Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice (2014)

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Set in the world of prosecutors and lawyers, each with different ambitions and prejudices for and against the bureaucratic system. The hero is a chief prosecutor who enjoys prestige and money, and worked his way up on the fast track because he was smart enough to skip grades to become a prosecutor at age 21. The heroine is a junior prosecutor, known for her dogged investigative skills. She’s more like a detective read morewith a prosecutor’s badge, because she started as a cop and changed course to go to law school and become a prosecutor.

  • Native title:

    오만과 편견
  • Also Known as:

    Omangwa Pyeongyeon; Mubeobcheonji; A Lawless World; 무법천지;

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DeceptivelyBlonde
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Feb 20, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 7.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Pretty well done and very, very tragic all at the same time. This show had some of the best casting I've seen in a drama yet, and Dong Chi (Choi Jin Hyuk) and Kang Soo (Lee Tae Hwan) stole it away pretty quickly. The secondary cast was simply amazing in their roles, and they were almost more important than the leads to me. To be honest, I think of the leads, Kang read more Soo was the best all around actor although Dong Chi certainly did a wonderful job. But considering that Kang Soo is still a little new, he never once failed his role. They kept in character and made you feel that the emotions they displayed were real and honest. I felt like they had great chemistry, bouncing well off of one another and the rest of the cast members. The relationships between Kang Soo-Chang Gi and Dong Chi - Chief Moon were very well developed. The secondary cast also worked wonderfully with each other, and the script successfully used them as both plot developers and stress-relieving comedy at all the right places. Jang Won (Choi Woo Shik) and Gwang Mi (Jeong Hye Song) were dazzling in their roles and played their parts exceptionally. Without them, the story would have been far to dark and depressing, but with them it was the perfect mix of comedy and serious thought-proving storyline.


I didn't actually really care at all for Han Yeol Moo (Baek Jin Hee), and she took away some of the points I would have given the show. I'm not sure if it was bad acting or bad scripts, but her character just didn't really work. I'm used to the female stars being, well stubborn sure, but mostly good-hearted, solid morals, and someone who thinks of others first. But Yeol Moo has little patience for other people, actively and deliberately hurt her mom, and had no respect for the rule of law or her superiors. I mean, I understand that the point is that when bad guys are in control, you may have to work the system. But she actually was willing to sentence another girl to death or to sacrifice up evidence just to get her and her boyfriend out of trouble. Although the show never dealt with it, she was sometimes quoting basically the same thought processes as the bad guys she wanted to stop. It didn't help that her expressions were non-existent or just felt off, I never felt that her feelings (anger or love alike) were actually real.


Korean Dramas usually focus on personal relationships, with the political message in the background. However, Pride and Prejudice definitely pulled its themes forward, with the romance and friendships being largely a secondary plotline. The show questions the theory that "the ends should justify the means" with both good and bad characters trying to argue their point using this premise. Is it okay to do bad things for a good ending? Or what if you only do something wrong because it is the "lesser evil?" The show pulled in themes of Corruption, Pride, Self-Entitlement, Good v. Evil, Bad Leadership, and knowing when to draw the line. I thought one of the most interesting points the show brought up was the question of what to do when you can't defeat the evil. Most shows want to portray the bad guys as defeatable, but that isn't really true. Whenever one bad guy is defeated, another one is probably going to follow shortly. Furthermore, if the bad guy you want is only a middle-man, is it worth your career to stop him when you know the leader will walk away? We want to put everything on the line only when the person we're chasing is the ultimate evil. But what if he isn't? What if there are 50 others worse than him running around waiting to be stopped later? Will you still risk everything to stop the one? I liked this show just because it made me think, and gave us some interesting things to talk about when it was over.

