When A Man's in Love

When A Man's in Love (2013)

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Han Tae-Sang is a successful business man, who has a cold-blooded decisiveness and incredible drive. This helped him to attain his current status, as he started with nothing. He then meets a younger woman named Seo Mi-Do. Her personality reminds him of himself when he was that age. Han Tae-Sang begins to feel love for the first time in his life.
Seo Mi-Do is full of ambition and she is also bright read moreand lovely. Seo Mi-Do isn't afraid of anything, because she went through so many difficult times when growing up.
A man named Lee Jae-Hee then confronts Han Tae-Sang over Seo Mi-Do.

  • Native title:

    남자가 사랑할 때
  • Also Known as:

    When A Man Loves; When a Man Falls in Love; When a Man is in Love; When a Man Loves a Woman;

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Jun 13, 2013
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
This will probably be long but bear with me. I have a love/hate relationship with this drama so it's going to be hard to sum it up neatly.

First off, I'm being generous with my ratings. I can't quite decide whether I liked or hated this drama. It's probably a little bit of both. The concept was good and got me watching in the first place. The first half was really good read more and had the potential to be something great but then the last half sort of spiraled out of control. Who doesn't want to watch a man (Han Tae Sang) who's had a hard life, meets a girl (So Mi Do) that makes him want to change it all, becomes successful while quietly supporting and loving her over the course of 7 years. When Tae Sang and Mi Do meet again and he begins to pursue her, their story moves along pretty quickly. Tae Sang was right to the point with his feelings, as was Mi Do. Then enter the third wheel (Lee Jae Hee) and that's where all the drama begins. Sounds like your typical kdrama setup but eventually the story became so far out there it made it seem ridiculous. There were also sub-stories regarding Tae Sang's long lost mother and brother, a murder, a jilted woman w/ a one sided love and the rival of our main actor. I don't feel some of those stories were explored as much as they should have been therefore they ended up being overlooked. At least for me they were. By the time the last episode rolled around I had no clue how everything was possibly going to be resolved in just one hour. There was just so much the writers were throwing at the viewers. I guess, for me, if the writers wanted to add all these extra plots, they should have toned down their focus on the love triangle or just not even introduced those plots in the first place.

Acting/Cast: Many people stayed with this drama bc of Song Seung Hun. I know he was the only thing keeping me going at one point lol. Han Tae Sang was my favorite character and the only one I even care about in the end. He was such a naive man in his pursuit of Mi Do it became endearing. He was learning the ropes through trial and error. He would even research how to interact with a girl on a date and so forth. He had his faults but was ultimately a good man. Han Tae Sang definitely got the raw in of the deal throughout this drama though. Poor guy couldn't catch a break, and he was such a likable character! You really started to hate the writers for how much they screwed with him. Now So Mi Do...there's so much I could say about her but I'll keep it short. She was a very unlikable character. She was extremely selfish, stuck up, rude and immature. The way she treated Han Tae Sang drove me crazy and she showed hardly any emotion. I did like that she was straightforward and got right to the point. She also lost her moral compass for a bit but I feel she tried to redeem herself towards the end. In the end, I still didn't care what happened with her. Lee Jae Hee, I never really liked him either. He wiggled his way right in between Tae Sang and Mi Do even though Tae Sang was the one who provided the very best for him while his brother (Chang Hee) was away. He basically tried to find anyone who would speak ill of Han Tae Sang to, I suppose, justify his backstabbing. He was so naive and blind to the truth it was maddening to watch. He didn't want to hear anything that could make him question the hate he had built towards Han Tae Sang. Besides, he was pretty sloppy at being a "bad guy" towards Han Tae Sang. Supporting characters I liked were Lee Chang Hee, Tae Sang's bff and Jae Hee's brother. He was kind of the voice of reason (to an extent) and the glue that tried to hold everyone together. Loyal friend to Tae Sang and protective hyung to Jae Hee. I also liked Mi Do's mother, her brother, her 2 friends, Roy Jang and his father. Characters I felt were completely pointless were Baek Sung Joo and Goo Yong Gab. Goo Yong Gab was the most useless rival I've ever seen. He really didn't do anything. Baek Sung Joo was also pretty mild compared to other scorned women. They basically worked out and had dumb conversations with each other. Completely useless.

