Ms. Perfect

Ms. Perfect (2017)

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About a middle-aged Ajumma, Shim Jae Bok, who rediscovers herself and her inner feminine strength in the face of hardship. She’s the type of person who cannot ignore injustice and is revolted by condescending pretension. Despite hating false flattery to her core, she grits her teeth and bows her head to the people who think they are her social superiors because she wants the best future for her family. After living so read morelong as a wife and mother to her two children, Shim Jae Bok has neglected herself to the point where she’s almost lost her sense of self. When she becomes involved in an unforeseeable incident, she learns to regain her identity and fall in love again.

  • Native title:

    완벽한 아내
  • Also Known as:

    Wanbyeoghan Anae; Perfect Wife;

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Charming92
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May 2, 2017
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 9.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
“What the actual fuck?!”

I apologise for my language but this is the best and most brief way to describe this completely cray cray drama. Ms. Perfect was definitely bizarre, a bit weird and thoroughly eccentric but left a memorable aftertaste exactly because of all these traits.

Story
Ms. Perfect is one of those hidden gem dramas that should be protected exactly because they can be perceived differently depending on the viewer. read more On a surface level, Ms Perfect can be described as “the story of a sasaeng fan”. Is that a lie? No it is not, it is actually unexpectedly accurate. However taking a critical look at this and analyzing it from different perspectives, it is arguable that Ms. Perfect is not only deep but actually surprisingly original and profound.

So, what exactly did this drama do so well to make me this passionate about it?

Firstly, It put together several weird, borderline nonsensical characters, gave them obvious roles (the villain, the hero, the victim ect) and forced them to act accordingly but not quite. I think I speak on behalf of every viewer when I say that we were all frustrated by every character’s frustrating decision and way of acting. Having said that, if you take a closer look at the character, it is dead obvious how non-archetype they actually are. There are several layers to all of them, and what I actually loved? It depends on the viewers’ perspective to choose who you want to root for, who is your hero and who is your villain.

Secondly, this is officially the only drama where the 2nd female lead not only was freaking amazing, but WAS the actual drama itself. 2nd female leads… we hate them, don’t we? At this point after so many dramas, we feel intrinsically inclined to dislike them on sight. Yet, here not only do we have a memorable 2nd female lead but one that is so compelling you can’t help but love. The whole drama was built around her and I have never been happier about it! 2nd female leads rule and this drama proved it! My salute to the actress for making this drama work. This drama was a huge celebration to 2nd leads (male and female) and i loved it for it!

Finally, it is arguable to say that the drama is more adjacent to makjang rather than other genres. Don’t expect any heavy crazy shit happening but the drama did manage for at least 15 episodes to make me say “what the hell” at least twice every episode. Continuous plot twists and questions that hover around. The type that hook you on and you cannot stop no matter how ridiculous this shit is. Ms. Perfect was certifiably addicting either you enjoyed it or not.

If I could put the drama under a genre, I would say it is a mystery/comedy (bizarre combination I know). Comedy is reduced to side story character after a while while mystery is strong almost till the end. Despite the quite heavy concept of the situations presented I can’t say the drama ever became melodramatic or depressing or overly serious. Romance is present in the drama but doesn’t happen until the 2nd half and it does not occupy a huge part of the drama. Having said that and since I am not a romance lover, I thoroughly enjoyed the romance here. It was not forced, it was not cheesy, it came naturally and was fulfilling.

All in all the drama for me was unpredictable, with great character writing and well thought-out. It never dragged or had a boring moment.

Acting
I read some negative comments about the acting. Well… I can understand that, but we’ve seen worse haven’t we?

Go So Young was just right and I can tell she really enjoyed her questionable character and drama overall. I wouldn’t say her performance was memorable but I did not face any problems with her
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I am not Sung Joon’s biggest fan but he’s a good actor. He made a complete 180 here on me.
Yoon Sang Hyun was also satisfying but not memorable.

And after all these peasants let’s talk about the queen of the drama. Jo Yeo Jung. KWEEN! I have deep respect for her. She is not the best actress, definitely, but she knows how to pick a project. I appreciate her because she always goes for questionable dramas and bizarre challenging characters! I don’t think the drama would have worked without her portraying this character! I know if she is in a drama, it’s gonna be a good one! Cheers, you are amazing gurl!

