Pinocchio (Korean: 피노키오; RR: Pinokio) is a 2014–2015 South Korean television series starring Lee Jong-suk, Park Shin-hye, Kim Young-kwang, and Lee Yu-bi. With 20 episodes, the show aired on SBS from 12 November 2014 to 15 January 2015.
|Written by||Park Hye-ryun|
|Opening theme||"Non-Fiction" by Every Single Day|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer||Choi Moon-suk|
|Original network||Seoul Broadcasting System|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||12 November 2014 –|
15 January 2015
In China, the online broadcasting rights were sold at a record price of US$280,000 per episode, making it the most expensive Korean drama ever to be sold in China at the time. As of 23 January 2015, it has an accumulated view of 1 billion on Chinese video-sharing website Youku.
In the year 2000, Ki Ha-myung is leading a happy life with his parents and elder brother, Jae-myung, until his father, Ki Ho-sang, the captain of a firefighting squad, dies in a factory explosion during a rescue attempt, along with several of his men. Ho-sang's body initially goes missing, and the media sensationalizes the case by scapegoating him. In a battle for ratings, cold and calculating MSC reporter Song Cha-Ok alleges that Ho-sang survived the blast and is currently in hiding because he was responsible for the deaths of his men. This causes the Ki family to become outcasts in their neighborhood and objects of national scorn. Ki Ho-sang's wife kills herself and Ha-myung by jumping off a cliff, and the elder son, Jae-myung, blames their deaths on the media, particularly Cha-ok.
But Ha-myung is alive, having been rescued from the water by Choi Gong-pil, a kind elderly man who lives on Hyangri Island. Gong-pil, who may either have Alzheimer's disease or trauma-induced memory loss, believes that Ha-myung is his older son Choi Dal-po, a simpleton who died thirty years earlier. Ha-myung embraces the deception and treats Gong-pil as his father. Gong-pil officially adopts Ha-myung, now named Dal-po, and places him in the family register as his eldest son. Five months later, when Gong-pil's younger son, Choi Dal-pyung, moves to the island with his daughter, Choi In-ha, they are flabbergasted to be told by Gong-pil to address a mere boy as their "older brother" and "uncle", respectively. Choi In-ha has "Pinocchio syndrome", which causes her to hiccup whenever she tells a lie. She idolizes her mother and hates living on the island after her parents' divorce. The fledgling friendship between Dal-po and In-ha is dashed, however, when he learns that In-ha's mother is none other than Song Cha-ok.
Five years later, In-ha and Dal-po are seniors and classmates at their small-town high school. Dal-po, who is a genius, pretends to be dumb and gets all zeroes in his test scores to keep up the deception in front of Choi Gong-pil. With his last-place class standing and scruffy, country bumpkin hair, Dal-po is friendless at school, while In-ha is the most popular girl. Dal-po secretly likes In-ha, and he is forced to join a televised quiz show at first to prevent Ahn Chan Soo, who has a crush on In-ha, from confessing to her on national TV. At the TV studio, Dal-po runs into the show producer, Hwang Gyo-dong, who had been a YGN reporter and one of Cha-ok's rivals but changed careers after what happened to the Ki family. After seeing Dal-po on TV, and despite knowing that her Pinocchio syndrome limits her career choices, In-ha decides to become a journalist.
In 2013, the Choi family has moved back to the city. In-ha has spent the last three years after college studying to become a reporter but continuously fails her job interviews. On the other hand, due to the poverty-stricken condition of the Choi family, Dal-po is forced to work as a taxi driver to make ends meet. Cha-ok, who hasn't seen her daughter in a decade and is now MSC's nightly news anchor and section chief, fails In-ha at her final interview, saying a reporter with Pinocchio syndrome would be useless. Seeing how hurt In-ha is at her mother's rejection, Dal-po becomes determined to help her achieve her dream and announces that he wants to become a reporter as well. A month later, In-ha and Dal-po apply at YGN's "blind" audition for broadcast news reporters, but only Dal-po gets hired. When confronted by Gyo-dong, now chief of YGN's news desk, Dal-po confesses his real identity as well as his real motive for taking the job: he wants to find his older brother, Jae-myung, and clear their father's name. But what he doesn't know is that Jae-myung has taken revenge on the factory workers who lied about their father by killing all of them and framing his last victim for the murders by hiding his body and making it seem like he is on the run. Meanwhile, with MSC's credibility rating at an all-time low, Cha-ok hires In-ha, using her Pinocchio syndrome in a publicity stunt. Thus, Dal-po and In-ha become rookies at rival networks, and among their colleagues are Seo Beom-jo, who comes from a rich, sheltered chaebol background and has a connection to In-ha via a wrong cellphone number, and Yoon Yoo-rae, once a sasaeng fan who now uses those obsessive and determined traits in her new job.
