Monday, June 3, 2024

Little Women a Korean version

A confession:  I am not familiar with the original "Little Women" but have been assured there are a few borrowed elements, however there are some critical unique differences.  

The action switches from Seoul to Singapore with some flashbacks to the war in Vietnam.  A key element is Vietnam and the South Korean participation in it.  The series is banned in Vietnam.

Greed plays a prominent role with the rich or want to be rich people pursuing a staggering amount of money, but also the poor who are sorely tempted when they get involved.   In their pursuit of riches some characters exhibit cruelty.  Another element missing from the original is action.

It is a very engaging series and here are some of the key people.  

Kim Hee-won has 8 directing credits, 2 for assistant directing and one for producing including "Crash Landing on You" ((2019-1020) "Vincenzo" (2021) and "Queen of Tears" (2024).  Check

Chung Seo-kyung wrote the script.  She has been associated with fthe amous director Park Chan-Wook, often co-writing scripts, but she also writes scripts on her own.  She has 10 writing credits  including "Thirst" (2009), "The Handmaiden" (2016) and "Decision to Leave" 2022).  Check

 Kim Go-eun played Oh in-joo, the oldest sister.  While growing up her family lived in Beijing, China where she learned to speak Mandarin. She has 17 acting credits.

Nam Ji-hyun played Oh in-kyung, the journalist sister.  She has a degree in psychology.  She has 26 acting credits including "Tunnel" (2016)

Park Ji-ho played Oh in-hye, the youngest sister and artistic which plays a role.  She had 13 acting credits.

Wi Ha-joan played Choi Do-il a possible romantic interest, but definitely a wheeler dealer in money laundering.  He grew up on an abalone farm.  He has 22 acting credits and 1 for camera and electrical department including "Squid Game" (2021).  Check

Um Ki-joon played Park Jae-sang, a politician with murderous tendencies  He was once noted for musical theatre.  He has 21 acting credits.

Um Ji-won played Won Sang-a,  the politican's wife and the daughter of prominent General.  She almost the personification of evil.  She has 33 acting credits including "The Good, the Bad, the Weird" (2008) and  "Hope" (2013).  Check:

Gong Min-jung played ChoiMe-ri played a meddling reporter.  She has 25 acting credits including "Hometown Cha-Cha Cha" (2021).  Check

Jang Gwang, a noted charater actor played Jang Sa-pyeong, a former military leader.  He has 60 acting credits including ""Silenced" (2011), "Masquerade" (2012), "Along with the Gods:  The Two Worlds" (2017) and "Trolley" (2021-2022).  See

 This series features great acting, beautiful scenery and a complex plot.  Available dubbed or subtitled on Netflix.

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