Suspicious Partner

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Suspicious Partner
Suspicious Partner Main Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as Love in Trouble[1],Destiny Lovers
Original title 수상한 파트너
Genre
Written by Kwon Ki-young
Directed by Park Sun-ho
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 40[a]
Production
Executive producer(s) Park Young-soo
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 mins[a]
Production company(s) The Story Works
Distributor SBS
Release
Original network SBS
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release May 10 (2017-05-10) – July 13, 2017 (2017-07-13)
External links
Website

Suspicious Partner[3] (Hangul수상한 파트너; RRSusanghan Pateuneo) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun, with Choi Tae-joon and Kwon Nara. It aired on SBS from May 10 to July 13, 2017 at 22:00 (KST) on Wednesdays and Thursdays for 40 episodes.[4][5]

Despite the show's lackluster viewership share, it beat its competitor by topping the important 20-49 year old demographic, as well as streaming, popularity, and brand reputation charts for consecutive weeks.[6][7]

Synopsis[edit]

About Noh Ji-wook (Ji Chang-wook), a prosecutor, and Eun Bong-hee (Nam Ji-hyun), a prosecutor trainee, and how they work together on a mysterious case involving a sly psychopath murderer.[8]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A prosecutor in the Sunho District Prosecutors' Office who ends up switching professions to private attorney. He harbours a trauma stemming from an event in his childhood involving his parents and first love. Bong-hee falls for him though he does not initially return the feelings. He comes to accept his feelings for her eventually and tries to win her over again.
  • Nam Ji-hyun as Eun Bong-hee
    • Choi Myung-bin as young Bong-hee
A prosecutor trainee, later lawyer who was a Taekwondo athlete in her youth. One day, she suddenly becomes a murder suspect. She falls for Ji-wook. He eventually pursues her as he realizes his feelings for her but she is skeptical to accept his feelings as she was initially rejected by him.
A lawyer with complicated family relationships who had a particularly harsh adolescence. Once best friends with Ji-wook, he is now despised by him.
Noh Ji-wook's ex-girlfriend who made an unforgettable mistake, a prosecutor who tries to win him back no matter what it takes.

Supporting[edit]

People around Noh Ji-wook[edit]

The representative of a big law firm and a father figure to Ji-wook.
  • Nam Ki-ae as Hong Bok-ja
Ji-wook's adoptive mom. She's a good friend of Ji wook's real mom.
  • Jo Seung-yeon as Noh Young-suk
Ji-wook's late father who was also a prosecutor.
  • Jang Hyuk-jin as Bang Eun-ho
Ji-wook's prosecutor-turned-lawyer's right-hand man.

People around Eun Bong-hee[edit]

  • Yoon Bok-in as Park Young-soon
Bong-hee's mother.
Bong-hee's ex-boyfriend. He died in Bong-hee's house which pointed her as the prime suspect.

People at the Training Center[edit]

Bong-hee's classmate and rival. She later becomes a prosecutor and eventually Bong-hee’s friend
  • Heo Joon-seok as Woo Hee-kyu
  • Shim Eun-woo as Hong Cha-eun

Extended[edit]

A victim who was accused of murder which has similar vibe to Bong-hee's case, but has a mysterious identity that lies in him.
  • Kim Hong-fa as Jang Moo-young
Jang Hee-joon's father and the District Attorney of Sunho District.
A forensic investigator who went missing after being falsely incriminated for murder.
  • Kim Kyung-jin as the Guy who disturbed Bong-hee while drinking (Ep. 1)
  • Jung Yeon
  • Choi Hong-il as Vice-chief of Prosecutor (Ep. 1-4)
  • Kim Ki-nam as Prosecutor who works with Jung Moo-young (Ep. 8)
  • Seo Jin-wook as Forensic expert who testified in court (Ep. 4)
  • Jo Won-hee as Judge
  • Choi Ji-hoo
  • Lee Da-jin

Special appearances[edit]

  • Jang Won-young as Ji Ha-cheol (Ep. 1-2)
  • Hong Seok-cheon as Monk (Ep. 3)
  • Park Sung-geun as flasher (Ep. 4)
  • Jo Jung-sik as News Anchor
  • Lee Shi-ah as Lee Na-eun (Ep. 6)
  • Ji Il-joo as Jeon Sung-ho (Ep. 6)
  • Kim Ye-joon as Kim Jae-hong (Ep. 32)

Production[edit]

The early working titles for the drama were Beware This Woman and Suspicious Romance.[15] The first script reading took place April 4, 2017 at SBS Ilsan Production Center in Tanhyun, South Korea.[16][17]

Both lead actors Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun starred in Warrior Baek Dong-soo in 2011.

