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City Hall is a South Korean romantic drama set within the politics and romance of civil servants. It's story centres around Jo Gook and Shin Mi-rae who both have different ambitions but are thrust into the public eye when Shin Mi-rae becomes the youngest female mayor in office. Jo Gooks intentions as deputy mayor are questioned when he helps Mi-rae become the mayor.
Written by Kim Eun Sook, City Halls depiction of South Korean civil service was broadcast on SBS, running from April, 2009 to July of the same year. The 20 episodes that were broadcast ran 22 minutes each and showcased the music of renowned pianist and music director Noh Young Shim. Cha Seung-won, who plays Jo Gook, returned to television after 7 years and has been in over 12 films.
The plot focuses on both the politics within South Korean civil service and the romantic relationship which blossoms between Jo Gook and Shin Mi-rae. Jo Gook is a brilliant politician and considered a Renaissance Man, but his ambitions have often overshadowed the trust that people have in him. Initially using Mi-rae as a stepping stone for his own presidential ambition, Jo Gook finds that his desire for a higher position is becoming secondary to his feelings towards Shin Mi-rae. After she holds a demonstration in front of city hall, demonizing the mayors greedy actions, Mi-rae becomes nominated as a mayoral candidate and Jo Gook sees his opportunity in her.
Citys Hall ratings were the highest in TV drama among its competition and it ended up winning the 2009 SBS Drama Award. Cha Seung Won and Kim Sun Ah, who played Jo Gook and Shin Mi-rae respectively, both took away awards in Best Actor and Actress in Drama Specials.