The Duo

The Duo (2011)

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The drama tells the story of two men who were switched at birth. A twist of fate results in Chun Doong, who is of noble birth, living his life as a slave and later becoming a heroic outlaw, while Gwi Dong was born as a beggar but lives Chun Dong's life as a nobleman, growing up to become a police chief. They become Jjakpae (Duo / Partner) and both fall in love read morewith the same girl, Dong Nyeo.

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    Jjak Pae ; Mate

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Sep 13, 2012
  • Overall 5.5
  • Story 3.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.0
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
I have nothing against sageuk dramas, whether it's classic or fusion sageuk, there are some which are really great for me, and there are some which just so so for my taste, but this one is really poooorly done. Let alone the cheesy premise, the plot and story development were really awful. There are many dramas with cheesy premise but still manage to charm you, but this is not one of them. read more It started out pretty decent, until they hit the 15th episode or so.. Too many side stories and those side stories got more screentime than the main story. Unimportant supporting characters also got more screentime than most of the main characters. It's like the writer himself realize, the main story is not that interesting, so let's just cover it up by playing more with the side story. *facepalm*

Cheesy premise + weak story/character development + too many unimportant scenes + too many plot holes + average actings = disaster! The only likeable thing from this drama is the character Kwi-dong, and he is the only reason I finished this. I regret wasting my 30+ hours to watch this..

ps: If you expect romance from this drama, you won't get much from here. (I don't even consider Han Ji Hye as one of the lead actor, considering how little importance her role to the story). This drama is more about the friendship/bromance between the main lead (this is what I like from this drama). The worst thing is, if you expect an epic sageuk, this is not for you.. OTL

Objective value: 5.5
Subjective value: 3
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Oct 19, 2015
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 7.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 2.5
There isn't really a whole lot to this story but it still somehow managed to keep my attention and I marathoned it pretty quickly. (If you're looking for romance, then pass this one by, it's hardly noticeable except for the very few scenes they talk). I liked the bromance between Chun Doong and Gwi Dong, loved how it started as kids and how it ended. There were a few scenes towards the read more end where I was unsure of Gwi Dongs true intentions. The story ran smoothly, but I think it ended too abruptly, not enough closure for me. The title "the duo" just means they were 'partners' in life as best brotherly friends <not really any other meaning... They both have different careers.

My favorite character was Chun Doong (Chun Jung Myung) his character was filled with so much warmth and compassion - I couldn't not fall for him <3 I have since labeled him *mr. warm eyes* ^_^ I started the drama however for Lee Sang Yoon as Gwi Dong, but his character didn't impress me too much, so he was just brushed off as a good friend/partner of Chun Doong's. Even as a fan of Han Ji Hye, I couldn't like her character in this drama at all as Dong Nyeo - she was so prideful, arrogant and snobby. Looking down on the people below her in status - completely different than her childhood character. Dal Yi (Seo Hyun Jin) was a strong girl with a heart of gold, who also had strong beliefs in trying to right the ways of the world. I loved her as a child and as an adult. I skipped most of the scenes involving the many side characters as they were uninteresting to me. I hated the 'wet nurse' *Gwi Dong's real mother* <her actions to me were unforgivable - she could have been more redeemable if she had looked after Chun Doong with love - but instead she completely ignored his existence and treated him like Frankenstein during their brief meetings. and the man that followed her around all his life was very pathetic in my eyes.

My ships: *when they were kids* Gwi Dong and Dal Yi, Chun Doong and Dong Nyeo - *as adults* Gwi Dong and Dong Nyeo (although I must say I never cared for this couple's romance at all) and Chun Doong with Dal Yi <3

I think there are quite a lot of plot holes, but for me it was easy enough to overlook...

Music: I only paid attention to the ending song, it was a pansori song that I believe is sung by pansori singer Song So Hee - but I have been unable to find it :'( (if anyone does find it, please link me).

I won't re-watch this one, in my opinion, it's good for a 1-time watch but not for a re-watch.
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    DreamingKoreanBallad Oct 17, 2015

    Chun Doong <3 I've fallen for you ^_^

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    there is a song that I am 100% positive that Song Sohee sings and it's played a lot during the episodes 3-5 and more - I can't find it!!! - It has traditional instruments being played and Pansori is being sung - I LIKE this song - if anyone knows where I can find it - please let me know!

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      DreamingKoreanBallad Jan 28, 2016

      As I was listening to it, I was thinking, this was just an instrumental with a sad cry - but then towards the end of the song was Song Sohee's voice lol - So it's the right song - now I just need to learn how to cut songs, so I only have the part I like :P

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      Ranchik Jan 28, 2016
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    Dounie Mar 14, 2014

    Totally agree with Ranchi's review . I watched this 3 years ago and got bored all along the drama ;(

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    AriaMania Nov 19, 2012

    Did anyone noticed that the two main actor have their bdays with one day difference... fate indeed! :)

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    Ioana Jun 1, 2012

    I watched 12 episodes. The first few episodes where the main characters were in their teens were much, much better than what followed as they grew up. I didn't enjoy this drama. The acting isn't bad, the scenery and costumes are beautiful, but it lacks that certain something to draw you in. I didn't feel any connection to what I was watching onscreen. I love sageuks, but this one is lacking. In conclusion: I had to drop it.

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    Jade Sep 25, 2011

    Has anyone seen this? C: If so, please review~!


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    South Korea
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    Feb 7, 2011 to May 24, 2011
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 4 min.


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    7.0 (scored by 223 users)
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