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Title: 피고인 / Defendant
Chinese Title: 被告人
Genre: Legal, Thriller
Episodes: 18 (16+2)
Broadcast network: SBS
Broadcast period: 2017-Jan-23 to 2017-March-21
Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00


Park Jung Woo (Ji Sung) is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself a convict on death row. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Jung-woo has no idea what transpired to land him in prison. He struggles to recover his memory and clear his name.


Main Cast

Ji Sung as Park Jung Woo
Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Min Ho
Han Ki Woong as Cha Min Ho (young)
Kwon Yoo Ri as Seo Eun Hye
Choi Yoo Ri as Seo Eun Hye (child)
Oh Chang Suk as Kang Jun Hyuk
Uhm Hyun Kyung as Na Yun Hee (Sun Ho’s wife)

People around Park Jung Woo

Son Yeo Eun as Yoon Ji Soo (Jung Woo’s wife)
Shin Rin Ah as Park Ha Yeon (Jung Woo’s daughter)
Kang Sung Min as Yoon Tae Soo (Ji Soo’s younger brother)
Sung Byung Sook as Oh Jeong Hee (Ji Soo’s mother)


Park Ho San as Choi Dae Hong
Lee Shin Sung as Go Dong Yoon
Han Ji Woo as Yeo Min Kyung

Chamyung Group

Jang Kwang as Cha Yeong Woon
Uhm Ki Joon as Cha Sun Ho (Min Ho’s twin brother)
Han Ki Won as Cha Sun Ho (young)
Ye Soo Jung as Myung Geum Ja
Kim Kyung Nam as Executive secretary


Yoon Yong Hyun as Room Leader
Woo Hyun as Mil Yang
Oh Dae Hwan as Mong Chi (Jung Woo’s aide)
Jo Jae Ryong as Woo Ruk
Kim Min Suk as Lee Sung Kyu
Jo Jae Yoon as Shin Chul Shik


Kim Seung Hoon as Prison Security Chief
Baek Ji Won as Eun Hye’s aunt
Seo Jung Yeon as Jung Woo’s doctor
Oh Seung Hoon as Kim Suk
Hwang Young Hee as Mong Chi’s older sister
Lee Kyu Sub as bodyguard
Lee Jung Hun as Yeo Sung Soo
Han Kyu Won as Lee Chan Young
Seo Dong Won as Oh Jong Min
Song Jae Ryong
Seo Kwang Jae


Oh Yeon Ah as Jennifer Lee (ep.7-8)
Lee Duk Hwa as prisoner number 2460 (ep.8)

Production Credits

Chief Producer: Han Jung Hwan
Producer: Lee Sang Min
Director: Jo Young Kwang, Jung Dong Yoon
ScriptWriter: Choi Soo Jin, Choi Chang Hwan


Han Ye Seul was first offered the lead female role, but declined.


2017 SBS Drama Awards: Best Character Awards – Uhm Ki Joon (Defendant)
2017 SBS Drama Awards: Drama of the Year – Defendant
2017 SBS Drama Awards: Daesang – Ji Sung (Defendant)
2017 1st The Seoul Awards: Best Actor – Ji Sung (Defendant)
2017 1st The Seoul Awards: Best New Actor – Kim Min Suk (Defendant)

