Bad Guy

Bad Guy (2010)

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Shim Gun Wook is a stuntman whose secretly plotting revenge against Haeshinm Group, a large corporation to whom Hong Tae Sung is the heir. As he works to destroy the family by first seducing the youngest daughter Hong Mo Ne he finds himself at a crossroad when Mun Jae In enters his life. Determined to correct the wrong, Gun Wook is about to risk it all, and take down anyone who gets in his way.

  • Native title:

    나쁜 남자
  • Also Known as:

    Bad Man ; Nappeun Namja

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Feb 1, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 2.0
Far from a perfect drama and yet it will pull you in right from the first scene. I usually do not watch melodramas or revenge dramas, but this one seemed interesting enough. This drama's strength lies in its plot, cast, the great camerawork and the TERRIFIC soundtrack!!

I thought the plot of this drama was really creative. A lot of things introduced in the first episode tie up well towards the later read more half. The revenge part and the parallel investigation by the cop were wonderful. There was no need for romance in the drama according to me. It could have done well on its own. Although it can be a bit slow at times, it won't bore you.

Kim Nam Gil is the star of the whole drama. This is my first time watching him in anything and I must say, I was totally enchanted by him. He has an amazing screen presence and acts with such depth and emotion that its impossible to tear your eyes away from the screen. I will also mention his long hair and moustache- suits him rather well. :D His character was the type you would want to see in a revenge drama. He is willing to go to any length to destroy those who did him wrong. Of course, he is very, very human and you'll see his soft side a lot of times.

Kim Jae Wook was super likable in his role. I would love to see him play a tortured guy again. He was a breath of fresh air, because he wasn't your typical doormat second lead. Although he gets too repetitive after a while, I enjoyed his acting. Plus, he's great to look at! In fact both guys are eye candies.

Han Ga In didn't impress me. She's pretty to look at and wore fabulous clothes but her character was really fickle and annoyed me at times. Her part in the drama made no difference to me. She was interesting in the beginning but went redundant later on. Her sister was a far more interesting person and she was the only HILARIOUS person in this drama.

Although its one of those dramas which screwed its ending, I wouldn't say that it ruins the drama. The drama is worth watching minus the last 3 episodes. From the beginning I was prepared for what was about to come. If I hadn't known the ending, I would have been super mad at it. So I'd recommend to be prepared beforehand by reading the spoilers or skip this drama altogether.

Bad Guy's OST will probably always be in my Top 3 Kdrama soundtracks ever. Every single song is beautiful, melodious and will make you want to listen to it over and over. Even the background scores were amazing.

I liked how this drama was filmed. Its camera work managed to capture the right tone and mood of the story.

Though this drama is not meant for a rewatch, it was entertaining enough the first time around.
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May 8, 2011
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
Wow...nicely executed, this drama really keeps you on the edge of your seat and consistently engages your emotions in a such a way that will literally have your blood start boiling and eye balls glued to the screen as you anxiously wait to see what will happen next. Furthermore, the plot of this drama, while simple in design is built with so many individuals intertwine into one big storyline, one can't help read more but feel over-time the complexities that arises out of such a simple course of action...

Going further, what makes this drama so engaging is that it puts the human emotions and experience of betrayal, vengeance, love, family, friendship, and money into a universal context that possibly anyone can relate to. First and foremost is the betrayal. You may have experienced in life when you felt betrayed by the very people/person who trust and admire...simply being used up and tossed aside like can't help but feel betrayed thus leading one into seeking vengeance for the pain that one has is only justice, right? "Eye for an eye", as the saying goes...they made you suffer, you've experienced emotional pain, now they will get a taste of their own medicine...there's an interesting double karma that occurs in this drama that really makes you think, "Could there have been a better course of actions?"...

Along the way in one's vendetta, you meet people or someone who brings love and friendship into your life...your heart wavers because you begin to fall in love with this person...what will you do, when your heart betrays you as well? Will you give up your vengeance for this person?...seems like a very plausible thing to do and just forget about everything while you're still trying to complete your master plan...will falling in love mess you up?

Family is also important as well, as your action may consequently affect everyone in well as those who are connected to your family...however, what if your family hides a dark secret, will it still justify for your actions and vengeance? Often in the scheme for power, it is really about about the money, the greed is quite an over-powering human desire for more of everything in life...after all, money is what makes the world go round, right?...I think...well not really in my opinion but nonetheless we need it in order to survive in our current societies.

