[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 17 Final 2017/05/24,
The callousness never ends for our villains, who fight until the very end to turn things around for themselves and take one another down. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon's work is not done after his arrest, because there is always the trial. The time has come for everyone to pay for their sins and merits and we all know which ones owe the most. Meanwhile, Tae-gon makes a new friend in prison,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 16 2017/05/22,
One of the governing elements of standard villains is their refusal or even inability for remorse and redemption. "Whisper" makes this inescapably clear as Jeong-il and Soo-yeon try to one-up each other in being horrible until the very bitter end. Dong-joon and Yeong-joo can taste victory, but this victory comes at a price. As Dong-joon comes collecting dues, his own cannot be overlooked,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 15 2017/05/17,
The fight on all sides continues in episode fithteen of "Whisper" as alliances keep changing and new tools for manipulation keep appearing. Soo-yeon gets a taste of her own medicine as everything she has helped inflict upon others now appears at her doorstep. Things cannot end quite yet, so secrets start to surface which give different players leverage against their enemies. What will happen when all of it explodes is the question,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 14 2017/05/16,
Things are getting complicated and tiresome for everyone involved as Il-hwan's arrest makes Jeong-il the next target for our heroes. Our villain fights tooth and nail for his safety and that means trying to out-bid Dong-joon for Soo-yeon's good will. Soo-yeon on the other hand is after the safety of Taebaek for the sake of her father and her choices are limited,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 13 2017/05/09,
With our heroes closing in on Il-hwan, things get heated as the two villain sides try to help or stop them. Tae-gon makes his choice on which side to place his life on while Jeong-il is backed into a corner as plans Il-hwan's downfall from the sidelines. Meanwhile, Soo-yeon is running the show for her father and our villainess becomes crueler by the minute as things before more dire,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 12 2017/05/02,
Chang-ho's death means that we now have no good fathers left to speak and it seems like it is about to spark a wave of abandonment, starting in episode twelve of "Whisper". Dong-joon and Yeong-joo use everything and everyone they need to in order to get ahead of Taebaek and Bogook's masters. The time has come for our cowardly key figure,Tae-gon to face the reality of his importance,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 11 2017/05/01,
There is no friendship or loyalty between monsters and our villains are met with some tough decisions on which carrot to drop in favor of their survival. Jeong-il has to free his pursuer to trap Il-hwan and Il-hwan's enemies just keep piling up outside and inside of his doors. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon take some bold measures, but a very tough choice has to eventually be made for Yeong-joo's future,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 10 2017/04/26,
Being seen close to a body in Dramaland is never a promising event for one's future and in a series like "Whisper", the outcome is always predictable. Yeong-joo and Dong-joon now have two enemy sides to fight against, but those two sides are also fighting each other, complicating things for everyone. Tae-gon becomes the most important pawn for all sides while Soo-yeon finds herself in a familiar situation highlighting a theme of the drama,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 9 2017/04/25,
The status quo comes crashing down in episode nine of "Whisper" as Il-hwan makes a daring move that changes the game for everyone permanently. Baek Sang-goo becomes a key witness and he is taking bids from everyone, including Dong-joon and Yeong-joo. Meanwhile the "justice pair" start planting the seeds of distrust among Jeong-il and Soo-yeon's supporters,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 8 2017/04/18,
The hinted rift between our lovebird antagonists cannot stop expanding and it is aided by Yeong-joo and Dong-joon's actions, but also by the two elders who want to win over their rival. The desperate villains are starting to change their mind on their loyalties and this yields importance evidence for our heroes' case. At the same time, the shift of alliances creates new dangers and the suggestion for an unwelcome compromise,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 7 2017/04/17,
Dong-joon's newfound confidence and rediscovered sense of justice make him determined to take down Jeong-il and set things right for Yeong-joo and her family. The several antagonists of "Whisper" are starting to feel the pressure of their power games and cracks have begun to form in their mighty facade. Everyone has reasons to fight which are important to them and this means that backing down indefinitely is not something they are willing to do,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 6 2017/04/11,
