The Penthouse: War in Life

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The Penthouse: War in Life
The Penthouse TV series.jpg
Promotional poster for season three
Also known as
Hangul펜트하우스
Genre
Created by
  • Choi Young-hoon (S1)
  • Park Young-soo (S2-3)
  • SBS Production plan
Written byKim Soon-ok
Directed by
  • Joo Dong-min (S1-3)
  • Park Bo-ram (S1)
  • Park Soo-jin (S2-3)
Starring
Opening themeA Place Dizzyingly High And Distant composed by Kim Joon-seok
Ending themeTime To Reveal The Truth composed by Joo In-ro
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes36
Production
Executive producerCho Sung Hoon
Producers
  • Kim Sang-hyun
  • Cho Hyeon-jin
  • Cho Jin Wook
Running time70-95 minutes
Production companies
DistributorSBS
Budget₩31.2 billion
(670-680 million per episode)
Release
Original networkSBS TV
Picture format4K (Ultra HD)[3][4]
Audio formatDolby Digital
Original releaseOctober 26, 2020 (2020-10-26) –
present
External links
Website

The Penthouse: War in Life[5] (Korean펜트하우스; RRPenteuhauseu; lit. Penthouse) is a South Korean television series starring Lee Ji-ah, Kim So-yeon, Eugene,[6] Um Ki-joon, Yoon Jong-hoon, and Park Eun-seok.[7][8] The series, directed by Joo Dong-min and written by Kim Soon-ok,[9] spins the story of a real estate and education war, a desire to be number one. It depicts the solidarity and revenge of women who had no choice but to turn to evilness to protect themselves and their children.[10][11] It premiered on SBS TV on October 26, 2020.[12] The first look teaser was released on September 29, 2020.[13] The teaser for season two was released on January 12, 2021.[14][15] The teaser for season three was released on May 27, 2021.[16]

At the end of the first season, the series with 5.3 million viewers is placed at 9th rank in the Top 50 Korean television series per nationwide viewers.[17] The series achieved the number-one position in all-channel mini-series, 21 times in a row from its first broadcast on October 26, 2020 to the last episode on January 5, 2021.[18]

As of the ending of the second season on April 2, 2021, the series with 5.69 million viewers is placed at 8th rank in the Top 50 Korean television series per nationwide viewers.[19] The series achieved the number-one position in all-channel mini-series, 13 times in a row from its first broadcast on February 19, 2021 to the last episode on April 2, 2021.[20]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedTime slotAvg. viewership
(millions)
First airedLast aired
121October 26, 2020 (2020-10-26)January 5, 2021 (2021-01-05)Monday–Tuesday at 22:00 (KST)3.35
213February 19, 2021 (2021-02-19)April 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)Friday–Saturday at 22:00 (KST)4.67
312June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)August 20, 2021 (2021-08-20)Friday at 22:00 (KST)TBA

Season 1[edit]

Penthouse tells the story of wealthy families living in Hera Palace and their children at Cheong-ah Arts School.

Shim Su-ryeon (Lee Ji-ah) is an elegant, wealthy woman who has a tragic past. Her husband is Joo Dan-tae (Uhm Ki-joon), a successful businessman. She later learns that he is hiding a secret from her.

Oh Yoon-hee (Eugene) comes from a humble family background. She has had bad blood with Cheon Seo-jin (Kim So-yeon), a famous soprano whose father is the head of Cheong-ah Arts School, since high school. They get involved in a love triangle relationship with Ha Yoon-cheol (Yoon Jong-hoon).

All of them have grand ambitions and desires for their children and would do anything for them. However, their lives begin to crumble as a young mysterious girl named Min Seol-ah (Jo Soo-min) falls to her death during a party at Hera Palace. While the Hera Palace residents try to cover up the fact that she died on the premises, they cannot help but suspect each other for the murder.

Season 2[edit]

Penthouse 2 focuses on Shim Su-ryeon's secrets, Oh Yoon-hee's revenge, Cheon Seo-jin's downfall, and the Hera Palace kids who want to be the best and win the grand award at the Cheong-ah Arts Festival.

