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Feeling Lost? Here's Our Guide to Jin-Soo Kwon

Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey. Jin, by the "Numbers": Stubborn and quick to anger yet fiercely loyal to those he cares about, Jin-Soo Kwon (played by Daniel Dae Kim) has managed to find a freedom on the island that was sadly missing from his previous life. He was born in South Korea to a prostitute who abandoned him upon birth to a fisherman whom she claimed was Jin's father. As he grew into adulthood, Jin desired to break out of his lower social class, but the best work he

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Our favorite castaways thus far have been on the island a few months, but for Lost fans, it's been more than 260 days since Jack's super-freaky flash-forward. As the Jan. 31 season premiere (finally) draws closer, TVGuide.com is offering daily profiles — "refreshers," if you will — of the key players in ABC's island-based odyssey.

Jin, by the "Numbers": Stubborn and quick to anger yet fiercely loyal to those he cares about, Jin-Soo Kwon (played by Daniel Dae Kim) has managed to find a freedom on the island that was sadly missing from his previous life. He was born in South Korea to a prostitute who abandoned him upon birth to a fisherman whom she claimed was Jin's father. As he grew into adulthood, Jin desired to break out of his lower social class, but the best work he could find was as a hotel doorman. Shortly after getting fired from this job, he met and fell in love with Sun-Hwa Paik, the daughter of a respected Korean businessman. Jin and Sun were able to obtain her father's blessing for their marriage, but in exchange, Jin was forced to become an enforcer and cover up Mr. Paik's illegal business dealings. The violent nature of Jin's job strained his marriage to the breaking point, and Sun eventually persuaded him that they should run away together to America. Just before their flight, Jin was intercepted by another of Mr. Paik's goons, who told him that if he should try to escape, Mr. Paik would certainly hunt them down. The plane crash ironically saved Jin and Sun from being controlled by Mr. Paik and allowed them to fall in love again free from the social strictures of Korea.

Things Got Interesting When...: While Jin was first introduced as having a violent temper (he savagely beat Michael for taking a gold watch from the plane wreckage that actually belonged to Sun), his flashbacks revealed that he has more integrity than anyone suspects. Despite orders from Sun's father to commit murder on several occasions, Jin did everything in his power to save the lives of his would-be victims.

'Tis Better to Have Loved and Gotten Lost?: During his time on the island, Jin was able to rebuild his marriage with Sun, but their relationship became even more complicated when it was revealed that Sun had an affair shortly before the plane crash and that she is currently pregnant. While a medical test conducted by Juliet determined that Jin is the baby's father and brought the two even closer together, they are haunted by the knowledge that Sun might die during childbirth since the baby was conceived on the island.

Six Degrees of Serialization: When Jin went to a government official's house to intimidate him, a television in the background was running a news report on Hurley winning the lottery.

His Season 3 Story: Jin played his most important role this season during the finale, when he was one of three sharpshooters chosen to hold off a raiding party led by the Others. Jin was tasked with setting off a dynamite charge from a distance by shooting it with a pistol, but unfortunately he missed his target and was taken captive by the Others. He was eventually rescued thanks to the efforts of Sawyer, Hurley and Juliet.

How Jin Has Us Puzzled: Does Jin know about Sun's affair with Jae Lee? And if the show jumps ahead to the future depicted in Jack's flash-forwards, will he have learned English by this point? (That would certainly be convenient for Daniel Dae Kim, since English is his first language.)

Our Wild Prediction: Jin fulfills his lifelong dream of getting into the restaurant business and starts his own chain of tropical-themed restaurants in America. Thanks to his celebrity as one of the plane survivors, they're a huge hit, and with his new fortune Jin is able to protect himself and his family from the wrath of Mr. Paik.

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