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Wonderful World review – Kim Nam-joo and Cha Eun-woo shine in this solid emotionally charged K-drama

Starring Kim Nam-joo and Cha Eun-woo in lead roles, Wonderful World is a revenge thriller that is streaming on Disney+Hotstar

Wonderful World review – Kim Nam-joo and Cha Eun-woo shine in this solid emotionally charged K-drama

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Last Updated: 03.01 PM, Apr 15, 2024


Wonderful World story

Revenge thriller Wonderful World revolves around the tragic accident involving professor Soo-hyun's child, Gunwoo. After losing the court battle to corrupt powerful figures, Soo-hyun embarks on vigilante justice but ends up disturbing the life of another family as she is sentenced to prison. This tale of justice, revenge, and healing centers around the intertwined fates of Soo-hyun and Seon-yul.

Wonderful World review

Disney+ Hotstar’s revenge thriller, Wonderful World, has finally concluded with a happy ending. This K-drama has been trending due to its top-notch cast, which features the return of veteran actress Kim Nam-joo and heartthrob Cha Eun-woo. Exploring the themes of grief, guilt, and redemption, Wonderful World traces the life-changing events of lead protagonist Soo-hyun after she loses her child in a hit-and-run case.


The layered narrative and well-paced execution offer an intriguing glimpse into the hefty themes without feeling too heavy on the plotline. Each character plays a crucial part in the story and goes into the skin of their characters, which helps them build a connection with the viewers.

Lee Seung-young and Jung Sang-hee spearheaded the drama as directors and left no stone unturned to serve the viewers with a mystery-packed drama. The solid writing by Kim Ji-eun keeps viewers hooked to the screens with the efficient use of past and present timelines. Each episode delves into the secret past and adds depth to the series by blending suspense and mystery with a revenge narrative. Wonderful World never loses its focus and primary roots with its core themes of grief, healing, forgiveness, and revenge.

The finale episode was 1 hour and 13 minutes long, but was emotionally charged to binge-watch, despite the long runtime. A bit slow-paced in the beginning, the episode quickly caught speed with the climax scene that threw antagonist and most-hatred character Kim Joon to justice with a life imprisonment sentence.

Each character plays a pivotal part in the drama and is explored in depth with solid backstories that do not falter over time. Small and intricate details from the beginning to the final episode add value to the drama and compensate for the long duration.

Wonderful World takes you on a wild ride of human emotions that teaches us to stand for the right no matter what the situation is or even when the world turns against you. The finale highlights the title of the drama with Soo-hyun signing her latest book titled ‘Wonderful World’ and narrates how life may turn tough, but the pain definitely lessens with time and kind people.

The thriller drama also curates beautifully shot scenes with a soft and mellow background score that reflects the grief and sorrow of its characters. It sticks to core themes without exaggerating too much on the family drama, except for the cliched character of a corrupt politician and themes of blackmail and infidelity.


Kim Nam-joo stars as a grieving mother who would do anything for the justice of her child, while Cha Eun-woo stars as a young and rebellious boy, who would flip the world for his sworn enemies to take revenge. Both the actors shine in their characters and lead the drama as the dynamic duo.

Wonderful World intertwines the fates of two characters as they share the trauma and grief of losing a loved one. It reflects how pain and emotions often blur the line between right and wrong. It paints a vivid picture of how humans deal with emotional loss. It is a rollercoaster journey that lets you choose healing over pain during its concluding episode. The predictable ending also doesn't dim the thrill due to its impactful dialogue and characters.

Wonderful World verdict

Wonderful World is an impressive revenge drama with a robust and tightly paced plot that will keep you on the edge of your seats. Despite the 1-hour episodes, the narrative never becomes dull or boring and is an intriguing and seamless watch. Stream it not only for the gripping story but also for the powerful performances from the entire crew, including the supporting actors, who invoke emotions with their impeccable craft.

Starring Kim Nam-joo and Cha Eun-woo in lead roles, this thriller K-drama is currently available to stream on Disney+ Hotstar.


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