After successfully framing Oh Yoon-hee for murder, Cheon Seo-jin and Joo Dan-tae decided to get married. Their engagement party is interrupted by Oh Yoon-hee and Ha Yoon-cheol, who have just come back from the United States. As the secrets unveil, the relationships among the people at Hera Palace are entangled, yet another mysterious figure appears and confronts them.

Season 3[edit]

Penthouse 3 focuses on the residents of Hera Place after their trials and their kids who prepare themselves to take the college entrance examination.

Just when Shim Su-ryeon thinks she can finally live happily, Logan (Park Eun-seok) died right before her eyes. With now Joo Dan-tae, Cheon Seo-jin, and Oh Yoon-hee are out of the prison, what will be their fates as their desires grow bigger and more mysterious figures exist in their lives?

Cast[edit]

Character appearances[edit]

Character Portrayed by Season
1[21] 2[22] 3[23]
Main
Shim Su-ryeon Lee Ji-ah Main
Na Ae-kyo Main
Cheon Seo-jin Kim So-yeon Main
Oh Yoon-hee Eugene
Recurring
Joo Dan-tae/Baek Joon-ki Um Ki-joon Recurring
Ha Yoon-cheol Yoon Jong-hoon
Lee Kyu-jin Bong Tae-kyu
Kang Ma-ri Shin Eun-kyung
Go Sang-ah Yoon Joo-hee
Joo Seok-hoon Kim Young-dae
Joo Seok-kyung Han Ji-hyun
Ha Eun-byeol Choi Ye-bin
Bae Ro-na Kim Hyun-soo
Yoo Jenny Jin Ji-hee
Lee Min-hyeok Lee Tae-vin
Secretary Jo Kim Dong-kyu
Ma Doo-ki Ha Do-kwon
Wang Mi-ja Seo Hye-rin
Logan Lee Park Eun-seok
Gu Ho-dong Recurring
Alex Lee Recurring
Jin Bun-hong Ahn Yeon-hong Recurring
Yoo Dong-pil Park Ho-san Guest Recurring
Baek Joon-ki / Joo Dan-tae On Joo-wan
Joo Hye-in Na So-ye Guest
Anna Lee/Min Seol-ah Jo Soo-min Guest
Cheon Myung-soo Jung Sung-mo
Kang Ok-gyo Ha Min TBA
Cheon Seo-young Shin Seo-hyun
Minor
Yoon Tae-joo Lee Cheol-min Guest
Su-ryeon's ex-husband, Seol-ah's father Ki Tae-hwa
Detective in charge of Oh Yoon-hee's investigation Kim Sa-kwon
Journalist Kim Jung-min Ki Eun-se Guest TBA
Bae Ho-cheol Choi Won-young Guest
Yoon-hee's mother-in-law Hwang Young-hee
Seo-young's husband Ahn Tae-hwan


Main[edit]

Shim Su-ryeon: A graceful, dignified woman who is humane and kind, despite her immense wealth who has a tragic past. She and her husband live in the penthouse, making her the queen of the social clique at Hera Palace. Despite knowing about her husband's affair with Cheon Seo-jin, she is determined to take revenge for her long lost, daughter Min Seol-ah. She was allegedly killed at end of season 1; however, in season 2, she has been alive by living as Na Ae-kyo since the real Na Ae-kyo and her switch places in last minute before falling in Joo Dan-tae’s trap.
Na Ae-kyo: Business partner and mistress of Joo Dan-tae, lover of Jung Doo-man as well as the biological mother of Joo Seok-hoon and Joo Seok-kyung. She bears a striking resemblance to Shim Su-Ryeon and has a butterfly tattoo on her back. In Season 2, it reveals that Na Ae-kyo offers to switch places with Shim Su-Ryeon so that she can see the twins one last time, but instead she got killed by Joo Dan-tae who thought she was Su-ryeon at that time.
A wealthy woman who is the epitome of showy and arrogant and who harbors warped ambitions. She is a woman who would do anything for power, money and pride. She pushes her daughter, Ha Eun-Byeol, to sing well to beat Oh Yoon-hee's daughter, Bae Ro-na, who is better than her.
A woman whose dreams have been stunted by her lack of money and power. With gritted teeth, she has had to take on any job and humiliation to support her daughter's ambitions. Oh Yoon-hee does everything in her power to move up socially so that her child can enter Cheong-ah Arts School.

