Lawless Lawyer, Korean drama series (2018)

There is very thin line between justice and revenge. What many people might consider justice, might just barely scratch the surface for some of the victims of a crime. Or even worse: what if the crime isn’t punished at all, and the perpetrator that committed it walks free? I think history has plenty of examples for that. One only has to look at the O.J. Simpson trial to see what I mean. Good thing though that eventually the law cought up with that guy. However it’s when things like that happen, that you start to wonder if the law sometimes is enough. What would you do if you were the victim of a crime and find out that justice isn’t being served? I’m not talking about something petty, like a purse being stolen (although that can be annoying as well of course). No I am talking about the big crimes: murder, rape, etc. I consider myself a pretty peace loving guy, but if someone close to me got hurt, and I find out who has caused it…Well let’s just say that Bill Bixby in the classic tv-series of the Hulk said it correctly: You would not like me when I’m angry! After seeing Lawless Lawyer though, I think you will find out that you can hand out revenge in an even better way: by the law itself!

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Some people just don’t know how to eat their food properly. 

Meet Bong Sang-pil. He is confident, charming and a very convincing lawyer who has a succes rate that others can only dream of. His methods however are quite unorthodox to say the least. Having returned to his hometown of Gisung after several years, he has started up his own lawfirm Lawless Lawyers. He is not alone as he has surrounded himself with a number of colourful characters that are going to help him pursue justice. But Bong Sang-pil has something else on the agenda as well. When he was a young child his mother was murdered before his eyes by the ruthless criminal Ahn Oh-joo. Bong Sang-pil barely managed to escape, and has since then grown up under the care of his uncle who runs a gang. Now, the young lawyer wants only one thing: revenge! He eventually meets up with the female lawyer Ha Jae-yi who has recenly been dismissed from court because she punched a judge in the face. Together this unlikely pair is going to bring the law to Gisung. But there are ties from the past between the two of them, that will soon rise to the surface. It becomes clear that Ahn Oh-joo might not be the only criminal in town, as there is someone with an even higher authority that will become the real target of Bong Sang-pil’s revenge…if he can survive long enough to bring that person to justice that is…..

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Awwwwwwww ❤️❤️❤️

Sometimes you just have to watch one minute of something and you get the feeling that it’s going to be a series that will be more than worth the watch. Lawless Lawyer is just that kind of show. From the very first scene this Korean Drama series just brings a freshness with it and it hardly ever loses your attention during it’s 16 episode run. This is not just another legal drama. One of the things that I always love about K-dramas is the fact that they can turn the atmosphere of the show around in a heartbeat. When this series first starts you might think this is a comedy. But you would be wrong, dead wrong. While there is some seriously funny stuff in here as well (not the least of which is the sometimes totally crazy music that accompanies it), Lawless Lawyer is above all a terrific revenge thriller with some wonderful plot twists and an absolutely amazing cast. There are so many different things in here one would almost think it’s too much. Humor, Action, Romance, Sadness, Thrills…all of these elements are combined to give you an absolutely exhilarating experience.

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Are you serious about this? Isn’t this a little bit too much credit? 

But the one thing that really kicks this drama into overdrive is the cast. Bong Sang-pil played by Lee Joon-gi is one of those characters that you will fall instantly in love with. From the very first moment he appears he wins you over with his charm. He can play any kind of emotion and just lights up the screen with his amazing performance. And that also more than covers his physical abilities which you will see in the many fight sequences this drama contains. Another thing that works exceptionally well is his on screen chemistry with his female counterpart Ha Jae-yi, played by actress Seo Ye-ji. Here we have a woman who is not only incredibly beautiful but also displays a cold and determined confidence in her abilities. She is certainly not one to be taken lightly, and is one of the strongest female roles that I have seen in quite a while. When Bong Sang-pil and Ha Jae-yi are together it is just a delight to see them play off each other, and their romance that develops later on is all the better for it.

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One of the things you will wonder about int his show is how many suits this guy owns. 

