Kdramaland and The Piggyback

It is never a Korean drama until you see a piggyback, agree?  It can be the most poignant of scenes, a turning point or just plain silly and cute.  Here are some of the situations where a piggyback is necessary.

This is might turn into a series.  Also see my Kdramaland and Product Placement post!



Kim Tae Hee and Song Seung Hun for My Princess (2011). Two beautiful people on one screen…

The lead actress start to get tipsy and then full out drunk.  Singing, crying, cursing and ultimately pass out on the table.  What happens next?  Of course the hot boyfriend or love interest gives her a piggyback to take her home.

Speak volumes about their drinking culture, don’t you think?

Drinks standard:

Feeling sad or depressed?  Soju.  A minimum of 4 bottles.

Feeling super happy? Somaek (soju plus beer).

Drinking with your buddies?  Beer or soju.

A spy plotting to kill someone?  Whiskey on the rocks.

Filthy rich?  Red wine.

Where does makgeolli (rice wine) fit in the list?  Hmmm… Help me out people!


This is one adorable picture! Credits to the original uploader.

Level 7 Civil Servant (2013): Sunmi (Kim Min Seo) asks Doha (Chan Sung) out for a drink so that they can have some time to chat.  She has probably exhausted all the possible indirect ways in this world to tell him that she has the hots for him.  And the blockhead still does not seem to get it.  They leave the street stall and Sunmi asks Doha to lean on her since he’s drunk but he gives her a piggyback instead.


Playful Kiss (2010): Oh Hani (Jung So Min) gets a drink to celebrate an improvement of her grades.  She starts to feel the effects of the half a cup of makgeolli she’s downed.  Seung Jo (Kim Hyun Joong) had to give her a piggyback ride home.  Not a happy one, of course.  It’s Seung Jo for goodness sake!  He teases her about her racing heartbeat and flat chest.


Delightful Girl Chun Hyang (2005): Chun Hyang gets drunk while she is out with Hak Do (Uhm Tae Woong).  She sees that Mong Ryong (Jae Hee) has arrived to take her home so she rushes over to give him a hug… then pukes all over his back! Mong Ryong gives a drunken Chun Hyang (Han Chae Young) a piggyback ride home.


Now this is an interesting one!  It is the only guy-guy pair that I’m featuring in this section.  Ha!  On Protect the Boss (2011), Cha Ji Heon (Ji Sung) carried a very drunk Cha Moo Won (Jae Joong) home and dumps him on his bed.  The poor guy gets lectured for it because Moo Won’s mother blames Ji Heon’s bad influence for her son’s drunken state.

Believe me, there are a lot more of these drunken piggyback scenes.  I’ll just stop here because I think I’ve done enough to prove the point 😉


In K-dramaland, ambulances are never the most efficient things. Unless you are the leading male or female’s grandparents or parents.  If you happen to be the female lead, ambulances are almost always malfunctions when you fall ill.  The heroic male lead will have to shake the female lead in hopes that she regains consciousness.  When that fails, he does not call the ambulance, rather he picks her up on his back and starts running to the hospital in some cases.  If the lucky female lead has a rich male lead falling in love with her, she gets to ride in his car.  Oh, yeah!  Air conditioned or heated, leather seats and all the bells and whistles.  The car will be something fitting for James Bond but with the logo covered because the drama is not sponsored by that car brand.

Even though the healthcare system fails in terms of the ambulance, it makes up for its services in prettying up sick people in their hospital beds.  The ill are provided with makeup services to make them look prettier than me when I am alive and healthy.


In the case of the drama Level 7 Civil Servant (2013), Han Gil Ro (Joowon) gets the idea that he needs Seo Won’s (Choi Kang Hee) home password so that he has access to her apartment in the event that she falls sick.  He even made the hand gesture that he will have to carry her and take her to the hospital.  What happened to calling for an ambulance and getting the firefighters to break down the door?  We pay taxes for a reason.



The Sprained Ankle.  It is a very popular situation for dramas, and it is not only limited to Korean dramas.  For some unknown reason, it is always nicely timed.  No, the ankle does not sprain when the female lead is with the second male lead that has a big ol’ crush on her, rather it happens in the presence of the male lead who gives her the cold shoulder.  You want proof?  Playful Kiss (2010) is your answer.  Oh Hani slips on a tennis ball and sprains her ankle.  Who is at the scene?  Is it Bong Joon Gu (Lee Tae Sung), the guy that has a huge crush on her?  No siree!  It’s Seung Jo the guy who acts like he doesn’t give a rat’s behind about Hani but secretly does.  She then has the honour of getting a piggyback from Seung Jo.



Not a popular choice of event, though it’s been done.  The original Hallyu wave drama: Autumn in My Heart (2001) or also known as Endless Love.  Joon Seo (Song Seung Hun) carries Eun Seo (Song Hye Gyo) on his back while taking a stroll along the beach.  She exhales her last breath while being carried on his back.  He continues to walk and talk to her while she lies limp and dead on his back.  *Tear jerker!*

Can you think of any other memorable piggyback scenes?


5 thoughts on “Kdramaland and The Piggyback

    • Lol! That in itself is a whole separate post. Though I’ve never quite noticed a pattern with back hugs XD new assignment perhaps?

  1. Yup, piggyback rides are pretty much a core part of a romantic drama in Korea. Just like drinking, giving a piggyback ride is present in a drama 9 times out of 10. If you’ve been watching WGM global, there’s a scene where Mina asks Honggi to give her a piggyback ride because that’s something she sees in a Korean drama. Honggi thought it was hilarious, but he didn’t refuse. He understands that this impression is understandable considering the popularity of Korean dramas and he didn’t want Mina, who’s Japanese, to be disappointed in Korean men.

    Some more memorable Korean dramas with a piggyback scene:
    1. Lie to Me – The man carried the girl because she lost her shoe!
    2. My Name is Kim Samsoon – Hyun Bin’s character ended up taking Samsoon home because she was drunk and he was stalking her that day. Not only did she throw up on him, but she also peed on him ><
    3. Coffee Prince – Both the male and female leads gave each other a piggyback ride!

    • Hello, Gica Elumba! Welcome to our blog!

      Nice list of other piggyback scene! I forgot there was one in Lie to Me >.< Loved the chemistry between Kang Ji Hwan and Yoon Eun Hye in the drama. I was devastated that the writing, well, sucked. Changing writers mid-drama is always a no-no!

      I only watched a few episodes here and there of Kim Sam Soon and I probably missed the one when she was drunk. (Had a major high school exam around the time that drama was released) My goodness! Peed on him? LOL!

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