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KBS Special Drama (2017)
Romantic Melodrama, Grade: B
Stars: Moon Ga Young, Yeo Hoi Hyeon
Review by Jill, USA
Recently finished an
interesting KBS Drama special called Waltzing
Alone (Oct. 2017) starring lovely Moon Ga Young
Also a young actor who was new to me, Yeo Hoi Hyeon,
who did a good job in a difficult role.
Our Mimi is certainly growing up, no more teenager,
and part of me felt sad over that change; she will
always be Mimi to me, no matter what else I ever watch
The theme of this drama special is a sad one: a
young couple dating for eight years since high school
and they're still trying to find
good jobs in the corporate world. Then they end up
competing for the same exact job in the same exact
prestige company - what will happen? Will one be noble
and sacrificial and bow out to let the other one land
the job, or will someone turn completely selfish and
try and grab the job for themselves, regardless of the
person whom they claim to love?
Coolest Shot In The Drama
Who Will Get The Job?
The one real cringe-worthy moment in
this drama comes when the female character is applying
for a position early on and one of the older
(obviously sexist) male interviewers turns harsh and
says, "What if you end up pregnant? You ARE having sex
with your boyfriend, aren't you?" and she pauses,
struggles for something to say, and really puts her
foot in it. "Well then I'll just have to erase it."
Eeek! I am not sure I completely recovered from that
moment throughout the hour special, and a drama that
ordinarily might have ended up with an A went down to
a B immediately.
But see for yourself what you think of it. It does
seem topical to a lot of the younger Korean generation
who are struggling to get ahead in the corporate world
when there is so much competition for even the most
basic entry level jobs. You can watch here if you like
from the KBS video stream on YouTube (above). There is
an unusual ending that I didn't see coming, so if you
like to be surprised check it out.