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  1. Revenge and school harassment ... "The Glory", the new Netflix hit

    The sixteen episodes of this new K-Drama entered the Top 10 of the platform, all genres combined.


    The plot captivates with its tortuous structure in the form of a treasure hunt. The heroine's strategy is that of the game of go, explicitly mentioned. Very well written, the series follows a very rhythmic progression and takes off from its second episode. She is served by an excellent quartet of leading actresses.



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  2. Review | Netflix The Glory Part 2 – cycle of retribution and redemption comes to a fitting close


    When it launched in December 2022, Netflix’s The Glory wasted no time showing its cards and left us no illusions about where it was heading.


    Since being tormented in high school, Moon Dong-eun (Song Hye-kyo) has been seeking revenge. She has stuck to her game plan and there was never really any doubt that she would complete her vendetta.

    In that respect, the show is deliberately structured just like the ancient board game Go, which has featured so prominently throughout this tale of retribution and redemption.



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  3. Song Hye Kyo And Han So Hee Show Lasting Friendship Following Reports Of Their Drama Falling Through



    On May 17, a source from Production H, the company in charge of co-producing and casting for the new drama “The Price of Confession” (literal title), stated, “[The drama] is a fairly large project, and we were in the process of collecting various opinions. We will take some time to reorganize things for the time being, and we will provide updates as soon as they are sorted out.”


    Following reports about Song Hye Kyo and Han So Hee no longer starring in the drama, Han So Hee left a brief comment on Song Hye Kyo’s newest post, writing, “[Song Hye Kyo is] still mine.” Song Hye Kyo replied with a heart emoticon, showing their lasting friendship despite plans for their drama falling through.


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  4. The Underlying Implications in ‘The Glory’ Part 2


    Love Can Compensate


    Love can compensate for losses. Joo Yeo-jeong (Lee Do-hyun), a plastic surgeon, lends Moon a hand in that respect. In contrast to the rest of her gloomy existence, he imparts a certain color. Once the trauma you have undergone is comprehended and comprehensively treated, the suffering dissipates. Joo heals her in the same fashion while also being restored himself. The two support one another in moving past their traumatic personal histories. Yes, Joo too has a weak spot in his defenses, and both characters’ devastating vulnerabilities begin to strengthen as they grow closer to each other. He saves her, and she saves him. The story eloquently captures the individuals’ journey from despair to recuperation through love and care.


    Burned yet Beautiful 


    Moon’s display of her scars, first in front of Joo and later in front of the public, demonstrates at an external level that she has conquered embarrassment, but it also indicates that, despite having been torched, she remains stunning in her own distinctive right. It shows that she is a warrior who has survived her challenges and evolved into a person whose beauty is inclusive of all her visible injuries, burns and bruises, emotional states, and shattered heart. The drama series seems to have a strong grasp on the notion that beauty cannot be evaluated or quantified, typified by a woman whose brilliance lies in her resilience, her intelligence, and her capacity to give it back. And as a result, she rises, looking stunningly beautiful.


    My level of interest in this season is primarily driven by that. How true to form Song seems to be in her Moon Dong-eun spirit. It may initially seem paradoxical to see one of the most staggeringly gorgeous Korean actresses portray a severely scarred (in the truest sense of the word) de-glam character, but Song Hye-kyo impresses notwithstanding the scarification and makes Moon look breathtakingly alluring in how she is potent and accomplishes her mission by eventually surrounding more territory than her opponents, as demonstrated by the game of Go she plays in the drama.


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  5. ‘The Glory’ Part 2 review: Razor-sharp writing elevates this disturbing tale of bullying and revenge


    Part 2 of ‘The Glory’, goes above and beyond, with its razor-sharp writing, compelling narrative, and impressive performances


    The actors too are back with their best. Hye-kyo once again turns in a measured, vulnerable, and powerful performance as Dong-eun. While she keeps the theatrics to a minimum, Hye-Kyo shines every time she silently introspects, breaks into a small smile, and especially when she breaks down when a family member gives her grief. She has a worthy adversary in Ji-Yeon who is consistently deplorable, and unhinged. It isn’t easy playing a character who remains as unlikable as she is, and props to the writing as well which makes no attempt in trying to redeem her actions. 

    While Sung-Hoon is good as the loud-talking heir Jae-Joon, Lee Do-hyun and Jung Sung-il get to play characters with more intrigue, as Yeo-Jeong and Ha Do-Yeong respectively. Do-Hyun in particular is a revelation and keeps us constantly on the edge. The show ultimately however, belongs to its women- the ones out to get revenge, and the antagonists. 


    In a revenge thriller, viewers are almost always certain of the trajectory the story will take, and it is this predictability that often becomes the undoing of the genre. In both parts, The Glory manages to steer clear of the ordinary and constantly impresses. The show is a clear winner for the genre, bolstered by terrific performances. 