However…the best performance and the one that makes this drama a must watch is on the parts of one of the villains, namely Ahn Oh-joo. The actor that brings this vile, but utterly delicious creature to life is Choi Min-soo. I recently sent a tweet out on Twitter claiming that if there was ever going to be an Oscar category for best villain in a Korean drama, he would win it without even having to blink. Ahn Oh-joo is just one of those thugs that you can’t help but smile at every time he enters a scene. I’m not kidding when I say that my jaw eventually began to hurt from being permanently stuck in grin mode. Ahn Oh-joo is despicable, loathsome and truly one of the lowest lifeforms you will ever encounter. And despite all that you will love him. Words alone can not really get my point across, so for a change I have included a scene with him below to let you see what I mean. I hope you will enjoy it. It’s a great confrontation between him and Bong Sang-pil, and it ends in a cliffhanger so that’s the perfect excuse to start watching this.

Now I have purposefully not said anything about who the true villain is in this review, as that would be spoiling stuff. Which is also a bit of a shame as that role is an equally impressive part and now I can’t really talk about it. Suffice it to say that developing hatred for that person is the first emotion that will rise to the surface when you see it (erm for the role that is, I’m sure that in real life the one who plays the part is a charmer). So after all that positivity are there also any negatives to the series? Well, some of the humor is at times very slapstick and there are some small scenes that make you cringe a bit. Also a few of the later episodes do tend to drag the story out longer then it needs to. But these are very minor things as above all this is a solidly entertaining dramaseries, that you will binge through in no time. One can only hope that maybe one day Bong Sang-pil and Ha Jae-yi will return fighting the good fight. I for one would not mind it at all if there were to be a second season for this.

I give Lawless Lawyer a 9 out of 10 score.

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125 thoughts on “Lawless Lawyer, Korean drama series (2018)”

  1. Well, at least this is one that you already suggested to me, so I won’t be ADDING to my list! *grumble grumble… Where does he think I find all of this time??*😧
    Oh, and Good Morning/Afternoon!
    I WOULD like to see you angry, because I would never believe it!! I would be like “awww….Michel is play acting that he’s mad. That’s so cute… Because Michel is WAY TOO positive a person to EVER be mad!” 😉
    I live the sound of the Villain. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again… I. LOVE. HATING. VILLAINS! Definitely did not expect the Slapstick style comedy, though!

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    1. Hahaha…somehow I knew you were going to say that 😂😂 Which is why I wrote one without having you add something new to the list (see…I can be thoughtful 😊😊). I don’t even know where I can find the time myself for it. (note to self: Find out where I found the time to watch this 😊)
      Lol…goodafternoon (well for me it’s afternoon anyway). Wow, you weren’t kidding about sleeping short were you 😊 Haha…I know, I know, I hardly do get angry…but when I do….😡😡😡 (better hide yourself if that ever happens) But no…I would never be mad at you: no worries 😊😊
      The villain is so good. I just had to add a clip to this post for a change to let everyone see how good that guy is.
      ohh..don’t worry about the slapstick comedy. Luckily there are just very few scenes of that 😊😊

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      1. I’d ESPECIALLY love to know where you find the time with some lunatic stalking you every moment of the day on WordPress, email AND Instagram! Geez… That chick is starting to worry me! How’s a man supposed to get anything done with crazies like THAT around?? 😂😂😂

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      2. Haha…for the gazillionth time (it might even be gazillionbillionth time..though I’m pretty sure that’s not a number 😂😂). you are not a lunatic and not crazy (well at least as crazy as I am that is 😂😂😂). And I guess we are both stalkers in crime (instead of partners in crime) so there is that 😂😂😂

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      3. One of these days I am going to find a way to entrap you with these comments. So far I haven’t succeeded in that…so okay, you have another win here lol 😂😂😂 You really are way too good at this 😂😂 Pretty sure I am not a chick though lol 😂😂😂

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      4. 👢👢😂😂😂
        🎶Dun dun dun, Another comment Bites the Dust, Dun dun dun, Michel’s Comments always bite the dust, and another one down, and another one down… 🎶😂😂 (apparently, I’m in a Queen mood this morning! 😉💖)

