CAST: Lee Ha Nee, Lee Sang Yoon, Lee Won Keun, Jin Seo Yun, Song Won Seok, Jeon Gook Hwan, Na Young Hee

DIRECTOR: Choi Young Hoon

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The drama “One the Woman” presents a riveting narrative that captivates from the get-go, intricately weaving the lives of Jo Yeon Joo, a corrupt prosecutor with a hidden agenda, and Kang Min Ah, her affluent yet troubled doppelgänger. The unique premise sets the stage for a rollercoaster of emotions, humor, and unexpected twists that defy the typical tropes of amnesia and identity mix-ups.

For a change, these two seemingly alike women have no “twin” advantage. They just look the same, nothing else matches. Unlike many dramas that milk the confusion stemming from amnesia, “One the Woman” quickly transitions beyond the initial identity crisis. Yeon Joo’s early realization that she might not be Min Ah propels the story forward, introducing a refreshing pace that keeps viewers on their toes. Her hilarious self-questioning moments, wondering if she’s a gang member or a con artist masquerading as a prosecutor, are not only comedic gold but also showcase the drama’s clever script and Honey Lee’s impeccable comedic timing.


Poster of the Korean Drama One The Woman

Honey Lee, as Yeon Joo (and Min Ah), is a revelation. Her ability to infuse both roles with distinct characteristics while maintaining a seamless narrative thread is nothing short of remarkable. Lee’s portrayal brings depth to the drama, making each character’s journey both believable and engaging.

The plot smartly veers into exploring Yeon Joo’s backstory, a subplot that enriches the narrative significantly. Her dedication to solving what initially seems like a tangential case adds layers to her character, revealing a complex web of motivations and personal history intertwined with the machinations of the Hanju Group. This exploration into her past, once she recovers from amnesia, not only adds emotional weight to the story but also cleverly ties all narrative threads together, reinforcing the drama’s critique of power and corruption.

What starts as a personal quest for identity and memory recovery evolves into a larger narrative about underdogs challenging the suffocating grip of conglomerates on power. Yeon Joo’s transformation from a passive observer to an active fighter against injustice, using her newfound position to undermine her awful in-laws and expose corporate malfeasance, injects the story with both levity and gravitas. Her “small and petty victories” against her in-laws are not just humorous but symbolize the larger struggle against oppression and corruption.

No discussion of “One the Woman” would be complete without acknowledging the chillingly effective antagonist, Han Sung Hye. Her ruthless ambition and moral flexibility make her a formidable foe, contributing significantly to the drama’s tension and stakes. Her actions, while despicable, are portrayed with such conviction that they add necessary darkness to the narrative, making the moments of triumph against her all the more satisfying.

Another aspect of “One the Woman” that resonated with us was the nuanced portrayal of the relationship between Han Seung Wook and Yeon Joo. Their connection, rooted not in a typical childhood friendship but in a shared moment of vulnerability and hope during their youth, adds a poignant layer to the narrative. Their reunion, driven by a mutual goal to challenge the Hanju Group—Seung Wook aiming to restore it to its rightful leadership, and Yeon Joo seeking justice—infuses the story with a sense of destiny and shared purpose that’s genuinely thrilling. So you will miss passionate romantic kisses and making out. Kind of cold in that department.

The drama’s focus on intricate plotting and character development far outshone the need for a conventional love story, proving that the heart of “One the Woman” lies in its compelling narrative and the rich, interwoven relationships of its characters, rather than in its romantic elements.

The inclusion of Hanju Group’s head of legal into their fold adds an unexpected and delightful dynamic to the trio, enhancing the charm and depth of their collective mission. Their camaraderie is a highlight, offering moments of levity and solidarity that enrich the drama’s tapestry.

“One the Woman” stands out as a drama that skillfully balances comedy, drama, and social commentary. Its success lies not just in its plot twists or comedic elements, but in its ability to present complex characters fighting against a backdrop of societal issues. Honey Lee shines in dual roles, bringing warmth, depth, and humor to a story that could easily have veered into the realms of the far-fetched. Instead, the drama remains grounded, poignant, and thoroughly entertaining, making it a standout addition to the genre. For those tired of the same old tropes and looking for a drama that offers both laughs and thought-provoking moments, “One the Woman” is a refreshing choice.


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