Gap Dong

Gap Dong (2014)

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Moo Yeom is a detective. 20 years ago, he was a Buddhist monk, but he got into trouble with a man named Gap Dong. To cut ties with him and cut off whatever karma would arise from his involvement with Gap Dong, Moo Yeom became a detective. After the statute of limitations expired, Gap Dong appears once again. Moo Yeom sets out to catch him once and for all. ~~ Drama series read moreis inspired by the "Hwaseong serial murder case".

  • Native title:

    갑동이
  • Also Known as:

    Gapdongi; Gabdongi; Gabdong - Memories of Murder; Gabdong - The Serial Killer

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Chrisstina
20 people found this review helpful
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Oct 2, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
I've always enjoyed watching this kind of series and this one is no exception. However, how much the beginning was good and promising that much towards the ending plot became ridiculous and without a sense. No, I'm not trying to tell you not to watch it, it's even opposite, watch it and you'll see and meet one the best villian and psychopath EVER. Lee Joon potrayed a great, mad, twisted, crazy, unstable read more and psycho man that every time I saw him I got chills all over my body. His acting was so believable and real that I sometimes wondered if he's like that in real life and I would give a 10 for that. Yes, there are many flaws in this drama, besides that they made cops look totally ridiculous and clueless, I didn't like any of the female characters in this drama. Maria was the hell annoying and ridiculous trying to be something that she is NOT. Honestly, if I have to choose between her and Ji Wool it would rather be Ji Wool, 'cause at least she tried to help and understand Ryu Tae Oh, even if it's putting his life on line.
Yoon Sang Hoon did a best job in a character of a detective. For me, he tried his best and totally succeeded in it.
Ah, Sung Dong Il ahjussi... it's always a pleasure to watch him with a no exception this time too!

Overall I enjoyed this drama, but I think if they packed it all in 16 episodes this drama would have a higher rating and it would be a better watch. l've liked Lee Joon's character, even though he was bad, but there was something great about him and his mind. His craziness was driving me crazy too!

OSTs were really good, especially main song and all those kinds of instrumental played in this drama giving you a thrilling and exciting feeling.
For those who love thriller and suspense genre with a many twisted characters that at some point you want to go into their heads and understand what they're thinking, is totally not to miss!
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DragonAlien
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Aug 19, 2014
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 8.5
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
For me, this drama was a very pleasant journey. Generally I love these kind of dramas so the story was enough to get my attention. The acting was really mind blowing from the male leads, especially the character of Ryu Tae Oh. Lee Joon has portrayed the mad, twisted and crazy guy so perfectly, honestly I was freezing to death when I saw his expressions, that look in his eyes and his read more so creepy smile, that moment when he from totally serious face slowly begins to smile, uuf, it gave me a chills every time. I would give a ten only for his acting. There are flaws in this drama of course, the main flaw was how the female leads were annoying in trying to understand a psycho killer without emotions or humanity, I mean I would kill them or torture them or any other way I would think to do except that one, to understand them or help them in some way. I get it, Maria was a doctor so she had that side naturally in her, the other one was just a high school kid, so naive and good, but either way it was crazy to try to be on the side of the lunatic killers. Also, I liked the character of Sung Dong Il, one of my favourite older actors, he truly knows how to act, I enjoy every time I see him.
What I liked the most is how they made comparisons to the movie Silence of the lambs and Hannibal Lector (which is one my favourite movies) and to the book "Crime and punishment'" which is one of my favourite books, it was such a great idea for all that, it fitted perfectly in the whole concept of the story and characters.
Overall I liked the drama really and in some weird and sick way I was sad at the end and I really loved Ryu Tae Oh's character, not that I felt sympathy or something like that, it's just that I was fascinated by the sickness and craziness of his brilliant mind. Gap Dong as the main culprit became really like a myth, exactly like Jack the Reaper and the actor who played him was great. Music was so good, I liked the main song, it was full of action and emotions, it didn't bother me at all since it was played many times in drama.
Who loves dramas with thriller and obsessed concept with many twisted characters and lot of excitement, this one is definitely not to miss. Although the story is slow and they could easily finish everything with 16 episodes, I was satisfied at the end.
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Both dramas has killers as the main characters. I want to watch Bad Guys.
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    leemijin 30 days ago

    This was really unexpectedly good. it constantly gave me chills but some scenes are really dragging..... some scenes they talk too much instead of showing in action..... and Lee joon is hot !!

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    bri_rawwr May 24, 2017

    Really love Lee Joon's acting, love how he can change his look yet there's so many emotions hiding that can be seen

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    Nancy May 10, 2017

    Lee joon❤kim ji won only reason to watch this drama

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    LenySyndicate Jan 20, 2017

    Could have been cut to 16 episodes. It was dragging in some scenes. Also Lee Joon's performance was amazing.

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    marys Jan 19, 2017 - edited

    I had watched it up to ep 14 and did't really need more. It got too predictable and quite dull. Lee Joon's performance was really enjoyable, though and I decided to watch all Tae Oh & Ji Wool scenes left. The relation between them and also the relation between Tae Oh and Maria were what I was the most interested in actually. I also liked some details- how the criminal seeked a way out, references to Crime and Punishment and reactions to death punishment.

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    MirMir Dec 29, 2016

    Please answer the question below :)

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    MirMir Dec 29, 2016 - edited
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    KatieBo Dec 14, 2016 - edited

    This drama is an awesome ride with amazing twists and turns. The only downside with it is that the beginning really drags you down with how slow it can be, the incompetence of the police and the female lead. There's a lot of dialogue you have to listen to and understand since it is critical background information for future reference. But when it picks up, you feel it.

    The OST (Every Single Day - Rush) is such an addictive song i cannot stop listening to it.

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    Seung225 Dec 9, 2016 - edited

    Does anyone knows where I can watch this, please?

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    Mary28 Nov 18, 2016 - edited

    Is it wrong that I literally only want to watch this drama to see Lee Joon play a psychopath?

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    peacefulsoul Nov 16, 2016

    i think i watched like two or three episodes and i couldn't force myself to continue ... it was dragging and boring and the way it was directed made it even more boring ... it was so raved about and it was even compared and said to be similar to signal but it was not .

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    Apteryx Sep 30, 2016 - edited

    Maybe it's because I had high expectations, because of the good rating and because I'm a fan of tvN, but I was very disappointed with this drama. It dragged from episode one. I couldn't stand either Ha Mu Yeom or Oh Maria, and I was on the bad guys' side throughout. I was pleasantly surprised by Lee Joon's acting, though. He was great in his role!

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    KwonJaeli Jun 7, 2016 - edited

    Lee Joon's acting really surprised me! I'm just watching him on some variety shows, and I really didn't expect that he's this good, especially as psychopath.

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    haitakaz Apr 3, 2016

    Great actors and great story!

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    jxsilicon9 Apr 1, 2016 - edited

    Who allows kids to stay out in the middle of nowhere that late at night?

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      mini Oct 15, 2016

      its safe is korea at nights

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Apr 11, 2014 to Jun 21, 2014
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    tvN
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    8.1 (scored by 2,492 users)
  • Ranked:

    #561
  • Popularity:

    #447

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