'Saving Ajumma Go Bong Sil' (written by Park Eun Ryung and directed by Yoon Sang Ho) tells the story of Go Bong Sil (Kim Hae Suk) who was living a peaceful life in a village, tending to her flower garden. But when her husband suddenly passes away and she is threatened with bankruptcy, she moves to Seoul's Itaewon district, starting the second chapter in her life. The drama unravels the heartwarming story of Go Bong Sil as well as others who actively pursue their own happiness.
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Found this gem while looking for something else & happy I stopped and watched... This drama puts the M in melodrama without the typical makjang nonsensical acts by focusing on family, loss, change, betrayal and love that swirls around a woman over 50, accompanied by a cast of mature actors. The acting by the two leads was FAB and the onscreen chemistry was smoldering for these over 50 actors. The overall storyline was powerful and insightful how they dealt with numerous "isms" facing families &friends especially the portrayal of the transgender story. Many topics are touched here, however the underlying is the need of love-acceptance by & of family, lovers, men, women, transgender, tall, thick, etc... regardless of age or size.
Why watch? If you are looking for a solidly written storyline with actors who are 50+ this drama will resonate. If you have a large family with lots of drama & characters, this drama will resonate. If you need to see actors not trying to act HS or silly, this story will resonate.
The music was perfectly aligned to the mood and style of drama - nothing special YET it accentuated perfectly.
Would I watch again? Hard to get those 36eps done YET I somehow will miss this drama and the characters. Lastly, have tissues ready. This drama brings tears of sadness & joy thus many tissues-alternatively you will grin for the Mr Kim when he comes home from his first date. In the drama land, youth reigns however this story & actors affirmed that love comes in many shapes, colors, ages and genders. I can only hope that we see more quality drama like this for many of us who are believe in second starts in life.