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  6. REVIEW: ‘The Glory’ Part 2 Is A Masterclass in Escalation


    The Glory was easily one of the best series I’ve ever seen, and a lot of that is due to the depth of rage that it explores in its lead Song Hye-Kyo‘s Dong-Eun. In Part 1, the audience saw her path of revenge unravel in all of its intricacy and malice, all for vengeance. But in The Glory Part 2, everything is about to change. Directed by Ahn Gil-ho and written by Kim Eun-sook, the eight-episode series follows a woman seeking revenge on the high school bullies who eventually forced her to quit school and left her body scarred for life.


    I can not say that The Glory is easy to recommend to everyone, but it is one of the best manifestations of revenge, grief, and pain I have seen in an episodic format, not just from South Korea but ever. It’s a stunning look at what someone can do to rebuild themselves, the way women find paths of power, and the way in which they cut each other, running parallel to the men pulled into the web as well. It’s a look at trauma and resilience but also at the importance of allowing your rage to flow. There isn’t ever a moment where Dong-eun is shown to be in the wrong. In fact, Ji-yeon’s abuses become increasingly brutal. But at the same time, her violence comes with consequences and it’s up to the audience to decide for themselves if it’s worth it at all. For me, every minute of The Glory is well worth it. A masterclass in escalation, The Glory is perfection.



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  7. The Glory part 2 review: Deftly made thriller delivers on promises

    Song Hye-Kyo continues to play the lead with a dexterity that only comes with the experience of a seasoned professional. Even when she’s nothing but a straight face with only subtle inflections of the facial muscles to spare, she’s articulate in what she needs to communicate.





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  8. The Cast And Crew Of ‘The Glory’ Discuss Part 2 Of Their Hit Drama



    To celebrate the release of The Glory, Part Two, on March 10, writer Kim Eun-sook, Director Ahn Gil-ho, plus actors Song Hye-kyo, Jung Sung-il, Cha Joo-young, Kim Hieora and Kim Gun-woo took part in a press conference, where they responded to questions about the first part of the series and what the second part might feature.


    The drama, which aired its first eight episodes on Dec. 30, 2022, focuses on the story of Dong-eun, a girl who is viciously beaten in high school and has no one to defend her. Played by Song Hye-kyo, Dong-eun spends her life planning revenge against the people who hurt her.

    Writer Kim Eun-sook, who previously wrote Descendents of the Sun, The King Eternal Monarch, Guardian: The Great and Lonely God and Secret Garden, said she began writing the script for The Glorybecause of a question from her daughter. Would Kim feel worse if her daughter was beaten or if she hit other people?


    “When I was writing the script, I was trying to find an answer to that question,” said Kim. “And if my daughter is beaten to death, there might be a solution and that solution would be pulling all the perpetrators to hell, because I have the money to do so. So my conclusion was that it would be better for me if you’re beaten. But in The Glory, this can’t happen to Dong-eun, right? And I think most of the victims can’t solve the problem like this because they don’t have wealthy parents like me. They don’t live in an environment where my daughter is raised. So I wanted to cheer for them because reality is harsh. And I hope Dong-eun’s vengeance is successful. So that’s how I tried to lead my storyline toward. And how it ends, you should watch it yourselves.”


    Actress Song Hye-kyo, who previously starred in That Winter The Wind Blows, Descendants of the Sun, Encounter and Now We Are Breaking Up, spoke about how nervous she was before the first part of the series was released and how long it has taken for the success of the series to sink in.


    “Even though I did see the final cut of the drama, all I could really focus on was what I could have done better,” said Song. “So I kept thinking to myself I should have done better and what if people don’t like it as much because I didn’t do a great job. So that was what I was really concerned about. But after Part 1 was released, it was just so well received. In the beginning, I couldn’t really come to my senses because it was so much love, and it had been a while since I had such a huge hit drama series. And I felt great because so many of us, including the cast and creators, as is with any other drama series really, we all put our hearts and souls into it. And this was my very first genre-driven drama series, so everything was a challenge. It was all very difficult, and there was that doubt, I think, with every scene. I was constantly asking myself is this right? And I feel very grateful, I’m just so thankful because of the great response.”


    Dong-eun is brutalized, then so driven by her revenge that she forsakes the pleasures of a normal life. She lives to punish those who treated her so cruelly. The character says, “there is no mercy and therefore no glory.” For Song this line sums up who and what her character is.


    “She will not be showing any mercy and also knows that she is becoming a perpetrator from being a victim,” said Song. “And she understands and knows that she is not seeking glory. It’s not a type of revenge where a person thinks, I’m going to get revenge and live a happy life. She’s saying, I’m going to get my revenge and I’m going to die with you. I feel like—I was really hurt by Dong-eun’s line in saying that and I really felt for her. A part that I really felt for in the many scenes by Dong-eun. Dong-eun goes to visit her teacher in the past and she’s friends with his son. And to that son, who is a friend of Dong-eun, she tells him, ‘I know you did nothing wrong, I know you’re innocent. But so was I. And you are an adult and I was only an 18 year old girl.’ And I was aching for her, hurting for her.”


    There were many scenes that made Song’s heart ache. Dong-eun was a difficult role to play.


