K-Drama Review: My Mister. That drama will show you the action of IU, a talented artist, she will take you to all levels of emotions
About “My Mister”
My Mister (My Ahjussi)
tvN (2018) 16 Episodes
Masterpiece, Grade: A+
Korean Drama Review by Jill, USA
Easily the highest drawer, unique and special Korean drama of 2018, “My Mister” (My Ahjussi), surprised me with the profound depths of its writing, displaying a rare sense of community among both the principal and extended supporting characters that made me miss all of them terribly when the drama concluded. Months after it concluded I used to be still searching for ANY K-drama which could compete with its mastery and brilliance, and found NONE. discuss your die periods in K-drama watching! after this one was over I abandoned K-drama after K-drama within the first episodes because nothing compared to it! Probably six months slid by once I couldn’t get into one amongst them. All I did was miss My Mister! You can see full of this drama here!
When the drama first started I heard the voices of teens watching this drama online complaining, “He’s too old for her! Ew!!!!!” and that I just rolled my eyes in exasperation at these immature responses. (They were significantly just like the immature responses at the start of “Goblin“ once they saw the age disparity between Gong Yoo and Kim Go Eun — thankfully in this drama the immature responses thanks to age disparity didn’t last long, it had been so obvious those two characters were meant for every other).
Why is love a matter of age? we’ve got many Korean dramas that do not hesitate to point out physical relationships in “Noona Romances” (Older Women, Younger Men stories), so why then does it suddenly matter when the male lead character could be a decade or older than the feminine character? In the real world there are numerous December-May romances, so why not in television dramas?
Park Dong Hoon (Lee Sun Kyun from Pasta) may be a well-paid building engineer around forty years old, married to pretty lawyer Yoon Hee (Lee Ji Ah from Beethoven Virus). they need one young son whom they sent to America to high school to find out English, and he’s younger than ten years old (I didn’t understand that for beans!). Usually, when a pair is married and crazy and has a baby they require to lift it themselves, not send it halfway around the world to school! This, along with the actual fact that there’s never any physical relationship depicted between husband and wife, not even one hug, makes one doubt that any love really exists between this marriage.
We soon see why. Dong Hoon’s wife is secretly having an affair with a senior executive at the development company where Dong Hoon works, an executive who has always been jealous of Dong Hoon’s professional capabilities and skills. Yoon Hee tells her lover that she wants to divorce Dong Hoon and marry the manager, who is known as Do Joon Young (Kim Young Min, also from Beethoven Virus), but it’s obvious to the astute audience members that this adulterous bum has no interest in ever marrying her. He’s just using her to induce back at Dong Hoon for earning more respect at work than he has attained.
Dong Hoon could be a member of an in-depth knit family who all sleep in the identical city neighborhood, including two brothers and his aging mother Byeon Yo Soon (Ko Doo Shim from Dear My Friends and therefore the Snow Queen) who still live together. The oldest brother, Sang Hoon (Park Ho San) is chronically unemployed and separated from his long-suffering wife Ae Ryun (Jung Young Joo). Gi Hoon (Song Sae Byeok) is that the youngest brother who also has trouble finding work after he blew an opportunity to become a movie director.
These two brothers plan to start a cleaning company to create money and initially, they’re embarrassed by their work, on the other hand, they start to succeed at it and feel lighter admitting what they are doing for a living. If you’ve got to scrub for a living a minimum of lie with well! Gi Hoon has had unresolved feelings for a girl who accustomed be an actress he directed years ago, named Yoo Ra (Nara), and that they converge again when she remains struggling as an actress and it’s obvious an attraction continues to be there between them. He rebuffs her initially but you only know that will not last long — she’s far too pretty!
Dong Hoon hires a temp in his office named Lee Ji An (IU from Dream High and Producer) who lives in financial and emotional distress daily, owing loan sharks lots of cash. She supports her disabled deaf and mute grandmother Bon Ae (Son Sook) who is unable to maneuver by herself so Ji An often has got to steal a grocery cart temporarily from a store to wheel her around in it when she wants to travel outside.
Ji An is continuously harassed by a shylock named Gwang Il (Chang Ki Yong) who obviously also has the hots for her. He regularly shows up at her apartment door and beats her up because she won’t surrender to him sexually.
