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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Masked Prosecutor" Episode 4

2015/06/10 | 581 views | Permalink

The web of corruption and lies that Dae-cheol and Min-hee are fighting grows wider by the episode. This was quite the exciting hour as Dae-cheol discovers how deeply his past and his father's past ties into the current landscape of abuse of power, and Min-hee suspects him to be the Masked Vigilante. There's also a bit of romantic interest budding on her part. Nothing says excitement like a sprinkle of love a dash of murder.

What intrigues me most about Dae-cheol is that he's not just leading a double life, he's actually leading a triple life. In front of the shrewd Min-hee, he pretends to be a sycophant. In front of others, he holds a similar nonchalant attitude, but his drive is more visible. Then, of course, there is his life as the Masked Vigilante, the life that gives him the power that he feels he lacks as a prosecutor. He's just a wonderful blend of pained hero and goofball in all three of these rolls. Around Min-hee he is hysterical, but soon that will change as she learns that the case they are working on means more to him than a notch in his belt.

Min-hee reveals more about herself and how she felt as the child of a rape victim. It definitely made her more compatible to the brilliantly colored Dae-cheol. Also, we see her attraction for him growing and that opens her up to the audience. Rather than being a hound-like cop with a dark past that drives her, she seems like a driven woman with layers that have been tainted by an unfortunate beginning. The difference is subtle, but it completely transforms her and the amount of interest I have in her character.

Like I said in the last review, the minor characters have been fleshed out which makes the story so much richer. The hitman has a family he's protecting. His smirks becomes smirks of triumph rather than smirks of evil intent. Although his actions are terrible, again, it's how we see the character that allows us to connect. We can now pity a murderer even though he is wrong and deserves punishment. the same holds true for Dae-cheol's mother. She is kind to him, but snaps defensively in the interview that she only has one son, excluding Dae-cheol from her history in one cruel sentence. But we can see the layers go deeper. I can't wait for "Masked Prosecutor" to peel them back.

There are a few blatant flaws in "Masked Prosecutor" like the occasional awkwardness of dialogue or the haphazard way the cases are thrown together, but the emotional peaks that are exquisitely timed make up for it.

Written by: Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'

"Masked Prosecutor" is directed by Jeon San, written by Choi Jin-won, and features Joo Sang-wook, Kim Sun-ah, Uhm Ki-joon, and Jun Kwang-ryul.


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