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Man to Man – mission, thriller and bromance

by Arti Rathore

‘Man to Man’ is a Korean drama. It’s a romantic drama-thriller that aired on tvN. The story revolves around the relationship between two men.

The series was written by Won-Suk Kim, who also wrote “Descendants of the Sun,” and directed by Chang-min Lee , who previously directed “My Love, Madame Butterfly” and “Midas”. 

Plot of the Series 

A celebrity Yeo Woon-gwang needs a bodyguard and then hires Kim Seol-woo ,a handsome as well as mysterious man who is trained in special investigations and also has many talents. But,  In reality, Seol-woo is a NIS black ops agent and has his own agenda of playing the role of bodyguard to achieve his goals. The drama is known for its twisty events which they encounter and the budding bromance between the star and bodyguard. 

Cast and the Character of ‘Man to Man’

  • Yeon Jung-hoon as Mo Seung-jae
  • Chae Jung-an as Song Mi-eun
  • Kim Min-jung as Cha Do-ha
  • Park Sung-woong as Yeo Woon-gwang
  • Park Hae-jin as Kim Seol-woo

Is there romance in ‘Man to Man’ ?

Answer is yes. The first couple of the series is Kim Seol-woo and Min-Jung Kim . At first, she was mad because Kim Seol-woo was a bodyguard to protect a celebrity, Yeo Woon-gwang.

But little by little, their feelings evolved and they became a supercouple.

Is ‘Man to Man’ still on Netflix?

The answer is yes. Netflix has already streamed man to man. There are 16 episodes in this series.

The Rating of the Series 

The drama’s ratings started high at the beginning and it was around 5% then it dropped to 3% in episode 8 before rising again to 4%.It kept getting better until episode 14 with 6.1% when it was surpassed by “The Best Hit” at 6.2% and also surpassed Man to Man’s rating with the final episode at 6.4%.

It generated a total of 21.7% in all of its 16 episodes.

Full Episode List:

1. The Person We Are All Equal

2. The Unchanging Face

3. People With No Money

4. Money That Fights

5. Accept with a Heart

6. Shadows in the Moonlight 

7. Abandon All Sorrows 

8. Accept with a Heart

9. Slash Your Arms and Legs

10. Ji-chang Ejune

11. Is it Really All That Important?

12. Ji-chang Ejune

13. Ji-chang Ejune

14. Ji-chang Ejune

15. I’ll Cut Your Hands!

16. The Showdown

The OST ‘Man to Man’

  • Look At You – jungkook, lee ta hwan, song mino 
  • Right Here – jungkook, mino 
  • American Swagger Boy – lee ta hwan, kim do yun, kang dong woo and song mino 
  • You’re In My Eyes – jungkook (BTS), mino and kim do-yun and gog myung
  • The Answer is You – song mino, kim do-yun, gog myung

Award and Recognition

“Man to Man” has been nominated for Best Drama by the Grand Bell Awards. It received a nomination for “Viewers Choice Best OST” in 2016 SBS Drama Awards and “Viewers Choice Best Couple Award” in 2016 cable TV Drama Festival. The series received a nomination for “Best New Batch Drama” in 2016 MBC Drama Awards. In 2017, at the 30th Korea Drama Awards, it won a total of five awards, including drama, best director in a drama, best actor in a supporting role (Kim Do Yoon), best newcomer (Kim Do Yoon) and best actress (Song Ji-hyo).

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