And another K-Drama series makes it to my list of faves… The K2. It stars Ji Chang Wook from my other favorite series, Healer. This time he teams up with Yoona of Girls’ Generation. After spending sometime on the mediocre series that was Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, The K2 is a refreshing change of pace. Ji Chang Wook plays Kim Je Ha, a former mercenary soldier who gets framed for murder. He’s on the run. Yoona plays Goh Anna, the illegitimate daughter of a politician who’s running for president.
Anna is her father’s deep dark secret… and it’s believed that if the people find out that she exists, she’ll jeopardize his presidential bid. Her stepmother Choi Yoo Jin is there to make sure this never happens and so they tuck Anna away in a secret safehouse. Kim Je Ha is eventually appointed as Anna’s bodyguard. It’s Je Ha’s job to make sure Anna stays out of sight and out of trouble. K2 is Kim Je Ha’s codename.
But Anna has ideas of her own. She thinks her stepmother killed her biological mother and she is dead set in proving this. Je Ha has his own agenda too — he wants to take revenge on the politician who framed him for murder… which conveniently enough is the political rival of Anna’s father.
Apparently, politics is a scary thing wherever in the world you may be… and so Anna, her father, and her stepmother are constantly targeted by other groups. This shows us more of Ji Chang Wook’s fighting skills which do not seem to have dulled any since Healer. In fact, The K2 has a lot more action-packed fight scenes.
Inevitably Anna and Je Ha fall in love. Now this is kind of hard because there are people who want Anna and Je Ha dead. Different people, different reasons but bottomline is, they’re not going to be left alone anytime soon.
I started watching The K2 with not so much expectations. I knew it was a bodyguard-ward love story of sorts but I wanted a drastic change of pace after being bored by Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo. Thank goodness it was so much more than the typical love story. I wasn’t disappointed — I was hooked after the first 2 episodes. I was particularly impressed by the complexity of the character Choi Yoo Jin (Song Yoon-ah). She isn’t the typical evil villainess, she’s such a multi-faceted character capable of so many things… good, bad, whatever. You can’t help but sympathize with her somehow, especially in the final episode. Everyone in this drama certainly brought their A game and there’s never a dull moment. Anna singing in the church is one of my favorite scenes — watch for it!
The K2 is available on Viu and Netflix.
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