(The text is a sample from my work on HanCinema.net and belongs to HanCinema.)
SBS’s new Saturday/Sunday twenty-episode drama Beautiful Gong Shim was much more than its lackluster promotion. It was zippy, fun, and put two unique characters at the helm, Gong Shim (Minah) and Ahn Dae-tae (Namgoong Min). I have to say that I hope neither of them change much, save maybe to fall in love with each other. It’s rare to find such refreshingly frank and straightforward characters on Korean television.
Gong Shim is the “ugly” younger sister. She works at a gas station, sports a stress-induced bald spot, and is cast aside in favor of her older sister on a daily basis. This character is neither a plucky Candy-figure nor is she a downtrodden basket case.