Itaewon Class

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Itaewon Class
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Hangul이태원 클라쓰
Hanja梨泰院 클라쓰
GenreDrama
Based onItaewon Class
by Gwang Jin
Developed byKim Do-soo for Showbox
Written byGwang Jin
Directed byKim Sung-yoon
Starring
ComposerVarious artists
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producerJo Joon-hyung
Producers
  • Lee Sang-yoon
  • Jung Soo-jin
  • Han Suk-won
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time70 minutes
Production companies
  • Showbox
  • Zium Content[a]
  • Itaewon Class Production Partners
Drama House (JTBC Studios)
Distributor
Release
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 31 (2020-01-31) –
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21)
External links
Website

Itaewon Class (Korean이태원 클라쓰; Hanja梨泰院 클라쓰; RRItaewon Keullasseu) is a 2020 South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung and Kwon Nara. Based on the webtoon of the same name,[2] it is the first series to be produced by the film distribution company Showbox. It aired on JTBC in Korea from January 31 to March 21, 2020, and is streaming worldwide on Netflix.[3][4][5] The series won Best Drama Series at the 25th Asian Television Awards.[6][7]

In the case of webtoon, when Kakao Page and Daum webtoon were added together, the cumulative number of readers was 10 million, the cumulative number of views was 300 million, and the rating was 9.9 points.

Story[edit]

In 2006, high schooler Park Sae-Ro-Yi (Park Seo-Joon) was jailed for 2 years after attempting to kill Jang Geun-Won (Ahn Bo-Hyun). Geun-Won is the son of Jang Dae-Hee (Yoo Jae-Myung) and heir to the Jangga Group (Korea’s largest food corporation). Because of the Jang's influential power, Geun-Won leads a spoiled life and is able to bully people with impunity. Park Sung-Yeol (Son Hyun-Joo), Saeroyi's father, worked for Jangga and sponsored Oh Soo-A's (Kwon Na-Ra) education. Saeroyi had a scuffle with Geun-Won and he left Jangga to start a bar with Saeroyi. One night, Geun-Won accidentally crashed and killed Sung-Yeol, but Dae-Hee had someone else take the fall; Saeroyi tried to kill Geun-Won for his father but Soo-A (classmate and first love) stopped him. He was arrested and tried guilty for attempted murder and assault. Dae-Hee always offered mercy if Saeroyi kneeled, but he refused out of principle. Motivated to get revenge, he survived his sentence and vowed for vengeance.

By 2009, Saeroyi was released from jail. He used that time by studying Dae-Hee’s autobiography to understand his success and make plans for his future. During Halloween, Saeroyi came to Itaewon and had a fun night hanging with Soo-A. As they talked about the future, Saeroyi said he likes Itaewon and wants to open his own restaurant here. To her shock, Saeroyi intends to carry out this plan 7 years into the future while heading to work for a fishing vessel in the meantime. Soo-A is being financially supported by Dae-Hee; she carries a sense of guilt for her career path to Jangga. However, Saeroyi never blamed her and wished for her success. Afterwards, they bid each other farewell and haven’t seen each other since.

Seven years later (2016), Saeroyi managed to open his restaurant-bar DanBam (pun on Sweet Night or Sweet Chestnut). Supporting and working under Saeroyi is Choi Seung-Kwon (Ryoo Kyung-Soo), Ma Hyun-Yi (Lee Joo-Young), Jo Yi-Seo (Kim Da-Mi), Jang Geun-Soo (Kim Dong-Hee), and Tony Kim (Chris Lyon). With Yi-Seo as the manager, she used her social media influence and management skills to help DanBam become a successful business. When it was revealed that Saeroyi secretly owns a large amount of Jangga’s stocks, Dae-Hee forced Saeroyi to sell all of it. Dae-Hee bought the building of Danbam and would’ve bought every future lease to hinder him; Saeroyi liquified his stocks to buy his own building to avoid the problem. Geun-Soo is the 2nd heir to Jangga and romantically interested in Yi-seo. However, Yi-Seo only loved Saeroyi and that angered Geun-Soo to quit DanBam and join Jangga to destroy Saeroyi.

