Title: You’re All Surrounded (너희들은 포위됐다 or Neohuideureun Powidwaetda) (2014)
Written by: Lee Jung-Sun
Starring: Lee Seung-Gi, Cha Seung-Won, Go Ara, Ahn Jae-Hyeon, Park Jung-Min, Oh Yoon-Ah, and Sung Ji-Ru
Country of Origin: South Korea
Original Language(s): Korean
No. of Series: 1
No. of Episodes: 20
Genres: Action, Comedy, Romance
Running Time: 60 minutes
Original Network: Seoul Broadcasting System (SBS)
After witnessing his mother’s murder at a young age, Kim Ji-Yong (Lee Seung-Gi) became a detective in order to investigate on his mother’s death. He later changed his name to Eun Dae-Gu to be unnoticed by his mother’s killer. On his way, he reunites with Eo Soo-Sun (Go Ara), whom attended the same middle school and gradually develops a romantic relationship. At the same time, he spies on his team leader, Seo Pan-Seok (Cha Seung-Won), believing that he is related to the killer of his mother’s case. As he unravels the truth behind the incident 11 years ago, he learns about his past, identity as well as making deep connections with people around him.
When I first watched the first episode of You’re All Surrounded, I thought this Korean drama would be boring. Because they have those—I don’t know, comical scene? Yeah, something like that, in the first episode. But my sister insisted that I should keep on watching. And yep, I continue watching it. In the middle, nearly the end of the first episode, the story becomes intriguing and exciting. By the second episode, I already enjoyed it and somehow like it very much. The story is good and sometimes funny as well. You don’t need to think too much even though they have some criminal cases, unlike when I watch the Korean series of I Can Hear Your Voice (2013). It is rather refreshing. Although I found some computer effect in You’re All Surrounded, but they are not so many so I still can enjoy this drama. The settings, the places, and all look really real, so no need to worry. Anyway, the story is not complicated but more of mysterious and unexpected, and in my opinion, it’s a good thing. You can’t really predict the ending so it is a sign that You’re All Surrounded has a good story.
“Not everyone can run away, only those who have the confidence to forget can run away.” – Kim Ji-Young’s Mother
The character of Kim Ji-Young or Eun Dae-Gu is pretty interesting. However, the eidetic or photographic memory that he has reminds me of Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock TV series. Eun Dae-Gu memorised instantly just like Sherlock Holmes. Even though the application of the photographic memory is different between the both of them, there are still some similarities. Like how they filter the information they remember. Lee Seung-Gi really has done a great job in portraying Eun Dae-Gu. Despite his tough, arrogant, and stubborn look, Eun Dae-Gu has some funny side as well. Making his character likeable. Lee Seung-Gi is really a good actor. No wonder my sister like him so much. He has the looks and the talent as well. He can even sing. Though unfortunately, I don’t really know his songs.I also think Go Ara is beautiful despite playing a funny character. The chemistry between her character, Eo Soo-Sun and Eun Dae-Gu is really sweet and good. The interaction between them is really good and sometimes very funny as well. Not only the romantic chemistry between Eo Soo-Sun and Eun Dae-Gu, but they also did great when they fighting with each other. Go Ara herself played her character, Eo Soo-Sun, really great. Her facial expression, her acting, everything is done perfectly. Being the only girl on the team made her character highlighted and that’s why Go Ara has to portray her character perfectly. And she really succeeds in doing it. She didn’t afraid to act ridiculously and that’s what makes her really suit the role.
I also think Go Ara is beautiful despite playing a funny and ridiculous character. The chemistry between her character, Eo Soo-Sun and Eun Dae-Gu is really sweet and good. The interaction between them is really good and sometimes very funny as well. Not only the romantic chemistry between Eo Soo-Sun and Eun Dae-Gu, but they also did great when they fighting with each other. Go Ara herself played her character, Eo Soo-Sun, really great. Her facial expression, her acting, everything is done perfectly. Being the only girl on the team made her character highlighted and that’s why Go Ara has to portray her character perfectly. And she really succeeds in doing it. She didn’t afraid to act ridiculously and that’s what makes her really suit the role.
Cha Seung-Won also has done a great job in portraying Seo Pan-Seok. His expressions are so good that you’ll laugh nearly all the time. He didn’t do comical expressions half way and that is why it is so entertaining and refreshing to see him. There are some stories about him that I don’t particularly understand until the end. I like it better if the relationship between him and his ex-wife is clearer. Their past story and the answer to some questions about their relationship. The chemistry and the interaction between Seo Pan-Seok and Eun Dae-Gu are also very good. They often can be very funny and made us laugh.
Other characters have also been portrayed their characters really well. Especially the Violent Crimes Unit team like Ahn Jae-Hyeon, Park Jung-Min, and Sung Ji-Ru. Ahn Jae-Hyeon managed to steal the show sometimes, especially with his good looks and cool attitude, though not as cool as Lee Seung-Gi’s character. I really like the idea of giving him a small background story since his character is pretty much very interesting. His character is very understanding and considerate to his teammates and that’s why I like his character. Though I really wish they gave us more story about Ahn Jae-Hyeon’s character’s love story. I still don’t understand what happened between him and his love interest in the end. So aside from Eun Dae-Gu’s story, they also gave us a little background of other characters as well. Not everyone, but some characters that have an interesting background story that needed to be told deeper or just briefly. At any rate, I can really enjoy this Korean drama very much.
So, in summary, You’re All Surrounded is a good Korean drama and entertaining. Despite the comical beginning, the overall story is indeed very good. The actors and actresses also performed a really great performance. You can definitely have a laugh. Even the songs support every scene perfectly, making the flow of the story better. And what I always like about Korean drama is their setting places are always real, even though the houses or other places are studios, everything is perfectly set together like the real set. Even the small furniture and decorations are very well thought. Thus making the drama more real. And yes, You’re All Surrounded too has good settings, despite there are times that the scene is looked very much computer but still, I can enjoy this Korean drama very much. All in all, You’re All Surrounded is a funny Korean drama that worth and enjoyable to watch after all.
Therefore, I give You’re All Surrounded 8 out of 10 stars.