Blood (TV series)

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Blood
Bloodkdrama.jpg
Promotional poster
GenreMedical drama
Vampire
Thriller
Romance
Written byPark Jae-bum
Directed byKi Min-soo
Lee Jae-hoon
StarringAhn Jae-hyun
Ji Jin-hee
Ku Hye-sun
Son Soo-hyun
Opening theme"Blood"
Composer(s)Lee Pil-ho
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
Production
Executive producer(s)Go Byung-chul
Shin In-soo
Kim Sung-geun
Producer(s)Jo Woong
Yoon Jae-hyuk
CinematographyByun Choon-ho
Moon Chang-soo
Editor(s)Kim Mi-kyung
Running time65 minutes
Production company(s)IOK Media
Release
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Picture format1080i
Audio formatDolby Digital 2.0
Original releaseFebruary 16 (2015-02-16) –
April 21, 2015 (2015-04-21)
External links
Website

Blood (Korean블러드; RRBeulleodeu) is a 2015 South Korean television series starring Ahn Jae-hyun, Ji Jin-hee, Ku Hye-sun and Son Soo-hyun .[1][2][3][4][5] It aired on KBS2 from February 16 to April 21, 2015 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.

Plot[edit]

Park Ji-sang (Ahn Jae-hyun) is a doctor specializing in hepato-pancreato-biliary surgery in the best cancer research hospital in the country. He is also a vampire. Despite seeming cold and unfeeling, Ji-sang masks his soft heart and inner pain and yearns for closeness with people. He believes very strongly in the sanctity of human life, and suppresses his thirst for blood to treat terminally ill patients and save lives. Among his colleagues is Yoo Ri-ta (Ku Hye-sun), a hotshot physician who entered medical school at the age of 17 and is also the niece of the chaebol group chairman who owns the hospital. Ri-ta is highly capable but snooty and prideful, yet Ji-sang finds himself falling for her. He also gets drawn into a conflict between good and evil as he encounters Lee Jae-wook, a two-faced hospital director who gains everyone's trust with his gentle demeanor, but inwardly harbors a dangerous ambition for power and a talent for cruelty.

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

a handsome and talented hepato-pancreato-biliary surgeon and medical researcher in Taemin Hospital. Ji-sang is a vampire, being an infectee of the VBT-01 virus he inherited from his infected (vampire) parents. Though cold and indifferent on the outside, Ji-sang is soft and caring on the inside, bearing the pain of losing his parents who were killed by the evil infectee Jae-wook. He believes very strongly in the sanctity of human life, and suppresses his thirst for blood to treat terminally ill patients and save lives. He falls for fellow surgeon and childhood acquaintance Yoo Ri-ta.
an evil vampire/VBT-01 infectee who harbors a dangerous ambition for power and a talent for cruelty. Along with Ji-sang's parents, he was a mentee and fellow researcher of Dr. Jung Han-su, the discoverer of the VBT-01 virus. Seeing the virus' potential in human enhancement, he plans to extend the research, to which Dr. Jung and the other mentees strongly disagree for ethical considerations. Blinded by greed, he infects himself with the virus, kills Dr. Jung, and sends his men to hunt Ji-sang parents. He becomes the director of Taemin Hospital, gaining everyone's trust with his gentle demeanor and using the hospital to continue his research on VBT-01.
  • Ku Hye-sun as Yoo Ri-ta/Yoo Chae-eun
    • Jung Chan-bi as young Chae-eun
a highly capable but prideful surgeon of Taemin Hospital. Born as Yoo Chae-eun, she lost her parents in a trip to Jeju. There, she is saved by Ji-sang from a pack of wolves. Suffering the pain of her parents' deaths, she adopts her current name Ri-ta. She had entered medical school at the age of 17 and is also the niece of the chaebol group chairman who owns the hospital. She meets Ji-sang at Taemin Hospital, though she does not recognize him and is annoyed by his presence.

