A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Shows how a regular, hard-working guy gets caught up in the international drug trade. Themes range from family to corruption.
Positive Role Models
Kang In-gu is a businessman who works hard and takes a risk to try to get ahead in life. Gangsters and corrupt governments are out to exploit and make money off people like him.
The Korean series features a cast that's Korean and Chinese.
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Violence & Scariness
Arguments lead to things being thrown and people being mown down by gunfire. There's also lots of brutal physical violence: people get bruised and bloodied while being severely beaten, people have their limbs taken off by a chain saw. Guns and corpses are visible. The death of parents is also a theme.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some episodes feature nude women and people engaged in simulated sex acts.
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Some coarse language, and curses like "f--k" and "bulls--t" are uttered.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lots of cigarette smoking and drinking. Drug smuggling is a major theme. People are shown consuming methamphetamines without their knowledge.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Narco-Saints is a South Korean crime drama (available with subititles and/or dubbed in English) that contains lots of bloody violence, cursing, and drinking. Drug smuggling and organized crime are major themes, and drugs are sometimes consumed. There are also sexual situations and nudity. All this being said, it's a well-written story for fans of the genre old enough to handle it.
Is It Any Good?
The series tells an entertaining, albeit almost unbelievable, story about how a local entrepreneur from South Korea gets caught up the violent world of international drug smuggling. Told from Kang In-gu's rather matter-of-fact point of view, it reveals how he risks his life and uses his business savvy to negotiate with drug lords and gain their trust in an effort to bring them down. Narco-Saints is intense, but well written and it's easy to get absorbed in it. But with every intense twist and turn, you have to wonder how much of this extraordinary narrative is based on truth. Nonetheless, it's worth the watch, even if the tale feels a little tall.
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