The Innocent Man (TV series)

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The Innocent Man
Main Poster for The Innocent Man.jpg
Promotional poster
Genre Melodrama
Romance
Written by Lee Kyung-hee
Directed by Kim Jin-won
Lee Na-jeong
Starring Song Joong-ki
Moon Chae-won
Park Si-yeon
Ending theme "Love Is Like a Snowflake" by Junsu
Composer(s) Choi Seong-wook
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean, Japanese
No. of episodes 20
Production
Producer(s) Ham Young-hoon
Location(s) Seoul, South Korea
Hirosaki, Japan
Cinematography Baek Hong-jong
Lee Yoon-jeong
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST)
Production company(s) iHQ
Release
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release 12 September (2012-09-12) – 15 November 2012 (2012-11-15)
External links
Website

The Innocent Man (Hangul세상 어디에도 없는 착한 남자; RRSesang Eodiedo Eobneun Chakan Namja; lit. Nice Guy)[1][2] is a 2012 South Korean television series. Starring Song Joong-ki, Moon Chae-won and Park Si-yeon, it is a dark melodrama involving betrayal and romance.[3][4][5][6] It aired on KBS2 from September 12 to November 15, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 for 20 episodes.

Synopsis[edit]

Smart and promising medical student[7][8] Kang Ma-ru (Song Joong-ki) is deeply in love with his slightly older neighbor Han Jae-hee (Park Si-yeon), a television reporter.[9][10] But when her situation takes a turn for the worse and Jae-hee becomes desperate to escape poverty,[11] she meets a man who changes everything—a rich CEO who introduces her to a life of comfort. So she turns her back on Ma-ru, choosing money over love.[12]

The brutal betrayal leaves Ma-ru fractured—not just angry, but a completely changed man. A few years later, Ma-ru is now 30 years old and works as a bartender and gigolo, no longer a "nice guy."[13] He then meets Seo Eun-gi (Moon Chae-won), a young chaebol heiress who's being groomed to take over her father's conglomerate.[14][15] Eun-gi is cold and calculating, business-savvy, and raised by her father to never show emotion to anyone.[16][17]

Ma-ru decides to take revenge on his ex Jae Hee and bring her down from her position after his sister, Kang Cho-co (Lee Yu-bi) is rushed to the hospital because of Jae Hee. Ma-ru, though initially had no plans as such, uses Eun-gi to take revenge on Jae Hee[18][19] Just when Ma-ru is beginning to love and care for Eun-gi, she finds out the real reason why he approached her and they break up. But a car accident causes Eun-gi to lose her memory, and she enters Ma-ru's life again.[20]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Song Joong-ki played the series' main protagonist-antagonist Kang Ma-ru.

Supporting[edit]

Production[edit]

It is written by Lee Kyung-hee, who previously wrote Will It Snow for Christmas?, Thank You, A Love to Kill, I'm Sorry, I Love You, and Sang Doo! Let's Go to School.[41][42][43]

Kim Jin-won was the director of Drama Special episodes Just an Ordinary Love Story, Crossing the Young-do Bridge, Guardian Angel Kim Yeong-goo, Snail Gosiwon, and The Last Flashman.

The series features real-life friends and former Running Man co-stars Song Joong-ki and Lee Kwang-soo for the first time since Song left the variety show.[44][45][46][47]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Beginning episode 5, the series ranked number one in its timeslot for eight consecutive weeks until its finale.[53][54][55][56][57][58][59][60]

Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[61] AGB Nielsen[62]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 September 12, 2012 10.7% 10.9% 10.5% 11.5%
2 September 13, 2012 11.4% 11.6% 9.9% 11.3%
3 September 19, 2012 13.9% 14.6% 13.8% 14.5%
4 September 20, 2012 13.8% 15.4% 13.3% 14.2%
5 September 26, 2012 14.5% 14.8% 14.0% 15.7%
6 September 27, 2012 16.0% 17.8% 16.0% 18.1%
7 October 3, 2012 17.9% 18.6% 17.3% 18.6%
8 October 4, 2012 15.0% 14.4% 15.1% 16.6%
9 October 10, 2012 15.8% 17.3% 15.3% 17.3%
10 October 11, 2012 16.2% 17.3% 14.9% 15.7%
11 October 17, 2012 15.0% 16.5% 14.3% 15.3%
12 October 18, 2012 16.4% 17.0% 15.1% 15.7%
13 October 24, 2012 18.2% 18.7% 17.1% 18.8%
14 October 25, 2012 18.5% 19.6% 16.7% 18.4%
15 October 31, 2012 17.1% 17.6% 18.3% 20.6%
16 November 1, 2012 18.8% 19.8% 17.1% 18.8%
17 November 7, 2012 18.2% 19.6% 16.2% 16.4%
18 November 8, 2012 16.8% 18.1% 18.2% 19.7%
19 November 14, 2012 18.5% 19.9% 17.9% 19.3%
20 November 15, 2012 18.6% 20.2% 18.0% 19.4%
Average 16.1% 17.0% 15.3% 16.8%

International broadcast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
2012 19th Korean Culture and Entertainment Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Song Joong-ki Won [63]
1st K-Drama Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Song Joong-ki Won [64]
Excellence Award, Actress Moon Chae-won Nominated
KBS Drama Awards
Best Couple Award Song Joong-ki and Moon Chae-won Won [65]
Netizens' Award Song Joong-ki Won
Moon Chae-won Won
Best New Actress Lee Yu-bi Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Lee Kwang-soo Nominated
Lee Sang-yeob Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Jin Kyung Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length Drama Song Joong-ki Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Moon Chae-won Nominated
Park Si-yeon Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor Song Joong-ki Won
Top Excellence Award, Actress Moon Chae-won Won
2013
49th Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actress (TV) Lee Yu-bi Nominated [66]
7th Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Booming Star - Female Lee Yu-bi Nominated
8th Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Drama OST "Love Is Like a Snowflake" - Junsu Nominated
[67]
"Really" - Song Joong-ki Nominated
Outstanding Korean Actor Song Joong-ki Nominated
[68]
Outstanding Korean Actress Moon Chae-won Nominated
Outstanding Korean Drama The Innocent Man Nominated

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