Man From the Equator is a typical mellow story about two men with boiling passion who fight against their destiny.
Kim Sun Woo (Uhm Tae Woong) was sent to the orphanage after his father was killed. His childhood best friend Lee Jang Il (Lee Joon Hyuk) was born in a poor family but eventually works his way up and became a prosecutor. However, his thirst for success leads him to betray Sun Woo. Confronting his intense, Sun Woo turns himself into a successful businessman.
- Drama: Man From the Equator (English title) / The Equator Man (literal title)
- Revised romanization: Jeogdoui Namja
- Hangul: 적도의 남자
- Director: Kim Yong-Soo, Han Sang-Woo
- Writer: Kim In-Young
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 20
- Release Date: March 21 – May 24, 2012
“Man From the Equator” follows the life of Kim Sun-Woo (Uhm Tae-Woong), who was raised at an orphanage and later goes on to become a successful CEO.
Kim Sun-Woo (later played by Uhm Tae-Woong) can’t stand injustice, but isn’t interested in studying. Lee Jang-Il (later played by Lee Joon-Hyuk) always ranks at the top of their high school. Jang-Il wants to rise above his poor background and become a successful man. These two young men are classmates, but are not close. After Kim Sun-Woo helps Jang-Il fight off loan sharks they become close.
Meanwhile, Kim Sun-Woo’s father is diagnosed with cancer and learns that he doesn’t have many days left to live. His father then tells Sun-Woo of his condition and tells him that he plans to introduce him to someone that will take care of him after his death.
Later, Kim Sun-Woo’s father goes to see Jin No-Sik (Kim Yeong-Cheol). They have a complicated relationship which culminated in Jin No-Sik taking revenge upon Kim Sun-Woo’s father by getting him arrested. A struggle occurs between these two men at their meeting. Kim Sun-Woo’s father collapses after being strangled by Jin No-Sik. At this time, Jang-Il’s father sees them. Jang-Il’s father is then offered large compensation by Jin No-Sik if he takes care of the body of Kim Sun-Woo’s father and also keeps his mouth shut. Jang-Il’s father agrees and makes it appear that Kim Sun-Woo’s father committed suicide.
- Man From the Equator Torrent Files takes over the KBS2 Wed. & Thu. 21:55 time slot previously occupied by “Wild Romance” and followed by “Bridal Mask” on May 30, 2012.