Since I started translating, subbing and uploading Xman related clips on Youtube on May 19th, 2006, the Dangyunhaji from Xman #50 featuring Chae Yeon taking on Kim Jong Kook was my first one, there has been lots of questions about the show, games, celebrities, basically anything that has appeared in the show.
So the basic aim of this page is to answer once and for all the answers that you so much want to know after watching the show.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT
SBS Real Situation Sunday (previously known as Real Situation Saturday) was one of the most popular variety programs shown every Sunday @ 1840hrs (GMT +9) on SBS television channel. Xman was part of its “Good Sunday” program with the latter part often showing something else, for example Banjun dramas.
Xman is a Korean variety show involving celebrities where they play a series of games and compete against each other. Most of the time, the results of the game is secondary as primarily you watch for the reactions of the celebrities which are really funny and addictive. It is even better because you don’t get run-of-the-mill celebrities but real popular ones like Shinhwa, DBSK, H.O.T, Kim Jong Kook, Yoon Eun Hye, etc have all been on it. It became a good vehicle for you to promote yourself if you had a new album, movie or drama coming on soon since many people were watching it.
Essentially, it’s a variety show program that started on the premise of assigning a mole and guessing who is the mole at the end of the day. Celebrities would be divided into two teams and compete against each other in various games. The producer would decide on that day of recording who the mole is through a phone call on the spot. The mole would then have to lose the game on purpose at critical stages during the recording subtly without being too noticeable. At the end of the day, if the majority of the celebrities get it correct, a sum of money would be donated to a designated charity in the names of all celebrities. Otherwise, the money would be donated under the name of the Xman.
The idea of looking and spotting the Xman was highly successful and got not just the viewers excited about it but the celebrities recording the show itself. It didn’t help that the games that they played was ridiculous yet funny at the same time. But with more and more episodes being shown, the novelty of looking for the Xman was gone and it became less and less important which no doubt led to the demise of the show.
Among the many games introduced in Xman, many become widely popular and cult favorites. Notable mentions include the Horse game, Na La Ra FlyPan game, Couple Selection and the most popular of them all, Dangyunhaji (Of Course!) game. Also loved the introduction part at the beginning and the dance stage. But it was a shame they removed the introduction part in latter episodes while it was repetition galore for the dance stage.
In the Horse Game, teams will be split into the attacking and defensive team. The defensive team would be required to become the horses for the attacking team to ride on them. Once the attacking team manages to get all their members on board, the first member of the attacking team to get on will scissors, paper, stone with the standing horse and the winner will get a point. If the defensive team crumbles before that, the attacking team will get a point and continues the next attack. If the attacking team falls, the defensive team will get a point and will attack the next round. Usually, there’s lots of drama in this one because of the unpredictability of the game.
Na La Ra FlyPan game is another of those which you can’t help but clap and play along with them. Its so damn addictive. Each team would sit opposite each other and then clap their hands in a beat while calling out a name with a number behind. For example, if I say Jong Kook 4, Jong Kook would have to say his name four times in sync with the beat and then call out the next name. If someone makes a mistake, their heads would be hit by a flying pan from the back. MC Yoo is usually pitched into battle and ends up causing the team he is helping points because his winning probability is less than 10%. Most often then not, the Xman is super active in carrying out his/her mission here.
Couple selection was where boys and girls on the same team tries to get coupled with each other so that they can play the couple game later together. It was fairly simple in the beginning as you just need to call out your desired partner’s name and that would be it. It later expanded to the girls performing to entice the guys and then the guys themselves too have to perform as well. It really became more and more big-scale with each episode as they pull out all the stops to impress the other person. Most notable were the dance performances like Haha doing the Turbo dances, Tony performing Candy dance, Yunho performing dance numbers, etc.
Dangyunhaji has been the star segment of the program since its introduction and it isn’t hard to see why. Each team sends one of their members to pit against the opposing team. The representative for each team will each say something usually an insult or something and the listening party must agree (Dangyunhaji!) in order for the game to proceed.
