The Devil (TV series)
Promotional poster for The Devil
|Also known as||Mawang
|Written by||Kim Ji-woo|
|Directed by||Park Chan-hong|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||Lee Deok-geon|
|Running time||70 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Production company(s)||Olive 9|
|Original channel||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original run||21 March 2007– 24 May 2007|
|Preceded by||Dal-ja's Spring|
|Followed by||Several Questions That Make Us Happy|
The Devil (Hangul: 마왕; hanja: 魔王; RR: Mawang) is a 2007 South Korean television series starring Uhm Tae-woong, Joo Ji-hoon, and Shin Min-a. It aired on KBS2 from March 21 to May 24, 2007 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
A string of murders brings together a conflicted detective, a psychic librarian, and a mysterious lawyer with dubious motives. Detective Kang Oh-soo (Uhm Tae-woong) is assigned to two seemingly unrelated murder cases, where the only clues left behind are tarot cards, with the first card meaning "judgment." This leads him to Seo Hae-in (Shin Min-a), a quiet librarian who has the uncanny ability to make a psychic connection to an object to discover its history. She reveals to him that the victims were connected to the death of a high school boy years ago. The one common link between the suspects is their defense attorney, Oh Seung-ha (Joo Ji-hoon), a young lawyer who is seemingly kind and altruistic. Hae-in and Seung-ha later fall in love, though Oh-soo also has feelings for her.
As the culprit continues to leave clues, more lives are ruined and the body count rises. Oh-soo races to uncover the truth, but he is also haunted by the sins of his past which he has been trying to atone for. An incident in his youth 12 years ago has snowballed into a larger tragedy, and the two men involved are destined to face each other again, unsure who is good and who is evil.
Cast and characters
- A detective who works in the violent crimes division. He is energetic, brave, relentless in his duties, and a straight talker. Oh-soo comes from a rich family and is the second son of a famous politician. During his middle school and high school years, he was considered a troublemaker. However, after his friend's death from a stabbing, he turned away from his dark past.
- A public defender. Known for his kindness, Seung-ha frequently volunteers at a soup kitchen, and always listens intently to his client's problems and suggests solutions. 12 years ago, his life changed after the death of his older brother, followed shortly by his mother's death due to shock and grief. He disappeared after graduating from middle school, and resurfaces as a lawyer. While hiding his real identity, he meticulously prepares for revenge.
- Shin Min-a as Seo Hae-in
- A librarian who possesses an ability for psychometry and is knowledgeable about tarot cards. Bright and optimistic, she lives with her widowed mother, who is deaf and mute. Hae-in learned about her supernatural ability when she was 12 years old.
- Kang Oh-soo's family
- Jung Dong-hwan as Kang Dong-hyun, Oh-soo's father
- Choi Deok-moon as Kang Hee-soo, Oh-soo's older brother
- Yoon Hye-kyung as Choi Na-hee, Hee-soo's wife
- Kang Oh-soo's friends
- Kim Young-jae as Na Seok-jin, Hee-soo's assistant and Na-hee's lover
- Han Jung-soo as Yoon Dae-shik, private money lender
- Oh Yong as Kim Soon-ki, ex-prison inmate
- Police detectives
- Ju Jin-mo as Ban Chang-ho, chief detective
- Park Gri-na as Lee Min-jae
- Kim Young Joon as Shin Jae-min
- Supporting cast
- Jo Jae-wan as Kim Young-chul
- Lee Bo-hee as Yeo Soon-ok, Hae-in's mother
- Lee Eun as Gong Joo-hee, Hae-in's best friend
- Kim Gyu-chul as Cha Gwang-doo, lawyer and former detective
- Im Seung-dae as Hwang Soo-geon
- Park Kwang-jung as Mo In-ho
- Yoo Yeon-soo as Jo Dong-seob
- Kim Kyung-ik as Sung Joon-pyo, reporter
- Extended cast
- Seo Jun-young as young Oh-soo
- Ko Joo-yeon as young Hae-in
- Lee Min-hee as lost girl
- Lee Do-ryun as Gwan Hyun-tae
- Jeon Ye-seo as Oh Seung-hee, Seung-ha's sister
- Park Chul-ho as Jung Tae-hoon, Tae-seung's older brother
- Choi Jae-hwan
- Lee Sung-min as Hwang Dae-pil
- Kwak Jung-wook as young Tae-seung
- Kim Min-kyu
- Oh Hyun-chul
- Park Young-seo as the real Oh Seung-ha
Source: TNS Media Korea
International broadcast and Remake
The Devil became very popular in Japan when it aired on cable channel So-net in October 2007. This led to the production of a Japanese remake in 2008 titled Maō, starring Satoshi Ohno, Toma Ikuta, and Ryoko Kobayashi.
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