The Innocent Man (TV series)

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The Innocent Man
Innocent man drama poster.jpg
Promotional poster for The Innocent Man
Also known asNice Guy
The Nicest Man on Earth
There's No Such Thing as Nice Guys
Nowhere in the World Does a Good Man Exist
GenreMelodrama, Romance
FormatTelevision series
Written byLee Kyung-hee
Directed byKim Jin-won
Lee Na-jeong
StarringSong Joong-ki
Moon Chae-won
Park Si-yeon
Ending theme"Love is like a Snowflake" by Junsu
Composer(s)Choi Seong-wook
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean, Japanese
No. of episodes20
Production
Producer(s)Ham Young-hoon
Location(s)Seoul, South Korea
Hirosaki, Japan
CinematographyBaek Hong-jong
Lee Yoon-jeong
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)iHQ
Broadcast
Original channelKorean Broadcasting System
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original run12 September 2012 (2012-09-12) – 15 November 2012 (2012-11-15)
Chronology
Preceded byBridal Mask
Followed byJeon Woo-chi
External links
Website
 
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The Innocent Man
Innocent man drama poster.jpg
Promotional poster for The Innocent Man
Also known asNice Guy
The Nicest Man on Earth
There's No Such Thing as Nice Guys
Nowhere in the World Does a Good Man Exist
GenreMelodrama, Romance
FormatTelevision series
Written byLee Kyung-hee
Directed byKim Jin-won
Lee Na-jeong
StarringSong Joong-ki
Moon Chae-won
Park Si-yeon
Ending theme"Love is like a Snowflake" by Junsu
Composer(s)Choi Seong-wook
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean, Japanese
No. of episodes20
Production
Producer(s)Ham Young-hoon
Location(s)Seoul, South Korea
Hirosaki, Japan
CinematographyBaek Hong-jong
Lee Yoon-jeong
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time60 minutes
Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 (KST)
Production company(s)iHQ
Broadcast
Original channelKorean Broadcasting System
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original run12 September 2012 (2012-09-12) – 15 November 2012 (2012-11-15)
Chronology
Preceded byBridal Mask
Followed byJeon Woo-chi
External links
Website

The Innocent Man (Hangul: 세상 어디에도 없는 착한 남자; RR: Sesang Eodiedo Eobneun Chakan Namja; lit. "A Nice/Kind/Gentle/Good-hearted/Pure/Innocent Man the Likes of Which You Couldn't Possibly Find Anywhere in this World"; also known as Nice Guy),[1][2] is a 2012 South Korean television series. Starring Song Joong-ki, Moon Chae-won and Park Si-yeon, it is a dark melodrama involving betrayal, revenge and romance.[3][4][5][6] It aired on KBS2 from September 12 to November 15, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Plot[edit]

Smart and promising medical student[7][8] Kang Ma-ru (Song Joong-ki) has been in love all his life with his slightly older neighbor Han Jae-hee (Park Si-yeon), a television reporter.[9][10] He is an adoring boyfriend and she always considered Ma-ru her home.[11][12][13] But when her situation takes a turn for the worse and Jae-hee becomes desperate to escape poverty,[14] she meets a man who changes everything—a rich CEO who introduces her to a life of comfort. So she turns her back on Ma-ru, choosing money over love.[15]

The brutal betrayal leaves Ma-ru fractured—not just angry, but a completely changed man. A few years later, Ma-ru is now 30 years old and works as a bartender and gigolo, no longer a "nice guy."[16] He then meets Seo Eun-gi (Moon Chae-won), a young chaebol heiress who's being groomed to take over her father's conglomerate.[17][18] Eun-gi is cold and calculating, business-savvy, and raised by her father to never show emotion to anyone.[19][20] But Ma-ru intrigues her, and she becomes curious until she can’t stop thinking about him.

