Title: 빠스껫볼 / Basketball
Chinese Title: 篮球
Genre: Period, Sport, Romance, Action, Melodrama
Episodes: 18 + 1 Special
Broadcast network: tvN
Broadcast period: 2013-Oct-14 to 2013-Dec-17
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00
Set during the turbulent years of the Japanese occupation until independence, and a few years before the division of Korea into North and South, the story is about the first and last time that Korea had a single, unified national basketball team, which made history by advancing to the quarterfinals of the 1948 London Olympics.
The drama follows the loves, conflicts, unity, and emotional victory of young athletes who cling to the sport as the bright spot in the darkness of their times.
Kang San (Do Ji Han) is from a poor family. He struggles to get away from poverty. Through the game of basketball, he becomes successful and meets Choi Shin Young (Lee Elijah) who come from a rich family. He dreams of their love overcoming the disparity in their social standing.
Meanwhile, Min Chi Ho (Jung Dong Hyun) is a basketball star enjoying nationwide popularity. With his fame, he inspires pride and spirit in his compatriots in the midst of the difficulties suffered during the Japanese occupation. He and Kang San become rivals in basketball and love.
People around Kang San
People around Shin Young
People around Chi Ho
People at Basketball Club
Gong Hyung Jin as Gong Yoon Bae
Ji Il Joo as Lee Hong Gi
Kang Kyung Hun as Hong Ki’s mother
Jung Seung Kyo as Bae Sung Won
Han Yong Soo (한영수) as Yong Goo
Park Gun (박건) as Soo Dong
Choi Chang Gyun(최창균) as So Chil Bok
Jo Hee Bong as one man band (a guy who plays many different roles)
Production Company: CJ E&M
Chief Producer: Park Ho Shik
Producers: Shin Dae Shik, Jung Jung Do
Director: Kwak Jung Hwan, Song Hyun Wook
Screenwriter: Kim Gwa Jang
– A Special documentary which will show the introduction to the characters of this drama will air on 2013-Oct-14. (source)
– This drama was cut down from its initial order of 24 episodes to 18. Producers insist that it has nothing to do with its ratings (and relatively low buzz factor), but rather because they have decided that they are not equipped to tell the story they want to tell in that amount of time and therefore will not tell it. (source)
– This drama broadcast simultaneously on tvN, Channel CGV, Super Action, XTM, Story On.