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2017-01-23 1 11.9 (5th) 13.9 (4th) 14.5 (4th) 16.3 (4th)
2017-01-24 2 12.9 (4th) 15.1 (4th) 14.9 (4th) 16.1 (3rd)
2017-01-30 3 12.8 (4th) 15.1 (3rd) 17.3 (3rd) 18.2 (2nd)
2017-01-31 4 14.8 (4th) 17.8 (3rd) 18.7 (3rd) 20.8 (2nd)
2017-02-06 5 14.2 (4th) 16.3 (3rd) 18.6 (3rd) 19.6 (2nd)
2017-02-07 6 15.3 (4th) 18.5 (2nd) 18.6 (3rd) 19.6 (2nd)
2017-02-13 7 15.8 (4th) 18.9 (3rd) 20.9 (3rd) 22.4 (2nd)
2017-02-14 8 16.6 (4th) 20.2 (2nd) 22.2 (2nd) 23.8 (2nd)
2017-02-20 9 15.9 (4th) 20.0 (2nd) 21.4 (3rd) 23.1 (2nd)
2017-02-21 10 16.8 (4th) 20.4 (2nd) 22.2 (2nd) 23.4 (2nd)
2017-02-27 11 19.8 (3rd) 22.7 (2nd) 23.3 (2nd) 24.6 (1st)
2017-02-28 12 19.0 (3rd) 22.1 (1st) 22.9 (2nd) 23.9 (2nd)
2017-03-06 13 18.8 (3rd) 22.2 (2nd) 23.7 (2nd) 25.4 (1st)
2017-03-07 14 20.1 (3rd) 24.3 (1st) 24.9 (2nd) 26.1 (1st)
2017-03-13 15 20.3 (3rd) 23.5 (2nd) 25.6 (2nd) 27.1 (1st)
2017-03-14 16 21.3 (3rd) 24.6 (1st) 25.4 (2nd) 27.1 (1st)
2017-03-20 17 24.8 (2nd) 29.0 (1st) 27.0 (2nd) 28.8 (1st)
2017-03-21 18 26.6 (2nd) 30.3 (1st) 28.3 (1st) 29.7 (1st)

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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


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  1. 1 : misskrisel Says:

    Ji Sung is back!!!

  2. 2 : RR Says:

    yes waiting for the win drama in 2017

  3. 3 : shiva Says:

    can’t wait for this drama. glad Ji sung is back 🙂

  4. 4 : tigerb Says:

    is this like ‘enemy of the state’?

  5. 5 : Grace Says:

    Looking forward for ur new drama Ji Sung oppa. ❤

  6. 6 : sete harahap Says:

    Another drama will be promising daebak😎

  7. 7 : Anne Says:

    Omo Ji Sung oppa. 😍😍😍

  8. 8 : Batul Says:

    This looks interesting. Can’t wait for it to start👍🏽

  9. 9 : piet Says:

    Thrill drama…… wow… can’t….
    will be back drama at this years, and will be best drama.

  10. 10 : Ju Says:

    Plot reminds us of War of the Son… Except that Ji Sung, the defendant with amnesia, will be our main character.

  11. 11 : Dramaqueen Says:

    Hurray one of my fave actor,ji sung,hope this drama rocks it 🙂

  12. 12 : tsontso Says:

    I think Ji sung needs to think about how to choose his next role and drama. He really have to change his role because he already played this kind of role in Kill Me Heal me. It was amazing drama that i have ever watched but again the same role same character getting so bored .
    he is handsome and very talented actor but he just wasting his acting skill such as the same old role. He needs to show another different character.
    I think if he play romance drama it would be Great. I just dont understand why he wont choose romance drama. I think its because he is now married. Hmmmm…….. so bad.
    But he really needs to change his role in a drama.

  13. 13 : tagalog salita Says:

    wow ji sung !! i like this drama.

  14. 14 : Defendant - Ji Sung e Kwon Yoo Ri de volta a TV no novo drama da SBS Says:

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  15. 15 : ee Says:


  16. 16 : Era Says:

    #12: i agree w/ u…
    And i think the drama with amnesia things is really boring LOL

  17. 17 : Grace Says:

    Hope this drama will achieve high ratings such as romantic doctor kim. ❤

  18. 18 : Mel Says:

    #12 & #16: If you think this drama is going to be boring, then don’t watch.. nobody is forcing you to watch this drama.. & if I’m not mistaken, only the drama DDandara that he didn’t really had a real romance in that. As for KMHM, I think it’s a mixed of rom com + suspense kind of drama.. so don’t go around saying that his characters are always the same.. get your facts right before commenting.. Also, I don’t remember Ji Sung had that many amnesia dramas.. if you’re comparing other actors’ dramas, then don’t.. thanks..