After gaining public notoriety from Hyun-Yi becoming the first transgendered female chef champion in the Best Pub TV show, they got the attention of a major investor to franchise their business. Becoming incorporated, they named their company as I.C. (Itaewon Class) Co. Their corporation nearly fell apart before it started when it was discovered the investor was an agent for Dae-Hee and pulled their massive investment out, causing other investors to abandon them. To salvage the situation, Tony’s grandmother used her fortune to help them become a successful global franchise. In between events, Yi-Seo helped expose Geun-Won's crime of killing Saeroyi's dad and got him jailed for it. Dae-Hee publicly denounced Geun-Won to save his chairmanship and groomed Geun-Soo to replace his failed heir to Jangga.

By 2020, the IC Company is now the 2nd largest competitor to Jangga. Geun-Soo has risen to director of Jangga and proven a better heir than Geun-Won; he still hates Saeroyi. Things would change with the return of Geun-Won and Dae-Hee’s cancer. Geun-Won has been released early from jail and on a quest for vengeance against Saeroyi. Dae-Hee has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer and has only 6 months to live. While many saw this as karmic punishment, Saeroyi called Dae-hee to tell him he can’t die before he gets his vengeance. Amused that the only person that wants him to live is his enemy, Dae-hee enjoys this final conflict with Saeroyi.

At IC, Saeroyi is starting to have feelings for Yi-Seo. Because of the awkward position between Soo-A and Saeroyi (Jangga Vs IC Corp), the two only had an emotional relationship; it's apparent to Soo-A that his feelings are changing. After Yi-Seo collapses from over-working for Saeroyi’s sake, he realizes he’s in love with Yi-Seo. Before he could confess his love for Yi-Seo, she was kidnapped by Geun-Won and former inmates as henchmen. Saeroyi tried to rescue Yi-Seo but was critically injured when one of the henchmen tried to run Geun-Soo over but was saved by Saeroyi. Yi-Seo eventually escaped capture with Geun-Soo. After recovering from his near-death experience, Saeroyi goes to see Dae-hee. He knows Dae-hee is aware of Geun-Won’s whereabouts. Dae-hee wouldn’t talk unless Saeroyi kneels and after resisting him for almost 15 years, he submitted to kneeling to save Yi-Seo. Saeroyi eventually makes it to rescue Yi-Seo and confesses his feelings for her. Geun-Won had a showdown with Saeroyi and lost, the cops made it and arrested Geun-Won.

In the aftermath, Jangga was ruined because Soo-A whistle blew 10 years worth of illegal activities, forcing the company to close. Dae-Hee tried to use all his influence to save his company but everyone severed ties. As a last ditch effort, he went to see Saeroyi and kneeled before him, pleading with him in tears to save his company. However, Saeroyi intends a corporate takeover by absorbing Jangga into IC. Geun-Soo made peace with the DanBam crew to also start fresh. Soo-A ruined her own career to repay her debt to Saeroyi's dad with money and destroying Jangga; she would restart fresh by opening her own restaurant and found love with the new chef. With his revenge completed and dating Yi-Seo, Saeroyi found peace and happiness from all his struggles.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Proprietor of DanBam, a bar-restaurant in Itaewon. In his youth, Sae-ro-yi gets expelled from high school for punching CEO Jang's son Geun-won, who was bullying a classmate, and becomes bereaved when his father is killed by Geun-won's reckless driving. Angered by the loss, he attacks Geun-won, leading to his three-year imprisonment. Following his father's steps, Sae-ro-yi opens his bar-restaurant DanBam in Itaewon seven years after he is released from jail, with the aim of expanding it into a franchise and defeating CEO Jang's food company Jangga Group. In 2020, he becomes the CEO of his company IC Group.
Manager of Sae-ro-yi's bar-restaurant DanBam. Yi-seo is a multi-talented and intelligent girl with an IQ of 162. She moved from New York to continue her studies in South Korea. She is also famous on social media as a power blogger and social media internet celebrity. Having a crush on Sae-ro-yi, she offers to become the manager of DanBam. Her lack of empathy and callous behavior has many people believe she is a sociopath, but she does end up caring for her DanBam coworkers. Despite being declined by Sae-ro-yi, Yi-seo remains by his side as his manager and work partner while still maintaining feelings for him. In 2020, Yi-seo becomes the CFO of Sae-ro-yi's company IC Group. Eventually, Saeroyi realizes his feelings for Yi-Seo and he confesses his love for her.
CEO of food company Jangga Group. CEO Jang is a self-made man who, despite the odds, succeeds in turning his once small bar into a large franchise company. In his years of experience leading Jangga, he develops a strong belief in power and authority as a means to achieve his goals. He meets Sae-ro-yi when the latter has a fight with his son Geun-won in high school and expects him to kneel as a submission of his power. However, Saeroryi always resisted kneeling and made his life harder for it. In 2020, he is diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and doesn't have much long to live. Unfortunately, his illegal activities under Jangga was exposed and ruined his company. Despite kneeling before Saeroyi for help, Saeroyi absorbed Jangga into his company, leaving Dae-Hee with nothing.
Head of the strategic planning team in Jangga Group; Sae-ro-yi's former classmate and first love. Abandoned by her mother, Soo-ah grew up in an orphanage and became close with Sae-ro-yi's father Sung-yeol. She becomes acquainted with Sae-ro-yi, who has a crush on her. After Sung-yeol's death, she receives a scholarship offer from Jangga Group and soon becomes an employee in the company. Though passionate about her work, she is torn between her allegiance to Jangga and her love for Sae-ro-yi. Due to their conflicts of interests, the two would hold a long term emotional relationship, but never a true romantic one. Eventually, Soo-ah realizes Saeroyi's feelings has changed and the two remain as friends. She later became a whistle blower to the authorities on the crimes that Jangga have committed in the past during her time in the company and later starts her own restaurant.

