Player (2018) || Kdrama Review 🚨

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Player aired on OCN from September to November in 2018. The 14 episodes took the Saturday & Sunday slots at 22:20pm (a bit of a weird time haha).

For Player I would like to put in some trigger warnings – these are the ones that I could think of and I’m sorry if I missed any.

TWs: Rape/sexual assault, suicide, violence, blood, sex crimes (distribution of rape videos online), murder, blackmail


Player follows a team of four criminals that came together to steal the dirty money of high-profile chaebols/businessmen and officials. While doing this task they gather information about their target’s illegal activity and hand it over to a law-abiding Prosecutor so he can arrest and charge them. During this process, the Prosecutor turns them into the elite Crime Proceeds Redemption Team that is under the radar of the system.

The plot is fast paced which goes well with the slick production and editing of this OCN drama. I would also highly recommend listening to the OST, because every song is fantastic! My favourites were from The Vane (aka Purple Rain’s Chae Bo Hoon) and f(x)’s Luna ♥ All of the villains are well acted and for the most part well rounded and distinguishable from each other. And the overarching mystery of who “that person” is – the figure who silently reigns the corrupt rich from the shadows. This is all linked to the past, which seems to be repeating with the next presidential election. It’s interesting to see how these singular plots connect with the overarching one, as well as the personal connections to our main characters.

The team is made up of a swindler, a fighter, a hacker, and a driver. And I love them all! ♥

Kang Hari (Song Seung Heon) is the swindler and the one who makes most of the decisions and brings the group together. Hari has the “I only care about money” persona, but his actions often dissuade that notion. He has a mysterious backstory and a drive to get his hands on “that person” that comes from a personal tragedy. Hari is cunning, but thoughtful and has his fun moments. And is never afraid to get his hands dirty to make criminals pay, all the while looking very hot!

Byung Min (Lee Shi Un) is an internationally recognised hacker (and self-proclaimed leader of the team). He’s in charge of all the technology and aiding the others on stings. This man is also an idiot! Along with Jin Woong (Tae Won Suk) – a very skilled fighter who is always the last man standing – these idiots and their bickering is often the comedic relief. However, they do have their serious moments that left me feeling sad and worried for their safety. I didn’t want anything to happen to my geek and big bear!

Lastly, we have Ah Ryung (Krystal Jung) who is scouted in the first episode by Hari is an incredibly skilled driver. She’s an orphan with a different set of skills than those of her age and becomes the little sister these men didn’t know they wanted or needed. I loved her playfulness and humour with the others and how we see her grow so much through the drama.

Those not in the team, but still important and connected to them are Prosecutor Jang and Choo Yeon Hee. Jang In Gyu (Kim Won Hae) is an upstanding Prosecutor who doesn’t give into the corrupt actions of his seniors and strives to fight for those who are innocent and get the criminals sent to prison where they belong. At first, I wasn’t overly sold on his character, but over time I definitely warmed up to him. And this went for his own team. They really became actual people rather than just faces in the background. And then Yeon Hee (Yoo Ye Bin) is a doctor with a past with Hari. Through her gaze we see Hari in a different light which makes us question his motives and also speculate how they know each other. Plus, it’s always good to have an ally of sorts with a medical degree and a clinic when you’re constantly getting into fights.

While the plot is good, I did find myself compelled to keep watching for the characters. The acting is also brilliant! There is no one who felt out of place and I was always captured and in the moment while watching. I would explain more about the villains and how I felt about them, but I do think not knowing much about them is the best way to watch. I will say that the overarching villain was slightly disappointing. He was built up so much and in the end I wasn’t overly impressed. Oh and can we talk about how every time I see Heo Jun Ho – who plays a character in flashbacks – I get kind of scared… Come and Hug Me lives in my head rent free which means so does this man as a serial killer 😅

Back to the plot, there were also parts where I was confused, and the reason was mainly because of the pacing. This is such a fast-paced drama, and they would tend to target and successfully have them arrested in either 1 or 2 episodes. As well as the timeline being a bit muddled. And I’m not sure if this is a “me problem” or it’s actually a bit too rushed in some cases. If you’ve seen Player, what are your thoughts on this? There are also times where the clues or upcoming conflicts are a little heavy handed. The one that comes to mind the most is with a member of Jang’s prosecution team and while it wasn’t exactly well established, I was still emotional when a certain action transpired. And the ending was close to disappointing me, however, I was happy to have been surprised by these 4 idiots repeatedly throughout Player and ultimately in the end as well.

Overall, this is a wonderful drama. It’s 14 episodes of nonstop action, car chases, fights and mini operations that keep you on the edge of your seat. Yet it still has time for the comedic and heart-warming moments, as well as the growth and emotional connection of our leads.


Ratings:

  • Plot: 7
  • Production: 9
  • Acting: 10
  • Enjoyment: 7

Overall Rating: 8.25/10


Credits:

  • Created by: Studio Dragon
  • Written by: Shin Jae Hyung
  • Directed by: Go Jaehyun
  • Running Time: 60 minutes
  • Original Network: OCN
  • Original Release: 29th September – 11th November, 2018

What are your thoughts on Player? Or do you plan on watching it soon? Let me know in the comments~

Thanks for reading! I hope you’re having a lovely day and staying safe ♥

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25 yrs old// British// Kdrama lover♥

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