Lawless Lawyer Korean Drama Review

Lawless Lawyer (Lawless Attorney) is a legal action thriller about a gangster (Lee Joon Gi) turned lawyer who doesn’t mind using his fists or doing whatever is necessary to bring justice as he works to avenge his mother.

Lawless Lawyer is a slick drama with a solid story. It’s an intense ride that provides thrills, action, humor, and romance. That’s quite a nice combination to make for an overall exciting and enjoyable watch!

Lee Joon Gi plays our lawless lawyer Bong Sang Pil. His mother was murdered when he was a child so he becomes a lawyer to take revenge on those responsible. But he’s not your average lawyer since he is willing to use loopholes in the law to his advantage as well as his fists.

How refreshing to see Lee Joon Gi get to showcase his charms in a drama! He usually plays somewhat more serious roles, so this was a nice change. He has so much charisma, and he was able to really put that on display in Lawless Lawyer. But as would be expected, he also delivers some seriously intense emotions that capture the hurt Sang Pil has experienced. Lee Joon Gi is always amazing, and this drama perfectly highlighted his versatility.

Seo Ye Ji is another lawyer, Ha Jae Yi. After getting suspended, Sang Pil approaches her to work with him at his law office. He also has a connection to her because of the death of her own mother.

Seo Ye Ji easily held her own opposite of Lee Joon Gi, which says a lot about her. She was perfect to play the strong willed and moral Jae Yi. She will pull you right into her character through her wonderful performance.

Now the villains. Choi Min Soo plays Ahn Oh Joo. He’s confident, intense, and he’s the man who killed Sang Pil’s mother. Choi Min Soo definitely does his thing by going all in and makes Oh Joo such an intimidating and unique character. His intensity always comes right through the screen and completely creeps me out. And that’s the best kind of villain!

Then there is Lee Hye Young as the big baddy Cha Moon Suk. She’s a respected judge who has everybody fooled. She’s immensely powerful and is involved in all kinds of shady business. Lee Hye Young is another case of really doing well even opposite our other villain Choi Min Soo. She has this calm and collected manner to her that still has a fierceness behind it. Well done.


As you can see, talk about bringing together one fantastic cast for Lawless Lawyer! All four of our main leads are incredibly talented and bring such intensity to their roles. They were cast perfectly and did not disappoint in any way.

This is a drama where the legal stuff is well balanced with the overall story and the thriller element including plenty of excitement outside of the courtroom. And despite having a fairly heavy story, the drama incorporated humor appropriately to provide moments of levity throughout.

The plot is very well done with a few twists and turns and wonderful pacing. The characters from the heroes to the villains are all interesting and engaging to help bring this story to life. There are a few times where you have to not think to hard about some elements of the story, but everything else was so well done that I found those times easy enough to overlook.

Lee Joon Gi and Seo Ye Ji make one fantastic couple! Just look at these two. Aren’t they gorgeous? And they have some seriously amazing chemistry. Despite being a legal thriller, the romance element was done very well. The relationship feels mature yet it still was a lot of fun. They just had this wonderful rapport between them, and they made me smile so much.

Sang Pil and Jae Yi have a lot of hurt from their past though. They were really able to come together to not only support each other but to share each others pain. They also took action to bring justice to those responsible for what happened to their loved ones. This duo was such a good one, and I think most people will appreciate what a great team they were.

I also particularly enjoyed the antagonistic relationship between Sang Pil and Oh Joo. They are both such strong and distinct characters that seeing them go head to head was something else. Every scene that features them together is packed with a palpable intensity that gave me goosebumps. They are exactly what you want to see when a hero and villain go against each other.

Lawless Lawyer was an all around fun watch that provided a nice mixture of elements. The story, thrills, characters, and talented actors all came together for an entertaining drama that left me pretty well satisfied.

My Rating: 8/10

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18 Responses to Lawless Lawyer Korean Drama Review

  1. Shrestha Sen says:

    And that’s the perfect rating! Totally and completely agreed with you. It was a pleasure to read your review once again.
    Keep up the good work. Thanks Kay. 😃

    Liked by 1 person

  2. raistlin0903 says:

    Okay…I am not going to be flipping a coin or rolling some dice to decide what to watch next: this is it. Your post totally convinced me, so am looking forward to this one. Glad to see such an enthusiastic and wonderful review for a series that seems to be blending so many different elements in a terrific cocktail. Will get started with this one in the weekend 😊 Great post!

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  3. D says:

    Fantastic review. I am still watching this show and have not completed it yet but your review is on the spot to what I have seen so far. The main four actors are simply fantastic. And a good story line to go with it. Thumbs up so far.

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    • Kay says:

      Thank you 🙂 This really is a show where the actors truly stand out. They were so spot on with the casting and just watching them is enjoyable on its own. But luckily, the drama itself holds up very well with a good story and nice blend of other elements. Really hope you continue to enjoy it 🙂


  4. FredFred says:

    Will watch this next. Thanks Kay! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  5. Kate says:

    I was waiting for your review before adding this one to my watch list ’cause I know if you like it, I will too! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Alright! Glad you will be checking this one out. As long as you like the genre, it is a really good one. I definitely recommend it. Hope you enjoy it 🙂


      • Kate says:

        I’m not a huge fan of the legal/crime/medical dramas as you know, but I’d watch Lee Joon Ki watch paint dry 🙂 So if you recommend this, that’s all I need to know!

        Liked by 1 person

        • Kay says:

          Same here. But this worked for me since there was plenty of story outside of the courtroom, and it was so solid and entertaining. And Lee Joon Gi is a definite bonus. If anything, you will thoroughly enjoy his character in this drama 🙂

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  6. Excellent review as usual. I am very impressed by how quickly you watch and review things. I am glad you liked this one though. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Thank you! Haha, and I was feeling behind since it ended Sunday, and I was really wanting to get it out as soon as possible. And yes, I definitely enjoyed it 🙂


  7. anewchapter says:

    Totally agree with your rating! I loved Lee Joongi in this and his chemistry with Seo Ye Jin and the villains were great too. Great review!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Kay says:

      Thank you! Lee Joon Gi and Seo Ye Ji really were a fantastic couple both romantically and as a team. And yes, the villains were amazing! They cast this drama so well 🙂

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