Taemin Hospital people[edit]

Ri-ta's chaebol uncle and chairman of Taemin Hospital
vice-chairperson of Taemin Hospital
Ri-ta's best friend and mentee of Jung Ji-tae
chief of the hematology department of Taemin Hospital; son of VBT-01 discoverer Jung Han-su
  • Jo Jae-yoon as Woo Il-nam
  • Jung Suk-yong as Lee Ho-yong
  • Gong Jung-hwan as Gerard Kim
  • Park Jun-myun as Lee Young-joo

People around Jae-wook[edit]

  • Son Soo-hyun as Min Ga-yeon
first-year resident at Taemin Hospital and Ji-sang's subordinate. She secretly works under Jae-wook, who had saved her from dying by turning her into a vampire and became her father figure.
  • Park Tae-in as Seo Hye-ri
a human being who wants to be a vampire works as director of Jae-wook's drug development research using the VBT-01 virus
a vampire; one of Jae-wook's henchmen
a vampire; one of Jae-wook's henchmen
  • Kang Sung-min as Joo In-ho
a vampire; he replaced Seo Hye-ri as director Jae-wook's drug development research

Others[edit]

a medical researcher and Ji-sang's close friend
a renowned medical researcher and father of hematology doctor Jung Ji-tae. He discovered the VBT-01 virus, which gives vampiric traits to anyone who is infected. Though the virus can extend life and give superhuman powers to its infectees, he stops his research for the virus's potential as a source of evil and chaos, to which his former mentee Jae-wook is vehemently against. He is killed by Jae-wook, who had infected himself with the virus to his personal gain.
Ji-sang's father. Along with his wife Sun-young and Jae-wook, he is a mentee and fellow researcher of Dr. Jung Han-su. A vampire/VBT-01 infectee, he and Sun-young were against Jae-wook's plan in using the virus in human enhancement. He is killed by Jae-wook who raided the couple's house in search for the baby Ji-sang.
Ji-sang's mother. Along with her husband Hyun-se and Jae-wook, she is a mentee and fellow researcher of Dr. Jung Han-su. A vampire/VBT-01 infectee, she was also against Jae-wook's plan in using the virus in human enhancement. She escaped to Jeju with the baby Ji-sang when Jae-wook raided their house in search for the child. She was killed later on by Jae-wook's henchmen.
  • Son Sook as Sylvia Ahn
a old nun who became Ri-ta/Chae-eun's mother figure. She was the one who gave Ri-ta her second name.
an AI robot invented by Hyun-woo


Original Soundtrack[edit]

Blood OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Recorded2015
GenreSoundtrack
Language
LabelLoen Entertainment
The Groove Entertainment
Bridge Music

Part 1[edit]

Released on February 24, 2015 (2015-02-24)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Only One" (오직 하나)Tiffany Young(Girls' Generation)3:20
2."Only One" (Inst.) 3:20
Total length:6:40


Part 2[edit]

Released on March 16, 2015 (2015-03-16)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Be Alright" (괜찮아)Song Haye3:53
2."Be Alright" (Inst.) 3:53
Total length:7:06


Part 3[edit]

Released on March 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I can't stop loving you" (나는 너를 사랑할 수 없어)Ha Hyun-woo4:09
2."I can't stop loving you" (Inst.) 4:09
Total length:8:18


Part 4[edit]

Released on April 18, 2015 (2015-04-18)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Cell" (세포)MC Meta (ft.Taru and Jin hyun)3:40
2."Cell" (Inst.) 3:40
Total length:7:40


Disc 2:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Blood (Opening Theme)"Various Artists2:48
2."Dream"Various Artists2:37
3."Evil"Various Artists3:28
4."Game of Death"Various Artists2:10
5."Lifeline"Various Artists3:10
6."Love and Salvation"Various Artists2:36
7."Someone's Plan"Various Artists2:55
8."Survivor"Various Artists2:27
9."The Legend"Various Artists2:31
10."The Passion Sadness"Various Artists4:08
11."Vampire's Love"Various Artists3:41
12."Vampire vs Vampire"Various Artists3:38
13."Wake up"Various Artists1:45

