W (TV series)

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W
W (더블유) - poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known as
  • W: Two Worlds
  • W: Two Worlds Apart
GenreFantasy
Romance
Comedy
Thriller
Action
Written bySong Jae-jung
Directed byJung Dae-yoon
Creative directorsKim Seul-ah
Kang Hee-ju
Jung Yoo-jin
Jung Jin-chul
StarringLee Jong-suk
Han Hyo-joo
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producerSon Hyung-suk
ProducersOh Min-su
Kim Sang-hun
CinematographyJun Byung-mun
Min Sung-wook
EditorOh Serena
Running time70 minutes
Production companyChorokbaem Media
DistributorMBC
Release
Original networkMBC TV
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 20 (2016-07-20) –
September 14, 2016 (2016-09-14)

W (Korean더블유; RRDeo-beul-yoo) is a 2016 South Korean television series, starring Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo.[1][2] Consisting of 16 episodes, it aired on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) on MBC from July 20 to September 14, 2016.[3] 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.[4][5]

The series received praise for its unique premise and ranked first in Content Power Index in its premiere week.[6] It achieved modest ratings of 11.63%, topping viewership ratings in its time slot for its entire run.[7]

Plot[edit]

A romance takes place between Kang Chul (Lee Jong-Suk), who is super rich and exist in the webtoon “W,” and Oh Yeon-Joo (Han Hyo-Joo) who is a surgeon in the real world.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleDirected byWritten byKorean air dateProd.
code
1"Oh Seong Moo has Disappeared!"UnknownUnknown20 July 2016 (2016-07-20)TBA
Oh Yeon-joo learns from her friend and father's assistant, Park Soo-bong (Lee Si-eon) that her father has disappeared while drawing the last issue of W, in which the webtoon's protagonist, Kang Cheol, is supposed to die. The last drawing on his graphics tablet shows Cheol bloodied and unconscious on a roof. As Yeon-joo investigates, she is pulled through the tablet and into the webtoon world. She manages to save Cheol, before noticing the Korean words for "To Be Continued" appear in the air, sending her back. A new episode of W is mysteriously uploaded, which depicts all of Yeon-joo's actions, including a full-page spread of her as a character. She theorizes that the webtoon contains an actual alternate universe. Later, Kang Cheol considers Yeon-joo to be the key to his life.
2"Find Her, the Key to My Life"UnknownUnknown21 July 2016 (2016-07-21)TBA
Seong-moo turns up again and insists the new issue was his creation. Later, Soo-bong tells Yeon-joo that her father plans to kill Cheol, who is in the hospital. She calls her father, realizing that he too knows the webtoon is alive. She is sucked back into the webtoon, successfully preventing a nurse from administering potassium to Cheol. Two months pass in an instant, and Cheol is now healthy. To get back to the real world, Yeon-joo surprises him with a kiss. Seong-moo, angered that his daughter's adventures had uploaded themselves, dismisses his team to end W in secret. He draws a truck to kill Kang Cheol, but the webtoon rejects this ending, with Cheol surviving.
3"I Am Someone Who Will Do That"UnknownUnknown27 July 2016 (2016-07-27)TBA
Yeon-joo investigates her father's files and discovers that W started drawing on its own during her father's miserable times. Depressed, he tries to end the webtoon by having Cheol commit suicide, but the drawing changes to Cheol hanging on. Seong-moo is inspired to continue the webtoon until he is famous, but repeated rewrites caused him to think Cheol is a monster. Yeon-joo is dragged back to the webtoon world, where Kang Cheol interrogates her at gunpoint. When she stalls telling the truth, he shoots her, but she doesn't receive a wound, confirming her special nature.
4"What Is This World Where You Live in?"UnknownUnknown28 July 2016 (2016-07-28)TBA
Yoon So-hee (Jung Yoo-jin), Cheol's personal assistant, sets up an elaborate trap to have Yeon-joo arrested. Cheol demotes So-hee for her actions and visits Yeon-joo in prison. There, she finally reveals to Cheol that he is the main character of a cartoon, returning to the real world afterwards. Now knowing the truth, time in the webtoon stops, and Cheol steps through a portal into the real world.
5"I've Come Here. To Your World."UnknownUnknown3 August 2016 (2016-08-03)TBA
In the real world, Kang Cheol reads up on W. He visits Yeon-joo at her hospital and kisses her. He then goes to Seong-moo's house, where he learns about his creator's bitter past, which provided the inspiration for his character. Cheol confronts his creator in the flesh, asking the latter to draw his family's killer so he can have a happy ending. When Seong-moo refuses, claiming the murders were just a plot device to make him stronger, Cheol shoots him.
6"The End"UnknownUnknown4 August 2016 (2016-08-04)TBA
As Seong-moo recovers, Kang Cheol commits suicide, leaving a suicide note with Yeon-joo. His actions get uploaded as the last issue of W, since Seong-moo decides to retire to New Zealand. Soon after, the "the end" mark on the webtoon replaces itself with "To Be Continued." At Yeon-joo's insistence, Soo-bong continues the story, restarting the webtoon world and sending Yeon-joo back to the prison.
7"Cheol and Yeon-joo Get Married"UnknownUnknown10 August 2016 (2016-08-10)TBA
Kang Cheol meets Yeon-joo and learns his revival was her idea. Distraught over being just a character, he rebukes Yeon-joo for saving him, but changes his mind when she says that she loves him. He kisses Yeon-joo then legally marries her to get her out of prison. Later, his family's murderer calls him and threatens Yeon-joo.
