Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi

Ms. Temper & Nam Jung Gi (2016)

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Ok Da Jung is the youngest team leader in the cosmetics industry. She has divorced three times so far. She doesn't care what others think about her and she also has quite a temper. Nam Jung Ki works as a section chief at the same cosmetics company as Ok Da-Jung. Unlike her, Nam Jung Kii has a timid and nice personality. He can't say anything that makes others uncomfortable. He is able read moreto make Ok Da Jung's blood boil.

  • Native title:

    욱씨남정기
  • Also Known as:

    Ugssinamjeonggi; Bad Tempered Grown-ups; Miss Ok's Nam Jung Ki; Ms. Temper & Nam Jung-Gi;

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anopinion
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May 7, 2016
  • Overall 9.5
  • Story 9.5
  • Acting/Cast 9.5
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
The one thing people should know before watching Ms. Temper & Nam Jung-gi is that even though it labels itself as a romcom, romance really takes a backseat to everything else. There are two main underlying themes in this drama, the first being the superior-subordinate relationship (or as it is called in the drama, the gab-eul relationship) and the second being feminism. Every two episodes acts as a story arc which tackles read more one of the issues pertaining to these themes.

The drama is special in the sense that the gab is our heroine and the eul is our hero, which is refreshing in the kdrama world. Naturally, the main draw of the drama is the female lead Ok Da-jung. Ok Da-jung is a fast-rising employee at Gold Chemicals and this led to her being the subject of many malicious rumours. In reality, she's a righteous person who does not stand for things such as the abuse of power. She's extremely principled, and believes in having pride in her own work. On the flip-side, our hero Nam Jung-gi, who is a timid employee at a small company, avoids responsibility like it's the plague. The contrast between their characters makes for a very interesting (and comedic) watch.

Ok Da-jung is such a great character that it's impossible to not love her. Lee Yo-won is perfect as the immaculately dressed heroine. It's almost as if the role was tailor made for her! She was spectacular in all of her scenes (the stoic ones, the emotional ones, and even the downright ridiculous ones). Yoon Sang-hyun turned in an incredible performance with his spot-on comedic timing as Nam Jung-gi. In fact, all of the cast delivered splendid performances. The only exception is Hwang Bora, whose crying scenes appear forced and unnatural at times.

Ok Da-jung's relationship with Nam Woojoo (Nam Jung-gi's son) is also something to look out for. Cute would be a serious understatement. Their chemistry is off the charts. Some may even argue that they are the OTP in the series.

The directing and writing of Ms. Temper are all good. The key point being that the drama maintained a consistent pace throughout the 16 episodes, meaning that it does not suffer from the same problems most kdramas do - waning after the mid-point. This is really impressive for a rookie writer. The use of CGI and various sound effects in the drama also adds to its hilarity.

On the other hand, the drama is not flawless. One criticism would be that there are some overly simplistic plot points. Ok Da-jung seems omnipotent in the series, always coming to the rescue when there is trouble. And the Lovely employees always manage to get into trouble. Some may also be bothered about how unrealistic it is that she's had three husbands, and all of them want a reconciliation. That being said, we can hardly complain since that put Lee Jung-jin and Yeon Jung-hoon on our screens.

Overall, this is an enjoyable drama which should appeal to anyone who's looking for dramas centered around a strong female character. However, if you're looking for a drama with more realism with respect to the business side of things, this is not it. In fact, most dramas don't do business correctly. The good thing about this drama, to quote a knetz, is that there is a right blend of realism (the issues that they tackle) and fantasy elements (how everything gets resolved, albeit a little too easily). Also, the bribery and cajoling may not be something that happens in your society, but it is something more relatable to the Korean viewers. So do take that into account when complaining about how unrealistic this drama is.

DISCLAIMER: My unusually high ratings for this drama is because I rate dramas base on the rating given by MDL. In the sense that if I think a drama is underrated, I'm going to give higher ratings for it. A more objective rating would be an 8. But there are tons of shitty dramas getting 8 here and I don't think that gives enough credit to Ms. Temper.
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Marooya
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May 7, 2016
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 8.0
“Does it taste good to eat an entire feast on your own? Or does it taste better to eat just rice and kimchi with others? Which person seems the happier person to you?”. Ok Da Jung.

“Your job needs to be something more than just a source of income”. Ok Da Jung.

Don’t let the cover picture nor the description fool you! This is no rom-com and I actually mean that in read more a good way. I have missed the old typical rom-com K dramas, which had meaning and had strong message to carry on. I was almost losing hope in finding good quality typical K drama BUT I finally found Ms. Temper & Nam Jung-Gi! At first it may give you the impression that it’s just a silly, funny, shallow typical k drama with lots of clichés and predictable plot. Yes, it is to some point predictable I’m not going to say it isn’t BUT is it typical? No, in my opinion it isn’t. First of all, take any rom-com drama out there (especially work related ones) and take out the “romance” element or the “comedy” element what are you left with? Basically nothing impressive, this drama on the other hand has so much more to offer you other than just romance or comedy.

