What I Like About “Myung Wol the Spy”

11 Aug

At the moment, I am completely captivated by the drama Myung Wol the Spy (also known as Spy Myung Wol). The tone is fresh and comical without being too slapstick or obvious.

The first few episodes did not do much for me as most of the time was spent setting up the plot. The plot, though nothing original, is executed in a new and exciting way that literally has me laughing out loud. In short, Myung Wol (Han Ye Seul) works for the North Korean Special Forces unit and is sent on a special mission which is initially to bring Hallyu Star Kang Woo (Eric) to North Korea, but the mission soon gets upgraded to marrying him.

 Han Ye Seul’s character, Myung Wol, is one that is easy to love. Her sincere and unintentionally funny antics add greatly to the drama’s comedic tone. For example, since Myung Wol comes from North Korea, she is unfamiliar with South Korean slang and takes certain figurative phrases literally.


I was extremely impressed with Eric’s performance in Que Sera Sera and to be honest, he was the main reason why I even started watching this drama. His acting is solid, and I was surprised to find out that he is a member of the old school idol group Shinhwa. His character sometimes reminds me a little bit of Dokko Jin in The Greatest Love, but less crazy and harboring darker secrets. It was entertaining watching him slowly fall for Myung Wol despite the negative consequences. And it’s also a plus that Eric is crazy hot. =))

One thing I appreciate about this drama is the lack of forced angst that is usually overbearing in romantic comedies. Normally, the female lead struggles throughout the drama to contain her love for the female lead due to them not being on the “same level”. However, Myung Wol is brazen in her declarations of love for Kang Woo (though they are false for the most part). The usual set up of forced cohabitation is given a fresh look since Kang Woo is fully aware of Myung Wol’s not so subtle advances.

Though I supposed the entire drama can’t be all fun and games, I really am not interested in the whole lost ancient book  plot. It seems to be a compulsory plot line in order to give the drama a darker feel.

I am excited for this drama and look forward to seeing more Eric shower scenes of the comedic fun!

And how cute is Myung Wol’s fake spy family??



4 Responses to “What I Like About “Myung Wol the Spy””

  1. Sakina August 20, 2011 at 9:48 pm #

    Thanks for the synopsis! I’m enjoying it quite a bit — it’s only my 7th Korean Drama (haha, only 7 in two months I mean). Do you know what’s happening now that Han Ye Seul’s doesn’t want to continue? Is all that stuff true (her leaving to the US, getting sued, etc)? When’s the next episode gonna air??

  2. dramapop August 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi! Thanks for commenting! =))
    Han Ye Seul decided to return to set. You can check out our blog post about it here!

    *and wow! 7 dramas in 2 months is pretty impressive!*

    • Amy DaBes August 23, 2011 at 9:31 pm #

      Who wrote this , Clarence?

      • dramapop August 24, 2011 at 10:59 am #

        My friend Temi, the other half of this blog LOL

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