Supporting[edit]

DanBam staff[edit]

CEO Jang's second and illegitimate son; Yi-seo's classmate and staff member at DanBam. Geun-soo has been bullied by his older brother Geun-won and he never felt loved by his parents. Upon turning 17, he left the Jang family and lived by himself from then on. After inconveniencing DanBam in an incident, he decides to work for Sae-ro-yi, whom he considers to be a "real adult." He has a crush on Yi-seo. However, after leaving DanBam, Geun-soo chooses to work at his father's company to become the successor for Jangga Group. In 2020, he is the director of Jangga Group.
Staff member at DanBam. Seung-kwon was Sae-ro-yi's cellmate in prison.
Believing that he cannot better his life outside of jail, he became a gangster under a gang leader upon his release. Seven years later, he meets Sae-ro-yi who, to his surprise, had already opened a bar in Itaewon. Deeply respecting Sae-ro-yi and his way to live a better life, he gives up being a gangster and starts working at DanBam. In 2020, he becomes one of the directors of Sae-ro-yi's company IC Group.
DanBam's chief cook. Hyun-yi first met Sae-ro-yi in a factory where the two formerly worked, years before the start of DanBam.
She was hired as DanBam's cook when Sae-ro-yi liked the food she once cooked for him back then. Hyun-yi is a transgender woman and has been saving money for her sex reassignment surgery
  • Chris Lyon as Kim To-ni[15]
DamBam's Guinean-Korean part-timer. Even though he cannot speak and understand English, To-ni is fluent in speaking Korean, owing to his Korean father and his one-year residence in South Korea, and French, the language he speaks in Guinea. Eventually, he is able to learn and speak a satisfactory amount of English.

Jangga Group[edit]

CEO Jang's first son and heir to Jangga Group. Geun-won was Sae-ro-yi and Soo-ah's classmate in high school who frequently bullied their classmate Ho-jin. He caused the vehicular accident that killed Sae-ro-yi's father Sung-yeol. Years later when he attempts to recruit Yi-seo into Jangga, his confession to the crime is recorded by her and he attacks her until Sae-ro-yi intervenes and gets him arrested. Dae-hee deserts Geun-won by admitting his son's crimes during his apology meeting and getting him sent to prison. In 2020, he is released and alongside Kim Hee-hon and his gang, Geun-won plans to get revenge on Yi-seo.

Jangga Group's executive director, who secretly plots to usurp CEO Jang. She is a close friend of Park Sung-yeol, Park Sae-ro-yi father.
  • Hong Seo-joon as Mr. Kim[18]
Jang Dae-hee's right-hand man. He is very loyal to his boss.
  • Yoo Da-mi as Kim Sun-ae[19]
Jang Dae-hee's secretary and Kang Min-jung’s spy.

