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[2005] Cuộc đời của Rosy - My Rosy Life - Choi Jin Sil, Son Hyun-joo, Lee Tae-ran - Baeksang Art Awards 2007 Best Director, Best Actress (Choi Jin Sil)

My Rosy Life
My Rosy Life-poster.jpg
Also known as A Rosy Life 
My Life in Pink 
Rose-colored Life 
War of Roses
Genre Melodrama
Written by Moon Young-nam
Directed by Kim Jong-chang
Starring Choi Jin-sil
Son Hyun-joo
Lee Tae-ran
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Executive producer(s) Lee Deok-geon
Producer(s) Bae Kyung-soo
Location(s) Korea
Running time Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s) Pan Entertainment
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release 24 August – 10 November 2005

My Rosy Life (Hangul장밋빛 인생RRJangmitbit Insaeng) is a 2005 South Korean television drama series starring Choi Jin-silSon Hyun-joo, and Lee Tae-ran. It aired on KBS2 from August 24 to November 10, 2005 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes.

My Rosy Life was a huge hit, with average viewership ratings of 34.2%, and reaching 47% at its peak. It was the second top-rated Korean drama of 2005 (next to MBC's My Lovely Sam Soon), and was the highest rated among all the KBS dramas aired that year.

It is especially notable for the much-praised performance of lead actress Choi Jin-sil. Playing the role of a deserted wife who later discovers that she has cancerMy Rosy Life resurrected Choi's career. Widely known as "Korea's Sweetheart" in her 15-year acting career, Choi's image as the eternal girl next door was destroyed in 2004 after her acrimonious and highly publicized divorce from baseball player Cho Sung-min, and industry insiders predicted that her career was over. But Choi made a successful comeback in My Rosy Life, as she reinvented herself as a more approachable "ajumma" (the Korean term for a middle-aged married woman), gaining six kilograms for the role. The pain and suffering of Choi's character blurred the line between reality and fiction, and her performance aroused empathy from TV audiences; with My Rosy Life, she received the best reviews of her career from viewers and critics alike.

The cast received acting recognition at the year-end KBS Drama Awards, winning nine awards combined, including Top Excellence Awards for Choi Jin-sil and Kim Hae-sook, and an Excellence Award for Son Hyun-joo.

At the Baeksang Arts Awards in 2006, Choi also won Best Actress in a TV Drama, as did Kim Jong-chang for Best TV Director.


Maeng Soon-yi (Choi Jin-sil) has sacrificed everything in her life for the sake of others. She missed out on her youth because she was too busy taking care of her father (Jang Yong), who started drinking heavily after her mother abandoned them when Soon-yi was 10 years old. Soon-yi gave up on her own education so that she could earn the money to pay for her younger siblings' tuition.

Soon-yi's younger sister Young-yi (Lee Tae-ran), is now a successful career woman. She is having an affair with a married man, Lee Jung-do (Jang Dong-jik). Jung-do was Young-yi's first love, but he broke up with her for the sake of his career. While younger brother Chul-soo has settled down in the United States where he's earning his doctorate degree, completely ignoring his responsibilities at home.

Soon-yi perseveres despite the constant hardships that life throws at her. Until one day, she is jolted when Ban Sung-moon (Son Hyun-joo), her husband with whom she has two daughters, tells her that he has fallen in love with another woman and demands a divorce. Worse, she is diagnosed with stomach cancer shortly after.

Abandoned by everyone around her, all those who she has worked so hard to make happy her entire life, Soon-yi decides that it's never too late to start living the life you want, and begins to be a little selfish and find some true happiness.

When they find out about her disease, her family finally realizes what she means to them. And her husband Sung-moon also rethinks his actions and finally shows her the genuine meaning of marital love.


Contract dispute

Rival network MBC initially wouldn't allow actress Choi Jin-sil to star in KBS's My Rosy Life, claiming she was still under contract with them to act in 300 drama episodes, of which she had completed 250. Since her divorce and its ensuing scandal, MBC had not cast Choi in any dramas for one year, and Choi asked to be released from her contract, but the network refused and took legal action. They eventually reached an out-of-court settlement that enabled Choi to make the KBS drama, after which she finished the remainder of her contract by starring in the 2007 MBC drama Bad Woman, Good Woman.

Awards and nominations

2005 KBS Drama Awards

2006 Baeksang Arts Awards

My Rosy Life 2005 Classic Hit Korean Drama Review


My Rosy Life
장밋빛 인생
KBS (2005) 24 Episodes Grade: A
Melodrama, High Ratings Classic
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA


This Korean drama, My Rosy Life (2005) set not just high ratings records in Korea, topping out at an incredible 48.3%, but set a record with me personally: I started to cry within the first fifteen seconds after this drama started! I rarely ever cry in the first episodes of dramas, let alone at the beginning credits! The reasons for this were simple, "La Vie En Rose" was the title theme song, which I love, and they flashed images during the credits of the main actress' face, Choi Jin Sil (Star In My Heart, The Last Scandal), who committed suicide only three years after this historically important Korean drama aired; that combination was all it took for me to tear up immediately, sentimental soul that I am.

I can say with certainty that this actress' face is one of the most honest cinematic faces I've seen in my life. Every emotion she projected looked like she was actually feeling what the character felt, that she actually was this person. To make herself look more realistically an "Ahjumma" (older married lady) she gained weight for the role and dressed down to make herself look less like a star and more like someone's overworked, tired wife and mother, which is what this role called for. (Actually some of that DID reflect her real life, except for the fact that she was just divorced from a despicable baseball player wife-beater husband by the time she made this drama).

