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Kairos: Shin Sung Rok, Lee Se Young, Ahn Bo Hyun, Nam Gyu Ri

kairos drama cast and synopsis
Credit: MBC

General Information

  • International Title: Kairos
  • Original Title: 카이로스 (romanization: Kairoseu)
  • Genre: Thriller, Fantasy, Drama
  • Episode: 16
  • Airing Date: 2020.10.26 ~ 2020.12.22
  • Airing Slot: Monday & Tuesday 21:30 KST
  • Broadcasting Channel: MBC
  • International Distributor: VIU, Wavve, Watcha
  • Starring: Shin Sung Rok, Lee Se Young, Ahn Bo Hyun, Nam Gyu Ri
  • Director: Park Seung Woo
  • Writer: Lee Soo Hyun
  • Highest Rating: 3.8% (Nationwide)
  • Awards: 2020 MBC Drama Awards for Top Excellence Award, Actor (Shin Sung Rok), Excellence Award, Actress (Nam Gyu Ri), and Best New Actor (Ahn Bo Hyun)


Kairos is fantasy-thriller drama portraying the attempt to reveal time-travel kidnapping. Kim Seo Jin is a workaholic and successful executive in construction company. Apparently, he depicts a man with perfect family. His wife, Kang Hyun Chae, is a beautiful violinist. However, his life is getting terrible as his daughter, Kim Da Bin, is kidnapped and his wife commits suicide. Meanwhile, Han Ae Ri is a college student struggling in financial matter to pay her mother’s surgery. One day, her mother is mysteriously missing. Kim Seo Jin then contacts Han Ae Ri who actually lives one month before. Surprisingly, both are able to keep in touch even though in the different time. This encounter leads them to save the persons they love.

Main Cast

shin sung rok
Credit: MBC

Character name: Kim Seo Jin
Actor name: Shin Sung Rok
Shin Sung Rok’s notable works: Dr. Lawyer, Vagabond, Perfume, The Last Empress, Return, Man Who Dies to Live, My Love From the Star, On the Way to the Airport, etc

kairos drama cast lee se young

Credit: MBC

Character name: Han Ae Ri
Actress name: Lee Se Young
Lee Se Young’s notable works: Red Sleeve, Memorist, Doctor John, The Crowned Clown, A Korean Odyssey, Bachelor’s Vegetable Store, High Kick!, A Jewel in the Palace, etc

kairos drama cast ahn bo hyun
Credit: MBC

Character name: Seo Do Kyun
Actor name: Ahn Bo Hyun
Ahn Bo Hyun’s notable works: Military Prosecutor Doberman, Yumi’s Cells, My Name, Itaewon Class, Her Private Life, Dokgo Rewind, Descendants of the Sun, etc

nam gyu ri
Credit: MBC

Character name: Kang Hyun Chae
Actress name: Nam Gyu Ri
Nam Gyu Ri’s notable works: You are My Spring, Children of Nobody, Yeah That’s How It Is, 49 Days, etc

Extended Cast

Kang Seung Yoon as Im Geun Wook
Shim Hye Yeon as Kim Da Bin
So Hee Jung as Jung Hye Kyeong
Hwang Jung Min as Kwak Song Ja
Lee Joo Myung as Park Soo Jung
Shin Goo as Yoo Seo Il
Cho Dong In as Lee Taek Gyu
Lim Chul Hyung as Park Ho Young
Jeon Kwang Jin as Choi Deok Ho
Jung Sung Joon as Lee Tae Woo
Lee Tae Gu as Kang Byeong Suk
Jung Hee Tae as Park Joo Young
Choi Duk Moon as Kim Yoo Seok
Kwon Hyuk as Han Tae Gil
Ko Kyu Pil as Kim Jin Ho
Jung Ah Young as Kim Jin Ah
Lee Jung Jun as young Kim Seo Jin
Lee A Ra as Han Ae Ri (child)
Jo Nam Hee as executive
Lee Yoon Sang as executive

Cameo & Special Appearances

Lee Si Eon as delivery man
Sung Ji Ru as Lee Byung Hak
Jang Joon Ho as attorney (Ep. 14-16)

Character Relationship Chart

kairos character relationship chart
Credit: MBC (edited & translated by Kepoper)

Kim Seo Jin is the youngest executive in Yoojung Construction. He is married to a beautiful violinist, Kang Hyun Chae. They have a daughter named Kim Da Bin. Seo Do Kyun is a manager in Yoojung Construction and Kim Seo Jin’s confidant. However, he seems mysterious and hides something. One day, Kim Da Bin is mysteriously kidnapped. Being frustrated about his daughter kidnapping, Kim Seo Jin surprisingly keeps contacting to Han Ae Ri, part-timer who lives one month before Kim Seo Jin. Meanwhile, Han Ae Ri suddenly lost her mother. Their time-travel communication leads to attempt in finding the people they love.

Original Soundtrack

“Like a Star” by iT’s
“I Live a Day” by Juho
“Own Pain” by Hajin
“Next Story” by Jeong Dongwon
“Pray” by Tart
“Scattered” by Kim Taehyun (The Brothers)
“Stopped” by Gawon
“Can You Hear Me” by Kang Seungyoon (WINNER)
“Where Are You” by A.C.E
“Stay With Me” by Jung Gayi (Wine Loop)
“I Cry and Miss You” by The Daisy
“Somehow We” by Seo Seonghyuk
“Why Is It” by Damu
“Heart Feels Cold” by The Lime
“One Day Is a Mess” by Lydia
“Yet” by Langyee

Teaser & Trailer Videos

Awards & Nominations

2020 MBC Drama Awards – December 30, 2020


  • Kairos drama takes over MBC’s Dinner Mate time slot on Monday and Tuesday
  • Episode 5 scheduled to air on November 9 was postponed to November 10 due to baseball playoffs game airing
  • Episode 7 scheduled to air on November 23 was postponed to November 24 due to Korean Baseball airing
  • Shin Sung Rok reunites with Lee Se Young after KBS’ drama Lovers of Music in 2014
  • Kairos becomes Kang Seung Yoon‘s comeback drama after tvN’s drama Prison Playbook in 2017
  • Kairos is Ahn Bo Hyun‘s second drama in 2020 after JTBC’s Itaewon Class

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