When two worlds col­lide

With a stim­u­lat­ing sto­ry­line, K- drama W- Two Worlds is packed with in­trigue, sus­pense and sur­prises.

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FINALLY. A story that isn’t about chae­bol ( fam­ily- run busi­ness em­pires) clans or a rich boy fall­ing in love with a poor girl.

If noth­ing else, this rea­son alone makes it worth check­ing out this new sus­pense/ ro­mance drama.

The first episode of W- Two Worlds starts off with a bang and had me grip­ping the edge of my seat, or rather, bed.

The sto­ry­line re­volves around former Olympic shooter and gold medal­list Kang Chul ( Lee Jong- suk of I Hear Your

Voice and Pinoc­chio) whose fam­ily is killed by an unknown as­sailant with, iron­i­cally, some rather sharp shoot­ing skills.

No thanks to a po­lit­i­cal­ly­mo­ti­vated pros­e­cu­tor, Chul is painted as the prime sus­pect, spend­ing a year in prison be­fore be­ing re­leased after an ap­peal due to lack of ev­i­dence.

All alone in his grief, he comes home to an empty house, and vows to find his fam­ily’s killer.

The drama then sees him going on to be­come the suc­cess­ful CEO of a ven­ture cap­i­tal firm, a multi- mil­lion­aire who lives in a pent­house and drives fast cars.

Enter fe­male lead Oh Yeon Joo ( Han Hyo- joo, Dong Yi) a car­dio­tho­racic sur­geon in her sec­ond year of res­i­dency, who hopes to be­come a skilled sur­geon one day.

With her par­ents di­vorced, she lives with her mother but keeps in touch with her fa­ther, a renowned webtoon artist by the name of Oh Seong Moo ( Kim Euisung, Six Fly­ing Drag­ons).

Seong Moo’s webtoon se­ries W has gen­er­ated a cult fol­low­ing for the past seven years, with Yeon Joo and her boss be­ing ar­dent fans as well. ( A webtoon is an an­i­mated car­toon or se­ries of comic strips pub­lished on­line.)

The drama’s in­ten­sity and sus­pense in­crease when Seong Moo sud­denly dis­ap­pears one day while at work, after try­ing to kill off the main char­ac­ter of his webtoon.

That’s when it gets re­ally in­ter­est­ing, and where two par­al­lel worlds col­lide as Yeon Joo finds her­self some­how pulled into the world of W.

This 16- episode MBC drama is in­deed a very cre­ative piece writ­ten by Song Jae- jung, who is known for her time travel dra­mas Nine and Queen In- hyun’s Man.

Each episode is a win­ner on its own, with el­e­ments of surprise, com­edy and enough sus­pense to keep view­ers glued and highly an­tic­i­pat­ing the next in­stal­ment.

The parts where Yeon Joo has to do some­thing crazy or dra­matic in or­der to re­turn to her own world are pretty amus­ing too.

Un­der the guid­ance of director Jung Dae- yoon ( She Was Pretty), Lee’s per­for­mance here is ar­guably one of his bet­ter ones, in com­par­i­son with Pinoc­chio or Se­cret Gar­den.

How­ever, I feel he still needs to work on im­prov­ing his de­liv­ery when por­tray­ing ex­treme emo­tions like rage and deep pain.

A ro­man­tic at heart, Yeon Joo’s char­ac­ter is a bit of a scat­ter­brain but she still aims to be­come a great sur­geon one day.

Han’s show of be­wil­der­ment and con­fu­sion from be­ing trans­ported be­tween the two worlds – at the most un­ex­pected mo­ments – is well ex­e­cuted

— photos: Handouts

Kang Chul ( Lee Jong- suk, right) and Oh Yeon Joo ( Han Hyo- joo) make a cute cou­ple.

Lee Shi Un’s sup­port­ing per­for­mance is a big plus fac­tor for the show.

Lee plays a former Olympic sharp­shooter sus­pected of mur­der­ing his own fam­ily.

the real world and the webtoon world col­lide in this K- drama that of­fers some­thing dif­fer­ent from the usual fare.

Kim’s por­trayal of tor­mented webtoon artist Oh Seong moo is de­serv­ing of ap­plause.

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