Iris (Korean Drama 2009)

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Drama Rating: 7/10

Kim Hyun Joon and Jin Sa Woo are close friends who are both best in their military skills, they are then recruited into the NSS (National Security System) a top secret organization comprised of elite agents which does covert missions for the Koreaniris2-00111 government. During their time in NSS, both men falls in love with the beautiful and yet feisty profiler agent named Choi Seung Hee, however she only reciprocated Hyun Joon’s affection which pushed Sa Woo on the sidelines. When Hyun Joon was assigned on a mission to Hungary, he became severely wounded but was able to escape. Upon his return, he learned that he was set up and was betrayed by his friend Hyun Joon. He was then taken into custody as a criminal and is due for interrogation and jail time. Seung Hee tried to help him escape but one thing led to iris20-00023another and both were torn apart by a bombing incident which led Seung Hee to believe that Hyun Joon died. On the other hand, Hyun Joon was saved by complete strangers who introduced themselves to be a part of another secret organization named IRIS. Hyun Joon fled to another country under a different identity, when he came back to Korea he was set out for revenge against the people who wanted him dead in the guise of  aiding the people who wants to stop the reunification of South and North Korea.

Basically Iris is like a taste of ALIAS, the American series which starred Jennifer Garner, the difference is that this drama is in male form with a downer story line and bitter ending. I’ll start off with what I loved about this drama and that will be Lee Byung Hun and 582391624_origKim Tae-hee. They made this series worth watching because of their sizzling hot chemistry, kick ass action scenes and those witty dialogues which made this drama a household name. As for the supporting cast, I have fallen in love with the antagonist! Why is T.O.P. one heck of a slick villain?!? This was the first drama which I’ve seen him in and he was awesome in it. He can hold a gun to my head and I probably wouldn’t care just like the lady he’s together with during his undercover mission.

Then there’s the back drop setting in which they actually went to different countries to shoot realistic and proper locations which was a huge plus point for the series. What really made it a recommendable drama was the action scenes. As I have mentioned earlier it was like ALIAS,  it was kick ass and butt full of action. The fight scenes were eye popping that it was hard for me to think that it wasn’t a movie but instead a drama. They outdid themselves in the choreography with the fight sequence, battle gear and stunts. That’s why I am recommending it whole heartedly, plus not to forget the judo moves and gun shots. There were also a lot of run-for-your-life-while-bleeding-on-the-left-side-of-your-gut-crazed-looks while guns are aimed dead-on skulls. Even dying with blood stricken tears streaming down the face looked darn good and didn’t seem upsetting to watch.

As for the story line, it did start off great along with heavy action scenes but it just lost me along episode 5 up until it was about to end. It got all messy for the wrong reasons and the twists weren’t enough to put fire on my ass and say, “Gaaaaad… that was awesome”. The romance wasn’t enough to salvage that even though they had a really good concept for the romantic part in the whole series. So I’m leaving the story line behind with all my rants at the backroom because other factors made the drama a good one for its genre. Pushing all negative factors about the plot, I simply don’t care anymore as long as I get one full hour of action.

 

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Yong Pal (Korean Drama 2015)

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Synopsis:

Kim Tae Hyeon is a talented surgeon. Desperate for money to pay his sister’s medical bills, he adopts the code name Yong Pal and offers his medical skills to those in need of medical attention but who cannot do so publicly, dealing with gangsters and corrupt plutocrats. It is while making such a house call that Tae Hyeon rescues “sleeping beauty” Han Yeo Jin, a chaebol heiress, from a medically induced coma, leading to unintended consequences.

Excerpted from: MyDramalist

Words from Me:

This drama did own up to its hype. It made me binge watch it in one go because it was really good. However… the drama could have finished at around episode 16, but they had to milk the fame up to episode 20. It was also kind of hard to distinguish the good and the bad since the characters all have their own agenda. All throughout each episode, there’s always that gray area in between what’s right or wrong, basically it’s up to the watcher’s moral standards to decide.

What I liked about the story was the complicated relationship between Yong Pal and Han Yeo Jin. If this was the typical drama trope, it would have been full on makjang stuff but no… this isn’t the usual stuff offered from Kdrama land. The story line is mixed up between a commoner doctor and an heiress who was put into a comatose state so that the bad guys could rule the poor woman’s empire, and so here comes in the lead guy whose role was to save Yeo Jin from all the baddies out there. Meanwhile, Yong Pal gets himself into a more complex situation than he already was in. All in all, it’s actually about mishaps of conspiracies and devious plots. Also, it kind of helps that the female lead is so pretty that whatever it is she’s doing, it’s too hard to think she’s scheming something beforehand. Well it’s all about survival of the fittest in their kind of world. If you don’t stand up and conquer the wolves, you get eaten. It’s dog eat dog when it comes to the rich and the famous.

Music wise, it wasn’t really that much memorable for me. Even the cinematography wasn’t that outstanding, what really brought this drama to life was the storyline and characters. The actors were really good and that’s what made a whole lot of difference from the other dramas out there.