Suits: Korean Drama Review

Suits Korean Drama

Suits Korean Drama Cast

Choi Kang-Seok – Jang Dong-Gun
Go Yeon-Woo – Park Hyung-Sik
Kang Ha-Yeon – Jin Hee-Kyung
Hong Da-Ham – Chae Jung-Ahn
Kim Ji-Na – Go Sung-Hee
Chae Geun-Sik – Choi Gwi-Hwa
Cheol-Soon – Lee Sang-Yi
Se-Hee – Lee Si-Won
Park Joon-Pyo – Lee Yi-Kyung
Rapper BewhY – BewhY
Na Joo-Hee – Jang Shin-Young
Sung Yoo-Jin – Jung Ae-Youn

Suits Korean Drama Synopsis

Choi Kang-Seok (Jang Dong-Gun) is a legendary, charismatic and attractive lawyer from the best law firm in South Korea. He hires Go Yeon-Woo (Park Hyung-Sik) as a rookie attorney at the firm, a young man who is a complete genius and has faced a life full of hardships. Now the two of them will be working together solving all kinds of legal cases. But there is a problem, Go Yeon Woo only has a photographic memory but he doesn’t have a law degree.

My Verdict On Suits

Suits is based on an American series of the same name created by Aaron Korsh, which is a global success since its release in 2011.

I have to confess that I was skeptical about this South Korean remake. I had seen previous South Korean adaptations of other successful North American tv shows and my impressions were completely different in each case. Criminal Minds left me disappointed and unimpressed. As for The Good Wife, I thought it was excellent with a slight slip at the end but I enjoyed it regardless.

Suits was advertised heavily and brought with it a lot of anticipation before its release. KBS no doubt sensed another resounding success with this Korean remake. It was not in vain as there has been a remake fever in korean dramas recently. Anticipation skyrocketed to new heights when it was announced that Jang Dong-Gun and Park Hyung-Sik were confirmed to be the lead casts.

Did Suits crashed and burned in the same vein as Criminal Minds and Entourage or managed to achieve the same critical success and viewership of The Good Wife? I have an answer for you. Not quite. And that’s good as I’ll explain in detail.

Suits is MINDBLOWING. It’s all in the details and they’re done to perfection. Almost as if it had been tailor made for Korean audiences. (pun intended, not sorry) In its 16 episodes Suits has testified that a South Korean iteration of a North American TV property can not only be adapted fittingly to Korean sensibilities but also leave a strong impact that can equal or exceed the original property in terms of its range and influence.

It is not a carbon copy of the original, the story has a life of its own, and the actors are able to bring life to their characters with clear and distinguishable differences that make you root for them. The actors were perfectly cast. What about the leads? No need to worry, their bromance is through the roof, and they complement each other very well. They completely redefine the mentor-apprentice duo.

Jang Dong-Gun perfectly embodies his character, a cold and calm lawyer on the outside but reveals how kind he is inside over the course of the drama. He stands out not only for his charisma but also for his capacity to fight and for his leadership. Park Hyung-Sik continues to demonstrate his talent and showcase his acting chops by embodying the naivety and ethical integrity of his character.

As for the rest of the cast, Jin Hee-Kyung, a veteran, impresses with the firmness and poise of her character Kang Ha-Yeon. She makes it clear that she is the one in charge of the law firm, standing out in her appearances, especially in her conversations with Choi Kang Seok. Chae Jung-Ahn with her character Hong Da-Ham exhibited a vulnerable side and a romantic chemistry with Choi that left me hooked to the drama. Ko Sung-Hee as Kim Ji-Na seems to be a competitor at first with Go Yeon-Woo but began to reveal a more intimate side as the episodes unfold in another romance with an unexpected twist! With Choi Gwi-Hwa as Chae Geun-Sik, I had problems with the character at first, but later on I was faced with a series of unexpected surprises that made me understand and even sympathize with his character.

The story is a slow-burn, especially at first, but it’s worth it. It takes time, nothing is left to chance, everything is connected and has a purpose. The script is impressive especially with its dialogues that skillfully handle legal terminology in a way that is not confusing but makes it understandable and fun. I especially enjoyed the back and forth wordplay between the characters. The editing is masterful, the work of a genius, the cinematography as always perfect of a production of this caliber.

This drama has everything to satisfy everyone, it has many elements and all contribute to creating a unique and fantastic story that will captivate you from start to finish. Whether you’ve seen the original version or not, this drama is a must-see and in my personal opinion one of the best Korean dramas of 2018.

Do I have a nitpick? Well, Bewhy cameo comes into mind. I wished it was a cameo of sorts, but his acting was truly awful.

Suits Korean Drama