K-Drama Review: Jealousy Incarnate

K-Drama Review: Jealousy Incarnate. This movie can make you feel excited with the cast!

질투의 화신
SBS (2016) 24 Episodes
Masterpiece, Grade: A+
Romantic Comedy / Melodrama / Health

Jealousy Incarnate (2016), a rare pre-produced in its entirety Korean drama, earned an A+ grade from me thanks to how engrossed I used to be in its story for 3 months straight. It had personal meaning on behalf of me for 2 reasons: one in every one of the male characters is diagnosed with carcinoma and that I struggled against that disease myself a decade ago, and since one among the primary online friends I ever made was a sort older man named Ed who died from carcinoma. When shows move with you for private reasons you perhaps understand where they’re coming from way more than people that have not older a cancer fight themselves.

Also, I will be able to watch any Korean drama or movie that superb actress Gong Hyo Jin signs onto, for she features a keen eye for scripts that go far deeper than telling just another typical love triangle story; the screenplays she picks nearly always have some quite socially important theme to market. as an example, with “It’s Okay, That’s Love” it irresistible was a mental state and its effects on people’s lives, in “Pasta” it absolutely was shining a lightweight on unfair labor practices against women employees (the writer of Pasta, Seo Suk Hyang, also wrote Jealousy Incarnate), in “Snowman” it absolutely was observing the unfairness of an archaic Korean law prohibiting former in-laws from marrying after their spouses die, within “The Greatest Question” it absolutely was promoting the thought that individuals with chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease should be loved too, in “Sang-Doo, Let’s Go To School” it absolutely was promoting the concept that ex-cons can return to highschool, educate themselves, and find decent jobs, rather than being sucked back to lives of crime once released from jail. For “Jealousy Incarnate” it absolutely was to teach the Korean public that not just women get carcinoma, that it’s becoming more common in men all the time. This drama was so sophisticated and impressive to me that I had to appear up the director’s name, and it seems it absolutely was no surprise why I loved it, for it absolutely was Park Shin Woo, who directed several dramas I loved, including “Angel Eyes”, “Hyde, Jekyll and I”, and “Queen Of Ambition”. This guy is brilliant.

Another interesting aspect of Gong Hyo Jin’s acting is that she often steps back in scenes and lets her leading men shine, rather than just herself. That’s why every male actor in Korea wants to figure along with her. for example, superstar Kim Soo Hyun (“My Love From Another Star”) passed on an extended drama which might have given him more prestige, for the prospect to act opposite her during a mini-drama of twelve episodes called “Producer”, and so he ended up getting the Baeksang Award (highest acting achievement) for his performance. She stepped back once more and let him shine, in scene after scene. Such generosity quickly becomes known within the business. Now the identical thing happened with this 2016 drama, “Jealousy Incarnate”; her co-star Jo Jung Suk was allowed to offer an excellent performance that even stole the limelight aloof from Gong Hyo Jin and her character in many scenes. She little doubt understands that if your co-stars are allowed to shine then that improves the drama’s exceptionalism for everybody involved. With a servant attitude like hers, it’s no wonder she is in one outstanding drama after another.

The Story of Jealousy Incarnate

Pyo Na Ri (Gong Hyo Jin) has been her Seoul broadcast station’s weather girl for several years, but she has ambitions to become a nightly news anchor. She comes from a modest background, visited a 3rd rate college rather than a top of the road school, so she has had to figure doubly hard to impress the people she works with on a daily, the news producers, writers, crew, cameramen, and news anchors. She also should put up with lots of indignities, like news producers who shout into her earphone to bend over and stick her fanny out while giving the weather to the state. Sexist!

