Wok of Love

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Wok of Love
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Wok of Love
Also known as Greasy Melo
Original title 기름진 멜로
Genre
Written by Seo Sook-hyang
Directed by Park Seon-ho
Starring
Country of origin South Korea
Original language(s) Korean
No. of episodes 38[1]
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Lee Hun-hee
  • Kim Dong-joon
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 35 minutes
Production company(s) S.M. C&C[a]
Distributor SBS
Release
Original network SBS TV
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original release May 7 (2018-05-07) – July 17, 2018 (2018-07-17)
External links
Website

Wok of Love (Hangul기름진 멜로; RRGireumjin Mello; lit. Greasy Melo) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Lee Jun-ho, Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-won. It aired on SBS from May 7 to July 17, 2018 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 22:00 (KST) for 38 episodes.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

A charming love story of a group of men and women that is hotter than the boiling oil in a sizzling hot wok. Across the street of the six-star Giant Hotel, there stood a small and shabby Chinese restaurant called Hungry Wok. Doo Chil-sung, the owner of the restaurant and a former gangster from the Big Dipper Gang, took over the restaurant in order to provide a place of work for his former gang members. One day, former star chef Seo Poong, and bankrupt heiress Dan Sae-woo, whose lives were turned upside down overnight, came to visit Chil-sung for his help to get them back on their feet.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

A tough spirit who starts from the very bottom of a hotel kitchen to becoming a top chef in a Chinese restaurant of Giant Hotel. A conspiracy resulted in the removal from his job. He ends up being a co-owner of the "Hungry Wok".[3][4]
A former loan shark gangster from the 'Big Dipper' gang who seems intimidating but is secretly very kind hearted. After serving his time in prison, he ends up running a failing Chinese restaurant with his ever so loyal gang members.[5]
A chaebol heiress who enjoys horseback riding and fencing but currently bankrupt. She undergoes a major change in her life after tasting a bowl of Jajangmyun at a Chinese restaurant.[6]

Supporting[edit]

People working in Hungry Wok[edit]

A beautiful and vivacious chaebol wife, ex beauty queen. She won the title for Miss Onion pageant 20 odd years previously. [7]
Chef of a Chinese restaurant who came to Korea from the Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture 25 years ago.[8]
  • Tae Hang-ho as Im Geok-jeong (34)
A timid restaurant helper who dreams about becoming a chef, and sees Seo Poong as his role model.[9]

Members of Big Dipper Gang[edit]

Right-hand man of Doo Chil-sung in the 'Big Dipper' gang. He began working in the Hungry Wok restaurant after being released from prison, under the orders of Chil-sung.[10]
  • Kim Hyun-joon as Kwang Dong-sik (27)
A member of the 'Big Dipper' gang, the only married man among them. He is a warm-hearted person who wants to learn Chinese cooking skills as soon as possible in order not to worry his wife.[11]
  • Choi Ki-sub as Jeon Yi Man (35)
A gangster working in the same restaurant who finds fighting easier than cooking [12]
  • Cha In-ha as Bong Chi-soo (25)
A member of the 'Big Dipper' gang, now a dumpling master who looks younger than his age and quick in calculations.[13]
  • Choi Won-myeong as Yang Kang-ho (24)
The youngest member of the 'Big Dipper' gang who is extremely loyal and strong.[14]

People working in Giant Hotel[edit]

  • Kim Sa-kwon as Yong Sung-ryong (30)
An ambitious president of Giant Hotel.[15]
Main chef of the Chinese restaurant of Giant Hotel.[16]
  • Oh Ui-sik as Maeng Sam-seon (31)
A chef-in-training under a famous chef in the Giant Hotel. Seo Poong's rival who pretends to be his friend.[17]
  • Hong Yoon-hwa as Gan Bora (27)
The only female chef in Giant Hotel's Chinese restaurant's kitchen.[18]
  • Kang Rae-yeon as Gong Rae-yeon (30)
Hall manager of Giant Hotel who speaks fluent Chinese, and values money above friendship.[19]

Others[edit]

A mysterious woman who frequently appears and disappears around Doo Chil-sung without warning. She is Chil-sung's mother who had abandoned him in a Chinese restaurant while eating sweet sour pork and jajangmyun.[7]
  • Cha Joo-young as Seok Dal-hee (31)
A plastic surgeon who has enjoyed success in her career thanks to the support of her father who runs a Chinese restaurant. Her marriage to her first love, Seo Poong is troubled by her unfilled social desires.[20]
  • Lee Ki-hyuk as Na Oh-jik (34)
A successful obstetrician.[21]
  • Ok Ja-yeon as Lee Ji-kyung (32)
Animal Hospital Veterinarian
Father of Dan Sae-woo who has become bankrupt
Kwang Dong-sik's wife. A room maid at the Giant Hotel. She draws attention wherever she goes due to her pretty and sexy appearance.[22]

Special appearance[edit]

Production[edit]

The first script reading took place in late March 2018.[23]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Wok of Love OST
Soundtrack album by Various artists
Released 2018
Genre
Language
Label

Part 1[edit]

Released on May 7, 2018 (2018-05-07)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."There's Something" (뭔가 있어)Jeong Se-woon03:58
2."There's Something" (Inst.) 03:58

Part 2[edit]

Released on May 14, 2018 (2018-05-14)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."At That Time" (그 시간에)Youngjae (Got7)03:26
2."At That Time" (Inst.) 03:26

