WWATD?! 49 Days
In our last What’s with all the Drama?! post, we had just wrapped up a slew of dramas and were trying to figure out what to watch next and had started on the The Duo. We’re still enjoying The Duo; although, the pacing has slowed a bit since the story has advanced to the adult cast. We did find a second drama that we’re pretty excited about, 49 Days.
49 Days is the story of Shin Ji-Hyun, who is preparing for he wedding when she is in a near fatal car wreck that leaves her in a coma. She finds herself outside of her body and is given the option to pass on or to have 49 days to capture the tears of three non-family members who truly love her and have her life restored. She chooses to try and return to life, so her spirit is able to inhabit the body of Song Lee-Kyung, an intensely depressed woman, going through the motions of life. Lee-Kyung works the night shift, so her body is inhabited during the day so that Ji-Hyun can try to capture the tears. In her quest to do so, she discovers things about her friends that are a shock to her.
This drama has really been well paced from the beginning and we’ve really enjoyed the acting. Queen Seon Deok’s Lee Yo-Won plays Lee-Kyung (and Ji-Hyun when she is inhabiting Lee-Kyung’s body). She does an excellent job of playing the seriously depressed Lee-Kyung, and the bubbly and absent minded Ji-Hyun. Bae Su-Bin first caught our attention in Painter of the Wind as the king but since hasn’t overly impressed us, even in Brilliant Legacy, which we really liked. He plays Ji Hyun’s fiancee in this and plays a much more interesting character than the bland, nice guy role he’s been taking on repeatedly recently.
We also have really enjoyed Jeong Il-Woo as the Scheduler, Ji-Hyun’s link to the afterlife. He didn’t impress (although no one did) in the bland My Fair Lady, but he’s given an interesting, mischievous character that he’s doing a great job with. The acting and writing is solid across the board as demonstrated by the memorable minor characters who are given very little screen time but still manage to make you laugh, like the love bird ajuma and ajusshi couple at the restaurant Lee-Kyung works at.
The mystical nature of the plot makes things interesting without sacrificing drama or becoming farcical. The episodes have just been flying by! We’re about half way through the series now and really enjoying it. Definitely check it out if you have any room on your drama schedule!
I’ll leave you with a couple songs from the OST:
There was Nothing by Jung Yeop:
Though it Seems Forgotten by Seo Young Eun: