A hard-boiled woman detective & a “ghostess with the mostest.”
Two new dramas join the roster of simulcasts, and I’m excited about both because of the talent involved.
Oh My Ghostess has a high-concept premise. A meek sous chef has an unusual talent (or affliction): She can see – and is highly susceptible to being possessed by – ghosts. Romantic hijinks ensue when the heroine is possessed by an amorous ghost who decides to pursue her boss (and crush), the head chef. Some of these elements have appeared in recent K-dramas, most notably in Master’s Sun, but what makes this execution stand out is the actresses tapped to make it happen.
Park Bo-young, who plays the timid chef, was once primarily known as an excellent child actress on TV. In more recent years, she’s made a name for herself in film with lead roles in box-office champs, including the 2008 comedy Scandal Makers and the 2012 supernatural romance-turned-tearjerker A Werewolf Boy. Although this is the first time she’s headlining a primetime drama, she’s veteran actor who has already demonstrated the ability to pull off serious drama, comedy, and everything in between. Similarly, Kim Seul-gi first came to public attention as a member of the SNL Korea cast and has gone on to become a first-rate scene stealer on both big and small screens (Discovery of Romance). She goes for it every single time – while managing to inject likability and humanity into the zaniness.
I truly can’t imagine any actress other than Kim Seul-gi in this comedic, ghostly role. After seeing the teasers, I also can’t imagine anyone other than Park Bo-young capably channeling Kim’s unique cadence and vocal inflections during the promised ghostly possessions.
Action-thriller My Beautiful Bride focuses on a man’s frantic search for his fiancée, who has suddenly – and mysteriously – gone missing. I’ll partially be tuning into the first episodes to see if it bears any similarities to the K-film Helpless (and its source material, the Japanese novel All She Was Worth). But I’ll mainly be tuning in to see Lee Si-young take on the role of a tough detective that the male lead (played by Kim Moo-yul) encounters during his search. She’s effective and entertaining in all of her roles and is a certified badass off-screen. She’s earned several amateur boxing titles and, at one point, intended to try out for a spot on Korea’s 2016 Olympic boxing team! It’s kind of a wonder it took so long for the powers that be to cast her in this type of action-oriented and potentially fierce role.
The final episodes of Jeju Island Gatsby (a.k.a., Warm and Cozy) also air this week.
- See the index below and visit the Current Simulcast board for more about these shows and where to watch them.
- The Recent Simulcast and Additions board lists completed and new-to-streaming back-catalog titles, such as Fabulous Boys. This 2013 Taiwanese remake of fan-favorite You’re Beautiful stars Jiro Wang and Lyan Cheng and also features a cameo by Park Shin-hye, the actress who played the heroine in the original K-drama.
- And the ongoing list of confirmed, upcoming simulcasts has updates, including the K-dramas I Order You and Yong Pal.
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