ESC to close 3.19 (by 86 users)gwitsongmal 귓속말
  • 2017
  • TV
  • Korea

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romanized gwitsongmal
english Whisper (literal)
aka advance, jingyeok, 진격


genres crime, drama, law


language Korean


country Korea
type real
format TV
network SBS


date 27 Mar, 2017 - 23 May, 2017
episodes 17
duration 75 minutes
air day Monday, Tuesday
at 22:00 - 23:15
status released


avg. score 3.19 of 5 by 86 users
total users 237
rating 274



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Sin Yeong Ju
Lee Dong Jun
Gang Jeong Il
Choe Su Yeon
Choe Il Hwan
Gang Yu Taek




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30 Jul, 2017
Disappointing on all fronts. I think Lee Bo Yeong is one of the better drama actresses out there but even she didn't manage to elevate this drama above average.

I could see the potential in the story but it ended up falling flat, more and more boring and repetitive. The excitment dissipated too soon for me and by the final episodes I could care less for the characters or their fight.

Not a bad drama if you're very bored and want to watch something simple without romance, but if you're looking for interesting, well-written, suspensful or intriguing crime/ law drama, this one isn't it.

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01 Jun, 2017
Whisper, like the writer's previous works is a slick drama based on the corrupt, the righteous and the constant battle between them.

The show is fairly strongly plotted; no one character is dumb, or weak. Each is willing to outmaneuver, outsmart and throw anyone else under the bus to achieve their goals. The result are ever tipping scales so it's hard to tell who is going to win at any one time. Lee Bo Yeong is great as Yeong Ju, playing her with a hard core but maintaining a certain level of playfulness as well. Lee Dong Jun is not quite as great, partly due to plot restrictions (he's often in the office while Yeong Ju is allowed more freedom), partly due to the actor's limitations of favouring a few expressions. The rest of the cast plays their roles well. And the show manages to stay fairly consistent in quality throughout, which is always a nice bonus.

The biggest issue is that the show almost seems too slick - everyone is grey, often leaning towards black more than white. But the constant one-upping, the double meaning words, the very heavy dialogue based scenes make it hard to fully connect with anyone.

Great for any fans of the screenwriter's previous work or anyone who likes drama about the corrupt, or law based ones. The first few episodes give a good idea of the rest of the show so it's easy to decide whether to continue or not.
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uver 01 Jun, 2017
Reflections after watching the show:

Whisper's second half is a letdown. Drop in quality, drop in excitement. What should be thrilling, now feels commonplace. Much is due to the acting; the second leads by far outperform their main counterparts—which makes the show's execution unbalanced.

Park Se Young is solid and believable in her role all-throughout. And while I adored Lee Bo Young in 'I Hear Your Voice' & 'My Daughter Seo Young' — here, she's underwhelming. The emoting is flat and anticlimactic, and the repetitive huffing and puffing she does whenever a bad situation arises - is tiresome to watch.

Also, Kwon Yool is simply riveting.. Every expression is genuine, and he's effortlessly able to express his dark and complex character. As for Lee Sang Yoon.. He's not bad. Rather solid actually.. But he's not able to fully sell the portrayal of an amoral and multifaceted character, that the role requires of him.

Also at gripes with the directing.. There were a lot of plot conveniences early on, but this didn't detract from the show at large - since there was still an overall narrative being communicated. But the experience when watching the later episodes, is that the direction feels microscopic, bland, a lack of creative effort..
jessicarose 29 May, 2017
I loved this drama!!! It was so good to see Lee Bo Young and Lee Sang Yun together one more time!!!
I was so sad when
Yu Taek died. I feel we lost a great character there and I missed him in subsequent episodes.
The drama ended a couple of days ago but I'm already missing Lee Bo Young again!
unknown 29 May, 2017
@ilate only up to episode 5 but...if you want to see a different side from kwon yool, watch "let's fight ghost"
ilate 24 May, 2017
I have mixed feelings about this drama, because I had few moments where I was close to dropping it, but now that I've completed it, I'm glad I did. The acting was top notch, the story quite cliche but still interesting. I was glad to see both main characters so strong and independent (most of the time, with few exceptions). But who really stood out for me was Kwon Yool. I've always paid attention to him, but mostly saw him in melodramas or comedies, but he fits the villain role so well I'd love to see him even more from him.
uver 18 Apr, 2017
But I must say I much prefer the director's choice of background music in Punch. It was powerful, thrilling and blended perfectly with the show's many suspenseful moments. Music isn't bad here (And I get the director's reasoning for going the ambient route, given the show's title), but looking back at Punch—one could wish Whisper had more captivating instrumentals.
uver 18 Apr, 2017
This drama is all quality but I'm not surprised—writer Park Gyeong Su never disappoints. I've adored all of his previous works as well; The Chaser, Empire of Gold and Punch. I love how he uncompromisingly explores the darker sides of human nature; and that he does it with wit, intelligence, and excellent world building.
alex3 31 Mar, 2017
I really liked first two eps! Most of the characters doesn't seem to be either black or white, I'm looking forward to see which decisions they will make in the future.
sweetsuga 29 Mar, 2017
the first episode was great. hm.