He Who Can't Marry (2009 TV series)

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This article is about the South Korean TV series. For the Japanese TV series with the same name, see Kekkon Dekinai Otoko.
He Who Can't Marry
He Who Can't Marry (결혼 못하는 남자)-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as The Man Who Can't Get Married
The Man Who Can't Get Hitched
Based on Kekkon Dekinai Otoko
by Masaya Ozaki
Written by Yeo Ji-na
Directed by Kim Jung-gyu
Starring Ji Jin-hee
Uhm Jung-hwa
Kim So-eun
Yoo Ah-in
Yang Jung-a
Country of origin South Korea
No. of episodes 16
Running time 60 minutes
Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)
Original network Korean Broadcasting System
Original release June 15 (2009-06-15) – August 4, 2009 (2009-08-04)
Preceded by The Slingshot
Followed by Hometown of Legends
Related shows Kekkon Dekinai Otoko
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Korean name
Hangul 결혼 못하는 남자
Hanja 結婚 못하는 男子
Revised Romanization Gyeolhon Mothaneun Namja
McCune–Reischauer Kyŏlhon Mothanŭn Namja

He Who Can't Marry (Hangul결혼 못하는 남자; RRGyeolhon Mothaneun Namja) is a 2009 South Korean television series starring Ji Jin-hee, Uhm Jung-hwa, Kim So-eun, Yoo Ah-in and Yang Jung-a. A romantic comedy about an extremely stubborn and inflexible 40-year-old bachelor, it is a remake of the 2006 Japanese drama Kekkon Dekinai Otoko.[1][2]


Architect Jae-hee (Ji Jin-hee) has the looks and the money, but he's over forty and still a bachelor. Despite being great marriage material on paper, his blunt personality and precise lifestyle turn women off. Jae-hee just can't seem to get married—until he meets his equal, single 40-year-old doctor Moon-jung (Uhm Jung-hwa), who spends most of her time at work doing overtime and covering for colleagues. Romance may be in the air yet for the unmarriageable Jae-hee, but there's also his longtime colleague Ki-ran (Yang Jung-a) and young neighbor Yoo-jin (Kim So-eun) to consider.[3]


A forty-year-old bachelor & Moon-jung's patient.
A single doctor in her forties.
Jae-hee's next door neighbor who has a dog named Sangu.
He works for Jae-hee and is interested in Yoo-jin.
Jae-hee's partner in the firm.
  • Im Ho as Park Kwang-nam
Jae-hee's brother-in-law.
A dentist and Moon-jung's father.
  • Yoo Tae-woong as Moon Seok-hwan
Jae-hee's most hated person.
  • Bae Min-hee as Jo Yoon-hee
Kwang-nam's wife & Jae-hee's sister.
  • Jeon Yang-ja as Kang Hye-ja
Jae-hee's mother.
  • Jang Dan-ji as Kim Yeon-soo
Moon-jung's assistant/nurse.
Yoo-jin's friend.
  • Sung Eun-chae as convenience store clerk
  • Lee Dal-hyung as foreman
  • Seo Jun-young as Tae-yeol
  • Lee Jung-sub as fashion designer Matthew Jung
  • Shin Pyo as stalker
  • Jang Mi-hee as nurse
  • Kim Gun-mo as blind date (cameo)
  • Jeon Hye-bin as Hwa-ran, karaoke pub manager (cameo)
  • Jang Jung-hee as Jang Bong-soo's dental assistant

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2009 KBS Drama Awards[4] Top Excellence Award, Actor Ji Jin-hee Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Ji Jin-hee Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Uhm Jung-hwa Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Yang Jung-a Nominated
Best New Actor Yoo Ah-in Nominated
Best New Actress Kim So-eun Won


  1. ^ Oh, Jean (18 May 2009). "Will MBC land a triple or will KBS reach the altar?". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  2. ^ Oh, Jean (15 June 2009). "KBS' bachelor battles MBC's queen". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  3. ^ "The Man Who Can't Get Hitched". KBS World. Retrieved 2013-02-17. 
  4. ^ Lim, Hye-seon (4 January 2010). "Lee Byung-hun scores triple wins at KBS Acting Awards". 10Asia. Retrieved 2014-09-09. 

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