The K2

The K2 (2016)

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Kim Je Ha is a former soldier for hire. He is also called K2. He is hired as a bodyguard by Choi Yoo Jin. Yoo Jin is the wife of a presidential candidate and the daughter of a chaebol family. Meanwhile, Ko An Na is the secret daughter of the presidential hopeful. She is also a recluse.

  • Native title:

    더 케이투
  • Also Known as:

    K2; Kaytoo; Deo Keitu

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Charming92
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Nov 13, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 4.5
Note to self, whenever a drama gets you super excited with its first couple of episodes, rest assured you will be dissapointed! Bittersweet taste, this drama; mostly because of my expectations, nothing else. It started with the most amazing potential, but it never lived up to it. It was not a bad drama, it's just that... it could have been so much more...

Story
The K2 is ambitious, it wants to be read more intriguing and captivating but too much pressure has underwhelming results. The drama is a weird combo of action, political drama and romance that doesn't really work. There are 4 main characters, all of them perfectly demonstrated and completely 3-D, each of them has a story of revenge or ambition about the future and all their stories get entangled to set the plot. The characterization is the best part of the drama.

The base story is there and it's quite well-thought-out once you get to grasp it (takes a few episodes - or more than a few), however the K2 was one of those dramas that even though you enjoy it, only drawbacks come to mind when you think of it, sadly.

The drama felt 50% superman, 30% boring political talk and no act and 20% forced romance.

Most surprising thing about this drama is that the biggest and most critical asset of it, the action scenes, ended up working against the whole thing. Ji Chang Wook was immaculate in them, it's not his fault that after 2-3 episodes my initial enthusiasm turned into yawning. It was certainly not his fault. The directing and editing is to blame here. They overplayed the scenes so much, they quickly lose their spark and interest; unnecessary slow-motion, gratuitous weird angles and more made them look overly cheesy. What's more, it quickly felt that the drama pays too much attention in CJW doing his thing than to the plot itself which made the drama feel increasingly superficial and shallow.

Furthermore, what is the korean obsession with making their male leads look like superman? As the episodes continue CJW's character felt more and more unreal. Humans have their limits, that's their charm. Striping them of that feature makes them look fake. I didn't sign up for a hero film, sorry.

Another really awkward thing is that each episode is packed with action, or scheming, plotting, romance, so many things going on, but when i stopped to think what had actually happened after the end of every episode, how the episode contributed to the overall story, i came up always with nothing. In retrospect, nothing actually had happened. Amazing isn't it? The story is there but there is no real development until the end. Dissapointing, what a letdown.

Continuing, the drama is defined by its political aspect. I'm not into political dramas, so once this part kicked in i was inevitably bored. However, I'm usually very much into scheming evil characters and backstabbing and this drama has plenty of it, but the build up to all this was lenghty and quite tiresome to watch.

Additionally, i'd like to talk about the dissapointing romance. CJW is paired with Yoona here, and while they do look good together, their romance felt thorougly forced and wasn't given adequate time to grow and develop. On the contrary CJW and Choi Yoo Na's chemistry was effortless and off the charts. I think i can safely speak on behalf of almost every viewer when i express my dissapointment in the writer's persistence to shove the former couple down our throats when the latter was there and was spotless since the very first moment.

Drawing my rant to a conclusion i'd want to talk about the misuse of Yoona (Anna) as a character. She was either running, crying screaming or taken hostage throughout the whole thing, while she barely appeared in the first half. She basically made CJW's character look like super mario trying to save his girlfriend, unrealistic and cringy.

At this point i feel inclined to mention and stress the significance of Song Yoon Ah's character who probably makes the drama worth watching on her own. Finding characters that are 3D and not carricature versions of real life people is difficult in kdramas. Here, all the character were well-created but Choi Yoo Jin was the perfect villain or more like the anti-hero. There are several layers of her character that go deep and are visible little by little. She was the perfect villain who everyone grew fond of quickly and she deserved better from start to finish. You'll love her believe me.

Acting
The acting was dazzling.
Yoona who is seemigly the weakest link of the main cast was way better than expected. She suited the character perfectly and was completely satisfying in her every scene even though severely misused.

Ji Chang Wook executed his action scenes spotlessly, and to be honest that was his character's main goal. I have nothing else to add, he was manly and a worthy main lead, but he deserves better as an actor.

Jo Sung Ha was also spectacular in his twisted role, but the real queen of the drama was Song Yoon Ah, hands down. Her character was disturbed, easy to misunderstand, but she made us all care for her and see beyond her evil mask. Loved her completely. Star quality actor.

Recommend/Rewatch
Overall, the drama wasn't bad, it is one of those dramas that blow up in the beginning but never come up with the goods. It was enjoyable for the most part (let's exclude the boring political talk), and entertaining. If you are into hot guys playing superman in fight scenes, like evil characters scheming and double-crossing as well as some kind of romance in the sidetracks, do give this a chance. Having low expectations will surely result in higher pleasure. My 8 is kind of a stretch, consider this a 7.5 + 0.5 for the perfect poetic ending! I will never rewatch this.
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YunYee
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Nov 13, 2016
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 8.5
  • Rewatch Value 7.5
Well.. I really like it when the drama started.. All those action scenes.. the storyline... but as the story goes on, I find it a bit boring and I almost drop this drama.. almost....

