Dramas regarding family corporations have been out of fashion lately, and upstart cable dramas have also not done well. However, "Graceful Family" is quickly proving an exception to the rule, as the corporate themed drama from MBN and Dramamax is likely to beat 3% ratings this week.
"Graceful Family" owes much of this success to its unusual twist on the premise. The drama is about the technical means by which corporate secrets are battled over, rather than focusing on the personal reasons that motivate such battles. The lead characters are cast as the effective kingmakers of the company, because their focus on owner risk lets them see both the company's weaknesses, as well as the specific people responsible for them.
But for this gimmick there's also a good balance of mystery and melodrama. The lead character played by Im Soo-hyang is investigating the suspicious circumstances that led to her own mother's death. The cast in general also have excellent chemistry - they're all focused more on uncovering immediately relevant information and build camaraderie from this.
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"Graceful Family" is directed by Han Cheol-soo, written by Kwon Min-soo, Park Min-kyung-I, and features Im Soo-hyang, Lee Jang-woo, Bae Jong-ok, Jung Won-joong, Moon Hee-kyung, Lee Kyu-han. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/08/21~Now airing, Wed, Thu 23:00 on Dramax, mbn.
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. He also has a substack at williamschwartz.substack.com where he discusses the South Korean film industry in broader terms and takes suggestions for future movies to review.
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