The plotline was somewhat standard KDrama fare, but also threw in a bunch of unique elements. For the first time ever, there wasn't much of a triangle. This wasn't about the romances; the show wanted you to focus more on the philosophical questions of morality and good citizenship instead. The crime itself was actually well set up and had lots of new or unique little twists and elements. It wasn't the simple murder; there were about ten layers to even plot development, with each character having their own side to tell. The bad guys who weren't really bad guys, the good guys who made horrible mistakes, the bad guys who were just bad guys, and the good guys who were so good as to be little earthly good. The show pulled them all in, asking you to look at humans, our ethical systems, and the important question of when can the right go wrong.

There were of course a few plot holes (especially with the ending being so rushed), but overall, I wasn't too disappointed with it. On the one hand, the weak ending was a really, really weak ending. It went too fast, it left a lot of loose ties, it didn't finish things at all. On the other hand, t was well written and well-designed, even if it left me crying and largely unsatisfied at the end. To be honest, I think it needed an unsatisfying ending, because that's the point. The battle is never over, the next generation simply takes over the reigns and pushes on.
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JaeMin89
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Feb 17, 2015
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.5
If you re into romantic things then skip it there is a slight element of romance but not your classic Korean love drama.

This drama is a lot more powerful than people think the messages that it is passing through are too deep to describe. The political propaganda the interdependence of media, politics, the law, and businesses. It is in some sense reality.

The story could have developed faster I think at read more some point it dragged on while the finish was a bit too fast- they should have used 2 episodes to develop what happened in the last episode.

As for characters I really liked prosecutor Koo and chief Moon. Yeol Moo was annoying sometimes it felt as if she had no emotions, she cried very well I have to admit but her interest towards Koo was invisible/ non existent. She looked more interested in the kid Kang Soo. I also really liked Kang Soo, he played his character very well, in order to judge him as an actor I will have to see him in different roles, because I don't know if he played this role very well because his personality is as such or because he is such a good actor.

Romance

I preferred the second lead couple it was funnier as I said before yeol moo was so just not into it that it seemed like she was faking that she liked him. They were funnier and I could see chemistry between them ( strange chemistry but existent).


If you like crime DEFINITELY watch it if you re into sappy romance SKIP ! this aint for you :)
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Both have corruption in law enforcement.
Pride and Prejudice: is faster moving with more action. The prosecutor trying to uncover the man who cover up the murder of her younger brother. She believes it could only have been done by a fellow prosecutor. Eventually she gets help from co-workers to solve this case after realizing it is connected to a couple of other cases that have come across their desks.
Stranger: is developing the story a little more slowly. One cop and one prosecutor work together after realizing they have no one in their own departments to trust. The case that brings them together may be related to higher ups in both of their departments. The prosecutor is unable to feel emotion and is balanced out by the cop who is motivated by her feelings of sympathy for the victims and victims families.
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    Yume 30 days ago - edited

    does this have anything to do with the book/movie?

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      namopanik 6 days ago - edited

      You mean Austen, or is there a source material for this story (with prosecutors and all)? If the former, it's a stretch. The man's somewhat proud, the girl prejudiced against him, there's a prolonged misunderstanding between them, and a physical copy of the book appears too once or twice, but that's pretty much it.

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      Yume 6 days ago

      Yeah I meant the Jane Austen book :) aight thanks, got it.

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    Nancy May 10, 2017

    Choi jin hyuk

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    MrBanana May 4, 2017

    Its Okay, nothing special, watch his new drama Tunnel instead!

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    zuojenn Apr 13, 2017

    It was alright, I missed a bit the gripping of the case. Something that makes you so curious as to wha happens next. It was for about 2 episodes there but then it disappeared again. The lead couple was cute, especially Koo Dong Chi turned out to be one cheeky prosecutor. However the female lead lacked in character development.
    so only; 7,5/10

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    Carmey Apr 11, 2017

    Overall, this shows has some great reviews but I really struggled to get into it. I really disliked the female lead, Han Yeol Moo, which made me struggle to feel any emotion towards her and her family's story. Due to the the second half mainly revolved around her brother's case, I have dropped this after 7 episodes.

