Man to Man

Man to Man (2017)

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A longtime celebrity Yeo Woon Gwang suddenly has a need for a bodyguard and hires Kim Seol Woo, a man trained in special investigations. He’s described as a mysterious man of many talents, and the drama is about the twisty events they encounter and the budding bromance between the star and bodyguard.
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Jun 10, 2017
  • Overall 8.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
I particularly enjoyed this drama, and since the previous review didn't give fair credit to it, I thought that I should write a review :) However, I do think that it might not be to everyone's palette and the best way to decide is to watch it :))

I felt that the drama was light and easy to enjoy in comparison to other secret agent dramas that I have seen! There was read more no great conspiracy, loads of secrecy, huge amount of fighting scenes, etc etc. I liked that the plot focused on a secret agent who becomes a bodyguard to an actor and still carries out his duties as an agent: it made the story work - of course very unrealistic but which drama isn't xD

I have to say the cast was great! All of the actors fit their characters and made the drama work. I really have to give kuddos to Park HaeJin's acting in this! His actions and facial reactions just brought the drama a kind of humour I really enjoy! And maybe because of this as well that it was nice to watch, and more light hearted than other secret agent dramas.

Of course, I did have a hard time to come in terms with Kim Min Jung's hair - seriously they cut her hair way to short!!
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Jun 12, 2017
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 4.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 5.0
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
If you wonder about my rating and are willing to invest some time to let me explain, then welcome to this probably unpopular opinion.

The story surrounds a guy who is part of a secret government organization that employs so called ghost agents. Professional fighters/warriors (or whatever you may call it - agents) who get on secret missions around the world and are not allowed to have any deep feelings or connections read more with other people since that would compromise their work. These ghost agents here are the very cliché of every spy agent you can possibly think of.

The story starts to evolve in that direction. Agent K (Park Hae Jin) takes on a mission and unexpectedly starts to develop real feelings for a woman he has to con along the way.

I can stick with all kinds of dramas, even with the bad ones if they make me curious enough to want to watch the next episode, because that is one grave reason for me to either enjoy or be disappointed with a show. Even if a story makes me pull out my hair because the protagonists are acting all nonsensical. Yeah, I'm that kind of a shallow person. I can handle trashy dramas as well as cheesy ones - if they don't take it too far but entertain me.

So, the worst thing that can actually happen to a drama and that makes me lose interest throughout the whole way, is when it becomes plain boring. Sadly, Man to Man was exactly that for me. There's nothing special about it. It feels like one of the biggest cliché-heavy mainstream action spy dramas I've ever seen, and it gives off the feel that the producers wanted to reach as many viewers as possible, what is eventually the main reason why it failed to impress me at all. The (seemingly hidden) spark didn't reach me.

I didn't expect much when I began watching it, but I would have never expected it to be like that. I'm sincerely sorry to say this and I feel bad for the high-level cast but I was extremely disappointed with many things - not everything. There was also something that kept me going and therefore made me complete it, so don't be too frustrated with my opinion.

One thing that wasn't able to... touch me was the romance. Don't hit me. It was just suddenly there somewhere along the line. I never understood why K fell in love with this particular woman and not all the other ones he used for his previous missions. They had their cute moments, I admit that and I enjoyed them to a certain point. But it never made me excited.

Many people were annoyed by the female lead in the beginning but started to like her later on. For me it was the other way around. I liked her in the first episodes but as the story went further, she became a bothersome side character whose behavior annoyed me at times. Kim Min Jung had a strange way of portraying her role, especially the way she spoke. Though I admit that there were also some few scenes where I could empathize with her, for example during the more serious moments and/or when she got hurt. But the overall view of her character was plain and without any depth, and there was no character development whatsoever. And that was actually the problem with most of the characters. Superficial stereotypes who never stood out or made their appearance memorable.

The other thing and probably the biggest flaw in my eyes was the spy story, and partly at fault are eventually its characters who never made me invested enough in their circumstances to even be thrilled by their next move. The execution of the overall story, the hidden wheel in the background, the step by step revelations... everything had a choppy feel to it. It failed to build up the right amount of suspense to make me excited enough about its secretive picture.

I rarely drop dramas, seriously. I want to watch the whole thing when I start something. So, if there is even ONE thing that got my attention, I'll see it through. Man to Man does have some good parts to it, too.

First of all would be the villain. Yeon Jung Hoon. I was so happy to finally see him again after such a long time and he didn't disappoint me. His performance was great in every aspect and to the smallest details. Whenever he appeared, my attention level rose to new heights. He was calm, smart and cocky. He played one greedy bastard but he also felt human in some ways. He was playing his role with such passion that he made me root for him all the way. And his story even had a satisfying wrap up.

The other thing that I enjoyed alot was the bromance. They managed to pull off that part quite well, although I wasn't always completely pleased with it because it lacked screen-time. I would have loved to see more interactions between all those guys and the bonds they had developed over time. Of course all their hilarious moments together were priceless and filled me up with joy. So, when it comes to this I definitely need to mention Park Sung Woong. I was looking forward to his appearance in this show and he never let me down. He was the epitome of bromance and needs special appreciation next to Yeon Jung Hoon.

I was also quite attached to Jung Man Shik's and Tae In Ho's characters here, and I think I need to include this to show that I did like some things.

Park Hae Jin is a special case in this drama. I'm not saying he was bad. He definitely wasn't. His acting was good most times and I enjoyed it. His character-display was just a bit average. Honestly, I've seen way better performances of him in Cheese in the Trap and Bad Guys.

