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"Born Again" is the most underrated drama of the first half of 2020. The drama was one of the best dramas of the first half of 2020 but was far from being popular and so it is underrated.

It tells the love of a detective, the detective’s lover, and a serial killer who likes the detective’s lover. The story has two timelines. The three characters first met in 1986 and met terrible misfortune. 32 years later, they are reincarnated and get to meet again in 2020. Their death was not the end of the story but a new door. In 2020, this is round 2 of their persistent links and ill-fated relationship. The lead actors are Jang KiYong, Jin SeYeon, and Lee SooHyuk. For more about the drama, you can also check our cast and summary here.

The reviews for the drama are very diverse some hate it while some love it. For sure, this drama would not leave you unaffected, either you love or hate it!

You should NOT watch if: you are looking for a cute, funny, light, and bright story with some action.

You should consider watching if: you like mystery, reincarnation stories, love triangle, and psychological drama.

The main reason why this drama should get more spotlight is that it is purely addictive from the first 30 min to the last second of the last episode. It makes you curious and you only think: "I need to know!"

Here are 6 reasons why this drama is not a miss. Spoiler-free. 

 

1- Perfect acting

Lee SooHyuk and Jang KiYong had two roles each and did a perfect job in portraying each of them. The two actors have solid acting bringing depths to the characters. They had the ability to draw viewers into their characters.

 

2- Intriguing mystery & dark atmosphere

"Born Again"'s main quality is its plot including a lot of mysterious elements. It is thrilling and got us captivated. "Is he a serial thriller? Is he a psychopath? Is he a victim? Did he murder her?" All the questions you wished to answer while watching.

The drama is rather calm and without being too fancy making the storyline focus on the characters.

 6 Reasons Why "Born Again" Is The Most Underrated Drama Of The First Half Of 2020

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3- Complex and addictive reincarnation story

If you like reincarnation and second life story, this is for you! This drama brings it further by having the three leads reincarnated together intertwined by fate.

 6 Reasons Why "Born Again" Is The Most Underrated Drama Of The First Half Of 2020

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4- Passion-filled love triangle

The two lead actors are passion-filled and made viewers' heart to beat with their romances lines and genuine love. They also have undeniable chemistry with the lead female character.

The love triangle of "Born Again" is very intense up until the end it was impossible to know who was the owner of her heart. It is definitely one of the key points of the drama. You can only wonder "who will win over?".

 6 Reasons Why "Born Again" Is The Most Underrated Drama Of The First Half Of 2020

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 6 Reasons Why "Born Again" Is The Most Underrated Drama Of The First Half Of 2020

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5- A difficult to understand female lead

You might hate the lead actress, yes it might happen. To be honest, the character does not make much sense but that made the drama even more entertaining. Instead of an obvious storyline, this character brought plot twist with her not-so-logical choices. The drama story is not predictable.

 6 Reasons Why "Born Again" Is The Most Underrated Drama Of The First Half Of 2020

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6- Dark but not violent

The drama aired on the main channel KBS and not on a cable channel like tvN and OCN. This might not be a reason for everyone but this drama touches on darkness, child abuse, and murder in a not-so-violent and not-so-bloody way like you would see it on other cable dramas.

"Born Again" is much more on the psychological elements than on violent actions.

 6 Reasons Why "Born Again" Is The Most Underrated Drama Of The First Half Of 2020

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Extra - Is the story perfect? No

The drama has flaws such as including romantic elements in a stalking relationship. However, if you omit these flaws of the story, it makes it a not-to-miss drama. After all, it is difficult to find a 100% perfect storyline.

 

Don't forget to check the teaser with English subtitles below.

 

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Aeli
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Aeli
Jan 11, 2021 12:28 am

this is absolutely the best kdrama i've watched. still rewatch the drama in 2021 tho.

Sarah
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Sarah
Nov 18, 2020 12:22 am

Loved it,I cried my eyes out in the last episode. great drama

Rose anne Deborde
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Rose anne Deborde
Jun 28, 2020 08:32 pm

I LOVED THIS DRAMA. THIS IS THE MOST KDRAMA I HAVE BEEN ALWAYS ASKING IN EVERY EPISODE. LIKE " WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT ? THIS IS UNPREDICTABLE" I DON'T UNDERSTAND WHY SOME PEOPLE HATE IT. TO THE WRITER OF THIS DRAMA KEEP IT UP. YOU DID A GOOD JOB. DON'T MIND OTHE PEOPLE'S HATE. IT WAS GREAT.

Syaza
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Syaza
Jun 22, 2020 12:32 am

This drama started with a bang. I loved the first few episodes. Then when they were reborn, everything went downhill. KBS had a perfect plot to continue the story with until they started to butcher the drama so badly, not even Lee Soo Hyuk’s magnificent can make me go through watching the last four episodes. I can’t believe the writer of this drama actually thought it was okay to normalize stalking woman, murdering people and got away with it & even kissing a woman when she was sleeping (without her consent). No wonder this drama got low ratings. The only… Read more »

Stop hating on the characters people!
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Stop hating on the characters people!
Jun 22, 2020 06:50 am
Reply to  Syaza

I respect your opinion however I would like to say No one said it was normal to stalk people don't forget this is a drama it's acting these are people who are trying to make a living no matter how bad or good and it's not like he stalked her to kill her or for any other bad reason there was a good reason behind it and the Kong jicheol(jang kiyong) character finds it hard to express himself that's how he his character was showcased both in the past and future life because of his neglectance from his family and… Read more »

Sarah A. Wahab
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Sarah A. Wahab
Jun 21, 2020 11:59 pm

Perfect acting? Well, for the male leads, yes...they did pretty well but the female lead had a lot of criticism on her acting before, and even now she's terrible at her job. She just keeps flashing her teeth, with that same smile. No other expressions.

And the storyline is trash. I'm a fan of Thriller-Romance Drama & now I can see why only OCN/TvN can perform it well. This drama is absolute trash, from the script.

Fatxa Queen
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Fatxa Queen
Jun 21, 2020 08:06 pm

My favourite Korean drama in 2020 really enjoyed this drama I love you jang kiyong ???

Annabelle
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Annabelle
Jun 21, 2020 12:05 am

I love this drama The cast members were great in portraying their characters. Born Again has depth and substance. I would like to see more Korean dramas like Born Again in the future.

Shayonti
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Shayonti
Jun 20, 2020 08:20 pm

worst k drama i have ever seen ?

exol1996
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exol1996
Jun 15, 2020 03:10 pm

Lee Soo-hyuk and Jang Ki-yong are very good actors!

Carly
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Carly
Jun 15, 2020 12:20 pm

I also loved the drama. I dont understand why so many people hate it