I can honestly say that this is probably my most favorite Kdrama ever. I know I’ve only been at it for a few months, but this drama knocked it out of the park by combining my love of a great romance with some amazing supernatural elements.
Series Name: Oh My Ghostess (오 나의 귀신님)
Run date: The series ranon tvN from July 3 to August 22, 2015 on Fridays and Saturdays 16 episodes.
I watched a subtitled version via Hulu. See the Oh My Ghostess series page here.
Stars: Park Bo Young and Jo Jung Suk
Na Bong-sun (Park Bo-young) has an extremely timid personality and low self-esteem, doesn’t have any close friends, and is constantly getting reprimanded at her job as an assistant chef at Sun Restaurant. She also occasionally sees ghosts, thanks to a shaman grandmother (Lee Jung-eun). One day, Bong-sun gets possessed by a lustful virgin ghost named Shin Soon-ae (Kim Seul-gie). To make up for the lack of romance in her short life and believing that only by losing her virginity will she be able to “resolve her grudge” and move on to the afterlife, Soon-ae is determined to seduce as many men as she can by possessing various women, and she finds the perfect vessel in Bong-sun.
Bong-sun’s boss is arrogant star chef Kang Sun-woo (Jo Jung-suk), whom she secretly has a crush on. Sun-woo hasn’t dated anyone since getting his heart broken by his college friend Lee So-hyung (Park Jung-ah), who’s a TV producer. But when Bong-sun seemingly gets rid of her shyness and suddenly changes into a confident, dynamic woman, she finally catches his eye. Meanwhile, the mystery surrounding Soon-ae’s death involves Sun-woo’s brother-in-law, a kind police officer, Choi Sung-jae (Lim Ju-hwan), who may not be what he seems.
This drama had it all, in my humble opinion. It had a great arc for both of our heroines (Na Bong Sun and Shin Soon Ae) and it had one of the most fantastic cast of seconds that I’ve ever seen. The cooks from Kang’s restaurant really stole the show in their side stories and their rapport.
The tropes were new and refreshing and didn’t feature amnesia or disapproving rich grandmothers/mothers to stand in the way. It was a drama all about discovery: self discovery and the discovery of the truth in your own story.
The standout in this series was actress Kim Seul Gie, who played the Ghostess herself, Shin Soon Ae. She was such a fun character and the way that Park Bo Young manifested the whole “inhabited by a ghost” you really felt like Park Bo Young had become Kim Seul Gie…it was fantastic acting.
It was also really sad. When the truth finally rises to the top, you know there’s only one ending for our ghostess. It was hard to let go as a viewer, even when she got the answers she needed so desperately and justice was served.
Looking into some of the Korean mythology behind ghosts and spirits was a treat, too. I know it was fiction and they probably created parameters and requirements for normal ghosts to turn into evil spirits, but the ticking clock in the background really ratcheted up the tension.
In short, I love this series. It would be my go-to recommendation for anyone looking to dip a toe into Kdrama.