Being unemployed has its perks. I have been curious about this Korean series for quite a while but never came around to buying it. I finally bought it recently and it has blown my mind. I have to admit that I bought it for three reasons: the beauties on the cover, the big-name stars and the bad-ass story-line. No disappointments so far.
Iris (아이리스) is a South Korean espionage television drama series broadcast by KBS in 2009. With a budget in excess of 20 billion won, it, along with its spin-off Athena: Goddess of War, share the record for the most expensive Korean dramas ever produced.
Premiering in October 2009, the series was a critical and commercial success, with an average viewership of over 30% in addition to ranking as the top program consistently every week after its debut. The series also took home many of the highest honors at the 2009 KBS Drama Acting Awards, including Lee Byung-hun winning the top recognition in the form of the Daesang Award. Among other nominations and recognitions, Lee and Kim Tae-hee were also named as one of the best on-screen couples.
The plot revolves around two friends from the 707th Special Mission Battalion recruited into a secret South Korean black ops agency known as the National Security Service. Of the pair, recruit Kim Hyun-jun begins to uncover evidence that his foggy past may not be so irrelevant to his joining of the secret organization after all. As the two friends find their loyalties tested and forge new, unlikely alliances, the journey takes them from their home country to Hungary, Japan, and China where they find themselves at the center of an international conspiracy.
What can I say. The story has not ceased to twist and turn like a hurricane gone crazy and it has been keeping me at the edge of my seat. The fact that the lead-actress is easy on the eyes doesn’t really matter. I am thoroughly attracted by the tensions between the three main male characters, best-friend and arch-rival – all flawed to the core with their own insecurities and fears and trying their hardest to kill each other.
I think that it will be useful to keep tabs on the Korean film industry. They seem to be intent on producing crazy shows.