Wow! What a ride!
After a lacklustre summer of kdrama watching I finally finished Oh My Ghostess and I absolutely enjoyed it! It is a wonderful conglomeration of fine acting, funky storytelling, tasteful sprinkles of popular kdrama tropes, a touch of mystery suspense all wrapped nicely into a unique love story.
In this post I will share with you what I love about this show. Reader beware, spoilers included.
I am hard pressed to find a single character that did not belong in the show. Everyone has his/her purpose from beginning to end. Well-crafted characters do not come to life unless they are well-casted. Excellent acting coupled with amazing chemistry simply made this production comes to life and utterly believable. The three main leads perfectly complemented each other. Their looks, acting prowess and fame are equally comparable.
Our delightful Ghostess, is consistent in mannerisms, tone, voice, and personality whether it is Kim Seung Gi or Park Bo Young acting the part. There are other shows where the transformation from child to adult characters fell short for me. So the very fact that I was a believer in Park Bo Young’s Soon Ae is a testament to her superb acting. Yes, there is plenty of aegyo throughout the show but it is not the cringe worthy variety. The cuteness serves to showcase the virgin ghostess story beautifully.
The suave and slightly arrogant chef played by Jo Jung Suk is spot on. He’s got enough charm and nice guy good looks that makes it credible that two women and a female ghost would fall for him. I still remember Jung Suk vividly in King 2 Hearts and was crying my heart out when his character died. His chemistry with Park Bo Young is one to die for.
The Shaman. She reminds me of Ajumma in the Healer. An idiosyncratic but lovable, and fun character. She first comes across as the brash, no nonsense type that is out to catch all the stray souls left on earth but she shows us compassion and heart. The bond between her and Soon Ae rivals a mother-daughter’s. Her friendship with Sun Woo’s mom starts off business-like, a Shaman looking to milk a naive rich woman but her conscience wins over and their relationship turns into one of companionship and respect.
Sun Woo’s mother, Hye Yeong. When she first shows up on screen, I was like “Huh?” She looks so young and it is hard to believe she would be cast as the mother but as the story unfolds it becomes believable and it makes total sense. A highly educated woman with a modern view but one that believes in Shamans and the supernatural. Ironic, eh?
The antagonist. One and only bad guy. Im Joo Hwan did well in this role. The story of a good man possessed by the evil spirit; his soul weakened and the possession made possible because of the hate he has for his cruel adoptive parents, gives the story it’s suspenseful moments. Sung Jae is the doting husband to his invalid wife, the congenial son/brother-in-law and perfect cop. There was no hint throughout the first half of the show of him being the evil presence. The elusive question of how Soon Ae died is always looming out there but the moment Sung Jae left Myeong Ho to die after his fall, the story becomes one of how/why and not who.
The kitchen crew is a tight knit, hilarious bunch, led by the vain and colourful sous chef, Min Soo. The group’s banter is playful and endearing. Though they looked down on Bong Sun in the beginning, the transformed Bong Sun (thanks to Soon Ae) made her one of the guys. They readily break out in dance and song and had me humming “Congratulations…..”
The unique love story
This is a love story after all, the genre says it is a romantic comedy but one that is uniquely its own. It is sweet, captivating, different and ultimately spellbinding.
First you have the one sided, unrequited love of the kitchen help for her good looking celebrity boss. And you also have the classic friends secretly pining for each other love line. And then lo and behold you have a virgin ghostess love story, masquerading in the body of her host and successful in stealing the heart of the leading man.
And finally the new Bong Sun emerges from her shell and even though our Chef was initially confused who he fell in love with, finally recognizes the love of his life. Hopper full of tender loving moments, tantalizing kisses and amazing chemistry.
My absolute favourite moment was when Bong Sun and Soon Ae skip down the street surrounded by the steps, arms linked, two friends sharing the same purpose, cheering each other on. Friendship that surpasses what the eye can see, trusting your body and memories to none other than a ghost.
True friendships never waver and this show has plenty of them. Shaman and Soon Ae, Shaman and Hye Yeong. Even the friendship between Sun Woo and So Hyung remain, after the crush is long gone.
There were also plenty of touching moments between Soon Ae and her dad. A daughter’s love cut short by her untimely death and a father’s regrets. A brother’s maturing journey from irresponsible son to a young adult ready to take on the man of the house role. It is rare in kdrama where we have the absence of a dysfunctional family and this show is one of those. There is no evil in-law, or the conniving, interfering tiger mom variety. Hye Yeong may be a well meaning meddling mother but when she learned that Sun Woo loves Bong Sun, the lowly kitchen assistant, she did not seek to tear them apart.
The final goodbye scenes had me crying a river, tissue box half depleted. A pleasant surprise to find Sung Jae alive as I was feeling rather sad for Eun Hee. And in typical kdrama fashion, the lovers had to be torn apart but when they came together again, a more matured and polished Bong Sun is well worth the wait. That final kiss had me melting and tingling of happiness. Well done Show! You had me hooked from episode one.