Giant (TV series)

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Giant
Giant-poster.jpg
Promotional poster for Giant
Genre Period drama
Written by Jang Young-chul
Jung Kyung-soon
Directed by Yoo In-shik
Lee Chang-min
Starring Lee Beom-soo
Park Jin-hee
Joo Sang-wook
Hwang Jung-eum
Park Sang-min
Jeong Bo-seok
Lee Moon-sik
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 60
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Release
Original network Seoul Broadcasting System
Original release 10 May (2010-05-10) – 7 December 2010 (2010-12-07)
Chronology
Preceded by Jejungwon
Followed by Athena: Goddess of War
External links
Website tv.sbs.co.kr/giant/

Giant (Hangul자이언트; RRJaieonteu) is a 2010 South Korean television series starring Lee Beom-soo, Park Jin-hee, Joo Sang-wook, Hwang Jung-eum, Park Sang-min, and Jeong Bo-seok. It aired on SBS from May 10 to December 7, 2010 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 60 episodes. Giant is a sprawling period drama about three siblings' quest for revenge during the economic boom of 1970-80s Korea. Tragically separated during childhood, the three reunite as adults and set out to avenge their parents' deaths, their fates playing out against a larger tide of power, money, politics, and the growth of a city.[1][2][3][4]

Plot[edit]

The plot revolves around the lives of the three Lee children: Kang-mo, Sung-mo, and Mi-joo. Their father was killed by Hwang Tae-seob and Jo Pil-yeon, and their mother died in an accident. As a result, the children were separated. Ironically for Kang-mo and Sung-mo, they were both raised by their father's killers: Kang-mo helped Hwang Tae-seob avoid bankruptcy by advocating the use of a different landfill material, and was later adopted by Tae-seob, and Sung-mo was raised by Jo Pil-yeon, who is a KCIA official. After growing up and knowing the truth, the brothers set off on a quest for revenge. Mi-joo and Jo Pil-yeon's son, Min-woo, fall in love but cannot be allowed together because their families are enemies. Mi-joo becomes pregnant and goes into hiding while Min-woo desperately searches for her. The whole series revolves around the brothers trying to bring down Jo Pil-yeon, who is also cunning and slippery in his political tactics. Later, Sung-mo is shot in the head by an agent of Jo Pil-yeon. Miraculously, he survived, and had to hide from the KCIA. Jo Pil-yeon tries to work in the government by making false papers. Kang-mo finds out that Sung-mo has knowledge of the contents of the real papers, and finds him. They release the papers, and Jo Pil-yeon fails his objective. He runs away, but is later found and arrested. Sung-mo undergoes surgery to take the bullet out of his head, but tragically dies. Many years later, a now-insane Jo Pil-yeon breaks out of prison to try to murder Kang-mo, but fails, and he commits suicide afterwards. The last scene shows Kang-mo receiving word from his wife Hwang Jung-yeon (Hwang Tae-seob's daughter) that his long-lost brother (a fourth sibling who was adopted by an American couple many years ago) has come to visit him....

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Yoon Yoo-sun as Jung Young-sun, Kang-mo's mother
  • Yoon Hyung-kwan as Yeom Jae-soo
  • Shin Seung-hwan as Yeom Shi-deok
    • Jung Seung-won as young Shi-deok
  • Choi Ha-na as Yeom Kyung-ja
  • Han Kyung-sun as Lee Bok-ja
  • Im Jong-yoon as Yoon Ki-hoon
  • Moon Hee-kyung as Oh Nam-sook
  • Kim Jung-hyun as Hwang Jung-shik
  • Jang Soon-gook as Joo Young-gook
  • Lee Seung-hyung as Moon Sung-joong
  • Park No-shik as Park Choong-kwon
  • Song Kyung-chul as Nam Young-chul
  • Bang Kil-seung as drill instructor
  • Hong Yeo-jin as Yang Myung-ja
  • Yoon Yong-hyun as Go Jae-choon
  • Hwang Taek-ha as Yoo Chan-sung
  • Lee Hyo-jung as Han Myung-seok
  • Kim Hak-chul as Oh Byung-tak
  • Lee Ki-young as Min Hong-ki
  • Im Hyuk as Baek Pa
  • Jung Gyu-soo as Lee Dae-soo
  • Son Byong-ho as Hong Ki-pyo
  • Lee Eun-jung as Ji-na
  • Jeon Jin-gi as detective lieutenant
  • Kim Sung-oh as Cha Bu-chul
  • Han Da-min as Cheon Soo-yeon
  • Kim Eui-jin as Woo-joo
  • Choi Gun-woo as Lee Joon-mo
    • Lee Won-il as young Joon-mo
  • Lee Soo-jin as Nurse Kim
  • Yoo Ho-rin as Ji Yeon-soo
  • Kim Young-sun as Yoon Ki-hoon's wife
  • Moon Ji-in as female employee at Manbo Construction
  • Choi Min as gang boss
  • Min Joon-hyun
  • Kim Ga-eun
  • Ji-yoo
  • Qri as Bunny Girls (cameo)
  • So-yeon as Bunny Girls (cameo)

