With all the good K-dramas being released almost week after week, it’s definitely hard to keep up with the new ones, as well as the already-completed ones that are sitting in your binge lists for the longest time. However, just like every binge-watcher out there, you’re probably still on the lookout for more dramas to add to your never-ending lists. If that’s the case, then we’ve got your back!
For this week’s K-drama files, we put the spotlight on My Mister and why you should watch it!
My Mister follows a middle-aged man named Park Dong Hoon, who works as a middle-aged engineer married to the lawyer Kang Yoon Hee. Despite living a seemingly good life, he’s unhappy, with two unemployed brothers relying on him, and a wife who’s in a secret affair with his CEO Do Joon Young.
Things take a turn for him when he receives an unexpected bribe, and he learns that his co-worker, Lee Ji An, saw him. The young part-timer has an ill grandmother and is struggling with different part-time jobs to be able to pay their debt. Dong Hoon then gets entangled with her, all while trying to help his brothers, and getting caught between office rivalry.
At the center of the story is Lee Sung Kyun, who plays Park Dong Hoon, an engineer living an unhappy life. You may know the 45-year-old actor for his roles in Parasite and Coffee Prince.
IU plays Lee Ji An, a 20-something part-timer who struggles to pay for her debts while caring for her sick grandmother. The actress also starred in dramas Dream High, Moon Lovers: Scarlet Heart Ryeo, and Hotel Del Luna.
Joining the two leads are Park Ho San and Song Sae Byuk, who play Dong Hoon’s brothers, Sang Hoon and Gi Hoon. Kim Young Min (The World of the Married and Crash Landing On You) plays CEO Do Joon Young.
Watch it if you…
…are looking for a K-drama that’s unlike all the other dramas you’ve watched before. My Mister is far from the rom-com and lighthearted dramas you saw before. It’s dark and it’s heavy, with a bit of dark comedic moments in between.
The drama talks a lot about loneliness and the issues that come with being an adult in a competitive place such as Seoul. Though we don’t live in Korea, I’m pretty sure that there will be moments where you will see yourself in one of the characters in the drama. It can be with Dong Hoon who’s still unhappy despite living a “good life”; with Ji An and her struggle to keep herself afloat; or with Dong Hoon’s brother’s whose dreams have been crushed because ~life~.
Don’t be put off with the episode’s longer running time, too. It’s worth taking your time with, and it feels like you go through every character’s story and struggle with every episode that you watch.
My Mister is an emotional roller coaster of a story that every K-drama fan must see. It has a story that’s full of heart and a talented cast that you’d want to root for. Besides, it didn’t win Best Drama a the Baeksang Arts Awards for nothing, right?
My Mister is now streaming on Netflix.
Homestream image is from My Mister‘s website.