K-Drama Review: Three Brothers Separated at a Young Age Reunite as Adults in ‘Triangle’

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Three Brothers with Three Different Lives

Who doesn’t know the drama Triangle (2014) in which one of the characters is played by Kim Jaejoong? This drama was first aired on May 5th, 2014, with 26 episodes and tells about three brothers who are orphaned and then separated from each other. They grow up not knowing each other while living very different lives and circumstances lead them to be pitted against each other as rivals.

In case you haven’t watched it yet but want to know about this drama first, we will throwback and re-discuss this drama. So, stay tuned!

Triangle: Review

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As we mentioned earlier in the synopsis, the three brothers grow up not knowing each other while living very different lives: one as a detective (Lee Bum Soo), one as a thug (Jaejoong), and one as a wealthy heir (Im Siwan).

These three brothers lose their parents and grow up separately without knowing the whereabouts of each other for more than 20 years. Because they have taken on new names and are all grown up, they are unable to recognize each other because of their different personalities and backgrounds.

The oldest brother Jang Dong Soo (Lee Bum Soo) is a violent crimes detective with a short fuse, the middle brother Jang Dong Chul (Jaejoong) is a casino operator who dallies with the mob, and the youngest brother Jang Dong Woo (Im Siwan) was raised by an exceptionally wealthy family and grew up cold and distant, with a good eye for business opportunities but poor at personal relationships. And their fates become intertwined as they become bitter adversaries.

Their ill-fated paths converge in an area where factories went bankrupt and a casino and resort opened up in their place to keep the residents employed. Here, they will meet again and undergo many conflicts together before the truth of their shared heritage is revealed.

The two youngest both fall in love with the same woman, Oh Jung-hee (Baek Jin Hee) and the oldest brother renews a relationship with a young woman he knew in his youth, Hwang Shin Hye (Oh Yeon Soo as the adult version, and once again pretty Kim So Hyun as the teen version). She begins to work with him on the force as a profiler but is concerned about his quite impulsive nature, like going to investigate a crime without a search warrant. So it takes a while before she can trust him enough to love him again.

They eventually gain mutual respect for each other as colleagues, but find themselves in conflict once again when they learn that the gangster they’re after is, in fact, Dong-soo’s own brother, Dong-chul. Where will Dong-soo’s real loyalty lay, with family or the law?

When we first meet Dong-chul (Jahe is a complete wildcard, living the fast life, bedding women he barely knows, blackmailing them for money otherwise he will inform their boyfriends/husbands what they are up to in secret. He is pretty much a thug, living by his wits and fists, and at a young age he rises to the top of a crime syndicate.

However, they have his back: if there ever comes a time he wants to be transformed into a decent person it’s obvious the mob bosses won’t just shrug and leave him alone. On the streets, Dong-chul uses the fictitious name Heo Young-dal. It’s as this person that he meets a young girl who will change his life through love, Jung-hee. She comes from a poor family and tries to make ends meet as a casino dealer, though her heart has never been in it. She simply needs to do it to support herself and her family.

Yup, this drama depicts the life and environment of casinos and the illegal betting underworld. That’s how a detective seeking revenge, a gambler, and a Hotel Casino conglomerate heir, end up standing against each other without even knowing they are all blood-related.

And here’s the general information and official poster for Triangle (2014).

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Drama: Triangle

Hangul: 트라이앵글

Director: Yu Cheol-Yong, Choi Jung-Kyu

Writer: Choi Wan-Kyu

Network: MBC

Episodes: 26

Airing: From May 5th to July 29th, 2014

Runtime: Monday & Tuesday 22:00

Genres: Melodrama, Family, Romance, Action, Crime Fiction

Spoiler Alerts From Triangle (2014)

In the last episodes, Dong Soo and Young Dal race to save Yang Ha only to see him stabbed when a fight ensues. He dies with words of brotherly love on his lips and is memorialized the same as his father, his ashes scattered. Chairman Go goes into hiding. Young Dal informs Yoo Jin of Yang Ha’s death and dissolves their partnership. When they pack up Yang Ha’s office, they find a USB drive that contains evidence of all the corruption at Daejung casino. Chairman Go beats Soo Chang, his lackey, who then leaves him, taking the 2 million they had squirreled away.

Dong Soo (Lee Bum Soo) finally finds Chairman Go’s hideout, but Man Bong stops the former detective from killing the scumbag. Go is taken to justice. With information from Manager Hyun and Chairman Go, they are able to incriminate Chairman Yoon, who shoots himself when he sees there’s no way to escape. Young Dal is named the new CEO of Daejung Casino, and he, Jung Hee, and all his friends live happily ever after.

This is the final episode screenshot of the moment Yang Ha loses his life.

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