Ji Sung is again and higher than ever! After an unbelievable flip in final 12 months’s “The Devil Judge,” he’s again to difficult himself with twin roles this time as twins searching for to avenge their father’s loss of life. But it wouldn’t be Ji Sung if there wasn’t an excellent previous twist someplace in there, and “Adamas” definitely delivers on that within the opening minutes. Slick, eerie, and simply the precise facet of unsettling, the present examines the world of the rich by way of a dystopian lens to ask the age-old query: simply how far will the uber-rich go to guard their pursuits?
And if that doesn’t hook you, listed below are 5 compelling causes to dive in!
1. The cinematography
Straight off the bat, it bears mentioning that the cinematography on this present is nothing wanting gorgeous. From wide-angle photographs to tight close-ups following our characters, this drama is evidently helmed by a deft hand. The director, Park Seung Woo, is similar one behind cult-favorite “Kairos,” and he’s solely gotten higher since. From the jail cell montage to the juxtaposition of the twins preparing and utilizing that to point out their personalities, this present is all about displaying, not telling (in a fashion, very harking back to “Stranger”). As Ha Woo Shin (Ji Sung) enters the home of South Korea’s wealthiest man, the digital camera’s delicate panning offers us a way of wrongness, of secrecy. No dialogue is important, which provides to the sense of pressure as Woo Shin makes an attempt to navigate this new minefield.
2. Ha Woo Shin
“Adamas” is a present that very a lot lives and dies on the power of its characters as a result of they drive the plot arduous. Woo Shin hits the bottom operating nearly instantly and is the main target of the primary two episodes. A best-selling writer, he’s mysteriously recruited by the rich CEO of Haeseong Group, Chairman Kwon (Lee Kyung Young, who’s taking part in each single villain nowadays), to ghostwrite his autobiography. Woo Shin’s motivations aren’t made completely clear to us, however we all know he has the inkling that Haeseong was concerned in his father’s loss of life 22 years in the past. So, it’s straightforward to root for him as he accepts Haeseong’s uber-exclusive invitation to remain at Chairman Kwon’s house whereas he writes the e book.
Security Guard Kim is aware of what’s up
Only, the home feels extra like a jail. Butler Kwon (Hwang Jung Min), who oversees all family issues, is a veritable dragon who takes an prompt dislike to Woo Shin and to essentially anybody who doesn’t bow all the way down to her instantly. She additionally takes pleasure in poisoning maids for no motive. The head of housekeeping slyly warns Woo Shin that the third ground of the home is off-limits to him. On his first night time, Woo Shin finds a poisoned maid and requires assist, solely to discover a sea of chilly faces that solely take the maid to the hospital as a result of Woo Shin has clearly seen her. The safety cameras report individuals’s warmth signatures to determine when an outsider will get too shut. Woo Shin has no entry to his personal garments, cellphone, or the surface world, save an previous rotary cellphone in the primary corridor that everybody can monitor him utilizing.
It’s a setup harking back to Bluebeard’s Room and each gothic story with the protagonist in a home that doesn’t appear fairly proper. And Ji Sung is taking part in it with aplomb. But the home isn’t the one one with secrets and techniques and Woo Shin didn’t go into this completely blind. He got here right here for a really particular objective and that objective elevates this present to sheer brilliance.
3. The Adamas
One of the important thing mysteries behind the loss of life of Woo Shin’s father is that the homicide weapon was by no means discovered. But judging by Woo Shin’s dogged pursuit of the Adamas, he might have an inkling of what it’s. The present reveals its playing cards early with respect to what the Adamas is: it’s a multimillion greenback diamond arrow, crafted by Haesong Group to function its emblem (and to disassociate the company from its Imperial Japanese roots). All individuals know is that the arrow is hidden someplace in Chairman Kwon’s house in a spot solely he is aware of.
And that is what Woo Shin is after: to steal the Adamas from the tightly-guarded house of a meticulous, doubtlessly psychopathic CEO of a bunch that just about runs Korea. What a implausible premise! It principally elevates Woo Shin’s half of the story to the heist of a possible homicide weapon from a creepy mansion of a billionaire. And he isn’t the one one operating the present.
