Falling for Innocence aka Beating Again: A Jumpstart!

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I’ve always wanted this plot to come to life in a drama ever since I listened to Timeless by Junsu and Zhang LiYin which came out in 2006. A super long wait which I am finally satisfying with Falling for Innocence. This drama tells the story of Kang Min Ho whose family endured betrayal and a corporate coup instigated by his uncle. As a result, his father died and his mother committed suicide while his uncle ruled the company for 25 years. Min Ho dedicates his whole life to getting revenge for his family and taking down his uncle. He becomes known in the corporate world as a ruthless businessman who is so jaded about life that he doesn’t give a rat’s ass to whoever he is hurting. However, his time is limited as he has a heart condition (that his father also had), which gives him only a month’s time left to complete his revenge. As he tries to land the last blow on his uncle’s company, he meets Soon Jung, a very capable secretary whose father was the one that betrayed Min Ho’s father. Thus, he marked her as public enemy number #2 for payback.

Meanwhile Soon Jung is about to get married to her lovable and adorable boyfriend who is a cop. She and her boyfriend are friends with Joon Hee, who is a lawyer to the same company that the uncle rules. Methinks he has feelings for Soon Jung, too, but does not want to cause trouble with his cop hyung. Unfortunately, her boyfriend instigates a fight with Min Ho to which Min Ho makes a settlement with Soon Jung by offering her to be his own secretary instead of his uncle’s. He shows her the uncle’s true colors and manipulative ways. She also learns that Min Ho is sick as he falls into her arms when they had arranged a meeting to discuss business matters. Min Ho’s condition is found out by his uncle and his whole plan falls apart. He thinks that Soon Jung was the one who leaked the info and completely loses his temper. He is rushed to the ER in a critical state. Meanwhile Soon Jung’s boyfriend find out that Joon Hee is doing illegal dealings as he is ambitious and wants to rise to the top instead of being someone’s dog. The cop boyfriend coincidentally gets into a car accident to which he passes away from. However, not before his heart is deemed compatible for Min Ho who had only a 1% chance of survival and finding a donor heart. Min Ho receives the new heart and possible a new personality change?

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Heartless City

Original Title: 무정도시 / Moojungdoshi / Cruel City

Episodes: 20

Year: 2013

Country: South Korea

Channel: JTBC

Theme: Mystery, Suspense, Noir, Romance

               Plot: Cruel City (Heartless City), a 20 episode drama, flew mostly under the radar during it’s broadcast. In a similar vein, this dark noir piece talks of the seedy underbelly of a city where police and criminals are indiscriminate. The story starts with Jung Shi Hyun, better known as Doctor’s Son, who is a middle level boss in a cocaine drug  ring. Accompanied by his trusty right hand man, Soo, and beautiful yet deadly “aunt”, Jin Sook, his faction is a force to be reckoned with in the shady underworld of criminal organizations. On the other side, the legal side, we have Hyung Min and Soo Min. Hyung Min, son of a Prosecutor is a fiery young detective hell bent on crushing the cocaine rings in the city that ruined his brother. Soo Min is the younger “sister” of Hyung Min’s fiance. Though they don’t find out at first, Shi Hyun, Soo Min, and her sister had all grown up at an orphange together and Shi Hyun had been her sister’s best friend. After the tragic death of Soo Min’s sister with Shi Hyun present, Hyung Min mistakenly targest Shi Hyun as the killer of his fiance. What ensues is a cat and mouse game between Shi Hyun and Hyung Min.

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Time Between Dog and Wolf

Original Title: 개와 늑대의 시간 / Time Between Dog and Wolf

Episodes: 16

Year: 2007

Country: South Korea

Channel: MBC

Theme: Action, Suspense, Thriller, Mystery, Romance

                Plot: Time Between Dog and Wolf, a 16 episode drama, is a mask upon a mask upon a mask. In the beginning, Soo-Hyun, the protagonist of the story is traumatized as a child when his mother was shot right in front of his eyes by a gangster named Mao in Thailand. Luckily, he was quickly adopted by Jung-Ho’s family and grew up together with his son, MIn-ki in Korea. The two children grew up to be NIS agents following their father. By a twist of fate, Soo-Hyun manages to reunite with his childhood first love Ji Woo whom he had first met when he lived in Thailand. However, his normalcy was soon shattered when one of his missions ended in failure due to resurfacing of memories of his childhood trauma. Vowing personal revenge against the Mao, he ignored his superior’s orders and was subsequently fired.

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