Dog Days, written and drawn by Kim Bo tong, focused on the difficulties and sorrows of young men doing two years of compulsory military duty in South Korea. This new K-drama affects Netflix.
The series starts on his final day before the enlistment with Ahn Jun-ho (Jung Hae-in). We learn plenty about this man via our limited views of his everyday life, even before his service adventures start. The calm, restrained attitude of Jun-ho is an indication of a turbulent background, which comes out of the childhood trauma of his mother being watched suffered by his violent father.
Jun-ho has had a hard life and hasn’t been distressed by the tight discipline and atrocious physical training provided by the boot camp. The whole culture of bullying that he observes is what disturbs him. In particular, his cousin Cho Seok-bong (Jo Hyun-chul) is targeted by Hwang Jang-soo (Shin Seung-ho), a nasty senior soldier who continuously harasses, beats and humiliates this youngster with his power. Fortunately, Jun-ho has spared himself when he sees his unheard-of observing talents following a fortuitous meeting with his boss, Sergeant Park Beom-goo (Kim Sung-kyun). The new face Private is recruited to the Military Police D.P. Unit (Deserter Pursuit), apprehending the troops who have left AWOL.
Jun-ho is weary of this sort of labor, despite his keen eye for detail and fast analytical thinking. Therefore he is coupled with the bizarre and free-spirited companion Corporal Han Ho-yul (Koo Kyo-hwan), who shows him the clever searches for and tracks desert people. The instant chemistry of the pairs on screen is the most winding aspect of the concert and uses its opposing characteristics to provide an utterly delightful picture. D.P.’s two protagonists are particularly excellent if they are played out during their different tasks, providing the series with some natural lightness and humor within some grim themes.
While jun-ho enjoys the task of detective – a respite for wearing clothes regularly and spending days outside of the camp (often for weeks), as he learns more about the individuals he chases, he starts to feel ethically conflicting. Although some are, in fact, fainthearted, shirking tasks, there are others for nobler motives, like the young man who leaves his position to take care of his grieving grandmother in episode four. But Jun-ho usually finds these escapees young people who have been bullied past their point of departure. He sympathizes with the deserters because of his family life and what he has observed with his own eyes in camp.
As we examine the background of AWOL’s young soldiers, we see horrendous instances of bullying by classified seniors (who themselves were victims as juniors) on the weak pretext of punishment or respect. These literary representations of hazing are unfortunately far from overblown – search up news items in the South Koran Military, from severe beatings to sexual assaults to dehumanizing humiliation. Cho, as mentioned above, Seok-Bong orders to remain motionless as his pubic hair burns down with light.
D.P. is also doing an outstanding though disturbing job of showing what occurs when such situations are brought to light on rare occasions. In the best case, they are disregarded by unpleasant superiors who have normalized this type of behavior, complain about the younger generation’s softness, or, at worst, are more concerned about the controversy in their promotional activities. The creator of webtoons, Kim Bo-tong (who also writes the show) and Han Jun-hee Director, must be honored for how this series deals with compassion and understanding to such incredibly tough and terrible issues.
However, when it comes to our three critical leads, D.P. has specific poor characteristics. Although we receive fascinating insights into their background through small scenes and pieces of speech, it is not enough to fully them out. Indeed, in each episode, the different deserters are given more meat than the stars at the headline. The program is further compounded by the absurd escalation of its climax events, which suddenly turns the show into a stereo thriller of dramatic action, including kidnapping, renegade troops, anti-terrorist special forces, and the nasty injury to unpredictable degrees of character.
However, D.P.’s outstanding acting, great movies, and addictive pace make it a captivating six-hour binge, and its uniformly great dedication to bring light on the awful culture of military abuse. Netflix is currently streaming D.P.