Itaewon Class

Itaewon Class (Korean이태원 클라쓰; RRItaewon Keullasseu) is a 2020 South Korean television series starring Park Seo-joon, Kim Da-mi, Yoo Jae-myung and Kwon Nara. Based on the webtoon of the same name,[2] it is the first series to be produced by the film distribution company Showbox. It aired on JTBC in Korea from January 31 to March 21, 2020 and is streaming worldwide on Netflix.[3][4][5]

Itaewon Class
Itaewon Class.jpg
Promotional poster
Also known ashanan class
Hangul이태원 클라쓰
GenreDrama
Based onItaewon Class
by Gwang Jin
Developed byKim Do-soo for Showbox
Written byGwang Jin
Directed byKim Sung-yoon
Starring
Country of originSouth Korea
Original language(s)Korean
No. of episodes16
Production
Executive producer(s)Jo Joon-hyung
Producer(s)
  • Lee Sang-yoon
  • Jung Soo-jin
  • Han Suk-won
Running time70 minutes
Production company(s)
  • Showbox
  • Zium Content[a]
  • Itaewon Class Production Partners
Distributor
Release
Original networkJTBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseJanuary 31 (2020-01-31) –
March 21, 2020 (2020-03-21)
External links
Website

Itaewon Class's final episode recorded an 16.548% nationwide audience share, making it the second-highest viewership ratings in JTBC and the sixth highest rated drama in Korean cable television history.[6][7]

SynopsisEdit

Itaewon Class tells the story of ex-convict Park Sae-ro-yi (Park Seo-joon) whose life has been turned upside down after he gets expelled from school for punching a bully and his father is killed in an accident. Following his father's steps, he opens his bar-restaurant DanBam (Sweet Night) in Itaewon and, along with his manager and staff, strive towards success and reaching greater heights.

Cast and charactersEdit

MainEdit

Proprietor of DanBam, a bar-restaurant in Itaewon. In his youth, Sae-ro-yi gets expelled for punching CEO Jang's son Geun-won, who was bullying a classmate, and becomes bereaved when his father is killed in an accident caused by Geun-won's reckless driving. Angered by the loss, he attacks Geun-won, leading to his three-year imprisonment. Following his father's steps, Sae-ro-yi opens his bar-restaurant DanBam in Itaewon seven years after he is released from jail, with the aim of expanding it into a franchise and defeating CEO Jang's food company Jangga Group.
Manager of Sae-ro-yi's bar-restaurant DanBam. Yi-seo is a multi-talented and intelligent girl with an IQ of 162. She moved from New York to continue her studies in South Korea. She is also famous on social media as a power blogger and social media influencer. Having a crush on Sae-ro-yi, she offers herself to Sae-ro-yi as DanBam's manager.
CEO of food company Jangga Group. CEO Jang is a self-made man who, despite the odds, succeeds in turning his once small bar into a large franchise company. In his years of experience leading Jangga, he develops a strong belief in power and authority as means to achieve his goals. He becomes involved with Sae-ro-yi when the latter has a fight with his son Geun-won in high school.
Head of the strategic planning team in Jangga Group; Sae-ro-yi's former classmate and first love. Abandoned by her mother, Soo-ah grew up in an orphanage and became close with Sae-ro-yi's father Sung-yeol. She becomes acquainted with Sae-ro-yi, who has a crush on her, and falls in love with him later on. After the car accident, she receives a scholarship offer from Jangga Group and she soon becomes an employee in the company. Though passionate about her work, she is torn between her allegiance to Jangga and her love for Sae-ro-yi.

SupportingEdit

DanBam staffEdit

CEO Jang's second and illegitimate son; Yi-seo's classmate and staff member at DanBam. Geun-soo has been bullied by his older brother Geun-won and he never felt loved by his mother and CEO Jang. Upon turning 17, he left the Jang family and lived by himself from then on. After inconveniencing DanBam in an incident, he decides to work for Sae-ro-yi, whom he considers to be a "real adult." He has a crush on Yi-seo.
  • Ryu Kyung-soo as Choi Seung-kwon[13]
Staff member at DanBam. Seung-kwon was Sae-ro-yi's cellmate in prison.
He thought that he cannot better his life outside of jail and, upon his release, he became a gangster under a gang leader who also shared the same cell with him and Sae-ro-yi. Seven years later, he meets Sae-ro-yi who, to his surprise, had already opened a bar in Itaewon. Deeply respecting Sae-ro-yi and his way to live a better life, he gives up being a gangster and starts working at DanBam.
DanBam's chief cook. Hyun-yi first met Sae-ro-yi in a factory where the two formerly worked, years before the start of DanBam.
She was hired as DanBam's cook when Sae-ro-yi liked the food she once cooked for him back then. Hyun-yi is a transgender woman and has been saving money for her sex reassignment surgery.
  • Chris Lyon as Kim To-ni[15]
DamBam's Guinean-Korean part-timer. Even though he cannot speak and understand English, To-ni is fluent in speaking Korean, owing to his Korean father and his one-year residence in South Korea, and French, the language he speaks in Guinea.

Jangga GroupEdit

CEO Jang's first son and heir to Jangga Group. Geun-won was Sae-ro-yi and Soo-ah's classmate in high school who frequently bullies their classmate Ho-jin. He caused the vehicular accident that killed Sae-ro-yi's father Sung-yeol.
Jangga Group's executive director.
  • Hong Seo-joon as Mr. Kim[18]
Jang Dae-hee's right-hand man. He is very faithful to his boss.
  • Yoo Da-mi as Kim Sun-ae[19]
Jang Dae-hee's secretary and Kang Min-jung’s spy.

OthersEdit

Sae-royi's investment manager. Ho-jin was Sae-ro-yi, Soo-ah and Geun-won's classmate in high school. After years of bearing the constant bullying from Geun-won, he gets into a prestigious college and takes up business administration. He partners up with Sae-ro-yi in taking revenge against Geun-won and CEO Jang.
Yi-seo's mother.
  • Yoon Kyung-ho as Oh Byeong-heon[22]
Detective in charge of Geun-won's hit-and-run case which he was pressured to cover up. He quit his job after the case and is now one of Sae-ro-yi's suppliers.
  • Choi Yu-ri as Oh Hye-won[23]
Oh Byeong-heon's daughter.
  • Kim Mi-kyeong as Kim Soon-rye[24]
To-ni's Korean paternal grandmother. After her son's death, she deeply regrets disapproving her son's marriage to a Guinean woman (To-ni's mother). She is a loan shark who offers her services to Sae-ro-yi when he moves his bar to a new location. She becomes one of Sae-ro-yi's regular customers.
  • Won Hyun-joon as Kim Hee-hoon[25]
Sae-ro-yi's former cellmate.
  • Han Hye-ji as Kook Bok-hee[26]
Yi-seo and Geun-soo's former classmate. Yiseo exposed her bullying other students when uploading a video online.

Special appearancesEdit

A student who has a crush on Sae-ro-yi and eventually confesses her love but is rejected.
Sae-ro-yi's father and former employee in Jangga Group. He taught Sae-ro-yi to stick to his beliefs and to fight for what is right. He resigns from Jangga in defense of Sae-ro-yi's deed of stopping Geun-won's bullying. He dies in an accident caused by Geun-won.
Soo-ah's acquaintance. He works at a bar that Sae-ro-yi visits twice (years before and after opening DanBam). They meet again after Sae-ro-yi moves the location of his bar.
Geun-soo's elder friend who goes to DanBam with Geun-soo and Yi-seo where the two get caught for underage drinking.
  • Cha Chung-hwa as Bureau Chief's wife (Ep. 3)[31]
Mother of a bully student, Bok-hee, whose behavior was exposed online by Yi-seo.
She tried to assault Yi-seo with Bok-hee and her other friend when they met months after graduating high school.
  • Jung Yoo-min as Geun-won's date (Ep. 6)[33]
The daughter of the CEO of a pharmaceutical company. The blind date was arranged by Geun-won's father.
Sae-ro-yi's acquaintance. She applied for the job that was eventually offered to Kim To-ni. Yi-seo decided not to hire her because she was jealous of her close relationship with Sae-ro-yi.
  • Kim Il-joong as himself (Ep. 11 & 13)[35]
Host of the cooking program show The Best Pub.
CEO of the investment firm Jungmyung Holdings. He offers Sae-ro-yi to franchise DanBam.
A contestant on The Best Pub. He represents Jangga Group as the head cook and comes in second during the final.
After a job interview, he becomes the new cook at Soo-ah's restaurant in which Hong Seok-cheon invested.

