Piano (TV series)
|Written by||Kim Kyu-wan
|Directed by||Oh Jong-rok|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Running time||Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Original channel||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Original run||21 November 2001– 10 January 2002|
|Followed by||We Are Dating Now|
Piano (Hangul: 피아노) is a 2001 South Korean television series starring Cho Jae-hyun, Go Soo, Kim Ha-neul and Jo In-sung. It aired on SBS from November 21, 2001 to January 10, 2002 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 16 episodes.
A melodrama about a father's love for his children and a forbidden romance between stepsiblings, Piano received high ratings during its airing, as well as acting recognition at the year-end network awards ceremony.
Han Eok-kwan (Cho Jae-hyun) is a ruthless, foul-mouthed small-time gangster in Busan. When fellow gangster Dok-sa (Lee Jae-yong) betrays their boss Byun Hak-soo (Im Dong-jin) to take his place as the new boss, Eok-kwan is exiled from the gang. Then a former lover contacts him to meet her in Seoul, but once he gets there, all he finds is a 10-year-old boy named Jae-soo, who claims to be his son. At first he plans to abandon the boy, but unable to do it, ends up raising him.
Shin Hye-rim (Jo Min-su) is a widow with two children, 12-year-old daughter Soo-ah and 10-year-old son Kyung-ho. After her husband, a district attorney, dies, she leaves Seoul with her children and moves to Busan, where she opens a piano school. Eok-kwan falls head over heels in love with the piano teacher, and they later marry.
Shortly after, Hye-rim dies in a boating accident. Soo-ah and Kyung-ho, who've always resented their new stepfather, blame him for her death and try to leave the family home, but Eok-kwan begs them to stay. Transformed into a loving and hardworking father, he raises the three children to the best of his abilities.
A few years pass, and all three children are now young adults. Unbeknownst to Eok-kwan, his biological son Jae-soo (Go Soo) and stepdaughter Soo-ah (Kim Ha-neul) are deeply in love with each other. Though not related by blood, they know that a romantic relationship between them would be taboo, so they suppress their feelings. After Kyung-ho kills a man attempting to rape Soo-ah, Jae-soo takes the rap and goes to prison in his place, with his spotless record ensuring a short sentence. Kyung-ho escapes to Seoul.
When Jae-soo is released from prison after several years, he studies to become a doctor. Soo-ah meanwhile works at a record shop. Kyung-ho, still a rebellious and angry young man, returns to Busan and becomes involved in the city's criminal underworld.
- Cho Jae-hyun as Han Eok-kwan
- Go Soo as Han Jae-soo
- Kim Ha-neul as Lee Soo-ah
- Jo In-sung as Lee Kyung-ho
- Jo Min-su as Shin Hye-rim
- Jo Hyung-ki as Si-sook
- Jung Da-hye as Han Joo-hee
- Kim Young-chan as Jae-min
- Lee Jae-yong as Dok-sa
- Jung Sung-hwan as Young-tak
- Kim Ha-kyun as Deputy section chief Oh
- Im Dong-jin as Byun Hak-soo
- Yang Geum-suk as Kim In-soon
- Hwang In-young as Nurse Woo
- Song Jae-ho as Dr. Woo
- Baek Seung-hyun as Kyung-ho's friend
- Im Dae-ho as bakery employee
- Jo Sang-ki as bakery employee
- Kim Hak-joon as young Jae-soo
- Kang Bo-kyung as young Soo-ah
- Choi Tae-joon as young Kyung-ho
- Kim Hee-jung as young Joo-hee
- 2001 SBS Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actor: Cho Jae-hyun
- Excellence Award, Actress: Kim Ha-neul
- New Star Award: Go Soo
- New Star Award: Jo In-sung
- Popularity Award: Go Soo
- Top 10 Stars: Cho Jae-hyun
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