A high school student, Kang Yu, doesn't fit in at school or at home and spends endless nights rebelling against society in the streets, picks up boxing and begins to learn his worth, picking up love and friendship along the way.
personally ive always had a thing for anything with fighting in it martial arts, kung fu, karate anything really. Because with fighting comes good friendship.. always. Well that's the pattern ive noticed. Holy Land is like that. The fighting scenes are not the greatest but the storyline is pure. None of this girls pretending to be boys with mixed up love triangles. Just a guy finding out what he is capable of. read moreYou also take a lot away from the drama importance of friendship, easily losing sight of who you are and learning from mistakes its a bomb drama. I prefer stuff like this, its like one of those dramas where you can nod your head and be like "yeah ive seen something like that before" or "I know someone like that" clean drama awesome cast and as always theres always that one funny character that breaks the tension :D loved the drama :D
I didn't see the manga or the Japanese version. I just found it by luck. And, let's be honest, most of us, including me, watched this drama because Dongho and Hoon are acting in it. However, i wasn't disappointing at all. BTW*, i know that some watched it for poster or because they've seen the Manga...so that is why i wrote MOST...not ALL...shall we get to the main point now?
Story (8/10): read moreThe story is not new. Kang Yu (played by Dongho) learnt a rare technique in boxing and started to defend himself on the streets. The feeling of heartbeat in his chest has made him feel alive again, so he decided to remain on the streets and fight. The whole drama seems very slow, and i think it is done on purpose, to get you in the thinking mood of the hero. He thinks a lot about everything, and that made me understand him even more. There wasn't much told about the hero's, or any of the characters', background because they wanted u to be wondering about the hero. To try to figure out his psychological mind. To actually think about the drama and figure out why all of this is done like this or that...
Acting (7/10): The cast were all great. They've done their job skillfully. They didn't exaggerate or underestimate their roles. Dongho couldn't be like the Korean Kristen Steward because the American Kristen Steward didn't play a boxer in the korean streets. BTW, I don't think that the American Kristen Steward can actually pull of a scared/ serious face like Dongho.
Music (9/10): As the fighting scenes are really exciting and pulling, u might not be able to listen to the background soundtrack, but the Music is awesomly enjoable and fits greatly in the drama..
Rewatch value (8/10)
Overall, i recommended for thinking people, who are willing to actually think about the drama and don't just watch for entertainment. If u r not willing to think- and am not saying it's a bad thing and am not against it or anything, am just saving your time- please drop this drama
If you're actually interested in a manga adaptation (amazing manga btw), then you're probably going to dislike this version and I highly rec watching the Jver. Technically they're both about the same length since thats 20min per ep and this is 60 and yet it still manages to do everything better. Main lead actor Shin Dong Ho did not suit the role at all and imo he can't act, it's always the same monotone expressions, even when he's supposed to be this complex char. So to sum it up, bad adaptation and terrible acting not to mention boring. My only regret is not watching this version first so I could get rid of the bad aftertaste.
When I first sas Dongho on the poster i immediately wanted to see it. The poster looked so cool.
Even tho the Drama was kinda boring, like he was on the streets all night, I still liked it a lot. It made want to be strong and confident. This drama is only 4 episodes, but it teaches you that ANYONE can do ANYTHING.