Full House (풀하우스, Pul-hauseu) is a 16-episode South Korean television drama series broadcast by KBS in 2004. It is a romantic comedy based on the manhwa of the same name, written by Woon Soo-yoon and stars Song Hye-kyo and singer Rain.
It was a huge success and became one of the main reasons for the expansion of South Korean culture known as the Korean wave.
Han Ji-eun (Song Hye-kyo) lives in a house called Full House built by her father and is an aspiring script writer. One day her two best friends for money reasons trick her into believing she has won a free vacation, and while she is gone they sell her house. On the plane she meets Lee Young-jae (Rain), a famous actor. Through comedic events they get acquainted during her vacation and when she returns she discovers her house has been sold to him.
Though they don't get along with each other as she is messy and he has a bad temper and likes cleanliness, they agree to live with each other. At first Ji-eun works as his maid in order to buy her house back, but later because of Young-jae's wish to make the love of his life Kang Hye-won (Han Eun Jung) jealous, they get married. They set up a contract for the marriage to last six months. During that time complications arise and Ji-Eun and Young-Jae become attracted to each other. Also, Ji-Eun starts to feel a strong bond with Young-jae's family. However Young-jae's bad temper along with the romantic attentions of Yoo Min-hyuk (Kim Sung Soo), Ji-eun's handsome and friendly publisher, starts to create a rift between the couple. So does Hye-Won, who starts to feel jealous when she sees Young-Jae and Ji-eun getting close. Eventually, Young-jae and Ji-eun get a divorce and he moves away.
When he returns he realizes that Ji-eun hasn't married yet and knows that he has fallen in love with her - and she with him. He proposes to her, this time for the right reasons, and finally they get married for a second time.
- Song Hye-kyo as Han Ji-eun
Ji-Eun is an optimistic and cheerful girl, loyal to her friends. Though naive and not very smart, she is shown as a character with spunk and a good heart as displayed in her efforts to be a writer. She lives in a beautiful home named Full House , which she inherited from her late parents. Her best friends are Hee Jin and Lee Dong Wook.
- Rain as Lee Young-jae
Young-jae is a popular Korean actor, especially around girls. Though appearing to be egotistical and stubborn, mostly to maintain his pride, he has secret unrequited feelings for his childhood friend, Hye-Won. But later on, Young-jae fell for Ji-Eun He also has a fragile relationship with his father, who is a doctor. Young-Jae also had a sister who died as a child. Though he can be selfish, he cares deeply for his friends.
- Han Eun Jung as Kang Hye-won
Hye-won is a close family friend of Lee Young-Jae, knowing them since childhood. Working as a fashion designer, she also designs most of Young-jae’s clothes. With her rich family and attractive appearance, she is accustomed to attention from men, but has ever only loved Yoo Min-Hyuk.
- Kim Sung-soo as Yoo Min-hyuk
Min-hyuk is a ladies' man. He is smart, skillful and respected, but remains detached from most people because of his busy lifestyle. He is also close friends with Young-Jae, who confides in him his feelings for Hye-Won. Min-Hyuk is a director of a large media company. Like Hye-Won, he is attractive and used to attention from women.
- Jang Yong as Mr. Lee - Young-jae's Father
- Sun Woo Eun Sook as Ms. Kim -Young-jae's Mother
- Kim Ji-young as Young-jae's Grandmother
- Lee Young-eun as Hee Jin - Ji-eun's friend
- Kang Do-han as Lee Dong Wook - Ji-eun's friend and Hee Jin's boyfriend
- Im Ye Jin as Dae Pyo - Young-jae's manager
Full House was filmed in the Gwangyeok-si area of Incheon. Located near Incheon International Airport, the place may be reached in a ten-minute boat ride from Sammok Harbor to this quiet, seashore getaway. Unlike other filming locations in Korea, this is an actual house. Made mostly of wood, this house, which is a private-owned vacation house, cost approximately the equivalent of one million USD to be built. The beach front property looks out onto open waters, with elegant views that could be used on any postcard. Many fans of the miniseries make a pilgrimage to this now famous home. Nearby sightseeing locations include Jogak (sculpture) Park on Modo Island; a bridge connects these two islands.
The first episode was shot in Shanghai near The Bund. In later episodes some parts were filmed in Thailand.
- Full House (Instrumental)
- WHY - 운명 (Oon myung; Fate)
- Forever (Instrumental)
- Byul - I Think I Love You
- 시 (Instrumental)
- Noel - 친구란 말 (chingu ran mal)
- Why - 운명 (Full Slow Instrumental)
- Blue Hills (Instrumental)
- Why - 운명 (Slow Version) (Oon myung)
- I Think I Love You(Guitar Instrumental)
- G-soul - 늦게 핀 사랑 (Too Late) (neut geh pin sarang)
- WHY - Forever
- Why - 운명 (Semi Slow Instrumental)
- Love At The Gate (Instrumental)
- 늦게 핀 사랑 (Too Late) (Violin Instrumental)
- Amazing Love (Instrumental)
- Paradiso (Instrumental)
- Why - 운명 (Instrumental)
- Lee Bo Ram- Geu Deh Ji Geum
- Best Couple - Rain and Song Hye-kyo
- Excellence in acting - Song Hye-kyo
- Excellence in acting - Rain
- Popularity Award - Rain
- Popularity Award - Song Hye-kyo
Remake and Sequel
In 2009, it was remade into a Philippine drama also titled Full House starring Richard Gutierrez and Heart Evangelista.
There is also a Vietnamese remake called Ngôi nhà hạnh phúc which was released in 2009. The main female character was played by the Vietnamese actress Minh Hằng.
In early 2011, it was reported that Kim Jong Hahk Productions is in the process of producing season 2 of Full House. It will star different actors in the lead roles and they were in talks with Song Joong Gi, Shin Min-ah, and Big Bang’s T.O.P. Shin Min-ah confirmed that she had received an offer for the female lead but had rejected it.