Drama Recaps
Big Man: Episode 1
by | April 29, 2014 | 70 Comments

Next up for our melodramatic pleasure, Big Man premiered on KBS this week, taking the usual “I want your heart” phrase to a very literal degree. The show’s premise is like crossing your classic rags-to-riches fairytale with a medical nightmare with a chaebol group after your actual ticker. They say that revenge can sometimes take on a bloodthirsty edge, but that takes on an entirely different meaning when it’s a beating heart at stake.

This show isn’t one I’ll be recapping long-term, but Big Man saw better numbers for its first episode than its predecessor with a 6.0% in ratings. Still, that’s pretty impressive despite being up against Empress Ki’s finale week, and while that number may change once Doctor Stranger and Triangle hits the airwaves next week, one can only hope that the show keeps its steady beat.

Note: This is a one-off first episode recap.


Kim Tae-woo – “오늘도 찬바람이 (Con Amore Mio)” from the OST [ Download ]

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We open with a shot of our hero KIM JI-HYUK (Kang Ji-hwan) scoping out a cafe from a nearby rooftop. His messy lookout is strewn with half-eaten junk food, and when his target—a young man—finally turns up, he moves in to block his path. Recognizing our hero at once, the man in black takes off in the opposite direction.

Ji-hyuk chases his target through the streets and into oncoming traffic, where one car screeches to an abrupt halt to avoid collision. He points angrily at the car before continuing his pursuit.

The surprised man behind the wheel, KANG DONG-SEOK (Daniel Choi), is on his way to propose to his ladyfriend, but it’s apparent that he isn’t going to make that lunch date because a truck slams into his car moments later. Don’t text and drive, folks!

After successfully capturing his target, Ji-hyuk drags him to the police station, where he pumps the man in black (cameo by Mo Il-hwa, er I mean Song Jae-rim) for a confession. One might be led to think that Ji-hyuk is a cop given the way he demands answers… until he gets smacked over the head by the actual detective for trying to act like one. Thus Ji-hyuk is forced to sit through and listen peevishly in silence to Jae-rim’s denials of all allegations made against him.

We find out that the reason why Ji-hyuk is so determined at hunting down Jae-min is in order to clear his own name, as evidenced by the wanted poster hanging on the wall with his face on it. Despite his insistence that he’s cut ties with those ruffians long ago, his checkered past is still a mark against him, and is told to leave the poster up. He tears it down anyway. Ha.

As Dong-seok is rushed to the emergency room, his chaebol family is alerted of the grave situation. The attending physician is well-aware of Dong-seok’s heart condition, but tells the family that the patient’s heart is too weak to beat on its own—he needs a new one.

Acquiring an organ transplant could take some time, since neither money nor prestige can bump him up on the list. But Dong-seok’s mother won’t hear of it and demands that it be done immediately.

Aside from waiting helplessly, their only other option is to find a willing donor within the family. With the firm belief that a donor match must exist somewhere, Chairman Kang orders his chief secretary to comb for ideal candidates.

He’s willing to go to any lengths to save his son, even if it means adding a total stranger into the family registry. “Bring [him] in by any means necessary,” he growls menacingly, “even if you have to kill him.”

Elsewhere, Ji-hyuk gets chased out of a tiny restaurant by Mom, who brandishes a sheet pan to wallop her good-for nothing son over the head. He swears the police won’t come looking for him anymore now that the real culprit is in custody, but that doesn’t save him from another beating for his month-long disappearance.

Mom frowns sadly when Ji-hyuk bursts that he’s the only one who can look after himself, and then feeds him dinner. At the mention of inviting his buddy Dae-sub over to eat, Mom says he’s at the hospital, and we see that’s because his father just passed away. Aw, sad.

Giving his friend a comforting hug, Ji-hyuk asks why he wasn’t the first to hear about the sad news, only to be reminded that he was unreachable. As they eat together by the memorial, Dae-sub can’t help but grieve over losing a parent, even an awful one, and says that Ji-hyuk wouldn’t be able to understand.

Ji-hyuk disagrees, arguing that being born to someone doesn’t make one a parent by default, but that a parent needs to earn that title by raising their children well. Dae-sub remarks that Ji-hyuk would feel differently if his actual parents happened to show up one day (omo, so does that mean Mom at the restaurant isn’t his biological mom?), but Ji-hyuk doesn’t think so.

