The Devil Judge, or Angmapansa / 악마판사, is a 2021 crime-drama Korean series directed by Choi Jung-kyu and stars Ji Sung, Kim Min-jung, Jinyoung, and Park Gyu-young, alongside other cast members. The series has 16 episodes, each around an hour long.
Netflix describes the series as:
In a near-future dystopia, an enigmatic judge punishes the haves by carrying out his vision of justice in trials live-broadcast and voted on by citizens.
– The Devil Judge review does not contain spoilers –
The Devil Judge is a thrilling ride. From the first episode, the series flows tightly and in a certain direction that will keep you glued to the screen. There are several key characters, whom we meet on the first episode, understand their relationship with each other and then get straight to a thrilling live court case that will keep you guessing with bated breath.
As the series goes through the episodes, you have no other option but to wonder whether Kang Yo-han is actually a good or bad guy. His character is the most interesting – the vigilante justice trope, which has really picked up after the impeccable Vincenzo, really takes a stand here. Is Yo-han really a good guy with a twisted sense of justice, or is there more to his character than meets the eye?
The characters and their motivations are the best part of The Devil Judge. Yo-han, as I keep repeating, is a delicious character to watch. His motivations are what keep this show on its toes. Ga-on might be the protagonist here, but Yo-han is the real treat. The morality that we get to pick apart while trying to take a stand with the cases and with the Judge’s own actions is deliciously evil and twisted.
One thing that really ticked me off, though, is the fact that the women in this show are just there for the heck of it. No one, including Soo-hyun, Kyung-hee or Sun-a, gets a fair place to play in this majorly male-drive thriller. Poor Soo-hyun, whose actor Gyu-young also did not get the guy in It’s Okay to Not Be Okay, is stuck in the relationship where she is the only participant and gets f-ed over multiple times thanks to it. The women either end up dead or are pushed away to oblivion by the time the series comes to an end, which is quite sad considering the number of women that we have in the show.
What The Devil Judge does have though, and in plenty, is really great acting. Ji Sung’s deliciously twisted Kang Yo-han is amazing and very scary to watch. On the other hand, Jinyoung, the “pure” Kim Ga-on, is every bit of the chocolate boy persona with a heart of gold that presents as the perfect anti to the Judge.
The Devil Judge is, honestly, a combination of Vincenzo and My Name, with the former’s vigilante justice angle and the latter’s visual style. Of course, it’s not Vincenzo through and through because the story is completely different. But the series looks beautiful and is shot impeccably. You won’t be able to stop watching it from its inception. Plus, the background score – absolutely haunting.
Summing up: The Devil Judge
The Devil Judge is a thrilling watch. With great characters and an equally interesting storyline, the series flows brilliantly and will keep you guessing till the end. Also, you will question what law and morality is and whether it matters at all for the people with power. Lots to think about with this one.
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