Monster (2016 TV series)

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Monster drama.jpg
Promotional poster
Written by
Directed byJoo Sung-woo
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes50
Executive producer(s)Lee Chang-seob
Producer(s)Son Young-joon
Production location(s)South Korea
Hainan, China
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Lee Kim Production
Original networkMunhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original releaseMarch 28 (2016-03-28) –
September 20, 2016 (2016-09-20)
External links

Monster (Korean몬스터; RRMonseuteo) is a 2016 South Korean television series starring Kang Ji-hwan, Sung Yu-ri, Park Ki-woong and Claudia Kim. It replaced Glamorous Temptation and airs on MBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 09:55pm (KST) from March 28 to September 20, 2016 for 50 episodes.


In his youth, Lee Guk-cheol lost his wealthy family and his inheritance to his greedy uncle, Byun Il-jae. He lost everything and descended to the lowest echelons of society, from spoiled rich heir to lowly beggar almost overnight. However, an opportunity arises whereby he is able to obtain a new identity - Kang Ki-tan, allowing him to take back what is rightfully his and enact vengeance on those responsible for ruining his life. However, in his quest for revenge, he meets opposition in the form of Do Gun-woo, the illegitimate son of a chaebol chairman, and Oh Soo-yeon, a young woman who seem suspiciously similar to someone he developed feelings for in his youth.


Main cast[edit]

Born Lee Guk-cheol, he was the heir to Sudo Hospital, until the deaths of his parents and aunt. He survived several murder attempts against him, but lost everything and became a beggar. Blinded by the car accident that killed his parents, Guk-cheol's sense of hearing is heightened to superhuman levels, an ability he would continue to possess as an adult. Years later, he undergoes surgery to cure his blindness and change his appearance. He obtains a new identity - Kang Ki-tan, using it to exact revenge on those responsible for his predicament. Later in the series, he is adopted by Jo Ki-ryang, the leader of Huaping after he takes a bullet for him. With the latter's financial backing, Ki-tan starts his own company, KT Corporation, with plans to take over Dodo Group and complete his revenge.

As a teenager, Cha Jeong-eun met Guk-cheol when she worked as his maid. Guk-cheol begin to develop feelings for her but circumstances separated the two. Many years later, she now goes by the name Oh Soo-yeon. She meets Kang Ki-tan, but both are unaware of their shared past together due to both of them having adopted new identities. She is somewhat materialistic, stemming from her struggles to make ends meet to pay for her autistic younger brother's medical fees. Later in the series, she starts up a law firm with Min Byung-ho.

He is the illegitimate son of Dodo Group's chairman. Gun-woo lived in America for most of his youth, having murdered his abusive stepfather and witnessed his mother commit suicide. Byun Il-jae brings him back to Korea with the intention of using him as a tool to topple Dodo Group's chairman and take the company for himself. As one of Dodo Group's new recruits, Gun-woo develops a mutual rivalry with Kang Ki-tan. After Do Choong finds out that Gun-woo is his illegitimate son, he takes Gun-woo under his wing and promotes him to Vice Chairman of Dodo Group.

A NIS agent who has been tasked with infiltrating Dodo Group.

Dodo Group[edit]

Dodo Group is a large and powerful chaebol in Korea. The chairman is Do Choong. The main cast have found employment within Dodo Group, each with their own motivations and objectives.

The chairman of Dodo Group. He is the father of Gwang-woo and Shin-young. He also has an illegitimate son - Gun-woo.

The main antagonist of the series. Il-jae was Guk-cheol's uncle who murdered his parents and stole his inheritance. He was once a prosecutor but now works on the legal team of Dodo Group. He is a greedy and power-hungry man who schemes to take control of Dodo Group and eventually rise to a position of eminence.

Byun Il-jae's unquestionably loyal manservant, who usually helps to carry out Il-jae's dirty work.

A politician. He is Do Choong's brother-in-law and Il-jae's father-in-law. He harbors resentment towards Do Choong.

Do Choong's wife and Jae-man's sister. She has a strong animosity towards Gun-woo, being responsible for banishing his mother, who was Do Choong's mistress. Gwi-ja becomes increasingly angry when Do Choong allows Gun-woo's rise to power in Dodo Group after Gwang-woo's imprisonment.

The CEO of Dodo Group and Do Choong's eldest son. Gwang-woo is an extremely greedy and unscrupulous man, having blackmailed Il-jae into murdering Guk-cheol's parents. Gwang-woo was later found guilty of creating a slush fund and for allowing T9, a carcinogenic coating agent in Dodo Group's products. He is sent to prison, although he is later pardoned and released.

