The Korean remake of popular American legal drama “Suits” interprets how lawyers represent their clients – family-run conglomerates, which are known as ‘chaebols’ and those who are less fortunate.
Rather than imitating the original, this series focuses on its characters’ charms. It revolves around the relationship between veteran lawyer Kang-seok and rookie associate Yeon-woo. Played by Park Hyung Sik and legend Jang Dong Gun, the leads together with the rest of the cast can be easily matched with their US counterparts.
If you enjoyed the original version, here are 6 reasons why you need to get on the Korean remake of “Suits”:
1. Ground-breaking storyline
The story begins with Yeon-woo, played by Hyung Sik, who ends up in prison. Kang-Seok, played by Dong Gun, represents as Yeon-woo’s lawyer. It stirs up curiosity about what exactly happened between the both of them.
They work together in Kang & Ham law firm after Kang-seok hires Yeon-woo as his rookie associate. In each episode, they use their wits and skills on handling different cases and difficult VVIP clients. As the scenarios intertwine, its storyline leads the viewers to understand the overall characters’ personas and personal agendas.
Watch how the leading characters resolve cases – including pro bono, divorce, and contract disputes – and acquire clients for their law firm.
2. Jang Dong Gun’s suave charm
Every good drama needs a heartthrob leading man with suave, class and charm. That’s exactly what Dong Gun brings! The veteran actor has been playing ass whooping characters in many action films including “Taegukgi”, “My Way”, and “V.I.P”. He has also portrayed a charming gentleman in the romantic melodrama, “Gentlemen’s Dignity”.
After his 6-year hiatus, he is back on the small screen by making his first appearance as Kang & Ham’s ace lawyer, Kang-seok in “Suits”. Not only does he look good in classy suits, he has a suave aura evoked from his own character. A bunch of people would have their hearts flutter with that side-eye stare!
Meticulously, he brings each and every scene to life with his subtle and strong expressions. Even his quirky dialogue is one of his most astonishing performances and reason enough to watch him in action.
3. Park Hyung-sik’s extraordinary acting
There is no stopping aspiring actor Park Hyung-sik from being in the spotlight right after his outstanding performance in romantic melodrama, “Strong Woman Do Bong-soon”. In “Suits”, he plays a much bigger role and works together with Dong Gun. He acts as Yeon-woo who has an amazing photographic memory so he remembers EVERYTHING from almost any source.
Among the cast members, he has the most dialogue with detailed jargon (including numbers). From law to song lyrics, his expansive knowledge comes in handy for any situation and questions being asked. He is even more impressive as he mentions different laws and long jargons without faltering. Sweet and sentimental, he portrays how Yeon Woo encounters and overcomes various situations in a classy manner.
4. Intriguing characters
Let’s not forget about the supporting characters and special cameos spicing up the whole series. Because a little sugar and spice makes everything nice, right?
Lawyer Geun-sik (Choi Gwi-ha) yearns for power and great status while going head-to-head with Kang-seok. Ha-yeon (Hee-kyung), a partner of Kang & Ham law firm and Kang-seok’s boss, allocates serious cases for him to look into. Other strong female characters also include Kang-seok’s assistant, Da-ham (Chae Jung-an) and paralegal Ji-na (Ko Sung-hee). Case by case, Kang-seok and Yeon-woo are up against various clients and lawyers in legal battles.
Seeing how well they click together as the story progresses, you definitely look forward to how their stories unfold and tactically resolve cases. In addition, there is also a blossoming romance between Yeon-woo and Ji-na.
5. A palpable bromance
While Harvey and Mike’s bromance in the original version is pretty amazing, Korean “Suits” seem to have a leg up as K-dramas do bromances so well. Dong Gun and Hyung Sik showcase their subtle but distinct bromance/friendship as mentor and mentee. Thanks to their undeniable chemistry, this bromance is definitely fist-bump worthy!
6. Stylish cinematography
Somethings are better left unchanged and “The Suits” cinematography was definitely one of it. The editing style is done smoothly at a steady moving pace. We enjoy the clear-cut scenes even more with the well-balanced camera focus and lighting. The colour grading and production style of this show is quite different from other K-dramas as it follows NBC’s original a little more closely in that sense.
“Suits” is definitely your next K-drama series to binge-watch. Step into the sophisticated legal world of “Suits” and be awed by its unique flair filled with charming characters, captivating storyline, and refreshing bromance.
Watch it now on Viu – accessible on mobile phones and tablets, as well as desktops. You can also download the Viu app on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, or visit Viu’s website at www.viu.com.