Monster (2016)

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Lee Kook Chul is an only son and heir to his families business. Under a murder attempt his parents get killed and he's the only survivor. Unfortunately, he loses his sight but something happens and his hearing ability gets improved drastically like no normal human. Under these circumstances, he gets threaten by his aunt and is extremely aware that his remaining family members will try to kill him before his birthday. With read moreno one to protect him, he is pushed toward his death. Years later, he returns with a new identity and vengeance toward the people who wronged him. However, he finds love.

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Sep 24, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
OMG...What makes this convoluted, revenge makjang drama get a higher score is the excellent ending. Finally an ending of satisfaction. Also, a great part of the story is that the people that are seeking revenge aren't stupid. The story and characters are all over the place crazy and I loved every minute of it. I admit that this kind of drama isn't for everyone. There are times that it gets so ridiculous read more that I laughed, but there is enough substance to keep me interested. Plus, the character development is very well done.

All of the actors were great. Jeong Bo Seok as Byun Il Jae and Jin Tae Hyun as Do Kwang Woo were just over the top awesomeness as the bad guys. They made this drama fun to watch. I also enjoyed Jo Bo Ah as Do Shin Yeong more than any other character. She was totally cute and funny.

The music is pretty good.

I won't ever rewatch this.

If you like a good revenge makjang, then this is definitely one to watch.
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Oct 27, 2016
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 6.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 6.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
This revenge plot drama was 50 episodes long, but it would have been more effective with 30 episodes. It started out as a crime drama, but evolved midway into a melodrama. At some point, it felt as if the director, scriptwriter and actors played 'spin the bottle' to determine which character would gain the advantage at the end of the day. The best acting performance was given by Jung Bo-Suk as Byun read more Il-Jae, the despicable villain. The drama title should have been "Monster Byun Il-Jae".
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both main leads were traumatized by the villain who killed both parents, and they grew up with the idea of revenge in mind
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Both of these dramas start from a similar point, a young rich heir who seems to have everything going in his favor is thrown into dark despair and pain due to a relative's destructive greed. The kids narrowly escape, but return years later harboring secrets to realize their revenge. While both of these kids, now turned men, are ultimately seeking revenge, they display countless acts of kindness to the people around them. They both also use a sense of humor and disarming smile to hide their grief and pain. The leading ladies are both strong, smart women who have lead troubled lives but love their mentally challenged, poor family more than their life. Monster and Can You Hear My Heart have addictive plots with emotional depth and character.
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    VishalIngle Jun 12, 2017

    crime drama
    24+ episodes??

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    Miss-Addicted May 9, 2017 - edited

    The plot is really good and i specially loved the part when they were young but i just kept fast-forwarding most of it, for some reason i didn't like the older leads and the drama over all lost my interest pretty easy.

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      AmauryLindy May 15, 2017

      Didn't even watch this but I know that feeling lol

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    Reavel Feb 18, 2017

    Seen Park Ki Woong on the cast list.... convinced me of watching this drama. I fear reading the comments cause I don't want to read spoilers.

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    Emily Feb 9, 2017 - edited

    These two together again? Ooh, I might just watch this. My only qualm is that Korean dramas with 30+ episodes don't tend to fare as well as, say, Chinese dramas that are 30+ episodes. At least in my books. Does this get snoozy?

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      MinaVIP Feb 13, 2017 - edited

      I would say this does have draggy moments. Unless you are a fan of melodramas and/or of any of the main actors I don't recommend it. There are better dramas out there sadly :s this was a overall okay melodrama but it definitely could've been 10 eps shorter.

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      QAS Apr 2, 2017 - edited

      Yes, snoozy in the middle! The first 20+ episodes flow, but after Sung Yuri returns as a lawyer, it turns into K-melodrama, for another twenty episodes. It starts to pick up the pace in the final stretch. I marathon-watched the first 20 episodes. Waiting for the weekly dose of 2 episodes was a killjoy, more so when the plot dragged and went around in circles. When is a villain not a villain? The worse time, was when the drama was preempted for two weeks by the Olympics, which meant the finale was preempted for two weeks.