One day, she sees Dong Hoon receive 50 million won ($50,000) of gift certificates by secret courier. She goes back to the office late in the dead of night and takes the gift certificates from Dong Hoon’s desk. She tries to pay off her debts with the gift certificates, but her plan backfires on her and gets her in additional trouble down the road, at work, and with Dong Hoon.
Ji An is privately hired by Joon Young at the corporate to spy on Dong Hoon; she surreptitiously installs a bug on his phone and may listen in to everything he does, at work and reception. Joon Young pays her plenty of cash to try to do this work, which she hands over to the moneylender, but the loaner still seems obsessive about her anyway; apparently that they had known one another in childhood and when his father tried to attack Ji An’s grandmother Ji An had killed his father. He has never forgiven her, although the court ruled that what she did was necessary to avoid wasting her grandmother’s life.
An unintended consequence of listening in on Dong Hoon’s activities day and night is that Ji An starts to fall smitten with him, against her better judgment, knowing he’s married and not really a “My Mister” finally. She hasn’t run into too many good men in her life. However she still is desirous to free herself from the debts and find the loaner off her back, so she goes to Joon Young and offers to create Dong Hoon leave the corporate by creating a scandal around him if he pays her enough to pay off her debts. The evil Joon Young agrees. Will Dong Hoon ever work out Ji An’s real end game? If so will he be able to forgive her and appearance beyond her bad deeds to encourage her to measure a much better, more wholesome life?
Despite everything happening Dong Hoon still cares about Ji An and even assists her in getting her grandmother in an exceedingly senior living situation that’s government-run so she doesn’t should worry about her ailing grandmother’s physical needs anymore. Granny isn’t quite sure what’s occurring with Ji An and Dong Hoon but to her, he’s an angel. Ji An falls even more deeply crazy with him, yet still seems to be polishing off her attempt to destroy him at work! discuss a troubled girl. All now I kept hoping she would find yourself acting sort of an undercover agent and destroy the wicked Joon Young instead.
In addition to the trials and tribulations of most characters, this drama really benefits in its casting of the side characters. All are fascinating to observe in their title. my very own particular favorite to look at was the feminine neighborhood bar owner Jung Hee (Oh Na Ra) whom I also believed to be the foremost stunning looking cast member within the entire drama. All the neighborhood friends including Dong Hoon and his brothers and their soccer team friends meet within the bar in the hours of darkness and Jung Hee likes to serve all of the beer and food. She’s sort of a sister to any or all of them … but at the hours of darkness, she cries herself to live out of loneliness. That broke my heart.
She had her own sad love life: the person she was married to years earlier had left their marriage to become a Buddhist monk! Ooh, I used to be not too keen on that guy for breaking her heart! Why would God approve of a person cruelly leaving his wife to travel sleep in a temple for the remainder of his life? there is no excuse for unkindness. That’s NOT “godly” the least bit. (It didn’t help matters that that very same actor Park Hae Joon played the murderous mortal in Doctor Stranger! LOL!). There wasn’t one moment during the whole drama that I warmed to him; even after they tried to point out one near the trip I wasn’t buying it.
As we near the top of the story there are many surprises future for the audience. those that hope for Dong Hoon to finally awaken and realize how dead his marriage is, how it has been empty for years, how he really loves Ji An rather than his wife, are visiting be disappointed. In such a big amount of ways the lead male character Dong Hoon is admirable, but in many other ways, he seems totally clueless about life and love and his own feelings. Often I just wanted to shake him out of his daze, in order that he would start making good choices about his life, work, marriage, and feelings for Ji An. There was even a scene near the tip where he just breaks down reception on their lonesome and doesn’t even seem to grasp why he’s crying in the first place. you must have seen my face at that moment. rather than pitying him, I got angry. “You clueless dolt!” I raged. LOL! I should are more compassionate, perhaps, sometimes it can take years before full acceptance comes that a wedding is over permanently.
We did find ourselves with a very wholesome ending here — with the promise of future happiness for all the characters — so I ended up reasoning that that might be even as realistic as a purely happy romantic ending, or an unhappy ending. I believe the author was letting each audience member decide for themselves whether the lead characters would find themselves together, or not, or maybe just become wonderful friends always. Nothing wrong with that!
There are many fun characters to grow near here, and good themes of friendship, family, reformation, and affection are explored. Check it out and see what you’re thinking that. I feel My Mister, and Mother, are the 2 top Korean dramas for 2018, and neither should be missed by the devoted K-drama fan. They’re essentials.
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