W (TV series)
|Also known as|
|Written by||Song Jae-jung|
|Directed by||Jung Dae-yoon|
|Creative directors||Kim Seul-ah|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||16|
|Executive producer||Son Hyung-suk|
|Running time||70 minutes|
|Production company||Chorokbaem Media|
|Original network||MBC TV|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||July 20 –|
September 14, 2016
|W at Chorokbaem Media|
W (Korean: 더블유; RR: Deobeuryu) is a 2016 South Korean television series, starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo. Consisting of 16 episodes, it aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) on MBC from July 20 to September 14, 2016. W centers on the clash between "two worlds": the real world and an alternate universe inside a webtoon, from which the title of the television series was taken.
The series received praise for its unique premise and ranked first in Content Power Index in its premiere week. It achieved modest ratings of 11.63%, topping viewership ratings in its time slot for its entire run.
The series focuses on the eponymous fictional webtoon entitled W, written and illustrated by its legendary author and illustrator Oh Seong-moo (Kim Eui-sung) which begins to function on its own, like a distinct reality. W became so famous in South Korea that even its printed versions became best-sellers there.
The storyline of the webtoon W starts with the younger years of its main character Kang Chul (Lee Jong-suk), a handsome and intelligent boy who is also skilled in shooting. He becomes famous in South Korea for winning the 50-metre pistol shoot at the 2004 Athens Olympics. But this fame is interrupted when the unknown Murderer massacres his family, and he is erroneously accused of the crime. Another villain, Han Cheol-ho (Park Won-sang), handles the case to gain political popularity, urging the court to impose the death penalty upon Kang Chul. Despite his efforts, Kang Chul is deemed innocent of the crime. Depressed over losing his family, he attempts suicide over the Han River but stops himself and chooses to search for the real killer instead and devote his life to crime-fighting.
Ten years later, Kang Chul has become a multimillionaire. He starts "Project W" in an effort to catch the real culprit behind his family's death; part of the project is his television broadcasting company dubbed "W," after the initials of the interrogatives "who" and "why" (hence, the title of the webtoon). One night, he receives a suspicious phone call and is severely injured by the same mysterious Murderer on the rooftop of his penthouse. Then even stranger things happen when the illustrator's daughter Oh Yeon-joo (Han Hyo-joo) accidentally enters the comic world. The story turns on the question whether he will be able to have a happy ending.
- Lee Jong-suk as Kang Chul
- The lead character of the popular comic series W. He is the co-CEO of the e-commerce company JN Global, owner of broadcasting channel W and an Olympic gold medalist in shooting in his youth. His family was murdered by an elusive Murderer, yet Kang Chul was immediately suspected to be the killer due to his shooting background. After being proven innocent, Kang Chul seeks vengeance on the Murderer through his broadcasting channel W. When he is stabbed on the rooftop of his penthouse by the Murderer, he meets Oh Yeon-joo who saves his life and with whom he falls in love.
- A second-year resident cardiothoracic surgeon in Myung-sei Hospital. She is the daughter of the Oh Seong-moo, author and illustrator of the famous webtoon W. A fan of her father's work, she goes to his studio to investigate his sudden disappearance. There, she is pulled into W's alternate universe and meets its protagonist Kang Chul, with whom she eventually falls in love.
Characters from the webtoon W
- Kim Eui-sung as Han Sang-hoon
- The real killer of Kang Chul's family. His identity is not revealed until much later, and his face resembles the comic series's author Oh Seong-moo. Before Seong-moo gives him a name and face, he mostly appears as a shadowy, faceless human form.
- Kang Chul's long-time secretary and his friend since they were in high school. Her romantic feelings for Kang Chul are subtly alluded to throughout the series through her actions and behavior around him, which lead to readers’ general expectations of their marriage. Originally intended to be the main female character, who would later become Kang Chul's love interest, she is replaced by Yeon-joo when Kang Chul falls in love with her.
- Kang Chul's loyal bodyguard and close friend. Using his knowledge of martial arts, he trained Kang Chul to fight and is always alongside him in beating bad guys.
- Park Won-sang as Han Cheol-ho
- A secondary antagonist of the webtoon. He is a power-hungry prosecutor and a member of Congress who is also the presidential prospect of a new democratic party. To gain political popularity, he becomes the prosecutor in charge of Kang Chul's case when the latter was accused of his family's murder.
- Cha Kwang-soo as Son Hyun-seok
- The director of Project W, a program specializing in criminal investigation, and the general manager of the broadcasting channel W.
People around Oh Yeon-joo
- Kim Eui-sung as Oh Seong-moo
- Yeon-joo's father and a famous artist who created the webtoon W. Once a failed webtoon artist, alcoholic and divorcé, he gains popularity from W. However, he notices that his webtoon and its characters have taken on a reality of their own. As a result, he perceives Kang Chul as a monster and seeks to eliminate him.