ProductionEdit

The first script reading took place in August 2019 at JTBC Building in Sangam-dong, Seoul, South Korea.[39]

Original soundtrackEdit

Itaewon Class: Original Soundtrack
 
Soundtrack album by
Various Artists
ReleasedMarch 20, 2020
GenreSoundtrack
Length4:02:10
Language
LabelVlending Co., Ltd.

Itaewon Class: Original SoundtrackEdit

The drama's soundtrack is compiled in a four-part album released in 20 March 2020. CDs 1 and 2 contain the drama's theme songs and their instrumental versions, while CDs 3 and 4 contain the drama's musical score. The following lists are the track listings for the online streaming version of the album.[40][41]

CD 1
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."You Make Me Back"
  • Oh Hyun-joo
  • Kim Jin-hoon
Kim Jin-hoonWoosung (The Rose)3:15
2."Start Over" (시작[b])Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilGaho3:20
3."Still Fighting It"Ben FoldsBen FoldsLee Chan-sol5:20
4."Maybe"
  • Sondia
  • Miriam
Park Sung-ilSondia3:48
5."Our Souls at Night" (우리의 밤[c])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilSondia4:44
6."No Break" (직진[d])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilThe Vane[e]2:53
7."Someday, The Boy" (그때 그 아인)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilKim Feel4:48
8."You Make Me Back" (Inst.) Kim Jin-hoon 3:15
9."Start Over" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:20
10."Still Fighting It" (Inst.) Ben Folds 5:20
11."Our Souls at Night" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:44
12."No Break" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 2:53
13."Someday, The Boy" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:48
Total length:52:28
CD 2[f]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Diamond" (돌덩이[g])
  • Gwang Jin
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilHa Hyun-woo (Guckkasten)3:29
2."Sweet Night"
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
V (BTS)3:34
3."Say"
  • Seo Dong-sung
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilYoon Mi-rae4:20
4."Are We Just Friends?" (우린 친구뿐일까)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilSondia3:48
5."No Words" (어떤 말도)Kwon Young-chanHong So-jinCrush4:31
6."With Us"Taibian
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
Verivery4:17
7."Brand New Way"DamonPark Sung-ilDamon2:52
8."Diamond" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:29
9."Sweet Night" (Inst.) 
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
 3:34
10."Say" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:20
11."Are We Just Friends?" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:48
12."No Words" (Inst.) Hong So-jin 4:31
13."With Us" (Inst.) 
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
 4:17
Total length:50:50
CD 3
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Itaewon Class" (이태원 클라쓰)Kim Joon-suk3:54
2."I Wanted to be a Policeman" (제 꿈은 경찰이었습니다)Noh Yoo-rim3:07
3."I Have a 15-Year Plan, Brace Yourself" (내 계획은 15년 짜리니까 기대해라)Goo Bon-choon3:42
4."DanBam Kitchen" (단밤 주방)Kim Jung-wan3:12
5."IQ 162, City Girl" (IQ162 도시여자)Kim Hyun-do2:43
6."That's My Goal" (그게 내 목표야)Shim Hee-jin1:55
7."Sociopath" (소시오패스)Goo Bon-choon1:51
8."The Story" (사연)Noh Yoo-rim3:05
9."I'm Always Grateful" (난 늘 고마운 마음뿐이야)Jung Hye-bin3:05
10."A New Morning" (새로운 아침)Kim Tae-jin2:11
11."My Bittersweet Night" (쓰린 밤이... 내 삶이 달달했으면)Park Hye-min1:57
12."Crush" (짝사랑)Shim Hee-jin2:42
13."Operation" (도모)Kim Joon-suk3:29
14."You think you can act like a jock only because you're the son of a billionaire?" (재벌 2세면 양아치 짓 해도 되는 거냐?)Son Sung-rak2:14
15."Tragedy of Success" (성공이라는 비극)Kim Hyun-do3:37
16."The Winner Takes It All" (약육강식)Noh Yoo-rim2:58
17."I Am The Powerful Ruler" (나는 권위적인 사람이야)Son Sung-rak2:08
18."The Beginning of Revenge" (복수의 시작)Shim Hee-jin3:05
19."You Can't Do This to Me" (넌 나한테 이러면 안 돼)Goo Bon-choon2:31
20."Unforgettable Past" (잊을 수 없는 과거)Kim Hyun-do2:13
21."Don't Feel Sorry When Eating Pork or Chicken" (돼지나 닭을 먹을 때 미안한 마음은 갖지 마라)Shin Yoo-jin2:32
22."I Will be Stronger" (저는 더욱더 강해지겠습니다)Kim Joon-suk2:34
23."False Tears" (거짓 눈물)Shin Yoo-jin2:35
24."It’s All For Jangga Co.'s Sake" (모든 건 장家를 위해서)Goo Bon-choon3:10
25."A Hit-And-Run" (뺑소니 사건)Son Sung-rak2:17
Total length:1:08:47
CD 4
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Defence"
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
  • Fraktal
1:22
2."Impressive Day" (인상적인 하루)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:00
3."His Night" (이 남자의 밤)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:50
4."A Word of Love" (사랑한단 말)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
3:48
5."You Are Always Shining Too Bright To Me" (넌 나한테 항상 지나치게 빛나)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:13
6."I'm Going To Crush You All" (내가 다 부숴버릴 거야)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:04
7."It's Still Bitter" (아직 씁니다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
4:26
8."I Don't Mind That You Don't Feel The Same Way" (보답받지 못하는 마음이라도)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:52
9."It's Funny I'm Feeling This Way At My Age" (이 나이에 이런 감정)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:48
10."IC Inc." (주식회사 IC)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:59
11."Truth Game" (진실게임)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:15
12."I Look Forward To It, Partner" (잘 부탁한다, 파트너)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:39
13."I've Changed Quite a Lot" (난 꽤나 많이 변했어)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:48
14."I Don't Have To Convince Others About Who I Am" (내가 나인 것에 다른 사람의 납득은 필요 없다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
3:31
15."You Have No Idea How Proud I Was" (얼마나 자랑스러운 아들이냐)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:40
16."All You Need Is One Word" (그냥 말 한마디면 돼요)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
2:02
17."How Does It Taste?" (술맛이 어떠냐?)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
2:20
18."Still We Are" (여전히 우린)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
2:12
19."We Can Do It" (우리는 된다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:59
20."Fresh Start" (새로운 시작)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Judah Earl
2:44
21."I Want To Know More About You" (난 니가 궁금해)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Fraktal
1:53
22."So why can't the earth just explode so this can all end?" (차라리 지구가 터져버렸으면 좋겠다)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Fraktal
2:11
23."Because I'm Korean" (저 한국 사람인데요)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Fraktal
1:35
24."An Unreasonable World" (불합리한 세상)
  • Studio Curiosity
  • Park Sung-il
1:21
25."All Invested In Jangga" (전부 장가에 투자해)Shin Yoo-jin2:59
26."Tenacity, Bravado" (고집, 객기)Shim Hee-jin2:34
Total length:1:10:05
Itaewon Class: Original Soundtrack Parts 1–13

