Choi's back in black comedy
AFTER a near two-year hiatus from Korean dramas, South Korean actress Choi Ji Woo returns this autumn with a remake of the smash-hit Japanese series, I'm Mita, Your Housekeeper.
Of her role as a quirky and seemingly cold housekeeper, the 38-year-old actress said: "I really wanted this role because it was completely different from previous heroines that I have played."
Slated to air in South Korea on Monday, SBS' Suspicious Housekeeper (working title) not only has high-profile Winter Sonata star Choi on board, but Sign and Phantom co-director Kim Hyung Sik also helms the black comedy, bringing to the table his knack for thrillers with unexpected twists.
With Sign (2011) and Phantom (2012), Kim and crew deviated from the standard drama formula by offing their heroes: First, at the end of Sign, and then throwing audiences off yet again with the untimely and early demise of the male lead at the beginning of the following series, Phantom.
Audiences are likely to wonder what to expect from Kim's latest project, especially with Hallyu diva Choi as the headline act.
In the new SBS drama, Choi plays Park Bok Nyeo, a stoic housekeeper who will do whatever is asked of her, even - so the rumour goes - if it means murder.
Park's latest stint involves caring for a recently widowed man, played by actor Lee Sung Jae, and his four troubled children, all of whom are grappling with the aftermath of their mother's mysterious and sudden death.
At the drama's press conference in Seoul on Monday, Choi said that she was drawn to the inexpressive qualities of her character: "I was really charmed by the way the heroine refrains from letting her emotions show.
"It is incredibly difficult to not be able to react to a co-star."
She added that it was a bit lonely to play her icy heroine.
Co-star Lee, 43, said he was very excited to work with Choi, and hinted that while the veteran actress' character holds the key to this drama, the children also play a huge part in this series.
On working with the four children, Choi said: "I think this is the first time I have really worked with children since I debuted."
Though the plot reads like a dark, angst-driven thriller, director Kim promises a "bright and healthy drama".
Furthermore, it remains to be seen whether recent controversy over the Korean title of the drama will have any negative effect on how audiences respond to the series, and if having a star director and actress duo on board will translate to a viewer-ratings success.
THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK