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
Written by Lee Hong-gu
Directed by Lee Hyung-sun
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Production
Location(s)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Plan B Pictures
  • Modoo Productions
  • Midas Pictures
  • J&J International
Release
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release March 6 (2010-03-06) – May 23, 2010 (2010-05-23)
External links
Website

A Man Called God (Hangul신이라 불리운 사나이; RRSinira Beulriun 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]

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]

International Broadcasts[edit]

In Indonesia, the series was broadcast by Lejel Television Network during 2012-2013. In the United States, the series began airing in February 2015 on KFVE/Honolulu on Sunday afternoons.

References[edit]

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

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