Circle: Two Worlds Connected is a special show. While the number of romantic comedy K-dramas seems to increase, the number of thriller K-dramas seem to decrease. Increasingly difficult to weave through the cracks of silliness, K-drama land can sometimes be daunting as it is exhausting. I’m not a fan of romantic comedies and that shows in my taste of television programs, both Korean and American.
I was ready for another show that would bring the thriller aspect that I expected and adored after finishing Tunnel. When searching through Dramafever, I stumbled upon Circle: Two Worlds Connected, a short twelve episode show that received high reviews. And after spending hours watching Circle, it deserved those reviews and more praise. If you’re into a good show with great actors, interesting plot, and constant suspense, Circle is it.
The show starts with two young twin brothers that discover an ‘alien’ (or so we think at this point) in the woods, that soon takes the twin's father away from them. One twin becomes senile, obsessed with the 'alien,' and wondering why his father left, while the other struggles to support himself and his grandmother. After many years, the twins reunite and the senile twin tries to convince his confused twin that the ‘alien’ is still alive today and that the sudden student suicides at his twin’s school isn’t just coincidental, but connected. Thus, starts a twisting tale of multiple characters coming together to understand just who this ‘alien’ really is and what her purpose on earth is all about. Fast forward to twenty years later in the year 2037, and South Korea is split between old earth and General earth. On old earth, citizens are left in a diseased ridden world completely desolated, while members of General earth live in a ‘perfect’ world, where crime, disease, and unhappiness do not exist. But how is that achieved? Is that possible, if so is it a good thing? How is there no crime? Circle explores all of these questions, relevant questions that are being asked in today’s world.
The story focuses on the idea that the two worlds, the past, and present within the show, are heavily connected and you are left wondering just how that could be. And boom, you’re hooked with an incredible show that teaches you the rights and wrongs of this world and whether a perfect world is really possible or even desired. A show that enables you to question your own morals, question humanity, and dig deep into the human complex, is always a winner in my book.
The actors alone are worth the watch, with Yeo Jin-Goo shining as the hard-working brother skeptical of his alien obsessed twin, played by An Woo-Yeon. The two feel a strong bond that is never broken even when the alien, played by Kong Seung Yeon, shows up in their lives years later. It’s a twisted story that requires strong acting, and the three provide a backbone for a story that is difficult to portray. Also, one can't watch Circle and not praise the acting of Lee Ki Kwang, a member of the popular K-pop group, HIGHLIGHT (once known as BEAST). Sometimes idol actors can be a letdown, but Lee Ki Kwang portrayed his emotionally conflicted character perfectly. With so many elements and so many details, Circle is not a show that can falter or will clearly crumble, and that includes the idea that there are two worlds.
However, one truly has to praise the director, Min Ji-Ki, for enabling the strong writing, cinematography, acting, and pacing to develop throughout the show. His amazing director skills enabled Circle to easily become one of the best K-dramas in 2017. All keep the absolute suspense and drive viewers to believe that aliens and dystopian worlds are a possibility in the new world!
Watch Circle: Two Worlds Connected if you want a new suspense show to watch in today’s romantic comedy obsessed world. As someone that tries to look away from romance, it’s refreshing to see a show that surprises the viewer through action and good acting, instead of a possible ‘ship’ to sail (okay, perhaps I’m being too harsh). You can watch Circle: Two Worlds Connected on Dramafever for free by clicking here.
Let me know what you think of Circle: Two Worlds Connected in the comments below! Also, I would like to add that including imagery is next to impossible, since I avoided spoilers. My bad!
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