Supporting[edit]

Shim Su-ryeon/Na Ae-kyo's family
Dan-tae and Su-ryeon's older twin son and Na Ae-kyo’s biological twin son. A calm and self-contained pianist student who protects his twin sister from their father who often assaults them. Due to his father’s evil deeds, he begins to develop hatred towards him as series progresses. He falls for and dates Bae Ro-na which his personality starting to change, despite Ha Eun-byeol's burning jealousy, as well as his twin sister Seok-Kyung's vehement disapproval. Also, he dislikes when people talking bad about Bae Ro-na and does not tolerate with it. In Season 3, he is planning to study abroad with Bae Ro-na at America and sworn to protect her from his father. After his father escaped from prison, his relationship with twin sister, Seok-kyung are starting to be strained.
Dan-tae and Su-ryeon's younger twin daughter and Na Ae-kyo’s biological twin daughter. Unlike her twin brother, Seok-hoon, she is cunning, selfish and scheming soprano student who bullies her classmates (including Min Seol-ah, Bae Ro-na, and Yoo Jenny) for sports, doesn’t show any remorse for her actions and mocked Bae Ro-na’s death in front of her twin brother. However, it is revealed that she has been physically and emotionally abused by her father which caused her to have lack of empathies for other people. This caused her to treat Su-ryeon for granted and controls her twin brother for her needs. In Season 3, she starts to develop jealously towards Bae Ro-na due to getting attention from her mother and her twin brother which she asks for her father's help in order to sabotage to those who gets into her way. She joins side with her father due to the fact he manipulates her to turn against Su-ryeon.
Joo Seok-hoon and Joo Seok-kyung's tutor. She is Su-ryeon’s biological daughter, who was switched with Joo Hye-in when she was born by Joo Dan-tae’a bribery and adopted sister of Logan Lee. Due to being an orphan and poor, she was bullied and tormented by kids from the Hera Palace. She died in Hera Palace after she attempted to expose the bullying, affairs, corruptions against people from Hera Palace.
  • Na So-ye as Joo Hye-in
Su-ryeon's daughter, who was switched with Min Seol-ah when she was born by Joo Dan-tae’s bribery. Being born sickly during birth, Dan-tae tried to kill her in order to get her share of properties but Su-ryeon saved her and sent her to America where she currently resides.
Cheon Seo-jin's family
  • Um Ki-joon as Joo Dan-tae (Fake Identity)/Baek Joon-ki (Real Identity)
Former husband of Shim Su-ryeon. Lover of Na Ae-kyo, current husband of Cheon Seo-jin. A Chairman of J King Holding who rakes in money with every investment he makes and only cares about money. He is a cruel, sadistic, and manipulative will not hesitate to kill anyone who gets into his way. He murdered Su-Ryeon’s previous husband and also Min Seol-ah’s father; he bribed the nurse to switch out Min Seol-ah and Joo Hye-In when they were born. He cheated Su-ryeon for having an affair with Cheon Seo-jin and eventually engaged in the start of season 2. He was responsible for attempting murder Bae Ro-Na and framing Ha Eun-byeol who was the one injured Ro-Na in first place. was eventually convicted of murder and many other crimes, and the court sentenced him to life imprisonment. In season 3, his real name is Baek Joon-ki instead of Joo Dan-tae who was a former construction worker who killed the family of original Joo Dan-tae (now Baek Joon-ki) and took their assets. He manages to escape from jail, plotting revenge against Su-ryeon by murdering Logan Lee and manipulating his daughter, Seok-kyung to turn against Su-ryeon.
Seo-jin and Yoon-cheol's daughter. She is constantly pressured by her mother to sing better than Bae Ro-na and she is in love with Joo Seok-hoon. Like her mother, Eun-byeol is evil but tormented by manipulative people. The pressured caused by her mother makes her more psychopathic and develop hatred against Bae Ro-na. She accidentally injured Bae Ro-Na which caused her to have mental breakdown. In season 3, she is currently under guardian of her maid, Jin Bun Hong while her parents are in prison.
  • Jung Sung-mo as Cheon Myung-soo