If you're not into those sappy and sad dramas...this one will be a treat for's a thriller filled with twist and turns and I think blends very well with the love plot between the individuals who create a love triangle that's rather interesting to watch and see it unfold.
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Same actor, same story, same vibe. Only the cast is different. Moral of the story: if you're looking for a dark, vengeful plot, always look for Kim Nam Gil.
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Both are centred around a man out for revenge against a large corporation who wronged him in the past. They each have their romance stories as well.
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    Martelli Mar 24, 2016
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    AREZOO Dec 12, 2015

    it was one of my best drama .. i started to watch this drama with ghost but after episode 5 i totally dropped ghost and stick to this drama ... actually it was shocking for me .. especially in last 5 minutes of drama .. but i enjoyed of it a lot .. congratulation to all of cast and crew list of this drama ... i gave it 9.5 ..

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    Robin Nov 16, 2015
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    Esther Oct 2, 2015 - edited
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    jxsilicon9 Aug 16, 2015

    So how was this originally going to end?

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    Sapir Aug 5, 2015 - edited
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    Alice Jul 20, 2014 - edited
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      peaches Jul 29, 2015
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      Alice Jul 30, 2015
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      Esther Oct 2, 2015

      Agree 100%. I'm getting to the point of reading spoiler reviews to see if the endings are unfair, sad and depressing and if they are then passing up on the dramas all together!

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    BB78 Jun 1, 2014
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    Sapaieo Mar 22, 2014
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    Sapaieo Feb 10, 2014

    Is it just me or I am the only one rooting for Hong Tae Sung?

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      RainieDee Mar 21, 2014

      So I'm not the only one!I don't know why but I always fall for the one who suffer or had a sad love story if we can say so.(just like Tae Sung)

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      Sapaieo Mar 22, 2014

      Have you seen Who are You? Yeah, try watching that! I think I'm only that way because of Kim Jae Wook! XD

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      RainieDee Mar 22, 2014
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      Sapaieo Mar 23, 2014
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      RainieDee Mar 24, 2014

      Yeah it's very good.And if you are like me then you will like it too,because in my opinion Tae Sung is like Kang Hyun Jung(well with little diferences...)

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    sunflower63 Nov 26, 2013

    This drama surprised me as I wasn't expecting it to be so good. I was mostly anticipating a typical melodrama with a lot of makjang and self beating but it wasn't the case at all. In this story the revenge theme was extremely well thought out, refined and was focused on its psychological aspects. The twist of the story in the last few episodes was what turned the drama in a real melodrama and the ending represented its peak. I thought the acting of all the main leads was brilliant and in particular Kim Nam Gil was quite outstanding (much better than in Shark). This drama deserves to be seen as it is intriguing.

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    BaDaBa11 Oct 19, 2013

    for the record KNG had to leave for his military duty so they had to cut the drama short..kinda explains the ending.

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    lovelyshine Aug 25, 2013
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    Marooya Jun 28, 2013

    I'm revenge dramas fan and was told this is one of the best... I kept postponing it ever since it came out I don't why though I just wasn't interested but finally decided to watch. Though I already knew this drama will go down to hill at some point cus Kim Nam Gil had to leave for the military so they wrapped it up real fast... However I was still hoping that the story would be worth it regardless of the damage but sadly it's not the case... to me this drama went down to hill after the 5th ep, every ep then was long and boring... The only thing I liked in this drama and made me stick to it till the end is KIM NAM GIL.

    This is my first drama for KNG and he did an amazing job, I'm really mesmerized by him !! his expressions, voice, movement and gaze EVERYTHING !! he's the reason I'm going to say watch this drama... having him here means it's not a waste of time HE is worth it !!

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    Cheer May 23, 2013

    Oh, why there's "Action" in the genres? This drama has nothing to do with action, there's no drop of action in it so it's better to delete that genre.

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      Raincat Jun 13, 2013

      I agree. Genres what describe this drama better are:
      *Melodrama: The term melodrama refers to a dramatic work that exaggerates plot and characters in order to appeal to the emotions.
      *Suspense is a feeling of pleasurable fascination and excitement mixed with apprehension, tension, and anxiety developed from an unpredictable, mysterious, and rousing source of entertainment.
      Revenge dramas are all suspence and dramas what from ep to ep make your emotions go up and down are melodramas.


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    South Korea
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    May 26, 2010 to Aug 5, 2010
  • Aired On:

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 6 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 2,957 users)
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