Later in her line of work, In-ha discovers Choi Dal-po's real identity and is disgusted by what her mother Cha-ok did to his family during the fire accident. In a lecture held by Cha-ok, In-ha stands against her and in the process, reveals to Jae-myung that his brother is alive. Together, they try to bring Cha-ok down through their honest news reporting, all the while uncovering a bigger conspiracy in the news industry.
Cast and charactersEdit
- Lee Jong-suk as Choi Dal-po/Ki Ha-myung
- Nam Da-reum as young Dal-po/Ha-myung
- A young man whose family is torn apart by a tragedy, who assumes a different identity and attempts to rebuild his life.
- Park Shin-hye as Choi In-ha
- Roh Jeong-eui as young In-ha
- A young woman who suffers from a condition that causes her to hiccup whenever she tells a lie. She goes on to become a reporter, and her friendship with Choi Dal-po/Ki Ha-myung takes her life in unexpected directions.
- Kim Young-kwang as Seo Beom-jo
- A young reporter who becomes entwined in the lives of In-ha, her mother, and the intrigues of journalism.
- Lee Yu-bi as Yoon Yoo-rae
- A past sasaeng fan who decides to become a reporter.
- Jin Kyung as Song Cha-ok
- In-ha's estranged mother. A cold, merciless woman who chose to abandon her family for her career. She eventually became one of the best news anchors in the industry.
- Kim Kwang-kyu as Kim Gong-joo
- Chief of the MSC news desk.
- Kim Young-hoon as Lee Il-joo
- Im Byung-ki as Yeon Doo-young
- Yoon Seo-hyun as Lee Joo-ho
- Lee Seung-ho as Jae Dae-gook
- Lee Pil-mo as Hwang Gyo-dong
- Chief of the YGN news desk. Gyo-dong works with the motto "the truth can change the world". He looks out for Dal-po and tries to discreetly help him in proving his family's innocence.
- Min Sung-wook as Jang Hyun-kyu
- Kang Shin-il as Lee Young-tak
- Jo Deok-hyun as Jo Won-gu
- Choo Soo-hyun as Im Jae-hwan
- Jung In-gi as Ki Ho-sang, Ha-myung's father
- Jang Young-nam as Ha-myung's mother
- Yoon Kyun-sang as Ki Jae-myung, Ha-myung's older brother
- Shin Jae-ha as young Jae-myung
- Byun Hee-bong as Choi Gong-pil, In-ha's grandfather
- Shin Jung-geun as Choi Dal-pyung, In-ha's father
- Kim Hae-sook as Park Rosa
- A wealthy CEO who owns several malls and who seems to be a doting mother who spoils her son, Beom-jo. Rosa hides a darker side, however, having conspired with Song Cha-ok to deliberately twist the news in order to protect her interests.