Seo-jin's father. He is very intent on keeping Cheong-ah's reputation intact due to which he gives the foundation to Seo-young after Seo-jin's divorce and affair is known to him. He dies by falling down a set of stairs with Seo-jin by his side, who lets him die and burns his updated will so she can keep the foundation.
  • Ha Min as Kang Ok-gyo
Seo-jin's step mother.
  • Shin Seo-hyun as Cheon Seo-young
Seo-jin's younger sister who later having an affair with another man behind her husband’s back which Seo-Jin caught her.
  • Ahn Tae-hwan as Seo-young's husband
Seo-jin's brother-in-law.
Oh Yoon-hee's family
Former husband of Seo-jin and current husband of Yoon-hee. An ambitious man who believes that a man must hold wealth and power. He is the head of surgery in the VIP department of a hospital. He divorces Seo-jin at the end of season 1, marries and allegedly divorces Yoon-hee in season 2, his first love. They team up to bring down Seo-jin and came back from the United States with a successful biopharmaceutical company called JohnBio. In Season 2, it is revealed that he is Ro-na's biological father and plotting revenge against Joo Dan-tae for harming Yoon-hee Eun-Byeol, and Ro-na.
Yoon-cheol and Yoon-hee's daughter. She is a good soprano singer, and she wants to do her best in school and beat Eun-byeol to enter the Seoul National University. She was scammed by Ma Du-ki and was on the waiting list to enter Cheong-ah High School, and she managed to get in by the death of Seol-ah. In Season 2 she was supposedly killed on the day of Cheong-ah Arts Festival (it revealed Joo Dan-tae tried to kill her so that Seok-kyung wins the grand prize), unknown to everyone however, she was saved by Su-ryeon. In Season 3, she is planning to study abroad with Seok-hoon at America and suffers panic attack when she sees Dan-tae.
She was paid by Seo-jin to go to Hera Palace and make a scene, accusing Yoon-hee of not letting her visit her granddaughter, Ro-na, and blames Yoon-hee for the death of her son. She is a woman who would do anything for money.
  • Choi Won-young as Bae Ho-cheol
Yoon-hee's first husband. Later on, it was revealed that he cheated on Yoon-hee. He died prior to the events in the series.
Kang Ma-ri and family
A woman who has recently come into wealth and leads a secretive double life. She lies to everyone in Hera Palace that her husband, Jenny's father, is in Dubai, but in reality, he is in prison. She bribes the guards with expensive goods to let her in to see her husband in prison. She advises her daughter to become friends with Joo Seok-hoon, Joo Seok-kyung and Ha Eun-byeol so that she can get on the good side of the wealthy people of Hera Palace. Also, she loves her daughter so much and blames Joo Dan-Tae for framing her husband.
Ma-ri and Dong-pil's daughter. She went to the same middle school as Ro-na. She was enemies with Ro-na, and accused her of poisoning her drink which nearly caused Ro-na to be expelled from school. However, at the end of season 1, she gives food to Ro-na when she sees Ro-na in shock outside her house with 'murderer' scrawled on her door. She doesn't know that her father is in prison. In season 2, she is bullied for giving Ro-na food after her mother's been convicted as a murderer and develops a stress disorder. She starting to develop friendship with Ro-na.
Ma-ri's husband and Jenny's father. He loves his family so much even he doesn’t pressure his daughter. He was previously in prison on-behalf of Dan-tae, and was released at the end of season 2. In season 3, he went to prison after he witnessed a person died when Hera Palace was in construction and apparently got framed by Joo Dan-Tae. Therefore, he is plotting revenge against Dan-Tae, Joo Seok-kyung and Lee Min-hyuk for bullying his daughter, Jenny.
Lee Kyu-jin and family
The only son and momma's boy of a wealthy family of judges and lawyers, and is himself a lawyer. In season 2, he becomes an assemblyman in Gangnam.
Wife of Lee Kyu-jin and a former announcer.
  • Lee Tae-vin as Lee Min-hyeok
Kyu-jin and Sang-ah's spoiled son who loves to bully his classmates for amusement.
  • Seo Hye-rin as Wang Mi-ja
Kyu-jin's mother and former actress who has a amassed a fortune from a career in culinary television.

