Premiere Watch: Money Game
Time slot: Wednesday & Thursday
Episode count: 16 episodes
Numbers don’t define a person’s worth, but numbers still have a huge impact on a person’s life and can seem to create very real limits. The very structure of society seems to be proof of this contradiction. How else do you explain a society where a person can work backbreaking hours everyday, yet still not have enough to afford a home? The three protagonists of the show, played by Go Soo, Shim Eun-kyung, and Lee Sung-min, are well aware of this contradiction and have hopes for a better world. But how to bring about a more just society is a matter of debate. Having faced the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis (which was called the IMF Crisis in Korea), Lee Sung-min believes true structural change can only happen by breaking the system. When a bank that the government holds a large stake in seems to be close to bankruptcy, Lee sees an opportunity where others see crisis. Go Soo is a talented economics mind and bureaucrat, and unlike Lee, he sees disaster in the bank’s possible collapse. While he works to forestall an event that could upend the nation, he may have an ally in Shim Eun-kyung. Though she’s from a humble background, she’s willing to bet a safe job in order to battle against Wall Street. The stakes are high and the fate of an entire nation hangs in the balance.