The Korean-Italian mafia drama Vincenzo is No. 2 on Netflix Philippines this week.
Protagonist Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-Ki) is a Mafia lawyer who falls in love with Hong Cha-Young (Jeon Yeo-Bin), a lawyer who will do anything to win a case. Vincenzo was adopted in Italy when he was a young boy and later returns to Korea.
Meet the talented cast, many of whom you might be familiar with given the breadth of their acting experiences.
Netflix drops new episodes of Vincenzo every Saturday and Sunday, available two hours after the Korean broadcast.
As an extremely popular Hallyu star, you might have seen a few of Song Joong-ki’s dramas and movies. One of his most famous and swoon-worthy roles is Captain Yoo Si-jin in Descendants of the Sun. In Vincenzo, Song Joong-ki’s character is decidedly different and closer to an anti-hero. As a consigliere to an Italian mafia, Vincenzo Cassano has questionable ethics and no qualms about using evil tactics to punish evil people.
Vincenzo is Jeon Yeo-been’s third drama, but she’s actually been in over 15 films. She rose to acclaim following her award-winning turn in the movie After My Death. She also acted with Ok Taec-yeon before in Save Me. However, drama fans might recognize her from rom-com Be Melodramatic. Her nuanced portrayal of a woman who has post-traumatic stress disorder following her boyfriend’s passing proved she can be an absolute gem in a drama too. In Vincenzo, Jeon Yeo-been is lawyer Hong Cha-young, who prides herself in her ability to win cases. She’s a very strong and confident character, and her quirks will win us over.
Ok Taec-yeon is more known for his masculine and caring characters who often fight against malicious characters or even ghosts like in Bring It On, Ghost. The boy band member turned actor is showcasing a cuter sidethrough his character Jang Joon-woo, an intern lawyer who works with Hong Cha-young and has a huge crush on her. He’s a bit clumsy and ditzy, so there should be some funny and adorable moments to enjoy. It’ll be interesting to see if a love triangle will ensue.
Having debuted in acting as a teenager, Kwak Dong-yeon usually portrays kind characters like friendly and compassionate teaching assistant Yeon U-yeong in My ID Is Gangnam Beauty. He also recently showed a comical and touching cameo in It's Okay to Not Be Okay. We’ll see a 180-degree turn with his character Jang Han-seo who is Babel Group’s CEO. The head of the conglomerate is infamous for being a bit crazy and obsessive with winning. He’ll do anything to get revenge and what he wants, even at the cost of someone’s life.
There’s plenty of formidable baddies facing Vincenzo and Hong Cha-young. Among them, Kim Yeo-jin portrays prosecutor turned lawyer Choi Myung-hee in Vincenzo. Choi Myung-hee ends up becoming a senior partner at the law firm Hong Cha-young works at. She’s not above breaking the law if it means she can achieve her goals. While she will be an aggravating foe in this drama, Kim Yeo-jin has acted as plenty of warm-hearted characters like the thoughtful police officer Lee Hae-gyeong in Extracurricular.
Rounding out the group of evil opponents is Han Seung-hyuk, who is the head of the law firm Hong Cha-young works at. Having strong ties with the prosecution and the media, Han Seung-hyuk is accustomed to winning cases for his wealthy clients. He utilizes underhanded methods to turn people who oppose him into dust. While his character might not be your favorite lawyer in Vincenzo, actor Cho Han-cheul has played a wide spectrum of roles and you might recognize his sympathetic poetry-loving character from Romance Is a Bonus Book.