Others[edit]

Gu Ho-Dong: A strict and nice PE teacher at Cheong-ah Arts School and does the right thing to punishes students from Cheong-ah Arts School for bullying Bae Ro-na.
Logan Lee: He is a Korean-American successful businessman, Alex Lee’s younger twin brother and Min Seol-ah's older adoptive brother who believes in justices. After he overheard his sister getting bullied by Hera kids, he determines to punish them and revenge for her death. He eventually grows feelings for Su Ryeon. At the end of Season 2, he was allegedly killed by Joo Dan-tae (disguised as an elderly man) with a planted bomb. In season 3, it reveals he met up with Baek Joon-ki (original Joo Dan-tae) to gather information about Joo Dan-tae (original Mr. Baek) while at America before his allegedly death.
Alex Lee: He is Logan’s elder twin brother who came to the Penthouse to find out more about Logan’s alleged death and has bitterness towards Su-Ryeon. Unlike Logan, Alex is an aggressive and has a tough love for his twin brother.
Music teacher at Cheong-ah Arts School. He is a man who would do anything for money. He was hired by Seo-jin to make Ro-na sing a song in another language in order to make her fail the audition which causes Ro-na to end up on the waiting list. He also praises Eun-byeol to get on the good side of Seo-jin. He accepted bribes from Dan-tae in exchange for the exam answers so Seok-kyung can beat Eun-byeol. After he found out that Yoon-hee and Dan-tae are acquainted, he apologizes to her for his wrongdoings and starts treating Ro-na better but starts treating her horribly when she re-enters school.
  • Lee Cheol-min as Yoon Tae-joo
Dan-tae previous secretary, he betrayed Dan-tae and was later killed in car accident.
  • Kim Dong-kyu as Secretary Jo
The current secretary of Dan-tae.
  • Kim Do-hyun as Secretary Do[27]
Seo-jin personal secretary.
  • Kim Jae-hong as Secretary Hong
The secretary of Logan Lee.
She is undercover working as personal tutor/carer for Eun-byeol. As part of her job, she relates information to Yoon-hee and Logan. In season 3, she is Eun-byeol’s guardian but she secretly works with Joo Dan-tae.
  • On Joo-wan as Baek Joon-ki[26] (Fake Identity)/Joo Dan-tae (Real Identity)
Initially named "Joon-ki", a mysterious figure who appeared at the end of Season 2, sitting beside Logan Lee during his return flight to South Korea and was last seen hastily leaving Logan's car moments before the explosion. In Season 3, it was revealed that besides not having any involvement with the planted bomb, it was also revealed (through an extended scene with Logan inside the plane) that Baek Joon-ki's real name is Joo Dan-tae, and that the person who has long been using his identity was actually named Baek Joon-ki (hence his "Mister Baek" moniker), who also stole his parents' fortune after killing them.

Special appearances[edit]

Season 1
  • Byeon Woo-min as Congressman Jo Sang-heon (Ep. 1–2, 4–5)
He attempted to kill Su-Ryeon when she found out about his fraud but was later murdered.
  • Han Seung-soo as Orphanage Director Min Hyung-sik (Ep. 3, 5)
  • Kim Byung-hyun as Joo Dan-tae's best friend pitcher[30]
  • Ki Eun-se as Journalist Kim Jung-min[31]
  • Kim Sa-kwon as Detective in charge of Oh Yoon-hee's investigation[32]
  • Ki Tae-hwa as Su-ryeon's ex-husband
He was murdered by hitman hired by Dan-tae. He is the father of Seol-ah.
Season 2
An actor hired by Dan-tae to act as an detective.
A real estate agent well-versed with the upcoming redevelopment of Cheonjin District.
A politician and boyfriend of Na Ae-kyo.
Season 3
Boss of men's prison cell.
  • Jung Young-ju as Boss of women's prison cell (Ep. 1)[50]
  • Kwon Tae-won as Chief Justice Jung (Ep. 1)
  • Lee Sang-min as Prison Guard Jo (Ep. 1)[51]
  • Yoo Yeon as Shim Su-ryeon's psychiatrist (Ep. 1)
  • Park Eun-seok as Alex Lee (Ep. 2)
Logan Lee's older brother.

