Kang Ji-hwan is a Big Man (for KBS)
…snerk. My Kang Ji-hwan is coming back to television, and I can tell you now, I’m going to have a lot of fun with the drama name: Big Man. I mean, you can’t name something that and not expect a slew of silly, and possibly dirty, puns, can you?
Kang Ji-hwan would play “an uneducated, poor, trash-like man” who is born a penniless orphan; he sets out to leave that life behind and become a top financial leader. That goal’s worlds apart from his former dream to be an aspiring boxer, but he is spurred on by hatred of the world’s unfair realities. Thus he decides to set up a business for himself, and along the way he’ll seek revenge against a national chaebol group. (Birth secret alert! He’s the chaebol’s hidden son, but has no love for their corrupt ways.) He’ll also fall in love with a woman he meets in a “fateful encounter,” of course. So… many… inappropriate BIG MAN jokes…
This isn’t exactly the same thing as Incarnation of Money, Kang’s last drama, though the fixation with poor beginnings, money, and revenge against the uber-rich are enough to draw some connections. Still, this drama will take quite a different tone, I think, being written by Choi Jin-won of the ’90s drama Sunflower, campus sitcom New Nonstop, and movie Mister Socrates. It’ll be directed by PD Ji Young-soo of Flowers For My Life (which I absolutely loved) and My Fair Lady (which I did not love at all). Jury’s still out on what to think of that creative team.
This means Kang won’t be taking on that other revenge drama after all, Golden Cross, which he was previously considering. They’ll have to look for a new leading man, though, as it seems Kang Ji-hwan has committed to doing Big Man. (Pfft.)
Big Man will follow Full Sun as a KBS Monday-Tuesday drama and premieres on April 14.
Via TV Report
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- Kang Ji-hwan’s post-Money interview and photo shoots
- Incarnation of Money: Episode 1
- Kang Ji-hwan’s legal battles drag on (and on, and on…)
- Kang Ji-hwan goes undercover for Detective Cha
- Kang Ji-hwan for Officiel Homme
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