All In (TV series)

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All In
All in drama.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Action
Written by Choi Wan-kyu
Directed by Yoo Chul-yong
Kang Shin-hyo
Starring Lee Byung-hun
Song Hye-kyo
Ji Sung
Park Sol-mi
Opening theme "Just Like the First Day" by Park Yong-ha
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 24
Location(s) Seoul
Los Angeles
Las Vegas
Running time 60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original channel Seoul Broadcasting System
Audio format Stereo
Original release January 15, 2003 (2003-01-15) – April 3, 2003 (2003-04-03)
Preceded by Shoot for the Stars
Followed by Land of Wine
Related shows Swallow the Sun
External links
Korean name
Revised Romanization Orin
McCune–Reischauer Orin

All In (Hangul올인) 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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3] 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.


Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • 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-sik 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
  • Cho 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 as Bae Sang-doo
  • Kim Dong-hyun
  • Seo Ji-hye as Ae-sook/Mi-hee
  • 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

International broadcast[edit]

It first aired in Japan on cable channel KNTV from March 8 to May 25, 2003.[4] Re-airings followed on terrestrial channel NHK once a week starting April 16, 2004.[5] 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.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "All In". KoreanWiz. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  2. ^ Heo, Yoo-shin (7 January 2003). '올인'은 어떤 작품?. Kyunghyang Shinmun via Naver (in Korean). Retrieved 2015-05-12. 
  3. ^ "Top 50 highest-rated TV dramas of all time". Electric Ground. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "60 Korean dramas now go on air in Japan". Hancinema. 16 August 2005. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 
  6. ^ "Winter Sonata, The Most Popular Korean Drama In Japan". Hancinema. 2 July 2007. Retrieved 2013-08-18. 

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