The story took path where we as viewers couldn’t predict; it wasn’t really focused on one certain element but all elements and all characters equally. I loved how the work environment is the most essential element here and loved the way it was presented. They took something real and serious and presented it in a funny and humeral way at the same time kept it realistic. Therefore, you as a viewer not only will you have fun and great amount of laughter while watching but also you will appreciate/understand the message behind each and every episode here.

Ms. Temper & Nam Jung-Gi as a drama has given importance for the side characters just as much for the main characters and that is something isn’t often seen in drama land if you ask me. The story allows you to slowly understand the characters each and every one of them and takes you along with them so you will be able to understand their actions or why they decided to live their lives the way they do. In opinion what makes this drama special isn’t the story as much as the well-written characters. I wonder how the writers were able to make them so interesting and fun to watch at the same time kept them down to earth real. No perfection, no bad or evil characters here just different perspectives and different way of looking at things. Life is hard enough, we fight constant battles each day to survive we don’t have the luxury to worry about others so how far are we willing to go in order to survive? Does that make us bad/selfish people or timid spineless people? Or does it just simply make us people?

I will take a moment here and appreciate one of K drama’s best female character ever created and a true role model Ok Da Jung (Lee Yo Won). She is a strong, righteous and great person who knows exactly how to stand up for herself and wouldn’t fight using dirty methods no matter what. She may seem harsh and too blunt but she isn’t a bully and she cares mostly for the company and staff. You could learn so much from Ok Da Jung and you will probably wish you had such a great boss to work for in real life.

I think Lee Yo Won did great accepting this project, at first I was surprised because I am used to watching her in melodramas or more dark serious plots and entirely different characters than ODJ so I wondered why would an A-list actress go for cable project and with such unknown cast but I still trusted her judgment and as her fan I respect her for taking this risk. This is her first rom-com project and I’m happy she decided to explore her talent, she was wonderful as Ok Da Jung it will be almost impossible for you not to love her. The rest of the cast did splendidly especially Yoon Sang Hyun as the timid nice angel Nam Jung Gi and Hwang Chan Sung as the boy who has still yet to learn to grow into a man who can handle responsibility. It is fair to say that even the guest actors (Lee Jung Jin & Yeon Jung Hoon) did an amazing job for short appearance; I was delighted to have them on the show.

I generally do not rewatch dramas but I do have few ones that I'd rewatch. However I think this drama can easily be rewatchable material for anyone who would rewatch dramas in general because I do believe it will be just as much fun as it was the first time and frankly you never get enough of Ok Da Jung & Woo Joo's scenes.

Overall
I can see this drama will be one of the underrated dramas here on MDL and will go unnoticed. I don’t know if my review has helped or not but if you are looking for your typical fluffy romance then let me tell you this isn’t it. This drama does not focus on the romance in fact you can barely see it but you most certainly can feel it. The thing is "romance" in here is presented in mature manner but that's also has its beauty so don't let this stop you from giving the drama a chance. Ms. Temper & Nam Jung-Gi has so much more than just comedy and romance; this is a fun enjoyable ride if you are willing to appreciate what this drama has to offer. After all as Nam Jung Gi says, “Does a relationship between a man and woman have to be melo or lovely dovey fairytale? Why do people expect that?”.
Also Ok Da Jung and Woo Joo make the cutest most adorable couple ever don't miss out on that :')
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    Mei Liu 15 days ago
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    Gintoki Jun 15, 2016

    Anyone know whats the name of the secretary ?!

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    darkangel662008 Jun 13, 2016

    It's worth watching drama. I like the lesson it wants to deliver, and that you can actually apply it in your own. And I love how sassy my Lee Yo Won as Ok Da Jung. I don't think her being that sassy is innate in her, as she said on the ending episode she just learn them from experience, she don't take her experience and down fall as a bad thing, but she takes the lesson in each and every heartache she experience. Which is some of us don't do.

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    Sarah87 Jun 7, 2016

    I'd have liked to see more interactions between Ok Da Jung and Nam Jun Gi'son !! Loved their moments ehehe :D

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    Qwenty May 16, 2016 - edited

    Just finished this drama and... I've never been disappointed. Of course, it's not really a romance drama, but it shows lot of interesting things : the relationship Da Jung/Woo Joo was absolutely perfect, I'm sure he helped her a lot and made her change in a good way ; the relationship between Jung Gi and his colleagues was good too, I really appreciated to see how they cared about their company and all what they did to save it, I also realized how work companies in South Korea (bribe, entertainment, how the big ones can swallow the small one). The drama also talked about divorce, I don't know if a lot of korean women are divorced three times, but it was a good aspect to talk about, same as the relationship between Adjoint Han and her husband : I guess the place of the women in korean society isn't that easy, and it was great to see it in a drama.
    And the comedy part ! Gosh, it was so funny from the beginning to the very end (really loved Woo Joo's friend haha), I couldn't stop laughing although I was touched by their struggling to save their company. This drama was perfect. Usually I love romance, but I never miss this part in this drama because there were so much other things that made me keep watching this drama...
    Seriously, everybody should watch it, I'm sure you will enjoy it a lot. I give 10/10 for this drama, I wouldn't change anything about it :) (and this drama deserves to be more famous, the casting wasn't that famous, but the actors all played very well and the storyline was perfectly drawn).

