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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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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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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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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    Johanna Jul 5, 2017

    i'm so furious over the ending i need something rly fluffy to watch :))))

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    Nana8 May 28, 2017 - edited
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    MrBanana May 23, 2017

    Deserves a much higher score, solid drama with a solid story and actors.

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    claudya87 Apr 14, 2017

    The story was good but as it went near the end I lost interest. I would've given it a 10 if for other main leads.

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    Emx Apr 13, 2017

    every thing about it was PERFECT !

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    Polarizing Mar 21, 2017

    Came here after watching Voice and I don't regret it.

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    Mica Sep 24, 2016

    This show was amazing up to ep 15 or so. The ending is pretty shitty but the rest of it is SO WELL done that you will forgive the writers for screwing up the ending! The music is just so lovely~ It's been years since I watched this show, but I still have this OST downloaded on my computer and listen to it ever so often. The lead actor, Kim Nam Gil, does a fantastic job however... the Han Ga In is pretty useless.

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    Grayarrow Jun 5, 2016

    It is a spectacular drama. All the twists, every line of events, God, it was fantastic.

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    WEPserioja May 8, 2016

    One of the hardest revenge dramas that i ever saw, and i am fan of revenge gender.
    One of those dramas that i can say "real revenge". About melodrama, i supose real melodrama is the end.
    But there is one stuff i supose is missing is the explanation about his tactic, all time long the drama it seams be planned but ever explained how,

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    Martelli Mar 24, 2016 - edited
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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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    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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  • Country:

    South Korea
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  • Aired:

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

    Wednesday, Thursday
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  • Duration:

    1 hr. 6 min.


  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 3,282 users)
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