Life on Mars (South Korean TV series)

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Life on Mars
Life on Mars Korea poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Hangul라이프 온 마스
Genre
Based onLife on Mars
by Matthew Graham, Tony Jordan and Ashley Pharoah
Developed byStudio Dragon
Directed byLee Jung-hyo
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Chang-woo Vincent Hwang
  • Jo Hye-rin
Production company(s)Production H
DistributorOCN
Release
Original networkOCN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJune 9 (2018-06-09) –
August 5, 2018 (2018-08-05)
Chronology
Related showsLife on Mars (UK TV series)
External links
Website
Production website

Life on Mars (Hangul라이프 온 마스) is a South Korean television series based on the 2006–7 UK series of the same name.[1] It stars Jung Kyung-ho, Park Sung-woong, Go Ah-sung, Oh Dae-hwan and Noh Jong-hyun. The series aired on OCN from June 9 to August 5, 2018 on Saturdays and Sundays at 22:20 (KST).[2][3][4][5]

Synopsis[edit]

Han Tae-Joo (Jung Kyung-Ho) leads a crime investigation team. He has experienced a rapid rise in his career and he trusts data over people. While investigating a serial murder case, he has an accident. When Han Tae-Joo wakes up, he finds himself in 1988. He does not know why, but he is now a detective appointed to work at a police station in a small city. To get back to the present day, Han Tae-Joo tries to solve a serial murder case.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A modern day forensics scientist who travels back to the past and became a detective. He is a brilliant, principled individual who prefers to rely on scientific data and evidence rather than people.
Head of the Homicide Team. A detective who is uninterested in evidence and instead uses his keen instincts and intuition to solve his cases.
A passionate ace investigator who dreams of becoming a star detective.
A police sergeant in the homicide unit. He is described as unhinged and with a nasty temper.
  • Noh Jong-hyun as Jo Nam-sik[8]
The youngest detective on the team.

Recurring[edit]

An elite head detective who cares more about his appearance than investigations.
  • Lee Hee-won as Han Tae-joo
  • Kim Ki-cheon as Manager Park[11]
  • Oh Ah-rin as Young-joo

Guests[edit]

  • Moon Woo-jin as Kyung Ho (ep. 6)

Production[edit]

  • First script reading took place March 12, 2018 at Studio Dragon in Sangam-dong.[12]
  • Im Chang-jung was offered a major supporting role but he declined the offer.[13]
  • Seo Ji-hoon was cast in the role of Jo Nam-sik but dropped out of the project.[14]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Life on Mars OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2018
GenreSoundtrack
Language
Label

Part 1[edit]

Released on July 1, 2018 (2018-07-01)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."AGNES"
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Jello Ann
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Kim Hee-jin
Patrick Joseph03:49
2."AGNES" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Kim Hee-jin
 03:49
Total length:7:38

Part 2[edit]

Released on July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Wherever You Are" (너는 어디쯤)Shin Hae-kyungShin Hae-kyungShin Hae-kyung04:21
2."Wherever You Are" (Inst.) Shin Hae-kyung 04:21
Total length:08:42

Part 3[edit]

Released on July 14, 2018 (2018-07-14)
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Always Within Me"Josef Melin, Park Geun-chulRUNY, Kwon Deok-geun, IVeRRUNY03:25
2."Always Within Me" (Inst.) RUNY, Kwon Deok-geun, IVeR 03:25
Total length:06:50

Ratings[edit]

In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[15] TNmS[16]
Nationwide Seoul
1 June 9, 2018 2.081% 1.911% 2.2%
2 June 10, 2018 3.122% 3.303% NR
3 June 16, 2018 3.268% 3.432%
4 June 17, 2018 3.762% 3.968%
5 June 23, 2018 3.098% 3.001% 3.5%
6 June 24, 2018 3.969% 3.983% 4.9%
7 June 30, 2018 3.817% 3.794% NR
8 July 1, 2018 4.681% 4.933% 5.1%
9 July 14, 2018 3.980% 4.525% 4.2%
10 July 15, 2018 4.170% 4.590% 5.2%
11 July 21, 2018 3.893% 4.353% 4.9%
12 July 22, 2018 4.834% 5.544% 5.7%
13 July 28, 2018 3.933% 4.388% NR
14 July 29, 2018 4.695% 5.036% NR
15 August 4, 2018 4.657% 4.787% 4.7%
16 August 5, 2018 5.851% 6.377% 6.0%
Average 3.988% 4.245% 4.6%
  • Note: 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 & EBS).

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2018 6th APAN Star Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Jung Kyung-ho Nominated [17][18]
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Go Ah-sung Won
2nd The Seoul Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khomami, Nadia (February 20, 2018). "Acclaimed BBC dramas to be remade in South Korea". The Guardian.
  2. ^ "[공식] 정경호X박성웅X고아성, '라이프 온 마스' 캐스팅 확정". Seoul Economic Daily (in Korean). March 22, 2018.
  3. ^ "Korean version of 'Life on Mars' depicts dazed cop's quest for identity". Yonhap News Agency. June 5, 2018.
  4. ^ "Time-traveling detective to search for identity". Kpop Herald. June 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Korean adaptation of British hit series 'Life On Mars' gains traction with viewers". Yonhap News Agency. 18 July 2018.
  6. ^ "[SBS Star] Chung Kyung-ho Takes the Lead Role in 'Life on Mars' Remake". SBS News. March 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "[공식입장] 오대환, OCN '라이프 온 마스' 주연 합류…정경호와 호흡". News1 (in Korean). April 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "[단독] 서지훈, '라이프 온 마스' 하차→노종현 출연". Naver (in Korean). My Daily. March 15, 2018.
  9. ^ "김재경, '라이프 온 마스' 출연…츤데레 걸크러시 변신". TenAsia (in Korean). April 27, 2018.
  10. ^ "[Orion's Daily Ramblings] Kim Young-pil Joins Drama "Life on Mars"". Hancinema. April 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "'라이프 온 마스' 오대환부터 김기천까지, 연기 고수들이 온다". Star News (in Korean). June 1, 2018.
  12. ^ "'라이프 온 마스' 대본리딩 포착, 정경호-박성웅 호흡 어땠나". Newsen (in Korean). April 26, 2018.
  13. ^ "Im Chang-jung Will Not Join "Life On Mars"". Hancinema. News1. February 8, 2018.
  14. ^ "[공식입장]서지훈 측 "'라이프 온 마스' 주연 확정" 대세ing". News1 (in Korean). February 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  16. ^ "TNMS 홈페이지에 오신 것을 환영합니다". TNmS (in Korean). Retrieved January 22, 2018.
  17. ^ "이병헌·손예진·아이유 APAN스타어워즈 노미네이트". Star News (in Korean). September 27, 2018.
  18. ^ "이병헌, '미스터 션샤인' 대상 수상..정해인 2관왕(종합)[2018 APAN]". Osen (in Korean). 13 October 2018.
  19. ^ "'제2회 더 서울어워즈' 10월27일 개최, 드라마-영화 각 부문별 후보공개". iMBC (in Korean). September 28, 2018.

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