The Innocent Man (Hangul: 세상 어디에도 없는 착한 남자; RR: Sesang Eodiedo Eobneun Chakan Namja; lit. “A Nice/Kind/Gentle/Good-hearted/Pure/Innocent Man the Likes of Which You Couldn’t Possibly Find Anywhere in this World”; also known as Nice Guy), is a 2012 South Korean television series. Starring Song Joong-ki, Moon Chae-won and Park Si-yeon, it is a dark melodrama involving betrayal, revenge and romance. It aired on KBS2 from September 12 to November 15, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 21:55 for 20 episodes.
Smart and promising medical student Kang Ma-ru (Song Joong-ki) was deeply in love with his slightly older neighbor Han Jae-hee (Park Si-yeon), a television reporter. He was an adoring boyfriend and she always considered Ma-ru her home. But when her situation takes a turn for the worse and Jae-hee becomes desperate to escape poverty, she meets a man who changes everything—a rich CEO who introduces her to a life of comfort. So she turns her back on Ma-ru, choosing money over love.
The brutal betrayal leaves Ma-ru fractured—not just angry, but a completely changed man. A few years later, Ma-ru is now 30 years old and works as a bartender and gigolo, no longer a “nice guy.” He then meets Seo Eun-gi (Moon Chae-won), a young chaebolheiress who’s being groomed to take over her father’s conglomerate. Eun-gi is cold and calculating, business-savvy, and raised by her father to never show emotion to anyone.But Ma-ru intrigues her, and she becomes curious until she can’t stop thinking about him.
Ma-ru decides to take advantage of her as a pawn in his plans for revenge, and Eun-gi falls in love with him, not knowing that he’s using her to get back at his ex Jae-hee, who happens to be Eun-gi’s young, gold-digging stepmother. Just when Ma-ru is beginning to genuinely care for Eun-gi, she finds out the truth and they break up. But a car accident causes Eun-gi to lose her memory, and she enters Ma-ru’s life again.