    Btw, Defendant fighting!! will always support you, Ji Sung oppa~ <3 <3

  19. 19 : Shakti Says:

    Not a fan of Ji Sung but his acting improved over the years. This drama is of to a good start. Intrigue.

  20. 20 : Artie Says:

    High ratings for the first episode. Looking forward to this 😊

  21. 21 : Odies Says:

    Unexpectedly, this drama has pretty good ratings for Korean TV. One of
    main reason that I believe is because of “Dr.Romantic” after effect. “Dr.Romantic” has such high ratings and become one of “talk of town” drama and excelent story.

    Hope this drama crew don’t waste the story or else.

  22. 22 : Ace Says:

    #18: i agree with you regarding #12’s comment.
    Don’t act like you know it all if you havent watched most of Ji Sung’s work.
    FYI Ji Sung is a versatile actor. He’s done medical, rom-com, thriller, suspense and period drama. So i dont think you have the right to say that he needs to show another different character.

  23. 23 : Peyutnduy Says:

    If I didn’t pay attention to the casts list I won’t know that the young lawyer is Yuri-Girls’ Generation. She looks so much different than in Fashion King. Four years have changed her look a lot?

  24. 24 : soji Says:

    this is so dang gooood!!!!

  25. 25 : Salon Unirii Says:

    Iti doresti un par vopsit, sanatos, cu o culoare impecabila? Tehnica balayage este pentru tine! A fost inventata de francezi, dar o gasesti in salonul Jovial executata de cei mai profi hairstylisti care iti vor “picta” parul in cel mai natural mod posibil.

  26. 26 : Patbingsu Says:

    one word: daebak !!!

  27. 27 : MaxT Says:

    It’s a good drama and worth watching.

  28. 28 : Lolita Says:

    Ji sung is one of the best actor in Korea.
    He choose all the project carefully.
    And most of them has high ratings too😁
    I have watched ep 1&2 defendant.
    Total in love with the story, best villain and protagonist in a drama 😍😍😍
    I’m glad he choose defendant instead of rebel hong gil dong 😁

  29. 29 : Tyras Says:

    Just started watching ep 1. about Cha twins, ever thought of checking their identity by thumb print?

  30. 30 : Hannah Says:

    Omg, this drama is so intense!

  31. 31 : drakorfan Says:

    btw YURI’s acting is great!

  32. 32 : drakorfan Says:

    as for jisung , no doubt , he is excellent in every project he’s in…

  33. 33 : Ida Says:

    Can’t wait for next eps. Really interesting drama. Congrat Ji Sung ! You choose difficult role to play.

  34. 34 : Aries_nim Says:

    A great drama to start 2017 . I recommend this drama to anyone who want to watch it . 5 episode so far and i’m hooked to this drama . The suspense and thrill are daebak . As expected from ji sung ❤.

  35. 35 : Jenny Says:

    Again ! ! He chose the difficult role and he handled it very well ! Well done Ji Sung ! Highly recommended for those who are searching for new dramas.

  36. 36 : Hannah Says:

    I hate cliffhanger ending episode! I cannot wait for ep 7. Oh God, it’s getting more intense each episode. I really hope that Ha Yeon is still alive, please.

  37. 37 : Sami Says:

    It’s totally enjoyable much , the last ep its pretty awkward I can’t guess who is actually kills his family.
    aww can’t wait for the next ep so badly!

  38. 38 : Grace Says:

    Cant wait for the next episode. As expected Ji Sung never dissapoints. Fighting oppa! 😘

  39. 39 : Macie Says:

    Hope this drama will have additional episodes. Its plot is daebak especially ji sung.

  40. 40 : Samantha Says:

    Ji Sung is back!!!

  41. 41 : Sohee Says:

    More of this drama pls. I always look forward for mondays and tuesdays thanks to this drama. Kudos to the production.

  42. 42 : Joyce Says:

    What a great drama to start the year!