Still, Dae-sub regrets not being able to send his father on an overseas trip while he was still alive. Even though Ji-hyuk pretends not to care, we see he’s thoughtful when it counts: like when his buddy is just about to spread the ashes by the river, Ji-hyuk comes running with balloons in hand.

They watch the box float away into the sky together, hoping it’ll land somewhere far away.

As for Dong-seok’s date, she’s left waiting at the restaurant for hours, unaware that her boyfriend was in a car accident. Her name is SO MI-RA (Lee Da-hee), and she wonders why Dong-seok would suddenly leave for America without a word.

Chief Secretary Do plainly tells her that it’s their jobs to do as they’re told by the Kang family—it isn’t their place to know why. When she presses for more anyway, he raises a suspicious eyebrow and basically tells her, Google it.

After Mi-ra is promptly dismissed without any answers, Chief Secretary Do scans the batch of possible donor matches. He sighs at how the success rate of each candidate is less than fifty percent, but then stops at one name with the closest match of 95 percent: Kim Ji-hyuk. Bingo.

Speaking of, Ji-hyuk is busy stuffing his face when he gets called in for work. He’s approached by a few thugs on his way out, and even though Ji-hyuk has put his ol’ gangster days long behind him, he still pulls rank and advises the leader to teach the others some manners.

As they watch him leave, the leader sighs over how Ji-hyuk was once the best among them. And then he receives a call asking after Ji-hyuk, whom the leader acknowledges he knows very well. Gulp.

It turns out that Ji-hyuk works as a designated driver, and he quickly swishes some mouthwash (to get rid of the scent of soju he drank earlier) before picking up his fare. His red-haired customer gets annoyed at his questions about the public transportation in her neighborhood, saying that she doesn’t bother with that.

She’s got ears like a bat though, and promptly calls him out when she hears him muttering an insult under his breath. She may be a snob, but she’s no ditz, and doesn’t buy his answer that he was talking about his rude little sister who ran away. So she dishes it right back, saying that her godforsaken big bro is probably a designated driver now. Damn.

Their tiff is put on pause when Ji-hyuk spots a police checkpoint up ahead. Thinking fast, he suddenly swerves the car into a u-turn and drives off in the opposite direction. He speeds down the road with the police hot on his tail, ignoring his customer’s screams at him to stop the car.

He loses them by pulling into an alleyway, and his red-haired customer accuses him of drinking before getting behind the wheel—why else would he run? Ji-hyuk tries to explain himself, but she barks back that a DUI should be the least of his worries when he nearly killed someone.

She storms off, which is when a scooter comes zooming down the road. Ji-hyuk pulls her out of the way just in time, though he gets side-swiped himself. He lets the deliveryman go, but they’ve got bigger things to worry about when a police patrol appears nearby.

So Ji-hyuk launches at her and kisses her until the police car drives past, then she pushes him off of her and slaps him hard across the cheek, calling him “trash.” Something about that particular insult sets Ji-hyuk off, as he grabs her wrist when she tries to hit him again.

He warns her to think before she acts because “there are only two pieces of trash here.” Stuffing the mouthwash into her hand, he tells her to get rid of the trashy smell.

With that, Ji-hyuk staggers off in his injured state. And his evening is just about to get a lot worse because he’s suddenly attacked with a blow to the back of the head and knocked out cold (thanks to those gangster thugs we saw earlier).

Ji-hyuk is carted off to the hospital, where the doctor asserts that his blood test results confirms him as a good donor match for our chaebol patient. Acting on Chief Secretary Do’s orders, the gangster leader injects Ji-hyuk with something that makes his vitals go haywire. The doctors are all puzzled over the case, worried that their patient might go brain-dead.

And while the hospital is busy with all this commotion, Chief Secretary Do goes ahead to draw up paperwork to officially add Ji-hyuk to the Kang family registry. Chairman Kang is pleased to hear that everything is going smoothly and reports as much to his wife.

It isn’t certain whether their daughter has eavesdropped on her parents’ conversation or just daydreaming, but she’s the same red-haired girl we saw earlier. This is KANG JIN-AH (Jung So-min), who excuses herself from the table, leaving the parents to discuss among themselves about marrying off their children to each other.

Chairman Kang is greeted by an old face, whom he identifies as Chief Prosecutor Jang. Neither party is terribly excited about seeing each other, but they keep up terse pleasantries as the chief prosecutor says he looks forward to running into Chairman Kang more often now that he’s recently moved to Seoul.

