Time-defying cops and an ultra wicked psychopath

Even now, I am baffled on why South Korean film/tv production companies are so enamored on making projects with a serial killer as a main character.  I have seen a lot of psychopath driven stories over the years, but nothing has impressed me or made me cringe so far.  I still give it to the Americans on how they have seamlessly conceived stories on cop and crime dramas as well as serial killing themed ones.
So “Voice” was a tremendous surprise.  It brought me on the edge of my seat everytime, although I have slight headache issues with the camera movements and the lead girl’s sometimes-okay-most-of-the-time-contorted-face acting. *chuckles  
OCN’s ‘Voice’ takes me back from the fantasy world dwelling to the real world of psychopath’s wickedness.  Given the creepy premise, it is disturbingly amazing.  It gives me mini cardiac arrest on every episode as the team solves its cases in a gripping finish accompanied by nifty editing. The suspense-filled drama displays one major conflict when it begins, and connects efficiently to the clues and personal battles of the characters as the story progresses. It enables the audience a thrilling experience while cheering the protagonists in capturing the psycho-villain.  There are no irrelevant frames as every episode is polished, and it paved a well-explained preparation to the succeeding story arcs presented.


‘Voice‘ narrates the story of a special police division team — Golden time. It is an exclusive task force group that solves urgent real-time incidents from phone calls received through the city’s emergency service line. Golden time team was formed in cooperation of the emergency call center and local police officers. Its prime responsibility is to race through the precarious time left for crime victims, who are held captive or being chased by their assailants and save them from the imminent danger.

Kang Kwon Joo  and Moo Jin Hyuk lead the team. Their history goes back three years ago when Jin Hyuk’s wife was violently murdered by a serial killer and Kwon Joo’s police father who was near the site came to fulfil the police dispatch order, but ended up suffering the same fate. Kwon Joo, who has an incredible hearing prowess, listened to both murder scenes that night and vowed to avenge the death of his father. The police present the culprit, but Kwon Joo who knows the true voice of the culprit, denies that the man they caught is the true murderer. It causes a stir and headache on the police officials, who are already on a tight spot due to the public attention given to the savage killings. Kwon Joo is ordered to shut up, and even altering his father’s death cause to a hit-and-run case.

Three years later, Kwon Joo and Jin Hyuk’s path cross again. Through cases they solved in the Golden time unit, they establish trust between each other as Jin Hyuk learns of Kwon Joo’s hearing ability.  She reveals to him the story of what happened the night their family members were slayed. She voices her thoughts on how someone in the police organization is covering the tracks of the main villain. As they investigate the recent serial killings, they uncover the clues to finally pin down the psychopath, who mercilessly took the lives of their loved ones and other innocent victims. When they finally solve the puzzle, they must deal with money power plays to overcome the insanely rich maniac, whose iniquities are overlooked because of his father’s powerful protection.

 Think Criminal Minds and CSI but they trap the villains through what the heroine’s ears can picture and Jin Hyuk’s smooth police rescue operations.  With Jang Hyuk’s gritty police detective portrayal, I assure that you will be left on the edge of your seat every time and feel elated about the police task they conquered.  The villain’s inventive and perturbing display of his abominable crimes is to be applauded because it placed the momentum of the story in equilibrium while the heroes decipher the fitting resolution he deserves.  The cold verbal spats he exchanges with the hero are wow moments to watch due to the protagonist’ dauntless attitude.
‘Voice’ is always at a high note, and not taking a chance to rest the grit and vigor of the story-building.  If you are up to a police procedural story with ingenious characters and a balanced outwitting game from the heroes and villains, I highly recommend you to watch this enthralling psychopath chase.

Tracing Tree With Deep Roots

It’s my first day of Hangul class yesterday, and it felt like Math.  I know kdramagod will throw encouraging pills so let it rain on me! 

On this note, I would like to revisit one of the recent sageuks I strangely enjoyed – Tree with Deep Roots (which is where I first saw Bong-gu in his meanie role) and one of my favorite veteran actors Han Suk-yu — who hands down really played an endearing King with a lot of dimensions in his character presentation.  He played the role of the Great King Sejong who was the person behind my suffering earlier while I tried to munch on the Korean alphabet.  *wink

Being a people’s champ that he was, King Sejong in one of his dedicated dreams for his people pursued the invention of a language that will be Joseon’s own form of communication and not borrowed from the Chinese.  At that time only noblemen knew the Chinese language, and seeing the need to have a medium of communication among the public, he formed “The Hall of Worthies” composed of scholars who worked on the creation of a new alphabet that will be easily learned even by the low-borns.

Early in King Sejong’s reign, his in-laws along with the family’s slaves unfortunately faced death whilst the former was trying to protect them from his father.  Two of the slaves’ child Ddol-bok and Dam survived but were unaware of each other’s escape from mortal peril.  Vowing to avenge the death of his father, Ddol-bok grew up and was able to enter in the Royal guard. 

King Sejong’s dream was hindered by an opposing faction – “Hidden Root” who wanted to cling on the traditional belief and who wanted to diminish the power of the King.  In a series of sword fights, treacherous acts, power plays and smooth moves, King Sejong and his trusted persons faced the “Hidden root” in thrilling and passionate encounters that eventually got the King’s dream but sacrificed the life of the people who helped uphold that dream.

Watching Korean dramas has made me always go on my Girl Scout attire in case of an unprecedented tragic ending, which normally is the case in KDramaLand.  So even if the conclusion was heartbreaking, Tree with Deep Roots in its entirety was a drama full of heart.  I can’t find fault on how the narrative swept me off my feet and won me over as I applaud the main characters in executing their roles to the best way they can.

It’s hard to formulate a selling point to a friend to encourage him to watch this drama because go figure… who would want to watch a series about Korean alphabet in its premise?  But my persuading skills will settle to making it known that my super Starwars fan brother really loved the drama to a point where he was annoyed when I was asking him details about it in times when I dozed off while we did the marathon of it.  *giggles

Seriously it’s a well-rounded sageuk, with a conflict not too conflicting and a balanced plot it will create an impression with you that is exciting and lingering at the same time.  The villains have stalked well enough and have made the sufferings of the protagonists fitting to the painful but sweet ending.  The exemplary performance of the main cast added up to additional plus points on why this serious period drama was a must-see on my list.

Stellar and definitely sumptuous… ^_^