49 Days is about Shin Ji Hyun was enjoying absolute bliss as she was about to marry her fiancé, Kang Min Ho, but her perfect life is shattered when she gets into a car accident that leaves her in a coma. She is given a second chance at life by a reaper, but it comes with a condition: she has to find three people outside of her family who would cry genuine tears for her. In order to do this, she borrows the body of Yi Kyung, a part-time employee at a convenience store for 49 days.
- Drama: 49 Days
- Revised romanization: 49Il
- Hangul: 49일
- Producer: Choi Mun-Seok
- Director: Jo Young-Gwang, Park Yong-Soon
- Writer: So Hyeon-Kyeong
- Network: SBS
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: March 16, 2011 – May 19, 2011
- Runtime: Wednesday & Thursday 21:55
Ji-Hyun’s (Nam Gyu-Ri) life seems to be storybook perfect. Her parents adore her and her friends all seem to admire her. Ji-Hyun is also engaged and set to marry her fiance Min-Ho (Bae Soo-Bin) in just a few days. Meanwhile, Lee-Kyung (Lee Yo-Won) is a woman who is completely distraught over her life and frequently contemplates suicide. She works the night shift at a convenience store, while sleeping in the afternoons.
On a fateful day, Lee-Kyung gets off a bus and wanders around. She then stands in front of a busy street and attempts to kill herself by walking into oncoming traffic. At that time, somebody saves her life by pulling her back. At this moment, Ji-Hyun, who is driving nearby, hits her breaks, but can’t avoid the semi-trailer truck that has stopped in the middle of the road.
Moments later, Ji-Hyun walks out of her car in a daze. She is shocked to see herself being carted into an ambulance. The only person who seems to notice her standing in the road is a man on a motorcycle. The man on the motorcycle is the Scheduler (Jung Il-Woo) – an angel of sorts who awaits to take souls to their final destinations.
Ji-Hyun follows her body into the ambulance and watches as the paramedics attempt to revive her body. At the hospital, Ji-Hyun meets the Scheduler again. The Scheduler tells Ji-Hyun that if three people (besides her family) genuinely sheds tears over her condition within the next 49 days, her body will awake from its coma and she can live again. Ji-Hyun instantly thinks of her fiance and two best friends and is certain she will live again. For the next the 49 days, Ji-Hyun then takes over the body of the suicidal Lee-Kyung in her quest to find three such persons. Ji-Hyun gets a job at a restaurant owned by her friend (Jo Hyun-Jae).
At this time, Ji-Hyun’s memory starts to return to her. Before the accident, Ji-Hyun remembers going to see her best friend In-Jung (Seo Ji-Hye) to show off her bridal gown. When she arrived, Ji-Hyun saw her best friend and her fiance sitting together in a car. They looked so intimate sitting together. She was then driving to confront them when the accident occurred. Ji-Hyun now realizes that it won’t be so easy to find three people who truly loves her …
- 49 Days takes over the SBS Wednesday & Thursday 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Sign“and followed by “City Hunter” on May 25.
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