From Song Hye Kyo to Kim Nam Joo, “private revenge” has recently emerged as a key to success for K-dramas

Netizens discuss the “private revenge” trend among K-dramas as Kim Nam Joo also announced her return with a revenge work.

Actress Kim Nam Joo, who often achieves high ratings and popularity in the works she stars in, recently announced her return to the small screen.

On May 30th, the production team of “Wonderful World” (written by Kim Ji Eun/ directed by Lee Seung Young) confirmed Kim Nam Joo’s appearance in their project and the plan to air the drama in the first half of next year.


Kim Nam Joo will make her first drama comeback after a long hiatus since JTBC’s 2018 series “Misty” ended. In “Misty”, Kim Nam Joo plays Go Hye Ran, a top anchorwoman in Korea who became a suspect in a murder. The drama rating started at 3.5% then rose steadily and recorded 8.5% in the last episode. Moreover, Kim Nam Joo even won Best Actress at the Baeksang Arts Awards of the same year.

“Misty” was Kim Nam Joo’s comeback six years after KBS 2TV’s 2012 weekend drama “My Husband Got a Family”. Five years after “Misty”, Kim Nam Joo, who has been so well-loved for her outstanding choice of works and character digestion, chose a project about “private revenge” for her latest return.

“Wonderful World” is an emotional healing thriller about Eun Soo Hyun, who unfairly lost her young son, trying to punish the perpetrator outside the reach of the law on her own. With the release of its cast lineup including Cha Eun Woo and Kim Kang Woo, “Wonderful World” is raising high expectations from drama fans.

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In particular, Kim Nam Joo takes on the role of Eun Soo Hyun, a psychology professor and a renowned writer who leads a successful and perfect life that others envy. However, she experiences the unjust loss of her young son and manages to survive in the hopeless world by seeking revenge against the perpetrator. After encountering mysterious events, Soo Hyun becomes entangled with people with similar wounds and shows solidarity among them during the revenge process.

In fact, “private revenge” has become a “keyword” or a “trend” for successful dramas in the broadcasting industry.

Netflix’s original series “The Glory”, which released Part 1 in December last year and Part 2 in March this year, centers around school violence victim Moon Dong Eun (Song Hye Kyo) taking revenge on the perpetrators after planning her revenge for 18 years. Its unforgiving ending provided viewers with catharsis and raised social awareness about school violence, emphasizing that there should be no second victim like Moon Dong Eun or a perpetrator like Park Yeon Jin (Lim Ji Yeon).

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The recently ended “Model Taxi 2,” which aired in April, tells stories of taxi driver Kim Do Gi (Lee Je Hoon) seeking revenge against criminals who cannot be punished by the law through private revenge on behalf of unfair victims. The drama focuses on incidents that have caused social outrages, such as child abuse, pseudo-religions, the production and distribution of sexual exploitation materials, and fraud targeting old people, etc., and captivated the public by dramatizing these events.

Source: Daum

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