Ma-ru decides to take advantage of her as a pawn in his plans for revenge,[21][22] and Eun-gi falls in love with him, not knowing that he’s using her to get back at his ex Jae-hee, who happens to be Eun-gi's young, gold-digging stepmother.[23] Just when Ma-ru is beginning to genuinely care for Eun-gi, she finds out the truth and they break up. But a car accident causes Eun-gi to lose her memory, and she enters Ma-ru's life again.[24]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Supporting cast[edit]

Extended cast[edit]

Production[edit]

It is written by Lee Kyung-hee, who previously wrote Will It Snow For Christmas?, Thank You, A Love to Kill, I'm Sorry, I Love You, and Sang Doo! Let's Go to School.[45][46][47]

Kim Jin-won was the director of Drama Special episodes Just an Ordinary Love Story, Crossing the Young-do Bridge, Guardian Angel Kim Yeong-goo, Snail Gosiwon, and The Last Flashman.

The series features real-life friends and former Running Man co-stars Song Joong-ki and Lee Kwang-soo for the first time since Song left the variety show.[48][49][50][51]

Soundtrack[edit]

Ratings[edit]

Beginning episode 5, the series ranked number one in its timeslot for eight consecutive weeks until its finale.[57][58][59][60][61][62][63][64]

Episode #Original broadcast dateAverage audience share
TNmS Ratings[65]AGB Nielsen[66]
NationwideSeoul National Capital AreaNationwideSeoul National Capital Area
1September 12, 201210.7%10.9%10.5%11.5%
2September 13, 201211.4%11.6%9.9%11.3%
3September 19, 201213.9%14.6%13.8%14.5%
4September 20, 201213.8%15.4%13.3%14.2%
5September 26, 201214.5%14.8%14.0%15.7%
6September 27, 201216.0%17.8%16.0%18.1%
7October 3, 201217.9%18.6%17.3%18.6%
8October 4, 201215.0%14.4%15.1%16.6%
9October 10, 201215.8%17.3%15.3%17.3%
10October 11, 201216.2%17.3%14.9%15.7%
11October 17, 201215.0%16.5%14.3%15.3%
12October 18, 201216.4%17.0%15.1%15.7%
13October 24, 201218.2%18.7%17.1%18.8%
14October 25, 201218.5%19.6%16.7%18.4%
15October 31, 201217.1%17.6%18.3%20.6%
16November 1, 201218.8%19.8%17.1%18.8%
17November 7, 201218.2%19.6%16.2%16.4%
18November 8, 201216.8%18.1%18.2%19.7%
19November 14, 201218.5%19.9%17.9%19.3%
20November 15, 201218.6%20.2%18.0%19.4%
Average16.1%17.0%15.3%16.8%

International broadcast[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResultRef.
2012Korean Culture and Entertainment AwardsTop Excellence Award, ActorSong Joong-kiWon[67]
K-Drama Star Awards
Top Excellence Award, ActorSong Joong-kiWon[68]
KBS Drama Awards
Best Couple AwardSong Joong-ki and Moon Chae-wonWon[69]
Netizens' AwardSong Joong-kiWon
Moon Chae-wonWon
Best New ActressLee Yu-biNominated
Best Supporting ActorLee Kwang-sooNominated
Lee Sang-yeobNominated
Best Supporting ActressJin KyungNominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length DramaSong Joong-kiNominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length DramaMoon Chae-wonNominated
Park Si-yeonNominated
Top Excellence Award, ActorSong Joong-kiWon
Top Excellence Award, ActressMoon Chae-wonWon
2013
Baeksang Arts Awards
Best New Actress (TV)Lee Yu-biNominated[70]
Mnet 20's Choice Awards
20's Booming Star - FemaleLee Yu-biNominated
Seoul International Drama Awards
Outstanding Korean Drama OST"Love is like a Snowflake" - JunsuNominated
[71]
"Really" - Song Joong-kiNominated
Outstanding Korean ActorSong Joong-kiNominated
[72]
Outstanding Korean ActressMoon Chae-wonNominated
Outstanding Korean DramaThe Innocent ManNominated

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