The K2 Korean Drama Review

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The K2 tells the story of a bodyguard (Ji Chang Wook) who is dedicated to his country but is betrayed by it. When seeking revenge, he becomes involved with a woman (Yoona) who is the secret daughter of a presidential candidate.

The K2 was an okay watch, but it had a number of issues for me that just took away a lot of the enjoyment. It has a wonderful premise that promises action, love, and revenge. But many of those promises fell short.

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On the plus side, for those who like action, there are quite a few exciting and very impressive action scenes. The best ones are towards the beginning, but they do continue throughout the drama. The action scenes are definitely movie quality.

But I think a lot of the action gets bogged down by political scheming. And much of the political scheming really lacked any punch to carry my interest. The drama also felt very hollow. I never felt particularly invested in the story or characters. Let’s take a look at our key players.

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Ji Chang Wook was excellent as hero Kim Je Ha, also known by his code name K2. He nailed the action scenes and brought plenty of intensity and emotion to those scenes. When given the chance, he really draws you into his story with his portrayal of Je Ha’s pain and struggles.

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But I would have loved to have gotten a chance to explore his character more. One of the most interesting parts of the drama was his backstory of how he was betrayed and lost the girl he loved. Their story was very moving, and it really gave us a window into who he is.

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I felt the drama didn’t adequately dig into his present day character though. There were definitely some good moments, but mostly he just ran around being a bodyguard and protecting Anna.

The K2 Korean Drama - Yoona

Yoona was decent as Anna, but she ended up being a little flat for me. She was barely in the first third of the drama, and she was so quiet and hidden away that I had a hard time connecting with her.

By the time she finally gets more screen time, her character ended up feeling very hollow. And considering her character’s tragic past and current struggles, I really wanted to feel her pain and connect with her on a deeper level.

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Ji Chang Wook and Yoona as a couple certainly look lovely together. He becomes a protector for her and in many ways is that knight in shining armor type. Bud sadly, I didn’t really get any feels with them though. I attribute a lot of this to simply not connecting deeply with them. I still enjoyed their romance, but it felt like it should be so much more.

The K2 Korean Drama - Song Yoon Ah

Song Yoon Ah as Choi Yoo Jin is probably the most developed character. As the wife of a presidential candidate, she longs for power. She is a complex woman who is presented as one of the villains, but there is more to her.

While we do get a look into some of her vulnerabilities, she always remains a strong and determined woman longing for power. This is not a case where a villainous character completely softens and turns good, but we do see some movement on her part. Song Yoon Ah really stands out in the drama and delivered the intensity with this character.

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Jang Se Joon (Jo Sung Ha) is our presidential candidate and the father of Anna. Se Joon and Yoo Jin maintain the appearance of a happily married couple, but in reality they are pitted against each other with Yoo Jin holding Anna’s safety over Se Joon’s head.

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So to sum things up, The K2 excelled when it came to delivering intense action scenes, but the rest of the drama struggled to live up to them. The drama started strong with a solid set up during the first third, but then it didn’t really seem to have that much story to tell. Ji Chang Wook and Song Yoon Ah both gave memorable performances despite some of their impact being lost due to a lack of connection with the characters as a whole.

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There is definitely enough good in this drama to appeal to those who are fans of action and political scheming or if you just really like Ji Chang Wook. While not quite up to my tastes, it was an okay watch as awhole, and I do happen to really like Ji Chang Wook, so that was enough to make the drama worthwhile.

My Rating: 6.0/10

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13 Responses to The K2 Korean Drama Review

  1. raistlin0903 says:

    Great review, Honestly I am a little surprised by this one. I had pretty high expectations for this series, after having seen the trailers for it. But from what I am reading here it isn’t that good. I also had that same experience with goodbye mr Black. Also was a bit disappointed by that show. Good to know though, at least I don’t have to rush to watch this one lol 😀

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    • Kay says:

      Yeah, I was definitely hoping for more with this one. I think a lot of people were disappointed. It’s not a bad show though, and I don’t regret watching it. I would say the biggest negative for me was a lack of heart. For me, whether it’s a fluffy comedy or intense thriller, I need to connect with the characters and feel the heart of the story. This drama just felt hollow. But there was some great action scenes and some fantastic performances. Haha, I guess it always helps to be able to move a drama a little lower on your priority list😉

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      • raistlin0903 says:

        I totally agree with you on that. One of the most important things in any show is a connection you feel to characters. If that isn’t there, than it is just at times not worth it. Haha, yes I definitely don’t mind having a little bit less shows to watch lol 😂

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        • Kay says:

          Yes, it definitely makes a huge difference. The K2 definitely has moments of connection, but as a whole it was lacking. I felt the most engaged with Ji Chang Wook’s characters’s backstory. It was one of those times where you kind of wish the drama would just stay in the flashbacks rather than coming back to the main story, lol.

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          • raistlin0903 says:

            I guess, that is also a bit the problem I have with Wanted. I still haven’t made much progress with that show, but that is really because I just don’t feel any kind of connection whatsoever with the mother. I would have already had it finished probably if I would have had that.

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            • Kay says:

              Same here. A connection with the mother in that drama is crucial in my opinion, and it just wasn’t there. Luckily, I did like the premise of Wanted a lot, and that helped. But it’s another one of those that could have been so much more with just a better connection to the characters.

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  2. joybran says:

    I totally agree with your assessment. I was really looking forward to this one, but it fell very short of expectations. The action was great and the acting was fine to great, but the story was lacking. It seemed like it could have been so much more and it wasted a lot of acting talent.

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    • Kay says:

      Same here. I was so disappointed with the lack of development with both Ji Chang Wook and Yoona’s characters. There was just so much to work with and the story just seemed to lose its way. I did really enjoy the action scenes though. And although that last third or so got pretty draggy, I actually really liked the last episode and felt like it had a lot of the elements I felt was missing from the rest of the drama in it. So at least it ended on a good note for me.

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  3. shamrockmom3 says:

    Aww, sorry you didn’t enjoy it. But then again, I liked Yong Pal with all its flaws, and that was from the same writer. He pushes the envelope (example–the shower fight scene) which irks some viewers. I appreciate the crazy! However the Subway PPL was just too overdone–and that I did not like. The ending was one of the best I’ve seen this year out of any show; the entire episode 16 was perfect IMHO.

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    • Kay says:

      Oh I didn’t not enjoy it. Despite my issues with it, it had several things I did enjoy, so it just ended up falling in the okay category for me. I really liked Yong Pal too, which was one of the reasons I was really excited for The K2. They definitely had a lot of similarities in style, but I just didn’t completely warm up to The K2 like I did for Yong Pal.

      Haha, I actually liked the shower fight scene because I thought it was unique and was really well done and also kind of a “I just can’t believe that happened!” moment🙂 As for the Subway PPL, Ji Chang Wook’s near death fantasy of going to Subway with Yoona completely cracked me up! The certainly didn’t try to hide it, hehe.

      And I actually agree about the last episode. It was my favorite episode of the entire drama, and was I was completely satisfied with it. It let me end the drama on a good note. It was what I was hoping the rest of the drama had been like. I’m really glad you enjoyed this one a lot though🙂

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  5. OchaNokcha says:

    I started watching this show just after it ended to air. I am not finding the “Healer” vibe between the actors (all the actors … not only the couple). Consequently I have a hard time finishing this drama… Bon despite saying that … watching some Ji Chang Wook’s acting on my little screen is not an entire waste of time😉

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    • Kay says:

      It’s definitely no Healer! I understand having a hard time finishing. That latter third gets pretty draggy. But I’m with you, getting a little Ji Chang Wook time was definitely not a waste🙂

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