All In (TV series)
|Written by||Choi Wan-kyu|
|Directed by||Yoo Chul-yong
|Opening theme||"Just Like the First Day" by Park Yong-ha|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Running time||60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Original channel||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original run||January 15, 2003– April 3, 2003|
|Preceded by||Shoot for the Stars|
|Followed by||Land of Wine|
|Related shows||Swallow the Sun|
All In (Hangul: 올인) is a 2003 South Korean television drama series that aired on SBS from January 15 to April 3, 2003 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 24 episodes. Inspired by the life of professional poker player Jimmy Cha, it starred Lee Byung-hun and Song Hye-kyo in a story about one's man's rise through the fiercely competitive world of casino gambling as he clashes with his rivals over money, success, and love.
The drama was a ratings success in South Korea, with its final episode reaching a peak viewership rating of 47.7%, which is the 42nd highest-rated Korean drama episode of all time. It also won several awards, notably the Grand Prize ("Daesang") for Lee Byung-hun at the 2003 SBS Drama Awards.
Orphaned then taken in by his gambler uncle, Kim In-ha (Jin Goo) often hangs out with his friends in the basement of a movie theater. He unexpectedly befriends Choi Jung-won, a model student and the rich son of the theater owner. In-ha and Jung-won both fall for Min Su-yeon (Han Ji-min), the daughter of the projectionist at the theater.
When Su-yeon's father dies because he owed money to some loan sharks and gangsters, In-ha and Jung-won hatch a plan to avenge Su-yeon by setting fire to a gangster's hideout. But the fire spreads, accidentally killing the gang leader. In-ha is sentenced to seven years, while thanks to his family connections, Jung-won avoids jail time. As In-ha serves his sentence, Jung-won goes to the United States to study and Su-yeon decides to become a nun.
Seven years pass, and by pure chance, the three all end up working at the same casino. In-ha (Lee Byung-hun) and Su-yeon (Song Hye-kyo) fall in love, but are later separated when In-ha is forced to illegally immigrate to the U.S. He finds a job as a mafia hitman, and by a stroke of luck, again meets Su-yeon, and the two plan to get married. However, on their supposed wedding day, In-ha suffers a near-fatal gunshot wound and becomes comatose for 8 months. Unaware that In-ha is alive, the grieving Su-yeon returns to Korea.
In-ha eventually recovers, but Jung-won (Ji Sung) intervenes, saying that he is unworthy to love Su-yeon. In-ha decides to turn his life of misery around and becomes a professional gambler. He meets a business partner, and betting everything he has, returns to Korea to win back Su-yeon's love.
- Lee Byung-hun as Kim In-ha
- Jin Goo as young In-ha
- Song Hye-kyo as Min Su-yeon/Sister Angela
- Han Ji-min as young Su-yeon
- Ji Sung as Choi Jung-won
- as young Jung-won
- Park Sol-mi as Seo Jin-hee
- Shin Ah as young Jin-hee
- Lee Deok-hwa as Choi Do-hwan, Jung-won's father
- Sunwoo Eun-sook as Yoon Hye-sun, In-ha's biological mother
- Im Hyun-shik as Kim Chi-soo, In-ha's uncle
- Park Won-sook as Jang Hyun-ja
- Jo Kyung-hwan as Chairman Seo Seung-don, Jin-hee's father
- Kim Tae-yeon as Jenny
- Heo Joon-ho as Yoo Jong-gu, In-ha's friend from prison
- Choi Jung-won as Yoo Jung-ae, Hyun-ja's daughter
- Choi Joon-yong as Park Tae-joon, In-ha's hometown friend who became a detective
- Yoon Gi-won as Woo Yong-tae, In-ha's hometown friend who became a waiter
- Baek Seung-hyun as Yang Shi-bong, In-ha's hometown friend who is crippled
- Jung Yoo-seok as Im Dae-soo ("Shorty")
- Jung Ho-bin as Jung Joon-il
- Park Jung-woo as Jjagoo
- Im Dae-ho as Chun Sang-gu
- Yoon Seo-hyun as Man-soo
- Hong Yeo-jin as bar hostess
- Jo Yeon-woo as yakuza
- Kim Byung-se as Michael Jang
- Yuko Fueki as Rie Ochida
- Kim Hee-jung as office clerk
- Park Sang-myun as Im Dae-chi, gang boss
- Kim Ha-kyun as Director Son
- Choi Ran as Manager Jang Mi-ran
- Park Joon-hee as Jo Jung-min
- Gi Ju-bong
- Kim Dong-hyun
- Seo Ji-hye
- Won Deok-hyun
- Lee Ji-soo
- Son Jung-min
- Baek Hyun-sook
- Song Chae-hwan
- Park Joo-mi
- Kwon Oh-min
- Seo Bum-shik
- 2003 39th Baeksang Arts Awards
- Grand Prize (Daesang) for TV - All In
- Best Actor for TV - Lee Byung-hun
- 2003 SBS Drama Awards
- Grand Prize (Daesang) - Lee Byung-hun
- Top Excellence Award, Actress - Song Hye-kyo
- Top 10 Stars - Lee Byung-hun, Song Hye-kyo
The series aired in Japan on terrestrial channel NHK once a week starting April 2004. According to a poll conducted by TV Asahi variety show SMAP Station in May 2007, All In ranked as the seventh most popular Korean drama in Japan.
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