They must attempt to use all sorts of methods, using their wits and smarts to force the other party to end up speechless, and unable to say ‘Of course!’ to whatever verbal attacks used against him or her. This segment normally draws the most laughs here because artistes suffer a lot here. During this segment, the facing parties will do all sorts of cheap and underhanded things, be it spill each other’s rumours or gossips, try to romance each other, shouting, saying each other’s bad points, insults. All in the name of comedy, of course. Leave it to the most thick-skinned and imaginative celebrity to win this challenge!
Who can forget about the infamous porn cd incident involving Shin Jung Hwan and Kim Dong Wan (Shinhwa) and Andy (Shinhwa) having to accept the fact from Junjin that his body is the worst among Shinhwa members? The unforgettable triangle romance between Eric, Yoon Eun Hye and Kim Jong Kook? The classic Dangyunhaji from Pattaya between Lee Min Ki and Kim Jong Kook? The reunion and longest Dangyunhaji in history between Chae Yeon and Kim Jong Kook?
One of my favourite episodes because it was damn funny all the way. Great cast with Lee Seung Gi, Nam Sang Mi, Kim Jong Kook, Yoon Eun Hye, Chun Jung Myung, Kim Dong Wan, Kim Jong Min, Jang Young Ran. Comeback of Kim Jong Kook, Dong Wan trying his best not to let people know he is the Xman, Lee Seung Gi fighting with Ho Dong for Sang Mi affection, the porn cd incident between Jung Hwan and Dong Wan, etc.
This was the Shinhwa special as all 6 were present for this recording. Plenty of laughs and fun because you have ready-made chemistry between the 6 and it made for fun viewing. Eun Hye classic line to Eric in Dangyunhaji game, “I would like to go swimming in your eyes!” is so damn funny! Queen of Dangyunhaji, Lee Ji Hyun suffered her first loss to Kim Jae Dong.
Another fun episode which saw Micky Yoo Chun plus Yunho in the same episode for the first time. It was funny to see everyone showing care and affection for the two DBSK boys. The scandal of Eun Hye and Jong Kook making the newspaper headlines were also being created into something on the show making for great entertainment. Last MC appearance for Kim Jae Dong.
Special episode as all the previous Xman were all gathered together for the ultimate Xman. No one will ever forget the thrilling Dangyunhaji triangle romance between Eric, Eun Hye and Jong Kook. Gong Hyung Jin replaced Kim Jae Dong as the new MC.
Christmas special where the greasy Rimario greased up our screens with his oily demeanor. Kang Ho Dong and Kim Won Hee 10 year scandal was also played out in Dangyunhaji.
The legendary Pattaya special which remains the best overseas special and possibly the best episode of them all. Jong Kook making his comeback. Classic Dangyunhaji segment between Lee Min Ki and Kim Jong Kook. Three-way battle for Lee Jin by Lee Ji Hoon, Shin Hye Sung and Andy. Four-way battle for Yoon Eun Hye by Lee Min Ki, Park Joon Gyu, Haha and Kim Jong Kook. Outrageous couple dance between Park Kyung Lim and MC Yoo. Revival of Turbo by Haha begins here.
The kind of gay exchange between Kim Jong Kook and Sung Shi Kyung in the balloon game, many thanks to MC Yoo for fanning the flames. Insanely cool Dangyunhaji segment involving Stephanie, Eun Hye and Sung Shi Kyung revolving around Kim Jong Kook who was helluva funny in the background. Eun Hye rejects Jong Kook for the one and only time in couple selection much to everyone’s surprise.
The battle between Kang Eun Bi and Yoon Eun Hye for Kim Jong Kook remains a highlight here. Eun Bi was lambasted here for acting overly cute while Eun Hye couldn’t help but imitate her actions. Funny shouting contest between Ji Sang Ryul and Park Myung Soo.
Chuseok special as many classic moments were in this episode. Jong Kook imitating Haha dance which is a rarity as he performs hip-hop. This was Eun Hye’s final appearance before she left for the filming of Princess Hours.
Jong Kook performing a dance, dancing to the tune of “You’re Loveable.” This was the 100th episode of Xman and got the highest ratings ever. Eun Hye made a special cameo appearance at the end to say her final goodbye to everyone.
Goo Hye Sun interaction with Kim Jong Min was helluva funny. Kim Jong Min was especially great here, creating lots of comedy with his goofy antics.