Do Choong's youngest daughter. She is a typical bratty and spoiled rich girl. She has a habit of calling Ki-tan 'Kang Ga-din', whom she develops a crush on.

Jae-man's daughter. Like her father, she also entered politics. Il-jae had an affair with her. She accidentally killed Man-ok, Il-jae's first wife and her friend when the affair was discovered. Il-jae helped her cover up the crime and made her his second wife.

The chief secretary of the SPD division in Dodo Group. He dislikes Byun Il-jae, and the feeling is mutual. A hardworking employee who dedicated his life to Dodo Group, he is fired by Gwang-woo for hurting the latter's pride. After struggling with poverty for a year, Ki-tan recruits him to join his company, KT Corporation, which Tae-gwang accepts. He becomes Ki-tan's right-hand man, swearing complete allegiance to Ki-tan in return for helping him clear his debts.

Tae-gwang's assistant.

Dodo Group executive.

The Do family's secretary.

  • Song Kyung-chul as Gong Bok-shin

The Do family's butler who is very loyal to Do Choong. He was once the head of the SPD at Dodo Group and Moon Tae-gwang's superior.

  • Kim Dong-hee as Lee Soo-tak

A nerdy Dodo Group employee who entered the company at the same time as the main characters. He has a crush on Yoo Seong-ae. He loses his job and goes to prison due to the machinations of Byun Il-jae and Do Gun-woo. A year later, Ki-tan recruits him and Moon Tae-gwang to join his company, KT Corporation.

  • Lee Mun-jeong as Hong Nan-jeong

One of the new Dodo Group employees who entered the company at the same time as the main characters. She is close friends with Soo-yeon. She later quits Dodo Group to work at the law firm founded by Oh Soo-yeon and Min Byung-ho.

One of the new Dodo Group employees who entered the company at the same time as the main characters. She looks down and dislikes Soo-yeon.

  • Shin Joo-hwan as Kim Hae-il

One of the new Dodo Group employees who entered the company at the same time as the main characters. He later becomes Gun-woo's personal assistant when the latter is promoted to Vice Chairman of Dodo Group.


An underground firearms dealer associated with the Chinese mafia.

The boss of Huaping, whose identity was a mystery at the start of the series. He adopts Ki-tan after the latter saves him during an assassination attempt.

She is a Chinese expat who was once Man-ok's secretary. It is later revealed that she is actually a lobbyist working for a secret organization which plans to obtain the vaccine for MK2, a lethal mutant virus. However, Jeong-eun injects the vaccine into Guk-Cheol. Chae-ryung now fronts as the owner of an art gallery. She offered to purchase Guk-cheol's blood for the vaccine; in exchange her organization would provide financial backing to Guk-cheol to adopt his Kang Ki-tan persona and exact revenge. Chae-ryung has an unrequited love for Ki-tan, and thus tries to keep him and Soo-yeon apart.

Another Chinese expat who works together with Chae-ryung for the same secret organization.


A lawyer who is the closest thing to family that Soo-yeon has. He helps look out for her brother too, and also provides help to Ki-tan from time to time. He later starts a law firm with Soo-yeon.

  • Jung Soon-won as Oh Jin-cheol / Cha Dong-soo
    • Jung Soo-hwan as young Cha Dong-soo

Jeong-eun's younger brother, who suffers from Lennox–Gastaut syndrome, thus requiring her to work hard to pay his medical fees. Later, his name was changed to Oh Jin-cheol, alongside his sister who adopted the name Oh Soo-yeon. Dong-soo is shown to have a photographic memory. He is murdered by Byun Il-jae in episode 24.

  • Kim Myung-soo as Cha Joong-rak

Jeong-eun and Dong-soo's father, who worked as the head of security at Sudo Hospital when Guk-cheol was a teenager. He dies after being exposed to the MK2 virus.

  • Nam Myung-ryul as Lee Joon-sik

Lee Guk-cheol's father.

  • Nam Gi-ae as Jung Mi-ok

Lee Guk-cheol's mother.

A woman campaigning against the use of T9, a cancer-causing agent in Dodo Group's products.

A gangster boss who manages Do Gwang-woo's slush fund.

  • Go In-bum as Kim Dae-woo

A corrupt former army general working with Hwang Jae-man.

  • Kim Young-woong as Yeom Hyeong-gu

Yoo Seong-ae's direct supervisor in the NIS, whom she reports her infiltration activities in Dodo Group to. He is later revealed to be working for Hwang Jae-man.


