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Eve (2022) K-Drama Review

PGupta is a K-drama enthusiast since 2010. She likes to write about the Korean shows in her free time.

"Eve" Promotional Poster

"Eve" Promotional Poster

Eve is a melodrama show infused with the flavor of revenge. The show features Lee Ra El (Seo Yea Ji), a Tango dancer, daughter, wife and mother, who has an aura that can bewitch practically anyone. She instantly attracts the attention of everyone, but she hides a formidable past in her heart beneath a fashionable façade. For the past 13 years, she has put her determination to exact retribution on those who have harmed her and her family above all else. Eve was one of the most awaited k-dramas of this year for me personally.

Synopsis

Lee Ra El, the heroine of the narrative, is a young woman whose parents adore her. Because of the malevolent LY Group, she witnesses her father's death in front of her eyes, forcing a merger between the two companies. Ra El vows revenge after being left for dead and vows to expose the LY Group's wrongdoings and make everyone pay for their actions. And Kang Yoon Kyum, the CEO, is the perfect target. Ra El plans to use divorce as a weapon against his family because he is one of the ringleaders in all of this.

Characters

Ra-primary El's objective is LY Group Chairman Kang Yoon Kyum (Park Byung Eun), who serves as the main cause of the disaster without his knowledge. His wife’s father, Han Pan Ro (Jeon Gook Hwan), is the mastermind behind every bad deed, and Han So Ra is Yoon Kyum's bride who will go to any lengths to save their marriage. As an assemblyman and Ra El's longtime friend, Seo Eun Pyeong (Lee Sang Yeob) is willing to assist her in any way he can.

Jang Moon Hee, Ra El’s adoptive mother, is also Ra El’s accomplice who has been planning revenge for the past 13 years with Ra El. Kim Jung Chul (Jung Hae Kyun) and Kim Gye Young (So Hee Jung) serve as aides to Pan Ro and Eun Pyeong, respectively, in this Korean drama.

"Eve" Cast Members

"Eve" Cast Members

My Thoughts on the Show

The first half of the show's plot development is fantastic. The pilot episode and the initial sequences, including the opening scene, all had a constant flow and a number of peaks. The show's plot thickens with each passing episode as Ra El accomplishes more of her goals. We must acknowledge the way in which the characters' pasts were handled during times of uncertainty. Two weeks before the conclusion, the show did feel a little sluggish, as if nothing significant had happened and that, now that everything was out in the open, things were just going to become worse. I also thought that the illicit relationship between Ra El and Yoon Kyum lacked chemistry and could have been better.

Despite the fact that the show isn't primarily focused on the characters, they do a good job of keeping viewers on their toes with all of the show's grandiosity. The narration, portrayal style, and execution, along with the story-telling, were all top-notch. The blazing bright hues and luxurious eye-enticing editing of the cinematography were a joy to look at.

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A Scene from the Show

A Scene from the Show

Byung Eun is unquestionably one of the best actors working today, and his portrayal of Yoon Kyum, a man without love who seeks freedom from the material world through music and dance, was particularly moving. Because he knows what is expected of him, he suffers in silence, with no one to turn to for consolation. A character growth would have been nice but unfortunately he didn't change at all. The only thing that changed was the way he felt about love and his attitude about it.

The role of So Ra, played by Yoo Sun, was a convincing portrayal of a character with significant mental health concerns and many complexes who only wants to be cared for by her family. Even though Sang Yeob's performance as the man of influence was commendable, I found little about his character that piqued my interest or compelled me to watch the rest of the episode; his character needed to be fleshed out and given more screen time.

The incorporation of Piazzolla's bandoneon and the accompanying narrative was one of the things I also enjoyed. Even though it lasted only one episode, the writer's use of that story to describe the lives of the two protagonists was awe-inspiring. It was also great to bring the deep spirit of 'tango' and tell the story in a creative way.

So Ra from the Show

So Ra from the Show

Overall Rating

Despite the setbacks, the show was a success all around. On one side, we see a woman's quest for vengeance after witnessing the murder of her parents at the hands of those who want to take over the family business in an unlawful and brutal manner, and on the other, we see her blossoming in love with the guy who was partly responsible for their deaths. No one is fully good or bad, and everyone is haunted by the ghosts and scars of the past. They all come from broken families, and this has a profound effect on how they act.

It's sluggish in the later half of the show, but it keeps you engaged and curious about what's to come. Ye Ji was phenomenal in her role and she portrayed it really well. I also enjoyed Park Byung Eun in this dark yet lovely starring role, and Lee Sang Yeob does a terrific job as this kind-hearted gentleman who has unrequited love but still tries to help Ra El even when he knows the woman's heart who he loves will never belong to him.

My overall rating would be as follows:

ParameterRating (Each out of 10)

Story

8

Acting

9

Cast

10

Music

10

Cinematography

9

Direction

9

Rewatch Value

5

Overall Rating

8.6

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