Cruel City

Cruel City (2013)

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Shi Hyun grew up in an orphanage, before running away from there. He then made a living by working as a drug courier and picked up the nickname "Doctor's Son." He's now the boss of a mid-size gang. His drug supplier is a man known as Scale. Shi Hyun has plans take over his position.
Meanwhile, Hyeong Min becomes the section chief of a special investigation unit. Their goal is to take read moredown Scale, who killed an undercover officer. Hyeong Min's girlfriend Kyung Mi is also a detective. She also grew up in an orphanage with Soo Min. They grew up like real sisters and Soo Min is now studying to enter the police academy.
While trying to catch Scale, Hyeong Min learns about a guy called "Doctor's Son." Now, Hyeong Min and his team go after Shi Hyun.

  • Native title:

    무정도시
  • Also Known as:

    Moojungdoshi; Eundeukobo; Undercover; Heartless City;

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mysecretsoul
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Jul 31, 2013
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 9.0
Every actor hopes his first project after mandatory service will be a hit. Jung Kyung Ho luckily can set his hopes to rest; they've been realized. Cruel City will likely stand as the best drama of 2013. Even if better appears in the coming months, nothing can take away its status as top-notch noir.

Writing for this series remained consistent and strong throughout, even maintaining good pace. Characters rarely failed to behave read more in an intelligent manner. The much-lauded, flooring twists are just as crazy as you've heard (and better yet, even supported by prior evidence in the story). What is most impressive to me though, is that the script remains faithful to itself and the spirit of the genre. We are shown a seedy, pessimistic world which is…well, cruel. Potential viewer expectation aside, this kind of darkness is what we were promised from the first and delivered at the last.

Nearly every lead was dynamic, from Shi Hyun and Hyung Min to Jin Sook and Safari. Even the hardcore villains had strokes of complexity which made most more than mustache-twirling monsters. These grounding factors may not cease our hatred of them, but at least add some level of understanding. Yoon Soo Min likely is the weakest link of the main cast, her arc included; she needed a bit more weight to contend on equal footing with the other plot lines. The completion of her journey manages to be satisfying nonetheless.

Jung Kyung Ho shines brilliantly as both star and main draw of Cruel City. Decadent charisma pours from him in droves, lending his Doctor’s Son an impossibly fierce magnetism. The most compelling action sequences belonged to Kyung Ho also; I quickly fell in love with his sharp knife skills and cat-like elegance. It's important to note he filmed the final episodes with a nasty back injury; his epic performance is not only a product of talent, but dedication and hard work. This drama was also very kind to Lee Jae Yoon, whose slowly developing Hyung Min I gradually gained affection for. He portrays the team leader as smart, sympathetic, and steady -- with a shot of menace to prevent him being a boring goody-two-shoes. Honorable mentions go to Kim Yoo Mi and Yoon Hyun Min; their respective characters Jin Sook and Hyun Soo are over the top cool and attractive. To say I became deeply invested in the fate of both of them is an understatement.

“Love is dead,” according to one of Cruel City’s most recognizable themes: Kim Young Jin’s “Wound.” My love for the music will never die, though. It is stirring and atmospheric, always well-utilized in show. Even instrumental tracks are memorable, though the rare vocal was always delicious. Many fans here at MDL went crazy trying to find out their artists and song titles before the soundtrack was released.
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joiy
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Jan 15, 2014
  • Overall 10
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 10
I'm almost speechless when it comes to this drama, that is how good it actually is. Usually i'm a fan of the romantic/comedy type but for some reason I watched this and oh WOW! It is just pure amazing.

This show made me jump, scream, laugh and cry, my husband asked me if have turned nuts;). One second your thinking Is he a gangster? other your thinking OMG no he can't be, read more he must be undercover, then ooh no he is sooo bad and next OMG HE IS. It's not limited to the main leads but also to all of the supporting casts, they seemed all to be so very good planned out.

Chemistry between all of them was really nice, the bro-chemistry, the family-chemistry and the love-chemistry. No sloppy violence.
I'm sure i'm not alone thinking that its nice when a show ends in a realistic manner or unexpected. But some shows, you just wish they could end the way you want it, somehow Kdramas and especially this use the ending to make you keep thinking about the show over and over again after its done. I LOVE IT.. can't stop thinking about an alternative ending in my head.

