Encounter (South Korean TV series)

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Encounter
Encounter Main Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asBoyfriend
Hangul남자친구
Genre
Created byStudio Dragon
Written byYoo Young-ah[2]
Directed byPark Shin-woo[2]
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Production location(s)Seoul, South Korea,
Havana, Cuba
Production company(s)Bon Factory Worldwide[2]
DistributortvN
Release
Original networktvN[3]
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28)[3] – January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)
External links
Website

Encounter[4][5] (Hangul남자친구; RRNamjachingu; lit. Boyfriend) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum.[6] It premiered on November 28, 2018 and airs on tvN's Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:30 (KST) time slot.[7][8][9][10][11]

Encounter is one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history.[12][13]

Internationally, the series is broadcast online via ViuTV and Viki,[14] and has been sold to Now TV of Hong Kong, Starhub of Singapore, 8tv of Malaysia, BBTV Ch3 of Thailand, FOX and iQiyi of Taiwan, Mnet Japan to air in over 100 countries.[15]

Synopsis[edit]

Brought together by fate, a woman who seems to have everything and a young man who seems to have nothing decides to give up an ordinary life to be together.[16]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A daughter of a prominent politician and former daughter-in-law of a wealthy family
A freewheeling, ordinary young man who finds joy in the simplest things

Supporting[edit]

People around Cha Soo-hyun[edit]

Cha Soo-hyun's ex-husband.
Cha Soo-hyun's father.
Cha Soo-hyun's mother.
Cha Soo-hyun's driver.
Cha Soo-hyun's secretary.
Jung Woo-seok's mother.

People around Kim Jin-hyuk[edit]

Kim Jin-hyuk's father.
Kim Jin-hyuk's mother.
Kim Jin-hyuk's younger brother.
Kim Jin-hyuk's friend who opens a restaurant.

Donghwa Hotel[edit]

Kim Jin-hyuk's PR department leader at work.
Kim Jin-hyuk's friend and senior at work.
Kim Jin-hyuk's workmate.
Kim Jin-hyuk's workmate.
Kim Jin-hyuk's workmate who has an interest in him.

Production[edit]

The first script reading was held on August 23, 2018.[28][29] Principal photography began in September 2018, [30] with part of the filming taking place in Cuba.[31]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Encounter
OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2018
Genre
Language
LabelGenie Music, Stone Music Entertainment

Part 1[edit]

Released on November 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Day We Met" (영화 같던 날)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoCheeze03:56
2."The Day We Met" (Inst.) Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho 03:56
Total length:07:52

Part 2[edit]

Released on December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Into My Heart" (그대가 이렇게 내 맘에)HenHenLee So-ra03:21
2."Into My Heart" (Inst.) Hen 03:21
Total length:06:42

Part 3[edit]

Released on December 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Don't Hesitate" (망설이지 마요)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoYong Jun-hyung (Highlight)03:35
2."Don't Hesitate" (Inst.) Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho 03:35
Total length:07:10

Part 4[edit]

Released on December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Night" (그 밤)Lee Shin-hyung, d.eard.earEric Nam03:40
2."The Night" (Inst.) d.ear 03:40
Total length:07:20

Part 5[edit]

Released on December 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Flutter" (설렘)Dong Woo-seokDong Woo-seokO.WHEN03:54
2."Flutter" (Inst.) Dong Woo-seok 03:54
Total length:07:48

Part 6[edit]

Released on January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Take Me On"Nam Hye-seung, JELLO ANNNam Hye-seung, Park Sang-heeSAya03:41
2."Take Me On"Nam Hye-seung, JELLO ANNNam Hye-seung, Park Sang-heeSALTNPAPER03:41
Total length:07:22

Part 7[edit]

Released on January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Always Be With You" (그대여야만 해요)Bily AcoustieBily AcoustieBaek A-yeon04:41
2."Always Be With You" (Inst.) Bily Acoustie 04:41
Total length:09:22

Part 8[edit]

Released on January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Fairytale" (동화)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoRa.D05:07
2."Fairytale" (Inst.) Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho 05:07
Total length:10:14

Ratings[edit]

  • In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.
Ep. Original broadcast date
AGB Nielsen[32] TNMS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 November 28, 2018 8.683% (1st) 11.454% (1st) 9.4%[33] 10.7%[34]
2 November 29, 2018 10.329% (1st) 12.868% (1st) 11.0%[34] 12.6%[34]
3 December 5, 2018 9.251% (1st) 11.772% (1st) 10.2%[35] 11.5%[35]
4 December 6, 2018 9.264% (1st) 11.468% (1st) 9.2%[36] N/A
5 December 12, 2018 8.513% (1st) 10.575% (1st 10.5%[37] 12%[37]
6 December 13, 2018 8.594% (1st) 10.906% (1st) 8.1%[38] N/A
7 December 19, 2018 8.592% (1st) 10.612% (1st) 8.6%[39]
8 December 20, 2018 9.166% (1st) 11.776% (1st) 7.7%[39]
9 January 2, 2019 7.810% (1st) 9.845% (1st) 7.2[40]
10 January 3, 2019 7.962% (1st) 9.590% (1st) 7.7%[41]
11 January 9, 2019 7.513% (1st) 9.310% (1st) 7.5%[42]
12 January 10, 2019 7.623% (1st) 9.630% (1st) 7.3%[43]
13 January 16, 2019 7.927% (1st) 10.043% (1st) 8.0%[43]
14 January 17, 2019 7.702% (1st) 9.678% (1st) 7.1%[44]
15 January 23, 2019
16 January 24, 2019
Average % % % %
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

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External links[edit]

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