불굴의 차여사 (The Invincible Lady Cha)

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불굴의 차여사 (The Invincible Lady Cha)

MBC – 120 Episodes
An iHQ Production
Timeslot: Monday to Friday Evening, 7:15 PM
Genre: Home Drama
Format: 1080i Dolby Digital 2.0 – 30 Minutes
Runs from: 2015/Jan/05~

WITH 김보연 (Kim Bo-Yeon) as Lady Cha; 오광록 (Oh Gwang-Rok) as Oh Dal-Soo; 이가령 (Lee Ga-Ryeong) as Oh Eun-Ji; 박윤재 (Park Yoon-Jae) as Kim Ji-Seok; 신민수 (Shin Min-Soo) as Oh Gi-Hyeon; 하연주 (Ha Yeon-Joo) as 이윤희 (Lee Yoon-Hee); 김용건 (Kim Yong-Geon) as Oh Dong-Pal; 윤다훈 (Yoon Da-Hoon) as Oh Dal-Gu; 이윤미 (Lee Yoon-Mi) as Oh Dal-Ja; 김세민 (Kim Se-Min) as Sang-Cheol; 정영숙 (Jung Young-Sook) as Ok-Bun; 최정우 (Choi Jung-Woo) as Chief Cha

CREW Production Director 오현창 (Oh Hyun-Chang) B-Team Director 장준호 (Jang Joon-Ho) Main Writer 박민정 (Park Min-Jung) Planning 김승모 (Kim Seung-Mo) Executive Producer 정훈탁 (Jung Hoon-Tak) Chief Producer 조한숙 (Jo Han-Sook) Director of Photography 정순동 (Jung Soon-Dong) Lighting 이금규 (Lee Geum-Gyu) Art Director 양지희 (Yang Ji-Hee) Editor 강자중 (Kang Ja-Joong) Music 최성욱 (Choi Seong-Wook) Assistant Producer 유희준 (Yoo Hee-Joon), 이영태 (Lee Young-Tae), 신대철 (Shin Dae-Cheol)

RATINGS
AGB Nielsen Nationwide
HIGHEST: 11.0% (02/05 - E23)
LOWEST: 8.3% (01/08 - E04)
AVERAGE: 9.60%

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SYNOPSIS

People born as a member of the baby boomer generation have elderly parents to support while also sacrificing themselves to support their kid's education. This show follows the lives of a couple in their fifties and their children and elderly parents to encompass three generations. News is instantly relayed through social media, societal issues become hot search topics in seconds through the power of smart devices, young adults can find a coffee shop on nearly every block in the city for a cup of bitter Americano in the 21st century, and the only thing that has stayed the same is that we belong in a family. People in their fifties have to worry about the increasing numbers of elderly in the population while neglecting to build a retirement savings because they are spending all of their money on their kids' education in a job market with fewer jobs. Young people use words that older people cannot understand. Casual dating has taken on a new meaning to youth and we look at three generations in a family to portray different facets of society. We also focus on the daily life of Lady Cha, who is an indomitable force in the family, to reveal aspects of a typical wholesome family. [MBC Global Media]

IN SHORT

I’m the first to praise unique casting choices, but anyone who expected Oh Gwang-Rok to deliver the 생활인 연기 (everyday life acting) that the daily drama canon requires is evidently in need of a long marathon filled with the old school theatrics that (sometimes, admittedly not all that often as of late) helped him make a name for himself. The Park Chan-Wook regular feels like a 70s movie star in a 2015 setting and stands out like a sore thumb, but he’s not the only fish out of water in this mess: the music feels completely detached and bears no relation to what it’s actually supposed to surround; PPL is yet again too conspicuous; there is a collection of stiffs with pretty faces who cannot even get the basics of emoting right, starting from Lee Ga-Ryeong and her announcer aplomb to Ha Yeon-Joo. Worst of all, former sitcom writer Park Min-Jung fills the narrative with the usual makjang breadcrumbs that will eventually lead to the inevitable pitfalls of the genre, but there’s little to no connecting thread here. Wretched start to what’s likely to become nothing more than a confused potboiler.

ACTING GRADES

68 최정우 (Choi Jung-Woo)
62 김보연 (Kim Bo-Yeon)
60 김용건 (Kim Yong-Geon)
60 윤다훈 (Yoon Da-Hoon)
56 신민수 (Shin Min-Soo)
56 정영숙 (Jung Young-Sook)
55 이가령 (Lee Ga-Ryeong)
55 박윤재 (Park Yoon-Jae)
55 김세민 (Kim Se-Min)
54 오광록 (Oh Gwang-Rok)
50 이윤미 (Lee Yoon-Mi)
47 하연주 (Ha Yeon-Joo)

~ Last Update: 2015/02/27