Punch (2014)

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Park Jeong Hwan is the chief of the anti-corruption investigation team for the Supreme Prosecutors' Office. To get to his position, he has made compromises on achieving justice. Jeong Hwan then learns that he has a malignant brain tumor and does not have much time to left. To end his life without regrets, he points a gun at corrupt Public Prosecutor General Lee Tae Jun. Jeong Hwan’s ex-wife Shin Ha Gyeong, who read moreis also a prosecutor, knows about Jeong Hwan’s situation and helps him.

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Feb 18, 2015
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"If the world went the way you thought, I'd have lived like you, too." The very realistic and true phrase ever said.

The first thing that caught my attention, or should I say that later it totally drew me in is when I found out that our main protagonist is a villain and that he helps bad people and cleans after their dirty work. It was very unusual for me since we read more are all used with a hero male lead right from the beginning. But, once he finds out that he has a couple of months to life and after his most precious people got infected with the evilness of those bad ones, he changes and fights against them. He's not fighting with fists, but with his intelligence and every episode makes you excited wanting to see who will throw the next 'punch'. How much I was happy and cheering for him at the same time I was angry and furious because how much punches he thrown thinking it will lead him to the winning that much punches were pushing him back. But, I can say that this guy is a true hero and even though he's playing dirty, he's doing it for his beloved ones, for a better tomorrow. I can say that I was maximum invested in a story and I can guarantee that you'll too. If not, you can freely yell at me and get angry.

Another thing that makes this drama strong and deep is its characters. What I loved the most is that every character is not black or white, what more they're all grey with its own faults and mistakes. It was really interesting to watch what character and to what extent he/she can becomes either evil or good. Our main villain, Tae Joon is one of the best and most fascinating villains ever. In fact, I wouldn't consider him a true, pure villain, hmm I'd rather call him a villain with emotions. He knows for a loyalty, respect and love. What this drama makes more special is the relationship he and Jung Hwan shared. Their relationship is some kind of special, filled with respect. I think that he considered Jung Hwan as his own son and that's why their bond never breaked even after Jung Hwan's death.
Our main hero, Jung Hwan as I said before is a man of words, a true hero. I loved that progress in a drama how he was turning from a cold-blooded and ruthless villain to a strong man and a fighter. Since the story is in fact all about characters and their life I don't want to spoil anything about him more.
And the woman I loved the most in this drama is Ha Gyung. Even though everyone around her are playing dirty she's the only one 'clean'. The only one who's following law and principles. She's not stupid nor idealistic. Ha Gyung knows that world is a corrupt, but she took the oath to make a world a better place and she's sticking to it. In a progress of helping Jung Hwan to correct his mistakes and to take care of his responsibilities they slowly learned and felt that their passion and love they had for each other once is not extinguished yet. She's the the female lead I dig and respect most in dramaland: strong and independent.

Oh how much I love when the writing is brilliant and smart, especially when the drama has smart, life lessons dialogues! And this was a case for this drama. Every thing they said, every sentence they sent each other are so smart, clever and well said. Hehe, the funny part is how most of them are related to food giving this drama a great metaphore and comparasion. Actually, using words they throw punches to each other's face.

I have so many words for this drama, but I don't want to ruin the excitement for you. I'm just going to say that it's one hell of a drama, full of suspense, thrilling, intensity and most importantly it'll keep you glued to the screen. I didn't get bored for a second, it's fast pacing with twists and turns on every corner leaving you behind an unforgettable enjoyment.
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Punch is the kind of drama that makes me reevaluate all the dramas for which I have given a rating of 10. All the elements of a great drama are pulled together to elicit a range of emotions. I cried, yelled, laughed, etc. This drama just wrenched every emotion I guess like being "punched". The writer did a great job of blurring the lines between right and wrong. The main lead isn't read more exactly a "bad guy", but he has done what he needed to survive in a world of rules that he did not create. I have no moral compass so in my eyes if he manipulated people to further himself while the ones that claim to be righteous were doing the same thing, then it is all good in my opinion. I could go on and on, but I'm on the verge of spoilers so I will just stop for now. Needless to say this drama will have you asking yourself all kinds of moral questions. Also, the dialog is smart. There are so many good quotes from this drama. The relationships between the characters are twisted. Some of them are freindemies. The romance is there and the chemistry is good. It may not be displayed in the typical way, but it is there.

