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Heartless City 2013

  • 2013-07-30T12:50:00Z
  • jTBC
  • 2013-05-27T07:00:00Z
  • 70 mins
  • 23 hours, 20 mins
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Korean
  • Drama, Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Shi-Hyun grew up in an orphanage, before running away from there. He then made a living by working as a drug courier and picked up the nickname "Doctor's Son." He's now the boss of a mid-size gang. His drug supplier is a man known as Scale. Shi-Hyun has plans take over his position. Meanwhile, Hyeong-Min becomes the section chief of a special investigation unit. Their goal is to take down Scale, who killed an undercover officer. While trying to catch Scale, Hyeong-Min learns about Doctor's Son. Now, Hyeong-Min and his team go after Shi-Hyun.

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"what do you MEAN they don't live happily ever after?!" if I don't pretend the last five minutes didn't happen I'm going to live out the next week in a lot of pain, so ¯_(ツ)_/¯ all in all: outstanding & worth the watch (especially for a korean crime drama, imo). I appreciated the darker, grittier tone---it was the first thing I fell for, but the actors put on superb performances. (LOVED the friendship between kyung ho & hyun min here. it can't complete w/ their at-odds characters from falling for innocence.)

the romance, however, is too underdeveloped. I personally would have liked to have seen it written differently or excluded altogether, but the script remains fairly solid otherwise. ...uh, with the exception that---at a certain point---events turn predicable. in that sense, heartless city would've benefited had it been more character-driven, although a fair amount of this (&plot) pushes the show forward. so, really, I think there's more to praise than complain about...

...except the emotional turmoil episode 20 placed on my heart. that hurts. that hurts a lot.

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