Recommend
All that being said, this drama is not one for everyone. The oddity, the makjang, the frustrating and quite unlikeable characters all have their downside. I would recommend this drama to viewers who enjoy peculiar dramas, want to watch something different and are open-minded. I thoroughly enjoyed it but I can very well see why one wouldn’t.

Characters
The official review is over and spoilers may be included from now on. The drama, even though wasn’t really character-driven (or like one character directed the whole thing) it showed some really layered and multi-faced characters and I want to take some time to reflect on them.

Shin Jae Bok. The seeming victim. I disliked her but I didn’t. I rooted for her to have a happy ending but I can’t argue she really deserved it. Yes some crazy shit happened to her out of the blue and honestly she did nothing to elicit any of it but still… She was the type of woman to bring others down (namely her husband) just for the shake of it. A character that kept looking at herself as a victim (main reason why she’s not one) and was extremely relentless in getting into other people’s business. She could have taken a shortcut and spare herself from all the drama but she just couldn’t do it. A borderline control freak. Having said all that, I can’t deny how strong Jae Bok was, straightforward and direct. Traits I appreciated made her human and relatable but did not make her likeable at least to me.

Koo Sung Hee. The hero (?). Arguably the best written character, why? Because he was rotten to the core, but if you ask him what do you think about yourself? You’ll get such a self-assured answer like he is a war-hero. I was amazed at how selfish he was without realizing it, saying that he “does things” for others either his kids or his wife or his “love”. He said he loved 3 different people in 20 episodes and weirdly, I believe he did all 3 of them, but why is that? Because deep inside it was himself he loved the most. A very incompetent person who tries to always find the easy way out but always with a convenient excuse to look as a hero to himself! Incredible writing for one of the most despicable characters I’ve seen on screen.

Lee Eun Hee. The villain. I am biased, I admit. Bonkers crazy, and she knew it. Batshit crazy, and quite proud. I couldn’t dislike her, not one inch, not at all. Yes she was crazy and her situation could not get any better. If you stand still for a moment and reflect on what she actually did… it is overwhelming, sounds like something no one would do, but simultaneously, quite plausible if you are REALLY determined. To me she was nothing more than a little girl who was never loved. Abused and ignored trying to survive sustain herself and her mental health the best she could, she found settler in one person who gave her the slightest bit of comfort and then she tried to hold on to him. Why? Because he was the first person ever who made her happy. Like clutching at straws, a fleeting moment, her savior. Hence, her constant, relentless efforts to recreate that moment all her life. The one person who made her happy all those years ago, he can do it again. Rather depressing when you actual think of it.
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maakopla
6 people found this review helpful
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May 3, 2017
  • Overall 7.0
  • Story 7.0
  • Acting/Cast 6.5
  • Music 7.0
  • Rewatch Value 5.5
To begin with, it's hard to categorize this drama. It's definitely not romance but it borders with psychological and thriller. The first episodes give a totally different vibe from what you will get later. The show begins on a lighter note but quickly turns dark and disturbing.

The plot is pretty unique but feels too stretched, 16 episodes would have been way better. There are a few interesting plot twists, but it's read more just not enough to make this show outstanding on any level. If you are looking for something new and refreshing this drama is a good pick, but it's not that entertaining. The acting is only okay and the characters stay distant, most of the characters are not introduced that well. Overall it's a mediocre show. At first, it's even hooking because you want to find out what the heck is going on, but later that element gets dull because it's stretched for too long. The ending seems a bit rushed, they are building the atmosphere almost for the whole episode and everything happens during the last 10 mins.
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    Iesheta 14 days ago - edited

    Hey can someone reply me with the synopsis of this show. Even a short recap of first 4 episodes will do. I need to make up my mind whether I should watch it or not. It will be helpful to know what am I gonna be watching.and please do tell who jb ends up with. I would like to know who shall I root for from the beginning so as to not suffer from heart break.

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      Misstiff 9 days ago

      Iesheta--hopefully I can do the job right. Basically, the show is about a lawyer woman who is married with two kids. Slowly she finds her life falling apart around her and she begins to lose everything. She is a strong character who does her best to fight her circumstances, but as she's finding ways to survive she realizes there is a puppetmaster pulling the strings. Sung Joon plays a jerky lawyer whom she works with. As he watches her struggle he can't stop himself from helping her.

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      Iesheta 9 days ago

      Thanks for your reply . It does motivate me to watch so will give it a try.

