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Hwang Dong Joo is the chief of taxation division 5 at the National Tax Service. He works hard to trace money that is hidden from the tax service. His team includes Seo Hye Young, who has a bright personality, and his boss is Oh Young. Meanwhile, In Tae Joon is the director of a regional tax office. He is an ambitious man who has earned his way to the top through corrupt and illegal actions, all the while maintaining his cocky attitude. (Source: AsianWiki, Soompi) Edit Translation

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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Drama
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Jan 7, 2022 - Jan 29, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: MBC Wavve
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 1,105 users)
  • Ranked: #2705
  • Popularity: #2247
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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Completed
Marshmallow-Chocoholic
26 people found this review helpful
Feb 13, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 4
Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.0
Music 8.0
Rewatch Value 7.5

Is There A “Trace” Of Hope With Actually Trying To Watch ‘ Tracer’?



Procedural dramas, particularly ones revolving around mundane subject areas such as tax evasion or bureaucracy, can be a bore for viewers. However whilst ‘ Tracer’ is still not unable to evade its more tedious moments, under the directing reigns of Lee Seung Young ( ‘ Voice 2’, ‘ Missing Noir M’) and the writing tutorage of Kim Hyun Jung ( ‘ Who Are You: School 2015’), MBC’s ‘ Tracer’ possessed a surprisingly rigid plot motive from beginning to end.

The drama focused primarily upon male lead Hwang Dong-Joo ( Im Shi-wan). Formerly a disreputable accountant with his own personal vendetta , Dong-Joo ends up working as an investigator for the National Tax Service (NTS). However instead of ending up in a reputable and prestigious department of the NTS, Dong-Joo ends up being sent to division five; a dumping ground for undesirable and difficult cases by other departments.

Alongside the help of team investigator Seo Hye Young ( Go Ah-Sung), Chief Oh Young (Park Yong-woo) and his extensive knowledge into the field from his past , Dong-Joo is determined to stop at nothing in order to enact his own personal justice.

Kim Hyun Jung’s screenplay is notably dark in parts as well as primarily fixed upon the objective of the storyline. Whilst there are admittedly moments where certain overblown dialogue exchanges , Hyun Jung’s personal touch towards the series’ notably heartfelt plot moments and subject areas was surprisingly subtle, yet effective.

Arguably one of the star attractions of ‘ Tracer’ came through the casting choices. Im Si-Wan ( ‘ Misaeng: Incomplete Life’, ‘ Hell Is Other People’, ‘ Run On’) is particularly brilliant onscreen as main lead Hwang Dong-Joo;adding a surprising touch of charisma towards his role as the antiheroic main lead.

Costarring alongside Si-Wan was Go Ah-Sung ( ‘ The Host’, ‘ Snowpiercer’ and ‘ Samjin Company English Class’ ); a hesitant yet virtuous individual in the NTS, Park Young Woo (‘ Ditto’, ‘ My Scary Girl’ , ‘ Hwayi: A Monster Boy’ and ‘ Late Spring’) took on the part as the ridiculed yet talented Chief Oh Young, whilst Son Hyun-joo ( ‘ Tazza’, ‘ Secretly, Greatly’ and ‘ Empire Of Gold’) played antagonist and director of the Central Regional Tax Office, In Tae-Joon. All of the main cast were brilliant as our main leads; helping to flesh out and add a dynamic charm towards their onscreen personas.

However within the execution of ‘ Tracer’, the pacing could notably present a pitfall also. The drama’s attempt to stimulate the storyline’s narrative could often leads to the motives of characters, or the roles of key players rarely feeling elucidated. Perhaps this was also a consequence of a nonlinear narrative; rarely allowing certain moments for viewers to sit back and take in in the events of the storyline.

However perhaps one of the saving graces for ‘Tracer’ came through screenwriter Kim Hyun-jung’s ability to intertwine niche and predictable setups against moments which allowed opportunities to explore the wider scope of Dong-Joo. Whilst Hyun Jung could sometimes fall into a slightly cyclical pattern of a “ new dilemma” forcing Hyun Joo to keep on his toes, this did highlight diverging writing niches of characters being merely plot devices. Instead Hyun Joo and the supporting characters of the series were involved and attached towards the events and processes of the storyline; allowing opportunities in order to explore certain elements of character depth.

The dialogue is admittedly overblown in parts. However Hyun Jung did include some surprisingly witty and sardonic responses for Dong Joo, helping to personify his unpredictable nature to audiences throughout the series. The comic relief present in ‘ Tracer’ is notably an odd mixture between ferocious insults and name calling, as well as lighthearted and somewhat benign exchanges also.

‘ Tracer’ isn’t a series that will suit everyone’s personal tastes. However whilst ‘ Tracer’ focuses upon a notably mundane and simplistic formula, the execution of the narrative is surprisingly tactful. The acting performances are brilliant and solid throughout and whilst the finale helped to setup events for season two, ‘ Tracer’ is notably not without its more evident writing flaws here and there. Overall the first part of ‘ Tracer’ is notably a dynamic mixture of revenge, angst and wit in order to create a surprisingly entertaining drama along the way.

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Completed
Rottweiler1
7 people found this review helpful
Jul 10, 2022
8 of 8 episodes seen
Completed 1
Overall 9.5
Story 10
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 10

ADDICTIVE

Must admit iit me three tries to get into this drama. I have always liked the ML so gave it a try. Once you get past the first episode you will be hooked. It is about revenge. I did get lost in some of the tax audit meetings. The ML is a genius in strategy and planning his revenge on those responsible for his father’s death. As usual th are the usual corrupt prosecutors and tax auditors. Office politics are scary with betrayals and back stabbing. I hope there is a season 3. This is one of the few dramas where I loved the music. There is one particular song (girl group) I can’t get out of my head.

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Details

  • Drama: Tracer
  • Country: South Korea
  • Episodes: 8
  • Aired: Jan 7, 2022 - Jan 29, 2022
  • Aired On: Friday, Saturday
  • Original Network: MBC, Wavve
  • Duration: 60 min.
  • Content Rating: 15+ - Teens 15 or older

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  • Score: 7.9 (scored by 1,105 users)
  • Ranked: #2705
  • Popularity: #2247
  • Watchers: 6,553

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