Starring Oh Ji Ho and Park Jin Hee
Oh Ji Ho (Chuno, Couple or Trouble), Park Jin Hee (Giant, Kimchi Family) and Heo Jung Eun (Hyde, Jekyll and I) star in a melodrama that shows how suffering is sometimes the best thing to restore our faith in life. Mo Geum Bi (Heo Jung Eun) is eight years old. She is sweet, lovable and strong-headed. Unfortunately at an extremely young age, Geum Bi is diagnosed with Niemann-Pick disease. A genetic disorder, the disease is referred to as “Alzheimer’s in children” due to the accompanying mental and physical deterioration it causes. One day, Geum Bi shows up at the doorstep of Mo Hwi Chul (Oh Ji Ho), her estranged father, who her mother (Oh Yoon Ah) has already separated from and considers to be the lowest of the low. Initially, Hwi Chul is annoyed by her appearance and tries to push her away, but Geum Bi is too strong to let him bully her. However, slowly losing her health and memory, Geum Bi needs someone to take care of her — someone better than Hwi Chul, a swindler and loser in life who has no real purpose. Once he begins to actually value his daughter, Mo Hwi Chul finally starts to learn about life. He learns about the beauty around him, about the value of time, and about the preciousness of every breath from someone who doesn’t give up and who doesn’t let her disease taint her view of the world. Together, they laugh, love, and live, showing Niemann-Pick who is boss. Concurrently, as if their humanity was destined to bring someone else towards life as well, they come across Go Gang Hee (Park Jin Hee), a pessimistic arborist who spends her time either alone or looking for stolen cultural artifacts, and who becomes involved in the duo’s life. Can the three souls, each with their own problems and joys, find a reason to once again open their hearts, or is happiness ultimately not possible when life doesn’t even give us the time to enjoy it?
Also known as “My Fair Lady,” Oh My Geum Bi is directed by Kim Young Jo, who fans will remember for his work on the similarly dark-themed melodrama, Cinderella’s Sister. The drama is written by Jun Ho Sung and Lee Myung Hee of Air City fame. When asked why they chose to write about such a subject, the writers responded that they were inspired to craft the story after reading about a rare disease called Niemann-Pick Type C that prevents the proper digestion of cholesterol and other lipids, which in turn actually prevents children from maintaining their memories, something more prevalent in adults due to Alzheimer’s, but almost unheard of in juveniles. They also added that such a disease allowed them to write about life and memories that had not been tainted by the world, in contrast to perfectly healthy individuals and their more pessimistic views on life. Oh My Geum Bi will debut on KBS2 on November 16, 2016, airing every Wednesday and Thursday in the 10:00PM time slot. The drama is expected to run for 16 episodes, with a planned finale on January 5, 2017.
The extended cast for Oh My Geum Bi includes Oh Ji Ho as Mo Hwi Chul, Park Jin Hee as Go Gang Hee, Heo Jung Eun as Mo Geum Bi, Oh Yoon Ah as Jang Joo Young, Lee Ji Hoon as Cha Chi Soo, and Lee In Hye as Heo Jae Kyung with additional roles by Seo Hyun Chul, Kang Sung Jin, Kim Do Hyun, Kim Tae Han, Kang Ji Woo, Im Hye Young and Park Min Soo.