Review of “My Name”: A Predictable and Fast-paced Saga of Revenge Directed by an Exceptional Han So-Hee
The Netflix K drama on the surface may be a straightforward, straightforward revenge saga, but it’s one that benefits from the main star and some superlative action sequences
Earlier this year, Han So-Hee starred in the K-drama However where she played a college boy caught in a turbulent relationship, confused about life and love. However, in the recent version of Netflix My name, So-Hee makes you forget that she was always the young and delicate student from the previous show.
The eight-episode action-packed black crime drama is unsurprisingly brutal and often predictable. The writing, however, always remains rhythmic, which perfectly meets the demands of the genre, and packs a punch.
To avenge her father’s death, Song Ji-Woo (So-Hee) joined the Dongcheon crime syndicate led by Choi Mu-Jin (Park Hee-So) and later changed his identity and enlisted in the police. . It’s a pretty straightforward story, and the focus remains on Ji-Woo’s obsession with revenge, so much so that we’re hardly allowed to dwell on anything else. The show quickly evolves between fighting, drugs, deaths and big revelations.
It works, and sometimes is My namecancels out, as the result is that the show stays on one note throughout. The little sun that the dark crime drama has, is through Jeon Pil-Do (a very likeable Ahn Bo-Hyun) a narcotics detective who becomes So-Hee’s partner. There is a very revealing scene where he sincerely tells Ji-Woo that it is important that people in their work have hobbies. Nothing could have summed up Ji-Woo’s life of revenge better.
- Director: Kim Jin-min
- Number of episodes: 8
- Actors: Han So-Hee, Ahn Bo-Hyun, Park Hee-Soo
- Synopsis: To avenge the death of her father, a woman joins the police and tries to unmask her killer
Meanwhile, while Hee-so as Dongcheon’s sinister and menacing boss is a towering presence, it’s Chang Ru-Yul as the leader of rival drug syndicate Do Gang-Jae who is truly terrifying.
The series tries to question whether the Bloody Path to Vengeance is worth it, but it comes a bit too late in the narrative. We end up with more questions about this when it all comes to an end, as the late moral discourse the show tries to delve into isn’t enough to make an impact.
In a previous interview, My nameKim Jin-Min’s director had said that while revenge is a male-dominated theme, he thought watching a female character on his journey to avenge her father’s death would be thrilling.
He’s definitely on the right track there; So-Hee is the star of this revenge drama and you’ll definitely feel the urge to sign up for a self-defense or martial arts class when you see her deftly tackling beefy henchmen twice her size. . She also consciously goes beyond just being a formidable presence in some beautifully choreographed action sequences, and remains convincingly fiery and unbiased throughout.
My nameNetflix release follows recent success of Netflix Squid game and both K-dramas have now been hits globally. The show on the surface may be a straightforward, straightforward revenge saga, but it’s one that benefits from its main star and some superlative action sequences. Sometimes staying true to the genre works well, when it’s done the right way.
My name is currently playing on Netflix