[Review] The Chaser – 추적자

AGAINST ALL ODDS

Detective Baek Hong Suk (Son Hyun Joo) goes after a presidential candidate Kang Dong Yoon (Kim Sang Joong) once he learns of his involvement in the death of Hong Suk’s daughter.

I wrote about this show in my Bananas post earlier this week.  I had expected to write the review later but due to the writer collapsing from the stress of the show, the drama ended at episode 16 instead of 17.   I’ll mention the major characters and the major plot points but unfortunately I can’t include everything I loved about this drama.  There are a lot of characters and a lot of complex relationships.  All these characters are chasing after something but depending on what you’re chasing after, it’s a very different type of battle.  Hong Suk and Dong Yoon live in two very different universes and it collides when their goals directly conflict with each other.  One chases after justice but it’s an arduous, uphill battle while the other chases after ultimate power but he’s got everything to lose.

Lee Hye In – 나리꽃 (Lily)

이혜인 – 나리꽃

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Just Bananas About: Week of 7/16/12

I’m not all that into revenge plot dramas.  I try to avoid them when I can but the trailer for The Chaser just caught my eye.  It’s been given a one-episode extension followed by a special so it will end next week instead of ending this week.  Though it’s almost over, I understand that the subs for it are slow and coming so you can still try and watch it, if you wish.  I highly recommend it.

I saw comments on the Big forum on Soompi awhile back about people wondering why this drama is doing better in the ratings and since I watch both I just wanted to put my two cents in.  The two dramas are very different and it’s very hard to compare them directly in terms of quality.  In terms of numbers, Big is a trendy that’s geared towards younger audiences and younger audiences tend to watch more dramas on Wednesday and Thursdays.  Hence why I was a little surprised that it ended up being a Monday-Tuesday drama.  To understand programmers, they always want to pit shows that are very different against each other.  If you can’t attract one audience, you’ve got another that’s interested in watching something different.  I like that I can watch one and cry and watch the other and laugh.

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[Review] The Front Line – 고지전

THE KOREAN BAND OF BROTHERS

Just as much as Hollywood loves their WWII movies, Korea loves their movies about the Korean War.  The film is about a company that’s stationed at the front lines.  Their job is basically to keep the strategic point that would determine the boundary line for the two nations.  However, the ownership of this front changes daily.

Kang Eun Pyo (Shin Ha Gyun) leaves his cushy assignment with the armistice committee to take an assignment at the front lines.

There he discovers a fellow school buddy, Kim Soo Hyuk (Go Soo), whom he thought was killed by the North Koreans after being taken by them at the start of the war.

The two friends realize that a lot has changed in the short 3 years since the war started.

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