Blood 2015 Korean Drama Review

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Plot:

When a group of researchers found VBT virus that can turn human into vampire, they agreed that the virus is too dangerous for the world and decided to hide it. Except for Dr. Lee Jae Wook (Ji Jin Hee), who believes that the virus might be the answer to heal every human disease and tries to create vaccine from that. Doesn’t let anything in his way, Lee Jae Wook injected the virus to himself and his couple friends whom he eventually kills after refusing to support him. However, the couple’s impossible son, Park Ji Sang (Ahn Jae Hyun) survived and grew up into a very skillful vampire-surgeon but doomed himself as a monster. Knowing next to nothing, Park Ji Sang works at Korea’s best cancer hospital along with the seemingly gentle and thoughtful Lee Jae Wook and Yoo Ri Ta (Goo Hye Sun), a witty and tempered doctor who is also the hospital heir. Secretly being a vampire, Park Ji Sang has to face the daily works as a surgeon while trying to solve his parents’ murder case and finding true alliance between Lee Jae Wook and Yoo Ri Ta. What kind of truth awaits Park Ji Sang? Will he take side with Lee Jae Wook as he sees many patients he cares about died before his own eyes? Will Park Ji Sang find happiness at last?

Main Casts:

  • Ahn Jae Hyun as Park Ji Sang
  • Goo Hye Sun as Yoo Ri Ta/ Yoo Chae Eun
  • Ji Jin Hee as Lee Jae Wook
  • Son Soo Hyun as Min Ga Yeon
  • Jung Hae In as Joo Hyun Woo

Review:

To Love:

  1. Ahn Jae Hyun and Goo Hye Sun’s chemistry despite the relatively not too many lovey-dovey scenes, especially now that we know for certain that they are couple in real life too. In a way, it’s a good way for the couple’s shippers to imagine their real love life.
  2. Although this may be Ji Jin Hee’s first antagonist role, we can say that he slays it as expected from a senior actor. We may mistake him as gentle and all as the character was initially doing his wrongdoings more out of good intentions, but then we can sense his twisted thoughts and ambitions.
  3. Ahn Jae Hyun as all the look to be a charming vampire as he is physically pale, handsome and tall. Considering that this is his first leading role, we may say that Ahn Jae Hyun did enough and in a way, we are reminded by Robert Pattinson’s vampire character (the way he got angry and smirks). Well maybe Robert was Ahn Jae Hyun’s role model as he prepared himself for this role.
  4. The drama started off with promising stories and star studded casts, even the supporting casts are great. So, the drama maybe a good option for those who love vampire or mystery or thriller themed drama.
  5. In addition, if you are now a fan of Jung Hae In (probably post “Something in the Rain”), you can overlook his early work and appearance through this drama. And yes, he is lovely here too.
  6. Most of the actors and staffs seem to work hard for the drama. We can see how it showcases pretty good CGI and make-ups, shot in many different (nice) places, the actors are seen to speak in other languages quite well, the fighting scenes are pretty good, the medical/surgery scenes are also good.

To Hate:

  1. Despite having a promising theme and story, the drama doesn’t seem to be well executed. As the story seems to growing here and there, leaving out the initial intrigue. At first, it focuses on Park Ji Sang’s special traits both as a vampire and a surgeon. But later on, we see less and less about these. How we miss Park Ji Sang’s sexy brain during surgery and still wonder what’s so special about him to make Lee Jae Wook hunts him down but not killing him at any cost (when Lee Jae Wook is supposed to know the detail about Park Ji Sang only on the last episodes).
  2. Goo Hye Sun’s exaggerated acting, especially in early episodes. We don’t know if she is supposed to do that to match Yoo Ri Ta’s character, or she was struggling for real. Whatever that is, she shown worse acting compared to her previous work in Angel’s Eyes. But thankfully after some episodes, she begins to look more normal (or it’s us who got used to her?).
  3. As the story grows here and there, it lacks of depth. We got medical drama along with the typical next to impossible surgeries, the researchers group death mystery along with the revenge tagging along, multiple love lines, Lee Jae Wook’s vampire family drama, New Drug Development Team’s infernal affair, Park Ji Sang’s personal struggle to be a “warm” human, Yoo Ri Ta and Park Ji Sang’s childhood story, Yoo Ri Ta’s family and company drama, Park Ji Sang-Hyun Woo’s bromance, Lee Jae Wook’s vaccine research, Park Ji Sang team’s anti-VBT research, and many more. Making us loose our main interest in the way and some stories are actually can be explored and explained much more.
  4. It’s depressing. Although current movies’ trend are to have great impact and loss, but “Blood” is giving us too much loss/death after making us attached to the characters. When normally a movie would give us many “cameo” deaths with couples of “supporting” deaths, this drama gives us way too many “supporting” as well as “main” deaths.
  5. Bad ending. Both happy and sad ending could be a great ending, but this drama seriously has a bad ending that it leaves us questioning. it provides no detail about what had, has and is happening. Until the very end, it doesn’t offer us enough answer about Park Ji Sang’s super genes, “the old weapon to kill vampires”, what was given to Lee Jae Wook that he changed into human (before they claimed that the vaccine needs Park Ji Sang to die, right?), and lastly, how did Park Ji Sang survived and then why did Yoo Ri Ta meet Yong Hui alone and cried?

Rating: 7/10 

See more Ahn Jae Hyun’s drama: The Beauty Inside 2018 Korean Drama Review

See more Jung Hae In’s drama: While You Were Sleeping Korean Drama Review

See more vampire themed drama: Orange Marmalade Korean Drama Review

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