The investigation has stalled here, mostly as a result of mutual disinterest. Ha-ra already has enough high-level crooks that there's not really much impetus to go chasing after any more right this minute. Meanwhile, Tae-woong has been so spooked by recent reversals he's decided to hold back. Well, not really. It turns out that Tae-woong has been running a pretty long con on Jeong-pil, which somewhat awkwardly puts the more publicly powerful man in the position of technical victim.
I'm not really sure how "Switch - Change The World" is going to thread that needle. Tae-woong, while obviously evil, has always been at least kind of charming, save for his memorable role in the cliffhanger, and besides Tae-woong was always just a thug. Jeong-pil, by contrast, has willingly enabled Tae-woong's generally vile stratagems from a position of serious respectable authority. Jeong-pil's patronage is the only reason why Tae-woong is such a big threat in the first place.
Of course, even in context, the issue is less what Tae-woong did to Jeong-pil and rather what he did to Do-chan. Now there's an elaborate coincidence. I couldn't help but feel a little miffed about how Mister Ppeong abruptly went from hanging out with Ha-ra's mom to engaging in his own stakeout. Because really, Mister Ppeong has a better reason to be on Tae-woong's case than Do-chan does, to the point that Mister Ppeong would be the more logical protagonist.
From the perpsective of the script, I mean. Obviously the reason we're all here is to watch Jang Keun-suk flash a devilish grin while coming up with increasingly convoluted schemes to acquire information. I was not a fan of the fumigation sequence- because really, the bodyguards should have at least been watching over the more secure parts of the house. The infiltration method for the temple was a lot better on account of it being so painstakingly plausible.
Well, there's that, and there's also how the ceremony at the temple was not strictly speaking a secret. The prosecutor's office already mostly knew about that particular relationship. Which reminds me. While the premise of "Switch - Change The World" is that a prosecutor teams up with a con artist, for the most part we only ever see the con artists actually do anything useful. Ha-ra's main flashy contribution here is to just draw a portrait. Even when we learn why, Ha-ra's role comes off as awfully superfluous when contrasted with Do-chan's activities.
Review by William Schwartz
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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