Golden Time (TV series)
Promotional poster for Golden Time
|Genre||Medical drama, Romance|
|Written by||Choi Hee-ra|
|Directed by||Kwon Seok-jang
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||23|
|Running time||Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 (KST)|
|Original channel||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original run||9 July 2012– 25 September 2012|
|Preceded by||Lights and Shadows|
|Followed by||The King's Doctor|
|official MBC website|
Golden Time (Hangul: 골든타임; RR: Gol-deun-ta-im) is a 2012 South Korean medical drama starring Lee Sun-kyun, Hwang Jung-eum, Lee Sung-min and Song Seon-mi. It aired on MBC from July 9 to September 25, 2012 on Mondays and Tuesdays at 21:55 for 23 episodes.
In emergency medicine, "golden time" or "golden hour" refers to the crucial time period right after a patient suffers a traumatic injury, during which timely medical treatment could determine life or death.
After spending two years teaching in the country, Lee Min-woo (Lee Sun-kyun) returns to a city hospital to complete his residency and face his own uncertainties about being a doctor. Free-spirited and goofy, he is jaded about his job and just wants it easy. He is then jolted out of apathy when a traumatic incident forces him to rethink why he wanted to be a doctor in the first place. First-year resident Kang Jae-in (Hwang Jung-eum) comes from a rich family that owns hospitals, but she just simply wants to be a doctor who can support herself and help others. Both Min-woo and Jae-in work in ER under the guidance of Choi In-hyuk (Lee Sung-min), a famously astute workaholic surgeon who puts his patients before himself.
- Lee Sun-kyun as Lee Min-woo
- Hwang Jung-eum as Kang Jae-in
- Lee Sung-min as Choi In-hyuk
- Song Seon-mi as veteran nurse Shin Eun-ah
- Jang Yong as Kang Dae-je
- Uhm Hyo-seob as Kim Min-joon
- Sunwoo Yong-nyeo as Park Geum-nyeo
- Shin Dong-mi as Jo Dong-mi
- Kim Sa-kwon as Jang Hyuk-chan
- Kim Ki-bang as Kim Do-hyeong
- Jung Gyu-soo as Na Byeong-gook
- Jung Seok-yong as Ji Han-goo
- Song Yoo-ha as Bang Seon-woo
- Lee Ki-young as Hwang Se-heon
- Jo Sang-gi as Park Seong-jin
- Heo Tae-hee as Go Jae-won
- Ji Il-woo as Yoo Kang-jin
- Kim Hyung-il as Kim Ho-yeong
- Park Young-ji as Oh Gwang-cheol
- Park Jung-min as Jang Young-woo
- Kim Mi-kyung as Min-woo's mother
- Hong Ji-min as Song Kyeong-hwa
- Chun Jae-ho as Park Geun-soo
The series was praised for its verisimilitude and social commentary on the country's lack of trauma centers. The character of trauma specialist Choi In-hyuk was based on real-life doctor Lee Guk-jong, who became famous in 2011 when he saved the life of Captain Seok Hae-kyun after Seok received multiple gunshot wounds during a rescue mission from Somali pirates.
With a rise of 5.1 percent in the third week of July 2012, Golden Time landed its first win on the Monday and Tuesday primetime ratings chart after drawing in 12.6 percent of the total viewers, according to data compiled by the TNmS (Total National Multimedia Statistics). The series, which had been struggling at the bottom for its first two weeks with single-digit ratings, made this leap as the former chart-topper The Chaser and runner-up Big wrapped up their runs. With average ratings of 13.3-15.5 percent, it thereafter topped its timeslot for ten consecutive weeks, despite the rival channels' London Olympics 2012 coverage and the premieres of Faith and Haeundae Lovers.
Originally slated at 20 episodes, it was given a 3-episode extension, and discussions are underway for a possible second season.
This was director Kwon Seok-jang's third collaboration with music director Moon Sung-nam, after Pasta (2010) and My Princess (2011). The soundtrack features songs by indie musicians 10cm, Verbal Jint and Every Single Day.
- 모래시계 - Every Single Day
- 어느날 - 10cm
- 두 뺨에 닿기전에 (Before Touching Two Cheeks) - Byul
- 오아시스 (Oasis) - Pia & Zico (of Block B)
- 약한사람 - Verbal Jint
- 해주고 싶은 말 - Melody Day
- I Miss You - Yoon Gun
- 너를 되뇌다(Piano Ver.) - Son Seung-yeon
- 그댄 아나요 - Scenery with Riding Bicycle feat. Lee Ji-min and Kim Yoo-jin (of W.H.O)
- Father - Every Single Day
- 사랑아 가지마 - Islander
- I'm In Love With U - Yisun
- Deep In My Heart - 이나밴드
- Cold - Every Single Day
- 너를 되뇌다 - Son Seung-yeon feat. Romantisco
- 어느날(Acoustic Ver.) - 10cm
- 오아시스(Acoustic Ver.)
Awards and nominations
2013 Baeksang Arts Awards
- Nomination - Best TV Director - Kwon Seok-jang, Lee Yoon-jung
- Nomination - Best TV Actor - Lee Sung-min
- Nomination - Best TV Screenplay - Choi Hee-ra
2012 MBC Drama Awards
- Actor of the Year, awarded by production directors from all three broadcasters - Lee Sung-min
- Nomination - Best Drama
- Nomination - Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries - Lee Sun-kyun
- Nomination - Excellence Award, Actor in a Miniseries - Lee Sung-min
- Nomination - Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries - Hwang Jung-eum
2012 Grimae Awards
- Best Actor - Lee Sung-min
2012 K-Drama Star Awards
- Best Supporting Actor - Lee Sung-min
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- Lee, Tae-ho (12 September 2012). "Golden Time scores another golden feat". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Tae-ho (19 September 2012). "Golden Time Meets Golden Age". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
- Lee, Tae-ho (26 September 2012). "Golden Time, Haeundae Lovers Come to Happy Endings". 10Asia. Retrieved 2012-11-18.
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