Having watched the first edition of this action drama, which I don’t particularly enjoy, I was hoping for the best, maybe because of its mixture between action and romance, or maybe cause the first one was really well done. And I must say, this edition goes beyond limits in terms of intrigue, action and romance.
It took me a while to finish it because it has so many elements, details, crossed stories and formal dialogues, that I needed to take my time to sit down and watch it. The fact that it has a huge amazing cast, might light up the things a little bit, but in the end is all about the script and the powerful direction, which let me state: it was amazing.
Synopsis of IRIS 2 Korean Drama
As the two previous editions of this story, the main plot circles around the secret organization IRIS, and the way North Korea and South Korea, try to destroy it. This time most faces are already known although some big secrets still arise.
When the rebel forces start moving, South and North begin to gather secret agents to fight against them. The problem comes when they find out that there is a tremendous danger that lies bellow Seoul.
Spies, blood relations, love, hate and ideals, everything mixes up in this espionage story with tons of action and intrigue.
Starring in IRIS 2 Korean Drama
Jang Hyuk (Fated to Love You, Shine or Go Crazy, The Client) is Jung Yoo Gun, an outstanding NSS agent that will be in charge of the most difficult operations. Having to take decisions that go beyond his power and that will probably put him in danger most of the time. Another prof of his majestic talent.
Lee Da Hee (Miss Ripley, Hotel King, My Girl) is Ji Soo Yeon, Yoo Gun’s hobae, and a cheerful great agent. Living by her oppa’s shadow she wants to be a good agent despite this fact, and will try to prove herself every time she can, although fate will put her in a difficult spot, having to deal with pain and sorrow in unimaginable ways. One of her best performances, in my opinion, although her tone of voice doesn’t scream “Secret Agent”, she goes beyond that.
Lee Bum Soo (History of the Salaryman, Prime Minister and I, Over my dead body) is Yoo Joong Won a North Korean agent (or spy) that has escaped and been hidden till he’s called to participate in this matters. Although he doesn’t like the idea, he’ll change his mind when he realices this mission might open him some doors. I tend to enjoy his comedy parts more, but it was a great performance.
Also starring in IRIS 2 Korean Drama: Oh Yeon Su, Yoon Doo Joon, Lee Joon, Lim Soo Hyang, Kim Young Chul, Kim Seung Woo, David McInnis, Kim Il Woo, Baek Sung Hyun, Sung Dong Il, Yun Ju Sang, Lee Jeong Kil, Cho Seong Ha Yoon Joo Hee, Yoon So Yi, Park Jung Won & Kim Ji Min.
Music has a big part in the storytelling, and unlike other productions, in this case is the background music (not the opening or ending) that gives this intriguing feeling throughout the drama and supports the plot perfectly.
I have no idea why, but I found this edition to be harder to deal with, drama was all over the place and didn’t rest a single minute, a good reason to find it tiring and also, amazingly trapping.
Similarities with the first edition weren’t necessary at all, mainly because there are dozens of ways of portraying the same situation without recalling the exact same scene. That said, some of the action scenes (if not all of them) were really awesomely done and filmed, and jumped completely out of the ordinary. What makes this edition my favorite of them all, not only because of the cast and the story, but because of the way the events are told and the particular tension that the viewers get to experience.
If you haven’t seen either the first edition, nor the movie, or ATHENA: Goddess of War, don’t worry, you can watch this one freely without having to go back in time. Although I would encourage watching IRIS, just because it’s really good. For the rest, the plot will explain itself while events happen, so it’s really not necessary. One of the best action dramas ever made.