Awed and at the edge of my seat every episode’s finishing kick, I can’t help but wondered how brilliant the writer of this story by bringing out a drama where heroes and villains don’t waste time outmanipulating each other to secure the highest possible position befitting to their greed and wickedness. With a dying man as a lead hero in charge to intellectually brawl with his superiors in the Prosecutor’s office, the stake was always at the highest as the people involved raced to protect their families, reputations and personal ambitions.
Punch is a badass with its intelligent writing. It was full of surprises that will make the viewers grab their hair out of frustration. I wondered how much hate the writer might have stored in himself to motivate him to write a chronicle that was able to maintain a level of grit all throughout the depiction of the corrupt Korean Prosecutors’ Office.
The characters centered to high ranking officers of the Prosecution’s office who were able to propel an amazing cast ensembles that will take your wit all the way to Milky Way. It was a nerve wrecking display of shrewdness played equally well by all the characters who were in the running to claim the most vilest of ’em all crown.
At some point, I was already exhausted on how the writer can’t seem to just put every trick he has in his sleeve in one go, as he kept bouncing up my brain left and right that I was left with no choice but to worry about Park Jung Hwan. Park Jung Hwan who I believed deserved to share the best kdrama character for me in 2015. I’m sorry Healer, I liked you but I like him also and I can never go wrong with an insanely smart guy.
I ruminated on why the drama was titled Punch. After finishing the series, it made sense owing to every episode of combat spectacle in cleverness and wiliness . Punch is a story of a dying prosecutor who is on a quest to clean up the corrupt high officials of the office he belongs to. His strategic thinking defied the power his superiors used when he was on a spree to reveal their evil doings. It was a hard and frustrating battle but he managed to expose the truth before his passing.
What viewers would love about Park Jung Hwan is his ability to bounce back from the oppression even with nothing on his hand to fight off the huge power and walls his superiors built to hinder his outrage. It’s your classic underdog story but very well polished in a Mafia grit kind of way. They made phonecalls, afternoon tea and eating jajangmyun so thrilling in my eyes. hahaha
The antagonists displayed impossible levels of wickedness that even when they got what they deserved at the closing chapter I was still fuming and wishing they suffer a bit more.
There’s no fleeting romantic interlude in this drama but it is filled with family love and lessons about choosing the right decisions in your lives.
I will definitely pick “Punch” as the best 2015 KDrama story-wise for its remarkable writing and heartfelt character portrayals. If you want a dose of serious themed dramas, this one is for you. The thrill and the pace will surely blow your mind away and will make you crave for some more. -jediprincess