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      5. Now I’m Here, Save Me ~ I’m Going Slightly Mad reading these comments cos you’re both Stone Cold Crazy. So Put Out the Fire, Tie your Mothers Down and crack on with some reviews please because The Show Must Go On!!

        and I think you’ll find that makes ME the Champion! 🤣🤣

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      6. Lol 😂😂😂I think Fraggle has just put both of us to shame! You totally are the Champion here!
        Oh were not Stone Cold Crazy, just a little bit weird…there’s a subtle difference 😂😂
        Don’t worry by the way: in September there will be more reviews coming out than you might be able to handle lol 😂😂

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      7. Huh? I did fire Gandalf, so it can’t be him right? But that really is weird. It was a link to the theme song from rambo by the way. When I look at my Lawless Lawyer post now there is this big image of sylvester stallone walking his lonely road 😂😂 WordPress is being weird again I guess??

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      8. Great…Thanks WordPress..ugh…I sense a conspiracy…(they are looking at us…shhhh…be very quiet, and let’s slowly back out of the room here…wait…what was that noise??? 😱😱😂😂).

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      9. Haha…oh my god totally laughing my ass off here 😂😂😂
        sshhh…it’s okay don’t tell them anything…they won’t break us!! 😂😂😂 (wait…why is that electric chair in the middle of that room 😱😱).
        Oohh…okay…I will head on over to instagram…(using the teleport device…😉).

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      10. Well, if you already HAVE a teleportation device, why did I just spend 100 million dollars sending MINE!! Huh, Michel?? Got an answer for THAT!!? I think you’re in cahoots with… Wait… Who’s after us again? Maybe the plutonium is affecting my brain… Or maybe it this dart sticking out of my……. *fade to black *

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      11. Haha..I just wanted to see if you would pay for it to be sent to me. And you did..❤️❤️ Thanks!!
        Of course I will totally pay you back. Can I do that in monthly installments of two dollars?? What are you talking about…what….dart??? *…………*….

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      12. Hmmm… 100 million dollars minus monthly instalments of 2 dollars? Well, that would only take you about 4.2 million months to pay me back!! (not including interest, of course! 😉😜) buckle up, my darling, you’re in for A LOT of Nicole time!! 😂😂

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      13. Wait…there’s interest as well? 😱 Oh my…of course totally forgot about that interest. It isn’t too high a rate is it? 😅😅
        Oh..only that long? Okay…buckling up: whoohoo…looking forward to it 🎉🎉🎉(wait…is that wise of me to say so….)😂😂

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    1. Haha, thank you so much, glad you liked it. Oh man, how I wish that lifetime was there already. I am always running out of time. (Which is why I sooo look forward to September where I have 3 weeks of work and on vacation 😀😀).

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      1. No real plans yet, but definitely going to spend some time at home as well, catching up on some anime, books, and movies (and of course K-dramas). So looking forward to that for sure 😊😊

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      2. Really Canada huh? Hmmm….let’s see how to get there by boat…..hmm..that would take me oh…a little over a month. I guess I could ask my boss for an extended leave right?
        Would love to visit one day though, that would really be super awesome 😊😊😊

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      3. Yeah…although if I use that I won’t be alive when the speedboat arrives. So…I’m not sure if that’s the best idea really. (Unless…there is something you haven’t told me, and this all a very clever plot to secretly end up destroyin me 😂😂).

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      4. Haha…people are already looking at these comments as if were nuts…If I were to make a comment about being too clever for my pants, I think the wordpress police will come and shut us down.😂 Oh wait…I just did make a remark…*face turns red*. 😊😊😊

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      5. Good God I wish WordPress would let me send links right now!! I need everyone else to be a part of this GIF war!!! 😂😂 *looks around Michel’s barren blog page full to the brim of all of our silly comments with all of his readers peeking out of their houses a la high noon duel*

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      6. This is the wordpress police department. You are in violation of WordPress article 45, subsection 6c. Drop your pants..erm weapons and get your gifs erm hands up in the air. 😂😂
        *All readers close their blinds and run off into the distance never to be heard from again*