She has had a not-so-secret crush for 3 years on proud loner Lee Hwa Shin (Jo Jung Suk from “King 2 Hearts” and “Oh My Ghostess”) the station’s main anchor, but he has never given her the time of day. Lately, he has been working in Thailand on a project and Pyo Na Ri is shipped there with a tiny low crew on a temp job, where she meets Hwa Shin again and must fill certain the missing makeup and hair girl. While she’s performing on his appearance for the planned camera shoot, and he modifies his shirt, she inadvertently cuts him together with her nails and in trying to use a bandage she feels some swelling in his chest and keeps insisting that she feel it again. He, of course, simply thinks she’s coming near to him since he’s clearly tuned in to her old crush on him, but nothing may be farther from the reality. Her own mother had died from carcinoma and he or she recognizes that a part of his chest feels abnormal. He shakes her off initially but since she keeps harping on the topic he slowly begins to doubt himself and wonder if she may be right.

Now in Thailand Hwa Shin also meets up together with his male friend from childhood named Go Jung Won (Go Kyung Pyo from “Tomorrow’s Cantabile” and “Operation Proposal”), a young chaebol who runs several businesses, including a designer clothing line. He had coincidentally sat next to Pyo Na Ri on the flight to Thailand and while he napped she kept watching him, thinking him handsome. He’s the primary man she’s shown an interest in since her crush on Hwa Shin then we eventually have our inevitable love triangle coming into focus more and more as time passes and also the three of them cross paths frequently, in Thailand, and eventually once they all return to Seoul, Korea.

As sparks develop between Jung Won and Pyo Na Ri, Hwa Shin inexplicably finds himself jealous, and wonders why, since he’s never shown Pyo Na Ri the slightest little bit of interest and now and then had even been cruel to her. Worried about her words regarding carcinoma he finally decides to determine a female doctor named Geum Suk Ho (Bae Hye Sun) and, in shock, discovers he has Stage One carcinoma. he’s told that he’s lucky he found it early enough so that a cure is probably going, and he begins to feel grateful to Pyo Na Ri for the primary time in his life.

Pyo Na Ri is that the only person at the published station he can trust with the knowledge (he’s afraid he may well be fired if the highest brass determines about his condition) and she or he is tremendously supportive, visiting all his medical appointments with him and pretending she is that the patient so that others within the diagnostic halls of the hospital don’t recognize him because of the real patient. (Just as an aside I found it amazing that actor Jo Jung Suk actually agreed to a true mammogram for the series, so within the scene where he’s being x-rayed and shows visible pain … it’s real!).

As well because the people at work, Hwa Shin keeps the carcinoma news from ally Jung Won, also his mother (Park Jung Soo) and his niece Palgang “Red” (Moon Ga Young from “EXO Next Door”, “Mimi” and “True Beauty”). When it is time for Hwa Shin to urge surgery and he’s admitted to the hospital, Pyo Na Ri also must attend the hospital for surgery since she encompasses a small nonmalignant tumor she has to have far away from her breast. Bonding over this experience of sharing the identical room and having surgeries at the identical time, Pyo Na Ri and Hwa Shin become closer, although she has started tentatively dating his ally Jung Won, who has become smitten along with her too. The “jealousy incarnate” monster invades every aspect of Hwa Shin’s life now, and whereas for 3 years he had avoided Pyo Na Ri just like the plague, now he finds himself deeply dotty together with her in earnest. Later he even dares to ask her so far him but she thinks he’s joking because he’s drunk.

Pyo Na Ri contains a weather job to try and do by the seaside and goes solo without her two pursuing “knights”. While there she decides to dig for octopus for her 19-year-old student brother named Chi Yeol (Kim Jung Hyun from my favorite short drama Bing Goo) who lives along with her after their mother’s death. She thinks he’d love a good octopus meal when she gets home.

In a tremendous scene, both Hwa Shin and Jung Won attain the beach at the identical time in pursuit of her, and while she is listening only to her digging both Hwa Shin and Jung Won engage in an epic mud battle right behind her! I find this incredible scene evidence of how well the Korean industry perfectly combines humorous scenes with moments of pathos. One can almost feel poor Hwa Shin’s desperation to stay Pyo Na Ri from knowing the depth of his new admiration for her.