4. Song Soo Hyun
Woo Shin’s diametrically opposed twin-half is a mouthy prosecutor who couldn’t care much less about what his higher-ups must say. Song Soo Hyun (Ji Sung) does his job nicely and has no time for political shenanigans. So when a dogged reporter from a mainstream media channel pursues him to argue that he ought to care concerning the upcoming election, he doesn’t wish to hear it. The reporter, Kim Seo Hee (Lee Soo Kyung), warns him that the present assemblyman within the lead, Hwang Byung Chul (Kim Jong Goo), plans to reinstate the loss of life penalty upon coming to energy. And the primary particular person to be executed can be Lee Chang Woo (Jo Sung Ha), the killer of Soo Hyun and Woo Shin’s father. Soo Hyun sees that nearly as good riddance however pauses when Seo Hee tells him it might truly be a tragedy as a result of Lee Chang Woo is harmless.
Soo Hyun refuses to listen to it at first, however Seo Hee’s remarks begin to make an eerie type of sense, and when he begin digging, Soo Hyun shortly finds that she’s proper. The key witness in his father’s case was bribed. His father’s assassin is definitely nonetheless on the unfastened. The difficulty? The individuals who lined it up are Haeseong Group, and Soo Hyun doesn’t comprehend it. For a man who likes to do his job with out taking part in the lengthy sport, he’s going to have to begin studying and quick. Because on this world, Haeseong sees all. And they’ve their eyes mounted on our intrepid twins. Even worse, Soo Hyun can’t talk with Woo Shin, who’s reduce off from the world at Chairman Kwon’s house. They’re on their very own. But they aren’t. Not actually, as a result of “Adamas” is far more than Ji Sung’s one-man present.
5. Eun Hye Soo and Kim Seo Hee
Yes and sure to the wonderful ladies now we have right here. Eun Hye Soo (Seo Ji Hye, reuniting with Ji Sung after over 10 years!) is Haeseong’s barely unusual daughter-in-law. Married to a person who appears content material to go away her confined at Chairman Kwon’s house whereas he gallivants throughout Seoul, Hye Soo spends her time rising unlawful opium and secretly aiding Woo Shin for some unknown motive of her personal. She’s the one who tells him that the Adamas is the homicide weapon that killed his father. She additionally falsifies his medical data, permitting him to enter the mansion with out having to say no matter implant he’s hiding in his fingers. Hye Soo has an agenda and is as mysterious and calculating as Woo Shin (excellent foils for one another, actually). But why undergo all the difficulty?
Seo Hee, however, is an ideal match for Soo Hyun’s temperament. Both take no nonsense, haven’t any time for pleasantries or political video games, and would actually slightly if individuals obtained to the purpose asap. They additionally don’t take no for a solution. When Seo Hee’s boss shoots down her expose on Assemblyman Hwang Byung Chul for political causes, she doesn’t hesitate to take issues in her personal fingers and search out Soo Hyun to work with him to tear the person down. But the query of motivation rises once more, as a result of why would an up-and-coming reporter go to such doubtlessly career-destroying lengths for a person she doesn’t even know?
The ladies right here have their very own motivations and stand on their very own as sturdy characters. Even the fierce Butler Kwon makes a splash. It isn’t clear if this drama goes to get romantic at any level, however Ji Sung is at all times so fantastic to look at when romancing (“Doctor John” and “The Devil Judge” are each nice examples) that we’ll hopefully get some!
He’s actually simply met her and he already appears to be like fond.
“Adamas” packs fairly a punch in simply its premiere episodes with a prolonged listing of characters and interlocking motivations. And with such a succesful solid and crew on the helm, it’s protected to imagine we’re in for the trip of our life. And with two Ji Sung’s besides! Life is grand.
Check out Ji Sung in “The Devil Judge” under!
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Shalini_A is a very long time Asian-drama addict. When not watching dramas, she works as a lawyer, fangirls over Ji Sung, and makes an attempt to write the best fantasy romance of all time. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram, and be happy to ask her something!
Currently Watching: “Adamas,” “Alchemy of Souls,” “Café Minamdang,” “Big Mouth,” and “Extraordinary Attorney Woo.”
Looking Forward to: “Island,” “Little Women,” “Chaebol’s Youngest Son,” “If You Wish Upon Me,” “Queen of the Scene,” and “Black Knight”
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