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      7. Noooooo…shakes fist at the heavens…foiled again!! 😂😂😂 It was all Nicole’s idea, I’m telling you…wait..what where are you? Nicole…NICOLE?!?!?!😂😂😂

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      8. Oh..right, you have one of those lying around. I should have know..wait…can you sent it to me so I can use it to teleport to Canada first? Then I will sent it back by Fex Ex and it will arrive in time to take me back to Holland 😂

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    1. Lol…it sure is: and it made for a great scene too 😂😂 (and for your information, she was right to punch him in the face too).
      It really is a terrific watch.As for not having access. Have you ever heard of Viki? It’s a legal streaming site that is kind of like the Netflix of Asian dramas. It’s available in almost every country that I know of, and that is exactly where I watched this one.
      Just google Viki and you will find the website (or get it from the appstore as they also have an app 😊).

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      1. Haha, you are very welcome! It really is a very cool site, and I’m very glad I discovered it myself 😊😊 Have fun and enjoy that chocolate as well. Great…and now I am getting hungry 😂😂

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    1. Haha, sorry it took some time to finally review it! 😅😅 It really was an amazing series, and one that I really enjoyed. I hope you will too. And I know exactly what you mean, there never seems to be enough time 😉

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  2. Well, this was a fantastic review! Perfect to go along with a fantastic drama 🙂 I really am so glad you ended up enjoying this one so much. It really is a perfect legal thriller.

    And it has probably the best cast in a kdrama this year. Of course, Lee Joon Gi is my fav actor for a reason since he is always amazing. But Choi Min Soo is also one of my fav villains. He always brings something interesting to his roles and creates very memorable characters. This one is probably my favorite though. And not to leave out the ladies because they were both equally as wonderful. It’s just so special when you get such a terrific cast coupled with such a good script and production. Fantastic all around! 🙂

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for the kind words here 😊 I really had fun writing this post: I know it’s maybe a little bit too positive but it was just such an amazing series that I just had to shout it out.
      I had never seen Lee Joon Gi before, but I can totally understand why you like him so much: he really is an amazing actor. As for Choi Min Soo…he really is terrific. I am tempted to check out other series that he appeared in after this.
      So as mentioned I’m off to decide what to watch next 🤔🤔😂😂😂

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  3. There isn’t much justice in the world. Often the sentences people get, for doing some horrible crimes, seem too lenient. If I ever go to court I’ll avoid hiring that lawyer. Punching a judge in the face is never going to end well haha.

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    1. True enough…it does seem that people are getting sentences that just don’t seem to measure up to the level of crimes they committed ( or even worse get falsely accused).
      Lol…well…trust me there was a very good reason for her punching that judge in the face, and she was totally justified in doing so 😊😊

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words as always it’s very much appreciated. It really is a great drama to watch: it’s got so many cool things in it, that it had pretty much got something to enjoy for everyone 😊😊

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  4. I think I’m won over to watch this 16 episodes drama. I like all the thrills, romance, humor, twists, etc you mentioned here.. especially that girl punching the judge.. badass she is.. hehe.. Excellent review as always Michel!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much! It always makes me very happy when someone want to watch something because of one of my posts. Haha…you don’t know the half of it: she really is bad ass! It’s a great series, and I hope you will enjoy it 😊

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      1. I see several listed on Netflix that I’d really like to watch. But my eyes are so computer weary by the end of the day that I avoid anything where I have to depend on subtitles. Still… it sounds great, so maybe one day.

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  5. This sounds like a lot of fun! Love the premise and your praise for it definitely guarantees a good time with a solid story-line! And then you pitch in that villain??? Cherry on top of the cake!!! Glad you enjoyed it so much, Michael. Awesome review as always! 😀

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    1. Haha..oh man…that villain. Trust me on that…the actor performing him is just so incredible! I have seen a lot of Korean dramas, but this guy just was one of the best actors I have ever seen in those. He alone is worth watching this for…but honestly..the entire series is just incredible!. Hopefully you get a chance to check it out at some point. Thanks! (Again haha 😂😂).

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