Director: Kang Jung Hwan
Starring: Bi (Full House, A Love to Kill, I'm a cyborg, but that's okay), Lee Na Young, Lee Jung Jin, Yoon Jin Seo, Daniel Henney (My Name is Kim Sam Soon, Spring Waltz)
Synopsis, found here:
During the Korean War, a vast amount of money disappeared. Now, some 60 years later, the money has reappeared, leading to a frantic chase across the globe. Jin Yi (Lee Na Young) is a seemingly innocent woman who has hidden motives for approaching Ji Woo (Bi). Her plans are complicated by an unexpected romance developing between them, as well as the numerous pursuers hot on their trail. Kieko (Uehara Takako) is a famous Japanese singer who also gets tangled up in a relationship with this man. Little do they know that her father Hiroki (Takenaka Naoto), apart from being a business man, is a powerful yakuza. In this love triangle, who will finally win the love of Ji Woo?
I barely know how to address that synopsis, because it just... so doesn't describe what the show was about. The romance was secondary by far to the mystery and action... and Keiko, the random Japanese singer? Her character just dropped halfway through the show, with barely a footnote. Fugitive Plan B was in no way about two girls fighting over Ji Woo's love. It was about staying alive long enough to solve a mystery of lost gold, leading--of course--to rich, corrupt men in power.
|Kai (Daniel Henney), Jin Yi's fiance|
It was the typical fashion of setting up a shallow character that you question at the start, so you can watch them experience the full spectrum of human emotions and depth later through many trials and tribulations. But I never understand why they have to throw the absolute worst at you in the first episode. I swear some of the first episode could have come straight out of a Van Damme movie from the 80s. We almost stopped watching, like so many shows before, just because it was so "ick!" Here's just one example of what I mean; not the worst by far, but one that I'm willing to actually feature on my blog. The worst one is the last in the string of photos found here. Peruse at your own risk.
The strongest impression I got off the lead female character is that she kept reminding me of Ashley Judd, which probably isn't the desired response. But she just left me a bit cold.
|Chief detective Doo So and So Ran|
|Yeah, Jiwoo eventually lost this fight ;)|
As usual, it was a long and complicated story line that I won't go into depth on. But overall, despite some really aggravating parts, the takeaway was that we enjoyed the series. There was a definite focus on quality of action over quality of character, a trait I usually avoid. But I was ready for a light, fun show, and Fugitive Plan B delivered that and more.
Below is a trailer, which also shows that really embarrassing Van Damme moment at the very end. :P