Beyond Evil: New Netflix crime series raises the bar for procedural crime drama

Have you checked out the new South Korean Netflix series Beyond Evil? well, if crime procedural dramas are your thing, then this is one of the best in recent years.

It ain’t no secret, I am huge fan of Asian cinema. Yeah, they don’t seem to be graphic and as violent as they used to but sometimes they don’t have to be. Beyond Evil still tells a bleak story but it’s told in a, I wouldn’t say “lighthearted” way but in a way that most viewers would find it easy to stomach.

When a fingerless corpse is found in a reed field, an old cold case that happened 20-years ago is reopened. 20-years ago, the sister of Dong-sik went missing. The only thing recovered was her fingers that were placed in a public area to be found. Dong-sik was one of the suspects. No charges were filed against Dong-sik and since then he has become an assistant inspector in a small rural town. Now Dong-sik must team up with Ju-On to catch the killer that slipped through his “fingers” all those years ago.

Now, let me tell you something, this could possibly be the most twisty series I have ever watched. If you’re a fan of “whodunit?” then get ready for your mind to be blown wide open.

The writing is great and the music is superb (something I always thought didn’t sit right with K-Dramas). As for the acting, well it is astonishing and stars two South Korean greats Shin Ha-kyun (The Villainess, Save the Green Planet, Thirst, Sympathy for Mr Vengeance) & Yeo Jin-gu (Hwayi: A Monster Boy)

During the season I decided to check how many episodes there were (I didn’t want it to end) and I was scared to check Netflix. On IMDb, it stated that there were 16-episodes. My gut sank a little bit because I thought that would mean two seasons. Each episode is over an hour-long, so an 18/19-hour first season sounded too good to be true. Nope!~season one is HUGE and we get the full 16, 1-hr and 10-min episodes.

If you’re a fan of Bong Joon-ho’s Memories of Murder or Shin-yeon Won‘s Memoir Of A Murderer, Beyond Evil is going to be your new favourite series. Don’t forget to rate it on Netflix. That shows some support and more importantly, it tells Netflix we need more of these crime K-dramas!. I hope you enjoy it.

As always, thanks for reading.

Article by GG
Founder/Owner/BigCheese @ Moviehooker

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