Ratings[edit]

Date Episode Nationwide Seoul
2010-05-10 01 9.6 (13th) 9.6 (13th)
2010-05-10 02 14.0 (6th) 14.7 (6th)
2010-05-11 03 11.3 (7th) 11.4 (8th)
2010-05-17 04 12.4 (7th) 11.6 (8th)
2010-05-18 05 12.8 (8th) 12.7 (8th)
2010-05-24 06 13.9 (9th) 14.2 (8th)
2010-05-25 07 14.3 (7th) 13.8 (8th)
2010-05-31 08 15.5 (6th) 14.8 (7th)
2010-06-01 09 17.0 (6th) 16.6 (7th)
2010-06-07 10 14.7 (7th) 14.6 (8th)
2010-06-08 11 14.2 (7th) 13.4 (8th)
2010-06-22 12 13.9 (7th) 13.7 (7th)
2010-06-28 13 13.8 (7th) 14.0 (7th)
2010-06-29 14 15.7 (7th) 15.4 (7th)
2010-07-05 15 13.8 (7th) 13.2 (7th)
2010-07-06 16 15.0 (7th) 13.8 (8th)
2010-07-12 17 17.0 (5th) 16.3 (5th)
2010-07-13 18 16.8 (5th) 15.6 (7th)
2010-07-19 19 16.4 (6th) 15.7 (7th)
2010-07-20 20 17.0 (6th) 15.9 (8th)
2010-07-26 21 15.9 (6th) 14.8 (8th)
2010-07-27 22 17.3 (5th) 16.0 (5th)
2010-08-02 23 18.2 (3rd) 17.2 (2nd)
2010-08-03 24 20.1 (3rd) 18.7 (3rd)
2010-08-09 25 21.6 (2nd) 21.0 (2nd)
2010-08-10 26 22.7 (2nd) 22.0 (2nd)
2010-08-16 27 22.8 (2nd) 22.7 (2nd)
2010-08-17 28 24.0 (2nd) 23.8 (2nd)
2010-08-23 29 22.3 (2nd) 21.9 (2nd)
2010-08-24 30 21.6 (2nd) 21.1 (2nd)
2010-08-30 31 22.3 (2nd) 21.6 (2nd)
2010-08-31 32 23.1 (2nd) 22.2 (2nd)
2010-09-06 33 23.7 (2nd) 22.9 (2nd)
2010-09-07 34 24.4 (2nd) 23.6 (2nd)
2010-09-13 35 23.4 (2nd) 22.1 (2nd)
2010-09-14 36 24.8 (2nd) 23.3 (2nd)
2010-09-20 37 21.5 (2nd) 20.5 (2nd)
2010-09-21 38 17.7 (3rd) 16.7 (3rd)
2010-09-27 39 22.7 (3rd) 22.0 (2nd)
2010-09-28 40 24.9 (1st) 24.4 (2nd)
2010-10-04 41 21.7 (1st) 21.1 (2nd)
2010-10-05 42 22.0 (1st) 20.9 (2nd)
2010-10-11 43 27.4 (1st) 27.2 (2nd)
2010-10-12 44 23.9 (1st) 23.5 (2nd)
2010-10-18 45 29.0 (1st) 29.5 (1st)
2010-10-19 46 28.4 (1st) 28.4 (1st)
2010-10-25 47 29.0 (1st) 29.1 (1st)
2010-10-26 48 29.8 (1st) 30.0 (1st)
2010-11-01 49 29.2 (1st) 29.5 (1st)
2010-11-02 50 29.1 (1st) 29.1 (1st)
2010-11-08 51 30.5 (1st) 30.4 (1st)
2010-11-09 52 29.8 (1st) 29.5 (1st)
2010-11-15 53 30.8 (1st) 31.2 (1st)
2010-11-16 54 30.1 (1st) 29.9 (1st)
2010-11-22 55 31.4 (1st) 31.8 (1st)
2010-11-23 56 29.0 (1st) 29.2 (1st)
2010-11-29 57 31.9 (1st) 31.7 (1st)
2010-11-30 58 32.6 (1st) 32.6 (1st)
2010-12-06 59 33.4 (1st) 33.2 (1st)
2010-12-07 60 40.1 (1st) 40.1 (1st)
Average 21.8% 21.6%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2010
3rd Korea Drama Awards
Best Actor Lee Beom-soo Nominated
23rd Grimae Awards
Best Actress Hwang Jung-eum Won
SBS Drama Awards[8]
Drama of the Year Giant Won
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Lee Beom-soo Won
Park Sang-min Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Planning Drama Jeong Bo-seok Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Planning Drama Park Jin-hee Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Special Planning Drama Lee Deok-hwa Won
Best Supporting Actress in a Special Planning Drama Hwang Jung-eum Nominated
Kim Seo-hyung Nominated
PD Award Park Sang-min Won
Top 10 Stars Jeong Bo-seok Won
Lee Beom-soo Won
Park Jin-hee Won
New Star Award Hwang Jung-eum Won
Joo Sang-wook Won
Kim Soo-hyun Won
Best Couple Award Joo Sang-wook and Hwang Jung-eum Won
2011
2nd Seoul Art and Culture Awards[9][10]
Best TV Actor Lee Beom-soo Won
47th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best Drama Giant Nominated
Best Actor (TV) Lee Beom-soo Nominated
Jeong Bo-seok Won
Best Director (TV) Yoo In-shik Nominated
Best Screenplay (TV) Jang Young-chul, Jung Kyung-soon Nominated
4th Korea Drama Awards[11]
Best Actor Lee Beom-soo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Joo Sang-wook Won
Kim Sung-oh Nominated
38th Korea Broadcasting Awards
Best Full-length Drama Giant Won
Best Writer(s) Jang Young-chul, Jung Kyung-soon Won

