The Guardians (South Korean TV series)

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The Guardians
Lookout Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Original title 파수꾼
Genre
Created by Lim Hwa-min
Written by Kim Soo-eun
Directed by
  • Son Hyung-suk
  • Park Seung-woo
Creative director(s)
  • Park Min-yun
  • Oh Da-young
  • Jang Rae-jin
  • Lee Jin-soo
Starring
Composer(s) Oh Suk-joon
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 32[a]
Production
Executive producer(s) Im Hwa-min
Producer(s)
  • Park Jeong-wook
  • Park Kyung-soo
  • Sun Zhenkun[b]
Cinematography
  • Hong Sung-wook
  • Park Chang-soo
Editor(s)
  • Baek Hae-kyung
  • Jang Soo-nam
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 35 mins[a]
Production company(s) Gallery 9
Nano Chem Tech[c]
Distributor MBC
Release
Original network MBC
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release May 22 (2017-05-22) – July 11, 2017 (2017-07-11)
External links
Website
The Guardians at Gallery 9

The Guardians[2] (Hangul파수꾼; RRPasuggun; lit. Lookout) is a South Korean television series starring Lee Si-young, Kim Young-kwang, Kim Tae-hoon, Kim Seul-gi and Key. The drama aired on MBC on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 (KST) from May 22 to July 11, 2017.[3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

The Guardians tells the story of a group of people who team up to serve justice themselves after losing their loved ones to criminals. The group consists of a detective, prosecutor, hacker, and an extremely shy person. They want to give these criminals the punishment that they deserve, and take matters into their own hands as the justice system in South Korea fails to capture the culprits.[5]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A former shooting player and current detective. She lost her daughter to crime but joins the group to find the criminal who keeps evading the law.
A passionate prosecutor who has a story of his own and becomes a monster for revenge.
Jang Do-han's fellow prosecutor.
A woman who lost her entire family in a crime. She communicates with the world through security cameras, and she is a person who avoids social contact.
A mischievous skater and a genius hacker whose mother went missing due to a crime.

Supporting[edit]

Seoul Central District Prosecutors' Office[edit]

Criminal Investigation Team[edit]

Nearby people[edit]

Others[edit]

  • Ham Na-young as Jo Yoo-na
  • Jang Jae-hee
  • Seo Jae-hyung
  • Choi Soo-hyung as Kim Woo-sung
  • Kim Sa-hee as Seung-hee
  • Bae Je-ki as Choi Myung-hee
  • Yun Da-yeong as Kim Kyung-min
  • Kim Dong-joo as Woo-sung' mother
  • Ahn Jong-min
  • Jung Da-won
  • Nam Jung-hee
  • Hong Keun-taek
  • Suk Bo-bae
  • Lee Min-uk
  • Kim So-yeon
  • Kim Mi-hye
  • Jung Young-hoon
  • Jung Hyun-suk as doctor
  • Son Hyun-joon
  • Woo Sang-jun as priest
  • Hong Sung-deok as Jang Do-Han's father
  • Park Sung-gyun
  • Jeon Jae-hyung
  • Song Seung-yong
  • Cho Dong-in as Han Dong-won
  • Na Kyung-chul
  • Hwang Tae-kwang
  • Ha Min
  • Shin Yoo-ri
  • Lee Seok-ho
  • Park Mi-na
  • Bong Eun-seon
  • Lim Song-ha
  • Han Ye-seul
  • Kim Young-jin
  • Kim Yeon-joo
  • Kim Seon-ah
  • Jeon Ji-hak
  • Kim Joo-hee
  • Hyun Seok-joon
  • Kang Hyun-uk
  • Song Young-jae
  • Shin Young-jin
  • Nam Tae-boo
  • Lim Jae-geun
  • Choi Tae-hwan
  • Lim Seung-dae as Seo Joo-wan, Seo Bo-mi's uncle (Ep. 12)
  • Kim Ki-moo
  • Kim Do-yoon as Kang Jin-goo
  • Bae Ki-beom
  • Song Kyung-hee
  • Kim Jin-hee
  • Kim Woo-hyun
  • Hong Keun-taek
  • Ahn Jong-min
  • Seo Yoon-ah as Seo Bo-mi's sister
  • Ri Min as drunk man in the car
  • Park Won-ho
  • Kim Sun-hye
  • Cha Min-hyuk
  • Park Bum-gyu

Special appearance[edit]

Production[edit]

The director Son Hyung-suk is known for his action, thriller drama Two Weeks and his historical drama Shine or Go Crazy.

The series is based on a script by rookie Kim Soo-eun which became the second placer in the 2016 MBC TV Drama Screenplay Competition in Miniseries category, behind Radiant Office which script was written by Jung Hoe-hyun.[18]

"The Guardians" marks Shin Dong-wook's return after being diagnosed with CRPS, a cripplingly painful illness in 2010.[19]

First script reading took place March 29 at MBC Broadcasting Station in Sangam, Seoul, South Korea.[20]

Original soundtracks[edit]

The Guardians
OST Album
Soundtrack album by Various Artists
Released 2017
Genre K-pop, K-hip hop, soundtrack
Language Korean, English
Label Music&NEW

OST Part 1[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."AMEN"Damiano, Jeon Ji-yoonDamiano, Kim Min-seokDamiano f t. Jenyer03:13

OST Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Got U" (Prod. RAINSTONE)Ltak, Pop CultureRAINSTONE, R.M. TedderGill, Ltak feat. Pop Culture04:16
2."Got U" (Prod. RAINSTONE)LtakRAINSTONE, R.M. TedderGill, Ltak04:16
Total length:08:32

