BY Adrienne Stanley | Jun 19, 2015 11:16 AM EDT
Kim Bum delivers a stellar performance in the tvN action thriller, "Hidden Identity." He portrays Cha Gun Woo, an undercover cop, who is plagued by memories of his deceased partner. He faces suspension and discipline after he seeks revenge against the criminal who was responsible for the death of his partner. After his suspension, Gun Woo reluctantly returns to the police force and is tasked with the difficult assignment of saving one of his senior officers. He is a member of the Investigation 5 unit, a covert division tasked with solving violent crimes through undercover operations.
"Hidden Identity" is an exhilarating, wild ride that captured viewers from its record-breaking premiere. Kim Bum firmly carries the series on his shoulders through intricate fight sequences and his compelling emotional range. He channels the raw despair of a police officer who witnessed the death of his partner and is anticipating a horrible fate from his latest mission.
"Hidden Identity" airs on tvN in the Monday-Tuesday 11 p.m. KST time slot previously occupied by "Let's Eat 2." DramaFever is exclusively broadcasting the series to audiences in North America. Here are five reasons to watch "Hidden Identity."
1. Kim Bum proves he is one of the greatest actors of his generation.
Kim Bum abandoned the baby-faced image of So Yi Jing in "Boys Over Flowers," to embrace the hardnosed complexity of Cha Gun Woo. His transformation for "Hidden Identity" demonstrates his growth and potential as one of Korea's best actors.
2. "Hidden Identity" is a K-Drama that appeals to audiences from both genders.
Romantic comedies are plentiful, but it is rare to find an action drama that can be enjoyed by both male and female viewers. "Hidden Identity" could join the ranks of series like "City Hunter" and "Healer."
3. The series is broadcast on cable, which allows for more grit and realistic portrayals of violence.
The fight sequences featured in the series are violent and gritty, but that helps to distinguish the drama from those aired on terrestrial networks.
4. Lee Won Jong provides snippets of comedy while Yoo So Yi hints at the possibilities of romance in the series.
The morose nature of Kim Bum is off-set by Lee Won Jong's comedic timing and the feminine appeal of Yoo So Yi.
5. Each episode is like watching a mini-movie.
Hour-long K-Drama episodes can be daunting to watch. However, the action and different plot devices of "Hidden Identity" keep viewers from watching the clock.
About the writer: Adrienne Stanley is a contributing editor for KDramastars. She is also a contributing writer for Kpopstarz, MTV Iggy and CJ Entertainment's KCON blog. Her passions include a love of K-pop and Asian drama. When she is not writing, she is hanging out on Twitter (@retrogirladdy).
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