"Please Come Back, Mister" has an unusual premise about two men who die and are reincarnated to right the wrongs they made before their deaths. The drama tells the story from the deceased's point of view, as opposed to the common way of telling it from the perspective of those who were left behind. Through this drama, I got to experience that death is painful for both the deserted and the deceased.
But interestingly enough, "Please Come Back, Mister" is also a comedy with a lot of heart and even more hilarity. It's your typical laugh out loud funny series with just enough extra dash of melodrama added into the mix. It's a drama filled to the brim with endearing characters and some real human moments that just get to you emotionally. Simply put, "Please Come Back, Mister" can induce both tears and laughters in the same scene without batting the proverbial lid.
The drama found a great way to address the definitiveness of death without making it seem so dreary for the viewers, and that's my favorite thing about it. Normally thoughts of the afterlife are chilling and scary to say the least, but the drama finds a way to put a comic spin on things and keep the viewers in a good mood while not losing the deeper meaning.
"Please Come Back, Mister" begins with an unusual setup in the very first scene. We see our main characters both wake up from a field, and within minutes, come to the realization that they're both dead. In the first forty minutes of the first episode, I was under the impression that the drama will be painfully gloomy to the end, but much to my pleasant surprise, it turned out to be so much fun by the end of the first episode.
We're first introduced to Kim Yeong-soo (Kim In-kwon) who awakens in the field first. Through a flashback to a few days before his death, we see that he was working as the manager of a large shopping mall and neglecting his family due to his busy job. My initial feelings towards Yeong-soo is pity, because he seems like a good man who's caught between prioritizing family and work. He's really earnest, and it's obvious that he loves his wife and daughter to the same extent that he loves his job.
Next, we get to know Han Gi-tak (Kim Soo-ro) who's probably the most un-thuggish gangster ever. He runs a restaurant and employs other gangsters that he obviously treats like sons. He's especially close to one of the boys called Choi Seung-jae (Lee Tae-hwan). His kind nature is made obvious when he risks his life – and eventually loses it – for the woman he loves. Her name is Song I-yeon (Lee Honey), and they clearly share a complicated history with each other.
It strikes me as amusing that the gangster qualified for heaven more than the man who seemed to be a nicer person. For me, this reinforces the saying of "don't judge a book by its cover". The hilarity ensues after the premise is properly set up - two deceased souls are given a second chance to come back to the human world in different bodies and identities to wrap up their unfinished businesses.
Yeong-soo is back as a very handsome young man named Lee Hae-joon (Rain), with the kind of body he could only dream of, and Gi-tak returns as an attractive lady, Han Hong-nan (Oh Yeon-seo). So our adventure begins with the two ahjussis stuck in their strange new bodies. As you can imagine, watching them adapt to their new selves induces rib cracking laughters like no other and I can't wait to find out what "Please Come Back, Mister" has in store for us next.
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