K-Drama Review: ‘The Devil Judge’, a Mystery and Legal Drama Starring Ji-sung and GOT7’s Jin-young

Stories Behind The Devil Judge

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Every K-drama has its own behind-the-scenes and also stories that are tucked away from the experience of the crew and also every actor or actress that plays a role in the K-drama. What stories are shared by every role from The Devil Judge during the filming process?

Let’s get to know more about the behind-the-scenes of The Devil Judge in this session below!

Ji Sung and Park Jin-young Shared Their Favorite Scenes

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Ji-sung plays Kang Yo-han, a chief judge with mysterious intentions. He chose his favorite scene to be the end of episode 4 when the Catholic church burned down. In particular, the handsome actor recalled the moment when Kang Yo-han had to watch his brother Kang Isaac die when he rose to save his nephew Elijah (played by Jeon Chae-eun).

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Ji-sung explained, “Even Kang Yo-han’s parents, who abandoned him, did not shake his life. But when he had to see and accept his brother’s death right in front of his eyes despite wanting to save him, the meaning of Kang Yo-han’s life was shaken.”

Park Jin-young plays the character Kim Ga-on, a rookie judge who has been going through tough times since his parents died. Jin-young shared that he liked the line “Being lonely is not a sin” which his character said when Kang Yo-han and Elijah had a fight in episode 7.

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When Kang Yo-han and Elijah fight over every little thing, Kim Ga-on embraces the family with warm food and sweet words. The residents of the mansion look more and more like family thanks to Kim Ga-on’s influence.

Jin-young also added another favorite scene by saying, “There is a scene in episode 2 where Kang Yo-han, Oh Jin-joo [played by Kim Jae-kyung], and Kim Ga-on eat at a restaurant, and I really liked that part.

Park Jin-young and Park Gyu-young’s Kissing Scene

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On August 18, 2021, tvN shared a behind-the-scenes video of the drama The Devil Judge. The video features a number of interesting moments, including the shooting of Kim Ga-on and Yoon Soo-hyun’s kiss.

As is known, the kiss scene was the first and last for both. Shortly after the incident, Yoon Soo-hyun was shot dead by an unknown person, leaving Kim Ga-on a sad boy.

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During the filming of the scene, Jin-young showed an embarrassed reaction that was quite funny. At first, he and Park Gyu-young practiced seriously according to the direction of the production team. Jin-young suggested that they make eye contact to create a more intense scene. Because it was considered good, this proposal was immediately approved by Park Gyu-young and the production team.

After Park Gyu-young left the room to rehearsed the scene, Jin-young actually did a pretty funny act. He suddenly felt embarrassed by the photo of his character’s parents on the table. He even covered their photo so they would not see the kiss.

After doing the kiss scene, Jin-young and Park Gyu-young rehearsed the confession scene. During the shooting of this scene, Park Gyu-young asked for a hug while sitting down, causing Jin-young to kneel awkwardly. That’s why he was immediately reprimanded by the director, “Soo-hyun has to wake up for him!”

While they were practicing, Jin-young suggested that Park Gyu-young hug her because she asked him to come. However, this proposal was rejected by the beautiful actress. “Oh no!” Park Gyu-young replied with a smile.

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The director then reminded them that when they hug, their entire bodies should touch, not just their upper bodies. In response to this, Jin-young and Park Gyu-young joked that they hugged like they were stretching. That’s why the atmosphere on the set was filled with laughter again.

Park Jin-young’s Character Received Negative Comments

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In the footage of the episode of The Devil Judge which aired on August 15, 2021, Kim Ga-on repeatedly wept over the death of Yoon Soo-hyun who died protecting him from fire.

After hiding his feelings for a long time for fear of ruining their friendship, Kim Ga-on finally confessed his love for Yoon Soo-hyun, but tragedy struck not long after. Kim Ga-on was initially determined to take revenge, but when he saw Kang Yo-han intending to execute the rioters, the young judge tried to stop him.

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This episode of The Devil Judge‘s was immediately flooded with fan comments. Many criticized Kim Ga-on for being unstable and fickle in taking revenge by opposing Kang Yo-han’s decision.