With the addition of time to the list of everything going against Yeong-joo's efforts in "Whisper", our heroine is stuck in limbo as our antagonists play their little games. Il-hwan wants to cut Yoo-taek off from Taebaek, but his frenemy has quite the hefty request in return. Meanwhile Jeong-il and Soo-yeon are trapped between their families and rely on a very important document, which becomes an item currently desired by all,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 5 2017/04/10,
The cat is out of the bag and now four leads get to engage in backstabbing pleasantries for episode five of "Whisper". Dong-joon is looking for allies in an effort to keep himself safe and conquer Taebaek. Il-hwan tries to help for his own revenge, but his pull is limited by his daughter's affiliations. Yeong-joo is pushed into a corner and makes some desperate decisions upon receiving bad news regarding her father's health,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 4 2017/04/04,
There is justice in the world after all, or at least the world of Park Kyeong-soo. Dong-joon gets a rude awakening about his importance in Taebaek which changes the terms of his collaboration with Yeong-joo. The newly discovered deadly lover duo gets serious with its scheming and spares no one in order to protect their better half. With Yeong-joo's identity compromised, the time has come for alliances to be reassessed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 3 2017/04/03,
Yeong-joo continues to dig deeper and Dong-joo continues to become more and more disgusting in episode three of "Whisper". Soo-yeon has picked up on the fact that Dong-joon is being blackmailed and she tries to weasel the culprit's name out of him. Meanwhile Jeong-il has his own revelations and things become clearer regarding the different alliances and conflicting interests within Taebaek,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 2 2017/03/28,
Our heroine has no time to lose in involving the man who doomed her father. Dong-joon finds himself forced to help her look for the killer through his new masters. Episode two of "Whisper" throws us right into the dirty world of Taebaek and its top lawyers, who all seem knee deep in its criminal activities. With Yeong-joo's father feeling ill and time running short, our protagonist takes desperate measures,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Whisper" Episode 1 2017/03/27,
Episode one throws us ruthlessly into the dark world of "Whisper" and shoves all the things to be expected from such stories right into our collective faces. There are victims, evil perpetrators and corrupt officials who create more victims, including their own conscience. At the same time, the drama's eagerness to cut right to the chase leaves me with little to no time for connecting to the characters at the moment,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Whisper" 2017/03/25,
The critically acclaimed and much beloved PD and writer duo of "Punch - Drama" is back for more twisted goodness in the legal thriller "Whisper". A straightforward story of revenge and justice on paper, "Whisper" sounds much more interesting when we look at the names attached.
Detective Sin Yeong-joo (Lee Bo-young) wants revenge against the people who wronged her father. She enters a troubled partnership with judge Lee Dong-joon (Lee Sang-yoon), the man who convicted her father for murder. The pair seeks out the truth and becomes romantically involved in the process,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 19 (final) 2015/03/23,
"Punch - Drama" is over and I'm feeling a little numb. What a ride it gave me. It was one of the strongest dramas I've seen, despite a few live shoot glitches. The writing was more than solid - it was inspired. The acting was heartfelt, the direction was clear and clean. Mostly, it was the impeccable writing and the ability of the writer/director pairing to keep the story, and me, on our toes, as each expectation was subverted, played upon and turned into another exciting event. With the constant tension and battles between Jung-hwan and his enemies, there was barely a second to breathe,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 18 2015/03/16,
This drama is so good. The penultimate episode is upon us and I'm still gripping my arm rests. Jung-hwan's illness has almost gotten the best of him and former Minister Yoon has almost won. Almost - not quite. We still have one more episode to see who actually comes out on top. Even more than that though, Tae-joon and Jung-hwan have joined hands for one final ride up the glass elevator. The Tae-joon and Jung-hwan pairing, whether it be as partners or opposites, is such a rich match,...More
[Interview] On Joo-wan, "I like a person who arouses curiosity" 2015/03/11, Source, There's someone who rode the rollercoaster in this year's drama "Punch - Drama". On Joo-wan played investigator Lee Ho-seong who guarded Sin Ha-kyeong (Kim Ah-joong) in the beginning and then later stood in the middle of corruption. He smiles shyly as he says, "I took myself back to the middle. I am realizing more and more that communication is most important no matter what role you are in". Now 12 years into his career, the actor seems like he's still maturing and says he feels like he's caught a lucky break.
Q: Did you predict the success of "Punch - Drama"?
