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The con gets going for KBS’s Big Man
by | April 17, 2014 | 40 Comments

Time to check back in with Big Man, the KBS melo-thriller drama about a cadre of chaebols out to steal Kang Ji-hwan’s (Incarnation of Money) heart—and by that I mean literally cheat the heart right out of his chest cavity.

Apparently our resident chaebol Daniel Choi (School 2013) needs a new one (and again we’re talking literal blood-pumpers, not the emotional command center we refer to metaphorically as hearts), and thus begins the elaborate scheme that involves telling Kang Ji-hwan he’s a long-lost chaebol. (Seriously, with all the heart puns available to us, couldn’t they have just named this drama Heartless and be done with the Big Man stuff, which sounds so silly?)

In any case, the premise explains the poster above, which features the two sides to our hero’s character—the rumpled everyman he is at the outset, and the polished heir he becomes. Personally I think the second poster below is more visually appealing (or maybe I just like to feel like Kang Ji-hwan is staring into my soul), though the one above tells more of a story.

The teaser video below starts out light-hearted enough, but as soon as Daniel Choi starts having heart troubles, it takes on a thriller-like vibe. Kang Ji-hwan falls victim to a car crash, and when he wakes up his world has changed. Lee Da-hee (Secret) plays Daniel Choi’s first love, who eventually realized he didn’t love her enough for their relationship to become anything more. Now she works at the chaebol group and is privy to the knowledge that our hero was falsely entered into the family register for the sole purpose of enabling Daniel Choi’s heart transplant. Meanwhile, Jung So-min (Could We Get Married) plays the younger sister to the chaebol, who finds it ludicrous to imagine that the formerly roughneck hero is now her eldest oppa.

Big Man premieres on April 28 and airs on Mondays and Tuesdays. I know I’ll be watching at least the first week (thanks and damn you, Kang Ji-hwan), but I do hope the show proves to be more intriguing than my preconception of it. Please?

Via Herald Biz


40 Comments from the Beanut Gallery
  1. mary

    I must confess I checked out the trailer just to see if they’d show us more of that (rumored) cameo of Song Jae Rim being chased by Kang Ji Hwan on the street. :DDD

    • 1.1 tata

      Song Jae Rim, for reaaaalsss??? Haha.

      JUNG SO MIIIIIIIN. SO pretty!!

      • 1.1.1 mary

        The pic from this DB post: http://www.dramabeans.com/2014/04/big-man-gets-a-two-week-delay/

        … I saw it being passed around the SJL twitter bot accounts because lower left pic looks like Mo Il Hwa. LOL Not sure if it’s a joke or he’s really doing a cameo. I don’t understand Hangul. 🙁

        • tata

          OMG it does look like him. Kyaaa <3 Hoping for another drama for him though. I miss him already! :)))

          • mary

            Me too, tata! :'( I miss my Rim Oppa! Huhuhuhu

            I was expecting him to get loads of projects after AoF, but there’s NOTHING! Even Aoki/Cutie Soo/Yoon Hyun Min is in Witch’s Romance now, being such a great, sekshi asshole. hehe

            Then I checked Rim Oppa’s agency and it’s SM C&C(!!!!) and thought, “oh that explains it…” SM’s forte is managing idols/singers, not actors. See: Jung So Min vs Yoona


        • dramafind

          Yes, it was confirmed in one of song jae rim’s recent interviews that he will be cameoing in episodes 1 AND 2 of Big Man. I know I’M going to be checking out at least the first two episodes. 😀

          • Dramafind

            Oops, I seem to have misremembered the details. I can’t seem to find any mention of which episodes he’s actually camoeing in, so it might just be episode 1. But SJR WILL be in Big Man, even if just for a few minutes!

          • mary

            *bumps Big Man from last to 1st place in Dramas To Check Out list*

    • 1.2 Carole McDonnell

      Omo!!! Omo!!! Is he? Is he????

    • 1.3 trotwood

      Oh, Mary. Always on the look out for SJR. Someone’s gotta do it, right?

      • 1.3.1 mary

        Yes… *sigh* such a difficult job…. 😛

  2. kanz

    Jung So Min looks really pretty in white/ivory dress.

    While I don’t hate the four leads, I don’t really like them either. I also uninterested with the plot. It’s really cliched and maybe has been done before.
    I know sometimes drama can surprise you and all lies in the execution but what you can hope from this type of drama. We all know how everything will be played out.

    • 2.1 AAAA

      I don’t blame you, unfortunately, unless you’ve seen the quality of acting Kang Ji Hwan is capable of in his previous dramas (ex. 90 Days, Time to Love), like you, the average viewer who has to work or go to school the next day would not choose to stay up late to watch this drama based on the plot. I’m totally watching this drama for the lead actor, and KBS knows it. They know their only hope for decent ratings is Kang Ji Hwan. But as a fan of his who highly respects his approach to acting, I see his participation in this kind of project as a waste of his time and talent.

      • 2.1.1 AWreilly

        Ditto. I am not a fan of any of the leads. They all have quirks that annoys me as the episodes continues. The plot also seems overdone, over wrought. Like a good idea for the pilot and maybe 2 more episodes. Before turning into a huge mess – like most kdramas have been doing lately.

        All flash no substance. A good first episode to sucker you in and then rubbish, rubbish, rubbish after that. Arrghh.

      • 2.1.2 houstontwin

        Quadruple A: Kang Ji Hwan is awesome (so is Daniel Choi!), but I have seen Kang Ji Hwan is some pretty mediocre dramas like Lie To Me (dreadful!). All his talent can’t redeem really bad material. Let’s hope for the best!

