After getting diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a loan shark must hurry and make her three adult children grow up. As she teaches them how to run the family business, they also learn to take care of their mother.
Family dramas are a touchy subject especially the long ones such as “Wonderful Mama”.
I don’t watch family dramas because they’re not my cup of tea but this year I came to watch two family dramas at the same time; this one and ‘I Summon You Gold!’ because of a long story that I won’t trouble your ears (or more specifically your eyes) with.
So what is this about? It’s one of read morethose lengthy Kdramas produced in a non-stop way every year. It has all the elements that a family drama should have such as familial struggles, birth secrets and old respectable figures. There are also light romantic stories that owned about half the drama.
If I had to state the facts, I would say that this drama’s screenwriters weren’t good enough to make the drama interesting until the very last end. It’s a given that Korean family dramas drag and contain many filler episodes but despite that fact, the drama was deliciously entertaining until the 39 or the 40th episode when the writers tried to get smart by adding some twists to the storyline, but guess what? It was an epic failure because… hello!! Family dramas don’t need stupid twists to be good; it needs a complete control of the run time by using the family theme. Furthermore, the screenwriters conducted a mess by cutting off characters without a previous notice or a proper explanation. They also threw meaningless hints and rushed things out at the end; okay, I won’t make them bear all the blame for the last part since it’s not their fault that the drama was cut short to 48 episodes instead of 50 but still, they could’ve made a proper ending considering the fact that this is a long drama.
The cast was reasonably fitting and well chosen. There were some really good actors in here but I can’t say the same about characters since some of them felt all over the place at times. However, the characters’ development was remarkably magnificent.
Now, if I have to state my subject point of view, I would say that this drama was enjoyable overall even with its shortcomings. And that’s coming from a person who doesn’t (as never) watch long family dramas.
In conclusion, I won’t advice anyone to watch this or not because that’s up to you to decide. Just keep in mind that this is a long family drama with notable screenwriting issues that needs a strong commitment and a long breath to finish, but it also has a nice set of cast and it can be somewhat pleasant to watch.
You can guess what happens numerous times in this dramas, angry ahjummas fighting with angry ahjummas.
I thought it was a pretty decent drama (i have seen tons of family dramas, ones that are even longer than this so for me this wasn't new... if you don't believe me check my list ^^).
So as usual this drama has also hatred and revenge and focuses a lot on it, read moreso there are many times when the story is beating around the bush. *bingeul bingeul*
The love lines in the story were pretty cute so that gives some extra points to watch it.
The script writers could have easily given extra time towards the ending because the ending felt way too rushed. I would have preferred if there was more at the end rather than in the beginning.
Also if you watch this drama be prepared that everyone is connected one way or another, the amount of coincidences in this drama is quite fascinating as well!
Also there is many character developments so numerous characters will have different personalities by the end.
I really liked the cast, I definitely decided to watch it as Jung Yoo Mi and Ahn Nae Sang was in it. I didn't really like Jung Gyu Woon before watching this but my opinion completely changed of him.
I would like to award yoo in young's character with a honorable mention because her character really is the one that stands out at one point due to her realistic thoughts (of course at the beginning she isn't like that, she has quite a character development).
Overall i would say this drama is one of the bearable family dramas because it does have a good plot and the casts is also good, you don't really have that much annoying characters that other family dramas do and the end is cute. You have to bear with the first few episodes but then it gets better.
Is it me or is this hate to a different degree? I find in Asian dramas there is a lot of concentration on the hate revenge angle, it might be just my perception but when they hate in these dramas they hate, and revenge man the levels they go to I have never seen before. Can someone explain if this is normal or just exaggerated in the Asian dramas? And the two older leads in this drama can really act.
