Encounter (South Korean TV series)

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Encounter[3][4] (Korean남자친구; RRNamjachingu; lit. Boyfriend) is a 2018 South Korean television series starring Song Hye-kyo and Park Bo-gum.[5] It aired on tvN's Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:30 (KST) time slot from November 28, 2018 to January 24, 2019 for 16 episodes.[6][7][8][9][10][11] It is one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history airing on weekdays.[12][13]

Encounter Main Poster.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known asBoyfriend
Created byStudio Dragon
Written byYoo Young-ah[2]
Directed byPark Shin-woo[2]
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes16
Production locationsSeoul, South Korea,
Havana, Cuba
Production companyBon Factory Worldwide[2]
Original networktvN
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseNovember 28, 2018 (2018-11-28) –
January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)
External links

Internationally, the series streams via ViuTV and Viki,[14] and has been sold to Now TV of Hong Kong, tvN Asia of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia When Shown Telecast within 24 Hours Express From Korea, Starhub of Singapore, 8TV of Malaysia, Channel 7 of Thailand, FOX, iQiyi and TTV of Taiwan and ABS-CBN of the Philippines, as well as Mnet Japan which will air it in over 100 countries.[15]


Brought together by fate, a woman who seems to have everything and a young man who seems to have nothing decide to give up an ordinary life to be together. Cha Soo-hyun (Song Hye-kyo), daughter of a politician, lives a pathetic life guided by others. She was sold off (married to) to a rich family, only to divorce her husband because of his affairs. As a divorce condition of her former mother-in-law, Soo-hyun has to attend all her functions.[clarification needed]

One day while on a business trip in Cuba, she meets Kim Jin-hyuk (Park Bo-gum), a free-spirited guy. They spend time together. After they go back to South Korea, he meets her again but as an employee in the Donghwa Hotel, which she received as alimony. They are attracted to each other, yet only their fate will decide whether they can live with each other.[16]



A daughter of a prominent politician and former daughter-in-law of a wealthy family.
A freewheeling, ordinary young man who finds joy in the simplest things.


People around Cha Soo-hyunEdit

Cha Soo-hyun's ex-husband.
Cha Soo-hyun's father.
Cha Soo-hyun's mother.
Cha Soo-hyun's driver.
Cha Soo-hyun's secretary.
Jung Woo-seok's mother.

People around Kim Jin-hyukEdit

Kim Jin-hyuk's father.
Kim Jin-hyuk's mother.
Kim Jin-hyuk's younger brother.
Kim Jin-hyuk's friend who opens a restaurant.

Donghwa HotelEdit

Kim Jin-hyuk's PR department leader at work.
Kim Jin-hyuk's friend and senior at work.
Kim Jin-hyuk's workmate.
Kim Jin-hyuk's workmate.
Kim Jin-hyuk's workmate who has an interest in him.


The first script reading was held on August 23, 2018.[28][29] Principal photography began in September 2018,[30] with part of the filming taking place in Cuba.[31]

Original soundtrackEdit

Soundtrack album by
Various artists
LabelGenie Music, Stone Music Entertainment

Part 1Edit

Released on November 29, 2018 (2018-11-29)
1."The Day We Met" (영화 같던 날)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoCheeze03:56
2."The Day We Met" (Inst.) Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho 03:56
Total length:07:52

Part 2Edit

Released on December 6, 2018 (2018-12-06)
1."Into My Heart" (그대가 이렇게 내 맘에)HenHenLee So-ra03:21
2."Into My Heart" (Inst.) Hen 03:21
Total length:06:42

Part 3Edit

Released on December 13, 2018 (2018-12-13)
1."Don't Hesitate" (망설이지 마요)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoYong Jun-hyung (Highlight)03:35
2."Don't Hesitate" (Inst.) Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho 03:35
Total length:07:10

Part 4Edit

Released on December 20, 2018 (2018-12-20)
1."The Night" (그 밤)Lee Shin-hyung, d.eard.earEric Nam03:40
2."The Night" (Inst.) d.ear 03:40
Total length:07:20