“Ga-on is very unstable,” wrote a fan. “Soo-hyun has more principles than Ga-on. Ga-on often changes his mind, the audience gets tired of seeing him, especially if Yo-han has a partner like this,” continued another. “This guy is very fickle.. is it because all this time Soo-hyun and the Professor have been spoiling him so he can’t decide on his own path -_-,” added another.

The Iconic Money-Burning Scene in The Devil Judge

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The money-burning scene in The Devil Judge is quite tense. In contrast to the situation, the shooting process turned out to be quite enjoyable.

As is known, the scene began when Kang Yo-han stopped Kim Ga-on from attacking Doh Young-choon (played by Jung Eun-pyo). Kang Yo-han then set fire to the building occupied by Doh Young-choon’s wife and children and burned the pile of money he had stolen.

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Seeing this situation, Doh Young-choon prefers to extinguish the fire on the pile of money instead of saving his wife and children in the burning building. In the end, the scene was just Kang Yo-han’s ruse because he burned counterfeit money and had his assistant save Doh Young-choon’s wife and children.

Although the scene was quite tense, the shooting process was quite unexpected. Jin-young and Ji-sung showed a very close interaction with Jung Eun-pyo.

Initially, Jin-young and Ji-sung filmed the scene together. They seem to have a good discussion and really care about each other. As soon as Jung Eun-pyo came, they immediately immersed themselves into his character and showed natural acting. Ji-sung with the help of the production team also managed to burn the area pretty neatly.

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On the other hand, Jin-young and Jung Eun-pyo seem to have a lot of fun even though they both have a bad relationship in the drama. Jin-young casually massaged the shoulders of the actor born in 1966. Getting treatment like this, Jung Eun-pyo was certainly very excited. He seemed to be enjoying the massage while laughing out loud.

5 Reasons Why You Should Watch The Devil Judge

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The Devil Judge is arguably one of the unique K-dramas and also has a different genre than others. Those of you who want to watch dramas with interesting genres as well as mysterious plots should try watching The Devil Judge and prepare for their exciting stories.

Here are the 5 reasons why you should watch The Devil Judge:

  1. The Devil Judge Has Great Cinematography and Background Music
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Not only enriched by a solid storyline but The Devil Judge also has slick cinematography and spoils the eyes. Some of the backgrounds were made very realistic with super cool effects. Not only that but the background music used in each episode really supports the storyline of The Devil Judge.

  1. The Devil Judge Exposes Legal Inequality
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Since the beginning, Kang Yo-han has always said that the purpose of holding the trial openly through television is so that the legal process runs transparently and the public can participate in the trial. This reasoning makes sense in the universe of The Devil Judge where certain elites take advantage of their privileges to escape the snares of the law. Even though this trial event was supported by political elites and it was impossible for the opponent to win, Kang Yo-han always had many mysterious surprises for the audience.

  1. Issues of Sexual Violence in the World of Work
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The issue of castration for perpetrators of sexual violence is also in the spotlight in this show. Unmitigated, the prosecutor asks Kang Yo-han to give physical castration instead of chemical castration even though castration did not protect victims from sexual violence.

  1. Multi-Dimensional Female Characters
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Although this Korean drama has a male protagonist, the female characters are depicted realistically with multiple identities. This can be seen from the character of the Minister of Justice, Cha Kyung-hee, when she had to sign an agreement for a caning sentence for her own child. Because of this incident, on the one hand, Cha Kyung-hee really wants to help her son, but on the other hand, she doesn’t want to sacrifice her career as Minister of Justice.

  1. The Real Picture of Media’s Bad Excesses
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Under the pretext of transparency and democratization, these face-to-face trials greatly influence public opinion. One example is in episode 5 of The Devil Judge where children practice the harassment scene which was broadcast live.


Well, that was all of the information about the K-drama The Devil Judge that was aired on tvN. Are you starting to get interested in watching this drama? If so, don’t forget to support every role and crew starring in this drama by immediately watching The Devil Judge. If you like this article, don’t forget to share it on your social media and wait for another interesting article from Channel-Korea!