Others[edit]

Sae-royi's investment manager. Ho-jin was Sae-ro-yi, Soo-ah and Geun-won's classmate in high school. After years of bearing the constant bullying from Geun-won, he gets into a prestigious college and takes up business administration. He partners up with Sae-ro-yi in taking revenge against Geun-won and CEO Jang. In 2020, he becomes the financial manager for Sae-ro-yi's company IC Group. In one of the flashback scene when he visited Sae-ro-yi in prison; he listed Sae-ro-yi as a friend.
Yi-seo's mother, who disapproves of Yi-seo quitting college and working at Danbam.
  • Yoon Kyung-ho as Oh Byeong-heon[22]
Detective in charge of Geun-won's hit-and-run case which he was pressured to cover up. He quit his job after the case and is now one of Sae-ro-yi's suppliers.
  • Choi Yu-ri as Oh Hye-won[23]
Oh Byeong-heon's daughter, who is oblivious to Sae-ro-yi's connection with her father.
  • Kim Mi-kyeong as Kim Soon-rye[24]
To-ni's Korean paternal grandmother. After her son's death, she deeply regrets disapproving of her son's marriage to a Guinean woman (To-ni's mother), as it caused her son to run away. She is a loan shark who offers her services to Sae-ro-yi when he moves his bar to a new location. She was also one of the first supporters of Jangga.
  • Won Hyun-joon as Kim Hee-hoon[25]
Sae-ro-yi's former cellmate and a leader of a group of gangsters. Though initially cordial to both Sae-ro-yi and Choi Seung-kwon, he later allies himself with Jang Geun-won.
  • Han Hye-ji as Kook Bok-hee[26]
Yi-seo and Geun-soo's former classmate. Her bullying activities were exposed after Yi-seo recorded her performing the act. After running into Yi-seo months later, she attempted to assault her for ruining her reputation alongside her friends, only to be beaten down by Yi-seo.

Special appearances[edit]

A student who had a crush on Sae-ro-yi and had her confession rejected by him.
Sae-ro-yi's father and former employee in Jangga Group. He taught Sae-ro-yi to stick to his beliefs and to fight for what is right. He resigned from Jangga in defense of Sae-ro-yi's deed of stopping Geun-won's bullying. He died in an accident caused by Geun-won.
Soo-ah's acquaintance. He works at a bar that Sae-ro-yi visits twice (years before and after opening DanBam). They meet again after Sae-ro-yi moves the location of his bar.
Geun-soo's elder friend who goes to DanBam with Geun-soo and Yi-seo where the two get caught for underage drinking.
  • Cha Chung-hwa as Bureau Chief's wife (Ep. 3)[31]
Mother of Bok-hee, whose behavior was exposed online by Yi-seo.
One of Bok-hee's friends. She, alongside Bok-hee and her friend, attempted to assault Yi-seo after running into each other months after high school graduation.
  • Jung Yoo-min as Seo Jeong-In (Ep. 6)[33]
The daughter of the CEO of a pharmaceutical company and Geun-won's blind date. The blind date was arranged by Geun-won's father.
Sae-ro-yi's acquaintance. She applied for the job that was eventually offered to Kim To-ni. Yi-seo rejected her application out of jealousy of her and Sae-ro-yi's close relationship.
  • Kim Il-joong as himself (Ep. 11 & 13)[35]
Host of the cooking program show The Best Pub.
CEO of the investment firm Jungmyung Holdings. He offers Sae-ro-yi to franchise DanBam.
A contestant on The Best Pub. He represents Jangga Group as the head cook and comes in second to Hyun-yi during the final. He subsequently gets fired.
The new chef at Soo-ah's restaurant in which Hong Seok-cheon invested after he passed the job interview.

Production[edit]

The first script reading took place in August 2019 at JTBC Building in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[39]

The drama serves as a reunion between Park Seo-Joon and Yoo Jae-myung who previously worked together in the KBS2 drama Hwarang: The Poet Warrior Youth.

Original soundtrack[edit]

Itaewon Class: Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMarch 20, 2020
GenreSoundtrack
Length4:02:10
Language
LabelVlending Co., Ltd.

Itaewon Class: Original Soundtrack[edit]

The drama's soundtrack is compiled in a four-part album released on March 20, 2020. CDs 1 and 2 contain the drama's theme songs and their instrumental versions, while CDs 3 and 4 contain the drama's musical score. The following lists are the track listings for the online streaming version of the album.[40][41]