Part 5Edit

Released on December 26, 2018 (2018-12-26)
1."Flutter" (설렘)Dong Woo-seokDong Woo-seokO.WHEN03:54
2."Flutter" (Inst.) Dong Woo-seok 03:54
Total length:07:48

Part 6Edit

Released on January 3, 2019 (2019-01-03)
1."Take Me On" (나를 데려가 라)Nam Hye-seung, JELLO ANNNam Hye-seung, Park Sang-heeSAya03:41
2."Take Me On" (나를 데려가 라)Nam Hye-seung, JELLO ANNNam Hye-seung, Park Sang-heeSALTNPAPER03:41
Total length:07:22

Part 7Edit

Released on January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)
1."Always Be With You" (그대여야만 해요)Bily AcoustieBily AcoustieBaek A-yeon04:41
2."Always Be With You my baby" (Inst.) Bily Acoustie 04:41
Total length:09:22

Part 8Edit

Released on January 17, 2019 (2019-01-17)
1."Fairytale" (동화)Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoNam Hye-seung, Park Jin-hoRa.D05:07
2."Fairytale" (Inst.) Nam Hye-seung, Park Jin-ho 05:07
Total length:10:14

Part 9Edit

Released on January 24, 2019 (2019-01-24)
1."Good Night" (안녕히 주무세요)Han Jae-wanHan Jae-wanSeo Ji-an03:37
2."Good Night" (Inst.) Han Jae-wan 03:37
Total length:07:14
Disc 2:
1."Boyfriend (ver.1) (Opening Theme)"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee1:11
2."I Never Knew"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee2:56
3."Hongje-dong Playground"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee2:13
4."Every Breathe"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee4:4
5."Road To You"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee3:26
6."Love Birds"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee4:19
7."The Night Sky of Cuba"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee3:33
8."Tomorrow We Meet Again"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee3:08
9."The EvenFall"Nam Hye-seung, Park Sang-hee4:16


Encounter : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[32]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[32] TNmS
Nationwide Seoul Nationwide
1 November 28, 2018 8.683% (1st) 11.454% (1st) 9.4%[33]
2 November 29, 2018 10.329% (1st) 12.868% (1st) 11.0%[citation needed]
3 December 5, 2018 9.251% (1st) 11.772% (1st) 10.2%[34]
4 December 6, 2018 9.264% (1st) 11.468% (1st) 9.2%[35]
5 December 12, 2018 8.513% (1st) 10.575% (1st) 10.5%[36]
6 December 13, 2018 8.594% (1st) 10.906% (1st) 8.1%[37]
7 December 19, 2018 8.592% (1st) 10.612% (1st) 8.6%[38]
8 December 20, 2018 9.166% (1st) 11.776% (1st) 7.7%[38]
9 January 2, 2019 7.810% (1st) 9.845% (1st) 7.2%[39]
10 January 3, 2019 7.962% (1st) 9.590% (1st) 7.7%[40]
11 January 9, 2019 7.513% (1st) 9.310% (1st) 7.5%[41]
12 January 10, 2019 7.623% (1st) 9.630% (1st) 7.3%[42]
13 January 16, 2019 7.927% (1st) 10.043% (1st) 8.0%[42]
14 January 17, 2019 7.702% (1st) 9.678% (1st) 7.4%[citation needed]
15 January 23, 2019 7.999% (1st) 10.590% (1st) 7.9%[43]
16 January 24, 2019 8.678% (1st) 11.161% (1st) 7.4%[43]
Average 8.475% 10.705% 8.4%
  • The blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama aired on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).

International broadcastEdit

  • In Indonesia, the series was aired on Trans TV from January 7 to 26, 2019.
  • In the Philippines, the series was aired on ABS-CBN from August 5 to September 27, 2019, with reruns on the now-defunct Asianovela Channel on December 30, 2019.
  • In Chile, the series was aired on ETC on September 9, 2019 under the title Encuentro, in original Korean audio with Spanish subtitles.
  • In Taiwan, the series aired on TTV on June 27 to September 19, 2020.



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