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

The production cost of this series is 31.2 billion won, 670 million won per episode.[54] The series started its planning and preparation in September 2019.[55][user-generated source]

The first season was extended by one episode to enable the series to end on a Tuesday.[56]

On November 24, 2020, the series was officially renewed for a second and third season of twelve episodes each. It was also announced that the final seasons would air on the Friday–Saturday time slot compared to the first season previously aired on Monday–Tuesday time slot.[57]

Casting[edit]

Eugene was cast in one of the lead roles, consequently returning to the small screen after a five-year hiatus.[6] Casting for the series started in December 2019,[58] and finalized in January 2020.[59] Due to scheduling conflicts, Shin Sung-rok left the cast in February.[60] Originally scheduled to take place in February 2020, the first script reading was pushed back to March due to COVID-19 pandemic.[61] Um Ki-joon joined the cast in April.[62]

Filming[edit]

Filming was halted on November 24, 2020 as one of the supporting actors was tested positive for COVID-19. The next day, it was reported that Um Ki-joon, Park Eun-seok and Bong Tae-gyu tested negative for COVID-19.[63]

Release[edit]

The prelude teaser was released by Seoul Broadcasting System on September 22, 2020.[64] The teaser was termed as "[Mood teaser] a brilliant bloody prelude".[65][66] The first season premiered on October 26, 2020 on SBS TV and airs every Monday and Tuesday at 22:00 KST.[citation needed] The second season premiered on February 19, 2021 and airs every Friday and Saturday at 22:00 KST.[67] The third season premiered on June 4, 2021 and airs every Friday at 22:00 KST.[68]

Original soundtrack[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Penthouse
(Original Soundtrack)
Soundtrack album by
Various artists
ReleasedFebruary 3, 2021
Length97:27
Language
  • Korean
  • English
Label
Released on February 3, 2021[69][70]
No.TitleArtistLength
1."Life"HEDY3:34
2."Crown"Ha Jin3:03
3."Desire"Han Seung-hee4:12
4."You left to me (Feat. O'z Mood)" (내게 남은 그대 (Feat. 오즈무드))18Again, O'z Mood3:21
5."Higher"Noblesse3:47
6."Penthouse" (펜트하우스)Kim Jun-seok3:06
7."A Blinded Person By Greed" (탐욕에 눈이 먼 자)Jung Sae-rin2:45
8."Time To Reveal The Truth" (진실을 밝힐 시간)Joo In-ro3:35
9."A Place Dizzyingly High And Distant" (아찔하게 높고 아득하게 먼 그 곳)Kim Jun-seok3:18
10."Their Own World" (그들만의 세상)Lee Yun-ji4:23
11."Heart Filled With Tears" (눈물로 채워진 심장)Jung Sae-rin3:39
12."Schadenfreude" (샤덴프로이데)Kim Hyun-do3:34
13."Evil's Victory" (악의 승리)Joo In-ro3:19
14."Where Is The Truth?" (무뎌진 진실은 어디에)Jung Sae-rin2:37
15."Everything I Wanted To have" (내가 가지고 싶었던 모든 것)Yoo So-hyun2:23
16."Preparation For Revenge" (복수를 위한 준비)Hong Eun-ji3:53
17."The Beginning Of Obsession" (집착의 시작)Jeong Hye-bin2:33
18."Another Class" (클래스가 다른 아이들)Kang Mi-mi3:00
19."I Promise To Protect You Forever" (지켜줄게요, 영원히)Jung Sae-rin2:55
20."Mama Boy" (마마보이)Shin You-jin3:07
21."Hera Pride" (헤라 부심)Jang Eu-rye2:17
22."I'm Not A Criminal" (저는 범인이 아니에요)No Yoo-rim2:49
23."Unfair Death" (억울한 죽음)Shin You-jin3:47
24."Non-Smiling People Although Having Taken Everything" (빼앗고도 웃지 못하는 사람들)Jung Sae-rin2:44
25."Just The Beginning" (시작에 불과해)Kim Jun-seok3:23
26."Dangerous Revenge" (위험한 복수)Jang Eu-rye2:47
27."A Secret Story" (은밀한 이야기)Lee Yun-ji4:21
28."Bloody Hera Palace" (핏빛 헤라팰리스)Kim Hyun-do3:05
29."I Know What You've Done" (네가 한 짓을 알고 있다)Kim Do-eun2:41
30."Desperate Maternal Love" (처절한 모성애)Kim Do-eun3:29
Total length:97:27

