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The life-saving journey of a Korean drug king in Suriname in South America and a businessman who was engaged in a secret operation by the NIS. (Source: Netflix) Edit Translation

  • English
  • 中文(台灣)
  • Arabic
  • Italiano
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: Sep 9, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Duration: 1 hr. 2 min.
  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 3,845 users)
  • Ranked: #2054
  • Popularity: #1733
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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The Butterfly
16 people found this review helpful
Sep 10, 2022
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 8.0
Story 8.0
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 5.5
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Don't drink the Kool-aid!

When Korean businessman Kang In Gu traveled to Suriname he never dreamed that he would end up between a rock and a hard place and the deep blue sea. Not only a fish out of water, but one desperately trying to stay out of the frying pan, Kang had to use all of his wiles to survive in a treacherous place dangled between a deadly Korean drug lord and a maniacal Chinese one.

Kang In Gu learned early to hustle between multiple jobs to earn a living. Now with his own family he's barely making ends meet when an old school friend shows up with a business opportunity. Skate fish are popular in Korea, but the sources for the fish were dwindling. Across the globe in Suriname they were throwing the smelly fish away. All the men needed to do was to buy the strange fish cheaply in Suriname and sell them for a huge profit back home. After a problem with a local police chief and city hall employee at his karaoke bar, Kang throws in with his friend Park Eun Soo and travels halfway across the world to seek his fortune.

Kang's business experience dealing with bribes helps him in Suriname until Chinese drug lord Chen Zhen (Taiwanese star Chang Chen) lets him know that he owns the water. After a chastising phone call from his religious wife, Kang dutifully goes to church where Pastor Jeon takes him under his wing. With a little help from the "saint", Kang's skates head to Korea. All is well until the ship has to stop in Aruba where a custom's search discovers cocaine in the fish. After a brief prison stint in St. Martin's, Kang ends up working for the Korean NIS to bring Jeon down. Turns out the good pastor was also the head of a cocaine cult and one of the largest drug distributors in Europe.

Narco Saints was not particularly original in the drug and crime genre but it was well done. Reducing the drama to 6 episodes helped keep the story tight as Kang and his NIS contact navigated the dangerous waters between Jeon and Chen. The story showed how Kang was able to read Jeon and play on his and Chen's suspicions and paranoia. Quick on his feet and always willing to negotiate, NIS agent Choi came to rely on Kang's instincts in dealing with the dangerous gangs.

Ha Jung Woo brought a subtle intelligence to his role as Kang. Hwang Jung Min delivered a pleasant menace to his evil pastor without going over the top. Chang Chen as the sadistic Chinese gangster particularly had to straddle the line between menace and madness and did so well.

Narco Saints was tense right up to the end, though it did devolve into some unrealistic fight scenes. It wouldn't be the first to do so. What Narco Saints did well was show the temptation for Kang to cross over to the bad side in order to make more money than he could have ever wished for and relatively easily. He wouldn't have to work himself to death like his parents but he was also pragmatic enough to realize that Jeon's days were numbered. His journey from only wanting to make money to only wanting to survive was an interesting one.

This drama covered much of the world and involved people representing several countries. It might not have broken new ground but it did itself proud in the drug crime genre. Worth trying out if you enjoy this sort of suspenseful and violent at times story.

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Anthojay
21 people found this review helpful
Sep 10, 2022
6 of 6 episodes seen
Completed 0
Overall 10
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

Stupendously well done in an unimaginable scale

This drama has high production value as expected but it is stupendously well done in an unimaginable scale, it is able to outperform any drama or movie released this year in such a mind blowing way. The structure of the plot is so deeply implemented with a large amount of pressure points, details on Latin America drug trade is very precise and every character is intertwined perfectly. The suspense is limitless when it puts you into the view of the main lead, making it a nerve wrecking narco ride. It works like a double extended cut movie that is cinema worthy, especially in the final action scenes it is absolutely superb. At the very edge of humanity, deep rooted evilness tearing down every human being with money as the root of sufferings, and this drama is totally prepared for an earth-shattering drug war in this barely survivable world.

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Details

  • Drama: Narco-Saints
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 6
  • Aired: Sep 9, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday
  • Original Network: Netflix
  • Duration: 1 hr. 2 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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  • Score: 8.1 (scored by 3,845 users)
  • Ranked: #2054
  • Popularity: #1733
  • Watchers: 9,013

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