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Stranger 

Bimilui Soop (original title)
A prosecutor without empathy and a bold female police are taking a murder case involving unrestrained political corruption.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Seung-woo Cho ...  Hwang Shi-Mok 16 episodes, 2017
Doona Bae ...  Han Yeo-Jin 16 episodes, 2017
Jae-woong Choi Jae-woong Choi ...  Jang Geon 16 episodes, 2017
Joon-Hyuk Lee ...  Seo Dong-Jae 16 episodes, 2017
Kyeong-yeong Lee ...  Lee Yoon-bum 16 episodes, 2017
Jae-myung Yoo ...  Lee Chang-Joon 16 episodes, 2017
Se-ah Yun Se-ah Yun ...  Lee Yeon-Jae 16 episodes, 2017
Hye-Sun Shin Hye-Sun Shin ...  Young Eun-Soo 15 episodes, 2017
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A prosecutor without empathy and a bold female police are taking a murder case involving unrestrained political corruption.

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Official Sites:

Official site [South Korea]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

10 June 2017 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Note on Korean currency: One US dollar is very roughly equal to 1,000 South Korean won. Thus, a business deal involving 700 billion won is roughly equivalent to a 700 million dollar deal. See more »

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Charged, Exciting and Gratifying
29 July 2017 | by akritisingh02See all my reviews

Rarely do some creative content come that deliver a truly gratifying experience and I wouldn't be wrong to say that Stranger/Forest of Secrets is part of that consortium.

Writing/Cinematography/Editing: These three form a fragile pyramid that some dramas aren't able to fully comprehend and implement but Stranger isn't like that. The composition of the above three is such that the story progresses seamlessly. The only thing abrupt would be your own heartbeat, ha ha. The screenplay pools you in, like a magnet, from the first episode itself, binding you inside its sly labyrinth of deft writing.

Characters: aren't fictitious, and by that I mean the characters are portrayed in such a crude fashion wherein you wouldn't fully like or dislike either one, they are in a sense, truly human like and not far-fetched. They all have their faults and strengths, they're not necessarily bad or good. I'm not saying you won't form favorites, of course, we all love our protagonist Hwang Si-mog, he is someone who's so elemental, you can't forget him. Every actor has traveled so deep into their characters, watching their work unfold is really engaging. Personally, after first seeing Jo Seung-woo in Inside Men, I have grown such a liking to him, I can't explain. He's just brilliant.

Music: the composition is such that it is subtle yet striking at the same time, complementing the arrangement of scenes in the drama in an aesthetically satisfying manner. The music sets the mood so perfectly, it really is pleasurable.

I have never written reviews about a drama/film/song and whatnot before but upon completion of this Drama, I felt compelled to say a little, at least something about it. I want more and more people to appreciate what has been given to us in the form of this Drama. A political, psychological, legal thriller that is bound to be memorable. Needless to say, Stranger has now become my utmost favorite Korean-drama I have ever watched. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT HESITATE TO WATCH THIS. I wanted to write an essay on this but I guess I'll stick to a precis, I hope my words were enough to impel you to start watching this.

Lastly, be prepared to question morals, motives, ethics and torment your brain contemplating what will get thrown at you in the next episode, brace for heart-wrenching, nerve-racking moments, because this drama will, most certainly, take you on a ride, you won't forget. Enjoy!

My rating: 9.5 out of 10.


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