Phoenix 2020 depicts what happens when a rich woman and a poor man marry only with love and then divorce after the economic situation reverses. As a 16-year remake of the topical work with the same name, which aired in 2004, it stimulates viewers nostalgia before the broadcast, drawing attention to the return of a new masterpiece.
- Drama: Phoenix 2020 (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Bulsae 2020
- Hangul: 불새 2020
- Director: Lee Hyeon-Jik
- Writer: Lee Yoo-Jin
- Network: SBS
- Episodes: 120
- Release Date: October 26, 2020 – April, 2021
- Runtime: Monday – Friday 08:40-09:10
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Ji-Eun (Hong Soo-A) is the daughter of a wealthy chaebol family. She is bright, humorous, beautiful and smart. Ji-Eun meets Se-Hoon (Lee Jae-Woo), who runs a small furniture workshop. Unlike Ji-Eun, Se-Hoon comes from a poor family background. He was once the top student at a prestigious university, but he had to drop out due to his sick mother.
Nevertheless, Ji-Eun falls deeply in love with Se-Hoon. She confesses her feelings to him. Se-Hoon is also in love with Ji-Eun, but he turns her down due to the extreme differences in their backgrounds. Eventually, Se-Hoon is unable to bury his feelings any longer and they decide to marry. Ji-Eun’s father constantly interferes in their marriage and Se-Hoon becomes tired of his father-in-law’s meddling. Making things worse, Ji-Eun experiences a miscarriage. She leaves Se-Hoon shortly afterwards.
10 years later, their lives have changed drastically. Ji-Eun works as a housemaid and she struggles to support her family. She is also burdened by the debt left behind by her late father. Meanwhile, Se-Hoon as William Jang runs the successful U.S. cosmetic company Cosmetic Cherokee. He returns to South Korea.
- Phoenix 2020 Torrent Files takes over SBS’ weekday 08:40 time slot previously occupied by “Mom Has an Affair” and followed by “Amor Fati” on April 12, 2021.