Athena: Goddess of War (아테나: 전쟁의 여신)
From forming girl groups like SNSD, producing funny shows such as Running Man and investing 17 million USD into filming TV series like “Athena: Goddess of War”, praise the Koreans for bringing us never-ending entertainment. The new show which had started airing recently on SBS in December is a spin-off from the Korean blockbuster TV series “IRIS”, and had recieved high ratings throughout seoul and internationally. Produced by the same director from “IRIS”, the new series was filmed at a number of geographical locations, for eg. Italy, New Zealand, Japan and the United States. Athena’s timeline is set a few years after IRIS, with some characters retaining their roles, but the main leads of IRIS are not expected to appear again. Please take a look at the trailer MV below, the song is sang by our dorky kid, Kim Taeyeon from SNSD.
‘I Love You’ ATHENA OST – TAEYEON (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CexEln3nQ0U&feature=related)
‘ATHENA’ ATHENA OST – TVXQ! – Music Video(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3uCgtrZLEk)
The Plot (Quote From Wikipedia)
Sometime in the near future, the Korean peninsula attempts to reunify. The South Korean government, which needs enormous funds for the unification to succeed, develops a landmark new technology called the TWR. The TWR is a high speed nuclear reactor and other countries want the technology.
To prevent terror in the aftermath of the TWR breakthrough, the government establishes a new organization named NTS (National Anti-Terror Service). Jung-Woo (Jung Woo-Sung) is transferred to the NTS group from the NIS. He’s excited about the transfer and hopes to live the life of a real agent, but then discovers his main responsibility is to watch North Korean defectors.
One day, Jung-Woo is given the order to travel to Italy to track terrorists from North Korea. Jung-Woo goes to Italy with Ki-Soo (Kim Min-Jong). Ki-Soo is a former North Korean agent who has defected to South Korea. Ki-Soo’s specialty is information on the European region. Up until now, Ki-Soo was one of the North Korean defectors that Jung-Woo had to monitor.
While in Italy, Soo-Young (Lee Bo-Young), the daughter of the South Korean President Jo Myeong-Ho (Lee Jeong-Kil), is kidnapped by terrorists. To solve the case the Korean government sends additional NTS agents including Jae-Hee (Lee Ji-A) to Italy. The NTS agents are able to negotiate with the terrorists, but during their negotiations Hye-In (Su-Ae) suddenly appears. Jung-Woo and the other agents are surprised. Hye-In works as a guide at the exhibition hall in the NIS building. Jung-Woo has always held strong feelings towards Hye-In, but he has never expressed his feelings towards her. Following Hye-In, Son-Hyuk (Cha Seung-Won), the chief of the East Asia branch of Department of Homeland Security in the U.S., suddenly appears as well. The NTS agents are mystified by their appearance.
Jung-Woo learns that there is a secret “solutions” group within the NTS whose sole responsibility is to solve problems that others agencies can not. More surprisingly, Hye-In is part of that group.
Other mysterious cases start to occur and Jung-Woo’s intuition leads him to believe that there is unfathomable conspiracy occurring to rearrange the power structure of the entire world. That conspiracy is led by Athena.
What is the real identity of Athena and what does Hye-In and Son-Hyuk hide in their NTS group?
A special agent with South Korean intelligence under the NTS (National Anti-Terror Service), Lee Jung-woo was described to be as intelligent and adaptable as the protagonist of his predecessor’s series, but with the suave of James Bond. Lee Jung-woo was once an agent with the National Intelligence Service prior to being transferred to the NTS.
—————————————————————————————————–Cha Seung-won as Son Hyeok
The lead operative of an international terrorist organization known as Athena, Son Hyeok once worked for the CIA and is now the head of the East Asian branch of the DIS—the fictional equivalent of the United States Department of Homeland Security. By utilizing his position in the intelligence community, he is able to ensure that many of Athena’s operations go unhindered as potential threats are preempted and neutralized.
At the onset, Yoon Hye-in is seen working closely with Son Hyeok in a number of Athena’s operations while doubling as a low-level employee at the NIS. By night, she continues her duties as a member of Athena.
Han Jae-hui once worked with the European branch of the NTS as well as being involved in a relationship with Jung-woo. After departing from service abroad, she continued working intelligence in both the NIS and NTS.
The son of a prominent North Korean political figure, Kim Gi-soo learned numerous languages and studied abroad for a number of years. He subsequently served under North Korea’s elite black ops agency, Section 35, but later fled his home country and into the hands of South Korean officials. He grows close with Lee Jung-woo, befriending him and becoming one of his closest allies and partners. Despite his past, Kim Gi-soo is free-spirited and lacks the combat proficiency of his colleagues.
A data analyst agent working for the NTS, Kim Jun-ho looks up to Lee Jung-woo as a role model and, although he begins as a green agent, aspires to become an elite spy.
Park Hyo Shin – I Love You (Athena OST)
[TRAILER] Athena – Goddess of War [IRIS 2- Kdrama]
Will be posting up links to watch the show soon. Get ready for some action with your hot cocoa and your armchair now!
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