Original soundtrack[edit]

Suspicious Partner
OST Album
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2017
Genre K-pop, soundtrack
Language Korean, English
Label SBS Contents Hub
Vlending Co., Ltd.

OST Part 1[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Why you?" (너는 왜)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
SEENROOT03:36
2."Why you?" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
 03:36
Total length:07:02

OST Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."How Do I Say It?" (어떻게 말할까)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • MIYO
  • O.WHEN
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • MIYO
O.WHEN04:27
2."How Do I Say It?" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • MIYO
 04:27
Total length:08:54

OST Part 3[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Same Day" (똑같은 날)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
Ra.D04:01
2."The Same Day" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
 04:01
Total length:08:02

OST Part 4[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."How About You" (어떨까 넌)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
1601CHEEZE04:47
2."How About You" (Inst.)    

OST Part 5[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Eye contact" (눈맞춤 (Acoustic Ver.))
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
Kim E-Z (Ggot Jam Project)03:30
2."Eye contact" (Full Ver.)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
Kim E-Z (Ggot Jam Project)03:46
3."Eye contact" (Acoustic Ver. (Inst.)) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
 03:30
4."Eye contact" (Full Ver. (Inst.)) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
 03:46
Total length:14:32

OST Part 6[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Breathing All Day" (숨쉬는 모든 날)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
Bumkey04:26
2."Breathing All Day" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
 04:26
Total length:08:52

OST Part 7[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."I've Got A Feeling" (정이 들어버렸어)
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
Kihyun (Monsta X)04:52
2."I've Got A Feeling" (Inst.) 
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
 04:52
Total length:09:44

OST Part 8[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The Memory Of That Day" (그날의 기억)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
Kim Jong-wan (Nell)03:36
2."The Memory Of That Day" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
 03:36
Total length:07:12

OST Part 9[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Silly Love"
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
  • Jello Ann
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
Yoo Ha-jung03:47
2."Silly Love" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Sang-hee
 03:47
Total length:07:34

OST Part 10[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."101 Reasons Why I Like You" (네가 좋은 백 한가지 이유)
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
Ji Chang-wook03:43
2."101 Reasons Why I Like You" (Inst.) 
  • Nam Hye-seung
  • Park Jin-ho
 03:43
Total length:07:26

Chart performance[edit]

Songs
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales Remarks
KOR
Gaon
"How About You"
(CHEEZE)
2017 48 Part 4
"Breathing All Day"
(Bumkey)
93 Part 6
"—" denotes that the song did not chart in that region.

Ratings[edit]