CD 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."You Make Me Back"
  • Oh Hyun-joo
  • Kim Jin-hoon
Kim Jin-hoonWoosung (The Rose)3:15
2."Start Over" (시작[b])Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilGaho3:20
3."Still Fighting It"Ben FoldsBen FoldsLee Chan-sol5:20
4."Maybe"
  • Sondia
  • Miriam
Park Sung-ilSondia3:48
5."Our Souls at Night" (우리의 밤[c])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilSondia4:44
6."No Break" (직진[d])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilThe Vane2:53
7."Someday, The Boy" (그때 그 아인)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilKim Feel4:48
8."You Make Me Back" (Inst.) Kim Jin-hoon 3:15
9."Start Over" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:20
10."Still Fighting It" (Inst.) Ben Folds 5:20
11."Our Souls at Night" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:44
12."No Break" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 2:53
13."Someday, The Boy" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:48
Total length:52:28
CD 2[e]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Diamond" (돌덩이[f])
  • Gwang Jin
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilHa Hyun-woo (Guckkasten)3:29
2."Sweet Night"
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
V (BTS)3:34
3."Say"
  • Seo Dong-sung
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilYoon Mi-rae4:20
4."Are We Just Friends?" (우린 친구뿐일까)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilSondia3:48
5."No Words" (어떤 말도)Kwon Young-chanHong So-jinCrush4:31
6."With Us"Taibian
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
Verivery4:17
7."Brand New Way"DamonPark Sung-ilDamon2:52
8."Diamond" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:29
9."Sweet Night" (Inst.) 
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
 3:34
10."Say" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:20
11."Are We Just Friends?" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:48
12."No Words" (Inst.) Hong So-jin 4:31
13."With Us" (Inst.) 
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
 4:17
Total length:50:50
CD 3
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Itaewon Class" (이태원 클라쓰)Kim Joon-suk3:54
2."I Wanted to be a Policeman" (제 꿈은 경찰이었습니다)Noh Yoo-rim3:07
3."I Have a 15-Year Plan, Brace Yourself" (내 계획은 15년 짜리니까 기대해라)Goo Bon-choon3:42
4."DanBam Kitchen" (단밤 주방)Kim Jung-wan3:12
5."IQ 162, City Girl" (IQ162 도시여자)Kim Hyun-do2:43
6."That's My Goal" (그게 내 목표야)Shim Hee-jin1:55
7."Sociopath" (소시오패스)Goo Bon-choon1:51
8."The Story" (사연)Noh Yoo-rim3:05
9."I'm Always Grateful" (난 늘 고마운 마음뿐이야)Jung Hye-bin3:05
10."A New Morning" (새로운 아침)Kim Tae-jin2:11
11."My Bittersweet Night" (쓰린 밤이... 내 삶이 달달했으면)Park Hye-min1:57
12."Crush" (짝사랑)Shim Hee-jin2:42
13."Operation" (도모)Kim Joon-suk3:29
14."You think you can act like a jock only because you're the son of a billionaire?" (재벌 2세면 양아치 짓 해도 되는 거냐?)Son Sung-rak2:14
15."Tragedy of Success" (성공이라는 비극)Kim Hyun-do3:37
16."The Winner Takes It All" (약육강식)Noh Yoo-rim2:58
17."I Am The Powerful Ruler" (나는 권위적인 사람이야)Son Sung-rak2:08
18."The Beginning of Revenge" (복수의 시작)Shim Hee-jin3:05
19."You Can't Do This to Me" (넌 나한테 이러면 안 돼)Goo Bon-choon2:31
20."Unforgettable Past" (잊을 수 없는 과거)Kim Hyun-do2:13
21."Don't Feel Sorry When Eating Pork or Chicken" (돼지나 닭을 먹을 때 미안한 마음은 갖지 마라)Shin Yoo-jin2:32
22."I Will be Stronger" (저는 더욱더 강해지겠습니다)Kim Joon-suk2:34
23."False Tears" (거짓 눈물)Shin Yoo-jin2:35
24."It’s All For Jangga Co.'s Sake" (모든 건 장家를 위해서)Goo Bon-choon3:10
25."A Hit-And-Run" (뺑소니 사건)Son Sung-rak2:17
Total length:1:08:47
CD 4
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Defence"
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
  • Fraktal
1:22
2."Impressive Day" (인상적인 하루)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:00
3."His Night" (이 남자의 밤)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:50
4."A Word of Love" (사랑한단 말)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
3:48
5."You Are Always Shining Too Bright To Me" (넌 나한테 항상 지나치게 빛나)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:13
6."I'm Going To Crush You All" (내가 다 부숴버릴 거야)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:04
7."It's Still Bitter" (아직 씁니다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
4:26
8."I Don't Mind That You Don't Feel The Same Way" (보답받지 못하는 마음이라도)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:52
9."It's Funny I'm Feeling This Way At My Age" (이 나이에 이런 감정)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:48
10."IC Inc." (주식회사 IC)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:59
11."Truth Game" (진실게임)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:15
12."I Look Forward To It, Partner" (잘 부탁한다, 파트너)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:39
13."I've Changed Quite a Lot" (난 꽤나 많이 변했어)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:48
14."I Don't Have To Convince Others About Who I Am" (내가 나인 것에 다른 사람의 납득은 필요 없다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:31
15."You Have No Idea How Proud I Was" (얼마나 자랑스러운 아들이냐)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:40
16."All You Need Is One Word" (그냥 말 한마디면 돼요)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
2:02
17."How Does It Taste?" (술맛이 어떠냐?)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
2:20
18."Still We Are" (여전히 우린)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
2:12
19."We Can Do It" (우리는 된다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:59
20."Fresh Start" (새로운 시작)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:44
21."I Want To Know More About You" (난 니가 궁금해)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Fraktal
1:53
22."So why can't the earth just explode so this can all end?" (차라리 지구가 터져버렸으면 좋겠다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Fraktal
2:11
23."Because I'm Korean" (저 한국 사람인데요)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Fraktal
1:35
24."An Unreasonable World" (불합리한 세상)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
1:21
25."All Invested In Jangga" (전부 장가에 투자해)Shin Yoo-jin2:59
26."Tenacity, Bravado" (고집, 객기)Shim Hee-jin2:34
Total length:1:10:05
Itaewon Class: Original Soundtrack Parts 1–13

