The life of a spy or secret agent is always an attractive topic for K-dramas lovers. Korean filmmakers seem to understand this taste as they constantly release spy dramas.
Not only are these dramas polished in the plot and action scenes, but they are also exploited with new aspects when combined with historical or humorous elements. Here are the 5 best Korean spy action dramas of the past years that we would like to recommend to you.
1. Good Casting
“Good Casting” tells the story of three female secret agents who are Baek Chan Mi (Choi Kang Hee), Im Ye Eun (Yoo In Young) and Hwang Mi Soon (Kim Ji Young). The three have to come together to investigate corruption cases under false identities. At the same time, Yoon Seok Ho (Lee Sang Yeob), the CEO of the incorporation, is secretly spying on female spy Baek Chan Mi, who looks exactly like his first love.
The original title of the drama was “Miscasting”. However, director Choi Young Hoon thought that this name was not suitable as the drama was made with good actors and actresses, so he changed it to “Good Casting”.
“Good Casting” has a novel script, mixed with action and comedy elements, so when you watch it, you will be captivated by the story of the drama and will not be bored.
Disgruntled at the unresolved issues, Cha Dal Geon is determined to find out the truth behind the incident. At the same time, in the process of finding the truth, he becomes acquainted with Go Hae Ri (Bae Suzy), an agent of the National Intelligence Service.
The highlight of “Vagabond” is the dramatic scenes that occur continuously throughout each episode. This will make you immersed in Cha Dal Geon’s story and can hardly take your eyes off the screen.
This is definitely a drama you should watch, because besides the fascinating content you will understand more about the relationship between money and power.
3. Royal Secret Agent
This is quite a creative drama when combining the spy action genre with the historical period. The drama revolves around Sung Yi Kyum (Kim Myung Soo), an official convicted of gambling, who was suddenly appointed by the king to be an secret royal inspector. Before that, he had an interesting encounter with Hong Da In (Kwon Nara), when he disguised himself as a “gisaeng” named Hong Lang.
Although their start was not very good, Sung Yi Kyum and Hong Da In worked together to investigate serious cases after that.
In addition to the fact that the cast has excellently fulfilled their roles, “Royal Secret Agent” is also impressive for the attractive script going in the direction of handling bad people and bringing justice to good ones. This is definitely the drama to watch right away on this weekend.
4. The Veil
The drama tells the story of the elite spy of the National Intelligence Service NIS, Han Ji Hyuk (Nam Goong Min), who disappeared for a year after being back-stabbed. He then returned to the organization to find out who was behind the incident, and at the same time tried to regain his lost memories.
With a dramatic plot and thrilling action scenes right from the time it aired, viewers were quickly attracted to “The Veil” because it didn’t follow love stories but focus entirely on the main storyline, explaining the hidden mysteries within the National Intelligence Service.
Therefore, we think “The Veil” is the best spy drama in 2021.
5. Secret Royal Inspector and Joy
The last drama we want to introduce to you on this list is “Secret Royal Inspector and Joy”. The drama tells the story of Ra Yi Eon (Taecyeon), a royal inspector, and Kim Jo Yu (Kim Hye Yoon), an ambitious and passionate widow. Together, they joined forces and became a perfect duo to expose the unjustified incidents in their living place.
If you like historical dramas and the humorous acting of the handsome actor Ok Taecyeon, then you should definitely watch this drama. Besides, the humorous and witty situations that the characters encounter will definitely help you get a good laugh after stressful working hours.
Currently, viewers are looking forward to the second part of “Vagabond” after the first part was successfully released. In short, Korean spy action dramas have a harmonious combination of dramatic and intense plots, suffocating action scenes like the West’s and the typical philosophy and humorous moments of Korean daily life.
Perhaps that’s why these dramas are so novel and attractive not only to domestic audiences but also to international audiences. Hopefully in the future, K-dramas lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy more well-made works on this topic from Korean filmmakers.