Kim Rae Won is an acting genius. It makes me wonder why I haven't seen him before. His portrayal of Park Jeong Hwan's strength and weakness is excellent. I'm not sure if it is just me or if he really was losing weight as the drama proceeded through his illness. Regardless, I love him.
Kim Ah Joong's portrayed Shin Ha Gyeong with great strength and dignity. She is the only one that was true to her values.
I had a love/hate relationship with Jo Jae Hyeon as Lee Tae Jun. I understand where he was coming from and honestly if he had just not done the first thing to hurt Jeong Hwan's family, then he probably wouldn't have been seen as that bad of a guy. However, he went from bad to worse. For some reason though I just can't find it in me to hate him. What a great actor and character.
I truely hated Choi Myung Gil as Yoon Ji Sook. My biggest hate is hypocrisy. You will see when you watch that she is the most hateful person of all. (is that a spoiler? If so, then sorry)
The other actors are good too.

The music is good and appropriate.

I will probably rewatch this sometime.

I recommend this drama to everyone that enjoys a good emotional drama.
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Both are about a mess in the prosecutor's office. Punch focuses more on a struggle for power while The Guardians is mainly about revenge and punishment.
Recommended by marys
Crime/Law/Thriller dramas centred around a prosecutor/lawyer dealing with various crime cases and injustice by those manipulating the law system.
They both have a tragic story around the lead character as well.
Recommended by SilverCloud

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    noelhoi Jul 4, 2017 - edited

    8.4 does not do it justice! Complex, back and forth, sometimes confusing but once u see the bigger picture, what spectacular writing!

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      Narco Jul 23, 2017

      Yes, back and forth, betrayal, true friendship and enemies, smart characters, great technology (they can retrieve digital deleted footage as they are some old vhs tape)... Fuck it, this show would be at least 10 episodes shorter if they actually had copy machines and OS that supports copying files. Also, kindergarten kid can actually read newspapers and understand it? I know they are Korean, but that is just clear bs. I think this score is ok for this show. That its better than some higher scored shows, true, but that it deserve more, no.

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    kasaharadojo May 7, 2017

    One of the best dramas that i have ever watched. I showed two episodes to my mother and she marathoned it, even though she had never watched a korean drama before. Brilliant, just brilliant.

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    marys May 5, 2017

    The struggle for power made this drama drag a little bit but I think it was intentional and actually helped to show all the devastation and ruthlessness. All in all the show was amazing but to be honest I was expecting to see more scenes with the divorced couple.

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    Syranus May 3, 2017

    The greatest climax!!! Literally, I'm jumping out of amusement and satisfaction with a wicked laugh that my neighbors are probably thinking I've gone crazy for locking myself up in my room all throughout the drama. Hallelujah! What a phenomenal ending to a depressingly superior drama.

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    Syranus May 1, 2017 - edited

    I'm now at episode 15 and my blood is boiling. Why not give a little joy to the viewers? Please? This is super outrageous and it's depressing me, it's giving me indigestion. D*mn!!! I super despise Lee Ho Sung and Yoon Ji Sook even more than Lee Tae Jun. I don't want to see both of their faces in dramaland ever again!!! Yes, that's how angry I am.

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    Syranus Apr 24, 2017

    The bond between the brothers, Lee Tae Jun and Lee Tae Seop,is very touching I even cried.

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    Marina Apr 6, 2017

    This is seriously underrated drama. a masterpiece in my book!. so good

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    Marina Apr 2, 2017

    i love the dialogues used in this dramas. the metaphors, phrases and everything.. very cleverly written.

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    naccu Mar 23, 2017 - edited

    Was suddenly reminded of this drama recently! It's been a while since I watched it!
    I am not into law dramas or politics - actually they bore me to death sometimes - but this drama was one of the few exceptions! I was quite addicted watching it, even though I barely understood what was happening most of the time :P

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      Syranus Apr 26, 2017

      LOL You got me cracking at your last sentence.

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    Suicidal_Hermit Jan 26, 2017

    That was one hell of an epic Tug-of-War match. Was a good drama but felt a bit draggy toward the end, you feel tired from all the back and forth.

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    bona1228 Nov 27, 2016

    This doesn't deserve the 8.4 ratings. It deserves higher. One of the best, yet underrated, dramas I have seen

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    neighborhoodnoona Jun 28, 2016 - edited

    is there any romance in this drama?

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    Dolla May 4, 2016

    It was boring and too depressing for me. I couldn't keep watching.

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    Ayesha Apr 21, 2016 - edited

    Should I watch this drama? I love suspense/thrillers and it's fine if they don't have romance. I'm on the second ep and I find it okay-ish. Shall I continue?

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      Raza Apr 28, 2016

      Yes please, you should continue. You won't regret it one bit.

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    aisha_a Apr 5, 2016

    This show is the solid proof of the " keep you friends close ,and keep your enemy closer".


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    Dec 15, 2014 to Feb 17, 2015
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    Monday, Tuesday
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    1 hr. 2 min.


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