Rewatch Value & Overall: Rewatch value is not likely. This drama put me on a roller coaster of emotions throughout the entire thing. I wanted to drop it but it kept pulling me in. That's why I scored it higher than most probably would. It infuriated me to the maximum degree but left me needing to find out what would happen next. It could have been a great drama had the writers not gone completely insane. It does have it's good points but I feel the bad unfortunately outweighs the good. The ending kind of sucked too. Maybe it wasn't as bad as I expected it to be but they could have also done something to make it spectacular and that just didn't happen. I say, watch maybe the first 10 episodes or so, stop before it heads on its downward spiral, and just create you own ending lol. Guarantee it will be better than anything that happened in the last half of the drama.
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Jun 5, 2013
  • Overall 5.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
It is really impossible to write a review for this drama without getting my blood pressure up. The people that waited week after week for this drama will truly understand my pain.

All the writers of this drama need to be under some kind of witness protection program because they have succeeded in angering so many people including myself that had to sit through 20 eps of this BS. This drama was read more written under the influence of some serious narcotics.

The acting gets a 9 because they did a good job of conveying the foolishness the writers were spilling out.

Trying not to give away any spoilers, I'm a strong believer of the saying "don't bite the hand that feeds you". Well in this drama there's a lot of biting and chewing and an attempt to amputate the hand that was doing the feeding.

In this drama you get to witness ungratefulness at it's max and decisions that make you question the way some men think.

The drama was good and cute up until about episode 10 when the writers decided to play "how far can we piss off the viewers". In all honesty, the drama could have been done in 16 episodes or better still 10 episodes.

We could have done without all the crap from ep 11 to 19 and 20.
The only take a way is the OST. There are some really good songs in this drama....The drama had some good potential that was played with.

If you want to sit through this be my guest but make sure to drop by for an "I TOLD YOU SO".

Writing this without spoilers was seriously challenging....off to take my blood pressure meds
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When a Man's In Love has the same type of elements of a Gangster who struggles to balance is lifestyle with love. If you like a melodrama with the theme a topsy turvy struggle of good vs. evil then this one is for you.
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Both have the same female lead- she is almost the same in both dramas. both have complicated emotions and relationships- not your traditional kdramas.
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    KMR Oct 1, 2015

    It's hard to enjoy a show where the female lead is so wrong and cruel. Enjoying her behavior implies a little sadistic side.

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    layla Aug 17, 2015

    This is by far the worst drama I've seen! I hated the lead actress so much but still watched it for Song Seung Hun.

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    Grace lander Apr 24, 2015 - edited
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      Grace lander Aug 7, 2015

      i don't remember.

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      Blademan2 Sep 27, 2015 - edited

      Sorry, I just had to say this after reading your comment. It's NEVER okay to cheat on someone. It's the ABSOLUTE worst you can do to someone, someone who cheats on someone gets looked down on, and rightly so.

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      jxsilicon9 Sep 27, 2015 - edited

      That exact scenario happened to a friend of mine. He walked in on his wife and some guy she picked up from a club. And the guy wouldn't leave. With any other person that guy could be leaving in a body bag and probably the wife too.. But my friend is more of the reasonable nice guy.

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      Blademan2 Sep 28, 2015

      And that's why I have such HUGE trust issues with women now, been cheated on too many times, or like when I was in Japan, women lied saying they were single when they were indeed married or had a boyfriend. Not good.

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      jxsilicon9 Sep 28, 2015 - edited

      There was a special forces soldier that went AWOL. Climbed through the vents in his house and caught his wife cheating.Beat the hell out of both of them.Crazy stuff. In Japan they work them to the bone.So I bet there is plenty of cheating.You even have to go out drinking with your colleagues after work.If you're in the military or work a lot,there will probably be a lot of cheating since you can be gone for months or years

      .I will say the only thing that changed in the last few decades around the world is women were allowed to cheat.In the past it was just men that were allowed to cheat especially in places like Japan.Of course women cheated in the past also but it was never an open secret like with men.

      Of course psychologists,anthropologists,etc talk about we aren't really biological made to find one exclusive partner. Its actually a rarity if someone can go through a long term relationship or marriage without cheating.

