[Funcurve Review] "Wanted" 2017/03/18,
Pursuit of Reality
"Wanted" is an SBS thriller drama starring veteran actors Kim Ah-joong as our multi-talented top actress Jeong Hye-in, Ji Hyun-woo as the intelligent and upright police officer Cha Seung-in, and Uhm Tae-woong as the capable yet extremely sobering PD Sin Dong-wook. The drama wastes no time and establishes the premise of the story and our character's relationships within the first two episodes. Our heroine Hye-in's son gets kidnapped on the day she announces her retirement from the entertainment industry,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" 2016/09/10, "Wanted" is a show which made big promises about its realism before release. This is a powerful statement for fiction and an industry so liberal with its bending of reality. The idea of combining a suspense thriller about a kidnapping with a twisted reality show is a solid one and the series does surprisingly well in some aspects. It is also held back by safe choices in others,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 16 Final 2016/08/19,
Hye-in, Seung-in and his team as well as the "Wanted" production crew prepare for one last show and one last effort to get Ham Tae-seob and SG Group for their wrongdoings. Joon-goo goes into a search for the nurse who might have Dr. Kim Bong-joon's research on the harmful nature of SG's germicide. This has been a long struggle and none have suffered more than SG's victims, who offer their support in this final show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 15 2016/08/17,
The penultimate episode of "Wanted" takes a look at the past and Ham Tae-yeong's involvement in the SG Group conspiracy. A lot of questions are answered and Hye-in discovers the reason why she carries some responsibility. This revelation feels rather unconvincing and certain important things remain unknown, but will hopefully be resolved in the finale. Joon-goo's tape might be the last piece of the puzzle and Dong-wook is the man who can assemble it,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 14 2016/08/05,
The "Wanted" team struggles between Joon-goo's noble cause and twisted means of achieving it while Dong-wook turns out to be a fine choice for Joon-goo's plans. With pressure from SG Group and an unrelenting Tae-seob rising, Joon-goo takes desperate measures and manipulates some familiar faces to get his revenge. Hye-in still struggles to understand what her sin might be, but the show must go on and she must face two people who have wronged her at the same time,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 13 2016/08/03,
Things look bleak in episode thirteen of "Wanted" and everyone suffers. A lot of things about the past are explained as we get to know our kidnapper and the path that brought him here. The people who bonded with Joon-goo are feeling betrayed and everyone on the good side is being hunted by SG Group, which has a tight grip on the police force. As the truth about SG's wrongdoings surfaces, Hye-in is brought closer to a difficult choice,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 12 2016/07/29,
The kidnapper is finally revealed in episode twelve of "Wanted", but this only complicates the situation. There is also the possibility of an accomplice within the police and the investigation still does not have all the past culprits. The current mission is met with great resistance as SG Group starts to interfere with the show and put great pressure on its team. With the show's future and Hyeon-woo's safety now uncertain, time is running out for the "Wanted" team,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 11 2016/07/27,
Episode eleven of "Wanted" is packed with action and suspense, as Lee Ji-eun is put in danger when the criminals behind the seven-year-old case become desperate. The kidnapper and Na Soo-hyeon have a disagreement and the next mission is delivered to Hye-in. A life is lost and the kidnapper's plans for the reality show and their new target are about to meet great resistance. Meanwhile, the police still suspect the producers of "Wanted", adding another obstacle to the show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 10 2016/07/22,
The body count surrounding "Wanted" is rapidly increasing as the show and authorities close in on the ones responsible for the deaths seven years ago. Lee Ji-eun seems to be a key person and the team tries to get as much out of her as possible before the show. Meanwhile, Dong-wook reveals his twisted motive for joining the production. The search for the kidnapper continues, but a crisis occurs when what seems to be a secret mission is initiated,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 9 2016/07/21,
Crisis hits the "Wanted" production when Ha Dong-min's lawyer and a member of their own staff are kidnapped by copycat criminals from the program's fan club. Episode nine takes a step back from Hyeon-woo's case to look at the consequences of such a reality show, but the kidnapper's behavior during this situation acts as an additional clue in the investigation for their identity. The time to find out Ha Dong-min and Kim Woo-jin's connection to all of this approaches,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 8 2016/07/15,
Another pawn in the kidnapper's game is revealed, but I am starting to wonder what is and is not controlled by the mastermind and why they seem so forgiving of errors. Hye-in's "Wanted" is in danger of cancellation and our heroine finds unlikely allies. The show is increasingly being criticized for glamorizing violence and we find out Jeong-ho's true nature. Some things feel a bit odd and others clumsily presented, but "Wanted" has not dropped the ball yet,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 7 2016/07/14, "Wanted" has been raising more questions than it has been answering and everyone feels like a suspect. The creators choose to provide some answers in episode seven, giving viewers some pay-off for the guessing game we have been going through so far. Some connections between culprits and victims are explained, the nature of certain characters becomes clearer and the elephant in the room is addressed when the show comes under serious scrutiny for its deadly influence,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 6 2016/07/08,