Mi-ra walks into Dong-seok’s empty office with a heavy heart, and the place triggers a flashback to when he had surprised her with a kiss. As suspected, they were as adorable as could be, even when Dong-seok had explained to her why they couldn’t go public with their relationship yet.

He mostly feared his mother’s reaction, but then teased that he’d be disowned and her hopes to become a company president’s wife would be dashed forever. That prompted Mi-ra to say that suggests she was a gold digger, and he smiled back, “Wasn’t that the case?” Aw, they’re cute.

Amused by her miffed response, he challenged back if he can really leave if she doesn’t want to be married to the president. Back in the present, Mi-ra wonders whether Dong-seok really meant those words.

Evidently Jin-ah excused herself in order to find Ji-hyuk, causing a scene at the call center where he works at. Mi-ra swings by to drive her home, and when Jin-ah refuses to take the legal route (since that would needlessly complicate matters), she asks after the real reason why Jin-ah is looking for that man. To that, Jin-ah deflects the question and pretends to sleep.

It appears that Jin-ah doesn’t know of her big brother’s hospitalization as well, judging from how she asks if it upset Mi-ra that oppa left without a word. Encouraging Mi-ra to understand that her brother can be like that sometimes, Jin-ah heads inside.

Mi-ra turns back to the grand house to see/imagine(?) a paper airplane shoot out a window. Regardless, it takes us back to when Mi-ra and Dong-seok were kids and the plane had landed by her feet.

She had tried to launch it back up to where a friendly young Dong-seok stood waiting, but the plane’s wooden nose had broken off in its attempt. Dong-seok had been good-hearted about the accident, however, and had told her to repair it if she could. Back in her room, Mi-ra holds the old but repaired plane in her hands.

Back at the hospital, as the doctors prep for surgery, Chairman Kang and his wife receive the saddening news that their legal “son” Ji-hyuk is now brain-dead. Right on cue, the chairman’s wife bursts into tears as a minister reads Ji-hyuk his last rites.

Ji-hyuk is then wheeled into the operating room, but just as the attending surgeon makes his first incision, Ji-hyuk shows a flicker of life. As the seconds pass, his brain activity grows stronger. The attending is willing to continue with the surgery, but the other medical personnel point out the ethical dilemma.

Thus the attending has no choice but to report to Chairman Kang and his wife that their “son” Ji-hyuk is alive, to their shock. Naturally this means that they cannot proceed with the organ transplant for Dong-seok, and the chairman’s wife shrills that there must be a mistake. Operating on Ji-hyuk now would make him a murderer, the doctor argues.

Chairman Kang is displeased at this turn of events, especially when his chief secretary likens it to a miracle. All they can do is keep their options open (as in, hope Ji-hyuk becomes brain-dead again?) and keep things quiet.

Dae-sub swings by the restaurant, worried that he hasn’t heard from Ji-hyuk again. Mom says she isn’t worried, protesting that she’s going to cut ties with Ji-hyuk this time. She makes a big fuss about NOT caring about a boy who isn’t her flesh and blood, but then we see her waiting up for Ji-hyuk outside, wrought with worry. Aw.

Mi-ra is a competent team leader at work, delegating tasks for an upcoming event and solving rising issues with effective ease. Chief Secretary Do is called away to speak with a guest, which doesn’t escape Mi-ra’s notice.

Once they’re alone, Chief Secretary Do says they’re in need of a matching “machine” with Dong-seok’s records, pointing to the heart. When you say “machine,” do you mean an artificial heart? Or is it code for something else?

Mi-ra wraps up the staff meeting, but her eyes grow wide at the tidbit about Dong-seok’s wrecked car. She offers to take care of it herself and discovers his cell phone and a jewelry bag in the wreckage. The mechanic isn’t at liberty to discuss the details, but he does inform her that the driver survived the accident, to her great relief.

She opens up the jewelry box in her car to see the diamond ring inside, and then drives to the hospital murmuring over and over again that everything is fine. Soon after she arrives, Chief Secretary Do calls with instructions to check in on Kang Ji-hyuk.

When she asks who that is, she’s reminded that their family business (FB) department carries out their tasks without question. In regards to Dong-seok’s whereabouts, he tells Mi-ra to stay focused and do as she’s told.

And so when she drops by Ji-hyuk’s room, a nurse steps inside and informs her of his miraculous recovery—not many are declared brain-dead and come back to life.

Mi-ra then heads over to ask about Dong-seok only to be turned down. A few co-workers arrive carrying some items, which she recognizes are from Dong-seok’s office, but they too are denied further access.

