March Showdown of K-drama Rating Queens: Kim Haneul vs. Kim Namjoo vs. Lee Boyoung

Each actress will star in different dramas: KBS2’s Monday-Tuesday drama ‘Let’s Get Caught by the Neck’, MBC’s Friday-Saturday drama ‘Wonderful World’, and Coupang Play series ‘Hide’. 

Although airing on different days, they draw attention for facing off in the thriller genre, emphasizing the autonomy of female characters around a similar period.

First, Kim Namjoo will appear in MBC’s Friday-Saturday drama ‘Wonderful World’, premiering on March 1st. This marks her return to the small screen after six years since JTBC’s ‘Misty’ (2018). 

Kim Nam-joo

Kim Namjoo, renowned for successful roles in dramas like MBC’s ‘Queen of Housewives’ and KBS2’s ‘My Husband Got a Family’, earned the title of the OG ‘Rating Queen’. Through her previous drama ‘Misty’, she even earned the moniker ‘Queen of Genre Dramas’.

In ‘Wonderful World’, Kim Namjoo takes on the role of Eun Soohyun, a psychology professor and writer. Soohyun has achieved both social success and domestic happiness until one day she loses her young son and takes matters into her own hands by confronting a murderer, leading to a 180-degree turn in her life as she unravels mysterious secrets tied to that day. 

Kim Namjoo’s chemistry with Cha Eunwoo, who is 26 years her junior, is also anticipated in ‘Wonderful World.’

Kim Haneul will portray investigative journalist Seo Jungwon in KBS2’s Monday-Tuesday drama ‘Let’s Get Caught by the Neck’, premiering in mid-March. 

Kim Ha-neul

Kim Haneul has previously showcased her talent in melodramas like MBC’s ‘Romance’ and SBS’s ‘Piano’, and ‘A Gentleman’s Dignity’, garnering high ratings. ‘Let’s Get Caught by the Neck’ marks her return to the thriller genre after ‘Blind’ (2011).

‘Let’s Get Caught by the Neck’ depicts the journey of Seo Jungwon, a fearless journalist who becomes a suspect in a murder case and strives to uncover the truth to overcome this adversity. 

The drama is based on the popular Naver web novel of the same name. In the series, Kim Haneul transforms into a bold and resolute journalist, promising to showcase a different side of herself.

Lee Boyoung will return on March 23rd with JTBC’s weekend drama and Coupang Play series ‘Hide’. This marks her comeback after the hit JTBC drama ‘Agency’ last year, which achieved the highest viewership rating of 16%.

Lee Bo-young

In ‘Hide’, Lee Boyoung portrays Na Moonyoung, a woman who grapples with unbearable truths while tracing the secrets surrounding her husband’s disappearance. 

The chilling vibe portrayed in the recent teaser poster and the caption “Just one week, until the perfect life crumbles” tease an intriguing storyline.

The increasing number of female-led K-dramas and showdowns among female leads in recent months add an intriguing dynamic to the landscape. 

An industry insider explained, “While in the past, stories revolved around women supporting male leads, now, stories where women take the lead and drive the narrative are gaining popularity and seeing an increase in production.”

However, some argue that there is a need for more diverse genres and larger-scale female-centric narratives. 

One industry insider pointed out, “While there’s been an increase in female-led productions compared to the past, and the expansion of genres beyond romance is significant, female-centric narratives generally have smaller scales compared to male-centric narratives. They often fall into low-budget genre categories. Female-led works with significant capital investment are still rare.”

Source: naver

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