[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 12 2016/11/20,
No sooner than Geum-joo passes her first exam and is well on her road to being a lawyer than she is given the huge challenge of defending Bok-geo, investigating Min-ah's case, and learning the huge difference between being a brilliant woman behind the scenes and one who stands up in a court room. Although the legal aspect of the show is exciting, it is also somewhat contrived,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 13 2016/11/20,
The battle between Golden Tree and Oh Sung escalates to new highs. Hye-joo completely crosses over to the dark side, Bok-geo is convicted, and Geum-joo is forced to choose between her career and safety and defending those she has sworn to protect. More intriguing than Geum-joo this episode is Hye-joo, who has completely fallen off the deep end with the pressures put on her by Oh Sung,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 10 2016/11/06,
This drama is hard to truly understand because on one hand, it celebrates Geum-joo as an independent, fierce, smart woman. On the other, Beok-geo acts like a self-entitled man as he pushes her around every episode - and she likes it. The only times he is nice to her is when she's asleep. Otherwise he's picking on her in a most juvenile fashion. This does not, in any way, support the fact that women deserved to be treated as people and not as objects to be played with. Aside from this, the rest of the episode centers around an overly simplistic chaebol family feud that is not interesting in the least. The one thing that Beok-geo does that redeems him is that he supports Geum-joo as she studies for her test,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 9 2016/10/27,
Episode 10 of "Woman with a Suitcase" has been pre-empted because of baseball season so we only get episode 9 this week. However, it's a powerful episode where we see Geum-joo grasping at a second chance in life. The case that landed her in jail and reset her life to be more difficult resurfaces and gives her chances she never thought she'd see again. The first chance she takes is trying to mend the relationship with her sister,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 8 2016/10/23,
Episode 8 of "Woman with a Suitcase" bravely tackled a very difficult subject: homosexuality. It treated the character in the episode with respect and touched upon the issue in an honest way. Of course, as a drama on a public station it couldn't challenge societal precepts, but I'm glad that the social commentary was made. The backdrop for the episode was the case of the week, which focused on a murder revolving around the homosexual relationship of a prominent citizen,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 7 2016/10/19, "Woman with a Suitcase" is losing it's steam the more it goes along. The root of the problem is the lack of chemistry between the leads and the looseness with which the main intrigue is treated. There is so much potential buried within the premise, but after seven episodes the show still hasn't found its stride. The biggest lack is the relationship between Bok-geo and Geum-joo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 6 2016/10/18,
The Golden Tree legal family is starting to learn to work as a team and the only person who feels removed is Bok-geo. His jealousy over Geum-joo's attentions and his secrecy about his old case have inserted a wall between him and the others. That's okay, though. We got enough wonderful material coursing through the veins of this show to take us a long way. One aspect of the show I am not enjoying, although I do love it for the most part, is the very dominant Bok-geo flirtation with Geum-joo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 5 2016/10/16,
Working in the legal profession has always been important to Geum-joo. She's good at it, and she finds it fulfilling. But events as of late have made her question her work's role in her life and how it fits in. Mix that together with Bok-geo's burgeoning feelings for her and his secrets, and with Seok-woo's likability and we have one entertaining show. Seok-woo has joined Golden Tree and the romantic triangle is starting to heat up,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 4 2016/10/07, "Woman with a Suitcase" is moving right along. Nothing loses steam as the episodes plow forward. Characters' backgrounds have bits and pieces revealed. Those same characters grow, however painfully. The case of the episode is interesting and full of fun twists and moral dilemmas that everyone tackles in different ways. What a refreshingly mature and fun drama this is. Perhaps the only downside to the drama is Bok-geo's very dominant personality and his penchant for abusing his legal powers over Geum-joo,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 3 2016/10/05,
There is something that is so wonderfully introspective and real about "Woman with a Suitcase". It is rooted in the fact that Geum-joo is a delightful human being, a powerhouse paralegal, and confident, but also a little closed off to the opinions of others because she's lost sight of her sense of justice. It is Seok-woo who reminds her of the humanity inherent in the law and Bok-geo who gives her the means with which to practice it. These elements come together to form a great drama. In this episode, Geum-joo is in fine form,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 2 2016/10/03, "Woman with a Suitcase" wastes no time in moving past introductions and getting to the heart of the show: the alliances and the battles that Geum-joo has to forge and wage along her long road up. Ma-seok gets more than a few minutes of screen time and we see Geum-joo's telltale smarts and tenacity carry her through her transition back into the real world. After serving a year of jail time, Geum-joo comes back to divorce papers, no home, and no money,...More
[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 1 2016/10/02, "Woman with a Suitcase" is the story of a woman who has it all: brains, beauty, knowledge, tenacity, and a keen intuition. All she's missing is the society's seal of approval the test results to catapult her into a position of respect. This first episode is her story and how she, her sister, and those around her deal in the very tricky business of the law and the people who seek to manipulate to their will. Kwon Eum-mi (Gapdong) is no stranger to penning procedurals or mystery, and has set up quite the story,...More
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