- Lee Joo-seung as Ahn Chan-soo
- Kim Min-young as Song Yeong-joo
- Park Soo-young as Jung Gi-bong
- Yoon Jin-young as Firefighter
- Yeom Dong-hyun as Factory supervisor
- Choi Jong-hoon as Factory worker
- Kim Young-joon as Neighborhood boy with Pinocchio syndrome
- Ahn Sun-young as Broadcast station writer
- Woo Hyun as Dal-po's homeroom teacher
- Im Do-yoon as Go Ji-hee
- Lee Jung-soo as Lost hiker
- Hong Hyun-hee as Teacher Yoon
- Lee Seung-woo as Ahn Joon-ki, Chan-soo's eldest child
- Im Sung-han as Quiz show host (eps. 1–2)
- Jang Gwang as High school principal (ep. 2)
- Jung Woong-in as Min Joon-gook (ep. 2)
- Jang Hang-jun as Director (ep. 2)
- Kim Min-jung as Dal-po's blind date prospect (photo, ep. 3)
- Lee Bo-young as Hye-sung car navigation (voice, ep. 3)
- Kim Hee-chul as Yoo-rae's cellphone wallpaper (photo, ep. 8)
- Bae Suzy as Beom-jo's blind date prospect (photo, ep. 12)
- Yoon Sang-hyun as Cha Gwan-woo, Jae-myung's public defender (ep. 12)
- Lee Joon as Fama, idol singer investigated for propofol use (ep. 19)
- Kangnam as Cha-ok's student (ep. 20)
- Shin Jae-ha as himself (ep. 20)
- Oh Seung-ah as MSC news reporter interviewer
The series reunited actors Lee Jong-suk and Kim Hae-sook with screenwriter Park Hye-ryun and television director Jo Soo-won, who had collaborated a year before on I Can Hear Your Voice.
The first script reading took place in October 2014 at SBS Production Center in Ilsan.
English titles are adapted from iTunes and credits from Naver Music.
|Pinocchio: Original Soundtrack|
|Soundtrack album by |
|Genre||K-pop, pop, R&B, soundtrack|
|Label||CJ E&M, Gazi Contents|
|1.||"First Love" (첫사랑)||Jihoon, Tiger JK, Bizzy||Conan||Tiger JK featuring Punch||3:20|
|2.||"First Love" (Inst.)||Conan||3:20|
|1.||"Pinocchio" (피노키오)||Jihoon, Gu Ji-an||Rocoberry||Roy Kim||3:33|
|1.||"Non Fiction"||Moon Sung-nam||Moon Sung-nam, Jung Jae-woo||Every Single Day||3:33|
|1.||"Love Is Like Snow" (사랑은 눈처럼)||Park Shin-won, Conan, Rocoberry||Rocoberry||Park Shin-hye||3:19|
|2.||"Love Is Like Snow" (Inst.)||Rocoberry||3:19|
|1.||"The Only Person" (하나뿐인 사람)||Rocoberry||Rocoberry||K.Will||3:20|
|2.||"The Only Person" (Inst.)||Rocoberry||3:20|
|1.||"Kiss Me" (첫사랑)||Jihoon||Jihoon, Roco||Zion.T||3:09|
|2.||"Kiss Me" (Inst.)||Rocoberry||3:09|
|1.||"Passionate to Me" (뜨겁게 나를)||Jihoon||Jihoon||Younha||3:49|
|2.||"Passionate to Me" (Inst.)||Jihoon||3:49|
|1.||"You Are the One" (그대 하나로)||Jihoon||Rocoberry||Kim Bo Kyung||3:35|
|2.||"You Are the One" (Inst.)||Rocoberry||3:35|
|1.||"Dreaming a Dream" (꿈을 꾸다)||Park Shin-won, Conan, Rocoberry||Rocoberry||Park Shin-hye||3:20|
|2.||"Dreaming a Dream" (Inst.)||Rocoberry||3:20|
|1.||"Tears in the Crowd (Strings)"||Various Artists||4:27|
|2.||"Pino Dream (Strings)"||Various Artists||3:52|
|3.||"Calm and Passion"||Various Artists||2:56|
|4.||"Mysteric Them"||Various Artists||2:40|
In the table below, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
|Ep.||Broadcast date||Episode title[nb 1]||Average audience share|
|1||12 November 2014||Pinocchio[nb 2]||7.8% (19th)||9.9% (14th)||7.8% (19th)||8.4% (17th)|
|2||13 November 2014||The Ugly Duckling[nb 3]||10.6% (14th)||12.8% (6th)||9.8% (15th)||10.8% (11th)|
|3||19 November 2014||The Snow Queen[nb 4]||9.4% (18th)||10.9% (14th)||9.4% (15th)||10.9% (11th)|
