SBS’s new Friday-Saturday drama “Payback” marked a smooth start. This is Lee Sun Kyun’s first SBS drama since 2008.
SBS’s first episode of “Payback,” which first aired on Jan 6th, recorded 9.6% in the Seoul metropolitan area and 8.7% nationwide, ranking first among Friday-Saturday dramas. Its highest ratings per minute even soared to 10.8%.
Lee Sun Kyun‘s performance is also drawing attention as this is his return to SBS drama after 15 years since “My Sweet City” in 2008.
In the 1st episode, Eun Yong (Lee Sun Kyun), who lives a life where even eating and sleeping are life-or-death problems, swore to do everything, even illegal, to make a lot of money after being released from the juvenile detention center. Eun Yong then became a good friend with Myung In Joo (Kim Hong Pa) while working under his service at the suggestion of a fellow he met in the juvenile detention center, and started a private loan business. However, Eun Yong later left for Mongolia to live in seclusion, saying, “I will make more money.”
Eun Yong’s nephew Jang Tae Chun (Kang Yoo Seok) learned that Chairman Myung In Joo was entangled in the cases he is following after receiving a stock price manipulation report on a stock recommended by a YouTuber called “Yeouido Rambo.” It turned out that Park Joon Kyung (Moon Chae Won), a former prosecutor-turned-army major, reported internal documents related to the stock price manipulation related to Chairman Myung.
At the end of the episode, Eun Yong, dressed in a suit, boarded a private plane and decided to return after 10 years, responding to Park Joon Kyung’s silent cry, “Come back and fight together.“
“Payback” is a refreshing revenge play between Eun Yong, a money trader, and Park Joon Kyung, an army major and elite juridical officer, in their fights against the cartel of law. “Payback” airs every Friday and Saturday at 10 p.m.