With the return of Kim Tae-hee to South Korean television with "Hi Bye, Mama!" one critical, but often underlooked part in the drama has come to attention. In the drama Kim Tae-hee plays a departed woman who returns to the world of the living for forty-nine days to see her family. Child actor Seo Woo-jin-I plays the role of her young daughter.
This in spite of the fact that Seo Woo-jin-I is not a girl, but rather a young boy. This is also not his first drama, as he also appeared in "VIP" and "The Light in Your Eyes" last year. It's peculiar casting for a peculiar role, as Seo Woo-jin-I plays a girl who is attuned to the spirit world in general and has trouble distinguishing between ghosts and living people owing to her young age.
Another critical aspect to Seo Woo-jin-I's casting is that he bears a strong resemblance to Kim Tae-hee, and they also have strong chemistry. Because he brings unique talents to the project, Seo Woo-jin-I was considered the strongest candidate for the role in spite of it being written for a girl. It also helps that Seo Woo-jin-I is quite cute, and is still young enough to easily pass for a girl.
Written by William Schwartz
"Hi Bye, Mama!" is directed by Yoo Je-won, written by Kwon Hye-joo, and features Kim Tae-hee, Lee Kyu-hyung, Go Bo-gyeol, Seo Woo-jin-I, Kim Mi-kyung, Park Soo-young. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2020/02/22~Now airing, Sat, Sun 21:00 on tvN.
Staff writer. Has been writing articles for HanCinema since 2012, having lived in South Korea since 2011. Started out in Gyeongju, then to Daegu, then to Ansan, then to Yeongju, then to Seoul, lived on the road for HanCinema's travel diaries series in the summer of 2016, and is currently settled in Anyang. Has good tips for utilizing South Korea's public bus system. William Schwartz can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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