IRIS (2009)

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Kim Hyun Joon and Jin Sa Woo are best friends who were brought into a top secret organization known as NSS by analyst Choi Seung Hee and Park Sang Hyun. Hyun Joon and Sa Woo both fall in love with Seung Hee when she first profiles them. Their lives are changed forever when Hyun Joon is given a solo mission in Hungary. Hyun Joon later tries to find out who set him read moreup and to figure out what IRIS is and wants.

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Sep 23, 2012
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
1) The reason I watched this:

Simply because this is an action drama, I just love watching action dramas and IRIS seemed to be the right choice at the time.

2) Storyline/Plot:

The general storyline was written in a good way, there were a lot of interesting cliffhangers all over the drama, action-suspense packed with romance thrown every once in awhile.

Postive Points:

*Being an action drama that's full of suspense isn't read more something new yet to see this type of drama in the Korean industry is rare that's why it would feel appealing.

*Main Genres:

--->Action: Considering the fact that this is an action drama, it contained many fighting scenes which were attracting to watch. The action element was set in a way that would make the viewers anxious about the next fighting development. Well, martial arts scenes were practically absent, only guns and free wrestling yet it felt right for this kind of drama plus fighting all over the drama was cool to follow.

--->Suspense: The suspense element wasn't very interesting like the action element yet that doesn't deny the fact that it had an important effect through the drama and the story's development. It's true that it wasn't present ever since the beginning but the fact that it got extended every episode was a smart move to make the audience wonder about what will happen next.

--->Romance: I wouldn't say it's fully a positive point but it was the right amount for an intense drama because in action-suspense dramas, too much romance would ruin the whole plot. Here, romance participated in the story's development by making it more captivating.

Negative Points:

*The negative points that I can think of are related to the suspense element; it's true that I previously mentioned it in the positive points column and it's true that suspense made this drama more interesting yet when there is suspgense and mystery there should be "truth revealing" at/near the end but that wasn't the case here. Yes, we get to know many things but it was left open in an annoying way.

Story: 9/10.

3) Acting/Cast:

*Lee Byung Hun:

I am not very familiar with him as an actor so I wondered if he could pull off an intense role, I also kept questioning his ability in delivering emotions through his acting and the answer was: Good action actor, I liked his skills whether in action or in the dramatical scenes (even though there weren't many).
Kim Hyun Jun was an ordinary action lead male character, I can't think of something special about his character since I've seen it many times before yet it wasn't boring nor usual to watch. I enjoyed his scenes especially his action scenes because he had some respectable action moves.

*Kim Tae Hee:

I like this actress but I believe that her previous roles weren't that interesting therefore I was happy to find her in an action drama with a an intense role. I wanted to confirm her skills and I am satisfied; her perfomance was good enough to make me like her even more.
Choi Seung Hee was an acceptable character, it's true that her action scenes weren't that special and I wanted her to be more strong yet it was good enough to keep the entertainment.

*Other Cast:
As for other main roles, I believe that they were satisfying as actors and characters. Supporting roles were good, I have no complains about them. I specially liked the second lead female as an actress and as a character.


--->Friendship: I liked the realationship between Hyun Jun and Sa Won all the way through the drama whether it was bromance or conflicts. The friendship between Hyun Jun and Kim Sun Hwa was good too, it's one of the fewest times that I liked the relationship between the lead male and the second lead female.

--->Romance: There was great chemistry between the main roles, the romantic scenes between Hyun Jun and Seung Hee were always good to watch.

--->The Triangle: It was different and much better from other usual boring Korean triangles.

Cast: 8.5/10
Acting: 9/10.

4) The ending:

Don't expect too much from the ending, it's one of the storyline's flaws since it doesn't answer the suspense questions yet it's expected for this intense drama. The ending will leave with lots of questions, it could be considered as an open ending or maybe they're preparing questions for a second season or a film, in that case I wouldn't consider it as an ending.

The ending's rating 7/10.

5) My impression (How did it affect me):

*Usually, an action drama is always interesting for me but this drama had great bonuses: Romance and suspense, which means that I fully enjoyed it from the beginning till the end.
*There's no chance that you will get bored while watching this drama. You can consider it as a thrilling ride that will take you through amazing events and awesome action scenes.