Byun Il-jae's first wife and Guk-cheol's aunt. She is accidentally killed by Hwang Ji-soo.

A criminal hired by Byun Il-jae to kill Guk-cheol.

A wealthy Chinese businessman who was involved in the manufacture and distribution of counterfeit drugs, which affected Dodo Group.

A scientist working on the vaccine for the MK2 virus. He is murdered by Oh Choong-dong and Ki-tan is framed for the crime.


  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Episode # Original broadcast date TNmS Ratings[5] AGB Nielsen Ratings[6]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 March 28, 2016 7.4% (NR) 8.1% (18th) 7.3% (NR) 7.8% (20th)
2 March 29, 2016 7.7% (19th) 8.3% (14th) 7.0% (20th) 7.8% (17th)
3 April 4, 2016 9.0% (21st) 10.3% (9th) 9.5% (14th) 10.6% (10th)
4 April 5, 2016 9.1% (13th) 9.7% (8th) 8.9% (13th) 9.5% (10th)
5 April 11, 2016 7.5% (NR) 8.2% (17th) 8.2% (NR) 9.3% (14th)
6 April 12, 2016 7.3% (20th) 7.3% (18th) 8.7% (13th) 9.7% (10th)
7 April 18, 2016 7.4% (NR) 8.4% (17th) 8.5% (NR) 9.5% (15th)
8 April 19, 2016 7.8% (17th) 8.4% (14th) 8.1% (19th) 9.1% (14th)
9 April 25, 2016 7.7% (NR) 9.2% (15th) 8.1% (NR) 8.7% (17th)
10 April 26, 2016 8.2% (17th) 8.8% (11th) 8.2% (17th) 9.0% (15th)
11 May 2, 2016 6.9% (NR) 7.7% (NR) 7.5% (NR) 8.2% (20th)
12 May 3, 2016 7.1% (NR) 8.5% (17th) 8.4% (NR) 9.3% (18th)
13 May 9, 2016 7.1% (NR) 8.2% (16th) 7.5% (NR) 8.4% (20th)
14 May 10, 2016 8.4% (18th) 9.0% (12th) 9.3% (16th) 10.2% (10th)
15 May 16, 2016 7.4% (NR) 7.8% (19th) 8.0% (20th) 8.9% (16th)
16 May 17, 2016 8.0% (19th) 8.5% (16th) 9.5% (10th) 10.3% (8th)
17 May 23, 2016 7.2% (NR) 8.2% (16th) 8.1% (NR) 8.8% (15th)
18 May 24, 2016 8.4% (14th) 9.5% (8th) 8.6% (15th) 9.4% (9th)
19 May 30, 2016 7.7% (NR) 7.6% (18th) 8.0% (19th) 8.7% (14th)
20 May 31, 2016 7.8% (17th) 8.1% (12th) 7.7% (14th) 8.3% (13th)
21 June 6, 2016 8.4% (17th) 10.4% (6th) 10.3% (6th) 11.4% (5th)
22 June 7, 2016 9.6% (9th) 10.2% (6th) 10.7% (5th) 11.7% (4th)
23 June 13, 2016 8.8% (12th) 10.5% (5th) 10.4% (10th) 11.4% (4th)
24 June 14, 2016 9.6% (9th) 10.7% (5th) 10.7% (6th) 11.5% (5th)
25 June 20, 2016 9.4% (11th) 10.7% (5th) 9.7% (12th) 10.4% (8th)
26 June 21, 2016 10.4% (8th) 11.7% (5th) 11.1% (6th) 11.9% (5th)
27 June 27, 2016 9.7% (9th) 10.7% (5th) 10.6% (8th) 11.7% (5th)
28 June 28, 2016 10.2% (8th) 10.7% (5th) 11.1% (6th) 11.9% (5th)
29 July 4, 2016 9.8% (15th) 10.8% (5th) 11.1% (8th) 12.2% (6th)
30 July 5, 2016 11.6% (9th) 12.0% (5th) 11.0% (10th) 11.8% (9th)
31 July 11, 2016 9.8% (14th) 10.3% (9th) 10.5% (11th) 10.5% (12th)
32 July 12, 2016 11.3% (10th) 11.9% (7th) 11.2% (8th) 11.8% (7th)
33 July 18, 2016 10.1% (11th) 10.7% (8th) 9.9% (12th) 9.7% (11th)
34 July 19, 2016 12.3% (6th) 13.6% (5th) 11.1% (7th) 11.2% (5th)
35 July 25, 2016 10.9% (11th) 12.3% (5th) 10.7% (8th) 11.5% (8th)
36 July 26, 2016 11.7% (7th) 12.6% (5th) 11.3% (8th) 11.0% (7th)
37 August 1, 2016 11.2% (9th) 11.6% (7th) 10.7% (7th) 10.9% (6th)
38 August 2, 2016 12.8% (6th) 12.9% (5th) 11.9% (6th) 12.2% (5th)
39 August 9, 2016 11.4% (7th) 11.4% (6th) 9.8% (6th) 10.0% (6th)
40 August 22, 2016 9.2% (15th) 8.9% (15th) 8.9% (12th) 9.2% (13th)
41 August 23, 2016 9.7% (12th) 10.0% (11th) 9.7% (10th) 9.5% (11th)
42 August 29, 2016 9.2% (16th) 9.7% (12th) 10.0% (11th) 10.3% (12th)
43 August 30, 2016 10.6% (10th) 11.4% (6th) 10.8% (8th) 11.0% (7th)
44 September 5, 2016 10.1% (11th) 11.0% (9th) 9.4% (11th) 9.7% (10th)
45 September 6, 2016 10.9% (8th) 11.7% (7th) 10.3% (8th) 10.3% (8th)
46 September 12, 2016 10.1% (16th) 11.4% (8th) 10.6% (12th) 10.9% (8th)
47 September 13, 2016 11.0% (8th) 10.7% (6th) 10.3% (7th) 10.4% (8th)
48 September 19, 2016 12.6% (8th) 13.1% (6th) 11.4% (9th) 11.7% (6th)
49 September 20, 2016 12.9% (7th) 12.9% (6th) 12.1% (6th) 12.7% (6th)
50 13.8% (5th) 14.0% (5th) 14.1% (5th) 15.1% (5th)
Average 9.5% 10.2% 9.7% 10.3%