    “For me, Dong-eun has those scars, burn scars to be exact, and it took a lot of time to do the special makeup,” said Song. “And I believe it was at the end of episode six and it took about four to five hours just to get the special effects makeup done on me. And I was on a very strict diet for about three days leading up to that shoot day. And from the day prior, I actually stopped drinking. And it was really difficult, because of all of that effort and the physical toll it took on me, I remember it was just so tough to go through that scene. But it ended up being more impactful because of that. And I had to get the special effects makeup done on me quite often, so my skin would break out, and you have to use a particular remover on my skin. So I think those moments where I had to wear that makeup, that was memorable. The reason I was put on a strict diet and even tried not to drink water was because I wanted to really convey how hurtful and difficult and broken Dong-eun was.”


    Will Dong-eun get her revenge? After watching her be mistreated in the first half of the series, the audience certainly wants her to. But the writer, actors and directors don’t want to spoil the suspense. When he was working on the second part of the series, director Ahn Gil-ho asked his team how they felt.


    “Everybody said, episode 10 is better than nine, 11 is better than 10, and I personally think episode 16 is the best,” he said. It is going to be the best episode of the whole series.”

    Joan MacDonald



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  9. The Price of Confession



    Director: TBA
    Writer: Kwon Jong Kwan
    Release Date: 2024

    Platform: TBA
    Air time: TBA
    Production Companies: Hwa&Dam Pictures & Studio Dragon
    Country: South Korea
    "The Price of Confession" depicts the bloody chronicle of two women surrounding a murder case. Ahn Yoon Soo is an art teacher. She dreams of a small happiness in life, but her dreams are scattered by an unexpected incident, which would change her life completely. Despite the hurdles she faces, Ahn Yoon Soo does not give up and maintains a strong resolve.
    Mo Eun is a mysterious woman whose identity is unknown. Due to her antisocial tendencies, everyone fears her, but she reaches a hand out to Yoon Soo, opening up a new world. Cast



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  10. Netflix’s ‘The Glory’ Plays Into Revenge Schemes Like No Other Series

    This K-Drama is as cold and calculating as its heroine.


    By Harrison Chute


    As a story about revenge, The Glory on Netflixoffers familiar comforts. There’s intricate plotting and dramatic irony, plenty of violence. This is a Korean production, after all, whose film industry was practically founded on revenge, making for masterpieces like Lady Vengeance and I Saw the Devil. In the very first scene of The Glory, our lead Moon Dong-eun (Song Hye-kyo) hits her nemesis Park Yeon-jin (Lim Ji-yeon) with the broad side of a staple gun and then holds the business end up to her bloody face, which erupts in cackling laughter. Already, it’s a pair of performances that recalls Choi Min-sik’s madness in Oldboy. So the question arises: how does a Korean revenge story in 2022 (with a second batch of episodes coming in March) stand out? At first glance, it doesn’t seem to, with a voice-over narration like Emily Thorne’s in the ABC show Revenge, and an aesthetic hybrid of the gritty My Name and the blunderous Remarriage & Desires, which drowned itself in its convolutions of high society. And yet, The Glory is written by industry legend Kim Eun-sook, who ensures that Dong-eun’s revenge is a new and terrifying beast.

    With an injured Yeon-jin laughing in her face, Dong-eun snaps back to reality, where the whole staple gun altercation was only a daydream. But what is very real: our aggrieved heroine is disturbed. Song Hye-kyo, playing against type, presents such a stoic face that every twitch, every flicker in the eye is worthy of study. She’s mysterious, and the show presents her at a remove. Barely eating anything other than kimbap, she apparently spends every morning crouched in a rooftop garden for breakfast, just staring and probably plotting. She’ll take a meeting with a new character or engage in an activity like Go, and several scenes — or even episodes — later, the terrible purpose is revealed. The grand revenge scheme unfolds slowly, affording glimpses of her process enough to feel confident she’s in control, and always a step ahead. She turns up in unexpected places, suddenly friends with unexpected people. In each case, the “how” is unknown but never doubted. She’s good, she’s unpredictable. A private conference between her and one of her targets is introduced by flashes of crackling fire and a boiling pot of soup. Evincing no physical or fighting prowess, the world nevertheless feels dangerous because she’s in it.

    This is also how her quest began, with the weaponized mundanity of “school violence,” which is such an epidemic problem it warrants a discreet term. Decades ago, young Dong-eun was bullied relentlessly by a group of her classmates, led by Yeon-jin. They assaulted her physically and sexually, and left her with permanent scars in the shape of a curling iron. It’s as painful and traumatic as any revenge story’s inciting incident, but the difference is that these perpetrators are children. Dong-eun drops out of school and puts her head down for the next few years, getting her GED and, of course, plotting vengeance. In the meantime, Yeon-jin becomes a well-known meteorologist and marries a successful businessman, Ha Do-yeong (Jung Sung-il). She moved on, or so it would seem. Can she really be blamed for crimes committed before she grew up? Well, bullied Dong-eun had gone looking for help, first from the school nurse who was moved by the girl's plight and subsequently vanished. Then Dong-eun went to a teacher, who was furious at his own implication in her abuse, so he abused her himself.

