PRISON PLAYBOOK (K-drama 2017)


Drama series depicts the story of prisoners and staff at a prison.

Je-Hyeok (Park Hae-Soo) is the best relief pitcher in Korea. He will go to the U.S. and sign a contract with a major league team. One night, he hears his sister screaming and sees a man running out of her apartment. Je-Hyeok and the man get into a physical struggle with Je-Hyeok striking the man with a rock. Later, Je-Hyeok receives a 1-year prison sentence for using excessive force. Devastated, Je-Hyeok must adapt to life in prison. Meanwhile, Joon-Ho (Jung Kyoung-Ho) is a friend of Je-Hyeok and works in the prison as an officer. He waits for Je-Hyeok’s arrival.


Prison Playbook surprised me.  I was imagining a vicious action but turned out to be unexpectedly emotional, heartwarming and hysterically funny.

The plot of this drama shows not only about the story of our protagonist who has the determination, kindness and the modesty but also with the life of people around him battering with struggles, regrets, and redemption. Even the smallest details make each of the characters sensible to the whole journey of the story.

The casting is perfect. It was so refreshing to see different kinds of lawbreakers who wonderfully develop a kind of friendship that you never expected to be. Many things have happened inside the prison that makes the viewer anticipates every episode and a lot of things to learn.

Prison Playbook is kind of a drama that will take you to humanity. It will test your empathy or stick to whatever belief you have about a person who breaks the law.


Verdict: 10/10

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