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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Jan 8, 2012
  • Overall 10
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Definitely one of the best dramas that I have seen. I was a bit disappointed with ATHENA since I watched that first, but after watching IRIS, I can understand why they wanted a spinoff. The storyline is superb, with little to no dragging parts that can be seen in a lot of Korean dramas lately. Although some of the outcome can be predictable, much of the early storyline development will keep you read more on the edge of your seat, and after every episode, I wanted more(I actually didn't sleep for 2 nights because I couldn't end at some parts, hah). The cast is overall amazing, each playing their roles spectacularly. I also felt that the music fit into the drama very well, making me cry whenever there was a sad scene and keeping my eyes wide awake during the intense shootouts. I rated the rewatch at 8 just because I'm not a fan of rewatching dramas but this would be something I could watch again on a rainy day.
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May 5, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
My first Action drama ever (huge romcom fan), I took a chance due to my new found obsession with Jang Hyuk...

Story: Fast paced and unpredictable, revenged themed, with an angsty love-line thrown in. The ending is WTF!

Acting/Cast: This my first Lee Byung Hun led drama. Well what an introduction it was! Not only is he good looking but he is an amazing actor that was made for this role. He read more had such an amazing chemistry with Kim Tae Hee. Although I really like her, I think Kim So Yeon kind of stole the show. All of the rest of the lead and supporting actors were perfect. They really casted this one well! Just be prepared to see some characters come and go...

Music: Actually a really good mix that fit when the mood changed (romantic to action scenes).

Rewatch: I loved the entire cast and the plot was exciting so I definitely will watch this one again but not for a bit case the ending left a bitter taste.

Final Thoughts: I dare anyone who hasnt seen this to give it a try if they want an exciting 20 hour ride!
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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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they are kind the same:)
1. both main role want to revenge their too family
2. the bad guy and the good one are in love with the same girl and are x best friends
3.the same actio-romans kind
and much more
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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

    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
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    Sara Oct 18, 2014

    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

    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

    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

    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 4 days ago

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

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    antonio96 Mar 29, 2014
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    Cinnamaroll Mar 24, 2014

    I tried to watch this season before starting the 2nd one, but I just can't. The characters don't hold my interest at all. I think I've watched far enough to understand the gist of things. I write this since I know there's a bunch of people that want to just watch the 2nd season. I say 2 episodes of this season and you'll be fine.

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    De1vSkm2 Feb 23, 2014

    From the first second, I was captivated by IRIS. This drama was so amazing, I'm so glad I watched it!

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    T4nz Oct 27, 2013

    Perfection! That's all i could say! This drama has everything! :)

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    amiibeebs Oct 18, 2013

    I've never even thought of watching a drama over and over again till I saw this one


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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 4,806 users)
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