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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Feb 4, 2017
  • 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 perfectly 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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    Alessandro 5 days ago

    I'm seeing lots of people saying that this drama is boring and something like this. Well, I respect other's people opinion, but the thing is: this drama is very different... I mean... the concept of this drama is different. It's very focused on business, big companies, ceos, money that never ends... So, if you don't like these kind of things you would probably think that this drama is freaking boring. But if you like these things I've mentioned, then you will certainly enjoy this drama. Also, the female characters are very strong. They are different from the kind of roles that we have in usual dramas... like... When the two main female characters are talking, they barely talk about men or a specific man or something like that... They talk about plans, about themselves, about other stuff... So, for me, it's a very good drama, but only if you're looking for a drama different than usual.

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    LEE AN TO 28 days ago

    when i finished watch this movie, i feel so sad, why this movie end like this.. at the beginning and at the middle it was very excited, i love korean business drama, but the end should be not like this..... mmm... lee yo won acting very good, and so does the other actor or actress. i hope after this , there will be more excited korean business drama.....

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    south12 Apr 24, 2017 - edited
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    Leighton Apr 23, 2017

    From the political drama perspective, I appreciated this drama. The strategies employed by Seo Yi Kyung were well thought out. She was always two steps ahead, and flexible to account for variables. Yes, some situations were over the top, but this is a drama. The discipline of the actors to stay in their roles was admirable. One of my favorites.

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    Syranus Apr 8, 2017 - edited

    I'm editing my comment completely. After episode 7, I lost interest. Sorry, Lee Yo Won. I still love you, though. Dropped.

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    patie Mar 26, 2017

    loooooooooooooooooving it s2 it's so different from what we have here in dramaland!

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    Andro Mar 9, 2017

    Boring, I dropped it

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    jxsilicon9 Mar 1, 2017

    I can't get pass the first episode. So boring.,

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    TeleriFerchNyfain Feb 19, 2017 - edited

    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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      kasaharadojo Mar 18, 2017

      Ah, this comment is like describing the reasons why i have practically stopped watching US series and turn to asian dramas. I'm going to give this drama a chance hoping it doesn't turn into a west series wannabe.

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      rationalbeings Mar 30, 2017

      "I'm sorry, having positive human relations in a drama...is a PLUS, not a negative".- So much truth and the reason I ended up turning away from "realistic" american content. I prefer a world where people learn the value of human relations rather than spend eternity chasing money and power.

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    dearD4NI Feb 16, 2017 - edited

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

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      Bunnii Feb 18, 2017

      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 Feb 18, 2017

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

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    Misunderst0_od Feb 14, 2017 - edited

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

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      Lifunia Mar 2, 2017

      Yeah I was wondering that too! Since I thought of starting to watch the drama I had to read a little more about it before watching it. And then I discovered that it's actually 20 episodes, not 10 :O

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    SaeedKhan Feb 7, 2017

    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 Feb 6, 2017

    Was it 20 eps from the beginning?

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    Maisweetlove Jan 25, 2017 - 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 Jan 26, 2017

      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 Jan 26, 2017

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

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      sofi1993 Jan 27, 2017 - 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 Feb 5, 2017 - 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 Feb 8, 2017

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

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 259 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1994
  • Popularity:

    #878

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