Wanted Korean Drama Review

Wanted - Uhm Tae Woong, Kim Ah Joong, Ji Hyun Woo

Wanted is about a popular actress (Kim Ah Joong) who is forced to do missions on a live television show after her son is kidnapped in order to meet the kidnappers demands.  She is helped by a violent crimes unit detective (Ji Hyun Woo) who is determined to solve the case and a TV producer (Uhm Tae Woong).

Wanted was a solid drama that presented a mostly engaging suspense story. It jumps right into the action with popular actress Hye In’s son getting kidnapped. Right from the get go, everyone involved is faced with the morality of what they are doing. Should we really meet the kidnappers demands by airing this on television? Is it right to allow an audience in on this sort of thing?

And as the missions continue, the stakes become higher as people start dying. Backlash from the audience grows as they blame the entire production for killing people by airing the show.

Wanted - Kim Ah Joong 4

We have Kim Ah Joong as Hye In. She’s forced into an unthinkable situation after her son is kidnapped. But she will do anything to save him, and she has to pull herself together in order to put on a show and complete the missions.

It was my first time seeing Kim Ah Joong, and I found her extremely bland in this role. Most of the time she donned this blank emotionless face. Of course, there were times she cried, but because of her overall demeanor, I was never able to connect with her emotionally and was never able to really feel her pain over having her child kidnapped.

Wanted - Ji Hyun Woo 5

Ji Hyun Woo fits the role of the dogged detective perfectly. He’s the one with the kind heart who would help someone in a heartbeat. I found him to be the be most engaging of the main characters. And for me, the most moving parts of the drama involved his connection to one of the missions.

Wanted - Uhm Tae Woong 2

Uhm Tae Woong was a great choice for the T.V. producer only concerned about getting ahead with the program. He has a cold, callous demeanor, but that is exactly what allows him to get the job done. I was unable to really connect with him because of his personality, but he was very needed for things to move forward.

Wanted - Lee Moon Shik Wanted - Park Hyo Joo

There are a lot of supporting characters either on the production team or the police crew. I tend to enjoy shows that cover only a short time period. Wanted does that with only about 10 days occurring from start to end. But with so many characters and multiple cases going on, I didn’t get a chance to get deeply involved with any of the main or supporting characters.

Wanted - Park Min Soo Wanted - Shin Jae Ha

The pacing of the drama was pretty great during the first half of the drama with some nice cliff hangers thrown in. But there’s a point just after midway through where things seemed to slow down. The ending does tie everything together pretty well while going very in depth with the kidnapper’s motives and taking a hard look at the morality of our choices.

Wanted - Park Hae Joon Wanted - Kim Seon Yeong

Overall, Wanted was a nice, solid watch. It gives a decent exploration into the morality of our decisions and if the end justifies the means. It was a bit lacking in really developing the characters and making them empathetic. But it had a good over-arching story with the kidnapping of Hyun Woo. Then the smaller mission cases nicely tied in with that. It wasn’t exceptional, but it was well executed and interesting.

My Rating: 6.5/10

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9 Responses to Wanted Korean Drama Review

  1. joybran2015 says:

    I completely agree with your assessment of this drama. Ji Hyun Woo was the best thing and Kim Ah Joong was the worst thing about it. The story was very compelling in spite of Kim Ah Joong until the last third or so. Even with the weakness toward the end, it was a thoughtful and interesting story. 6.5/10 sounds about right to me, too.

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    • Kay says:

      Luckily, the story itself was unique and interesting and that really helped in spite of its flaws. It made it a decent enough watch that I found mostly enjoyable.


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  3. raistlin0903 says:

    LoL, I see that I had already read this review earlier, but because I wasn’t watching the show at the time, I could not really say much about it yet. But you are right about the lead actress. Even though I have so far only seen three episodes, I have a zero connection with her. Her acting just isn’t emotional enough for me to connect with her. At times it almost feels forced. As for the rest of the show I hope to make a bit more progress next week, but so far everything that you have written here, I agree with totally.

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I didn’t find my connection with her ever improved. Which is a shame because of how critical her role is to the drama. Hopefully, you still find it enjoyable though. Although there were definitely some issues, I still enjoyed it for the most part. It wasn’t very memorable, but I guess they can’t all be, hehe

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  6. Dandelion says:

    Exactly!! I had to go online to check for reviews because the movie wasn’t giving at all. The lead actress acting was poor, she lacked emotions.

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