Liver or Die

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Liver or Die
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Promotional poster
Hangul
왜그래 풍상씨!
Literal meaningWhat's Wrong, Poong-sang!
Revised Romanization Waegeurae Pungsangssi!
Genre
Developed byKBS Drama Production
Written by Moon Young-nam
Directed by Jin Hyung-wook
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes40 [lower-alpha 1]
Production
Executive producersKim Sang-heon
Kim Hee-yeol
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time35 minutes [lower-alpha 1]
Production companies Chorokbaem Media
Pan Entertainment
Distributor Korean Broadcasting System
Release
Original network KBS2
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 9 (2019-01-09) 
March 14, 2019 (2019-03-14)

Liver or Die (Korean : 왜그래 풍상씨!; RR : Waegeurae Pungsangssi!) is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Yoo Jun-sang, Oh Ji-ho, Jeon Hye-bin, Lee Si-young and Cha Seo-won. It aired from January 9 to March 14, 2019 on KBS2's Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot. [2] [3]

Contents

Synopsis

The story of Lee Poong-sang, a lonely middle-aged man, who has never lived for himself. [4] [5]

Cast

Main

The eldest brother and father figure of the family.
He is the second oldest sibling and is seen as the family's "lost cause".
She is the older twin and a university hospital doctor.
She is the younger twin and is seen as the family's black sheep.
He is the youngest sibling. He couldn't realize his dream of becoming a professional baseball player.

Supporting

Other family members

Poong-sang's wife.
Poong-sang, Jin-sang, Jeong-sang, Hwa-sang and Wi-sang's mother.
Boon-shil's father. He runs the laundry.
Poong-sang and Boon-shil's daughter.

Others

  • Ki Eun-se as Jo Young-pil (35 years old), Jeong-sang's friend.
  • Song Jong-ho as Jin Ji-ham (41 years old), Jeong-sang's senior at the hospital, he's a surgeon.
  • Choi Sung-jae as Kang Yeol-han (35 years old), Jeong-sang's colleague and past lover.
  • Lee Sang-sook as Jeon Dal-ja (60 years old), Super Woman from Chungcheong Province.
  • Choi Dae-chul as Jun Chil-bok (42 years old), Super Son and Jin-sang's friend.
  • Yoon Sun-woo as Yoo Heung-man, Lee Hwa-sang's ex-husband.
  • Lee Hyun-woong as Chonam's CEO.
  • Lee Myung-ho as Yang-shim's lover.
  • Kim Kiri as Kye Sang-ki, Young-pil's past lover.
  • Lee Ga-ryeong as Mi-ryeon's production company actress.
  • Kim Kwang-young as a widower.
  • Lee Hyo-bi as the widower's daughter.
  • Ha Min as Su Sam University Hospital's director.
  • Cheon Lee-seul as Han Shim-lan.
  • Park Ha-joon as Young Ha-nam (12 years old).
  • Kim Hyo-gyeong as Jin Se-mi, Ji-shin and Su-jin's daughter.

Special appearances

Production

The first script reading took place on October 31, 2018 at KBS Annex Broadcasting Station in Yeouido, South Korea. [12]

The series is the third collaboration between screenwriter Moon Young-nam and director Jin Hyung-wook after  Three Brothers (2009-2010) and Wang's Family (2013-2014).[ citation needed ]

Original soundtrack

Liver or Die OST
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
Released2019
Genre Soundtrack
Language
Label

Part 1

Released on January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Dream" () Noel 4:17
2."Dream" (Inst.) 4:17
Total length:8:34

Part 2

Released on January 31, 2019 (2019-01-31)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I Buried The Pain" (묻어버린 아픔) Monday Kiz 4:21
2."I Buried The Pain" (Inst.) 4:21
Total length:8:42

Part 3

Released on February 7, 2019 (2019-02-07)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."You Are The Only One" (유일한 사람)Kim Hyung-joong3:31
2."You Are The Only One" (Inst.) 3:31
Total length:7:02

Part 4

Released on February 14, 2019 (2019-02-14)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Too Painful Love Was Not Love" (너무 아픈 사랑은 사랑이 아니었음을) Park Sae-byul 4:44
2."Too Painful Love Was Not Love" (Inst.) 4:44
Total length:9:28

Part 5

Released on February 20, 2019 (2019-02-20)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Winter Flower" (겨울꽃)Kim Na-yeon4:03
2."Winter Flower" (Inst.) 4:03
Total length:8:06

Part 6

Released on February 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Memories" (추억 한 줌) Huh Gak 4:37
2."Memories" (Inst.) 4:37
Total length:9:14

Part 7

Released on March 7, 2019 (2019-03-07)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Beautiful Day" (햇살이 눈부신 어느날)Min Young-ki4:31
2."Beautiful Day" (Inst.) 4:31
Total length:9:02

Part 8

Released on March 15, 2019 (2019-03-15)
No.TitleArtistLength
1."I Am a Happy Man" (나는 행복한 사람) Yoo Jun-sang 3:36
2."I Am a Happy Man" (Inst.) 3:36
Total length:7:12

