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Title: 죽어야 사는 남자 / Man Who Dies to Live
Chinese Title: 死而復生的男人
Genre: Family, Comedy
Episodes: 24 (35 minutes/episode)
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2017-July-19 to 2017-Aug-24
Air time: Wednesdays & Thursdays 22:00 (2 episodes back-to-back)


In the late 1970’s, Jang Dal Goo (Choi Min Soo) went to the Middle East and settled down in the small kingdom. He then became Count Souad Fahd Ali and found success there. One day, he returns to South Korea and appears in front of his daughter Lee Ji Young (Kang Ye Won) who is married and is an aspiring writer. Meanwhile, Kang Ho Rim (Shin Sung Rok) is his son-in-law who has a great looking appearance and works as an ordinary salaryman. The drama will be a funny and warm comedy, that will highlight the importance of a family.


Main Cast

Choi Min Soo as Count Souad Fahd Ali / Jang Dal Goo
Kang Ye Won as Lee Ji Young (A)
Shin Sung Rok as Kang Ho Rim
Lee So Yeon as Lee Ji Young (B)

People around Count

Cho Tae Kwan as Abdallah Muhammad Walliwalla
Kim Byung Ok as Han So Jang
Hwang Seung Eon as Yang Mi Hwa

People around Ji Young ‘A’

Bae Hae Sun as Wang Mi Ran
Go Bi Joo as Kang Eun Bi

People around Kang Ho Rim

Jo Kyung Suk as Na Ok Ja
Cha Sun Bae as Choe Byung Tae


Lee Tae Yeon as Kang Hye Rim
Jo Young Hoon as Sang Duk
Kang Sang Won (강상원) as Soo Hyuk
Seo Hye Won (서혜원) as Min Hee
Lee Gun Hee (이건희) as Sung Ho

Production Credits

Director: Go Dong Sun
Screenwriter: Kim Sun Hee

Episode Ratings

    Nationwide Seoul Nationwide Seoul
2017-07-19 1 9.8 (10th) 11.0 (5th) 9.1 (8th) 10.3 (5th)
2017-07-19 2 10.5 (9th) 11.3 (4th) 9.1 (8th) 10.4 (4th)
2017-07-20 3 9.7 (12th) 11.0 (5th) 8.6 (9th) 9.5 (7th)
2017-07-20 4 10.0 (10th) 11.2 (4th) 9.6 (7th) 10.5 (5th)
2017-07-26 5 9.5 (11th) 10.1 (5th) 8.1 (10th) 9.2 (5th)
2017-07-26 6 10.8 (7th) 10.8 (4th) 9.4 (8th) 10.6 (4th)
2017-07-27 7        
2017-07-27 8        
2017-08-02 9        
2017-08-02 10        
2017-08-03 11        
2017-08-03 12        
2017-08-09 13        
2017-08-09 14        
2017-08-10 15        
2017-08-10 16        
2017-08-16 17        
2017-08-16 18        
2017-08-17 19        
2017-08-17 20        
2017-08-23 21        
2017-08-23 22        
2017-08-24 23        
2017-08-24 24        

Sources: TNmS Media Korea & AGB Nielsen Korea

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


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40 Responses to “Man Who Dies to Live”

  1. 1
    Coolbeans Says:

    Cho Min Soo and Cho Tae Kwan (DOTS’ Daniel Spencer, yes, the Mr. Fixit guy) in a drama together! This is a gift from the gods I will cherish. I don’t even care if the drama is bad. The visuals will be great!

  2. 2
    Hannah Says:

    I’m looking forward to this.

  3. 3
    MaxT Says:

    I think this drama has only 24 episodes x 30 minutes.

  4. 4
    Red Says:

    Coolbeans, yes! Choi Min Soo is such a good actor…and that voice melts. Cho Tae Kwan did and great job in DotS and is easy on the eyes.
    I am looking forward to them in a comedy.

  5. 5
    UEeOne Says:

    When first i read the synopsis i’m bit worried how him will show to other as saeed faad ali. Ok pass. Whatever their religion is they name is like that. But the female in episode one wear full shawl not showing their hair but wear split skirt is really not suitable. Is it non muslim? If non muslim please open your shawl. Other will confius about this. Muslim people is not like that. Peace. Sorry for my bad in english.