    Korean revenge is often about these failures of institutions that push the hero toward their individual path. The ensuing violence may be immoral, and certainly illegal, but it’s their only recourse. The school failed Dong-eun, as did her parents, and just about everybody else. The school nurse’s disappearance is owed to Yeon-jin, as she and her friends are rich and have powerful connections. Adult Dong-eun tutors a similarly wealthy teenage boy, who demands to see her boobs. In voice-over narration, directed at Yeon-jin like a letter, she says that these people “always know.” They’re clever and selective with targets, only hitting people who can’t hit back. So Dong-eun empowers herself, which empowers others in need of vengeance: companions like the plastic surgeon Joo Yeo-jeong (Lee Do-hyun) whose father was murdered, and Kang Hyeon-nam (Yeom Hye-ran), a victim of domestic violence.

    Dong-eun had dreamed of being an architect before she was pushed onto this, let’s say, alternative track, and Hyeon-nam never dreamed whatsoever until meeting her. As part of her assisting Dong-eun, she has to learn how to drive and take photos, which imbues her with novel self-confidence. That should be revenge enough, an ideological riposte against the precepts of South Korea’s social hierarchy. Instead, Dong-eun prefers to analogize her revenge to the game of Go, in which the player systematically takes her opponent’s built-up territories. It’s with this very game that she befriends Do-yeong without Yeon-jin knowing, which is after she’d contrived to replace the teacher of Yeon-jin’s daughter. Gradually, she’s infiltrating her nemesis’s life — like a Parasite, perhaps — an abstract victory with scary, practical implications. As the new teacher, she hovers by the little girl and holds a pair of scissors to her neck while Yeon-jin watches helplessly from the door.

    This is not a matter of fighting fire with fire, thereby inviting questions about gazing unto the abyss; Dong-eun is terroristic. Her parted hairstyle ever threatens to conceal those windows to the soul like stage curtains. And yet, her victims — once terrible children — never truly grew up. While implying harm to a small child is one thing, it accomplishes the goal without actual bloodshed. All Dong-eun has to do is push on what’s already there, whether that be a bond between mother and child or the sheer incompatibility of this supposed friend group of bullies. In one telling scene, three of them carry on three separate conversations in the same room, oblivious to one another’s concerns like the allegory of the long spoons, or an episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. If Dong-eun wants to sow mistrust and manipulate them against each other, she only has to expose misdeeds already committed. Adultery, wrath, drugs, even murder.

    When Dong-eun meets up with the school nurse later in life, she explains that at first, she was the bystander, when the bullies were attacking a girl who later died by apparent suicide, and next, she was the victim. She vows that now she’ll be the perpetrator. These are the only three roles. The bullying created a culture in her mind that she can’t escape — not that she wants to. “Welcome to my very own gym,” she tells Yeon-jin at a class reunion, referencing the site of her old torture. With these first eight episodes, Kim Eun-sook and director Ahn Gil-ho establish The Glory as a compelling, cold-blooded thriller. It's a revenge story as meditation on power, where the wealthy are forced to live with choices they believed wouldn’t have consequences.

    Far too unsettling to be an eat-the-rich fantasy entirely, it is, however, the fantasy of a fierce and terrifying heroine. And most frightening of all? She’s only getting started.


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  11. KDRAMA REVIEW | The Glory (Part 1)





    The Glory is without a doubt a one of a kind revenge drama. With its notable gritty visual tone and no-holds-barred approach, this is the only KDrama of its genre that will make your flesh creep with terror you cannot express. It was heavily equipped with fine work of writing, mind-blowing performances, top notch production, brilliant screenplay, and edifying lessons. The explosive twists and turns will have you breathless at the edge of your seat. This is a meaningful and thought-provoking drama wrapped in a spine-tingling wrath. It will tug at your deepest emotions while being ruthless for telling an epic tale of dark, gruesome, and deeply unnerving story. It was both disturbing and viscerally affecting. It has depth. The Glory is on its way to be hailed as the best revenge KDrama of all time! 

    This drama is beyond thrilling. It took entertainment to a higher level! Right from the beginning, you will compulsively watch it. Every second of it should not be missed. When I read the premise of the story, a smile on my face was drawn. This is the kind of story that should be introduced to the world. It was not only entertaining but at the same time it has an essence. It does not only provide you with satisfying thrills but it will also open your eyes to the brutal truth of the real world. This is only one of the very few Korean dramas that was made with so much passion. I could feel how everyone involved in this show poured their hearts and souls. It did not only served revenge cold but it also served it with creeping horror on the side. What’s creepier is that it happens in real life. And this is where my admiration for this body of work comes from. The Glory had the guts to disturb the minds of the bullies. Hopefully, this drama will end up providing comfort to those who were targets of unjust and violent crimes of bullying.