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    ines Feb 25, 2017 - edited

    Is this draggy? I'm craving an investigation drama but I'm hesitant about this one

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      namopanik Apr 6, 2017

      It plays with a viewer sending mixed signals and drawing the tension who's who and how are they all related, but it's not draggy. Also, it's more a matter of power struggles and unraveling of a corrupted system than an investigation of a case itself.

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      Narco Apr 19, 2017

      Is it episodic?

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      namopanik Apr 19, 2017

      Case-of-the-week at the beginning, but there's an overarching story that spans over it and it takes whole episodes towards the end. They practically abandon normal cases and focus on the one that concerns them personally.

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      Narco Apr 19, 2017

      Tbh, it looks like some low budget crap. But fk it, i have nothing else to watch >.<

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    LizzyRayDrama Oct 11, 2016 - edited
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      MoongSungHee Dec 4, 2016

      doe's it have anything to do with them falling in love since childhood is anything like the main characters where fated to be in love

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      Mindful Jan 22, 2017
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      LizzyRayDrama Jan 22, 2017 - edited

      @MoongSungHee THANK YOU! I think the same thing. He's such a phenomenal actor though... I love him in everything I've seen him in!

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      LizzyRayDrama Jan 22, 2017 - edited

      @Mindful No, it isn't like fated to love you. At least not in my opinion.

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      Mindful Jan 24, 2017
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    UmiAlam Sep 29, 2016 - edited

    at the end of ep 20 there is some mstry which did not get solved i am curious about it

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      MoongSungHee Dec 4, 2016

      are the main characters anything like they where fated to be in love or end up together

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    HAVA-RAVA Feb 11, 2016 - edited

    WOW ! That's all I can say after finishing the drama. Evil people everywhere and just when I think I know who the most evil is there's a total new twist I wasn't expecting. Kept me awake until 4AM on 3 days in a row so I could watch this fast. Really mind-blowing drama and a solid ending. I liked this one a lot :)

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      Pearlyn Sep 3, 2016

      throughout the whole show I could never really trust anyone except Goo Dong Chi, Han Yeol Moo and Kang Soo.
      AND CHAN IS SO ADORBS :'D

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    Nataii097 Jan 14, 2016 - edited

    Does this drama have happy ending or not (in terms of romance mostly)?

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    soepspaansenler Nov 20, 2015 - edited

    worth watching? why or why not?

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      missthing74 Dec 26, 2015

      Absolutely! This isn't a silly drama,. The acting is amazing. And the story line is pretty solid and complex. I've watched a lot of dramas but this one made me sit up straight. I'm currently rewatching it cause I can't seem to forget it.

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    Angel Oct 9, 2015 - edited

    Does Baek Jin Hee end up with someone?

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      SpadeZero May 15, 2016
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    tattooedvenom Aug 7, 2015 - edited

    question: Do the main couple have good chemistry? Is it worth watching for the romance?

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      amel Aug 17, 2015

      no , if u look for romance this is not the best choice

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      tattooedvenom Aug 17, 2015

      alright, thanks!

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    Tsuyu Jun 10, 2015 - edited

    Choi Min Soo made this drama! No disrespect to the other characters, but his acting always dominates, The content and plot were also intriguing and kept me watching to see the fate of that little boy. My only gripe... the very last scene could have been done much better. It left many unanswered questions, and not in a good way.

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      kreps Oct 8, 2015

      Choi Min Soo stole the show :)

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    Reean Jun 7, 2015

    I'd seen Choi Min Soo in Running Man before and I loved him but seeing him play Moon Hui Man was frickin' AMAZING!!! He was my favourite character, but I didn't even recognise Choi Min Soo, he was just that great~ wahhhhhh, I love this drama = 10/10 ^^

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    21
  • Aired:

    Oct 27, 2014 to Jan 13, 2015
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.6 (scored by 2,343 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1198
  • Popularity:

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