Im out of praises, watch it and you will love, it.
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    Pate 1 day ago

    Still the best k-drama after all these years.

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    real_Mokona Jul 12, 2017

    I love this drama especially because in the end the border between good and evil is so thin in this dark world this drama takes place in. I loved and hated nearly every character at least once while watching.

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    Wednes Jul 10, 2017

    Thanks to all of you wonderful beings who encouraged me to start this drama and to hold on till the end. This was one of those dramas I didn't like from the start, but given its genre, it was very reasonable. I actually became so invested and addicted very early comparing to other dramas of the same kind.

    I LOVED the characters and their relationships. Along the way I doubted whether I'd like Lee Jaeyoon's character in the end (because, forgive me, I got tired of seeing him as a second lead as I've been watching him in that role for 3 dramas in a row) but I ended up loving his character here (more than his any other dramas). I loved Safari. I loved Lee Jinsook. And of course I loved Doctor's Son.

    I finished this a few days ago but didn't have the time to come online to update my list. I'm still emotional now. *sobs* I don't give 10s easily. This was a genuine 10. This was a 10 since probably 10 episodes ago. Why did I not watch this earlier? <3

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    RodJun828 Jul 4, 2017

    Just finished this drama, 10/10 easily. What I noticed instantly is that the action in this drama is so realistic. In other action series/movies the leads are untouchable and most of the time unscathed. Start watching it right away and don't hesitate. PS. Undercovers everywhere.

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    lovelydream Jul 3, 2017 - edited

    I need to rewatch this but i don't think i'm ready for the pain.

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      Sookie Jul 12, 2017

      So good that it hurts.
      Just watch it.
      And then cry afterwards ;w;

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    Rubaxxa Jul 1, 2017

    Oh, I cried when I finished this. This drama is heartbreaking. I loved the friendship between the two male leads. I finished this 20 minutes ago and I'm writing this comment with tears in my eyes still. Doctor's Son <3

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    EmpyreanConqueror Jun 29, 2017 - edited

    This is my personal opinion, don't hate me. I got bored with this drama very fast, I watched from Episodes 1-6 then skipped to Episode 20 and let's just say..... I feel like I didn't miss anything.

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      RodJun828 Jul 4, 2017

      you missed a lot. give this drama a chance, it's worth it.

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    Lala_Chi May 24, 2017 - edited

    I'm starting this drama right now,is Soo Min a strong female lead?

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      lovefordrama Jun 3, 2017 - edited
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      Lala_Chi Jun 3, 2017 - edited
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      lovefordrama Jun 4, 2017
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      Lala_Chi Jun 4, 2017

      Yess,there is,I'll send you a message.

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    Whiskas8 May 14, 2017 - edited

    With all the reviews, I think that this drama has really a potential. I wanted to keep going but I gave up after episode 1 because I cannot handle the amount of gore that it almost made me vomit. Maybe I'll try watching this again some other time

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      Whiskas8 May 23, 2017

      16

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      Whiskas8 May 28, 2017

      yes, I am. And I don't care if you started watching gory films at an early age

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    AdvancedLoveSniper May 13, 2017
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    _Ahsen_ Apr 29, 2017 - edited

    2017 and still The best

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    Kizzofdeath Apr 27, 2017 - edited
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      lovefordrama May 24, 2017
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    claudya87 Apr 18, 2017 - edited

    It was good but something was missing..

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      SyN Jul 7, 2017

      exactly..!

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    AngelaEsposito Apr 16, 2017 - edited

    Is there actually romance in this show? Is it worth watching?

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      Mighty_Brosia Apr 18, 2017

      yes a little.. Just don hesitate!! It was the best drama ever... :)

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    irish Apr 2, 2017 - edited
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      irish May 24, 2017

      "Im not quite sure I understood everything you wrote" Well reading back over some of the sentences, i can see why. :)

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    May 27, 2013 to Jul 30, 2013
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    jTBC
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.8 (scored by 5,666 users)
  • Ranked:

    #45
  • Popularity:

    #109

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