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The K2 Korean Drama Review: An Entertaining Modern Retelling of Snow White

What if the Evil Queen fell in love with the Huntsman, but the Huntsman fell for Snow White instead?

THE K2 KOREAN DRAMA REVIEW

Snow White meets action-packed Korean Drama in this contemporary fairy tale retelling starring Ji Chang-wook, Song Yoon-ah, and Im Yoon-ah. Part romantic drama, part political action thriller, part fairy tale, and part sci-fi, The K2 Korean Drama is a blast to watch despite some issues with the central romance. 

THE STORY

The K2 Kdrama promotional image
Photo: Tvn/Viki

In K2, Kim Je Ha is a mercenary soldier framed for a crime he didn’t commit. Known as K2, Je Ha seeks revenge with the help of the ruthless Choi Yoo Jin, the owner of JSS Security Company and wife of a presidential candidate. 

Meanwhile, Je Ha also becomes the bodyguard of the presidential candidate’s reclusive and illegitimate daughter, Go An Na. Soon, he must choose between his loyalty to the cutthroat Yoo Jin or to his growing attraction to her stepdaughter, An Na. (This is Snow White after all.)

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The contemporary version of the story asks, what if the Evil Queen fell in love with the Huntsman, but the Huntsman fell for Snow White instead?

An entertaining premise, I appreciated the story and the brilliant characterization of Choi Yoo Jin as the wicked “queen,” a powerful and mysterious woman running her own company. But is she as evil as she seems? 

THE ROMANCE

The K2 Korean Drama poster

The chemistry between Je Ha and Yoo Jin is so palpable that you often wonder why you must endure the immature romance between Je Ha and An Na.

Seriously, there’s even a cringe scene where Je Ha, a mercenary soldier, mind you, squeals while watching An Na make ramen. It may be the absolute worst romantic scene ever in a K-Drama or any drama.

While the main romance is, at times, painful, the show is still fascinating thanks to the two main leads (and I’m not talking about the annoying Snow-White character An Na). Rather, K2 is all about Yoo Jin and Je Ha. 

THE MAGIC MIRROR WITH A SCI-FI TWIST

On a side note, I also loved the version of the magic mirror in this retelling, a cool sci-fi invention called “The Mirror” and can spy on people with unique technology created by Yoo Jin.

The mirror is a clever twist on the fairy tale and would work well in an American remake. Think Snow White meets Person of Interest

OVERALL THOUGHTS 

Overall, while the central romance is eye-rolling and frustrating, watch for good action scenes, swoony chemistry between Yoo Jin and Je Ha, and a fabulous performance from Song Yoon Ah as the dynamic Choi Yoo Jin, the “wicked queen.”

Content Note: TV-14 (mild).

Where to Watch: Netflix and Viki. You can also buy it on DVD.

(Note: Below, for the romance rating, I gave it a three, but I would rate Je Ha and An Na a two. It’s only higher because the “queen” and the “huntsman” are so fabulous together onscreen. If there is ever a remake of this show (and there should be), they should change the romance aspect to better suit the story.)

Have you seen The K2 Korean Drama? Do you agree with our review of The K2, or did you love the main romance? Discuss in the comments below.

Three and a half corsets rating
Three Vintage Hearts Rating

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By on June 4th, 2021

About Autumn Topping

In second grade, Autumn wrote her first story, “The Spinach Monster,” and hasn't stopped writing since. Intrigued by the tales her grandmother told of vampires, witches, and ghosts as a girl, she's always been drawn to the fantastic. Later, Autumn studied English and Creative Writing (continuing her love for classic literature and everything old-fashioned) and graduated with an MA in Children’s Literature and an MS in Library & Information Science from Simmons College. Currently, she co-runs this lovely blog and works as a YA Librarian.

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4 thoughts on “The K2 Korean Drama Review: An Entertaining Modern Retelling of Snow White”

  1. I lovedddd K2! Way more than I thought I would. It’s a hidden gem. The female villain has some of the best dialogue I’ve seen in any kdrama.

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    • Also, the snow white comparison is super interesting. I didn’t make the connection while watching! I might have to watch it again. P.S. I was a sucker for the ramen scene hah. So stupid, but so cute at the same time.

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      • We noticed the Snow White comparisons more and more as the show progressed. The clincher was the “mirror.” On re-watch, you’ll be able to notice it. It seems people are mixed about the romance and scenes like the ramen one! Some people love it! Others not so much. So, it probably comes down to preference. I didn’t, but overly cutesy stuff doesn’t usually appeal to me. 🙂 I felt there was more intellectual equality between him and the female villain.

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