Finally, the Netflix original series ‘The Bequeathed‘ was released yesterday. I watched all the episodes in just one day yesterday and so, I’m going to write ‘The Bequeathed’ Review. It consists of a total of 6 episodes, each approximately 50 minutes in length.
The script was written by director Yeon Sang-ho, and the direction was handled by director Min Hong-nam, who has worked with Yeon Sang-ho several times. Given that director Yeon Sang-ho, who directed ‘Hellbound‘, wrote the script, and considering the atmosphere exuded by the trailer, I thought it might be an occult drama with fantasy elements. However, after watching the drama, it turned out to be a realistic crime thriller genre with no fantasy elements at all.
Here are the conditions for people who might enjoy ‘The Bequeathed’:
- People who love dark and eerie crime thrillers.
- Fans of actors Kim Hyun-joo, Park Hee-soon, Park Sang-min, and Ryu Kyung-soo.
- People who are curious about plot twists that could be divisive.
The Netflix Korean drama ‘The Bequeathed’ is a work that depicts a series of ominous events that occur after the protagonist, Yoon Seo-ha, inherits the property left behind after her stepfather’s death, and the secrets related to it are revealed.
If you were expecting an occult drama based on the synopsis and trailer, you might be disappointed. Of course, it may have been made to look that way to pique viewers’ curiosity and interest, but when you actually watch it, it’s just a crime thriller drama. So, let’s write an honest ‘The Bequeathed’ review as I saw it. I won’t write detailed contents for those who haven’t watched it yet, so you can read it with ease.
‘The Bequeathed’ Review
The first episode begins with the scene where Yoon Seo-ha’s (played by Kim Hyun-joo) stepfather dies while walking down the street. This scene is interspersed with the scene of a shaman performing a ritual, indicating that it’s not a simple death. I initially thought it was an occult film due to the very dark and eerie atmosphere from the start and the strange behavior of Yoon Seo-ha’s suddenly appeared half-brother Kim Young-ho (played by Ryu Kyung-soo). However, as the episodes progressed, the emergence of a murder case and the faint appearance of the culprit led me to realize that it’s not an occult film but a dark crime thriller. Afterwards, I was curious about who committed the murder, why, and what for, so I watched till the end of the episode.
Whenever I watch such thriller films, I continually infer who the culprit might be. I also watched ‘The Bequeathed’ suspecting several characters, but there was not enough motive and clues to confirm them as the culprits. Thus, in the latter part of the drama, the perpetrator of the murder case is revealed, which could be the twist of the drama. I think this twist could be divisive. It’s certainly shocking, but it didn’t come as a shock to me. I can’t detail it as there are people who haven’t seen the drama yet, but the contents of the twist didn’t convince me. Also, I thought it might not be fresh to those who watch a lot of movies and dramas. I even thought it might have been more fun if it was an occult film.
Since the drama tried to unravel the stories of each main character within a short episode, it might have been difficult for viewers to understand or empathize with any character. That’s also why I couldn’t immerse myself deeply into the drama. Nevertheless, thanks to all the actors who well-digested the complex characters, I was able to watch it till the end. If you like the crime thriller genre, I recommend ‘The Bequeathed‘ as a light watch. This is my ‘The Bequeathed’ Review.