    One of the greatest aspects of this drama is its stellar ensemble cast. Ranging from caliber actors to promising ones—everyone did tremendous jobs in portraying their individual roles. Each of them contributed in making this series one you should not missed. Their efforts made The Glory a gripping watch. Let me mention some of the actors that caught my attention. Lee Do-hyun is one of the actors that we should truly watch for. He is known to the fans as someone who is charming and in this drama, he showed everyone a new side of him. He is really effective when doing romantic scenes. No doubt, he can make the viewers’ hearts flutter in an instant but seeing a glimpse of his dark performance in Part 1 will make you skip a beat. I can’t wait to see more of his portrayal in the second part. He is indeed promising! Yeom Hye-ran is undeniably a breath of fresh air in this suffocating TV series. She showed her range effortlessly. That’s how an amazing actress she is. Her being a seasoned actress is an understatement. She can pull off all kinds of characters and genre and that makes her worthy of a spot in the industry. She always gives a smart performance and for that, may her career flourish even more. The actor who portrayed the young version of Dong-eun also did an impressive job. Jung Ji-so‘s portrayal of the young version of Dong-eun is one of the most moving performances that I have ever seen. She made it believable to the extent that I forgot that I am watching a TV series. She made us feel her pain. She made us root for her revenge. Her stirring performance is the foundation of this drama. Good job! And lastly, let’s pay tribute to the actress who brought the house down…

    The most electrifying comeback of all time! She came back with the most powerful performance. Song Hye-kyo walked and left the whole house crumbling in fire. No other actress can pull off such moving and brilliant portrayal. It’s like you are watching an artist unleash her full potential to a higher level. Who would have thought that Song Hye-kyo can do such nerve-wracking performance? There is no doubt that she is one of the best actresses in South Korea but this time she proved that she’s on top of that list. Her nuanced portrayal of Moon Dong-eun is indeed unforgettable. The way she brought Dong-eun to life is extremely breathtaking. She intricately executed her performance with brilliance. The way she performed Dong-eun‘s intensity by being as still as a calm pond to a roaring thunder was excellent. She was able to pull you into the world of her character. You will weep and bleed together. You will be part of her journey. Her eyes can speak to your soul. Her performance was undeniably moving. You will feel her. This is one of the most spine-tingling performances by a lead actress that I have ever seen. This is her grandest performance to date!

    After a long time, there’s finally a Korean drama that will bring back the excitement to our hearts. It’s been so long since I felt this captivated from watching KDramas. It never had dull moments. It was perfect from all its aspects. I am deeply surprised by this show. I am astonished that it would make me feel emotions that I never thought I would feel. It was sincerely moving. I feel like I am part of the story. I am curious how Part 2 will match the intensity of the Part 1. There are more harm to be inflicted, secrets to be unveiled, blood to shed, and revenge to be fulfilled. Watching the special trailer for Part 2, I know that it will become crazier and invigorating. No gods can save them from Dong-eun‘s rage. This is the revenge drama that you will root for!

    The musical scoring of this drama is commendable. It was not overdone. Everything was done so smoothly. It adds intensity to the scenes. It provides additional flavor and it enhances the mood of the scenarios. The official soundtrack of the series was subtle yet heartfelt. The songs used will strike you straight to the heart. My favorite is the opening song, Until The End by Kelley Mcrae. It has a painful aspect to it and it really encapsulate the tragedy and dilemma that our main protagonist has been dealing for. 


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  12. [Review] The Glory - Part One



    There is a strong aura of Park Chan-wook here with its mixture of overt and simmering violence, with an attitude directed at an unequal social class that also recalls Bong Joon-ho. It’s reminiscent of the anger of Little Women, itself written by Jeong Seo-kyung who has written for many a Park Chan-wook movie. The anger of that series and its reliance on both emotional and physical violence wasn’t a shock given its author, but given that Kim Eun-sook’s previous credits include The Heirs which wasn’t afraid to enjoy the luxurious lifestyle of its characters, the anger directed at the antagonists here, their wealth and the fact that they believe that it allows them to get away with everything, makes this feel increasingly embittered. Social status is depicted as being craved and owned by the worst, and while Dong-eun’s motivations are for personal retribution, her story is dominated as much by the theme of ‘destroy the rich’. 

    Like the best South Korean revenge dramas (one could argue it shares stylistic and thematic DNA with Lady Vengeance), it’s anchored both philosophically and emotionally to a character who chooses psychology and manipulative tactics over guns and obvious carnage. The carnage itself comes from how she plans to bring her enemies down. 


    It’s powerful stuff, made even more so by a career best performance from Song Hye-kyo, whose previous credits also include frothier and enjoyable romantic comedy-dramas such as Encounter and Now, We Are Breaking Up. There’s a toughness here that is occasionally softened by a burgeoning friendship and possible romance with plastic surgeon Yeo-jeong (Lee Do-hyun) that is perhaps the one capitulation to the type of romantic tropes one expects from a K-drama, but even that is surrounded by a tragic and violent backstory for Yeo-jeong and an eagerness to get revenge by proxy as a result of a horrible loss in his own past. 


    Then there’s Dong-eun’s friendship with Kang Hyeon-nam (Yeom Hye-ran), whose connection with Dong-eun begins as a relationship of convenience before possibly becoming a tentative friendship, albeit one still anchored to a Hyeon-nam’s endurance of domestic violence from her husband and a promise from Dong-eun to kill him in return for her help. Yeom Hye-ran is great in the role and many of the series’ lighter moments come from her, but it’s offset by an unforgiving air to The Glory’s world, that even the light is tainted by an imbalance that wants to prey and hurt those who are perceived as weak or from a lower social rung on the ladder.