At the WBS newsroom, an employee reports to his boss about an interesting finding: Chairman Kang appears to have a newfound son who was recently added to the family registry.

Chief Secretary Do relays updates on Ji-hyuk’s speedy recovery with the added measure to have him transferred to a general hospital once he wakes. Chairman Kang tells his right-hand man to make sure that there’s no paper trail.

The chairman’s wife, Madam Choi, turns on classical music for her son (using the sound system from his office). She steps out for some air, which allows Mi-ra the opportunity to slip inside.

Following the sound of the music, her eyes fall upon Dong-seok’s unconscious state. Tears fall from her eyes as she urges him to wake up—to tell her that he’s fine. At the sound of the door, Mi-ra slips into the closet.

She listens as Chairman Kang is told that Dong-seok has about a month in his current state. Normal functioning would be difficult for any period longer than that. Madam Choi demands to know what they can do NOW, even if that means ripping “that heart out” for her son. Whoa, lady.

She’s simply frustrated by the little to no progress her son is making, and is led outside by her husband. Inside the closet, Mi-ra’s eyes widen at what she just learned.

The pieces of information fall like a ton of bricks on her shoulders, as it becomes clear why Kang Ji-hyuk’s heart is so necessary. She recalls the time Dong-seok once collapsed in a restaurant and told her that this might happen again in the future. Placing a hand over his heart, he said, “This [heart] inside me, it isn’t originally mine.”

Chief Secretary Do is informed that the media has caught wind of Ji-hyuk’s existence and instructs that he be transferred immediately.

Mi-ra walks down the hallway in a daze and steps inside Ji-hyuk’s room, hovering over his bed. Is that… a slightly murderous gaze?

She raises a shaking hand towards Ji-hyuk’s face, inching closer and closer… but then pulls back, overcome with guilt. Tears stream down her face as her fingers hover over his oxygen mask.

Ji-hyuk’s finger twitches before his entire body jolts awake moments later. And why yes, I totally jumped and screamed in shock. His eyes fly open, his hand tightly grasping hers.


Holy crap, those last few seconds scared the bejesus out of me. Truthfully, I came in with little to no expectations for Big Man, in hopes that the latest melodrama in this drama cycle would breathe new life for the KBS Monday-Tuesday lineup (which I must admit has been spiraling downward for some time now. Seeing single-digit ratings over a six-month period does strange things to people. But I digress), so I’m happy to see a fairly solid number for this show, if only to see KBS see some better days ahead.

I’ll be the first to admit that medical terminology often flies over my head, and while I wouldn’t be able to point out the accuracies (or often inaccuracies) in the medical aspect of a show, I do know two things about medicine in dramaland: (a) one must willingly suspend disbelief so that (b) anything is possible in a fictional hospital. Do you need a brain transplant? Done. How about selective amnesia? No sweat. For Big Man in particular, however, I did a little digging out of pure curiosity to find out how much the narrative deviates from what a real organ transplant process looks like. Some details that remained (like how the organ donor for a heart transplant should be brain-dead, but on life support) impressed me while others I still scratch my head over. Is it really quicker (and cleaner) to find a donor match, risk killing him while adding him to your family registry without thinking that the public might find out?

So while it all seems like a realistically tedious process (because why would you go through the trouble of finding a living donor when you’re also considering spending oodles of money on an artificial “machine” that could do the work? Unless “machine” suggests something else), the conflict still makes for interesting character fodder, especially for our hot-headed, act before he thinks hero in Ji-hyuk. For some reason, I had initially thought that Ji-hyuk and Dong-seok’s hearts would be swapped (which, granted, is still a very real possibility for this show), and that Ji-hyuk would have to fight the world with his weak heart to bring down the conglomerate Hyunsung Group who stole his original heart, along with his very real obstacles of how no one would believe the word of an ex-gangster. But who knows if that will happen. Instead, I still like that Ji-hyuk struggles with the idea of parents, especially now that he has a new set of legal (and ruthless) parents who are only after his literal and only heart. Compare that to the bickering yet emotionally sweet relationship with the maternal figure in his life, and we’ll have to wait and see how those relationships change his perspective on family, love, and life.

Speaking of which, I did appreciate watching Mi-ra’s dilemma over whether to take Ji-hyuk’s life by her own hand play out on screen. We know that she shared an adorable, loving relationship with Dong-seok and was aware of his heart condition. What made her conflict more intriguing than in the operating room was that it was more than just an morally ethical dilemma of saving a patient because she had the opportunity to save her loved one’s life by robbing someone else of their own. It’s a scary yet legitimate question, which then eerily puts our chaebol parents’ motivation in perspective: what wouldn’t one do for the sake of a loved one?