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network
 Vietnam HTV2
HTV3
SET
 Japan Fuji Satellite TV
Taiwan Taiwan GTV
Next TV
 Hong Kong ATV Home
 Indonesia LBS TV K-Drama
United States United States Zhong Want TV
Philippines Philippines TV5

References[edit]

  1. ^ Han, Sang-hee (5 May 2010). "Drama Giant to show Korea's boom years". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  2. ^ Lee, Ga-on (7 May 2010). "PREVIEW: SBS TV series Giant". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  3. ^ Kim, Heidi (8 December 2010). "SBS Giant completes run after ruling TV charts for 10 weeks". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  4. ^ Kim, Heidi (13 December 2010). "SBS Giant ends run triumphing on TV chart". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  5. ^ Wee, Geun-woo (6 July 2010). "My Name Is: Yeo Jin-goo". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  6. ^ Oh, Jean (19 May 2010). "Actress Park tries on 70s-era heroine for size". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  7. ^ "Hwang Jung-eum's Acting Blossoms". The Chosun Ilbo. 11 December 2010. Retrieved 2013-03-15. 
  8. ^ Ko, Kyoung-seok (3 January 2011). "Ko Hyun-jung wins grand prize at SBS Drama Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  9. ^ Lee, Hyo-won (15 February 2011). "Rain, Girls Generation win Seoul Art Awards". The Korea Times. Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  10. ^ Kim, Yoon-mi (1 March 2011). "Rain, SNSD among winners of 2011 Seoul Art & Culture Award". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-03-21. 
  11. ^ "Winners of the 2011 Korea Drama Awards". Korea Tourism Organization. 10 October 2011. Retrieved 2014-02-04. 

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