  • In the table above, 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 # Title Date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[20] AGB Nielsen[21]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 Hope for the Future May 10, 2017 6.1% (19th) 7.4% (14th) 6.3% (17th) 6.5% (14th)
2 6.8% (15th) 8.2% (8th) 6.8% (13th) 6.9% (12th)
3 Take It May 11, 2017 6.3% (NR) 7.0% (NR) 6.1% (NR) 5.8% (NR)
4 7.0% (NR) 7.9% (18th) 7.2% (18th) 7.7% (14th)
5 Restraining Order May 17, 2017 6.9% (NR) 8.5% (12th) 6.6% (NR) 6.8% (NR)
6 7.4% (18th) 8.2% (15th) 8.0% (13th) 8.5% (9th)
7 Reunion and Reunion May 18, 2017 6.0% (NR) 6.6% (20th) 6.8% (19th) 6.9% (18th)
8 6.0% (NR) 6.4% (NR) 7.4% (14th) 7.8% (12th)
9 Humanity Becomes Hostage May 24, 2017 6.5% (NR) 6.9% (NR) 6.8% (20th) 7.2% (18th)
10 7.4% (17th) 8.2% (14th) 8.3% (11th) 8.7% (10th)
11 The Beginning That Hasn't Begun May 25, 2017 6.1% (NR) 6.8% (NR) 7.1% (17th) 7.9% (13th)
12 6.5% (NR) 6.6% (20th) 7.8% (14th) 8.5% (11th)
13 Alibi May 31, 2017 6.9% (18th) 7.7% (15th) 7.5% (16th) 8.2% (13th)
14 7.9% (15th) 9.0% (10th) 9.3% (8th) 10.0% (8th)
15 Untruthful Truth Game June 1, 2017 7.2% (17th) 8.3% (14th) 8.4% (13th) 8.6% (11th)
16 7.8% (16th) 8.9% (12th) 9.3% (11th) 9.6% (8th)
17 Eun Bong-hee's Prime June 7, 2017 7.3% (17th) 7.5% (13th) 8.4% (13th) 9.1% (10th)
18 7.7% (NR) 8.1% (NR) 9.8% (8th) 10.2% (7th)
19 Truth vs. Secret June 8, 2017 7.3% (17th) 7.3% (16th) 8.0% (12th) 8.5% (10th)
20 8.3% (11th) 8.4% (10th) 9.6% (9th) 10.2% (8th)
21 In This Limited World June 14, 2017 7.0% (NR) 8.2% (13th) 7.7% (14th) 8.3% (9th)
22 7.8% (16th) 8.7% (9th) 9.1% (7th) 9.8% (6th)
23 48 Hours Later June 15, 2017 6.9% (19th) 7.6% (13th) 7.8% (14th) 8.2% (10th)
24 7.6% (16th) 8.1% (10th) 9.4% (7th) 9.8% (6th)
25 Attributable Reasons June 21, 2017 6.6% (20th) 6.7% (16th) 9.0% (9th) 10.3% (8th)
26 7.8% (15th) 8.5% (9th) 10.5% (7th) 11.7% (5th)
27 The Memory of That Day June 22, 2017 7.5% (16th) 7.9% (13th) 8.4% (11th) 8.8% (10th)
28 8.0% (15th) 8.1% (12th) 9.7% (8th) 10.4% (8th)
29 Postponement June 28, 2017 6.1% (NR) 7.9% (13th) 6.7% (17th) 7.2% (13th)
30 6.7% (17th) 8.0% (10th) 8.6% (9th) 9.5% (7th)
31 The Discovery of a Memory June 29, 2017 6.3% (NR) 7.3% (14th) 7.7% (14th) 8.4% (9th)
32 6.8% (17th) 7.8% (11th) 8.6% (10th) 9.1% (8th)
33 Testing the Waters July 5, 2017 6.9% (NR) 7.5% (16th) 7.2% (17th) 7.8% (13th)
34 7.2% (20th) 7.4% (17th) 9.2% (7th) 9.8% (7th)
35 Return July 6, 2017 7.3% (19th) 8.8% (13th) 8.0% (17th) 8.5% (9th)
36 7.9% (17th) 9.4% (10th) 9.2% (9th) 9.9% (7th)
37 In Court July 12, 2017 6.9% (20th) 7.7% (19th) 7.2% (16th) 7.4% (15th)
38 8.0% (17th) 8.7% (13th) 9.2% (8th) 9.4% (7th)
39 Return to the Daily Life July 13, 2017 8.6% (15th) 9.5% (10th) 8.5% (12th) 9.0% (9th)
40 8.7% (14th) 8.9% (13th) 9.5% (8th) 10.2% (6th)
Average 7.2% 7.9% 8.2% 8.7%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 Korea Drama Awards Excellence Award, Actress (Drama) Nam Ji-hyun Nominated
25th SBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday–Thursday Drama Ji Chang-wook Nominated [22]
Excellence Award, Actor in a Wednesday–Thursday Drama Choi Tae-joon Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Wednesday–Thursday Drama Nam Ji-hyun Won
Best New Actress Kwon Nara Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Kim Ye-won Nominated
Best Couple Award Ji Chang-wook and Nam Ji-hyun Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

  • In Taiwan, the drama started airing at the same time as its Korean broadcast on KKTV app and started airing on LTV from June 3, 2017.[23]
  • In Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, the drama started airing within 24 hours after its original South Korean broadcast on One TV Asia from May 11, 2017.[24]
  • In Philippines, the series will be airing in 2018 as part of GMA Network's The Heart of Asia under the title Love In Trouble.
  • In India, the drama will be aired when announcement on Colors TV as Dubbed With Hindi, Rename as संदिग्ध-साथी (Sandigdh Saathee), Same Time, Will Be Join Dubbed With Tamil on Star Vijay as சந்தேகத்திற்கிடமான பங்குதாரர் (Cantekattirkitamana Pankutarar), Dubbed in Malayalam on Asianet as സംശയാസ്പദമായ പങ്കാളി (Sansayaspadmaya Pankali), Dubbed With Telugu on Star Maa as అనుమానాస్పద భాగస్వామి (Anumanaspada bhagasvami).

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 60 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 30 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between the two.[2]

References[edit]

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  18. ^ Cumulative sales for "How About You":
  19. ^ "2017 Gaon Download Chart – Week 23". Retrieved 2017-06-16. 
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  21. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved March 24, 2017. 
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  23. ^ "池昌旭當兵倒數 《奇怪的搭檔》殺青後立馬入伍! | ETNEWS星光雲 | ETNEWS新聞雲". ETNEWS星光雲 (in Chinese). Retrieved 2017-06-04. 
  24. ^ https://www.onetvasia.com/shows/suspicious-partner/videos/suspicious-partner-ji-chang-wook-greeting

External links[edit]

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