    It gives the series a dark spark that is unwaveringly intense, but it also grips like a vice and by the time the eighth episode rolls around with its plethora of potential game changing twists, you’ll be livid that you have to wait a while to see how it will all end.



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  13. [Review] The Glory



    ‘The Glory’ touches upon very sensitive topics, and the cast does an amazing job with the complexity of their characters. Song Hye-kyo takes her acting skills to the next level, and this drama is one of the best performances of her already lengthy career. The rest of the cast follows along and they pull off incredible performances that make viewers feel the emotions and root for Dong-Eun to accomplish her plan. 


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    The first season of The Glory brilliantly tells the story of a revenge of great refinement and divine sophistication.


    We quickly get attached to the main character entirely devoured by her revenge. Especially since it quickly reveals the flaws that weaken it, which makes it much more human than its monolithic appearance shows.

    Moreover, the quality of the series is also due to the many protagonists who are all more interesting than each other. But it is obviously the young doctor who becomes her friend and the beaten woman that the anti-heroine employs as a private detective who is the most friendly and to whom it is the easiest to attach.


    The interpretation is remarkable. Each actor is very fair in the role assigned to him, which reinforces the intensity of a story that we find difficult to leave.


    Song Hye-Kyo is impressive as a brilliant young woman carefully advancing her pawns to take revenge. It is also very interesting that the latter plays Go, which is of great importance in history. Especially since its strategy is similar to that used by game fans to win the game.


    Lee Do-Hyun is very touching as a doctor with a complicated past ready to do anything to help the one he loves. Yeom Hye-ran is great as a woman victim of domestic violence discovering talents in a new profession. Ji-Yeon Lim is remarkable as the leader of the harassers seeing his beautiful existence begin to shatter. Sung-Il Jung is very good at the role of her husband who is used to controlling everything. Kim Gun-woo is interesting as a handyman of the gang. Youna m is just as a flight attendant and Kim Hieora brilliantly completes this quintet of harassers.


    If the story takes place at the present time, the episodes make it possible to find themselves projected in the previous 18 years. However, these period changes bring a real dynamic to what is shown and reinforce the immersion at the heart of this long-worked revenge. The opening and the final are also particularly successful and have a very good homogeneity.


    The Glory is an excellent Korean series with a really sophisticated writing, a very elaborate staging and a magnificent interpretation. The work is captivating from start to finish and makes it possible to evoke harassment at school and violence against women in a striking way. If you like thrillers written with a string and breathless works, do not miss this little jewel with inexorable development.


    Wonderful and fascinating.





    La première saison, » de The Glory raconte brillamment l’histoire d’une vengeance d’un grand raffinement et d’une sophistication divine.



    On s’attache très vite à ce personnage entièrement dévoré par sa vengeance. D’autant que celui-ci laisse vite apparaître les failles qui le fragilisent, ce qui le rend bien plus humain que son apparence monolithique ne le montre.


    L’interprétation est remarquable. Chaque comédien est très juste dans le rôle qui lui est alloué, ce qui renforce l’intensité d’un récit que l’on a du mal à quitter.


    Song Hye-Kyo est impressionnante en jeune femme brillante avançant avec soin ses pions pour se venger. Il est d’ailleurs très intéressant que cette dernière joue au Go, ce qui a une grande importance dans l’histoire. D’autant que sa stratégie est similaire à celle employées par les adeptes du jeu pour gagner la partie. Lee Do-Hyun est très touchant en médecin au passé compliqué prêt à tout pour aider celle qu’il aime.

    Si le récit se déroule à l’époque actuelle, les épisodes permettent de se retrouver projeté dans les 18 années précédentes. Toutefois, ces changements de période apportent une vraie dynamique à ce qui est montré et renforce l’immersion au cœur de cette vengeance travaillée de longue date. L’ouverture et le final sont d’ailleurs particulièrement réussis et ont une très belle homogénéité.


    The Glory est une excellente série coréenne à l’écriture vraiment sophistiquée, à la mise en scène très travaillée et à l’interprétation magnifique. L’œuvre est captivante de bout en bout et permet d’évoquer d’une manière saisissante le harcèlement à l’école et les violences faites aux femmes. Si vous aimez les thrillers écrits au cordeau et les œuvres haletantes, ne passez pas à côté de ce petit bijou au développement inexorable.


    Formidable et fascinant.



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  15. Netflix K-drama review: The Glory – Song Hye-kyo plays a bullying victim bent on revenge who discovers new passions in life




    After dropping out of high school, Dong-eun’s every move has been dictated by her epic vendetta, but this vendetta entails meeting new people and acquiring new skills and these add new variables to her life.

    Dong-eun may think that her life ended during that terrible period in school and that everything she has done or felt since then has been intractably connected to it, but life is far more complex than that. Life does not care about your feelings, or how hurt or content you may be; it keeps laying new roots.


    For Dong-eun, those roots include new passions that crop up as a result of her vendetta: playing go, and Joo Yeo-jung (Lee Do-hyun).