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[6] AGB Nielsen[7]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 February 16, 2015 5.3% 6.0% 5.2% 6.0%
2 February 17, 2015 4.9% 5.3% 4.7% 5.1%
3 February 23, 2015 6.1% 6.3% 6.0% 6.2%
4 February 24, 2015 5.8% 5.9% 5.5% 5.6%
5 March 2, 2015 4.6% 4.5% 4.1% 6.5%
6 March 3, 2015 5.5% 5.5% 5.4% 5.4%
7 March 9, 2015 4.4% 5.2% 4.4% 5.2%
8 March 10, 2015 4.7% 4.5% 4.8%
9 March 16, 2015 4.6% 4.6% 4.3% 4.3%
10 March 17, 2015 5.1% 4.9% 5.6% 5.4%
11 March 23, 2015 4.4% 3.7% 3.8% 3.1%
12 March 24, 2015 4.9% 4.0% 4.5% 3.6%
13 March 30, 2015 4.8% 4.9% 4.2% 4.3%
14 March 31, 2015 5.6% 6.4% 5.3% 5.0%
15 April 6, 2015 5.3% 5.5% 4.4% 4.6%
16 April 7, 2015 5.3% 5.5% 5.0% 5.2%
17 April 13, 2015 5.3% 5.4% 3.8% 3.9%
18 April 14, 2015 5.3% 5.0% 4.4% 4.1%
19 April 20, 2015 6.4% 6.5% 4.7% 4.8%
20 April 21, 2015 5.4% 5.5% 5.0% 5.1%
Average 5.2% 5.3% 4.7% 4.8%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2015
KBS Drama Awards
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Ahn Jae-hyun Nominated
Popularity Award, Actor Ahn Jae-hyun Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Ji Jin-hee Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Ku Hye-sun Nominated
Best Couple Award Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun Nominated
Best Drama Award, Drama in a Mid-length Category Best Drama Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network Airing dates
South Korea South Korea KBS2 (original) February 16, 2015 - April 21, 2015 (KBS月火連續劇 / 한국방송공사 월화드라마)
Hong Kong Hong Kong Drama Channel/HD Drama Channel (有線劇集台/有線高清劇集台) September 12, 2015 - October 17, 2015 (Saturday 19:00 - 00:00, September 12 22:45 - 23:45)
Japan Japan Mnet Japan Channel October 2015 ()
Taiwan Taiwan GTV September 26, 2015 - December 19, 2015 (Saturday 21:30 - 23:30, December 5 22:00 - 00:00)
 Thailand PPTV HD [8] December 14, 2015 - January 12, 2016 (Every Monday to Friday from 21.15 to 22.45.)
Channel 9 MCOT HD May 17, 2018 - (PREMIUM SERIES Every Monday to Friday 23:05 - 23:58)
Myanmar Myanmar Channel 7 March 2016 - (Monday to Friday, 18:30 - 19:15)
Canada Canada Fairchild TV July 23, 2016 - October 22, 2016 (Saturday 21:50 - 23:30, September 24 Pauses the broadcast)
 Philippines Cine Mo! May 1, 2016 - July 2, 2016 (Week 13:00 - 15:00, from 12:00-2:00PM.)
Jeepney TV October 8, 2016 (from 7:00PM)
Asianovela Channel December 10, 2018 - January 18, 2019 (5:00AM, 5:00PM, 10:00PM)
Malaysia Malaysia Astro Wah Lai Toi September 30, 2017 - December 17, 2017 (Saturday to Sunday 13:30 - 14:30)
Vietnam Vietnam HRT 2 June 28, 2016 - (from 9:00PM)
Algeria Algeria DTV One 2016 - ()

Reception[edit]

Although the rating was low in Korea, internationally it was a success topping the internet for most watched and becoming the number 1 show on Drama Fever, Viki, and My Asian TV throughout its airing and continued on after the final episode. It was the No.1 Hot topic on China's Weibo and Rank# 6 on Drama Fever Top 10 Most Popular Korean Dramas of 2015.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (February 12, 2015). "Little brother from My Love gets shot at big time". The Korea Herald. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
  2. ^ Kim, Min-ji (December 1, 2014). "Ahn Jae Hyeon Considering Lead Role for Drama Blood". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on February 10, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. ^ Park, Ah-reum (January 19, 2015). "Ahn Jae Hyeon, Ku Hye Sun, Ji Jin Hee and More Attend Script Reading for Blood". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on July 17, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  4. ^ Choi, Shin-ae (January 21, 2015). "Ahn Jae Hyeon Dresses Up as a Vampire Doctor for Blood's First Filming". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on January 21, 2015. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. ^ Park, Seul-gi (January 28, 2015). "New Drama Blood Team Wishes For The Best". BNTNews. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  6. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on November 28, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  7. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on December 26, 2013. Retrieved February 16, 2015.
  8. ^ "--Blood link". PPTV (in Thai).

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