8"The Killer Is After You"UnknownUnknown17 August 2016 (2016-08-17)TBA
While in Cheol's kitchen, Yeon-joo gets into an accident and bleeds, confirming she is now a character as well. She goes back to the real world, where the murderer, who had also stepped through the portal and learned about the webtoon, pursues her and Soo-bong. She is almost shot but is sent back to Cheol's car. While the murderer teleports to Seong-moo, still en route to New Zealand, Cheol notices So-hee fading away, which he realizes is due to her significance as a character fading. In order to set things right, Cheol sends Yeon-joo back to her world, where she redraws all the previous events as a dream Cheol had.
9"Make It a Happy Ending"UnknownUnknown18 August 2016 (2016-08-18)TBA
Seong-moo returns to Korea and decides to write a happy ending for W. He gives the murder his face and names him Han Sang-hoon. After the latter is caught, Prosecutor Han Cheol-ho (Park Won-sang) - who wished to gain political power by presiding over Cheol's case, believing him to be the one who killed his family - was to kill Sang-hoon. However, Sang-hoon causes a shooting at a TV station, so Yeon-joo is sent back to the webtoon world to treat the victims. She meets Kang Cheol, who no longer recognizes her. Back in the real world, Seong-moo's face has been removed.
10"The World Controlled By The Killer"UnknownUnknown24 August 2016 (2016-08-24)TBA
Sang-hoon uses Seong-moo as his robotic alter ego, using the latter to manipulate the webtoon world to his liking. He conspires with Cheol-ho to frame Kang Cheol for the murder of his producer, Son Hyun-suk. (Cha Kwang-soo) He escapes, but he is shot by the police. Yeon-joo takes him to a hotel so he can recover, then kisses him so she can return to her world.
11"What Happens Next?"UnknownUnknown25 August 2016 (2016-08-25)TBA
Yeon-joo discovers her faceless father and uses his tablet to help Kang Cheol treat himself and evade the police. She is suddenly summoned to Cheol-ho's office, arousing his suspicion, then goes to Cheol's penthouse. Everyone thinks Cheol is dead, except for his bodyguard Seo Do-yoon (Lee Tae-hwan), who knows the former's location. Kang Cheol starts imitating his past self, which, as Yeon-joo discovers, is due to him having read a copy of W that was accidentally brought to his world. He finally makes the connection between the webtoon's character and himself.
12"Cheol's Second Awakening"UnknownUnknown31 August 2016 (2016-08-31)TBA
Cheol and Yeon-joo step back into the real world, where they restart their relationship. Cheol breaks Seong-moo's tablet to prevent Sang-hoon from interfering with the real world, but later repairs it so that Sang-hoon will be captured and Cheol-ho investigated for his crimes, as he originally planned. He also learns he can travel between the webtoon world and the real world at will.
13"For the Last Episode of W"UnknownUnknown1 September 2016 (2016-09-01)TBA
Cheol learns he can summon characters from W into the real world. He accidentally summons Sang-hoon, who orders Seong-moo to destroy his tablet and brings Yeon-joo to the webtoon world to trap Cheol. He successfully locates Sang-hoon's hideout and kills him, but Yeon-joo has been shot. She and Cheol return to the real world, the former as a lifeless body.
14"Secret of the Tablet"UnknownUnknown7 September 2016 (2016-09-07)TBA
Han Cheol-ho finds a copy of Seong-moo's graphics tablet in Sang-hoon's car. Kang Cheol brings Yeon-joo to the webtoon world to recover but she dies. Seong-moo grieves over the fact that he cannot draw his daughter back to life, so Cheol goes to the webtoon world to retrieve the copy. He is caught by Cheol-ho, who had discovered that the tablet can bring any drawing to life when the Enter key is pressed on a connected computer, and can erase things by pressing Delete (as in the Mac equivalent to Backspace). Despite being tortured, Cheol lures Cheol-ho to Seong-moo's location to deliver the tablet to him. After Yeon-joo is brought back to life, she is brought back to the webtoon world, where the words "Final Chapter" appear in front of her.
15"Which Kind of Ending Will It Be?"UnknownUnknown8 September 2016 (2016-09-08)TBA
In the webtoon's last issue, a year has passed since it left off; Kang Cheol is sentenced to death but he escapes, thanks to Seong-moo who was also dragged inside. Cheol learns that Seong-moo has been a mental patient due to his adopting Sang-hoon's villainous personality and will cease to exist if he does not do evil. With the police about to arrest Seong-moo and Do-yoon kidnapped, Cheol and Yeon-joo realize that Yeon-joo will lose either Cheol or her father. To end the webtoon in the safest way possible, Yeon-joo draws security footage of Cheol-ho's torture.
16"After W Ends"UnknownUnknown14 September 2016 (2016-09-14)TBA
Kang Cheol saves Do-yoon but is shot by Cheol-ho. He manages to reach a bus stop where he calls Yeon-joo to save him, but he collapses. Yeon-joo is sent back to the real world. Seong-moo, now staying at a motel, forces Cheol-ho to commit suicide and exposes him to the authorities. He arrives just in time to see Yeon-joo at a bus stop before disappearing forever. Cheol spends two years in prison before somehow sending himself back to the real world, where he meets Yeon-joo in a hospital. They then continue their romance away from the dangers of the webtoon.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

