When a Man Loves - Korean Drama
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- Drama: When a Man Loves / Man In Love
- Revised romanization: Namjaga Saranghal Ddae
- Hangul: 남자가 사랑할 때
- Director: Kim Sang-Ho
- Writer: Kim In-Young
- Network: MBC
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: April 3 - June 6, 2013
- Runtime: Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Han Tae-Sang (Song Seung-Heon) is a former gangster, but now a successful business man. He has a cold-blooded decisiveness and incredible drive. This helped him to attain his current status, as he started with nothing. He then meets a younger woman named Seo Mi-Do (Shin Se-Kyung). Her personality reminds him of himself when he was that age. Han Tae-Sang begins to feel love for the first time in his life.
Tae-Sang works for a powerful loan shark (Lee Sung-Min). One day, he goes with his men to a small bookstore in a poor area to collect on a debt. They enter the bookstore and threaten the bookstore owner (Kang Shin-Il).
Around this time, the bookstore owner's daughter Mi-Do (Shin Se-Kyung) goes to the public welfare office to get free rice. A TV reporter is there and asks Mi-Do for an interview. Mi-Do becomes extremely embarrassed and hides her face with the rice bag. Even though she tells the reporter no, the TV reporter repeatedly asks her for an interview. Mi-Do then becomes angry and pushes the TV reporter. She leaves without the rice bag. While leaving the area, somebody shouts at her "hey rude student!" When she turns around, a young man named Jae-Hee (Yeon Woo-Jin) gives her the rice bag and leaves.
When Mi-Do gets back to her father's bookstore, she finds a bunch of men in the store. The men soon leave. Mi-Do asks her father about the men, but he doesn't tell her anything.
The next day, Tae-Sang learns that the bookstore owner left a last will and disappeared. Tae-Sang yells at his men to find the bookstore owner. Tae-Sang's men eventually finds the man and takes him back to the bookstore. Meanwhile, Mi-Do is at a private institute and looks at her report card. She lets out a huge smile. Mi-Do got the top score in her class. Mi-Do then receives a phone call from her mother and learns that her father has disappeared.
When Mi-Do arrives back at the bookstore, she sees her mother and father harassed by a bunch of men. Mi-Do quickly gets into a physical struggle with the men. During the struggle, she shows no fear of the men. Tae-Sang then arrives at the bookstore and watches Mi-Do fight with his men. Suddenly, Tae-Sang thinks of himself when he was about Mi-Do's age. Around that time, his mother had an affair. She also owed money to the loan shark that Tae-Sang now works for. At that time, the loan shark and his men came and beat Tae-Sang over his mother's debt. That moment completely changed Tae-Sang's life. He went from a smart kid with good grades to an enforcer for a gangster.
Tae-Sang then sees Mi-Do's report card in her bag. He then stands in front of her and stops the fight. Mi-Do promises to pay back the loan by 3 PM on Saturday. Tae-Sang agrees and leaves with his men. The loan shark then learns of Tae-Sang's actions and thinks he has now become soft. The loan shark has now lost all faith in Tae-Sang.
A few hours after the 3 PM deadline, Mi-Do appears at Tae-Sang's office. Mi-Do, trying to stay as calm as possible, offers to sell herself to Tae-Sung to pay off her father's debt. Tae-Sang accepts her offer and takes her to a hotel room. Mi-Do, trying to stay as calm as possible to hide her fear, listens to Tae-Sang in the hotel room. Tae-Sang tells her to payback the principle without the interest.
Later, Tae-Sang, the loan shark boss' girlfriend Sung-Joo (Chae Jung-An) and Tae-Sang's men gather for a birthday party for their loan shark boss. During the party, the loan shark begins to bad mouth Tae-Sang's mother. Tae-Sang becomes furious and tells his boss that he quits and leaves. The next day, one of Tae-Sang's men goes to the bookstore and gives Mi-Do a bank bank. He tells her that Tae-Sang will pay for her school tuition fees. Mi-Do goes to see Tae-Sang and asks him why he is helping her. Tae-Sang tells her that if someone helped him at her age, his life would be different.
Meanwhile, the loan shark boss sends several men to kill Tae-Sang. Right before the attack, Tae-Sung receives a phone call from the boss' girlfriend tipping him off that he is about to be killed. Tae-Sang is able to get away from harm and goes to see his boss. When he finds his boss they get into a heated argument. The boss' men then brings in Mi-Do. Tae-Sang tells her to run, but the door is closed. When they try to leave, the boss stabs Tae-Sang in the back. Tae-Sang still manages to let Mi-Do escape before collapsing.