OST Part 3[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Trickling" (주르륵)
  • Oh Seok-joon
  • Noh I-young
  • Noh I-young
  • Eunsol(1008)
Raina (Orange Caramel)03:54
2."Trickling" (Inst.) 
  • Noh I-young
  • Eunsol(1008)
 03:54
Total length:07:48

OST Part 4[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Taken"
  • Jeon Ji-yoon
  • DAVII
  • Jeon Ji-yoon
  • DAVII
Jenyer feat. DAVII03:23
2."Taken" (Inst.) 
  • Jeon Ji-yoon
  • DAVII
 03:23
Total length:06:46

OST Part 5[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistsLength
1."Wanna Be With You"
  • Joo Ho
  • Suh Paul
  • Maven
  • Joo Ho
  • Koonikey
Takada Kenta, New Town Boyz03:41
2."Wanna Be With You" (Inst.) 
  • Maven
  • Joo Ho
  • Koonikey
 03:41
Total length:07:22

OST Part 6[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."I Need A Light" (Prod. by Whee)WheeWheeHan Gaeul04:15
2."I Need A Light" (Prod. by Whee (Inst.)) Whee 04:15
Total length:08:30

Ratings[edit]

  • 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 # Date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings AGB Nielsen[21]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 May 22, 2017 4.9% (NR) 6.2% (NR) 6.0% (NR) 6.4% (18th)
2 5.8% (NR) 5.4% (NR) 5.7% (NR) 6.2% (NR)
3 May 23, 2017 5.4% (NR) 5.7% (NR) 4.6% (NR) 4.9% (NR)
4 4.8% (NR) 5.2% (NR) 4.8% (NR) 5.3% (NR)
5 May 29, 2017 5.8% (NR) 6.0% (NR) 5.6% (NR) 5.8% (NR)
6 5.7% (NR) 5.9% (NR) 6.6% (NR) 6.9% (NR)
7 May 30, 2017 7.0% (18th) 8.0% (12th) 6.2% (17th) 6.3% (17th)
8 7.6% (15th) 8.1% (11th) 7.3% (14th) 7.4% (11th)
9 June 5, 2017 6.3% (NR) 6.5% (20th) 6.8% (20th) 6.7% (NR)
10 6.8% (20th) 7.2% (16th) 7.5% (14th) 7.0% (16th)
11 June 6, 2017 7.2% (19th) 8.3% (12th) 7.1% (17th) 7.2% (19th)
12 8.0% (14th) 7.7% (15th) 7.8% (13th)
13 June 12, 2017 7.2% (NR) 7.9% (13th) 6.1% (NR) 6.5% (NR)
14 8.7% (11th) 10.2% (4th) 7.2% (17th) 7.3% (13th)
15 June 13, 2017 7.2% (19th) 7.1% (16th) 7.2% (16th) 7.2% (14th)
16 8.6% (14th) 8.6% (9th) 8.1% (11th) 7.7% (9th)
17 June 19, 2017 6.3% (NR) 7.0% (18th) 7.2% (20th) 7.3% (15th)
18 6.9% (20th) 7.8% (13th) 7.7% (12th) 7.5% (11th)
19 June 20, 2017 6.8% (17th) 7.4% (14th) 8.5% (10th) 8.8% (8th)
20 6.9% (16th) 7.7% (13th) 8.6% (8th) 8.8% (8th)
21 June 26, 2017 6.5% (NR) 8.3% (8th) 7.4% (17th) 7.6% (13th)
22 7.2% (17th) 6.8% (19th) 8.2% (11th) 8.5% (8th)
23 June 27, 2017 7.9% (15th) 8.5% (10th) 8.0% (13th)
24 8.9% (11th) 9.9% (4th) 8.6% (8th) 9.1% (7th)
25 July 3, 2017 7.2% (NR) 7.7% (18th) 6.6% (NR) 7.0% (NR)
26 7.8% (17th) 8.7% (13th) 7.3% (19th) 7.1% (NR)
27 July 4, 2017 9.0% (11th) 9.4% (8th) 8.3% (14th) 8.8% (10th)
28 9.1% (12th) 9.6% (7th) 9.7% (7th) 9.9% (6th)
29 July 10, 2017 8.7% (20th) 9.4% (10th) 7.3% (NR) 7.6% (NR)
30 9.4% (15th) 10.4% (6th) 8.5% (17th) 8.5% (10th)
31 July 11, 2017 9.3% (14th) 10.1% (8th) 9.3% (8th) 9.9% (7th)
32 9.7% (13th) 10.4% (6th) 10.2% (6th) 10.6% (6th)
Average 7.3% 7.9% 7.4% 7.6%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2017 Grimae Awards Best New Actor Key Won [22]
36th MBC Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Kim Young-kwang Nominated [23]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Lee Si-young Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Kim Seul-gi Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Shin Dong-wook Nominated
Golden Acting Award, Actress in a Monday-Tuesday Drama Kim Sun-young Nominated
Best New Actor Key Nominated
Best Young Actor/Actress Park Solomon Nominated
Best Character Award, Fighting Spirit Acting Lee Si-young Nominated

International broadcast[edit]

  • In Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Hong Kong, the drama started airing on Oh!K starting from May 23, 2017.[24]

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 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between the two.[1]
  2. ^ Also spelled in Korean as Son Jin-gon
  3. ^ The KOSDAQ-listed chemical company Nano Chem Tech is a co-producer through its Seoul-based subsidiary Happy Global ENT.

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