Pied Piper

Pied Piper (2016)

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Every day on the job is tense, dangerous and possibly lethal! But the dangerous situations are diffused without using force by the expert negotiator Joo Sung Chan, who leads the police department’s negotiation task force. The team handles the most dangerous, volatile and high-risk situations that jeopardize the lives of innocent people. Hostage crises, terrorist threats, and other major catastrophes await Sung Chan, Yeo Myung Ha and the other highly skilled team read moreof negotiators when they come into work every day. Son Hee Sung is a thorn in their side as an aggressive broadcast journalist who tries to report on the many coverage-worthy events.

  • Native title:

    피리부는 사나이
  • Also Known as:

    Piribuneun Sanai;

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24 people found this review helpful
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Apr 29, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
What a great adventure this was!

When I started this drama I wasn't even sure if I'll like it or not. I haven't seen anything with the leads except for Jo Yoon Hee (The King's Face) and therefore had to get used to the male ones. First impressions were good but not overwhelming, though interesting enough to keep watching.

And man, was I glad I continued this one!

What about the story... read more It's basically about a small negotiation team that doesn't have much recognition from the public and has to kinda prove its existence every single time something happens. But it wouldn't be a kdrama if there wasn't a bigger story behind it - the story of Pied Piper. And here is where the impressive part starts. It's not necessarily the story itself but the way it was delivered that makes it so worth-watching. Step by step revelations and each of them just makes you more curious. Add a very captivating and skillful cinematography and incredibly top-notch actors to it, then your dessert may be served.

Shin Ah Kyun and Yoo Joon Sang were at their best (their interacting was purely epic) and I'm not exaggerating here. Their characters were wholly shaped by the writers as well as their development and growth during the drama. Jo Yoon Hee tried her best, too, but in the end couldn't keep up with them completely. But she wasn't bad either, just sliding out of the light sometimes which was kinda sad, imo.

As for the cinematography. I don't even know how to describe it the right way. It's just the way how single scenes are put together, underlined with precisely accurate music. The beauty of it just leaves you speechless and shocked at the end of an episode.

My rating's not a whole ten but don't be bothered by it. I for myself did find some tiny flaws and couldn't overlook them - as well as for some cases the team had to take on. Sometimes, they just seemed to be a bit overdone.

I still think this drama is underrated. There's even a message delivered that you can pick up - or not.

So, let me give you an advice: If you have some free time and are in need of a really good crime drama, start this one. It's worth its 16 hours.
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13 people found this review helpful
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Apr 29, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
I can't believe no one has posted a review on this amazing and underrated drama! I really believe a lot of people on MDL should give this a try.

The story of this drama is about a terrorist who calls himself the Pied Piper. This terrorist is controlling people to commit and act of terror. A negotiation team is set up and the two main protagonists in this drama both lost read more a loved one from one such act.

The story is really great and and the drama unfolds itself with each episode. And every episode the tension is getting higher until the very end! The only reason why I'm not giving the story a 10 is that there are still side story lines I felt where not fully completed.

Acting was great overall, there are a lot of experienced actors as well as new faces but everyone was good. Shin Ha Kyun like always was great at its role, but Jo Yoon Hee not so much and I really had to get used to her, the only drama I have seen her before was Nine Times Time Travel but eventually she didn't bother me that much.

Music was good nothing special but still pretty good

Rewatch Value:
I don't rate any drama for a rewatch
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    KatieBo Jun 16, 2017
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    elvirad May 4, 2017 - edited

    Is there any romance?

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      Graey May 9, 2017

      Not really. But i think it was sorta kinda hinted(?) lol

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    Miss-Addicted Apr 9, 2017

    I had high expectation for this drama but i didn't enjoy it as much as i thought i would.
    The plot is nice and all the characters were done well but personally i found it a bit boring.

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    zuojenn Apr 2, 2017

    it was not bad however I often wanted to give up on it in the beginning. The last episodes are gold, gripping, interesting, lot of suspense and drama but the first half is very hard to go through with.......
    so only because of the last episodes 8/10

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    ines Mar 4, 2017

    Still having withdrawal symptoms...

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    meem Jan 9, 2017
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    Tothebeautifulme Dec 3, 2016 - edited

    Yes this drama may have some flaws and may be dull at moments, HOWEVER after watching it to the end i can personally guarantee that this drama is something extremely special. Not only are you shown a whole new world and exposed to different viewpoints on injustices but you learn so much. FABULOUS story, AMAZING plot and great acting! HIGHLY RECOMMEND :) you don't want to miss out ^^

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    TJK1828 Aug 27, 2016

    This is by far the best Korean drama I've watched. If you want a good storyline and an action-packed TV series, look no further.

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    Mimo Jul 8, 2016

    what an amazing drama...that ending had me in tears because it was so good. for the first time in my life i stayed up to 5am watching,,,it was that good and intense! love the cast and music very much...excellent

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    DreamingKoreanBallad Jun 28, 2016

    I really enjoyed this one, especially Shin Ha Kyun and Jo Yoon Hee's roles - I'm only going to give it a 9.5 though b/c there were a few things I wanted to see in the end that they didn't give me... :/ But other than those few things, the negotiations, teamwork and crime-solving that was done in this drama was brilliant. It was filled with suspense, a few times I felt myself holding my breath as I watched what was taking place on screen. Seeing the way people reacted to certain situations and how they handled it was thought-provoking. The one playing the criminal was great in his role - he didn't have me fooled however lol - I did not agree with his "motives or actions" his motives for me were groundless b/c of the actions he took in spite of them. Taking away innocent peoples lives just to prove a point is wrong. The ending was satisfactory just with a few missing pieces that I would have liked to have seen...

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    Tel Jun 25, 2016 - edited

    If you have not watched this already, u r missing one of the best dramas in K drama history!

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    displacedmoon Jun 19, 2016

    it took me a while to finish it...but once I started -- i marathoned it bc it was that good. it's not a perfect drama, but it sends an important message. it didn't seem to get a lot of viewers, but i personally really enjoyed this one.

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    BaDaBa11 Jun 13, 2016 - edited

    Where's the guy who played the pied piper he isn't on the cast list..I wanna see him in something else.

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    Maya Jun 3, 2016 - edited

    This drama is awesome! I love it! ♥
    Pied Piper definitely deserves more attention!!! I want season 2... :D

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    RejaulHoque May 19, 2016

    somewhat korean version of v for vendetta...


  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

    Mar 7, 2016 to Apr 26, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 579 users)
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