Part 1[edit]

Released on January 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)[42]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Still Fighting It"Ben FoldsBen FoldsLee Chan-sol5:20
2."Still Fighting It" (Inst.) Ben Folds 5:20
Total length:10:40

Part 2[edit]

Released on February 1, 2020 (2020-02-01)[43]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Start Over" (시작[b])Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilGaho3:20
2."Start Over" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:20
Total length:6:40

Part 3[edit]

Released on February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)[44]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Diamond" (돌덩이[f])
  • Gwang Jin
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilHa Hyun-woo (Guckkasten)3:29
2."Diamond" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:29
Total length:6:58

Part 4[edit]

Released on February 8, 2020 (2020-02-08)[45]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Our Souls at Night" (우리의 밤[c])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilSondia4:44
2."Our Souls at Night" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:44
Total length:9:28

Part 5[edit]

Released on February 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)[46]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."You Make Me Back"
  • Oh Hyun-joo
  • Kim Jin-hoon
Kim Jin-hoonWoosung (The Rose)3:15
2."You Make Me Back" (Inst.) Kim Jin-hoon 3:15
Total length:6:30

Part 6[edit]

Released on February 15, 2020 (2020-02-15)[47]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Someday, The Boy" (그때 그 아인)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilKim Feel4:48
2."Someday, The Boy" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:48
Total length:9:36

Part 7[edit]

Released on February 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)[48]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Are We Just Friends?" (우린 친구뿐일까)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilSondia3:48
2."Maybe"
  • Sondia
  • Miriam
Park Sung-ilSondia3:48
3."Defence" 
  • Park Sung-il
  • Fraktal
 1:22
4."Are We Just Friends?" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:48
Total length:12:46

Part 8[edit]

Released on February 22, 2020 (2020-02-22)[49]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Say"
  • Seo Dong-sung
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilYoon Mi-rae4:20
2."Say" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:20
Total length:8:40

Part 9[edit]

Released on February 29, 2020 (2020-02-29)[50]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."With Us"Taibian
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
Verivery4:17
2."With Us" (Inst.) 
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
 4:17
Total length:8:34

Part 10[edit]

Released on March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)[51]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."No Break" (직진[d])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilThe Vane[g]2:53
2."No Break" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 2:53
Total length:5:46

Part 11[edit]

Released on March 7, 2020 (2020-03-07)[52]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."No Words" (어떤 말도)Kwon Young-chanHong So-jinCrush4:31
2."No Words" (Inst.) Hong So-jin 4:31
Total length:9:02

Part 12[edit]

Released on March 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)[53]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Sweet Night"
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
V (BTS)3:34
2."Sweet Night" (Inst.) 
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
 3:34
Total length:7:08

Part 13[edit]