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 Cheol was immediately suspected to be the killer due to his shooting background. After being proven innocent, Kang Cheol 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 Cheol, with whom she eventually falls in love.

Supporting[edit]

Characters from the webtoon W[edit]

The real killer of Kang Cheol'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 Cheol's long-time secretary and his friend since they were in high school. Her romantic feelings for Kang Cheol 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 Cheol's love interest, she is replaced by Yeon-joo when Kang Cheol falls in love with her.
Kang Cheol's loyal bodyguard and close friend. Using his knowledge of martial arts, he trained Kang Cheol to fight and is always alongside him in beating bad guys.
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 Cheol's case when the latter was accused of his family's murder.
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[edit]

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 Cheol as a monster and seeks to eliminate him.
An apprentice of Seong-moo and confidante of Yeon-joo
Yeon-joo's mother and Seong-moo's ex-wife.
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
Yeon-joo's aunt
Seung-moo's apprentice
Seung-moo's apprentice

Extended[edit]

Nurse at Myung-sei Hospital.

Special appearances[edit]

Production[edit]

The series is helmed by director Jung Dae-yoon, who directed She Was Pretty, and writer Song Jae-jung, whose previous works include Nine: Nine Time Travels and Queen In-hyun's Man.[3]

The first script reading of the drama was held in May 2016.[10]

The drama is Han Hyo-joo's small screen comeback after six years.[11]

Original soundtrack[edit]

W : Original Soundtrack
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
Released2016
GenrePop, K-pop, soundtrack
LabelSebunguri/Star&Tree/LOEN
L200001314
ProducerSon Nak-hee, Kim Young-ho (both executive)

Part 1[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Where Are U" (내가 너에게 가던 네가 나에게 오던)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-il (Copykumo)Jung Joon-young4:19
2."Where Are U" (Inst.) Park Sung-il (Copykumo) 4:19
Total length:8:38

Part 2[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Please Say Something, Even Though It Is a Lie" (거짓말이라도 해줘요)Red Socks, Choi Jae-wooRed SocksPark Bo-ram3:33
2."Please Say Something, Even Though It Is a Lie" (Inst.) Red Socks 3:33
Total length:7:06

Part 3[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."In the Illusion" (환상 속의 그대)Leah Min-young Park (Hwayobi), Lee Cheol-joo (Basick)Park Sung-il (Copykumo)Basick & Inkii [ko]4:09
2."In the Illusion" (Inst.) Park Sung-il (Copykumo) 4:09
Total length:8:18

Part 4[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Remember" (기억)5ily, Choi Kang5ilyKCM4:13
2."Remember" (Inst.) 5ily 4:13
Total length:8:26

Part 5[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Falling"Han Joon, Benjamin KLee Yoo-jinJo Hyun-ah (Urban Zakapa)3:21
2."Falling" (Inst.) Lee Yoo-jin 3:21
Total length:6:42

Part 6[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."My Heart" (내 맘)Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sungCadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sungJeon Woo-sung (Noel)3:52
2."My Heart" (Inst.) Cadence, Seo Jae-ha, Kim Young-sung 3:52
Total length:7:44

