The common theme for this month’s dramas is REVENGE. Who doesn’t like a good revenge drama? If done well, it keeps you on your toes, unsure of what will happen next. Will your hero succeed, or will your hero succumb to the evilness of the world that we live in? In the process of seeking revenge, will your hero lose his humanity or will he have a partner keeping him from crossing that line? The following dramas had just enough of everything you look for in revenge dramas, so I highly recommend you give them a try (if you haven’t already).
STORY OF A MAN (SOAM)
Total number of episodes: 20
Where to watch: Viki, Dramafever
Main Cast: Park Yong Ha, Park Si Yeon, Kim Kang Woo
Brief synopsis: Kim Shin is seemingly living the good life; he has a beautiful girlfriend who loves him and he works for his brother’s dumpling factory. However, his life gets turned upside down when his brother’s company goes bankrupt due to false accusations about the quality of its products. Shin’s brother ends up committing suicide, and Shin goes to jail for a crime he didn’t commit. While in prison, Shin learns that the downfall of his brother’s company was orchestrated by Chae Do Woo, head of a conglomerate started by his own father. Shin vows to get revenge, and enlists his prison buddies to carry out his plan.
Comments: Up until now, I’ve only recommended dramas that recently aired or were currently airing. SOAM actually aired back in 2009. For me to even remember, should tell you how good of a drama it was. This drama holds a special place in my memory for several reasons; the first being Park Yong Ha. I was introduced to PYH by this drama, and sadly, SOAM ended up being his final drama. PYH definitely shone his star in this drama. I was thoroughly impressed by his performance. He emitted so much emotion that I felt like i was right there with him. I was also introduced to Kim Kang Woo in this drama. He also played his role so well. He was evil, but I kinda felt sympathy towards him. I would many times have to tell myself that he was a bad guy, I can’t want things to work out for him. But ultimately, these two characters were all I needed from this drama. I could go on and on, but the bottom line is, SOAM knows what is expected of a revenge drama, and it delivered. I rewatched the drama a few weeks ago just to make sure I still wanted to highlight it, and guess what the result of that was =)
Total number of episodes: 16
Where to watch: Viki
Main Cast: Yoon Kye Sang, Lee Bum Soo, Park Won Sang, Seo Ye Ji, Park Ye Jin
Brief synopsis: Jang Tae Ho is a successful fund manager who becomes homeless after a stock operation goes wrong. Living on the streets of Seoul Station, Tae Ho learns of the secret, hierarchical organization that the homeless are a part of. Determined to fix his life and to help the homeless people who are being exploited, Tae Ho works his way from the bottom up to fight against the boss of the organization.
Comments: Last is in my Top 3 as far as dramas that aired in 2015. I loved the pace. I loved the characters, the relationships, everything. If I had to choose a favorite character, it would have been Park Won Sang’s character Ryu Jong Goo. He was conflicted throughout the drama with choosing between right and wrong, but he definitely ended up being really stand-up guy. Last is a perfect supplement to SOAM because I was so satisfied with both dramas. I have nothing bad to say about either of them. Both dramas were just really, really good.