- A disciple of Seong-moo and confidant of Yeon-joo
- Nam Gi-ae as Gil Soo-sun
- Yeon-joo's mother and Seong-moo's ex-wife.
- Heo Jung-do as Park Min-soo
- Cardiothoracic surgeon and Professor at Myung-sei Hospital. He is a passionate fan of W
- Second-year resident cardiothoracic surgeon at Myung-sei Hospital and Yeon-joo's friend
- Lee Se-rang as Gil Soo-young
- Yeon-joo's aunt
- Ryu Hye-rin as Sun-mi
- Sung-moo's disciple
- Yang Hye-ji as Yoon-hee
- Sung-moo's disciple
- Nurse at Myung-sei Hospital.
- Park Choong-seon as Kang Yoon – Chul's father
- Kim Na-woon as Yoon Mi-ho – Chul's mother (episode 1)
- Seo Shin-ae as Kang Soo-yeon – Chul's sister (episode 1)
- Choi Min-young as Kang Joon-seok – Chul's brother (episode 1)
- Hwang Seok-jeong as Webtoon Writer (episode 6)
- Ahn Se-ha as Kim Poong-ho – Yeon-joo's blind date (episode 6)
- Kim Jung-geun as Anchorman (episodes 1, 4)
- Heo Il-hoo
The first script reading of the drama was held in May 2016.
The drama is Han Hyo-joo's small screen comeback after six years.
|W : Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||Pop, K-pop, soundtrack|
|Producer||Son Nak-hee, Kim Young-ho (both executive)|
OST Part 1
|1.||"Where Are U" (내가 너에게 가던 네가 나에게 오던)||Seo Dong-sung||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||Jung Joon-young||4:19|
|2.||"Where Are U" (Inst.)||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||4:19|
OST Part 2
|1.||"Please Say Something, Even Though It Is a Lie" (거짓말이라도 해줘요)||Red Socks, Choi Jae-woo||Red Socks||Park Bo-ram||3:33|
|2.||"Please Say Something, Even Though It Is a Lie" (Inst.)||Red Socks||3:33|
OST Part 3
|1.||"In the Illusion" (환상 속의 그대)||Leah Min-young Park (Hwayobi), Lee Cheol-joo (Basick)||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||Basick & Inkii||4:09|
|2.||"In the Illusion" (Inst.)||Park Sung-il (Copykumo)||4:09|
OST Part 4
|1.||"Remember" (기억)||5ily, Choi Kang||5ily||KCM||4:13|
OST Part 5
|1.||"Falling"||Han Joon, Benjamin K||Lee Yoo-jin||Jo Hyun-ah (Urban Zakapa)||3:21|
|2.||"Falling" (Inst.)||Lee Yoo-jin||3:21|
OST Part 6
|1.||"My Heart" (내 맘)||Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||Jeon Woo-sung (Noel)||3:52|
|2.||"My Heart" (Inst.)||Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung||3:52|
OST Part 7
|1.||"You And I" (그대와 나)||Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)||Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)||Ahn Hyun-jeong||3:45|
|2.||"You And I" (Inst.)||Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)||3:45|
OST Part 8
|1.||"Draw a Love" (사랑을 그려요)||Han Joon, Benjamin K||Tom & Jerry||Navi||3:59|
|2.||"Draw a Love" (Inst.)||Tom & Jerry||3:59|
OST Part 9
|1.||"Without You" (니가 없는 난)||Red Socks||Red Socks||N (VIXX) & Yeoeun (Melody Day)||4:34|
|2.||"Without You" (Inst.)||Red Socks||4:34|
|1.||"Title of W" (Opening Title)||Various Artists||0:44|
|2.||"A New Variable"||Various Artists||1:17|
|3.||"Black Shadow"||Various Artists||2:44|
|4.||"Collapsed Dimensions"||Various Artists||4:00|
|5.||"Crazy Dog, Professor Park"||Various Artists||2:03|
|6.||"Forgotten Memory"||Various Artists||2:02|
|7.||"Falsified Incident"||Various Artists||2:04|
|8.||"Hidden Content"||Various Artists||3:27|
|9.||"I want to erase sadness"||Various Artists||3:38|
|10.||"I Love you"||Various Artists||1:59|
|11.||"I've changed the heroine"||Various Artists||2:17|
|12.||"It is your setting"||Various Artists||2:38|
|13.||"Instead of being eaten, I will be eating"||Various Artists||2:27|
|14.||"Key to my life"||Various Artists||3:23|
|15.||"Like normal couples"||Various Artists||3:02|
|16.||"Lost Time"||Various Artists||2:38|
|17.||"Moment of Decision"||Various Artists||3:08|
|18.||"Meaning of ring"||Various Artists||4:19|
|19.||"No Dark Entity"||Various Artists||4:51|
|20.||"Non-existent Existence"||Various Artists||1:56|