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    marsha4 Mar 5, 2015

    i'm torn. Watched it initially for Song Seung Hun. I finished this but not satisfied. Characters were not endearing at all. But were they supposed to be? Loved Jae Hee until he got creepy. I was compelled to feel sorry for Han Tae sang, struggled to like Seo Mi Do, got creeped out and then weary of Jae Hee. At the very least, i can be satisfied that i FINALLY watched this. Recommending it? Nah, there's GOT to be something better out there. I'm off to find it.

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    ashley3ako Dec 26, 2014

    I hated every character in this drama except for han tae sang

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    Queen_Makjang Dec 16, 2014

    I loved this drama, couldn't stand shin se kyung. I started this drama about a year ago, dropped it, then tried again. I loved it this time. Just can't stand the female lead, which is why I will never watch fashion king.

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    Fraan Sep 10, 2014 - edited

    I stopped this shit, is the worst drama I started watch ¬.¬ is so boring.

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    alexk345 Jul 14, 2014 - edited

    Stop Blaming actress. Its story. I like the story i thought it was realist way of showing. In real life once people set their mind , they won't change. She was not thankful for her benefactor. It happens in real life. There are many cold blooded people.

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      girl_on_fire Jul 15, 2014 - edited

      There are many cold blooded people. That is true, but this drama doesn't give a accurate representation of anything. It's a drama. More then half the incidents which came up would never happen in real life. Is that a bad thing? No.
      That's ok....if a drama did not have it's melodrama moments...I would wonder if it really was a drama.

      One of my biggest issues with this drama, was the actress. As you may know, she does have a reputation that precedes her. For some reason, I don't like her on screen. It feels awkward and does not give me any feeling of reality. Thus, her character comes off as exaggerated or fictitious.

      Benefactor?! LOL.....man, you have a weird way of looking at things. Just because someone is your benefactor doesn't mean you have to give everything to them. Including, your body and soul.

      Definition of benefactor:
      Someone who helps another person, group, etc., by giving money.

      That's it. No selling yourself in the process.

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      jxsilicon9 Sep 27, 2015 - edited

      No such thing as a free meal. She didn't have to love him but there should have been some respect after he helped her. But she went beyond the pale to screw him over. Any other loan shark wold have pimped her out.

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    girl_on_fire Jul 14, 2014 - edited

    Terrible...terrible drama. I can't stress this enough! Don't watch this....you will definitely regret it.

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      alexk345 Jul 14, 2014

      For me it is one of best drama. I like the story line. I like the actress. She screwed someone ..two timed. It was perfect. Some people do not like that. I thought that was the center point of the story

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      girl_on_fire Jul 15, 2014
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    Kailani Jul 10, 2014
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    Dhamphir340 Jun 27, 2014

    I wanted to like this drama so bad because of the lead actor, but in all honesty the actress ruined the drama. I don't really think her acting was bad but more of the character the writers had drawn out for her to play. She was just ungrateful and a two timer. I kept hoping it would get better but I had to drop it in the end. Her stupidity was to much for me.

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    PrettyCarEye Jun 1, 2014 - edited

    I hate you, Seo Mi Do. With so much passion I wish I could choke you with it!

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    Jo-hannah May 18, 2014 - edited

    If I could punch that girl's face I would... I hated her so much that it became completely unwatchable for me. :'(

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      alexk345 Jul 14, 2014

      I loved it. I thought that was core of story. She two timed. :)

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      Jo-hannah Jul 14, 2014 - edited

      that's why I love Kdrama community, because sometimes what works for me probably doesn't work for someone else and so on ^_^ But yeah, I know that the core of the story is betrayal but it just doesn't work for me, in real life and in fictional I hate that hahaha I didn't even finish the drama I dropped it :'(

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    alexk345 Apr 10, 2014

    I like the reality of this drama. Lead actress showed one character that you see in real life in that some girls are just crazy. I loved the lead actress role. I know she made the lead actor a clueless guy , but that is the point of the story. When a man in love he will do anything to get it even the girl betrayed him. Most people hate the drama because of the betrayal.


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    South Korea
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    Apr 3, 2013 to Jun 6, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    6.7 (scored by 2,398 users)
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