Man from the Equator
|Man from the Equator|
Promotional poster for Man from the Equator
|Also known as||The Equator Man|
|Written by||Kim In-young|
|Directed by||Kim Yong-soo
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Running time||60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
|Original channel||Korean Broadcasting System|
|Original run||21 March 2012– 24 May 2012|
|Preceded by||Just an Ordinary Love Story|
|Followed by||Bridal Mask|
|Revised Romanization||Jeokdo-ui Namja|
Man from the Equator (Hangul: 적도의 남자; hanja: 赤道의 男子; RR: Jeogdoui Namja; also known as The Equator Man) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Uhm Tae-woong, Lee Joon-hyuk, Lee Bo-young and Im Jung-eun. A tense, emotionally charged tale of brotherhood and betrayal, it follows two best friends with a tragic, twisted history that follows them from youth to adulthood. It aired on KBS2 from March 21 to May 24, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
After premiering in last place among its more high-profile competitors The King 2 Hearts and Rooftop Prince, the viewership ratings for Man from the Equator steadily climbed due in large part to Uhm Tae-woong's praise-worthy acting and the well-combined plot of romance, fate, revenge and success. Out of a total of 20 episodes, 16 rated number one in its timeslot.
One the driven top student and the other a happy-go-lucky troublemaker, Jang-il (Siwan) and Sun-woo (Lee Hyun-woo) become unlikely buddies in high school, both poor but proud in their own ways. Their fathers both have ties to a powerful businessman who orders Jang-il's father to kill Sun-woo's father. One desperate crime begets another, and the boys' friendship derails in a shocking betrayal. The attack leaves Sun-woo blind and in a coma. Thirteen years later, their fates will come to a head when they meet again as adults. Jang-il (Lee Joon-hyuk) has become a prosecutor haunted by his past, while Sun-woo (Uhm Tae-woong), the young CEO of investment trust company Royal Tree, is plotting his revenge. Their fates are intertwined with the women they love—Ji-won (Lee Bo-young), a volunteer reader for visually impaired people who now works as a VIP party planner at a five-star hotel, and Soo-mi (Im Jung-eun), a hyper-realism painter. As Jang-il and Sun-woo vow to destroy each other, the truth unravels in a harrowing cycle of deception and revenge as the crimes and secrets of yesteryear come to light.
- Formerly a problem child with a penchant for getting into fist fights, Sun-woo discovers his new-found passion for learning after he befriends top student Jang-il. One day, Kyung-pil, whom he looked up to as a father, dies mysteriously. While trying to discover the truth behind his death, Sun-woo gets into a fatal accident. Years later, he establishes himself as a successful businessman. His new goal now is to solve the mystery behind Kyung-pil’s death while coming face to face with his former childhood best friend and nemesis, Jang-il.
- Jang-il is from a poor family and grew up in the countryside. From a young age, he excelled in his academic studies, dreaming of one day making it in the real world. His efforts pay off and he becomes a celebrated public prosecutor. Jang-il's greed and ambition for fame and fortune makes him betray his childhood best friend Sun-woo and he must now live with his dark and lonely secret.
- Lee Bo-young as Han Ji-won
- Kyung Soo-jin as young Ji-won
- Im Jung-eun as Choi Soo-mi
- Park Se-young as young Soo-mi
- Kim Yeong-cheol as Jin No-shik
- Sun-woo's biological father
- Lee Won-jong as Lee Yong-bae
- Lee Jae-yong as Choi Kwang-chun
- Lee Dae-yeon as Kim Kyung-pil
- Sun-woo's adoptive father, a timid but kind man.
- Cha Hwa-yeon as Ma Hee-jung
- Lee Seung-hyeong as No-shik's secretary Cha
- Jeong Ho-bin as Moon Tae-joo
- Kim Soo-hyun as Mr. Koon
- Kang Ji-seob as Prosecutor Choi Yoon-suk
- Kim Hye-eun as Park Yoon-joo
- Park Hyo-jun as Geumjool
- Lee Chan-ho as teenaged Geumjool
|Episode #||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|TNmS Ratings||AGB Nielsen|
|Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area||Nationwide||Seoul National Capital Area|
|1||21 March 2012||7.9%||8.7%||7.7%||8.0%|
|2||22 March 2012||8.1%||9.1%||8.1%||8.2%|
|3||28 March 2012||8.7%||9.0%||8.1%||8.2%|
|4||29 March 2012||8.9%||9.5%||8.5%||8.9%|
|5||4 April 2012||11.4%||12.6%||10.2%||10.7%|
|6||5 April 2012||9.6%||11.1%||10.2%||10.5%|
|7||11 April 2012||13.1%||15.8%||14.3%||15.4%|
|8||12 April 2012||11.7%||13.4%||10.8%||11.2%|
|9||18 April 2012||12.1%||13.4%||12.0%||12.6%|
|10||19 April 2012||13.3%||14.7%||13.1%||13.9%|
|11||25 April 2012||15.6%||16.7%||15.0%||15.7%|
|12||26 April 2012||13.6%||15.7%||15.2%||16.1%|
|13||2 May 2012||13.4%||15.0%||14.7%||15.3%|
|14||3 May 2012||13.1%||14.6%||13.9%||14.9%|
|15||9 May 2012||12.5%||15.5%||14.6%||16.0%|
|16||10 May 2012||12.9%||14.5%||14.2%||15.5%|
|17||16 May 2012||13.5%||15.4%||15.1%||15.3%|
|18||17 May 2012||13.6%||16.4%||14.2%||14.9%|
|19||23 May 2012||12.8%||14.8%||14.3%||15.5%|
|20||24 May 2012||13.8%||16.3%||14.1%||15.1%|
Awards and nominations
|2012||KBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Uhm Tae-woong||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Lee Bo-young||Nominated|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama||Uhm Tae-woong||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama||Lee Bo-young||Won|
|Actor of the Year
(awarded by PDs from all three broadcasters)
|Best New Actor||Lee Hyun-woo||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Park Se-young||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||Lee Jae-yong||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Cha Hwa-yeon||Nominated|
|2013||Baeksang Arts Awards||Best TV Actor||Uhm Tae-woong||Nominated|
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