*Is this drama memorable: Yes it is, the fact that it is one of the fewest Korean action dramas, I think it worth a spot in my "unforgettable dramas list" and I am still hoping for a second season, I think it would be good.

My impression: 9/10

6) Overall:

*If you like action-suspense dramas then you need to watch this.
*If you like action dramas with romance thrown in it then IRIS will fit your taste.

*IRIS is a drama that you need to watch when you're looking for a respectable action story with lots of mystery and suspense and let's not forget that it has great main roles.

Overall: 9/10.
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Oct 20, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
I discovered Iris thanks to a very beautiful kiss scene shared on youtube, and I came to watch it thanks to that, but also because I love Kim Tae Hee.

Today? Iris is in my top dramas, with a 10 as note.
Why? because for me it was absolutely amazing.
*Acting: FLAWLESS and impressive
*Music: Great
*Story: Great, with a lot of suspense, cuteness, humour, real emotions
*Couple: incredible chemistry
*Kisses: OH read more MY GOD! (my favourite kiss EVER is in this drama (Ep 3), equally placed with the tiptoe kiss of Queen In Hyun's Man)

I laughed, cried, smiled with the characters. It was hard not to watch the next episode just after finishing one as it was very intense.

and you know what? when I rewatched Iris, I had the exact same feelings and reactions! isn't that amazing? ^^

in short: REALLY love it!
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Very similar feel, Both male leads used to be in the military and they also both get betrayed by their best friend.
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Both have lots of action. All In is a Korean mafia Godfather drama starring Lee Byung Hun and Song Hye Kyo. It's excellent but most people don't know about it since it was produced in 2003.
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    dramaconnoisseur Jan 28, 2016 - edited

    Been on my list for some times but I always forget to watch this.

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    aegyo1998evol Jan 16, 2016 - edited

    if it wasn't for the ending i would be feeling fine by now, I am just so :'} :') and i just cant believe that happened at the end #ineedtodiscusswithsomeone #talktome hahahah

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      AnicsiRoscoe 6 days ago - edited

      Can you spoil it for me? Does one of the two main characters die? Kim Hyun Jun or Choi Seung Hee?

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      aegyo1998evol 6 days ago
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    irish Nov 21, 2015
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    SHIRLEY MOLINA Oct 15, 2015

    I just want to know did they have a casting call for tall good looking Korean men because there are lots in this drama and that makes a great drama even better, just sayin!

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    AntoineNguyen Jul 14, 2015

    It was excellent but I'm disappointed by the ending

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    choi Feb 17, 2015 - edited

    I would like to continue watching this but for me, it is just not something that interesting. There is still something that demands me to just sit and watch this during the days but I still haven't done it. Even tho my ub is in this drama, I mean T.O.P :D

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    Youlie Nov 11, 2014 - edited
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      kreps Oct 24, 2015 - edited
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    Sara Oct 18, 2014 - edited

    Guys do I have to watch this before watching the IRIS 2?

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      DiaNine Oct 21, 2014

      The plot is connected, even though most of the characters are different, there's a lot you won't understand without watching this first.
      This one is also said to be better by most people, so there's no reason why you should skip it.

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      Sara Oct 29, 2014

      oh I'll definitly watch it then, thanks! :3

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      DiaNine Oct 29, 2014

      Good choice! Hope you like it!

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    Herbalis Sep 17, 2014 - edited

    This was a really good action-filled drama. Although, I preferred the 2nd lead female;
    I have to admit that the chemistry between the main couple was intense. Kudos to the actors.

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    AmyLovesDramas Jul 6, 2014

    I actually liked the second female lead better than the first xD Sun Hwa <3

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    barney May 2, 2014 - edited

    i am so emotional right now after finishing this ashdjshfsgs great drama! everything is perfect ; ;

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    maboksan May 1, 2014
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    Mary28 Apr 30, 2014 - edited

    do I have to watch season 1 to watch season 2. It seems like they have different characters.

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      pinoy4ever Dec 6, 2014
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      leila Sep 30, 2015

      What do u mean by season 2 ? Athena or iris2?

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      pinoy4ever Dec 10, 2015

      IRIS 2, athena is just a spin-off

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    antonio96 Mar 29, 2014
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    South Korea
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    Oct 14, 2009 to Dec 17, 2009
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 2 min.


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    8.2 (scored by 5,204 users)
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