A Man Called God

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A Man Called God
Man Called God-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for A Man Called God
Also known as The Man Almighty
Genre Action, Romance
Written by Lee Hong-gu
Directed by Lee Hyung-sun
Starring Song Il-gook
Han Chae-young
Kim Min-jong
Han Go-eun
Yoo In-young
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Production
Location(s) Korea, Hawaii
Running time 60 minutes on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 (KST)
Broadcast
Original channel Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original run 6 March 2010 (2010-03-06)  – 23 May 2010 (2010-05-23)
Chronology
Preceded by Doenjang-gun and Natto-jjang's Marriage War
Followed by Kim Su-ro, The Iron King
External links
Website

A Man Called God (Hangul: 신이라 불리운 사나이; RR: Shinira Beulriwun Sanai; also known as The Man Almighty) is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Song Il-gook, Han Chae-young, Kim Min-jong, Han Go-eun and Yoo In-young. It aired on MBC from March 6 to May 23, 2010 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:45 for 24 episodes.

The ₩10 billion-budget action-romance series is based on the 1999 comic book of the same title by manhwa writer Park Bong-seong.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

Choi Kang-ta is a super agent with a feared reputation who gains powers similar to a god. As a child, he lost his parents and was adopted by an American couple. After becoming an adult, he returns to Korea to exact revenge on the murderer of his father. He learns that there were four people responsible for his father's death. In the midst of carrying out his plans, his partner Vivian betrays him, putting his life in danger. He is nursed back to health by Bo-bae, a reporter he met by chance, and as he falls in love with her, his beliefs are shaken. After recovering from his wounds, he settles down in a slum neighborhood where he befriends the poor residents. For the first time in his life, he is surrounded by warmth and love in his new home, and finds peace within himself. But Hwang Woo-hyun, a high-ranking official at the Korean Central Intelligence Agency and heir to the Hwanglim Group empire, becomes enraged with jealousy that Choi Kang-ta stole Bo-bae away from him and decides to have him eliminated.[3][4]

Cast[edit]

  • Song Il-gook as Michael King / Choi Kang-ta
    • Nam Da-reum as young Kang-ta
  • Han Chae-young as Jin Bo-bae[5]
  • Kim Min-jong as Hwang Woo-hyun
  • Han Go-eun as Vivian Castle
  • Yoo In-young as Jang-mi
  • Jo Jin-woong as Jang-ho
  • Chu Ja-hyun as Seo Mi-soo
  • Jung Han-yong as Jang Yong
  • Lee Jae-yong as Hwang Dal-soo
  • Jung Dong-hwan as Lee Hyeong-seob
  • Kim Yong-gun as Kang Tae-ho
  • Lee Won-jong as Park Hong-choon
  • Shin Beom-do as Dennis
  • Lee Bo-hee as Han Soo-ra
  • Kim Min-ji as Hye-jung
  • Baek Il-seob as Hye-jung's grandfather
  • Maeng Sang-hoon as Seo Tae-jin
  • Kim Myung-gook
  • Lee Jung-hoon as Choi Hae-ryong, Kang-ta's father
  • Lee Jae-yoon as Park Chul
  • Yoon Gi-won as Director Kim Ji-won
  • Kim Hyo-jin as police woman
  • Samuel Kang as NIS agent
  • Lee Seung-hyung
  • Shin Seung-hwan
  • Jung Dong-jin
  • Lee Won-seok
  • Yoon Beom
  • Jung Eun-woo
  • Lee Eun-bin

Ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2010-03-06 1 16.3% (6th) 16.6% (6th)
2010-03-07 2 15.0% (6th) 16.1% (6th)
2010-03-13 3 13.1% (8th) 14.3% (6th)
2010-03-14 4 11.9% (8th) 12.4% (7th)
2010-03-20 5 15.7% (5th) 16.5% (5th)
2010-03-21 6 13.5% (7th) 13.7% (6th)
2010-03-27 7 15.1% (6th) 16.5% (5th)
2010-03-28 8 14.5% (8th) 15.2% (8th)
2010-04-03 9 12.6% (7th) 12.6% (6th)
2010-04-04 10 14.1% (7th) 15.2% (6th)
2010-04-10 11 14.3% (6th) 14.6% (5th)
2010-04-11 12 13.9% (7th) 14.3% (7th)
2010-04-17 13 13.7% (4th) 14.3% (4th)
2010-04-18 14 15.2% (5th) 15.7% (4th)
2010-04-24 15 14.3% (6th) 14.9% (6th)
2010-04-25 16 16.4% (4th) 17.1% (4th)
2010-05-01 17 14.4% (4th) 15.1% (4th)
2010-05-02 18 15.2% (5th) 15.7% (5th)
2010-05-08 19 14.4% (4th) 14.8% (8th)
2010-05-09 20 15.6% (6th) 16.1% (6th)
2010-05-15 21 12.5% (4th) 12.9% (4th)
2010-05-16 22 15.2% (6th) 15.5% (6th)
2010-05-22 23 13.9% (7th) 13.6% (7th)
2010-05-23 24 17.0% (5th) 17.6% (5th)
average 14.5% 15.1%

Source: TNS Media Korea

Dokdo controversy[edit]

Originally set to premiere on August 21, 2012 on BS Nippon, the airing of A Man Called God was indefinitely delayed after the broadcaster feared public backlash, amid diplomatic tension and rising anti-Korean sentiment in Japan against Hallyu celebrities regarding the Korea-Japan territorial dispute over the Dokdo Islets/Takeshima. Lead actor Song Il-gook had participated in a 220-kilometer patriotic relay swim to the Dokdo Islets on August 15 to commemorate South Korea's Liberation Day, which marks the end of Japan's colonial rule in 1945.[6][7][8][9][10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (2 March 2010). "Two Heroes to Captivate Drama Fans". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  2. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (26 February 2010). "PREVIEW: MBC TV series The Man Called God". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  3. ^ "The Man Almighty - Synopsis of Episodes 1-24". MBC Global Media. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  4. ^ Kim, Kyo-suk (9 March 2010). "REVIEW: The Man Called God - First episode". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  5. ^ Han, Sang-hee (8 February 2010). "Top Actresses Heading Toward Small Screen". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  6. ^ "Japan TV pulls Korean drama over Dokdo spat". The Korea Herald. 15 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  7. ^ "Korea-Japan Tension Spills Over into Entertainment, Sport". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 August 2012. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  8. ^ Kim, Tong-hyung (17 August 2012). "Dokdo dispute spreads to economy". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  9. ^ Sunwoo, Carla (18 August 2012). "Song's dramas postponed in Japan". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  10. ^ Lee, Jin-yeong (27 August 2012). "The Dokdo dilemma for Korean stars". The Dong-a Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 
  11. ^ Chung, Ah-young (17 March 2013). "Japan's nationalism targets hallyu stars". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-07-11. 

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