Sometimes it seems like if you’ve seen one corruption drama, you’ve seen them all but I can’t help but be left on the edge of my seat whenever I watch Forest of Secrets. If you haven’t been watching this drama, I strongly encourage it as it feels timely but I also feel like the show allows the viewers to come to their own conclusions about the characters guilt or innocence.
THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW
When a major earthquake hits Seoul, a team of doctors and emergency personnel struggle to deal with the aftermath. The drama centers mostly around Mirae Hospital, a renowned cancer treatment center. Lee Hae Sung (Kim Young Kwang) is a doctor who believe that he has a duty to treat everyone that needs help but he is often barred by the hospital’s director, Park Gun (Lee Kyung Young). Park Gun would rather use the hospital’s resources for building up the hospital’s (and his own) reputation.
In the fallout of the earthquake, the hospital’s supplies are running low and the victims of the earthquake are in need of urgent care. Hae Sung and his team try to do whatever they can to keep the hospital running and help as many people they can.
I’ve been cautiously optimistic about the natural disaster drama, D-Day. I saw a preview right as Last was about to end and I thought it was interesting that a Korean cable network was trying to pull this off.
NOT THE YOO AH IN DRAMA
Bullied at his old school, Woo Ki Myung (Joo Won) transfers to a new high school for a fresh start. He becomes interested in fashion in order to attract the school’s popular girl, Park Hye Jin (Park Se Young) and learns that he’s able to change his loser status by becoming the its top fashion icon with the help of his mentor, Kim Nam Jung (Kim Sung Oh), and friends, Kwak Eun Jin (Choi Sulli) and Kim Chang Joo (Shin Ju Hwan). Unfortunately, Ki Myung provokes the ire from the high school’s popular kid and fashion icon, Kim Won Ho (Ahn Jae Hyun).
CRUCIFYING THE TRUTH
TV news producer Yoon Min Chul (Park Hae Il) gets a scoop on story that a sterility clinic is illegally buying ovum. When he digs further, he realizes that globally revered scientist Dr. Lee Jang Hwan (Lee Kyung Young) is involved. Dr. Lee has gained widespread acclaim after announcing that he is able to clone human stem cells in an effort to cure cancer, among other diseases. Yoon’s producer tells him to bag the story as it would be difficult to take down such a revered figure. However, he changes his mind after receiving an anonymous call from Shim Min Ho (Yoo Yun Suk), a young scientist who once worked with Dr. Lee and whose wife still works at Dr. Lee’s laboratory. This film is based on the true story of Dr. Hwang Woo Suk and the people who uncovered the truth to the public.
LIFE OF A SALESMAN
As a child, Jang Geu rae (Im Shi Wan) worked towards becoming a professional Go player. When he fails to achieve his dream, he realizes that he’s entered the harsh, adult world with nothing more than a high school diploma. Through his mother’s acquaintance, he’s gets hired as an intern at One International, a trading company, and joins Sales Team 3.
Leading Sales Team 3 is Sales Chief Oh Sang Shik (Lee Sung Min), a workaholic, and Assistant Manager Kim Dong Shik (Kim Dae Myung), who is incredibly loyal to Chief Oh. Also working at the company in the same intern pool as Jang Geu Rae, there is the intelligent and exceedingly competent Ahn Young Yi (Kang Sora), well-educated Jang Baek Ki (Kang Ha Neul) and the garrulous Han Suk Ryul (Byun Yo Han). Jang Geu Rae applies his knowledge of Go to navigate the corporate world.
WHO’S AFRAID OF THE BIG BAD VAMPIRE?
Vampire Prosecutor Min Tae Yeon (Yeon Jung Hoon) has returned, solving cases using his special vampire abilities. Min’s team includes: Street-savvy Detective Hwang Soon Bum (Lee Won Jong), Tough-as-nails Prosecutor Yoo Jung In (Lee Young Ah) and Computer expert/Intern Choi Dong Man (Kim Joo Young).