"The grown-ups in my hometown love it. They think it's the best thing that's ever happened to me. I had my trust in the producer and writer",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 16 2015/03/10,
There are very few people in "Punch - Drama" who are not selfishly motivated to the point that they will sacrifice others as a means to an end. Jung-hwan was once a man like that, but has thankfully changed. Unfortunately, his opponents have no sense of loyalty and will choose sides based upon which is most advantageous. This wasn't always true,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 15 2015/03/05,
The timeline in "Punch - Drama" is very literal. It isn't a marked calendar day when things are due. It is Jung-hwan's death, the most final of deadlines, and it's coming soon. Before he dies, he and Ha-kyeong have things to do, but their enemies know this as well. Jung-hwan's impending demise has not only changed him, but everyone around him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 14 2015/03/02,
The tension never dies in "Punch - Drama". Just when the good guys get a leg up on the pervasive corruption that endeavors to drag them down, the bad guys find a soulless way to quash them. Amongst the bloody political and personal battles are the most beautiful family scenes that center the show and keep it full of heart. Tae-joon is the mastermind behind the corruption,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 13 2015/02/23,
The poison of greed spreads and corrupts more good people. Those who were once friends cannot be trusted any longer and it is time to turn back to family: Jung-hwan and Ha-kyeong turn towards each other in order to protect their own. Minister Yoon and Tae-joon are not above using Jung-hwan and Ha-gyeon's daughter, Ye-rin, as a means to their end,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 12 2015/02/20,
Temptation truly has reached into the hearts of the most well-intentioned and morphed them into the people they've always dreaded they'd become - people like Lee Tae-joon. Minister Yoon has been eaten alive by greed and has been spit out as yet another self-serving political monster who masks her greed and twisted soul with pretty words of doing right by her people. This is the path that Tae-joon followed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 11 2015/02/03,
Despite all the lies and corruption that pervade "Punch - Drama", what makes this show great is the honesty and rawness of the emotion it conveys. Very little about the show in writing or execution is haphazardly done. And, like with his previous dramas, Park Kyeong-soo delivers quality work well into the show's run time with his exploration into the darker side of humanity and loads of mind games. Oftentimes writing flags come mid run, but not "Punch -Drama". As the drama progresses, it digs further and further in Jung-hwan's psyche, and into the kinds of change the pressure he is under forces him to make in his thinking, in his person, in his lifestyle,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 10 2015/02/01,
The waters are rushing quicker as "Punch - Drama" moves along. People are getting caught up in the churning depths of corruption and it doesn't matter how hard they struggle because they cannot extricate themselves from the dangerous river. Minister Yoon is the best example of being in far above her head,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 8 2015/01/25,
"Punch - Drama" is a drama that is constantly in a state of change. The law that once guided some of the most righteous people means little when family is at stake. People switch sides; they become crueler and harder. Jung-hwan is working to uncover truths he spent year burying in order to save his family before his time runs out.
It takes one decision to change one's path entirely,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 7 2015/01/19,
Justice is a central theme in "Punch - Drama" that has not yet been fulfilled, but who lies in wait for its time to shine. Ha-kyeong believes wholeheartedly in justice while those around her are in various states of cheating it. Another potent theme in "Punch - Drama" is humanity, and how it is found in all people, even the most corrupt villain. Tae-joon is the star of this episode,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 6 2015/01/14,
"Punch - Drama" isn't losing speed. In fact, it's getting more exciting as each episode passes. The episode raced by, fraught with emotion, and ended with a scene that was like a punch in the gut. That is no small feat when the character who are the most effective are the villains. Before he dies, Jung-hwan is just trying to take care of business,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 5 2015/01/08,
"Punch - Drama" has made me love being wrong. I thought Jung-hwan had changed for good. Nope. He has just changed sides, but uses the same ol' dirty tricks, doing the right thing the wrong way. His daughter motivated the initial change, but it will be up to Ha-kyeong to remind him that he once had a conscience. And that, my friends, is real intrigue. Bring it on.
What I love about "Punch - Drama" is the set up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 4 2015/01/04,
All those years Jung-hwan walked the wrong path have finally come to an end. Kim Rae-won made every second Jung-hwan was on screen electrifying. Jung-hwan has always been a deliberate man so when he takes the entire episode's length to decide his course of action, the outcome is profoundly deep and powerful. In the end, it is Ha-kyeong who gets to him,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 3 2015/01/04,
"Punch - Drama" gets more riveting with every episode as the drama delves deeper into the past, thickens up the plot of the present, and further muddies the future. Jung-hwan is on the brink of death, so this episode highlighted his past and the present doings of those around him, namely Ha-kyeong, Tae-joon, and Kang-jae. Ha-kyeong still loves Jung-hwan despite his greed and inability to break away from the sickly symbiotic relationship with Tae-joon,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 2 2015/01/01,
"Punch - Drama" is action-packed every second of the way. Jung-hwan doesn't react the way most terminal patients would in any drama or real life situation, which is was makes him a riveting character. The other characters feel just as tangible as he does despite their very selfishly driven, partially hidden and vaguely motivated agendas. What is beautiful about this show is the way the past, present and future are linked by small, everyday things as well as the larger events of the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Punch - Drama" Episode 1 2014/12/29,
The first episode of "Punch - Drama" began solidly by giving us a main character, Park Jung-hwan (Kim Rae-won) who is more of a villain than a hero. In fact, he is all villain. He sacrifices everything that makes him human in order to gain what he desires. He is the lapdog of a corrupted, twisted, powerful politician and he knows it. His updstanding ex-wife knows it. The question is, how is his cancer diagnosis going to factor into "Punch - Drama"? Currently, it could take him out and the world would be better for it. Writing this strongly built first episode is Park Kyeong-soo ("Empire of Gold"",THE CHASER - Drama") who penned solid characters and plenty of mystery,...More
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