Behind the White Tower

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Behind the White Tower
MBC white tower.jpg
Also known as
  • White Tower
  • Great White Tower
  • Inside the White Tower
Genre Medical drama
Based on Shiroi Kyotō
by Toyoko Yamasaki
Written by Lee Ki-won
Directed by Ahn Pan-seok
Theme music composer Cho Yoon-seung
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Jo Joong-hyun
Producer(s) Park Chang-shik
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Kim Jong-hak Productions
Original network Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation
Original release January 6 (2007-01-06) – March 11, 2007 (2007-03-11)
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Behind the White Tower (Hangul하얀 거탑; RRHayan Geotab; lit. "White Tower") is a 2007 South Korean television series that aired on MBC from January 6 to March 11, 2007 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 for 20 episodes.[1][2][3]

Based on renowned Japanese novelist Toyoko Yamasaki's representative work Shiroi Kyotō,[4][5] the drama brings viewers deep into the political inner workings of the medical field by taking a satirical look at malpractice and power plays at a university hospital,[6][7][8] and contrasting the paths and personalities of two doctors played by Kim Myung-min and Lee Sun-kyun.[9] The medical drama was a critical and ratings hit in South Korea, gaining praise for its acting (particularly by Kim), writing, direction, and its intelligent and uncompromising story without concessions to melodrama or romance.[10][11]


Brilliant and ambitious, assistant professor Jang Joon-hyuk (Kim Myung-min) is a rising star in the Myeongin University Hospital surgery department. His knowledge and expertise is undeniable, but his cavalier confidence and cold personality has earned him more than a few enemies, including the department head. While Jang's drive stems from a desire for success and advancement, fellow doctor Choi Do-young (Lee Sun-kyun) is committed to the well-being of his patients, leading to frequent clashes with the practices and personnel within the hospital. With the head of the surgery department retiring, Jang seems to be the clear successor until a new rival emerges in the form of Noh Min-guk (Cha In-pyo), who has the backing of the department head. Jang, however, is determined to win at all costs.[12]


Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
43rd Baeksang Arts Awards
Best TV Drama White Tower Nominated
Best Director (TV) Ahn Pan-seok Won
Best Actor (TV) Kim Myung-min Won
Best New Actor (TV) Lee Sun-kyun Nominated
20th Grimae Awards
Best Actor Kim Myung-min Won
MBC Drama Awards
Top Excellence Award, Actor Kim Myung-min[20] Won
Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries Lee Sun-kyun Won
PD Award Kim Chang-wan Won
Popularity Award, Actor Kim Myung-min Nominated
Viewer's Favorite Drama of the Year White Tower Nominated
20th Producer's Awards of Korea
Best Performer Kim Myung-min Won


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  7. ^ Cho, Chung-un (January 31, 2007). "Medical dramas thrill local TV audience". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Lee, Jee-hoon (March 9, 2007). "Of Financial Institutions and Hospital Soaps". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  9. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (February 17, 2007). "Political drama isn't TV". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  10. ^ "TV Review: In the White Tower, all you need is power". Korea JoongAng Daily. February 13, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Korea in the Grip of U.S. Soap Fever". The Chosun Ilbo. May 22, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
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  14. ^ "Kim Myung-min Still Haunted by White Tower Role". The Chosun Ilbo. March 16, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  15. ^ Yang, Sung-hee (August 22, 2007). "Intensity and sense of purpose create the materials for a star". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved May 20, 2013. 
  16. ^ Sung, So-young (June 18, 2010). "Actor faces a new test: Faith". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
  17. ^ Jeong, Jae-hyeok (March 20, 2007). <하얀거탑> 배우 인터뷰 4. 최도영 역 이선균: 마음은 동적인데 겉으론 정적이고 너무 힘들더라. Cine21 (in Korean). Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  18. ^ Jeong, Jae-hyeok (March 20, 2007). <하얀거탑> 배우 인터뷰 3. 이주완 역 이정길: 격이 있는, 바람직한 미니시리즈이다. Cine21 (in Korean). Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  19. ^ Moon, Seok (March 20, 2007). <하얀거탑> 배우 인터뷰 2. 부원장 역 김창완: 안경 벗으니까 바로 악역이 되더라. Cine21 (in Korean). Retrieved March 13, 2014. 
  20. ^ Kim was unable to attend the awards ceremony as his son was sick.

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