While not one of the leading stars of "VIP", actress Kwak Sun-young has nonetheless eclipsed Jang Nara and Lee Sang-yoon in first impressions with her depiction as a working mother. Other working mothers across the South Korean Internet posted on message boards expressing identification with her problems.
The main highlighted scene has Kwak Sun-young's character, Mi-na, being forced to work overtime at her job servicing titular VIP clients at the department store that is the drama's main setting. Mi-na was frustrated, as this prevented her from being able to go to a school parents' meeting, making it more difficult for her to build a rapport.
In another moment, Mi-na's husband, Byeong-hoon, who is played by Lee Jae-won-I, calls to ask her for help in regards to their children incessantly fighting. Though she solved the problem, Byeong-hoon nonetheless criticized her for not being able to get home in time to go to the parents' meeting.
The plaudits for Kwak Sun-young's performance follow similar praise for her work in "Your Honor" and "Encounter". Kwak Sun-young has until recently mostly worked as an actress in stage musicals, which is why she demonstrates veteran acting talent in "VIP" in spite of being a relatively unknown quantity in Korean dramas.
Written by William Schwartz
"VIP" is directed by Lee Jung-rim, written by Cha Hae-won, and features Jang Nara, Lee Sang-yoon, Lee Chung-ah, Kwak Sun-young, Pyo Ye-jin, Shin Jae-ha. Broadcasting information in Korea: 2019/10/28~Now airing, Mon, Tue 22:00 on SBS.
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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