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K_Variety: Running Man

First aired on July 2010 as part of SBS’s Good Sunday line up, Running Man has been my favorite Korean show.  Many thanks to my friend, Lisette, who has been my supplier of what we call epektos.  Running Man is classified as a reality-variety show, which focuses on games and completion of missions and most of the time ends up with Tearing Of Name Tags.  It is composed of 7 casts (previously 8) including emcees, singers and actors with different personalities.  Diversity of guests garnered a lot of attention especially when it comes to Hallyu stars.  It gained its popularity throughout Asia with the help of online sites offering english-subtitled videos.

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CASTS:

YOO JAE SUK - the main emcee; known as Yooruce Willis, Yoomes Bond, Yoo Hyuk and Grasshopper; identified by a water gun and green color
YOO JAE SUK – the main emcee; known as Yooruce Willis, Yoomes Bond, Yoo Hyuk and Grasshopper; identified by a water gun and green color.
JI SUK JIN - the weakest and oldest member; known as Big Nose and Impala; often the first eliminated and identified with the expression,
JI SUK JIN – the weakest and oldest member; known as Big Nose and Impala; often the first eliminated and identified with the expression, “Race Start!”
KIM JONG KOOK - the strongest man; known as the tiger, sparta and commander; often won the games with both brains and brawn; weak in women.
KIM JONG KOOK – the strongest man; known as the Tiger, Sparta and Commander; often won the games with both brains and brawn; weak in women.
GARY - the most honest and dark-horse; known as the Monday Boyfriend, Peaceful Gary and Sudden Commander for his inconsistent strong abilities in winning the race.
KANG GARY – the most honest and dark-horse; known as the Monday Boyfriend, Peaceful Gary and Sudden Commander for his inconsistent strong abilities in winning the race.
SONG JI HYO - the Ace; only woman with nicknames Blank Ji, Gold Jihyo and Monday Girlfriend; strong in tactics; often caught sleeping.
SONG JI HYO – the Ace; only woman with nicknames Blank Ji, Gold Jihyo and Monday Girlfriend; strong in tactics; often caught sleeping.
HAHA - the joker, kid (due to height) and well-known as Haroro because of his love with Pororo; identified with his love-line with female guests,
HA DONG HUN – the joker, kid (due to height) and well-known as Haroro because of his love with Pororo; identified with his love-line with female guests, “Will you be my last love?”
LEE KWANG SOO - the ultimate betrayer; known as Giraffe and Kwangvatar; he also gained the title Prince of Asia due to unexpected fandom during their overseas broadcasts.
LEE KWANG SOO – the ultimate betrayer; known as Giraffe and Kwangvatar; he also gained the title Prince of Asia due to unexpected fandom during their overseas broadcasts.
SONG JOONG KI - the flower boy; known as Active Joongki for his enthusiasm and Brain Joongki for his great analysis during intellectual games.
SONG JOONG KI – the flower boy; known as Active Joongki for his enthusiasm and Brain Joongki for his great analysis during intellectual games.

Now on its 5th year, Running Man sustained its high rating among contending shows.  The fame is due to the combined result of its unpredictability, the comedy involved, the celebrity guests and the chemistry between the regular cast members.  It was awarded as the Netizen Most Popular Program (2010 and 2013), Most Outstanding Program (2011), Best TV Show (2012), Viewer’s Most Popular Program (2012) and Best Variety Show (2013 and 2014).

RM casts 2

RM casts

“Do not walk, RUN!”

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