    Go is the chess-like Korean board game that Dong-eun spends years mastering to draw the attention of Ha Do-yoon (Jung Sung-il), the husband of Park Yeon-jin (Lim Ji-yeon), the chief architect of her torment.

    Speaking of architects, Dong-eun dreamed of being one before being consumed by revenge. Go is all about “building territories”, she explains to Do-yoon, a real estate tycoon, when she admits to him that she learned the game to approach him, and to herself that she fell in love with it along the way. Try as she might, that old architecture dream has not completely crumbled.



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  16. The Glory Review: Song Hye-kyo serves the revenge cold and right 


    Song Hye-kyo is undeniably powerful. When she laughs aimlessly after hearing a compliment, and smirks, “maybe I am happy,” it is uncomfortable. She brings a sense of vulnerability and depth to her role, which is inexplicable. For a character who has suffered trauma beyond repair, Hye-kyo plays Dong-eun with revered conviction.

    Lee Do-hyun also plays a kindhearted doctor with a traumatic history. He has little screen time in the first half of the series. However, his chemistry with Song Hye-kyo is already something you would be looking forward to. A scene in particular, which is one of the highlights of the series, where Hye-kyo confides in him, will really make you wither in anguish and awe.




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  17. The Glory : une vengeance impitoyable et captivante




    Car la réussite de « The Glory » se trouve principalement dans son héroïne principale, interprétée par Song Hye-kyo. Calme, froide, et déterminée, la jeune femme semble aveuglée par son désir de vengeance, devenu obsession au fil des années. Elle-même se demande « combien de jours de son existence a-t-elle réellement vécus ? ». Et cette obsession fait peu à peu évoluer le regard du spectateur sur le personnage.




    Because the success of "The Glory" is mainly in its main heroine, played by Song Hye-kyo. Calm, cold, and determined, the young woman seems blinded by her desire for revenge, which has become an obsession over the years. She herself wonders “how many days of her existence did she really live? ". And this obsession gradually changes the spectator's view of the character.



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  18. ‘The Glory’ Netflix Series Review - Lady Vengeance



    And Hye-kyo superbly showcases her character's trauma. In the hands of a lesser actor, Dong-eun could have looked unexpressive and dull. But Hye-kyo, through her face, reveals that her character is constantly scheming and thinking about the past and future. On the other hand, Ji-yeon gives a balanced performance that doesn't go camp. Notice her putting on a forced smile in front of Dong-eun to appear confident. The Glory derives considerable power from these two actors, and it's a lot of fun watching them go head-to-head.




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  19. The Glory review: Brilliant Song Hye-kyo plunges into the abyss and takes you down with her in this disturbing revenge drama




    Song's deadly blank expressions, hysterical clapping for the woman who once tortured her, and quiet undertones matched with the background score is near perfection and it’s what carries the show through, even when it dips at points.  The Glory is not an easy watch by any means primarily owing to its brutal depictions of bullying, it shows the scarring repercussions of bullying, torture and how it brutally corrodes a person’s soul. It’s a jarring glimpse at the abyss a person can experience.



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  20. REVIEW: ‘The Glory’ is a Brutal Watch, Song Hye-kyo Brings Dong-eun to Life with Care



    As our lead actor, Song Hye-kyo brings Dong-eun to life with care. Her performance is moving, calculating, vulnerable, and even terrifying. She is able to show the determination and grit so often denied female characters in storytelling, and she does so by understanding how to act in silence as much as delivering her dialogue. She feels her rage and fury constantly, and she is allowed to.


    From wide shots to close-ups, Song Hye-kyo showcases determination, rage, and loneliness that reverberate through every moment, even those where traditional romance is set by the score. Truly, Song as Dong-eun is one of the best performances in television this year. She is strikingly gorgeous and unwaveringly vengeful, and she captures the spectrum of grief that comes with trauma.



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  21. Forbes: A Scarred Song Hye-Kyo Exacts K-Drama Revenge In ‘The Glory’




    In her nuanced portrayal of Dong-eun, Song delivers a fractured fixated character, so hell-bent on destroying her tormenters that she derives little happiness from her own existence. Even if she achieves the justice she longs for, it will not erase the scars she acquired.



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  22. Thank you all for your constructive posts and feedback. I actually enjoyed the show right from the first episode but wanted to wait to finish the second episode to leave my comments just in case the second episode might somehow disappoint me. And it didn’t. It is now safe for me to say that I am watching a very good show from many perspectives. 




    I have seen one or two comments on the acting ability of the actors in this show. In my opinions, all main leads have shown acting ability and have done their job professionally and nicely, at least in the first two episodes, albeit not necessarily at the same level.

    When it comes to acting, or in any other domains, professionalism is one of the most important factors. It means the actors need to primarily act in accordance with their character’s personalities, stories and context. As Ha Young Eun and Hwang Chi Sook's personalities and backgrounds are different, the actresses who play them are meant to use different acting styles. It would not be appropriate for Ha Young Eun to be overly expressive and "innocent" like Hwang Chi Sook and it would not be suitable for Hwang Chi Sook to be subtle, nuanced, enduring and thoughtful like Ha Young Eun. Acting, therefore, needs to suit the personality and the experience of the character. 