Above all, this drama is an in-depth examination of a marriage, its painful ups and downs, including an affair by the husband's character. It will therefore probably appeal mostly to older married people who have been through similar circumstances to the characters in the show. If you are looking for a drama with flower boy idols just starting to act then this is not your show. If you like to see mature actors strut their stuff magnificently then don't miss it! I probably cried harder and more often watching this drama than any other Korean drama ever.

I put these pictures together and then realized
afterward it looks like his hand is extended into
the next image, just too funny and sweet!

Choi Jin Sil's co-star in this unforgettable K-drama was Sun Hyun Joo, who has had a wide variety of different roles in important Korean dramas, including Sandglass, Love Letter, Three Days, and Swallow The Sun). Apparently he had spoken to her on the phone not too long before she died and he was devastated at the news of her death, attending her funeral with all respect. They have good, warm chemistry in this show, despite the fact that his character was a selfish heel through much of the beginning parts. His character was supposed to be three years younger than hers, but with even more immaturity than the years' difference would suggest. Only toward the second half of the drama to the end did his character begin to reform and mature so that we could finally start to respect him and have sympathy for him.

Impressive My Rosy Life Ratings

The cast of My Rosy Life received acting recognition at the year-end KBS Drama Awards, winning nine awards combined, including Top Excellence Awards for Choi Jin Sil as the wife character in the show, and veteran actress Kim Hae Sook as Choi Jin Sil's character's birth mother who had deserted her, and an Excellence Award for actor Sun Hyun Joo as the husband character. At the Baeksang Arts Awards in 2006, Choi also won Best Actress in a TV Drama, as did Kim Jong Chang for Best TV Director.  

The Story: Housewife and mother Maeng Sun Yi (Choi Jin Sil) takes care of her small modest home and two young daughters while her husband Ban Sung Moon (Sun Hyun Joo) is the primary wage earner at a bank yet has a secret mistress on the side, a divorced woman with no morals, Oh Mi Ja (Jo Eun Sook). The mistress puts her nasty foot down and says if he won't divorce his wife that she will leave him. He abruptly, without thinking, says "Okay, I will" but comes to regret it later. Meanwhile the sneaky, money loving Mi Ja has an older rich man interested in marrying her, which she conveniently doesn't tell her current lover.

Sun Yi is about to have her little world crash in on her. She's never had an easy life, with a birth mother who had deserted her when was a child, but her philosophy has always been to plow through everything without complaining and that only in struggles can we be truly "alive" and find "happiness". Some people today might call her a "doormat". However, be patient, Viewer, for the way we see her at the beginning of the drama is not how she will remain as her life goes on, similar to the much later K-drama Twenty Again (2015) with Choi Ji Woo, who improved her life when she discovered her husband was cheating on her.

Sun Yi had sacrificed her childhood and teenage years, which we see in flashbacks, for the sake of taking care of her father (veteran actor Jang Yong whom I've seen playing so many father type roles that his resume could fill a book with them!), who had started drinking heavily after her mother (Hae Sook Kim) abandoned the family when she was ten years old, and she had taken care of her two younger siblings as well (foreshadowing how she would also self-sacrificially care for her own two young daughters in future); her brother Chul Soo (who is never seen) had even gotten a medical degree with money she had earned to put him through school, and then when his sister's life starts to unravel he conveniently settles in America to escape his moral responsibilities to his family. But how realistic this is! In so many families it's always one child who ends up being the primary caregiver of younger siblings and parents as everyone ages.

Sun Yi's younger polished but rather spoiled sister, Maeng Young Yi (Lee Tae Ran in a beautiful performance), becomes a successful career woman due to the help of Sun Yi's earnings for her college tuition years earlier. She immorally has a physical relationship with her first love Lee Jung Do (Jang Dong Jik), who is now married to another woman Heung Jang Mi (Choi Ji Na) who used to be her friend years before.

When Sun Yi tries to admonish her sister about the affair the sister still has trouble giving up the man she loves, even though deep down she knows it's the right thing to do.

Eventually the younger sister meets a naturopathic doctor named ... Doctor (yes, that's his given name) played scrumptiously well by a very young Nam Goong Min (I Need Romance 3, Remember, Can You Hear My Heart?). His character was just so kind and good that I found myself melting every time he had a scene and wondering why ALL men couldn't be this kind. :) 

Sun Yi then gets the worst blow of all and is diagnosed with stomach cancer (probably from the stress of taking care of everybody but herself all those years!). She is truly distraught and it changes her life. She no longer wants to be anyone's battering ram and she sticks up for herself, fighting and not giving up, finally realizing how much her innate goodness and self-sacrifice toward others had been taken advantage of by her family.

What will she do about her rocky marriage? After learning about her disease, her family finally begins to understand how much she means to them, and her husband finally becomes humbled and begins to give her the love and attention she has deserved all along. However, will it make a difference in the outcome of her disease, of her life?

Beautiful Actress Choi Jin Sil as Sun Yi
(Rest In Peace, Dear Lady)

For a long time this drama has been unavailable, DVD box sets for it have long been out of print, and when found can cost up to $200 to buy! My friend happened to loan me her now OOP legal DVDs so I could watch it, since I love this actress. Enjoy, but have several boxes of tissues ready! This show is not for the faint of heart or for dreamers who don't realize how ugly life can get. This show is only for realists and the brave.




 Choi Ji
n Sil in hospital after being beaten
by her husband which resulted in a very
public divorce. Beware of the abusive ones,
ladies, they are WORTHLESS.

In 2013 her baseball player husband who had beat her
up committed suicide!
Good riddance to bad rubbish!