Father Is Strange – KDrama Review
I have to confess I am totally addicted to Korean dramas now. But then again there are so many good dramas that keep your mind riveted. Like for instance, this drama called Father Is Strange.
This is a family drama which is shown during the weekend – Saturday and Sunday.
It comprises of 50 episodes; as of writing, episode 18 had been shown.
So far, it has been a rollicking fun; all the actors had done their respective roles justice.
The story is about a close-knit family with a son and three daughters. Out of the blue a man, who used to be a KPop idol and now turned actor, came to see the patriarch of the family, who runs a restaurant. He blurted out that he was his son. Imagine the mayhem this would bring to the family!
The first two episodes introduced the characters. The mother and father are a loving, hard-working couple, very down to earth.
The eldest son is a bit of a no-hoper. Though a gentle giant, he had spent years studying and revising for his civil servant exam, which he regularly fails. However he is reliable and loving son and brother, if rather dopey.
The eldest daughter is Hye-Young, a very beautiful, intelligent, sophisticated lawyer, who gets what she wants. Or does she wants including secretly living with her boyfriend, an act which is still frowned upon by Korean society.
The middle daughter and presumably the real star of the drama is Mi Young. She suffers from self-doubt and lack of confidence, having been a victim of bullying when she was in middle school. She was obese and was bullied for it. Despite having lost the excess weight, she is still rather shy and retiring but has moments of bravados.
The youngest daughter is Ra Young, she is an extrovert shopaholic, despite not earning much. She falls in and out of love.
The drama deals with relationship within the family, extended family, boyfriends, girlfriends, retirement, work, etc.
What I like about this drama is that, so far, there are no annoying characters that would turn you off. There are some nastiness but it is required to fully develop the characters, as opposed to just trying to add drama to a drama series.
Scenes by actor Ahn made me rather tearful. You can feel his loneliness in a house full of indifferent people.