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    AnaK24 May 14, 2016 - edited

    Um drama que me lembrou muito os dramas de escrítório japoneses. Desde as reações exageradas, caras e bocas, o romance bem recatado e a narração cheia de reflexão sobre o caráter humano. Vou sentir falta. Ps: a guitarrinha no final era fofa. Deixou saudades :)

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      Syranus May 25, 2016

      I don't understand. :-(

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      AnaK24 May 29, 2016

      I was basically saying it reminds me of japanese dramas, their overreactions, a little bit of romance and self-reflection in great detail. I said Im going to miss this drama. And I said I like the guitar solo playing in those sad scenes.

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      Syranus May 30, 2016

      Ok, thanks for translating that to me. I apologize for the hassle. Was that Spanish?

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      AnaK24 May 30, 2016

      Portuguese from Brasil.

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      Syranus Jun 3, 2016

      Awesome!!! :-)

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    choimari May 11, 2016

    I'm really gonna miss this drama and its perfect combo of maturity and dorkness.

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    rainflower777 May 11, 2016

    So damn good! I will miss all the feels and life lessons. It may not have had all the bells and whistles like some other dramas a but it's one of the best dramas I've seen in a long time. A true gem! Please give it a try.

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    SaeedKhan May 9, 2016 - edited

    I liked the characters and loved the actors the only thing i didnt like that they stretched the story too much on a single plot other than that it was a good drama

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    Mareina May 9, 2016

    This show was such a pleasure to watch. Consistently heartwarming, funny and thoroughly satisfying all while delving into realistic social issues and defying gender norms. I'm going to miss this show!

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    NesrineTao May 8, 2016 - edited

    woaaaaaaaah not even a single kiss loooool !!! anyway i really liked this drama , it was a good one, after all what they went through, it can encourage u to never give up and to do ur best to achieve ur goal :D fighting !

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      NesrineTao May 9, 2016

      yup , not even a single one, lol

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      imfaerae May 9, 2016

      Doesn't sound like my kind of romance! *laughing*
      Though I do see a lot of people liked it for other reasons. Might still be worth a watch, just not for that. :-) Thanks!

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      NesrineTao May 9, 2016

      u should give it a try though.....but till the end i still hoped for a kiss, i mean the leads r all grown up can't really understand why lol anyway it was a good drama after all

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      Marooya May 10, 2016

      @imfaerae Romance here isn't essential, the drama offers much more than romance. I'm not saying there isn't romance it is just not represented in the way a typical romantic k drama would. It was rather more mature than a fairytale kind of romance. If you don't mind it then I think you should definitely try it out because each ep has meaningful message behind it and it dealt with serious real issues while keeping it fun to watch :)

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    katami May 8, 2016

    I just don't know why I looooooooooooooved this show <3 <3

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    bettyboo May 8, 2016

    What did I feel while watching this show? Happiness and joy!
    Yes, it doesn't have the WOW effect and it doesn't make you feel like jumping in the air, but it brings you satisfaction, happiness and hope! Hope that maybe someday someone like Ok Da Jung will come into your life and will turn your average common life in to an average extraordinary life. Because this isn't a show about ordinary becoming extraordinary, but a show about how you can learn to feel great about you being just one of the normal, average, hard working class. About feeling great that you have a chance to be a part of this people.

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    CatoCat May 8, 2016 - edited

    I Like happy endings. Everyone loves happy endings. This is what we got.

    Simple Straight and full of sweet smiles. Yeah Yeah Episode 15 and 16 are too much Annoyance. I try and again but i just can't accept all the illogical things happening around.

    All that sweetness and Ok Da Jung smiles made my heart flutter. But how come I ignore all this Viewer appeasement. They took advantage of Viewers Feelings. Media Business.

    MyDramaList generally overrate shows but this time score of 7.6 is the right one for this show.

    This is what you expect from a Korean Drama. All the positive atmosphere and happiness all around. Wishful and making Viewers all giddy but ignoring Rationality.
    1st Husband the Director. Predictable.
    2nd Husband Cameo. Predictable.
    3rd Husband. I actually liked the guy but well He Gained something out of all of this.

    Father learning dance and his 3 sons going through love troubles. hehehe.

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    K-Freak May 8, 2016 - edited

    This drama is sooo underated ... it is a lot better than the most dramas airing can't understand why. To the people who haven't watched it until now PLEASE WATCH IT, it is worth it . It's funny, it has warmth and I missed such a drama for a while .

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      Marooya May 8, 2016

      I totally agree :)

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      Bae May 8, 2016

      I agree as well, it's totally worth it's time

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    16
  • Aired:

    Mar 18, 2016 to May 7, 2016
  • Aired On:

    Friday, Saturday
  • Network:

    jTBC
  • Duration:

    1 hr. 5 min.

Statistics

  • Score:

    7.7 (scored by 845 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1760
  • Popularity:

    #778

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