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  1. Taxi Driver (aka Deluxe Taxi) Director: Park Joon Ho Writers: Webcomic: Carlos and Lee Jae Jin Screenplay: Oh Sang Ho and Lee Ji Hyun Cast: Lee Je Hoon as Kim Do Ki Esom as Kang Ha Na Kim Eui Sung as Jang Sung Chul Pyo Ye Jin as Ahn Go Eun Jang Hyuk jin as Choi Kyung Koo Bae Yoo Ram as Park Jin Eon Lee Young Ae as the voice of the guide Cha Ji Yeon as Baek Sung Mi There is something about revenge that can be very satisfying if done right. “Deluxe Taxi” asks the question that in a world where the law wants to protect the innocent even if it means guilty people go free, how do the victims of those freed guilty people get their justice? Thus the Rainbow Deluxe Taxi Company was formed to get revenge for the victims of those criminals who have managed to beat the law, whether through fancy lawyers, payoffs, connections, or whatever. If for whatever reason, the law is unable to punish them, the victims can utilize the services of the Rainbow Deluxe Taxi company to administer some vigilante justice. Jang Sung Chul is the leader of this vigilante operation who assembles a team of people who are experts in their respective fields (fighting, hacking, wiretapping, mechanics, etc.) necessary to capture the criminals. Each member has had close contact with a serious crime, some with a miscarriage of justice. For instance, the hacker Ahn Go Eun is the younger sister of a woman who had been driven to suicide by her boyfriend releasing sex tapes of her to online porno sites. However, the boyfriend was left unscathed. The driver and fighter Kim Do Gi had his mother killed by a serial killer. On the surface, Jang Sung Chul himself is a respectable society leader and director of the Blue Bird Foundation which was created to help crime victims who hob-nobs with prosecutors and captains of industry. However, as the head of Rainbow Deluxe Taxi Company, he is ruthless about apprehending criminals. Vigilante justice comes at a price though. In this case, since they are not looking to kill the criminals they apprehend, Jang Sung Chul made a deal with a leader of the underground economy Baek Sung Mi who is involved in all sorts of shady dealings including black market sales of organs. Baek Sung Mi imprisons the people that the Rainbow Taxi Company captures in tiny cells built into the ground where they suffer for their crimes until their punishment is deemed sufficient or they die. The cells are small enough that a person can’t ever stretch out in any direction, and their meals are haphazard, just enough to keep them alive. It does not escape the notice of the good guys that if they did not need her, Baek Sung Mi is the kind of person that they might have gone after. A new elite prosecutor Kang Ha Na joins the Seoul Northern District Prosecutor’s Office, and becomes interested in the Rainbow Taxi Company when she realizes that they seem to be tied to the disappearances of some criminals who had gone free after their trials. At first, she is determined to bring the vigilantes justice as well, until her investigator is killed during an investigation and she is not able to get justice for him. She particularly notices Kim Do Ki as the taxi driver at a number of crime scenes, and even confronts him with her suspicions of his activities. KDK's response "If people like you had done your job right, then I would not have a job to do." The drama is very slickly done, and though it clearly wants you to root for the vigilante team, it does not shy away entirely from questions of what price does vigilante justice exact and is it always fitting and right. Having said that, the members of the team are all well-intended and dedicated to their cause. By bending a few laws such as breaking, entering, wiretapping, kidnapping, etc, they are able to bring about revenge for their clients. The drama can be a bit intense, especially in terms of some of the violence, though they tend to allude to more than they depict. Lee Je Hoon as Kim Do Ki is the dark knight who is the most prominent face of vigilante justice as he drives the potential clients to solicit their decision for revenge or not, the one who does the fighting as necessary and the one who ultimately kidnaps the criminals to take them to their punishment. Kim Do Ki is a man of little words and inscrutable reactions who always gets the job done, aided by the mechanical genius of Choi Kyung Koo and Park Jin Eon who can build or jury-rig anything that is needed for any situation and the exceptional hacking abilities of Ahn Go Eun. Even if their characters can almost be stereotypical (think “Leverage” or other rough/vigilante justice), the actors infuse a sincerity to their characters as well as a sense of fun. It’s definitely a drama worth watching, and there seems to be a second season planned for this drama, with a possible air date of 2022. Plot/Story: 7 Casting: 8 Production Value: 7 Re-Watch Value: 8 Ending Spoiler
  2. Broadcast : Channel A Schedule : September 4, 2020- October 24, 2020 Aired on: Friday & Saturday 2150 Country: South Korea Language: Korean Ji Eun-Soo ( LEe Yu-Ri is a daughter-in-law of a powerful Chaebol family. She suddenly becomes a murderer, who killed her husband. After she is released from prison, she tries to get her daughter back. She approaches Kang Ji-Min ( Yeon Jeong-Hun), who adopted her daughter. He is a cool as ice reporter. Ji Sun-Soo Pretends to fall in love with him and attempts to marry him to become the stepmother of her daughter. Source ( AsianWiki) & ( MyDramalist) @abs-oluteM Basic Information OST Behind The Scenes Official Trailer OST
