[HanCinema’s Drama Review] ‘Bad and Crazy’ Episode 6 @ HanCinema

So Inspector Ryo is forced to cut a deal with Supervisor Kim. Given Inspector Ryo’s corrupt reputation, as well as modern drugs in his system, the authorities are unlikely to believe his version of events now that Superintendent Kim has a new scapegoat. But Inspector Ryo quickly realizes that, given Supervisor Kim’s emphatic lack of scruples, the situation in Episode 1 relating to Officer Tak’s death may indeed have been a lot more complicated just as Inspector Ryo pointed somewhat sarcastically and frankly.

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Supervisor Kim has a problem. His case is less than that of Inspector Ryo like the fact that Superintendent Kim has committed so many crimes at this point that almost any dig reveals something. Chief Young (played by Kim Hyora) still lurks ominously in the background like the Russian-Korean crime man whom all these crimes eventually follow. But Chief Young is noteworthy because he didn’t really like Administrator Kim even as a former ally because he keeps making a mess of everything.

Inspector Ryu and Ki’s raw and effective interrogation style is the exact opposite. To try to locate potential informants regarding Officer Tack’s fate, they infiltrate a homeless camp. K delights in making Inspector Ryoo uncomfortable, and the drama has a strong sense of humor as always about Inspector Ryo getting angry at his alter ego at the sight of other people. The ability to predict these developments is backed by strong chemistry.

What is not easy to justify is how helpless Detective Lee has been in the story thus far. First at the mercy of the legal system, Detective Lee falls victim again. Finally only at the cliffhanger, this time with the actual commentary, do we get a lot of hint about Detective Lee finally being able to do something useful. Honestly, it’s hard to even call her really smart – more than physical confinement, the fact that she was so unequivocally cheated by supervisor Kim makes her a bad judge of character.

This somehow explains how Detective Lee could get involved with an obnoxious character like Inspector Ryo in the beginning. The humor is that, with K, Inspector Ryoo is at least trying to make up for himself in part because of her. But overall, most of the story action here is a simple crime procedural action, with Inspector Ryo crawling through the mud to find usable clues.

William Schwartz review

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“bad and crazy” directed by Yoo Seon Dongwritten by Kim Sae is goodand features Lee Dong WookAnd Wee Ha JunAnd Han Ji YeonAnd Cha Hak YeonAnd Kang Ae SimAnd Kim Dae Gun. Broadcasting Information in Korea: 12/17/2021~ Broadcasting now, Fri, Sat 22:40 on tvN.

William Schwartz

Team writer. He has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, and has lived in South Korea since 2011. He started in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema’s 2016 summer travel diary series, and is settled Currently in Anyang. He has good tips for using the public bus system in South Korea. William Schwartz can be contacted at william@hancinema.net. He also has an alternate at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future films to review.

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