  • Episode 39 wasn't aired on Monday August 8 due to broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This episode was aired on Tuesday August 9, 2016.[7]
  • Episode 40 wasn't aired on August 15 and August 16 due to broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This episode was aired on Monday August 22, 2016.[8][9]

Original soundtrack[edit]

OST Part 1[edit]

1."Know (알아)"Zia3:31
2."Know (알아)" (Inst.) 3:31
Total length:7:02

OST Part 2[edit]

1."Am I Alright (괜찮은건지)"Se7en4:03
2."Am I Alright (괜찮은건지)" (Inst.) 4:03
Total length:8:06

OST Part 3[edit]

1."Only With You (같이만 있자)"Tei4:10
2."Only With You (같이만 있자)" (Inst.) 4:10
Total length:8:20

International broadcast[edit]

  • In Indonesia, the drama airs on Oh!K with subtitles the same day as the South Korean broadcast.[10]
  • In Singapore, the drama airs on Oh!K with subtitles the same day as the South Korean broadcast.[11] It is also available to stream with subtitles 12 hours after its original broadcast on Viu.[12]
  • Vietnam Vietnam: HTV2


Year Award Category Recipient Result
2016 5th APAN Star Awards Excellence Award, Actor in a Serial Drama Kang Ji-hwan Nominated
36th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Sung Yu-ri Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Park Ki-woong Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Jo Bo-ah Nominated
Best New Actress Won
Lee Yeol-eum [ko] Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Special Project Drama Jeong Bo-seok Nominated
Jin Tae-hyun Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Special Project Drama Kim Bo-yeon Nominated
Lee El Nominated


  1. ^ Sung, So-Young (January 22, 2016). "Lee Gi-kwang gets part in upcoming drama". Joongang Daily. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  2. ^ Ahn, Sung-mi (March 1, 2016). "Sung Yu-ri to play job seeker". KPop Herald. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  3. ^ Son, Ji-hyoung (February 2, 2016). "Park Ki-woong to join TV series after military service". Kpop Herald. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  4. ^ Kim, Soo-hyang (February 15, 2016). "Avengers actress Claudia Kim cast for drama Monster". KPop Herald. Retrieved March 23, 2016.
  5. ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  6. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved April 30, 2016.
  7. ^ "The MBC broadcasting schedule on August 8, 2016" (in Korean). Retrieved August 8, 2016.
  8. ^ "The MBC broadcasting schedule on August 15, 2016" (in Korean). Retrieved August 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "The MBC broadcasting schedule on August 16, 2016" (in Korean). Retrieved August 15, 2016.
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