[TV – Korean Drama] 49 Days: An Introduction and Preview

A new Korean drama will premiere tonight, March 16, 2011 and it is entitled 49 Days. It will replace the CSI-ish drama Sign which recently aired its last episode. The cast is a whose who in the Korean entertainment industry like Lee Yo Won (Bad Love and Queen Seon-deok), Bae Soo Bin (Dong Yi) and the recently discharged from the military Jo Hyun Jae (Only You and Love Letter).

It is described as a fantasy-romance drama with Lee Yo Won’s character being possessed by another woman’s spirit (played by Nam Gyu Ri) who is in a coma because of an accident and is just a week away from getting married. Well the body possessed by a spirit story is not new to me since I’ve already seen it with the drama “Who Are You?” starring Go Ah Ra.

Below are additional information about the drama including character description, video previews and members of the production team. Check it out!

Title: 49일 / 49 Il / 49 Days
Chinese Title : 49天
Genre: Fantasy, romance
Episodes: 24 (to be confirmed)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2011-Mar-16 to 2011-June-2
Air time: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55


A young woman named Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to be married with her fiancé, but her perfect life is shattered in a car accident that left her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store.

Main Cast:

Lee Yo Won as Song Yi Kyung

She hasn’t gotten over the death of her boyfriend and gives up on living.  She lives as if she is an inanimate being.  Even unaware herself, she ends up handing over her sleeping body to Ji-hyun Shin.  As Ji-hyun’s soul possesses her body, it becomes a turning point in her life.

Nam Gyu Ri as Shin Ji Hyun

She was a naive, immature, young lady until she becomes brain-dead after an unexpected car accident.  In order for her to come back to life, she must gather 3 tear drops that are “sincere.”  However, What she witnesses while possessing Yi-kyung’s body is truth that is too merciless.

Jo Hyun Jae as Han Kang

Architect/Designer, graduate of a prestigious American university, operates a wine bar.  Loves Shin Ji-Hyun (NGR), but cannot express his feelings because of complicated misunderstanding.  From Song Yi-Kyung (LYW) he is the first to realize that SJH’s soul has returned, so he tries his best to have her revived.

Bae Soo Bin as Kang Min Ho

He is the fiancee of Ji-hyun. He is cheerful, confident, generous, and friendly with a warm smile. However, he is also full of pride and self-loving in a twisted way, due to a deprived childhood. Things start to go wrong as Ji-hyun’s accident occurs right before the wedding.

Jung Il Woo as Scheduler

He is a Scheduler, who guides the dead to the afterlife.  He has a “pretty-boy” image and is the very definition of the word “carefree.”  He himself doesn’t remember his previous life at all.  He ends up managing Ji-hyun because of her unscheduled death.

Seo Ji Hye as Shin In Jung

She is Ji-hyun’s best friend. She is 20 years old, who is intelligent and bright. Her strong desire to go to college in Seoul led her to live off Ji-hyun, living in her house. However, what she finds in the city and the world within only showed her, a proud, grown woman, how small she is.

Other Cast:

Choi Jung Woo as Shin Il Shik (Ji Hyun’s father)
Yoo Ji In as Ji Hyun’s mother
Bae Geu Rin as Park Seo Woo
Son Byung Ho as Oh Hae Won
Moon Hee Kyung as Bang Hwa Joon
Kang Sung Min as No Kyung Bin
Yoon Bong Gil (윤봉길) as Cha Jin Young
Kim Ho Chang as Ki Joon Hee
Jin Ye Sol as Ma Soon Jung
Lee Jong Min (이종민) as Go Mi Jin

Production Credits:

Producer: Choi Moon Suk
Director: Jo Young Kwang (조영광)
Screenwriter: So Hyun Kyung

Video Previews:

Preview # 1

Preview # 2

This drama looks interesting based on the video previews and I love the cast especially Lee Yon Woo and Jo Hyun Jae. I’ll be keeping an eye on this and test the waters first before I fully immerse myself on this drama. How ’bout you guys, what do you think?

[Source: koreandrama.org/Videos: PrettyGoAraLove and ringotree at YouTube]



4 thoughts on “[TV – Korean Drama] 49 Days: An Introduction and Preview

  1. Watched the first 2 episodes and decided that this show is a must-watch! Haha. I watched this show for Jo Hyun Jae and I can predict myself falling even deeper in love him after this show! =)

  2. I have seen the first two episodes & I can’t wait for the next one. I am loving it especially LEE YOWON, she portrayed the transition perfectly.

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