    • 2.2 Lord Byron

      Me, too. The prospect leaves me unmoved.

      Even worse, there is no going back to Kang Ji Hwan (a man capable of only two facial expressions) after being spoiled by Joo Sang Wook.

  3. Peeps

    Aren’t they rich? Can’t they get a mechanical heart a la Roboleg in Sly and Single Again? Granted, a mechanical heart is kind of cumbersome to use and maintain but it not like a heart transplant will mean that one is able to become an athlete anyway… and at least Roboleg’s cousin doesn’t require anyone dead to save lives…

    • 3.1 mary

      Yeah, and (not that I condone it) with that much money, they can probably bribe their way to the top of the recipients list. 😐

      Then again, maybe they saw what happened to Min Joon Gook and don’t want that on their heads. Hehe…

  4. jae

    all of them are beautiful.. ^^
    i hope the drama will good.

  5. kooriyuki

    Hold it, does this mean Daniel Choi’s character is gonna be in coma for an extended period in the drama?

    • 5.1 coby

      haha! It just reminded me of the boy who played in coma in Big.

  6. Meow

    I don’t like Daniel Choi’s haircut all that much. >.>
    Jung So-min looks gorgeous! I love the hair! 😀

  7. coby

    why I am seeing a lot of red hairs lately? Song Ji-hyo and now Jung So-min. Can’t wait for this show! Its time for my Kang Ji-hwan drama dose.

    • 7.1 Fab

      This one is more on the purple site. Screams beet root to me…

  8. AAAA

    The more cynical part of me thinks the production team just took apart the script of Incarnation of Money and pasted it back together, blindfolded. There’s just too much copying going on. I’ve seen Kang Ji Hwan in too many car accidents and head-bandages. The screenwriter is completely out of original ideas at this point, which is very sad if you have one of Korea’s most talented actors at your disposal. Such a fine actor, capable of so much (recently watched 90 Days, Time to Love- ignore the synopsis please, just watch it. you won’t regret it. one of Kang Ji Hwan’s finest performances. one of the best and most beautiful melodramas I’ve ever seen, in any language)

  9. damai

    Jung So min looks damn cute on the lastest pic with that sunglasses!!

  10. 10 DayDreamer

    Meh, this will be a pass from me. Like AAAA mentioned, it’s too reminiscent of Incarnation of Money just visually.

    • 10.1 pogo

      yeah, Triangle looks more interesting to me, in that time slot.

  11. 11 Rushie

    *Wails* Now I have to choose between this drama and A New Leaf, There’s No way I’m letting go of You’re All Surrounded, just to keep to my two dramas at a time quota. Darn you expensive data bundles. I was going to pass on this because of the premise, but Min-min looks so pretty with that red hair and Daniel Choi. Ottoke?!
    I want to watch A New Leaf so badly because of Ajhussis and Jin Yi-han. Now I have to choose. :'( TT_TT

  12. 12 kyl

    I’m just wondering if they want Kang Ji-hwan’s character’s heart, why not just kidnap him, put him into irreversible anaesthesia, and extract his heart? I’m sure rich chaebols are capable of doing illegal stuff like this especially in a drama, don’t wanna think about what might happen in real life though *shudders*. Why the elaborate scheme of making him the chaebol heir, when they want his heart and in the process, he’s gonna die anyway (if the plan to steal his heart succeeds)?

  13. 13 Chandler

    Aw I actually really like all these actors, but this is just so not my thing.

    The sad thing about the name is that if Big Man were the name of a comedy, I’d be totally fine with it. But it’s laughable as a title of a revenge/thriller. Heartless would have been a great name (not that it would make me watch it though).

    Kang Ji-Hwan! Daniel Choi! Why?! I miss you so much. And I’m afraid I’ll be missing you for much longer.

  14. 14 deen

    Jung So Min reminds me of Jung Ryeo Won from Salaryman with the red hair and that red dress, she also wore that dress in the first ep.

  15. 15 windsun33

    I might check it out, but from what I have read and seen, it will have trouble passing the makjang + cliché smell test for me.

  16. 16 yooo

    2 actors i dislike in one show >.< no offense to anyone who likes them but i cant stand these 2 guys.

    • 16.1 AAAA

      I wish I could not stand Kang Ji Hwan. I am way too smitten with him. lol. I’m curious which drama you saw him in that made you feel that way? It seems like people either love Kang Ji Hwan or can’t stand him. There’s no middle ground when it comes to this guy. So I’d really like to understand the other side. What about him do you not like? Thanks 🙂

  17. 17 Quiet Thought

    The actress’s expression in all their shots suggestion that they agree with us that the concept is ludicrous.

  18. 18 Z

    I smell a birth secret. $10 says he really is their brother. I won’t be watching to find out if I’m right but someone let me know down the road if this happens.

  19. 19 Z

    Also, isn’t this like the twisted, gendered reversed version of My Girl? Except he’s not in on it.

    • 19.1 morning dew

      And also, it’s not a rom com.

  20. 20 imot

    Ohh I’m just sad daniel choi will be the bad guy in this one.. have always like him since babyfaced beauty. Well, hope he will not die in the end cause I’m pretty sure he’ll not get kang ji hwan’s heart. I’m still pissed off when Daniel Choi all but dissapeared and replaced by So Ji Sub in the whole fiasco plastic surgery drama Ghost…

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