Behind the White Tower
|Behind the White Tower|
|Also known as||White Tower
Great White Tower
Inside the White Tower
|Written by||Lee Ki-won|
|Directed by||Ahn Pan-seok|
|Theme music composer||Cho Yoon-seung|
|Country of origin||South Korea|
|No. of episodes||20|
|Executive producer(s)||Jo Joong-hyun|
|Running time||60 minutes
Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 (KST)
|Production company(s)||Kim Jong-hak Productions|
|Original channel||Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation|
|Original run||January 6, 2007– March 11, 2007|
|Followed by||Que Sera, Sera|
|Related shows||Shiroi Kyotō
Behind the White Tower (Hangul: 하얀 거탑; RR: Hayan Geotab; lit. "White Tower") is a 2007 South Korean television series that aired on MBC from January 6 to March 11, 2007 on Saturdays and Sundays at 21:40 for 20 episodes.
Based on renowned Japanese novelist Yamazaki Toyoko's representative work Shiroi Kyotō,12 the drama brings viewers deep into the political inner workings of the medical field by taking a satirical look at malpractice and power plays at a university hospital,345 and contrasting the paths and personalities of two doctors played by Kim Myung-min and Lee Sun-kyun.6 The medical drama was a critical and ratings hit in South Korea, gaining praise for its acting (particularly by Kim), writing, direction, and its intelligent and uncompromising story without concessions to melodrama or romance.78
Brilliant and ambitious, assistant professor Jang Joon-hyuk (Kim Myung-min) is a rising star in the Myeongin University Hospital surgery department. His knowledge and expertise is undeniable, but his cavalier confidence and cold personality has earned him more than a few enemies, including the department head. While Jang's drive stems from a desire for success and advancement, fellow doctor Choi Do-young (Lee Sun-kyun) is committed to the well-being of his patients, leading to frequent clashes with the practices and personnel within the hospital. With the head of the surgery department retiring, Jang seems to be the clear successor until a new rival emerges in the form of Noh Min-guk (Cha In-pyo), who has the backing of the department head. Jang, however, is determined to win at all costs.
- Kim Myung-min as Jang Joon-hyuk910
- Lee Sun-kyun as Choi Do-young
- Cha In-pyo as Noh Min-guk
- Song Seon-mi as Lee Yoon-jin
- Kim Bo-kyung as Kang Hee-jae
- Lee Jung-gil as Lee Joo-wan
- Kim Chang-wan as Woo Yong-gil
- Byeon Hee-bong as Oh Kyung-hwan
- Im Sung-eun as Min Soo-jung
- Jung Han-yong as Min Choong-shik
- Ki Tae-young as Yeom Dong-il
- Lee Seung-min as Ha Eun-hye
- Lee Hee-do as Yoo Pil-sang
- Han Sang-jin as Park Geon-ha
- Kim Yong-min as Ham Min-seung
- Park Kwang-jung as Park Chang-shik
- Jung Young-ook as Joon-hyuk's mother
- Jang So-yeon as Yoo Mi-ra
- Lee Moo-saeng as Kwon Hyung-jin
- Nam Yoon-jung as Kim Young-ah
- Yang Hee-kyung as Hong Sung-hee
- Son Byung-ho as Kim Hoon
- Park Hyuk-kwon as Hong Sang-il
- Kim Do-yeon as Lee Young-soon
- Jang Hyun-sung as Jo Myung-joon
- Park Young-ji as Oh Nam-ki
- Jung Kyung-ho as Kwon Soon-ki
- Kim Jung-hak as Lee Jae-myung
- Lee Ji-eun as Lee Jin-joo
- Shin Kwi-shik as Won Yong-min
- Choi Beom-ho as Kwon Soon-il
- 2007 43rd Baeksang Arts Awards
- Best TV Director: Ahn Pan-seok
- Best TV Actor: Kim Myung-min
- 2007 Grimae Awards
- Best Actor: Kim Myung-min
- 2007 MBC Drama Awards
- Top Excellence Award, Actor: Kim Myung-min (Kim was unable to attend the awards ceremony as his son was sick.)
- Golden Acting Award, Actor in a Miniseries: Lee Sun-kyun
- PD Award: Kim Chang-wan
- 2008 20th Producer's Awards of Korea
- Best Performer: Kim Myung-min
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- Garcia, Cathy Rose A. (15 November 2007). "Japanese Dramas Charm Korea". The Korea Times. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- Kim, Tae-jong (15 January 2007). "Prescription for Melodramatized TV". The Korea Times via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- Cho, Chung-un (31 January 2007). "Medical dramas thrill local TV audience". The Korea Herald via Hancinema. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- Lee, Jee-hoon (9 March 2007). "Of Financial Institutions and Hospital Soaps". The Chosun Ilbo. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- Yang, Sung-hee (17 February 2007). "Political drama isn't TV". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- "TV Review: In the White Tower, all you need is power". Korea JoongAng Daily. 13 February 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- "Korea in the Grip of U.S. Soap Fever". The Chosun Ilbo. 22 May 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- "Kim Myung-min Still Haunted by White Tower Role". The Chosun Ilbo. 16 March 2007. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- Yang, Sung-hee (22 August 2007). "Intensity and sense of purpose create the materials for a star". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved 2013-05-20.
- White Tower official MBC website (Korean)
- Behind the White Tower at MBC Global Media
- White Tower at HanCinema
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