Innocent Man

Innocent Man (2012)

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The drama is a melodrama which depicts the story of a man, 'Kang Ma Roo' who has been betrayed by the love of his life, 'Han Jae Hee'. Years after the incident, Ma Roo begins to live a life of self-indulgence. He sacrificed his well being for his girlfriend only to discover that she never looked back and married another man for wealth. Thus, he sets off to take revenge. And in read moreorder to execute his revenge, he approaches Seo Eun Gi, the resilient and cold daughter of the man she's married to.

  • Native title:

    세상 어디에도 없는 차칸남자
  • Also Known as:

    Sesang Eodiedo Eobneun Chakan Namja; Chakan Namja; The Good Man Never Seen Before; Nice Guy; Good Man;

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Mar 4, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Most of the die-hard fans of this drama will hate me for this, but "Nice Guy" honestly isn't anything new in the world of revenge dramas. You have your typical hodgepodge of birth secrets, revenge stories, murders and amnesia- not just once, but twice. There are gaping plot holes, crazy scenarios and messed up character motivations, but if you abandon all reasoning and logical thinking, this drama can be one of the read more best you've seen.
Story: I liked the idea that Ma-Ru at the beginning was a much darker character than we've seen in other revenge dramas. He wasn't afraid to use people and was okay with being used himself. What made him interesting was watching his transition from a shell of a human to someone who had something to lose. I also loved Eun-Gi's character in the beginning, she was passionate yet cold, bitchy but kind, and was an amazing mix of all these opposite traits. I didn't particularly like her personality transformation in the second half of the drama because I felt like the writers only changed her to fit the plot and she became a puppet to the rest of the show's whims, but she swung back in my favor later.
Actors: Let's face it. "Nice Guy" would not have been as popular if Song Joong-Ki hadn't played the main lead. Because he is an A-list actor, it drew in a crowd, since he is a good actor, this drama kept its crowd. That being said, Joong-Ki is the actor that holds this drama together. I'm not saying that Moon Chae-won and Park Si-Yeon were bad- they were actually surprisingly good in their roles- it's just that Joong-Ki stole the show.
Music: Nice and dramatic, it was used well to tie together certain scenes in the show.
Rewatch Value: Since this show was one of the more unpredictable ones, the second time around will not be as good, but it will be alright.
Overall: I feel like "Nice Guy" should come with a big neon sign that says: "All ye who enter, abandon all logic here". Because honestly, the only way you will enjoy this drama is if you don't think about it too much and just go with it.
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Nov 16, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I don’t know where to start to express my feelings toward this drama, if you’re watching it from the beginning till the end and you will know and understand how I feel. Its huge big feeling like you want to scream it to the world “OMG this is DAEBAK! You need to watch it”. THIS IS MUST WATCH DRAMA OF THE YEAR.

Overall: Innocent Man or Nice Guy or Chakan Namja is read more not an ordinary drama you see nowadays, because the leading characters both are smart, not easily fooled around and they both are having strong personality, you will love them no matter how intense and cruel situations they were in. From the very beginning, this drama is having a very good pacing, never felt bored or trying to skip it because each scene is too precious to skip it. For a moment I wonder, do we need to sacrifice that much for someone we love? Until 19th episode, storylines explained it why this story was made and executed this way. If really such an innocent nice guy really happens to exist in this real world???

Acting: Song Joong Ki as Kang Ma Roo, well known as cutest boy on earth, I was shocked when I fell for him and his cold staring eyes, how can this cute guy can change my perceptions toward him and he can be so manly just with both of his eyes, he is so talented and flawless in acting, seeking revenge against someone he loves so much, too complicated how he endured mixed feelings, but he never failed to convince me and I believe in him from the first scene till the last ones. Moon Chae Won as Seo Eun Gi also succeeded portraying a smart, arrogant, and stubborn young lady and the only daughter of Taesan Group owner. She is an awesome girl who can be in any personalities and she did it well, funny thing about her, no matter how rude and harsh she is but I bet you still love her for being bold and strong. Park Si Yeon as Han Jae Hee also did a very good job in acting although I hate her character in this drama but she succeeded of being a ‘femme fatale” in this drama. Her character was confusing me from the start, LOL, I tried to understand her but I’m still confused about her true feelings toward others. Supporting roles like Jae Gil the funniest, Choco the warmest, Att Park the shy one and Att Ahn the mysterious lawyer on earth haha. All mentioned characters did a very good job as supporting lead roles also they have strong character of their own, their side stories can be scary and cute too.

Music: Suspend weird music, which I wonder why they chose this music for a melodrama in the beginning but now I understand and can blend it well with the story and Song Joong Ki’s song, “Really” only one word can describe it. WOW!. I really have no idea this guy can sing really well, his voice smooth like his face and sounds so innocent.