Dislike:
- I didn't like how the story was written. Not much progress is seen in the drama. The things that is unanswered remain unanswered till the last episode. Nothing impact had been done to the bad guys read more till the last episode.
- I didn't like their love story, it is like sooo rushing. Suddenly a kiss scene occured. No emotional build up. The ending too! (Maybe is my personal preference XP)

Like:
- I like their acting. Especially Choi Yoo Jin (the second lead). Her acting is really really good. I really wanted to smack her at times and I feel pity at the same time.
- I like the action scenes. They really put SOOOOO much effort in the action scenes. Almost every episode their is an action scenes and all those scenes really seems very cool and real. Appreciate their effort. Maybe because they focus more on these action scenes causing the storyline to be not that fascinate.

In conclusion, to those who like to watch cool cool action dramas, you guys can have a try! :))
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Yoona acting is so good. she have face that you will enjoy watching this drama. she's always show up too because she's the heroine :'D
Recommended by dragon stfu
Strong females are in both. The romance takes a back seat but it's good. The male leads are incredibly protective of the woman they love and would do anything to keep her safe. Male leads are also the best and coolest at his profession. Suspenseful.

Good fighting scenes in K2.
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    nikhat 4 days ago

    @Kishwah Khan

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    suga_eomma 5 days ago

    Finished episode 10 and decided to drop it. I can't stand the melodrama and romance in this drama. And for me it's not because the romance is rushed like people say, it's because it's really boring. I don't care for the characters anymore or for anything that's been going on. There's a real lack of emotion in this drama.

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    Arwa 7 days ago

    I actually wanted him to end up with the stepmom.... Thy really had a better chemistry rather than the sad chemistry he had with the daughter

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    haejins 16 days ago

    Choi Yoo Jin is my favorite k-drama villain. If there's a big reason to watch this, it's for her scenes.

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    Always be sones 25 days ago

    I love this drama Good combination between senior actor and junior actor !!!! :)
    Thek2 best drama ... :)
    Yah ... Yah ... Still all around the world bash yoona .. INTERNATIONAL Netizen stil dont Respect Yoona .. But so much different Korean Netizen ( Knetz ) respect and give good respon :) Try Watch new Yoona drama and u guys ... She so much different and strong :) #Fu...

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    real_Mokona Jul 11, 2017 - edited

    I liked the evil queen and huntsman relationship in this drama - that was worth watching it. But the female lead character was just annoying.

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      Devangani 5 days ago

      yh i agree their relationship really made me love it normally i'm into shows for the main lads but they were just too good

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    Nikki Jul 8, 2017

    I'm so surprised with all the people not liking this drama or should I say loving it as much as I do. I started and finished this drama in 2 days because I was so obsessed with it. I finished it around a week ago but I still can't stop thinking about it. I've started and finished other dramas in the meantime but nothing seems as interesting as this.

    I don't know what's not to like about this drama. The story was amazing, i don't see how people can think it lacks in any aspect other than the romance being to shallow. I don't see any problem with the story other than the romance being weakly written.

    Characterwise, hands done Song Yoon-Ah's character was my favourite, I've never felt so attached to a villian in a series ever. Ji Changwook's K2 was great as well, he makes the perfect bad boy but Yoona, although I LOVED HER ACTING, her crying scenes broke my heart, the character could use a little more depth, but still that's to be expected since she's the second female lead and therefor all the depth was given to Choi Yoojin.

    I'm honestly so shocked at what people have to say about this drama because I genuinely love it sooo much. I still watch the scenes over and over again, especially the scene when mirror shows Jeha what happened when Anna came to see him. Yoona's acting during that scene never fails to make me cry.

    I seriously recommend this drama to anyone who needs a thrilling storyline with characters that are indepth that you feel so connected to them. Even the music was beautiful.

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    JustynaP Jul 8, 2017 - edited

    I didn't like Anna and was not a fan of romance part but political plot was interesting and entertaining in general. I'm glad that from the beginning I assumed that drama as thriller, action one so I wasn't disappointed. What was amazing: Song Yoon Ah and soundrack - that intense, mystery, creepy music - great, I'll often listen

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    icyprinc3 Jul 2, 2017 - edited
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    Kelly Jul 1, 2017

    I haven't finished this yet, I hope I push myself to, but right now it's focusing too much on the romance.

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    Kharra Jun 21, 2017 - edited
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      Meljus3 Jun 22, 2017

      Totally true. His character wasnt developed properly here. Like midway thru the drama, i can no longer understand why he still needed revenge because he definitely didnt seem like an angry and wounded character anymore. He behaved more like a dog or a babysitter to an annoyingly gullible and childish girl. I actually hated Je Ha in ep14. This is the only show where I hated the male lead for hurting the villain.

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    Rocco Jun 20, 2017

    Song Yoon Ah carried this show.

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    Jen Jun 15, 2017
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    koreandramamama Jun 14, 2017
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    SambegShrestha Jun 10, 2017 - edited

    Spoiler alert epi 16

    You know what, they could've thrown the bomb down the elevator!!! Stupid shits!

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      moonziyan Jun 11, 2017

      You should have marked that SPOILER before posting.... but damn... I laugh so hard at your comment... hahahahahaha

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      Meljus3 Jun 22, 2017

      Or asked mirror to identify what kind of bomb it is and how to disarm/detonate it. Mirror was supposed to be all knowing, right?

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Sep 23, 2016 to Nov 12, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 6,881 users)
  • Ranked:

    #413
  • Popularity:

    #45

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