The trailer for Little Women opened with a warm and sweet scene of three sisters celebrating a birthday when a sudden, alarming turn of the story happened involving mega-scale schemes for finding 70 billion won’s worth of a slush fund. Six episodes in and this mystery drama is definitely packed with hard-hitting twists. It’s a far cry from what I originally expected and nothing that we would typically associate with it. Here are some takeaways from the recent Little Women press conference that might just convince you to watch it too.
Why You Should Watch the Korean Drama “Little Women”
The director of Vincenzo brings us a solid storyline.
Director Kim Hee-won of Vincenzo is back with her mind playing mystery narrative. This time, she joins her genius talents with writer Chung Seo-kyung, celebrated for her works in the masterpiece The Handmaiden and the recent talk of the town, Decision to Leave. As always, her stories have evident and sympathizable motives: the three sisters are very close, but the issue of money (or the lack of it) seeps into their lives.
At the press conference, Director Kim said, “Writer Chung Seo-kyung reimagined the novel Little Women, starting with the question “What if the sisters came to Korea?” She added, “The tightly-knit narrative is brought to life by the production designer Ryu Seong-hee and the powerful cast performances. It was a great experience to work with this dream team.” Watch as the three sisters get in action with one of the most compelling storylines created by the two extraordinary storytellers.
The actresses are brilliant.
Kim Go-eun plays Oh Injoo, the eldest sister. She is the most exhausted from poverty and feels responsible for saving her little family from dust and dirt-she ends up signing herself to a dangerous mission, all for the money and her sisters. Go-eun, who has already proved her multifaceted acting skills with varying roles in Guardian: The Lonely and Great God and The King: Eternal Monarch, will embark on widening her acting spectrum with this rather spectacular and scheming character. The actress revealed, “Injoo is a hardworking girl and always does her best, who seems to think it is the reason for her existence. She is complex and multifaceted, so I dived into the character from various angles.”
Oh In-kyung is played by Nam Ji-hyun, known for her work in 100 Days My Prince. She is the second sister and wiser than the first. Oh In-hye is played by Park Ji-hoo from the famous All of Us Are Dead. She is the youngest sister gifted with artistic talent and highly protected by her sisters.
Director Kim stated, “The three actors have such warm chemistry with their kind personalities and professional attitudes. They are supportive of each other, which makes them a perfect ensemble.” Other cast members include Wi Hajun, who left a remarkable imprint on the viewers’ memory with his role in Squid Game, and veteran actors such as Um Ki-joon and Uhm Ji-won.
The story is compelling.
Director Kim is known for the amount of details she places in her work, which makes the audience keep coming back for more and wanting to see the next episode. In Little Women, she says that she wanted to “Overturn people’s expectation that Little Women is just a cozy and warm story”. By focusing on the detailed and specific issues of each sibling, she sought to reveal the dark truth underneath society. She also expressed her deep admiration for Chung Seo-kyung (the writer), Ryu Seong-hee (production designer), and Park Se-joon (Music Composer).
Director Kim said, “It is an honor to work with director Ryu on her first series who did a perfect job in painting the perfect picture. She created never-before-seen, elaborate sets that were all unique but under a unified theme.” She added, “Music composer Park Se-joon who worked on Vincenzo with me, composed different genre tracks including classical music, which imbued power into the entire production.”
Fans of both the director with her detailed storytelling abilities and the writer with her strong and defined voice are sure to love seeing what the two put together. Watch this work of art with a fast-paced storyline, compelling motive, and a beautifully put-together mise-en-scène. It is streaming on Netflix now with new episodes released every weekend!
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