A Love To Kill

A Love To Kill (2005)

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In A Love to Kill, Bi plays a tough guy as the role of a K-1 Fighter, Kang Bok Gu. Bok Gu is a character who is dynamic in nature and grew up in a foster home. He falls in love with a woman whom he should not love. It was because of the woman, his emotionally-wounded brother fell off from the rooftop and became a nursing case. So, his love is read moreforbidden and inevitably tragic.
The woman is Cha Eun Seok who is a TV talent and movie actor. It was not that she jilted his brother on purpose, but upon a basis of misunderstanding, his hatred toward Cha Eun Seok grows more and more burning.
By becoming Cha Eun Seok's private bodyguard, Bok Gu keeps concretely practicing his revenge upon her. He only desires 'to bring his brother's woman to her knees.' He is gradually taking Cha Eun Seok to destruction, while he feels his love toward her growing deeper and deeper in his heart.
Bok Gu is a cold guy character without any special concern for woman. Martial art of hand-to-hand fighting was just kind of his escape he choose from the shock of a spinster's death whom he loved from a distance.

  • Native title:

    이 죽일놈의 사랑
  • Also Known as:

    Ijuksa;This love I want to kill;The Love of Death;Detestable Love;Knock Out by Love

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Sep 26, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
This was one of the very first Korean dramas that I watched and completely. Although it ripped my heart into shreds, I still think that this drama was amazing.

Acting/Cast: A Love To Kill is one of Rain's best drama. Although my opinion on his acting has changed and I honestly don't really like him as much as before, I feel that he did a very good job playing out his role read more in this movie. You'd hate him for his actions, you'd think he's better off dead, but at the same time, you feel sorry for him, you understand his pain and his need to detach himself from every other emotion aside from anger. Although the female lead is mainly victimized throughout the series, I don't dislike her acting-she does do a good job- I just mainly dislike her role and how she seems helpless most of the time. To me, the most interesting character is the male protagonist, but it was just enough to keep me watching. I felt that Rain made him very "cool."

Story: The tension throughout the story was built up very well, perhaps some might call it "overly dramatic" but I think the events that happened really fit the whole story up until the very end. It's an example of the older type of infamous Korea dramas: the type that was filled with angst, sorrow and death but it is also the type that moves us most. So if you watch it, be prepared to cry.

Soundtrack: This series' soundtrack is pretty much my favorite. It's the only OST that I bothered to buy. They had very talented artists like K.Will making it and most of the songs were very emotional. Although I would say that more than half of the songs in the OST are sad songs, there are some light-hearted ones as well. It's the best combination of REAL Korean music and not the mainstream K-pop ones we hear nowadays.
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Nov 28, 2015
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
A spoiler free, 5 star review with my opinions, likes and non-existent dislikes of this drama and it's drop-dead perfection that deserves to be seen by all and every.

A Love To Kill is, Hands Down, one of the best dramas I have EVER seen. And I'm saying that with over 150 dramas under my belt. If you're in the mood for a romantic, suspenseful, tragedy, first/true-love story.. buckle your seat belts read more because this will break your heart and yet keep you coming back for more.

I am a huge fan of Rain, and I say that having seen almost every one of his dramas (well at least having STARTED every one of his dramas) and loving and admiring his work. So yes, I may be a tad biased towards his dramas but for good reason. He's a TERRIFIC actor!

Shin MinA startled me with her beauty, her depth, and her vulnerability in creating this character.

Despite making this drama seem really intense, tragic and heartbreaking (which it is) It's also really sweet and there is a lot of hidden depth to each and every scene, as well as every character and change in attitude and view. Although I'm not super fond of all the characters, they all have their own struggle and their own story.

I cannot begin to explain to you the excellence in the writing of this script, you will only be able to know by watching it for yourself and realizing how lovable and re-watchable (coming from someone who REALLY doesn't re-watch dramas) this one is. Going back to re-watch scenes and episodes every once in a while, it's really incredible to see how connected everything is. From episode one, something occurs that later will be either explained or somehow related to something in a later episode. It's incredible.

The music is so perfect and beautiful and heartbreaking that EVERY SINGLE TIME I hear the OST I fall in love with it all over again and even begin to tear up. It's catchy, soothing, melancholy and is played at the most perfect and fitting times.

