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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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...

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.

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.

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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  • 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....

- 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)

- 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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they both play as a bodyguard and the heroine fall in love with her bodyguard.
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In both kdramas the theme is used: Money is power.
Both deal with corruption and murder. Somehow Signal ended for me where the story of The K2 might start.
2 of the best kdramas that got released in 2016
definitely a must watch!
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    KiaWilliams 20 days ago

    This show was good, but it would it have better if they had made this a noona romance! The mom and K2 would've looked so good together. It also would've made the plot seem more original

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    angelicamaullion 21 days ago

    I'm on the middle of episode 12 and I don't think I can finish this anymore. I've decided to continue after 2 weeks, I think. I love JCW and Yoona but this doesn't mean that I have to love this drama. The story progress was so slow. The loveline was just "mehhhh". The background musics were just messed up. IDK. But still, I wanted to know what happened to the characters since I've wasted the 12 hrs and so of my life. Anyone? Thank youuu :)

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    peroroncino 22 days ago

    I think they tried too hard to make the best female villain of all korean dramas, that they forgot that there other parts of the fking dorama that are as much important.

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    cynthia 27 days ago

    i am really curious about jae ha's real name

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    MrBanana Feb 20, 2017

    A disappointment.

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    littleun Feb 19, 2017

    This was such a nice drama but i still want to know je ha's real name

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    rialenleexx Feb 19, 2017

    Wow this is the first drama that I actually like the villain and wants her to succeed ^^

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    Aydinlan Feb 17, 2017 - edited

    1st two episodes are a little bit boring full of crying and sad memories , but the other 14 episodes are awesome !! Loved K2's protective personality , the love story , the comedy...I'm so in love with this drama ❤

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    mesuzuITA Feb 16, 2017 - edited

    Is it good?

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    Ra7mand Feb 14, 2017

    Oh god, this drama is really bad. It feels like a really long music video: You get some pretty pictures with dramatic music and that's about it. There's no development whatsoever, the characters have no consistency, the story is full of plot holes and logical errors and the romance appears out of nowhere. The PPL in this drama is also really bad and annoying, eypecially in ep 14 I think? I felt like I was watching a 2 minute long TV ad.
    The only thing I kind of enjoyed was Choi Yoo Jin, the only character with some depth. She was the real main character in this drama to be honest, even if she's the 'bad girl' here.
    You can watch this drama if you like (like, really really really like) the cast (which did quite a good job), but I wouldn't recommend this drama otherwise. It's not worth it, neither the romance nor the action scenes nor the political stuff.

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    joyje Feb 7, 2017 - edited

    It was an action packed drama, political and romance drama. I find certain parts of the action scenes were not realistic and the ending was also not what I expected especially the last episode there were some unrealistic assumptions. However, I still enjoyed there drama with Ji Chang Wook acting in it. I agreed with other viewers that Song Yoon Ah make a good villainess.

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    Meeno Jan 25, 2017

    nice blending of action, drama and romance..

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    emerald_hill Jan 20, 2017 - edited

    Oh God, help me!!
    Do you know that song from 1st ep somewhere around 21:21? (It's when he's relaxing in an armchair with beer) I know it, I heard it before, but now I can't recall it. It's so frustrating

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      Ola Feb 16, 2017

      It's almost a month now, but...! It's Air on the G String :)

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      emerald_hill Feb 17, 2017

      Thanks, you're life saver!! Why I couldn't recognize it I don't know. Anyway thanks again. ;)

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    jess Jan 15, 2017

    This drama disappointed :( as an avid fan of changwook i felt so :( idk rip was bad

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    minam Jan 13, 2017 - edited

    BEST VILLAIN LADY (right up there with azula and kuvira tbh). i loved k2 and ji changwook is bae but choi yoo jin/song yoon ah was BY FAR the stand out performance and absolute faveeee


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    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Friday, Saturday
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  • Duration:

    60 min.


  • Score:

    8.2 (scored by 5,202 users)
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