The Equator Man

The Equator Man (2012)

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Jang-il, the smartest of the school, and Seon-wu, the strongest kid in Yeosu, are best friends. Influenced by Jang-il, Seon-wu starts studying and working hard towards his dream. However, all of a sudden, Seon-wu's guardian, Kyung-pil, dies a mysterious death and Seon-wu becomes blind while investigating on the case. Su-mi witnesses the scene that Jang-il attacks Seon-wu but remains silent on it and waits for the right moment. Ji-won, who is a read morevolunteer reader for visually impaired people, meets Seon-wu by chance and they fall in love. Despite his strong feelings for Ji-won, however, Seon-wu breaks up with Ji-won so she can have a better life. 13 years have passed. Jang-il becomes a special prosecutor. Seon-wu becomes a young CEO of Royal Tree, an investment trust company. Ji-won works as a VIP party planner at a five-star hotel. And Sumi becomes a hyper-realism painter. They all have gone their separate ways. However, the fate draws them back together.

  • Native title:

    적도의 남자
  • Also Known as:

    Jeogdoui Namja; Man of the Equator; Man From the Equator

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Oct 23, 2012
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 4.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I’ve been looking forward to watching this because the story really intrigued me. And now that I’ve finished it, I felt like a large boulder was lifted from my back. It was such a struggle for me to be able to finish this one. There were lots of dragging parts that I just wanted to skip, but it’s my golden rule to never skip any part of a drama no matter how read more badly I want to. The drama started out good until the second time leap happened. Thankfully, the drama redeemed itself during the last four episodes or else I would not have given this drama even a score of 7.

I really like this kind of stories: about revenge, betrayals, and such. So I was really surprised to find myself disappointed along the way. The revenge didn’t feel much like revenge at all until the last few episodes. The romance was cute during the first time leap. But during the second one, it felt like everything would have worked out just fine even without the presence of Ji Won. Her character became useless. I cursed Soo Mi to death, but I’ll have to admit that her character has way more substance than Jiwon’s. But the character who really helped me endure all of this was none other than Jang Il. Yup, it’s Jang Il and not Sun Woo. Whereas I’ve always anticipated watching the bad guys go down, I really felt sympathy towards Jang Il. This character left me this feeling which is kind of difficult to explain. Perhaps you’ll know this feeling once you finish watching this drama.

The acting was great. It was nice to see different sides of the characters. The bad ones were able to send tears to my eyes, and the good ones were able to make me curse at them. I never thought Uhm Tae Woong was this good. I’ve seen him in the past, and I think I might have underestimated him then. But the actor I’d like to praise more is Lee Joon Hyuk. I’m really impressed at how he was able to flawlessly portray such complicated character. I’d love to see more of his projects when he comes back from the army. Maybe another prosecutor role, no? But he does look good as a prosecutor. Overall, the casting was okay aside from the fact that I was bothered by the age difference between Joon Hyuk and Tae Woong. They were supposed to look like same-aged, but the age difference really showed in the drama. Oh and the kids were amazing too! I’m really looking forward to Lee Hyun Woo’s projects. At his age, I’m really fascinated at how good an actor he is.

Music. Okay I had a lot of issues with this one. I didn’t like the music. It was so plain and so boring. Also, the music kind of magically fades away during the key points in the drama. I don’t know about others, but I really want hearing thrilling music during climactic points in the drama so I was really disappointed.

There’ll be only two reasons why I would decide to rewatch this. Lee Hyun Woo and Lee Joon Hyuk. Their acting was superb (and they’re the good-looking ones, in my opinion).

The story was good, but I didn’t like how they executed some parts of the story which ended up being dragging. Nevertheless, this drama is worth the watch if you can endure watching some boring parts in exchange of witnessing a beautiful once-in-a-lifetime friendship cruelly tested by painful circumstances.
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May 25, 2012
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
The Equator Man is not for the soft hearted. This drama goes hard from beginning to end. Even the good guys aren’t that good. I personally love it!!! This drama has murder, attempted murder, pain, anguish, and revenge…all the makings of a deeply disturbed drama. The story basically revolves around a woman that we barely even get a glimpse of. Her love for an evil man that misunderstands her begins a chain read more of events that rock the world of all those that come in contact with him. There is even a beautiful romance in the midst of all this sinister chaos.
There are some transition problems between the teenagers into adults…it makes the time spacing a little confusing. The story isn’t one I have seen before. It has some of the fundamentals as other Korean dramas, but they are used in a different way.

