K-Drama Review: “Kill It” Keeps The Suspense High And Lands Realistically In The End
The story behind Kill It is sad, unfair, painful and tragic, to put it mildly.
It’s a sad truth about an organ trafficking ring set up by harvesting organs from a huge number of children. The children are fathered by Dae Hwan and kept in an orphanage until they’re “adopted”, aka their organs are needed by the sponsors.
As Dae Hwan said himself, “the children are born to be sacrificed.”
TITLE: KILL IT
LENGTH: 12 EPISODES
BROADCAST DATE: MARCH 23 – APRIL 28, 2019
MAIN LEADS: JANG KI YONG, NANA
HIGHLIGHTS: STORY WAS WELL-WRITTEN, FLOW WAS SMOOTH, GOOD BACKGROUND FOR LEAD
DRAWBACK: LACK OF RESOLUTION OF FEMALE LEAD STORY LINE
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As the anti-hero of the story, Kim Soo Hyun suffered from memory loss, unable to recall his childhood memories. Trained by Pavel, Soo Hyun grows up to be a trained and dangerous assassin under the guise of being a veterinarian. Soo Hyun rescues Seul Gi after Pavel murders her father and grandfather in front of her, and they begin to live quietly.
They meet Hyun Jin, a police officer who turns out to be Soo Hyun’s childhood friend from the orphanage. They learn the truth about each other. Eventually, Hyun Jin uncovers Soo Hyun’s true personality. The ending is as expected, and as realistic as it can be.
Jang Ki Yong’s Perfect Portrayal
Jang Ki Yong’s character Kim Soo Hyun is one of the children fathered by Do Jae Hwan. He’s known as Number 88, until Dae Hwan’s real daughter gave him his name as Soo Hyun. Unfortunately for that daughter, she was ill and eventually died. Dae Hwan’s wife literally went mad because of this, so to appease her, they adopted Young Eun from the same orphanage as Number 88. Young Eun became Hyun Jin. Despite her mom’s wishes for her to be a ballerina, she becomes a detective.
When I first heard of Jang Ki Yong’s role in Kill It, I immediately thought that he was doomed from the start. Trained assassin, orphaned as a child? I mentally prepared myself not to get too attached to his role since I knew it probably couldn’t end happily.
But Jang made it impossible for me to not love his role. What was it in him that he nailed the burdened heroes with a heart so well? I wonder what he must have gone through in real life for him to have so much depth in his acting. As proven by his recent win for Come and Hug Me, Jang has the depth in his acting and he played the tortured and burdened soul perfectly.
After two dramas with him typecast in this kind of role, I’m kind of looking forward to his next drama, hopefully something lighter. I would want to see him in a role that’s totally opposite what he’s been portraying. Jang is skilled, there’s no doubt about it. His action scenes are flawless and for someone who doesn’t enjoy fight scenes that much, I truly enjoyed how the scenes were choreographed.
Almost Flawless Story
The story itself is a win for me. If you don’t pay attention, it’s easy to miss out on some parts. But basically, Dae Hwan built this organ trafficking ring for benefactors or sponsors, people who are rich and powerful. He gained their favor and amassed a great wealth. However, his partner Hyun Woo threatened to expose him so Jae Hwan killed his whole family. In return, Hyun Woo enlisted the help of Soo Hyun/Number 88 to kill off everyone involved.
The characters blended well together and in the course of the drama, they developed well in the story. I’m also glad that everything was neatly tied up in the end as well for all characters. It was a realistic ending, but it was satisfactory and sad.
I feel like they wasted Hyun Jin’s story line. There was so much more to that story other than her complaining about her mom being overprotective. The fact that she was adopted to sort of “replace” the real Hyun Jin, I would have thought they would have explored this more. Hyun Jin felt no attachment to her parents whatsoever, especially to her adoptive father. For the drama, there was not much recall to her story or character other than she spent most of her time suspecting Soo Hyun and Seul Gi’s secrets. Her own personal development as a character was lacking.
What seems to be the trend in Korean dramas now is the lack of romance, which I’m glad for. Both Soo Hyun and Hyun Jin obviously liked each other, but nothing came out of that romance angle. Hyun Jin had her suspicions of Soo Hyun being an assassin, but she was still able to do her job to investigate him and eventually raid his clinic. If not for the final scene in the end – which was more fan service than anything, I wouldn’t have been able to confirm that there really was a romantic angle and not just a strong bond from their childhood.
Since the drama was just 12 episodes, it’s easy to watch. The flow of the story was smooth and there were no dull moments. There was no comedy, but as viewers, we need to pay attention to the characters and how they are linked to one another. It was a bit confusing for me at first, and I had to repeat some episodes, but even my replays were still entertaining for me, that’s why the rewatch value is high.
Kill It is available on Viu.