Released on March 14, 2020 (2020-03-14)[54]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Brand New Way"DamonPark Sung-ilDamon2:52
2."Brand New Way" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 2:52
Total length:5:44

Chart performance[edit]

Title Year Peak
positions
Remarks Ref.
KOR
"Start Over" (시작) (Gaho) 2020 1 Part 2 [55]
"Diamond" (돌덩이) (Ha Hyun-woo (Guckkasten)) 4 Part 3 [56]
"Someday, the Boy" (그때 그 아인) (Kim Feel) 3 Part 6
"Say" (Yoon Mi-rae) 63 Part 8 [55]
"No Words" (어떤 말도) (Crush) 76 Part 11
"Sweet Night" (V) 14 Part 12

Reception[edit]

Itaewon Class' final episode recorded a 16.548% nationwide audience share, making it the third-highest viewership rating in JTBC and the eighth highest rated drama in Korean cable television history.[57][58]

Time Magazine included Itaewon Class on its list of "The 10 Best Korean Dramas to Watch on Netflix,"[59] and also Forbes included the series on its list of "The 13 Best Korean Dramas Of 2020".[60] While Google Trends revealed that the series was the first most searched drama/entertainment program of 2020 and the fourth most searched domestic term of 2020 in South Korea.[61][62]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2020 56th Baeksang Arts Awards Best Director (TV) Kim Sung-yoon Nominated [63][64][65]
Best Actor (TV) Park Seo-joon Nominated
Best Supporting Actor (TV) Yoo Jae-myung Nominated
Best Supporting Actress (TV) Kwon Nara Nominated
Best New Actor (TV) Ahn Bo-hyun Nominated
Best New Actress (TV) Kim Da-mi Won
Technical Award Park Sung-il (Music) Nominated
4th Soribada Best K-Music Awards Best Hallyu OST Gaho ("Start Over") Won [66]
15th Seoul International Drama Awards Best Mini-Series Silver Bird Prize Itaewon Class Won [67][68]
2020 Mnet Asian Music Awards Best OST Gaho ("Start Over") Won [69][70]
Song of the Year Nominated
2021 25th Asian Television Awards Best Drama Series Itaewon Class Won [71][72]
7th APAN Star Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Park Seo-joon Nominated [73][74]
Drama of the Year Itaewon Class Won
Best New Actor Ahn Bo-hyun Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Da-mi Nominated
Popular Star Award, Actress Nominated
Popular Star Award, Actor Park Seo-joon Nominated
Best OST V ("Sweet Night") Won
30th Seoul Music Awards OST Award Gaho ("Start Over") Nominated [75]
Ha Hyun-woo ("Diamond") Nominated
Kim Feel ("Someday, The Boy") Nominated

Viewership[edit]

Itaewon Class : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
12345678910111213141516
11.2611.3711.9772.5002.8523.0853.0263.2543.6123.8033.5143.5303.3213.7853.8414.4253.072
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[76]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
(AGB Nielsen)[77]
Nationwide Seoul
1 January 31, 2020 4.983% 5.283%
2 February 1, 2020 5.330% 5.634%
3 February 7, 2020 8.013% 8.253%
4 February 8, 2020 9.382% 10.692%
5 February 14, 2020 10.716% 11.986%
6 February 15, 2020 11.608% 12.636%
7 February 21, 2020 12.289% 13.215%
8 February 22, 2020 12.562% 13.990%
9 February 28, 2020 13.965% 14.903%
10 February 29, 2020 14.760% 16.160%
11 March 6, 2020 13.798% 15.496%
12 March 7, 2020 13.398% 14.817%
13 March 13, 2020 13.101% 14.344%
14 March 14, 2020 14.197% 15.568%
15 March 20, 2020 14.661% 16.012%
16 March 21, 2020 16.548% 18.328%
Average 11.832% 12.957%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama aired 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).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Acquired by JTBC Studios in 2020[1]
  2. ^ a b Lit. "Start"
  3. ^ a b Lit. "Our Night"
  4. ^ a b Lit. "Straight"
  5. ^ The song "Start Over" by Chris Lyon, who played the character Kim To-ni in the drama, is included in the physical CD album version as the 8th track. All succeeding tracks are renumbered accordingly.[40]
    CD 2 (CD version)
    No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
    8."Start Over"DamonPark Sung-ilChris Lyon 
  6. ^ a b Lit. "Stone Block"
  7. ^ Performed by band member Chae Bo-hoon

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