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
15 people found this review helpful
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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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    jess 3 days ago

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

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    minam 6 days ago - 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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    Banada6 9 days ago

    I miss choi yoo jin I miss leaving comments here :(

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    thedon 9 days ago - edited

    I hated the opera themed fighting sequences.

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    tattylovestofly 15 days ago - edited
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      Renhye 9 days ago
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    Mic 17 days ago

    Love Yoona but her character was pretty useless. Song Yoon Ah was a pleasent surprise, her character was batshit crazy but the actress was so good that it made me like her.
    The ending was fair, I liked it. 8/10 overall

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    Alenowsh 21 days ago

    start it for Chang Wook but I end it for Song Yoon Ah!!
    she got my whole attention in all these 12 EPS.
    her acting was amazing, slaying with her evil character, I like her <33

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    miretee 26 days ago - edited
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    Betty_Boop 27 days ago - edited

    One thing i can only say is.. I am so impress w Song Yoon Ah acting.. she carry everything from beggining till her last scene.. the rest...? the last part of epi no need that scene at all.. the least showing to us they together and happy the end.. honestly theres some drama scene ending that need a kissing part but the director just choose to let us use our imagination hat was their gonna do and left us want to know and see it... here not really necessarily need it.. or whatever hahahaha... just opinion..

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    kawaii-chan 29 days ago

    The last episode of this drama had been on my on-hold list for weeks, I had no will to finish this drama. The only thing that inspires me to watch was Song Yoon Ah's acting, hands down! She was brilliant. The beginning was really strong, it kept me interested though it got me bored afterwards. The damsel in distress thingy annoyed me big time. The romance was a 'mehhh' for me, sorry not sorry. Just not my cup of tea. The action part was good. I had high hopes in this drama though I struggled to finish it I'm like TT. Song Yoon Ah you're the best part of this drama!

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    fatima_july Dec 19, 2016

    i didn't like it at all, the story was so weak and the romance was very dull

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    Juls Dec 19, 2016 - edited

    This melodramatic twist on Snow White has it all: a convoluted plot, irrational characters and obligatory damsel in distress. The capable woman is obligatorily evil (she tries to pass off as tragic but nah, kinda fails there), the non-conventional woman (part of the 3+ dwarfs who try to guard the damsel in distress) is greedy, vulgar, borderline incompetent and a comedic side kick, the damsel is pretty and is up to her ears in distress, the hunter who suppose to have conflicted loyalties kinda falls flat in that department (but excels at butt kicking and generally at looking cool). However it is prettily shot, has some occasional sparks of brilliance and can be entertaining in parts.

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    _Ahsen_ Dec 18, 2016

    Really good action scenes really good drama but please dont shake camera more please

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    eoniii Dec 18, 2016

    It's too heavy.
    I really like all the cast, their acting is superb. It's just that the story is too heavy.
    Nevertheless, it's good. Their acting lifted the drama up.
    The fact that this could be Chang Wookie's last action.. :( SAD.

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    Dia Dec 16, 2016

    The romance was really poor. But that ending save the drama. Even though I wanted everyone to make up and live happily ever after....

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.

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  • Score:

    8.3 (scored by 4,448 users)
  • Ranked:

    #453
  • Popularity:

    #35

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