Fight and emotion in My Name: explosive cocktail [critique]

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Riding the Squid Game wave, this new K-drama available on Netflix is ​​setting the web ablaze. Is right.

“She wants revenge. Let her do it.” Ji-woo, a young Korean high school student, is orphaned after the assassination of her father in front of her eyes. He was a member of the city’s biggest drug cartel. Bruised but animated by a terrible desire for revenge, she turns to the Organization to find her father’s murderer, possibly engaged in the police. Infiltrated into the narcotics squad, she will lead a fierce struggle to survive and not be spotted, while tracking down her father’s killer. This is the synopsis of the Korean series My Name, available on Netflix since October 15. His trailer:

Propelled in the foreground on the American platform, My Name has been a real success since the release of Squid Game, Serial UFO that has achieved the best scores on Netflix since its release in September. Putting the other Korean creations of the streaming service in the spotlight – including My Name is therefore part- Squid Game was a game-changer for the Korean entertainment industry, becoming a real phenomenon, like some Parasite in 2019.

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But if Squid Game is the first step towards an easier discovery of Korean content, it is with My Name that we want to stay. Even if the end takes shape very quickly, we link together the eight well-packed episodes: the series has found a good tempo to never drop the rhythm, alternating scotching action scenes and falsely calm dramatic releases . This rhythm is carried by his fabulous heroine, Ji-woo, played by the actress Han So-hee, as credible as a teenage victim as a badass mafia mistress of her destiny. Impossible not to cry when she cries, not to laugh when she laughs, and not to want to break some teeth when she herself has to come out alive from a huge quagmire. Far from the clichés of good girls gone badJi-woo is tenacious and has taught her dependents that she can only rely on herself. A strong woman, in her head and in her body. Who, in addition, knows how to protect himself when dozens of killers jump on him.

For the other characters, including Choi Moo-jin (cartel leader played by Park Hee-soon) and Jeon Pil-do (Ji-woo’s teammate once in the police force, in the guise of Ahn Bo-hyun) who are the second most important knives of the program, no false note either: the boss of the Mafia looks like what one imagines to be a boss of Mafia (charismatic, silky, cruel and generous), and the teammate fulfills his functions by protecting his partner until the last second.

In short, no wrong notes for My Name, which will surely make you want to continue to be interested in K-drama (Korean programs) and by looking for other nuggets on Netflix and elsewhere, in all genres. Speaking of gender, with My Name, there will be blood, tears and fighting, all feminine, as we would like more on screens, large and small.

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My Name, directed by Kim Jin-min and Kim Va-da, has been available on Netflix since October 15.

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