The 2019 action thriller drama Vagabond has had fans hooked on to the screen ever since the very first episode, so they have been looking for k-dramas that are similar to it. The drama follows Cha Dal Gun as he deals with the aftermath of losing his nephew in a tragic plane crash incident. What triggered Cha Dal Gun even more was how the higher authorities were trying to cover up the incident. Cha Dal Gun was very attached to his nephew as he was the one who raised him after his brother had passed away.
Unwilling to accept the excuses that the authorities were making, Cha Dal Gun decided to take matters into his own hand and set out on a mission to find the real truth behind the plane crash. Along his path to discovering the truth, he meets Go Hae Ri, who is a National Intelligence Service. When the two meet, they discover a huge chain of corruption and lies that lead to the tragic plane crash. The digging into the government’s dark secrets and the action duo factor of the drama were loved by the audiences. If you want to watch more such mystery thrillers, then we have got your back. Here is a list of K-Dramas like Vagabond.
If you enjoyed the Vagabond series, here we bring you the K-Dramas that might give the same enjoyment.
1. The Devil Judge
One of the most thrilling K-Dramas that we were blessed with in 2021 was the Ji Sung and Park Jin Young starrer, The Devil Judge. Additionally, the genius screenwriter behind The Devil Judge is Moon Yoo Seok. The fast-paced and captivating direction of this drama is all thanks to Choi Jung Gyu, who is known for his previous work in Children Of Nobody, The Flower In Prison, and Splendid Politics. The main cast of this drama consists of Ji Sung (Kill Me, Heal Me), Kim Min Jung (My Fellow Citizens!), Park Jin Young (He Is Psychometric), and Park Gyu Young (Dali and the Cocky Prince).
The drama puts the idea of ‘people’s rule’ to the test. Furthermore, The Devil Judge is set up in a dystopian Korea where the citizens are in a crisis, and the people in power are just concerned with filling their own pockets. During these turbulent times, Kang Yo Han rises as a messiah in the form of a judge whose courtroom is telecasted live. He believes that those in power who pity themselves are the scariest of all devils. To stop all this chaos, two childhood best friends named Kim Ga On and Yoon So Hyun fight for what is right. The drama is not a stereotypical good guy vs bad guy drama. As the situation changes, The Devil Judge will make you keep guessing who the real devil is. You can watch this drama with English subtitles on Rakuten Viki.
The 2014 thriller romance drama, Healer, received both commercial and critical acclaim for its layered storyline and unpredictable plot. Furthermore, Healer is written by Song Ji An, who is popularly known for her work in The Great Ambition, Rosemary, and The Legend. The spectacular drama is co-written by Lee Jung Sub (Dali and The Cocky Prince) and Kim Jin Woo (Queen Of Mystery). Apart from having a storyline that will constantly keep you at the edge of your seat, the cast of this drama is what truly paints it to perfection. Furthermore, the main roles in the drama are played by Ji Chang Wook (Lovestruck In The City), Park Min Young (What’s Wrong With Secretary Kim), and Yoo Ji Tae (When My Love Blooms).
The drama follows Seo Jung Hoo, who is more popularly known by his other name, Healer. Additionally, Healer gets all kinds of odd tasks for huge sums of money as long as it does not include murder. Next, we have Chae Young Shin, who is an extremely persistent reporter working in the gossip section at a small company. Moreover, Chae Young Shin is extremely interested in Healer and the successful reporter, Kim Moon Ho. What the three of them do not know is that they are connected to each other by a tragic incident in the past. As the three of them meet, a secret involving corruption and dark secrets involving the government begin to come to life. If you liked how Cha Dal Gun and Go Hae Ri teamed to expose all the corrupt leaders, then you will absolutely love this drama. You can stream Healer on Rakuten Viki.
3. Lawless Lawyer
One of the absolute best legal dramas that the K-Drama world has blessed us with, the ‘Lawless Lawyer’ is the complete package with its corrupt higher officials who deceive people, male and female lead who share a tragic past, and a gangster twist into the cutthroat legal world. Furthermore, the drama is written by Yoon Hyun Ho, whose previous works include the popular Remember: War Of The Sun. Lawless Lawyer is directed by Kim Jin-Min, who is known for his work in Extracurricular. The main cast of the drama includes Lee Joon Gi (Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo), Seo Yea Ji (It’s Okay To Not Be Okay), Lee Hye Young (Mother), and Choi Min Soo (The Liar and His Lover).
Over the course of sixteen episodes, the drama follows Bong Sal Pil and Ha Jae Yi as they fight a case involving one of the most powerful judges and a gangster-turned CEO. Furthermore, Bong Sal Pil was a former gangster who entered the legal world as a lawyer after his mother died. Bong Sal Pil uses his gangster techniques to get what he wants in the legal world. On the other hand, Ha Jae Yi used to be a law-abiding lawyer who used to do everything by the book. But she loses her control when a judge makes an unjust hearing which results in her losing her license. Will the two of them be able to fight the corrupt system by themselves? Watch Lawless Lawyer on Rakuten Viki with English subtitles.
4. Mad Dogs
This one comes closest to similarity with Vagabond. A plane crash, corruption, personal loss, and the journey to expose the powerful hands behind the crime. Mad Dogs is also another drama similar to Vagabond that will wrap you in its mystery and action. The K-Drama is written by Kim Soo Jin (Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Joo, The Light In Your Eyes) and directed by Hwang Eui Kyung (Romance Town). Furthermore, the main cast consists of Yoo Ji Tae (When My Love Blooms), Woo Do Hwan (The King: Eternal Monarch), Ryu Hwa Young (My Father Is Strange), and Jo Jae Yoon (Defendant).
The drama follows a former police officer by the name of Choi Kang Woo and Kim Min Joon, who is a former swindler, as the two join hands to find out the truth behind a plane crash. Additionally, Choi Kang Moo loses his wife and son, whereas Kim Min Joon’s brother passes away in the same plane crash. Choi Kang Woo makes his own investigation team consisting of him, Kim Min Joon, Jang Ha Ri, and Park Soon Jung. Watch these ‘Mad Dogs’ uncover all the corruption on Apple TV.
The 2021 drama Vincenzo was a comedy, thriller, and action at its finest. Furthermore, this masterpiece is written by Park Jae Bum, who is one of the finest screenwriters in Korea. Moreover, the screenwriter is a master in the action thriller genre, and dramas such as The Fiery Priest, Good Manager, and Vincenzo are proof of this fact. This drama was directed by Kim Hee Won (The Crowned Clown, Glamorous Temptation, and Warm and Crazy). To add the cherry to the top, Vincenzo’s main cast consisted of some of the most popular actors in the K-Drama industry. Starring the handsome Song Joon Ki (Descendants Of The Sun), Jeon Yo Been (Be Melodramatic), and Ok Taec Yeon ( Secret Royal Inspector and Joy) in the lead roles, the series is absolutely spectacular.
Over the course of sixteen episodes, Vincenzo will take you on an exhilarating journey of justice in mafia style. Additionally, it revolves mainly around Park Joo Hyeong, who ends up getting adopted by a family of Mafias in Italy. He grows up to be a consigliere named Vincezo Cassano, whose name is enough to make the evilest of all mafias shiver with fear. He returns to Korea, where he ends up meeting the quirky and blunt lawyer Hong Cha Young. The two join hands to bring down the unrivaled Babel Pharmaceuticals. The drama is available to watch with English subtitles on Netflix.
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