Vincenzo will surely end in a nail-biting finish. It tells the story of Vincenzo Cassano (Song Joong-ki), also Park Joo-hyung, who was adopted by Don Fabio when he was just eight. He became an Italian lawyer, a mafia consigliere and Don Facio’s most trusted right-hand man. Just as Fabio died, his biological son and the new leader, who was bitter tried to kill Vincenzo. He then fled to South Korea. He helped one Chinese tycoon to stash away 1.5 tons of gold in Geumga Plaza in Seoul and since no one else knew about it, Vincenzo planned to get them out from the highly secured vault and use it as his retirement fund after leaving Italy and the mafia. However, Babel group has illegally taken control of the building so, Vincenzo had no choice but use his mafia skills–dealing with problems by threats of a person’s weakness or murder–and reclaim the building and the gold.
Vincenzo offers many tropes common to our ordinary kdramas. However, it is so refreshing that this kind of comedy (classified as dark) and legal thriller is gracing our tv screens. Thank you, Netflix.
- Vincenzo offers both classical and modern Italian arts and culture.
First, the name Vincenzo is an Italian male given name, derived from the Latin name Vincentius (the verb vincere means to win or to conquer). The name dates back to Antiquity and was borne by scores of early saints. He is now the patron saint of the Portugal capital, Lisbon, and also said to be the patron saint of wine-makers. There were a lot of notable artists and politicians who share the same name.
Second, the first episode offers an architectural history tour of some notable streets, palazzos and villas in Italy. It was flavored by Song Joong-ki’s Italian-speaking character dressed in some fine suits!
2. The lead couple is stunningly beautiful.
The first few minutes of the series presents Song Joong-ki as the ruthlessly handsome Vincenzo who just burned and murdered a competition. The dramatic backdrop of Italian Vineyard and his flawless skin feature the luxurious life of a cold-hearted mafia consigliere.
While Hong Cha-young dazzles us with luxury jewelries. According to Singapore Tatler, the rising star and female lead Jeon Yeo-bin flaunts Tiffany & co and Swarovski to amplify her pragmatic, determined and over-the-top character.
3. Vincenzo was not filmed in Italy, thank you to computer graphics.
South Korea broadcasting channel TvN recently shared on its YouTube channel the behind-the-scenes for the TV series “Vincenzo.” They said, with covid-19 pandemic, many people were asking how the production managed the filming of the drama and for how long? The answer is computer graphics.
“Computer graphics refers to “the entire process of creating computer-generated imagery, from creating digital three-dimensional models to the process of texturing, rendering, and lighting those models, to the digital display of those renderings on a screen”, according to Cornell University.
And for as long as I can remember, many Korean dramas have been impressing us with the CGIs but what makes Vincenzo different is that they had it insanely realistic that everybody around the world thought they were filmed in Italy.
You could watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gnBrjcj902w&t=13s
4. Song Joong-ki’s previous characters are present in Vincenzo.
In Episode 4, Mr. Nam, Jipuragi’s paralegal was trying to take care of the plants left after the death of Atty. Hong Yoo-chan. He was seen calling our their names—Pungho (Triple), Maru (Nice Guy); Shi Jin (Descendants of the Sun), Eun Som (Arthdal Chronicles), and Tae Ho (The Space Sweepers).
So, thank you to write Park Jae Bum.
5. Hong Cha-young is a whole new meme.
Google “Hong Cha-young is a whole new meme” and you will see why. Enjoy. Thank me later.
Vincenzo is perfect combination of humor, action and inspiration, which keeps the viewers waiting even late at night. The last episode of Vincenzo airs tonight on Netflix.
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Read also: Vincenzo’s Characters and Symbols