Night Light

Night Light (2016)

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Drama depicts the intense and fierce fight among three greedy individuals, in order to become the owner of most splendid light sources for the city that never sleeps: money and power. Seo Yi Kyung is a ruthless and sharp businesswoman, who is willing to do anything for her ambitions. Park Gun Woo is an heir to a big company who got betrayed by his love, Yi Kyung, 12 years ago. Lee Se read moreJin is a hired persona who gets attracted to Yi Kyung's aura and wants to be like her.

  • Native title:

    불야성
  • Also Known as:

    Boolyaseong; Illumination, White Nights

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Charming92
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19 days ago
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.5
  • Rewatch Value 1.0
It’s very difficult to talk about Night Light. A very unique and uncommon drama than what we’re used to in kdramaland, it almost feels completely foreign in a land of romance melodramas and romantic comedies.

Story
Welcome to the ugly side of the business and enterprise world. The drama talks strictly about the ways CEOs and company presidents try to multiply their revenue, manipulating each other, using and abusing their power and read more money in order to achieve their goals.

In its core the drama wants to express how in such power games there are no friends, presidents are ready to form alliances to destroy their opponents and then turn their back on their “friends” to become the winners. It is a constant, never-ending battle for power filled with dirty scheming and despicable plotting. Therefore the drama ends up being quite unfulfilling and frustrating as it makes us feel like it goes nowhere.

Night Light focuses on a female ceo who wants to become the richest woman in Korea destroying her opponents, having no friends, using and throwing away people in order to accomplish her ambitious goal.

The drama does not offer any comic relief, no side stories, no romance at all, no sad backstory, nothing. It is firm and brutal staying in the same strict line of corporations.

Best thing I could mention about the drama was the constant turning of tables, the winner never stays the winner for more than 1-2 episodes while the alliances between the power people changed all the time depending on their interests.

My favourite thing however was easily the amazing underlying chemistry of Lee Yo Won and Uee in their roles. Usually in kdramas the female leads are enemies or frenemies at best. Here on the other hand, the chemistry was off the charts and the relationship was a lot more fluid which made the drama very interesting and kept me going. Moreover, i feel inclined to mention the incredible clothes fashion by the main cast that was a pleasure to watch as well as the spotless background music instrumentals that made most of the drama pretty atmospheric.

At this point i feel inclined to talk about the girl power in the drama. The drama is all about female empowerment. We get a female lead who is vicious and strong beyond imagination. Saying something sophisticated and memorable whenever she opened her mouth, slaying men, scheming and plotting, destroying them in their own game. If this isn't stimulating and exhilarating in a sea of weak female characters in kdramaland, i don't know what is!

The first half of the drama was more interesting for me as there was some background story and the relationship between the main characters was quite intriguing as well as the drama talked about relatable stuff like the importance of money. That being said, the second half of the drama focused almost completely in the subtle battles between the companies and that in combination with the characters being completely difficult to empathize with and the situations being thoroughly unrelatable made the drama very difficult to keep up with and rather boring.

Acting
I read quite some viewers had issues with the acting, but I beg to differ.

I could easily say that acting is the best part of the drama mainly because of Lee Yo Won. Her naturally cold aura fitted perfected with her strong, cold-blooded and ruthless character. I was utterly impressed by her performance from start to finish. Best and most vicious character I’ve seen in a kdrama and best portrayal of such character!

Uee has a lot of haters but I think her acting was equally as good in a very sweet but determined character. She stood well next to Lee Yo Won and in a very weird but beautiful way they complemented each other. It was a blast seeing them on screen together hope they can work together again.

Jin Goo’s character was rather weak and a pushover. I think he didn’t suit the character well at all, it was almost annoying seeing him act but I can’t say his acting was bad per-se, he just wasn’t a good choice I think.

Recommend/Rewatch
The drama is difficult and not for everyone. If you want romance, melodrama, comedy or anything usually found in kdramaland, this is not for you. This is strictly a business drama only for lovers of the backstabbing and the fluidity of such situations which is the beauty of them. I will never rewatch this.
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    TeleriFerchNyfain 4 days ago

    Well, I watched the first episode & the girls were awesome, but if this is gonna be one of those cynical corporate cutthroat dramas where all the characters are poisonous & decent human relationships are sneered at, then whoops! I can find all sorts of American dramas doing that. In fact, I ran screaming away from US TV partly because I'm TIRED of the nastiness. It's not just romance lacking here, I gather. I'm sorry, having positive human relations in a drama, showing that those are more important than running after money & power, is a PLUS, not a negative. If this really is what this drama is like, then a) I understand Netflix picking it up (oh look! a KDrama like ours!) & b) will drop it.

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    dearD4NI 7 days ago - edited

    why is netflix calling this an original if it was mbc?

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      Bunnii 6 days ago

      Sometimes if Netflix gains the streaming rights to a project then it is considered a Netflix Original kinda like how Seven Deadly Sins is listed as an original even though it already previously aired in Japan

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      dearD4NI 6 days ago

      ohhhhh so like a netflix exclusive? that makes sense, thanks!

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    Misunderst0_od 10 days ago

    They added this to Netflix, but only 10 episodes so far, so I'm confused.

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    SaeedKhan 16 days ago

    I love the actors and love UEE but this is a boring drama ... I dropped this drama at 4 episodes and again tried watching but still it seemed boring and the story was .. Meh

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    SaraD 17 days ago

    Was it 20 eps from the beginning?

