Friday, January 11, 2013

49 Days

49 Days is a 2011 South Korean television fantasy drama series, starring Lee Yo-won, Jung Il-woo, Jo Hyeon-jae, Bae Su-bin, Nam Gyu-ri and Seo Ji-hye. It was broadcast on Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS) from 16 March to 19 May 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.

Here is synopsis of this drama. Adored by her parents, admired by her friends, and days from marrying her fiance, Min-Ho (Bae Su-bin), Ji-Hyun's (Nam Gyu-Ri) life seems to be storybook perfect . Meanwhile, Yi-Kyung (Lee Yo-won) is in an existential crisis following her boyfriend's tragic death. She works third shift at a convenience store, sleeps in the afternoon, and often spends what little time she has left in the day contemplating suicide.

One fateful day interweaves the two characters' stories as Yi-Kyung attempts to kill herself by walking into oncoming traffic. A bystander saves Yi-Kyung by pulling her out of harm's way at the last moment, but a massive pile-up ensues from her actions. Ji-Hyun is driving nearby and fails to brake upon approaching the collision site, crashing into a semi. Ji-Hyun crawls out of her car in a daze until she shockingly finds her body being carted into an ambulance. A motorcyclist seems to be the only person who can see her. The cyclist calls himself 'the Scheduler' (Jung Il Woo) and claims to be an angelic being charged with guiding souls to their final destinations.

Ji-Hyun leaves the cyclist to follow her body and watch as the paramedics attempt to revive her. Upon reaching the hospital, Ji-Hyun meets 'the Scheduler' again. He explains to Ji-Hyun that since it was not yet her scheduled time to die she is to be given a chance to recover from her now vegetative state and live. The offer is contingent, however, on completion of a mission. Ji-Hyun must gather a total of three teardrops from people whom truly love her. She is additionally required to recover each tear from three individuals none of which may be a relative and do so within the next seven weeks. Ji-Hyun immediately thinks of her fiance and two best friends and is certain she will live again. Ji-Hyun then finds herself in the body of the suicidal Yi-Kyung for which she will remain for the duration of her quest.

Ji-Hyun proceeds by seeking employment with the restaurant owned by her high school friend Han Kang's (Jo Hyeon-jae) family. While working Ji-Hyun's memory begins to return to her. Before the accident Ji-Hyun had visited her best friend to show her the bridesmaid dress Ji-Hyun had chosen for her. Ji-Hyun's elation is muted upon arrival as she discovers her best friend and Ji-Hyun's fiance sitting intimately together in a car. Ji-Hyun leaves in shock, unable to confront them in the act. Hence, Ji-Hyun was driving on the day of the accident to confront them about the betrayal (her driving skills impaired by her emotional despair). Ji-Hyun now realizes that it won't be as easy to find three people who genuinely love her as she once thought.

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