From left to right: Yi Kyung, Han Kang, In Jung, Min Ho, the Scheduler Yi Soo, and Ji Hyun
49 Days is a 2011 South Korean Drama totaling 20 episodes.Bright, bubbly Shin Ji Hyun is the girl who has everything - wealthy, adoring parents, a devoted fiance (Kang Min Ho), and a long-time best friend (Shin In Jung). On the other side of town, Song Yi Kyung, who once had loved ones and a job at a high-end hotel, is now alone, working at a convenience store, and finding increasingly little to live for.An unsuccessful suicide attempt by Yi Kyung leads to Ji Hyun's death shortly before her wedding, but as Ji Hyun was not fated to die that day, the Scheduler (a reaper) gives Ji Hyun a chance to earn back her life.He gives Ji Hyun permission to take over Yi Kyung's body while she's sleeping. She has 49 days to find three people unrelated by blood who have truly loved her and will cry sincere tears of grief for her. As she sets out to find these people, Ji Hyun discovers that her perfect life may not have been so perfect after all. As the 49 days pass, the lives of Ji Hyun and Yi Kyung collide and just may be the salvation of them both, as they discover the difference between true and false love and begin to come alive again, each in her own way.
Altar the Speed: Ji Hyun's father pushes Min Ho and Ji Hyun to push forward their wedding due to his financial troubles, and they agree to do so only for Ji Hyun to get into the accident.
Back from the Dead: Yi Soo comes back for one day. Ji Hyun comes back also, but she wasn't 'technically' dead.
Bait and Switch: The first episode starts of with Han Kang being nervous about Ji Hyun's upcoming engagement party, as if he is Ji Hyun's fiance.
Batman Gambit: Min Ho and In Jung both carefully planned taking over the Shin family's property and land through deliberately putting Ji Hyun in danger and manipulating her into thinking Min Ho saved her.
Big Eater: Ji Hyun, whose stomach is constantly growling
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In Jung, who set up the hostile takeover two years before the beginning of the arc, using her boyfriend as bait.
Bittersweet Ending. Yes, Ji Hyun and Yi Soo are both dead, but both Ji Hyun's father and his company have been saved, Yi Kyung has finally regained her will to live and found her family, and Min Ho and In Jung have repented for their crimes.
Blatant Lies: Ji Hyun (in Yi Kyung's body) pretending not to be Ji Hyun
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Tears that have been shed evaporate with a colorful poof based on the feelings behind them, with those of pure love evaporating into a white mist.
Completely Different Title: The original Korean title is 49 Il, which is literally 49 Days in English. When free TV network ABS-CBN showed the Filipino dub of the drama two months after it ended its original run, it was titled Pure Love perhaps to avoid confusion—a homegrown Supernatural Soap Opera, 100 Days to Heaven, already started its run two months earlier. (Both ran during weekday evenings in the Prime Time block, the former being shown three hours later.)
Fetch Quest: Ji Hyun must find three people to cry genuine tears of grief for her. They are to be collected in a teardrop-shaped glass necklace.
Grand Theft Me: In order to earn her three tears, Ji Hyun is given the opportunity to possess Yi Kyung's body over the course of 49 days whenever Yi Kyung is sleeping. However, Ji Hyun only possesses Yi Kyung's body because her own is obviously incapacited and because Yi Kyung indirectly caused the accident that put Ji Hyun in a coma.
Hidden Depths: Ji Hyun learns there's more to everyone around her than meets the eye:
Her fiance Min Ho and her best friend In Jung have been seeing each other. Longer than Ji Hyun has even known Min Ho, seeing as the two staged their first meeting as part of a scheme to take over her father's company.
Hikikomori: Yi Kyung only goes outside her house when she has to work her graveyard shift at a convenience store; otherwise, she sleeps the whole day. That is, until Ji Hyun's possession causes her to get fired. Ji Hyun loses a few of her precious 49 days because she could not get the opportunity to take over Yi Kyung's body—due to her not going outside at all until the Scheduler could find a way to get her a nighttime job.
Jerkass Fašade: Both Kang and the Scheduler attempt to pull this off — Kang to hide his feelings for Ji Hyun and the Scheduler due to his responsibilities as a Scheduler that include staying out of the affairs of humans.
Laser-Guided Amnesia: It's stated that if a person successfully earns their three tears in the alloted 49 days, when they return to their body they will not retain any of their memories regarding those 49 days in order to uphold The Masquerade.
Libation for the Dead: On his mother's deathday, Han Kang poured a glass of her favorite red wine and placed it on the piano where she used to perform.
Love Triangle: More complicated than usual, thanks to spiritual possession. We have: Ji Hyun/Han Kang/Min Ho, Ji Hyun-in-Yi Kyung's-Body/Han Kang/Min Ho, Min Ho/Ji Hyun/ In Jung, Min Ho/Ji Hyun-in-Yi Kyung's-Body/ In Jung and Han Kang/Ji Hyun/Seo Woo.
Manly Tears: Thanks to Han Kang, Ji Hyun gets her first teardrop.
Pool Scene: The Scheduler doing laps at the local community pool. He's working. Really.
Relative Error: Inverted. Ji Hyun first believes Yi Soo to be Yi Kyung's brother, especially since they share the same surname. It turns out that when they met in an orphanage as children, Yi Soo gave Yi Kyung both his surname and the first part of his given name since she didn't know her own.
The Reveal: The Scheduler is really Yi Kyung's boyfriend Yi Soo who got into an accident five years before the show picks up. He's currently working time off as a Scheduler in order for a chance to "finish something important" but that he can't remember.
Yi Kyung is Ji Hyun's older sister who was kidnapped as a child which is why her tear didn't count towards Ji Hyun's three.
Sink or Swim Mentor: Although not technically a mentor, the Scheduler is responsible for monitoring Ji Hyun's actions. His decisions to leave her to Die or Fly is justified by what he can do for her is pretty much limited by the rules set by his superiors and he's not allowed to influence any human affairs.
Sunbae Hoobae: The Scheduler sometimes turns to a senior Scheduler for advice about Ji Hyun's case, and in episode 9 she even shows up to punish him for interfering in human affairs.
Swiss Army Tears: Rather than the actual tears themselves, the pure feelings behind tears shed for Ji Hyun are what will allow her to come back to life.
Teleport Spam: The Scheduler likes doing this a lot. Lampshaded when Ji Hyun asks him why he even needs a motorbike when he could just teleport.
Tsundere: Kang who attempted to hide his feelings for Ji Hyun behind a Jerkass Fašade out of consideration for both her and his friend Min Ho. When Ji Hyun shows up in Yi Kyung's body, he spends half his time blowing up at her and the other half uncharacteristically letting her do whatever she wants.
Title Drop: Ji Hyun is told she has 49 days to earn her three tears, although she doesn't actually get to use all 49.
Unfinished Business: The Scheduler agreed to carry out missions as the Grim Reaper because this will give him a chance to resolve whatever he had left unfinished in his previous life.
Unlucky Childhood Friend: Kang grew to love Ji Hyun after she defended him in high school and made every effort to become his friend. He eventually had to go overseas for university, but fully intended to come find her and confess his feelings once he was back in South Korea. Unfortunately, Min Ho beat him to it. And even when she comes to reciprocate his feelings, she dies.
Your Cheating Heart: Ji Hyun's fiance Min Ho and her best friend In Jung have been together longer than Ji Hyun herself has been with Min Ho. They continue to meet up behind her back until she witnesses them together. Drving away in confusion, Ji Hyun has her accident.
Yi Kyung accused Yi Soo of this prior to his accident.