There’s this lingering feeling of uneasiness that the primary six episodes of the Ok-Drama Little Women depart you with. This may be an apt approach to describe what the present evokes, nevertheless it isn’t one thing the readers would have ever related to Louisa May Alcott’s beloved novel Little Women; a e book that was a childhood favorite for a lot of.
Director: Kim Hee-Won
Writer: Ching Seo-Kyung
Cast: Kim Go-Eun, Nam Ji-Hyun, Park Ji-hu, Wi Ha-Jun
No. of episodes: 12 (6 to date)
Synopsis: After 70 billion gained goes lacking, three sisters face off with a wealthy and highly effective household and unravel a tangled net of energy, corruption, and deceit
Over the years, the e book has been tailored a number of occasions to display with the latest one being Greta Gerwig’s movie of the identical title that hit screens in 2019, to a lot vital acclaim and success. In this K-drama model, which is loosely based mostly on Alcott’s e book, acclaimed screenwriter Chung Seo-Kyung places a relatively refreshing and sinister spin on the e book, which has to date made for an eerie and completely participating expertise.
The Oh sisters — Oh In-Joo(Kim Go-Eun), Oh In-Kyung(Nam Ji-Hyun), and Oh In-Hye (Park Ji-Hu) — are battling their very own private demons, whereas in dire monetary straits. In-Joo, the oldest, has a staid job, and very similar to Meg March from the e book, admires and longs for all issues costly and lovely. Firebrand reporter and seemingly-stoic In-Kyung is on the cusp of unearthing an incredible story; an investigation on rising politician Park Jae Sang(Um Ki-Joon), who’s eyeing town’s Mayoral elections. The older sisters dote on the youngest, quiet artwork genius In-Kyung who’s quick forming a strong friendship along with her classmate Park Hyo-Rin. She additionally occurs to be Jae-Sang and Won Sang-Ah’s (Uhm Ji- Won) daughter.
When the present introduces us to the sisters, there’s little that’s going their approach. They reside in a cramped home with cockroaches and a window that simply gained’t shut as soon as pried open, the mom has fled with cash meant for In-Kyung’s faculty journey, and issues appear relatively bleak for the foreseeable future. In-Kyung feels trapped of their cramped quarters, and is way more at dwelling in Hyo-Rin’s huge, foreboding mansion along with her seemingly shady and sinister mother and father, because the promise of attending artwork faculty in Boston along with her buddy looms massive.
In-Joo’s life is shaken up when her pleasant but mysterious colleague Jin Hwa-Young (Choo Ja-Hyun) dies, leaving her two billion gained and a path that results in a extra sizable slush fund of a whopping 70 billion gained. As she units out to dig deeper into her buddy’s dying whereas waging an inside struggle about the suitable factor to do, she reluctantly joins forces with sensible slush fund skilled Choi Do-Il (Wi Ha-Jun).
As the three sisters get entangled with Jae-Sang and his household in separate methods, nothing is really what it appears and this unravels an online of deceit, powerplay, and corruption. Convenient accidents occur in fast succession, there’s an alarming improve within the variety of individuals being discovered useless, and a whole lot of puzzling info emerges about embezzlement, double lives, and seemingly-hallucinogenic flora.
If the e book had its 4 protagonists — the March Sisters — persevere by home and financial hardships whereas leaning on one another, the Ok-Drama counterpart has the Oh sisters who’re steadfastly decided in their very own methods; typically naive, fiercely idealistic and unpredictable.
Screenwriter Seo-Kyung, a frequent collaborator of director Park Chan Wook, groups up with Kim Hee-Won who final directed the smash hit thriller Vincenzo, to weave a fascinating thriller that’s set towards a pointed commentary on class. This wonderful writing is bolstered by top-notch performances from the ensemble solid, with the sisters coming by in a giant approach. Go-Eun is pitch-perfect because the gullible but calculative older sister, and Nam Ji-Hyun’s In-Kying is all the things that one would anticipate Jo March to embody in a modern-day setting; the circumstances may be completely different, however her beliefs and the battle for her beliefs stay.
What makes a present like Little Women work, can also be how visually immersive the expertise is. It is beautifully-shot, and each body is full of bursts of color and heat, regardless of the relatively darkish proceedings. Colour, in truth, provides to the recurring motifs within the present; a pair of pink footwear and the sinister-looking blue orchids each appear to have a component to play within the bigger scheme of issues.
Twists have been aplenty by the present to date, however the one in episode six — which heralded the midway mark — has simply been one of the best one but. Saying something extra would imply divulging a bunch of spoilers, and would significantly take away from the expertise of being shocked by the superb writing in each episode.
The unanswered questions and thriller solely appear to have progressively grown with each episode to date, and this can be a very promising and thrilling signal of issues to come back on this sensible thriller.
Little Women is presently streaming on Netflix