KOREAN DRAMA 2020

SWEET HOME

Cha Hyun-Su (Song Kang) is a high school student. He is also a recluse and rarely leaves his room. He refuses to talk to his father, mother and younger sister. One day, his whole family, except for him, dies in a car accident. Cha Hyun-Su is left all alone. He moves into a small apartment. At this time, a mysterious phenomenon of humans turning into monster occur all around the world. The residents of Cha Hyun-Su’s apartment building, including Pyeon Sang-Wook (Lee Jin-Wook), fight against these monsters and try to survive.

Sweet Home is not your typical drama as it will have you on the edge of your seat. The plot set in an apocalyptic element combined with computer graphics and special effects. I like the cast portraying their characters, especially when you have no idea who’s next to be turned into a savage monster. There is no boredom moment because it gives the vibes of survival, metamorphosis, despair, internal conflict, mind games and death. This series is not perfect, many questions remain unanswered, but it’s a great binge-watch treat for anyone who loves drama-horror-apocalypse vibe. Verdict: 9/10

KAIROS

Kim Seo-Jin (Shin Sung-Rok) is a man who is driven only to achieve success in his life. Thanks to his efforts, he is the youngest executive at his company. His life is perfect, with his beautiful violinist wife Kang Hyun-Chae (Nam Gyu-Ri) and a daughter. His wonderful life comes to a halt when his young daughter is kidnapped. He falls deep into despair. To change the past, when his daughter was kidnapped, he contacts Han Ae-Ri (Lee Se-Young) approximately one month in the past. Han Ae-Ri has busy days with her studies and working a part-time job to make enough money to pay for her sick mother’s operation. One day, her mother suddenly goes missing. Han Ae-Ri falls into despair, when Kim Seo-Jin from the future contacts her.

The storyline has a consistent style of twist and thrill. The characters are well portrayed both for main and supporting roles. In respect to the different timeline, it has never been confusing, it was easy to follow. Only less minors I would criticize such as few episodes became redundant and the main villain seems a bit stereotypical. But overall, this drama is good to watch. Verdict: 8/10

START UP

Set in South Korea’s fictional Silicon Valley called Sandbox, Start-up tells the story of people in the world of startup companies. Seo Dal-mi (Bae Suzy) is a bright and ambitious young woman who dreams of becoming a CEO after suffering humiliations and setbacks as a contract worker. While a child, she was separated from her mother and sister, who moved to the United States with her mother’s new husband. Her grandmother contrives to comfort her by finding a pen-pal named Han Ji-pyeong (Kim Seon-ho). However, he does not use his real name, borrowing the name Nam Do-san instead. Nam Do-san (Nam Joo-hyuk) is the founder of Samsan Tech, along with his two best friends: Lee Chul-san and Kim Yong-san. The company is on the brink of losing their parents’ investment as nobody is interested in their technology.

Start-up is a well laid out drama. Whether you’re rooting for Do-san (genius guy) or Ji-pyeong (good boy), the series stays clear the path of reality about achieving your dreams and goal. I consider also this drama as an emotional one, because it tackles about relationship amongst family, friends and lovers. Casting is amazing, the visuals are great, values and lessons are remarkable. Verdict: 9/10

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