Vigilante (2023) Series: An Action-Packed K-Drama

The “Vigilante” series is an action-packed K-drama. As the title suggests, it is about any person who takes the law into their own hands, such as by avenging a crime.

This web series is based on the webcomic “Vigilante” written by CRG and illustrated by Kim Kyu-Sam. This particular webtoon series is available, so you can read it online, too.

Synopsis of the Vigilante (2023) Series

The drama tells the story of a Metropolitan Investigation Team Unit tracking an organization called Vigilante, which judges the wicked people who escaped the law which has become a social phenomenon.

Rating of the Vigilante (2023) Series

FM Rating3.90/5
FM Short CommentsThis South Korean drama series is packed with well-choreographed elaborate high-octane action sequences. Both Nam Joo-Hyuk (Kim Ji-Yong) and Yoo Ji-Tae (Jo Heon) looked impressive in action. We liked Kim So-Jin (Choi Mi-Ryeo) too. It has the perfect spread for all the action buffs.
FM Rating of this K-Drama (2023) Series

Spoiler Free Review of the Vigilante (2023) Series

The [official] story of this show

In this K-Drama, the protagonist Kim Ji-Yong (Nam Joo-Hyuk) is a diligent and brilliant student at the police academy. However, during weekends, he assumes the role of a vigilante to apprehend wrongdoers who evade the reach of the law. His moves, which were given the name Vigilante by the broadcaster reporter Choi Mi-Ryeo (Kim So-Jin), garnered the attention and cheers of the public, and Jo Gang-Ok (Lee Joon-Hyuk) appeared, a big fan and second-generation heir of a conglomerate. In response, Jo Heon (Yoo Ji-Tae), the leader of the Metropolitan Investigation Squad, initiates a pursuit of Vigilante.

But, did Kim take to vigilantism?

Please note, that it is based on the information provided by the original webtoon creators.

When Kim Ji-Yong (Nam Joo-Hyuk) was a boy, his mother was murdered. The assailant was tried in the court of law but served a mere three and a half years because he “deeply regrets his actions.” 17 years later, Kim Ji-Yong is a college student, studying to become a police officer. But on the weekends, Ji-Yong hunts down ex-convicts released by a justice system that has failed to protect the victims, taking justice into his own hands to make up for its shortcomings.

Vigilante | Webtoon

The creators of the show depict that the scales of lady justice are skewed, so the Vigilante is here to restore balance.

So, what do we like in this action-packed K-Drama?

Not so long ago, we reviewed another action-filled web series “Bloodhounds” from South Korea. We loved that show, which had two action stars. The “Vigilante” show is equally good, but it seems, the series named above has a slight edge over this show. Mind you, the difference is only slight. And we liked both the Korean series.

One of the things that we liked about the show was that the actress Kim So-Jin (Choi Mi-Ryeo) plays a strong female character. And then, we get two action stars – the agile Nam Joo-Hyuk (Kim Ji-Yong) and the muscular Yoo Ji-Tae (Jo Heon) too. Both are good in the action sequences. Kim is the original Vigilante guy, who is joined by Jo in the later part of the story. And there is Lee Jun-Hyuk (Jo Gang-Ok) too, he is an aspiring vigilante.

The conclusion

No doubt, the story of this show goes along the predictable line. But, the freshness of action scenes is welcomed by us. We liked the Asian martial arts flavour to it. It is an entertaining series. Now, the ending of the series suggests that there is more to come in the future. Most likely, Kim, Jo Heon, Jo, and Choi might join hands to actively pursue acts of vigilantism in season two, in case they are planning it. Till then, watch the first season of this K-drama and get your fill of the well-executed action scenes. Enjoy!

Spoilers Alert about the Episodes from this K-Drama (2023) Series

Peek into the Eight (8) Episodes of the First (1st) Season of the K-Drama

First Episode (S1, E1)

Kim Ji Yong loses his mother to a gangster and begins punishing criminals who evade the law.

Second Episode (S1, E2)

Choi Mi Ryeo baits the Vigilante with more information on criminals on REPO25h.

Third Episode (S1, E3)

Copycat crimes emerge nationwide, and Jo Heon and Choi Mi Ryeo chase after the Vigilante.

Fourth Episode (S1, E4)

The fake Vigilante suggests joining forces, and Jo Heon closes in on the Vigilante’s identity.

Fifth Episode (S1, E5)

Mi Ryeo reports on Se Wool’s alleged crimes, and Kim Ji Yong and Jo Heon come into conflict.

Sixth Episode (S1, E6)

Ji Yong and Gang Ok help Mi Ryeo continue digging into Kim Sam Doo and the Vole.

Seventh Episode (S1, E7)

The Vole tries to bury the case by sacrificing Kim Sam Doo, but Sam Doo retaliates with all he has.

Eight Episode (S1, E8)

Kim Ji Yong gathers everyone involved in one location, and the final battle begins.

Posters of the Vigilante (2023) Series

Key Details about this K-Drama (2023) Series

GenreAction, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Original languageKorean
(비질란테 – bijillante means Vigilante)
Age-restrictionsA (18+)
ReleasedNovember, 2023
SeasonFirst (1st) Season
EpisodeEight (8) Episode
WritersCRG (webcomic), Kim Kyu-Sam (webcomic)
DirectorChoi Jeong-Yeol
CastNam Joo-hyuk (Kim Ji-yong), Yoo Ji-tae (Jo Heon), Lee Jun-hyuk (Jo Gang-ok), Kim So-jin (Choi Mi-ryeo), Ahn Seong-bong, Lee Do-Goon, etc.
TaglinesFrom now on justice is mine.
The dark hero created by society.
The law has loopholes. I’ll close those loopholes myself.
NetworkDisney+ (Star)
About – Vigilante (2023) Series

Trailer of the Vigilante (2023) Series

Official Trailer – Vigilante – Disney+ | YouTube.

Featured Image and Poster of the Vigilante (2023) Series | Pics. Credit:- Disney+ (Star)

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