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Title: 송곳 / Awl
Chinese Title: 錐子
Genre: Drama, Human
Episodes: 12
Broadcast network: jTBC
Broadcast period: 2015-Oct-24 to 2015-Nov-29
Air time: Saturday & Sunday 21:40


Based on same title original webcomic by Choi Kyu Suk which was first published from 2013-Dec-16 via “naver.com“. The webcomic is based on a true story. The incident occurred from 2007-July at an Emart retail store. Temporary cashiers were fired, which caused a sit-in protest that lasted for 510 days.

The drama tells the story of average workers, who silently work hard on each one’s own task. They finally pull together as a team to fight through a difficult and unfair situation.

Lee Soo In (Ji Hyun Woo) has the kind of temperament where he has to do the right thing no matter what. After his discharge from the military, he finds work at a large retail market. One day, his boss orders him to fire temporary employees at the store. Lee Soo In refuses to do so and decides to join the labor union. He and the temporary employees struggle against unfair dismissals.


Main Cast

Ji Hyun Woo as Lee Soo In
Lee Seo Won as Lee Soo In (young)
Ahn Nae Sang as Goo Go Shin
Kim Hee Won as Jung Min Chul

Workers at Fourmis Market

Yesung as Hwang Joon Chul
Kim Ga Eun as Moon So Jin
Hyun Woo as Joo Gang Min
Park Si Hwan as Nam Dong Hyub
Daniel Boone as Gaston Dubois (foreign corporate manager)

Supporting Cast

Jo Jae Ryong as Section Chief Heo
Baek Hyun Joo as Han Young Sil
Lee Jung Eun as Kim Jung Mi
Hwang Jung Min as Hwang Jung Min
Shin Yun Sook as Joon Geum
Ahn Sang Woo as Section Chief Yoon
Kim Joong Ki as Section Chief Kim
Daniel (다니엘) as Gaston
Jung Won Joong as Director
Martin (마틴) as Olivier
Kim Hee Chang as Cha Seong Hak
Kong Jung Hwan as Ko Jin Hee
Yoon Bo Hyun as Min Ho
Yoo Joo Hye
Yoo Ha Bok
Woo Jung Kook
Park Soo Young
Hong Ji Min
Kim Tae Han
Shim Hee Sub
Lee Bong Ryun
Go Na Hee
Kwak Ja Hyung


Lee Jae Yong as Soo In’s High School Teacher
Park Hyuk Kwon as Rude Customer
Choi Moo Sung as Soo In’s Father
Im Sung Uhn as Soo In’s Wife
Lee Jong Soo as Office Worker
Kim Joong Ki
Yoo Hee Je as dispatch rider in platoon

Production Credits

Director: Kim Suk Yoon
Scriptwriter: Lee Nam Kyu, Kim Soo Jin


Director Kim Suk Yoon, screenwriters Kim Soo Jin & Lee Nam Kyu and actor Ji Hyun Woo previously worked together in 2004 KBS2 drama series Old Miss Diary.

Episode Ratings

Date Episode AGB TNmS
2015-10-24 1 2.194 1.7
2015-10-25 2 1.954 1.9
2015-10-31 3 1.372 1.6
2015-11-01 4 1.508 1.8
2015-11-07 5 1.480 2.3
2015-11-08 6 1.409 1.7
2015-11-14 7 1.432 1.6
2015-11-15 8 1.271 1.8
2015-11-21 9 1.341 1.5
2015-11-22 10 1.582 1.7
2015-11-28 11 1.389 1.1
2015-11-29 12 1.964 1.7

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea (Nationwide)

*** Different between TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielson – Here

*** Note: This drama is aired on Pay-TV channel which has fewer viewers than Free-TV channels. So, please don’t be surprised with the low rating. ***


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Official Site

Trailer I & Trailer II & Trailer III & Trailer IV

Watch Online in Viki.com


  1. 1 : piet Says:

    I’m curious as to what this drama

  2. 2 : iloveHOYA Says:

    Ji Hyun Woo oppa! I really miss you acting onscreen.

  3. 3 : CoolBeans Says:

    This will be awesome! Can’t wait! All the leads and supporting actors have proven records! Looking forward to this!

  4. 4 : CoolBeans Says:

    Good actors and a proven storyline. Can’t ask for more. Now, if they don’t mess up the script, then, this will be worth watching!

  5. 5 : tigerb Says:

    from the synopsis, from the labor union someone’s going to be the ‘awl’ to penetrate management? 510 days protest is a very long time to resolve a strike.

  6. 6 : ella Says:

    If Ji Hyun Woo is playing, I’m gonna watch this Drama no matter what 😉 Love You JHW 🙂


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  8. 8 : DeeDee315 Says:

    This will need to be good, because the movie version of the same story “Cart” was outstanding.

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  11. 11 : ammie Says:

    yesung oppa,, i’ll wait this drama for you ><

  12. 12 : Kuno Says:

    What’s the name of the actor who played as the young lee soo in? Pls reply? Thanks I’m getting hooked with this show…

  13. 13 : lolo Says:

    @Kuno u can check for his name here http://wiki.d-addicts.com/The_Awl

  14. 14 : lulu hutaki Says:

    why the rating is so low? this is auch a good drama… 😉

  15. 15 : Chan잔 Says:

    Because it air on cable tv so it doesn’t have many audience. Don’t be surprised with the rating.

  16. 16 : Kinkybitch Says:

    Only 12 episodes?! *cries*

  17. 17 : OK OK OK Says:

    NICE DRAMA !!!

    Ep 9
    How come not a single reporter report this matter since there are a group of workers with cardboards displaying unfair treatment working in the supermarket.

  18. 18 : OK OK OK Says:

    in this 21st century. Do Korean workers still beaten or slap by their superior??? Ridiculous, unbelievable cultures especially in a modern country civilize country !!!

  19. 19 : rrrr Says:

    Hey, It has nothing to do with the 21st century.
    Violence is happening in the 21st century, also happening terrorism or war.
    It’s just a matter referred to the Labour Code and labor rights.

  20. 20 : Megumi Says:

    It is a very realistic, a very sad fact of company and organisation. It is very dependant on the country union and how strong they are……a very great drama to watch….it is not on the union alone but how one man think….

  21. 21 : Juzi Says:

    Nice drama indeed.

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