  43. 43 : coca Says:

    seriously ji sung is made for these kind of dramas it really suits him and show how amazing he is it shows his true talent and i really love that this drama is really good im in love.. not only ji sung but all of these actorq are amazing

  44. 44 : Taki Says:

    Omo. So high ratings!! 😰😰😰

  45. 45 : Garbage can(not) Says:

    Synopsis doesn’t seem appealing, but right after i watched the first episode, i can’t help but want more. This is soooo goood

  46. 46 : Hannah Says:

    This drama is soooo good. The writer manages to make sense of everything on how Jeong Woo suddenly became the criminal. Oh God, I can’t wait for ep 9 next week!

  47. 47 : nikki Says:

    Ji Sung is great no matter what role he picks. He has improved so much. To me, the reason why he picks these roles is the challenge of the character. Ever since I watched his work in Secret I got hooked. Fighting!

  48. 48 : Cuity17 Says:

    Emmmm.. Read all these comments… Seem that his character.. Totally different with Ahn yoona… Wakkk… Wakkk.. 😁😂 . Ji sung.. Fighting!!
    I”ll watch this later… After this end… Waiting for me JI suing.. 😘😘😍

  49. 49 : M.U.S.A Says:

    No doubt, Defendant is worth watching drama in 2017. 🙂 can’t wait for ep 9 tonight.

  50. 50 : Yona Says:

    Ji Sungg.. What a performance, how he held back his emotions when forced to face his nemesis.. How desperate and outraged he must have been felt but he managed.. The flicker in his eyes, soo captivating.. Yeoksi, uri ji sung oppa .. Jjangg!! 👍👍😍😍

  51. 51 : Anne Says:

    Omg the drama is extended to 2 episodes. So happy for this drama. 😊😊😊

  52. 52 : Jane Says:

    Ji Sung is the best of the best! So glad to see good ratings which he deserves
    I hope to see him always in dramas.
    I want to thank Ji Sung for contributing and entertaining is with his superb performance just like what he did for Kill me Heal me

  53. 53 : Jane Says:

    I agree with #18. Don’t understand how #12 could conclude that Ji Sungs dramas are all the same. I think #12 haven’t watched all of Kill me Heal me. This drama portay Ji Sung in 7 personalities. Ji Sung did it so well for each personality. This is not an easy feat as you can confused and get the personalities crossed
    So how can this drama be the same as Defendant?
    I would say Ji Sung is always challenging himself with different roles.
    Oh one more thing: I think Um ki Koon is always great actor as an evil person! Not an easy feat too!
    I cheer for the superb performance and their contributions to entertain us.
    Thanks a lot, ajumami to all actors, production crew

  54. 54 : Hannah Says:

    I am a little bit confused with the ending of ep 10. Why is suddenly Ha Yeon at Chamyung hospital? I wonder if it’s some kind of Min Ho’s plot as well because in the beginning, Sung Kyu took Ha Yeon to different hospital, and then suddenly the gangs came to the hospital and Sung Kyu took Ha Yeon to different place. I wonder if it’s really Sung Kyu who took Ha Yeon to Chamyung hospital or it’s a trap for Jeong Woo.

    This drama really challenges my ability to think what’s going to happen next and trying to figure out Jeong Woo’s and Min Ho’s reasoning when they did something.

  55. 55 : Mee Says:

    @Hannah : chamyung hospital owned by cha family, sung kyu think that’s the safest place for ha yeon because cha min ho wouldn’t think that he will have heart to take ha yeon there.

  56. 56 : nie Says:


  57. 57 : Joy Says:

    Happy birthday oppa! ❤❤❤

  58. 58 : alexandrina Says:

    Happy birthday, my favorite actor!

  59. 59 : M.U.S.A Says:

    happy birthday Jisung ahjussi 🙂

  60. 60 : YONA Says:

    Saeng-il Chukahamnida, Ji seong Oppa 😘😘😘

  61. 61 : James Says:

    OMG! This movie is the best movie with Jisung in it! He plays a tough role. He is so fantastic guy! I liked it so much. I can not wait until next monday and tuesday for new episodes. 100% all good actors in there!

  62. 62 : Hannah Says:

    This week’s episodes are so good!! It’s so nerve-wrecking. I can’t wait for ep 13!

