Kim Go Eun & Nam Ji Hyun’s ‘Little Women’ Comes With Strong Performances & A Pacy Narrative; Song Joong Ki Makes A Guest Appearance
The thing about money is that it could solve all your problems but, it could also create some very serious complications as the three ‘OH’ sisters realise in the recent K Drama ‘Little Women’.
The drama said to be inspired by Louisa May Alcott’s novel ‘Little Women’ published in 1868 about the determined March sisters and their mother as they endure years of poverty and navigate through life and its many challenges. Comparisons with the novel are inescapable but this K Drama comes with dark gritty twists and turns as the three ‘OH’ sisters find themselves entangled in a web of intrigue and deceit.
Episode one starts with Oh In Joo (Kim Go Eun) the eldest of the three recounting how whilst growing up she craved to celebrate her birthday with cake and friends. Her current reality is none the better she is divorced and an accountant who is ostracised by her colleagues for being poor. In Kyung (Nam Ji Hyun) is the middle sister an empathetic reporter with a drinking problem and In Hye (Park Ji Hu) the youngest is a quite and sensitive art student who hates being dependent on her older sisters. Abandoned by their parents these determined sisters have a strong sense of self worth but their continuous lack of funds finds them weighed down not only by debts but in situations they rather not be in.
The first two episodes are thrilling as they give us a sense of what is to come ahead for the three sisters. In Joo the ‘Thirteenth Floor’ outcast of her financial firm befriends the ‘Fourteenth Floor’ outcast Hwa Young( Choo Ja Hyun) who helps her financially but little does In Joo realise she may end up paying a higher price than she anticipated. Hwa Young’s sudden death, the arrival of a mysterious stranger Choi Do Il (Wi Ha Jun) investigating a slush fund turns her life upside down. As she discovers 70 million won in a locker and uncovers dark secrets In Joo finds herself in murky waters.
On the other hand In Kyung takes on a corrupt lawyer turned politician and starts re investigating a case that puts her in the line of fire. On the other hand the youngest In Hye has secrets of her own. Actor Kim Go Eun, last seen as Yumi in Yumi’s Cells, once again showcases her versatility and craft as an actor. She is effortless as the guileless In Joo who once married to a con man, now seeks a comfortable life with her sisters and hopes to remarry a rich man, as she announces “I love money and men”. One looks forward to how this brilliant actor will delve into her character’s arc as she manoeuvres around dirty money and protects her family.
‘Money Is Sacred ’ says actor Wi Ha Jun’s Choi Do Il to In Joo. He piques your interest as a man who is riddled with secrecy and can’t wait to see what cards he has up his sleeve The first two episodes are taut with a pacy narrative, high on performance and production. A cameo by actor Song Joong Ki in Episode Two was quite the highlight especially for fans like me.
If The March Sisters were to meet The Oh Sisters they would be quite impressed with their show of strength and resilience. Produced by Studio Dragon, ‘Little Women’ will run across 12 episodes and is currently streaming on Netflix.