Im Woong Jae and Lee Hyun Woo do an excellent job of playing the teen male leads. Their parts are crucial to the drama. If they had not portrayed the feelings of the characters in such a way that draws a person into events, then this drama would not be as good as it is.

Uhm Tae Woong plays the adult Kim Sun Woo while Lee Joon Hyuk plays the adult Jang Il . Tae Woong portrayal of a blind man is a little off, but I still think he did well in depicting a man that has had a tuff life and has been hurt many times and turns to revenge as a method to sooth his madness.

Joon Hyuk plays a man that has done something unthinkable and has slowly gone crazy because of it. On the outside he looks perfect. He struggles to keep that image and to even try to believe it himself, because inside he knows the truth. Although some people may disagree with me, I believe his character has gone through as much pain as Sun Woo. He just handles it differently.

Lee Bo Young plays Ji-Won, who is the love interest of both male leads. She is also Sun Woo’s voice of reason. She does a lovely job of playing a character that is essentially good, but understanding of Sun Woo’s need for revenge.

Im Jung Eun plays Soo Mi. This character is horrible. I think she is even worse than Jang Il . She may not have committed a crime, but her actions are of a person without a conscience. She is certifiably crazy.

The actors that play the supporting characters do a good job too.

The music goes really well with this drama.

I probably won't watch it again, but I enjoyed it the first time.
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    MrBanana 9 days ago

    This could have been so good... =(

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    xcrystalstarx Jun 30, 2017

    the adult actors look nothing like their younger counterparts LOL I thought Kim Hye Eun looked more like an older version of Choi Soo Mi

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    sanasoufi Aug 2, 2016 - edited

    DISASTER! Untill the 2nd leap basically the first 10 episodes, it's the best drama you'll ever watch....but then it starts to drag....and I don't mean drag as in 3 filler episodes. Serious dragging! I did not want to continue, but forced myself to continue....reached episode 17 and got so bored and depressed of watching this I started to think about sad stuff: Vacation is almost over, school and job hunts start soon, just want this vacation to never end! BUT I still got another 12 days of vacation! I shouldn't be thinking about school/work right now! Still forced myself to continue but I didn't care anymore. Dropped at episode 18. AWFUL, HORROR SHOW, WASTED 17 hours, upset, angry, annoyed. 1 out of 10.

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    leila Apr 29, 2016

    make sure to watch it im still in owe of it

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    leila Aug 30, 2015

    Omg this drama was amazing. It shook my world. Totally fell for it. Why didn't I watch it sooner?

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    SaraXD Jul 27, 2015 - edited

    There is so much age difference between the adult main-leads (The Best-friends)! it's hilarious, I mean, they were the same age...How come our little guy grew up to look so much older than his friend X"""D

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      Queen_Makjang Sep 21, 2015

      He had a rugged life, for sure!

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      Sujach Aug 7, 2016

      I didn´t even watch this but your comments made me laugh so hard it hurts. Thanks for making my day

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    Nina Jul 18, 2015

    Woaaah. This was simply amazing... This had some mind blowing scenes. I don't understand why the low rating? Hmm.. I guess you either love it or don't.

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    Queen_Makjang Jan 18, 2015

    I don't care what anyone says. I was on the edge of my seat this entire drama. Fell in love with the cast. The end sincerely moved me in a way I haven't been moved yet in a drama. I love revenge dramas and I'm so happy I ran into this one! ost is AMAZING.

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    Queen_Makjang Jan 16, 2015

    I absolutely loved this drama. Epitome of makjang!

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    DBSK Nov 1, 2014

    I remember watching the start of the first episode when it aired, but completely forgot about it. Thinking of watching this as my weekend drama.

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    bLoodYThoughtS Sep 8, 2014
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    meganjoy12 Mar 26, 2014

    i was in the middle of watching the first episode and the directing was just so good so i had to look to see if it was the same director as knife flower and white Christmas, and yep its the same person. this guy is officially my favorite drama director

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    sunflower63 Dec 28, 2013

    Well I finished another great melo. I admit it was emotionally tiring and at times stressful to watch the whole path of revenge of the main lead, mostly because the villains were quite arrogant and insisting on their misbehaviours. I was pleasantly surprised by the great acting of Lee Joon Hyuk who played a very convincing and heartfelt role (although I preferred him in his good role in City Hunter) as well as Uhm Tae Woong. I recommend to watch this drama when emotionally ready to go through quite a lot of makjang.

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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Mar 21, 2012 to May 24, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 964 users)
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