  63. 63 : nie Says:

    goshhhh super super excited every mins!!!!

  64. 64 : Sirk19 Says:


  65. 65 : yee lyn Says:

    One of the best korean drama i’ve seen! Ji Sung is awesome for his acting!

    You guys should watch this! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

  66. 66 : Jen Says:

    Omg !!!! Just finished ep 13! My heart is still bumping so rapidly even after finished watching it . I can’t stop thinking about the story !!! Best drama of the year !!!!!!!

  67. 67 : rosa Says:

    reallly a goood dramaaaaa!!!! Ji Sung is just the BEST !!! he deserves the daesang this year!
    and cant wait for ep 14!

  68. 68 : lizzy Says:

    BEST DRAMA OF 2017!!
    well donee Ji sung your truly the best 🙂
    really curious about the end of the drama,cant wait!

  69. 69 : Jane Says:

    Oh yes! Ji Sung truly deserve to be awarded the best Daesang award
    And this drama Defendant deserves to be awarded “best drama of the year “

  70. 70 : GT Says:

    This drama is intense and so gooddd, you really cant wait to watch the next ep. And Ji sungs acting is truly wonderful!! hope that the raitings get higher it really deserves it. But i have one qeustion this drama is second place but what is the first place then????

  71. 71 : lee Says:

    Great dramaa!! hopee that jung woo finds eun hye fast and that bastard min ho is really getting on my nerves:(

  72. 72 : Hannah Says:

    4 more episodes! I can’t wait to see how this drama would end. I’m happy that it seems Jeong Woo’s chance to win is getting bigger and bigger.

  73. 73 : jane Says:

    BEST DRAMA OF 2017!!!

  74. 74 : st Says:

    omgg cant waitttttt for ep 15:( and daebak those raitings getting higher each ep,totally deserved, hope that it reaches 30%! 🙂

  75. 75 : kim Says:

    Ji sung ❤❤❤❤❤❤

  76. 76 : sia Says:

    T^T omg I cant wait for next EP!!!!
    Totally good Series of 2017

  77. 77 : min Says:

    This drama really takes you in, the emotions of ji sung daebak!
    but 4 episodes left cant wait to see how its going to end and hope that min ho gets what he deserves!!!

  78. 78 : unima Says:

    Uhm Ki Joon, he is like a fine wine, with age becomes only better.

  79. 79 : yeelyn Says:

    This is what an actor should be! Ji Sung acting is the best! Congrats to the cast, director (49 days) and to the writer (city hunter)!

  80. 80 : Leah Says:

    This drama is the best crime drama ever. Good job SBS. I have seen this drama from eps 1, and never skip one. Keep waiting till the end. I hope cha min ho and his men will rotten in jail forever.

  81. 81 : SBS On Going Dramas – KDRAMA Says:

    […] 피고인 / Defendant / 被告人 Broadcast period: 2017-Jan-23 to 2017-March-21 Air Time: Monday & Tuesday 22:00 […]

  82. 82 : hyong Says:

    BEST DRAMA OF 2017
    You really need to watch this drama it has everything!!

  83. 83 : Hannah Says:

    Next week is the finale for this drama! I can’t wait!!

  84. 84 : piet Says:

    I hope, thats wiil be happy ending drama

  85. 85 : maria Says:

    Very good acting of Jisung and the other main actor acting as cha min ho. A really must watch drama!!!

  86. 86 : Timmy Says:

    Ji Sung is at his best! But i’m bored with Uhm Ki Joon’s acting. He’s not bad as Cha Min Ho, but he’s the same villain from another drama… lack of emotion, not convincing enough as a dangerous person, he’s just annoying and need slap in the face.

  87. 87 : hyong Says:

    can’t wait how its going to end, 2 episodes left! its really a great drama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but im sad that it’s going to end soon 🙁

  88. 88 : gun Says:

    that scene when jung woo find his daughter you need tissues its very emotional and im so sad that sung kyu died he deserved to stay till the end. cant wait for the next episode ❤❤❤

  89. 89 : Grace Says:

    Ji sung daebak!!!