Furthermore, the quiet, seemingly calm nature in Chairman Kang has me uneasy, since I can never tell what he’s thinking of next. Perhaps seeing Eom Hyo-seop (the actor who plays him) previously in nice paternal figures has led me to a false security, so I’m excited what he has to bring to the table. I’m reminded that Dong-seok once said that the heart he has isn’t originally is, which then begs the question of how many heart transplants Dong-seok had before and just how he obtained them. Eep, does Chairman Kang have more legal family members who he then had disposed of?

So while I can say with some confidence that Big Man offers up some intriguing questions, it isn’t a show that instantly grabs me either. All I hope is that Daniel Choi’s character comes out of his unconscious state so that we can learn more about Dong-seok other than being Mr. Perfect, lest he end up like some other comatose patient we saw stay under for sixteen hours.


70 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. Quiet Thought

    How about getting a brain transplant for the writer?

    • 1.1 windsun33

      But where would you get the new brain from?

      • 1.1.1 AAAA

        How about *steal* the excellent brain of “You’re All Surrounded”‘s writer? Her stories are grounded in real life, well-spun, well-paced, well-told. Her dramas consistently top ratings, as high as 40%~

        • Livingston

          You’re all Surrounded is not all that. In real life, a group of rookies would not be assigned as detectives. In real life, a group of rookies wouldn’t be this clueless–I’m not a policeman and I know more than they do.

          This drama, Big Man, is really good. I’m watching both and they both have their issues. I will say if they don’t hurry up and change Lee Seung Ki’s personality soon, people will start drifting away.

    • 1.2 Nancy

      KJH as always is a good actor but the story was really absurd!!!!

  2. Quiet Thought

    . . . Also, what would REALLY be hilarious, given the dubious moral and professional standards in this Hospice of Doom, is a cameo by Yeo-Jin from ‘Sly Single Lady’ getting secretly outfited with her bionic vanity prothesis. If anyone complains, have them accosted by the fake cops from ‘Three Days,’ who seem to be able to wander in and out of this hospital at will.

    • 2.1 Gidget

      And maybe the hospital could be under a secret government investigation. Then the folks from Level 7 Civil Servant can enter the scene.

    • 2.2 windsun33

      And in the end we find out that this hospital is really run by North Korea, and they are also putting in secret mind control devices.

      • 2.2.1 KDaddict

        And then one of the two guys will be near-death, which attracts Arang’s grim-reaper and his monster sister living in the body of the Magistrate’s mother. She will draw the life-force out of the man, which confuses the heck out of the folks from Level 7 CS, tho honestly it doesn’t take much to confuse them. The NK spies give up and go back to being undercover a la Covertly, Grandly.

    • 2.3 KDaddict

      This fan-fic would make a far far better drama than what is offered. But when they can’t come up with a better title than Big Man, you kinda know the calibre of brain power behind this production.

      I hate the premise and everything in 1st ep as per the recap. Even more, I hate how they’ve ruined Kwan Ji Hwan’s looks with that hair.

      • 2.3.1 AAAA

        That orange hair was probably his own hair lol! As well as the idea to gain 10 pounds to more fully portray the pre-chaebol down and out character. But, 10 pounds is not enough methinks. It’s just enough to make his cheeks rounder, but not enough to really make a difference. I love KJH, but sometimes his ideas make me go “hmmm”

      • 2.3.2 San

        I enjoyed the Ep 1 of Big Man and wishing there would be more recaps to follow, please recappers at DB?

        But am also not a fan of the drama title either, seems to lack effort.

        To me, KJH looks good in everything, even with this hair! True, he could look dashing handsomer in certain styles, but being an actor, he is required to forever changing his fashions to suit the role and to stay afresh.

        Wasnt he the wanted man? Being away from home for sometimes? I think the rustic hair suits the story of a man who has it rough.

    • 2.4 h311ybean

      Little late to the party, but the hospital hijinks could totally be interspersed with comatose Dong-seok’s dreams that he is a Seoul prosecutor returning to work in his hometown and reconnecting with his family – because Lee Seo-jin’s character in “Wonderful Season” is also named Kang Dong-seok!

  3. diba

    Aw, this looks like such a good interesting mess! I’m really looking forward to see it unfold, the characters and relationships could be potrayed nicely. I know you said it doesn’t intrigue you that much and this is just a first episode recap – but I really hope you can reconsider after watching more or get one of the minions to go on it.

