[KDrama – Miss Ripley] An Introduction and Preview

Miss Ripley, the newest drama from MBC signals the TV comeback for three of its main cast namely: Lee Da Hae, Mickey Yoochun and Kang Hye Jung (Tablo‘s wife). The story is a little bit dark and gloomy but it has substance and I believe is taken from a real story of a girl who managed to embezzle money using fake credentials. Below is the drama synopsis, character description and trailers for you to see.

Title: 리플리 / Miss Ripley
Chinese Title : 雷普利小姐
Also Known as : Miss Ripley Who I Loved…
Previously known as: 굿바이 미스 리플리 / Goodbye Miss Ripley
Genre: Melodrama, romance
Episodes: 16
Broadcast network: MBC
Broadcast period: 2011-May-30 to 2011-July-19
Air time: Monday & Tuesday 21:55

Synopsis:

Two very different men fall in love with Jang Mi Ri, a woman whose life is a complicated web of lies, propelled by her greedy desires that stem from an unfortunate childhood. Jang Myung Hoon is an ambitious hotelier who maintains perfect control of himself and his life, while Yutaka is the warm and gentle heir of a Korean-Japanese hotel conglomerate. Their love for Mi Ri and her tragic ambition eventually leads them down the path of destruction.

Miss Ripley is based on the real life case of Shin Jung Ah, a university professor and art curator at Dongguk University who was discovered to have forged her credentials in order to get hired, with the help of her boyfriend (then presidential secretary) Byun Yang Kyoon, and embezzled funds from the art gallery’s corporate sponsorship.

Main Cast

Lee Da Hae as Jang Mi Ri

“The one who bears a lonely soul, howling in a world of darkness.”

Straightforward, confident, fears nothing, and very realistic…. She was abandoned by her parents as a child, and doesn’t trust society and people. Therefore, she is emotionally violent, vain, selfish and very greedy. After being adopted in Japan, she was sold to a club to pay off her stepfather’s debts, and led a life of dread. She then escapes back to Korea, and begins working in a hotel, beginning her new life.

– Park Ha Young as young Mi Ri

Kim Seung Woo as Jang Myung Hoon

Hotel’s Managing Director

“Always aiming for No. 1, and often becoming No. 1, the perfect man.”

A man of few words, cautious, accurate, calm, with a strong sense of responsibility. Once he decides on something, he will never look back…. In short, he is a man who has never messed up, a trustworthy elite, but not someone you can lean on. He meets Miri, who will stop at nothing to achieve her goals. Initially, he plans to fire Miri but soon discovers her good points, and helps her to succeed. In the end, he is unable to control himself and falls in love with her.


Micky Yoochun as Yukata

Heir to Mondo Resorts, Korean Name : Song Yoo Hyun

“Cautious, only seeking the truth… This generation’s Prince Charming”

Buried in his heart is his longing for his birth mother. At the same time, he often feels apologetic to his step-mother, who is unable to have children of her own, and because of this, hopes that she can be involved in the running of the company as well. He has a strong relationship with his step-mother, and returns to the country for the resort. He meets Miri at the study hostel where he is temporarily residing in, and realises that Miri also shares a similar loneliness….


Kang Hye Jung as Na Hee Joo

Miri’s Younger Sister from the Orphanage

“Obedient, innocent, weak, pure, yet smart and quick witted.”

Losing her parents to a traffic accident, she became an orphan at a young age. Her body is weak, and she is very introverted, always quiet at the orphanage. She liked Miri from the first time they met, because Miri was her exact opposite, with strong opinions. She likes following Miri around, and when Miri was adopted to Japan, she whole-heartedly wished that Miri would find happiness, a warm-hearted child.

Extended Cast

Choi Myung Gil as Lee Hwa
Jang Yong
Kim Na Woon
Song Jae Ho
Kim Jung Tae
Hwang Ji Hyun
Lee Sang Yeob as Ha Chul Jin
Baek Bong Ki as as Deputy Manager Kim
Min Joon Hyun as Manager Han
Jung Da Bin
Park Ji Yeon (cameo)

Production Credits

Producer: Kim Dong Gu, Lee Seon Sang
Planning: Choi Yi Sup
Director: Choi Yi Sup, Choi Won Suk
Screenwriter: Kim Sun Young
Production company: Curtain Call Media

Video Trailers:

Episode 1 Preview (Source: theM2Ugab via YouTube):

[Source: viki.com and koreandrama.org/Trailer videos: inheavenwJYJ via YouTube]

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