With the end of the drama “Little Women”, the movie “The Handmaiden” is drawing attention.
This is because some viewers commented that the ending of “Little Women” is similar to director Park Chan-wook’s movie “The Handmaiden”.
tvN’s Saturday-Sunday drama “Little Women” ended on Oct 9th after episode 12.
“Little Women“, which premiered early last month, depicts the story of three poor sisters Oh In-ju (Kim Go-eun), Oh In-kyung (Nam Ji-hyun) and Oh In-hye (Park Ji-hu) who are close, their involvement in the case of 70 billion won which goes missing, and how they bravely face Korea’s richest family who are their opponents.
Popular actors such as Kim Go-eun and Wi Ha-joon as well as talented actors such as Uhm Ji-won, Um Ki-joon, Kim Mi-sook, Choo Ja-hyun and Jang Gwang appeared, raising viewers’ expectations even before the drama aired.
Throughout the series, actors’ immersive acting and the sound scenario were praised by viewers. As a result, the drama renewed its highest rating every week and ended with double-digit ratings.
The drama, which has the same name as the American classic “Little Women” published in the late 1800s, was known to be based on the novel in the beginning, but the development of the series was different, borrowing only the title and some settings. Rather, some viewers commented that a scene that paid homage to the movie “The Handmaiden” appeared, and that it was like a sequel to “The Handmaiden”.
According to posts uploaded on various online communities such as DC Inside Gallery, some viewers responded that the relationship between In-hye and Hyo-rin (Jeon Chae-eun) reminded them of Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri) and Hideko (Kim Min-hee) in the movie “The Handmaiden”.
In episode 10, which aired earlier this month, netizens compared the two works and claimed that the atmosphere was similar, saying, “The homage scenes of ‘The Handmaiden’ came out.”
After the last episode of “Little Women”, netizens left comments such as “I think the writer of ‘Little Women’ had regrets about the movie ‘The Handmaiden'”, “It was like ‘The Handmaiden’ rather than the classic ‘Little Women'”, “An extension of the movie ‘The Handmaiden'”…
In fact, the scripts for “Little Women” and “The Handmaiden” were written by the same person.
It is not clear whether the similarity revealed in the two works is the writer’s intention, but the female image in this writer’s work has unique characteristics.
In an interview with Cosmopolitan Korea last month, writer Jung Seo-kyung explained, “No matter what kind of character it is, I think every story unfolds with the flaw that one has. The story develops as the one grows up by fixing that flaw.”
She continued, “I think most female characters are pictured as someone beautiful, smart and good. This was done maybe because there was a good intention in the first place to picture female characters in a good way, but women in real life might feel differently.”
She added, “The characteristics of the female characters that we’ve seen until now are that they are beautiful, smart or very skilled or they are exactly the opposite. Most of the time, they were pictured like this. I think I’ve always been attracted to a female person with determination. It doesn’t matter whether or not she’s smart or beautiful, but she’s someone that can pursue her goal until the end.”
Jung Seo-kyung, who officially debuted as a scriptwriter by co-writing Park Chan-wook’s film “Lady Vengeance” in 2005, wrote works such as “Family Matters”, “I’m a Cyborg, But That OK”, “Thirst”, “The Handmaiden” and “The Truth Beneath”. She also worked on the movie “Decision to Leave”, which was released this year.
Her debut drama is tvN’s “Mother”, which aired in 2018.