Big Man (TV series)

Big Man (Korean: 빅맨; RR: Big Maen) is a 2014 South Korean television series starring Kang Ji-hwan, Choi Daniel, Lee Da-hee, and Jung So-min.[1] It aired on KBS2 from April 28 to June 17, 2014 for 16 episodes.

Big Man
GenreMelodrama, Suspense
Written byChoi Jin-won
Directed byJi Young-soo
StarringKang Ji-hwan
Choi Daniel
Lee Da-hee
Jung So-min
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Executive producer(s)Jung Hae-ryong
Producer(s)Ji Byung-hyun
Park Woo-ram
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkKorean Broadcasting System
Original releaseApril 28 (2014-04-28) 
June 17, 2014 (2014-06-17)
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Kim Ji-hyuk grew up a penniless orphan and lived a "third-rate life" before deciding to turn himself around and work himself to the bone, with humble dreams of owning his own restaurant. He gets entangled in a plan to save the life of Kang Dong-seok, a chaebol heir who needs a heart transplant, and is told that he is Dong-seok's older brother and begins a lavish new life in that world... and then later learns that it was all a lie. Disgusted with the corruption of his chaebol "family" and spurred on by hatred of the world's unfair realities, Ji-hyuk embarks on a reckless revenge mission in order to protect himself and those he loves.


Main characters

He is born a penniless orphan and grows up to be an uneducated, poor, "trash-like" man. His life changes when he is tricked into believing that he is the long-lost eldest son of a rich, chaebol family, but everything he's told turns out to be lies. Actually Ji-hyuk is not related to them at all, and the family only wanted to circumvent the transplant program and make him the heart donor for his supposed brother Kang Dong-seok, the real heir.[2][3][4]
Outwardly friendly and congenial, Dong-seok is a two-faced and cunning businessman who doesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to survive in business. As the only son and heir to the Hyunsung Group, he readily accepts his future as leader of Korea's most powerful business conglomerate. However, his ascent to power is complicated by a business rival, Kim Ji-hyuk.[5][6]
The daughter of the chauffeur of Hyunsung Group, and manager of the in-house staff. She gets involved in an effort to save Dong-seok's life, who loves her despite the difference in their social class. But Mi-ra eventually falls for Ji-hyuk, and winds up secretly aiding him on his mission.[7][8]
Dong-seok's younger sister. A badly behaved, self-centered heiress, Jin-ah is used to getting her own way, until she falls in unrequited love with Ji-hyuk.[9][10]

Supporting characters


Episode # Original broadcast date Average audience share
TNmS Ratings[11] AGB Nielsen[12]
Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area Nationwide Seoul National Capital Area
1 28 April 2014 5.2% 6.0% 6.0% 6.0%
2 29 April 2014 4.4% 4.9% 4.8% 5.4%
3 5 May 2014 6.2% 6.6% 8.0% 8.3%
4 6 May 2014 7.7% 9.4% 8.2% 9.2%
5 12 May 2014 6.9% 7.1% 9.7% 10.5%
6 13 May 2014 6.1% 6.1% 8.0% 8.8%
7 19 May 2014 6.4% 7.1% 8.1% 8.5%
8 20 May 2014 8.4% 9.1% 9.0% 9.8%
9 26 May 2014 8.8% 9.7% 10.3% 10.6%
10 27 May 2014 8.7% 8.7% 11.2% 11.5%
11 2 June 2014 8.0% 8.8% 10.0% 10.9%
12 3 June 2014 9.0% 10.0% 11.4% 13.2%
13 9 June 2014 8.3% 8.9% 10.7% 12.2%
14 10 June 2014 8.0% 9.3% 10.3% 11.2%
15 16 June 2014 8.1% 9.0% 10.8% 12.3%
16 17 June 2014 8.5% 9.4% 12.6% 14.0%

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
2014 KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Kang Ji-hwan Nominated
Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries Choi Daniel Nominated
Kang Ji-hwan Nominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries Lee Da-hee Nominated
Popularity Award, Actress Lee Da-hee Won

International broadcast

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
 ThailandPPTVJanuary 5, 2015หัวใจและไฟแค้น (Huajai Lae Fai Can; literally: Heart & Revenge Fire[13])
 VietnamHTV2February 18, 2016Kẻ thế mạng


  1. Kim, Jessica (13 February 2014). "Kang Ji-hwan, Choi Daniel to go Face to Face in New Series". TenAsia. Archived from the original on 21 March 2014. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  2. Choi, Eun-hwa (28 April 2014). "Big Man Kang Ji Hwan Gained 4 Kg for His Drama Role". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 30 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  3. Chung, Joo-won (28 April 2014). "Kang Ji-hwan, Jung So-min kick off Big Man with 'fiery kiss'". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  4. Jung, Jin-young (5 July 2014). "Interview: Kang Ji Hwan Expresses His Special Hubae Love for Choi Daniel". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 2014-07-08.
  5. Choi, Eun-hwa (13 February 2014). "Choi Daniel to Face Off Kang Ji Hwan in New Drama Big Man". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 27 November 2015. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  6. Chung, Joo-won (28 April 2014). "Choi Daniel regrets shy kiss with Lee Da-hee". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2014-05-02.
  7. Kim, Hee-eun (3 March 2014). "Lee Da-hee finally gets lead role". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-08.
  8. Jung, Jin-young (28 April 2014). "Lee Da Hee Says Choi Daniel Wanted to Shoot Kiss Scene Like Pitt-Jolie". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 29 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-29.
  9. Jeon, Ah-ram (20 February 2014). "Jung So Min to Chase After Kang Ji Hwan on Big Man". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  10. Kim, Hee-eun (21 February 2014). "Big Man main stars confirmed". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2014-03-09.
  11. "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-11-28. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  12. "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Archived from the original on 2013-12-26. Retrieved 2014-04-28.
  13. "Big Man หัวใจและไฟแค้น". PPTV (in Thai). 25 August 2015.
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