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The Devil Judge review: The dystopian legal drama fiercely addresses greed and corruption

Though the series has a progressive take against social inequalities, it fails in treating women characters the same way

  • Megha Mukundan

  • OTTplay

Last Updated: 08.22 AM, Dec 27, 2021

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Set in a dystopian South Korea, the legal system plans for a trial judge live show, which is open for the citizens to participate. Things take a turn when a cold-blooded trial judge Kang Yo-Han is appointed as the head.


The evilness of corrupted politicians and the consequences of their actions are not a new subject matter to the cinema world. Neither the audiences are bored of the theme popping up often, as it is a constant truth of all time. The Devil Judge is one of such raw representations of the corrupted and greedy political world.

The idea of a trial judge live show, more of a reality show in the opening episode itself, is a major impressive idea where the series scores. The dystopian theme is the other efficient idea used for the story, which perfects the serious tone of the show. At many occasions, the show has stepped out of line and tried to showcase the worst possible scenarios the citizens could face in a dystopian society. 


The super exciting storytelling and the plot blends have added thrill to each episode of the series. Rather than being action-packed, the show also takes a deeper consideration towards the emotional and thoughtful development of characters. The lead cast members should be mentioned for nailing their roles, including Ji Sung (plays Kang Yo-Han) and Jinyoung (plays Kim Ga-on). The duo Yohan and Gaon are certainly remarkable in the K-drama world, as they do not fail to shine together and in their respective individual roles. 

Meanwhile, if the series has to be criticised at any point, it would be regarding the treatment of women characters. Though the powerful drama has a progressive approach towards social inequalities, it has not taken serious regard in the case of women introduced in it. Though it has four strong female characters, none of them seems to have had a brighter future, or an impressive character arc. They either had not-so-appealing endings or are sidelined. Soo-hyun (Park Gyu-young) who could be seen fretting over Ga-on since childhood, could be seen as a self-hurting carrier of unrequited love, yet her climax is not treated properly. It appears to be a mere catalyst to Ga-on’s persona, or as a little part of his rage towards the system. 


Stepping to the technical aspects of the series, the locations and graphics could be really appreciated. The team has had a very creative take in filming, along with amusing background scores as well. They have specially considered the cinematography to make the show a thrilling one, which results in giving it an extra intense touch than being a legal drama. The plots, whether of individual character’s or the main plot, are creative, smooth and interesting to witness.


The Devil Judge is recommended for a watch if you are a K-drama lover and interested in a thoughtful-political watch. It is sure to stay in your hearts for a while.

The Devil Judge could be streamed on Netflix.

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