Diary of a Night Watchman
|Diary of a Night Watchman|
|Also known as|
|Written by||Yoo Dong-yoon|
|Directed by||Lee Joo-hwan|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||24|
|Distributor||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original network||MBC TV|
|Original release||August 4 –|
October 21, 2014
Diary of a Night Watchman (Hangul: 야경꾼 일지; RR: Yagyeongkkun Ilji; lit. Night Watchman's Journal) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Jung Il-woo, Ko Sung-hee, U-Know Yunho and Seo Ye-ji. It aired on MBC from August 4 to October 21, 2014 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 for 24 episodes.
Prince Lee Rin found himself orphan when his father the king, under a spell, killed the queen and then committed suicide. Considered unsuitable for the throne, the child prince was sent away from the palace and his older half-brother Gi-san, son of a concubine, was crowned the new king of Joseon.
Twelve years later, Lee Rin, now grown up, spends his days between fun and amorous encounters, hiding the loneliness he feels and his ability to see ghosts, acquired after escaping the attack of a spirit when he was a child. One day, Rin meets Do-ha, a young shaman from Mount Baekdu searching for her older sister. Besides Do-ha, a Taoist priest, Sadam, arrives in Hanyang, chosen by the king to expel an evil spirit that haunts him, actually a result of the sovereign's madness. Twelve years before, as the head of the Yongshin tribe, Sadam was able to revive the dragon god that his people worshiped, seeing it defeated and turned into a statue shortly after by the king, who secretly brought the artifact to the palace and hid it in the basement: therefore, Sadam's goal is to find the statue and to resurrect the dragon god exploiting the negative energy of evil spirits. For this purpose, Sadam convinces the king to reopen a door sealed long ago to prevent resentful ghosts to enter, and the town is again haunted.
Upon learning Sadam's plan, Rin decides to revive the Night Watchmen, a group of soldiers that, at the time of his father, faced monsters and spirits, but were killed with the advent of the new king: by his side there are Do-ha, with whom he falls in love, Kang Moo-seok, a swordsman who initially doesn't believe in the supernatural, and Jo Sang-heon, the former captain of the Night Watchmen. While the battle against Sadam rages, Rin also brings to light the truth behind the death of his parents.
- Jung Il-woo as Lee Rin/Wolfgang
- Kim Hwi-soo as young Lee Rin
- The "bad boy" legitimate heir to the throne who rejects his wealth and honor to live a rebellious life. When Lee Rin gains the ability to see ghosts, he becomes a night watchman. In chasing ghosts and experiencing the plight of citizens firsthand, he eventually learns to be a good prince.
- She is imbued with supernatural energy from Mt. Baekdu and can communicate with nature. Her older sister is Yeon-ha.
- U-Know Yunho as Kang Moo-seok
- Yoo Seung-yong as young Kang Moo-seok
- A night watchman who is a cold-hearted man of few words but popular with the ladies.
- Seo Ye-ji as Park Soo-ryeon
- Kang Joo-eun as young Park Soo-ryeon
- A young noblewoman who will stop at nothing to become the crown prince's bride. She is the daughter of the Prime Minister and Moo-seok's cousin.
- Yoon Tae-young as Jo Sang-heon
- Head of the Night Watchmen crew.
- Kim Heung-soo as Gi-san
- Lee Tae-woo as young Gi-san
- An illegitimate prince who challenges his younger brother Lee Rin for power and makes a political play for the throne. Capricious and vile, he often sees another self who accuses him of being inadequate as king, and instills doubts about the loyalty of his subjects.
- Kim Sung-oh as Sadam
- A psychic who worships a serpent monster deep in the heart of Mt. Baekdu. The serpent monster, an imugi, is a mythological creature that starts out as a giant serpent and amasses power to become a dragon. Sadam tries to raise the dormant imugi and harness its power to take over the world.
- Lee Jae-yong as Park Soo-jong
- The ambitious Prime Minister, he is the mastermind behind queen Min's death.
- Ko Chang-seok as Fat Minister Jung-seung
- Former Prime Minister, killed by Park Soo-jong. He watches over Lee Rin as a ghost.
- Lee Se-chang as Eunuch Song
- A eunuch who was in charge of Lee Rin before he was killed by king Haejong. He watches over Lee Rin as a ghost.
- Kang Ji-woo as Rang
- A ghost girl who watches over Lee Rin. Later revealed as Queen Min.
