Witch at Court

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Witch at Court
Witch's Court-poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Original title 마녀의 법정
Genre
Created by KBS Drama Production
Written by Jung Do-yoon
Directed by Kim Young-kyun
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 16
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Ji Byung-hyun
  • Kim Jong-shik[1]
  • Song Jae-joon
Producer(s)
  • Choi Jun-ho
  • Seo Byung-chul
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) iWill Media[1]
Distributor Korean Broadcasting System
Release
Original network KBS2
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release October 9 (2017-10-09) – November 28, 2017 (2017-11-28)
External links
Website
Production website

Witch at Court[2] (Hangul마녀의 법정; RRManyeoui Beopjeong; lit. Witch's Court) is a 2017 South Korean television series starring Jung Ryeo-won and Yoon Hyun-min. It aired on KBS2 from October 9 to November 28, 2017 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot.[3][4]

Synopsis[edit]

A materialistic female prosecutor who does not hesitate to use personal attacks, fabricate evidence, and incite perjury in order to win her case is assigned to special task force for sex crimes. A newbie prosecutor also joins the task force, and together they solve crimes with a grudging chemistry.[2]

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

She is an ace prosecutor with experience in all four of district prosecutors' office in Seoul. She walks a fine line between legal and illegal investigation. She does not hesitate to use personal attacks, fabricate evidence and incite perjury in order to win her case. That being said, she is egoistic and ill-tempered. In the most conservative organization in Korea, she has been struggling to rise from humble beginnings. Then she gets caught up in a case and is assigned to the special task force for child sex crimes, the most undesired team in the organization.[5]
He is a newbie prosecutor who graduated from law school at the top of his class. He takes no interest in promotion, success and office politics. He used to be a pediatric psychiatrist, so he is able to distinguish truth and falsehood by finding the subtle nuance and hidden clues in people's testimony, which is a useful ability for solving sex crimes, which always lack physical evidence. At first, he is not fond of Yi-deum, who pursues power without reserve, but when he learns about her painful past, he holds out his hand to her and protects her.[2][6]
As his father was a left-wing activist under the right-wing government, he was not able to become a prosecutor. Instead, he became a policeman. Whenever he had a chance of getting promoted, his father's record would always drag him down, so he accused innocent people as communists to show his loyalty for the government. Yet, he holds no regret or shame for the terrible things he's done. After retiring as a chief officer, he is elected as a member of the National Assembly. He is a member of the advisory board of a law firm, and he runs for the mayor of Yeong-pa city.[2][7]
She is the chief prosecutor of the special task force for sex crimes against children and women. She created the task force herself to help the victims more efficiently. 20 years ago, she investigated the sexual torture case of Superintendent Jo Gap-soo. She desperately wanted to punish him but failed due to lack of evidence. After 20 years, she is still fighting against Jo Gap-soo's law firm at the court.[2]

Supporting[edit]

Department for Women's Crime Division[edit]

Brother Law Firm[edit]

Others[edit]

Production[edit]

  • The series is formerly known as Don't Trust Her (그녀를 믿지 마세요; Geunyeoreul Mitji Maseyo).[5]
  • Filming started in early September 2017.[6]
  • The series is produced by iWill Media, of which founder and CEO Kim Jong-shik is a former drama production director for KBS.[1]

Ratings[edit]

  • In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the drama did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[10] AGB Nielsen[11]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 October 9, 2017 6.5% (NR) 6.9% (NR) 6.6% (NR) 7.0% (NR)
2 October 10, 2017 7.6% (17th) 7.8% (13th) 9.5% (9th) 9.6% (9th)
3 October 16, 2017 8.1% (18th) 9.0% (11th) 9.1% (9th) 8.6% (9th)
4 October 17, 2017 10.9% (8th) 10.4% (7th) 12.3% (5th) 12.7% (3rd)
5 October 23, 2017 8.5% (14th) 9.4% (9th) 10.2% (8th) 10.6% (6th)
6 October 24, 2017 9.6% (11th) 10.8% (5th) 11.0% (6th) 11.3% (4th)
7 October 30, 2017 7.5% (18th) 7.8% (15th) 7.6% (16th) 7.7% (14th)
8 October 31, 2017 9.4% (13th) 10.6% (5th) 9.3% (8th) 9.1% (7th)
9 November 6, 2017 8.7% (13th) 9.1% (10th) 10.1% (7th) 10.3% (9th)
10 November 7, 2017 11.1% (7th) 12.4% (5th) 11.4% (6th) 11.9% (5th)
11 November 13, 2017 9.3% (10th) 10.8% (6th) 10.5% (7th) 10.5% (9th)
12 November 14, 2017 11.2% (7th) 12.3% (5th) 11.9% (7th) 12.3% (3rd)
13 November 20, 2017 9.4% (9th) 9.8% (6th) 10.9% (7th) 10.6% (8th)
14 November 21, 2017 11.9% (6th) 12.0% (6th) 12.6% (6th) 12.3% (4th)
15 November 27, 2017 9.9% (12th) 10.2% (5th) 11.9% (4th) 11.9% (6th)
16 November 28, 2017 12.0% (5th) 12.6% (4th) 14.3% (4th) 14.1% (3rd)
Average 9.5% 10.1% 10.6% 10.6%

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2017
31st KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actress
Jung Ryeo-won
Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries
Yoon Hyun-min
Nominated
Best Supporting Actress
Lee Il-hwa
Won
Kim Yeo-jin
Nominated
Best Young Actor
Ji Min-hyuk
Nominated
Best Young Actress
Lee Re
Won
Best Couple Award
Jung Ryeo-won and Yoon Hyun-min
Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c CEO Profile. South Korea: iWill Media Corporation.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Witch at Court". KBS World. KBS World. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ Park, Jin-young. "[단독] 정려원·윤현민, '그녀를 믿지 마세요' 출연 확정..다음주 대본리딩". Naver (in Korean). Osen. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  4. ^ Doo, Rumy. "TV series 'Witch at Court' tops ratings". The Korea Herald. Herald Corporation. Retrieved October 20, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Kim, Jin-seok. "[단독]정려원, 검사 된다… '그녀를 믿지 마세요' 주인공". Naver (in Korean). Ilgan Sports. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Yoon Hyun-min to star in "Witch's Court"". Hancinema. Star Today. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Jun Kwang-ryul to star in "Witch's Court"". Hancinema. Herald Pop. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  8. ^ ""Witch's Court" Jung Ryeo-won, Yoon Hyun-min, and Choi Ri". Hancinema. Hankyung. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Kim Min-seo, to star in "Witch's Court"". Hancinema. TV Daily. Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  10. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved September 16, 2017. 
  11. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved September 16, 2017. 

External links[edit]

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