|4||20 November 2014||Romeo and Juliet[nb 5]||10.6% (14th)||12.8% (6th)||10.4% (16th)||11.8% (10th)|
|5||26 November 2014||The King Has Donkey Ears[nb 6]||9.2% (16th)||11.6% (9th)||10.2% (13th)||12.2% (8th)|
|6||27 November 2014||Two Years' Vacation[nb 7]||11.0% (11th)||14.1% (5th)||10.4% (14th)||12.1% (7th)|
|7||3 December 2014||The Frog in the Well[nb 8]||8.9% (18th)||11.3% (15th)||8.7% (16th)||9.6% (16th)|
|8||4 December 2014||A Lucky Day[nb 9]||10.8% (16th)||12.7% (10th)||10.2% (16th)||11.4% (11th)|
|9||10 December 2014||The Pied Piper of Hamelin[nb 10]||9.2% (16th)||11.1% (11th)||10.1% (12th)||11.9% (8th)|
|10||11 December 2014||The Boy Who Cried Wolf[nb 11]||10.8% (14th)||13.2% (6th)||10.7% (14th)||12.3% (8th)|
|11||17 December 2014||A Midsummer Night's Dream[nb 12]||11.1% (14th)||13.3% (7th)||10.4% (15th)||11.6% (10th)|
|12||18 December 2014||The Magic Flute[nb 13]||11.3% (14th)||13.5% (6th)||9.7% (18th)||10.9% (15th)|
|13||24 December 2014||The Gift of the Magi[nb 14]||10.4% (14th)||12.2% (9th)||9.8% (14th)||11.1% (8th)|
|14||25 December 2014||Hansel and Gretel[nb 15]||11.6% (11th)||13.3% (9th)||10.8% (14th)||11.7% (12th)|
|15||1 January 2015||Don Quixote[nb 16]||13.3% (9th)||15.6% (7th)||12.9% (9th)||14.6% (5th)|
|16||7 January 2015||The Emperor's New Clothes[nb 17]||12.9% (9th)||15.7% (5th)||11.8% (9th)||14.0% (5th)|
|17||8 January 2015||The Scarlet Letter[nb 18]||12.7% (8th)||15.1% (5th)||12.9% (5th)||15.2% (4th)|
|18||14 January 2015||The Red Shoes[nb 19]||12.6% (8th)||16.0% (5th)||11.9% (8th)||13.3% (5th)|
|19||The North Wind and the Sun[nb 20]||12.1% (11th)||15.5% (6th)||11.3% (10th)||12.1% (7th)|
|20||15 January 2015||Peter Pan[nb 21]||13.6% (6th)||16.7% (5th)||13.3% (5th)||15.1% (5th)|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|2014||27th Grimae Awards||Best Actor||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|SBS Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Drama Special||Nominated|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Drama Special||Park Shin-hye||Won|
|Top 10 Stars||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|SBS Special Award||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|Netizen Popularity Award||Nominated|
|Best Couple Award||Lee Jong-suk and Park Shin-hye||Won|
|New Star Award||Kim Young-kwang||Won|
|2015||51st Baeksang Arts Awards||Best Actress (TV)||Park Shin-hye||Nominated|
|Most Popular Actor (TV)||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|10th Seoul International Drama Awards||Outstanding Korean Drama||Pinocchio||Won|
|8th Korea Drama Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actor||Lee Jong-suk||Won|
|Top Excellence Award, Actress||Park Shin-hye||Nominated|
|4th APAN Star Awards||Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Miniseries||Nominated|
|Best Young Actor||Nam Da-reum||Won|
|Best Production Director||Jo Soo-won||Won|
|Best Original Soundtrack||"Pinocchio" by Roy Kim||Won|
- ^ Each of the episode titles is excerpted from well-known works of fiction, such as fairy tales, fables, novels, and plays.
- ^ The Adventures of Pinocchio
- ^ The Ugly Duckling
- ^ The Snow Queen
- ^ Romeo and Juliet
- ^ Midas
- ^ Two Years' Vacation
- ^ Chinese fable 井底之蛙 ("a frog in a well")
- ^ Korean short story 운수 좋은 날 ("A Lucky Day") written by Hyun Jin-geon, published in 1924.