Viewership

Liver or Die: South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode number
12345678910
Ep.1-100.9491.0441.0381.2651.0821.1561.2351.6551.2421.535
Ep.11-201.2291.3811.3051.5581.3381.5121.2671.8131.8202.039
Ep.21-301.4531.8102.0462.3461.5661.9512.0602.3402.2692.857
Ep.31-402.7153.2422.3192.7852.9543.3082.9043.4063.2983.692
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research. [13]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep.Original broadcast dateAverage audience share
TNmSAGB Nielsen [14]
NationwideNationwide Seoul
1January 9, 20195.4% [15] 5.9%(20th)5.5%(NR)
25.8% [15] 6.7% (15th)6.4% (17th)
3January 10, 20196.4% [16] 6.5% (18th)5.9% (19th)
47.5% [16] 7.8% (13th)7.4% (12th)
5January 16, 20196.8% [17] 6.4% (18th)6.0% (NR)
66.7% [17] 6.5% (17th)6.1% (19th)
7January 17, 20197.4% [18] 8.1% (13th)8.3% (12th)
88.4% [18] 10.2% (8th)10.3% (7th)
9January 23, 20197.5% (15th)7.3% (16th)
106.7% [19] 8.8% (10th)8.6% (10th)
11January 24, 20196.2% [20] 7.0% (14th)7.2% (14th)
127.2% [20] 8.0% (13th)8.2% (12th)
13January 30, 20197.2% [21] 8.1% (13th)8.1% (12th)
147.8% [21] 9.3% (8th)8.9% (11th)
15January 31, 20197.5% [22] 8.4% (13th)8.4% (10th)
168.9% [22] 9.5% (8th)8.9% (7th)
17February 6, 20197.6% [23] 7.8% (17th)
1810.7% [23] 11.0% (6th)11.4% (4th)
19February 7, 201911.3% [24] 11.8% (8th)12.3% (6th)
2012.4% [24] 12.7% (5th)12.8% (3rd)
21February 13, 20198.6% [25] 9.0% (9th)8.8% (10th)
2210.0% [25] 11.0% (7th)11.0% (6th)
23February 14, 201912.0% [26] 13.1% (5th)14.0% (4th)
2413.2% [26] 14.8% (2nd)15.4% (2nd)
25February 20, 201910.5% [27] 10.1% (9th)10.1% (8th)
2612.3% [27] 12.3% (4th)12.2% (3rd)
27February 21, 201912.8% [28] 12.7% (6th)12.4% (5th)
2814.5% [28] 14.4% (3rd)14.1% (3rd)
29February 27, 201913.5% [29] 14.2% (3rd)14.2% (2nd)
3016.3% [29] 17.5% (1st)17.8% (1st)
31February 28, 201915.9% [30] 17.0% (3rd)17.4% (2nd)
3218.4% [30] 20.0% (1st)20.7% (1st)
33March 6, 201914.3% [31] 15.2% (4th)15.6% (3rd)
3417.0% [31] 18.1% (2nd)18.5% (2nd)
35March 7, 201919.2% [32] 18.5% (3rd)18.3% (3rd)
3621.4% [32] 20.4% (2nd)20.3% (2nd)
37March 13, 201917.3% [33] 17.6% (3rd)17.5% (3rd)
3819.7% [33] 20.4% (2nd)20.1% (1st)
39March 14, 201920.0% [34] 20.5% (3rd)20.8% (2nd)
4022.8% [34] 22.7%(1st)22.8%(1st)
Average [lower-alpha 2] 12.2%12.1%
  • In this table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings
    and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • NR denotes that the series did not rank in the top 20 daily programs on that date.
  • N/A denotes that the rating is not known.

Awards and nominations

YearAwardCategoryRecipientResultRef.
2019 12th Korea Drama Awards Best New Actor Choi Sung-jae Nominated [35]
KBS Drama Awards Top Excellence Award, Actor Yoo Jun-sang Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-length DramaNominated
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-length Drama Lee Si-young Won
Best Supporting Actor Choi Dae-chul Nominated
Best Supporting Actress Shin Dong-mi Won
Best New Actor Cha Seo-won Nominated
Netizen Award, Actor Yoo Jun-sang Nominated
Netizen Award, Actress Jeon Hye-bin Nominated
Lee Si-young Nominated
Shin Dong-mi Nominated
Best Couple Award Yoo Jun-sang and Shin Dong-mi Won
Lee Si-young and Jeon Hye-bin Nominated
Lee Si-young and Choi Dae-chul Nominated

Remake

Notes

  1. 1 2 In order to circumvent Korean laws that prevent commercial breaks in the middle of an episode, what would previously have been aired as single 70 minute episodes are now being repackaged as two 35 minute episodes, with two episodes being shown each night with a commercial break between the two. [1]
  2. Due to some ratings not recorded, the exact average rating is unknown.

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