Kim Je Ha is an ex-secret agent abandoned by both his colleagues and his country. Wrongly accused of the murder of his girlfriend, he then has no choice but to live in hiding in order to survive. During his run, it is in Spain that he comes to the aid of Go An Na , the hidden daughter of Jang Se Jun , candidate for the future presidential elections. Coming from a relationship prior to her father’s marriage and locked up under surveillance since her mother’s death, she now lives as a recluse because she suffers from panic disorders following a trauma that occurred during her childhood.
Back in Korea, Je Ha saves Choi Yu Jin ‘s life, daughter of a chaebol family and married to Jang Se Jun. Under the facade of a perfect and loving wife, she nevertheless suffers from the multiple indecent acts of her husband that she generally finds herself covering up, hiding her excessive ambition behind her charisma and benevolent personality.
This is how Yu Jin will propose to Je Ha to work as his bodyguard and to join the special forces of the JSS, a private company in charge of the security of their family, within which he will be known under the code name K2 . At first resistant to her offer, he ends up accepting on the condition that she use it as a weapon to take revenge on all those who betrayed him and made him a fugitive.
Review : by Ayan Das (Link)
So yesterday, I finished my third full K drama, The K2. All in all, I would probably considered it a pretty good drama with its highs and lows. Here are my thoughts on different categories:
Plot and Characters:
This one definitely took a slow time to kick off; I won’t deny it. I got a bit bored during the build-up of Je-Ha getting incorporated into the JSS security firm. But Je-ha’s backstory definitely felt compelling, and it was truly heartbreaking to see the abuse and confinement An-na suffered at Yoo-Jin’s hands. While the plots regarding the political and corporate intrigue got a bit confusing at times, the show did a good job at portraying Park Kwan-soo, Choi Yoo-jin, and Jang Se-joon as different shades of the unscrupulous power player.
The second half is where I really felt hooked. Seeing Je-ha engineer An-na’s freedom to be in public was beautiful to watch as was An-na opening up and becoming a happier and more expressive woman. I was not a fan of her trusting Choi Sung-won so easily, though. The final arc of trying to uncover Kumar-Gate and the tension of the bomb at Cloud Nine were nail-biting, and it all ended on a great note with Se-joon and Yoo-jin trying to redeem themselves at the last minute and touchingly reconciling in their last moments. I still feel a little disappointed by the fact that some wrongdoers like Master Song and Chief Kim got to walk, but I think it’s a small price to pay to see the biggest villains taken down and Je-ha and An-na walking away happy together. Much better than the cliff-hanger of Vagabond.
Everyone did a rather excellent job. Ji Chang-wook and Im Yoon-ah made for a great romantic pairing, and their chemistry really made the second half worth watching. Jo Sung-ha was adequate as the unscrupulous politician conflicted between political ambition and father vulnerability. Kim Kap-soo really nailed it as the repulsive villain who makes you cringe in disgust with every scheme and smug laugh. But I think the one to really take the cake was Song Yoon-ah (funny how the two main actresses have the same name haha). Man, she really nailed all parts of her role: cruel taunts and manipulations, hysterical meltdowns, and tearful vulnerability/guilt. I see on Wikipedia that she was nominated for her role in this drama; she should have gotten it! All the other supporting actors did a reasonably good job as well.
The martial arts scenes here were off the charts! From taekwondo/hapkido to jiu-jitsu, you could really buy that all of these agents were highly trained and dangerous. Though I must say that in massive fight scenes between the different factions, it did feel absurd to see mass hand-to-hand brawls instead of the more pragmatic option of simply shooting. The soundtrack was spot-on and conveyed tension and sweetness as needed. Kudos to the part where An-na sings “Amazing Grace” in the church in defiance of Yoo-jin. “Same Day” by Kim Bo Hyung is now on my Spotify playlist thanks to this show!
On the whole, I feel that this is a great show for those who love their mix of romance, political intrigue, and action. It requires some patience at first, but the wait is worth it once you get to the second half. Powerful performances and beautiful martial arts scenes provide for a great guilty pleasure.