Starring: Jung Hae In, Koo Kyo Hwan, Kim Sung Kyun
Year Released: 2021
Number of Episodes: 6
Genre: Action, Contemporary, Comedy, Drama
Where I Watched It: Netflix
Recommended By: Nobody
Who I Watched It For: Jung Hae In
Private soldier Jun Ho is a confused youth who served in the military normally like other Koreans. One day, he suddenly becomes a member of the military defector arrest team. As such, he is tasked with capturing deserters and must grapple with the more troubling cases of why some soldiers feel they have no other choice but go absent without official leave.
I’m a pretty big Jung Hae In fan, ever since watching him in Goblin (yeah, he had a very small part but still, he made an impression) so every time that I see he’s coming out in something new, I put it on my to be watched list because why not? Now, some of his shows pissed me off but mostly it was the hot and cold act of his female lead but I’m happy to report that even though this show pissed me off plenty, I still rather enjoyed the show as a whole.
This show follows Ahn Joon Ho, a young man who reports for his mandatory military enlistment and finds a whole lot of dickhead bullies. The more senior military members hella bully their juniors and the bullying leads to a lot of guys deserting their posts. Ahn Joon Ho keeps to himself a lot but when he’s recruited to work for the military defector arrest team, being alone isn’t an option anymore because my guy gets himself a partner. His partner was a delight in the midst of so much darkness and I hella loved their pairing.
This wasn’t an easy show to watch by any means. It’s a heavy watch that doesn’t stop being heavy throughout the entirety of the show. On the upside, the show is only 6 episodes so you’ll breeze right through each episode and there’s enough packed into each episode to make the viewing worth the heaviness. There was also a lot of humor sprinkled into each episode to ease the heaviness some. I laughed a lot, and I also teared up at some of the stories of the defected soldiers. There were times when I got so angry at what was happening and at the folks causing so much trouble in these poor guys’ lives but never did I want to stop watching.
The acting is pretty fantastic throughout. Each actor gave what they were supposed to give and I appreciated their efforts because I was glued to my seat through each episode. I believed everything that was showcased so the bad guys did a great job of making me want to kick each and every one of them in the balls and the good guys did a fantastic job of making me cheer for them. The ending was a little too open-ended for me but that didn’t detract from my viewing experience too much. I definitely recommend this show if you’re looking for a kdrama with a meatier story. I think this drama sheds light on the broken military system in Korea and is a good watch. It doesn’t hurt that you’ve got some eye candy in Jung Hae In and some other swoony actors so yeah, give this one a go.
4.25 out of 5
I really like Jung Hae In. He’s one of my Kdrama Crushes!. I noticed him more in the other kdrama that really pissed me off with the lead femaie actress, but she was doing her job. I won’t mention the kdrama lol. Ever since that kdrama he became one of my faves. I like this story line and its short- so will definitely put in some time to watch JHI do his thang! Thanks for the review.
Oh dang, I forgot that he’s one of your boo thangs! Ugh, I hated that damn show that you’re talking about so yes, please don’t mention that haha.
This show was a lot darker than his normal shows but still super good. There’s no romance though, so there’s your heads up.
It’s good to hear this had you glued to your seat when you watched. That shows good acting and good writing, a combination you can’t always get in a series. It does send a little frustrating that the ending was open, I need good closure and resolution, I usually like k-dramas for doing that but I am intrigued and will add it to the ever growing list of shows I need to watch.
Yeah, the ending kept this drama from being a favorite but I still enjoyed it.
Did you ever finish Run On?