Season 2[edit]

Part 1[edit]

Released on March 9, 2021 (2021-03-09)[71][72]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."Repeatedly" (되풀이)Im Chang-jung
  • Han Kyung-soo (ARTMATIC)
  • Lee Do-hyung (Lohi)
  • bigguyrobin
Im Chang-jung3:37
2."Repeatedly" (Inst.) 
  • Han Kyung-soo (ARTMATIC)
  • Lee Do-hyung (Lohi)
  • bigguyrobin
 3:37
Total length:7:14

Part 2[edit]

Released on March 18, 2021 (2021-03-18)[73][74]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."This Is What I Am" (이게 바로 나야)Im Chang-jung
  • Im Chang-jung
  • WildBoar
Im Chang-jung4:11
2."This Is What I Am" (Inst.) 
  • Im Chang-jung
  • WildBoar
 4:11
Total length:8:22

Part 3[edit]

Released on March 26, 2021 (2021-03-26)[75][76]
No.TitleLyricsMusicArtistLength
1."The morass" (늪)
  • E-Race
  • Ha Jae-hong
  • E-Race
  • Choi Woo-seok
  • Baek Moo-hyun
Lee Ye-joon3:16
2."The morass" (Inst.) 
  • E-Race
  • Choi Woo-seok
  • Baek Moo-hyun
 3:16
Total length:6:32

Season 2&3 Score Album[edit]

Released on June 4, 2021[77][78]
No.TitleArtistLength
1."A Bright Moment That Seems Eternal" (영원한 듯 찬란한 순간)Kim Jun-seok3:25
2."Prelude of Counterattack" (반격의 서막)Jung Sae-rin3:06
3."Revenge From Now On" (복수는 이제부터다)Kim Hyun-do3:33
4."An Endless Desire" (끝을 모르는 욕망)Lee Yoon-ji3:33
5."Public Wicked" (공공의 악인)Joo In-ro2:31
6."A Person Who Has Lost Everything But Can't Cry" (빼앗기고도 울지 못하는 사람)Jung Sae-rin4:54
7."The Two Faces of Janus" (야누스의 두 얼굴)Jang Yoo-rye3:02
8."The Villainess" (악녀)No Yoo-rim2:44
9."Confusing Memories" (혼란스러운 기억)Shin Yoo-jin2:29
10."Where You Have To Die To Get Out" (죽어야만 나갈 수 있는 곳)Hong Eun-ji4:11
11."The Hidden Truth Of The Day" (숨겨진 그 날의 진실)Jung Hye-bin2:51
12."The Reason I Live" (내가 살아가는 이유)Jung Hye-bin3:21
13."The Poor Women" (가난한 모녀)No Yoo-rim3:05
14."Little Hera Club" (리틀 헤라클럽)Kim Do-eun3:16
15."Truth And False" (진실과 거짓)No Yoo-rim2:37
16."Business Partner" (사업 파트너)No Yoo-rim3:04
17."Happiness for Misery" (불행을 위한 행복)Kim Hyun-do3:45
18."Inferiority Complex" (그거 자격지심이야)Hong Eun-ji2:33
19."Something That Happens Up There" (그곳에서 벌어지고 있는 일)Jang Yoo-rye2:30
20."Quite War" (조용한 전쟁)Kang Mi-mi2:58
21."Suspicions" (의혹)Lee Yoon-ji1:40
22."Murder Plan" (살인계획)No Yoo-rim2:50
23."Blind Madness" (눈이 먼 광기)Yoo So-hyun2:50
24."A Fallen Heart" (타락한 마음)Shin Yoo-jin3:01
25."Tight Tension" (팽팽한 긴장)Kim Hyun-do2:55
26."Evil Trio" (악 트리오)Jang Yoo-rye3:07
27."Operation Proceeds Smoothly" (순조로운 작전 진행)Yoo So-hyun2:49
28."Lost Self" (잃어버린 자아)Kim Hyun-do2:15
29."An Ominous Premonition" (불길한 예감)Jeong Hye-bin2:23
30."A Vulgar Conspiracy" (저급한 음모)Hong Eun-ji4:22
31."The Struggle To Achive The Goal" (목표를 쟁취하기 위한 기 싸움)Yoo So-hyun2:36
32."Woman Who Desires" (욕망하는 여자)Kang Mi-mi2:47
33."Mr. Koo And Logan Lee" (구호동과 로건리)No Yoo-rim3:42
Total length:1:41:00

