With the help of a gutsy female detective, a prosecutor who has almost lost the ability to feel emotions tackles a strange murder case amid political corruption.
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Series cast summary:
Cho Seung-woo ...  Hwang Shi Mok 32 episodes, 2017-2020
Bae Doona ...  Han Yeo Jin 32 episodes, 2017-2020
Joon-hyuk Lee ...  Seo Dong Jae 29 episodes, 2017-2020
Jae-woong Choi Jae-woong Choi ...  Jang Geon 28 episodes, 2017-2020
Bae-soo Jeon ...  Choi Yoon Soo 28 episodes, 2017-2020
Yun Se-ah ...  Lee Yeon Jae 25 episodes, 2017-2020
Yoon Jong-In Yoon Jong-In ...  Seo Sang Won 25 episodes, 2017-2020
Ji-Ho Song Ji-Ho Song ...  Park Soon Chang 25 episodes, 2017-2020
Park Sung-Geun Park Sung-Geun ...  Kang Won Cheol 25 episodes, 2017-2020
Yoo Jae-Myung ...  Lee Chang Joon 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Hye-Sun Shin ...  Young Eun Soo 17 episodes, 2017-2020
Hye-jin Jeon ...  Choi Bit 16 episodes, 2020
Tae-Hyung Lee Tae-Hyung Lee ...  Investigator Kim Ho Sub 16 episodes, 2017-2020
Moo-Seong Choi Moo-Seong Choi ...  Woo Tae Ha 15 episodes, 2020
Kyoo-hyung Lee Kyoo-hyung Lee ...  Yoon Se Won 15 episodes, 2017-2020
So-Ra Kim So-Ra Kim ...  Assisting Officer Choi Young 15 episodes, 2017
Kyeong-Yeong Lee ...  Lee Yoon Beom 14 episodes, 2017
Dong-won Seo ...  Kim Jeong Bon 13 episodes, 2017
Yeong-jae Kim Yeong-jae Kim ...  Kim Sa Hyun 13 episodes, 2020


Hwang Shi Mok is an exemplary prosecutor who suffered from hypersensitivity to certain sounds. After undergoing a brain surgery in his youth he almost lost his sense of empathy. While investigating a strange murder case, he meets police lieutenant Han Yeo Jin, and she assists him in solving it. As they begin to unravel the mystery behind the murders, they also discover that someone guides and someone hinders their efforts to unfold the secrets about a larger scheme of corruption between the government's Public Prosecutor's Office and a private conglomerate. Written by Wikipedia

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Season 2 plot is inspired by the real Prosecution Office/Police Agency conflict of 2020. See more »


The male lead has undergone insular cortex surgery in his childhood. The insular cortex has many functions including representing emotions, and empathy. Insular cortex surgery is performed for the epilepsy treatment. But hypersensitivity to sounds isn't treated by brain surgery. 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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