City Hall

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  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 7.7  (193)

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.

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Episode 20
20. Episode 20
November 18, 2009
Mayor Shin Mi Rae reluctantly signed paperwork that would allow The Dae Han Group to build toxic waste recycling plants within the city. Mi Rae gave up her seat prior to signing the documents. This gave Jo Gook enough time to get hard evidence on The Dae Han Group. Jo Gook was also able to get legislation passed that aims at preventing toxic recycling plants from being established in Korea. Mi Rae
Episode 19
19. Episode 19
November 18, 2009
Mi Rae refuses to sign the MOU contract, stopping the negotiations. The behind-the-scenes drama begins to become apparent to the other members of the city council and Go Hae's group. Mi Rae takes her anger out on Jo Gook, forcing a confrontation. Double-agent Jo Gook arranges to fix the contract.
Episode 18
18. Episode 18
November 18, 2009
Jo Gook returns the contract that gave him rights over Mi Rae's body. Both Mi Rae and Jo Gook have regrets, but fail to communicate. Negotiations continue, and the Dan Hae Group has the upper hand, despite Jo Gook's attempts to stop the deal.
Episode 17
17. Episode 17
November 18, 2009
Shin Mi Rae is questioned at the police station. Realizing the error, the city council arranges for Mi Rae's release. Jung Do accuses Joo Hwa of the scheme. The next day, Mi Rae finally meets with Go Hae, who accuses her of coming between her and Jo Gook.
Episode 16
16. Episode 16
November 18, 2009
Tired of the way things are going at City Hall, Mi Rae tries to reason with Joo Hwa. Something unexpected happens to Mi Rae at the end of her day.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
November 18, 2009
BB brings together Mi Rae and Jo Gook to say things that neither wants to hear. Revenge is in the air for several people as they want others to pay.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
November 18, 2009
Jo Gook shows affection for Mi Rae and both decide they have feelings for each other. Jung Do knows that he can no longer be with Joo Hwa after what she has done to Mi Rae.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
November 18, 2009
Mi Rae's charity work leads her to a tense meeting with Jo Gook's mother. At City Hall, all of the staffers and ministers are united against Mi Rae's stated intentions of holding off the relocation, but Jo Gook comes to take her away on an elegant first date.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
November 18, 2009
Mi Rae has trouble with those working at City Hall who do not take her seriously. Officials make problems for Mi Rae by writing letters that state their intention to leave.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
November 18, 2009
At a gathering, Mi Rae receives a poor response to what has been written for her but an attempt to try something else produces the same results. Mi Rae wins and encounters problems concerning Jo Gook.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
November 18, 2009
The mysterious donor turns out to be someone close to Jo Gook but Mi Rae does not take the offer of help. Mi Rae finds an interesting way to get what she needs but a problem with goons arise.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
November 18, 2009
Mi Rae thinks it would be a good idea to run for elected office in Inju. To raise the necessary funds for the campaign, Jo Gook sets up a conversation between Mi Rae and a mysterious donor.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
November 18, 2009
Jo Gook invites Mi Rae on a trip and takes care of some issues at City Hall. With the elections coming up, people feel Mi Rae should run but Joo Hwa wants to get her out of the way.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
November 18, 2009
Jo Gook and Jung Do help Mi Rae in her demonstration against City Hall. The officials at City Hall see the end coming as Mi Rae’s events have more attendees.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
November 18, 2009
Mi Rae is in trouble at work because of something she did. A demonstration started by Mi Rae features the goal of bringing to light events caused by Joo Hwa and lasts several days.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
November 18, 2009
Jung Do informs Mi Rae that she will be implicated in the illegal dealings if she tries to say anything. Jo Gook gets information together to put a halt to the illegal dealings at City Hall.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
November 18, 2009
With the pageant going forward, Shin Mi Rae continues attempts to win it. Gossip concerning Jo Gook and Mi Rae spreads but Mi Rae hopes those close to her do not find out the truth.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
November 18, 2009
Mi Rae feels upset about the way others in the pageant treat her and she presents the wrong impression concerning a situation. Elements of Jo Gook's life will surprise the people who know him.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
November 18, 2009
BB and a city official want Jo Gook to rise in political power. Jo Gook is unhappy about being stuck in Inju and feels that he must do something more substantial.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
November 18, 2009
Shin Mi Rae makes the choice to withhold her vote but other politicians try to change her mind. Officials come up with a plan to illegally get money from the town.
Description

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.

  • Premiere Date
    November 18, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    7.7  (193)