  90. 90 : Hannah Says:

    Can’t wait for the last episode!!!

  91. 91 : Jane Says:

    Ji Sung- DAEBAK!
    Um Ki Joon- the best evil villain. He did it well too!
    All the casts and production crew 👏👏👏👏👏👍👍👍

  92. 92 : Sanna Says:

    Its really sad that its going to end soon just 1 episode left😱😭 i wish it could be longer❤️ But overall an amazing dramaa!!!!!😄 And the rating almost 30%, hope that it reaches the 30%mark overall an great drama!! Ji sung❤️

  93. 93 : rookie Says:

    Just finished the last ep. Superb ending. Satisfied!!!

  94. 94 : ting Says:

    daebak hope to see more this kind of drama in the future congrats to all production staff

  95. 95 : sue Says:

    wow their ending… congratulation… 1st place… great drama…

  96. 96 : Jane Says:

    👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏 DAEBAK!
    Congratulations to Ji Sung and all the casts and all the production crew! You all did well to give us a good drama!! Thanks a zillion!!

  97. 97 : Mayce Says:

    TWO THUMPS UP…season 2 please 😅😄😍😘

  98. 98 : Mayce Says:

    TWO THUMPS UP👍👍..season 2 please 😄😄😍😘

  99. 99 : alexandrina Says:

    The best drama.JI Sung and UKJ and all actors thank for yours talents.Please, season 2!

  100. 100 : Hannah Says:

    Love the ending! It’s nicely wrapped! Great drama indeed!

  101. 101 : lee Says:

    cant believe the drama is overr, wished it could be louger but it was really the best drama so far.
    And that ending was sweet and emotional. And FINALYY that bastard got what he deserved!! and the finally the 30% Congratulations to the cast and JISUNG

  102. 102 : hyuri Says:

    just watched the last episode and it had the whole package. The cast did a great job on playing there character. The best drama of 2017!

  103. 103 : sia Says:

    awww finally THIS IS THE BEST SERIES OF 2017!!!!!!!
    all the actors and actress are so good the stories so kickass! awesome

  104. 104 : MJ Says:

    I loveeee this drama..Ji Sung acting is no doubt, always great!! Also the storyline in every episode in never disappointed…and full of surprises!! Great drama 🙂

  105. 105 : doris aguirre Says:

    One of the best 2017 Korean drama so far. Love all the casts.

  106. 106 : Ninjalamb Says:

    Wow one of the fabulous drama I ever seen in 2017, the storyline is fantastic, jail break, twist and turn of each event is totally amazing. What is great that each character has been carefully developed and each actor are given the right amount of air time. One of the best in 2017!! Taebak!

  107. 107 : Pearl Says:

    The best drama of 2017. Love the story line, love the main actor. I love hiw ji sung act. His dramas he play so far is always the best. Two thumbs up for defendant.

  108. 108 : Pearl Says:

    Best drama!! I enjoyed every episode. Ji sung is the great actor..

  109. 109 : cuity17 Says:

    Daebak.. Daebak.. Daebak.. Im still in ep. 15
    Hwoooowww…full of thrilling n goosebump…😁😍 yaaayy…

  110. 110 : cuity17 Says:

    No need romance here.. Only bromance… 👍Recommended guys.. , Ji Sung… You r the best.. Cool.. Waiting your next drama.. 😘

  111. 111 : N Says:

    Oh my god! Love this drama! This is like prison break, very intense! Good acting by Ji Sung. Best drama of the year by far. Highly recommended! 😀

  112. 112 : Pamela Says:

    great drama and actors!

  113. 113 : Jackie Perez Says:

    Hi Ji Sung, more Koreandramas and movies. you’re such a great actor. I love you my handsome Ji Sung 😘

  114. 114 : M Says:

    nice drama

  115. 115 : Kay Says:

    Defendant was a very good drama. Lots of thrills and packed with emotion. Ji Sung was absolutely phenomenal. He’s just amazing!

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