A couple of episodes back I said that "Wanted" is making me paranoid. The series is quick to reward and encourage this viewer mindset by proving my assumptions right. Hye-in's life faces danger in episode six and so does the show during her absence. New suspects and criminals surface while Hye-in's "allies" are preoccupied with their own agenda. We have a new murder in the present, one in the past and the first direct call from Hyeon-woo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 5 2016/07/07,
Deeper down the rabbit hole we go with "Wanted" and things are starting to get personal for more of the people involved. The kidnapper's goals and knowledge seem to reach far beyond Hye-in and Hyeon-woo while Seung-in's involvement might have been planned all along. Our heroine is reaching the limit of how long she can keep Hyeon-woo's identity a secret from the world and our suspect list grows bigger with every episode of the culprit's twisted reality show,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 4 2016/07/01, "Wanted" is getting darker by the episode as everyone's wits and morality are being toyed with by someone who has clearly put a lot of thought into the reality show they have created. Hye-in has to manipulate, betray and increasingly expose herself to the world while everyone around her does their best to get their job done. A possible motive for the show's creation is revealed and the suspect list keeps getting bigger as more secrets are revealed,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 3 2016/06/29, "Wanted" could have easily relied on suspense over a stock kidnapping story, but it is refreshing to see how bold its creators are in touching delicate social subjects through it. This time around domestic violence and its treatment by the law and press become a topic. We also find out more about our characters, including Seung-in and his presumably painful past. With the second mission being handed and Hyeon-woo's status being unconfirmed, Hye-in has a lot to deal with,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 2 2016/06/23,
Hye-in is carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders as "Wanted", the show within this show kicks off. Everyone has a motive to keep the camera rolling and Hye-in knows full well that she has no true allies in this media circus. The first task has been given and there are casualties, increasing the involvement of the police. The drama takes advantage of its premise for some apt social commentary, making its imaginary world too close to ours for comfort,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Wanted" Episode 1 2016/06/23,
If you have already watched the first episode of "Wanted", please have a glass of water. If you have not, put the snacks down. There will not be any time for them. The series waits for no one and we are thrown in at the deep end right away. The kidnapping takes place and the show within the show is about to begin. There are a few issues with the writing and character introductions, but the atmosphere and suspense are spot on,...More
[Spoiler] 'Wanted' Kim Ah-joong has to rescue son kidnapped 2016/06/22, Source,
'SBS drama, "Wanted" aired its first episode at 10 PM on June 22. On the day Jeong Hyein (Kim Ah-joong) announced her retirement all of sudden, her son Hyeonwoo was kidnapped.
After her son told her that he was going outside to play one of the staffers on the filming set, he disappeared without any trace. While Jeong Hyein was searching around to find her son, she received a message saying, "If you report to police, Hyeonwoo will die right away",...More
[HanCinema's Drama Preview] "Wanted" 2016/06/18,
The last SBS thriller about a mother looking for her child left audiences divided on the ending, but "Wanted" is here as a possible re-do for those who loved the general premise of the aforementioned "God's Gift - 14 Days". The latest drama certain has a lot going for it, but there are some production issues which might cause problems. Let us take a first look on what we have of it so far,...More
[HanCinema's Film Review] "4th Place" 2016/05/21,
Teenage swimmer Gwang-soo (played by Jung Ga-ram) lives in a black-and-white world where talent is all that matters when it comes to getting a spot at the 1998 Asian Games in Bangkok. He is not knocked out of these illusions by any singular tragedy. Rather, people just get sick of dealing with Gwang-soo's nonsense. Flash-forward to the present day, where the adult Gwang-soo (played by Park Hae-joon) is living a pointless dead-end life. The factor which ultimately persuades Gwang-soo to take on young charge Joon-ho (played by Yoo Jae-sang) as a protégé? Metaphorical self-flaggelation,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "My Beautiful Bride" 2015/08/15,
A big part of what often keeps dramas or certain concepts in dramas superficial is the refusal to get real and get dirty. From romance to violence, everything is too black and white and too idealistic. Style and substance are not mutually exclusive, which is frequently overlooked in fiction and especially genres like action. "My Beautiful Bride" is a series which presents a grand romance in a suspense show, successfully combining genres others have failed to,...More
[Spoiler] "Doctor Stranger" Lee Jong-suk and Park Hae-jin join hearts 2014/06/10, Source,
On the twelfth episode of "Doctor Stranger", Park Hoon (Lee Jong-suk) and Han Jae-joon (Park Hae-jin) decided to battle again with a patient whose condition worsened due to a medical accident. Park Joon suggested the winner to be the one who saves the patient. However, Oh Joon-gyu (Jun Gook-hwan) changed the rules around because he was afraid for the truth to come out.
Park Hoon was threatened by Cha Jin-soo (Park Hae-joon) to not perform surgery if he wanted to save Song Jae-hee (Jin Se-yun). Park Hoon gave up anyway. Han Jae-joon also wanted to give up but he thought about his parents, who passed away due to a medical accident. In the end, Jae-joon put everything on the line to perform surgery,...More
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