One of the better family dramas out there especially from this year's batch. The acting by the ensemble cast was stellar. You'll love characters and hate some. I was never bored due to the good pacing. I don't agree with the plot change towards the end cause it feels thrown in. That's my only problem with the writer and also the ending could've been a little more closed but it wasn't horrible. A lot of plot wholes with the story in general. Overall I gave it a 9 cause I did enjoy it and the characters and would watch it again when I want to see some family drama.
what the hell. was that really the end of the series? how can you have 48 episodes and end it on a freaking cliffhanger. did they not know that the series was getting cut 2 episodes or what. how can they never show us what happened to bok hee after she went to go get help in the states. seriously the last 15 mins when the series did a time jump and she was progressively worse was sooo freaking sad how can you end a series with that.
there were a few other problems also -
- what happened to bok hee's assistant/driver, he was always with her and did everything for her but disappeared in the middle of the series and nothing was ever mentioned about him again
- how is it that the kids didn't find out that hoon nam was really min soo (actually the fact that he was min soo at all was a little creepy I mean hello incest. he did make out with his biological sister at the start of the series and almost married her)
- speaking of soo jin, why did they have her leave the show with like 10 episodes left
- also the writers introduced a few plot points that never got used which I didn't really understand why. (like when bok hee signed over her money to that grandma they kept mentioning how the grandmas son would try to take the money and how bok hee had to remember to keep the papers with the info on it. why did they mention that on a bunch of different episodes if they were never going to use it as a plot point)
but ignoring all that I enjoyed most of this drama but for being such a long drama why did the ending feel so rushed
I agree with the points you make...I really liked the drama up to about ep 40 when the "twist" didn't make sense to me at all...the ending was rushed but thats probably because the series got cut by 2 eps probably due to the low ratings....overall I did enjoy it though :)
Just saw ep 42 & I have no clue about whats going on with this drama right now the writers are seriously messing this up. They are making the whole birth secret/identity of Min Soo/ possible incest into a totally ridiculous & convoluted mess.
I think the writers tried to add too many twists & messed this story up...Min Soo should have been Dr Hong it made sense that way.
I have seen to ep 46 and am still waiting for them to explain how on earth Hoon Nam can be Min Soo, Logically it doesnt make sense, throughout the drama all hints pointed at Dr Hong being Min Soo.....I hate it when writers screw up a drama at the end....oh well lets see what last 2 episodes shed any light.....they still arent subbed yet.
The explanation I came up with (and the only one that makes sense actually) is that Eun Ok gave Min Soo to president Hong (Dr. Hong's father) so that he will adopt him but instead of doing that he gave him Ki Nam's parents since they wanted another child so badly to accompany Ki Nam once they're gone. After that, president Hong adopted another child who is Hong Yoon Jae (or maybe he's his son) but Eun Ok kept thinking that Min Soo is adopted by president Hong and therefore, he's Dr. Hong that's why she kept an eye on him. I am sure that's what the writers meant because that's the only rational explanation.
I started this drama and steamed through all the aired episodes up to that point which was 30 ....I have waited until 10 more were subbed and I am thoroughly enjoying them ...this drama has so much going on that before you know it an episode is over, theres no feeling that the pace is dragging.
I cant wait for the evil incarnate that is Choi Eun Ok to get her comeuppance XD
I didn't have high hopes for this drama but it's surprinsingly very good. The story built up is pretty nice for a family drama but I still wouldn't recommend it to those who dislike the genre "family" because that's all what the drama revolves around.
I just started this drama and I have to say that I love it! most of the characters are great and Bok Hee is amazing! until now I love Dong Soo the most, he's looking at Bok Hee with his eyes full of... love??? so cute! hope he won't turn into an evil.
it's funny and sad in the same time. but entertaining.
GIVE IT A TRY!
i just caught up on all 30 eps that have aired in less than a week because this show was just so freaking good.. I started watching this because kim ji suk staring in a family drama means he will finally get the girl for once. and not only do I beyond love his character and think he is sooo freaking cute but this is now my favorite family drama. I seriously don't get why this isn't more popular its a must watch in my book