Autumn in My Heart (Hangul: 가을동화; Hanja: 가을童話; RR: Gaeul Donghwa; also known as Autumn Fairy Tale or Autumn Tale) is a 2000 South Korean romantic television drama, starring Song Seung-heon, Song Hye-kyo and Won Bin. The series is the first installment of season-themed tetralogy Endless Love drama series directed by Yoon Seok-ho. It aired on KBS2 from September 18 to November 7, 2000 on Mondays and Tuesdays for 16 episodes.
The series was very successful in South Korea, averaging viewership ratings of 38.6% and reaching a peak viewership of 46.1%. It is considered a pioneer in Korean melodramatic series, launching a fever that is commonly referred to as the "Korean Wave". Tours of sites in Korea related to the show have been developed.
The story begins with toddler, Yoon Joon-suh accidentally causing the switch of his sister and another baby when he drops the name cards on the two babies' cribs in the hospital's baby room. A nurse who comes in puts the name cards back incorrectly. The story then jumps forward to the teenage years of the two main characters: Yoon Eun-suh (Moon Geun-young) and Yoon Joon-suh (Choi Woo-hyuk). Eun-suh is the most popular girl in class, which incites the jealousy of her rival, Choi Shin-ae (Lee Ae-jung), is smart but does not get the attention she craves from the teacher and classmates.
When Eun-suh gets hit by a truck and needs a blood transfusion, it is found out that she is not the Yoons' biological daughter, but instead belongs to the Choi, whereas Choi Shin-ae is the Yoons' biological daughter. In the end, the two daughters return to their original birth parents. Shin-ae moves in with the Yoon family, and Eun-suh moves in with Mrs. Choi, (her biological father is dead) who operates a small restaurant living in abject poverty. Their situations are reversed, and now Shin-ae is the more popular girl in class whereas Eun-suh is ignored.
Shortly after the switch, the Yoon family moves to the United States and Eun-suh loses touch with them. Ten years later, Joon-suh (Song Seung-heon) returns to South Korea as a successful artist. He goes back to the town he lived in, where he encounters his old friend, Han Tae-seok (Won Bin), who stays at the hotel where Eun-suh (Song Hye-kyo) works as a telephone receptionist. Tae-seok, (who doesn't know about the brother and sister mix-up) falls in love with Eun-suh and manipulates her until she is fired from her job. One day Eun-suh sees Joon-suh and follows him to the beach where he is with Yumi (his fiancée) and Tae-seok, and the two "siblings" finally meet again after ten years.
Eun-suh and Joon-suh appears to have a sibling relationship in front of the others, but they meet each other secretly and fall in love, though she always refers to him as "older brother." Shin-ae (Han Chae-young) finds out about their relationship and exposes the two after she finds a love letter Eun-suh wrote to Joon-suh. The two decide to stay together, but are soon forced apart again because their parents are against the union, and Yumi hurts herself and blackmails Joon-suh with suicide to hold on to him.
As a fight between Joon-suh and Tae-seok erupts over their love for Eun-suh, she discovers she has leukemia (the same fatal condition that killed her biological father). She doesn't tell anyone except Tae-seok, who offers to pay for her treatment. When her health deteriorates, the others begin finding out the extent of her condition. Eun-suh soon falls into a coma. Joon-suh finds out about Eun-suh's health and reacts with shock and fear, while Tae-seok forces Joon-suh to try to wake up Eun-suh. Eventually, Eun-suh woke up, but is too weak to follow the treatment. When it is clear that there is no hope, Joon-suh takes her home so she can spend her last days with him. At this point, Yumi finally lets go of Joon-suh. Joon-suh proposes to Eun-suh and they get married. Eun-suh dies as Joon-suh carries her around the beach where they spent her birthday as teenagers.
Before Eun-suh dies, she tells Joon-suh to move on and continue living. However, Joon-suh, dazed and grief-stricken by the death of his love, is struck by a truck in the same place as Eun-suh's accident during her teenage years. Whether he lives or dies is unknown.Song Seung-heon as Yoon Joon-suh
Choi Woo-hyuk as young Joon-suh
Song Hye-kyo as Yoon/Choi Eun-suh
Moon Geun-young as young Eun-suh
Won Bin as Han Tae-seok
Han Chae-young as Choi/Yoon Shin-ae
Lee Ae-jung as young Shin-ae
Han Na-na as Shin Yoo-mi
Jung Dong-hwan as Professor Yoon (Joon-suh's father)
Sunwoo Eun-sook as Lee Kyung-ha (Joon-suh's mother)
Kim Hae-sook as Kim Soon-im (Eun-suh's mother)
Kim Na-woon as Housekeeping supervisor Kim
Kim Hyung-jong as Ji-han
Seo Yoon-jae as Kang-hee
The 13-track soundtrack for Autumn in My Heart includes Jung Il-young's heartfelt ballads "Reason", "Prayer" and "In My Dream" as well as the main flute theme and the guitar and piano versions of some of the songs. "Romance", also known as "Forbidden Love" is a classic piece used for this soundtrack. It comes from a famous work of unknown authorship "Spanish Romance".
- Main Title (Flute ver.)
- Reason – Jung Il-young
- Romance – Choi Tae-won
- Gido (Prayer) – Jung Il-young
- Remember – Park Jung-Won
- Eolmana Naega (Sincerely) – Yoon Chang-gun
- Reason (Instrumental ver.)
- Romance (Piano ver.) – Lee Hong-rae
- Nunmul (Tears) – Lee Hong-rae
- Eolmana Naega (Sincerely) (Guitar ver.) – Guitar by Ham Choon-ho
- Kkum Sogeseo (In My Dream) – Jung Il-young
- Eolmana Naega (Sincerely) (Piano ver.) – Piano by Yoo Jung-young
- Gido (Prayer) (Piano ver.)
A song played during emotional scenes, but excluded from the soundtrack, was "Return to Love" by Kevin Kern.
The series has been broadcast in several countries, including Singapore in 2001, Indonesia in 2002, the Philippines in 2003 and Sri Lanka and Mexico in 2007. In the Philippines it was re-broadcast multiple times and received a peak viewership rating of 39.7% in 2003, placing it among the top ten highest rated Asian dramas to air in the country. It also aired in Mongolia, Malaysia, Nepal, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Peru, Thailand, Vietnam (VTV1) and Hong Kong.
Autumn in My Heart was aired via GMA Network's primetime block in 2003 under the title Endless Love: Autumn in My Heart.37th Baeksang Arts Awards - 2001
Best New Actor for TV – Won Bin
Popularity Award, Actress – Song Hye-kyo
KBS Drama Awards – 2000
Excellence Award, Actor – Won Bin
Best Supporting Actress – Kim Hae-sook
Best Young Actress – Moon Geun-young
Popularity Award, Actor – Song Seung-heon
Popularity Award, Actress – Song Hye-kyo
Photogenic Award, Actor – Song Seung-heon
Photogenic Award, Actress – Song Hye-kyo
Viewer’s Choice Drama
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