After literally hunting for news and information about Suspicious Partner, I finally have enough to try to piece together a plot (somewhat) and share it with you all. The entire production team seems to be teasing fans with vague yet, humorous teasers and a few images that have been dropping here and there. And as funny and witty as the teasers are, while the posters look beautiful and vibrant, the main plot is edgy and somewhat intense – the show is either bringing together the best of both worlds or we may feel flabbergasted once it airs, all our expectations thrown out the window.
If you have no idea what I’m talking about, by all means check out the official teasers; they’re parodies of elections in Korea, reminding people to vote and even Goblin showing interactions between the male and female lead in a witty way. That being said, when I read the character descriptions, I was quite surprised because they contrasted with what I saw in the teasers. The official trailers however, are more to the point and depict the drama for what it really is.
Suspicious Partner is about a former Prosecutor, Noh Ji Wook (Ji Chang Wook) who switches over to be a private attorney and a Justice Department intern, Eun Bong Hee (Nam Ji Hyun) who team up to solve a case of an amnesiac murderer. Through various misunderstandings and vague clues, Bong Hee becomes a murder suspect and it’s up to the two of them to clear her name.
The only background information on either character’s past is that Ji Wook has struggled with a first love and experienced a traumatic event as a child while Bong Hee was once a Taekwondo athlete who decides to pursue law because she has a strong sense of justice. And of course, the two of them are exact opposites so it’ll be the bright and positive intern and the uptight, sexy lawyer solving a case while falling in love. Aww, nothing screams romance like clearing your girl’s name eh?
The drama also includes supporting characters Ji Eun Hyuk (Choi Tae Joon) as Ji Wook’s childhood friend and a lawyer with a complicated and dysfunctional family. But of course, a drama isn’t complete without some romantic drama so to turn up the heat there’s Cha Yoo Jung (Kwon Nara) Ji Wook’s ex-girlfriend who tries to win him back at any cost.
I know. Extremely different than the teasers or anything I mentioned in the opening paragraphs – I’m scratching my chin too but I’m glad trailers have dropped a few days before the premiere otherwise, I’d feel so lost. That being the case, I still don’t know whether it’ll lean more towards a crime thriller, turning into a classic melodrama or surprise me and stay consistent as a romantic comedy.
What I look forward to the most is the murder-mystery aspect of the drama and although the romance is nice and all, I am so ready for an amnesic killer. I’m also interested to see how much realism is going to be poured into the acting because Ji Chang Wook and Choi Tae Joon are actual friends in real life! If all else fails, I have very high expectations for the bromance. Please don’t disappoint me guys!
Release Date: May 10, 2017 on SBS (Eng Sub available on Viki)
I feel like the plot synopsis for a lot of recent K-dramas recently are so confusing like you need a PhD in K-Drama Studies to understand what the drama is even going to be about! 😀
It sounds like quite a different role for Ji Chang Wook. It seems like all his recent roles are more action orientated.
I know right! The teasers contrast so much with the synopsis or plots are just so confusing – I'm still trying to figure out TvN's new drama Circle since it's pretty complex.
I'm glad he's slowly stepping away from action roles and venturing out to try something different 🙂
What is the title of the song in episode 11, 1:23 minutes?
If you type in "Suspicious Partner OST" on Youtube and do a quick search I'm sure you'll find it