  6. 6
    IrisFl0wer Says:

    Hi; I like korean drama the most and I respect your ways in presenting your culture .. but in this drama you reflect Muslims in specific.. and Arab in general in so bad and far way… which means that you really don’t know them in reality … I hope you learn more about other cultures before you produce any drama about them in the future… regards

  7. 7
    K lover Says:

    I have heard that Korea has the fastest Internet
    1 hour or less enough to see the culture and religion of the Arabs
    I’m not angry but in fact this made me sad cuz some people will believe this shit Before you start working you had to search more. We are not like that. You never show the truth. Stop these lies pls

  8. 8
    Mokoduk Says:

    @K lover. Do you mean that people would watch this and think that some Arabs are oil-rich? I don’t understand your grievance. It’s not like these dramas reflect the real Korean culture either. These are not documentaries.

  9. 9
    Mi Poong Says:

    The Muslim commenters complaining their culture is misrepresented in this drama. I have to agree. But the misrepresentation isn’t in a bad way surely.

    There are no jihadists shown cutting off the body parts of non-Muslims. Nor did we see gays tossed off roofs or an adulterer being stoned. All actual “sharia” forms of punishment.

    Perhaps if such things were shown there might not have been any complaints from our Muslim commenters.

  10. 10
    Susy indrayanti Says:

    Don’t use islam for your drama.i love korean drama.but if u don’t know anything.don’t use islam.

  11. 11
    Bianca kylie Says:

    Please MBC..even this drama based on fiction but please can u crosscek and double crosscek about other religion can u more respect about islam and muslim..dissapointed with this drama

  12. 12
    123choubidou Says:

    De toute façon des que l’on parle de cette religion certain crient au scandale…..réveillez vous bordel vous êtes pas le centre du monde…un peu d’humour c’est ça qu’il vous manque. par contre si ça avait parler de christianisme ou autre là vous n’aurez rien dit alors sérieux ferlez là.

  13. 13
    Mokoduk Says:

    @123choubidou Totally agree with you. Anyway, Islam didn’t feature in the drama. What was presented of the religion was brief and incidental like a street fixture. To my recollection, the words Islam and Muslim were not even mentioned, just a shot of people with their butts in the air muttering “Our god is greater than your god” in Arabic (the correct translation not the literal translation)

    Like you said if it was about Christianity nothing would have been said. Christians tend to be more mature.

    I agree with @Mi Poong. Had the drama shown a woman being stoned and a gay or two being thrown off a roof it’d be a more accurate representation of the religion and culture. No complaints probably, but who knows.

  14. 14
    Susy indrayanti Says:

    I hope all muslim in the world will never see the actrs in this drama ever again.this drama is so fu$%&

  15. 15
    Susy indrayanti Says:

    Mokoduk u dont know anything.but dare to speak.

  16. 16
    suzan Says:

    the Reality of the rich Arabs

  17. 17
    yuleeha Says:

    Drama sampah..!!!!!!!

  18. 18
    ika Says:

    Its enough to make me angry since this drama use some symbol of my religion in wrong way
    #buycott this drama 😠

  19. 19
    Sara Says:

    i really love Korean drama but i’m now disappointed >.<
    I've been to Dubai many times before, the Arabic culture isn't related to what this drama is talking about.
    I don't think that would be funny .. if anyone do the same with your culture.

  20. 20
    duygu Says:

    This garbage Show must be removed…this is SHAME for Korea… #mwdtlmustberemoved

  21. 21
    duygu Says:

    #MWDTLMustBeRemoved…please joın tt work…

  22. 22
    Nora Says:

    It’s not funny when u people mocking to muslim religion like this… Now i see that MBC is soo stupid and not sensitive at all… This drama should be banned… Drama Sampah!!!

  23. 23
    Gia Says:

    I’m moslem…
    And i’m moslem…
    I have not watched this drama yet…
    But, i read the news…
    I ‘m very disappointed…


  24. 24
    Alis Says:

    Mokoduk, you are really ignorant.. you can see clearly in the poster, the “book” in front of Choi Minsoo is resembling Quran… Have you ever enter masjid wearing shoes? Have you ever see muslim woman wearing hijab with bikini?? You know what, not only muslim community around the world get mad about this drama, but Korean Muslim in South Korea also get mad because of this matter.. Thanks to them, they viral about this drama wrongdoing on SNS..

  25. 25
    athene Says:

    I know that all the matters about the Muslims and the arabs in this drama is NOT TRUE. Maybe the director and the writer of this drama hate muslims thats why they make this kind of drama.

