Justice is a 2019 South Korean television series starring Choi Jin-hyuk, Son Hyun-joo, Nana and Park Sung-hoon. It is based on the web novel Justice, written by Jang Ho and illustrated by Elja. The series aired on KBS2’s Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) time slot from July 17 to September 5, 2019.
Lee Tae Kyung is a lawyer with the best win rate as he uses his logic and intelligence to win his cases. His goal is to avenge his younger brother. For this, he only deals with the business of customers belonging to the elite class and passed on by Song Woo Yong, owner of a construction company. One day he finds himself involved in a series of cases involving missing actresses.
- Drama: Justice
- Revised romanization: Jeoseutiseu
- Hangul: 저스티스
- Director: Jo Woong
- Writer: Jang Ho (web novel), Elja (web novel), Jung Chan-Mi
- Network: KBS2
- Episodes: 32
- Release Date: July 17 – September 5, 2019
- Runtime: Weds. & Thurs. 22:00
- Language: Korean
- Country: South Korea
Justice is a drama that had always tempted me enormously, if only for its casting which is absolutely fabulous and incredible. Besides, I hadn’t heard of it so all the more reason to watch it! Plus, it seemed to be totally my style of drama, dark and gripping, intriguing (you can feel the “but” coming ;). Was this the case?
Unfortunately not and despite all my good faith, I had a lot of trouble with Justice …
Sorry Jin Hyuk but it was a bit laborious…
But first of all, I would like to clarify something. Justicewas part of my list of dramas on hiatus (and I have quite a few, it’s around 10 dramas and I’m not even talking about dropouts since I drop almost nothing… *maso in chief 8D *), I had also placed it in this list because I thought (innocently) that maybe I was not in the right mood to continue it because it is indeed quite dark, on this point , I was not lied to about the merchandise. He was therefore patiently waiting for me to relaunch it one day and finally, I took advantage that my brother was there so that we could watch it together and this drama really tempted him. So I watched it in good company (and luckily because all my love for Jin Hyuk isn’t enough to inflict this on me…).
Justice is not a bad drama scriptwise speaking, the script rather holds up even if I have things to say about it, especially in relation to the writing of the characters. And then, from what I’ve read, Justice is a divisive drama (a bit like Tomorrow With You which I personally didn’t like at all but there are a lot of people who enjoyed it ^^) , either we like it or we don’t (I wouldn’t use the word “hate” because it’s way too strong/pronounced for this drama since I still enjoyed some points of it) . It is therefore possible that you may appreciate it unlike me.
Visually, Justice is an excellent drama even if I find that sometimes the camera moved a little too much (but I guess that was the style of the director and in itself, it is not very disturbing). The production is of good quality, especially in relation to the way the drama was filmed (the filter used) was very elaborate and this is one of the things that I appreciated the most in this drama. Moreover, the realization really brought a plus compared to the darkness of the drama.
I also enjoyed the OST even if I don’t find it unforgettable or incredible but it accompanied the drama and its atmosphere perfectly well.
And as I said before, the cast of this drama is exceptional since we find Choi Jin Hyuk (Tunnel, Zombie Detective, The Last Empress…), Nana (Kill It, Into The Ring, The Good Wife …), Son Hyun Joo (The Good Detective, Tracer, Itaewon Class…), Park Sung Hoon (Jealousy Incarnate, Into The Ring, Falsify…) but also Lee Hak Joo (My Name, The World of the Married, 38 Task Force, Oh My Ghost…) as well as Kim Hee Chan ( School 2017 , Radiant Office , Twenty Again …) to name a few since the rest of the cast is just as good but I I’m not going to talk about it because it would take too long. In short, the cast is therefore very good and honestly, they played their roles superbly well and I absolutely do not question that.
Justice therefore has a few flaws, but I think the biggest flaw I find in it is its pace. Admittedly, I’m not a big fan of slow rhythms but when the scenario follows (and the writing of the characters), it doesn’t bother me that much. But in Justice , I found that even if the script holds up, in the end not much happens and the rhythm does not help to make the drama more thrilling. It’s excessively slow, there’s no crescendo/decrescendo rhythm and it’s very contemplative/visual. Certainly, this allows us to see how far human beings can go and precisely,Justice , it’s pretty flat and like I said, the writing of the characters unfortunately doesn’t match that.