Part 7[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."You And I" (그대와 나)Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패)Ahn Hyun-jeong3:45
2."You And I" (Inst.) Shoulder Bully (어깨깡패) 3:45
Total length:7:30

Part 8[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Draw a Love" (사랑을 그려요)Han Joon, Benjamin KTom & JerryNavi [ko]3:59
2."Draw a Love" (Inst.) Tom & Jerry 3:59
Total length:7:58

Part 9[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Without You" (니가 없는 난)Red SocksRed SocksN (VIXX) & Yeoeun (Melody Day)4:34
2."Without You" (Inst.) Red Socks 4:34
Total length:9:08
Disc 2:
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Title of W" (Opening Title)Various Artists0:44
2."A New Variable"Various Artists1:17
3."Black Shadow"Various Artists2:44
4."Collapsed Dimensions"Various Artists4:00
5."Crazy Dog, Professor Park"Various Artists2:03
6."Forgotten Memory"Various Artists2:02
7."Falsified Incident"Various Artists2:04
8."Hidden Content"Various Artists3:27
9."I want to erase sadness"Various Artists3:38
10."I Love you"Various Artists1:59
11."I've changed the heroine"Various Artists2:17
12."It is your setting"Various Artists2:38
13."Instead of being eaten, I will be eating"Various Artists2:27
14."Key to my life"Various Artists3:23
15."Like normal couples"Various Artists3:02
16."Lost Time"Various Artists2:38
17."Moment of Decision"Various Artists3:08
18."Meaning of ring"Various Artists4:19
19."No Dark Entity"Various Artists4:51
20."Non-existent Existence"Various Artists1:56
21."Nice to meet you Kang Chul fan!"Various Artists2:22
22."Ordinary Happiness"Various Artists2:42
23."Reason of Existence"Lee Yun Ji2:10
24."Real Criminal's Face"Various Artists2:33
25."Sour Charm"Various Artists2:38
26."Today's Homework"Various Artists2:14
27."Two worlds, One heart"Various Artists3:13
28."10 years of waiting"Various Artists2:35
29."To be continued"Various Artists3:46
30."Twisted Fact"Various Artists2:07
31."The strongest type of abnormal"Various Artists2:07
32."Win a losing game"Various Artists2:14
33."When I feel I'm into you"Various Artists2:59
34."Wish to happy ending"Various Artists3:22
35."Why did you look at me like this?"Various Artists2:22
36."W (Main Theme)"Various Artists3:57
37."Wealthy young man, Kang Chul"Various Artists2:35
38."World within webtoon"Various Artists2:26

Charted songs[edit]

Chart Performance
Title Year Peak chart positions Sales[12] Remarks
KOR
Gaon
"Where Are U"
(Jung Joon-young)
2016
67
  • KOR: 121,780+
Part 1
"Please Say Something Even Though It Is A Lie"
(Park Bo-ram)
30
  • KOR: 214,865+
Part 2
"Falling"
(Jo Hyun-ah (Urban Zakapa))
60
  • KOR: 60,637+
Part 5
"Without You"
(N (VIXX) & Yeoeun (Melody Day))
98
  • KOR: 26,260+
Part 9

Album charts[edit]

Chart (2016) Peak
position
South Korea (Gaon Album Chart)[13] 16
Taiwan (FIVE-MUSIC Album Chart)[14] 17

Ratings[edit]

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
TNmS[15] AGB Nielsen[16]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
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)
Average 12.87% 14.59% 11.63% 12.69%

*Episode 8 was not aired on Thursday August 11 due to broadcast of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This episode was aired on Wednesday August 17, 2016.[17]

Other adaptations[edit]

A Thai remake of the drama, Switch On was aired on Channel 3 on November 19, 2021.[18]

An American adaptation, titled Angel City was in development at The CW. The project will be produced by CBS Studios with Craig Plestis as executive producer.[19][20]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref.
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 [21]
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)[22]
Lee Jong-suk Won [23]
Han Hyo-joo Nominated
Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lee Jong-suk Won [23]
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
Lee Tae-hwan Nominated
Best New Actress Jung Yoo-jin Nominated
Best Couple Award Lee Jong-suk and Han Hyo-joo Won [23]
Kim Eui-sung and Lee Si-eon Nominated
Korea Content Awards Prime Minister Commendation Song Jae-jung Won [24]
2017 Korea Communications Commission Broadcasting Awards Korean Wave Program Excellence Prize W Won [25]
50th WorldFest Houston International Film Festival Special Jury Award Won [26]
53rd Baeksang Arts Awards Best Drama Nominated [27]
Best Director Jung Dae-yoon Nominated
Best Screenplay Song Jae-jung Nominated [28]
Seoul International Drama Awards Outstanding Korean Drama W Won [29]

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