    On the other hand, the actors might also have different acting skills, style and experience. They might even have their own way of understanding, appreciating or loving their character. Some actors tend to do do dramatic acting. Some go with subtle facial expressions and gestures. 

    Song Hye Kyo is well known for her subtle and nuanced acting style, especially in terms of expressing the character's emotions through her eyes. I have watched a lot of shows and movies in general and I am still amazed at her ability to convey so many levels of inner emotions, thoughts and feelings through her eyes. And I applaud her for her consistent approach towards subtle and nuanced acting, because this acting style is not visible and attention catching, especially in this world nowadays. It requires deep attention from the audience to be really appreciated. 

    If one pays close attention, one will see that subtly, Ha Young Eun in “Now, We’re breaking up” is a distinct character, who is very different from Cha Soo Hyun in “Encounter”, Kang Mo Yeon in “Descendants of the Sun”, Choi Mi Rra in “My Brilliant Life”, Oh Young in “That Winter the Wind Blows”, Da Hye in “A Reason to Live”, Bo Ra in “Camellia”, Sookhy in “Make Yourself at Home”, Joo Joon Young in “Worlds Within”,  Hwang Jin Yi in the movie with the same title etc.




    On the directing and plotting of the first two episodes, I thank @thepixiesfor sharing your thoughts. It is true that the first two episodes were fast-paced with the introduction of a lot of characters. It is also true that the kisses in the first two episodes of "Now, We are breaking up" might not have sizzled the audience the way the balcony kiss scene in "Encounter" did. But that's what makes the two shows special in their own ways and at their own pace. 

    The setting of the first episode of "Now, We are breaking up" is the very busy and lively Busan International Fashion week, which is of course very different from the setting of the first episode of the peaceful and romantic Havana of the first episode of "Encounter". 

    The sex scene in the hotel room of “Now, We are breaking up” is about two people who are physically attracted to each other and primarily only wanted to spend one night together, which is of course different from the balcony kiss scene in "Encounter" where the two characters already deeply fell in love and had been through ups and downs to reach each other.

    And so, they are meant for different purposes and they both well served what they are meant to serve. :)

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    Thank you all for your constructive posts and contributions to the thread. 


    I have really enjoyed and appreciated what the show has offered so far, from the plotting, directing, acting, to music and costumes. I have found the plot fast-paced, interesting and balanced. The introduction of the characters and their context and settings were nicely done. Many lines in the dialogues were relevant and reaslistic. The directing was so detailed. The lighting was artistic and meticulous, which somehow reminded me of “Encounter”. The music flowed very nicely with the content. The acting was on point and Song Hye Kyo did an excellent job in expressing her emotions subtly and distinctively from her previous work.


    It is clear the whole crew has put in a lot of efforts, at least for the first two episodes. Therefore, I am very curious to know what are "the criticisms regarding the plotting and directing" that you shared, @thepixies.



    On the point raised by @the_sweetroad about Shin Yu Jeong's appearance at the anniversary being due to Yoon Jae Gook's rescue and about Ha Yeong Eun's not being able to solve the situation herself: I would respectfully disagree for several reasons:

    First, I don't think Shin Yu Jeong decided to appear at the anniversary was completely due to Yoon Jae Gook's intervention. Shin Yu Jeong was initially not very positive when answering Yoon Jae Gook’s call. She became really interested only after seeing the message from Ha Yeong Eun “I am Ha Yeong Eun, The One’s Head of Design”. 

    Second, from what I have seen, Ha Yeong Eun tried to solve the situation herself. She was the person that came up with the idea to invite Shin Yu Jeong. She admitted it was a long shot but she would try her best. She repeatedly contacted Shin Yu Jeong to invite her to the event (we could argue that The One had hired a PR company and the company should have helped her in this regard).

    Third, the fact that Shin Yu Jeong has a connection with Yoon Jae Gook and she decided to come partially due to the connection does not mean that the event organizer was not able to solve the problem. Networking and connections are important in all professions, and even more so for the world of celebrity. 

    In short, I am not denying Yoon Jae Gook’s good intention and help in this instance. I only think the situation is not that simple. There might be several factors that influenced Shin Yu Jeong’s decision to come and definitely Ha Yeong Eun was one of them. That's what makes the plot interesting (it's neither simple or cliché).

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  24. On 4/8/2021 at 9:17 PM, redbeanbuns said:

    How long do u guys think,for 16 epi drama will take usually?more than 5 months or less?

    Is it already final that it will be air in November?or it still can be change?I still have hope they can change it so it will be faster,hahaha :sipsboba:


    (Sighhh) Waiting is sure a torture..........

    Miniseries are usually filmed for less than 6 months. Song Hye Kyo’s last drama, “Encounter” started filming in September 2018 and finished filming in January 2019, including overseas shooting in Cuba.

    That’s why I said in an earlier post that if “Now, We’re breaking up” is aired in November, it will be at least mostly pre-produced.


    There have been instances in which the airing schedules are adjusted so we don’t rule out that “Now, We’re breaking up” might go on air earlier than November. :)

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