The Legendary Witch
If you followed my drama activity for quite some time, you would know that I am almost always in quest of new dramas to watch (these last few months being an exception over the 5-6 yrs I have been into Kdramas). I was lurking on Viki, when I saw a drama about 4 women, prison and bakery. So, of course I was intrigued. I decided to give it a try, at the time when that drama started and wasn’t popular at all (there were some heavy titles airing at the time, and the subbing team had a hard time subbing everything at the same pace).
I enjoyed this drama, and so I really wanted to post a review on it, even if it would be weeks later. The story manages to blend non-traditional elements like jail, with the very common drama elements like crazy in-laws, romantic comedy, revenge and more hidden truths. The Main Girl, Moon Soo In, is seen arriving at the Women Jail in the first episode, after having been sentenced 2 yrs for embezzlement. There, she meets her jailmates, Shim Bok Nyeo, Son Pong Geum and Seo Mi Oh. The four women will soon become like family to one another, and face life events together.
Now, this is a Korean drama, so of course, all the jailmates have something in common: Shim Bok Nyeo, who has spent 30yrs in jail, was falsely accused of killing her husband. Her husband was a late acquaintance of the current Chairman of Shinhwa Group, a large conglomerate. Moon Soo In was the daughter-in-law of the Chairman, and Seo Mi Oh was the girlfriend of the youngest son of the Chairman. The late husband of Son Pong Geum used to also work for Shinhwa before he passed away. The drama will follow the lives of these four women while in jail and after, as they try to uncover the truth behind all the false accusations, and go up against the Chairman of Shinhwa and his family.
Besides the main plot, each lady will have her own love story going on during the show, which made it even more entertaining to watch. I liked to see Moon Soo In grow and mature, and then stand up for her own convictions, instead of being/staying the typical doormat you see in many Asian shows. I found this drama to be a good balance between a family drama (when they get released, they will all live together, as one large family), a “typical” drama (crazy in-laws, trying to ruin your life left and right), and a “women” drama, if I can say that, where you see a group of women standing and fighting together the hardships of the modern Korean life.
Regarding the Main Guy, I don’t have much to say: he’s the one who taught the inmates to make bread while in jail. He’s also part of a nasty love-triangle between Moon Soo In and her sister-in-law, and some more in the drama (= hidden truths), but I won’t spoil you too much here. Actually, upon reflection, this drama is mainly focused on the four women, more than any guys around. I appreciated the fact that they show them strong and resourceful, instead of the more traditional roles we see usually.
In conclusion, would I recommend you this drama? Hum, yes 🙂 It is a very solid title, with great acting, and a nice story. It reminded me sometimes of the drama A Hundred Years of Inheritance, but it is still 10 episodes shorter, aha! If you have watched it, just let me know how you liked it in the comments, ok?
original title: 전설의 마녀 (hangul)
title: The Legendary Witch (literal)
release date: October 25, 2014 – February 22, 2015
air time: Sat, Sun 21:45, on MBC
Female lead: Han Ji Hye
Male lead: Ha Seok Jin