If you pay close attention to the dialog throughout the drama, from the beginning to end, everything intertwines and means something at some point or another. In the very last scene, there is a vital part of information you'll miss if you don't pay close enough attention, which will simply crush the courage you built up to hold in the tears.

I really want to give a hand to the cast and their acting because it really was something.Consider yourself warned, this is a hard-core melodrama and if you aren't in the mood to be swept off your feet by a river of tears, don't watch A Love To Kill because it will break your heart. But It's SOOOO worth it and I want you to watch it anyway so we can rant and discuss and cry over it together! The acting, as I was saying, was simply incredible. Each cast member did a fantastic job of portraying their character and each and every thought that went through that characters head at every scene they were in. The longing in Shin MinA's eyes, the passion in Rain's, the outrage in Lee Ki-Woo's eyes. Everything was perfectly done and in the most unsuspecting way.

Now, like every older melodrama there usually seems to be a lot of lagging parts in the middle with stupid seemingly fixable problems. Although this drama has NONE and let me say that again, NONE of those draggy-boring moments. Let me assure you, every scene has meaning and some sort of depth. You may not see it right away but you shouldn't skip parts because later it will come up and you will wish you had read deeper into the moment you skipped.

There is so much more I'd like to say about this drama but there isn't anything I can add without giving examples that would be spoilers or simply repeating the words, "I LOVE THIS DRAMA SO FRIGGIN MUCH!!!" So I just won't continue. YOu should watch it. That's all I have to say. If you still aren't interested by the 3rd episode then drop it. Otherwise... You're in for a treat.
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    real_Mokona Jul 9, 2017 - edited

    The storyline build up too slow but it was a great story and the last episode compensated for the tediously parts of the story!

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    Poia May 14, 2017 - edited

    I don't like rain very much but I keep bumping into his drama. First full house now this one. I'm not liking full house so I don't know if watch this. The plot remember me secret love? Is this similar? Revenge turn out in love?

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      Maham Tanveer Jul 7, 2017

      plot is along the same line.. but this is not of same quality

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    claudya87 Apr 13, 2017

    I found it sad and boring..no other emotions. Just that.

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    LouM Mar 27, 2017

    this is one of the good old classics <3

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    _Ahsen_ Oct 17, 2016 - edited

    İ m waiting a good remake for years

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      OKasiandrama May 4, 2017
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      OKasiandrama Jul 17, 2017

      Laylan, please label your comment under spoiler for the sake of others who have not yet seen this drama and aren't sure whether or not they want to.

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      Jaylan Jul 17, 2017

      so sorry i didn't notice that my comment wasn't hidden i did make it spoiler thank u

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      OKasiandrama Jul 17, 2017

      :D It's all good, just worried about others who haven't seen it yet. :)

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    BdrMohamed Jun 30, 2016 - edited

    This color of dramas doesn't have so many fans, of course if you like the CUTE cheap dramas most likely you won't like but for me it is a masterpiece that I don't forget.

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      MaryamDH Jul 26, 2016

      I guess you are like me. a fan of the writer! she can write the most beautiful lines and she gives soul to every character!!! another great work of her, uncontrollable fond!

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    Syranus Mar 5, 2016

    I skip-watched and completed this. It's a boring melodrama; very few interesting scenes.

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    nana157awesome Feb 12, 2016
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    Tina Jan 24, 2016
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    Alexija Jan 3, 2016
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    phoenixaurora Nov 13, 2015

    so so many tears and self-torture. slow and angsty throughout all 16 episodes to rival Stairway to Heaven but if you can endure it, the story's quite beautiful. gorgeous cinematography, motif of fate running throughout, themes of guilt and consequences

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    FAAJ08 Sep 2, 2015

    Loved it

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    Syranus Jun 29, 2015

    The characters cry too much.
    This is not for me.

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    BdrMohamed Jun 7, 2015

    I love this type of dramas the hero is undercover
    I am hooked to this drama and can't wait to go back rrom the work to complete watching it


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    South Korea
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    Oct 31, 2005 to Dec 20, 2005
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.


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    7.4 (scored by 3,138 users)
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