A Love to Kill

이 죽일놈의 사랑 / I Jukilnomui Sarang / Ijuksa / A Love to Kill / This love I want to kill/ The Love of Death / Detestable Love / Knock Out by Love


  • Bi Rain as Kang Bok Gu
  • Shin Min Ah as Cha Eun Seok
  • Kim Sa Rang as Han Da Jung
  • Lee Ki Woo as Kim Joon Sung

Year: 2005

Episodes: 16 (60 minutes)

Ratings: 14.8 [Nationwide], 15.6% [Seoul]

Theme Songs:

  • Dream by K. Will
  • A Love to Kill by Lee So Young


In A Love to Kill, Rain plays a tough guy as the role of a K-1 Fighter, Kang Bok Gu. Bok Gu is a character who is dynamic in nature and grew up in a foster home. He falls in love with a woman whom he should not love. It was because of the woman, his emotionally-wounded brother fell off from the rooftop and became a human vegetable. So, his love is forbidden and inevitably tragic.

The woman is Cha Eun Seok who is a TV talent and movie actor. It was not that she jilted his brother on purpose, but upon a basis of misunderstanding, his hatred toward Cha Eun Seok grows more and more burning.

By becoming Cha Eun Seok’s private bodyguard, Bok Gu keeps concretely practicing his revenge upon her. He only desires ‘to bring his brother’s woman to her knees.’ He is gradually taking Cha Eun Seok to destruction, while he feels his love toward her growing deeper and deeper in his heart.

Bok Gu is a cold guy character without any special concern for woman. Martial art of hand-to-hand fighting was just kind of his escape he choose from the shock of a spinster’s death whom he loved from a distance.

Essbee’s Opinion


I feel like if I had seen this drama when it was released, in 2007, I would have loved it. However, I think that the genre of dramas has evolved, and I’m not found of this kind of drama. Enough with revenge and stuffs. I also found that I did not really like any of the main actors/characters. I have never adored Rain like some do, Shin Min Ah was not as cute as her Gumiho character, Kim Sa Rang with her accent was quite annoying and Lee Ki Woo was just not-likable.

I decided to watch this drama since so many people praised it. When I started, I was very disappointed. It took me a long time to enjoy the storyline. Then, as soon as I started liking it, the little ‘magic’ disappeared and the plot became very plain. The same thing, over and over and over again. I found the characters to be more and more fake. Basically, I found it hard to continue watching.

For every episode I was watching, I found it more and more deceiving. Rain and Shin Min Ah were both so expressionless (you know how we say Kristen Steward? The same applies to our main characters in this drama) Also, I was not hooked with the music.

I was thinking that maybe the time has changed. The preferences of the public had changed over time… This drama is already 5 years old, so this might be the reason why I did not enjoy it so much. However, I still see people loving it, maybe it was really not for me…


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