    This drama seems like a drama which would need lots of disucssion and share of thoughts in order to enjoy it better, so! 😀 Thank you!!!

  4. mary

    T_____T thank you for recapping this, gummi. (And feeding us screencaps of Rim Oppa on twitter!)

    I came here for Song Jae Rim but am actually quite satisfied with the setup (is it because I don’t work in the medical field?) The Daniel Choi flashbacks and KJH’s acting keep the tone light so it doesn’t strike me as very melodramatic, unlike Full Sun.

    I’m slightly rooting for Mi-ra and Dong-seok to have a happy ending, because they’re adorably in love. Aww… Can’t we have that happy ending without killing Kang Ji Hwan?

    • 4.1 Alyssa

      I checked out the first ep for Daniel Choi, so I freeeaaaaked out when Jae-rim appeared, haha! I was like wtf he’s acting in this too?? Then I realised gummi wrote “cameo”. Sigh. (Oh well, one less drama to obsess over? *shrugs*)

      Unfortunately I can’t find any subs, so I pretty much have no idea what they’re saying, but is Jae-rim speaking with an accent/lisp? He sounds so cute!

      • 4.1.1 mary

        He is?! OMG I didn’t know that detail!

        BRB. Gonna check……

        • Alyssa

          Haha I’m not too sure, but his words sound a little mashed together… :>

          • mary

            Back! (I watched the first 3 mins hahaha)

            He does sound a bit different… like, uncouth. Gangster-y. We need someone more expert in Hangul to confirm. T___T

          • Alyssa


            Haha yep, that’s exactly it! He sounds kind of…rougher? :p

            Sighs, and here I thought I was learning Hangul pretty well…they still talk too fast for me to understand more than a couple of words. TT^TT

      • 4.1.2 the50-person

        hahaha yeah he sounded like some high school kid all of a sudden!

    • 4.2 Dramoo

      Slightly unrelated, but half a year ago in Two Weeks, Song Jae Rim was the chaser. Now in Big Man, he’s the one being chased. Seems like a pretty good description of the evolution of his relationship with his audience/fan base, haha.

  5. Katie

    Well, I didn’t know what I was expecting, but not this…getting injected and Daniel Choi’s character being in a coma already, but it makes the story pretty clear. I still am watching for Jung So Min and Kang Ji Hwan…sigh, why can’t they be OTP.

    So I’m guessing basically Daniel Choi’s character is going to be in a constant coma state and all of his scenes are flashbacks? And he’s only got a month to live, and we find out that he wasn’t such a good guy?

    • 5.1 marie

      it’s reported he’ll stay in a comatose state for 4 or 5 eps. maybe his family steal another heart for him?

      • 5.1.1 nana

        Oh thank God lol I was worried he’d spend the whole drama in a coma.

      • 5.1.2 mary

        Oh no, please not another Big! T___T Daniel Choi is too awesome for that. (Actually, that kid who acted in Big was also too awesome to just lie still for many eps.)

        Dear writer-nim, please use another weird plot-contrivance to get Dong-seok temporarily up and about despite his heart condition. Pretty please?

  6. nana

    I watched the first episode without subs and I liked that they cut to the chase, instead of spending the whole time in a backstory.

    I like that it sort of has a humorous tone? Also, I’m more interested in Jung So Min’s character because the main female lead seems boring.

    I’ll come back to read the recap once I’ve watched the episode with subs, thanks gummimochi!

  7. hanie

    I’m watching first ep just for Song jae rim. that is all~

  8. the50-person

    SONG JAE RIM!!! 😀
    watching this only for him too hahahaha

  9. Cynthia

    DramaFever has picked this up.

  10. 10 Melissa

    I love how half of the comments so far are about Song Jae-rim, hehe <3

    • 10.1 the50-person

      cos he’s awesome! 😀

  11. 11 the50-person

    Um, ive just noticed that Asia-Torrent.com has been reposting quite a bit of stuff from dramabeans. im not sure if JB and the rest know abt it?

  12. 12 traintoseoul

    i love jung so min and lee da hee and nothing else, pls be good.

  13. 13 Aly

    lol i feel like the review and comments have just left me confused after being quite excited for the show. so are we feeling the show or no?

    waiting for it to get subbed

  14. 14 Felix

    This drama is on my list to watch drama. I really don’t mind what other people say. I watch for his plot. I learn one life lesson. Don’t TEXT when DRIVING car.