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    Baqa 20 days ago
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    Maisweetlove 29 days ago - edited

    If you are expecting romance - this is not it.
    If you are expecting fast-paced and exciting storyline - this is not it.
    Leave your expectations aside and watch this only if you are interested in seeing how big fish aka rich people use and abuse money as well as connections in order to manipulate a situation in their favor.

    It's hard to explain what was going on in this drama, and I have to admit that I watched mostly because of the amazing fashion. The power struggle was fun to watch, but the execution of the drama and the pace were definitely off. Nothing groundbreaking happened and I felt as if the story never culminated. It was just one straight line. Things just happened like they do in real life - real life might actually be more dramatic than this story.

    The behavior of the actors felt so stoical. Lee Yo Won struggled to create a very manga-like cold character that says memorable lines whenever she opens her mouth. Uee's character felt empty, void of any qualities that could have made her appealing (I am a fan of Uee, unlike many people, but I couldn't warm up to her character). Jung Hae In's Tak was probably the only one who evoked feelings in me, but those feelings might have been the result of his handsomeness. I feel biased. I cannot comment on that. Jin Goo felt like a pushover. I don't know if I am used to seeing him in more active and charming roles, but till the end, his character made me yawn and skip parts.

    I watched till the end because I was curious, but like the entire drama, the ending felt flat.

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      Maisweetlove 28 days ago

      I am glad my comment helped, but just remember that this is only my opinion. Perhaps other people viewed it differently. ^^

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      Pinoy_Oppa 28 days ago

      Nah...the description itself is not really that interesting so I'll pass this one.

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      sofi1993 28 days ago - edited

      thanks for the review , i was wondering if the relationship between uee and leeyowon in the drama is interesting and worth the watch .

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      anopinion 19 days ago - edited

      You may be better off just watching cuts. Their relationship is officially a mentor-tutee one but in actual fact borders on "romantic" (thanks to deliberate efforts from the production itself to push this notion). The Lee Yo-won x UEE CP is extremely popular among international fans, but that's the only saving grace of the drama. The story itself is just not engaging at all. I'm saying this even though I'm a Lee Yo-won fan and I don't even dislike dramas based on business politics (Empire of Gold is one of my all-time favs).

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      sofi1993 15 days ago

      thanks for the answer, i hoped the sismance would save it but i guess it's not the case , i'll just skip it .

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    bmore Jan 22, 2017 - edited

    So netflix picked this up from MBC because the ratings were "so good" for the first episode or 2? Under 7% is "so good"? What are they going to do now that the ratings can't even crack 5%. I wonder if we will ever see subs for this now. Maybe if dark smurf subs ever decides to finish it?

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      GeaV Jan 23, 2017 - edited

      18/20 episodes are already subbed, why would only the remaining 2 be left unsubbed? It doesn't make much sense...

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      bmore Jan 23, 2017

      the subs are machine generated after ep 3 from what I could last see and based on the complaints on dramanice etc.

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      bmore Jan 24, 2017

      sorry...just checked the most recent episode and it looks like someone picked it up and is subbing it. Thanks for the note so I could find this out and re-add it to my watch list!

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      GeaV Jan 24, 2017

      <3

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    Mikhal Jan 11, 2017

    Why is everyone talking informal in this drama?

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    Mikhal Jan 9, 2017

    How's Lee Yo Won's role here different from her role in Ms.Temper&Nam Jung Ki? Feels just the same.
    I can't believe I'm saying it, but Uee is the only silver lining in this drama.

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    eoniii Jan 1, 2017 - edited

    What with the comments?? :(
    Is it really that bad?

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      Sara Jan 1, 2017

      I wonder about that too I think the bad comments are because this doesn't resolve around romance much

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      3ngin33r Jan 3, 2017

      Its subs issue along with being business focused dark drama and once it gets on Netflix we will see appropriate reviews

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    Lorra-Patricia Dec 20, 2016 - edited

    After seeing Marriage Contract, it's hard for me to remember Uee is only second lead here. I like Lee Yo Won- Queen S., don't get me wrong and she'll probably shred this role fer sure - she's so good, but for some strange reason I keep tracking Uee more. then again I'm only on episode 3 haha :)

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    mejustcassie Dec 15, 2016

    The whistle sound can't get out of my head ×.×

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    elvirad Dec 14, 2016 - edited

    Does anyone knows who is the main female lead & love interest that will ended up with Jin Goo? Is it Lee Yo Won or Uee? Can someone tell me? Just incase I'd jumped into the wrong ship XD

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      emylan Dec 15, 2016

      @mejustcassie; I hope so x3

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      3ngin33r Dec 18, 2016

      Plot twist, YK and SJ end up together

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      mejustcassie Dec 19, 2016

      HAHAHAHA XD XD

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      Tieu Yeu Nu Dec 29, 2016
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      Sara Dec 30, 2016

      it's 20ep not 16

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    aline Dec 12, 2016

    'weak and useless female lead' well, we are definetely not watching the same drama. i don't see how you can call either yi kyung or se jin 'weak and useless'.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Nov 21, 2016 to Jan 24, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    MBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    6.9 (scored by 177 users)
  • Ranked:

    #3876
  • Popularity:

    #948

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