Suits (Hangul: 슈츠; RR: Shucheu) is a South Korean television series starring Jang Dong-gun and Park Hyung-sik. The drama is based on the American television series of the same name by Aaron Korsh. It aired on KBS2 starting April 25, 2018 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 22:00 (KST) for 16 episodes.
I have been waiting for some time for Hyung-sik to come back with a good production, and immediately got excited when I heard that he would be acting in the Korean remake of Suits with Jang Dong-gun.
As a heads-up, I’ve never watched the original Suits, though I’ve heard bits about it, so I can’t really give feedback about whether the Korean version did justice/is worse/is better than the American one. But I consider that an advantage of sorts, since I have no bias nor expectation of how the show should flow.
Cast – All. So. Outstanding.
Okay frankly, I had a minor issue with Ko Sung-hee’s Ji-na, because she didn’t seem as naturally in-role as the other actors, but generally she was fine. She’s not a bad actress, just not exactly the perfect fit.
Park Hyung-sik and Jang Dong-geun though – just wow. These two actors had never worked before (not to my knowledge), but the bromance is definitely strong in this pair. Hyung-sik had no problem as a hardworking genius (albeit very cocky), and JDG was just suave from start to finish. I think PHS is clearly a very talented actor, but JDG really shows how experienced he is when he pays attention to tiny actions and details. They really made it feel like I was enjoying a movie rather than a drama, which is not something I’ve experienced since Goblin? I think. Someone really needs to bring these two actors together again in another production. I won’t say they carried the show because it discredits the rest of the cast, but they were the ones that truly breathed the life into this drama. I honestly can’t imagine anyone else being casted for their roles.
Plot – I’ve heard about how the original Suits has 7 seasons, and apparently they kinda crammed it into 16 episodes for the Korean one – please correct me if I’m wrong. But for all that cramming, I truly enjoyed how fast-paced the drama was. Every episode was well-timed, exciting, and truly kept me on my seat from start to end. You know how some K-dramas just drag some of the episodes out with nothing happening except like some petty squabble? You’ll have none of it here in Suits. I don’t know if I was the only one, but every episode felt like part of a long, continuous movie to me. That is exactly how tight the plot is.
There’s one thing I really, really want to highlight – the ending. I know, very typical that bad guys get their desserts served by the end of the show. But for the main lead to get the punishment he deserves too? Hold up right there. I was actually a bit shocked at how it went because K-drama scriptwriters are so good at wriggling the leads out of sticky situations (looking right at you DOTS) that I think it’s one of the rare few times I ever saw the male lead going to jail and not getting the glorified hero’s welcome. Actually, it’s probably the only time.
OST – Do check out VROMANCE’s Now, one of my favourite songs in this drama’s OST. I think it really encapsulates the drama by prompting action and tense emotions, which adds to the intensity of every episode.
It’s one of those rare few reviews where I can’t pick any faults out.
If I had to be nit-picky, like really nit-picky, I would probably choose some of the bad guys as being – well, too stereotypical. I feel like they are very typical K-drama antagonists – downright evil, cunning, hates on the good guys so much that you wonder why. However, one saving grace is Geun-sik. Throughout the show, he’s portrayed as this annoying character who keeps trying to thwart the good guys, but you realize in the end that he’s just like any other ambitious (but sadly, severely lacking) person who wants recognition and to be on an equal footing as his colleague. I know this trope is has been used before (think Harry Potter), but it’s still uncommon in K-dramaland, so I’ll give this a thumbs-up for the effort made.
I know the fact that it’s a legal drama can throw some people off with the misconception that it’s going to be boring, but that frankly does no justice to the fantastic plot and cast strung together by this production team. Even if you are watching this having watched the American one, I suggest to put aside your prejudices so that you can better enjoy this show for what it simply is – a masterpiece.
Anyone knows if a 2nd season might be in the works? 👀