Korean: 김유진, born March 3, 1981), professionally known in English as Eugene, is a singer, actress, and emcee. She was a former member of a Korean female idol group called S.E.S., popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. She has released two solo albums and has gone on to star in dramas and movies and work as an MC in various shows and programs.