Blade Man (2014) 钢铁人
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Action, Melodrama
Enjoyment: 9/10 Pace: 8/10 No. of times I watched it: 1
Plot: Joo Hong Bin (Lee Dong Wook) is a heartless and fearless man. He’s a smart, wealthy, prickly man who manages Global Games (if i am not wrong) and suddenly develops the ability to sprout iron. He gets this ability because of all the pain he carries in his heart, and discovers love and grows up along the way. Meanwhile, Son Se Dong (Shin Se Kyung) is a meddlesome sort who loves the hero and takes it upon herself to turn him into a real man.
Zoom into characters: Since young, Hong Bin does not have the courage to oppose his father in any way such as just asking his father why the Mathematics question has to be done that way. He does not have freedom, including choosing a girlfriend. It is unable to disentangle the knots of misunderstandings between father and son and they drifted apart. Se Dong sympathises with anyone and everyone and even takes care of a bunch of boys, squeezing all of them into her small apartment. With Se Dong’s kind heart and warm gestures, Hong Bin is able to let go of his pain and learn to care.
Hong Bin’s ability to run faster than a car, “fly” into the air, lift a car and sprout iron (when he is extremely angry) amuse me a lot. Managing a company that creates games really suits Hong Bin. Haha. Even when he tries to be good to his workers by treating them to a meal, he forces them to gobble down the food so he can leave early for his date. I admire how Se Dong always think about others before herself, including her selfless act of adopting people and leaving Hong Bin when Chang’s mother who is thought to be dead returns. However, the return of the Chang’s mother slows down the pace of the drama towards the end. I am moved by the scene where she hugged Hong Bin including his spikes to calm him down when he is angry at his father and cannot control his ability.
Liked Hong Bin’s relationship with his son, Chang. Although their relationship is distant at first as his son is afraid of him and Hong Bin is so fierce towards him, they managed to close the gap with the help of Se Dong. As Hong Bin learns to become a more understanding father, his son is able to like him more and express himself more to Hong Bin. Towards the end, Hong Bin looks forward to Chang’s goodbye before he goes to work and Chang even feels proud that his father is strong. It is hilarious that Chang sometimes becomes the third party that is cutting down on the time Hong Bin and Se Dong can spend together (much to Hong Bin’s anger). It is a waste that Hong Bin’s stepbrother does not stand a chance against Hong Bin. He does things for Se Dong and dares to try to oppose his father earlier than Hong Bin and is more direct when he approaches things.
It is fun to watch the interaction between Hong Bin and his secretary. His secretary who has good martial arts skills lands nicely at the bottom of the stairs when Hong Bin vents his anger and pushes him down. He always obeys Hong Bin’s orders and is protective towards him. It touches me when he does not mind his whole body filled with wounds as long as he can prevent Hong Bin’s condition from being known. It is funny when Hong Bin is overly energised with his power and his secretary has to chase after him. For example, when he is flying among the trees, his secretary travelling on the ground has to try to catch up with him.
Why you should watch: This drama shows another side of Lee Dong Wook’s acting as his character adds a lot of humour to the drama unlike his other characters. He portrays the immature side of the character well. The fantasy added into the character makes the drama more interesting which is why I started watching. Liked the relationship between the lead couple and enjoyed the process of Hong Bin growing up to become a good man and a good father.
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