    BTW, Thanks for recap since there no eng sub for BIG MAN yet.

  15. 15 latern

    I was checked the frirst ep just because Kang Ji Hwan but don’t think I can continue follow this drama, Jung So Min’s character is the big problem here, she is not acting, but only yelling and cream.

  16. 16 Soulgirl

    I dropped by to see what this is about since I like DC. Give it to kdrama to start out right. Not bad, given the weird plots (DC in coma right away and parents doing anything inhumane to save their children – I don’t care how freaking rich or powerful you are – that’s Kdrama for you~

  17. 17 Fab

    All I am thinking is “is Dongseok from Wonderful Season here?”
    That confusion aside,
    This drama seems a really interesting mess. only following it for the cast, hope that it gets subed soon.

    • 17.1 h311ybean

      I know! I thought about the “Wonderful Season” character the moment I read Dong-seok’s name in this recap.

  18. 18 v

    Please help. Where can I watch Big Man? Can’t find it in Viki, DramaFever, DramaFire nor Drama.Net 🙁

    • 18.1 v

      pls. ignore my note above. I’ve seen one available with English sub @ DramaFever.

  19. 19 sam

    Is it me? or does Jung So Min’s mouth and voice look and sound like Yoon Eun Hye?

    Daniel seems to love Lee Da Hee since childhood. I don’t get why he proves himself to be rotten later on? Aren’t they another first love couple? That ring was really nice and she’s not a chaebol, ie.. forced marriage of convenience, so why make him a bad guy… writernim? Plus she is thinking of killing of Kang Ji Hwan for him.. doesn’t she have evil/selfish intentions as well? Not one of the characters here is snow-white/prince material?

  20. 20 francis

    download the big man episode 1 and 2 english subtitled free now @ http://http//mp4soju.blogspot.com/2014/04/big-man.html

  21. 21 Jenjen

    When they say his heart is too weak I wonder why they havent’t tried a pacemaker and maybe some stem cells (given that they’re chaebols and can afford the top end treatments). Interested in seeing how this plays out.

    • 21.1 windsun33

      Or just go to China – for enough money they will harvest a new heart for you from some Falun Gong practitioner or something.

      • 21.1.1 TS

        It seems they’re doing that.

        • windsun33

          Yup – I had not finished the entire episode when I wrote that above, and sure enough 5 minutes later he comes up with the “check into China”.

    • 21.2 Jenjen

      or maybe he just needs to do a lot more cardiovascular endurance exercise

  22. 22 sogazelle

    My Kang Ji Hwang is back with a bang… I love this man!

    And wow, do people that have money and power really think they are God?

    I’ve never liked Lee Da Hee in the 1st place but her character here just ruin her chance for me to EVER ship her with Ji Hyuk played by KJH.

    Are you kidding me? you wanted to kill him? She only stop because he woke up.

    I don’t care how she will change in the drama later on, I’m not considering her the OTP with Ji Hyuk.

    What…like she will fall in love with someone she had every intention of killing to save her lover?…She’s doomed for me.

    I’m loving Jung So Min so far, and I’ll be shipping her character with Ji Hyuk till the end.

    Welcome aboard second lead syndrome!

    • 22.1 Sue

      Funny how this time it’s the second female lead, haha.

      I’m already shipping Jin Ah and Ji Hyuk, mostly because she is such a firecracker and he isn’t afraid to fight back.

  23. 23 wanted

    the storyline is making me uninterested, even though i like Jung So Min and Daniel Choi, but still not going to watch

  24. 24 DayDreamer

    Daniel Choi looks so cute in this show. But that alone would not make me watch the drama. This recap is enough to keep me away. I’m a fan of melos but this is just not my kind of melo storyline.

  25. 25 AAAA

    I love Kang Ji Hwan, but nobody forced him to pick this script… if he liked the story, then he shouldn’t worry about the ratings, because it’s almost a given to be dismal, right? Just have fun. If he wanted better ratings, then he should just choose a better writer, like SBS’s You’re All Surrounded, or Triangle. But he was “drawn” to this plot lol… what can I say? There’s no accounting for taste… anyways, hope he proves us wrong and the drama turns out to be amazing…

    • 25.1 San

      Adoption to then kill is a new premise for me. I would choose this over the good old police stories.

  26. 26 Suzi Q

    Poor KJH.. Another bad hair role. So far, all of the characters are not nice except for Daniel Choi but you can’t tell because he’s in a coma so far. Absolutely, hate his mom. The actress is good. She usually gets the despicable character roles.

