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3 Shocking Scenes From The First Episodes Of “The Veil”

 

Sep 23, 2021

by S. Cho

 

Despite just premiering, “The Veil” has already showcased an impressive number of amazing scenes.

 

MBC’s “The Veil” is a new blockbuster action drama starring Namgoong Min as Han Ji Hyuk, an elite field agent whose perfect record and skill at completing missions make him a legend at the NIS (National Intelligence Service). However, just when he seemed to have finally succeeded in driving an organized crime syndicate into a corner, Han Ji Hyuk suddenly vanishes off the face of the earth following a horrific accident. After losing his memories and going missing for a year, he makes a bold return to the organization to find the traitor who attempted to kill his entire team.

 

The drama premiered to an average nationwide rating of 7.2 percent with a peak of 12.2 percent and the average rating rose to 8.0 percent for the second episode, allowing the drama to take first place in its time slot across all channels.

 

The unpredictable plot with all its twists and turns is keeping viewers on their toes. Here are some of the best scenes from the drama’s first two episodes!

 

1. Episode 1: The shocking state of NIS’s best field agent who suddenly disappeared

Han Ji Hyuk’s fellow NIS colleagues who were completing a mission with him are discovered brutally murdered, and because no one has heard from him for a year, Han Ji Hyuk is assumed dead too. However, a year later when a coast guard is searching a boat that was smuggled in, Han Ji Hyuk makes his appearance. The inside of the boat is torn apart as if there had been a brawl, and Han Ji Hyuk attacks the organ trafficker who was begging for their life, right in front of the coast guards. His bloody state in the beginning of Episode 1 combined with his changed appearance and determined gaze left a lasting impression on viewers, leaving them even more eager to find out what has happened in the past year.

 

2. Episode 1 ending

After losing all his memories, Han Ji Hyuk begins hypnosis treatment to regain the memories he lost the night his colleagues passed, but it’s no use. However, he finds out the shocking truth through a mysterious USB, discovering that he left himself messages. To his future self, Han Ji Hyuk shockingly states, “Inside our organization, there’s a rat. You intentionally erased your own memories in order to find that traitor.”

 

3. Episode 2: A chase of survival

Once Han Ji Hyuk becomes suspicious of a Chinese organization illegally dealing drugs and begins to link it to the deaths of his colleagues, dark forces start to find him. After interrogating assistant boss Jang Kwang Chul (Shin Moon Sung), Han Ji Hyuk is still unable to find any definitive clues, so he hands the driver his phone number and says, “If you think of anything, give me a call right away.” However, the driver is actually boss Hwang Mo Sool (Baek Seung Chul), who holds a grudge against Han Ji Hyuk for killing his son and is out to get revenge. Han Ji Hyuk belatedly realizes this and gets into an intense car chase while trying to return to the police station. The shocking scene ends with Hwang Mo Sool dropping the piece of paper with Han Ji Hyuk’s number.

 

“The Veil” will air its next episode on September 24 at 10 p.m. KST.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1489719wpp/3-shocking-scenes-from-the-first-episodes-of-the-veil

 

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Namgoong Min Finds Himself At The Mercy Of A Ruthless Mob Boss In “The Veil”

 

Sep 24, 2021

by E. Cha

 

Get ready for more nail-biting action in the next episode of “The Veil”!

 

“The Veil” is a new blockbuster action drama starring Namgoong Min as Han Ji Hyuk, an elite field agent whose perfect record and skill at completing missions make him a legend at the NIS (National Intelligence Service). However, just when he seemed to have finally succeeded in driving an organized crime syndicate into a corner, Han Ji Hyuk suddenly vanishes off the face of the earth following a horrific accident. After losing his memories and going missing for a year, he makes a bold return to the organization to find the traitor who attempted to kill his entire team.

 

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In newly released stills from the drama’s upcoming third episode, Han Ji Hyuk finds himself in the hands of the ruthless Hwayang mob boss Hwang Mo Sool (played by Sung No Jin). Tied up in a luxurious penthouse apartment with a sheet of plastic ominously placed under his chair, the agent’s life is visibly in danger as Hwang Mo Sool questions him with a menacing leer.

 

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The producers of “The Veil” teased, “In each episode of the drama, there will be a diverse array of entertainment, from the crime thriller genre to espionage and action. Additionally, you can also look forward to the NIS’s top field agent Han Ji Hyuk’s heroic action scenes.”

