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1[[quoteright:349:]]²[[caption-width-right:349:Lee Jae-hee, Seo Mi-do, and Han Tae-sang against a backdrop...of mudflats?]]²²When A Man Loves (in Korean, 남자가 사랑할 때) is a 20-episode 2013 KoreanDrama aired on the MBC network. Han Tae-sang is a thug and part of a loan shark gang. Meeting a plucky high school student during one of his shakedowns, he reforms, and seven years, later, is a successful financier. He bumps into Seo Mi-do again, and tries to prove he is a better person and worthy of her love. However, other evils rise from the past: Gu Yong-gap, a former gang peer who harbors deep hatred for our hero; his former boss' Gangster Moll Baek Seon-joo, who has wanted Tae-sang for almost a decade. There is also Lee Jae-hee, the cute younger brother of [[BloodBrothers Chang-hee]] (who is in prison). Jae-hee also feels attraction to Seo Mi-do. The series aired 2013 summer. ²²!!The series provides examples of: ²* {{Adorkable}}: When Tae-sang is being bashful.²* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Mi-do²* ApronMatron: The ramyun shop owner.²* BadassBookworm: Tae-sang²* BeingGoodSucks: Being a former gangster, Tae-sang has to deal with the mistrust and aftermath of his former profession.²* BerserkButton: Don't mess with Mi-do when Tae-sang is around.²* BilingualDialogue: At a business meeting with Tae-sang, Jae-hee uses or translates French, English, and Japanese.²* BlatantItemPlacement: Tae-sang decides to go camping for some indiscernable reason.²* ClingyJealousGirl: Seon-joo, in spades!²* DarkAndTroubledPast: Chang-hee served seven years in prison, and flashbacks tell us he was a pretty dark guy even before then.²* DoggedNiceGuy: As the second lead, Jae-hee is too earnest and likable to be hated. Much.²* DrowningMySorrows: Seon-joo²* EiffelTowerEffect: Namsam Tower can be seen from the top of the office building where everyone works.²* {{Engrish}}: Jae-hee speaks four languages, but his English is pretty garbled.²* GoodScarsEvilScars: The stab wound on his shoulder means Tae-sang has to take off his shirt to show it. Yay!²* GratuitousEnglish: An episode is set in Guam ²* GreenEyedMonster: Seon-joo for anyone other than her.²* LoanShark: Tae-sang meets Mi-do while threatening to burn her father's bookstore.²* LoveMakesYouEvil: Yong-gap is inherently a monster, but this is exacerbated by his UnrequitedLove for Seon-joo²* InLoveWithTheGangstersGirl: Yong-gap has had the hots for his late boss' girl even before the boss had a fatal accident.²* MissingMom: Tae-sang's mother supposedly ran off twenty-one years ago with a married man.²* MrFanservice: Tae-sang has about 7 shirtless scenes in the first two episodes.²* PoolScene: Mi-do sees the scar on Tae-sang's back for the first time.²* ShirtlessScene: Both leads get their airtime.²* SurprisinglyGoodEnglish: Mi-do speaks more clearly than Jae-hee.²* TalkingInYourSleep: Jae-hee mentions to his brother that he seems to mumble when he's having a nightmare.²* UnrequitedLove: Jae-hee for Mi-do, Seon-joo for Tae-sang (taken UpToEleven)²* VacationEpisode: Mi-do goes to Guam ostensibly to review resorts.²* {{Workaholic}} Tae-sang²* YouGottaHaveBlueHair: Evil guy Gu Yong-gap has hair dyed a light purply-blonde. ''For seven years!''


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