Stranger (2017) [Bimileui Sup] or Secret Forest is a South Korean television series directed by Ahn Gil Ho. It stars Jo Seung-woo, Bae Doo-na, Yoo Jae Myung, Lee Leon Hyuk and Shin Hye Sun. It aired on tvN every Saturday and Sunday at 21:00 (KST) from June 10, 2017 through July 30, 2017. It aired simultaneously on Netflix.
Stranger (2017) was a hit with both domestic Korean viewers and with international viewers. I got favorable reviews for its tight plot, gripping sequences and strong performances. Stranger is one of the highest rated Korean dramas in cable television history and was featured on New York Times list of Best TV Shows of 2017. It won several awards including the Grand Prize for television at the Baek Sang Arts Awards.
tvN confirmed on September 3, 2019 that its critically acclaimed thriller Secret Forest, also known as Stranger, will be returning for a second season next year.
With the help of a gutsy female detective (Bae Doo-na), a prosecutor (Cho Seung-woo) who has lost the ability to feel empathy tackles a murder case amid political corruption.
Prosecutor Hwang Shi Mok (Cho Seung-woo) had brain surgery when he was a child which affects his ability to feel empathy. This has made him very rational, but to others he is simply cold and a loner. He is one of the only prosecutors not involved in corruption. One day he meets a gutsy, passionate and warm-hearted female police detective, Han YeoJin (Bae Doo-na), at a murder crime scene. Together they work to eradicate corruption at the prosecutor’s office and solve a serial murder case.
Stranger 2 (2020)
Stranger 2 (2020) [Bimileui Sup] or Secret Forest 2 is a South Korean television series directed by Park Hyun Suk. It stars Jo Seung-woo, Bae Doo-na, Lee Hoon Hyuk, Jeon Hye Jin and Choi Moo Sung. It aired on tvN from August 15, 2020 through October 4, 2020. Stranger 2 is due out on Netflix in July 2020.
In the second season of Stranger, the prosecutor’s office and the police find themselves on opposing sides when an ethical dispute arises. The prosecutors, including elite prosecutor Woo Tae-Ha (Choi Moo-Sung), want discretionary power over all investigative proceedings. However, at the same time the police, including Choi Bit (Jeon Hye-Ji), are trying to get complete investigative authority independent of the prosecutor’s office.
During this tense situation, Prosecutor Hwang Shi-Mok (Cho Seung-Woo) and Detective Han Yeo-Jin (Bae Doo-Na) team up to independently investigation the Prime Minister’s corruption case.