- Drama series will takeover the MBC Wednesdays & Thursdays 21:55 time slot previously occupied by "7th Grade Civil Servant" and followed by "The Queen's Classroom" June 12, 2013.
- Director Kim Sang-Ho and writer Kim In-Young previously worked together in 2005 MBC drama series "A Man and A Woman"
- Filming began February 24, 2013 in Seoul, South Korea. First scenes filmed involved Seo Mi-Do (Shin Se-Kyung) and Lee Jae-Hee (Yeon Woo-Jin) meeting for the first time at the Seoul Welfare Foundation, located in Jongno. Also, Han Tae-Sang (Song Seung-Heon) and Baek Sung-Joo (Chae Jung-Ahn) filmed a scene at a clothing boutique in Gangnam.
|Song Seung-Heon||Shin Se-Kyung||Chae Jung-An||Yeon Woo-Jin||JB|
|Han Tae-Sang||Seo Mi-Do||Baek Sung-Joo||Lee Jae-Hee||Seo Mi-Joon|
|Jr||Kang Shin-Il||Oh Yeong-Sil||Lee Chang-Hoon||Kim Sung-Oh|
|Ddol-Yi||Seo Kyung-Wook||Choi Sun-Ae||Koo Yong-Kab||Lee Chang-Hee|
Additional Cast Members:
- Jo Jae-Ryong - Yoon Dong-Koo
- Jung Young-Sook - Yoon Hong-Ja
- Kim Seo-Kyung - Roy Jang (Han Tae-Min)
- Park Min-Ji - Eun-Ae
- Lee Min-Ji - Jin Song-Yeon
- Lee Seung-Hyeong - Tae-Sang's relative
- Nam Kyoung-Eub - Jang Ji-Myung (Jae-Hee's father)
- Yoon Chan-Young - Lee Jae-Hee (young)
- Lee Sung-Min - loan shark boss (cameo)
|2013-04-03||1||7.3% (20th)||7.8% (19th)||NR||NR|
|2013-04-04||2||10.8% (10th)||12.1% (7th)||10.1% (11th)||11.0% (7th)|
|2013-04-10||3||9.3% (16th)||10.3% (9th)||11.4% (7th)||13.1% (5th)|
|2013-04-11||4||11.6% (8th)||13.0% (5th)||12.1% (6th)||13.5% (5th)|
|2013-04-17||5||11.1% (7th)||12.7% (5th)||11.4% (7th)||12.0% (7th)|
|2013-04-18||6||10.2% (13th)||12.1% (6th)||11.3% (9th)||12.3% (9th)|
|2013-04-24||7||9.9% (9th)||11.8% (5th)||10.5% (7th)||11.7% (7th)|
|2013-04-25||8||9.7% (13th)||12.0% (6th)||10.2% (10th)||11.3% (9th)|
|2013-05-01||9||9.9% (9th)||11.7% (5th)||9.5% (9th)||10.6% (8th)|
|2013-05-02||10||9.7% (10th)||12.0% (6th)||10.8% (8th)||12.5% (7th)|
|2013-05-08||11||9.3% (10th)||10.8% (6th)||8.9% (12th)||10.1% (10th)|
|2013-05-09||12||9.0% (18th)||10.0% (11th)||9.0% (14th)||9.9% (12th)|
|2013-05-15||13||9.0% (13th)||10.7% (5th)||9.1% (12th)||10.0% (13th)|
|2013-05-16||14||9.7% (10th)||11.1% (4th)||10.3% (8th)||12.1% (5th)|
|2013-05-22||15||10.1% (8th)||12.0% (3rd)||11.4% (6th)||12.6% (4th)|
|2013-05-23||16||9.8% (10th)||11.2% (6th)||11.2% (6th)||12.5% (4th)|
|2013-05-29||17||10.9% (5th)||13.5% (3rd)||10.6% (8th)||11.8% (5th)|
|2013-05-30||18||10.5% (9th)||12.0% (5th)||9.9% (9th)||10.2% (11th)|
|2013-06-05||19||9.8% (8th)||11.7% (5th)||11.1% (6th)||11.7% (4th)|
|2013-06-06||20||9.7% (7th)||11.9% (4th)||12.1% (6th)||13.3% (6th)|
- NR denotes not ranked within the Top 20 daily shows according to TNS Media Korea and AGB Nielson.