 

To find out how Han Ji Hyuk wound up being dragged all the way to Hwang Mo Sool’s penthouse—and whether he will be able to safely escape unscathed—tune in to the next episode of “The Veil” on September 24 at 10 p.m. KST!

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1489964wpp/namgoong-min-finds-himself-at-the-mercy-of-a-ruthless-mob-boss-in-the-veil

 

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Action, Amnesia, And A Lot Of Blood: “The Veil” Is a Deliciously Macabre Tale of Reveng

Action, Amnesia, And A Lot Of Blood: “The Veil” Is a Deliciously Macabre Tale of Revenge

Sep 24, 2021
by shalini
 

There’s reason to look forward to the weekend as “The Veil” premieres to a rollicking start with high viewership ratings and equally effusive praise from viewers. At 12 episodes, this is a tensely-plotted tale of an amnesiac NIS agent who returns a year after a mission went awry. But why did he vanish for a whole year? Why is he missing a year’s worth of memories? And just why are so many people so displeased to have him back?

Here’s what we loved from the first two episodes!

Warning: spoilers for episodes 1-2 below.

1. Han Ji Hyuk

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This is, in essence, the Namgoong Min show. Not that he is carrying it on his back while everyone else flails, but rather that he is front and center as the main star of the piece. This is his story, and as such, everyone else is necessarily in the periphery. In a less experienced actor’s hands, the character Han Ji Hyuk (Namgoong Min) could have fallen flat. He is, after all, a man of few words and even less patience. But Namgoong Min’s eyes speak volumes. From the tilt of his head as he wonders whether the person next to him is a spy who wishes him ill, to the way he holds himself, and even the way he walks is that of a man who’s waiting for the sky to fall on his head and is prepared to lift it if he has to.

 

What makes Ji Hyuk so compelling is that he walks a fine line between sanity and paranoia, and sometimes, as viewers, we aren’t sure whether it’s all in his head or whether the guy who walks into the elevator with him really is someone dangerous. Similarly, everyone else who sees him wonders the same. Is he all there? Or has some part of him irrevocably changed during that year he doesn’t remember?

2. Cinematography

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The cinematography does a fine job with conveying this tension. All tight corners, murky lighting, and deep blues, it conveys that we’re largely seeing the other characters through Han Ji Hyuk’s eyes – with the exception of Yoo Je Yi (Kim Ji Eun). Thankfully, we aren’t given too much insight into who the bad guys are just yet either, which makes it all the more exciting as the viewers get to unravel this mystery with Ji Hyuk.

The directing also shines with respect to the fight scenes and the staging of each scene. With only 12 episodes to tell a story that most dramas take 16 to tell, every second matters, and this show wastes no time in getting straight to the point. There’s a jaw-dropping moment early into the first episode where it appears that a hand is wedging open the door to where Ji Hyuk is, but when the soldiers searching the ship push the door open, the hand falls. Ji Hyuk’s propped it open with a chopped limb. It’s easy to see why this show is not for the faint of heart. The fight scene on that boat alone must have required a whole lot of fake blood. But the violence doesn’t feel gratuitous and is in line with the story being told. After all, NIS agents chasing down a gang with international reach doesn’t exactly allow for a whole lot of moral dithering.

3. Ensemble cast

Character and cinematography aside, this show would fall apart without the team of veteran actors assembled to lead the story and serve as our potential villains. The always-gorgeous Jang Young Nam (most recently, boss queen Cha Kyung Hee in “The Devil Judge“) looks amazing as Do Jin Sook, the head of the NIS Foreign Intelligence Bureau. Then we’ve got Kang Pil Ho (Kim Jong Tae), Ji Hyuk’s mentor and the only person Ji Hyuk seems to be willing to listen to – for now at least – but who’s also on his suspect list. Pil Ho hides the fact that Ji Hyuk used illegal drugs that mimicked the effects of the antidepressants he was on prior to going missing and is the only one with an inkling that Ji Hyuk is hiding more than he appears.

The more obvious bad guy, albeit seemingly a minor one, is Ha Dong Kyun (Kim Do Hyun), head of the NIS Crime Information Center, with whom Ji Hyuk seems to have some seriously bad blood. His group was in charge of monitoring communications with Ji Hyuk and his team on the night where everything went wrong and Ji Hyuk disappeared. Ji Hyuk seems to distrust Dong Kyun the most at present, openly antagonizing him.

Finally, we’ve got Lee In Hwan (Lee Kyung Young) and Jung Young Tae (Kim Min Sang) of the NIS, both actors who have been major villains in other dramas, lending an air of suspicion to them now. With this many veterans, there’s no doubt that the conflict to come promises to be good.