    Sorry But i really hate this drama. Spreading false information and disgracing religion.

  26. 26
    duygu Says:

    If Mbc does not remove this garbage drama, we will never watch the DRAMAS OF MBC from now on…

  27. 27
    rain Says:

    I think muslim people are upset about the part the ladies are wearing bikini on the body and a veil on the head so the think its insulting veiled women in rl i think there is only one muslim charecter the assistant and he is not negative please give it a chance

  28. 28
    mbcanjing Says:

    fucking dumb koreans please stop airing this drama

  29. 29
    sue Says:

    Please respect Muslim religion. So disappointed

  30. 30
    sue Says:

    I’m boycott this Drama

  31. 31
    lia Says:

    hi. im sure korean drama has many fans from moslem country. please respect them, this drama doesnt represent moslem culture, in fact your description is more to humiliating. for my self, Im not gonna watch drama from MBC in the future, but it doesnt matter to you right? hehe.. please do some respect, at least make an apologized in public. thank you

  32. 32
    agade Says:

    Out of all the problems in the world, why South Korea MBC choose to ‘criticise’ the Muslims deviant social and political life in one country instead of putting more weight of thought on the Western military offense in some other Muslims countries. After all, you just need to ask, does South Korea’s image as the most progressive nation at the moment worth demonizing some Muslims?

  33. 33
    duygu Says:

    Boycott MBC

  34. 34
    Meyan Says:

    I won’t watch it.. ini jelas-jelas penistaan agama..

  35. 35
    Vega Says:

    im moslem, and ok fine if most of you, or non moslem said it is fiction and all the moslem are immature and too sensitive about the veil and the woman on scren, but please, check on 3th or 4th episode, when the assistant act like he is pray in mosque, its mean his caracter as moslem, but then he just go in the middle of pray, it really insulting moslem and our relegion. moslem isnt like that.

  36. 36
    Red Says:

    This is a comedy. It is making fun of everyone including Koreans and the West. It’s time to understand that being offended means turn the channel. No one doesn’t know that the hijab isn’t worn by women who show the rest of themselves. NO one thinks this is a serious depiction of an Islamic lifestyle or anything else. It’s a comedy.
    Whine away if you want, but it is important to learn to laugh at yourselves.
    Personally, I think it is hilarious.

  37. 37
    Dramaclub Says:

    I see the point of those who will boycott this show. They don’t poke fun at their religion and anyone who does is seen as being disrespectful. That’s the belief in their culture. The creators of this drama have different beliefs and may live in a different culture where poking fun at religion, all kinds of religion, is considered part of comedy. This type of comedy is acceptable in S. Korea and many other nations that allow freedom of speech. That is the freedom to express one’s ideas without fear of persecution even if those ideas conflict with the beliefs of another person or group. The expression can be in the form of jokes, advertising, films, tv shows, art, news articles, books, plays and many other forms. The best option for those who are offended is to turn it off, ignore it, boycott and send letter/emails to MBC expressing displeasure. The world is too large. Korean entertainment executives can’t dictate what happens on television in Muslim countries. Those in Muslim countries can’t dictate the subject matter, costumes or storyline for a drama made on the other side of the world. Muslims in Korea have the same options. They can even picket the station because they have freedom of speech which allows them to do so. Those who continue to watch will not believe this is how Muslims behave because this is clearly a comedy and not a documentary.

  38. 38
    Jukbang Says:

    Make the North great again

  39. 39
    park jun sung Says:

    Oh, korean (I mean people behind the TV production), i dont know how you build a story of kdrama. well, it’s not the 1st time they make mistake, they create story without survey. in drama “Whisper”, they called “Sabah City” (a city in Malaysia) is an Indonesia city, and now they represented a hijab women using Bikini, in the middle east? WHATT??? okay, maybe they didn’t mean to do that (probably), but come on, i think its a general culture… Midlle East, there is Mosque in the poster (check it out), and woman wearing hijab + Bikini, WTF, are you fool???? I’m not from Malaysia, but i think Sabah is quite famous city in Asia, and they think it’s on Indonesia. They never learn how to read Asian Maps i guess. Woman in Hijab wear Bikini, in the Middle east. okay, i think they never know what’s muslim look like before.

  40. 40
    su Says:

    the stupidity.. boycott MBC

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