Prison Playbook – Cast & Summary

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Prison Playbook - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

A popular black-comedy Korean drama, Prison Playbook, made its airing period starting from November 22, 2017, until January 18, 2018.

Initially, this drama title was Gamok or Prison. But the crew then changed it into the current title, Prison Playbook.

Prison Playbook is starred by Park Hae Soo and Jung Kyung Ho, the powerful actors in the South Korean film industry.

Jung Kyung Ho had become the main actor for One More Happy Ending in 2016 and also Missing 9 in 2017.

Meanwhile, Park Hae Soo had acted in several dramas, such as Six Flying Dragons (2015), The Legend of the Blue Sea (2016), and The Liar and His Lover (2017).

Prison Playbook was aired on tvN at 21:10 KST every Wednesday and Thursday to replace the schedule of Avengers Social Club.

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Prison Playbook - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review


  • Title: Prison Playbook / 슬기로운 감빵생활
  • Also Known As: Seulgirowoon Gambbangsaenghwal / Gamok / Prison / Smart Prison Living / Wise Prison Life
  • Genre: Black Comedy
  • Country: South Korea
  • Director: Shin Won Ho
  • Producer: Park Soo Woo
  • Screenwriter: Jung Bo Hoon
  • Production Companies: tvN
  • Network: tvN
  • Episodes: 16
  • Air Dates: November 22, 2017 – January 18, 2018
  • Air Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 21:00 KST

Synopsis of Prison Playbook

The highlight of this drama is to show the story between the prisoner and prison staff.

There is a relief pitcher in South Korea who is really talented. That guy is Je Hyeok (Park Hae Soo), who had planned to go to the United States to expand his career.

His plan to be a part of a major league team is canceled because one reason. One day, there is a strange event occurs when his sister screams and there’s a man walking out of the apartment.

Try to save his sister, Je Hyeok finally fight with that man and hit that man with a medium rock. This act leads her into the prisoner.

On the other side, he has a friend who works as a staff of the prison, Joon Ho (Jung Kyoung Ho). Je Hyeok then waits for his arrival to help him.

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Main Cast

Prison Playbook - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Park Hae Soo as Kim Je Hyeok

A baseball athlete who is very talented. He almost got into the major league team in the US if only there is not an accident that assault his sister.

Prison Playbook - Cast, Summary, Synopsis, OST, Episode, Review

Jung Kyung Ho as Lee Joon Ho

A best friend of Je Hyeok and also a prison staff.

Supporting Cast

People around Je Hyuk

  • Krystal Jung as Kim Jiho
  • Lim Hwa Young as Kim Je Hee
  • Ye Soo Jung [ko] as Je Hyuk’s mother
  • Kim Kyung Nam as Lee Joon Dol

Seobu Detention Center

  • Sung Dong Il as Chief Jo Ji Ho
  • Jung Jae Sung as “Professor Myung”
  • Lee Ho Chul as Gal Dae Bong

Seobu Penitentiary

  • Choi Moo Sung as Kim Min Chul
  • Park Ho San as Kang Chul Doo
  • Lee Kyu Hyung as Yoo Han Yang
  • Jung Hae In as Yoo Jeong Woo
  • Jung Min Sung 
  • Kang Seung Yoon as Lee Joo Hung
  • Kim Sung Cheol as Kim Young Cheol
  • Ahn Chang Hwan as Dong Ho
  • Jung Woong In as Assistant Chief Paeng


  • Shin Jaeha as Kim Min Sung
  • Lee Jung Hyuk as Nexen Team GM Asst
  • Choi Sung Won as “Spot”
  • Lee Hoon Jin as “Soji”
  • Joo Seok Tae as an operations chief Yeom
  • Ahn Sang Woo as Prison Governor Kim Yong Chul
  • Park Hyung Soo as Department Chief Na Hyung Soo
  • Kim Han Jong as “Daehyungsoji” (heavy goods carrier)
  • Kang Ki Doong as Prison Guard Song Gi Dong
  • Choi Yeon Dong as Vice Chief Lee Jung Jae
  • Kim Ki Nam as Choi Hyun Woo (prisoner)
  • Lee Do Gyeom as Park Do Gyeom (prison guard)
  • Lim Cheol Hyung as Director Kim Hyuk Kwon
  • Kong Sang Aas Kim Jiho’s mother
  • Park Hye Jin as Lee Joon Ho’s mother
  • Jung Jin 
  • Lee Moo Saeng as Captain Yoo’s lawyer
  • Kim Jae Geon 
  • Jang Hyuk Jin as Yoo Han Yang’s father
  • Yeom Hye Ran as Yoo Han Yang’s mother
  • Seo Ji Hoon as Min Sik
  • Han Duk Soo as News anchor
  • Kim Kyung Rae as News anchor
  • Ki Eun Ryung as News anchor
  • Lee Young Suk 
  • Yoo Hyung Kwan as Chief Shim Woo Kyung (prisoner)
  • Park Young Soo 
  • Jang Joon Nyung as Baseball coach
  • Bae Ho Geun as Jang Yoon Hwan
  • Kim Yong Un as big prisoner
  • Kim Tae Soo as Woodworking workshop worker
  • Lee Kyu Sung
  • Choi Kwang Il
  • Park Koo Yoon 
  • Kim Dong chan
  • Kwak Han Goo as a car thief
  • Kim Jun Han as Song Ji Won
  • Yang Dae Hyuk 
  • Choi Young 
  • Kang Hyun Jung 
  • Ko Young Bin as Doctor Jung Dae Hyun
  • Ye In
  • Jang Joon-ho 
  • Hong Seung Beom as Challenge Golden Bell MC
  • Lee Kyu Seob 
  • Lee Sang Yi as Sergeant Oh Dong Hwan
  • Ahn Taeyoung as Lim Sun Soo
  • Jung Moonsung as Yoo Jungmin
  • Shin Wonho as Joo Junghoon
  • Kim Mobeom as Park Joonyoung
  • Jo Kyung Hoon 
  • Lee Do Yeob as Director Doh
  • Tae Won Suk 
  • Park Kun Rak
  • Song Young Hak 
  • Lee Shin Sung as CEO Nam
  • Kim Jung Pal (or Kim Jung-seok) as Director Ji
  • Lee Yoonsang
  • Yoo Subin as Yang Jungsuk
  • Ji Minhyuk as Kang Gunwoo
  • Kim Kayoung
  • Kwon Daham
  • Son Kyungwon
  • Shin Hee Kuk
  • Jung Donghoon
  • Seo Sangwon
  • Kim Ki Moo as a rapist
  • Lee Seok as Lee Suk Eun
  • Kang Duk Jung
  • Jung Kyung Cheol
  • Lee Jae Woo
  • Lee Do Kuk as Professor Kim Jin Sung
  • Ko I Geon as a baseball teammate
  • Son Kang Kuk as Taxi driver
  • Bae-Jin Woong as Jin Woong
  • Jo Joon
  • Lee Ki Hyuk as Junior guard
  • Sung Hyun Joon
  • Ahn Ji Hyun as Jiho’s friend
  • Yoo Jae Myung as Je Hyuk’s lawyer

OST (Original Soundtrack)

  • OK – Bewhy
  • The Door – Kang Seung Yoon ft. Mino (WINNER)
  • Like A Dream – Park Bo Ram
  • Bravo, My Life! – Eric Nam
  • Would Be Better – Heize
  • Nostalgia – Woo Won Jae
  • No Problem – CNU, Baro (B1A4)
  • That’s Why It Goes – DAVII
  • Those Days (Without You) – Zion.T
  • How Strange – Rhythm Power

Trailer of Prison Playbook