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8 *Super Good* Action K-Dramas To Watch If You're In For The Thrill

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 8 Must-Watch Action K-Dramas
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If you’re in the mood for something other than the *fluffy* romantic comedies, adrenaline-pumping Korean action dramas might just be the perfect alternative. From car chases and gun fights to good old hand-to-hand fight sequences, action K-dramas surely doesn’t disappoint.

Here are eight must-watch Korean action dramas:

1. City Hunter (2011)

Who’s in it: Lee Min Ho, Park Min Young

City Hunter is an action-romance drama based on a Japanese manga of the same name. In the drama, Lee Min Ho plays the role of Lee Yoon Sung, code name “City Hunter”, who goes undercover at the Blue House to exact revenge against the officials who got his father killed. There he crosses paths (and falls in love with) with Kim Na Na (Park Min Young), a secret service agent who’s on a revenge mission of her own. According to the production team, Lee Min Ho refused to have stunt doubles for his daring action scenes, which included a ton of fight scenes, wire work, and car chase sequences.

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2. Healer (2014)

Who’s in it: Ji Chang Wook, Park Min Young, Yoo Ji Tae

Seo Jung Hoo (Ji Chang Wook) is a renowned night courier who goes by the alias “Healer.” His job involves doing errands (often dangerous ones) for his clients in exchange for money he intends to use to buy a secluded island for himself. One day, a client enlists his services to find and protect an internet news reporter named Chae Young Shin (Park Min Young). Together, the two uncover the secrets from their past. Expect a lot of thrilling rooftop chases, hand-to-hand combat, and shots of Ji Chang Wook’s *toned* body when you binge-watch this series.

Trailer | Healer | Viu
 

3. K2 (2016)

Who’s in it: Ji Chang Wook, Girls’ Generation’s Yoona

Ji Chang Wook’s action dramas are ~so good~ that they deserve two places on this list. K2 is a political action drama about Kim Je Ha (Ji Chang Wook), a private military operative-turned-loyal bodyguard for a presidential candidate’s secret daughter. Initially framed for a murder he didn’t commit, he plans to use the support of his new employer to get revenge on another presidential candidate involved in the crime.

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4. The Guardians (2017)

Who’s in it: Lee Si Young, Kim Young Kwang, Kim Seul Gi, SHINee’s Key

In The Guardians, a detective, a prosecutor, a surveillance genius, and a hacker join forces to serve justice to criminals who have evaded the law. Detective Jo Soo Ji (Lee Si Young) joins the team after police investigators conclude her daughter’s mysterious death to be a mere accident. The team takes orders from someone called Master who promises to provide the answers they are looking for. Lee Si Young does most of the action in the drama such as motorcycle chases, fistfights, and hanging off a moving car.

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5. Lawless Lawyer (2018)

Who’s in it: Lee Joon Gi, Seo Ye Ji, Choi Min Soo

Lawyer Bong Sang Pil (Lee Joon Gi) turns to his gangster past and uses both the law and his fists to take down two powerful individuals responsible for his mother’s unjust death. He works with lawyer Ha Jae Yi (Seo Ye Ji) to expose the unlawful acts committed by a corrupt judge and a mayor with a criminal past. True to the drama’s title, Sang Pil straddles the line between law and lawlessness which delivers some nail-biting action for viewers to enjoy.

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6. Vagabond (2019)

Who’s in it: Lee Seung Gi, Bae Suzy, Shin Sung Rok

Stuntman Cha Dal Gun (Lee Seung Gi) vows to uncover the truth behind the tragic plane crash which caused the death of his beloved nephew. He teams up with a National Intelligence Service (NIS) covert operative Go Hae Ri (Bae Suzy) to investigate the incident. The two soon get entangled in a messy corruption scandal involving South Korea’s most influential men, leading to no shortage of gunfights and explosions. The drama ended in a cliffhanger which got fans asking for a second season.

Vagabond | Official Trailer | Netflix [ENG SUB]
 

7. My Name (2021)

Who’s in it: Han So Hee, Ahn Bo Hyun, Park Hee Soon

Han So Hee stars as Yoon Ji Woo, who following her father’s death becomes a member of the Dongcheon gang. Gang leader Choi Mu Jin (Park Hee Soon) takes her under his wing and reveals that the killer is a police officer. Driven by revenge, she joins the police force as Oh Hye Jin and gets assigned to the narcotics unit. The killer’s identity soon gets revealed, resulting in a *bloody* duel to the death.

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My Name | Official Teaser | Netflix [ENG SUB]

8. The Veil (2021)

Who’s in it: Namgoong Min, Park Ha Sun

The Veil starts when NIS agent Han Ji Hyuk (Namgoong Min) goes missing after a mission gets his colleagues killed. Presumed to be dead, he resurfaces with no memory of the past and gets welcomed back to the organization. By the end of episode one, it is revealed that Ji Hyuk left messages to his future self, stating that he intentionally erased his memory and that there is a traitor inside the NIS. Namgoong Min won the coveted daesang (grand prize) at the 2021 MBC Drama Awards for his impressive performance in the drama.

[Trailer] The Veil ft Nam Goong Min, Park Ha Sun & more | Coming to Viu on 18 Sep

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