I’ve watched a lot of KDramas. And this is counting from the first year I actually discovered KDrama’s. In all my years (well 2 years but who’s counting) of watching KDrama’s, there’s many dramas that I’ve absolutely loved and absolutely hated and some I’ve been very indifferent to. There’s also a number of them that I’ve dropped because the plot just felt fleeting (but that’s a story for another day). In this post, I’d be taking you through some of the most intense KDrama’s I’ve watched as at July 2019 and why they’re drama’s I can keep watching over and over again purely because of its intensity. Enjoy!
Voice is probably the most intense KDrama I’ve watched ever on this list and where my intense and infinite love for Kim Jae Wook began. Voice is that drama that can keep you up for the entire duration of the drama. The plot was very unique and infamous for kdramas, and if opened my eyes to understand the unique minds of KDrama screenwriters and developers. Like wow.
The writer amplifies a ‘supporting role’ into a lead role, where the story focuses on the emergency call centre within the police force in South Korea. I think it’s a really creative perspective to take, deviating away from the over used and over cliche storyline which focuses on the actual police force. The storyline is one which draws you in from start to finish, following Kwon-Joo and Jin-Hyuk on a journey to finding the actual killer and bringing justice for their deceased loved ones.
I think what was really interesting was the build up to finding out who the serial killer was. And when we eventually found it, trust the writers to not disappoint us with the role at all! Kim Jae Wook significantly contributed to the overall intensity of this drama where he nailed that role to the T! Overall this was a beautiful drama to watch, hence the need for a season 2 & 3.
Moo Jin-Hyuk (Jang Hyuk) was a popular detective who solved major cases, but after his wife was murdered by a serial killer his life spiraled down. He is filled with guilt that he was not able to protect his wife and he secretly looks for her killer. Meanwhile, Kang Kwon-Joo (Lee Ha-Na) graduated at police academy with top marks. She began to work at an emergency 112 call center. Working there, a brutal murder case takes place and her father/police sergeant went to the crime scene. Her father is killed there and Kwon-Joo hears what happened over the phone. Afterwards, she goes to the U.S. to study and comes back to Korea as a professional voice profiler. Detective Jin-Hyuk and Kang Kwon-Joo solve cases together. Chasing a serial killer responsible for the deaths of their family member.
2. Criminal Minds (Korean Remake)
Criminal minds was one drama that didn’t get a lot of good reviews. From the lack of character development to many other things, some viewers didn’t particularly enjoy this drama. However what I particularly enjoyed about this drama was the detail it gave each case that was mentioned. Again, the writers here turned what would ordinarily be a minor role to a blown out lead role/story. Both the American original and Korean remake.
In this drama, I believe the writers chose to focus on the development of each case in as much detail as it could, as opposed to having character developments as it may have contradicted the idea of the meaning of the drama ‘Criminal Minds’.Each case had its own development, from the inception to its close, each case having its own turn and uniqueness. With this, we were able to get sucked into the minds of genius profilers as they moved to determinedly each case started and proceeded in an attempt to pinpoint the culprit.
I found I was constantly left with goosebumps after each case and I particularly liked how each case was a stand-alone from the other, with a case at the end bringing together all these cases (if that makes sense). I’d have really wanted a more assertive ending as opposed to the rushed ending we got.Synopsis:
Crime scenes can be fabricated but dead bodies cannot lie.
The drama follows a group of highly trained profilers in the fictional National Criminal Investigation (NCI) team who track down criminals to solve cases. It begins a year after a crucial error results in a bomb detonating at a hospital, killing several SWAT officers and leaving the NCI team leader Kang Ki Hyung’s confidence badly shaken. He returns to work after a long break and is immediately drawn into a serial murder case which requires the NCI team to collaborate with the local police agency’s Violent Crimes Unit. They meet the temperamental police officer Kim Hyun Joon, who appears to have a bitter grudge against Ki Hyung.(Source: My Drama List & Wikipedia)
3. Partners for Justice (1&2)This is another one that I’d gotten goosebumps right through from season 1-2 (and I’m patiently waiting for a Season 3 PD-nim!!!!!). In crime dramas, it’s expected to have the main focus on the plot on the police or the lawyers or investigation team. And yet again, we had the writers defied the norm and made it an unexpected focus-on the forensic team! How unique is that! This drama completely throws away the romance direction and plot line and purely focuses on using the forensic doctor’s angle in solving cases while working with both the prosecution and the police force. It can be described as starting from the back/ consequence of a crime. From carrying out autopsies or using forensic evidence and analysis, they work their way backwards to figuring out how the crime happened and ultimately who the culprit is. A very interesting direction and perspective that you can’t help but get drawn in with every single episode (from season 1-2). Season 1 introduces a string of many stand along cases, but still being able to make a connection right to the end that helps us realise the entire thing is bigger than what it seems like!
In crime and in life, all contact leaves a trace. There is no perfect crime and our hero and heroine have the ultimate cooperation. This drama continues the tale of a warm-hearted prosecutor and a forensic scientist with a bad personality must join forces in order to catch a serial killer.
4. DefendantThis drama broke and tore at my emotions throughout the entire watch time. If you’re a Jisung fanatic and you’re looking for another Jisung masterpiece, look no further (and by all means please get your box of tissues ready because you’d be drowning in tears by the 4th or 5th episode). This drama takes you on a 360 emotional journey while eliminating the eventual romance plot line. Feelings of anger, angst, frustration, sadness and then again frustration will take complete rounds throughout whilst watching, at least that’s what I felt…and more. It’s not your everyday-very predictable type of drama, it leaves you guessing after each and every scene. The plot line is so unpredictable in the way situations turn and when you expect a certain outcome or the climax to be reached at a certain point, something very unassuming and unexpected ends up happening. Overall, this drama has a very satisfying at the end considering the way events develop. Watching this drama made me appreciate Jisung’s craft even more. Not only this, but it also made me understand how fickle life is and how in a matter of seconds, things and situations can change pretty quickly. Synopsis:
Park Jung Woo is a prosecutor at Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. One day, he wakes up and finds himself a convict on death row. Suffering from temporary amnesia, Jung Woo has no idea what transpired to land him in prison. He struggles to recover his memory and clear his name before his time is up.
5. Forest of Secrets/Stranger
Another very unpredictable plot and very well crafted scripts, if I may say so myself. I’d personally felt like the first few episodes dragged on a bit but that’s where it dragged and stopped and just became more and more intense up until we got to the climax of the entire story. Villains and situations are completely unexpected and you’d end up sitting glued to the screen at a stretch.
I loved how each secret was uncovered, very unique and very very detailed in the way things unfolded !
Hwang Shi Mok had brain surgery when he was a child, which caused him to lack emotion. Now, Hwang Shi Mok works as a prosecutor. He is rational, but cold and lonely. He is also one of the only prosecutors not involved in corruption. One day, a dead body is thrown in front of him. He meets Police Lieutenant Han YeoJin at a murder crime scene. They work together to eradicate corruptionat the prosecutor’s office and solve a serial murder case.
(Source: MyDramaList & Viki )
Stay tuned for my Part 2! If there’s any drama you feel I’ve missed out let me know in the comments! Xx