5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas you should never miss

Ma Dong Seok (born Lee Dong Seok) is a South Korean actor best known for his roles in The Neighbor, Nameless Gangster, etc. Did you know 5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas?

Here are 5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas that you should never miss if you are a true fan of him.

Bad Guys (2014)

To combat rising violent crimes, the Police Chief asks Detective Oh Goo-Tak (Kim Sang-Joong) to form a team consisting of criminals.

Detective Oh Goo-Tak is currently suspended from the police force for using excessive force. Detective Oh Goo-Tak gathers team members: Park Woong-Cheol (Ma Dong-Seok) who is a gangster, Lee Jung-Moon (Park Hae-Jin) who is the youngest serial killer with extraordinary intelligence and Jung Tae-Soo (Jo Dong-Hyuk) who is a contract killer.

Also, Police Inspector Yoo Mi-Young (Gang Ye-Won) joins the team.

Swallow the Sun (2009) – 5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas

The drama opens in the 1960–1970’s, with a group of criminals that were brought to Jeju Island for manual labor as punishment under the harsh supervision of troop leaders. Among this group is Kim Il-hwan (Jin Goo), an unrefined, rebellious man with no family and no direction in life. With nothing to lose, Il-hwan escapes from the rest of the infantry after combat with one of the troop leaders, Lee Soo-chang (Ahn Nae-sang). The rest of the troop eventually track him down and corner him on a cliff over Jeju’s ocean. He jumps off and drifts in the sea, and is later found by Ahn Mi-yeon (Im Jung-eun), a “haenyo” (traditional free diver). Although she is afraid of this rough stranger, she does not judge him for being a criminal and does not turn him in to the authorities. Instead, Mi-yeon hides him in caves near the shore of the island where she takes care of him. They fall in love; however, the troops eventually find them believing that he had taken Mi-yeon hostage. After Il-hwan is taken away, Mi-yeon discovers that she is pregnant. Their child, Kim Jung-woo (Yeo Jin-goo) is raised in an orphanage after Mi-yeon passes away.

The illegitimate, orphaned Jung-woo grows up into a small-time hoodlum with a rebellious temperament. As an adult in the present day (Ji Sung), he saves the life of a rich and powerful businessman Jang Min-ho (Jun Kwang-ryul), which becomes his ticket to a better life. Swearing to serve Jang Min-ho, Jung-woo gets sent to Seoul to look after Jang’s son, Tae-hyuk (Lee Wan).

Tae-hyuk had grown up not knowing his parentage, until he was approached as an adult by Jang Min-ho who claimed to be his father and trained him in business management. Tae-hyuk asks Jung-woo to help him win the heart of Lee Soo-hyun (Sung Yu-ri). Soo-hyun is a strong-willed young woman who overcame poverty and misfortune to studied overseas, and currently works as the manager of a world-famous circus troupe. Jung-woo will do anything to win favor with the Jang family, but Soo-hyun turns out to be his first love, whom he’d met as a child back in Jeju. Soo-hyun, who doesn’t remember Jung-woo, finds herself gradually drawn to him as he pursues her under his master’s name. Things get complicated when Jung-woo is suddenly sent to prison instead of Tae-hyuk.

Jung-woo later learns the devastating truth that the man claiming to be Jang Min-ho is actually his father, Kim Il-hwan. It sets him on a whirlwind quest filled with crime, love and revenge, taking him from the glittering lights of Las Vegas to the diamond mines of South Africa.

Jung-woo, Soo-hyun and Tae-hyuk encounter each other again where it all started, Jeju Island, as they work to develop Seogwipo into a world-class city.

Squad 38 (2016)

Ma Dong-seok as Baek Sung-il/Park Woong-cheol – manager of Tax Collection Bureau’s section 3. A special task force will mix cops and criminals in order to catch bad guys, but this time the good-bad guys will be con artists who use their skills of fraud and deception in order to help catch tax evaders. 

“38 Task Force” takes over the OCN Fri & Sat 23:00 time slot previously occupied by “Vampire Detective” and followed by “Voice” January 14, 2017.

Robber (2008)

5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas - Robber (2008)

After graduating from high school, Jin Dal-rae begins working at a local bank in Pyeongchang County. There, she meets Jang Tae-oh, a mountain climber, and she follows him to Seoul, where they get married. Dal-rae becomes pregnant, but before the baby is born, Tae-oh is killed in a freak accident in the mountains. Dal-rae moves in with her mother-in-law, Lee Soon-seom, and together the two women raise her daughter, Yoo-jin.

Several years pass, and Soon-seom herself encourages Dal-rae to move on, even setting her up on blind dates. During one such date, Dal-rae meets the elderly and wealthy Chairman Kim, who isn’t really looking for a young wife, but searching for a prospective spouse for his socially inept son Jin-goo. Chairman Kim is impressed with Dal-rae’s kindness and integrity, and is determined that she become his daughter-in-law.

Meanwhile, Dal-rae also encounters Kwon Oh-joon. Oh-joon was once a boxer, but he quit because he didn’t want to mess up his “pretty boy” face. Since then, he has been masquerading as a fund manager, but in reality he is a con artist who lives off lonely, gullible women by scamming them. His sister Oh-sook is married to an abusive husband, and Oh-joon has been paying off her debts, but he soon grows desperate with the loan sharks hounding him and threatening to kill him unless he pays up. Learning that Dal-rae has been saving to start her own business, she becomes his next target. But as he gets to know her and her family, Oh-joon finds himself falling in love for real.

H.I.T (2007) – 5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas

5 popular Ma Dong Seok K-dramas - HIT 2017   

The Homicide Investigation Team (H.I.T.) led by Cha Soo Kyung, was established to investigate the case of a serial killer. The other four members were assigned from different precincts and, when they first started, they all had their own ulterior motives and none of them was comfortable with working as a team or trusted each other. Added to the mix, a rookie prosecutor, Kim Jae Yoon, was sent by the District Attorney’s Office to keep an eye on the police’s work. This drama depicts how cases were solved and how the members evolved into really working as a team.

Which Ma Dong Seok K-drama is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

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