Rewatch value : To be honest, I already rewatched it. LOL. I just can’t stand myself, so I did roll back the best scenes from previous episodes while waiting finale.

I’ll nominate this drama for TOP 5 dramas in 2012. Hope Innocent man will win a lot of awards because you already owned my heart.
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both are revenge melodramas where the guy despite his attempt to manipulate the female lead to exact his revenge rather ends up falling in love with her ..
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If you loved Song Joong Ki in DOTS, you won't regret watching him in Innocent Man. It's his best performance to date.
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    Soju 19 days ago - edited

    After watching Behind Your Smile I was really wary of revenges dramas. In fact I swore not to watch one again. But this showed up from somewhere and I gave in because of the good reviews and DAMN! BEHIND YOUR SMILE HAS GOT NOTHING ON THIS! Now this is how a man hell bent on revenge should be like~ Great drama!

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      rutuja 15 days ago

      you should try yellow boots, its literally very good

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    Aya May 26, 2017

    Their chemistry is killing me

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    Bianca May 20, 2017

    Joong ki's new fans should watch this drama. I still think that his acting in Innocent Man is way better than his acting in DOTS.

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    SyN May 15, 2017

    I can't watch this past few eps.. I don't know what's wrong with me.

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      lawlessness21 Apr 30, 2017

      Dramalist is like a guideline, you can't watch here but you can monitor your favorite upcoming dramas etc.
      If you want to watch dramas you can try on kissasian, dramanices, viki, dailymotion.

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      lawlessness21 Apr 30, 2017

      Dramalist is like a guideline, you can't watch here but you can monitor your favorite upcoming dramas etc.
      If you want to watch dramas you can try on kissasian, dramanices, viki, dailymotion.

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    almaszwg Apr 17, 2017

    I watched this drama solely because of Song Joong Ki and honestly that was what got me through the whole thing. I always considered myself a fan of melodrama and I still do but for me this one was way too melodramatic and the plot was way too cliche for my liking. The chemistry between the characters I really didn't get at all and I just got really annoyed at everyone.

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    KarolK Mar 28, 2017

    it's still 10/10 after 5 years <3

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    Hyuna Mar 13, 2017

    Honestly I'm trying to like this because I LOVE Song Joong Ki but I'm just not a big fan of melodramas. I'm also not really a big fan of revenge plots so this drama really isn't anything for me tbh and Kang Ma Roo is such a bitch I just can't get over it. But I'll finish it because I get to see Song Joong Ki.

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    Ineta Mar 12, 2017 - edited

    In my opinion, if you are a fan of melodramas and you haven't watched this one, well.. Why, what are you doing? :D

    Even though it sometimes felt like things got a bit out of hand maybe, went a bit overboard somehow, I think this might be one of the best melodramas out there.

    The best parts of this were the twisted, unpredictable, smart characters and of course, Song Joongki, who was perfect.

    The thing I liked the least: despite the fact that at the very beginning I felt like I might find myself *loving* this, there were times and episodes where I just got too bored..

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    Arty Mar 9, 2017 - edited

    Wtf is with Song Joong Ki's acting, literally what is he, a block of wood? I have rarely seen such cardboard expressions >_<' like I almost never had a clue what his character was supposed to be thinking, which means I still don't know why anyone really likes him over half way in :| (I get it as a character point, but even so, it's something you can only take so far before the character just dissolves into poker faces and weak half smiles. In three words Kang Ma Roo is "ugh" "mm" and "heh".

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    Sukkie Dec 17, 2016 - edited

    During the first half it was very hard to bring myself to go on watching and I often paused and watched other dramas in between.

    But the second half of this drama was so much better!! I could watch it in one flow and tbh I couldn´t stop watching, So it is 9 a.m now and I didn´t get any sleep yet.. :D
    But be warned sometimes it was really, really heartbreaking.... this was really emotional and now I need a more happy drama after all these frustrating ones T_T

    I liked the second half very much but the first was boring I think. But because I can´t leave something undone I just wanted to finally finish this drama.. and I´m happy I did watch the second half then after a short break (in which I was watching Remember which was so frustrating too but really awesome T_T)

    I was so hoping for a happy ending.. but I always had a bad feeling about it T_T ... really I thought if it won´t be a happy ending I would throw my laptop out of the window... Well, I will not spoiler if I´m writing this from my laptop right now. :)

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    fanixx Dec 10, 2016

    "family" is one of the genres. i don't think this is a family drama though.

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    NesrineTao Dec 7, 2016
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    SaeedKhan Nov 1, 2016

    Loved it but didnt get the ending ,, Care to explain ?

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    Nams Oct 2, 2016
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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Sep 12, 2012 to Nov 15, 2012
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.


  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 12,228 users)
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