As "Vincenzo" has moved into the courtroom battle aspect of the story, actress Kim Yeo-jin has come into prominence as the drama's preeminent villain. As the opposing attorney, she is the chief obstacle preventing the characters played by Song Joong-ki and Jeon Yeo-bin from achieving their goals. But tonally, Kim Yeo-jin is also a noteworthy divergence in that she does not participate in the goofy antics that the other characters do, and is in private moments seen raging about them.
It's the best role in years for Kim Yeo-jin, with her villainous character being listed as major supporting cast rather than minor supporting cast. Some of Kim Yeo-jin's better known roles in recent years have been as the parent of a major character. These include "My Strange Hero", "Rookie Historian Goo Hae-ryung", "Itaewon Class", and "Meow, the Secret Boy". But in "Vincenzo" Kim Yeo-jin drives the action rather than react to it.
Kim Yeo-jin also shows genuine menace in her role as a lawyer, with the most recent episode of "Vincenzo" having her organize an elaborate frame-up. This dirty trick is a far more brutal echo of the pranks which opened up the sixth episode, prompted by the main characters to force a legal delay. "Vincenzo" airs on Friday and Saturday nights and had ratings of 11%, a new record for the drama.
Written by William Schwartz
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via email@example.com. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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