- Seo Yi-sook as Dowager Queen Chungsoo
- Rin and Gi-san's grandmother.
- Moon Bo-ryung as Mo Yeon-wol
- A merchant who helps Sadam.
- Jung Woo-sik as Ho-jo
- Sadam's servant.
- Shim Eun-jin as Ok-mae
- Owner of an inn, she's in love with Sang-heon.
- Ah Young as Hong Cho-hee
- A waitress at Ok-mae's inn.
- Ahn Jung-hoon as Mr. Chun
- He works at Ok-mae's inn.
- Jo Dal-hwan as Maeng Sa-kong
- Sang-heon's friend, he once was a Night Watchman and is in love with Ok-mae.
- Kim So-yeon as Kang In-hwa
- Moo-seok's younger sister, she died of smallpox.
- Lee Ha-yool as Dae-ho
- Moo-seok's friend.
- Yoo Da-in as Yeon-ha
- Do-ha's older sister and a shaman. She fell in love with king Haejong and offered her soul to Sadam in exchange for the king's heart, becoming the reason why he turned evil. Sadam embodied her soul in the corpse of a woman, who became Mo Yeon-wol.
- Choi Won-young as King Haejong
- In his youth, he was once a legendary hero of the people after he and his fellow night watchmen defeated an imugi in Mt. Baekdu. In his days as a warrior, he saves a woman who preserves the energy of Mt. Baekdu, and she falls in love with him at first sight. Haejong is a good king and father to his sons, but the ghost-seeing gift-curse eventually turns him into an evil tyrant.
- Song Yi-woo as Queen Min
- Rin's mother.
- Jeon Hye-young as Sa-wol
- Soo-ryeon's maid.
- Cho Seunghee as Young-geun
- Spy woman, appeared in episode 8.
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Dangkol Eomi
- Do-ha's spiritual mother.
- Alice as Mae-hyang
- A gisaeng, all her customers are mysteriously killed.
- Kim Kyul as Ghost of unmarried bachelor
- A student who loved Mae-hyang, he died without being able to confess his feelings and now kills Mae-hyang's customers.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||August 4, 2014||11.8%||14.4%||10.9%||12.1%|
|2||August 5, 2014||11.5%||14.3%||10.8%||11.7%|
|3||August 11, 2014||11.2%||13.3%||11.0%||11.7%|
|4||August 12, 2014||12.1%||14.8%||11.3%||12.1%|
|5||August 18, 2014||12.0%||14.3%||12.1%||13.4%|
|6||August 19, 2014||13.3%||16.7%||12.7%||14.3%|
|7||August 25, 2014||12.3%||15.1%||12.2%||13.2%|
|8||August 26, 2014||12.6%||15.0%||12.1%||13.0%|
|9||September 2, 2014||11.3%||13.7%||12.1%||13.9%|
|10||September 2, 2014||8.5%||10.5%||8.6%||9.8%|
|11||September 8, 2014||10.3%||12.8%||9.6%||10.4%|
|12||September 9, 2014||12.1%||14.7%||11.6%||12.9%|
|13||September 15, 2014||10.9%||13.3%||11.3%||13.5%|
|14||September 16, 2014||12.1%||14.6%||12.2%||14.2%|
|15||September 22, 2014||10.4%||12.5%||10.3%||11.3%|
|16||September 23, 2014||10.3%||12.2%||9.5%||10.0%|
|17||September 29, 2014||10.1%||13.6%||10.5%||11.9%|
|18||September 30, 2014||9.7%||12.2%||10.2%||10.9%|
|19||October 6, 2014||9.9%||12.6%||9.3%||10.3%|
|20||October 7, 2014||10.5%||13.4%||9.7%||10.6%|
|21||October 13, 2014||9.9%||12.6%||9.3%||10.2%|
|22||October 14, 2014||10.8%||13.2%||11.5%||12.2%|
|23||October 20, 2014||9.1%||11.0%||11.5%||12.8%|
|24||October 21, 2014||11.7%||14.6%||12.5%||14.2%|
Awards and nominations
|2014||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||Jung Il-woo||Won|
|Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama||U-Know Yunho||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Ko Sung-hee||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Jung Il-woo and Ko Sung-hee||Nominated|
It began airing in Japan on cable channel KNTV on December 14, 2014.
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