See? Not everything was bad. And I admit that they had some short-while thrilling scenes during the last episodes. I give them that.

Don't take my personal opinion to heart. I know that many people enjoyed this, so it's a controversial issue in the end. But maybe there are some others who agree with me ;) Would I recommend it? Honestly, I have no idea. I would probably prefer other dramas over this.

Btw, my rating for the music... Well, it's not very high, I know. The drama had some nice songs but those themes that were played during the spy and action scenes were getting on my nerves at some point.
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    HamelinSong 25 days ago - edited

    looks like i'm not the only who's stuck... is so hard to finish his drama, innit?

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      MrBanana 21 days ago

      Yep, it wasn't easy to finish this one.

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      Sukkie 18 days ago

      I had no problems with finishing... Quite the contrary. lol

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    Charlott 29 days ago

    I'm struggling with finishing this drama. I have only a couple of episodes left but am finding myself uninterested and bored. Which is really sad because I love Park Hae Jin, I was super excited about this drama and I did enjoy it in the beginning :(

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    Maryama 29 days ago - edited

    dames et messieurs

    i agree 100% of what Knavery below said, and let's face it, the female lead was super annoying and it's not like i watched this drama for park hae jin, but he played a better part, unfortunately i had high excpectation of the female lead since ep 1 but then they made her like that classic annoying, stupid female lead, too bad this drama had potentiel.

    i have also noticed that some users here feel offended by others telling their opinion on the drama, and the female lead, i think it is very stupid to feel so , sometimes you don't have to explain why you dislike something, sometimes a drama just isn't enjoyable, and by the way having such a reaction as "annoying female lead" is a completely reasonable opinion, people should just shup up and back off if they can't take it that others have an opinion too which they are not obliged to explain just because a person says so or doesn't like their opinion....


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    LeeJ0onGI Aug 24, 2017

    Hope four men will be better..!

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    meth Aug 23, 2017

    I tried but it seems that i just can t finnish this drama... the female lead... does not help , it doesnt get better... at all... i put this drama on hold at ep 8... same happened to Suspicious partner... same reason... 2 dramas that would ve been so much better with other female lead...

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    dramaholic_piglet Aug 8, 2017

    I watched having the mindset that "the female lead on this drama is annoying". Well, thats what most of you guys say. But thanks to those remark, I really have very low expectation about the female lead and All throughout the drama it wasnt what I expected. Shes not too great but I didnt find her that annoying. Lol

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    Kanha Aug 5, 2017

    It took me awhile to finish watching this drama but I really enjoyed it!

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    IvaK Aug 1, 2017

    I am watching episode 8, I managed to get this far only because of Park actors ( Park Hae JIn and Park Sung Woong), but it is really difficult not to fast forward when the scene involves the female lead..please tell me it will get better from now on ;P

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    irish Jul 29, 2017

    I enjoyed this very much. I found the performances ranged from good to excellent. I thought Park Jae in was terrific in the lead role. He reminded me of Kim Sun Ah, in that he seemed to handle the comedic and more serious scenes with equal aplomb. He came across to me as a very natural actor.
    Kim Min Jung. it was difficult at times for me to gauge her performance. When she was acting cute, it was hard to figure out if she was over egging the pudding. Of the rest of the cast, the performance I really liked was that by Kim Yeo Jin.
    it gets a 9/10 from me.

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    Betty_Boop Jul 26, 2017

    hahaha love every episode its everything of all we need. i laugh i cried and surprised and love d qction and d drama roo.. muah love it love all of the cast.

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    gellie Jul 20, 2017

    Epic! Epic! I so love this drama. Agent K and Woon Gwang. Aegyo!

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    Laura_Roslin Jul 20, 2017

    Stopped watching after Ep 5. The so called romance of the two leads just wasn't plausible, and there certainly was no chemistry. Another commentor said Kim Min Jung's character and appearance (as written in this drama) was suitable for just comedy but not romance.
    The rest of the drama was entertaining. I may go back and fast forward through Ep 6 and see if it gets better. I love Park Jae Hin and watched mainly because of him.

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    Angel Jul 19, 2017

    Rewatching this drama again because I need a glimpse of my sunshine. :)

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    TeleriFerchNyfain Jul 16, 2017

    Again, none of these anti-posters really give any credible reasons for disliking this very tongue-in-cheek drama other than a continued spiel of 'I hated the lead actress (or her part)'. Listen, those of you who like dramas mocking certain genres, this is one for you. It really dissects the whole spy genre, while also doing a great send-up of leading man syndrome. It's not a complete spoof, it has a plot & logical progression, but it really is a very fun drama. The whole love story is also spoofing cliches in a restrained manner. It had me thinking of Greatest Love (Dokko Jin) & King of Dramas (Siwon's role), but it reminds me most of both The Producers and Heard It Thru the Grapevine, and for those who hated THOSE dramas, just don't even bother with this one.

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    joyje Jul 14, 2017

    Watched this drama because of Park Hae Jin otherwise I wouldn't finished this drama. Was surprised to see Song Joong Ki for a short while in episode 9. Didn't like Kim Min Jung, didn't know was it her acting that was poor or was the character she portrayed like that. I took quite sometime to finish this short drama.


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    South Korea
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    Apr 21, 2017 to Jun 10, 2017
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    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


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    7.8 (scored by 2,345 users)
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