I debated and searched and then remembered… Falsify. Why? Because where Namgoong Min goes I will always be sure to follow! LOL
He never ever fails to please. The more I see of him, the more I’m impressed with his range and with his growth as an actor. The roles he’s chosen in these last few years have allowed him to stretch those acting wings and show us more and more… amazing if I recall the first time I saw him where he didn’t have to do more than smile as directed, but it was the power of that smile that stayed with me and that made me check out all of his dramas over the years, so glad that I followed along!
In Falsify I can see that he will be just as strong and as memorable. I’ve only seen the first 3 episodes but already I can see that he’s in his element. The drama is a REAL drama and the themes of corruption and betrayal and sins of one human towards another are heavy but still..there are bits of lightness to give us respite from it all. In addition to him there are quite a number of really worthy and excellent actors who will only add to my viewing enjoyment. All veterans whose faces I’m quite familiar with. I love the lead actresses too – there are no shrinking damsels in distress here – everyone is pulling her weight and is on equal footing.
Our hero plays the role of an idealistic young man whose sports career has been deliberately ended because he was “silly” enough to report something he shouldn’t have – of course, rather than the culprit, it is he who pays the price with his career.
His brother is a reporter who is deeply involved in a huge case and who ultimately is murdered right in front of his eyes because of it. Off go the rose-coloured glasses and thus our “trash reporter” is born, seeking justice and vengeance on his brother’s behalf, but the level of corruption is endless it seems and the bad guys seems to have all the best cards and seem to be winning all the games.
Can’t wait to see what our hero (who is very creative in his plans) comes up with — with the help of his worthy colleagues. No doubt there will be huge obstacles in front of them but he’s the type of person that will not give up and I’m rooting for him. If my only reward is listening to his beautiful voice and seeing his famous smile I will be happy indeed!!
I must say that I quite enjoyed it and I’m going to miss these people..or at least most of them! Yes there were some moments when I wanted to shout and say..”Can you please be serious for a minute????” After a while though the goofiness of our hero came with the territory and didn’t bother me as much and in fact – when some brief and shining moments did come – they seemed even more poignant and heartwrenching by contrast. I did hesitate when I found out that romance wasn’t going to make an appearance but really it did (after all). A good bromance can be just as satisfying in a totally different way and I loved it here!!
Spoilers below, tc – in case you want to watch this…
As I mentioned in my other post, I had been wanting to check this out because of Namgoong Min anyway, but had a second reason once I found out about another young man who starred in this.
I’m at the end of Ep. 6 and I must say that I’m all over the place in how I feel about it. I feel that it’s slowly coming together though.
First of all, I’m not crazy about this look of his and I find it distracting! Secondly, because I’m not a fan of over the top anything (a big reason why I drop so many Taiwanese dramas) I was shocked – not necessarily in a good way – when I saw the very same thing here!!
Sigh… but having said that, I’m intrigued by the fact that he’s not the typical hero. I like the fact that he’s trying hard to look out for no 1 but finds it more of a struggle as time goes on and he finds himself reacting in an unexpected way. I can see why he would want to put himself first; his childhood must have taught him what kind of life he DIDN’T want, though he works for gangsters, though he cavorts with them, he isn’t one at heart and that’s heartwarming.
I love the fact that he’s been erroneously labelled as Mr. Righteous and finds himself acting to live up to that title. Our heroine is really more of the same – not too many surprises there. As to our villain, I’ve developed this very sneaky liking for him. Yes he’s a total jerk and doesn’t seem to have any redeeming qualities – except for the fact that he seems to be like our hero in a way – deciding on this life for the same reasons really though in a different way. I don’t know if it’s the actor playing him that is giving me my “crush” or the way the character is written (probably both), but there are moments where he appears quite vulnerable and human (before he returns to Mr. Nasty) and those are the moments that give me pause. For instance..his crush – he looks like a shy little boy who doesn’t know how to act around her, or even in his dealings with Mr. Kim. There are times when he acts like an annoyed parent impatiently enduring the behaviour of his naughty child. I quite enjoy the scenes between them actually. I know that things can go in a totally different direction and he could go totally to the dark side but that’s not the vibe I’m getting.
Anyway..because of these little surprises I’m enjoying it so far..I’m not at the stage where I can’t wait to see the next episode but it’s nice to know that it’s there..waiting for me..and that’s a good thing.
Over the weekend I wrapped up Chief Kim and found it a generally enjoyable view start to finish. If you liked History of a Salaryman, this might also be your cup of cha as there are similarities to the two, and I’ll explain that statement after the jump, without trying to give away too much of the plot (though some mild spoilers will occur).