- ^ Pied Piper of Hamelin
- ^ The Boy Who Cried Wolf
- ^ A Midsummer Night's Dream
- ^ The Magic Flute
- ^ The Gift of the Magi
- ^ Hansel and Gretel
- ^ Don Quixote
- ^ The Emperor's New Clothes
- ^ The Scarlet Letter
- ^ The Red Shoes
- ^ The North Wind and the Sun
- ^ Peter Pan; or, the Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up
- ^ Sung, So-young (8 November 2014). "Actors picked for Pinocchio". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Lee, Min-ji (6 November 2014). "Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye Praise Each Other Repeatedly". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Hwang, Hye-jin (23 October 2014). "Lee Jong Suk, Park Shin Hye and More Attend First Script Reading for Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 30 December 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Jeon, Su-mi (12 November 2014). "Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye Ask Fans to Watch First Episode of Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Kim, Min-jin (24 November 2014). "Pinocchio sells distribution rights to China for record price". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- ^ Choi, Shin-ae (24 November 2014). "Pinocchio Sold in China for Price 8 Times More than You Who Came From the Stars". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 28 November 2014. Retrieved 27 November 2014.
- ^ Hong, Hye-jin (19 January 2015). "Pinocchio gains popularity in China". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
- ^ "Pinocchio continues making waves in China". K-Pop Herald. 23 January 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- ^ Choi, Shin-ae (4 November 2014). "Six Symptoms of Park Shin Hye's Pinocchio Syndrome Revealed". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Jeon, Su-mi (4 November 2014). "Lee Jong Suk Gives Park Shin Hye Piggyback Ride in Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 7 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Choi, Shin-ae (7 November 2014). "Lee Jong Suk and Park Shin Hye Explode with Chemistry in Pinocchio BTS Photos". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 20 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Lee, Ji-young (30 October 2014). "Lee Jong Suk Transforms into Country Boy for Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Park, Ah-reum (3 November 2014). "Lee Jong Suk Gets Exhilarated Upon Entering City in Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 8 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Jeon, Su-mi (12 September 2014). "Lee Jong-suk Confirmed as Lead of Drama Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Lee, Min-ji (6 November 2014). "Lee Jong-suk Lost Hair After Wearing a Bushy Wig for Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 10 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Lee, Min-ji (1 February 2015). "Interview: Lee Jong Suk Wants to Keep Acting without Worrying About Managing His Filmography". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- ^ "Lee Jong-suk Finds Acting Harder as He Gets More Famous". The Chosun Ilbo. 21 February 2015. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
- ^ "Park Shin-hye confirmed to star in Pinocchio". The Korea Herald. 4 September 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Lee, Ji-young (4 September 2014). "Park Shin Hye Confirmed as Lead of Drama Pinocchio". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 27 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Lee, Min-ji (6 November 2014). "Park Shin Hye Isn't Concerned About Comparisons to The Heirs". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Kim, Ji-yeon (1 February 2015). "Interview: Park Shin Hye Talks Having Good Luck with Men, Pinocchio and More". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 3 March 2015. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
- ^ Lee, Min-ji (6 November 2014). "Lee Jong Suk Asked to Hit Kim Young Kwang in Drama". enewsWorld. Archived from the original on 9 November 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2014.
- ^ Hong, Hye-jin (15 January 2015). "Lee Joon appears in Pinocchio". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
- ^ a b Jo, Hye-ryeon (6 November 2014). '피노키오' 이종석 "'너목들' 제작진과 두 번째 호흡, 기쁘다" [Lee Jong-suk from Pinocchio says "Glad to work with I Can Hear Your Voice crew once again"]. TV Report (in Korean). Retrieved 19 November 2014.
- ^ "Pinocchio (Original Television Soundtrack) by Various Artists on iTunes". iTunes Store. Retrieved 28 November 2015.
- ^ "피노키오 OST : 네이버 뮤직 ("Pinocchio: Original Soundtrack on Naver Music")" (in Korean). Naver Music. Retrieved 7 November 2015.
- ^ "TNmS Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". TNmS Ratings (in Korean). Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- ^ "AGB Daily Ratings: this links to current day-select the date from drop down menu". AGB Nielsen Media Research (in Korean). Retrieved 12 November 2014.
- ^ Kim, Min-jin (1 January 2015). "Four couples win best couple prize in SBS Drama Awards". K-Pop Herald. Retrieved 7 January 2015.
- Official website (in Korean)
- Pinocchio at HanCinema
- Pinocchio at IMDb