Part 3[edit]

Released on May 21, 2018 (2018-05-21)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Is It You" (너였었니)Baek A-yeon04:31
2."Is It You" (Inst.) 04:31

Part 4[edit]

Released on May 28, 2018 (2018-05-28)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I'll Do It Every Day" (매일매일 그리울거야)Jooyoung03:55
2."I'll Do It Every Day" (Inst.) 03:55

Part 5[edit]

Released on June 11, 2018 (2018-06-11)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."At Beginning Of Love" (사랑이 시작될때)Kassy4:10
2."At Beginning Of Love" (Inst.) 4:10

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.
  • Broadcast was suspended on 12 June due to NK-US summit and 18-19 June due to live coverage of 2018 FIFA World Cup.
  • As a result of numerous stoppages affecting the broadcast schedule, total episodes were reduced from 40 to 38 episodes.[24]
  • TNmS stop publishing their report from June 2018.
Ep. Broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS[25] AGB Nielsen[26]
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
1 May 7, 2018 6.5% (NR) 7.6% 5.8% (NR) 6.8% (15th)
2 7.3% (18th) 8.2% 6.4% (17th) 7.3% (10th)
3 May 8, 2018 5.7% (NR) 6.9% 4.7% (NR) 5.8% (15th)
4 7.0% (15th) 8.5% 5.6% (18th) 7.1% (12th)
5 May 14, 2018 5.9% (NR) 6.3% 5.4% (NR) 5.8% (18th)
6 6.9% (16th) 7.2% 5.8% (19th) 6.1% (15th)
7 May 15, 2018 6.2% (20th) 6.7% 5.1% (NR) 5.6% (19th)
8 7.3% (13th) 8.6% 6.8% (11th) 8.2% (9th)
9 May 21, 2018 5.8% (NR) 6.0% 5.2% (NR) 5.3% (NR)
10 6.3% (20th) 6.9% 5.8% (20th) 6.4% (16th)
11 May 22, 2018 5.9% (NR) 6.2% 4.9% (NR) 5.1% (NR)
12 6.6% (16th) 7.4% 5.8% (NR) 6.6% (16th)
13 May 28, 2018 6.7% (NR) 6.9% 4.8% (NR) 5.0% (NR)
14 7.1% (18th) 7.3% 5.5% (NR) 5.7% (NR)
15 May 29, 2018 5.5% (NR) 6.7% 4.5% (NR) 4.6% (NR)
16 6.6% (16th) 7.5% 5.2% (NR) 6.1% (18th)
17 June 4, 2018 5.7% 6.4% 6.0% (NR) 6.8% (13th)
18 7.0% 7.9% 6.5% (19th) 7.4% (12th)
19 June 5, 2018 5.8% 6.9% 5.7% (17th) 6.7% (11th)
20 6.5% 7.6% 6.4% (13th) 7.4% (8th)
21 June 11, 2018 5.6% 6.3% 5.4% (NR) 6.1% (20th)
22 7.0% 7.8% 6.4% (20th) 7.2% (12th)
23 June 25, 2018 6.7% 7.5% 6.1% (NR) 7.2% (12th)
24 7.3% 8.6% 7.1% (13th) 8.4% (7th)
25 June 26, 2018 6.6% 7.9% 7.5% (14th) 8.8% (9th)
26 7.9% 9.0% 9.3% (7th) 10.4% (5th)
27 July 2, 2018 7.3% 8.6% 7.4% (17th) 8.7% (11th)
28 8.6% 10.1% 9.3% (6th) 10.8% (5th)
29 July 3, 2018 6.1% 7.3% 5.9% (NR) 7.1% (16th)
30 7.4% 8.8% 7.4% (15th) 8.9% (6th)
31 July 9, 2018 5.9% 7.4% 6.2% (NR) 7.7% (12th)
32 6.5% 8.1% 7.3% (17th) 8.9% (9th)
33 July 10, 2018 5.7% 6.5% 6.8% (16th) 7.6% (11th)
34 6.6% 7.8% 7.6% (9th) 8.7% (7th)
35 July 16, 2018 5.2% 6.0% 5.4% (NR) 6.3% (18th)
36 6.4% 7.1% 6.4% (17th) 7.2% (13th)
37 July 17, 2018 5.4% 6.7% 5.6% (17th) 6.9% (13th)
38 6.9% 8.2% 7.0% (13th) 8.1% (7th)
Average 6.6% 7.4% 6.2% 7.1%

International Broadcast[edit]

  • Wok of Love airs in Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia on One TV Asia from 8th May 2018.
  • Wok of Love airs in Taiwan and Hong Kong on iQiyi, KKTV, LineTV and Viu.
  • Wok of Love airs in Japan on KNTV from 25th Aug 2018.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ the same production company behind this series' preceding drama

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Junho Joins "Greasy Romance" with Jang Hyuk and Jung Ryeo-won". Hancinema. March 22, 2018. 
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  20. ^ "[단독] '저글러스' 차주영, '기름진 멜로' 출연 확정..이준호·장혁과 호흡". Sportal Korea (in Korean). March 15, 2018. 
  21. ^ "[공식입장]독립영화 핫스타 이기혁, '기름진멜로' 합류…드라마 진출". Sports Chosun (in Korean). April 5, 2018. 
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  25. ^ "TNMS Daily Ratings at Naver". TNMS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved February 20, 2018. 
  26. ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved January 21, 2018. 

External links[edit]

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