Hwa Shin returns home to get over the painful knowledge that Na Ri and Jung Won seem to be enamored of every other, but in an inexplicable turn of events, Na Ri discovers the reality of Hwa Shin’s feelings for her, in a very most unusual way. Their relationship becomes explosive and through a medical appointment, they both kiss passionately. what is going to happen now? Eventually, Jung Won learns the reality and he becomes combative against his old flame. Pyo Na Ri comes up with the strange concept all three of them should live together in Jung Won’s fancy house until she will work out who she truly loves.

Next, it’s Pyo Na Ri’s chance to become jealousy incarnate when Hwa Shin’s female co-anchor at the station Hong Hye Won (Seo Ji Hye from 49 Days) comes on to him and kisses him, witnessed by Na Ri. She finally admits to herself that it’s Hwa Shin she has loved right along. Sometimes jealousy is beneficial after all!

Things become intense at the station too as rumors start to circulate that Pyo Na Ri might need carcinoma, which could cost her her job. Hwa Shin doesn’t like this one bit and blames himself. what’s going to be able to do to quell the rumors? He had already been instrumental in getting her a news anchor job and off from the weather job, that she is extremely grateful.

Pyo Na Ri tells him to let it go, that the people at work can simply last believing that she is that the one with carcinoma, but his pride won’t accept that she might lose her job covering for him. Hwa Shin decides to try to do something quite dramatic to quell the rumors and to admit the truth: that he’s the important patient who has had carcinoma. Hwa Shin has actually become a more noble, loving person since he fell enamored with Na Ri. this is often what K-dramas do best within the world: showcasing remarkable character growth and making unsympathetic characters ones you truly grow to worry about during the course of the drama.

Just when it’s like Pyo Na Ri and Hwa Shin can finally be together another twist of fate shakes him to his core. His doctor tells him he has become infertile because of his carcinoma treatments. How can he saddle Pyo Na Ri, who says she wants to be a mother someday, with a person who has had a part of his chest removed and who now cannot father children? He tries to interrupt up together with her, but she has none of it. Can they ever get their feelings squared away so they will face their futures bravely, and together?

Although this drama had some secondary characters and storylines, they were never in peril of distracting the audience removed from the most couple’s growing romance. Parts of the older characters’ lives were funny, like a chef named Kim Rak (Lee Sung Jae from The King’s Face, Gu Family Book, The Suspicious Housekeeper) who called himself asexual to 2 women news producers/anchors at the published station who fancy him, Kye Sung Sook (Lee Mi Sook) and Ja Young Bang (Park Ji Young), and therefore the two women’s competition to urge to measure with teenager Palgang whom both had mothered earlier in their lives while being married to the identical man at different times, Hwa Shin’s older brother who had passed on to the great beyond. Sung Sook is her biological mother and Ja Young is her step-mother. Palgang is annoyed at both of them so she drags out her decision which busy “mom” she should abide by.

Before I started this drama I believed I might immediately bond the foremost with the second male lead Go Kyung Pyo because I had liked him in other dramas, but once I learned the primary male lead’s character had carcinoma I bonded with him instead and that I was in his corner to win the girl the whole time. My favorite prior role of Jo Jung Suk had been in King 2 Hearts since I loved his faithful, chivalrous bodyguard character therein drama, but during this drama he surpassed himself. He did an excellent job portraying a person combating an issue that will embarrass and mortify most men who were afflicted with it. And after all Gong Hyo Jin was utterly fantastic in her role as Pyo Na Ri, no surprise there. I also loved the OST plenty, I feel it is the competition soundtrack for a 2016 K-drama after the soundtrack for “Descendants Of The Sun”. I bought a political candidate 2 CD set for it, while it had been pricey, coming from Korea.

Don’t miss Jealousy Incarnate, it’s really exceptional.

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