For example, the main character Lee Tae Kyung (camped by Choi Jin Hyuk) is horribly poorly written. He is described as a very intelligent person but I assure you that is not the case, it takes more than HALF the drama to wake up (damn it!) and to make things happen (I am someone patient but there, it is not more patience that I need ;). Sorry to be so raw but he was stupid, limited and this despite the warnings of another character (and with proof too…). I understand that greed can change more than one person, but Lee Tae Kyung (Choi Jin Hyuk) is presented as an ace at the bar so I expected a lot from him intellectually speaking… In short, I didn’t appreciate this character at all and he pissed me off as much as possible…
The only characters that I found consistent from start to finish were Song Woo Yong (Son Hyun Joo) and Seo Yeon Ah (Nana). I enjoyed Song Woo Yong’s (Son Hyun Joo) writing and I think the character is pretty well written from start to finish. I expected this kind of finality for this character and I find it consistent with the guideline of the drama. Seo Yeon Ah (Nana) may seem like a tough guy, but she’s typically the kind of character I like because she’s very smart, thoughtful, and shrewd (and that’s definitely not for everyone, isn’t isn’t it Lee Tae Kyung (Choi Jin Hyuk)? ;). Admittedly, she remains stuck on her positions at one point in the drama and she is damn stubborn but honestly, it was mainly her who made things happen in the drama so just for that, I thank her for it ;). More seriously,
I also greatly regret writing the character of Tak Soo Ho (Park Sung Hoon). He should have been the most interesting character (by far) in the drama. So he is anyway since he’s the most intriguing character but the motivations of the character are not as elaborate as I would have liked (and yet, there was incredible material to work on this character TTwTT ). That being said, I want to point out that his interpreter, Park Sung Hoon, is damn good at this kind of role and I can’t wait to see him in Into The Ring (with Nana by the way!).
Justice ‘s character palette could have been worked on more, especially when I think of the fact that screenwriter Jung Chan Mi is behind this drama. The latter also wrote Sassy Go Go as well as School 2017 . I really liked Sassy Go Go whether for its script, its cast or the writing of the characters, I also enjoyed School 2017 even if I did not like it as much as Sassy Go Go but overall , it was a good drama. So I’m a little disappointed with the new work ( Justice ) by Jung Chan Mi even if of course, you can’t always be good and then, as I said a little more above, Justicemight appeal to some of you.
The Justice scenarioIt’s not bad, but it’s not amazing either. I think that with a more worked, more thrilling rhythm, its scenario could have been very good even if in itself, it has nothing innovative because the background plot has already been used/seen in Dramaland. That said, I don’t find it super disturbing otherwise we wouldn’t be watching much either because not all dramas have incredible plots, but I assume that from the moment we have a good time watching , the fact that the scenario is innovative or not, goes totally by the wayside (of course, if the scenario is innovative, it’s a plus but it’s not a prerequisite ^^). I repeat myself but because of the rhythm, the positive sides of the scenario are a little inhibited (like for example, the fact that Then I find that the thriller side doesn’t stand out enough because of the rhythm but also because it’s a legal drama (even if I don’t think it excels in that genre either, but I saw very few legal dramas to fully judge). And it’s a shame since the drama is still quite dark (we don’t breathe the joy of living in it;). Then I find that the thriller side doesn’t stand out enough because of the rhythm but also because it’s a legal drama (even if I don’t think it excels in that genre either, but I saw very few legal dramas to fully judge). And it’s a shame since the drama is still quite dark (we don’t breathe the joy of living in it;).
As for the end of the drama, I liked it for some characters, especially Song Woo Yong (Son Hyun Joo) because it’s quite logical and ultimately quite representative of the character, but for others, I would have liked to see more things. concrete. Afterwards, I think the appreciation of this kind of ending is quite personal, I may not appreciate it but it could totally be your case.
What more can I tell you about Justice ?
Personally, it’s not a drama that I liked since I was somewhat bored watching it and if I didn’t watch it with someone, I would probably have abandoned it since the pace of the drama is much too slow and it looks like nothing is happening. The writing of the characters is not great either, especially that of the main hero since the latter remains undrinkable (and stupid;) for a large majority of the time. Despite a superb cast (but we know that the cast isn’t always everything), I wouldn’t recommend it to you but I also think that you should always form your own opinion!