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[HanCinema's Drama Review] "Woman with a Suitcase" Episode 9

2016/10/27 | 752 views | Permalink

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. Geum-joo offers a peace offering and is coldly, but predictably rejected. Hye-joo is obviously on a long, dark path and will most probably work her way towards redemption somehow. Until then, her soul has, like she feared, been swallowed by Oh Sung, and she is a cruel pawn who spits poison at her older sister and attempts to win over Bok-geo with futile feminine wiles.

The second chance at redemption Geum-joo takes is getting involved in Min-ah's case, the case that landed her in jail and almost killed the homeless girl who is now in Bok-geo's care. Working on the case and moving in with Bok-geo to care for Min-ah allows Geum-joo to see Bok-geo in a different light and vice versa. The cohabitation hijinks are supposed to be moving, but I find them to be dull. Bok-geo has been nurturing some serious feelings for Geum-joo and expressing them in the most immature manner possible and he shows a softer side around the fragile Min-ah, but it isn't enough to establish a romance that is shaky to begin with. Bok-geo's rivalry with Seok-woo is the same, completely underwhelming. Sadly, Seok-woo's one-sided love is also starting to lose its luster. Perhaps it's because he doesn't have the amazing scenes with Geum-joo anymore that crackled with energy.

Oh Sung's big mystery, the secret it was hiding that cause Bok-geo to drop out of the legal profession and Geum-joo to serve jail time has made its way to light. It's just more Oh Sung coverup with Scarface threatening young teenagers to get what Oh Sung wants. I suppose it would be much more moving if the show had made me care about the case, but it has failed to build true tension behind the case. Geum-joo isn't feeling that she's followed. Bok-geo isn't really acting scared for her well-being. There are so many small things that go into building tension and fear: music, lighting, staging. It's all lacking and not coming together.

One thing that remains strong, thankfully, is Geum-joo's will to live, to live happily, and to love what she does and do it with integrity. She's a model female character in that way and I greatly appreciate that. Hopefully baseball won't pre-empt any more episodes and we can build more on the story.

Written by: Lisa Espinosa AKA Raine from 'Raine's Dichotomy'

"Woman with a Suitcase" is directed by Kang Dae-seon and Lee Jae-jin-II, written by Kwon Eum-mi, and starring Choi Ji-woo, Joo Jin-mo, Jeon Hye-bin, and Lee Joon.

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