4. Everyone has a motive

Everyone seems to have some sort of reason for keeping an eye on Ji Hyuk. Seo Soo Yeon (Park Ha Sun) seems to have some history with Ji Hyuk that goes beyond her anger that he failed to save her boyfriend Oh Kyung Seok (Hwang Hee). It’s uncertain as to why Soo Yeon sports what almost looks like a boxy wig, but perhaps the show has a reason for it.

She contrasts with the other female lead Yoo Je Yi, who by all appearance seems to be the sunny, bubble lead of a rom-com that just dropped into an action thriller without knowing it. But Je Yi seems to also have a reason for requesting to be transferred to the same division as Ji Hyuk. What that reason is remains to be seen.

 

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But the person with the most inscrutable motives seems to be Ji Hyuk himself. After finding at the end of the first episode that he was the one who erased his own memories because there’s a rat in the organization, Ji Hyuk goes on the hunt for the truth of what happened a year ago. Curiously enough, his past self promises that he’ll be there when Ji Hyuk needs him, but how? And who is the stranger who communicated to Ji Hyuk in Morse code which allowed him to find the video of his past self informing him of the truth to begin with?

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It seems that past Ji Hyuk had a helper that present Ji Hyuk doesn’t know, which raises the stakes in all sorts of ways because not only does he not know who his enemies are, he also doesn’t know where his friends might be. And one wrong move could take the wrong person down.

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1489630wpp/action-amnesia-and-a-lot-of-blood-the-veil-is-a-deliciously-macabre-tale-of-revenge

 

 

 

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Namgoong Min Furtively Hides A Dead Agent’s Son As He Uncovers NIS Secrets In “The Veil”

Namgoong Min Furtively Hides A Dead Agent’s Son As He Uncovers NIS Secrets In “The Veil”

 

Sep 25, 2021
by E. Cha
 

MBC’s “The Veil” has shared an intriguing sneak peek of its next episode!

“The Veil” is a new blockbuster action drama starring Namgoong Min as Han Ji Hyuk, an elite field agent whose perfect record and skill at completing missions make him a legend at the NIS (National Intelligence Service). However, just when he seemed to have finally succeeded in driving an organized crime syndicate into a corner, Han Ji Hyuk suddenly vanishes off the face of the earth following a horrific accident. After losing his memories and going missing for a year, he makes a bold return to the organization to find the traitor who attempted to kill his entire team.

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Previously on “The Veil,” with internal conflicts and power battles within the NIS growing fiercer by the day, Han Ji Hyuk struggled to figure out who his allies and his enemies were without his memories to guide him.

In the drama’s upcoming fourth episode, Han Ji Hyuk will continue to surprise everyone with his unpredictable behavior as he is plunged back into the field by his superiors. Newly released stills from the episode capture Han Ji Hyuk furtively leading a teenage boy somewhere while attempting to keep him out of sight.

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The identity of the teenage boy in question is Choi Sang Gyun (played by Ahn Ji Ho), the son of an NIS agent who died in the line of duty. The intense glint in Han Ji Hyuk’s eye as he guides Choi Sang Gyun out of view suggests the presence of danger, and the serious conversation that ensues raises the question of what the teenager might have to do with Han Ji Hyuk’s search for the truth behind the tragic incident from a year ago.

To find out how Choi Sang Gyun’s sudden appearance affects the agents at the NIS—and why Han Ji Hyuk secretively sneaks him away to hide him—tune in to the next episode of “The Veil” on September 25 at 10 p.m. KST!

 

https://www.soompi.com/article/1490099wpp/namgoong-min-furtively-hides-a-dead-agents-son-as-he-uncovers-nis-secrets-in-the-veil

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Finally I finished watching episode 3. This is so intense. Not a single boring moment involved! Some people really care for Han Ji Hyuk. I think I misunderstood Lee Joong Gi but it was revealed that he was royal to Han Ji Hyuk at the end! Wish he survived! :sweatingbullets:

 

But then again, I suspect Yoo Je Yi at this point. Who was her father? What is her motive that she joined hands with Han Ji Hyuk? A lot to find out! Can't wait for tonight's episode! :lol:

 

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19 hours ago, gm4queen said:

Finally I finished watching episode 3. This is so intense. Not a single boring moment involved! Some people really care for Han Ji Hyuk. I think I misunderstood Lee Joong Gi but it was revealed that he was royal to Han Ji Hyuk at the end! Wish he survived! 

