NewsLetter DailyWeekly
My HanCinema | Sign up, Why ? Your E-mail   Password    Auto| Help
HanCinema :: The Korean Movie and Drama Database, discover the South Korean cinema and drama diversity Contact HanCinema HanCinema on TwitterFaceBook HanCinema PageHanCinema on Twitter

[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 1


The marketing for "Blood" has been so across-the-board I had no idea what to expect in the first episode. Even granting that, "superhero origin story" was pretty far off from anything I would have guessed. Ji-sang (played by Ahn Jae-hyun) is a vampire who, in true familial tradition, has dedicated himself to saving human lives. It thus comes off as little surprise that there are other vampires out there who find Ji-sang's very existence to be ethically offensive.

So far "Blood" is a little short on actual explanations, but you know, I'm actually pretty OK with that. Most of the plot holes aren't really terribly relevant. I can totally believe, for example, that Ji-sang's family is able to afford these huge houses because they've got a bunch of vampire gold stashed away somewhere. Similarly, the existence of vampires' furry friends is also mostly believable. I'm assuming supernatural creatures have union guilds to deal with circumstances such as these.

Jokes aside, the drama's interesting mainly because it feels mostly plausible. In the first place I'm surprised that the superhero doctor trope doesn't show up more often. Let's just face it. In the real world, there aren't really that many supervillains lying around that necessitate putting on a cape and tights. But there's no shortage of sick and wounded people who could absolutely benefit from a physically invulnerable doctor who can also see blood conduits flowing throughout the body.

In terms of directing technique, this is also some of the best use I've ever seen of medical subtitles. What makes it so fun is that the production team appears to be fully aware of the fact that using medical terminology to explain vampire superpowers is kind of silly. At one point they even go to the trouble of explaining what trick-or-treating is. Yes, obviously the Korean audience is probably lacking familiarity regarding that specific cultural custom, but all the same. The information here is being doled out at a pretty reasonable pace.

"Blood" is at just the right mix now in terms of a strong, solid narrative hook. The only real complaint I can think of is that lead actors Ahn Jae-hyun and Ku Hye-sun don't have any screentime. Heck, Ku Hye-sun doesn't even show up at all until the preview. But there will be plenty of time for that relationship later. Right now it's vampires, doctors, ancient conspiracies, all that good stuff laid right out in front so blatantly that I can't even fault the obvious absurdities. This might actually be fun.

Review by William Schwartz

"Blood" is directed by Ki Min-soo, written by Park Jae-beom-I and features Ahn Jae-hyun, Ku Hye-sun, Ji Jin-hee, Jung Hae-in, Kim Kap-soo, Son Sook and more.

"Blood" (2015)

Directed by Ki Min-soo

Written by Park Jae-beom-I

Network : KBS

With Ahn Jae-hyun, Ku Hye-sun, Ji Jin-hee, Jung Hae-in, Kim Kap-soo, Son Sook,...

20 episodes - Mon, Tue 22:00
A vampire and a surgeon struggle to treat terminally ill patients for the justice of life.

Broadcast starting date in Korea : 2015/02/16

Watch on Viki


Copy & paste guideline for this article
Always put a link back to the source and HanCinema permalink

Creative Commons License"[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Blood" Episode 1"
by HanCinema is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.

Related movies/dramas

Attention You're reading the news with potential spoilers, make them spoiler free, dismiss



 Previous news

Subscribe to HanCinema Pure to remove ads from the website (not for episode and movie videos) for US$0.99 monthly or US$7.99 yearly (you can cancel anytime). The first step is to be a member, please click here : Sign up, then a subscribe button will show up.


Remove ads

Sign up




Visible, hide

Learn to read Korean in 90 minutes or less using visual associations