Korean drama Happiness recently surprised the Hallyu world with its high viewership rate, ranking as one of the most talked-about dramas this year even if it was released in the last quarter. While the fan-favorite show is now over, a new exciting series is set to replace its timeslot: Bad and Crazy featuring K-stars Lee Dong-wook and Wi Ha-joon. Here’s everything we know about the drama:
Tried-and-tested duo of creators
Bad and Crazy is the brainchild of director Yoo Seon-dong and writer Kim Sae-bom. The two worked together on the well-loved Netflix series The Uncanny Counter (Jo Byung-gyu, Yoo Jun-sang, Kim Se-jeong, Yeom Hye-ran), which has also been renewed for a second season.
Meet the Bad
Known for his roles in Goblin and Tale of the Nine-Tailed, Lee Dong-wook plays Ryu Su-yeol, a consequentialist police inspector looking to get ahead in life. Despite only finishing high school, he is competent at his job, which helped him rise quickly through the ranks, but his ambitious personality made his sense of morality stay in the gray. Ryu Su-yeol will do whatever it takes to further his own agenda, even if it’s shady AF.
Meet the Crazy
Rising star Wi Ha-joon of Squid Game fame (also 18 Again and Something in the Rain) plays the crazy yet righteous K who is not afraid to uphold justice in a corrupt world using any means. He dreams of being a hero, but his crazy sense of justice brings him a lot of trouble, because he always takes out his fists whenever he witnesses injustice.
The bad and the crazy brought together
With the appraisal and promotion period nearing, the competent and ambitious Ryu Su-yeol is scrambling to find an opportunity to get him the promotion he wanted. His efforts are put to a screeching halt after the righteous and crazy K comes barreling into his life. A series of chance encounters brings the two of them together, forcing Ryu Su-yeol to examine his personal ethics and regain his humanity.
A good kind of bad and crazy bromance
Viewers are looking forward to the bromance between Lee Dong-wook and Wi Ha-joon, especially how they transition from being at odds with different moralities to working together and fighting side-by-side for justice.
Talking about how they built their chemistry, Wi Ha-joon expressed that although their characters could not stand each other at the start, they will eventually be able to work well with each other. The actor also revealed that his on-screen chemistry with Lee Dong-wook was very strong and they were able to work together perfectly even without detailed coordination.
Exciting action scenes
In addition to the chemistry among the cast members, another highlight of the series is the exhilarating large-scale action scenes, such as the motorcycle chase in trailers and crime-busting operations, which undoubtedly tested the stars’ physical endurance.
The cast were asked what the greatest challenges filming the action scenes and their preparations were. According to Lee Dong-wook, he did not actually go through any special training. He said that because the direction for action and fights on set was good, the production was safe.
Lee Dong-wook dubbed fellow cast member Wi Ha-joon as the best actor in Korean action shows, since the latter had a strong understanding of the filming requirements. Lee also joked that action scenes were a “war against exhaustion,” which Wi echoed. “Brother really had it tough; my action scenes turned out more beautiful.” Despite doing well in the action scenes, Wi Ha-joon admitted that he did find something difficult during filming. For him, the toughest part of production was the heat: “Fighting while wearing a motorcycle helmet was really super hot!”
The best part, according to the cast
Wi Ha-joon found the speeding scenes on the motorcycle to be the most memorable. Meanwhile, Han Ji-eun, who plays Lee’s former girlfriend, said it was the first time in her career that she will be playing a police officer, so she’s excited for viewers to see the scenes of her in uniform as early as the first episode.
But for Lee Dong-wook, the best part isn’t just one scene. Answering a question on which scenes left the deepest impression, the actor laughed, “The entire series left a deep impression on me.” He also pointed out that viewers should look out for the fireworks between the male leads.
When and where to watch
Bad and Crazy is an iQiyi Original K-series with a total of 12 episodes. It is set to premiere on December 17, with new episodes simulcasting with Korea on Fridays and Saturdays at 9:50 PM SGT/PHT globally on the iQiyi International app and www.iq.com.