 

But then again, I suspect Yoo Je Yi at this point. Who was her father? What is her motive that she joined hands with Han Ji Hyuk? A lot to find out! Can't wait for tonight's episode! 

 

 

All 3 episodes are gruesome and intense as well, very good episodes.

 

I think Lee Choon Gil died.

 

The interesting question now is who is Yoo Je Yi and what happened to her father. What was her motive

of joining Ji Hyuk.

Could it be her father is part of the NIS agent got killed and now she is trying to dig out the actual

cause of his death and who is behind it.

 

@Ameera Ali you never fails to bring laughter to each intense episodes

 

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The actress, Park Ha Sun, playing the part of Seo Soo Yeon, is so bland. She doesn't have the air of a villain, despite the blunt hair cut, heavy eye makeup and scowly face. Those are external decorations to show the character's physical appearance. But there is no acting whatsoever. She's as stiff as a board. She's a shell that moves and talks, that's all. Although Jang Young Nam (Deputy Director Do Jin Sook), is a senior, and therefore should not be used to compare against Park Ha Sun, it's still worthwhile to mention how her facial expressions, her eyes, lip movements, flaring of nostrils, and eyebrow movements, can effectively convey emotions. 

 

The Cleopatra haircut is distracting.

 

Finished watching Ep. 4, and there were more secrets and personalities revealed.

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EVENT Alert! What do you think should happen next? Calling all drama viewers who have an opinion on which direction a drama should be heading in. Here is your chance to play PDnim. Participate in this joint screenwriting game and lets see what kind of drama Soompi chingus come up with. Surely, it will be better than some of the duds we have been subjected to, right? :lol:

 

 

 

re: @partyon, @Lmangla, @Sleepy Owl, @confusedheart, @agenth

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Well, I had some struggling in watching episode 4 as eng sub wasn't at all in sync with dialogues. But managed to finish off the episode. So Han Ji Hyuk promised Je Yi's dad to protect him? But as he lost his memories, he failed to keep the promise. And I think I heard the name of So Yeon at the end of the episode? I am so waiting for episode 5 with proper eng sub in sync. B)

 

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The Veil: Episodes 3-4 Open Thread

by missvictrix

 

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The only thing that moves faster than this week’s plot is our agent when he’s encircled by enemies. Determined to get to the truth about the operation that’s sent him down the rabbit hole, he’s willing to risk anything to get one step closer. With its second week just as satisfying as the first, I’m here to say I’m totally hooked.

 

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Before we get into the tons of action and plot we hit this week, I just have to say how much I adore a larger-than-life hero. There’s something to be said for slice-of-life stories, but really, there’s nothing more satisfying than a hero that’s utterly fearless, takes down scores of bad guys, is intuitive enough to be ten steps ahead, and is smart enough to know just what to say when it needs to be said. A hero like this makes the story, and Namgoong Min is selling this role with fanfare. From the insane action scenes to the micro-expressions that we see on his face (that expressive brow ♥), when I’m watching this drama I’m completely sucked in.

Our cliffhanger last week left the Huayang “leader” showing off that he knew Ji-hyuk all too well, and Ji-hyuk with a giant black hole in his memory that he’s still trying to fill in. Like any good agent, he starts with his strongest leads, and that’s LEE CHOON-GIL (Lee Jae-kyoon), his North Korean defector informant. Ji-hyuk remembers him at the safe house door before everything goes black, so he picks up that lead and runs with it.

 

It’s here that his new partner Ye-ji starts to show her worth, and even though she has zero field experience and seems like she belongs in a coffee shop instead of a shoot-out, they team up a bit more and run some decent ops together.

This week’s episodes explore two different leads (Huayang and a new hacker plot line). However, instead of feeling episodic (God forbid), they felt like pieces of the same puzzle, because the overarching case looms over everything.

The first plot arc is around Mo-sool and Huayang’s drug ring in Korea. Thanks to Choon-gil, Ji-hyuk is able to push into his forgotten memories a bit more. He recalls that Choon-gil was indeed at the safe house door, but he had called him out to tell him that their presence was compromised and that it looks like the leak came from within the NIS. Ji-hyuk gets one step closer in the past, which helps his investigation, but he’s still handicapped in the present, as Huayang always seems to know an important handful of things that he doesn’t.

 

more https://www.dramabeans.com/2021/09/the-veil-episodes-3-4-open-thread/

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