Reception[edit]

Commercial performance[edit]

Season 1

According to the Good Data Corporation which measures drama popularity according to media trends, The Penthouse: War in Life topped the list with 27.82% surge in media mention in the second week of December.[79] In the following week it led with a 35% surge in media mentions.[80]

Season 2

In the last week of February 2021, The Penthouse: War in Life season 2 was placed first with 46.24% overall mention in media, as per Good Data Corporation.[81]

Specials

The Penthouse broadcaster SBS TV, aired a special episode on January 12, 2021, featuring the main cast. Broadcast in talk show format, it was hosted by entertainers Shin Dong-yup and Jang Do-yeon, while MC Jae Jae talked with the six actors that played the teenage characters. Aired as Penthouse Hidden Room - Hidden Story the special recorded an average 9.3% nationwide audience share according to Nielsen for its two parts. The special also drew attention due to the trailer release for second season.[82][83] The special episode for second season was aired on April 3, 2021 with the episode recording an average 8.1% nationwide audience sharing according to Nielsen for its two parts.[84][85]

Audience viewership[edit]

The Penthouse: War in Life : South Korea viewers per episode (millions)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
123456789101112131415161718192021
11.6571.7351.9162.3792.2172.5492.5372.6462.7393.0173.4193.4554.0544.1494.3404.4044.3794.3394.4844.5505.3543.348
23.7584.0274.1654.5504.5855.2644.4814.9014.4625.4104.8045.6014.735N/A4.673
33.7783.518TBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDTBDN/ATBD
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Media Research.[86][87][88]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Name of the award ceremony, year presented, category, nominee of the award, and the result of the nomination
Award ceremony Year Category Nominee Result Ref.
Baeksang Arts Awards 2021 Best Actress Kim So-yeon Won [93]
Best Actor Um Ki-joon Nominated [94]
Best Supporting Actress Shin Eun-kyung Nominated
Best New Actor Kim Young-dae Nominated
Best New Actress Kim Hyun-soo Nominated
SBS Drama Awards 2020 Top Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-Length/Long Drama Um Ki-joon Won [95]
Top Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-Length/Long Drama Eugene Won
Kim So-yeon Won
Lee Ji-ah Won
Excellence Award, Actor in a Mid-Length/Long Drama Bong Tae-gyu Won
Yoon Jong-hoon Won
Excellence Award, Actress in a Mid-Length/Long Drama Shin Eun-kyung Won
Best Supporting Actor Park Eun-seok Won
Best Young Actress Kim Hyun-soo Won
Grand Prize (Daesang) Kim So-yeon Nominated [96]
Best Supporting Actress Yoon Joo-hee Nominated [97][98]
Best Supporting Team The Penthouse: War in Life Nominated
Best New Actor Ha Do-kwon Nominated
Kim Young-dae Nominated
Best New Actress Jo Soo-min Nominated

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