Hometown | 홈타운 The Best Korean Drama 2021

Hometown | 홈타운 The Best Korean Drama 2021 Set in a small rural town in 1999 where a recording tape containing a mysterious serial murder and an unidentified bizarre sound is discovered.

Hometown | 홈타운 The Best Korean Drama 2021

In 1989, terrorist Jo Kyung Ho came back to South Korea after studying in Japan and released sarin gas at a train station in his hometown, killing passengers and subsequently being sentenced to life in prison after turning himself in. His daughter, Jo Jae Young, is sent to live with her aunt, Kyung Ho’s younger sister, Jo Jung Hyun.

Ten years later, a murder case takes place in the small town with Detective Choi Hyung being put in charge. Suspecting that the case is somehow related to the terrorists, Choi Hyung, who is consumed with the guilt of failing to prevent his wife’s death 10 years ago in the terrorist attack, begins investigating when Jung Hyun’s niece suddenly goes missing. Jung Hyun now must come face to face with tragedy once again and she teams up with Choi Hyung to discover the truth and find her niece.

  • Native Title: 홈타운
  • Also Known As: Homtaun
  • Director: Park Hyun Suk
  • Genres: Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Drama
  • Details

    • Drama: Hometown
    • Country: South Korea
    • Episodes: 12
    • Aired: Sep 22, 2021 – Oct 28, 2021
    • Aired On: Wednesday, Thursday
    • Original Network: tvN
    • Duration: 1 hr. 10 min.
    • Content Rating: 15+ – Teens 15 or older


    • Score: 8.0 (scored by 230 users)
    • Ranked: #8893
    • Popularity: #2425
    • Watchers: 2,982

    Review Hometown | 홈타운

    I was about to recommend the exact dramas the both you already mentioned lol. But, if you want to venture outside of the Korean context, I also enjoyed The Long Night and Burning Ice (which are Chinese shows). Both are slow-burn investigation/crime shows that have a similar dark atmosphere (albeit no supernatural elements or gore).

    Burning Ice is definitely more character driven (it relies on the multiple main characters and their motivations to keep tension rather than on a very complex plot) whereas it takes longer to piece together the story of The Long Night, but both have great acting and suspense.

    So no immediate similarities plotwise– besides the serial killer theme and somewhat dysfunctional detectives of course– but definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for good atmospheric shows (dang, lemme tell you again, Burning Ice is literally one the best shows I have ever watched when talking about atmosphere/location in particular).


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