Park Kyung Lim cemented her place in history after performing Ivy’s sexy dance, “Ah-Ha” in couple selection. This episode also saw the reunion of the original Turbo, Mikey and Jong Kook.
Official formation of Ha Myung Gook in Xman.
Longest and most touching reunion in Dangyunhaji between Chae Yeon and Kim Jong Kook.
Movie stars special. They stopped doing the introduction here, WHY???
Japan special where Kim Jong Kook made his final appearance before leaving for military service. Chae Yeon and Lee Seung Gi love line begun here as the PD attempted to make something happen between two permanent cast members.
Even though it was short, but they manage to create a highly impossible love line between Lee Sung Jin and Bada in the space of Xman #57 – #61 and became a great success. Great to see Bada not flinching one bit as Sung Jin keeps on denying by saying “Ah ne yooo….” which became his trademark quote.
Park Kyung Lim final episode as a MC. They showed a preview clip in Xman #58 showing Kyung Lim crying tearfully in a farewell scene. But it was not shown at all in Xman #59 or future episodes, WHY???
SBS actually managed to get young golf prodigy Michelle Wie onto the show. But as a result, this episode was butchered terribly as they cramped in her special segments together with regular programming.
Second Shinhwa special as they flew to Germany for Fifa World Cup 2006. There was something lacking compared to the earlier one they did back in Korea.
The beginning of a legend as Lee Jong Soo starts his journey here to become the person to deliver helluva mushy lines in Dangyunhaji. His antics would last right up till the final episode. Among the women he faced up against were Kim Ok Bin, Baek Ji Young, Chae Yeon and Park Shi Yeon.
The final overseas special as they flew to Hainan Island, China. Tried their best to re-create the magic of Pattaya but failed to do so. Ratings for the show remained the same. Rumors abound that Xman might be cancelled.
DBSK special as all the boys made an appearance. Kang Ho Dong made the surprise announcement that he was getting married. Chae Yeon also announced that this would be her final appearance as a permanent cast. It was also confirmed that Xman would be changing to a new format and Xman #70 would be the final one.
There were lots of songs being used in the program and it complemented the show very well. You can visit the Xman Songlist compiled by shortboy to download your favorite. The PDs were really good at matching the songs.
Ratings for Korean television programming comes from independant research companies like TNS Media Korea or AC Nielsen. The news media that reports the related news usually takes the ratings from TNS. But the actual difference between them isn’t that great. TNS ratings are further divided into Seoul region and nationwide. The ratings for Seoul are usually higher usually. The ratings shown below are nationwide ratings.
Ratings before Xman #40 could not be found and the same goes for Xman #41 and part one of Xman #42. If it’s not there, it means it was not rank high enough on that day to be listed.
050717 – Xman #40 (Part 1) – 19.5％
050828 – Xman #42 (Part 2) – 18.9％
050904 – Xman #43 (Part 1) – 19.7%
050911 – Xman #43 (Part 2) – 19.7%
050918 – Xman #44 (Part 1) – 15.5%
050925 – Xman #44 (Part 2) – 19.6%
051002 – Xman #45 (Part 1) – 19.6%
051009 – Xman #45 (Part 2) – 23.5%
note: Xman #45 is the highest rated episode in history
051016 – Xman #46 (Part 1) – 20.0%
051023 – Xman #46 (Part 2) – 22.9%
051030 – Xman #47 (Part 1) – 18.4%
051106 – Xman #47 (Part 2) – 18.9%
051113 – Xman #48 (Part 1) – 16.9%
051120 – Xman #48 (Part 2) – 17.1%
051127 – Xman #49 (Part 1) – 15.2%
051204 – Xman #49 (Part 2) – 20.5%
051211 – Xman #50 (Part 1) – 19.1%
051218…Xman #50 (Part 2) – 18.0%
note: Chae Yeon & Jong Kook reunion was in Xman #50
051225 – Xman #51 (Part 1) – 18.3%
060101 – Xman #51 (Part 2) – 19.0%
060108 – Xman #52 (Part 1) – 18.6%
060115 – Xman #52 (Part 2) – 17.7%
060122 – Xman #53 (Part 1) – 15.7%
