“Little Women” has become another legendary K-drama.
tvN’s weekend drama “Little Women” (directed by Kim Hee-won, written by Jung Seo-kyung) came to an end on October 9th. After the fierce war ended, the three sisters Oh In-ju (Kim Go-eun), Oh In-kyung (Nam Ji-hyun), and Oh In-hye (Park Ji-hoo) faced a new daily life. Seeing them grow in their own way left a deep impression on viewers.
The drama’s domestic ratings are good. The last episode earned an average viewership rating of 12.0% and a maximum of 14.0% in the metropolitan area, and an average of 11.1% and a maximum of 12.8% nationwide, according to Nielsen Korea.
Overseas response is also good. According to FlixPatrol, as of October 8, “Little Women” ranked No.1 in Taiwan, Indonesia, and Japan, and ranked No.8 in the global ranking in Netflix’s TV category. In addition, in the non-English TV category ranking provided by Netflix’s official site “Netflix Top 10”, “Little Women” made it in the Top 10 for 4 weeks in a row.
The three sisters, who dreamed of rising out of their poor daily lives, were trying to turn the game of life upside down with their different desires. This created ripples beyond imagination and shook even the darkest ground of society. Despite the constant pressure from above, the protagonists try to protect each other, pursue justice and truth, and show growth at the end of their suffering. The drama’s ending will be remembered for a long time. Accordingly, the production team summarized what “Little Women” left behind.
● From the smallest story to the largest society! The growth of the little women turns the tables
According to the production team, “Little Women” began with the daily lives of three ordinary sisters. The minor cracks that resulted from their poverty grew bigger, then the events and twists that burst in the process fascinated viewers. One day, 2 billion won suddenly appeared in front of Oh In-ju, leading her to the existence of the 70 billion won slush funds and the dark truth behind the death of her only friend Jin Hwa-young (Choo Ja-hyun). The pursuit of the truth, which was started in order to solve his friend’s injustice, soon became intertwined with the giant society full of conspiracies and turned into a war. Oh In-ju was sometimes shaken when facing threats of money and life. However, her growth and changes that were achieved after much consideration of reality moved viewers’ hearts even more. Meanwhile, Oh In-kyung successfully found the truth with her slow but steady steps. Another name for her persistence, which made corruption and decay be revealed to the world through numerous crises, was her kindness that kept the victims by her side until the end. The growth of Oh In-hye, who learned the real value of love after leaving her sisters, was also very special. The three sisters showed solidarity at the moment of crisis despite repeated conflicts in the relationship of their family. In other people’s eyes, the reversal created by these young ladies, who can be soft-hearted and young, showed a differentiated color that has never been seen in any drama before.
● Writer Jung Seo-kyung – Director Kim Hee-won → synergy of a veteran production team that created a well-made work on a different level
The synergy between ‘hitmaker’ screenwriter Jung Seo-kyung and director Kim Hee-won was also different from others. Unpredictable developments that change the flow of the story in an instant, and the characters who make unexpected moves with their respective desires maximized the vividness of the story. In particular, the message that writer Jung Seo-kyung wanted to deliver through the story of the three sisters and make the viewers question “the source of desire for money” and “the meaning of money to one’s soul” was sharp. Each of the characters’ different attitudes toward money added three-dimensional feelings and drew attention with its realistic level. Director Kim Hee-won’s directing provided the fun of watching and doubled the power of this story. Above all, the overwhelming mise-en-scène, which created the ending of each episode, also aroused hot topics among viewers.
On top of that, art director Ryu Sung-hee, who embodies the image of “Little Women,” music director Park Se-joon, who revealed his presence with unique music, and filming director Park Jang-hyuk, who caught the viewers’ attention with his bold sequences, created a different level of a well-made series. Director Kim Hee-won said, “’Little Women’ was a work that combines new challenges from the writer, actors, and production team. I sincerely thank the viewers for their support for this challenge to be able to bear fruit meaningfully.”
● Kim Go-eun, Nam Ji-hyun, Park Ji-hoo, and Wi Ha-joon’s perfect teamwork → enthusiastic acting
From the beginning, the actors, who received attention for their fantastic combination, showed even more transformation than expected. The sister chemistry shown by Kim Go-eun, Nam Ji-hyun and Park Ji-hoo has made many viewers watch the show to support the Oh sisters. Kim Go-eun played an all-round role at the center of the storyline, increasing the show’s tension by portraying an Oh In-joo who experiences dramatic emotional changes. Nam Ji-hyun’s true value, who fiercely pushed the story development on the other axis, also shone. Park Ji-hoo doubled her persuasive power onto Oh In-hye’s character, who hid her stormy inner side with a calm face. On the other hand, Wi Ha-joon added a different tension as the partner of Oh In-ju with his mysterious aspect. Um Ji-won and Um Ki-joon also impressed viewers with their ability to coordinate the story’s tension led by the dramatic rise and fall created by greed and desire. On top of that, Kim Mi-sook, Kang Hoon, and Jeon Chae-eun, who did their part perfectly alongside the three sisters, also left a deep impression.