The outwitting game and the friendship that fell but found back its footing were some of the reasons why I gave a shot on this drama. In a vengeance thriving and friendship betraying world, I was left moved and appalled.
We started with small town friends Jang-il and Sun-woo who became brainy and brawny besties after the latter helped the former in his father’s loan sharks trouble. In a twist of fate, Jang-il father’s was forced to be an accomplice to Sun-woo’s father’s demise after Jin No-shik, an old friend of Sun-woo’s dad, beat and strangled him till he passed out. Jang-il’s father was promised by Jin No Shik of helping him to send his son to study in the city so out of his dream to provide a better future for his son he agreed to the dirty deed, but Sun-woo’s father rose back to unconsciousness and instead of helping and being blinded on the help offered to him, Jang-il’s father hung Sun-woo’s father to death. Sun-woo was convinced his father did not commit suicide and after scraping evidence to appeal to the case, Jang-il learned of his father’s involvement to the crime. He begged his friend not to pursue the appeal but determined to get justice for his father, Sun-woo dismissed his friend’s request. To protect his father and in his selfishness to claim a better life forcedly laid to them, Jang-il hit his friend at the back of his head and pushed him to the cliff. Sun-woo regained consciousness after being in coma for a while but lost his eyesight. With the help of his late father’s friend, Sun-woo’s life changed, and as he regained his eyesight he was also posed to seek justice on his father’s death and to face the people who betrayed him.
Uhm Tae Woong has certainly acted his part well and showed various facets of his character from being devil-may-care-youngster, loving son, reliable friend, vulnerable blind, strong-willed man, smooth romantic and power player. Seeing how he used his wit and persisitence as he held his grudges and goodness at the same time was no easy task given what Sun-woo had been through in the drama. Here I got to that reality of always understanding the motivation of people to betray you. What possible reason would someone have to turn his back on you and how will you forgive that act and understand his reason for doing that.
Jang-il”s character was hard to digest, it was cold, and distant and dangerously ambitious. I liked that prosecutor oppa (whom I’m lazy to google the Korean name) was able to fill in the shoes of that persona. His ambitions drowned him but I liked that at the end he felt human acknowledging that he did what he had because he is his father’s son.
This was a classic father-and-son love relationship spectacle. A lot of faces of family attachment were shown… good and vile.
As for the ladies in the story, they supported well but their acting were mediocre… the main female lead was even on a stagnant acting note all the while, but then again the drama focused on the friendship so it doesn’t really matter. The men really took the load to secure a strong story and a gripping ending.
Equator Man commenced on a dark vibe. I sat on it because I want to know how everything will turn out fine. I won’t say that it’s a great drama because I’ve seen a lot underdog bouncing back from the unfairness of life stories, instead I will say that it’s a decent watch, but something that you can see when you don’t have something to watch on priority list.
If it involves your family or a romantic attachment with someone no matter who is right or wrong, you will always be left to choose to turn your back on a friend…(felt familiar to me) That’s human nature and that’s what the Equator Man focused on in a drama fest where ironically the main leads are men. That’s what this got me hooked, it was thriving on emotions but not a weep fest. It was solid and steady and has never derailed throughout the series. This gave a different meaning to the word “Bromance”. Serious and stellar, this is a delight for its amazingly woven human struggle plot and friendship affirming vibe.