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      Iesheta 8 days ago

      Could you tell who does she fall in love with.( thats ehat Wikipedia says in its synopsis but no relevation of nsme is give. Hope you can tell.)

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      Misstiff 7 days ago
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    Veronica14 May 15, 2017 - edited

    Wtf did I just watch?!!?? It was so strange and kind of annoying but I enjoyed the first part of the drama should have dropped it..

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    JEf May 14, 2017

    As I'm not a fan of Yoon Sang Hyun, I debated whether to watch this drama but I'm glad I did. The storyline is interesting and the cast did a great job acting their parts. I like Sung Joon better here than in the other shows I've seen of him. Definitely recommend!

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    lea May 12, 2017

    This kind of leaned a little to the melodrama side with a dose of psychological, comedy and sprinkling of romance. I liked the cast was more seasoned actors everyone's role fitted them perfectly. The drama description here is a little different from how things unfold, maybe it's just me.

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    soepspaansenler May 11, 2017

    why the child actors are not in the cast list? I really enjoyed them

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    Coral May 4, 2017

    I was not sure I was going to like this except for Sung Joon when it started. It was definitely quirky. It also kept me coming back for more with the plot. I was really surprised how much I liked this drama. I just kept going how cray cray can this woman get!

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    Sai May 4, 2017

    Personally I'm not happy with how this drama ended or rather how the ending was expressed. It had some pretty good characters which could have been used to make for a better ending. Maybe I just like this drama so much that my expcetations for the ending was too high

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    KmjSsk May 4, 2017

    YSH and JYJ did a great job in this drama but honestly they could've ended the drama with 12eps.. or even 10eps

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    Andreea May 4, 2017 - edited

    A round of applause for Jo Yeo Jung! What a great actress!

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      Marooya May 4, 2017

      Double round of applause! What a veteran actress :))

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    Kdramerzzz May 3, 2017 - edited
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    Jaylan May 3, 2017 - edited

    i was anxious to watch this drama
    but first i noticed that the rate becomes lower after every new ep. then the comments & the reviews was very disappointing after it's finished
    i'm so hesitating to watch now although i adore sung joon :(

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      Jaylan May 9, 2017

      @titisi unfortunately i hated the Chinese accent it bothered me so
      and i had a bad experience with (sunny happiness) it was my first chinese drama & i hated much so i became afraid of watching more chinese nor taiwanese one :(

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      titisi May 9, 2017

      thats Taiwanese i think. I also have a problem with their accent. you should try, the general and I and Eternal love, they are very good and you will thank me.

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      Jaylan May 10, 2017
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      titisi May 10, 2017

      no good ending

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    Meli May 3, 2017
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    min-young May 3, 2017 - edited

    I kinda like how Wonjae speaks and how she calls/pronounces Cheri haha

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    maakopla May 3, 2017 - edited
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      namopanik May 3, 2017 - edited
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      min-young May 3, 2017 - edited

      I also wondered about the Disney clothes in the bg lol and I agree with most of your points but I enjoyed this drama quite a lot. I don't regret watching it. It was interesting and enjoyable for sure. For me at least.

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      namopanik May 3, 2017

      Oh, I enjoyed it too, and watched it every week the day it aired. I never saw a kdrama this sneaky. It knew where it heads, it was trolling with a viewer leading him/her astray repeatedly. The characters were well developed and rounded up. Even those who started as unlikable won me over. Some of them, like Eun Hee and Jung Hee, were unpredictable yet consistent if that makes any sense.
      I wish it was even better and tighter, but it''s definitely a memorable drama.
      But what was its value during most of the show became a hindrance towards the end. EH and JH we constantly going lower and crazier, but there was no breaking point in their characters until the very end. (Similarily with Brian and his father - it makes sense they were either in denial or covering things up instead of fixing them, and it makes sense they didn't need to change.) Towards the end the craziness and plot twists stacked up to overtop the pace established earlier, but I was already desensitized. Especially the finale was just too much. It made sense that Eun Hee didn't have a coherent plan afterall, she was derranged, but the show tried to much to be suspensful and scary. I need to digest it yet.

Details

  • Country:

    South Korea
  • Type:

    Drama
  • Episodes:

    20
  • Aired:

    Feb 27, 2017 to May 2, 2017
  • Aired On:

    Monday, Tuesday
  • Network:

    KBS2
  • Duration:

    60 min.

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  • Score:

    7.5 (scored by 483 users)
  • Ranked:

    #1404
  • Popularity:

    #642

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