|In the fall and winter of
2006, Koreans were saying “Ggo ra ji ha go neun!" (look at you)
just about everywhere you went, repeating the words from the
drama “Couple of Trouble’s” by the female leading actress.
drama is a remake of 1987 Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn’s “Overboard,”
where a rich, arrogant woman meets a poor construction contractor
and falls in love, in the midst of all their quarreling.
The fast-paced yet comical drama became quite popular, consequently
turning its film locations of Namhae Island into famous tourist
Namhae, situated in the Aegean Sea, and just 5 hours
away from Seoul by car, turned into an un-island-like island
in 1973 with the construction of a bridge connecting it to the Korean
Although the drama was filmed all around Namhae
Island, its film location for the main neighborhood was
at the “German Village.” The main male character, Jang Cheol-Su’s
house still exists untouched. Furthermore, other
film locations within the German village such as the "Mulgeon
Port” set have been preserved.
Let’s now travel to “Couple
of Trouble’s” film locations on the beautiful island of Namhae.
Air Time: Sat., Sun. 9:55pm (October 14,
2006 ~ December 3, 2006) / 16 Episodes
Cast: Oh Ji-Ho,
Han Ye-Seul, Kim Sung-Min, Park Han-Byul
|Jo Anna is the successor to
a tremendous amount of inheritance and has no peers above her
here on earth or even in the heavens. Her husband, Park Billy, is not even
a person worthy of her respect. He is
a subservient fellow who always has to be aware of Jo Anna’s
moods, while a man named Jang Cheol-Su is a man with no money,
no education, and on top of that, has three kids to look after.
is a laugh-your-heart-out comical drama centered around these three
characters in “Couple of Trouble.” As Jo Anna loses her memory
due to a boat accident, Jang Cheol-Su takes the amnesia patient
in, even though she is a woman without discretion and a woman
who doesn't know how to do anything.
Introduction of the Characters]
|From the left : Male leading
actor, Jang Cheol-Su / Female leading actress, Jo Anna / Female
leading husband, Park Billy / Male leading ex-girlfriend, Oh
Jang Cheol-Su / Played
by Oh Zio
A small-scale private
building contractor president who is willing to do any
type of work for money, since the small size of the
village doesn’t bring in much business. For money,
he wakes up in the middle of a deep night’s sleep,
and if any financial loss is a part of his responsibility,
he will take revenge at any cost.
He is a shameless
person who has a good-natured side as well. He takes
loving care of three nephews that his older brother
Jo Anna / Played by
inheritance successor, whose arrogance is so overbearing,
that it even seems cute at times. She is a tough woman
to tough people as well as to the weak. She says everything
that is on her mind, whether appropriate or not, and
for that reason, she is called a witch.
Park Billy / Played by
servile elite husband of Jo Anna.
He makes a big
mistake since his delicate heart is broken while tending
to his harsh wife.
Oh Yu-Gyeong / Played
by Park Han-Byul
Jang Cheol-Su who is penniless, but isn’t able to shake
her lingering attachment to him. Although she appears
to be a fragile woman who can be swept away by the wind,
she is a cunning fox who conjures every means to win
Jang Cheol-Su back.
|• The German Village
summerhouse where the main female's husband
spied on her
street the main female used regularly
|The leading male,
Jang Cheol-Su’s house was originally built by a German-Korean
for him to live there by himself, not for a film set.
Presently, all of the film props have been removed and
only the house itself is left. The summerhouse that
Jo Anna’s husband used to spy on the main couple is
located right in front of Jang Cheol-Su’s house.
The house is found following the sloping street up from
the ocean, towards the mountain in the middle of the
village to the right. The street itself made a number
of appearances in the drama as well.
of Mulgeon Port from the German village
|The village was built
for Koreans who immigrated to Germany in the 1960’s
for employment. The village buildings themselves are
designed in a German style, and even the materials used
to construct the houses were imported from Germany.
The village is full of people using them as lodges during
the weekends, so you will need to make reservations
in advance if you would like to stay for the weekend.
Staying over during the week will need no reservations
since it is not busy. Bonn House (+82-55-867-0759) /
Berlin House (+82-55-867-5768)
|• Mulgeon Port
|The small port of
interest that lies in front of the German village is
a fishing settlement called Mulgeon Port. If you follow
the seacoast, a 1,500m by 30m road will open up leading
to a popular grove called Mulgeon Bangjo Eoburim. The
grove grew after villagers planted and cultivated it
over 300 years ago in order to attract schools of fish,
while avoiding the sea winds and tidal waves. This natural
monumental grove and the areas of the tide embankment
that separate the seas were the playgrounds of the female
The props that were set up around
Mulgeon Port look much like real structures. Most people
will not be able to tell the difference unless they
tap on them. There are no plans to remove these props
as of yet, and so far they are to be preserved. After passing
the set props, you will come across the leading male
character’s business office. Although the building
itself remains the same, the sign has changed, and is
now a fishing supplies specialty store.
male actor’s business office
female actress’ playground
set of the drama located at Mulgeon Port
• Hilton Namhae
|Jo Anna ’s husband,
who manages a real estate and resort company, is often
shown in the drama, daydreaming in his bedroom or playing
golf by the beach. That is the high-class recreational
resort, Hilton Namhae Golf Resort. The irony is that
the leading female actress visits the resort’s spa
with the rural women of the village in shabby clothing.
The larger rooms of the resort are from 35 to 78 pyeongs
(115~257 sq meters) in size, and a one-night stay for
two is from 505,000 won to 965,000 won. Spa admission
is 19,800 won.
Resort Golf Course
• Yeomhae Lighthouse
and Songjeong Beach
|The scene where
the two main characters find pottery while painting
the lighthouse and light a bonfire was filmed at
Yeomhae Lighthouse and Songjeong Beach. Although
it seems like it was all shot in one location in
the drama, it was actually shot in several locations
and then edited. If the tides come in, Yeomhae Lighthouse
looks like an island, when the tides go out, it
becomes a shore again.
• Namhae Sports
|This isn’t a
place where much filming took place nor is it a
great tourist site. This is because the inside film
set was located within a sports park’s baseball
stadium. Currently, even that doesn’t remain. This place isn’t used as a sports facility
either. This is a place where professional soccer
teams, professional baseball teams, or school teams
come to practice.
There are currently five types
of all-season surface grounds including an imitation
grass surface, a baseball field, a soccer field,
tennis courts, an indoor swimming pool, and a medical
center. Also the Namhae
Sports Park Hotel is located here (+82-55-862-8811
/ English). It is recommended to use this hotel
during your vacation time here.
|• Namhae Town’s Traditional
Marketplace and Namhae County Office
|Namhae Town where
the Namhae County Office and the Namhae Bus Terminal
are located is the center of Namhae. This is the
most densely populated area, recorded as having
14,236 residents as of 2003. That is why this is
the location of Namhae county’s only marketplace.
Namhae’s traditional marketplace was the film location
for the leading female actress’ shopping scenes
and the filming also took place around the Namhae
County Office. Being such a small area,
going for a walk around the town usually takes less
than one hour.
|• Hangdo Port’s
Supermarket of Hangdo Port is the place Gang-Ja
(Jo Anna’s female friend, the crazy girl) frequently
visited. This is actually a supermarket in real
life, and its original name, Hangdo Super, was used
as is, in the drama and is still currently the town's
The small-scale supermarket has
a favorable environment since the people are very
friendly and endearing. There is also a small sign
attached to the side of the supermarket saying that
it was the film location for “Couple of Trouble"
Click to see Directions to Namhae Island and Further
Information on Namhae’s Tourist Sites
* The pictures above are provided by MBC.