Summary: Chun Ji Hun is a former prosecutor who is now a lawyer and only asking one dollar for his legal fee. He is joined by Sa Ma Jang, his office assistant and Baek Ma Ri, a new lady lawyer.
Genre: Legal, Comedy, Mystery
Stars: Nam Goong Min as Chun Ji Hoon
Kim Ji Eun as Baek Ma Ri
Choi Dae Hoon as Seo Min Hyuk
Likes: I watched this because of Nam Goong Min and I’m glad I did because like his other dramas, One Dollar Lawyer didn’t disappoint.
Nam Goong Min. Love this guy. He’s handsome and of course a brilliant actor! Taking the role of Chun Ji Hoon, who went from a serious prosecutor to a can’t-be-taken-seriously-lawyer, shows how versatile Nam Goong Min is as an actor. Chun Ji Hoon was a prosecutor who would do everything to go after corrupt officials even if that would mean his own dad. After 2 tragic losses, he decided to become a lawyer who only takes one dollar as payment and would always wear sunglasses. Funny guy as you look at him compared to his prosecutor days but he possesses a great sense of social justice and compassion.
Why One Dollar? There’s a sad story behind the one-dollar fee and it’s got something to do with Chun Ji Hoon’s former fiancee who started the office. She helped Chun Ji Hoon get past his sad past only to leave him forever even before they got married. She left her famous law firm in order to start a practice that would help the ones who can’t afford a lawyer fee, thus only asking one-dollar. Chun Ji Hoon, devasted by the fiancee’s death, continued the good intention and he became the One-Dollar Lawyer.
Why the sunglasses? Chun Ji Hoon really looked cool on those but I think the real reason behind the glasses is to hide his grief. Instead of drowning in his grief like after his dad died, he decided to be on the happy, cool and crazy side but hide his grieving eyes with a pair of cool, dark sunglasses.
The cinematic style. I love the directing, how the camera moves and how it captures a lot of scenes, cinematic style. However, it has also an anime-like presentation. That could stem from its OST, as it sounds like you’re watching an anime. Check out One Dollar Lawyer OST here.
The One Dollar Lawyer style. I love the suits! I love the messy hairstyle! But I think, the really cool sunglasses got me! They look so classic and stylish! Tried to find out which sunglasses brand sponsored the drama but nothing came out of that. All in all, the styling of everyone was pretty good. They tried their best to make everyone look like in webtoon. Well done!
The interesting cases. Aside from the main storyline, we have different stories from the cases that our One Dollar lawyer had to handle. I like the case of Kim Min Jae, who had to confess of killing his parents to protect his sister and the reputation of his dad. Having to solve the case was such a bonus!
Lee Jee Hoon cameo. Surprised to see another handsome face. Lee Jee Hoon appeared as himself, a celebrity on the red carpet while our Chun Ji Hoon was making an arrest.
Ending. It feels like there’s going to be season 2 but I’m also good with how it ended. After solving the case of his father and fiancee’s deaths, Chun Ji Hoon once again, is on the go, only asking for one dollar for his fee. He’s like a modern-day superhero for a lot of desperate clients who are put on the edge.
Dislikes: I was kind of hoping a romance with Baek Ma Ri, but nothing really came out of it. Nam Goong Min is also suited more with non-romantic kdrama, but yeah, you’ll never know.