피노키오 (Pinocchio)

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20 Episodes
An iHQ Production
Timeslot: Wednesday and Thursday Evenings, 10:00 PM
Genre: Melodrama
Format: 1080i Dolby Digital 2.0 – 65 Minutes
Ran from: 2014/Nov/12~2015/Jan/15

WITH 이종석 (Lee Jong-Seok) as Choi Dal-Po; 박신혜 (Park Shin-Hye) as Choi In-Ha; 김영광 (Kim Young-Gwang) as Seo Beom-Jo; 이유비 (Lee Yoo-Bi) as Yoon Yoo-Rae; 이필모 (Lee Pil-Mo) as Hwang Gyo-Dong; 민성욱 (Min Seong-Wook) as Jang Hyeon-Gyu; 강신일 (Kang Shin-Il) as Lee Young-Tak; 추수현 (Chu Soo-Hyeon) as Im Jae-Hwan; 진경 (Jin Gyeong) as Song Cha-Ok; 김광규 (Kim Gwang-Gyu) as Kim Gong-Joo; 김영훈 (Kim Young-Hoon) as Lee Il-Joo; 윤서현 (Yoon Seo-Hyun) as Lee Joo-Ho; 조덕현 (Jo Deok-Hyeon) as Jo Won-Gu; 임병기 (Im Byeong-Gi) as Yeon Du-Young; 윤균상 (Yoon Gyun-Sang) as Gi Jae-Myeong; 변희봉 (Byun Hee-Bong) as Choi Gong-Pil; 신정근 (Shin Jung-Geun) as Choi Dal-Pyeong; 김해숙 (Kim Hae-Sook) as Park Rosa; 이주승 (Lee Ju-Seung) as Ahn Chan-Soo; 임도윤 (Im Do-Yoon) as Ji-Hee;

CREW Production Director 조수원 (Jo Su-Won) B-Team Director 신승우 (Shin Seung-Woo) Main Writer 박혜련 (Park Hye-Ryeon) Planning 최문석 (Choi Mun-Seok) Executive Producer 정훈탁 (Jung Hoon-Tak) Producer 박창용 (Park Chang-Yong) Director of Photography 이재우 (Lee Jae-Woo) 황창인 (Hwang Chang-In) Lighting 최성학 (Choi Seong-Hak) Art Director 노상순 (Noh Sang-Soon) Editor 김수진 (Kim Soo-Jin) 전현정 (Jeon Hyun-Jung) Music 문성남 (Moon Seong-Nam) Assistant Producers 김영환 (Kim Young-Hwan) 박기옥 (Park Gi-Ok) 문형섭 (Moon Hyung-Seop)

RATINGS
AGB Nielsen Nationwide
HIGHEST: 13.3% (1/15 - E20)
LOWEST: 7.8% (11/12 - E01)
AVERAGE: 10.56%

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SYNOPSIS

This drama starts with an interesting hypothesis. What if there were people like Pinocchio that one can tell is lying? And what if that person became a journalist? 1 out of 1,000 people suddenly fall asleep. Such people have hypnolepsy. 1 out of 1.25 million people can’t feel pain, cold, heat, or hunger. Such people have analgesia. In this drama, there are people with Pinocchio syndrome that hiccup when they lie. This happens in 1 out of 43 people. They only speak the truth since it is hard for them to lie because people can tell that they’re lying just like Pinocchio. There are necessary lies in life. What if a person who can’t make such lies becomes a journalist? Would it be beneficial or not for such a journalist who only reports the truth? Taking this hypothesis, is the news we’re watching covering the truth? Is what I believe to be the truth really the truth? And is that truth beautiful? We want to find the answer to these questions. Pinocchio’s nose grows longer when he lies. It’s very dangerous that it could poke a fairy’s eye. A journalist’s lies are dangerous because it can blind the public to the truth. There are youths who took their first step in society as journalists. They are yet inexperienced like Pinocchio. However, they will realize the gravity and value of words as they are victorious at times but also fail at the frontlines of truth. Just as Pinocchio changed into a human being, these youths will also grow into real journalists. [SBS International]

IN SHORT

Typical Park Hye-Ryeon -- and no, not the one who wrote 세계의 끝 (The End of the World). She tricks you with a premise that at least on paper has decent legs – in this case a journalistic search for the truth not unlike 스포트라이트 (Spotlight), except here it's used as more of a gimmick than as a tool for social commentary – and surrounds it with the obligatory dose of inane coincidences, simplistic humanism that trivializes anything genuinely heartwarming that does happen (which is still in short supply, truth to be told), and hamfisted, inevitable romance – since it's still headlined by two Hallyu heavyweights and we need the feels (TM). You're left wondering what could have happened to this show if it played its card a bit more seriously, because when it did a few of the performances stood out – Jin Gyeong in particular, who is often misused in comedic roles and lifeless sidekicks but steals the show here. But why expect more? Park is incapable of handling meatier material, and after all both Park Shin-Hye (hopelessly limited to her cuteness, as always) and Lee Jong-Seok (brutally stiff) wouldn't be able to live up to anything more complex than “let's pretend there's anything remotely interesting happening before we kiss.” Hardly offensive, but nothing more than a forgettable star vehicle.

ACTING GRADES

72 진경 (Jin Gyeong)
71 변희봉 (Byun Hee-Bong)
70 강신일 (Kang Shin-Il)
70 신정근 (Shin Jung-Geun)
65 김해숙 (Kim Hae-Sook)
62 조덕현 (Jo Deok-Hyeon)
62 임병기 (Im Byeong-Gi)
61 이주승 (Lee Ju-Seung)
60 김영훈 (Kim Young-Hoon)
59 이유비 (Lee Yoo-Bi)
58 박신혜 (Park Shin-Hye)
58 이필모 (Lee Pil-Mo)
57 민성욱 (Min Seong-Wook)
56 윤균상 (Yoon Gyun-Sang)
56 김광규 (Kim Gwang-Gyu)
55 임도윤 (Im Do-Yoon)
55 김영광 (Kim Young-Gwang)
55 추수현 (Chu Soo-Hyeon)
54 윤서현 (Yoon Seo-Hyeon)
52 이종석 (Lee Jong-Seok)

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