    I ship Jung So Min with KJH, but did he kiss his supposedly
    fake sister? Anyway, they look cute together.

    You weren’t the only one to be scared out of your bejeezus! I was concentrating so hard on Lee Da Hee committing the perfect crime, I jumped out of my seat when KJH woke up and grabbed her! Great cliff hanger!

  27. 27 9983

    So it really must be true, the sweetest girls in real life make the best bitches in movies/television. Like damn, Jung So Min. 😀

  28. 28 owl

    Things I don’t get or missed:

    What list of matches did Ji Hyuk appear on in the first place (where he was a 97% match for Dong Seok)?

    So, will this be Dong Seok’s 2nd heart transplant, then?

    gummimochi, your thought that their hearts could be/might be switched gives me the {{{{shivers}}}} That’s even scarier than waking up in a bathtub of ice with a kidney missing…

    I love Daniel Choi and Lee Da-hee, in a love story~

    Things I didn’t miss: “cameo by Mo Il-hwa, er I mean Song Jae-rim” -ahhh♥ that’s fan service I’ll take!

  29. 29 Carole McDonnell

    Thanks for the recap.

    I’m really liking this drama so far (one episode, i know, but still…)

    I’m hoping Daniel Choi’s Dong Suk isn’t a bad guy. It’d be good if he were really good. Heck, it’d be good if Kang Ji Hwan’s character and Daniel’s were really bros..literally.

    Not sure how the writers will convincingly turn the heroine’s “heart” toward our hero without making chaebol be figuratively heartless though. Chaebol will have to be a super-creep to overturn the power of that first-love.

    Mom chaeboless is pretty cruel and heartless, though. While poor ahjumma is all heart. Yep, i’m all set for a tonna bad heart puns in open thread. Not sure why they call this “Big Man.” Because he will be important an self-important and the company will have to put up with him..even while he battles adopted daddy?

  30. 30 little-muffin

    I started this purely for Daniel Choi cos he’s just that awesomely adorable, but I ended up liking eps 1 a lot!

    I just hope that he will wake up from his ‘coma’ soon and have some great bromance with KJH *cross fingers*

  31. 31 Dorotka

    I’m actually enjoying this drama much more than I expected.

    I like the idea that the evil plans totally backfire :–)

    Just give me more Jung So Min, please.

  32. 32 blairxkitkat

    This drama is really bad if kang ji hwan and daniel choi weren’t in this I wouldn’t have even finished the first episode oh and I almost forgot jung so min too lol I liked her since bad guy..The main girl can’t act though I don’t dislike her or anything..she’s just kinda there feels like an extra lol but yeah I can deal with her if she is given minimal line and doesn’t take up much screentime.I hope that KJH and Daniel choi can salvage this mess.

  33. 33 amana

    i agree with everyone here who said LDH’s character is boring. but damn, she excels in villain role. anyways, i’m shipping KJH with JSM.

  34. 34 Dorotka

    This is not a fault of the drama, but I’m quite disturbed whenever the chaebol mother appears as I know the actress as this nice warm mother in “A Little Love Never Hurts” (she is brilliant there, by the way).
    My brain just can’t compute how she could change so much… :–)

  35. 35 katie

    I like this drama , hilarious but very good start .

    actresses look natural less cosmetic interventions , able to act .

    KJW is always good .

  36. 36 Lilian

    Oh man! The last part of your review just reminded me of how “scary” Big was. Something which could have turned out really good, turned out really horrible. Hope they don’t waste Daniel Choi in this drama. He can do much more then being the good boyfriend who is afraid to reveal to the world his relationship.

  37. 37 paul

    Man did this show jump the shark in episode 3…a complete shift in tone…was an interesting show, dark, moody with a really interesting leading performance…and in episode 3 our leading man shifted from cool to over-acty goof-ball and it because run-of-the-mill romance. Such promise in the 1st 2 eps…such junk in #3.

    • 37.1 Sandy

      Actually, I’m not feeling the romance at all. However, he was happy to have found his “family”. Now he’s finding out the truth. I absolutely love this drama–better than You’re all Surrounded. Started out good, then went clownish.

  38. 38 Wag_a_Muffin

    This is my favorite of all the dramas that are out. Granted, it started out a little slow, but I love it now. (And keep hoping it will be recapped.)

  39. 39 Aphrodite

    I just found this. Please recap the other episodes^_^

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