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The Greatest Love

4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Ten years ago, Gu Aejong (Gong Hyojin) was in the popular idol girl group 'Treasure Girls'; now she's the most hated celebrity in Korea. Her hopes to lead a low-profile life are dashed when she crosses paths with Doko Jin (Cha Seungwon), Korea's resident heartthrob and closet jerk. But things start looking up when she's cast for a dating reality show - that is until she finds herself swept up in a love square with Doko Jin, ex-band mate Kang Seri and Mr. Perfect Yun Pilju. In this sometimes wacky, sometimes heartfelt romantic comedy, a has-been pop star struggles to make the jump from beleaguered to beloved, all while finding a heart-thumping love along the way.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Gong Hyo-Jin, Cha Seongwon
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Mbc America
  • DVD Release Date: November 8, 2011
  • Run Time: 1040 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005XO3B7M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,566 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By D. Bannon on February 4, 2012
For the best audio and video quality with the original broadcast English subtitles, look for 'Studio: MBC America' under Product Details. MBC America is the licensed US distributor for The Greatest Love . MBC America works from the original MBC-TV master recordings and hires professional translators for the broadcast subtitles, which are also used for the DVD release. Each episode runs about 60 minutes. This set contains all 16 episodes complete in one volume.

D. Bannon was the subtitler for the MBC America broadcast and DVD release of The Greatest Love. He has subtitled many Korean dramas for MBC America and YA Entertainment. He discusses subtitling in The Elements of Subtitles, Revised and Expanded Edition: A Practical Guide to the Art of Dialogue, Character, Context, Tone and Style in Subtitling
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I actually watched THE GREATEST LOVE on Drama Fever via Roku, but if you are looking for a great Korean Drama with English subtitles, you can't go wrong with this set of 16 episodes.

If you haven't discovered Korean Dramas, I urge you to give them a try. I abhor Kung Fu movies and have never enjoyed foreign films, but Korean Dramas are all I watch now, it seems. I love the plots and learning about their culture, but also because Korean films are so unpredictable. You never know how many of them are going to end! Likewise, virtually all of these series have a set number of episodes of 16-24 hour episodes, like the mini-series that we have in the U.S., rather than programs that go on for years if they are successful.

THE GREATEST LOVE is a rather charming, but odd movie in some ways. It is about Koo Ae-Jeong, who was previously a huge star in an all-girl group - kind of like The Spice Girls. The group disbanded and for the last 10 years, she has been the sole supporter of her family. She has earned her money by singing in dives and taking almost any singing job she can get.

She abruptly meets Dokgo, who is this mega movie star. He is arrogant and ridiculously proud, but finds himself strangely drawn to her. Amazingly, Dokgo can't fathom why he is the least bit interested in Koo Ae-Jeong, as he considers her totally beneath him. OK - This is the part that is odd: It turns out that Dokgo has an artificial heart and years ago while he was undergoing surgery - his doctor was listening to music performed by Koo Ae-Jeong and her girl group, as he felt that he performed better surgery while listening to music. And THAT is why Dokgo is so enamored with her. (We won't even ask how he is able to be insured for his movies with an artificial heart - but that is another story!!)

In spite of a few stretches to the imagination, this movie really is very cute and the acting is brilliant!
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As a huuuuuge fan of Korean Dramas, this lovely story definitely goes into my top 10 list.

Not only is Gu Aejong (Gong Hyo Jin) an absolutely adorable character as a "has-been" star, she captures your heart with her portrayal of a determined and loyal family member and friend. She makes her character shine and you can't help admiring her throughout the series. She's an amazing actress- you can actually see her in the KDrama Pasta (one of my favorites as well)

This series will make you laugh, it will make you mad at the "villains" and it will make you sigh.
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Let's just say, this story is like a fairy tale. The characters are great which means the cast is wonderful. I loved the zany crazy people in this story. It is fun, not to be taken too seriously, but gives hope. I am glad I bought it. It took me too long to review it, but better late than never. I just make many purchases from Amazon as they don't disappoint either!
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Greatest Love is one of my favorite all-time K-drama and I'm glad I added it to my library. Cha Seung-Won is one of my favorite actors and I have seen everything that he has starred in. The drama is funny and keeps you on the edge of the seat. Cha Seung-Won was made for this role and he plays this role well. I highly recommend it.
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If you love romantic comedy, The Greatest Love won't disappoint. This is my first Korean series and I now have a new love. It did not take long to get use to the subtitles. Most of all, I have fallen in love with the soundtrack. My new love now is Korean drama and I enjoy learning about their culture.
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