060205 – Xman #54 (Part 1) – 16.6%
060212 – Xman #54 (Part 2) – 16.6%
060219 – Xman #54 (Part 3) – 13.9%
note: Unexceptionally low probably due to FC ShootDori on KBS which was No.1, also, Jong Kook is gone from here onwards for military service
060226 – Xman #55 (Part 1) – 15.9%
060305 – Xman #55 (Part 2) – 16.3%
060312 – Xman #56 (Part 1) – 16.4%
060319 – Xman #56 (Part 2) – 15.9%
060326 – Xman #57 (Part 1) – 13.5%
060402 – Xman #57 (Part 2) – 14.5%
060409 – Xman #58 (Part 1) – 12.9%
060416 – Xman #58 (Part 2) – 11.7%
060423 – Xman #59 (Part 1) – 14.5%
060430 – Xman #59 (Part 2) – 12.1%
060507 – Xman #60 (Part 1) – 11.2%
060521 – Xman #61 (Part 1) – 13.3%
060528 – Xman #61 (Part 2) – 12.1%
note: This was the Michelle Wie Special
060604 – Xman #62 (Part 1) – 12.1%
060611 – Xman #62 (Part 2) – 10.9%
060625 – Xman #63 (Part 1) – 13.5%
060709 – Xman #64 (Part 1) – 13.1%
060716 – Xman #64 (Part 2) – 14.8%
060723 – Xman #65 (Part 1) – 11.8%
060806 – Xman #66 (Part 1) – 10.6%
060910 – Xman #68 (Part 1) – 12.5%
060917 – Xman #68 (Part 2) – 12.2%
060924 – Xman #68 (Part 3) – 11.5%
061001 – Xman #69 (Part 1) – 11.1%
061008 – Xman #69 (Part 2) – 12.8%
061015 – Xman #70 (Part 1) – 11.3%
061022 – Xman #70 (Part 2) – 11.4%
As you can see from the above ratings, it was highly unusual for a variety show of this genre to have such an outstanding television rating. But with expectation, the ratings kind of tapered off thereafter. And it got worse and worse and in an attempt to arrest the slide, they even made adjustments to the couple selection which was a failure.
Because the variety show has ended, it is difficult to get hold of files especially from clubboxes. Its advisable to watch online at various online video sharing sites like Youtube, Veoh and Crunchyroll where you just need to search for “Xman” and a whole list of videos are available for you.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are we able to find full episodes for Xman with english subs?
It is not possible to find english subs for earlier episodes but you can find english subs starting from Xman #45 from Soompi forums until the last one. There are subs for earlier ones but not much. All can be found at Soompi forums.
Are we able to get english-subbed DVDs of Xman?
Highly unlikely since SBS has never released them on DVD and variety shows don’t get the same treatment. If you do find them selling on Ebay, they are likely to be self-burnt bootleg copies.
Will we see Eun Hye back in the show?
Highly unlikely because of her current A-List status thanks to Goong. Plus the show has ended.
What’s your ideal celebrity list?
Lee Jin, Lee Ji Hyun, Hwang Bo, Lee Seung Gi, Lee Sung Jin, Shin Jung Hwan
Yoon Eun Hye, Chae Yeon, Kim Jong Kook, Kim Jong Min, Haha, Park Myung Soo
There’s so many others but that will be my ideal one, but sadly, in my dreams…
Why was it getting less and less funnier in later episodes?
I am not sure why, maybe they changed the PD for the show? Anyway, it was funnier in the beginning as always with most things because of the novelty factor. Plus you can’t deny the chemistry that certain celebrities had with each other. Plus the establishment of a permanent cast probably helped as well. You had Yoon Eun Hye, Lee Seung Gi, Lee Ji Hyun, Kim Jong Kook, Shin Jung Hwan, Lee Jin who worked extremely well with each other. Then later on, you had people like Ji Sang Ryul, Haha, Park Myung Soo. It was ideal if someone recorded more than one edition because it is easier for the PD to write scripts by creating relationships.
One example is the strength comparison between Kang Ho Dong and Yoon Eun Hye which would always be a recurring theme each time they meet each other in the course of a game. Makes for great viewing because you understand the history behind them.
Another classic was Lee Jong Soo. He appeared for the last few editions and was a star in Dangyunhaji using his mushy lines to perfection. Heck, they build him up so well that I would solely be watching for his appearance in Dangyunhaji each week.