Part 1Edit

Released on January 31, 2020 (2020-01-31)[42]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Still Fighting It"Ben FoldsBen FoldsLee Chan-sol5:20
2."Still Fighting It" (Inst.) Ben Folds 5:20
Total length:10:40

Part 2Edit

Released on February 1, 2020 (2020-02-01)[43]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Start Over" (시작[b])Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilGaho3:20
2."Start Over" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:20
Total length:6:40

Part 3Edit

Released on February 7, 2020 (2020-02-07)[44]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Diamond" (돌덩이[g])
  • Gwang Jin
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilHa Hyun-woo (Guckkasten)3:29
2."Diamond" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:29
Total length:6:58

Part 4Edit

Released on February 8, 2020 (2020-02-08)[45]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Our Souls at Night" (우리의 밤[c])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilSondia4:44
2."Our Souls at Night" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:44
Total length:9:28

Part 5Edit

Released on February 14, 2020 (2020-02-14)[46]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."You Make Me Back"
  • Oh Hyun-joo
  • Kim Jin-hoon
Kim Jin-hoonWoosung (The Rose)3:15
2."You Make Me Back" (Inst.) Kim Jin-hoon 3:15
Total length:6:30

Part 6Edit

Released on February 15, 2020 (2020-02-15)[47]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Someday, The Boy" (그때 그 아인)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilKim Feel4:48
2."Someday, The Boy" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:48
Total length:9:36

Part 7Edit

Released on February 21, 2020 (2020-02-21)[48]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Are We Just Friends?" (우린 친구뿐일까)Seo Dong-sungPark Sung-ilSondia3:48
2."Maybe"
  • Sondia
  • Miriam
Park Sung-ilSondia3:48
3."Defence" 
  • Park Sung-il
  • Fraktal
 1:22
4."Are We Just Friends?" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 3:48
Total length:12:46

Part 8Edit

Released on February 22, 2020 (2020-02-22)[49]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Say"
  • Seo Dong-sung
  • Lee Chi-hoon
Park Sung-ilYoon Mi-rae4:20
2."Say" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 4:20
Total length:8:40

Part 9Edit

Released on February 29, 2020 (2020-02-29)[50]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."With Us"Taibian
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
Verivery4:17
2."With Us" (Inst.) 
  • Taibian
  • Baaq
  • CHKmate
 4:17
Total length:8:34

Part 10Edit

Released on March 6, 2020 (2020-03-06)[51]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."No Break" (직진[d])Lee Chi-hoonPark Sung-ilThe Vane[e]2:53
2."No Break" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 2:53
Total length:5:46

Part 11Edit

Released on March 7, 2020 (2020-03-07)[52]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."No Words" (어떤 말도)Kwon Young-chanHong So-jinCrush4:31
2."No Words" (Inst.) Hong So-jin 4:31
Total length:9:02

Part 12Edit

Released on March 13, 2020 (2020-03-13)[53]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Sweet Night"
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
V (BTS)3:34
2."Sweet Night" (Inst.) 
  • Hiss noise
  • V (BTS)
  • ADORA
  • Melanie Joy Fontana
  • Michel “Lindgren” Schulz
 3:34
Total length:7:08

Part 13Edit

Released on March 14, 2020 (2020-03-14)[54]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Brand New Way"DamonPark Sung-ilDamon2:52
2."Brand New Way" (Inst.) Park Sung-il 2:52
Total length:5:44

Chart performanceEdit

Title Year Peak
positions
Remarks Ref.
KOR
"Start Over" (시작) (Gaho) 2020 1 Part 2 [55]
"Diamond" (돌덩이) (Ha Hyun-woo (Guckkasten)) 4 Part 3 [56]
"Someday, the Boy" (그때 그 아인) (Kim Feel) 3 Part 6
"Say" (Yoon Mi-rae) 63 Part 8 [55]
"No Words" (어떤 말도) (Crush) 76 Part 11
"Sweet Night" (V) 14 Part 12

RatingsEdit

In this table, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.

Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
AGB Nielsen[57]
Nationwide Seoul
1 January 31, 2020 4.983% 5.283%
2 February 1, 2020 5.330% 5.634%
3 February 7, 2020 8.013% 8.253%
4 February 8, 2020 9.382% 10.692%
5 February 14, 2020 10.716% 11.986%
6 February 15, 2020 11.608% 12.636%
7 February 21, 2020 12.289% 13.215%
8 February 22, 2020 12.562% 13.990%
9 February 28, 2020 13.965% 14.903%
10 February 29, 2020 14.760% 16.160%
11 March 6, 2020 13.798% 15.496%
12 March 7, 2020 13.398% 14.817%
13 March 13, 2020 13.101% 14.344%
14 March 14, 2020 14.197% 15.568%
15 March 20, 2020 14.661% 16.012%
16 March 21, 2020 16.548% 18.328%
Average 11.832% 12.957%
  • 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).

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Acquired by JTBC Studios in 2020[1]
  2. ^ a b Lit. "Start"
  3. ^ a b Lit. "Our Night"
  4. ^ a b Lit. "Straight"
  5. ^ a b Performed by band member Chae Bo-hoon
  6. ^ The song "Start Over" by Chris Lyon, who played the character Kim To-ni in the drama, is included in the physical CD album version as the 8th track. All succeeding tracks are renumbered accordingly.[40]
    CD 2 (CD version)
    No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
    8."Start Over"DamonPark Sung-ilChris Lyon 
  7. ^ a b Lit. "Stone Block"

ReferencesEdit

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