Man from the Equator

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Man from the Equator
Man from the Equator-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asThe Equator Man
Hangul적도의 남자
Hanja赤道의 男子
Revised RomanizationJeokdo-ui Namja
McCune–ReischauerJŏktoŭi Namja
Created byKBS Drama
Written byKim In-young
Directed byKim Yong-soo
Han Sang-woo
StarringUhm Tae-woong
Lee Joon-hyuk
Lee Bo-young
Im Jung-eun
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes20
Executive producerJung Hae-ryong (KBS Drama)
ProducersKang Byung-taek
Moon Jung Soo
Kim Hee Yul
Production locations
Running time60 minutes
Production companyPan Entertainment
Original networkKBS2
Original releaseMarch 21 (2012-03-21) –
May 24, 2012 (2012-05-24)

Man from the Equator (Korean적도의 남자; Hanja赤道의 男子; RRJeogdoui Namja; also known as The Equator Man) is a 2012 South Korean television series, starring Uhm Tae-woong, Lee Joon-hyuk, Lee Bo-young and Im Jung-eun. A tense, emotionally charged tale of brotherhood and betrayal, it follows two best friends with a tragic, twisted history that follows them from youth to adulthood.[2][3][4] It aired on KBS2 from March 21 to May 24, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST) for 20 episodes.

After premiering in last place among its more high-profile competitors The King 2 Hearts and Rooftop Prince, the viewership ratings for Man from the Equator steadily climbed due in large part to Uhm Tae-woong's praise-worthy acting and the well-combined plot of romance, fate, revenge and success.[5][6][7] Out of a total of 20 episodes, 16 rated number one in its timeslot.[8][9][10][11][12]


One the driven top student and the other a happy-go-lucky troublemaker, Jang-il (Siwan) and Sun-woo (Lee Hyun-woo) become unlikely buddies in high school, both poor but proud in their own ways. Their fathers both have ties to a powerful businessman who orders Jang-il's father to kill Sun-woo's father. One desperate crime begets another, and the boys' friendship derails in a shocking betrayal. The attack leaves Sun-woo blind and in a coma.[13] Thirteen years later, their fates will come to a head when they meet again as adults. Jang-il (Lee Joon-hyuk) has become a prosecutor haunted by his past, while Sun-woo (Uhm Tae-woong), the young CEO of investment trust company Royal Tree, is plotting his revenge. Their fates are intertwined with the women they love—Ji-won (Lee Bo-young), a volunteer reader for visually impaired people who now works as a VIP party planner at a five-star hotel, and Soo-mi (Im Jung-eun), a hyper-realism painter. As Jang-il and Sun-woo vow to destroy each other, the truth unravels in a harrowing cycle of deception and revenge as the crimes and secrets of yesteryear come to light.[14][15][16][17][18][19]


Formerly a problem child with a penchant for getting into fist fights, Sun-woo discovers his new-found passion for learning after he befriends top student Jang-il. One day, Kyung-pil, whom he looked up to as a father, dies mysteriously. While trying to discover the truth behind his death, Sun-woo gets into a fatal accident. Years later, he establishes himself as a successful businessman. His new goal now is to solve the mystery behind Kyung-pil's death while coming face to face with his former childhood best friend and nemesis, Jang-il.
Jang-il is from a poor family and grew up in the countryside. From a young age, he excelled in his academic studies, dreaming of one day making it in the real world. His efforts pay off and he becomes a celebrated public prosecutor. Jang-il's greed and ambition for fame and fortune makes him betray his childhood best friend Sun-woo, and he must now live with his dark and lonely secret.
Sun-woo's biological father
Sun-woo's adoptive father, a timid but kind man.


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

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[21] AGB Nielsen[22]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 21 March 2012 7.9% 8.7% 7.7% 8.0%
2 22 March 2012 8.1% 9.1% 8.1% 8.2%
3 28 March 2012 8.7% 9.0% 8.1% 8.2%
4 29 March 2012 8.9% 9.5% 8.5% 8.9%
5 4 April 2012 11.4% 12.6% 10.2% 10.7%
6 5 April 2012 9.6% 11.1% 10.2% 10.5%
7 11 April 2012 13.1% 15.8% 14.3% 15.4%
8 12 April 2012 11.7% 13.4% 10.8% 11.2%
9 18 April 2012 12.1% 13.4% 12.0% 12.6%
10 19 April 2012 13.3% 14.7% 13.1% 13.9%
11 25 April 2012 15.6% 16.7% 15.0% 15.7%
12 26 April 2012 13.6% 15.7% 15.2% 16.1%
13 2 May 2012 13.4% 15.0% 14.7% 15.3%
14 3 May 2012 13.1% 14.6% 13.9% 14.9%
15 9 May 2012 12.5% 15.5% 14.6% 16.0%
16 10 May 2012 12.9% 14.5% 14.2% 15.5%
17 16 May 2012 13.5% 15.4% 15.1% 15.3%
18 17 May 2012 13.6% 16.4% 14.2% 14.9%
19 23 May 2012 12.8% 14.8% 14.3% 15.5%
20 24 May 2012 13.8% 16.3% 14.1% 15.1%
Average 12.0% 13.6% 12.4%% 13.1%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2012 5th Korea Drama Awards Grand Prize (Daesang) Uhm Tae-woong Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress Kim Hye-eun Nominated
1st K-Drama Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor Uhm Tae-woong Nominated
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Uhm Tae-woong Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress Lee Bo-young Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Uhm Tae-woong Won
Lee Joon-hyuk Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Lee Bo-young Won
Actor of the Year
(awarded by PDs from all three broadcasters)
Uhm Tae-woong Won
Best New Actor Lee Hyun-woo Nominated
Best New Actress Park Se-young Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lee Jae-yong Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Cha Hwa-yeon Nominated
2013 49th Baeksang Arts Awards Best TV Actor Uhm Tae-woong Nominated


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  22. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2012-03-21.

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