|21.||"Nice to meet you Kang Chul fan!"||Various Artists||2:22|
|22.||"Ordinary Happiness"||Various Artists||2:42|
|23.||"Reason of Existence"||Lee Yun Ji||2:10|
|24.||"Real Criminal's Face"||Various Artists||2:33|
|25.||"Sour Charm"||Various Artists||2:38|
|26.||"Today's Homework"||Various Artists||2:14|
|27.||"Two worlds, One heart"||Various Artists||3:13|
|28.||"10 years of waiting"||Various Artists||2:35|
|29.||"To be continued"||Various Artists||3:46|
|30.||"Twisted Fact"||Various Artists||2:07|
|31.||"The strongest type of abnormal"||Various Artists||2:07|
|32.||"Win a losing game"||Various Artists||2:14|
|33.||"When I feel I'm into you"||Various Artists||2:59|
|34.||"Wish to happy ending"||Various Artists||3:22|
|35.||"Why did you look at me like this?"||Various Artists||2:22|
|36.||"W (Main Theme)"||Various Artists||3:57|
|37.||"Wealthy young man, Kang Chul"||Various Artists||2:35|
|38.||"World within webtoon"||Various Artists||2:26|
|South Korea (Gaon Album Chart)||16|
|Taiwan (FIVE-MUSIC Album Chart)||17|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Original broadcast date||Average audience share|
|1||July 20, 2016||9.9% (10th)||11.3% (7th)||8.6% (17th)||10.4% (10th)|
|2||July 21, 2016||10.1% (9th)||11.5% (5th)||9.5% (12th)||10.7% (10th)|
|3||July 27, 2016||11.6% (7th)||13.7% (4th)||12.9% (4th)||15.0% (4th)|
|4||July 28, 2016||13.4% (5th)||14.7% (4th)||12.9% (4th)||14.3% (4th)|
|5||August 3, 2016||15.1% (3rd)||17.8% (1st)||13.5% (3rd)||14.3% (3rd)|
|6||August 4, 2016||14.2% (5th)||15.9% (2nd)||12.2% (4th)||12.2% (4th)|
|7||August 10, 2016||15.2% (4th)||17.3% (2nd)||13.8% (4th)||14.7% (3rd)|
|8||August 17, 2016||13.5% (5th)||15.0% (4th)||12.2% (5th)||13.3% (4th)|
|9||August 18, 2016||12.7% (4th)||14.7% (3rd)||11.3% (7th)||12.5% (5th)|
|10||August 24, 2016||13.9% (5th)||15.3% (3rd)||12.3% (6th)||13.7% (4th)|
|11||August 25, 2016||14.6% (6th)||15.8% (5th)||12.2% (6th)||12.8% (5th)|
|12||August 31, 2016||13.3% (6th)||15.1% (5th)||11.1% (7th)||12.0% (5th)|
|13||September 1, 2016||12.9% (6th)||15.0% (3rd)||11.9% (5th)||13.2% (5th)|
|14||September 7, 2016||13.1% (5th)||15.3% (3rd)||10.9% (5th)||11.8% (4th)|
|15||September 8, 2016||11.8% (6th)||14.1% (4th)||11.4% (6th)||12.3% (4th)|
|16||September 14, 2016||10.6% (4th)||10.9% (4th)||9.3% (7th)||9.8% (6th)|
Awards and nominations
|2016||5th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Lee Jong-suk||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Han Hyo-joo||Won|||
|Best Supporting Actor||Kim Eui-sung||Won|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo||Nominated|
|1st Asia Artist Awards||Best Artist Award, actor||Lee Jong-suk||Nominated|
|Best Artist Award, actress||Han Hyo-joo||Nominated|
|36th MBC Drama Awards||Drama of the Year||W||Won|
|Grand Prize / Daesang
(Determined through fan votes)
|Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Lee Jong-suk||Won|||
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Han Hyo-joo||Won|
|Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries||Kim Eui-sung||Won|
|Writer of the Year||Song Jae-jung||Won|
|Best New Actor||Lee Si-eon||Nominated|
|Best New Actress||Jung Yoo-jin||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo||Won|||
|Kim Eui-sung and Lee Si-eon||Nominated|
|Korea Content Awards||Prime Minister Commendation||Song Jae-jung||Won|||
|2017||Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards||Korean Wave Program Excellence Prize||W||Won|||
|50th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival||Special Jury Award||Won|||
|53rd Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Drama||Nominated|||
|Best Director||Jung Dae-yoon||Nominated|
|Best Screenplay||Song Jae-jung||Nominated|||
|Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama||W||Won|||
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