Netflix Origina Kdrama ‘Narco-Saints’ Review

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The Netflix Original drama ‘Narco-Saints‘ is a thrilling crime series that first aired in September 2022. Based on true events, this show has received global acclaim, reaching the third spot in the global Netflix TV show category shortly after its release. This is said to be a faster initial success than ‘Squid Game‘. Originally, ‘Narco-Saints’ was planned as a movie spanning three hours, but for the sake of plot development and continuity, it was turned into a six-part series. If you’re a fan of drug crime stories, I believe you’ll definitely find this drama entertaining.

Narco-Saints

  • Genre: Thriller, Crime
  • Release Date: September 9, 2022
  • Episodes: 6-part series
  • Directors: Yoon Jong-bin, Kwon Sung-hwi
  • Actors: Ha Jung-woo, Hwang Jung-min, Park Hae-soo, Cho Woo-jin, Yoo Yeon-seok, Jang Chen

What is the plot

Kang In-gu starts a business dealing with fish in Suriname with the aim of making big money. However, he unknowingly gets framed as a drug offender, and his business goes down the drain, leaving him helpless and imprisoned. At this point, a National Intelligence Service agent approaches Kang In-gu with a hefty reward offer to collaborate in catching the drug king, Jeon Yo-hwan. Kang In-gu joins hands with the National Intelligence Service and unfolds a plan to propose a bigger business to Jeon Yo-hwan in order to catch him.

who is the cast

Kang In-gu (played by Ha Jung-woo)

Kang In-gu is a hardworking civilian businessman who works tirelessly for his family. He starts a new business with a friend in the unfamiliar land of Suriname to make big money. However, due to Jeon Yo-hwan, his business is ruined and he collaborates with the National Intelligence Service to apprehend Jeon Yo-hwan. The role of Kang In-gu is played by actor Ha Jung-woo, who impressed with his performance in the movie ‘Ashfall‘.

Jeon Yo-hwan (played by Hwang Jung-min)

Jeon Yo-hwan is masquerading as a pastor of a Korean church in Suriname, but in reality, he’s a drug lord who built his own kingdom in Suriname through drug distribution. Enjoying immense wealth and power, he is proposed a bigger business venture for his drug empire by Kang In-gu. The role of Jeon Yo-hwan is played by actor Hwang Jung-min, who portrayed the character Jeon Doo-kwang in the blockbuster movie ‘12.12 THE DAY‘, which surpassed 10 million viewers.

Koo Sang-man (played by Park Hae-soo)

Koo Sang-man is a National Intelligence Service team leader who has been tracking Jeon Yo-hwan for years. He requests cooperation from businessman Kang In-gu to apprehend him and approaches Jeon Yo-hwan in disguise. The role of Koo Sang-man is played by actor Park Hae-soo, who impressed with his performance in ‘Squid Game‘.

Byun Ki-tae (played by Cho Woo-jin)

Byun Ki-tae is known as a preacher and is a close aide to Jeon Yo-hwan, taking care of his dirty work. Although he has betrayed a Chinese organization in the past, he shows absolute loyalty to Jeon Yo-hwan. The role of Byun Ki-tae is played by actor Cho Woo-jin.

David Park (played by Yoo Yeon-seok)

Raised in Colombia, David Park is bilingual in Korean and English and serves as the brain of the organization. He is in charge of providing legal advice to the organization led by Jeon Yo-hwan. The role of David Park is played by actor Yoo Yeon-seok, who played a memorable serial killer in ‘A Bloody Lucky Day’.

Chen Jin (played by Jang Chen)

Chen Jin is the infamous leader of a Chinese organization in Suriname. He is a character who is deeply dissatisfied after losing his drug monopoly to Jeon Yo-hwan due to Byun Ki-tae’s betrayal. The role of Chen Jin is played by actor Jang Chen.

Simple Review

‘Narco-Saints’ is a Korean-style drug drama based on real events. The story is simple and ordinary, but the fast pacing, logical progression, the actors’ performances, and surprising scenes all blend well to offer an immersive experience akin to a movie. I found it so entertaining that I watched it all in just one day after its release. The ending is somewhat divisive among viewers. However, considering the handicap of essentially revealing the ending as it’s based on a real-life event, I think the conclusion is not bad.

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