Uncle Samsik Review: New K-Drama Takes Lessons From Indian Shows?

11

,ringUncle Samsik led by veteran actor Song Kang-ho, marked his first drama series since his debut. And his years of experience shows off in the charm and mystery of his character. Meanwhile, the director/writer’s passion for the subject is what truly pulls you into this Korean drama. Uncle Samsik follows the story from two perspectives. One looks over Uncle Samsik’s passion for the country and another Kim San’s ambition for the dying country’s future.

Set in the 60s, with this show, we don’t just get to explore the country’s problems at the time but also experience the environment of the time among different communities, from the rich to the poor who could barely get by. However, what pulls you in for another episode is the performances by Kang Ho Song and Byun Yo-Han. Their chemistry with each other and supporting characters keeps the story moving forward. The thriller approach to the story also adds to the drama and mystery to Uncle Samsik’s character and his plans for the country.

Uncle Samsik comes off as someone who will go to any lengths to make his dreams come true. Though he is often seen being part of illegal activities, Kang Ho Song never gives off a sinister vibe making him one of the most complex characters on the show. Meanwhile, there are real villains as well including the federation and its members. Apart from the writing one of the best points of the show is the production design and the costumes.

SEE ALSO: HYBE – ADOR Audit Explained; Here’s What Is Going On With BTS and New Jeans’ Labels

The show has some similarities in format to some Indian releases like Special Ops 2.0 led by Kay Kay Menon as well as the Vicky Kaushal film Sardar Udham, where the leads are being questioned for their actions while the story plays out in flashbacks through different perspectives. Also set in a historic time with action that will lead life lifelong repercussions for the nation, the plot adds more intensity to the story. The screenplay also takes a similar approach in banking the show on the shoulders of one cast member and his relationships with others, exploring his identity and more.

On the other hand, it has leat influence of the melo Korean dramas fans are used to internationally. But that does not mean international fans will not enjoy Uncle Samsik. The show serves as an eye opener about the country’s history and will also give fans a chance to see a new side of their shows and the people. In the first five episodes the story of Kim San, Uncle Samsik and their plans for the country are still unfolding. The two have one of the best performances and chemistry on the show. Though a slow burn, the plot twist and their reactions to the same will keep you engaged till the end.

SEE ALSO: One Piece Finally Reveals Details About Imu, Confirms Who Luffy Has To Fight In The End

Cover artwork by Patrick Gawande/Mashable India

Source

Previous articleEx-cop along with son kills his wife and daughter in Bahawalpur
Next article‘Undue’ interference in executive unacceptable: Punjab cabinet