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    The casting of this drama is screw up, age difference is so much different but they make him transform older than normal

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      QAS Apr 2, 2017 - edited

      The characters' aging process did not make sense. I liked the two actors who played the lead male and female characters. The drama was tailored to Kang Ji Hwan and Sung Yu Ri, otherwise, there was no reason why the two younger actors could not have continued the drama. The main male character, Kang Gi Tan went from 19 years, 5'9 to 30 years, 6'. Men usually stop growing at 20, but Gi Tan sprouted 3 inches. The growth spurt is usually in the teenage years. Not a very convincing switchover of actors! The young actor was 26 years old, and the older actor was 37.

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    Kairi Jan 30, 2017

    Btw after months and 44 episodes I realized that the pic on the poster portrays a mirror..

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    KoriNeko18 Jan 8, 2017

    perhaps one of the few that appreciated that ending.

    well done and the only reason this got a seven from me :D

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    Hi5Me Dec 30, 2016 - edited

    Still looking for a revenge plot where there is actually a revenge. Basically all I see is:
    1) a main character that can not live up to the name of the show or knows what revenge is
    2) a bad guy and lastly
    3) an unnecessary long 50 episode drama that would have been drastically better with less episodes.
    Enough of these "kill him with kindness" bulls**t.
    If you gonna have a (long) series where the MC is suppose to become a monster and get his revenge, PLEASE, let him/her BECOME the monster and ACTUALLY carry-out his/her revenge. Especially if you gonna title the drama Monster.

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      MinaVIP Feb 13, 2017
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      QAS Apr 2, 2017 - edited

      I agree with your points. I assumed that Monster really referred to Byun Il Jae, played by Jung Bo Suk, who was really the star of the show, and should have been given that distinction. He is the most skilled actor in the entire cast, and was thoroughly convincing as the despicable villain, who was relentless and evil.

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    Looks really promissing ;)

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    Andro Sep 27, 2016 - edited
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      EstherT Dec 1, 2016 - edited

      Ikr I just finished it WTF !!!!

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      QAS Apr 2, 2017

      WTF for each of the 50 episodes

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    KAPP70 Sep 26, 2016
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    HAVA-RAVA Sep 25, 2016 - edited

    So far watched 24 episodes and I'm hating Byun Il Jae so much. I can't believe how evil this character is. I thought Nam Gyu Man (Nam Goong Min's character in Remember - War of the Son) was the most evil but this Byun Il Jae takes the crown for now. He's utterly evil and there's nothing to even justify what he does. He's just a greedy s**t head while Nam Gyu Man had a story behind his evil deeds.

    These kind of greedy, evil bastards are the worst kind of characters ever. I got to say that I even really dislike the actors face now. I can't see him in any other kind of character for a while. This will be a strong image. I can't believe this actor of Byun Il Jae is the same actor who played the sweet, autistic father in Can You Hear My Heart. Such a great actor !

    Kang Ji Hwan's acting is superb as always. I can't wait to see how the 2nd half of the drama is and how the drama ends. I haven't spoiled myself so I hope no one spoils me.

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      QAS Apr 2, 2017 - edited

      2016 had a harvest of evil, despicable villains. The actors are the most skilled K-drama actors, to pull off these roles.

      In order of appearance;

      Nam Gyu Man of Remember, was Master Evil
      Kim Gil Do of Master God of Noodles, was Master More Evil.
      Byun Il Jae of Monster, was Master Most Evil.
      Hong Joo of Mirror of the Witch, was Mistress Evil.
      Choi Yoo Jin of K2, was Mistress More Evil and Mistress Most Evil.

      A TV production company should cast the five actors and actresses in one drama, and make them all EVIL villains who kill off each other.

      I loved Jung Bo Suk, but I could not bear to see him on screen in Monster, after five episodes. I loved Song Yoon Ah, but I could not bear to see her on screen in K2, after one episode.

      Now I will never watch the actors in ANY drama in thex next five years.

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    Alice Sep 24, 2016 - edited

    what was up with that ending?

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    John Sep 22, 2016 - edited
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    jxsilicon9 Sep 22, 2016 - edited

    What exactly was the reason they couldn't get together after he stopped having the headache's? The reason was stupid. Such a terrible female lead.


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    Mar 28, 2016 to Sep 20, 2016
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    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 3 min.


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    7.5 (scored by 784 users)
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