  3. Na I-jae (Namgoong Min) formerly an emergency specialist and surgeon at Taekang Hospital was falsely accused of medical malpractice and served out a three-year prison sentence where he cultivated key relationships and began hatching a revenge scheme against those who put him there. Or so it seems. But as the story unfolds, it is not entirely certain that revenge is all he’s after. The “good” doctor apparently has bigger fish to fry. Using his medical skills, mental acuity and a knack for thinking on his feet, Na I-jae sets his sights on being the medical director of one of the largest penitentiaries in Seoul. Why? According to the premise of this drama, the person who runs the medical facility in the prison wields the greatest power. That person has the authority to control the traffic of prisoners in and out of the penitentiary by exploiting his medical expertise. Not long after his release the ethically flexible I-jae uses his seemingly encyclopaedic knowledge of medical conditions to enable well-connected inmates to appeal for stays of execution to take advantage of this particular loop hole in the judicial system. Our introduction to how Na I-jae works comes from his interaction with O Jung-hee a wealthy businesswoman who allegedly took out a contract on her ex-husband’s mistress. She escapes a prolonged prison stay when Na I-jae manufactures an illness which provides her with a stay of execution. This lady is happy but completely unaware that this is merely the start to a longwinded transactional relationship between them. Early on Na I-jae targets the second son of the Taekang conglomerate, Lee Jae-hwan (Park Eun-seok) who figures in the doctor’s past. The youngster is a no-good wastrel whose drug habit makes him an easy prey for his older half brother. As he heads towards prison, he falls into the clutches of the soon-to-be medical director of Western Seoul penitentiary. This marks the beginings of the crafty doctor’s grand plan to deal with corruption between colluding forces in medicine and Big Business. Na I-jae’s primary adversaries are the former medical director of Western Seoul Prison, Sun Min-sik (Kim Byung-chul) and the ambitious scion of Taekang Group, Lee Jae-jun (Choi Won-young). All three actors of course are well-regarded veterans of the screen and they are seem to play up the villainous side of their respective characters with no lack of enjoyment. The main trio are pros in the way they negotiate, transact and play off one against the other with inhuman energy and resolve. Most of the show’s best moments involve these men bluffing like seasoned card sharps in a poker game. At first glance this drama functions as a protracted David and Goliath battle of wits among the the dubious, the devious and the maniacal. Na I-jae, the man is something of a cipher to those around him. One wonders how he managed to transform himself from being a caring ER doctor into a machiavellian power broker almost overnight. One some level he seems rather too eager to walk on the wild side, as someone who is willing to bend the law, play fast and loose with the hippocratic oath to get the job done. His unscrupulous streak is undeniable.All up he's an outlaw, an avenging angel and a glib negotiator. In short an antihero, beautifully played by the immersive Namgoong Min. Namgoong Min has built his career in the last decade playing villains and antiheroes. He does this it seems to me as an actor playing an actor which really suits here. I-jae is a man with many faces and switches roles when the occasion calls for it. A look, a glance, a trademark gesture, a smirk and a death glare. His instincts for the character, in my opinion, are absolutely right on the money. Na I-jae doesn’t exactly have friends. Perhaps a man in his position can’t afford to. But what he has are allies - an interesting assortment of individuals who throw their lot in with him when they are backed into a corner by his machinations or perceive a common cause when he achieves the right results. One of his most important allies is psychiatrist Han So-geum (Kwon Na-ra) who is searching for her brother Han Bit who seems to have disappeared off the surface of the earth. Han BIt is connected to Taekang and was working as analyst there when the former chairman collapsed in his office. Han So-geum does psychiatric sessions with the mercurial Lee Jae-jun and handily provides insight into his character as Na I-jae adapts his schemes accordingly. A reluctant ally in the cause is Prosecutor Jung Ui-sik (Jang Hyun-sung) who is dragged into the fray but bread crumbs fed to him by Na I-jae. He throws fake tantrums about being led around but at the end of the day he has enough a conscience to do the right thing. His push and pull with O Jung-hee is hilarious and they end up having the show’s only real romance. Speaking of Han So-geum and O Jung-hee, the show has a lovely parade of good female characters. It’s the advantage, I think of not having romance front and centre of the interactions. Apart from them, there’s also Lee Jae-in (Lee Dae-in) , the immensely competent sister of Lee Jae-hwan who is a much better candidate to run the family business. Their mother Mo Yi-ra has her moments. Furthermore Dr Bok Hye-soo, a staff member of the prison becomes an important part of the gang later in the story. Despite the high stakes game that’s being played here, the show has a fun vibe with plenty of laughs to be had. It games plausibility with joyful abandon. At times it’s a little bit Count of Monte Cristo, at other times it feels like Ocean’s 11 or The Italian Job. Some might accuse it of being over-the-top and there’s some obligatory melodrama but I revel in the cleverness of the crazy plot. In a way I'm glad that I watched it after its initial airing. It would have killed me having to wait week after week after the nail-biting, edge-of the seat cliffhangers. Even within each episode there are all kinds of nerve-wrecking moments... and they allow for Na I-jae to show off his adaptability and agility. Story/Plot: 9 Storytelling: 10 Acting: 10 Production Values: 10 Rewatch Value: 8
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