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Kdrama Review: Vincenzo

Synopsis:
The story of an Italian mafia lawyer who came to Korea due to the betrayal of the organization, wiping out the villain in a villain’s way with another lawyer.
At the age of eight, Park Joo-hyung (Song Joong-ki) went to Italy after being adopted by an Italian family. He later joins the mafia where he is subsequently adopted by Don Fabio, head of the Cassano mafia family. Park Joo-hyung was renamed Vincenzo Cassano and became an Italian lawyer, a consigliere for the mafia, and Don Fabio’s right hand man. After Fabio dies, Paolo, Fabio’s biological son and the new leader of the Cassano Family, attempts to kill Vincenzo. Vincenzo flees to Seoul and sets out to recover 1.5 tons of gold that he helped a Chinese tycoon secretly stash within the basement of Geumga Plaza. However, a real estate company under Babel Group has illegally taken ownership of the building and Vincenzo must use his skills to reclaim the building and recover his fortunes. Vincenzo becomes involved with lawyer Hong Cha-young (Jeon Yeo-been), the type of attorney who will do anything to win a case.

Rating: 2/5 ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ

Genre: Comedy, Legal, Revenge

Review:

I first came across the actor, Song Joong-ki, in the Kdrama, Descendants of the Sun and I loved him in it. His acting was excellent and letโ€™s not forget the main thing, heโ€™s so cute! ๐Ÿ˜‰ So I had high hopes for Vincenzo.

He’s so cute!

Alas, that was not the case. Vincenzo is supposed to be this cunning, badass, consigliere for the Italian mafia and at first he seems to be just that at the start of the first episode. But as I kept watching, there were so many scenes where he wasnโ€™t the super-cool badass anti-hero which dimmed my enthusiasm about the drama. There were many moments where a real consigliere would have been more ruthless and clever but Vincenzo just didnโ€™t rise up to the occasion.

Hong Cha-young now, she started as this unscrupulous lawyer but things happened that caused her to change and fight for justice. I loved her style and her attitude. She wasnโ€™t just feisty, she was snarky when needed. She became one of my favorite characters in the drama.

The overall plot-line had so much potential but scenes which should have had a more serious impact lacked a certain depth that rendered them inert and flat. In addition, the humor was too much at times and instead of appearing humorous, felt ridiculous.

That said, there were some scenes that I really enjoyed and gotta love the ending scenes with the comeuppance delivered with absolute ruthlessness, though the climax felt kind of rushed. The one thing that kept me going was how some of the scenes were so emotionally-charged, you couldn’t help but feel them. They made watching the Kdrama worthwhile.

So peeps, this makes post #4 of May. ๐Ÿ˜‰

โˆผLyn

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3 thoughts on “Kdrama Review: Vincenzo

  1. i feel that that show also evolved with the characters, though as you mentioned you expected vincenzo to be the โ€œbadassโ€ consigliere but we do need to keep in mind that he was among civilians most of the time unlike in italy. i loved his character cause though rough in exterior he had soft parts! great review!

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    1. *spoiler-alert* For the instances where I expected him to be badass (not among civilians), like when he first came to Korea and he so easily got fooled. That was very disappointing to me. I saw a lot of instances like this but I loved the parts where he was cool and intimidating. ๐Ÿ‘
      Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Š

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      1. fun fact: in the scene where he got robbed, the person who robs him is actually song joonki’s co star from space sweepers, and that is why he invited him hehe

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