Big Issue

Big Issue


When a respected photographer for one of South Korea’s biggest newspapers becomes the subject of a scandal and finds himself facing a career slump, he is abandoned by his wife and his daughter who is diagnosed with a heart condition. As if the hands of fate is with him, he meets the editor-in-chief of a controversial celebrity gossip site who gives him the offer of a lifetime.



General Info

  • Drama Title: Big Issue
  • Other Titles: N/A
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Director: Lee Dong-hoon
  • Writer: Jang Hyuk-rin
  • No. of Episodes: 32
  • Broadcast Period: March 6 to May 2, 2019
  • Time Slot: Wed and Thu @ 22:00 Korean Standard Time
  • Runtime: 30 to 35 minutes
  • TV Network: SBS (terrestrial)
  • Production Company(s): HB Entertainment
  • Preceded by: The Last Empress
  • Followed by: Absolute Boyfriend

Cast & Characters


Joo Jin-mo as Han Seok-joo, a celebrity photographer working for one of Korea’s largest newspapers. Because of a mistake, he loses his status and finds himself in the biggest crossroad of his life. His daughter was diagnosed with a congenital heart condition and his wife just left him. He turns to alcohol, but finds Ji Soo-hyun by chance. He becomes a paparazzo to win his family back.

Han Ye-seul as Ji Soo-hyun, the Editor-in-Chief of Sunday News, a tabloid notorious for its scandalous celebrity content and has amazing connections with powerful people. She used to be a nobody in the industry until she unraveled a scandal that earner her recognition. Now, everyone in the business knows who she is.

Shin So-yul as Jang Hye-jeong, a Team Leader at Sunday News. She is a former TV writer who found a better opportunity in the paparazzi group.


Kim Hee-won as Jo Hyung-joon, the President of Sunday News. His paper used to be a third-rate internet newspaper, but has now evolved into a paparazzi site. While he knows it is not a good idea to blackmail others for money, he also allows people in national office to use his platform to divert people from socially sensitive incidents to divert public attention.

Choi Song-hyun as Bae Min-jeong, Han Seok-joo’s ex-wife. She thinks that she and her daughter are experiencing misfortune because of Seok-joo’s desire for fame.

Seo Yi-soo as Se-eun, the daughter of Han Seok-joo and Bae Min-jeong. She is diagnosed with a heart ailment.

Park Seon-im as Seo Young-mi, Sunday News’ Team Leader for Team 1

Kim Kyu-seon as Lee Myeong-ja, Sunday News’ Team Leader for Team 2

Ahn Se-ha as Hong Tae-woo, a photographer for Sunday News’ 

Kang Seong-jin as Lim Deok-hoon, Equipment Chief for Sunday News

Jo Deok-hyun asKim Young-se, Director of Chaeum Clinic

Shim Eun-jin as Oh Chae-rin, an actress

Danny Ahn as Kang Shin-woo, Gong Entertainment’s representative

Kim Dong-gyun as Representative Gong

Park Ji-bin as Baek Eun-ho, a famous actor who is also a third generation chaebol

Park Shin-ah as Choi Seo-hee, an idol star

Cha Soon-bae as Cha Woo-jin, a senior prosecutor at Seoul District Office

Choi Seong-won as Kim Myung-jin, a prosecutor as Seoul District Office



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