Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) Movie Review

The journey of ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ is finally over. At least for this first season. In its first season, this Korean drama managed to tell a story full of meaning. The audience is invited to understand the lives of people who have autism spectrum disorder. That person is Lawyer Woo Young Woo.

Airing for 16 episodes, this one drama is a representation of autistic friends in real life. We come to know how the environment around them treats them. What are the challenges that must be faced on a daily basis.

Every episode, Extraordinary Attorney Woo always tries to convey a meaningful message. This beautiful story is also helped by Park Eun Bin’s performance as Woo Young Woo who deserves a barrage of praise.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) Synopsis

‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ tells the story of Woo Young Woo (Park Eun Bin), a genius lawyer who started his career at the famous Hanbada Law Firm.

Different from most dramas about the legal world that amaze the audience through competitive or even extreme legal practices, ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ offers a different storyline.

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Young-woo is a lawyer with autism spectrum syndrome who has to deal with prejudice at work.

However, his love of law since childhood and his special abilities have allowed him to solve various cases, capture the details of problems, and find regulatory loopholes that have escaped the attention of others.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) Movie Review

Representation of people with autism spectrum syndrome

‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ is an effort by the creators behind it to provide a means for autistic friends to get the representation they deserve. Apparently, they can also, you know, do activities like people who don’t have autism. Even though they do require special adjustments, they can still carry out activities like ordinary people.

In this drama, the audience can also be more sensitive to those who have autism spectrum syndrome. One of them is how to act in front of them like thinking twice whether what we do can trigger something he doesn’t like.

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‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ realized that there are various types of autism spectrum syndromes. Not everyone who has it can be beaten evenly. So, this drama tries to explain it as easily as possible through various cases in each episode.

This drama not only shows Lawyer Woo as an autistic person. In several episodes, those with autism spectrum syndrome were also present to add color to this drama.

Park Eun Bin’s top appearance

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During the 16 episodes running, Park Eun Bin was able to show a neat appearance as Woo Young Woo. The variety of actions can invite laughter, emotion, and also many touching moments. Whenever he is paired with other actors, especially Lee Jee Jun Ho (Kang Tae Oh), Park Eun Bin always manages to show the figure of Young Woo who is smart, bright, and sometimes adorable.

Along with Park Eun Bin, there are other top cast members. One character that also draws attention is Young Woo’s new lawyer partner, Kwon Min Woo (Joo Jong Hyuk). His journey from being insensitive to Young Woo’s condition, to being a different person, is something that adds to the impression that watching ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ is even more enjoyable.

The attractiveness of each case

Of the many interesting things in this drama, one of them comes from the cases handled in each episode. ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ does not necessarily give a conclusion from every case that just ends. There are always things related to Young Woo’s life that will become a lesson for him.

In addition, the cases encountered are also diverse. Starting from cases of defectors from North Korea who surrendered to the police because they were involved in cases of theft, cases of mass layoffs dominated by female workers, to various criminal cases. Interestingly, of the various cases, one did not end in Young Woo’s victory. Not to be something sad, but to be something more reflective.

Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) Conclusion

‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ presents a touching spectacle. Each episode always leaves a lasting impression. Viewers are often invited to learn little by little how to adjust when making friends with people who have autism spectrum syndrome.

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Not only are the messages meaningful, the stories are no less exciting. Accompanied by an impressive cast, ‘Extraordinary Attorney Woo’ should be on your watch list. Don’t forget this drama has been renewed for a second season which will be released in 2024.


Zephyrine is an experienced film critic who has worked for many magazines and websites specializing in cinema. She has a deep education in film history and theory, as well as a passion for classic and independent films. Writing style: Zephyrine always evaluates films objectively and honestly, not influenced by external factors such as the fame of actors or directors. She often focuses on the content, screenplay, technique, and personal feelings to provide insights and reviews of the film. Her writing style is easy to understand and familiar to readers, but also professional and profound. Notable articles: "Step Up" - Success comes from the perseverance and relentless effort of young people "The Social Network" - A fantastic documentary film about the birth of Facebook "Moonlight" - A touching story about love and the essence of humanity "Nomadland" - A poignant journey of a mature woman "Parasite" - A sensational film of Korean cinema with profound social messages.

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