Editors Note: You asked and we're delivering! Presenting our new Drama Club for the K-drama SHARK! Say hello to our three new Drama Club members, each with their own amazing blogs: Unnichan from withsubsplease.wordpress.com, Drama Debussie from dramadebussie.com, and Kdrama Therapy from kdramatherapy.blogspot.com. They will be writing new posts four times a week starting on Thursdays! Check back often for updates, and as always, happy Drama Clubbing! -Aileen
That's right kids... Kim Nam Gil is back!!! And back with a(nother) vengeance!
SHARK is a revenge thriller that couples the intrigue and suspense we loved in Resurrection
and The Devil
, setting the stage for a plot that makes our skin crawl and our minds swirl.
Revenge is a genre that I adore, for it begs us all to tweak our sensibilities and endeavor to understand characters in ways, perhaps, we don't get a chance, in modern rom-coms, family dramas, or sageuks. For, the best revenge is achieved through trial and discovery and all within modern circumstance, where the dangers are less collective but the consequences just as dire. However, each revenge story must have at its root a few key factors: death, daring, deceit and destiny.
Our first four episodes work as setup--- We meet our protagonist, Han Yi Soo (Yoon Jun Suk
) and introduced to his story, his struggle and his love (1-2), then we're thrust into his game and it's key players and pawns (3-4).
The world needs balance. -- Kim Jun
Yi Soo wasn't perfect but he was the righteous vein within this storyline and Hae Woo's (Kyung Soo Jin
) Polaris (beacon). It's his steady kindness and quiet gumption, that causes Hae Woo to end her spoiled little rich girl routine and focus on something and someone other than herself. But he doesn't stop there, he's a kid that believes in justice and equality and refuses to be kicked around by the rich and powerful. Han Yi Soo and his father die within the first three episodes and it's horrible but with that death, Yi Soo is brought back to life as the mysterious, stoic and eerily sadistic of Kim Jun (Kim Nam Gil
). Therefore, "death by poison" isn't just physical but emotional; a poisoning of the human spirit.
One of the most powerful scenes was actually Han Young Man's (Jung In Gi
) memorial service, where Yi Soo slips into the lake, to follow his parents. It was then, I understood unequivocally, the depth of Yi Soo's regard and respect for his father. That one moment, encompassed the magnitude of his despair and made it plausible to nurse and concoct a plot for over a decade.
Grandpa Jo Sang Dook (Lee Jung Il
), is our Big Nasty, which for some reason, I both like and loathe, because not only is he an immovable mastermind, he's cloaked in generous and loving, Haraboji skin. Every move he makes is steeped in lies, cover up and hidden agenda, to which the most minor of requests should be questioned, and yet, it's all done under the guise of a benevolent patriarch. This reality will undoubtedly rock granddaughter Jo Hae Woo's (Son Ye Jin
) core but for now, it actually serves to make me less irritated with his son, who's outwardly and unreservedly an asinine dastardly man.
As long as you live, opportunities will come.---- Yoshimura Junichiro
Destiny seems to have this other worldly component but for SHARK, it's just the course of reality; the world of odds. Tragic events have set reactions in motion, distorted personalities and severed relationships that may never be reset. We're not privy to the past 12 years of our characters lives, and to be frank, it doesn't matter, for Jun's scheme is the cornerstone of our journey. It's up to our characters to decide to be used as his opportunity or to make their own.
Now that we've had a quick overview, I pass it over to my other Drama Club Gals to get us up to date with this week's episodes.
More SHARK Drama Club:
Episodes 1-6 [ Part 1
] [ Part 2
] [ Part 3
] [ Part 4
Check out the SHARK Drama Club’s individual blogs!
Drama Debussie: dramadebussie.com
Kdrama Therapy: kdramatherapy.blogspot.com