Can't Lose

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Can't Lose
Can't Lose-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Can't Lose
Also known asCan't Live With Losing
Hate to Lose
Genre
Based onThe Sasaki Couple's Merciless Battle
by Morishita Yoshiko
Written byLee Sook-jin
Directed byLee Jae-dong
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes18
Production
Producer(s)Oh Kyung-hoon
Release
Original networkMunhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original releaseAugust 24 (2011-08-24) – October 20, 2011 (2011-10-20)
External links
Website
Korean name
Hangul
Revised RomanizationJigoneun Motsal-a
McCune–ReischauerChikonŭn Motsala

Can't Lose (Hangul지고는 못살아; RRJigoneun Motsal-a, lit. "Can't Live With Losing") is a 2011 South Korean romantic comedy television series, starring Choi Ji-woo and Yoon Sang-hyun, who play two bickering, married divorce lawyers who take out their frustrations on each other in and out of the courtroom. It aired on MBC from August 24 to October 20, 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 18 episodes.

It is a remake of the 2008 Japanese drama The Sasaki Couple's Merciless Battle (佐々木夫妻の仁義なき戦い, Sasaki Fusai no Jingi Naki Tatakai).[1]

Plot[edit]

Eun-Jae (Choi Ji-woo) and Hyung-Woo (Yoon Sang-hyun) have been married for one year. They are both lawyers.

They first met at a baseball game when they happened to have seats next to each other. During the baseball game they kissed and fell in love. Hyung-Woo told Eun-Jae that he wants to become a human rights lawyer. Eun-Jae supports his dream and they opened their own law firm together.

One year later, the thrill is gone in their relationship. Eun-Jae struggles to maintain the law firm alone, while Hyung-Woo helps clients who are not able to pay much for his services. Their interests have also diverged. One day, the couple learns that Eun-Jae did not register their marriage. The next day, Eun-Jae goes to file the proper papers. Eun-Jae is unhappy that Hyung-Woo is so generous to others and wants him to think about her more. Later on, Hyung-Woo's friends, who are a couple, stops by the law firm and the wife, Young-Joo (Jo Mi-ryung) insists that she wants a divorce. Young-Joo states that her husband Ki-Chan (Kim Jung-tae) hasn't worked in years and, yet, still gave his family a large sum of money. The married couple start yelling at each other. Ki-Chan states that he borrowed the money from Hyung-Woo.

Meanwhile, Eun-Jae hears of the loan and has had enough. Eun-Jae decides that they need a serious talk. Eun-Jae and Hyung-Woo then book a trip to Japan where they had their honeymoon. Hyung-Woo then mistakenly text messages his itinerary to his mother instead of Eun-Jae. When Hyung-Woo and Eun-Jae arrive at the airport they find Hyung-Woo's mother there as well, believing she was invited to their trip to Japan. Making matters worse Hyung-Woo receives a phone call from his mother-in-law asking to see him immediately and to keep it a secret. Hyung-Woo doesn't know why his wife and his mother-in-law doesn't get along or why he was never formally introduced to his mother-in-law, but he feels obligated to meet her and leaves ...

Cast[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[2] AGB Nielsen[3]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 2011 August 24 6.4% 8.0% 6.2% 6.6%
2 2011 August 25 5.7% 7.4% 6.9% 8.7%
3 2011 August 31 5.0% 7.1% 6.0% 8.2%
4 2011 September 1 4.6% 6.1% 6.6% 8.2%
5 2011 September 7 5.7% 7.1% 6.3% 8.8%
6 2011 September 8 5.4% 7.0% 5.8% 7.4%
7 2011 September 14 5.9% 8.3% 6.7% 9.1%
8 2011 September 15 5.9% 7.8% 6.6% 8.6%
9 2011 September 21 8.9% 10.5% 10.2% 11.3%
10 2011 September 22 5.3% 6.5% 5.8% 7.0%
11 2011 September 28 5.0% 6.5% 5.6% 7.1%
12 2011 September 29 5.5% 7.8% 6.1% 8.4%
13 2011 October 5 6.0% 8.1% 6.9% 9.0%
14 2011 October 6 5.9% 8.0% 6.4% 8.6%
15 2011 October 12 7.2% 9.3% 8.0% 8.5%
16 2011 October 13 6.0% 8.1% 7.8% 9.2%
17 2011 October 19 6.6% 7.5% 7.9% 8.9%
18 2011 October 20 6.0% 6.7% 7.5% 8.2%
Average 5.9% 7.6% 6.8% 7.5%

International broadcast[edit]

  • It aired in Japan on TBS from January 31 to February 25, 2013.[4] It also aired in Malaysia on 8TV.
  • It aired in Vietnam from July 31, 2012 on SCTV film channel, called Không thể mất em.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Choi Ji-woo Thrilled About Shaking Off Old Image". The Chosun Ilbo. August 25, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2012.
  2. ^ "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 August 24, 2011.
  3. ^ "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 August 24, 2011.
  4. ^ "Choi Ji-woo's Can't Lose to be aired in Japan". Hancinema. January 14, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.

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