Drama: The Innocent Man (English title)
Revised romanization: Sesang Eodiedo Eobneun Chakhan Namja
Hangul: 세상 어디에도 없는 착한남자
Release Date: September 12 – November 15, 2012
Runtime: Wed. & Thu. 21:55
A man is betrayed by the woman he loves. To exact revenge, the man uses another woman who lost her memory ….
Ma-Roo (Song Joong-Ki) is a promising medical student. He lives with his younger sister Cho-Ko (Lee Yoo-Bi), who suffers from poor health. Meanwhile, Jae-Hee (Park Si-Yeon) is a reporter at HBS broadcasting company. Both Ma-Roo and Jae-Hee come from poor family backgrounds, but try hard to achieve their dreams: Ma-Roo to become a doctor and Jae-Hee to become an anchorwoman.
One day, Ma-Roo goes home and finds his sister feverishly sick. While he puts socks on his ill sister, Ma-Roo receives a phone call from Jae-Hee. Jae-Hee sounds completely frantic and asks Ma-Roo to come over to save this man. Even though Ma-Roo’s sick sister begs him to not leave her, Ma-Roo rushes over to help Jae-Hee. When he arrives at the motel room, he finds Jae-Hee completely shaken and a dead man laying on the floor near her. Ma-Roo attempts to counsel Jae-Hee to turn herself in to the police. Appearing completely broken in spirit, Jae-Hee begins to call the police, but Ma-Roo hangs up the phone. He kisses Jae-Hee and then goes through the motel room to wipe away Jae-Hee’s fingerprints. Ma-Roo then tells Jae-Hee that he will take the blame and turn himself into the police.
Meanwhile, Eun-Gi (Moon Chae-Won) is the rich heiress a to family that owns the large corporation Taesan. She has been groomed to become the successor to the Taesan corporation and, consequently, shows very little emotions. When she pulls her car over in front of her home, Eun-Gi sees a woman hug her father. The woman hugging her father is Jae-Hee. In tears, Jae-Hee tells Eun-Gi “You have no idea what I did to protect you. What I just did to the man I care the most for in my life.”
6 years later, after serving a 5 year prison sentence, Ma-Roo travels to Aomori, Japan to retrieve money from a woman who swindled his friend Jae-Gil (Lee Kwang-Soo). Ma-Roo seduces the woman and retrieves the money stolen from his friend. At the same time, Eun-Gi and her now stepmother Jae-Hee are also in Aomori, Japan. Eun-Gi looks down upon her stepmother as nothing but a gold digger.
On the flight back to Korea, Ma-Roo waits to use the restroom. When the restroom door opens, Eun-Gi walks out and collapses onto Ma-Roo. Ma-Roo places Eun-Gi on the floor and walks back to his seat. Eun-Gi’s condition quickly worsens and the airplane asks if there is a doctor on the flight. Since nobody comes forward, Ma-Roo is compelled to help Eun-Gi. While administering aid to Eun-Gi, he asks for the woman’s guardian. At this time, Jae-Hee walks over to the scene and states that she is her mother. Jae-Hee also has a child next to her that is calling her mom.
(credits : AsianWiki)
Personal View :
Seems like a highly twisted, complicated relationship.
I’m a sucker for love stories and relationships that slowly grow that feels genuine right over time, which is probably why this drama is one of my favorites.
What I enjoyed about Nice Guy was because unlike most melodramas, it concentrated more on the characters and the transitions they went through, rather than overflow the plot with makjang to keep it interesting. I enjoyed watching Ma Ru’s fall from a bright young man into an emotionless creature, living only for revenge. His character stayed mysterious for the most part of the show as he spent all his time lying and pretending.
I liked how they portrayed Jae Hee, despite the fact that she’s a total bitch. She’s still quite human. And the idea of having Eun Gi willing to give up her fortune for someone she loves, in contrast to Jae Hee on how she gave up her love for fortune is a brilliant was absolutely good in my opinion.
Song Joong Ki as Kang Ma Ru. Well, is there anyone who doesn’t love him? In fact, it’s a bit doubtful whether Nice Guy would have received so much attention if it hadn’t been for Soong Ki in the lead role. I was very pleased with his acting, even though I still saw him as a bit too pretty for the role. Joong Ki acts with his eyes, as can be seen in this drama, and it’s the kind of acting I like the most actually. I enjoy when actors, in addition to the lines they say, are able to tell even more with a certain look in their eyes. And I think Joong Ki has mastered that quite well just like in his movie “A Werewolf Boy”.
He cries well, he can be a cold bastard well, he can be sincere and loving well, he just really good!
Moon Chae-Won was also very convincing. I loved how she could just switch from being a bitch to innocent without difficulty. 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 doing very good in acting although I hate her character in this drama but she succeeds for being ‘femme fatale” in this drama.
Lee Kwang Soo. He’s the funniest!
About the ending, honestly I didn’t like it that much. It was just okay. It confused me. What the hell is the amnesia thing?? Who’s that kid? How did Eun Gi got there? I mean.. Its really confusing for me but all in all it was good. Song Jong Ki again, he nailed it!
Anyways, here are some lines that i love..
“The wounds I carry, she carries them too. The unshed tears in my head flow through her heart too.”
“People, you see… are ruthless and foolish. When they’re young, in order to have money and power, they give up everything like health and youth. And when they get sick, become old, and have all the money and power… in order to find their health and youth again, they spend all of the wealth they’ve wasted so much energy and time to accumulate.”
Ma Ru: “I have been thinking a lot. About that night when noona killed a man. When I ran into that motel room…if that time…if I just let noona turn herself in. That instead you were to pay for your crime, what would have happened? I would have never left noona and I would have waited for you, regardless of how many years. I would have proposed to you too, noona. Then would noona have been happy?”
Ma Ru: “It was all wrong since then. Covering up for something that was wrong. Since then, noona…what is right, what is wrong, what you shouldn’t do, where you definitely can’t go – you’ve lost the knowledge to decide for yourself. And like a car without breaks, you just accelerated. I’m sorry, noona. I made noona like this. I thought it was love back then…it was just my childishness, and my arrogance. I made noona into an unimaginable monster like this…I was wrong. I made noona like this.”
Ma Ru: “I will go to Noona. Love… I can’t promise love, but I can stay with you forever. As long as what you want from me isn’t love, as long as it isn’t that, it’s fine. Wherever noona is, I will wait for you, I’ll be understanding, I’ll be able to hold it in, endure it, and I will hold your hand. I won’t let it go. Stop all the useless acts, and throw away all the heavy weights laid upon you. And if there happens to be punishment that you deserve, accept it all. I will wait for you any time, so… will you come to me?”