The Abandoned (2023)

Amari Allah

Review By

Ying-Ting Tseng

Directed by

Pin Chun Lin, Ying-Ting Tseng, and Yi-Chien Yang

December 31, 2023

Written By

Released (Netflix)


After the death of her fiancee, Deputy Captain Wu Chieh is distraught to the point of joining him until she discovers a dead body.


The case attached to the dead body, paired with working alongside new recruit Wei-shan, provides a much-needed distraction but also adds to DC Wu's trauma.

Noted  Characters and Cast

Deputy Captain Wu Chieh (Janine Chang), Wei-shan (Chloe Xiang) and Yu-sheng (Ethan Juan)

Review Summary

Thankfully, "The Abandoned" does not use a love interest or make Wei-shen DC Wu's scrappy partner hellbent on making her happy.

Review Summary

Instead, it focuses on the trauma from working a kidnapping/serial case and how each interaction triggers and could weigh heavily on DC Wu's mental state.

Review Summary

But while "The Abandoned" does well in how it develops DC Wu and its mystery, the supporting characters can feel bland and expendable.

Who Is this For?

Those who want a decent mystery that doesn't try to have a last-minute, insulting twist and those who enjoy watching mysteries worked by cops with personal struggles.