Nine: Nine Times Time Travel

Nine: Nine Times Time Travel (2013)

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Park Sun Woo works as an anchorman at a TV broadcasting station. He is in love with newsreporter Joo Min Young, who is bright and honest. Park Sun Woo then obtains 9 incense items, which allows him to go back 20 years in time. Park Sun Woo travels to the past.

  • Native title:

    나인: 아홉 번의 시간여행
  • Also Known as:

    Nine

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wiz2knight
12 of 14 people found this review helpful
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Jul 4, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 3.0
  • Rewatch Value 3.0
This is truly one under-rated and under-advertised drama. So far, of all the time travel dramas that I have watched, this has to be the one with the most original and ingenious plot.

It started off slowly but nicely in Tibet, which sort of set the perfect scene for a mystic journey of time travel. From then on, you will be kept on the edge of your seat as each episode produce read more one after another unexpected events. I was never able to second guess what exactly will happen next. On many occasions, I was thinking that's it, the story should be completed and it will be happy ending thereafter, but the next twist again proves me completely wrong. . The ending is very meaningful but needs a bit of thought process to appreciate it. Surprisingly, there is not a single loose end to the plot, everything just ties in together perfectly and logically despite the time travel element (which in itself is the most consistent and logical means compared to the other time travel dramas)

The highlight of the drama was the charisma of Lee Jin Wook or rather his portrayal of Park Sun Woo. His character's dry humor even when facing with adversity is really spot on and Jin Wook really makes Sun Woo comes alive.

The only bad point of this show in my opinion is the lack of quality OST. There is only one (the main one) which left some impression, but the rest or lack-of are forgettable. Don't think this show has much rewatch value after you watched it once because you would have knew all the twists that are going to happen. Also, other than superb acting of Jin Wook, there is really no "star names" in this drama which would prompt you to do a re-watch.
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neekay_noona
9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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Jan 29, 2014
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
'Nine' is one of the drama that has the strongest story plot, ever. The main theme is time travel, and it is told in the most fascinating and neat way. The plot is quite complicated (yup, you'll need a little bit thinking) yet satisfying. Love story is not the main menu here (I need some time to be engaged to the couple), but it's there as a side dish to the main read more topic here: a journey to find happy life. The message is loud and clear: playing God has its own consequences, and so does our hero gets his. Good news is, if you move forward and live your life every day to your best, you'll grow into a good and brave person. Just believe what you want to believe, and love the person you love anyway. Keep it simple is the best. I can relate to the messages, really.

This drama keeps me guessing till the very last minute and I must say that I'm quite satisfied with the ending except one thing (but I cannot say it out loud b/c it's a spoiler LOL but it's related to older / younger version of our hero).

Anyway, I'm a fan of Lee Jin-wook since 'I Need Romance 2012', so two thumbs up! All the casts are pretty decent, except the one who plays Choi Jin-cheol a.k.a The Bad Chairman. In later episodes I found his expression is more comical, makes me cannot take him seriously, although he's a seriously bad villain, duh (pun intended). And a special shout out for Park Hyung-sik, who plays as our young hero. I believe he has a great future as an idol-actor!

The background music is not very special. But it doesn't get in the way either.
As for re-watch value, I'd love to watch 'Nine' again, in order to get a better perspective from overall story, as I already get the basic understanding of the plot.

Overall, I totally recommend this drama for anyone who love sci-fi dramas, with in-depth philosophical perspective and complicated twist. Well done, Nine!
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Both series are centred around themes of time-travel, where the main character tries to change things in the past in order to make things better in the future.

They go about this in a different way however:
In "Nine", the lead character uses some magic incense and has a short time to go back to the past, whereas in "I'll Be Back" the main character is stuck in a loop going back a few years and reliving those years over and over.
Recommended by SilverCloud
These two dramas were produced by the same production team, same director, same writer. Surprisingly, the only common thing you can find in both dramas: time travel.
Recommended by djchiriko

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    BB78 10 days ago

    romance?

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    hanseung 10 days ago

    this is the best drama ever created god bless lee jinwook and his creation

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    Sweety-Face 28 days ago

    not my taste

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    cityhunter83 Jun 21, 2014

    sooo i got half way throught he 1st ep. the dynamic between the leads (her begging him to date her and him treating her like she was an annoying child) REALLY bothered me. does this change? if so how quickly and if not is it a big part of the plot?

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      Ginger 23 days ago

      This isn't important...the drama isn't really about that...don't let this half an ep stop you from enjoying this thriller!

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    Fatooome Jun 11, 2014

    This drama had a fairly good plot, it started off really good and got me hooked. Unfortunately it began to drag on later. I can honestly say they could have cut down the number of episodes to 10.

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    Alex Jun 4, 2014

    one of the best drama's out there
    must watch!

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    grandpower Jun 1, 2014

    wow amazing drama.this drama is underrated

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    manicmuse Apr 30, 2014

    I don't really have anything new to say about the drama.
    I just think it's cool that 9 out of 9 people found my review of Nine: Nine Times Time Travel helpful :)

    oooooh spooky o.O lol!

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    samy12 Apr 18, 2014

    LOVED LOVED IT I don't normally like time travel themes but this one proved me wrong; it was full of suspense and unexpected twists!! I found myself crying buckets at some episodes and others I was laughing out loud :p

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    samy12 Apr 18, 2014

    LOVED LOVED IT I don't normally like time travel themes but this one proved me wrong; it was full of suspense and unexpected twists!! I found myself crying buckets at some episodes and others I was laughing out loud :p

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    yankumicho Apr 10, 2014

    This is one of the best dramas! My jaw dropped; my heart stopped; my head wondered; my world shook because of this drama. Awesome doesn't cover it. It's in a league in and of itself!

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    KarolK Mar 13, 2014

    this is the best drama ever made in the world along with Bridal Mask!! long live Koreans <3

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    nour093 Feb 23, 2014

    this drama I watched it when it aired till ep 14 then I couldnt handle the emotions ( my heart was too week ) lol
    but then I finished it today and omg omg omg
    all of them did a great job and I loved it so damn much !! its really amazing and the writers did such an amazing job my first time watching drama like this !!
    but how to mind my broken heart ! lol
    the ending was one of the most awesome endings that I ever saw !
    perfection !!!!

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      nour093 Feb 23, 2014
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    Ginger Feb 18, 2014

    My thoughts on the finale:

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      Ginger Feb 18, 2014
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      ChokeBee Feb 26, 2014
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    jessy Feb 17, 2014

    For all those who dropped it after 1st/2nd episode, you truly don't know what you're missing. Period

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Mar 11, 2013 to May 14, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    52 min.

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  • Score:

    8.7 (scored by 1,923 users)
  • Ranked:

    #40
  • Popularity:

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